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Stock up on organic meats for CNY steamboat with Ryan’s Grocery

Chinese New Year is but two weeks away, have you already made plans for your reunion dinner? I know many of you out there will be celebrating in the comfort of your homes by having steamboat gathering. Where do you usually buy your ingredients for steamboat? NTUC, Cold Storage or the wet-market?

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Well you can also consider buying your steamboat meats from Ryan’s Grocery. Ryan’s Grocery is a specialty gluten-free grocer and organic butchery, and for CNY, they’ll be retailing free-range shabu-shabu sets, organic meats and wild caught seafood. I won’t go into the benefits of eating organic food, and I know that there will always be people who will not want to fork out the extra cash for organic food, but for those of you who are keen to go organic, if not all the time then at least once in a while, you might want to check out Ryan’s Grocery. The prices are not that high actually, for organic products.

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[Chinese New Year 2017] Gu Ma Jia’s homey and affordable CNY fare

And just like that, Christmas and New Year are over and it’s time to think of how to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year, Chinese New Year falls on 28 – 30th January 2017 (Saturday – Monday), that’s like less than 4 weeks away! This means you have to start planning for your reunion dinner pretty quickly.

If you are looking for a restaurant serving casual homey fare that is affordable, for your reunion gathering, you might want to consider Gu Ma Jia restaurant located at Tai Thong Crescent. Gu  Ma Jia prides itself on serving food with less oil and less MSG. Two set menus will be available during this CNY festive period.

The “Peace” set at $599++ includes

  • Yu Sheng
  • Crab Meat and Fish Maw
  • Steamed Red Grouper with Soya Sauce
  • Braised Duck and Sea Cucumber
  • Broccoli with Macadamia Nuts & Fresh Scallop
  • Stir-Fried Prawns with Superior Sauce
  • Steamed Lotus Leaves Rice
  • Dessert – Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest

The “Prosperity” set at $768 includes

  • Yu Sheng
  • Cold Platter
  • Sea Cucumber, Crab Meat & Bamboo Fungus
  • Stir-fried Broccoli with Chinese Mushrooms & Abalone
  • “Ginseng Fortune Chicken” – Double-boiled Chicken, Roasted Pork, Scallops, Sea Cucumber and Fish Maw with Ginseng in a Claypot
  • Steamed Prawns with Gu Ma’s Home Made Sauce
  • Steamed Red Grouper with Soya Sauce
  • Seafood Fried Noodles
  • Dessert – Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts

Session Timings for set menu on Chinese New Year Eve (27th Jan 2017):

  1. 12pm – 2pm
  2. 2.15pm – 4.15pm
  3. 6pm – 7.45pm
  4. 8pm – 9.45pm

I had the opportunity to sample some of the dishes from the two CNY set menus. I have to agree that the cooking style is more homey and less seasoned as compared to other Chinese restaurants in Singapore. If you want to taste the natural flavours of the food and not have them obscured by heavy sauces, Gu Ma Jia would be up your alley.

Gu Ma Jia CNY 2017 - Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest

Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest 

The dessert was one of my favourites not only due to visual appeal but because of the generous amount of jelly. And as can be seen from the colour of the jelly, it’s flavoured as compared to some versions out there where the jelly is tasteless.

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[Christmas 2016] Mandarin Orchard Singapore–Festive discounts if you book early!

Did you know it’s less than 2 weeks to Christmas? At the start of the year, it always feels like such a long time to wait till Christmas comes, but before you know it, the Christmas season has descended upon us full blown. How I wish Christmas was a week long so that I may have time to indulge in all the festive treats! Don’t you feel like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is just not enough days to celebrate?

It’s not been my practice to buy log cakes for eating at home because I’ve always been so caught up in making my reservations to dine outside. But this year, just to make the house a little more festive (for Baby you know), I might just purchase a log cake to “adorn” the house. Smile

Mandarin Orchard has FOUR log cakes to choose from, each one sounding more decadent than the previous! The Valhrona Chocolate log definitely has my name on it, me being the chocolate lover…. But really, the hazelnut mango yule log sounds good too. How to decide?

Mandarin Orchard Singapore - Delicious Dulcey Yule Log

Valhrona Delicious Dulcey Yule Log $80

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Hazelnut Mango Yule Log $80

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[Christmas 2016] Festive Italian classics with a British twist at Jamie’s Italian

If you’re looking for homey and hearty dishes this festive season instead of the usual turkey, you might just want to consider making a reservation at Jamie’s Italian. You can feast on dishes such as Porchetta, Roasted Baby Chicken, Seabass and even Wild Mushroom Pappardelle/Gnocchi if you go for their festive lunch/dinner menus at only $49.90/$65.90 respectively. The festive set meals also come with a glass of bubbly upon your arrival which I am sure will set you in a very Christmassy mood.

You may also want to know that Jamie’s Italian Singapore will be donating a portion of the proceeds from all kids’ meals sold to the Singapore Children’s Society. Jamie’s Italian Singapore will also spread some Christmas cheer with a children’s Christmas party for youths from Sunbeam Place. Customers are invited to donate gifts for the less fortunate during this festive season at designated toy-banks set up with easy access at both restaurants.

Check out the following pictures and description of the dishes to help you make your choice! Some of the dishes are only available for lunch while some are available only for dinner. Check with www.jamiesitalian.sg for the full set menus.

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The Christmas menu will be available from now all the way to 31 December 2016

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[Christmas 2016] Marriott Christmas Party!

It’s not yet Christmas but I’ve already attended a number of Christmas parties. Not that I am complaining of course, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Christmas season and if I could I’d be immersing myself in all things Christmas. Here are some pictures of the festive Christmas goodies we enjoyed at the party hosted by Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel a few weeks back. Nothing like a ballroom full of crazy and fun loving bloggers to keep the festive cheer up!

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Christmas Gifts of Magic at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Christmas Gifts of Magic at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

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