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Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens is now certified Halal!

[Media Invite]

Did you know that the Halia restaurant at the Singapore Botanic Gardens has recently been converted into a Halal restaurant as of June 2017? This beautiful restaurant which has been at the UNESCO World Heritage inscribed Singapore Botanic Gardens since 2001 can now be considered an inclusive dining destination for all. Muslims who visit the Botanic Gardens often now have the option to dine amidst this lush greenery without having to scoot off elsewhere for lunch or dinner.

It certainly makes sense to cater to the Halal market because of its unique location in one of Singapore’s most popular tourist destination.  In order to be certified Halal, a significant change they have had to make is to remove alcohol from the menu. I am told this has not put a dent on profits because now the customer base has widened! Anyway, with a name like “Halia”, which means “ginger” in Malay, the connection is now even stronger.

Btw, when I say “inclusive dining destination”, I do mean it also in terms of pricing. Years ago, if you thought Halia to be an expensive restaurant, you would be right. But the menu has been largely revamped and now there are many main course-sized dishes going for less than $30. Appetisers are in the $15s range while desserts are about $11. Yet when you look at the decor and the ambience at Halia, you feel like you are dining in an upscale restaurant! On the evening of our media tasting, quite a number of tables were occupied by people celebrating birthdays. I would certainly love to celebrate my birthday there, it is so romantic at night!

Anyway, on to the food. In general, I thought the food was very good, given the pricing. Quite a number of the dishes were also innovatively presented so that nothing is predictable or mundane. Also the presentation, and small touches were befitting of an upscale restaurant. It is the attention to detail that takes a dish from good to great.

Halia - Fresh Boston Bay mussel ($22  )

Fresh Boston Bay mussel $22

My favourite dish of the evening was this mussel dish, featuring a slightly spicy coconut and ginger flower broth had such an intense flavour that made me crave for more. A good thing that they provided a substantially sized slice of focaccia bread to mop up the delicious broth. This dish is listed under the “In Between” section of the menu, meaning that this may not be filling enough if you’re a large eater.

Halia -Lightly Smoked Kingfish ($17  ) Chilled cucumber & ginger shooter, almond, chilli & lemongrass oil (2)

Lightly Smoked Kingfish $17 

The fish was pretty delicate in flavour as well as texture, and disappeared all too soon. Oh you’re supposed to pour a chilled cucumber & ginger shooter onto the fish, but I quite liked it on its own.

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Kara Cafe and Dessert Bar – Sogurt has grown into a full-fledged cafe!

[Media Tasting]

Foodies will be familiar with the popular yoghurt brand Sogurt, one of the first few players in the froyo market. After 7 years in the market, Sogurt has decided to rebrand its very first store in Bukit Timah from just a Froyo shop into a full-fledged cafe serving hot food and healthy eats. Owner Lee Li Ping recognises that the F&B scene changes rapidly, and that “it’s important to keep up with the latest trends or be left behind”. Tell me about it, even the social media scene has changed as compared to the days when I first started blogging. Time really waits for no man.

The new menu does indeed comprise of a substantial number of healthy dishes such as hearty soups, grain bowls and salads. But there are also comfort food dishes and sweet treats, because let’s be frank, what’s the point of eating out if you can’t indulge just a little bit? The signature self-served froyo bar is still available, for loyal fans who might miss it if it were gone. It now includes soft ice-cream flavours as well.

Scroll down to see some of the dishes from the newly revamped menu.

Toasties and Snacks

Kara Cafe & Dessert Bar - Classic Grilled Cheese $10 (2)

Classic Grilled Cheese $10 – Cheese lovers will love this sourdough sandwich which is literally oozing with cheese. Good idea to include the sweet pickle relish, to help taper down the cheesiness.

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Candy, the world’s 1st smart home appliances manufacturer now available in Singapore

[Sponsored Review]

Candy Group? Heard of Kelvinator and Hoover? If so, you’re familiar with the Candy Group! Candy Group from Italy is the only home appliances company in the world with the entire range of fully-connected next-generation products, and they have recently launched in Singapore with the Watch & Touch Oven, the interactive washing machine and other home appliances.

If you’ve always dreamt of being able to control and operate your appliances when you are not at home, you need to check out the appliances from Candy Group, especially their Watch & Touch Oven as well as their Smart Touch Washing Machine. I have summarised their features below.

Watch & Touch Oven

 

  • 78 litres maxi cavity
  • Full Touch Total Control Screen door
  • High Definition / High Resolution video camera to view the cooking process on the screen door or via the app in another room
  • 360 degree lighting for optimal visibility of inside the oven
  • Internal Temperature measurement
  • Pre-loaded video recipes (can be viewed on door of oven or via the app)
  • More than 70 suggested cooking programmes
  • Create your own library of your favorite cooking videos
  • Customise cooking options for your favourite dishes
  • Intuitive to use, even for those who are not tech savvy
  • and not forgetting, a very sleek design!

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BMW Women’s International Polo Tournament 2017

The BMW Women’s International Polo finals will be held this coming Sunday 1 October 4pm, and it promises to be an action-packed event even for those who know nothing about the polo sport! I’ll explain why in a minute!

Womens-International---Sales-Flyer

In case you can’t see the flyer above, there will be

  • the Hask/Miss World Singapore Finals
  • Veuve Clicquot VIP champagne and sushi bar with DJ Jazzy
  • Lush pop-up spa
  • Charity auction for the Polo Club Outreach Programme

If you’re just going for the individual tickets that comes inclusive of canapes and free flow champagne, that would be $90 + GST per person for non members.

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Premium Japan Farmers Market opens at Changi Airport – Great place to buy souvenirs before you leave Singapore

Singapore’s first Premium Japanese Farmers’ Market has opened at Changi Airport. Located at the Departure Hall of Terminal 3 (Public Area near to Sky Train / MRT), the shop boasts a range of quality vegetables, fruits, meat products and sake all exclusively brought in from Japan. Think quality beef cuts such as Wagyu, Saga Gyu, Tochigi Wagyu, or grapes such as the Shine Muscat or Kyoho grapes.

Premium Japan Farmers Market (2)

Grand opening!

Premium Japan Farmers Market (6)

There is also a ready-to-eat bento section presented by GO-ZEN, which allows customers to customise their own bento boxes from 25 different dishes. You can order 12,000 different combinations before you end up repeating the same thing again!

Premium Japan Farmers Market (10)
Ikura on sushi rice. If you need party ideas, this is a really simple idea but a sure crowd pleaser!

You might think it strange that a Japanese grocery store might want to locate itself at Changi Airport, which is not very accessible to those not living in the East. But did you know that there is a FairPrice Finest at Changi Airport and that it is usually quite crowded? So there are already Singaporeans going to Changi Airport to do their marketing. Secondly, this would be a convenient base for tourists who are looking for last minute souvenirs to bring back to their home country! Choice Japanese products would make great souvenirs don’t you think? Anyway, I live in the East and I say YAY to more options for us! Smile

Scroll down further for more photos of what you can get at Premium Japan Farmers Market.

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