The #GreatFIJIWaterRace at Epicurean Market 2014

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Stand to win a grand prize of $2,000 cash and 3D2N stay at Marina Bay Sands!

The #GreatFIJIWaterRace is an amazing-race style competition where adventurous foodies race against time to complete challenges to earn points. The race is open to attendees of Epicurean Market 2014, and provides an interactive way to explore different zones within the market. Challenges include celebrity chef spotting, coffee art design and more. Contestants are required to engage on platforms such as Instagram or Twitter as part of the race, and with a total of 5 mandatory tasks and 2 bonus tasks to complete, the person who earns the most number of points in the shortest time wins!

The #GreatFIJIWaterRace is organised by FIJI Water, the “Official Still Water” partner for Epicurean Market 2014. For more information on the event, go to www.facebook.com/FIJIWaterSG.

Date: Saturday, 13 September 2014
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Venue: Hall D & E, Sands Expo And Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands

About FIJI Water
FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji islands), is the No. 1 imported bottled water in the United States. FIJIWater, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs. Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels and through a convenient home/business delivery service, FIJIWater has expanded globally to more than 50 countries. Part of the Roll Global LLC family of companies, FIJI Water supports environmental efforts around the world and in their own backyard through their membership in 1% for the Planet. To discover Earth’s Finest Water, please visit www.fijiwater.com, like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fijiwatersg), or follow them on Twitter (www.twitter.com/fijiwatersg) and Instagram (@FIJIWaterSG).

Watch this space for updates on my participation in the #GreatFIJIWaterRace!

Xin Wang Hong Kong Café’s ‘Fly Me To Hong Kong’ Lucky Draw

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Autumn sales, endless shopping sprees and a tantalising array of food await your indulgence as you stand a high and tempting chance to win a fun-filled holiday in Hong Kong. Xin Wang Hong Kong Café – best known for their satisfying Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Singapore’s street favourites – introduces the ‘Fly Me To Hong Kong’ campaign. In collaboration with travel agency Focal Travel, Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe will be awarding 48 lucky diners and their partners with flight tickets and accommodations at The Oriental Pearl, worth a total of $30,000 to be won.


Crispy Prawn Noodles

Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe further spur diners to participate in this grand lucky draw by adding tempting options to its menu. 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!

iProperty.com People’s Choice Awards 2013 (Vote & Win a Holiday!)

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Singapore’s only consumer voted real estate and services award is back! Take a few minutes to vote for your favourite property, mortgage loan provider, best home furnishing store and many more in the iProperty.com People’s Choice Awards 2013 to stand a chance to win attractive holiday prizes.

Check out the 2012 winners here: http://www.iproperty.com.sg/awards/2012/results

Browsing through the voting gallery is almost akin to looking for inspiration and shopping for my future condo! I took a little bit more effort to research on the various shortlisted nominees just to ensure my decision is fair, and boy was I fascinated by how much Singapore’s properties are modernising over the years.

In the “Object of Desire Award” category, I chose Ferra by Far East Organization as one condominium I feel has the best architecture (internally and externally) that one would lust after.

Inspired by the elegant Ferrari car design, the unconventional structure of Ferra boasts subtle curved contours, and is injected with a sleek and state-of-the-art feel. I want to move in instantly!

Garnering a vote from me in the “City Slickers Award” category happens to be a property that also belongs to Far East Organization. It wasn’t an easy choice to make though; I was torn between the other nominees as they each had their individual traits that made them stand out. Continue reading

(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.

(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

(GIVEAWAY) 4 x $50 Shopping Coupons at Deal.com.sg for SAFRA members

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SAFRA collaborates with Deal.com.sg to introduce SAFRA Exclusive Deals (http://www.facebook.com/SAFRAdeals), which gives you more reason to shop online for the best discounts.

Under the special SAFRA category at Deal.com.sg, SAFRA members are exclusively entitled to up to 80% off normal prices. Unlock deals on dining, travelling, shopping, and much more!

Thanks to SAFRA’s generosity, they are sponsoring Melicacy 4 x $50 credits for you to shop at http://www.safra.sg/deals.

How to win:

1) Like SAFRA Deals’ Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/SAFRAdeals)
2) Like Melicacy’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/melicacyblog)
3) Like and share this facebook giveaway post.
4) Comment in this blog post and tell me why you want to win this!

Contest ends 30 September 2013.

*A SAFRA membership is required for the redemption of the shopping coupons.
*Credits are to be redeemed by the end of October 2013.

Giveaway results:

Congratulations Alison Liew, John Khoo, Fion Teo and Brian Koelsch Ho. Please email me at contest.melicacy@gmail.com to claim your shopping credits. Happy shopping!

SingTel Hawker Heroes Challenge –the day has finally arrived!

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Fans of Gordon Ramsay have been following various online platforms religiously ever since the news of him accepting the invitation (to take on Singapore’s three most popular hawkers in a culinary cook-off) went viral.

Gordon Ramsay’s acceptance video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOFvFeCTw0c

After a gruelling culinary showdown on 7 July 2013, the Singapore hawker heroes have defeated Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay. Continue reading

Submit Photos of Homecooked CP Foods Products & Stand to Win Great Prizes

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Singapore’s leading news and entertainment portal, omy.sg, launched its third Singapore Social Media Day (SGSMD) campaign in partnership with one of Asia’s leading premium food brands, CP Foods, to promote home cooking in Singapore.

Did I mention I’m a HUGE fan of CP Shrimp Wontons?


CP Shrimp Wonton in Tom Yum Soup ($3.30)

This snack is quick and easy to prepare, and most importantly, delicious!

Sizeable crunchy prawns encased in a smooth wonton skin… it’s irresistible.

The SGSMD website will be featuring LIVE Instagram photo feeds from the public using the hashtag #SGSMD2013 and #CPFOODSSG. Continue reading

STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar; Hotpot Meal for Two

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Have you participated in the Hotpot Vouchers Giveaway? There are 5 sets of Hotpot for 2 worth $32 each to be won. Giveaway ends 12 June! Find out how to win here: http://melicacy.com/?p=5596

For those who have joined the giveaway, here’s what to anticipate: Premium meat, seafood and vegetable platters, noodles, rice, an infinite refill of your preferred soup base, and a broad array of dipping choices.

The comfort factor definitely enters into the equation, and so is the convenience factor. Just a few steps away from the zoo-like atmosphere of the bustling Vivocity, SREET 50 Restaurant & Bar at Bay Hotel offers a calm respite at a decidedly unhurried pace.

Read about my previous dining experience at STREET 50 (here), where I sampled a selection of globally inspired items from the a la carte menu.

Hotpot joints are not an unusual sight in Singapore. It is one of Singaporeans’ favourite recreational activities amongst others such as sports, movies and karaokes. We can spend the entire evening just exchanging conversations while cooking our favourite ingredients in a boiling pot of soup.

While there is an escalating number of hotpot options island-wide, STREET 50 stands out with its antique-looking hotpot that uses actual flame rather than gas. Also, what distinguishes a superior hotpot from the rest boils down to the quality and freshness of the ingredients. The soup base is another deciding factor that can easily make or break the meal. Continue reading

Singapore Favourite Food 2013

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Brace your appetites this July, because the highly anticipated annual Singapore Food Festival is back! This year, the excitement surges as we celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Singapore Favourite Food Village (SFF Village), which will be taking place from 12 to 21 July at Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay).

This 10-day festival is organised by the Singapore Food & Beverage Alliance (SFBA), with the objective of raising awareness about Singapore’s rich culinary heritage.

Uniting a selection of hawkers and eateries during this celebration, the 2013 edition will showcase Singapore’s favourite dishes such as chilli crab, carrot cake, rojak, laksa, roti prate and tau huay.

Vote online for your favourite local vendors to be at SFF Village

You, food lovers, have a chance to contribute to this significant event. Vote online from now till 2 June 2013 for your favourite local vendors this year. A total of 60 popular hawkers, eateries and restaurants were shortlisted by the SFBA organising committee and advisory panel. The 20 vendors who garner the most votes in each category will proceed to showcase their triumphant fares at the Singapore Favourite Food Village.

Voting is open for the public from now till 2 June 2013 at http://sg.openrice.com/sff and voters stand to win attractive prizes such as:

1st Prize: Limited edition Singapore Favourite Food 2013 FlashPay Card worth $1,500
2nd Prize: One year supply of Taiwan Fruit Beer worth $1,200
3rd Prize: Zonin hamper of Italian Prosecco wines worth $500
Weekly Prizes: $100 cash vouchers. A total of 12 will be given out over four weeks.

Here are some pictures of the participating vendors’ dishes that I’ve tried during a media food trail. 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.

Food tasting with Community Games bloggers; Nando’s presents Angry Mango

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I was amongst the first in Singapore, along with a few other bloggers, to sample the launch of Nando’s Angry Mango, thanks to Vibes Communications for making arrangements and Community Games for the kind invitation.

Before I begin my review of Nando’s, here’s a brief introduction of what Community Games is all about. From March to June 2013, Community Games 2013 will be taking place across Singapore. It is a multi-sports competition held across the island, bringing the Games to the heart of the community and connecting residents of different ages, races and living across estates. Organised by the People’s Association, Singapore Sports Council and Community Sports Clubs, with support from the National Sports Associations, the sports featured under CG 2013 include Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Dragon Boat, Football, Netball, Road Run and Sepaktakraw, Swimming and Table Tennis.

Everyone can take part; simply visit http://www.pacsc.org.sg, click on Community Games 2013, select the sport you’re interested in participating, read the rules and regulations, and download the official registration form on the right hand column. Continue reading

The Carlsberg Lunar New Year Grand Lucky Draw ($1 million worth of prizes to be won!)

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Raise your beer jugs and toast to a prosperous Year of the Snake!

This year, Carlsberg is giving away $1 million worth of prizes, with the grand prize being 2 kg of gold (2 winners, 1 kg each). Other attractive prizes include instant cash rewards (win $888 and $8888 in cash) and giveaways (such as the limited edition Carlsberg Twin Speaker Boxes and Carlsberg Magnetic Wealth Bracelet).

To stand a chance in winning, simply purchase Carlsberg or its sister labels Carlsberg Gold and Carlsberg Special Brew from any supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, as well as selected coffee shops and hawker centres.

Hypermarts and supermarkets: Spend $15 on Carlsberg Green Label, Special Brew or Gold for a chance to win.

Coffeeshops and hawker centres: Submit three “Thank You” crown liners (Carlsberg Green Label quart 644ml) or crown liners with ‘Bracelet’ icon (Carlsberg Special Brew or Gold quart 639ml) for a chance to win.

Entry deadline is 27 February 2013 and the grand lucky draw will happen on 28 February 2013.
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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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