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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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Izy Dining and Bar–The most eye-catching Japanese roll you will find!

At first glance, Izy Dining and Bar might strike you more as a drinking joint than a restaurant that serves proper Japanese food. But do not be thwarted by the long bar counter that takes up practically the entire front section of the restaurant, there’s good food to be had if you venture forth. Food that will not only please the taste-buds but also the eyes. And if you venture further in literally, you will reach the table seating area, which in my opinion is more comfortable for consuming lunch and dinner.

On the menu are the usual suspects for any Japanese restaurant such as sashimi, sushi, rolls and cooked dishes. However it’s the little touches here and there, and the creative use of ingredients that really set Izy Dining apart from the usual Japanese restaurants you find in malls. Everything just looks so delicious!

The piece de la resistance for Izy Dining and Bar has go to be this.

Izy Dining & Bar - Japanese Nokke Roll (Uni, Ikura, Crab, Negitoro, Veg) $45 (2)Japanese Nokke Roll (Uni, Ikura, Crab, Negitoro, Veg) $45

If this doesn’t catch your eye, I don’t know what will. Basically all the Japanese dream ingredients presented on one dish. It will disappear into the stomach all too quickly, so my only advice is to savour it slowly! It’s a must order if you love all these ingredients!

Izy Dining & Bar - Mango Salsa Roll (Tempura shrimp, raw salmon & avocado topped with mango salsa sauce) $18

Mango Salsa Roll (Tempura shrimp, raw salmon & avocado topped with mango salsa sauce) $18

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Marriott Cafe– Seafood Extravaganza buffet with over 50 seafood dishes!

Situated conveniently outside the Orchard MRT station, Marriott Cafe has long been one of the go to places for buffets. But just for a short time only until 15 March 2017, Marriott Cafe will be offering the Ocean to Plate : A Seafood Extravaganza buffet featuring over 50 seafood dishes! If you are a seafood lover, you have to check out this buffet. Some of the highlights include:

– Fresh seafood on ice including Boston Lobsters, oysters, crabs etc

– Salmon Sashimi

– Seafood Bouillabaisse

– Seafood Skewers

– Salted Egg Prawns

That doesn’t mean that they’ve hidden the meats either. There will still be a live carving station offering Roast Pork Saddle, roast Prime Rib of beef and more. The salad bar is pretty impressive too, as there are various salad leaves to choose from instead of 1 generic pile of leaves. And you must check out the superb chocolate cake from the dessert section, it’s one of the best chocolate cakes I have eaten! Scroll down for all the pictures.

Marriott Cafe - Decadent Chocolate Cake (2)

Had to just post a picture of this decadent chocolate cake. It was love at first sight, and tasted as good as it looks.

Marriott Cafe - Ocean to Plate - A seafood Extravaganza buffet (2)

Ocean to Plate – A seafood Extravaganza buffet

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