Archive for January, 2012

Unveiling of Kronenbourg 1664 Eiffel Beer Tower

*Media Invite*

Have you heard of the beer Kronenbourg 1664? It is a premium lager from France, brewed from the Strisselspalt hop, better known as the ‘caviar of hops’. I was totally taken aback by the taste of the beer the 1st time I drank it almost 1 year ago. This beer is totally different from any other beer that I have drunk to date. Okay I haven’t guzzled all that many brands of beers, let’s see, Carlsberg, Heineken, Erdinger, Stella Artois…they all kinda taste similar.

Kronenbourg really stands out with its citrus, fruity flavour and floral aroma.  I just found out that only the purest waters from the Vosges Mountains in France are used to brew the Kronenbourg 1664 as well as the Kronenbourg Blanc 1664. No wonder it has such a smooth, and easy to drink taste! I know of some people who like to go clubbing but hate the taste of beer, but yet still have to order one to look sociable. Try this beer, you just might be able to enjoy it more as it is sweeter.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the unveiling of the new Kronenbourg 3 litre Eiffel Beer Tower. Singapore was the 1st place in the world the Kronenbourg 1664 Eiffel Beer Tower was unveiled! The Coastal Settlement, one of Singapore’s newest and most charming dining spots set in the lush greeneries of Changi was where the momentous occasion occurred, and I must say the Coastal Settlement was the perfect venue to hold this beer party.

Kronenbourg 1664 3L Eiffel Beer Tower

So what’s so special about this beer dispenser, apart from it looking like a replica of the Eiffel Tower? Well, unlike other beer towers, the Kronenbourg Eiffel Beer Tower stands at a height of about one metre and has one tap affixed to each side of its base, making it possible for more people to dispense beer at one time. Now you don’t have to fight over who gets the beer first because 4 people can do so at the same time!

Kronenbourg 1664 Party at Coastal Settlement - The iconic Kronenbourg 3L Eiffel Beer Tower

My dinner guest demonstrates how one would dispense beer from the tower…. Okay would this not be a talking point if you unveil this Eiffel Beer tower at your own party?

Kronenbourg 1664 Party at Coastal Settlement - Pretty Beer Ladies Kronenbourg 1664 Party at Coastal Settlement - Beer ladies pose for me

Those heels are like stilts, the beer girls were towering over the guests as well.

Kronenbourg 1664 Party at Coastal Settlement - 365days2play was here!

365days2play was here…

Kronenbourg 1664 Party at Coastal Settlement - Party!!!

My friend looks like he’s about to conk out but actually he was super awake and we even went for coffee at McDonalds after the event!

Kronenbourg 1664 Party at Coastal Settlement - (2)

We got to bring back free beer too. Love the red ribbony design. The paper bag looks cute enough to reuse again.

Kronenbourg 1664 Party at Coastal Settlement - (4)

Everyone enjoying the wonderful evening with free-flow of beer and great tasting food

Check out Kronenbourg’s Website and Facebook

Check out The Coastal Settlement

*Thank you Communications DNA and Kronenbourg for the invitation!*

Chock Full of Beans

New cafes have been opening by the dozen that I can hardly keep up with the sampling. It’s no longer surprising to hear of yet another new kid on the block. The good thing is that these “New Generation Cafes” are being opened by people who are really passionate about what they do. And when there is passion, there is quality and value. I would not hesitate to visit any of these New Generation Cafes as more likely than not, I’m going to be enjoying the freshly brewed single-origin coffees and food made with wholesome ingredients.

Interesting though, that most of these cafes choose to either open in the Central part of Singapore (ie Shenton Way, Robertson Quay, Dempsey) or the once old now renewed Tiong Bahru area. What’s wrong with the East, people? There’s still lots of space in Siglap, Katong, Simpang Bedok and Eastwood!

Well, one cafe called Chock Full of Beans has started operations in Changi Village. I consider Changi Village to be in the East, so hooray for that, although technically speaking, Changi Village is so far east that it would be equidistant for me to drive to Bugis instead. Anyway, I thought I should show my support for Eastie cafes so I dragged the Parents and Partner along to give it a try 2 days before Chinese New Year.

Chock Full of Beans - Mango and Bacon Pizza

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CNY Gathering at ToastBox

“For good health, eat cake and drink tea at least twice a day” ~~ Anonymous

My family likes to gather over tea and toast every single day and Chinese New Year is no exception. After escaping from the 1st house we visited slightly earlier than expected, we spent the spare time chilling out at ToastBox.

I’d read about this quaint little retail mall called Greenwich V, located in the Seletar Hills area and I knew I just had to visit. Even though I’d prepared this list on what shops are open during CNY, I didn’t check up on Greenwich V. We kinda took a gamble and were relieved to see the bright lights of ToastBox greeting us at the entrance of Greenwich V. BTW, Greenwich V is so small, there are only 2 floors. Cold Storage takes up half the space on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor is already the roof garden, but there are a number of eateries up there such as Coffee Bean, Cedele and Paradise Inn. There are also non eateries like Jan & Ellie English Language School, Home-fix the DIY Store and the Phoenix Medical Group. It kind of reminds me of myVillage, but even smaller! We got free parking today thanks to some guy who’d knocked down the gantry.

Today, we indulged a little and ordered the little traditional tea cakes from Toast Box. They always look so dainty and mouth-watering in the display cases, but I try not to eat them since the tea is already quite fattening too. But it’s Chinese New Year, so it’s okay for today. Besides, refer to quotation above.

Toastbox - Chocolate Cake

Toastbox - Chocolate Cake (2)

Chocolate and cherry cake, quite good actually. I like the chocolate sponge but I removed most of the cream as there was too much of it. I like it that it’s mostly sponge, cuz I prefer a cake with a higher ratio of sponge to cream/mousse. For just over a dollar, I’d say it is really value for money. And the thing is, sometimes you just want to have a few bites of cake. Why pay $6 for a huge slice when $1.20 will suffice? Like that you can have cake everyday, or twice a day in fact. Seriously, where can you find cake for $1.20 in Singapore???

Toastbox - Banana Cake

The Banana Cake in my opinion is pretty bad. There is hardly any taste of banana at all. The cake is on the hard side too. My banana cake is loads better. The Partner thinks that for $1.50, the banana cake is okay, and since he doesn’t fancy any of the other cakes, he has no choice but to order banana cake at ToastBox. So I can tell you that this banana cake is consistently bad.

Toastbox - Peanut Butter Thick Toast

My father had this Peanut Butter thick toast. One good thing about ToastBox is that they always slather on lots of peanut butter or whatever topping you choose, onto their thick toast. My ultimate favourite thick toast topping is just plain old butter and sugar. It’s the BEST! And the middle piece is the best of the lot because there’s no crust to deal with!

Toastbox - Half Boiled Eggs (2)

My mother went for the healthier option…..half boiled eggs

ToastBox @ Greenwich V

The Toast Box branch at Greenwich V.

Well so that was afternoon tea break. In the evenings, we had another family gathering with my father’s siblings and their family at Changi Airport’s Toast Box. Thanks to my prior research, I knew that Yakun would not be open on CNY so we strategically chose to go to Toast Box at Terminal 2. We got a table for 10 people without any trouble. If you’re afraid of crowds, go to Terminal One or Terminal Two.

Toastbox - Peanut Cake

Cake number 2 for the day. Peanut cream cake. In my opinion, not as nice as the chocolate cake as the peanut flavour is a little weird.

Toastbox - Butter Sugar Toast

Wanted to order the butter sugar thick toast, but ended up with the butter sugar normal toast. Apparently they do not spread the butter nicely on the toast for you. As you can see, the slice of butter was way too thick for the bread, so I scooped most of it out. For the same price I think I’d rather go for the thick toast. I just realised Toast Box offers Buttermilk Thick Toast. I wonder if that can possibly taste good since buttermilk is sour!

Toastbox @ Airport

Toast Box at Changi Airport Terminal 2. It’s on the same level as McDonalds, just at opposite ends.

Click here for all my posts on Toast Box.

What is open during Chinese New Year 2012?

See What is open during CNY 2014!

Supermarkets

NTUC

Cold Storage / Jasons Market Place / Shop & Save

Shopping Centres/Airport

Changi Airport

  • Lots of shops and eateries open, some even for 24 hours. Changi Airport’s the best place to go if you don’t know where to go during the festive Chinese New Year period.
  • Wang Cafe, Killiney Kopitiam, Toast Box, Coffee Bean and McDonalds are open 24 hrs, but Yakun is not open for CNY.
  • See the opening hours of all the shops at Changi Airport

Raffles City Shopping Centre

Paragon

ION Orchard

Plaza Singapura

Takashimaya

  • 1st Day (23 Jan) – Closed
  • 2nd Day (24 Jan) – Closed
  • 3rd Day (25 Jan) – Open

Tangs

  • 1st Day (23 Jan) – Closed
  • 2nd Day (24 Jan) – Closed
  • 3rd Day (25 Jan) – Open

Wisma Atria – Can’t find the information

CentrePoint – Can’t find the information. Looks like closed for both days.

 

Kopi and Coffee

Starbucks

Not able to find a nice list indicating the opening hours of the local kopi joints but if you click on the Shopping Centre links, you will find some of the kopi joints are open. Here are some I found but this is not the entire list.

  • Toastbox open @ Plaza Singapura, Changi Airport
  • Yakun – Closed even at Changi Airport, so I can quite confidently say that Yakun is not open for both days of Chinese New Year

Where to shop during Chinese New Year, where to eat during CNY or where to have kopi? Is Takashimaya open on CNY? Is ION Orchard open on CNY? Which shopping centres are open on Chinese New Year? Is Yakun open on Chinese New Year? Now you know….but please, spend some quality time with your family and relatives first!

 

Happy Chinese New Year Everybody!

Chinese New Year is just about 6 hours away so let me wish all of you out there a Happy Chinese New Year in advance! May the year of the Dragon bring you peace, prosperity, happiness and health!

365days2play wishes all Peace & Prosperity for 2012

This evening, I will be enjoying a sumptuous reunion dinner with my parents, the Partner as well as my 3rd Uncle’s family at our favourite Cze Char stall in Bedok. I may even be able to get second helpings if the Partner acts up and sniffs as dishes that are too foreign for him.

Every year, I always entertain the thought of welcoming in the New Year by visiting Chinatown. There’s just no place in Singapore that’s as festive and atmospheric than Chinatown on Chinese New Year eve! It’s jammed packed like hell and you move a few inches every minute or so. But that’s how you soak up the atmosphere isn’t it? You may find very good deals too but only after 12 mid night when the stallholders are keen to get rid of their goods. The Partner finds the idea totally abhorrent and encouraged me to go last week with one of my good friends so that he would be free of that task. Heh, that’s what he thinks cuz there’s no rule against going to Chinatown twice right?!

Anyway go last week I did, and here are the pictures. If you don’t know what to do on Chinese New Year eve, go to Chinatown! Enjoy!

One day, just maybe one day I will be able to fit into a Cheong Sam.

I dunno why but I find the waxed meats stall fascinating. I somehow gravitate towards it. I hear the meats calling out my name.

Apparently everything can be waxed, even fish. No idea what wax is used. I wonder if we can still get the same taste without using wax? I suppose that would be the European meats. I overheard a customer complaining that the waxed meats were more expensive than the Parma ham she bought in Europe. I bought $5 of the waxed duck seen in the 3rd picture, which amounted to 2 pieces.

My friend was too shy to appear in the picture so he hid behind the leg of ham.

Clockwise : Pomelos, buddha’s fingers, gourds, peanuts. The fingers and the gourds are for display and not for eating.

Taiwan fruit jellies. There are several stalls selling these and there is a guy standing there just to dish out samples. According to my friend, if you eat lots of samples and don’t buy any, they will take you aside and ask you what you’re doing. Don’t know whether to believe him or not.

The jellies are very nice. They are ice-cold, sweet, and quite firm so they give a good bite. Rather expensive though. $1 for 100g, but 2 of the jellies are already 100g. I tried to limit the flavours I chose, but I still ended up buying 12 for $6.

These aren’t the traditional Chinese New Year goodies we eat in Singapore. Is it just me or what but I thought that the number of stalls selling the traditional goodies were very limited. Stuff like Kueh Bankit, Almond cookies, Love Letters, Pineapple Tarts etc. I thought I would see stall after stall selling those, but I was wrong.

See this stall selling Crispy Fish Skin for $18 per packet. Don’t think this is traditional Singaporean CNY fare. I tried some and they were very delicious! Absolutely addictive, and they weren’t oily tasting too, on the contrary, quite light.

Now finally a place selling traditional Chinese New Year goodies. Apparently this shop is super famous and has a very long history. Look at all the newspaper write-ups! There are even black and white photos of snaking queues! Love old photos which let me glimpse what Singapore was like back in the old days.

Chinese New Year decor and red packets you can buy. I prefer getting red packets for free from the banks.

There is this cluster of mini food stalls somewhere near the Chinatown food centre. Not to be mistaken for the Smith Street Food Street. The Indo Sumatera stall looks really old school. The sign says it sells “Indo Traditional Snacks with Natural Ingredients and Less Sugar”. And then there’s the Caucasian selling sausages in Chinatown. I believe these stalls are here all year round.

The New Chinatown Visitor Centre

Well that’s all for now folks! Have a very festive and happy Chinese New Year! May you receive lots of Ang Pows, and for those that are giving, give more!!

 

HUAT AH!!!!!!

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