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Häagen-Dazs Mooncakes

Sick and tired of the usual moon cake offerings each year? Wanna impress your parents, your in-laws or your clients but not sure if they’ll actually be impressed with what you might think is the best flavour/best looking box/best design??

Fret no more because now you can really indulge your loved ones this Mid-Autumn Festival with signature ice cream mooncakes from Häagen-Dazs! I believe Häagen-Dazs is the only place in Singapore that retails ice cream mooncakes! How innovative is that? I mean the last significant innovation in the mooncake arena were the Snow Skin mooncakes right, and that was 10 years ago maybe?

Haagen Dazs Mooncakes

Anyway, there are 4 different ice cream mooncake flavours to choose from : White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Strawberry Chocolate. All 4 flavours have a crispy praline base and a Mango Sorbet ‘yolk’ in the centre to symbolise the full moon. The refreshing ‘yolk’ complements the creamy ice cream filling and the scrumptious crispy base perfectly, delivering a unique taste and texture in every bite.

Available in a 4-piece Classic Gift Set or 2-piece Petite Gift Set, the exquisite boxes bring the festive mood to the ultimate level, making it the perfect gift.  The mooncakes are also available as dine-in creations, accompanied by exquisitely handcrafted fruits at all Häagen-Dazs outlets.

The luscious Häagen-Dazs ice cream mooncakes are available only until 30th September 2012! Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Mooncake gift vouchers are available for both Classic and Petite Ice Cream Mooncake gift sets. Redemption of vouchers will be till 15th October 2012.

These vouchers can be bought at the Häagen-Dazs cafés as well as booths. This year, the booths will be located at Takashimaya (No.32 from 30th August to 30th September), Vivocity (No.20 from 11th to 30th September) and Century Square (No.16 from 14th to 29th September).

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Hard Rock Cafe

When I told my friends that I was invited to a food tasting session at Hard Rock Cafe, many of them told me that they had either been there once eons ago, or never at all. This caught me by surprise, as I was under the impression that people liked going to Hard Rock Cafes all over the world to buy their memorabilia as evidence of having been to the respective countries. Perhaps that’s just it, they go only for the souvenirs but not the food.

Personally, the first and only time I was at Hard Rock Cafe was way back in 2007. It was the birthday of our American intern, and he specifically requested for a celebration at Hard Rock Cafe to remind him of home. The birthday meal was fun, and I believe he even received a small birthday cake compliments of the house! It’s interesting to know that Hard Rock Cafe actually started as an American diner in London, and not in USA! I’ve been to London’s Hard Rock Cafe, and I have a Tshirt to prove it too, heh.

Fast forward to last week, and I was there once again to sample Hard Rock Cafe’s new Seafood Menu with the URBAN TEAM bloggers I made friends with during our Greenwich V Amazing Race. I even had a special guest with me, the winner of my Hard Rock Cafe contest!

Hard Rock Cafe is a very lively place. A stage and a huge ceiling to floor projection screen take centre stage. Loud music is played and MTVs are shown on the projection screen. Needless to say, music memorabilia such as guitars and photos of singers decorate every wall available. When you’re in it, you know you’re in Hard Rock Cafe alright. By the way, did you know that there are more than 70,000 guitars, drums pianos etc on the walls of over 163 Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos in 52 countries around the world? And the 1st guitar ever donated, which started the collection going came from Eric Clapton!

Hard Rock Cafe - (2)

I ordered this Mocktail for $10 to get things started. If you don’t know what to order, I would highly recommend this drink. It’s pretty humongous and lasted me the whole evening!

Hard Rock Cafe - Seafood Platter with an assortment of grilled prawns, calamari rings, battered sea bass fillet, soft shell crab served on a bed of french fries with tartar sauce $28   (2)

Seafood Platter with an assortment of grilled prawns, calamari rings, battered sea bass fillet, soft shell crab served on a bed of french fries with tartar sauce $28

I love it when someone at the table orders a seafood platter. It’s always such a feast for the eyes. However, the downside is that with nearly everything being covered in batter, it can be very unhealthy. I only tried the calamari rings and soft shell crab. The soft shell crab was very nice but the squid was a little on the soft and mushy side.

Hard Rock Cafe - Crab Fried Rice, wok fried with succulent crab meat, prawns and diced portobello mushrooms, wrapped in an egg omelette $20   (2)

Crab Fried Rice, wok fried with succulent crab meat, prawns and diced portobello mushrooms, wrapped in an egg omelette $20

Out of the entire seafood menu, this was my favourite dish. First of all there is a generous amount of crab on top of the rice. That’s good because when the crab meat is hidden within the rice, if not done properly, the flavours can be lost. At least with the crab outside, you can savour it separately. The olive rice was also pretty fragrant, and was kept piping hot by the enveloping thin egg omelette. A lime was provided which added an extra tanginess to the rice.

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Best Iced Chocolate and Iced Coffee

It’s Monday today everybody!!! Hope you’ve had a great start to the week cuz it’s bloody hot outside! I’m so glad I can retreat to the confines of an air-conditioned room and I hope you can too. My sympathies to those who work at the open-air road shows, teachers teaching in non-air-conditioned classrooms etc, I hope you have a cool drink with you. Tourists, do yourselves a favour and try not to come to Singapore during the hot months. May, June and July are always killers in terms of heat. If Singaporeans already feel like melting, are melting in this heat, what chance do you stand if you’re from a temperate country? Come back again in December, that would be my most sincere advice!

I suppose the companies selling air-cons must be doing a roaring trade. In this heat, even fans are no match! It’s a wonder how I even managed to survive primary school and secondary school. I don’t recall it to have been that sweltering.

If you can’t escape the heat, I guess the next best thing to do would be to arm yourselves with a nice ice cold drink. Here are some suggestions for iced chocolate or iced coffee. Helps to tide you through the Monday Blues too!

Iced Cafe Mocha $6.50 from Toby’s Estate

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Häagen-Dazs High Tea Affair

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Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out (2)

Despite the proliferation of new ice cream parlours in Singapore, I still stick loyal to my favourite ice cream company. There’s nothing quite like a Häagen-Dazs ice cream out there. If you ask me, Häagen-Dazs makes the best vanilla ice cream and Belgian chocolate ice cream. Their ice creams are rich tasting and each mouthful of the cold treat envelopes your tongue like smooth velvet and just instantly makes you forget your troubles (even if they crash back onto you when you pay the bill). I’ve never disliked any ice cream flavours I’ve tried at Häagen-Dazs.

They say commercialised ice creams have lots of additives in them, but I’ve looked at the ingredient list on their vanilla ice cream and the ingredient list is super short! I’m sure everyone has their own favourite ice cream brands, but I think most people will agree that when it comes to indulgence and having a luxurious time, nothing spells it quite like Häagen-Dazs.

As if a trip to a Häagen-Dazs store wasn’t indulgent enough, the people there had to up the ante with this new High Tea Affair promotion. The Häagen-Dazs 3-tier High Tea set is decked with 3 mini scoops each of Cookie Dough Chip, Belgian Chocolate and Strawberry ice cream; followed by a choice of 6 delicate ice cream macaroons and finally, succulent pieces of kiwis, raspberries and grapes.

Häagen-Dazs kindly invited me and 3 of my girly pals to check out their new offerings. It was truly a perfect girls day out! Good ice cream. Good friends. What more can you ask for?

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out -  High Tea Affair (3) High Tea Affair $38++ Friend in the photo not included in the set!

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out -  High Tea Affair (2) Closer shot of the -Dazs 3-tier High Tea. Top deck comprises of 3 mini scoops each of Cookie Dough Chip, Belgian Chocolate and Strawberry ice cream.

The mini scoops of ice cream were decadently delicious! The 4 of us were practically swooning over the set. I know it’s meant to be a “Girl’s Day Out” affair so the ice creams are mini and dainty, but when it comes to ice cream, big is good! Wow I can just imagine if Häagen-Dazs creates a “Boy’s Day Out” promotion and comes up with some gigantic ice cream, I’d be the 1st in line to try it!

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out - Macaroon Mélange  (3) Ice Cream Macaroons. 8 flavours to choose from.

On the 2nd tier, you have the ice cream macaroons (or macarons if you will). These are nothing like the French macarons even though they look similar!! If I may say so, these ice cream macarons are way BETTER! Seriously! Each macaron has a thin chocolate shell, which hides creamy, luscious ice cream and Chantilly cream. The chef who created this must be a genius! Biting into each macaron, you get a mix of wonderful flavours and textures. You have the crisp and thin chocolate shell, and the delicious cold ice cream just bursts into your mouth. One word, FANTASTIC. Okay 2 more words, MUST TRY.

You don’t have to get the 3-tier High Tea in order to enjoy the macarons. You can order the Macaroon Mélange on its own for $18++ served with mango sauce and garnished with almond nibs and strawberries. The macaroons are also available as gift sets to take home and come in a variety of flavors including Caramel Biscuit & Cream, Strawberry, Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. The gift set is priced at S$25+

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out - Cookie Dough Chip Petite Temptations

That’s not all that Häagen-Dazs has come up with. You can also try the Petite Temptations – S$18++, which is not included in High Tea Affair set. This is vanilla ice cream studded with chunks of buttery cookie dough and sweet fudge chips, accompanied by drizzles of mango and chocolate sauce. I found the cookie dough ice cream to be yet another excellent ice cream flavour. I never was a fan of cookie dough, but I think I’m a convert now. Love it that I can “bite” my ice cream. The cookie at the base of the ice cream was a nice touch, although on it own their own those cookies were pretty ordinary.

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out - Macaroon Mélange  (2) This was what I had from the 3 tier set. You can tell I like Chocolate eh…

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out -  Earl Grey Tea

At first I ordered an Earl Grey, thinking that I might need something hot and light to help the ice creams go down.

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out - Cafe Mocha

But who was I kidding man. I didn’t need help with ice creams! After I finished my Earl Grey and was still thirsty, I ordered another Cafe Mocha. Now one place I think serves excellent Iced Cafe Mocha is The Coffee Club. It’s like the only drink I order when I go there. I think I’ve just found another Iced Cafe Mocha which I like very much. Check out the generous amount of chocolate at the bottom of the glass!

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out (3) Me and my 3 other girly pals….

Haagen Dazs Girls Day Out One of the 4 is not like the others

The High Tea Affair, ice cream macaroons and limited edition Petite Temptations creation are available at all Häagen-Dazs shops nationwide, from 27th March 2012 to 31st May 2012, during opening hours. If you go between 2pm – 5pm on weekdays, you will enjoy a 15% discount on the High Tea Affair (that’s the 3 tier set)! Last day is 31st May 2012, don’t forget! Girl or not, you gotta try these out, especially the Macarons!!!

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Azur Restaurant Buffet Spread

Here are some of the pictures I took of the buffet spread at Azur Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. Azur serves the best of Eastern and Western cuisine, with items such as Boston Lobster, Fresh Ocean Oysters, Sashimi Selection, Roasted Leg of Lamb, Thyme rubbed Wagyu of Beef, Cantonese Style Stewed Pork Knuckle and Roasted Meats.  We had a special festive Chinese New Year tasting prepared for us so we didn’t get to sample the other items on the buffet. But the desserts looked so good I just had to snap a few pics.

If you want to know what Azur will be offering for Chinese New Year, you can read all about it here.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Dessert Section

The Marketing Manager of Azur told us that while most of the restaurant diners are office workers from around the area such as the Changi Airport Group and the people working at the Changi Business Park, a number of diners are also those whose flights have been delayed. They come to the restaurant in a bad mood, but the minute they spot the dessert line, all is forgotten immediately. I can imagine why.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Dessert Section (2)

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Dessert Section (3)

 

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Dessert Section (4)

Two Haagen Dazs ice cream flavours!

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Dessert Line

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Azur Restaurant - Do it yourself steamboat

Do it yourself steamboat. The 2 pots on the side are for you to cook the raw food. There have been instances of tourists who are unaccustomed to the steamboat concept scooping the steamboat broth thinking that this was the soup counter.

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