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[CNY 2014] Crystal Jade Golden Palace

*Media Invite*

I guess with the posting of this post, Christmas 2013 is well and truly over. I always have a bit of a problem “letting go” of Christmas. December is such a time of merriment and holiday feel, and the adrenelin rush of making sure all the presents are bought and Christmas plans made. And it all just seems to literally pop and disappear come December 26, but nothing spells end of Christmas as starkly as seeing all the Chinese New Year decorations come up in full force overnight. I think I would very much prefer Chinese New Year to be in February, thank you very much. But that’s not to say that I loath Chinese New Year. I love it in fact! You’ll probably find me writing a similar post about Chinese New Year come February this year!

I had an early taste of Chinese New Year via the media tasting held at Crystal Jade Golden Palace at Paragon Orchard Road, last month in fact. Even though I was in a Christmassy mood then, I must admit that the food that was served was so delicious, I almost contemplated having a Chinese meal for Christmas instead! (In the end I went for Regent Hotel’s Christmas Afternoon tea, one of the best places for afternoon tea in general)

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Most people are familiar with Crystal Jade Kitchen, which is the more casual restaurant serving affordable Chinese dishes. But did you know that Crystal Jade also boasts a line of more fine-dining/premium restaurant such as the Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant at Takashimaya, Crystal Jade Premiu at One degree 15 Marina Club Sentosa Cove and Crystal Jade Dining IN at Vivocity. We had our reunion dinner sampling at the Crystal Jade Golden Palace. The restaurant looked really posh, even more so than the Vivocity and Takashimaya one I feel. If you’re looking for a fine-dining Chinese restaurant, you gotta check out Crystal Jade Golden Palace!

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First up, some tea to cleanse the palate and sooth the throat

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Rokeby Cafe Bistro at Jalan Riang

*Media Invite*

Jalan Riang is another of those up-and-coming laid-back type street lined with cafes and cool restaurants. I’ve been meaning to check it out for the longest time, but being an Eastie, Serangoon has always been so called off my radar. Well, I finally made it there for lunch on the Saturday just before Christmas at the kind invitation of Rokeby Cafe Bistro.

I was told I could bring a guest, but because it so happened that my parents were with me, I lugged them along for the tasting session well prepared to share everything, and thank god I did because Rokeby was so generous with the food, there was no way the Partner and I could have finished the feast!

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Rokeby Cafe/Bistro is an Australian inspired establishment serving delectable gourmet food and artisan coffee with unique latte art. Coffee beans are freshly roasted from Western Australia and gourmet teas imported from Melbourne. Staying true to its roots, Rokeby serves Australian wines and offers a variety of Australian beer.

I really like the woody tones used in the decor at Rokeby, and of course a pretty Christmas tree during the Christmas season is never a bad thing.

Rokeby Cafe Bistro - Vegemite Glazed Chicken $11.90 and Mushroom Fritters $9 (2)

Mushroom Fritters $9

We left it to Denyse Janz, co-owner of Rokeby to recommend us dishes to try. Rokeby has been reinventing and upgrading itself ever since their opening earlier in 2013. You will find that even the colour theme as change, not to mention tweaks to the menu. Quite a number of dishes we tried were only just introduced into the menu.

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Gift twice with Cadbury chocolates!

It’s going to be Christmas soon! Have you started buying your Christmas presents yet? I know I haven’t so I’m really going to need some tips for last minute Christmas shopping! Chocolates are definitely something I buy every year as Christmas presents. I know, some people think that they are boring and not creative, but I like to think that giving a small bag of chocolates to each and every one of your colleagues is a meaningful thought to do, rather than to not buy anything at all. And trust me, a jar of chocolates in multi-coloured wrappers will add a festive mood to any room!

Cadbury Chocolates

If you’re going to be buying chocolates, you can consider Cadbury chocolates because Cadbury will be launching its “Joy of Giving” campaign from 1 November to 31 December, donating S$1 for every S$15 purchase of Cadbury products. All proceeds (up to S$30,000) collected from this campaign will be donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) – Cadbury’s community partner.

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As part of the “Joy of Giving” campaign, the popular Cadbury Joyrider will be making its appearance to the public again from 21 November, 2013, beginning at the heart of Singapore’s business district – Raffles Place. The public will be able to hop on the Cadbury Joyrider Bus for free, which will bring everyone on a fun-filled journey into a mythical and joyful land of Cadbury – known as Joyville.

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Cooking with Masterchef Christophe Grilo

The Partner and I were invited to a French culinary masterclass conducted by Masterchef Christophe Grilo at Nourish Studios and hosted by Dettol.

Masterchef Christophe Grilo

Bonjour Masterchef Christophe Grilo. He also runs his own business Bakery Artisan Original.

Like us I’m sure you’re wondering “huh, cooking with Dettol?” No, Dettol is not moving into the grocery business or opening restaurants. Instead, Dettol wants to highlight the importance of kitchen hygiene and how their products can help to keep your kitchen clean. I’ve never really viewed Dettol as being particularly important in the kitchen arena, because to me, Dettol is about disinfecting toilets or soaps for scrubbing bodies. It was good to attend this event to find out what other products Dettol has up their sleeves.

Dettol Products

All your favourite Dettol products.

Sometimes when we prepare meals we can have unwanted visitors that take days to get over. No, I’m not talking about uninvited relatives, I’m talking about E.coli, salmonella and other bacteria. Every year millions of people around the world poison themselves unnecessarily due to poor kitchen hygiene.

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Makan Expedition with Fiji Water

Food Expeditions aka Food Trails are getting more popular in Singapore it seems. People are no longer just satisfied dining in a nice restaurant, they now want to make an adventure out of it. And if you have a good weekend afternoon to spare, with some friends who are game enough to join you, I say why not? It’s money well spent, judging from the response garnered by the Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition I attended last month.

You can read more about how the Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition works here, but basically for $180, you get to try a signature dish each at 6 different restaurants, each paired with a glass of wine and FIJI Water. No need to worry about how to get around as we were chauffeured, and the whole event took 6 hours! After all the food and nearly unlimited amounts of wine, I saw many happy faces near the end of the day. Hic.

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We started off the event by gathering at Absinthe Restaurant at Boat Quay.  I’d been to Absinthe Restaurant Francaise only once a few years ago, and that was when they were still at Bukit Pasoh. I love dining at French restaurants. The meal usually spans 3 hours and even though it is expensive, you are paying for 3 hours of luxurious enjoyment. Definitely not for people who like gobbling down their food fast. Love the shop house location, woody tones with ornate touches here and there! I definitely want to come back to Absinthe again for lunch.

Foie Gras Terrine with Warm Brioche by Chef Francois Mermilliod (2)

Foie Gras Terrine with Brioche by Chef Francois Mermilliod Served with Konrad Gewurztraminer 2013

Looks like I am having 3 wines, but nope, only 2 glasses are mine. One was the bubbly they served to make sure all the guests start off on a happy note. The Foie Gras Terrine was EXCELLENT. It was smooth and silky, and in quite a generous portion, really the next best thing to eating foie gras itself. The warm brioche was really fluffy and buttery tasting and actually warm when served. Don’t you just hate the 1st world problem where your starter is so good that you want to eat it all, yet you worry it might fill you up too much and ruin your main meal?

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