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Beast: London’s Hottest King Crab & Steak Restaurant by Burger & Lobster

Beast London

Not the most pleasant word in the dictionary, but a dinner at Beast King Crab & Steak Restaurant is surely one of the most memorable dinners we’ve had at London. Fans of the ever-popular Burger & Lobster would know that Beast Restaurant is the other brainchild of the same owner, and it is a five-month-old joint that is the talk of the town.

It is similar, yet very different. Beast Restaurant is a posh outlet in Marylebone, and it is a stunning underground restaurant for diners of the after-dark. Longitudinal log tables and seats fill the indoor sitting area, together with endless candles to light up the restaurant. It felt like we stepped right in to a scene from Phantom of The Opera – the regal British atmosphere is second to none. The open kitchen makes the place less intimidating and we had fun exchanging banters with the chefs. The team of wait staff stands all around the space, ever ready to serve.

Be seated, have a drink, and the staff will brief you about how Beast Restaurant works. There is no menu. At £75 per person, you are in for a feast that is fit for even the biggest beast. Like many other things in London that will shock you with its price tag, this dinner is an indulgence, one that only those with a raw love for premium steak and Norwegian red king crab will covet. If you are willing to splurge, Beast Restaurant will promise you a theatrical and gastronomical experience.

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Travel Savvy with Insure & Travel Enhanced and Win Air Tickets to 5 Dream Destinations

Travel Savvy

How travel savvy are you? Do you feel prepared for every trip that you take, and equipped with all the knowledge that would enhance your experience? Apart from reading up on the places you are going to visit, and shopping for the clothes and necessities you would need, how else do you prep yourself and ensure you are truly ready for your holiday?

Have you missed out on getting yourself a reliable travel insurance? If you are having second thoughts or even considering if getting one is necessary, you should hesitate no more, because being insured is as vital as needing an air ticket to board your flight. You would also want to travel without worries, and to know that should something untoward happen, you are covered, right?

UOB Travel Savvy

So we celebrate our recent partnership with Insure & Travel Enhanced distributed by UOB, and we would like to share with you the incredible travel insurance plans that are made readily available – no matter where and when you are traveling.

From now till 5 October 2014, Insure & Travel Enhanced is having a weekly challenge where you can play a simple travel quiz to win air tickets via Singapore Airlines to Bali, Taipei, Seoul, Melbourne and Maldives. The game is extremely easy and incredibly addictive. There will be a series of questions on food, culture, landmarks and all you have to do is to choose the correct answer (out of two options) to the picture shown.

The top 10 highest scorers every week will win prizes and anyone who participates in the online quiz will be eligible for a lucky draw to win air tickets. Challenge yourself at www.uobtravelsavvy.com

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Beginners Guide to Gin

Guide to Gin

One of the best cocktail spirits around is gin; a clear alcoholic spirit distilled from grain or malt, flavoured thereafter by infusing a variety of botanicals (this process is known as compounding), including juniper. Its diverse flavour profile makes this un-aged spirit perfect for cocktails. We speak to some of the industry experts to give you a crash course on gin (and save you from the embarrassment of mistaking vodka for the former).

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Where to eat at Phuket Patong Beach

Patong Beach

Phuket is one of the most well-known beach destinations in Asia; travellers fly in from all around the world for some soaking up in the sun and relaxation at the prized Thai island. Among all the beaches in Phuket, Patong Beach is the largest and busiest one on the island.

While Patong Beach is known for many things – from water sports, to nightlife and luxe resorts – it can be quite a challenge to find affordable authentic Thai food when you are there for a holiday. Most restaurants along Patong Beach are tourist traps, and they serve mediocre Thai food at exorbitant prices.

We made several trips, and picked out some fantastic places to dine at when at Patong Beach. They may not be the cheapest by Thailand’s standards, but they are authentic enough with reasonable price tags, some of which are favourites even among locals. Here is our guide on where to eat at Patong Beach, featuring five restaurants and eateries that offer delicious Thai classic dishes and seafood.

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10 SCOTTS Afternoon Tea at Grand Hyatt Singapore

10 SCOTTS

10 SCOTTS at Grand Hyatt Singapore is more than just a hotel’s tea lounge. Impeccably designed with a collection of rooms, it makes you feel right at home. Like being in your living room where you can host a group of close friends over drinks, the cosiness is unrivalled and one that replicates the warmth of home. Or, it can make a quiet meeting place to have coffee with your clients over some corporate talks. It also works as a lovely library where you can enjoy some me-time and retreat into your shell.

On days when you feel like taking a break and giving yourself a little treat, the afternoon tea at 10 SCOTTS at Grand Hyatt Singapore is just the thing you need. It comes in an elegant two-tier glass tray that is packed with lots of goodies. The items change periodically, but there will always be a staple selection of sandwiches, tarts and quiche, as well as all-time favourites like the delicious crab cakes with remoulade sauce that we are not ashamed to admit wolfing down several of it at a go. Other snacks include the freshly-made seafood popiah (spring roll), samosas, and scones served with homemade raspberry jam, clotted cream and kaya (coconut jam).

10 SCOTTS Afternoon Tea

There is a also a self-serve freezer that houses a varying selection of salads, cold dishes and homemade ice cream as well as a communal table with over six different freshly made desserts. The stars of the show include the anti-griddle fried egg – with vanilla ice cream forming the egg white and mango passion puree representing the yolk – and a beautiful flower pot dessert that is really a generous helping of salted caramel ice cream and chocolate soil, topped with chocolate brownies and delicate edible flowers.

In addition, the afternoon tea comes with a selection of hot dishes from the live station, cold cuts, artisan cheese and bread. And the best part of it all? Everything that you are served with at 10 SCOTTS’ afternoon tea is refillable. The only danger is you will end up eating more than you should. But sometimes, all of us deserve to indulge a little, so go ahead and spoil yourselves.

On weekdays, the afternoon tea at 10 SCOTTS is S$43++/pax with refillable tea, coffee and fruit juices; and S$73++/pax with free-flowing of Perrier-Jouët Champagne. On weekends and public holidays, the prices are S$53++/pax and S$83++/pax respectively.

10 SCOTTS
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6732 1234
Afternoon tea: Daily 12pm – 2.30pm, 3pm – 5pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

 

This post is brought to you by Grand Hyatt Singapore.

5 Reasons Why It Is Perfectly Fine To Dine Alone

Dining Alone

I’ll be honest. When Ladyironchef first asked if I could do this article, I was a little stumped. I thought to myself: Do people need to know that it is really okay to eat alone? But then I recalled the first time I had to have dinner by myself – yeah, I did feel a little (okay, very) self-conscious. I’ve grown quite a bit since then, so let me give you 5 reasons why it is perfectly fine to dine alone.

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Foodline: Your Go-To Portal For Finding the Best Buffet Catering in Singapore

Foodline

One of the questions that I get from readers frequently is to recommend caterers that offer good and reliable service at reasonable prices. The next time you are looking for a caterer to feed your guests, we have a recommendation.

Foodline (www.foodline.sg) is a Singapore based catering review website that partners with over 50 caterers. We all know how challenging it is to organise an event, but when you search for your caterer via Foodline, life will be a lot easier because there are real reviews and photos by customers who have engaged the service of the caterers listed.

You can search for your ideal buffet catering by your budget, cuisine and requirement. Whether you are organising a mini buffet on a shoestring budget for a gathering, looking for a halal buffet caterer for your party, picking a high end caterer for your company’s corporate event, throwing a high tea for your baby’s first month, or choosing the right wedding caterers for your big day – Foodline will help you find the best buffet caterers in Singapore.

Foodline FB

When your event is over, write a short review of the caterer’s service (with a photo) on Foodline to share with everyone your experience, and Foodline.sg will provide a cash reward (ranging from S$10 to S$30). Foodline.sg is also having a lucky draw where you can win S$500 worth of catering vouchers simply by joining their mailing list. Read here for more details. For the latest updates, ‘like’ Foodline on Facebook.

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Satisfy the Carnivore in You at Plaza Brasserie’s For The Love of Roasts Buffet

Plaza Brasserie Roast Buffet

Satisfy the carnivore in you at PARKROYAL on Beach Road from 5 September to 26 October 2014 at Plaza Brasserie’s For The Love of Roasts buffet dinner (adult S$65++, child S$39++) which features an all-you-can-eat buffet spread of premium meats. The highlights include Wagyu D-Rump Roast, 200-day Grain-fed Prime Ribs, Angus Beef Tenderloin Roast, Roast Pork Collar as well as exotic meats like Braised Kangaroo Tail, and Braised Ox Tongue… We bet you are just as excited as we are!

For The Love of Roasts is Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL On Beach Road’s inaugural presentation of a buffet that is centered around tantalising roasts and exotic meats, and the chefs have definitely gone all out to impress with their best offerings that will feed a king.

Roast Pork Collar

[ GIVEAWAY ] We are also giving away 3 pairs of weekday buffet dining vouchers to retreat to an evening of feasting at For The Love of Roasts buffet. Leave a comment below, and share this post on your Facebook timeline to win. More details on the giveaway at the end of this post.

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URBAN Bakery Works’ Ball Law Cowssant is a Must-Eat in Hong Kong

URBAN Ball Law Cowwsant

Sexy. Artsy. Fuss-free. Comfort. URBAN Bakery Works presents itself as the it place in Hong Kong for all-day casual dining. Its concept shop at The Landmark is a stunner, and it promises nothing but a hip and fun experience. While there are many things that we love at URBAN Bakery Works, the highlight has got to be the Ball Law Cowssant. It totally blew us away. We will go so far as to say that it is a must-eat in Hong Kong.

A hybrid of croissant and po luo bao (pineapple bun) complete with a slab of French butter, the Ball Law Cowssant (Dare devil version) is nothing but sheer indulgence. If you love po luo bao, you will fall in love uncontrollably with URBAN Bakery Works’ divine creation!

Besides the Ball Law Cowssant, URBAN Bakery Works offers croissants (made with French A.O.C butter) in seven different flavours – like almond, Belgian chocolate, cheddar cheese, and brulee. The croissants that we’ve sampled are so well made that they are just as good, if not even better than the ones that we had in Paris.

What the fudge

That’s not all. The chic bakery cafe also serves excellent Vittoria coffee, a variety of salad and sandwiches which are perfect for a light and casual meal, as well as an array of decadent cakes and pastries. Our favourite is the What The Fudge – a luscious chocolate fudge cake that is enveloped with what seemed like a whole factory of kitkat and M&M’s. And this is what we call super photogenic and Instagram-worthy. Non-chocolate lovers might just be besotted, too!

We like that URBAN Bakery Works never rests on its laurels and is constantly coming up with new creations. Kiss My Butterfly is its latest invention. The classic Mille-feuille is given a modern twist by using caramelised palmiers layer with season fruits and custard fillings. Just the thought of it is enough to make us salivate. We cannot wait to try it the next time we are in Hong Kong!

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URBAN bakery Works
Room 322, 3/F The Landmark
12-16 Des Voeux Road Central
Tel: +852 3565 4320
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 8pm Sat, Sun & PH: 8.30am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Central

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TungLok XiHe Peking Duck Restaurant Singapore

TungLok XiHe

Where do you go to when you are beat from a whole day of shopping, laden with shopping bags and famished from all the walking? And you are just beat from the whole day of hubbub that you want nothing but familiar and hearty food to soothe the senses?

Well, if your craving is leaning towards Chinese food, then your answer is TungLok XiHe Peking Duck Restaurant, an outlet that offers a classic menu of modern Beijing cuisine. Conveniently located at Orchard Central and The Grandstand (Turf Club Road), the outlet is one that is clean and spacious, with a modern Chinese décor that is minimalistic and elegant.

Tunglok Xihe Peking Duck

There are many Chinese establishments that impressed us and left us good memories, but TungLok XiHe is one that is timeless. We love its concise menu and how it does not differ too much from its origins – nothing but the comforting familiarity of Chinese food at competitive prices. It is the kind of place that you can host your business associates, throw a celebration or to simply gather with your close ones.

When we had our meal, our tummies were so pleased with the quality meal that we were thinking about all the flowery adjectives and phrases to document the experience, but looking back now, we want nothing but to present TungLok XiHe Peking Duck as it is – unpretentious and classy. Here are our picks from the very good meal we had:

[ GIVEAWAY ] We are giving away 5 x TungLok XiHe Peking Duck vouchers (worth S$91.80 each). Leave a comment below, and share this post on your Facebook timeline to win. More details on the giveaway at the end of this post.

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Super Star K Korean BBQ Restaurant Singapore

Super Star K

Talk about the hottest Korean BBQ restaurants in Singapore, and we all think of Super Star K at Tanjong Pagar. The outlet specialises in using charcoal grill for its Korean BBQ, and the authentic dining experience explains its popularity among Singaporeans and tourists alike. Perpetually packed and crowded, dinner might have to come with a little wait, but we will tell you it is going to be worth the while.

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5 Things Travel Teaches you That You Won’t Learn in School

Travelling Life Lessons

Travel is the best education there is out there. Sure, you learn all sorts of important skills in school, there’s no discounting that, but travel offers you life experience in leaps and bounds. The lessons you discover about yourself, others and the world while traveling are incomparable to what you learn while sitting in a classroom. From weekend trips to month-long stays to a year of backpacking, there are life-defining moments etched into your journey when you leave the comfort of home to step into the unknown.

Here are 5 things you’ll learn while traveling that classes in school won’t teach you.

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