Archive for March, 2017

PARKROYAL on Pickering–Afternoon Tea at Lime Restaurant

For all those who love afternoon tea, you might want to check out PARKROYAL on Pickering’s “Tiers of Joy” Afternoon Tea set at the Lime Restaurant, specially designed to be shared by two guests. Each set serves 2 people and the pricing is as follows:
• S$42++* includes a high tea set, and a single serving of specialty coffee and TWG tea
• S$48++* includes a high tea set, and unlimited servings of specialty coffee and TWG tea

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I had the opportunity to check out the afternoon tea and I must say this tea set is good for those who want a place to relax for a few hours, with some nibbles and unlimited servings of coffee and tea. If I were working in the CBD and needed a place to carry out business meetings, this might be the perfect solution too. I really love the bright and spacious feel of Lime Restaurant, thanks to the high ceiling and floor to ceiling glass walls. The water features lining the periphery of the restaurant help to exude the “oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle” feeling.

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Nowadays Baby gets to partake in the afternoon tea experience too, just don’t tell him that he got the short end of the carrot stick….

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Free Cooking Classes!

Yes you heard me right. Free cooking classes from Weber! Weber is an American company specialising in grills and cooking systems, and they have recently opened a store and training centre in Joo Chiat Singapore.

ANYONE can sign up for the free cooking classes! You don’t have to be a customer of Weber, nor do you need to purchase anything to attend the classes! The classes are twice a month over a weekend. To RSVP, simply call the Weber Customer Service hotline or email them, details if you scroll to the end of the post.

Weber Grill Introduction to Grilling

Grilling class for the month of March

Of course, you’ll be using the state of the art Weber grills to do your cooking, but that’s not to say you couldn’t learn the skills to replicate the recipes at home on your own stove top. I have to warn you those, those grills look so sleek, you might just be tempted to cart one home after your grilling session.

Scroll down for pictures of the Singapore Weber store as well as pictures of the grilling session that I attended! We did roast chicken, steamed prawns Asian style and even cookies, all using Weber equipment. I kid you not!

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Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Staycation

Everyone loves a staycation, but did you know that babies love staycations too? It was our 1st staycation with baby in tow back when he was still less than a year old, and we really had no idea what to expect, which kinda resulted in us bringing 3 suitcases to the hotel for just a night’s stay. I think the most “hilarious” item was the bulky baby float, which the doorman dutifully took in his stride without raising an eyebrow.

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After taking the requisite photos of our hotel room, we placed Baby on the king-sized bed for a wefie. He loved the bed so much, he was zooming all over it, climbing up and down and making all sorts of excited baby noises. It must have been the spaciousness of the bed (ours is cluttered with numerous pillows and bolsters) or just the novelty of it, but it was a joy to see Baby enjoying himself!

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Great view of Roberson Quay, the Singapore River and the CBD in the distance

I really love staying at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. For one, the rooms seem to be bigger, which I suppose is because it’s not located in the CBD/Orchard/Marina Bay area. The views are great, if you are able to snag a river facing room. You can see all the way up to Marina Bay Sands and its iconic SkyPark, which is always a visual treat, just like you would look out for the Eiffel Tower when in Paris? Lastly, the hotel is right smack in the Robertson Quay area, which is full of restaurants and cafes, but minus the crowdedness and hustle that you might find at Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. Robertson Quay is more laid back and less touristy, so its especially suitable for a day of chilling out, which is exactly what you want when you are on a staycation. The downside is there are no shopping centres and no MRT station nearby, but you wouldn’t miss those if you’re just on a short staycation and your main purpose is to relax, which in our case this time round, it was.

Scroll down for more pictures of our family staycation at Grand Copthorne Waterfront, our dinner at Grissini restaurant, the swimming pool and buffet breakfast. Also check out the following reviews: –

Borderless Brunch at Grand Copthorne Waterfront – Free flow wagyu and foie gras!

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Afternoon Tea – One of the most value for money afternoon tea sets in Singapore

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Niku Katsumata–Delicious yakiniku minus the smoke

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Niku Katsumata Singapore at Duxton Road is the 1st offshoot of the original Niku Katsumata in Ebisu Tokyo. Lucky for us that they have opened a branch in Singapore because it’s an invite-only restaurant in Tokyo, ie you need to know some celebrity or big shot before you can dine there.

Niku Katsumata specialises in lean Japanese beef, although they also have well marbled cuts of Wagyu. Wait a minute, haven’t we been trained that when it comes to marbling, the more the merrier right? But because these leaner cuts have been selected from cattle who have been bred and managed under the “highest Japanese standards”, these leaner cuts taste exceptionally good too.

Another special thing about Niku Katsumata is that it’s probably one of the few places you can have yakiniku without your clothes and hair stinking like hell. The meat here is cooked over a special clear crystal plate. This crystal plate is so special, hardly any smoke is produced so you can enjoy your grilled meat meal without smelling like you’ve just worked 24 hours in a kitchen. Apparently, if you dine there on a full moon, together with the crystal, this creates good Feng Shui….. I don’t know about that but then again you never know…

Niku Katsumata offers a choice of 2 set menus, the Katsumata Course $128++ and the Ebisu Course $198++. There is also an ala carte menu but this is for topping up of the set menu. I had the Katsumata Course when I was there, and there was so much food, I can’t imagine even wanting to order anything else! You can see the full menu here.

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This is the special crystal plate. Although you can grill the meat yourself, I highly recommend that you leave it to the experts because you don’t want to be burning or overcooking those expensive morsels of meat.

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Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market

The quarterly Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market is on again this weekend! Was so bummed when I found out about the existence of this farmers market the previous round especially after I saw the interesting pictures, but had to wait a few months for the next round! So you can imagine I made sure not to miss this round!

It was blazing hot when we got to D’Kranji Farm Resort where the farmers’ market was held. Was mentally thinking whether to bring baby’s stroller or not, because I half wanted to keep the boot space free for all the shopping loot. But I hate being stuck with a sleepy baby and no where for baby to nap. In the end, baby did not even want to sit in the stroller because it was such a hot day (and neither did he take a nap).

The farmers’ market on the whole was quite impressive. We got there around 1pm, which is 1 hour after it opened. Thank goodness we found a parking slot near the entrance to the market, or else we’d be carrying baby in the hot sun! That’s one good thing about making it to the market relatively early, although on the other hand it meant we bore the full brunt of the mid-day sun. There were marshals guiding cars towards empty slots so you could see that some effort was being made to make the visit an enjoyable process. There’s also a free shuttle, but you’ll have to check the website for more details.

The farmers’ market was also impressive because of the size. I was just expecting a handful of stalls, but there were many stalls! I spent about 1.5 hours going through all the stalls and that’s considered fast already because I skipped quite a number due to the heat. Wow if the weather had been more forgiving, I would have probably spent at least 2 to 3 hours there, sampling my way through the stalls and eating all the interesting things. I really wanted to try the fried quail, frog balls, otah etc but at least I did manage to try the crocodile tail nuggets. Yes. Tastes better than chicken, if you want to know.

It got more crowded as we were about to leave. My friend who arrived around 2+ said that she had to line up 30 minutes to get the otah!

Scroll down for pictures of the farmers market!

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All ready to chiong the market!

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Look how crowded it was! Apparently, this edition of the Farmers market is held at D’Kranji Farm Resort, where the layout is like a racetrack which loops back on itself. Several of the previous sessions were held at Nyee Phoe Flower Garden under a huge marquee like place. I’m assuming that layout would be better as you can get to any stall you want by criss-crossing the place, unlike the racetrack layout where you can’t short-cut and cross over to the other side.

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