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Stock up on organic meats for CNY steamboat with Ryan’s Grocery

Chinese New Year is but two weeks away, have you already made plans for your reunion dinner? I know many of you out there will be celebrating in the comfort of your homes by having steamboat gathering. Where do you usually buy your ingredients for steamboat? NTUC, Cold Storage or the wet-market?

Ryan's Grocery (2)

Well you can also consider buying your steamboat meats from Ryan’s Grocery. Ryan’s Grocery is a specialty gluten-free grocer and organic butchery, and for CNY, they’ll be retailing free-range shabu-shabu sets, organic meats and wild caught seafood. I won’t go into the benefits of eating organic food, and I know that there will always be people who will not want to fork out the extra cash for organic food, but for those of you who are keen to go organic, if not all the time then at least once in a while, you might want to check out Ryan’s Grocery. The prices are not that high actually, for organic products.

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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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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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[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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