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Coastes Singapore – Yes beach bars can serve tasty dishes too!

I’ve always had this long standing impression of beach/sports-themed bars/restaurants and greasy Western fare going hand in hand. It’s hard to change this perception because alcohol is where they make their money, so the focus is often not on the food. And their menus, they look like cookie cutter templates of one another. Once in a while though, a restaurant pops up which bucks the trend.

Coastes Singapore (1)

A couple of weeks back, I had the pleasure of checking out Coastes Singapore, which is located along Siloso Beach in Sentosa. Coastes has recently rolled out new dishes from classic beach bites to seafood and pasta dishes. I tried some of their new dishes and I am glad to report that I really enjoyed their seafood dishes! My dining companions and I both agreed that the seafood dishes boasted fresh tasting and succulent seafood.

Coastes - Seafood Platter $52 (Pan-fried crayfish, crab salad, fish stew, poached tiger prawns, chilli clams, calamari rings) (1)

Seafood Platter $52 (Pan-fried crayfish, crab salad, fish stew, poached tiger prawns, chilli clams, calamari rings)

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The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – New Food and Drinks!

I have a soft spot for The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf because it was there that I tried my maiden ice-blended coffee drink all those years back. When they first opened in Singapore, there were few other places to try such stuff, Starbucks being the main competition. There are multiple options in various permutations available today, however The Coffee Bean’s mocha ice-blended coffee is still one of my firm favourites.

So it was good to know that they have updated their food and drinks menu. From now until 24th May 2017, you can try two new Mexican Chocolate beverages. There’s the Mexican Chocolate Latte if you want a hot drink, and the Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended Drink if you want a cold drink.

The Coffee Bean - Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended $7 and Mexican Chocolate Latte $7

Mexican Chocolate Latte – Small: $7, Regular: $7.70, Large: $8.20

Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended Drink – Small $7, Regular $8, Large $9

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White asparagus season again with Marriott Pool Grill–And the steaks are perennially good!

It’s white asparagus season again, so for those of you who love white asparagus, now’s the time to indulge when these beautiful stems are at their best. And for those of you who have never tried white asparagus, I highly recommend you to, not least because of the nutrients that’s packed in them. They are juicier, more tender and sweeter than the green asparagus variety.

From now until 30 April, you can sample white asparagus at Marriott Pool Grill, specially flown in from the Netherlands. There are 3 ala-carte dishes to choose from.

Marriott Pool Grill - Classic ( Steamed white asparagus, poached egg, hollandaise sauce)  $20

 Classic (Steamed white asparagus, poached egg, hollandaise sauce) $20

This is the most affordable dish if you just mainly want to sample the white asparagus in its full glory. The creamy and buttery poached egg goes really well with the juicy sweetness of the asparagus.

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Capella Singapore’s Wellness Initiatives–Starting with creative food festival “Coulicious” from 14-16 April 2017

Capella Singapore Aerial View

To kickstart Capella Singapore’s intention to showcase wellness initiatives for 2017, there will be a creative food festival featuring award-winning French guest chef Olivier Rodriguez from 14 – 16 April 2017. Chef Olivier has a wealth of culinary experience under his belt. He has worked in various Michelin-starred restaurants including Le Chantecler and Les Jardins de Opera in France, as well as the Signature in Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, where he obtained and sustained a one-Michelin star rating for 7 years.

Currently he helms & ecle in Tokyo, and for 3 days only, you will be able to taste his style of cooking and experience the food in a communal dining setting. Coulicious will see Japanese rice dishes undergo French and Italian classical cooking techniques and paired with a unique coulis (aka a thick vegetable or fruit-based sauce).

This communal dining is like no other communal dining I have ever experienced, and I thought I’m Asian! If you and your dining companions order the 5-course Omakase set, each of you will be given different dishes, per course. (There are 3 different dishes per course so it would be ideal if you came in threes so that you can sample all 3 dishes) It’s supposed to be really informal and casual dining, where everyone digs into each other’s plates. To be frank, this sort of communal dining is not for me. I am fine with sharing dishes like you would in most Chinese restaurants, where the dishes are placed in the centre and people can take what they want, when they want it. I draw the line at having to use my used spoon to dig into my dining companion’s plates and vice versa. And besides, these are small dishes we are talking about, 5 mouthfuls per dish I would say? I would be totally stressed out having to make sure I keep enough of my dish for the next person. And what if you received a dish you liked very much and didn’t want to share? Or even more horrifying, what if you are ill and don’t want to spread your germs around? Having said that though, this concept would be great for couples looking for a romantic night out! You one mouth, I one mouth….

Despite what I think is an impractical sharing system, I must admit that Chef Olivier’s food tastes fabulous! The flavours are refreshingly different, no doubt from the extensive experimentation with different types of vegetable and fruit purees to get to the combinations that work. You won’t get bored dining on Chef Olivier’s dishes, that’s for sure. Except for one or two minor issues, the execution was generally spot on too, everything was cooked to the right level of tenderness or doneness.

Scroll down for pictures of the 5-course Omakase meal that we had yesterday (Starter : Coulicious : Ocean : Farm : Sweet). The pricing indicated is for ala-carte orders, but the pricing has been deliberately inflated to encourage you to order the Omakase instead.

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The Knolls - Steamed apple & foie gras, dry fruit compote & cardamom-flavoured apple coulis $42

Steamed apple & foie gras, dry fruit compote & cardamom-flavoured apple coulis $42.

Ima smack any hands that try to take a bit out of my precious foie gras!

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Tulip Mania 2017 is back!

Gardens by the Bay Tulip Mania 2017 (16)

Smile Baby, smile!

The annual Tulipmania Floral Display is on again from now until 7 May 2017, this time with a theme that celebrates Vincent van Gogh’s artworks. More than 100 varieties of tulips and hyacinths – including Darwin hybrid tulips often appreciated for their large blooms – will be on display in a palette of colours. Lots of photo opportunities! Local senior citizens enjoy 50% discount on their admission ticket to a single conservatory.

Gardens by the Bay Tulip Mania 2017 (15)

When Mama does the photo taking, Baby looks at the camera….

As you can see, Baby enjoyed the experience much more this time round as compared to last year when he was just a two month old. I’m a firm believer of letting young children experience as much nature as possible, but it’s even better when it’s in air-conditioned comfort such as in the cooled conservatories! I highly recommend everyone to go check out Tulip Mania not least because the cold air makes it feel as if your are overseas!

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