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Singapore Food Festival 2015

The Singapore Food Festival (SFF) returns for the 22nd year with a special edition in celebration of SG50. Themed “A Fresh Taste of Tradition”, SFF2015 will honour generations of food heritage by flavours from the past and reinterpreting culinary traditions that will push the envelope of Singapore’s dining scene. The 17-day festival will take place in various locations around Singapore from 17 July to 2 August 2015. SFF2015 will be a celebration of Singapore’s best local food and talents.

Launched in 1994 by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the Singapore Food Festival is a flag-bearer of Singapore’s vibrant food legacy, presenting varied ways to experience our nation’s culture. Till today, it is the only food festival in Singapore to feature local delights, and at the same time reinterpreting them to showcase the inventive spirit of our ever-evolving local food scene.

Singapore Food Festival (4)

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Get your fill of Shizuoka products from Cold Storage

Shizuoka Prefecture is the home of Mount Fuji, so if you’re reminiscing your recent holiday trip to Japan, you might just want to relive the food memories by making a trip to Cold Storage!

The pristine and rich waters of Mt. Fuji play a crucial role in the agriculture of that area and yield some of Japan’s best harvests including green teas, wasabi; and the most luxurious fresh fruit such as musk melons and grapes. This pure mountain water also flows into the Suruga Wan (Suruga Bay) which is well-known for some of Japan’s best seafood and seaweed.

Here are some interesting items I spotted…

Cold Storage Shizouka Food Fair (3)

$79 Shizuoka melon.This had better be one damn good tasting melon! The one vein and one fruit growth method is used to optimise nutrition and ensure the fruit is of the highest quality. Refrigerate 3 to 5 hours before eating to bring out the best flavour of the melon.

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Joe Labero–A night of Magic at Raffles Hotel

This year, I have been trying to make it a point to actively check out new experiences instead of settling for the usual cafe hopping thing every weekend. So when PR Communications contacted me to check out Joe Labero’s magic show, I keenly accepted. I still remember the awesome time I had a gazillion years ago when my aunt and uncle brought me as a kid to watch David Copperfield in Singapore. I was amazed with the reality defying tricks!

Of course, watching a magic show as an adult would be quite different, and I was keen to see how Joe Labero would perhaps stun me like vegetable (oops…). Besides, the show would be held at the Jubilee Hall, and I was quite keen to reminisce the last time I stepped in there, which was in secondary school for my school play!


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Ethan’s Gourmet Foods–Get your Kobe beef fix here!

The Partner likes to cook, so I am always on the look out for supermarket deals and other good places to shop for our groceries. One of our weaknesses is the meat counter, where we can spend a good 5 to 10 minutes scrutinising the various cuts of meats on sale. Btw, not all cuts of meat are displayed. Those in the know will often ask for the more specialised cuts such as skirt steak, hangar steak etc. And it’s a real pity we can’t get beef tongue easily in Singapore.

So it was with a bit of excitement that we drove halfway across Singapore to check out the newly opened Ethan’s Gourmet Foods. The 2,271 sqft grocer boasts premium and exclusive gourmet products air-flown straight from source every other week. One of the 3 founding partners is also a native Japanese who has an extensive network amongst food producers in Japan, hence slant towards Japanese products.

Ethan's Gourmet - Kobe Short Rib (2)

My eyes…. the marbling!!!

Premium products that retail at Ethan’s Gourmet Foods include Tajima wagyu or Kobe beef, Hokkaido snow crab and scallops, amadai aka tile fish, Australian pasture-fed lamb. Ethan’s Gourmet also offers personalised cutsand complimentary marinating services. Check it out, you  can even get dinosaur-shaped minced meat patties!

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What is open during Chinese New Year 2015?


Here’s my annual list of 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! You can also check last year’s guide, 2013 guide or 2012 guide for reference.

Smile Here’s wishing you a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2015! Smile



  • CNY Eve (18 Feb) –  Most stores close at 5pm.
  • 1st Day (19 Feb) – Most stores closed.
  • 2nd Day (20 Feb ) – Some stores open as per usual, some close at 5pm.
  • 3rd Day (21 Feb) – Open as usual
  • Some stores open 24hr throughout : Bedok, Clementi, Siglap, Geylang, Jurong East, Seng Kang etc
  • See the full list of NTUC opening hours here

Cold Storage Supermarket

  • CNY Eve (18 Feb) –  Most stores close at 7pm
  • 1st Day (19 Feb) – Most stores open to 9pm
  • 2nd Day (20 Feb ) – Mostly normal hours
  • 3rd Day (21 Feb) – Open as usual
  • Some stores open 24 hr throughout : Holland Village, Jelita, Rail Mall etc
  • See the full list of Cold Storage opening hours here

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