Tiger Beer unleashes patriotic red and white livery this National Day

In commemoration of Singapore’s 49th birthday, Tiger Beer unleashes a patriotic livery encompassing the colours of our national flag. The limited edition 330ml cans, retailing at $25.60 for a pack of 10, are stripped off the iconic blue tone and donned a vivacious red and white colour scheme. Continue reading

L’Aiglon Cocktail Bar (July 2014 Summer Aperitif Cocktails)

I don’t mean to sound like I’m turning into a chronic alcoholic, because I used to avoid alcoholic beverages like plague. The thing is, I’ve taken a huge fancy to cocktails in recent times, more or less in the influence of the growing numbers of new-fangled cocktail bars that slowly helped change my perception of libations. One of which that left a deep impression was L’Aiglon, a charming cocktail bar ensconced in a shophouse along the Tanjong Pagar dining district.

Elderflower Spritz ($14)

The owner is French native Pierre-Emmanuel Plassart, also a film director, photographer and avid traveller. Not unexpectedly the stylish bar exudes French masculinity accented with Asian touches, seating 80 guests in three distinct spaces –an outdoor terrace, a private room, and a lounge flaunting an attention-grasping 8.2 metre-long bar.

Cocchi Cooler

This season, L’Aiglon brings forth a refreshing Summer Aperitif Cocktails menu that’s available from 5pm to 8pm daily, priced at $14++ each. The menu is made up of 8 light and easy-to-drink aperitif cocktails, a mix of both classic and original concoctions, with the aim of tempting you out of the office before sunset. Continue reading

Manhattan Bar at Regent Singapore

Manhattan Bar at Regent Singapore opened its doors on 24 April 2014, and has since become one of the top bars in Singapore, drawing a constant flow of the sophisticated and cosmopolitan crowd.

Main Salon (Photo provided by Regent Singapore)

The concept of this grand hotel bar gets its inspiration from the 19th century’s Golden Age of cocktails and fine dining. Sporting a glamorous and modern space reminiscent of old New York, Manhattan Bar is where craft bartending meets artisanal spirits, and where the classic and forgotten cocktails that leap from the pages of history are given deserved glory and honour. Continue reading

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto MILO –a stylish and fuss-free way of enjoying MILO

MILO is one of my favourite beverages –it gratifies in both its cold and hot state, also in both its liquid and solid state (think: eating MILO powder straight out from the tin, MILO chocolate, etc). We speak a lot about comfort foods but rarely about comfort drinks. Should there be a benchmark to measure comfort drinks, MILO would be a great fit.

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto recently launched a new capsule flavour that takes the pleasures of drinking MILO to a whole new sophisticated and chic level. Continue reading

One-Ninety Bar by Javier De Las Muelas opens at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

The opening of One-Ninety Bar by Javier De Las Muelas at the soothing enclave of Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is one of the most noteworthy events to happen in the Singapore bar scene in recent times, offering excellent service, dynamite cocktails and delectable bites, under the watchful eye of their creative partner Javier de las Muelas, master of the award-winning Dry Martini Bar in Barcelona.

Potentially the next best high-heel-treacherous bar in the city, the bar is built on a whole lot of poise, exuding a sophisticated ambience while still remaining completely approachable. Continue reading

Haagen-Dazs introduces specially crafted Coffee Creations infused with the new Chocolate Hazelnut Brittle

Catering to the palates of chocoholics and coffee lovers alike, Haagen-Dazs invites Eduardo Vastolo, illyCaffe Barista Trainer for the Asia Pacific Region, to craft three coffee creations infused with the new Chocolate Hazelnut Brittle ice cream flavour.

This new flavour is a decadent combination of dark chocolate ice cream with a smooth hazelnut swirl and textured pieces of crunchy hazelnut brittle.

Coffee fans can enjoy Eduardo’s creations in the comforts of their homes as Eduardo has a step-by-step video guide on how to create them using home coffee machines. He also hosted a series of workshops for participants to learn how to make the perfect ice cream coffee.

I attended the hands-on session hosted by Eduardo, watched him demonstrate his recipes of the ice cream coffees, and also got to fabricate my own Haagen-Dazs coffee creation. Continue reading

AdstraGold Microbrewery & Bistro Bar at East Coast Road

Adstragold Microbrewery & Bistro Bar at East Coast Road is a stomping ground for beer connoisseurs, offering over 10 varieties of ales and stouts that are freshly brewed in-house. The premises houses 6 tanks of microbrewery systems, hence ensuring that they never run out of fresh beer.

Established in 2010, Adstragold Microbrewery is the first to brew cider in Singapore. I’m not a fan of beer at all, but the sweet and musty ciders go down easily for me. Setting the cider-brewing trend in motion, I’m definitely looking forward to more cider flavours from them.

Here is where you can enjoy a whole range of freshly crafted beers, tapped directly from the microbrewery tanks. Varieties include Golden Ale, Summer Wheat, Red Summer Wheat, Pilsner Premium, Red Ale, Indian Pale Ale (IPA; seasonal and limited edition), Nutty Brown Ale, Dark Ale, Roasty Stout, Nutty IPA and Red Oak Ale, priced from $4.90/mug and $7.90/pint.

Crispy Pork Belly ($12.90/$18.90)

Hankering for savoury items to accompany your beers? Consider the delectably juicy and crispy pork belly. Continue reading

Singapore River One unveils Weekly Campaign “Tuesdays by the River”

“Tuesdays by the River” is a 6-month weekly campaign organised by Singapore River One (SRO) and its partners, which aims to hype up and enhance the appeal of the Singapore River with a whole new nightlife experience.

Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay are three bustling spots that line the fringe of the Singapore River, which is popularly known as the nightlife mecca of Singapore teeming with a diverse range of food and beverage options. Currently the Singapore River and its three quays include 500 property owners, 700 business owners and 10,000 residents.

In a nutshell, Boat Quay comprises conserved shophouses that provide a diverse range of F&B options; Clarke Quay is a vibrant entertainment, shopping and hospitality destination; and Robertson Quay is a welcoming mixed-used area that offers riverfront living alongside dining and leisure offerings.

This promotional campaign marks the start of SRO’s one-year partnership with Visa as the official card for the Singapore River, where Visa cardholders can enjoy exclusive offers, discounts and promotions, including having access to exclusive 1-for-1 deals every Tuesdays from 17 September 2013 to 18 March 2014.

A highlight for “Tuesdays by the River” is the first-ever ‘river taxi pub crawl’ –a collaboration between SRO, Singapore Pub Crawl and River Explorer. Participants get to barhop via a scenic ride on board the river taxis, enjoy the breeze, meet fellow party lovers, and bask in Singapore River’s vibrant lights.

Highlights of the River Boat Pub Crawl include visiting 4 bars and 1 mega club via a River Boat, free shots at every bar, free club entry (VIP Treatment), and exclusive drinks specials (Special prices just for all pub crawlers). Continue reading

Launch of Culinary Cocktails at Atrium, Pan Pacific Singapore

Pan Pacific Singapore launches an exciting array of Culinary Cocktails at Atrium, manifesting the masterly art of incorporating culinary ingredients into creatively crafted cocktails.

Turning to the kitchen for inspiration, the mixologists have raided the larder for vegetables, herbs and spices to add depth to their cocktail concoctions.

Fresh juices, distorted fruit, earthy spices and leafy herbs are added to enliven classic alcohol-based cocktails. Think: cool and refreshing watermelon, invigorating coarse grinds of black pepper, the nutty sweetness of maple syrup, a dollop of egg white, a tinge of white balsamico, a bright splash of rhubarb puree and the distinctive fragrance of shisho leaves.

Chill out in the comforts of Atrium’s ‘lantern-inspired’ booth seats or at the dramatic 44-metre-long bar –the longest in Asia. Continue reading

NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® introduces NESTEA Lemon, available just this summer!

NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® never fails to allure with its stylish and futuristic design –and it’s more than just a coffee machine. This smart multi-beverage system brings convenience to your favourite beverages, not only just black and white coffee, but also teas and hot chocolate. It is also the only beverage system that offers cold beverage options such as iced peach tea and iced cappuccino.

This summer, NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® introduces the NESTEA Lemon that is available only for a limited period of time. Continue reading

SHATEC celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a 4-Course Dinner Menu

SHATEC celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a 4-Course Dinner Menu at RECIPES Bistro

SHATEC, one of Singapore’s largest and most established training institutes for the hospitality and tourism industries, celebrates its 30th Anniversary on 2nd July 2013. To mark this significant occasion, an exclusive 4-Course Anniversary Dinner Menu created by four lauded alumni will be showcased at RECIPES Bistro on 7th and 14th June 2013.

The entire restaurant will take a respite from serving items in the a la carte menu, and serve only the 4-Course Anniversary Dinner Menu throughout the two celebratory evenings. Contributing their skills and names to the menu are chefs Eric Teo, Pang Kok Kheng, Tony Khoo and Randy Chow, who are no strangers to the local food scene. Continue reading

$25 3-course Set Lunch at Caveau Wines & Bar

Those working in the Orchard precinct will be delighted with Caveau Wines & Bar’s new set lunch menu, priced at a modest $25 for a three-course meal. If you’re looking to impress your date but running slightly tight on budget, this is where you should consider as well.

Caveau Wines & Bar is an inaugural collaboration between Les Amis Group and its sister company Vinum Fine Wines, seeking to be Singapore’s first 3-in-1 beverage playground. Continue reading

NESPRESSO Mixologist Session Preview for SAVOUR 2013

SAVOUR 2013, presented by NESPRESSO, is Singapore’s largest gourmet festival, back with an all-new line-up to entice fervent foodies.

To be held at the F1 Pit Building & Paddock grounds from 11 to 14 April 2013, attendees can look forward to meeting Michelin-star and world-renowned chefs, along with top local talent, at the 350-seater Gourmet Auditorium. More than 60 award-winning dishes will be presented in pop-up restaurants at the alfresco Gourmet Village, ranging from as low as $6. The extensive array of 300 master classes, workshops and demonstrations is also highly anticipated – all included in an accessibly priced ticket – which provides attendees with a wide variety of itineraries and hands-on involvement.

Tickets are available via SISTIC, with the latest schedules and itineraries available at savour.sg.

Also not to be missed is The Great FIJI Water Race happening on Saturday, 13 April 2013, from 12pm to 4pm, where a winner gets to take home a grand prize of $1000 cash and one year’s supply of FIJI Water. Contest hopefuls are required to complete tasks to earn the most points in the shortest amount of time, documenting their trail through photos and captions on Instagram with the hash tag #FIJIWaterSavour2013. Mini prizes including complimentary cooking demonstrations at ToTT and cupcakes from Cake Over Heels will be awarded to the first 100 participants who complete each task.

For more information on The Great FIJI Water Race, visit their or their website.

NESPRESSO, being SAVOUR 2013’s representing partner and official coffee, is one of the highlights, offering workshops for coffee aficionados and inquisitive novices. Here’s a sneak peek of a NESPRESSO Mixologist Session, with the energetic and jovial yet professional Mark Tay running the show.

We had a hands-on session, utilising the nifty and compact NESPRESSO PIXIE machine. It takes only 25 to 30 seconds to heat up, before it’s ready to use. Here are the recipes of three beverages that we put together, following Mark Tay’s guidance. Continue reading

DEAN & DELUCA’s First Coffee Appreciation Workshop in Singapore

Wine appreciation workshops are aplenty, but in recent times, the nation has seen a surge in the popularity of coffee appreciation with the emergence of specialty coffee.

Coffee appreciation is in no way less comprehensive than wine appreciation. The coffee-equivalent of wine tasting would be coffee cupping –in which taste, aroma, flavour, acidity and body are determining factors of a great wine or coffee.

I recently attended a coffee appreciation workshop at DEAN & DELUCA, jointly hosted by Papa Palheta.

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21 on Rajah at Days Hotel Singapore, Zhongshan Park

Nestled along the stretch of Balestier Road – where the ample choices of local food allure you with the wafting fragrance exuding through door-less coffee shops – a juxtaposingly ravishing dining option awaits at the comforts of Days Hotel Singapore.

Stroll in to 21 on Rajah, where a soothing sanctuary provides you with the cooling comfort of air conditioning to beat the excessive humidity and heat. Dine leisurely and unhurriedly in the spacious and modish setting that accommodates to large crowds during peak hours, beating the overwhelming masses at the neighbouring sweaty joints.

This restaurant is one-of-its-kind at the Balestier precinct. The number “21” in its appellation represents the 21 Mediterranean countries; its menu is immensely inspired by Mediterranean flavours and local favourites, highlighting the concept of “family communal dining”. Continue reading