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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?

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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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