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White Asparagus season again at Marriott’s Pool Grill

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Is it White Asparagus season again??? Because if so, it’s time to eat more while it’s still available! If you love green asparagus, you will love the milder, sweeter and more tender white asparagus even more. If you don’t love green asparagus, why then you will change your mind after you’ve had the white version! Might I also add that asparagus is high in antioxidants, B vitamins and iron? Btw they are white simply due to the growing process where they are covered fully in the dark and hence they lack chlorophyll.

Marriott Pool Grill - Mimosa Style Gratinated White Asparagus with Manchego Cheese & Chorizo Migas ($24   per portion) (2)

Mimosa Style Gratinated White Asparagus with Manchego Cheese & Chorizo Migas

I’ve always looked forward to enjoying these tasty morsels at Marriott, and this year is no different. They’ve streamlined the dishes available, so this year, there are just 3 simple dishes to choose from:

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Verde Kitchen at Hilton Singapore–Superfoods that taste great!

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Now here’s a new cafe that is all about wholesome and healthy eating that you ought to check out, especially if you’re in the Orchard area. I’ll be upfront, the prices are on the high end, but because the ingredients used are of high quality (more on that later), and the food tastes great, you do get what you pay for.

The 32-seater Verde Kitchen is tucked away in a corner of the 2nd floor of Hilton Singapore, but it’ll be worth your while to go hunt it down. The menu features healthy dishes, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and raw food options. 98% of the menu items are made from scratch in-house everyday and 60% of the seafood is sustainably sourced. If you want to get your fill of superfoods such as wakame, kale, pomegranate, avocado and tumeric, you’ll find it here.

The following are some of the dishes I tried during the media tasting. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end to see their luscious desserts. Until now I’m still wondering how a chia seed pudding could taste so nice.

Verde Kitchen - Low-fat Creamy Broccoli & Kale Soup ($16  )

Low-fat Creamy Broccoli & Kale Soup ($16++)

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Swissotel Merchant Court Blue Potato Restaurant–This under the radar poolside restaurant rocks!

When you think of Swissotel Merchant Court, you will think of the famous Ellenborough Market Cafe, and it’s very popular durian pengat. I have been hearing about this durian pengat for more than a decade from people who swear by it. But you won’t be faulted for not knowing that the hotel also boasts another great restaurant known as the Blue Potato. I don’t think many people know about this restaurant, and it doesn’t help that the restaurant is next to the swimming pool, meaning you will only chance upon it if you are going to the pool! And even so, at first glance from the opposite end of the pool where most people are, it looks like just a simple pool bar rather than an al-fresco restaurant serving proper restaurant food.

 

Blue Potato Restaurant at Swissotel Merchant Court

That’s a pity because the food we tried at Blue Potato was fabulous. In particular, I was very impressed with the refreshing and generously portioned salad, as well as both the mains. I’m really very pleasantly surprised to discover this restaurant for the first time despite my having been to Swissotel Merchant Court several times.

Scroll down to read my review and see more pictures!

Blue Potato -Fresh Berries and Avocado Salad (1)

Fresh Berries and Avocado Salad with mixed greens, hazelnuts & raspberry vinaigrette $18

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Chinese New Year 2018 – Tamarind Hill, literally a hidden gem in Labrador Nature Reserve

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Situated atop the densely forested Labrador Nature Reserve, and yet only a 10 minute walk from Labrador MRT Station, the restaurant Tamarind Hill qualifies to be called a hidden gem. When you arrive at the restaurant, it’s hard not to be wowed by the charming colonial bungalow that has been decked out to exude a rustic-luxe Asian flair, amidst vast greenery. It really feels as if you are cocooned away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Singapore.

Bridge leading to Tamarind Hill

Tamarind Hill - (1)

The bungalow may seem small from the outside, partly because it is obscured by all the plants. But once you open the main door, you will surely be wowed by this imposing and grand looking bar area. This is probably the most instagrammable spot in the entire restaurant!

The restaurant serves traditional and contemporary Siamese cuisine, and is led by Executive Chef Wanthana Nikonsaen who hails from a small village near Laos, North-East of Thailand. But I was there to try the Lunar New Year menu, so I was keen to see how this menu might be different from all the Chinese New Year menus I have tried in the past few weeks.

For $88/pax, Tamarind Hill will be offering a 4 course set menu comprising fixed dishes of appetisers, soup, mains and desserts. If you want to have Yu Sheng / Lohei, that’s an additional $38 (small for 3 – 4 pax) or $68 (large for 7 – 8 pax). Check out the photos of the food below. If you have the chance, sit outdoors in the al-fresco area because the greenery all around is just so pretty.

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What is open during Chinese New Year 2018?

Here’s 365days2play’s annual list of supermarkets, malls, clinics, food courts, and kopi/cafe places that are open during the CNY period! Hope you find it useful. If the supermarket or shopping centre in Orchard road is not listed here, it’s because the information is not available (yet)! You can also check the 2017 guide and 2016 guide for reference.

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wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2018!

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