Archive for April, 2012

Afternoon Tea at The Landing Point, Fullerton Bay Hotel

I don’t know about you, but I feel that once in a while you have to pamper yourself with a nice treat. We work so hard Monday to Friday 8.30 – 5.30, usually longer than that, that life would be indeed a drag if you didn’t know how to enjoy it. Be it a spa, massage, short trip overseas of indulging over food, I feel it’s a necessity not a luxury, just to keep you sane and recharge you in this hectic environment.

For me, going for afternoon tea at a nice hotel is a must. When I’m low on “lovin”, my brain craves for this. I know technically speaking, the afternoon tea items don’t feel worth the $$$ when compared to lobsters and crabs, but you’re really paying for the experience so I still think it’s worth it. Tourists to Singapore, you have to try our English Afternoon Tea experience, you won’t regret it!

Afternoon Tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel (14) For $42++, you get a 3 tier English Afternoon Tea set, which is refillable. Comes with 3 changes of tea.

Afternoon Tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel (15) Afternoon Tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel (17)

Mini Macarons for the macaron lover. These were very good, just crispy on the outside and still chewy on the inside. Because the Afternoon Tea is refillable, its hard to restrain yourself to just 1 or 2 macarons!

Afternoon Tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel (16)

Salmon Tartar Filled Pistachio Cones – I think I had 3 servings of this! The salty flavours from the salmon married very well with the crisp pistachio cones. The Brie Cheese and Figs on Hazelnut Crackers in the background were also very good.

Afternoon Tea at Fullerton Bay Hotel (6)   We were there during the last week of December, hence the little star shaped cookies to make it more Christmassy.

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Afternoon tea at Guess where?

Fullerton Bay Hotel The Landing Point

I had afternoon tea here. Can you guess where this place is?

Toby’s Estate

After our leisurely stroll from Grand Copthorne Waterfront down to the more populated parts of Robertson Quay, our parched throats signalled their discomfort. Being the self proclaimed foodie (I appoint the Partner to be chief payer), I immediately switched on my radar to detect the nearest cafe.

In this case, it was quite an easy task as Robertson Quay has quite a number of cafes to choose from. I didn’t want a large cafe, just a small cafe specialising in drinks, and we found it in Toby’s Estate. It’s not hard to miss as its in the old godowns that flank the river.

Toby's Estate

Toby Estate Singapore originates from Australia, Sydney. Humble beginnings indeed when you hear that Toby Smith started out using his mother’s garage more than a decade ago. According to their website, they are passionate gourmet coffee roasters, tea and chocolate merchants. They focus on high-quality brews made from their signature roasted blends and techniques.

Toby's Estate - Menu

Check out Toby Estate’s menu. Okay I suppose the words are too small so click on the picture below.

Toby's Estate Menu

Or click here if you want to see the beans you can buy.

Toby's Estate - Iced Cafe Mocha (2)

As for me, I was there just for a simple drink. The Iced Cafe Mocha $6.50. A very pleasant and refreshing drink, with enough such that both of us could share. Read more »

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Solemnization by the River

Grand Copthorne Waterfront

I am in a wedding mood so I thought I’d share some pictures of nice solemnization areas. Here’s a picture of the solemnization area for Grand Copthorne Waterfront. Love how they have done up the pillars in brown sashes. It would be a nice place to say I DO. The only issue with all these outdoor places is what happens if it rains? But at least in this case the couple won’t get wet. Love the jets of water coming down from the roof.

Grand Copthorne Waterfront (2) You get the view of the Singapore River

Robertson Quay (2) If you’re not getting married, it’s quite nice to stroll along this part of the river too.

Robertson Quay   Robertson Quay (4)

People living in these condos must have a really pleasant environment to live in.

Wedding Lunch at Min Jiang @ one-North

I partook in my cousin’s wedding over the weekend at Min Jiang Restaurant. It was a lovely wedding. The atmosphere was relaxed and the food was very good. Most importantly, my cousin was a smiling bride all the way without a hint of stress etched on her forehead. The bride and groom stayed in the restaurant the whole time. Not only did they have time to mingle with the guests, they had time to eat too! In my opinion, this is how weddings should be like. For my own wedding, I intend to have time to savour all the food (that I painstakingly chose) and mingle with all the guests!

Scroll down to see photos of the sumptuous banquet we were served at Min Jiang.

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Solemnization Ceremony Solemnization Ceremony

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Tea Drinking Ceremony

Tea Drinking Ceremony – These were done on the 1st floor, with the banquet being held on the 2nd floor.

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Lovely rose table decorations

Floral table decorations. Love the red rose petals.

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Combination of Lobster Salad with Duo Flavors (2)

Combination of Lobster Salad with Duo Flavors

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Double Boiled Superior Shark's Fin in Supreme Chicken Consomme

Double Boiled Superior Shark’s Fin in Supreme Chicken Consomme

One of the best Shark’s Fin soup I have eaten in a long time! It shouldn’t even be called a consomme because it was thick with collagen. The amount of shark’s fin served in the soup was extremely generous. Here you see me scooping 1 portion of fin out. There were several more portions in the soup. The Partner as usual abstained.

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Min Jiang Legendary Wood Fired Beijing Duck served with Homemade Crepes

Min Jiang Legendary Wood Fired Beijing Duck served with Homemade Crepes

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Stir fried prawns & scallops in XO Chilli Sauce

Stir fried prawns & scallops in XO Chilli Sauce

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Steamed Red Garoupa with Golden Mushrooms and Black Fungus

Steamed Red Garoupa with Golden Mushrooms and Black Fungus

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Braised 8 Head Abalone with Sea Cucumber and Seasonal Vegetables

Braised 8 Head Abalone with Sea Cucumber and Seasonal Vegetables

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Braised 'Mee Pok' Noodles with Shredded Duck in XO Chilli Sauce

Braised ‘Mee Pok’ Noodles with Shredded Duck

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Chilled Cream of Fresh Mango and Sago Pomelo with Ice-cream

Chilled Cream of Fresh Mango and Sago Pomelo with Ice-cream

Lunch Wedding at Min Jiang @ one North - Second Floor Second Floor

Min Jiang at One-North

No. 5 Rochester Park, Singapore 139216

http://www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/dining-en.html

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