Archive for December, 2012

Merry Christmas!

SmileMerry Christmas Everyone!!Smile

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I wish upon you lots of good food, good friends and good fun!!

Don’t forget the Bubbly for Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Hope you got all your Christmas shopping quite done. I have to confess that I will be owing some presents cuz I simply have not had the time to go think about buying presents, not when the wedding is like in A FEW DAYS TIME!!! How great it would be if we could dish out our Christmas presents AFTER Christmas! Then we would be able to buy all the goodies on discount! I love buying presents on discount. The budget is still the same, but for the same budget, I get to get my friends bigger and better presents!! Luckily, there are stuff that are already discounted, in most shopping malls in fact.

For example, if you were planning on going to a hosted Christmas party tonight, don’t forget to get some bubby. Did you know you can get affordable yet good quality bubbly at Cold Storage? You have to check out Jaillance. I wrote about it a few months back, and in the time that has passed Jaillance has gone on to win several awards! France’s leading brand of bottle-fermented sparkling wine, swept one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the recent Challenge to the Best French Wines and Spirits for Asia.

Jaillance Event at Balzac Brasserie -  brut Sémillon from Bordeaux and the demi-sec Muscat, Clairette from Die

The Sémillon and the Muscat, Clairette retail at $29.90 and $26.90 respectively at Bottles & Bottles, Cold Storage, FairPrice, FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra and MarketPlace. If you go today, you will find the bubbly on discount at Cold Storage. Think the Clairette costs only $25.

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Grand Park Orchard

If you haven’t already booked your Christmas Eve Dinner or Christmas Lunch, you just might want to consider Open House at Grand Park Hotel Orchard. In fact, I would highly recommend Grand Park Orchard’s buffet even if it weren’t the festive period. Open House boasts a buffet that is known more as “All-you-can-eat”. You know how it is with buffets, the chef may be talented, but after a huge vat of food is place out in the open for too long, the quality just isn’t the same as if you had ordered ala-carte. At Grand Park, they have 4 stations where you can enjoy food cooked to order, hence “All you can eat” rather than simply a buffet.

Another amazing fact about this restaurant is that most of the local dishes they serve taste really good! Better than some versions you get in the hawker centres in fact. And the prices are quite palatable too. $33++ for a quality buffet in the heart of Orchard road, does it get anymore value for money?????

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All-You-Can-Eat at Open House

Lunch : 12noon to 2.30pm
(Mondays to Sundays)
$25++ per person

Dinner : 6.30pm to 10.30pm
(Mondays to Sundays)
$33++ per person

Festive All-You-Can-Eat at Open House (10 to 23 December 2012)

Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm
$42++ per person

Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
$58++ per person

Christmas Eve All-You-Can-Eat and Scintillating Views

Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm
$42++ per person

Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
$98++ per person
(Inclusive of free flow Wines, Chilled Juices & Soft Drinks)

The Joy of Christmas Day All-You-Can-Eat Feasts

Lunch: 12noon – 2.30pm
$68++ per person*

Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
$68++ per person*

*Add $50++ to enjoy free flow Champagne, Wines & Soft Drinks

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Grand Park Orchard Hotel Open House Restaurant (42)

Roasted Char Siew Turkey with Five Spices

Grand Park Orchard Hotel Open House Restaurant (18)

Grilled Chicken with Rum & Rasin Sauce

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Random food photos from Raffles Hotel

Was at the 2nd Rendezvous with French Cinema event earlier this month at Raffles Hotel. Highlight of the day was to meet the famous French actress Sophie Marceau. Some might remember her in one of the Bond movies, The World is not Enough. I don’t watch all that many movies but I did happen to catch that one and I enjoyed it a lot.

I really admire Sophie Marceau and people like her. She has kids yet she still manages to juggle a backbreaking jet setting career. The idea of having to fly all over the world and live out of a suitcase may seem daunting, but wouldn’t that really be living life to the fullest? Sometimes I wish I were doubly busy with back to back appointments. Then I can say to myself that I’ve made use of every minute that I have. Of course it would be a fine line between just packing your days with inane stuff, versus going slowly but doing more meaningful work.

Anyway, since the highlight of the event wasn’t so much about food, I didn’t take many photos of the canapés served. Couldn’t resist taking a picture of the Champagne and pretty chocolate pastry though. The Champagne was the 1st thing I had that day! Smile

Raffles Hotel Champagne

A Champagne a day puts a smile on the face Smile

Raffles Hotel Chocolate Pastry (2)

Ain’t these just so pretty???? BTW, the cakes at Ah Teng Bakery in Raffles Hotel are surprisingly affordable at about $6 a slice. Considering it’s Raffles Hotel, that pricing is quite palatable!

Cafe Melba

I’m always on the look out for new restaurants in the East, and thankfully, it seems that more restaurants have been opening up lately. Mind you, there’s still room for more so I’m still waiting! Today I wanted to have lunch at The Big Sheila tucked away in an obscure part of Siglap (Swan Lake Ave, have you heard of it?). It was 2pm already and I couldn’t get a table! That’s how bad the situation is in the East. Too much demand and too little supply.

Anyway, I want to share with you this new find in the Tanjong Rhu/Mountbatten/Katong area. I think people living in the area all know about it as it faces a busy main road. It’s Cafe Melba, located at where the La Salle Arts School once used to be. I’ve only been once so far, on a Saturday night and it was also full house. It’s a nice place, with a huge al-fresco area. The inside seating isn’t huge though. Dog lovers will love Cafe Melba as it is dog friendly. Also, there is a huge lawn in front of Cafe Melba, which would be great for the kids and the dogs.

Cafe Melba (1)

Not too sure if it would be sweltering in the day time because I went at night.

Cafe Melba - Ham and pineapple (Tomatoes, ham, pineapple, mozzarella) 9 inch $18 (2)

Ham and pineapple pizza (Tomatoes, ham, pineapple, mozzarella) 9 inch $18

They have 3 sizes of pizza to choose from but we took the smallest one at 9 inches. Those who like thin crust pizza would certainly like this one. It’s not so thin that it’s crispy like a biscuit, it does go a little floppy towards the middle. Toppings were nice and on the whole the pizza was quite nice.

Cafe Melba - Melba beef rendang in (Beef in coconut milk, ginger and spices, shoe-string fries and pizza breads) $18 (1)

Melba beef rendang in (Beef in coconut milk, ginger and spices, shoe-string fries and pizza breads) $18

Interesting to find Rendang at a Western bistro and it’s always a risk to order Asian dishes as it takes a really versatile chef to be good with both Western and Asian cuisines. The Rendang tasted quite authentic. It was quite heavy and rich and it was a delight to mop up the Rendang gravy with the pizza breads provided. The beef though was forgettable as it was stringy and slightly tough.

Cafe Melba - Shoestring fries

Crispy Shoestring fries

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