Blossom-ing Birthday

Taman Wana Villa owner, graphic designer and wife of Marco “Dr. Rocket” deLeonardis, the multitalented Philippa deLeonardis held an impromptu, intimate birthday bash at the hip restaurant and bar Blossom last week to celebrate her 40-something years. Pre dinner warm-up fun started with tipples of Veuve Cliquot (incidentally accompanied by Hair-Spa and Mani-Pedi’s at Bodyworks) before a bevy of friends gathered at Blossom Bar for cocktails and some seriously good Sentosa Slings. The family style nine-course dinner menu created by Chef Will Merrick included platters of Salmon betel leaf with Shrimp galangal and salmon roe, Grilled Prawns with pomelo, garlic, lemongrass mint and nam jihm dressing, Crispy Duck with yellow bean ginger tamarind and mandarin and Panang of Slow Braised Beef Cheek with peanuts and Thai basil. Copious amounts of wine flowed way too freely for the 20-odd guest list with lashings of champagne, impromptu speeches and well wishes to rev the crowd into gear. Sitting at the poolside dinner setup enjoying cigars and good company were Dario Fasono and partner Paula Pattacini, Sue Fox, Ana and Maurice Derooij, Dalia and Dan Brooks, Louise and Marcus Henry, Miriam Becker and Steve Conway, Glenn and Bridget Parker, Pete and Fifi Kerr, Enrica and Rod Taylor, Melissa Lynton and Hetta Thyne.

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