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New York City on a Budget

New York on Budget

The Big Apple: concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Unless you’re made of cash, a holiday in this ‘concrete jungle’ will be easily set you back by the thousands. So if you’re looking to tour New York city on a budget, here’s a guide on how to have your cake and eat it.

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Singapore’s Best Macarons

Singapore Best Macarons Guide

What’s there not to love about macarons? Two light and crisp cookie shells sandwiching ganache, jam or buttercream filling – it is the ultimate indulgence for dessert lovers. There is just something irresistible about macarons.

Here is our guide on where to get the best macarons in Singapore.

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The World’s First Kitkat Boutique Opens in Japan

Japanese Flavour Kitkat

The next time you are in Tokyo, be sure to make a trip to the world’s first Kitkat BoutiqueThe KitKat Chocolatory store is located within the Seibu department store in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district.

Fans of Kitkat in Japan are in for a treat! Besides the popular matcha flavour, it stocks exclusive varieties of the chocolate bar – Sublime Bitter, Special Sakura Green Tea and Special Chilli – created in collaboration with Japanese chocolatier Takagi. Other Japanese Kitkat flavours include Roasted Tea, Strawberry Cheesecake, Rum Raisin, Apple, Green Tea, Mandarin and Lemon, Azuki Red Bean Toast, Wasabi, Purple Potato and Cinnamon Cookie.

mezza9 Grand Hyatt Singapore Sunday Champagne Brunch

Champagne Brunch_mezza9Photo credit: Grand Hyatt Singapore

“The ultimate champagne brunch.” That was the only thought we had on our minds while enjoying our feast at mezza9 Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Sunday Champagne Brunch (S$138++ for free flow of Perrier Jouët Grand Brut champagne, premium red and white wines, beers, mojitos and bloody marys, and S$118 with free flow of soft drinks and coffee/tea).

mezza9 is an institution for Sunday brunch. Its vibrant and upbeat atmosphere makes it the perfect place for family and friends to spend Sundays at. With nine different dining experiences – including the grill, seafood, Thai, steam basket, yakitori, sushi, deli, patisserie, and bar – complete with free flow of champagne, wines and cocktails, there is something for everyone.

The six show kitchens at mezza9 are the perfect stage for the team of talented chefs to whip up their storms, while the friendly service crews are always doing their rounds and making sure that tables are cleared, cutleries are changed, and that your champagne flute is never empty.

Start from the Japanese kitchen, because Japanese food is always a great idea. Tempura, freshly grilled yakitori and sashimi salad are excellent, but make a dash for the array of sashimi and sushi. The Chinese kitchen has excellent roast meats. Pork belly, spare ribs, BBQ char siew and roast duck… Everything is sublime. For more meat, head to the grill, which features roasted chicken, slow roasted black angus prime sirloin and roasted lamb leg.

mezza9 Sunday Champagne Brunch

Seafood lovers will be mind-blown by the selection at the crustacean bar. Grand Hyatt prides itself on serving sustainable seafood, and over here, you will be spoiled by the variety of seafood such as Spencer gulf wild king prawns, Tasmanian mussels, Canadian lobster, Sri Lankan mud crabs, and freshly shucked oysters from France and Australia. Let’s pull our chairs to the seafood bar and feast all day long.

The pastry team at mezza9 is out to impress with its tantalising creations. Bread pudding, citron tart, cream puffs, chocolate tart, oreo cheesecake, and homemade gelato will send you to dessert paradise. And, we mean it when we say we were close to stealing the entire tray of Tiramisu.

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mezza9
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6416 7322
Sun Brunch: 11.30am – 3pm
Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

This post is brought to you by Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Seattle in 48 Hours

48 Hours in Seattle

High-tech, yet old school; innovative, artsy and a little hippie at the same time. A maritime urban centre in the Pacific Northwest of America, Seattle has diverse neighborhoods that cause shifting moods as one moves from one corner of the city to the other.

I had a short visit to Seattle this Spring break and was lucky that I made the choice because the sakuras that were in full bloom is every reason that Spring time is the best time to visit the city despite the ongoing rain. But hey, what is Seattle without the thick clouds and rain?

Here are some of the things that you can do and see when you have 48 hours in Seattle.

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Hotel Indigo Wan Chai Hong Kong

Hotel Indigo

We cannot quite put a finger to Wan Chai when we first set foot in that neighbourhood. It is bustling like many other areas in Hong Kong, but for the lack of a better description – Wan Chai is quite distinctly Hong Kong. Forget about how people discount Wan Chai for its red light district (because it is really just one lane that you can easily miss), because there is so much more to look out for.

We love Wan Chai for its little gems and unexpected finds – comfort Hong Kong cuisine in humble settings, locals peddling their wares and arts, executives loosening their ties to unwind over a good lunch… and all these make up Hotel Indigo.

A relatively new baby in the local hotel scene, Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is everything Wan Chai is. It reflects snippets of its characteristic neighbourhood, and this is precisely what Hotel Indigo wants to create, so that guests feel blended in to the local culture, and locals resonate with the comforting familiarity.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Boracay At Least Once in Your Life

Boracay Guide

Boracay is truly Philippines’ paradise, and it is the best beach in Asia that we have ever stepped foot on – yet. Every morning, we woke up to awe-inspiring views of the White Beach; palm trees swayed and seemingly orchestrated a symphony, azure waters still and calm, sands as white as cotton fluffs, heaven and earth merged. Nothing lingers in the mind more than this picturesque sight, and we could use hours just daydreaming and frolicking by the beach.

Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Boracay at least once in your life.

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PISCO South American Kitchen & Bar Singapore

PISCO

Very often, we are strapped of choices when it comes to dining at tourists’ attractions. The restaurants are either too expensive, or the food just isn’t good altogether. Sometimes, they are not family-friendly, and kids have nothing suitable to eat. But being here in Singapore means we do not have to worry about all that, because we have trusty establishments to always bring the bests to us.

PISCO RWS

The newly opened PISCO South American Kitchen & Bar at Resorts World Sentosa is one that has made it to our chart of best family-friendly restaurants. Managed by Deliciae Hospitality Management in partnership with Resorts World Sentosa, this 76-seat outlet sits in the heart of the Integrated Resort.

Dishing out quality South American food, PISCO resembles a carnival – the happy colours of the interior and furnishing make it a joy to dine at, and has an extensive menu that is sure to whet everyone’s appetite. Here are some of their signatures, and our favourites from the menu.

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Beginners Guide to Classic Cocktails

Cocktail Guide

A classic cocktail is defined as a cocktail that originated before the end of Prohibition in the United States in 1934. As with most cocktails, the origins are hazy, and many (recipes) have since evolved over the years with each bartenders’ rendition. One thing remains: the most important factor of a classic cocktail is quality.

Have you ever thought about what goes into that drink in your hand? What defines a classic cocktail? How do you differentiate a classic cocktail from cocktails?

This beginners guide to classic cocktails explains some of the most classic cocktails from six main spirits—brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey.

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Rome’s Best Gelato Guide

Rome Best Gelato

Besides breathtaking landscapes, friendly locals, lips-smacking Italian cuisine and a rich history and culture, what we most loved about Italy is their love for gelato. You can find a gelateria in almost every street – and sometimes, a few gelaterie side by side – and once you have tried gelato in Italy, you will never see it in the same light again.

Rome, in particular, has so many good gelaterie. What could be better than enjoying a gelato while admiring the Colosseum and Pantheon? Here is our scoop on the best ice cream and gelato shops in Rome.

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Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel Singapore

Cafe Mosaic

Buffet restaurants are aplenty, and we will never fall short of choices. Fresh seafood, pots of hot soup, salad bars and bread counters, ala minute stations, daily roast… there is always something to get excited about, but not all buffets are created equal. Cafe Mosaic is a humble outlet at Carlton Hotel Singapore that sees a stable crowd every day, and it is only understandable why patrons pledge their loyalty.

For one, the menu rotates and you can always expect surprises from the chef even if you go seven consecutive days a week. The breads are freshly baked in-house daily, and they make a hearty start to your meal. We also loved the plump and juicy mussels at the fresh seafood station, we lost count of the number of bowls of double boiled Cantonese soup we had, and we couldn’t have enough of the cold appetisers.

Main courses are always a combination of continental and international highlights, and if you are lucky to go on days when the chef dishes out his signature Cod Fish in Pumpkin Sauce, you must not miss the world for this. Meat lovers can help themselves to endless servings of the daily roast, and there are teppanyaki options, too. Don’t forget to stop by the DIY station; expect local delights like Rojak and Gado-gado.

If you go during dinner, pamper your palate with a wider selection that includes a cheese platter and free flow of oysters.

Cafe Mosaic Dessert

All buffets have to end on a sweet note, so we say eat as many slices of Signature Red Velvet Cake as you can. For those who need your cocoa fix, Chocolate Mousse is your answer. And if all else fails, treat yourself to the Signature Café Mosaic Cheesecake.

For more details, visit their website www.carltonhotel.sg/cafemosaic.html and find Carlton Hotel Singapore’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CarltonHotelSG


Lunch Buffet (12pm to 2.30pm)
Monday to Friday $42++ per adult $21++ per child

Dinner Buffet (6.30pm to 10.30pm)
Sunday to Thursday $78++ per adult $39++ per child
Friday to Saturday $88++ per adult $44++ per child

DBS/POSB and UOB Cardmembers get to enjoy the following promotions:
Lunch buffet: One dines free with every two paying adults from Monday to Friday.
Dinner Buffet: 1-for-1 buffet from Sunday to Thursday, and one dines free with every two paying adults on Friday & Saturday.

Cafe Mosaic
Lobby, Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Daily: 6am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

This post is brought to you by Carlton Hotel Singapore.

7 Reasons Why Heavenly Spa by Westin™ at The Westin Singapore is Heavenly

Heavenly Spa by The Westin

Talk about needing a spa session and the options are aplenty in Singapore. From day spas, to city spas, to destination spas, to alternative spas… and there is really no reason to pass on an indulging treat. And if you are pondering further, we will suss out the best for you and promise that you will be in for an unforgettable relaxation.

Forget about all the fanciful players; think of a luxurious and heavenly session, at the all new luxury outlet in the heart of Marina Bay – Heavenly Spa by Westin™ at The Westin Singapore, located at Asia Square Tower 2.

Westin Spa

From the Heavenly Bed to WestinWorkout to Heavenly Spa by Westin™, Westin is all about wellness. Loyal guests of the highly-acclaimed brand rejoiced when the Westin finally re-opened in Singapore. For those who have experienced the heavenly treatments at Westin Spas around the world, rejoice! Because we no longer have to fly overseas for the renowned spa experience.

Here are 7 reasons why Heavenly Spa by Westin™ at The Westin Singapore is indeed heavenly.

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Rome’s Top 10 Budget Restaurants

Rome Budget Restaurants

From a famous bakery which serves freshly-baked bread and pizzas, to an old-school eatery that dedicates itself to fried cod fillet, and restaurants in the vicinity of popular attractions like Pantheon and Colosseum, here is our take on Rome’s Top 10 Budget Restaurants where you can enjoy Rome’s impressionable culinary offerings sans the exorbitant prices.

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Melbourne’s Top 10 Cheap Eats under AUD $10

Melbourne Cheap Eats

Whoever said that great food comes at a hefty price is absolutely wrong. Believe it or not, you are able to treat your palates to award winning French patisserie, ramen that had been painstakingly prepared for over 10 hours or Heston Blumenthal inspired liquid nitrogen ice cream within a tight budget. Here is our guide to Melbourne’s Top 10 Cheap Eats under AUD $10.

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