Friday, October 17, 2014

Say hello to Hotel Jen, Singapore

Welcome to the new JENeration!


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I just love attending house parties. It's where you can just relax, enjoy the yummy food, mingle with new friends and catch up with the old ones too. I also love hosting small, intimate parties where I would have my closest friends over for dinner and some after dinner drinks or dessert. To be honest, I really get the thrill out of creating the menu and going over the logistics and planning more than anything. :)

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Recently, Paul and I attended one of the coolest house parties that we've ever been to here in the Lion City. It's when Jen opened her doors and welcomed us with open arms. Who's Jen, you're probably wondering. Well, she's a professional hotelier who loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places. Sounds like someone whom I'll surely get along with, don't you think? Jen is just like you and me. Someone who's always on the go yet we always make sure that we're connected through technology. We are multi-taskers, filling our calenders to the brim yet we know when it's time to just sit back, relax and enjoy the finer things in life.

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I'm liking Jen a lot and I'm glad that she's here to stay. This is because the Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts group recently rebranded Traders Hotel Singapore to the very hip and modern Hotel Jen. That's right, starting November 2014, the hotel will undergo a series of renovations where the room will be turned into something that's perfect for all the Jens in the world. Modern, interchangeable furniture pieces and an interactive TV with multi-device capability to make every stay so efficient and hassle-free.

To welcome the new change, we were treated to a delicious lunch at Cafe Biz. Let's take a tour around, shall we:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sushi Burrito at 100AM, Tanjong Pagar

When in comes to workday lunch, I normally would go for something fast, easy-to-eat yet still delicious. Often times, I'd just prepare my own lunch and bring it to work. This is the only way I make sure that I eat healthy. My usual lunch staples would be an assortment of salad mixes which consists of whatever I find in our fridge that morning or a grilled cheese sandwich. Sometimes, I'd bring pasta to work only when I was able to cook some the night before. However, there are just weeks wherein either I'm too lazy to prepare something or I just want to eat something else. Luckily, my office neighborhood (a.k.a. my workhood) is filled with a LOT of food places so the choices are pretty much endless.

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Recently, Paul and I discovered a restaurant called Sushi Burrito in 100AM. It was after our gym visit in the same mall where we decided to check this place out. Funny that I've been seeing this restaurant for months since we moved to this side of town yet I never really got around to trying Sushi Burrito myself. This is a cool concept, if you ask me. We all love wraps and sushi right? Putting them together gives you the best of both worlds (literally and figuratively).

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Coincidentally, our Entertainer App has a special 1-for-1 promotion where we can get two Half Sized Sushi Burritos for the price of one. I then got the Rising Sun (S$6.90) while Paul went for the Crabby Crunch (S$6.90). The Rising Sun is a high California Maki Roll with fresh salmon sashimi, crab meat, lettuce, avocado, onions, carrots, cabbage (lots of it) and fukushin zuke. It was really good and I enjoyed it! More so when I added a bit of wasabi and soy sauce similar to how I would do it with a sushi roll too.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Food Spotting : Cow Cheesecake from Farm Designs

My hubby Paul is such a foodie. Yes, a genuinely, certified foodie. This is definitely one reason why we believe we're a match made in (foodie) heaven. In fact, I'm starting to believe that he's a biggest food lover than I am. For one, he just loves watching cooking shows on YouTube and on TV and would remember every single detail of the dishes being demonstrated. If he likes it so much, he'd even try cooking it making me his happy food taster. I guess this is his Campampangan side showing.

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During one of our weekend shopping trips to Takashimaya Department Store where we ended up walking around the basement level, he instantly stopped at one of those kiosks selling cheesecakes. I initially thought nothing of it until it seemed like there was no sign of him leaving that kiosk anytime soon. He excitedly told me that he knows about that cheesecake as he saw it on TV and quickly went to buy a slice. Woah! Normally, it was me who would go and immediately splurge on food while it would take him a couple of minutes to decide especially if it's on the pricey side. This just got to be a special slice of cheesecake for him to act on impulse.

I know Paul loves sweets but it's rare to see him so excited over...a cheesecake. I later found out that this is no ordinary cheesecake. It's called the Cow Cheesecake (S$6.70) from Farm Designs and what makes it so special is that it's made of Jersey milk from Hokkaido, Japan. It's rich in butterfat making it so creamy. This milk was taken directly from the cows of Farm Designs which I was told was of top quality.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Saveur @ Purvis Street, Singapore

I'm pretty sure everyone knows that feeling that one would get when you discover something and it turns out way better than you expected it to be. As a foodie, these are those moments when you try a new restaurant and it turns out to be really good. I personally get that natural high when I get to take friends out for a good meal and even more when we can really say that it was worth every penny too. After all, I am a believer that good food doesn't have to be over-the-top expensive too.

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So, when my long time friends J and C came to the Lion City to celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary, I researched hard to ensure that we're taking them to a place that is perfectly suited for such a wonderful occasion. I've been hearing about Savuer from fellow food-loving friends telling me that this is a restaurant worth trying. A quick browse at their online menu and I felt that this could be the one.

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Luckily J and C easily found the restaurant despite the fact that it wasn't inside a mall and neither was it that accessible to the MRT too. The restaurant is located in a quiet street next to the National Library and is a few blocks away from the Bugis district.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Swee Choon Tim Sum in Jalan Besar : Best Dimsum in Singapore?

Over lunch one day, my colleagues AH and IW suddenly asked me what are my favorite restaurants here in Singapore. I haven't been here long enough to try a lot of restaurants but this question somehow left me stumped me for a minute or so. As I was putting together my usual bowl of salad, I made use of the extra minute to think. Then I began telling them about my usual go-to places such as Poulet for good casual French food, Keisuke Ramen, Kamal's for the best Fried Chicken Briyani in town and Din Tai Fung whenever I'd crave for xiao long bao. Now, it was my turn to ask.

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AH quickly named a couple of her favorites which were a mix of local and Chinese food spots and IW followed suit naming her go-to places as well. They have their own unique choices but I noticed that both of them named Swee Choon Tim Sum as their #1 favorite restaurant in Singapore. Add to the fact that D also went there recently and came back with non-stop raves about how yummy and affordable the dimsum items were. Then there's N, another colleague, who has also been telling me about Swee Choon for months already! Four positive testaments from food loving colleagues whose opinions I trust were enough to convince me to pay Swee Choon a visit right away.

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Luckily, the NKids were in the mood for a food trip recently and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to take them to Swee Choon for us to try it out together. The more, the merrier is the best strategy when having dimsum as this will allow you to order more without stuffing yourself silly. The search for Swee Choon wasn't easy though. The nearest MRT station would be Farrer Park but you will still have to walk for about 10 minutes or for another 500m to get to the restaurant. Paul and I took the bus and alighted along Serangoon Road where we had to brisk walk through several alleys before finally spotting Swee Choon. It was a good thing that C and I got there earlier and were able to get us a nice comfy table for 5.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Godiva Chocolatier Soft Serve Ice Cream

The name Godiva has long been synonymous with premium, high quality chocolates. Growing up, I would remember my mom carefully buying her chosen box of Godiva truffles whenever we go abroad and she would take one piece and savor it for sooooo long with her eyes closed to match. I would just watch her with amusement as I would munch on my favorite piece of chocolate bar and consume this within seconds. It was only when I grew a bit older that I realized how precious Godiva chocolates are.

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With it's history dating back to 1926, Godiva has been creating a wide range of chocolate truffles with different fillings. My personal favorite are still the ones filled with nuts -- macadamia, hazel nuts and praline. I really love the combination of the nut and the dark cocoa. For me, I just love indulging in a piece or two to unwind. After all, chocolates are known to be one of the best stress-reliever too.

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Look what Paul and I found while shopping in Takashimaya Department Store last Sunday! A Godiva Chocolate kiosk! Of course, I wasted no time and quickly went through the glass shelf while ooh-ing and ahh-ing as we check out the chocolate on display. We still have our chocolate stash at home so we decided to just treat ourselves to Godiva's Soft Serve Ice Cream (S$8).

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It's gorgeous, isn't it? I just love how beautiful my sundae cone was and the flavor was so rich and delicious. I admit, it's a bit pricey but remember... You Only Live Once! The ice cream was perfectly creamy and I love the crush biscuits that lined the cone. They also added a thin piece of chocolate to let you indulge some more.

I love the idea that there are just a lot of delicious ice cream shops here in Singapore and Godiva is surely one of my favorites now.

Check out Godiva Chocolatier at the Basement 2 of Takashimaya Department Store, 391 Orchard Road. They can also be found at Raffles City Shopping Centre (Ground Floor) and Suntec City Mall (2nd floor). 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

[CONTEST ALERT! ] Happy Hour with Morganfield's Singapore

If there's one thing the Normanton Kids (NKids) have in common, it's definitely our love for good food. In fact, most of our weekends would basically have us food tripping or enjoying a good home cooked meal while watching a movie. So, when I invited the NKids out for a fun night at Morganfield's on a Monday evening, it was no surprise that I immediately got their YESes within minutes. They're definitely a fun bunch to eat out with!

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Morganfield's recently opened their second branch in Suntec City and we were all ready to enjoy slabs after slabs of ribs, fries and more! Being fans of western food, this is something that we rarely get to indulge in here in the Lion City. After all, Morganfield's is known to be the home of the Sticky Bones.

Watch out for my Morganfield's blog giveaway below!!!

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You know that you're in for a good meal when it begins with some Homemade Cinnamon Candied Bacon (S$8.90). Well, this is one thing that bacon fans will go wild about. Who would have thought that you can sweeten up a piece of bacon and it will still taste as heavenly..maybe even better, in my opinion. This was so good that we got two orders of this. Even C gave his approval as it's really something very unique and yummy. 

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We also tried the Grilled Bacon Wrapped Prawns (S$15.90) which was also delicious! The prawns had a good juicy bite and the bacon wasn't too overpowering and has successfully complemented the taste of the prawn. A bit on the expensive side for just 5 pieces but I recommend that you still go for this! 

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