Unique Mooncakes

This year, I am making it a point to only talk about interesting and unique moon cakes. As you can well imagine, we have so many moon cake brands out there. This used to be the bastion of hotels, but now, everyone, like EVERYONE, including SIA is jumping on the bandwagon.

Well, to each his own, but if you’re looking for something a bit different this year, maybe you can consider these moon cakes.

Häagen-Dazs Ice-cream Mooncakes

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Featuring 4 of Häagen-Dazs’s most favoured flavours – Macadamia Nut, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, and Chocolate, each ice-cream mooncake comes with a unique layer of chocolate printed with designs that represent the blossoms under the full moon, wishing for a blissful and tranquil life. For the “yolk”, a bright amber ball of mango sorbet is nestled within the ice cream centre, symbolising the wholeness of the full moon. To add crunch and texture, a peanut-butter chocolate malt ball base or sweet meal base greets you.

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Carrot and Turnip Soup

Finally visited the Tan Boon Liat Building yesterday to buy some furniture pieces. This building should be known as another famous icon of Singapore, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it before. It’s a slab block about 15 storeys high, and all the corridors face the main road. So from afar, and especially from afar, you are able to see the individual businesses that occupies each level. They certainly don’t make buildings like these anymore. Another interesting fact is that if you take the overhead bridge in front of Tan Boon Liat Building to the opposite site of the road, you will chance upon a huge grave, the size of a hdb flat! Creepy if you were to chance upon it at night.  More on my furniture hunting at Tan Boon Liat in another post.

What I want to talk about is this lovely organic and health food store Nature’s Glory that is also located within this building. I love visiting organic and health food stores as there’s so many things I could buy without feeling guilty that they contain pesticides, preservatives and other harmful ingredients. I’ve visited a few such as Super Nature, Zenxin and Brown Rice Paradise. Not everything is expensive, for example the rice and flours are quite affordable. I wasn’t planning on buying anything yesterday, just look see look see you know, but I chanced upon this organic instant Miso soup powder. I’ve been wanting to start cooking more and eating at home and wouldn’t it be great if I could replicate Japanese restaurant dishes easily in my home, starting from the humble soup?

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Singtel Easy Mobile – Substitute more data for less calls!

*Sponsored Review*

Hey people, did you know there is a new phone plan by Singtel called Singtel Easy Mobile that allows you the flexibility of tweaking your plan to suit your phone use habits? If you are a heavy data user, you can tweak your plan such that you get more data in exchange for less local call time or less local SMSes!

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OK this diagram above shows the type of standard data plans that we have been accustomed to for the the last few years. Eg, if you get the Value plan for $59.90, you get the standard 200 mins local calls, 900 free SMS and 3 GB of data.

HOWEVER, this is all about to change if you sign up for Singtel Easy Mobile!

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There are 4 different price plans for you to choose from, each plan giving a certain number of units. For comparison’s sake, if you were to choose the L plan, you would get 16 units, which you can TWEAK as you like. If you’re like me, a heavy user of Instagram, Facebook and all sorts of other data zapping apps, you would want to TWEAK the plan such that you allocate the maximum number of units for the data.

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Burlamacco Ristorante

2 year old Burlamacco is one of those restaurants where I would genuinely love to return again to sample more of what the restaurant has to offer. I was glad to have the opportunity to dine there on a Sunday afternoon. Not many people think of going to the CBD area on a weekend, let alone a Sunday. Those who work in the CBD would probably abhor the thought, but you will be rewarded for coming to this part of town as you will be able to enjoy a laid-back, slow-paced and more personal atmosphere which you simply wouldn’t get on a bustling weekday. Oh and did I mention that there are no ERP charges on Sunday and parking is a breeze?

Burlamacco Ristorante

The Partner and I were the 1st to arrive for lunch at the restaurant, so we had the luxury of picking the best seats in the house. I like the cheery decor of Burlamacco, as well as the pictures of clowns decorating the restaurant. This restaurant in a conservation shop house row boasts a skylight, which allows natural light to permeate the restaurant. Just in case you were wondering, Burlamacco refers to the clown-like figure which presides over the carnival in the Tuscan town of Viareggio, and is the town’s mascot.

Burlamacco - Crostata - Chocoalte Tart Eruption with Vanilla Ice Cream $16 (1)

As always, before I delve right into the what we sampled at Burlamacco, let me first tempt you with a picture of the decadent molten chocolate tart we tried. Yes, you heard me right, MOLTEN chocolate tart, a first for me and for many people I’m sure. Click Read More to find out more!

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D’Bell – Stylish Indian restaurant in the CBD

D’Bell, a contemporary Indian-inspired restaurant and bar located in the heart of Singapore’s trendy North Canal Road has opened its doors. Diners can look forward to a chic and modern dining experience of light Indian-influenced offerings and classic cocktails amidst D’Bell’s stylish and luxe interiors.

I must say, my 1st impression of D’Bell was that it struck me more as an upmarket Western restaurant as most Indian restaurants that I am used to are rather traditional looking or casual looking. Prices seem quite reasonable in comparison to the other Indian restaurants.

D'Bell

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