1kg Burger Challenge at Meat Packing District Singapore

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SAFRA writer Tim Wee challenged me to Burger Face Off at Meat Packing District, for a battle of the genders. Click on this link and watch the video to find out who won!

Meat Packing District at Waterloo Street launched the Burger Challenge in October 2013. The challenge was to finish a burger of massive proportions – 6 patties weighing a hefty 1kg, layered with melted cheese, sandwiched between two buns, and accompanied by fries – under 20 minutes, and the meal is on the house. Continue reading

Ice Cream Chefs at SAFRA Mount Faber

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Ice Cream Chefs is no stranger to the ice cream scene in Singapore; thus far delighting residents of the Upper Thomson and East Coast precinct, and those who are willing to travel for merriment. With the newly opened outlet at SAFRA Mount Faber, those residing in the vicinity have something to look forward to when the sweltering heat gets unbearable.

Ice cream are made fresh daily, with over 10 flavours to choose from each day, several on a rotational basis.

There are over 40 flavours in their flavour directory. Check them out here: http://www.icecreamchefs.com/flavours.html

Ice cream pricing:
Regular Cup (1 flavour) – $3.80
Large Cup (2 flavours) – $5.80
Pint (475ml) – $11.80

The Crème Brulee ice cream is a personal favourite! Sweet caramelised notes instilled in dense vanilla ice cream –this ‘Ice Cream Chefs Originals’ flavour has been winning hearts since 2004.

The Earl Grey Tea Latte ice cream panders to those who prefer something less sweet. Continue reading

(Christmas Feature 2013) Park Hotel Group: Festive Feastings at Open House Restaurant at Grand Park Orchard -Flash your SAFRA card for dining perks

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Head down to Open House Restaurant at Grand Park Orchard for the most value-for-money Christmas feast in the Orchard precinct.

Open House Restaurant is best known for their ‘live’ cooking stations of Dim Sum, Roast Meats, Wood-fired Pizzas, Asian Noodles and Claypot. To add a festive touch, roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, roasted lamb, chicken roulade, braised oxtail, log cakes, Christmas Stollen and more are added to the spread.

From now till 23 December 2013, enjoy the All-You-Can-Eat Countdown to Christmas for just $48++ per adult and $24++ per child for lunch, or $58++ per adult and $29++ per child for dinner. The spread is bound to bring festive cheers to your tummy without the hefty cost. Continue reading

SAFRA Photo Convention –a great opportunity for photography enthusiasts to elevate their photography skills!

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SAFRA Photographic Club will be hosting the SAFRA Photo Convention on Sat, 23 November 2013 at SAFRA Mount Faber. SAFRA Photo Convention is held biennially and usually a renowned overseas photographer will be invited to speak on a particular theme.

This year, SAFRA Photographic Club decides to focus on areas of conflict and peace, calling attention to the importance of National Service, with the aim of highlighting NSmen’s role in national defence.

There are two parts to this convention: an enriching talk and an Adobe’s photo-enhancing workshop.

Look forward to the exciting exhibition of famous photographer Adam Ferguson from his assignments in Afghanistan and Iraq, and hear all about his experience.

Photography enthusiasts can also take this opportunity to enhance their photo-enhancing skills at the Adobe’s workshop, which is included in the ticket price.

Submit your inspirational stories relating to Singapore’s National Service to win tickets to the Photo Convention on 23 November 2013. Selected stories will be published online. The weekly lucky draw winner will be announced on www.safraphotoclub.com every Saturday.

Email your stories to lhuishan@safra.sg with your name, NRIC/passport number and contact number.

More information here: http://www.safra.sg/en/Participate/SAFRA-Photo-Convention.aspx

Registration opening and closing date: 18 Sep 2013 – 22 Nov 2013-11-19
Venue: SAFRA Mount Faber. Function Rooms, Level 2
Time: 8.15am – 4pm
Fees: $2 for SPC members, $22 for SAFRA members, $60 for guests and $5 for students (Go in groups of 4 and pay for the price of 3)

Boston Seafood Shack at The Star Vista

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Feeling the hunger while at The Star Vista? You have countless of dining options. But if you are craving for seafood and yearn to dine in a chic enclave, Boston Seafood Shack deserves your attention.

This dining concept evokes the soul and atmosphere of small seafood eateries that dot Boston, bringing the hearty flavours of the Bostonian harbour to Singapore.

Despite the unfavourable reviews online, we decided to still venture into the positive possibilities that Boston Seafood Shack has to offer –and turns out the meal exceeded our expectations.

Boston Seafood Shack has gone through several developing stages since it first opened, taking in valuable feedback from diners and constantly improving on both the food and service. It is undeniable they’ve had a rough start, with a large number of dissatisfied customers averse to returning –but one thing for sure is that they have made tremendous progress and deserves renewed evaluation.

The menu is currently in its 3rd stage of refinement, and here’s the verdict from my dining experience. Continue reading

TOBY’S The Dessert Asylum (3-Course Set Lunch from $14.95)

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Looking for a quaint and casual restaurant to settle down for a value-for-money lunch in the bustling Parkway Parade shopping mall? You can consider TOBY’s The Dessert Asylum.

3-Course Set Lunches start from $14.95, where diners can choose from a wide variety of mains from pasta to pizza, salads to meats, and sandwiches to burgers, valid for dine-in only from Monday to Friday, 11.30am till 3pm.

Each Set Lunch comes with ‘Soup of the Day’, Choice of Main Course, and Coffee, Tea, or Fountain Drink.

Set Lunches are categorised into three groups: Platinum ($19.95), Gold ($16.95) and Classic ($14.95). Continue reading

Siam Kitchen

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Being a regular visitor to the Nex Shopping Mall due to its close proximity to my home, I’m thankful for the wide variety of dining options available there. When craving for Thai cuisine, Siam Kitchen is the go-to place.


Green Mango Salad ($8.30)

Native cooks from Thailand have gone through studious culinary training in their home country before they are qualified to helm the kitchen at Siam Kitchen in Singapore. 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!

(Post-event) Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC)

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The sixth edition of the highly anticipated annual Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) happened over the weekend on 31 August and 1 September 2013 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands. This is the time of the year where Western comics, toys and games, and Eastern anime, manga and cosplay congregate.

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As the leading show in Southeast Asia that unites the best in pop culture from the East and West, STGCC has set a new record attendance of close to 40,000 local and regional visitors this year, a compelling growth from 35,000 visitors last year.

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One of the highlights this year is the Hall of Armour, a project by Hot Toys and Action City, presenting exact life-size figurines from Tony Stark’s Malibu Mansion in the Iron Man 3 blockbuster.

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Fans got to meet the people behind Marvel Comics, including Adi Granov, the designer behind Iron Man’s trademark red and gold armour on the silver screens, as well as David Mack, famed for his works Daredevil and KABUKI, Joe Madureira, Leinil Yu, Dexter Soy, Stephen Segovia and more, as they share exclusive art, insights into their work, and what it’s like working for the biggest comic book company on the planet.

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Collectible figures proved to be the best selling STGCC exclusives this year. Continue reading

Seoul Garden HotPot at Orchard Cineleisure

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Launched in 2010, Seoul Garden HotPot is an extension of the popular Seoul Garden brand that’s known for its 2-in-1 BBQ and Steamboat Buffet. Steering away from the buffet concept, Seoul Garden HotPot offers a variety of premium Korean dishes in an a la carte menu.

Located at three bustling malls, Orchard Cineleisure, HarbourFront Centre and IMM, Seoul Garden HotPot appeals to young diners, families and executives.

The menu was last updated in July 2013, which brings about an addition of new inventive creations to the existing traditional favourites. Continue reading

(National Day Celebration) NDP Picnic Party at SAFRA Jurong

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Happy birthday Singapore! 9 August marks the independence of Singapore. This annual affair never fails to unite Singaporeans with the impactful and heart-warming atmosphere. The elaborate celebration includes marching contingents, military bands, dance performances, choirs, the flypast of military aircrafts, fireworks and more.

One of the highlights for me would be the goodie-bag! It is always filled with delightful surprises and treats. This year, the NDP 2013 Funpack is designed by a group of 10 students from Nanyang Polytechnic. Incorporating selected ideas submitted by some 200 students, it is a simple and functional design that can easily be converted from a sling bag into a backpack. The funpack also includes a collapsible light stick that can be extended to a 75cm light sabre.

The patriotic aura is present, whether one is watching National Day Parade at the lively venue itself, or in the comforts of their own home. I had the privilege of joining the crowd at SAFRA Jurong to enjoy the live broadcast of the National Day Parade, while nibbling on the picnic treats that we prepared. Continue reading

(Hari Raya Feature) A Nasi Biryani Expedition

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Here’s wishing all Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Foodies, keep your eyes peeled, and stomachs ravenous, because this post is all about Nasi Biryani –a common dish in Malay households, especially ubiquitous at special occasions such as Hari Raya.

Check out the video to follow our expedition from Jalan Kayu to Race Course Road to North Bridge Road, intent on singling out the most outstanding rendition out of the 5.

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Thohirah Restaurant
258, Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799487
Tel: (65) 6481 2009

Our first stop was Thohirah Restaurant –a 24-hour eatery situated at Jalan Kayu, famed for their roti prata. How does their Nasi Biryani fare then?


Chicken Biryani ($6.50 nett)

For those in the know, the usual practice of serving Nasi Biryani is burying the meat underneath the rice. As our order of chicken biryani arrives at the table, we were greeted by a massive heap of rice accompanied by a separate bowl of curry. For just $6.50, the portion is more than substantial.

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