Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Angry Birds Halloween Party @ Port Of Lost Wonder

Last Saturday, our family went for our very first Halloween Party at Port Of Lost Wonder where it was transformed into an Angry Birds themed Halloween playground featuring the iconic characters from one of the world’s most popular mobile games. And the most exciting highlight of the event was the bashing of the Green Pig Pinata.

The Angry Birds Halloween Party ticket comes with a complimentary Cable Car ride where the kid gets to ride on their favourite Angry Birds themed Cable Cars too. Between these Angry Birds design cable cars would be available until December 2012. (read more here)  

Upon reaching the Port of Lost Wonder which was about 5 minutes walk from Beach Station. We saw the Secret Entrance to the Angry Birds Halloween Party at Port of Lost Wonder. Love the spooky feel on the door entrance. 

The Port of Lost Wonder is open daily from 10.00am to 6.30pm, and the last Admission is at 4.30pm whereas the Water Play Area closes at 6.00pm. Just a note, the Water Play Area and other activities are recommended for children aged 3 – 10.

Further into the entrance, everyone was excited when the crews unwrapped the Gaint Green Pig Pinata and this was also one of the reason why we were there for the Halloween Party!

Interesting Angry Birds food kisok where you could see red and green flavour beverages known as "red or green oil".



Sample of the game card which required the kids to complete all the 5 game stations (shown below) before they could exchanged the limited edition goodies in the Angry Birds Party Pack.

Setting up one of the game station known as "Shoot Em Pumpkins".

Pumpkin Bowling required the kids to "hit" at least 3 bottles before receiving a "stamp" on their game cards. Overall most of the parents find that this is the hardest game as it was pretty hard to hit the plastic bottle with plastic balls. 

At "Spooky Friends" station, kids were asked to design and decorate their ghostly balloons base on either Angry Birds or Halloween theme in order to receive a "stamp" on their game card.

Despite of the long queue at each stations, all the parents and kids are still very cooperative and patience in queuing.

Look at the kids with their Angry Birds outfit and Halloween Costumes.

Waiting for our turn at the Shoot Em Pumpkins Station.

Some of the participants for the "Halloween Costume Contest" and most of the kids really look impressive with their makeover and costumes. 

At around 8.30pm, most all the kids were queuing up for the last event and waiting patiently for their turn to hit the Giant Green Pig "Pinata" which is the Grand Finale of the Halloween Party.

The Green Pig Pinata was very strong with no sign of damage or crack even after 15 minutes of bashing from the kids. In the end, the crews had to approach the Angry Bird Mascots and even some parents to help bashing the pinata in order to crack it so that the children would be able to grab the falling sweets and goodies from it.

At the event, every family enjoys a fun and laughter night and you could even see parents and kids bonding time at the game stations as well as their effort in preparing the Halloween Costumes Contest.

Lastly, I would like to thank ICON International Communications, Mount Faber Leisure Group and Port Of Lost Wonder for the media invite. Indeed our family, especially my boy who is an Angry Birds fan have a great time at his first Halloween Party.


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Thursday, 25 October 2012

BreadTalk's Unveil The Generation4 Concept and New Menu Highlight

Since its inception in 2000, BreadTalk has continuously honoured the art of bread-making by giving life to its novel creations. Over the last 12 years it has been encapsulated through three distinctive Generations. And now, BreadTalk is proud to unveil the Generation4 Concept, championed in the campaign ‘Get Talking’, a global initiative that aims to alter the way customers see, feel and taste the brand.

“Get Talking” showcases multiple changes such as the exciting Euro bread series with a twist of Asian flavours like drunken longan, black sesame, spinach and sweet potato. On top of it, BreadTalk also introduced their new toasts like Chia Seed Toast, Soya Toast and Pumpkin Toast which have recently been awarded the Healthier Choice Symbol by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB).


BREADTALK'S NEW TOAST


Chia Seed Toast - 亚籽土司 (S$3.60, 4 slices) is one of their HPB Healthier Choice toast which is generously filled with Chia seeds that provides high fibre and Omega-3 as well as zero trans fats and cholesterol. With two slices a day, it provide you with 44% of your daily whole-grain requirement too.

Apart from Chia Seed Toast, there are another 2 new toasts on shelf which are Pumpkin Toast - 金瓜土司 (S$3.40, 4 slices) and Soya Toast (S$3.60, 4 slices). Out of these 3 new items, our family favourite is the soft and fragrant Soya Toast which is made with golden soya flour, whole eggs and butter.

While enjoying all the healthy toasts from BreadTalk, my boy also love to collect their cute and innovative "name tag" that tied together with the Toast packaging. Guess from these tags you could spot our favourite "Toast" too!



BREADTALK ASIAN FLAVOUR


Claypot Chicken - 沙锅鸡 (S$2.00) is made with bamboo charcoal infused bun which resemble black colour "claypot" which wrapped up the unique fragrant threecup chicken fillings together with fresh basil to excite your taste buds.

Yam Tornado - 山药棒 (S$2.00) comes in a spiral-like bun which filled with Chinese yam paste that brings up it's natural sweetness on eat bite. To add extra crunch, almond flakes are also added as topping and bake till golden brown.



BREADTALK EURO BREAD SERIES


Spinacheese - 芝士波霸 (S$2.50) is a signature item of BreadTalk, this savory Cheese bread receives a healthy serve with the addition of Spinach in the recipe which makes eating vegetables a delicious treat for non-veggie lovers.

Sausage On French - 法式香肠 (S$2.20) has a nice golden and crispy crust that combined generous amount of herbs, spices and meat in one. It consists mixture of Chicken Sausage Filling, diced onion, shredded Cheddar Cheese, Black Pepper and Oregano Herb. This is best to be eaten slight warm in order to enjoy the soft and fluffy texture of the bread.

Drunken Longan (S$3.50) sounds and look good but personally I found it a bit tough and dry towards my preference. Perhaps I still cannot get use of this fused bread with added Chinese ingredients. I still I would still prefer my cranberry or walnut bun.

Cranberry Country makes every bite a crunch with cranberry in between the wholesome bun.  A healthy alternative that retains the natural sweetness of the berries.


Sweet Potato Pot - 金盆甜薯(S$1.80) is always one of my favourite pick other than Berries and Walnut when I am looking for crusty bread in BreadTalk. I love the nutty crust that is coated with fragrant sesame seeds and it taste absolutely delicious when it is freshly out from the oven.



BREADTALK ONLINE COMPETITION



In like with BreadTalk new Generation4 concept, BreadTalk has also commissioned a microfilm that unveils the new brand concept via a whimsical tale between a baker and customer. The microfilm (you can watch the film here) will be shown globally across various platforms as part of its integrated digital campaign, i.e. high traffic websites, social media channels and at selected BreadTalk retail spaces with broadcast facilities to elevate and share the brand experience.

Viewers are warmly welcomed to participate in an online contest to craft the ending of the microfilm through the use of manga storyboards. The online contest will be held at the microsite, www.gettalking.com.sg from 5 October 2012 to 2 November 2012 with attractive prizes such as iPad2, Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones and other prizes up for grabs.

Lastly to celebrate this new interactive application, BreadTalk is giving away a complimentary S$2.00 e-voucher to the first 1,000 customers who download the BreadTalk app on their iPhones and iPads.


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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Angry Birds Halloween Party at Sentosa's Port of Lost Wonder

This October in line with the upcoming Halloween celebration on 31 October, the Port Of Lost Wonder (POLW), Sentosa and the Singapore Cable Car welcome you to enjoy a jolly good family time at the first ever Angry Birds Halloween Party on, 27 October 2012.

During that evening, ticket holders to the Halloween party at Port of Lost Wonder can look forward to an festive activities as the beach gets transformed into an Angry Birds themed Halloween playground featuring the iconic characters from one of the world’s most popular mobile games.

At the party, children will be given Halloween themed tasks to complete at various activity stations within POLW which includes ‘Pumpkin Bowling’ and ‘Witch Relay’ plus other interactive activities like arts and crafts and fun-filled games with the crew such as ‘Ghost Hunters’, ‘Trick or Treat’ and more.

So expect a wet and wild day at the Port Of Lost Wonder’s Pirate Ship and settle for a spook-tastic evening of fun with the much-loved Angry Birds.

Tickets for the Angry Birds Halloween Party are available for purchase via Singapore Cable Car ticketing Counter situated at Harbourfront Tower II or POLW Curio Exchange at S$39.00 per child.
For more detail, please call 6377 9688 or visit www.angrybirdsonmountfaber.com
Ticket inclusive of:-

~ Round-trip Angry Birds Cable Car Ride;
~ Entry to Port Of Lost Wonder; and
~ Angry Birds Halloween Party

Adults enjoy FREE admission to POLW with the accompany kid(s) but ticket for Cable Car Ride (S$29.00 / adult for round-trip) has to be purchased separately.

On that day, there is also a giant "Pinata" shaped in the form of a green pig from the Angry Birds game and kids will get a chance to hit it and crush the pig to let out surprising treats too!

Lastly, don’t forget to dress up your kids for the Halloween costume contest, and get their pictures taken with their favourite Angry Bird mascots. See you there this Saturday.


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Friday, 19 October 2012

The Yogurt Place plus Giveaways!

Recent years there are many yogurt stores coming up in Singapore such as Yami Yogurt, Sogurt, Sour Sally, Frolick, Yoguru Yogurt and etc. To be honest I seldom visit yogurt stores unless I have run out of homemade yogurt (recipe), but If I did my frequent stores would be either Yami Yogurt or The Yogurt Place.

At Yogurt Place, they have both Frozen and Greek Yogurt depending on your choice and their Frozen Yogurt could be kept in the freezer for about a week (7days) if you intend to purchase in bulks. Although they might not have huge varieties of fancy toppings and some of the fruit compote might be slight sweeter as compared to others. But I love their freshly made "Greek Yogurt" which is smooth and creamy.

Their Greek Yogurt comes in two different flavour such as "Plain" or "Green Tea" in 4 different sizes shown below:-

~ Standard(180ml) @ S$3.90/cup
~ Large(240ml)@ S$4.90/cup (shown in the photos here)
~ Mini Jumbo(360ml) @ S$6.90
~ Jumbo(750ml) @ S$12.90

To add in some extra flavour or crunch you could choose additional toppings such as Strawberry, Mango, Kaya, Fruit Pebbles (more details here) at S$0.90 per serving

Yogurt Place also offers Frozen Yogurt which available in 3 different flavour such as Plain, Strawberry and Fruity Pebbles. These frozen yogurt could be kept in the freezer for about 7 days so that you could enjoy it even at home too.

Below are some of the Yogurt Place outlets for your reference:-
~ Compass Point #B1-16A
~ Jurong Point #03-114/115
~ Toa Payoh HDB Hub (Basement 1 foodcourt)
~ The Arcade Level 1 (beside Raffles Place Mrt Station)
~ Downtown East (Opp wild wild wet)
~ NUS University Town Koufu Foodcourt

Website: http://theyogurtplace.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yogurtplace.sg



RECIPES WITH GREEK YOGURT


As mentioned previously there are so many ways which you could enjoy eating yogurt either plain with honey, topped with your desire fruit compote, fresh cut fruits, granola, or even use it as an ingredient for cooking/baking.

This is a very delicious and easy to make Lemon Yogurt Cake which you could make use of the Greek Yogurt. More detail of the recipe here.

Instead of the usual Hollandaise sauce which is made using egg yolk, butter, lemon juice and pepper, I have replaced it with Greek Yogurt which is healthier and lighter when pairing with the poached egg and bacon. Recipe of this dish will be available in my recipe blog soon.



VOUCHES GIVEAWAYS


Thanks to Yogurt Place, I am giving away “S$20 Gift Voucher” each to 5 lucky readers.

To win:

1. Like the the above Yogurt Place Gift Voucher photo on Cuisine Paradise Facebook Page;
2. Share the photo and remember to set your privacy setting to “PUBLIC” so that we know who shares it; AND
3. Leave a comment that you have liked and shared the photo.


Closing Date: 21 October 2012 (Sunday), 9.00 PM.

*only for readers living in Singapore*




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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Fine Palate At 51 Waterloo Street

Located at 51 Waterloo Street, Fine Palate is about 5 - 7 minutes walking distance away from Bras Basah MRT Station (CC2). The restaurant is opened by Heather Barrie who is an Australian-born chef staying in Singapore and she has more than 20 years experience in food catering services.

I love the modern contemporary Australian cafe set up of the restaurant which is so cozy and homely for friends and family to get together and enjoy hearty weekend brunch. Although their indoor siting capacity is around 30 pax but they do have outdoor al-fresco sitting on both side of the restaurant too.


BEVERAGES


While waiting for the dishes to be served, I have a glass of freshly squeezed juices - Beetroot And Apple Juice (S$6.00). You could customized your own juice by mixing your desire fruits shown on their juice menu. 

According to Melissa who ordered this Chocolate Brownie (S$10.00) she really loves the taste and texture where bits of brownie could be found in the milkshake too.

Lemon Meringue (S$10.00) which combined or both sweet and sour taste in a glass.This is a special beverage which is well-received by most of the customers so I guess I would try it on my next visit.


APPETIZERS


I love fried calamari especially the one served at the Thai restaurant near my area. However with a twist, FINE palate served Crispy Calamari (S$14.00) with some cucumber curls and tartar sauce which is a refreshing pick to accompany some cold beer for hot afternoon treat.


Their Quiche Of The Day (S$12.00) was rather good which served with some garden salad as side. I love the pastry crust as well as the savory custard which is soft and milky.


{Must Try} Out of the 3 Appetizers served, Crispy Kurobuta Pork Belly (S$16.00) with jalapeno salsa and mirin sauce definitely won a vote from me. Personally I love pork belly especially those which are roasted till crispy outer layer but tender and juice meat when bite. So from the photo above, I am sure you would want to try a bite too.



BITES


For "bites" we start with some crispy golden Fries (S$6.00) that is served with homemade wasabi mayo and ketchup at the side. Their wasabi mayo is quiet mild in taste so you don't have to worry as you won't get "choke" bur rather addict to the wasabi dip. 


{Must Try} All of us love this Crispy Chicken Triangles (S$8.00) with is "Lemon grass" infused chicken that are wrapped in crispy pastry and served together with the sweet chilli sauce. Very refreshing snacks while enjoy it with some girls talk.


When compared with the Crispy Chicken Triangle above, this Mini Chicken Quesadillas (S$8.00) that served with homemade tomato salsa was rather a bit on the lose side. The tortilla skin was rather chewy and the chicken filling is not as flavorsome as the lemongrass chicken.

For those who love burgers, these Trio of Fine Palate burgers (S$15.00) might be something that you would prefer for brunch or even afternoon tea on a sharing basis with friends. You could pick your choice from: Wagyu beef burger that severed with  melted smoked cheddar, crispy bacon, lettuce and gherkin aioli or Teriyaki chicken burger that comes with lettuce and cucumber pickle.

The 3 of us have different opinion on these burgers; for me I love the texture of the bread which was slightly chewy as compared to those soft burger bread. But the wagyu beef patty was slightly a bit tough on that day perhaps due to over cooked or some other reason.  



MAINS


Tuna And Capellini (cold) (S$20.00) serve with seared yellow fin tuna capellini tossed in a sesame shoyu dressing on a bed of angel hair pasta. We all love this light and refreshing dish and the wasabi mayonnaise also added a kick to enhance the taste of this cold dish.

Usually their Catch Of The Day (S$20.00) depends on what fish is fresh and available in the market on that particular day. On that day, we have snapper which is cook in Asian Style and the 3 of us love this dish. The fish is very fresh and the combination sauce blends well with the sides as well.

Duck Leg Confit (S$26.00) with braised red cabbage, roast potatoes and fresh asparagus (additional $6.00 if part of a set) is something that we look forward to. Although the outer skin is crispy as it looks but I find some part of the meat is rather a bit tough and dry.

Salmon Benedict (S$18.00) serve with salmon gravlax, baby spinach, hollandaise sauce and rocket salad on English muffins. This is sure a great choice for brunch menu and those who love poached eggs. But for me, since I don't really like smoke or gravlax salmon I would prefer to go for just their Eggs Benedict without salmon.



DESSERTS


When comes to dessert I am sure no one could resists a slice of freshly Baked Oreo cheesecake (S$10.00) which served with some summer berries. Although the price for their desserts might be slightly pricy for a small piece of cake but I am sure if it is nice, you won't mind paying slightly more for quality.

Lemon tart (S$10.00) with coconut anglaise and raspberry compote is one dessert in their menu too. To me the taste of lemon tart is quiet bland as compared to what I have tired before which is more infused with lemon fragrant as well as taste. But overall this might be a good choice for ladies or someone who prefer a light and refreshing dessert.

Didn't get to try this but Melissa mentioned their Tiramisu (S$10.00) is a "must try" too!

{Must Try} Dessert Of The Day was Mango Penna Cotta (S$10.00) during our visited and since I love mango, automatically that was my pick. Their Mango Penna Cotta was slightly different from the usual one as it taste more mousse like with a light mango fragrant which makes you go for more. But just don't expect the texture to be similar with the usual penna cotta which is smooth and custard like.

During our two hours dining session a couple of weeks back, I notice there are quiet a flow of crowds and most the customers look satisfy with their food and services. So for my personal opinion, I think the dishes and desserts at Fine Palate are pretty decent for the price and after all it still depend on individual's preference and taste buds.

My recommended dishes are Crispy Kurobuta Pork Belly, Crispy Chicken Triangles, Tuna And Capellini, Catch of The Day and Mango Penna Cotta / Tiramisu. Lastly I would like to thank Ananya from Chrysler Communications and Fine Palate for hosting this invite tasting.

Fine Palate
51 Waterloo Street
#01-­‐04/05
Singapore 187969
Reservation: +65 6336 5120
Website: www.finepalate.com.sg

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 4pm (Lunch)
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4pm (Lunch/Brunch)
Closed on Monday




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