Carrot and Turnip Soup

Finally visited the Tan Boon Liat Building yesterday to buy some furniture pieces. This building should be known as another famous icon of Singapore, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it before. It’s a slab block about 15 storeys high, and all the corridors face the main road. So from afar, and especially from afar, you are able to see the individual businesses that occupies each level. They certainly don’t make buildings like these anymore. Another interesting fact is that if you take the overhead bridge in front of Tan Boon Liat Building to the opposite site of the road, you will chance upon a huge grave, the size of a hdb flat! Creepy if you were to chance upon it at night.  More on my furniture hunting at Tan Boon Liat in another post.

What I want to talk about is this lovely organic and health food store Nature’s Glory that is also located within this building. I love visiting organic and health food stores as there’s so many things I could buy without feeling guilty that they contain pesticides, preservatives and other harmful ingredients. I’ve visited a few such as Super Nature, Zenxin and Brown Rice Paradise. Not everything is expensive, for example the rice and flours are quite affordable. I wasn’t planning on buying anything yesterday, just look see look see you know, but I chanced upon this organic instant Miso soup powder. I’ve been wanting to start cooking more and eating at home and wouldn’t it be great if I could replicate Japanese restaurant dishes easily in my home, starting from the humble soup?

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Singtel Easy Mobile – Substitute more data for less calls!

*Sponsored Review*

Hey people, did you know there is a new phone plan by Singtel called Singtel Easy Mobile that allows you the flexibility of tweaking your plan to suit your phone use habits? If you are a heavy data user, you can tweak your plan such that you get more data in exchange for less local call time or less local SMSes!

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OK this diagram above shows the type of standard data plans that we have been accustomed to for the the last few years. Eg, if you get the Value plan for $59.90, you get the standard 200 mins local calls, 900 free SMS and 3 GB of data.

HOWEVER, this is all about to change if you sign up for Singtel Easy Mobile!

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There are 4 different price plans for you to choose from, each plan giving a certain number of units. For comparison’s sake, if you were to choose the L plan, you would get 16 units, which you can TWEAK as you like. If you’re like me, a heavy user of Instagram, Facebook and all sorts of other data zapping apps, you would want to TWEAK the plan such that you allocate the maximum number of units for the data.

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Burlamacco Ristorante

2 year old Burlamacco is one of those restaurants where I would genuinely love to return again to sample more of what the restaurant has to offer. I was glad to have the opportunity to dine there on a Sunday afternoon. Not many people think of going to the CBD area on a weekend, let alone a Sunday. Those who work in the CBD would probably abhor the thought, but you will be rewarded for coming to this part of town as you will be able to enjoy a laid-back, slow-paced and more personal atmosphere which you simply wouldn’t get on a bustling weekday. Oh and did I mention that there are no ERP charges on Sunday and parking is a breeze?

Burlamacco Ristorante

The Partner and I were the 1st to arrive for lunch at the restaurant, so we had the luxury of picking the best seats in the house. I like the cheery decor of Burlamacco, as well as the pictures of clowns decorating the restaurant. This restaurant in a conservation shop house row boasts a skylight, which allows natural light to permeate the restaurant. Just in case you were wondering, Burlamacco refers to the clown-like figure which presides over the carnival in the Tuscan town of Viareggio, and is the town’s mascot.

Burlamacco - Crostata - Chocoalte Tart Eruption with Vanilla Ice Cream $16 (1)

As always, before I delve right into the what we sampled at Burlamacco, let me first tempt you with a picture of the decadent molten chocolate tart we tried. Yes, you heard me right, MOLTEN chocolate tart, a first for me and for many people I’m sure. Click Read More to find out more!

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D’Bell – Stylish Indian restaurant in the CBD

D’Bell, a contemporary Indian-inspired restaurant and bar located in the heart of Singapore’s trendy North Canal Road has opened its doors. Diners can look forward to a chic and modern dining experience of light Indian-influenced offerings and classic cocktails amidst D’Bell’s stylish and luxe interiors.

I must say, my 1st impression of D’Bell was that it struck me more as an upmarket Western restaurant as most Indian restaurants that I am used to are rather traditional looking or casual looking. Prices seem quite reasonable in comparison to the other Indian restaurants.

D'Bell

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JAAN Restaurant at 50% discount!

It’s no secret that I love dining at fine-dining restaurants, I love the effort the chef displays in every dish that is presented, I love the attentive service and ambience, I love how the 3 hour meal feels like a long luxurious session perfect for catching up with the Partner. I what I do hate though, is the bill after the meal! Sometimes it’s expensive enough to shock you into indigestion straight away!

But now, with the Amex Platinum Card, you can enjoy up to 50% discount when you dine at many of Singapore’s illustrious restaurants. Take for example our visit to JAAN at Swissotel, the bill was a whopping $400+, but with the Amex Platinum Card, we only paid half the price. Smile

Jaan - 55' Rosemary smoked organic egg with ratte potato, chorizo iberico, buckwheat (2)



Here’s what the American Express Platinum Card offers you
  • A complimentary Palate membership* worth S$457.96 (incl. GST)
    • Get up to 50% savings on food orders* at some of the best restaurants in Singapore
    • Enjoy 15% savings on drinks* at some of the island’s trendiest bars.
  • A complimentary The Far Card Classic Membership worth S$425 (incl. GST)
    • Enjoy year-round savings of up to 50% on dining for unlimited visits at your choice of 11 restaurants at Fairmont Singapore, Swissôtel the Stamford Singapore, Equinox Complex and Swissôtel Merchant Court.
    • Revel in the accommodation benefits by free room upgrades and special room rates
    • Enjoy 15% off a la carte bookings of spa treatments from Mondays to Fridays at Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Singapore and Spa & Sport at Swissôtel Merchant Court
  • American Express Selects® – Enjoy up to 50% savings* with American Express Selects at a wide selection of restaurants in Singapore and around the world.

And that’s just the dining privileges! There are also movie discounts, spa discounts, golfing and shopping privileges!

Lucky Draw Promotion (exclusively for Platinum Card Members): From now till 9 Nov 2014, you can also be one of the 5 lucky winners every day to win S$100 worth of dining vouchers (TungLok dining vouchers for Monday to Saturday draws and Fairmont dining vouchers for Sunday draws). Every receipt above S$50 earns you one chance to win.  Enjoy double the chances when you spend S$50 or more in a single receipt at any The Far Card or Palate establishment.


Anyway, the proof is in the eating so let’s get down to the experience we had at JAAN. JAAN is a lovely restaurant helmed by Chef Julien Royer. Being on the top floor of the Swissotel, it’s a really nice place to have a romantic dinner or an important birthday celebration. Derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘bowl’, JAAN is an intimate, 40-seat restaurant dedicated to showcasing the finest in Artisanal French cuisine in Singapore.

Jaan - Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

Cantal and Walnut Cracker, Black sesame sponge with Smoked Eel, Beetroot macaron

The Amuse bouche, or several of them to be exact, to kick start the meal. Absolutely loved those cheese crackers and mini macarons.

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