Singapore River Festival (SG50 Edition) –23 to 25 October 2015

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The Singapore River was seen as the lifeline for Singapore. It was once an important port for trading and where our forefathers worked and lived.

This year, in celebration of the history of the Singapore River and in honour of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, the Singapore River Festival 2015, happening from 23 to 25 October, will bring to life a never-before-seen side of the Singapore River. The event brings visitors to the three quays – Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Robertson Quay – a line-up of spectacular activities including interactive exhibitions, good food, trendy markets, art installations and theatrical performances.

For more details of the event, refer to the Singapore River Festival website or Facebook page:
http://singaporeriverfestival.sg
www.Facebook.com/singaporeriverfestival

(Mother’s Day Special) Heart of Youth cake from Swensen’s

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Heart of Youth ($51++)

Swensen’s presents something really special this Mother’s Day; the Heart of Youth ice cream cake has more to its name than just its youthful façade.

Pretty in baby pink, the piping jelly encases vanilla ice cream swirled with chocolate fudge chunks. Adding to its charm is the outline of pearl cream, and a white chocolate crown enclosing a delicate adornment of sugar flowers and berries.

One of the best gifts to a mum is her youth, and the Heart of Youth cake will grant her just that. The cake is infused with a healthy dose of Marine Collagen, a natural supplement renowned worldwide for its anti-aging properties. Mums will be glowing with healthy skin and stronger bones!

The Heart of Youth cake is available at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets from 23 April to 10 May 2015.

For more information, visit swensens.com.sg

GIVEAWAY

I’ll be running a giveaway on Facebook. Do check it out!

(MELICACY GIVEAWAY) Visit Philips Airfryer Food Truck from 4-16 April to win a Philips Airfryer worth $409

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Philips celebrates its Airfryers’ third birthday with a roving Philips Airfryer Food Truck, which will be traversing across Singapore to the heartlands, shopping areas and the Central Business District over two weeks, from 4th to 16th April 2014.

Philips’ range of Airfryers provides consumers with a healthier way to fry food without using oil, with its patented Rapid Air Technology. Philips has been recognised by Euromonitor as the world’s No. 1 low fat fryer brand.

Join in the celebration and check out the Philips Airfryer Truck and have a taste of yummy and guilt-free Airfried treats. They will also be giving out goodie bags to visitors who share photos of the food truck on instagram with the hashtag #PhilipsAirfryer.

On top of that, Melicacy will be giving away a unit of the Philips Viva Collection Airfryer (recommended retail price: $409), thanks to Philips! To win, simply visit the food truck at your chosen location, take a selfie (a picture of yourself) with the food truck, upload it on Instagram with the hashtag #PhilipsAirfryer AND #MelicacyGiveaway*. I will be selecting the best picture so put on your best smile and enjoy the Airfried treats! Don’t forget to follow me @melicacy !

*Those with private accounts, please take a screenshot of your photo and tags, and email to contest.melicacy@gmail.com

Visit the Philips Airfryer food truck at the following locations from 11am to 8pm:

4th April, Friday: Century Square
5th April, Saturday: VivoCity
6th April, Sunday: Jurong Point
10th April, Thursday: AMK Hub
11th to 13th April, Friday to Sunday: Knightsbridge (Orchard)
14th to 16th April, Monday to Wednesday: One Raffles Place

Watch this video to know more about the Philips Airfryer:

Giveaway winner: Congratulations Ong Poh Yean on winning the Philips Viva Collection Airfryer! Happy cooking!

Rochor Thai at Joo Chiat Road (Melicacy readers enjoy free Thai Iced Tea!)

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Rochor Thai is a humble and unpretentious bistro serving, as its name suggests, Thai cuisine. It was previously located at Rochor Centre building, hence its appellation. Rochor Thai is now satiating palates in the east, along the shophouses on Joo Chiat Road.

This gem prides itself for being the only Thai dining establishment in Singapore that strictly refrains from the use of MSG (monosodium glutamate). The generous use of herbs, spices and aromatics make up for the absence of MSG, which is commendable, how flavourful the dishes are rendered. Many restaurants take the easy way out and count on the liberal use of MSG for flavour enhancement. Continue reading

(Christmas Giveaway) 2 x Somersby Gift Sets to be won!

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Somersby Apple Cider is one of the very few beers that I adore. Refreshing and sweet, it’s made from fermented apple juice and natural flavourings.

This festive season, Melicacy is sponsored two sets of Somersby gift sets to give away!

The gift set comprises two bottles of Somersby Apple Ciders, a tall glass and a bottle opener.

To participate in this giveaway, head over to this Facebook post.

Don’t forget to like Melicacy’s facebook page! Good luck all~

Merry Christmas!

(Giveaway) Recipe Book: The New Pâtissiers by Olivier Dupon

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The New Pâtissiers by Olivier Dupon features 89 recipes from 38 of the finest pastry chefs worldwide, with over 300 stunning photographs in colour.

An essential for dessert lovers, this book encompasses recipes of cakes, tarts, biscuits, petits fours, plated desserts, pastries, confectionery, chocolate, ice creams and sorbets. Each recipe has been home-tested by amateurs and each is rated by difficulty.

The winner of this giveaway will also get to meet Olivier Dupon in person on 8th November 2013 at 3.30pm for an autograph.

To win The New Pâtissiers (retailing at SGD $64.95), simply:

1) Like Melicacy’s facebook page: facebook.com/melicacyblog
2) Like APD’s facebook page (official book & magazine distributor): https://www.facebook.com/apdsing
3) Comment in this blog post below with your answer to this question: How many recipes in total are featured in this cookbook?
4) Share and comment on this facebook photo and tag two friends in your comments.

Giveaway ends on 6 November 2013.

Bellwethers Bistro Bar (Free Drink for Melicacy’s Readers with No Minimum Order!)

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Nestled in an unobtrusive alleyway within the Little India precinct, Bellwethers Bistro Bar is a funky spot diverging itself from the shabby and old-fashion conception of eateries in the vicinity.

It inhales rusticity from its quaint surroundings, at the same time putting on an edgy veneer with artistic murals adorning the walls. The interior setting is decidedly modern-simplicity with a sleek bar to boot.


Sangria

Patrons can participate in the Trivia Pop Quiz that happens every first Wednesday of the month, forming teams of 2-4 to compete for the top 3 positions, to win a bottle of whiskey each.


Refreshing Cucumber Smoothie

Embracing creativity and talents, there’s an ‘Open-Mic Night’ every Saturday from 7-11pm, welcoming artistes to sign up to perform and showcase their flair for music. Bellwethers provides a space and platform for aspiring artistes to develop their confidence and showmanship to bring their performing skills to another level.


Lamb Rack with Grilled Vegetables (serves 2-3) – $60

Bellwethers’ menu is curated by resident chef, Warren Poh, who exhibits a distinct Spanish influence in his style of cooking. He has trained under renowned chefs such as Chef Reynaldo (head chef of 7Adam), Chef Aitor Olabegoya (Executive Chef of Migas and Elite concepts, Hong Kong), and Chef Quim (Chef-owner of el quim la bouqueria, Barcelona Spain).

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(GIVEAWAY) 5 pairs of Snax! By CP vouchers to be won! (Each pair worth $30)

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Snax! By CP is the latest food concept launched by CP Foods, one of Singapore’s most popular and leading food brands.

The fast food store serves up hot, flavourful, crispy, comfort food that you can consume on the go.

Thanks to the generosity of CP Foods, Melicacy is giving away 5 pairs of Snax! By CP vouchers. Each voucher, worth $15, entitles a Snax! value meal, 3 seafood or chicken skewers of your choice, an 1 set of the new ‘Chicky Chix’. Continue reading

Emicakes presents Strawberry Oreo Cake, August Cake of the Month (Plus GIVEAWAY!)

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Pretty in pink; beauty is only skin deep, but it’s a valuable asset isn’t it? I’m immediately allured by Emicakes’ Strawberry Oreo Cake’s endearing façade.

Good looks do not necessarily equate with substance, but thankfully the Strawberry Oreo Cake does not disappoint in the taste department. Continue reading

Shokudo Japanese Coffee House (Plus a GIVEAWAY worth a total of $90!)

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Shokudo Japanese Coffee House introduces a revamped menu, adding a slew of new items to the extensive menu encompassing over 130 items, in conjunction with the celebration of fresh spring blossoms in Japan.

A brand by ThaiExpress Concepts Pte Ltd, Shokudo Japanese Coffee House is best known for its Yoshoku-style Japanese cuisine –a style of Western-influenced Japanese cuisine.


Mount Fuji Curry Omu Rice ($16.80)

A notable new highlight ready to knock curry lovers off their socks is the Mount Fuji Curry Omu Rice, which features scrumptious omelette rice topped with a thick slab of juicy beef patty concealing melty cheese in between, huddled together in a shallow pool of their signature Japanese curry, topped with fresh greens, and served with potato salad and pickles on the side. Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: 5 sets of Hotpot vouchers to be won (worth $32 each)!

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A hotpot meal for two, worth $32 each, will be given away to 5 lucky winners! The value-for-money hotpot meal includes seafood, meats and vegetables, with a wide range of sauces to accompany. Choose between two soup bases –the Siamese Luck (Tom Yum) and Imperial Chicken.

Giveaway period: 25th May – 12th June 2013.

Requirements:
1) ‘Like’ Melicacy’s Facebook page and STREET 50’s Facebook page.
2) Share this facebook post (set to public).
3) Comment in this blog post (below) and state which flavour you prefer (Siamese Luck or Imperial Chicken) and why.

5 lucky winners will be picked and contacted directly by STREET 50.

Terms and conditions:
1) Only one entry per participant.
2) Only residents in Singapore may participate.
3) Free giveaways are non-exchangeable for cash and non-transferable.
4) Hotpot is available daily at STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar from 6pm to 10.30pm.

Emicakes presents a Mother’s Day special design, “Say it with Love” (GIVEAWAY: 3 cakes to be won!)

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Unless you’re an experienced and adept baker contemplating on showering your affections for your beloved mother by presenting your very own masterpiece, you should consider scouring the bakeries of Singapore for the ideal Mother’s Day cake.

Choices of Mother’s Day-themed cakes are innumerable, but if your mommy is a fan of durian, the choices are narrowed down to a countable number of possibilities –with Emicakes being amongst the top 3.

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Choco Truffle Dream by Emicakes (GIVEAWAY!)

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Cake arrived. I could hear my own breathing, and Chubby’s (my dog). The roaring sound of engine, the vehicle vrooming off –sounds that make up a silence. There came desperate eagerness to rip the packaging apart, to put my face into the cake. Time raced by at the speed of a turtle wading its way through masses of sand. My alter (gluttonous) ego reviles the diligent shutterbug character. “Are you done taking photos already?”

‘Shutterbug’ rebukes with a sharp glare. The glare that conveys “Do not touch the cake until I am done taking pictures.” She then proceeds to slicing a piece of cake, for another round of photo taking.

Who can resist?

Perhaps only those amongst the minority of the human race, with relentless willpower, can prolong the restraint.
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Winners of the Dian Xiao Er $50 Dining Vouchers Giveaway

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Thank you, every single one of you, who participated in the Dian Xiao Er $50 dining voucher giveaway! As much as I would like everyone to win something, there can only be 3 winners. Scroll down for the results!

If you didn’t win the voucher in this giveaway, don’t fret, because you have another chance to win something, something even bigger!

Dian Xiao Er is giving away up to $3000 worth of prizes, with the top prize being $888 cash. CASH!!! $_$

Take part in the “Grand Reunion” campaign on Dian Xiao Er’s Facebook page. (More details are available at the Facebook app!)

Go to http://www.facebook.com/dxesg/app_393980984026584.

You can ‘host’ as many tables as you want, with 9 friends at each table. Each table can only accommodate up to 10 people including the host. Every filled table will qualify for the lucky draw, whereby the host stands to win the grand prize of $888 cash, while friends of that table stand to win $88 Dian Xiao Er dining vouchers.

This contest will run from 10 January 2013 till 9 February 2013 (11.59pm Singapore time).

Thanks to Dian Xiao Er’s generosity, let’s feast to a great year ahead!

(Now… time for the results)
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