Capella Singapore’s Wellness Initiatives–Starting with creative food festival “Coulicious” from 14-16 April 2017

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To kickstart Capella Singapore’s intention to showcase wellness initiatives for 2017, there will be a creative food festival featuring award-winning French guest chef Olivier Rodriguez from 14 – 16 April 2017. Chef Olivier has a wealth of culinary experience under his belt. He has worked in various Michelin-starred restaurants including Le Chantecler and Les Jardins de Opera in France, as well as the Signature in Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, where he obtained and sustained a one-Michelin star rating for 7 years.

Currently he helms & ecle in Tokyo, and for 3 days only, you will be able to taste his style of cooking and experience the food in a communal dining setting. Coulicious will see Japanese rice dishes undergo French and Italian classical cooking techniques and paired with a unique coulis (aka a thick vegetable or fruit-based sauce).

This communal dining is like no other communal dining I have ever experienced, and I thought I’m Asian! If you and your dining companions order the 5-course Omakase set, each of you will be given different dishes, per course. (There are 3 different dishes per course so it would be ideal if you came in threes so that you can sample all 3 dishes) It’s supposed to be really informal and casual dining, where everyone digs into each other’s plates. To be frank, this sort of communal dining is not for me. I am fine with sharing dishes like you would in most Chinese restaurants, where the dishes are placed in the centre and people can take what they want, when they want it. I draw the line at having to use my used spoon to dig into my dining companion’s plates and vice versa. And besides, these are small dishes we are talking about, 5 mouthfuls per dish I would say? I would be totally stressed out having to make sure I keep enough of my dish for the next person. And what if you received a dish you liked very much and didn’t want to share? Or even more horrifying, what if you are ill and don’t want to spread your germs around? Having said that though, this concept would be great for couples looking for a romantic night out! You one mouth, I one mouth….

Despite what I think is an impractical sharing system, I must admit that Chef Olivier’s food tastes fabulous! The flavours are refreshingly different, no doubt from the extensive experimentation with different types of vegetable and fruit purees to get to the combinations that work. You won’t get bored dining on Chef Olivier’s dishes, that’s for sure. Except for one or two minor issues, the execution was generally spot on too, everything was cooked to the right level of tenderness or doneness.

Scroll down for pictures of the 5-course Omakase meal that we had yesterday (Starter : Coulicious : Ocean : Farm : Sweet). The pricing indicated is for ala-carte orders, but the pricing has been deliberately inflated to encourage you to order the Omakase instead.

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The Knolls - Steamed apple & foie gras, dry fruit compote & cardamom-flavoured apple coulis $42

Steamed apple & foie gras, dry fruit compote & cardamom-flavoured apple coulis $42.

Ima smack any hands that try to take a bit out of my precious foie gras!

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Tulip Mania 2017 is back!

Gardens by the Bay Tulip Mania 2017 (16)

Smile Baby, smile!

The annual Tulipmania Floral Display is on again from now until 7 May 2017, this time with a theme that celebrates Vincent van Gogh’s artworks. More than 100 varieties of tulips and hyacinths – including Darwin hybrid tulips often appreciated for their large blooms – will be on display in a palette of colours. Lots of photo opportunities! Local senior citizens enjoy 50% discount on their admission ticket to a single conservatory.

Gardens by the Bay Tulip Mania 2017 (15)

When Mama does the photo taking, Baby looks at the camera….

As you can see, Baby enjoyed the experience much more this time round as compared to last year when he was just a two month old. I’m a firm believer of letting young children experience as much nature as possible, but it’s even better when it’s in air-conditioned comfort such as in the cooled conservatories! I highly recommend everyone to go check out Tulip Mania not least because the cold air makes it feel as if your are overseas!

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Superior Brand–Purveyor of Premium Bird’s Nest and Chia Seed

Superior Brand Double-boiled Bird's Nest with Rock Sugar (2)

Want to indulge in a bowl of warm bird’s nest but don’t know where to go, don’t want to dine in a restaurant alone or no one to prepare it for you? Now you can enjoy bird’s nest in the comfort of your own home by having the bird’s nest delivered right to your doorstep, in a porcelain air-tight vacuum flask no less! All you have to do is to visit Superior Brand’s e-shop to order a flask of double boiled bird’s nest, or dried bird’s nest if you’re the more hands-on type. (Scroll down for discount code!) The double boiled bird’s nest is made by soaking the dried nest in boiling water for an hour, then gently double boiled for another hour before being naturally sweetened with rock sugar or honeycomb to your indicated level of sweetness.

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The Disgruntled Brasserie

The Disgruntled Chef has always had a soft spot in my heart not just because of the wonderful meal I had there many years back, but also because it was one of the first few restaurants I blogged about when I first started this website. It was also around the time when I started to pay more attention to where I dined, and food quality. When I look back at the photographs, they look hideous! I hope to think that I’ve improved since then.

Even though I haven’t managed to revisit The Disgruntled Chef, I’ve always kept it under my radar. So it was exciting to know that they have just opened a younger sibling called The Disgruntled Brasserie, situated at The Club Hotel on Ann Siang Road on Oct 16. Since February 2017, they have been offering a revamped menu created by newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Desmond Goh. And for fans of communal dining, you’ll be happy to know that the concept of small and large sharing plates is still going strong.

The Disgruntled Brasserie (3)

The Disgruntled Brasserie is supposed to be a more informal and cheaper version of The Disgruntled Chef. The food is definitely more casual, but I’m not too sure about the decor. The Venetian leather banquette and booth seats, the muted greys and mirrors make the restaurant look posher and seem more expensive than it intends to be. Btw those mirrors are no ordinary mirrors but vintage-inspired and individually tarnished and illustrated by UK artist Ruth Parker.

The Disgruntled Brasserie - Home Cured Salmon (Horseradish buttermilk, pickled cucumber, marinated avocadoes) $16

Home Cured Salmon (Horseradish buttermilk, pickled cucumber, marinated avocadoes) $16++

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Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation

Because Baby loves going for staycations, we have been trying to let him experience as many hotels as possible! One of the hotels we checked out was the Swissotel Merchant Court some time back. The hotel has actually undergone a 18 month refurbishment, so it was a good opportunity to check out the new furnishings!

One huge plus point about staying at the Swissotel Merchant Court is that you’re right smack in the heart of Clarke Quay where all the vibrant restaurants are (beware the touts). There’s also a mall next to the hotel called The Central with numerous fashion boutiques and more restaurants and cafes. Very importantly, the Clarke Quay MRT station is next door as well, or you could simply take one of the numerous buses straight to Bugis (just 4 or 5 stops away).

Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation (21)

Greetings! Our mandatory wefie on the king size bed!

Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation (1)

The Swiss Executive room that we were assigned was spacious and had a lovely balcony, and if there’s one thing that I love, it’s balconies! Even though the balcony may not be large, but just being on it and being “out in the open” makes everything so much more exciting. And of course it makes the room feel so much more spacious.

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