Marriott Cafe– Seafood Extravaganza buffet with over 50 seafood dishes!

Situated conveniently outside the Orchard MRT station, Marriott Cafe has long been one of the go to places for buffets. But just for a short time only until 15 March 2017, Marriott Cafe will be offering the Ocean to Plate : A Seafood Extravaganza buffet featuring over 50 seafood dishes! If you are a seafood lover, you have to check out this buffet. Some of the highlights include:

– Fresh seafood on ice including Boston Lobsters, oysters, crabs etc

– Salmon Sashimi

– Seafood Bouillabaisse

– Seafood Skewers

– Salted Egg Prawns

That doesn’t mean that they’ve hidden the meats either. There will still be a live carving station offering Roast Pork Saddle, roast Prime Rib of beef and more. The salad bar is pretty impressive too, as there are various salad leaves to choose from instead of 1 generic pile of leaves. And you must check out the superb chocolate cake from the dessert section, it’s one of the best chocolate cakes I have eaten! Scroll down for all the pictures.

Marriott Cafe - Decadent Chocolate Cake (2)

Had to just post a picture of this decadent chocolate cake. It was love at first sight, and tasted as good as it looks.

Marriott Cafe - Ocean to Plate - A seafood Extravaganza buffet (2)

Ocean to Plate – A seafood Extravaganza buffet

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Fort Canning Park – Gastronomic Trail, Guided Tours and free Movie Screening!

[Weekends in the Park Series]

With the cool weather that we have been experiencing these days, it’s the best opportunity to enjoy Singapore’s great outdoors! And what better way than to explore Fort Canning Park this weekend, 4th March 2017, for a full day of fun and free activities!

Gastronomic Trail

  • Yoga and Wellness Breakfast – Hotel Fort Canning (8.30am – 9.30am)
  • Cooking with Spices Demo – Lewin Terrace Restaurant (11.30am – 1.30pm)
  • Cake Frosting Demo – Fabulous Baker Boy (3pm – 4pm)
  • Sushi Art & Mixology Demo – Fort @ Maison Ikkoku (4pm – 5pm)

Guided Tours

  • WWII Bunkers – Battlebox (9.15a – 10am)
  • Spice Garden Tour – Spice Garden near BattleBox (10am – 11.30am)
  • Heritage on the Hill Tour – Roundabout near BattleBox (4pm – 5.30pm)

Movie Screening

  • Watch Forever Fever under the stars at Lawn @ The Foothills (7.30pm – 9.30pm)

Fringe Activities (5.30pm – 7.30pm)

  • Games and activities for children
  • Music performances
  • Bouncy Castles (All Day)
  • Pottery Exhibition by Yukiharu Fururo at Fabulous Baker Boy (11am – 10pm)

The above activities are FREE! To register or to find out more, visit http://www.nparks.gov.sg/weekends.

A few of us had the privilege of having a preview of the exciting activities lined up. Check out my photos below!

Lewin Terrace

Lewin Terrace  (1)

Chef Hiroyuki Shinkai demonstrating how to prepare sauted duck with spices. Did you know that Fort Canning Park boasts a spice garden? It would be really educational for the kids to have a walk around the spice garden, followed by watching a cooking demonstration of how spices are incorporated into the dishes that we consume.

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Happy Birthday Baby Edward!

Edward doesn’t turn 1 until a week later, but because we’ll be in New Zealand, we decided to have his 1st birthday party earlier. There were so many things to get settled for the party such as deciding on the theme, venue, caterer, decorations, invites, etc. And add on spring cleaning, Chinese New Year visiting plus packing for New Zealand, it’s been one hectic January!

Happy 1st Birthday! (1)

Thank goodness everything fell in place for the party eventually and it was a blast! There was enough food for everyone (my perennial worry), the kids were suitably entertained at the water-play area, and conversation was flowing. I’d hate to have party where guests just come to eat, and then leave, so I made a conscious effort to try and speak to everyone! Hopefully everyone had fun!

One of the awesome bits about Edward’s birthday party was the dessert table catered from Lydia Low Desserts! I’d told her I wanted a seaside-themed dessert table and look what she pulled off. Even the backdrop, bunting, balloons and flowers were provided by her. I have to say everyone was impressed by the beautiful dessert table! I was totally mesmerised by the baby blue 2-tier black-forest drips cake! I felt quite reluctant to have to slice up the cake after only 1 short hour of admiring it!

Scroll down for more photos of Edward’s 1st birthday party!

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Unique Dim Sum dishes at Avenue Joffre (Sentosa)

Do you get the feeling that if you’ve tried one dim sum restaurant, you’ve tried them all? While the culinary scene in Singapore has been hotting up and throwing out all manner of new and exciting dishes, it has not been the same case when it comes to dim sum. Don’t get me wrong, I love eating har gow, siew mai and cheong fun, and these are must orders whenever I have dim sum, but I also want a few new dishes as well to whet my appetite and make the entire experience memorable.

Well, I’m glad to say I’ve finally found a restaurant that serves dim sum I’ve never tried before, and the dim sum dishes taste good! It might be a bit tiresome to have to go into Sentosa, but at least Avenue Joffre is just a 3 min walk from the monorail station, and it is well worth the effort. And the best part is, the prices are very reasonable for the quality that is served. Most of the dim sum dishes are priced at a standard $6++ per basket.

But before I delve into the dim sum proper, I would like to add that their roast meats are fantabulous too! The meats are marinated for 1/2 a day and roasted over lychee-wood, rendering the meats with a subtle fruity flavour.

Avenue Joffre - Honey-glazed BBQ Pork $18 (3)

Honey-glazed BBQ Pork $18

Just look at the lusciousness of the bbq pork, so juicy and tender, and enveloped by the sticky sweet honey glaze! Each slice has been cut extra thick for you to get maximum impact.

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What is open during Chinese New Year 2017?

Here’s 365days2play’s annual list of supermarkets, malls, clinics, food courts, and kopi/cafe 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 (yet)! You can also check the 2016 guide, 2015 guide, 2014 guide, 2013 guide or 2012 guide for reference.

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wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2017!

Happy Chinese New Year 2017 (Chinatown)

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