1 After walking around Singapore's Little India, we stopped at Muthu's Curry to learn how to make their famous fish head curry.
2 Owner Visvanaath Ayyakkannu and his wife Veshali.
3 In addition to fish head curry, Muthu's serves a variety of other dishes, including delicious naan bread. That's dough on the tray all ready to roll.
4 Visvanaath took me into their beautiful kitchen to learn how to make the fish head curry.
5 These are some of the spices and ingredients that go into one day's worth of curry!
6 Simmering away - the aromas were intense!
7 This large chafing pan contains more spices that go into the curry. The exact mix is a secret.
8 It was quite steamy in the kitchen! Frankie was used to that by now.
9 Here I am adding a generous amount of ginger-garlic paste.
10 Now it's time to add all of those spices.
11 The color and aroma was wonderful!
12 This pan is full of unsweetened coconut milk, which makes the curry richer and tames some of the spicy hotness.
13 After adding the spices and the coconut milk, Visvanaath uses a large immersion blender to combine the ingredients into a smooth mix.
14 This cook, with very strong arms, is in charge of stirring the the curry base.
15 When the curry sauce is ready, the fish heads are added. Every serving comes with one head.
16 The TV crew captured all the steps.
17 After our cooking lesson, it was time to eat. This chef prepared our naan, baked to perfection in the tandoor oven.
18 Sophie took a few more photos before sitting down to join Memrie and me.
19 The fish head curry was simply delicious - the fish eyes are considered a special delicacy.
20 We also had a wonderful prawn curry.
21 A very nice portrait with Vashali and Visvanaath
22 After departing Muthu's, we visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This great waterfall is at the entrance.
23 We walked through this impressive allee of tall palms.
24 Wilson - our guide, Kim, Mary Ann, and Sanjay - fixer
25 Before entering the National Orchid Garden, principal botanist Dr. See Chung Chin took me for a little spin.
26 The gardens are vast and verdant. We happened upon some newly weds.
27 The 2.5 acre Ginger Garden contains more than 250 species.
28 A work in progress - The Man Who Planted Trees
29 After the ride, we entered the National Orchid Garden where the TV crew was waiting.
30 We saw a portion of the 7.5 acres reserved for orchids. It's home to over 60,000 orchid plants from 1,000 different species and 2,000 different hybrids!
31 I loved the star-like flowers of this red orchid.
32 Lush pathways
33 Most orchids are epiphytes, which are plants that grow upon other plants, such as trees.
34 A great shade of purple
35 Amazing patterns and details
36 We also saw many interesting succulents.
37 And an impressive bromeliad collection
38 We loved all the mossy sculptures throughout the gardens.
39 Here I am with Memrie and Dr. See Chung Chin.
40 We went into the Misthouse, where it was even more humid.
41 The sun quickly set, as Singapore is so close to the equator - just 1 degree north. Here were are saying good bye to Dr. See Chung Chin.
42 Later, we ate dinner at Jaan Par André, located on the 71th floor of the Swissôtel. What an amazing view! Do you recognize Marina Bay Sands?
43 It was a lovely, intimate setting.
44 The ceiling was decorated with these wonderful glass sculpture chandeliers.
45 The food presentations were exquisite.
46 One of our favorite samplings was this elegant lemon curd foam wrapped in gel. So much intense flavor!
47 Risotto with peas, calamari, and black squid foam
48 An unbelievable sea urchin dish
49 At Jaan, we were impressed with the enthralling culinary repertoire featuring the finest French Nouvelle cuisine. It was refined and sophisticated.
50 This rich chocolate dessert was spectacular!
51 After our fabulous dinner, we had the chance to meet Chef Jaan par André. He is an amazing talent!
52 The sommelier, Kirstin Schwemmle, also helped to make the dinner memorable. Each course was paired brilliantly with an extraordinary wine.
53 Tan Hsueh Yun - Deputy life editor of the Strait Times - was also dining at Jaan. She gave us a preview of the story we worked on earlier that day at the Baba House. It was very nice!
54 After dinner, we took a peek at New Asia, the sleek and ultra-sexy night club next door.
55 At New Asia, there is a majestic chandelier.