(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 Gift Guide 2014) Chocolate-coated Fresh Fruit Bouquets from Rainbowly

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Flowers dry out, and plushies turn old. What can be more practical than gifting an edible bouquet, with sweetness that linger in the memory throughout the coming years?

Perfect for any special occasion be it Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Christmas or birthdays, the chocolate-coated fresh fruit bouquets from Rainbowly is bound to bring endless joy to your loved ones.

Happy Feet for instance feature a dozen of adorable penguins made of strawberry coated in chocolate. Continue reading

Oriental Christmas Dining at Jin Shan Lou, Marina Bay Sands Hotel

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Christmas feastings need not revolve around turkeys and hams. Jin Shan Lou at Marina Bay Sands Hotel – known for dishing out fine Chinese cuisine – pleases those with an Eastern-inclined palate with lavish Christmas set menus at $138++ or $168++.

The set menus, which include a glass of champagne (or a complimentary bottle of champagne wine with minimum 4 diners for Bank Of China card holders), feature premium ingredients that will gratify fastidious diners. The master at the helm, Chef Huang Ching Biao, is armed with 47 years of culinary experience, which includes working in the presidential kitchen in Taiwan serving the royalty, presidents, high-ranking officials and the elite. Expect similar quality here!

Here’s a peek into the $138++ Christmas set menu.
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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

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