[Christmas 2014] Christmas Drinks

People don’t often eat “Christmas food” like Christmas turkey or log cakes until Christmas Eve and Christmas Day itself (except for us crazy bloggers who may have already had those as early as 2 months ago). But it seems such a waste not to delve into the Christmassy mood when the Christmas decorations and Christmas shopping are in full swing.

Well, the Christmas food may not be ready yet but there’s still the Christmas drinks to put you in a festive mood first, and I’m not talking about Egg Nog or the booze. Check out Gryphon Tea’s Christmas collection as well as The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Christmas drinks. Makes good gifts too if you’re lost for ideas. The Partner loves teas and coffees so I do make it a point to buy some Christmas blends for him each year.


Gryphon Tea

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Gryphon Tea Company launches three new limited-edition Festive Teas in collaboration with Capella Singapore Chocolate and Tea Experience. In the spirit of festive celebration, the limited edition set features Gryphon Tea Master Blender interpretation of joy, peace and warmth, spread a little love this season.

Highlights of variants:

  • Winter Love: Single origin black tea sprinkled with copper fairy dust with top notes of forest berries, nutmeg, blue flowers and vanilla. Love is in the air this season.
  • Chocolate Gingerbread: A rooibos creation of the seasonal favourite combination of chocolate, caramel, ginger and pomegranate flowers. A holiday essential for the child at heart. Naturally caffeine free.
  • Strawberry Champagne: A scarlet red infusion with top fruit notes of strawberry and champagne. The perfect alibi to celebrate the season. Naturally caffeine free.

Exclusively available at Capella Singapore The Knolls Sentosa, or order online at http://www.gryphontea.com.


The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean Christmas Drinks

If you’re thinking of coffee instead, do check out the The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Christmas coffee drinks. These are the familiar favourites but with added flavours such as peppermint or red velvet. Peppermint Mocha is my personal favourite.

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Dulux Let’s Colour [Part 3] : My transformed room after using Dulux Painting services

After the nail biting decision of going for a really dark wall colour, we waited for the good people of Dulux to come turn our white walls into the beautiful image we had in mind. The painters arrived at 9.30 am on the dot as arranged, and immediately got cracking. They looked very experienced and seemed pretty methodological in their process.

Dulux Painting Serice (2)

First things first, armed with a ton of old newspapers and plastic sheets, they got right down to covering all the surfaces that were not meant to be painted. Where the cupboard edges met the walls, they were meticulous in ensuring a straight line. If only the HDB painters had put such heart into their work, I wouldn’t be “boasting” cupboards with white splotches now. At one point, the painters even asked me who it was that did the last paint job. I gave them one word, “HDB”, and they nodded at me with sympathy.

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Antoinette Restaurant – Not just for desserts

Inspired by the famous last queen of France, Marie Antoinette, and exuding the style and private ambience of Marie’s favorite hideaway chateau, the Petit Trianon in the gardens of Versailles, a visit to Antoinette Restaurant, Pâtissierie & Salon de Thé lets diners embrace the same French elegance. Antoinette Restaurant was conceived by Chef Pang Kok Keong, with the 1st outlet at 30 Penhas Road opened in June 2011,  a second at Mandarin Gallery opened 2 months later; and the third and largest at 3100 square feet, opened in 2012 at Palais Renaissance.

Many people think that Antoinette is just a place for desserts, cakes and sweet treats, and indeed, they do serve these (my favourite being the Nougatine crepe!), however, there’s a whole repertoire of French inspired main courses waiting to be sampled as well in their recently revamped menu. Now, you needn’t just come during tea time, or after dinner. Anytime of the day would be just as good! The following are some of the dishes I tried at Antoinette Restaurant a while back. Can’t wait to return again!

Antoinette Montage

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Raffles City Market Place (Cold Storage)

Since I’m on a roll talking about supermarkets, I thought you might be interested to know that the Raffles City Market Place supermarket has finally reopened after a renovation. I’ve always loved going to Market Place, but after the renovation, I must say it looks even better. The supermarket now looks like those high end supermarkets I saw in Seoul last year, where there is an assistant standing at the end of each aisle. The supermarket stocks even more items than before, with many items you would think are only found in speciality gourmet stores.

You know how some people love buying food as souvenirs when they’re overseas? This is how I feel when I’m at the Market Place, I feel like I’m on holiday, looking at all the interesting food items hailing from around the world.

Market Place (Raffles City) - produce section

Market Place (Raffles City) - shelf end displays

There are some interesting sections which the office crowd and harried home cooks would be pleased to know about

  • Make your own Salad counter
  • Food to Go range
  • Gourmet Ready meal boxes
  • “Ready to cook” pre-marinated meats

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[Christmas 2014] Supermarket shopping for Christmas!

It’s the time of the year again when all the tinsel and festive baubles adorn every shop and building in Singapore. It’s also the time of the year where once again, I wish I could be in some wintry climate, experiencing a white Christmas. I quite like that it rains a lot in Singapore during December, the gloomy weather seems more Christmassy than fine sunshine. Although speaking of which, I will be in New Zealand next week, where the weather couldn’t be less Christmassy, and the sun sets only after 9….

I’ll have to get my fill of the Christmas mood from the Orchard Road malls while I still can. One place I never fail to visit to get into the festive mood is Cold Storage. I really LOVE looking at all the festive goodies, chocolates and candies of all manner wrapped up in golden ribbons, log cakes, hams, roast turkey…. the list goes on! I could spend an hour or two just walking through the aisles, imagining the sumptuous Christmas dinner I’m going to prepare.

Confectionery

When all else fails, Christmas chocolates still make for convenient Christmas gifts. I still think that Ferrero Rocher is the best chocolate to get for Christmas because they look so festive in gold! Cadbury seems to have come up with some gold foiled chocolates too.

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