#CookForFamily –Pesto Spaghetti

#CookForFamily is an initiative conjured up by food blogger and Radio 100.3FM deejay Daniel Ang, with a simple objective of getting more bloggers, and hopefully their fans and followers, to start cooking.

When I received the email from Daniel, I agreed readily without even having any idea what I was going to cook. I’m always supportive of my fellow foodie friends, and I found no reason to show disdain.

How #CookForFamily Works

- Pick any day in July to cook a meal for a single member of your family, entire family or loved ones.
- The meal does not have to be anything fanciful, as long as it is cooked from the heart.
- Remember to take photos of your cooking.
- Blog about your cooking, the experience, your thoughts, what your family thinks of your cooking, and encourage others to #CookForFamily too.

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‘Parisian Night’ at Taratata Bistrot

Skirting the fringe of Chinatown, Keong Saik Road is home to a row of well-preserved shopshouses evolved during the British-colonial era –one of which houses Taratata Bistrot.

Taratata Bistrot is a French restaurant that prides itself for its unpretentious, quality French fare with regional focus –presented in their idiosyncratic style.

Working in pair are French bistrotiers, Bertrand Raguin and Philippe Nouzillat, chefs and co-owners of Taratata Bistrot.
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Kronenbourg 1664 presents ‘Unmask the Taste of French Summer’

Premium French lager, Kronenbourg 1664, is no stranger to international brewing awards, and has entrenched itself into the hearts of innumerable Singaporeans.

Kronenbourg 1664 has orchestrated a series of exciting parties since its launch on our sunny island in 2009. These are the two events that I’ve attended:

- The launch of ‘1664 Signs of Attraction Facebook application on 24 February 2012. (Read here: https://melicacy.com/?p=3376)
- Kronenbourg 1664 Cupid Party at SkyLoft on 30 March 2012. (Read here: https://melicacy.com/?p=3605)

Favoured for its refreshing taste and fruity overtones, Kronenbourg 1664 BLANC’s fans are legion. Enthusiasts and those new to the beer were invited to the “Unmask the Taste of French Summer” exclusive party at High Society Mansion on 26 July 2012.

High Society is about living the good life, through the enjoyment of music and good food –now, supplemented with excellent beer.

Bedecked in classy fabrics and shiny tiles of deep red, black and white, the jazzy and classy interior accentuates elegance without imposing stringent formality.

Canapés were served throughout the evening alongside free-flow Kronenbourg 1664 BLANC.

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RamenPlay @ Nex

The ramen craze has taken Singapore by storm, and has caught on in Malaysia in recent times, with new ramen joints sprouting prevalently islandwide.

In this ultra-critical city, our conception of chain restaurants being less worthy of attention, and deemed to be average, is clearly misconstrued.

I live in close proximity to Nex, and I visit the mall at least twice a week. I’ve walked past RamenPlay numerous times, sometimes curiously peeking into the restaurant, but never stepped foot inside until now.
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Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria

To all meat-lovers out there, Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria is a meaty paradise –a treat to your eyes, your palate and your ravenous appetite.

Churrascaria means ‘barbecue’ in Portugese. Their style of service is basically Brazilian rodizio: you pay a fixed price and passadors (meat waiters) will come to your table with skewers speared with various kinds of meat – slicing it with a knife onto your plate with your consent – several times throughout your meal until you signify that you have had enough by flipping the coloured card from green to red.
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Meet the Meat at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort

After its S$80 million makeover, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort unveils a spanking new layout and a new dining concept –“Dine On 3”.

The revamp must be pretty drastic since it is beyond recognisable for someone who’s never been there for 5 years –I blushingly admit that I happen to be in that position.

My parents used to bring my sis and I to Sentosa for staycations when we were younger. We used to stay at both the Rasa Sentosa Resort and Beaufort (The Sentosa Resort & Spa) but more frequently at Rasa Sentosa Resort.

We favour Rasa Sentosa Resort for it is the only beachfront resort in this metropolitan city-state –great for a weekend getaway.

I have fond memories of the resort, especially at the balcony, where the magnificent view of the Siloso Beach and the South China Sea never fails to mesmerise.

The very façade of the resort building (minus the revamped area) brings back lots of memories. Back then, we dined at the Silver Shell Café at least twice a year –it used to be a regular affair until our family broke apart. (Oops, what I actually mean was: everyone’s gotten so busy that we hardly spend time together anymore.) Upon entering the vicinity, a whole series of memories flashed through my mind.

After the revamp, the dining area, rebranded as “Dine On 3”, features three restaurants – Casserole, Silver Shell Café and 8 Noodles – and a bar under one roof, serving up a variety of dining experiences and cuisines.

The Silver Shell Café looks nothing like the old one that we used to frequent. When I checked in on Foursquare, my sis immediately whatsapped me (all the way from Australia), telling me how much she misses the place! Her memory is superb. I didn’t even remember the name of the restaurant!

Wednesdays: Meet the Meat at Silver Shell Café

From June 2012, Silver Shell Café presents Meet the Meat on every Wednesday evening. Meat lovers can revel in an array of poultry, beef, lamb and sausages prepared in various methods –roast, tandoori, grilled and barbecued.
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Singapore Food Festival 2012 -SFF Village at Marina Bay

The annual Singapore Food Festival is here! Year 2012 marks its 19th edition, featuring seafood delights in this year’s theme.

From 13 to 22 July, various F&B establishments will take up mini makeshift booths at the Singapore Food Festival Village tent, offering a diverse range of seafood, prepared in myriad ways by different ethnic communities.

The SFF Food Village is located at the Waterfront Promenade at Marina Bay, boasting 2,000 square metres of space and 1,500 seating capacity.

Seafood Paradise under the Paradise Group has created a menu especially for the Singapore Food Festival, which will only be available exclusively at the event.

SFF Seafood Platter ($36.90+)

The SFF Seafood Platter is designed to showcase 5 varieties of seafood dishes: Seafood Paradise’s Popular Chilli Crab / Signature Creamy Butter Crab, Stir-fried Live Geoduck with Asparagus in XO Sauce, Crisp-fried Prawns tossed with Salted Egg Yolk, Deep-Fried Coal Trout in Nyonya Style and Supreme Seafood Fried Rice.
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Sentosa BBQ by the Beach

Sentosa celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a spanking BBQ by the Beach extravaganza, featuring various BBQ techniques such as the regular barbeque grill, vertical grill and the traditional Hawaiian underground oven that is known as the ‘imu’.

The open-air environment with unobstructed views of the sea is accompanied by cool sea breeze and therapeutic sounds of waves breaking on the shore.

As night falls, it gets utterly romantic. Catch the spectacular sunset and bask in the moonlight whilst dining with your loved ones.

On to the food….

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Weekend Dim Sum Brunch at Mandarin Court

The very mention of Dim Sum and Buffet makes my eyes glint. These are 2 of my favourite things.

Dim Sum is something that I cannot get enough of, and Buffet is something that I always look out for (to satisfy my prodigious appetite). Put the both together: perfecto.

I’ve always thought highly of the Meritus Hotels group and what they have to offer. I was soooo looking forward to the dim sum menu, and all ready to be impressed.

Mandarin Orchard takes the enjoyment of ‘yum cha’ to a higher level, literally. Perched high up on the 35th storey, the spacious restaurant is adorned in an unpretentiously oriental décor, replete with a variety of table settings that will cater to both the communal dining and small intimate groups.

The extensive choice of over 80 dim sum delights will excite many palates.

Dim Sum Buffet

Weekend Dim Sum Brunch –Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday*
1st seating: 11am-1pm
2nd seating: 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Adult $48++, Child $24++
*Additional $10 per person on Public Holidays

Steamed Prawn Dumpling with Crabmeat
Steamed Scallop Dumpling with Celery
Steamed Vegetarian Dumpling

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Moonberry’s #BBSBBQ BBQ Party

Last Sunday, American-bred Moonberry celebrates Fourth of July with a BBQ Potluck party by the poolside. It was a great opportunity for a bunch of friends to kick back and relax, and enjoy each other’s company over good food and drinks.

It was nice seeing a good number of familiar faces. I rarely attend social gatherings as I can get awkwardly quiet and introverted, but I do appreciate the friends that I made after entering the foodie field.

It was a semi potluck party, so there is definitely no shortage of food. Moonberry provided the main attraction (i.e. meats and seafood to be grilled), while the rest of us had the freedom to bring whatever we deem appropriate for the party.

The result is: a charming variety of foods and drinks on the table.

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Crab Fiesta at PARKROYAL, Plaza Brasserie (5 July-31 Aug 2012)

The Crab Fiesta is happening at Plaza Brasserie, PARKROYAL from now till 31 August 2012!

I know what you’re thinking. “How apt. Melicacy, who doesn’t fancy crabs, is at the Crab Fiesta.”

Mercifully I am not allergic to crustaceans; neither do I entirely abolish crabs from my diet due to health reasons.

“I just avoid it due to the hassle of eating it.” You are probably bored of this repeated statement (I have mentioned this at least 3 times in my blog recently!), but I am reciting this sedulously in hopes that chefs out there who come across my humble blog can come up with more dishes that don’t require the painstaking prying and cracking of crab shells.

Plaza Brasserie makes crab-eating slightly easier by dissecting the crabs and pre-cracking the shells before laying them out in the buffet spread. You still need to get your hands dirty, and spend a little effort dislodging the meat from the shell; but the amount of effort needed is trimmed tremendously.

Ready yourself with a napkin, and voracious enthusiasm, because the free-flow of crabs is no child’s play.

Alongside traditional favourites such as Chilli Crab, Black Pepper Crab, Butter Crab and Salted Egg Yolk Crab, Chef Jackson has come up with a variety of flavours and novel interpretations of crab such as Thai Green Curry Mud Crab in Sichuan Style, Stir fried Sri Lanka Crabs with XO Sauce and Crab Meat Le Mein with Miso Paste.
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Irvin’s Live Seafood House

Continuing with the Jalan Leban foodie outing post…… (Check out my review of Leban HK Café here)

You can hardly miss the glimpse of Irvin’s Live Seafood House’s signboard whenever you drive pass Jalan Leban.

Irvin’s Live Seafood House – formerly known as Irvin’s Seafood Cze Char that used to be a non-air-conditioned cze char stall along the stretch of shophouses at the junction of Zion Road and River Valley Road – is now thriving in its new location. It has progressed and relocated to a bigger, air-conditioned, restaurant.

Old customers who used to patronise the Cze Char stall – who travelled all the way there only to be disappointed with a totally different establishment that has taken over the space – can now find comfort in the fact that their favourite stall hasn’t ceased operations.

VIP rooms

Besides its new interior, and the addition of live aquariums and two VIP rooms hidden behind sliding doors, Irvin has stepped up efforts to enliven the menu, teaming with Chef Yap Kim Fatt’s new creations.

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Leban HK Café

Hello all, in case you were wondering where I’ve disappeared to the past few days, I was in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Before my trip, Cheryl invited me along for a dinner date at Leban HK Café. (Derrick, Celes and Alexis were summoned as well! No more romantic candle-lit dinner date, but I adore them nevertheless!)

Located at Upper Thomson, Jalan Leban isn’t hard to spot. The area, bristled with numerous eateries and restaurants, draws enormous crowds, especially the hungry ones. With Leban HK Café that opens till the wee hours, you’ll know where the night owls are heading for supper.
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Café Epicurious at The Rail Mall

What do you crave for on a lazy, sunny late morning? It is past breakfast hours but you’ve barely gotten your lazybones out of bed, snoozing at every chance you get. It is time to freshen up and head out for brunch –you won’t regret this.

“I love eggs” is an understatement. I can’t stress enough how much I love eggs. All my favourite foods involve egg –whether as a main ingredient, or just as an appendage to add flavour. The world would be disastrous without eggs. For that matter, I will never become a vegan by choice.

Brunch affairs best exemplify the glory of eggs.

In this post, I will introduce to you one of my favourite brunch spots: Epicurious, which is situated at The Rail Mall.

I would usually skip breakfast and even lunch (not wise), due to my odd sleeping habits, but getting out of bed for brunch at Epicurious is nowhere near dreadful. I was, in fact, looking forward to it all week long.

The Rail Mall is home to a several eateries, cafés and restaurants. Previously, I have tried lip-smacking Thai food from Sweet Salty Spicy (Click to read my review), adjacent to Epicurious. You are free to sit at either restaurant (whichever ambience suits your mood) and order anything you fancy – you have the option to mix and match items from both menus.
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