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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?

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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

Supermarkets

NTUC

  • 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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Favourite foods to serve for your English Afternoon Tea Party

I have a soft spot for all things British, and I think there’s no better way to spend the weekend than partaking in a spot of afternoon tea. Unfortunately, while there may be cafes galore in Singapore, 2 or 3 hundred I heard, there are precious few places to enjoy a good English afternoon tea. Most of the 5-star hotels in Singapore offer afternoon tea, usually ala-carte on weekdays and buffet-style or all-you-can-eat ala-carte style on weekends, and these are usually costly affairs limited to special occasions.

I’ve been wanting to create my own afternoon tea at home. Been having this idea for several years actually! But since my return from New Zealand where I had a really good scone plus iced chocolate sitting in the gardens and facing some hills, the idea of throwing my own afternoon tea party has been rolling at the back of my mind. It’ll double up as my house-warming party too. Instead of the usual catered buffet of beehoon, fish-balls and stuff, what do you think of the idea of a afternoon tea housewarming party?

I was googling what I could serve for this tea party, and the options were plentiful! It took a little bit of effort to remind myself that a few dainty dishes would go a long way and it’s not about creating a Guinness world record in afternoon tea party dishes. I reckon 3 savouries, 2 scones, and 3 sweet treats would do the trick, just like what you would get in a 3-tiered tea service at the hotels.

Here’s my top picks on what to serve for the quintessential British afternoon tea party.

1. Plain scones with lashings of jam and clotted cream

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Scones are from my visit to The Knolls at Capella Sentosa

Every afternoon tea has got to have scones in the menu, otherwise, it just won’t be English afternoon tea! Here’s a recipe for plain scones from Mary Berry.

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[Christmas 2014] The Butcher’s Dog

Christmas is less than a week away! If you haven’t already made a reservation for Christmas Eve dinner at your favourite restaurant, you might want to consider throwing your own party instead. It’s totally fuss-free if you allow the experts from The Butcher’s Dog help you with the job, and it’s not that expensive either! I had a look at their festive catering menu and I really do think that the prices are very affordable and attractive.

Holiday Revelry (S$168.80 per set)

Check out this Holiday Revelry set that costs only S$168.80 per set. Comprises of the following items. That’ll feed about 6 people for under 30 bucks per person!

  • Capon Roast Chicken, approx., 1.7kg
  • Crispy Pork Knuckles, 1kg
  • Grass-fed Premium Roast Beef, 1kg
  • 8 pieces of Traditional Homemade Brandy Mince Pies
  • The Cellar Door’s Selection Merlot 2013

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[Christmas 2014] Christmas Drinks

People don’t often eat “Christmas food” like Christmas turkey or log cakes until Christmas Eve and Christmas Day itself (except for us crazy bloggers who may have already had those as early as 2 months ago). But it seems such a waste not to delve into the Christmassy mood when the Christmas decorations and Christmas shopping are in full swing.

Well, the Christmas food may not be ready yet but there’s still the Christmas drinks to put you in a festive mood first, and I’m not talking about Egg Nog or the booze. Check out Gryphon Tea’s Christmas collection as well as The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Christmas drinks. Makes good gifts too if you’re lost for ideas. The Partner loves teas and coffees so I do make it a point to buy some Christmas blends for him each year.


Gryphon Tea

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Gryphon Tea Company launches three new limited-edition Festive Teas in collaboration with Capella Singapore Chocolate and Tea Experience. In the spirit of festive celebration, the limited edition set features Gryphon Tea Master Blender interpretation of joy, peace and warmth, spread a little love this season.

Highlights of variants:

  • Winter Love: Single origin black tea sprinkled with copper fairy dust with top notes of forest berries, nutmeg, blue flowers and vanilla. Love is in the air this season.
  • Chocolate Gingerbread: A rooibos creation of the seasonal favourite combination of chocolate, caramel, ginger and pomegranate flowers. A holiday essential for the child at heart. Naturally caffeine free.
  • Strawberry Champagne: A scarlet red infusion with top fruit notes of strawberry and champagne. The perfect alibi to celebrate the season. Naturally caffeine free.

Exclusively available at Capella Singapore The Knolls Sentosa, or order online at http://www.gryphontea.com.


The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean Christmas Drinks

If you’re thinking of coffee instead, do check out the The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Christmas coffee drinks. These are the familiar favourites but with added flavours such as peppermint or red velvet. Peppermint Mocha is my personal favourite.

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