Sunday, 29 July 2012

Food Fest @ 313 plus Giveaway of Dining Wallets

Photo credited to 313@Somerset
Did you know that in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival, 313@somerset has prepared a series of Food Fest, entertainment and promotions from 27th July till 31st August 2012 exclusively for their shoppers?

And on top of that, shoppers who spend $150.00 on weekdays (max 3 receipts with one receipt from Food and Beverage outlets) will be entitled to 313’s Spend-and-Win and stand to walk away with the grand prize of the new iPad worth $958.


Photo credited to 313@Somerset
And for food lovers, you can purchase the “313 Dining Wallet” at $19.00 (includes dining vouchers worth over S$40 from selected Food and Beverage merchants from 27th 27 to 31st August) to fest on your favourite restaurants or eateries at 313.

How To Use:-
Just present the appropriate coupon  at the participating Food and Beverage outlets and enjoy exclusive deals for lunch, dinner, drinks and dessert. Theses coupons are also coloured coded into different dining option for your easy reference.  (Each coupon can ONLY be used ONCE)

Below is the list of participated Food and Beverage merchants:-


Bee Cheng Hiang, Blue Mountain Café, Charlie Brown Café, F.I.S.H. by Fish and Co., Food Republic, Honeymoon Dessert, JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar, Jollibean, Kenny Rogers Roasters, MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, Malones Irish Restaurant & Bar, Oriental Herbal Tea, Paradise Inn, Prima Déli, Smoosh Juice Bar, The Flyin’ Bread, The Handburger, Trattoria Italian Kitchen, Umi Sushi, Wang Café and Yoshinoya.


GIVEAWAY
Dining Wallet with S$40 worth of food and beverage coupons


Photo credited to 313@Somerset

Thanks to 313@somerset, I am giving away ONE “313 Dining Wallet” each to 2 lucky readers.

To win:

1. Like the 313 Dining Wallet photo on Cuisine Paradise Facebook Page, AND
2. Leave a comment on facebook photo to name the purchase price of this “313 Dining Wallet” and 1 food/beverage outlet that can be found along the Discovery Walk in 313@somerset. (clue:- answer can be found in this post).


Closing Date: 31st July 2012 (Tuesday), 12 NOON.

*only for readers living in Singapore*


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Friday, 27 July 2012

Mid Autumn At Swensen's plus Giveaway

Photo credited to Swensen's
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with cool Swensen’s ice cream mooncakes that comes in six authentic flavors.  This year, let these sweet affair at both Swensen's and Earle Swensen's filled you with mouth-watering Swensen’s signature smooth and full dairy ice creams which encased in a unique pastry skin.

In addition, their special Disney ice cream mooncakes are back again this year which I am sure it will bound to be a winner especially for the little ones.

Photo credited to Swensen's
These cool ice cream mooncakes are presented in an elegant keepsake box that featured the unique Swensen’s Tiffany lamp designs which we all familiar with. And these delightful ice cream mooncakes also come in a box of four (S$29.80 per box / S$8.60 per piece), with a choice of six delicious flavours shown below which you can mix-and-match:-

~ Strawberry Fields Forever
~ Durian Royale
~ Yummy Yam
~ Sticky Chewy Chocolate
~ Cookies 'N' Cream Dreams
~ Mocha Almond Delight


Photo credited to Swensen's
As for Disney fans or parents with kiddo, you can consider to get a box of this adorable Mickey Ice Cream Mooncakes (S$16.90 per box) which is available exclusively at Swensen’s. These mooncakes come in a box of two, with a choice of  either Strawberry Fields Forever and Sticky Chewy Chocolate (or you can also request for one flavour each).

And furthermore, these Disney ice cream mooncakes are thoughtfully packaged in a unique and colourful Mickey die-cut box that features attractive printouts which is perfect for the young ones to keep as a memento.


GIVEAWAY
Swensen's Ice Cream Mooncakes


Photo credited to Swensen's
So if you are a Swensen's ice cream fans who love to try their signature smooth full dairy ice creams which encased in a unique pastry skin. Here is your chance, I would be giving away a box (4 regular ice cream mooncakes) of Swensen's Ice Cream Mooncakes to ONE lucky reader;

To win:

1. Like the Swensen's Ice Cream Mooncakes photo on Cuisine Paradise Facebook Page, AND
2. Leave a comment on the Facebook photo, name TWO flavours of  Swensen's Ice Cream Mooncakes (clue:- answer can be found in this post).

Closing Date: 29 July 2012 (Sunday), 9pm.

*only for readers living in Singapore*



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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Free Scoop Day at Marble Slab Creamery!‏

On 13 July 2012, Marble Slab Creamery marks its third anniversary with birthday celebration promotions throughout the month of July. And as part of its birthday celebration which will be held on this Saturday 28 July 2012, 12.00pm at it's flagship outlet Bugis+.

Photo credited to Marble Slab Creamery
On that day, Marble Slab Creamery will be offering its popular free scoop day promotion from 12pm - 5pm where customers can redeem ONE COMPLIMENTARY scoop of ice cream of their choice. So if you are in Bugis or planning to go there this Saturday, remember to drop by their outlet and claim your FREE scoop of ice-cream!
Photo credited to Marble Slab Creamery
And apart "free scoop day promotion" on Saturday, you can also drop by their largest outlet at JCube on Sunday, 29 July from 2pm - 5pm to enjoy "a scoop" of your favourite flavour ice cream at an irresistible "$1.00" price (ONLY @ JCube outlet).

On top of the above-mentioned, Fans of Marble Slab Creamery can participate in the “Dip and Win” contest for a chance to win limited edition Marble Slab merchandise, vouchers and join in other games or activities on the same day from 12pm - 6pm too!


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Friday, 20 July 2012

Antoinette at Palais Renaissance

I am sure the brand name "Antoinette" sound familiar to those who love cakes, pastries or French food. Following the success of Antoinette’s first three outlets (Penhas Road, Mandarin Galley and Scarlet Hotel), Owner-Chef Pang Kok Keong unveils Le Jardin d’Antoinette which is also one of their largest outlet at Palais Renaissance.

Last Saturday I was invited to a lunch tasting at their new outlet, located at Palais Renaissance together with Celes (Celestial Delish), Derrick (SG Food on Foot) and ShiTing (Lobsterpaints).

After some self introductions between Chef Pang and us, we started to look around at their cake and pastry counters while taking some photos. Below are some of the pastries and cakes which are available at Antoinette.

Array of Cakes available

Array of Assorted Macarons on display

Pastry Section: with Danish Puffs, Brownies, Muffins and etc

The Main Dining Area designed after Versaille’s expansive outdoor garden which is a unique round shaped dining space decorated with vintage furniture featuring floral accents such as flower print upholstered seats. The outskirt of the dining area is also surrounded with hanging vines as well as floral arrangements. Furthermore there is also a special elevated gazebo sits at the centre of the dining area too.

{Soup} We started with their new Classic French Onion Soup (S$16.50) which is prepared using caramelised onions in a rich chicken and veal broth accompanied by cheese toasts made from Antoinette’s signature 24-hour baguette. To perfect it, the soup is topped with a cheesy crust which resemble "cover" and it is made using parmesan and gruyère cheese.

On the 1st try, the soup taste a bit sour but when you dig in more, it actually release a hit of sweetness from the caramelised onions and it goes well with that crispy cheese crust.


{Entrées} Next we had the Tartine de Nicoise (S$26.00) which is an open face levain sandwich hide beneath some butter lettuce, French beans, tomatoes, olives, anchovy, a three-minute egg and some seared tuna.

According to Chef Pang, these Levain Bread (sourdough) are made from their own kitchen in Antonietta and the process for making this bread is quite tedious and it takes up to 16 days to cultivate the yeast from scratch plus another 2 more days to proof the bread before baking. So when having this dish, we must really appreciate each and every bits of its ingredients especially the Levain Bread which has a unique flavour and texture.

{Main Course} During the tasting, we tried 3 main courses and first to serve was Confit de Poitrine de Porc (S$36.00) is a traditional French confit of pork belly that is first cured in a mixture of sea salt, brown sugar and aromatics before it is cooked and covered in duck fat at 90 degrees Celsius for 12 hours.

The dish was plated with 5 pieces (about 2 cm each) of thick, tender and fragrant pork belly together with decent amount of garlic mash (which you might thought is mashed potato), seasonal vegetables and mustard sauce. Although I am a "pork belly" lover but I find this dish a bit on the salty side unless you are having it with some water or wine to balance the taste.

{Main Course} Next we had Bouchées aux fruits de mer (S$30.00) which is a luxurious seafood medley that consists of scallops, prawns, squid and mussels sautéed with white wine and cream. It is then served in a puff pastry case which resemble "vol au vents" but it is made with a unique reverse folding method which results in a flakier and crispier crust.

I love their fresh and seafood and taste of the sauce is is not overpowering to the whole dish but on the down side, me and ShiTing find that our scallop is kind of overcooked which makes it chewy and difficult to bite.

{Main Course} For the last main course Chef Pang brought in Prawn crumble pasta (S$26.00) which is an aglio olio-style pasta dish featuring spaghettini tossed with parsley pesto instead of basil and sprinkled with their homemade anchovy crumble.

During the introduction, Chef Pang mentioned to us that those crumble was made using Antoinette’s pain de mie loaf as well as a kalamata olives and Spanish anchovies tapenade. No wonder when all mixed together it has such a unique taste which you might mistook the breadcrumb with grated cheese.

{Dessert} For the dessert, Chef Pang shared with us 4 of his new 2012 collection which you could read more on the post below. Above we shows  Chloe (S$9.00 per slice) which is a combination of refreshing and fragrant yuzu cremeux with white chocolate vanilla mousse on a light sponge cake and almond sable.

This is one of the lighter taste cake which we concluded out of the 4 that we had tired so if you prefer something light and refreshing perhaps this would be great hit for you.

{Dessert} Forbidden Fruit (S$9.00 per slice) has a delicate layered creation that features granny smith apples in various incarnations including green apple mousse, vanilla caramel apple and green apple jelly, complemented with maple cremeux on a financier cake.

On 1st bite you will feel hint of sourish taste perhaps from the apple jelly but when you slowly savory it with a cup of tea, you will fell in love with it because of it sweet, fragrant and sour combination. I guess this is similar to feeling of "falling in love" taste.

{Dessert} Kyoto (S$9.00 per slice) is a Japanese matcha crowd-pleaser with green tea mascarpone mousse, chestnut cremeux, almond crumble and a green tea finger sponge. It has a very fragrant matcha aroma and after taste which we all loved. A "must try" for matcha lover.

{Dessert} I personally love this Tarte Exotique (S$8.50 per slice) which I think I can conquered two at one time. It has an almond base with a luscious gula melaka cremeux, finger sponge and light coconut mousse crowned with a delicate fruit coulis sphere. Because I love almond base tarts and as well as the unique aroma from the Gula Melaka, I highly recommend this dessert which I am sure you will love it as much as we do.  

Just to share there is a private dining room which is perfect for groups of 8 - 10 pax to hold function such as Formal Dining, Gathering, Birthday or etc.

Antoinette at Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance,
B1-08/09/10C,
Reservations No.: +65 6735 6392

Operating Hours:
11.00am to 10.00pm daily (last order 9.30pm)


Lastly I would like to thank Hsian Ming (from Sixth Sense Communications and PR Consultancy Pte Ltd) and Chef Pang (Antoinette at Palais Renaissance) for this tasting invitation. For more photos of this tasting, you can click on Cuisine Paradise Facebook page HERE.


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Thursday, 19 July 2012

PrimaDéli's Celebrates Their 20th Anniversary With Monthly Promotions

Photo credited to "Word Of Mouth Communications Pte Ltd"
From now till 20th October 2012, PrimaDéli has lined up a series of monthly mouth‐watering promotions, such as “Scratch And Win” lucky draws, $20 Cakes, 1‐for‐1 deals and 20¢ Waffles to show appreciation and reward for their loyal customers.

So if you have missed out their July's 20 cents Waffle deal and S$20 Cakes, here is another upcoming promotion tomorrow Friday, 20 July 2012 on their 1-For-1 Egg Tarts @ S$1.30. And for your information on the 20th of every month (till October 2012), PrimaDéli’s 1‐For‐1 deal will enable you to enjoy their signature classics to the fuller.

Photo credited to "Word Of Mouth Communications Pte Ltd"
PrimaDeli Waffle Day: If you are a Waffle lover, don't forget on every 2nd Friday of each month (13 July, 10 August, 14 September, and 12 October), PrimaDeli's waffle will be selling at 20 cents each (usual price: S$1.30)! And it is limited to 100 plain waffles per outlet. (one plain waffle purchase per customer and the promotion starts at 2.00pm).

Photo credited to "Word Of Mouth Communications Pte Ltd"
On top of the cake and pastry promotions, their Hunt for the Golden Bun will be held from 15 Jun till 30 September 2012, to encourage customers to try out their new and improved recipe. And for every two golden buns purchased during this period, customers will receive one Scratch And Win card, which gives them one chance to win and redeem delectable PrimaDéli products instantly!

Moreover, customers who received the special “Golden Bun” ticket will receive a S$20.00 PrimaDéli voucher AND be eligible for the Golden Bun Grand Draw on 20 October 2012 at Causeway Point to win the following prizes:

~ 1st Prize: Osim uDivine (worth $5,488) + $100 PrimaDéli voucher

~ 2nd Prize: An iPad (worth $658) + $50 PrimaDéli voucher

~ 3rd Prize: Digital camera (worth $350) + $50 PrimaDéli voucher

~ 4th ‐ 20th Prizes: $100 PrimaDéli voucher



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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Singapore Food Festival 2012 @ Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay

This year's Singapore Food Festival 2012 kicked off last Friday, 13 July 2012 at the Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay(map) instead of at the Clarke Quay Read Bridge like the previous years. With a larger space at the new venue, this is also the first time Singapore Food Festival (SFF) Village extended its' operation hours from 11.00am to 11.30pm daily from 13 - 22 July 2012, offering a total of 120 hours of glorious food.

During the ten days (13 July to 22 July) of glorious seafood, you will be able to sample delicious dishes from about 50 vendors under one roof at the SFF Food Village. And this year with more seating area up to 1,500 sitting capacity, I am sure everyone will gets the chance to try out their desire dishes.

Photo credited to Singapore Food Festival 2012
Since one of the mode of payment is using NETS FlashPay Card, you are encourage to purchase the limited edition SFF 2012 NETS FlashPay Cards available for sale at the SFF Village. It is priced at S$12.00 with a stored value of S$7.00 and the special NETS FlashPay card also entitles a 20% discount for all purchased at the SFF Food Village.

One of the highlight for this year SFF 2012 Official Opening of the SFF 2012 was a live cooking demonstration of Chilli Crab by SFF Food Consultant, Chef Eric Teo. GUEST OF HONOR (GOH), Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade And Industry also join in together with Chef Eric to complete the cooking of this authentic Singapore signature dish.

Chilli Crab cooked by Chef Eric during the demonstration cooking


GUEST OF HONOR (GOH), Mr Teo Ser Luck, dines at the Food Village together with the Launch party members, Chef Eric and etc.

Above are some of the participating food stalls of this year Singapore Food Festival 2012. And there are about 50 stalls featuring international and local favourite like Chilli Crab, Black Pepper Crab, Prawn Noodles, Italian Seafood Cuisines, Cze Char and etc.

Here, you can excite your palate with the launch of the first Singapore Food Festival Seafood Platter which is presented by Seafood Paradise (under Paradise Group). This seafood platter offers five varieties of seafood dishes, such as their popular Chilli Crab or Signature Creamy Butter Crab, Stir-fried Live Geoduck with Asparagus in XO Sauce, Crisp-fried Prawns tossed with Salted Egg Yolk, Deep-fried Coral Trout in Nyonya Style and Supreme Seafood Fried Rice.

This is how the Seafood Platter will be served upon purchased and you get to choose from either Chilli Crab or Signature Creamy Butter Crab to go with the rest of the 4 items. I love the taste and texture of the fried rice which is enhanced with the added fish roes. The salted egg yolk prawns are tasty too as well as the nyonya style sauce which used to coat the coral trout.

Price: S$36.90 per set
(*Note: only available at SFF Village from 13 - 22 July 2012, while stocks last)

In line with the Festival's seafood theme, Neo Garden has introduced Mussels to the well loved, thick Laksa gravy and coined the name "Signature Laksa's Mussel March" as the mussels are standing upright in marching stance. Apart from Laksa Mussel, their famous Curry ChickenHome-style Sin Chow Mee Hoo, Original and Buffalo-style Drumlets are also available at their stall in the SFF Food Village.

The Founder's Prawn Fritters from Neo Garden is a "must try" if you love this delicious homemade delicacy. Because of Mr Neo Kah Kiat's (founder and CEO of Neo Group Limited) love for this humble snacks, he had actually perfect this Prawn Fritters and make it into their signature dish which you cannot stop munching after one. The texture is so light and crispy plus the prawns are fresh juicy when bite.

To join in the waves of this year SFF 2012, Covelli Italian Bistro and Wine Bar also present their first ever Seafood Dessert which is known as "Squid Ink Meringue with Sea Urchin-Mango Cheese Mousse".  It is a very special dessert whereby you can taste two different distinctive flavour in one. I personally love the taste of the Sea Urchin Mango Cheese Mousse which gives it a light and refreshing after taste.

An interesting Baked Eggs snack from Ming Lang where they have other items such as Fish and Meatball Soup, Xiao Long Bao, Teppanyaki Squid, Takoyaki and etc.

Teppanyaki Squid


Singapore Food Festival Village will be held at its new venue (Waterfront Promenade @ Marina Bay) from:-

Date: 13 July - 22 July 2012
Time: 11.00am - 11.00pm (daily)
Admission: FREE
Payment Mode: CASH and NETS *FlashPay
(*Note: 20% discount for payment made using NETS FlashPay card)


To Get There:-
Nearest MRT Station:
Bayfront Station (Exit A), Raffles Place Station (Exit I)

Nearest Bus Stop:
Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands (B03511)
Buses: NR1, NR6, 97, 97E, 106, 133, 133M

Bayfront Avenue, Opp Marina Bay Sands (B03519)
Buses: 97, 97E, 106, 133, 133M, 502, 502A, 518



CULINARY ADVENTURES ON DEMAND


Photo credited to Singapore Food Festival 2012
Take some time off and for a leisure cruise ride and enjoy spectacular view of the Singapore skyline down the Singapore Rive together with a fresh seafood meal served in a classic tiffin carrier which you get to keep after the ride.

Date: On Demand
Duration: 1 hour
Embarkation: Marina Bay Jetty
Disembarkation: Marina Bay Jetty


Admission: S$68+ (subject to minimum booking of 20 pax per ride)
*Note: cruise ticket includes fresh seafood meal served in a complimentary tiffin carrier shown above)
Booking: visit www.singaporefoodfestival.com.sg; or call 6796 9331


Photo credited to Singapore Food Festival 2012
Learn how to choose the freshet catch in a wet market as a chef take you on a tour through the Jurong Fishery Port at the break of dawn! There you will fine0tune your skills in choosing superior seafood based on it's colour, texture and smell.

Date: On Demand
Time: 5.00am - 9.00am
Venue: Jurong Fishery Port (pick-up point at Boon Lay MRT Station)
Admission: S$150.00+ (subject to minimum booking of 20 pax per session)
Booking: visit www.singaporefoodfestival.com.sg; or call 6796 9331




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