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Where to have an affordable Christmas Dinner for about $30+!

Christmas Dinner

Christmas is a time for celebrating, but the last thing you want is to feel like a pauper the rest of the year. If you want to have a cheap Christmas meal and you don’t want to cook, here are some restaurants and cafes to consider. Also read my article on 15 places to have Festive Afternoon Tea, because afternoon tea is cheaper than Festive Buffet Lunch or Dinner!

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Antoinette– The new Hakka-inspired dishes taste fantastic!

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You may know Antoinette for it’s dainty and delectable desserts, but did you know that Antoinette serves up delicious mains as well? These are not just a few savoury dishes to cater to those that happen to be hungry, but a full-fledged menu that you would find in a good restaurant.

Award-winning Chef Pang Kok Keong is always experimenting with new dishes. You can tell when he makes it a point to come up with a cake collection launch every single year. Recently, he decided to create Hakka inspired dishes so as to showcase his culinary heritage. When you look at these dishes, you’ll wonder, are these Western dishes, or are these Asian dishes? Therein lies the excitement of dining at Antoinette’s, some of the new dishes are so different, you’re kept on your toes wondering what’s coming next!

Take a sneak peek below of what the 6 new dishes are like. The revamped Antoinette menu will still feature some classic French dishes as well as these 6 new special dishes. So glad to know that my favourite Nougatine crepes are still available, although only during tea time and weekend brunch. One of the best crepes I’ve ever had!

 

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Bread Basket $5

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The Daily Scoop–13 new flavours to celebrate its 13th birthday, including a Christmassy flavoured one!

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Did you know that ice-cream parlour The Daily Scoop has been in Singapore for 13 years? Yes they’ve been in Singapore since their first outlet opened in Sunset Way in 2004.  In today’s business environment where F&B businesses close as fast as they open, surviving 13 years in this cut-throat high rent environment is quite a feat!

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To celebrate its 13th birthday, The Daily Scoop has been releasing a new ice-cream flavour each week since October, and will continue all the way until just before Christmas! The new flavours include Pear & Walnut Crumble, Calamansi Lemongrass, Mulled Wine & Berries and even dairy-free sorbets.

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Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 – Pictures from Day 1

Singapore Coffee Festival is on from 4 – 6 August 2017 (which means right now!) for the public, but us trade and media had a luxurious 1st day today to check out the exhibitors minus the crowd. The layout of the festival is very spacious and actually spans 2 floors. You have to go through the security bag check for each of the floors that you visit, and again if you exit to go to the toilets (wow the manpower there). They’ve used up 11,000 sqm of floor space this year compared to about 7,000 sqm last year. There is a generous amount of space between the rows of booths, so if it feels crowded during the weekend, it just means it is a really popular festival!

Your ticket entitles you to TWO free drink samples of your choice. Choose wisely! Keep the drink samples card after you’re done, as it still entitles you to further discounts at the actual cafes up to 31 August 2017. For more details on the participating cafes, or for tickets, go to http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg/.

Scroll down for pictures of the Singapore Coffee Festival taken during the Trade and Media preview today. All pictures taken using iPhone 6.

Singapore Coffee Festival

Taken from my Instagram Stories, hence the picture quality….

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Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival–Lots to eat, see and do!

The annual Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival is back for 2 weekends from 30 June – 9 July 2017. There’s so much to see, do and eat that you might want to spend more than 1 day at the Gardens!

Check out this link for more details on the programmes and promotions lined up for the Heritage Festival, but here’s a short summary on what you can expect:

  • Performances at Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage and the Bandstand
  • Programmes such as laughter yoga to qigong to
  • Children’s craft-making activities
  • Talks such as why the Singapore Botanic Gardens gained UNESCO World Heritage status or getting to know your Kampung vegetables.
  • Guided tours of the Gardens
  • Plant sales
  • Free entry to National Orchid Garden
  • and more!

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And of course, not forgetting the fooooood! The F&B outlets at the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be coming up with special heritage dishes and/or discounts to whet your appetite during this period. Scroll down for pictures of what to expect.

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Check out the numerous food and drink selections that have ginger and other botanical inspirations in them. The Chilled Ginger Jive is particularly refreshing, especially after a long and sweaty stroll in the Gardens. The Lemongrass and Ginger Prawn salad is really good too. It has a zesty Asian dressing and is quite substantial as a meal actually. And of course, the Chilli Crab Spaghettini is their long standing house favourite.

Check out Halia’s Chilli Crab Sauce Cooking Demonstration approx 45min on 1,2,8,9 July 4.30pm. Demo is FREE but registration is required.

Halia’s Provisions Store will also be offering a 10% discount for various items during the Heritage Festival, such as Halia’s signature chilli crab sauce, ginger flower sauce, ginger pineapple jam etc.

Halia at SBG - Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

These 2 glasses look like 2 birds perched on the railing!

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