(Christmas Dining Guide 2014) Affordable Christmas Feastings at Street 50 Restaurant & Bar

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Christmas feastings need not be exorbitant. Street 50 Restaurant & Bar at Bay Hotel Singapore, located in the Harbourfront-Telok Blangah precinct, is serving up three international buffet menus competitively priced from $38 to $88, with complimentary parking thrown in. Additional perks include: Senior Citizens pricing at $28 nett, activities and crafts corner for the little ones, kids eating for free and a gift in the sure-win lucky dip for each table. Continue reading

(Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014: Page 9 & 10) Capella Singapore

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Our Best Christmas Log Cake Guide 2014 closes with a “two page feature” of Capella Singapore and its spectacular range of log cakes, created by the imaginative and competent Pastry Chef Sam, who takes a whole lot of pride in his desserts, who deserves due credit and infinite limelight.

My first encounter with Capella Singapore’s dessert spread has left me awestruck; I rate it as one of the best, if not the best, in Singapore. Since then, I’ve always looked forward to returning to The Knolls, primarily for desserts.

Chef Sam has constructed a total of 6 unique log cakes that cater to every possible liking; unfortunately, they are not for independent sales. Instead, each log cake is available on a rotational basis, titled the Yule Log Cake of the Day, and to be enjoyed as sweet endings to the Festive Lunch and Dinner, priced at $65++ per person for 3 courses and $98++ per person for 5 courses for lunch and dinner respectively.

Here’s a peek into the 6 log cake creations.
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(Christmas Dining Guide 2014) MELT~ The World Café, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

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Breaking away from all the log cake features that I’ve been virtually feeding you with, here is a Christmas spread you shouldn’t deprive your rumbling tummies of! Here is a sneak preview of what MELT~ The World Café of Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is offering this festive season. 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

(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

(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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(Travel recommendation) Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok

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Worldly travellers and business travellers alike will adore Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok –there are no reasons not to. The façade spells chic and sophistication, fronting with tall floor-to-ceiling glass panels that extend to the second storey, inviting guests to a bright and expansive lobby adorned with intriguing modern art pieces.

Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok is conveniently located in the heart of Sukhumvit’s business, shopping and entertainment district, a five-minute walk from the train station (BTS) Phrom Pong station as well as the popular upscale shopping mall Emporium. Guests have easy access to many shopping destinations around Bangkok via the BTS, such as Terminal 21, MBK Centre, CentralWorld, Siam Paragon and Jatuchak weekend market.

Setting the benchmark in the hospitality industry, the Hilton Worldwide group has always aced in every aspect of a traveller’s needs; Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok is no exception. Take for instance the comforts of the room in which guests would hold trust in the hotel for cleanliness and hygiene on top of luxurious fitment. Continue reading

50% off buffet for 2 at Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore with American Express Platinum Card

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Ever since I signed up for the American Express Platinum Card, I’ve been taking what seems like a penny-wise step, revolving many meals around the benefits the card offers. Amex has always been known for great dining perks, especially when it combines two popular dining discount programmes –Classic Far Card Membership and PALATE programme.

Read about my previous dining experience with the American Express Platinum Card where I saved over $100 at Tung Lok Seafood Restaurant, under the PALATE programme: http://melicacy.com/?p=7702

The Classic Far Card Dining Membership offers vouchers and unlimited dining benefits at all food and beverage outlets at participating hotels, namely Fairmont Singapore, Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, Swissotel Nankai Osaka and Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok. As members, our share of the bill is complimentary when dining with at least one paying adult.

Here’s a breakdown of the discount system: member plus 1 guest (2 adults) will be entitled to 50% off the bill; member plus 2 guests (3 adults) will be entitled to 33% off, member plus 3 guests (4 adults) will be entitled to 25% off, member plus 4-9 guests (5-10 adults) will be entitled to 20% off; member dining alone will be entitled to 10% off.

With such an enticing offer, I dined at Ellenborough Market Café at Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore on two separate occasions and I literally only paid only for the price of one meal. For two to dine on weekend dinners, the original price was $116 (before GST & service charge). After discount, it was $68.27 ($58 plus service charge and GST). My dining partner and I split the bill and paid only $34 each! And that’s for a sumptuous top-notch buffet dinner.

The buffet is consistently superb; it is pretty obvious the kitchen and service crew take great pride in their job, efficient and organised in their respective scopes. The food, takes one to gastronomic paradise. The theme is decidedly Asian-Peranakan, with perennial favourites like Durian Pengat, Kueh Pie Tee, Steamed Fish, Fried Noodles at the live station, and more. To get your money worth, indulge in fresh crustaceans, sashimi and wok-fried crayfish. Ellenborough Market Café is undeniably one of the best buffets in Singapore.

Sign up for your own American Express Platinum Card here to enjoy great dining discounts: https://www.americanexpress.com/sg/platinum-credit-card

For reservations, call (65) 6239 1848/1847 or email emc.reservations@swissotel.com.

Ellenborough Market Café
Lobby Level, Swissotel Merchant Court
20 Merchant Road
Singapore 058281
Website: http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-merchant-court/dining/ellenborough-market-cafe/

Royal Pavilion’s Hairy Crab Seasonal Menu (5 October to mid-November 2014)

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Unlike the usual crabs we have in Singapore all year round (think: the likes of chilli crab, black pepper crab, salted egg crab, … you get the drift) that are loved for the juicy and succulent crabmeat (that are also often painstaking to crack and pry open to obtain), the seasonal hairy crabs are loved for a different reason altogether. The furry claws make it easy to distinguish the hairy crab from the rest. These miniature-sized crabs, as small as the size of a human palm, are highly prized for the rich golden roe that you scoop off the shell with ease.

With the hairy crabs in season (or rather, the best time of the year to consume, when the quality of the crab roe is at its peak), restaurants are taking the opportunity to include this delicacy in their seasonal menus. Royal Pavilion, a relatively new but increasingly reputable Chinese restaurant at Park Regis Singapore, is no exception. (Hint: the dim sum items are superb, some of which inventive.) The dynamic team of chefs at Royal Pavilion are set to revolutionise the way of serving hairy crabs, with complementing ingredients and compelling cooking methods.
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(Recommended Luxury Accommodation in Bangkok) Conrad Bangkok

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In November 2013, Conrad Bangkok earned the title of Country Winner Thailand, Luxury City Hotel, in the World Luxury Hotel Awards, competing together with over 1,000 hotels from 87 countries nominated to participate across 50 categories including Luxury Private Island Resort, Casino Hotels, City Hotels and Lodges. In addition to that prestigious award, they also triumphed in The International Hotel Awards with a triple win with Best Conventional Hotel Thailand, Asia Pacific and International.

Conrad Bangkok also received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award in May 2014, given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, with ratings of at least four out of five, taking into account the volume and recency of reviews.

Also worth mentioning: green advocates will be pleased to know that every bulb throughout the hotel will be entirely replaced with LED lightings – which are brighter and significantly more efficient than fluorescent counterparts – as a measure of promoting a greener future through energy savings.

Having gathered all these news, I figured I couldn’t possibly miss out on Conrad Bangkok as part of my agenda during my work-come-leisure trip. Continue reading

(Recommended accommodation in Johor Bahru, Malaysia) DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru

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DoubleTree by Hilton expands its presence with the launch of its Johor Bahru property to meet the growing demand for upscale hotels in Malaysia’s southern region. One distinctive trait of the hotel chain is its hospitality that begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival, which characterises welcome and care in DoubleTree by Hilton’s culture. The hotel chain has been baking these signature chocolate chip cookies for travellers all over the world for the past 25 years.

Fact: DoubleTree by Hilton gives out approximately 60,000 chocolate chip cookies to guests each day, adding up to more than 21 million cookies annually.

Since the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru in July, more than 10,000 chocolate chip cookies have been given out to guests.

Located in the Central Business District of Johor Bahru, the hotel is less than 5 kilometres from the Johor-Singapore Immigration Checkpoint, and 25 kilometres from the Senai International Airport. Its accessibility to Singapore and Changi International Airport is a major plus to international travellers.

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(Hotel Review) Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

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Strategically located in the commercial hub of Pantai/Bangsar, Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar is nestled adjacent to multinational office complexes and the iconic Menara Telekom, also a brief five minutes drive from one of the largest shopping complexes in the capital, Mid Valley Megamall. With the launch of the KL Gateway Corporate Office Towers coming soon around the vicinity, business travellers and conference attendees will find the hotel of utmost convenience. Continue reading

Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel Singapore

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The Penang Hawkers’ Fare at York Hotel Singapore is back from 5th to 21st September 2014, ready to satisfy the deepest cravings. Occurring twice yearly, this buffet promotion has consistently been pulling off the best of Penang flavours to Singapore since 1986, and has never lost its appeal.

This September, a new stall joins in the kaleidoscope of Penang specialties, without additional cost, still affordably priced at $25.80++ (weekdays) and $28.80++ (weekends) per adult.


Nasi Lemak served with Nonya Chicken Kapitan

The new Nasi Lemak served with Nonya Chicken Kapitan wins votes with the intensely flavoured Nonya Chicken Kapitan with a spicy kick, and fragrant Nasi Lemak (coconut rice). Continue reading

An Ayurvedic Journey at St. Gregory Spa, PARKROYAL on Beach Road

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Begin a healthy journey in the Ayurvedic lifestyle at the St. Gregory Spa –a brand PARKROYAL on Beach Road (together with several other PARKROYAL and Pan Pacific properties) collaborates with. Marking its first anniversary, St. Gregory Spa introduces An Ayurvedic Journey, an age-old healing art of Ayurveda. Continue reading