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Friday, 24 November 2017

[Media Invite] Buffet Dinner at Sea and Blue @ Marina Bay Sands

Photo Source: Sea and Blue website

2 Bayfront Avenue, #02-01 / 01A. Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Tel: 6688 7165

Lunch (Weekdays):  Adults SGD$42.00 / Child SGD$22.00
Lunch (Weekends): Adults SGD$64.00 / Child SGD$26.00
Dinner (Weekdays): Adults SGD$58.00 / Child SGD$26.00
Dinner (Weekends): Adults SGD$68.00 / Child SGD$26.00

Sea and Blue has taken over the famous spot where Todai International Buffet (review here) used to be, holding its own strongly, with over 100 delectable food items, mainly Korean and Seafood, with some Western delights as well as huge Japanese station.

A mandatory stroll around the restaurant led to a better understanding of the exact offerings - starting from the Seafood cum Japanese counter - where one could find King Crabs, Snow Crabs, Oysters, Mussels, Shrimps, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Sashimi, Clams, etc, as well as an assortment of Sushi.

For the healthier ones, or those who prefer to start light, the Salad section also appeals - with delectable salad selection such as Smoked Duck Salad, Tomato Salad, Greek Salad, Chicken Salad, Kiwi Orange Salad, Mandarine Salad, and Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad.

The Italian counter consists of Four Seasons Pizza, Seafood Spaghetti with Squid Ink Sauce, Four Cheese Pizza, Hawaiian Pizza and Carbonara.  Sometimes the variety changes, like how we had the Bulgogi Chicken Pizza tonight - thin crust, crispy and delicious.

Not to be missed of course, is the Korean Food station - made up of items such as Braised Spicy Chicken, Grilled Back Ribs, Korean Pancake, Japchae, BiBimbap, Soy Sauce Tteok-Bokkl, Spicy Sauce Tteok-Bokkl and Beef Bulgogi.

Asian Food lovers should keep a lookout for this section too - choosing among Chilli Crab, Crabmeat Soup, Salted Egg Prawn, Roast Duck, Roast Pork Belly, Sambal Prawns, Sweet Sour Prawns, and Stir-fry Prawns with Oyster Sauce.

There is also the Western Food counter, comprising X.O. Butter Scallops, Oven Roasted Leg of Lamb with peppermint jus, Pork Rack, and Wagyu Ribeye.

Finally, the station I will never miss out on - Desserts! There was a decent assortment such as Korean Rice Cake, Waffle, Yuzu Cheesecake, Apple Tart, Lemon Tart, Chocolate Feuilletine, Dark Chocolate Brownie, White Chocolate Brownie, Assorted Donuts,  Tiramisu and Lemon Mousse Cake. Fondue was also a lovely treat for us, made with the largest strawberries I have seen. Finally, a DIY Bingsu (Korean shaved ice dessert) machine!

Overall, the variety of food was good, but quality was decent. If you have a small appetite, I would suggest raiding the Seafood section, Italian section and Korean section first.

Thank you Sea and Blue for hosting us; and thank you Hungrygowhere for the invite!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Afternoon Tea at Central Perk Cafe @ Central Mall

1 Magazine Road #01-01 Central Mall, Singapore 059567
Tel: 9025 2524

A new cafe which has replaced the long-defunct Citrus House (review here), we were oleasantly surprised to discover Central Perk Cafe reigning at the first level of Central Mall now, taking over 2 to 3 units for our favorite F.R.I.E.N.D.S. themed retail and cafe.

Interior decor was uncanny to a lovely urbane American Cafe with street lamps, brick walls, sectionized seating and a raised podium for live band, no less. If one loves spacious concepts, this would be the ideal fit.

Huge glass windows give patrons good views of the outdoors as well. Service was excellent if you manage to get hold of their attention to your table.

For coffee, there are many blends to choose from, and with lovely names such as Phoebe Buffay, Monica Geller, Ross Geller and Rachel Green - ring a bell?

The guys went for the Latte (SGD $8.00) while I had The One With Chocolate (SGD $8.00), aka Mocha. The coffee was served in colorful cups that were larger than life, like a bowl, with circumference of a saucer.

Flavour was robust and rich in chocolate an dark berry goodness; darkly seductive on the palate, and incredibly smooth with a clear finish. This was a French Roast by the way.

We also munched on some Garlic Fries over coffee and project discussion. Interesting fries sporting garlic fragrance - tasty to eat, but we were thankful that day was ending and we did not have to meet anymore clients after that.

A very neat, very cool place, literally transporting one away from the bustle of citylife, into happy, relaxed settings. Welcome back to your favorite sitcom!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas Crafts Making and Charity Event @ Romanez

9 Muthuraman Chetty Road, Level 4, APS Building, Singapore 238931
Tel: 6463 9330
Date: 18 November 2017
Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Fees: SGD$100.00 per head

Romanez is a designer fabrics company and I was honoured to be invited by Ladyboss Jennifer Hu for their Christmas Crafts Making cum Charity Event.

The event could only house about 20 participants, and we could make greeting cards, gift tags, book marks or streamers etc out of their gorgeous materials.

Besides that, refreshments were served - tasty cupcakes from Plain Vanilla Bakery and assortment of Cookies (chocolate, butter, ginger etc) by Carpenter and Cook Cafe.

The fees collected from this event are donated to Good Shepherd Centre - a shelter for abused women and children.

So we had lots of fun making Christmas decorations and crafts, enjoying cookies and cupcakes and making new friends. Best of all, its all for a good cause too! Thank you Jennifer for organising this enjoyable event!

Outfit of the Day - deep purple half-sleeved blouse

"Eating is my main hobby now, and most of what I do on the weekend 
revolves around that." -Daniel Bruhl 

Back here for weekend chillout with friends, admiring my Zeffer Apple Crumble Cider before slurping it up.

Blouse: Guess
Camisole: Zara
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

[Invited Tasting] Festive Buffet at AquaMarine @ Marina Mandarin Hotel

6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, AquaMarine, Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore 039594
Tel: 6845 1111
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marinamandarinsg

"It's beginning to look like Christmas..."  so here we are, back at the gorgeous AquaMarine Restaurant @ Marina Mandarin Hotel, watching the festive specials of 2017 unravel. Besides the usual widespread of food items displayed on the many food counters at AquaMarine Restaurant, do keep a lookout for the Christmas Specials and New Year's Specials in December 2017.

What to expect this Christmas at AquaMarine? From 1 to 30 December 2017 (excluding 24 and 25 December 2017), look out for Festive Roasted Turkey with Cinnamon and Orange. The turkey is moistened, tender and tasty. Other specials include Wagyu Brisket with Smoked Onion Puree and Crispy Wild Rice, as well as Bouillabaisse Pot Pie.

The price for the above buffet dinner starts from SGD$60.00 per adult and SGD$30.00 per child (6 - 12 years old).

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Christmas Buffet Spread just got better! Keep your tongue out for festive exclusives such as Oyster Degustation offering a selection of 5 premium oysters, as well as the Boston Lobster Risotto served in Whole Parmesan Wheel. Also, the Festive Roasted Turkey with Cinnamon and Orange will of course form part of the feast. An assortment of Christmas cakes and Cookies will also be available for the dessert lovers.  I especially loved the Manjari Raspberry Rose Lychee Buche Logcake.

The price for the Christmas Buffet Spread is only available on 24th and 25th December, priced from SGD$88.00 per adult and SGD$44.00 per child (6 - 12 years old).

Not a Christmas person? No problem. Welcome the brand new year with AquaMarine's New Year Buffet, featuring tantalising dishes such as Pan-seared Hand Dived Scallop with Cauliflower Espuma as well as Chilled Capellini with Abalone and Caviar. The latter was so good, I had 2 servings. For dessert, try the special Chocolate "Nitro" Ice Cream with Raspberry from the liquid nitrogen station - what a unique way to kickstart the brand new year!

The New Year Buffet is available on 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, priced from SGD$88.00 per adult and SGD$44.00 per child (6 - 12 years old).

Festive Delights for takeaways are also available; here's the catalog. Early Bird discounts apply for selected credit cards; please place orders at least 3 days before collection. The Santa Chocolate Yule Log (SGD$60.00 for 1kg / $35.00 for 500g) was delectable as well - chocolate butter cream with banana confit chocolate coated with almond chocolate.

All in all, looks like the holiday season just looked better at AquaMarine this year! Thank you Marina Mandarin for the invite!