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Cold Storage New Zealand Food Fair 2014

The New Zealand Food Fair is back again until 8 May 2014 at 46 Cold Storage stores in Singapore. Fans of New Zealand can look forward to a wider selection of 200 delicious specialty products, fresh seasonal food and beverages that are specially brought in for this exciting food fair.

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For New Zealanders in Singapore missing home, here’s a chance for you to stock up on familiar favourites. For those of you who have been to New Zealand for your family trip or your honeymoon, here’s a chance for you reminisce the wonderful times without having to fork out the air ticket again.

Check out this list of many of the items available at the New Zealand Food Fair

  • Bluebird chips
  • Anathoth relish and pickles
  • Lemon & Paeroa beverages
  • Deep South Ice Cream
  • Mother Earth snacks
  • FreshFields fruit pouches and purees
  • Phoenix organic carbonated drinks
  • 180 Degrees bakery Oat Crackers
  • 100% Nutz chocolate peanut and other butters
  • Hubards Muesli
  • Shott syrups
  • Charlie’s juices
  • Whitaker’s Chocolates
  • Loaf’s sweet treats
  • Abe’s Bagel Bakery
  • Matua, Oyster Bay, Villa Maria and Monkey Bay wines

I haven’t listed all the items available at the New Zealand fair, so all the more you have to go check it out yourselves!

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Where to get New Zealand products in Singapore

When the Partner heard that I had to produce an article relating to New Zealand food in Singapore, he actually volunteered to pen the post, for the 1st time in the entire life of this blog! Well I don’t see why he shouldn’t, being that he’s a Kiwi himself! Alas, the enthusiasm lasted but 2 and a half paragraphs. Still, it’s a good start nonetheless. I’ll try to rope him in more often in future!!

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New Zealand Fair collage

Want great New Zealand food but can’t afford to fly there? Or perhaps you’ve been there and miss the scrumptious kiwi Potato Chips and thirst quenching refreshing NZ beer? Well the great news is that from now until 12 May 2013, all 47 Cold Storage outlets have stocked over 80 products from Aotearoa, (Maori name for New Zealand and loosely translated as the Land of the Long White Cloud). In fact, we’ve just returned from our honeymoon in Europe and will be rushing down to Cold Storage tomorrow to stock up on NZ goodies which we would otherwise only be able to lay our hands on when we visit New Zealand once a year.

New Zealand is blessed with rich agricultural land and pristine waters, which in turn produces a wide selection of tasty and natural produce. Seasonal fruits are a highlight with the likes of fresh blueberries which are high in antioxidants, and sugar pears that are naturally sweet and often used in baking and desserts. Don’t miss the avocado dips that are made from fresh avocado, and can be spread on toast or serve in salads and wraps.

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Wine lovers should take the opportunity to try the affordable varietals from the Tiki Estate range, Single Vineyard range, and Tiki Koro Central Otago Pinot Noir

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Matson’s beers are 100% natural brewed

Kiwis are  passionate about their food just like Singaporeans and they take pride in producing world class tasty food with a proven reputation for freshness and quality. Some may know that NZ has a well earned reputation for wine but their beers are just as good and new to Singapore is Matson’s beers. Made by natural brewing with all locally sourced raw materials the beers come in 3 varieties: Lager, Pilsner and Classic Draught. Having tried these myself I would say that the beers are crisp and clean but with a refreshing unique taste. So if you’re tired of drinking the same old beers served here in Singapore then head on down and get a “Pick & Mix”, where you can select an assortment of varieties.

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Baker & Cook Singapore

**Only takeaways available as of 21 June 2012. License suspended for sit-down/dine-in due to traffic congestion issues!!**

Baker & Cook - Chocolate Croissant

Have you been to the Baker & Cook yet? Our President Tony Tan has! More than once in fact! It looks like 2011 was the year of the proliferation of coffee joints. 2012 seems to be the year of the bakery. Paul, Maison Kayser, Baker & Cook, I suspect we’ll be seeing more bakeries popping up with eye catching breads and pastries. For too long, our bakery scene has been dominated by BreadTalk and DeliFrance. Aren’t we all lucky that we now have more choices, or are we just late in catching up with other countries?

 

Baker & Cook - Olive Baton I know how to make this… :o)

I visited Baker and Cook in early February to suss out the place. I think I read about it in the Straits Times, and the minute I saw the photos of the place, I knew I just had to pay Baker & Cook a visit. It’s obvious from my blog that I love exploring new cafes. But did you know that I love exploring new artisanal bakeries as well? Artisan Bakery + Cafe, was it any wonder I zoomed to visit the place so soon after it was open? I wrote a brief write-up about Baker & Cook last month in conjunction with my Waitangi Day (New Zealand Day) article. Baker & Cook is one of the few places in Singapore where you can find NZ influences in the food.

The bakery is nestled in the Greenwood Area. Owner Dean Brettschneider is a New Zealander and so is his head baker David O’Brien. The coffee that they serve here, Allpress, is also a NZ brand. You can get a range of jams, chutneys, handcrafted packaged cookies, cakes, as well as cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I like to tell people that our President Tony Tan has already been here at least twice, have you???

There is no other bakery in the Greenwood area, so I think Dean really captured a fantastic location for his cafe. It is the corner shop to boot! I don’t know if the madness has died down yet, but when I was there last month, it was as crowded as can be that Saturday morning. There isn’t much seating, just a few tables outside, and a long wooden table inside. It can get very hot sitting outside. I should know, cuz my arm got tanned after sitting there for 1 hour. If you drive, you might be better off buying the goodies back home to savour.

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Passion is our main ingredient. I have to attest to that. Where there is passion, there is energy, dedication and creativity.

Baker & Cook - Bread and Viennoiserie Basket

We ordered a Baked Bread & Viennoiserie basket $9.95 to share, which basically comprises of several slices of different types of breads, 2 mini croissants, butter and a selection of 3 types of jams. The breads were all the “European” type breads, meaning crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. They were pretty good when spread with loads of jam. I would have liked the crusts to be crustier. But between the 4 of us, we still managed to polish off all the bread. The croissants were so so. Not very buttery in my opinion.

If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that I have been taking baking classes. I completed my bread module just last week, and gone are the days where I gravitate towards soft bread. I now look at bread with different eyes. Yes I like those breads that can crack a wall if you throw them at one. The aspiring baker in me has actually fallen in love with the French Baguette and I’m not looking back! There is a reason why the supermarket loaves are so soft. BREAD IMPROVER my friends. So be careful what you ask for. I’ve no idea if Baker & Cook uses these chemical additives, but I suspect they don’t, them being artisanal.

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The Exchange – Waitangi Day Celebrations

Waitangi Day Party at The Exchange

Were you at the Waitangi Day Celebrations at The Exchange today like I told you to do? Here’s what you missed out! The turnout was quite huge, beyond my expectations actually. A lot of people were wearing All Black shirts or having shirts with the words New Zealand/NZ on them. So patriotic! Which Singaporean would wear a shirt saying Singapore?

The great thing about holding the event at The Exchange is that there is a huge open space on the ground floor of the Asia Square building (kind of like as big as the open space at the National Library). The kids were running wild there as its Sunday and all the office types are safely at home.

The Exchange - Bouncy Castle

This guy refused to get out of my photo, okay so he shall be in it!

The Exchange - (3) I stayed indoors in the comfort of the air con. The Exchange itself is also very spacious.

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They have a see through kitchen that spans the restaurant seating area. Very good for entertaining yourself if you’re bored with your dining companion.

The Exchange - Speights and Steinlager

The long awaited New Zealand beers! It’s really hard to find NZ beers in the supermarkets this is the 1st time we have 2 different brands of beer on the same table! It’s a miracle! I can’t tell which I prefer more, Steinlager or Speights. Love them both though. I thought I saw several people buying cartons of beer back but I realise that they won them in the lucky draw! LUCKY!!! They’re not cheap if you’re having them at The Exchange, $13 bottle. Ok not cheap compared to how much they’d cost back in New Zealand.

The Exchange - Fish & Chips (2)

The Exchange normally isn’t opened on Sundays, so just for Waitangi Day celebrations, they had a special Waitangi Day menu. I ordered the Fish and Chips. 2 huge pieces for $18. Very nice! The dish was served piping hot, which is exactly how I like it when eating fried food. The fish was ultra flaky, had an almost melt in the mouth texture and was so fresh tasting! The batter coating was also pretty tasty although it was a bit thick. If there was more of the tender fish and less of the batter, it would have been totally perfect. Fries were so so, and a bit short, like left over fries. The Fish and Chips are labelled as Battered Haddock in the normal menu.

Definitely would come back to try this again. We didn’t order anything else as the fish and the beer filled us up for dinner! Group Executive Chef Kacey Whaitiri-Roberts, a kiwi native who previously worked for Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s London and Emmanuel Stoobant’s Saint Pierre group of restaurants, looking forward to sampling more of their stuff. Check out The Exchange’s menu here and bar nibbles here.

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These people know where their priorities lay.

Check out this link for more Kiwi dining places in Singapore

The Exchange

8 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 1, #01-05, Singapore, Singapore 018960

Tel : 66361200

Breakfast : 8am – 11.30am  Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm   Dinner : 5pm – 1am

The Exchange’s Website or Facebook

Blackbird Cafe

**Closed for renovations until mid-march 2014

After the slogfest in the office these past few weeks, I promised myself a good brunch to sort of celebrate (the weekend that is, not the end of the project!) as well as relax. A few days ago, I happened to chance upon AiMakan’s Facebook posting about this new cafe called Blackbird Cafe. The fact that this place is owned by a New Zealander got me sitting up. Straight away shot an email to the Partner asking him where our cafe was, as it’s kind of been a dream of mine to have my own cafe one day. Well, one day it will come true.

Anyway, so today with the parents in tow, we made it to Blackbird Cafe for brunch. Brunch is from 10am – 3pm. It was lucky we arrived early around 10.30am. We had our pick of the choicest seats. By 11am, the place was full!

Blackbird Cafe - Menu Board

Check out the full menu on this menu board, but for brunch, only brunch items are served, along with 1 sandwich and 1 mains of the day (which was a burger today). I thought the brunch menu was rather limited. Apart from the photos you see below, they only have buttermilk pancakes, bread basket, Danish basket, 5 cheese omelette and fresh fruit platter.

Blackbird Cafe - Flat White

First up, Flat White to wake me up ($5.50). Coffee was really nice and smooth. Cookie was tasty too.

Blackbird Cafe - Don't want to share my flat white!

This was how nice the Flat White was…… when I wanted a sip.

Blackbird Cafe - Big Brekkie

Big Breakie $18 – Eggs done any way you want plus sausage, bacon, hashcake, tomato, baked beans and sourdough bread. Omelette was nice and fluffy, tasted almost like scrambled eggs that happened to look like an omelette. The hash cake was really good and different from the usual hash browns. It’s compacted minced potato covered in a breadcrumb thingy. Best part was that it wasn’t oily looking or tasting. Sausage was so so, and the bacon was totally over fried, although I suppose some people like it this way.

Blackbird Cafe - Eggs Benny

Eggs Benny $12 – This was what I ordered. I’m afraid I didn’t really enjoy it very much. The eggs were poached in a vinaigrette water so there was an overpowering sour taste. It soaked through into the muffin bread base such that there was no way of escaping it. Quite disappointing actually when I so looked forward to the trip here. I asked the waiter about it and apparently the eggs are not poached in plain water to give a different twist to it. Didn’t work this time round I’m afraid.

Blackbird Cafe - Croque Monsieur (2)

Croque Monsieur $10 – Oven baked brioche with bechamel, ham and cheese plus salad greens. This here is a modified version of the Croque Monsieur as my father doesn’t eat ham. We got the chef to remove the ham and substitute it with eggs instead. My father enjoyed his meal very much but would have liked it to have more cheese. He also loved the bread and said it had a pastry like flavour.

Blackbird Cafe -Ham Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Sandwich of the day, the HCT Sandwich $10 – Honey glazed ham, cheese, tomato with wholegrain mustard on ciabatta – My mother had this and was very pleased with the sandwich too. She loved that the ciabatta tasted fresh and had a sort of crispy texture. It’s light enough too as it isn’t laced with lots of cream. It could have done with a few more slices of cheese, just to give more punch.

Blackbird Cafe - Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte $5 – As tasty as the Flat White, and 50 cents cheaper if you don’t mind more foam but hey, where is the cookie???

Blackbird Cafe - Main Seating Area (2)

Blackbird Cafe - Main Seating Area

Blackbird Cafe - Sofa Seating

Nice place to chill after a movie at the Cathay?

Blackbird Cafe - Al Fresco Seating Area (2)

Don’t really like those monstrous frog feet high above me.

Handy Road

Enjoy the view of cars going through Handy Road while sipping your flat white.

Blackbird Cafe - Happy Hour and Tea Time Promotions

Blackbird Cafe promotion….mmm I want 1 for 1 wine…..or how about 1 for 1 whine?

Blackbird Menu with pricing

Click on the picture above to see Blackbird Cafe’s menu items and pricing. The normal menu looks very interesting and I really want to come back to try out some of the stuff like Wagyu Open Sandwich, Lamb Tagliatelle, Beer Battered Fish and Chips and the very creative New Zhepherd’s pie (they spelled it as Zherperd though…)

Blackbird Cafe

6 Handy Road #01-01 The Luxe Singapore 229234

Telephone: 6337 3448

Email : enquiry@blackbird.com.sg

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday & PH Eve: 11am – 12am

Sunday: 10am – 10pm Sunday Brunch: 10am – 3pm

www.blackbird.com.sg

Directions to get to Blackbird Cafe

After you turn up Handy Road, the Cathay will be on your left. The Luxe is just after that.

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