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Pan Pacific Singapore Sunday Champagne Brunch at Edge Restaurant – Revamped

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Pan Pacific’s Edge Sunday Champagne Brunch has been given a revamp and now boasts two activity sessions – a cooking demo and a cocktail making demo. So instead of just stuffing your face for those few hours, you now get to take a break and learn a thing or two from the experts. From 1pm-1.30pm, the inhouse mixologist will impart the techniques required to make your own cocktails at home. From 2pm-2.30pm, learn how to cook highlight dishes from the buffet spread, such as Coriander Crab Cake with Curry Mayo, or Sticky Date Pudding.

Edge Sunday Brunch - Desserts Theatre

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Pan Pacific Edge Restaurant Theatrical Sunday Champagne Brunch Extravaganza

A couple of weeks back, the Partner and I celebrated an early Christmas by going for a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Pan Pacific Edge Restaurant. I have never attended a Sunday Super Brunch before. I’ve always wanted to, but it’s just so expensive! In the grand scheme of things, a Sunday Super Brunch buffet (a few hotels offer this) is the most expensive buffet you will find, costing well over a hundred dollars, and sometimes nearing $200. In this case, because it was the Christmas period, and because there was UNLIMITED Champagne and cocktails, it was on the high end at $179++, per pax!

But what can I say, it was the most festive and most rambunctious event / buffet I have ever been to. And it’s longer than other buffets too at 4 hours, instead of the usual 3. But you know the 4 hours passed SO QUICKLY! There were loads of Ang Mohs out in huge groups celebrating Christmas. And when Ang Mohs + alcohol meet, it makes for a very jovial atmosphere. Many had even brought along their Christmas hats and reindeer antlers. I wanted to bring mine too but I forgot!

Pan Pacific Champagne Brunch Compilation

Scroll down for more pictures of the Champagne brunch. But first up, some pictures of Edward at his first brunch buffet! Kids under 4 dine free!

Toddler playing with utensils

Edward had a great time at Pan Pacific hotel. We were there 1 hour early to take pictures everywhere! He loves hotels because he loves running around and climbing onto the soft comfy sofas. Here’s a picture of him playing peekaboo with the utensils!

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Random food photos from Raffles Hotel

Was at the 2nd Rendezvous with French Cinema event earlier this month at Raffles Hotel. Highlight of the day was to meet the famous French actress Sophie Marceau. Some might remember her in one of the Bond movies, The World is not Enough. I don’t watch all that many movies but I did happen to catch that one and I enjoyed it a lot.

I really admire Sophie Marceau and people like her. She has kids yet she still manages to juggle a backbreaking jet setting career. The idea of having to fly all over the world and live out of a suitcase may seem daunting, but wouldn’t that really be living life to the fullest? Sometimes I wish I were doubly busy with back to back appointments. Then I can say to myself that I’ve made use of every minute that I have. Of course it would be a fine line between just packing your days with inane stuff, versus going slowly but doing more meaningful work.

Anyway, since the highlight of the event wasn’t so much about food, I didn’t take many photos of the canapés served. Couldn’t resist taking a picture of the Champagne and pretty chocolate pastry though. The Champagne was the 1st thing I had that day! Smile

Raffles Hotel Champagne

A Champagne a day puts a smile on the face Smile

Raffles Hotel Chocolate Pastry (2)

Ain’t these just so pretty???? BTW, the cakes at Ah Teng Bakery in Raffles Hotel are surprisingly affordable at about $6 a slice. Considering it’s Raffles Hotel, that pricing is quite palatable!

Boxing Crab Restaurant

Last month, I had the opportunity to try out a wonderful seafood restaurant. It’s a new seafood restaurant located in Sentosa itself, situated behind the Underwater World and next to the Shangri La Rasa Sentosa Resort . Imagine dining amidst the evening glow and lapping of the waters, it’s not an everyday occurrence I can tell you that.

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Try to come before night fall to enjoy the scenery while there’s still some light. Another reason also is that at approximately 630pm, a humongous cruise liner will sail past to dock at HarbourFront. It’s quite an interesting experience, and the people on the cruise liner actually waved at me as the ship sailed past!

Boxing Crab Seafood Restaurant - Kir Royale (champagne with creme de cassis)

Kir Royale (champagne with creme de cassis)

A welcome drink to start the evening off! Sweet and refreshing!

Boxing Crab Seafood Restaurant - Otah cigar with mango salsa canape

Otah cigar with mango salsa canape

Seldom get canapes with asian fillings. These were unique and delicious.

Boxing Crab Seafood Restaurant - Crispy Peppered White Bait

Crispy Peppered White Bait

Wow I couldn’t keep my hands off the crispy white bait the whole evening! I had the plate strategically placed near me so ever so often I would sneak some into my mouth. Extremely crispy yet not oily tasting. Good to order and share amongst the table!

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Jaillance, the N°1 AOP Sparkling Wine Brand in France comes to Singapore!

Listen up people! If you’re planning a big party or an intimate evening, you would no doubt have had some thoughts on what sort of alcohol to provide. Champagne’s always a crowd pleaser, however most people can’t provide that without being afraid of burning a hole in their pockets!

Well, fret not, now that bestselling French bottle-fermented sparkling wine Jaillance bubbles onto our shores for the first time with two offerings – the brut Sémillon from Bordeaux and the demi-sec Muscat, Clairette from Die. Sweeping accolades at the International Wine Challenge, the International Wine and Spirit Competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards, the Concours National des Crémants and the Concours Effervescents du Monde, these sparkling wines are sure to bring the holiday spirit into any celebration, just in time for the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivities.Jaillance Event at Balzac Brasserie -  brut Sémillon from Bordeaux and the demi-sec Muscat, Clairette from Die

Jaillance originates from the Drôme Valley, nestled between Vercors and Provence, and represents the Cave de Die, a cooperative founded in 1950 under the leadership of Henri Bonnet. More than 120 000 connoisseurs and enthusiasts visit its cellars every year in Die and Bourg-sur-Gironde to savour its collection.

What’s the difference between sparkling wine vs Champagne?

For those not in the know, Champagne IS sparkling wine, produced from grapes grown exclusively in the Champagne region of France. Sparkling wine made using the exact same method as Champagne but with grapes not from the Champagne region cannot be called Champagne.

The point of this is that because there can only be a limited amount of Champagne produced in the Champagne region, and because the average person does not know that there is more to sparkling wine than just Champagne, Champagne the sparkling wine obviously commands a premium.

The thing is, not everything called Champagne equals quality. For the same price, you would probably get a superior tasting sparkling wine of other origins as compared to sparkling wine from the Champagne region. And that’s where Jaillance comes into the picture. Can you believe it that these award winning wines are retailing in Singapore for $26.90 (Muscat,Clairette) and $29.90 (Semillon)???

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Personally, I favoured the demi-sec Muscat, Clairette from Die much more than the brut Sémillon from Bordeaux. Demi-sec means slightly sweet, whereas brut means dry. The demi-sec has a slightly higher sugar level in it, which was more palatable to the sweet-toothed me.

I’m no wine connoisseur so obviously I don’t think I can tell the difference between a good quality sparkling wine vs a good quality champagne. What I can say is I did enjoy drinking these sparking wines very much. More so as compared to a champagne I drank at a subsequent event later that week!

Canapés from Balzac Brasserie

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We got to pair our sparkling wines with canapes courtesy of Balzac Brasserie at Rendezvous Hotel. Balzac Brasserie is a French bistro which I have not tried to date, but based on the quality of the canapes served, and the nice, light & airy ambience at Balzac, I’m quite keen to come back again soon!

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Jaillance Event at Balzac Brasserie - Carpaccio of REd Beetroot and marinated Calamari

Carpaccio of Red Beetroot and marinated Calamari

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