Dylan & Joanne’s love story short film

Guess which little restaurant is in it! HEHE! That aside, touching story and very well-filmed.

Dylan & Joanne’s love story short film // Surprise from Alvinadeline & Co on Vimeo.

Dylan’s “love at first sight” face is epic! And we happen to think Joanne’s mum is sibeh chio (Joanne, don’t tell your Mum we said that. On second thought, OK TELL HER!) We remember poor Dylan having to drive up and down the street so many times just for that one shot where he passes by & reminisces in his convertible… LOL

In the past 7 years, we’ve been the background setting to one too many (okay, it’s never too many) first dates, first sightings, and hosted a number of solemnisations and wedding luncheons. We’re happy, honoured, humbled yet proud that an obscure little place like ours could be a part of your lives and loves.

Last year we wrote a long, rambling post on The Science of Romantic Love, and the year before we penned an original food-related love poem which we allowed all and sundry to steal. Generosity is our middle name.

This year we don’t have so much to say. Is it because 7-year-itch? Bahahaha

I guess all we want to say is thank you for loving us. We loves you too. Happy Valentine’s Day ♡ ♥

Helping you, help me with food!

Hey Friendz & Slugphiles

One thing I realised is that I’m busy all the time and I don’t have time to cook a quality meal —–[yes yes i do see the irony because i run a restaurant, but we’ll spare the jokes/trolls for later!]

So! I wanted to invite a few of you to test a business idea with me.

Convenient, home-cooked and wholesome western-style meals.

On Feb 19, for $20. There will be a personal chef (actually our head chef) making us food and delivering it to you conveniently and deliciously!

If this is something you’re seriously interested in please paypal $20 to justask@thegardenslug.com

Open to all and any feedback.

Sharon Slug

P.S. Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions, or any particular preferences. I promise the dinner will be delish!!!

Never trust anyone who is rude to a waiter

customer service at its best
Sharon Slug using Slugphile Weiru’s head as a writing platform while taking orders. Weiru retaliates with a bear hug.

photo © June Yang

I remember my grandmother telling me that if I were ever to marry, I should make sure he was kind. But she might just as well have said: “Find yourself a man who’s nice to waiters.” The way people treat restaurant staff is, I think, a kind of poker tell, revealing a person’s character in as long as it takes to say: “I’ll have the sea bass.” A man (or woman) who is actively unpleasant to waiters is best avoided. Ditto those who patronise them. Just as bad, though, are people who treat waiters as though they’re invisible. This is not, as these cretins seem to think, a sign of metropolitan sophistication. Do this, and you might as well be wearing a T-shirt that says: “I’m an over-privileged baboon: cold, ruthless, rude and rather stupid.”

Is rudeness in restaurants on the rise? We’ve been very, very lucky and blessed at TGS and we dare say we’ve got the best customers in all of Singapore. We enjoyed this article by Rachel Cooke nonetheless – there’s a lot more to every service staff’s story.

Why our great-grandparents were so happy…

‘Why Our Great-Grandparents Had Fond Memories Of Their Youth…’
(We’re surprised they remember anything!!)

A bottle of Bayer’s ‘Heroin’.
Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine.
It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough..

Metcalf’s Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market.. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.

Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it’s time.
Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time.
He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal..

Maltine Coca Wine was produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York .
It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should only take half a glass.

Opium for Asthma:
At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium per tablet,
It didn’t cure you, but you didn’t care…

Cocaine Tablets (1900).
All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to ‘smooth’ the voice.

Cocaine drops for toothache.
Very popular for children in 1885.
Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!

Opium for newborns.
I’m sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but also 46% alcohol)!

It’s no wonder they were called,
‘The Good Old Days’!
From cradle to grave…

Everyone Was Stoned!

Happy St Patrick’s Day ^_^

Happy St Paddy's

It’s greenish for St Patrick’s Day, a day for festive boozing
And Garden Slugs are never slow for fun and song and shmoozing.
Tho’ no sane Slug has ever kissed the blessed Blarney Stone,
There is no lack of yakety-yak or puns to make you groan.

So put your shamrock on your button, your green shirt on your back,
and hit the road to Lorong L for beer or meal or snack.
We cannot know if leprechauns will serve you at your table
But we will cook a yummy feast and feed you what we’re able.

by Shireen Lim (a.k.a. resident Poet Slug)

Shireen is full-time mother, gardener, cook, baker and ice-cream maker, and Part-Time Slug. She is also the proud owner of a bright orange bicycle.