Festive Meal for 4 at Harry’s

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Form a party of 4 and head down to Harry’s this Christmas to enjoy the festive celebration from 11 December 2014 till 4 January 2015. Priced at $250, the festive menu for four includes two Festive Platters ($19), four varieties of Big Plates, Sticky Date Toffee Pudding, Christmas Snowball Cocktail and Limited Edition Beer Popsicles. Continue reading

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 8) InterContinental Singapore

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This Christmas, InterContinental Singapore brings forth something close to the hearts of Asians, especially the hearts of those with Indonesian and Peranakan roots.


InterContinental Heritage Peranakan Log ($70 for 1kg)

The InterContinental Heritage Peranakan Log incorporates the perennial favourite kueh lapis, a multi-layered cake that is extremely time-consuming and painstaking to make. But this is not just any kueh lapis –this is possibly one of the best kueh lapis you can get in Singapore. I would personally get it on any given occasion, if they ever sell it on its own. It is moist and buttery, and fragrant with the infusion of pandan leaves, which also gives the cake a greenish tint. In this log cake, the creamy element embodies lime and coconut for a refreshing note, overlaying the pandan kueh lapis along with another layer of pandan sponge cake and another of tangy pineapple-ginger compote. This log cake definitely deserves a spot in our Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014!


Classic Chocolate Cherry Winter Log ($65+ for 1kg)

Those with a penchant for black forest cakes will find familiar elements in the Classic Chocolate Cherry Winter Log that they will enjoy –and more. Tempting you are the chocolate almond cocoa nib sponge, 55% dark chocolate mousseline cream, crispy pearls and rum soaked sweet cherries.

The log cakes along with other festive goodies can be purchased at their Festive Shop located at the entrance to InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction from 11am to 8pm daily till 25 December 2014.

Check out the rest of InterContinental Singapore’s Christmas promotions here: http://singapore.intercontinental.com/festive/

For more information, call (65) 6825 1008 / (65) 6825 1224 or email sinhb-festive@ihg.com.

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 7) Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel

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Log cakes need not be cloyingly rich or chocolate-intensive. We have seen remarkable log cake creations of unimaginable flavours over the recent years that bring excitement during the festive season. There’s a log cake made for everyone.


Strawberry Mint Yoghurt Yule Log ($77.04 for 1kg)

For those longing for a log cake that is light, fruity and not too sweet, the Strawberry Mint Yoghurt Yule Log from Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel fits the bill.

The log cake comprises an ethereally light and fluffy vanilla sponge, blanketed in an adequate layer of creamy white chocolate yoghurt mousse that isn’t too sweet, with an epicentre of strawberry mint jelly cubes for a slight tang.

With log cakes like this, you won’t have to give up sweet endings in order to maintain your figure.

Christmas goodies are available till 25 December 2014. Check out the range at their Christmas Festive Booth located at the Lobby. For enquiries, call the Christmas Festive Booth at (65) 6839 5636.

Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel
39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230
Email: Sheraton.singapore@sheratonsingapore.com
Website: sheratonsingapore.com

(Christmas Gift Guide 2014) Bring out the greatest smiles this Christmas with Oral-B

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As Christmas is drawing nearer, most parts of our population in Singapore of any religion would soak in the festive atmosphere and partake in the season of giving, bringing joy to the ones they love, partying and feasting on this special occasion. Christmas is never complete without the unwrapping of presents!

Fishing out the perfect Christmas gifts is no easy task. I mean, I’m sure you can relate to receiving gifts you don’t really need, want, or ever use. These sorts of gifts get stashed away, donated, given away, or thrashed out eventually. The formula for the perfect gift is to look for something practical, something that everyone would need, and something that is beneficial to that person. It may not be something that he/she is hankering for, but it will be something that he/she will treasure and actually use it.

Good oral care is essential for clean, healthy and beautiful teeth, and giving someone the tool to attain the most beautiful smile could easily be the best Christmas gift. Consider the Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush ($199). Electric toothbrushes are not for lazy people; they actually serve a greater purpose, which is to remove 5 times more plaque than regular manual toothbrushes. The most reliable brand to go for would be the #1 dentist-recommended one right? Oral-B it is!

Oral-B is having a special Christmas day discount where you can save up to $50 off! Get it online here: http://goo.gl/nK4smu

Read more about the Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush here: http://www.oralb.com/products/professional-care-3000-toothbrush/

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 6) Mandarin Orchard Singapore

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If there’s one thing I always look forward to as Christmas approaches, it is Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s highly raved Honey Glazed Ham –it is no ordinary ham, its recipe has been perfected and closely guarded over the last 40 years! The culinary and pastry team at Mandarin Orchard Singapore certainly take great pride in the festive offerings, satiating both sweet-loving and savoury-hankering palates without fail. Naturally, one of their log cake creations makes it to the Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014, and it is the newly introduced Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Yule Log.


Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Yule Log ($75)

Full of poise with a whimsical touch, the Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Yule Log captures the heart not only with its alluring demeanour but also with its exceptional taste.

Light vanilla sponge cake, cherry compote and Hokkaido cream make up this divine log cake. The richness of the Hokkaido cream, juxtaposed with the fruity element of cherry, spells splendour.

For orders or enquiries, call (65) 6831 6272/6320 or email coffeecrust.orchard@meritushotels.com

Download the order form here: http://www.merituslifeandstyle.com/EDM/Dec14/images/xmas_order_form_2014_web.pdf

(Christmas Gift Ideas 2014) 1872 Clipper Tea’s Christmas collection, A Season of Magic

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This one’s for tea aficionados! The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. presents its latest collection, A Season of Magic, to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Revisiting three favourite Christmas stories, the beautiful package encompasses a trio of exotic tea blends specially put together for this special occasion, named Shoemaker’s Elves, The Nutcracker, and Rudolph.
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(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 5) Fairmont Singapore & Swissotel The Stamford

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Exotic Chocolate Log with KaruKera 70% Chocolate Mousse and Caramel Banana Cake ($35 for 0,5kg, $65 for 1kg)

Culinary pursuits at Fairmont Singapore & Swissotel The Stamford are always fulfilling with diverse gastronomic pleasures like Italian-themed Prego, modern French fine dining at JAAN, delectable Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine at Szechuan Court, remarkable modern Japanese cuisine at Mikuni, or modern European cuisine at Equinox Restaurant, all of which setting high restaurant standards in Singapore. It is no doubt that the culinary teams across these two sister hotels are bred to be perfectionists, and this is why their signature Exotic Chocolate Log with KaruKera 70% Chocolate Mousse and Caramel Banana Cake falls effortlessly into the Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014, also triumphing in the aesthetics department with intricate detailing.
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(Christmas Guide 2014) Antoinette

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Antoinette always impresses with its French elegance in both the pastry and dining department. If you’re looking for a venue this Christmas that’s nothing short of whimsical charm, you’re on the right page. Antoinette’s Christmas Collection by Executive Chef Pang Kok Keong encompasses a wide range of treats from timeless classics to original creations. The tempting nine-course set dinner at $130 per person incorporates fun elements like Lego and puzzles to invoke nostalgic childhood memories.


Pot Au Caramel ($69.55)

If there is one element missing in your Christmas party, it might be the beautiful edible centrepiece, the Pot Au Caramel, an edible chocolate pot filled with caramel choux puffs and chocolate crème Chantilly. On a separate note, Christmas trees used to only serve the same few purposes: bringing colours and vibrancy to the home, heightening the Christmas-y vibes, and for tugging presents underneath. Now, with new creations like the Cookie Christmas Tree featuring almond and candied orange cookies spiked with gingerbread spice, and the Chocolate Gianduja Ball Christmas Tree comprising almond biscuits with hazelnut chocolate cream and milk chocolate, these edible Christmas Trees are bound to delight sweet lovers of all ages.

There are just too many amazing creations from Antoinette this season. Check them out here: http://antoinette.com.sg/antoinette_xmas2014.pdf

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 4) Carlton Hotel Singapore

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Mango Yuzu Manjari Log Cake ($62+ for 1kg)

The pastry department of Carlton Hotel Singapore never fails to bring delight with each festive season, take for instance the triumphant Mid-Autumn Festival goodies.

The Christmas season gives the pastry team an opportunity to showcase their prowess once again, and this year the all-new Mango Yuzu Manjari Log Cake would be one of their biggest pride. Continue reading

(2 Recipes) Cooking with Lipton Tea: Tea-smoked Prawn with Avocado Salsa; Mint Tea-smoked Cod Fish

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Lipton has made its mark in the beverage market, statistically being the world’s most preferred brand of tea. Since its founding in 1890, Lipton has expanded its repertoire of tea from just the Yellow Label to now specialty infusions, green tea, black tea, specialty flavoured tea and hot instant milk tea. Tea is made for drinking, but as the culinary scene matures, we have seen the increasing usage of tea leaves in cooking. Tea leaves, when used in cooking, add a unique dimension of flavour and subtle aroma to food.

Here I’ll be sharing two recipes featuring two variants of tea leaves. For the first recipe, the Tea-smoked Prawn paired with Avocado Salsa, I chose the classic Lipton Yellow Label Tea. As Lipton’s flagship product, Lipton Yellow Label is made of the finest blends of Ceylon and Kenya. The signature aroma is one that most of us are familiar with due to its widespread popularity. Using this classic blend gives this dish the aroma of tea without additional flavouring that would have otherwise mask the pristine taste of prawn. Continue reading

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 3) St. Regis Singapore

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Deserving a spot in the Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014 is none other than the grand and enchanting Triple Chocolate Decadence by St. Regis Singapore.

The purpose of my last visit to St. Regis Singapore some time back was to savour the seasonal spring creations at Brasserie Les Saveurs. The meal was fabulous on the whole (read my review here: http://melicacy.com/?p=7326), but what left the deepest impression was the dessert spread that I walked away from with nothing but praises. The pastry team has shown great finesse in each and every dainty dessert. This festive season, their log cake is no exception.



Triple Chocolate Decadence ($55.64 for 750g)

Singaporeans are spoilt with endless choices of log cakes, and as years go by, log cakes are taking on further innovation with the addition of unconventional flavours and adornments. The Triple Chocolate Decadence by St. Regis Singapore is one special log cake injected with a distinctive quality but still brimming with traditional Christmas-y vibes. Continue reading

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 2) Goodwood Park Hotel

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Goodwood Park Hotel has always been scoring well in the cake-pastry department, especially when the component of durian comes into play. Think of perennial favourites like Durian Puff, Durian Mousse Cake, Durian mooncakes (during mid-autumn festival), and the festive favourite Goodwood D24 Durian Christmas Log Cake ($64 for 1kg). Their pastry kitchen never disappoints.


Jivara chocolate, passionfruit and mango log cake ($68 for 1kg)

Goodwood Park Hotel certainly deserves a spot in the Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014. Apart from the well-loved durian log cake that caters to a particular group of foodies (durian lovers), the glamorous Jivara Chocolate, Passionfruit and Mango Log Cake ($68 for 1kg) caters to a larger audience. Embellished with glittering pieces of dark chocolate sponge cake that resemble rocks, alternated by shimmering white chocolate, this log cake is bound to be the centre of attraction at any Christmas party.

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(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 1) Regent Singapore

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Christmas is fast approaching; in foodies’ terms, it means log cakes, turkeys and hams are on its way. With so many options around, it’s hard to decide which ones to go for. My job here is to photograph, taste and give you the verdicts. In no particular order, this series of “Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014” will feature the top 10 log cakes in Singapore.


Bronte Pistachio and Crunchy Praline Log Cake ($79 for 1kg)

First up is the Bronte Pistachio and Crunchy Praline Log Cake by Dolcetto by Basilico of Regent Singapore, made of pillowy vanilla almond sponge cake layered with a light and tangy mango curd and luscious chocolate pistachio mousse. The log cake, swathed in an enticing bright green hue, just makes one want to eat it right away! Continue reading

30licious by Amex and HungryGoWhere – $30++ deals, 30 days (Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore)

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30licious, jointly presented by American Express and HungryGoWhere, is happening from 3 November to 2 December 2014. Over 30 days, Amex card members can enjoy meals at $30++ each at over 30 participating restaurants ranging from upscale settings to chill-out premises. Diners without amex cards can still enjoy the meals at $35++ each at selected restaurants. To enjoy the 30licious deals, simply log on to book.hungrygowhere.com/30licious to make a booking, which also acts as a form of reservation.


US Kurobuta Baby Back Ribs from Lawry’s

Participating restaurants include A for Arbite, Buyan Russian Restaurant & Bar, OSO Ristorante, Ristorante PepeNero, Seasons Bistro, Siam Society, Town Restaurant, Ujong and many more. I wish I could visit all participating restaurants to take advantage of such a great deal but I was out of town for a month and could only commence my gastronomic journey with 30licious towards the end of the promotion. I’m eagerly looking forward for the next 30licious promotion already!

When I was young, at probably 11-17 years of age, I’ve always dreamed of dining at Lawry’s, previously located at Paragon. Each shopping trip with mum at Paragon ends up with an increasing desire to dine there. Somehow it seemed like the most elegant dining spot decades ago, and till date they still present themselves as an elegant and sophisticated dining destination. The 30licious dining promotion finally gave me a reason to pay a visit to Lawry’s, which relocated to Mandarin Gallery (God knows when!). The $30++ set menu was a great bargain for the quality of service, ambience and food. We were lucky to snag a window seat that overlooks the bustling Orchard Road.

The set menu includes freshly baked classic hard rolls to start with, starter and main of your choice. Lawry’s emphasises hugely on tableside service, which is apparent in the starter and main.

The starter of The Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad comprises crisp Romaine, iceberg lettuce, shredded beets, baby spinach, chopped eggs and croutons, tossed with their signature Vintage Dressing in a salad bowl spun on a bed of ice. If we take away the fancy serving manner, the salad itself is nothing to shout about. The ingredients were not evenly coated in dressing, and that’s not it. My partner’s plate and mine differs slightly; I didn’t get any baby spinach and barely any shredded beets while he had a scanty portion of baby spinach and shredded beets. There were no signs of chopped eggs.

The 30licious set menu offers three mains for diners to choose from: Chef Cut, Italian Chicken & Mushroom and US Kurobuta Baby back Ribs. Part two of tableside service comes with the main of Chef Cut contained in the “Silver Cart”, where diners would then choose their cut of preferred doneness from the batch and have their 120g portion of the roasted Prime Rib of Beef carved before your eyes, served with US Idaho mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Continue reading

Cooking with Dancing Chef’s Pineapple Rice Paste and Tom Yam Paste

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It used to be almost impossible for busy executives to cook a decent meal at home, especially after a toiling day at work, much less restaurant/hawker-quality Asian cuisine. The amount of time one needs to spend on prepping the ingredients is enough to deter. Now, with the aid of Dancing Chef, you can flaunt an impressive spread, ready in a flash.

Dancing Chef was my best friend when I was based in Melbourne for a month, homesick and craving for Asian cuisine. The brand carries a range of easy-to-use Asian cooking pastes and stir-fry sauces encompassing the tastes of Thai, Chinese, Singaporean and Indonesian cuisines. It’s good to know that the pastes embody only natural ingredients, with no added MSG, preservatives, artificial flavouring or colouring. The basis of a cooking paste involves the chopping, blending and pounding of ingredients, which Dancing Chef has got it covered. You can make your own paste from scratch (which I have done before), but it takes lots of effort and time (though I would say it is worth it if you have time to spare).

So with the convenience of Dancing Chef’s cooking pastes, all we need to do is add in a few key ingredients such as fresh meat and vegetables, cook for a few minutes and the meal is ready to be enjoyed. With the cooking pastes, you can rustle up the meals easily, quickly and consistently. The cooking pastes also presents as a base for further enhancement, where you can allow your creative flair to shine by adding your own unique touches. Continue reading