We recently checked out Assembly Coffee, a 3-month old cafe located at Evans Lodge where you can also find Mr Prata and Hatched. The coffee is excellent, the food offerings are simple and easy on the pocket, and the space is small, but buzzing with energy.
Food and wine is the best way to connect and meet new friends, and it is always fun to attend parties, private functions and events. Your best friend’s bachelor party, your family’s Christmas gathering or your company’s D&D event… no matter what the occasion is, if you are organising the party, we can fathom the hassle of buying all the alcohol and beverages. Oh, the horror of lugging home many cartons of beer and bottles of wine!
And if you are unfamiliar with the different kinds of alcohol, it can be rather intimidating to step in to a liquor store. Should you get a red or a white? A Riesling or a Chardonnay? The selection is overwhelming to say the least, and it is challenging to find something that suits everyone’s palate.
This is when Asher BWS (www.asherbws.com) is the perfect solution, as we have recently discovered. Besides offering the most comprehensive ranges of beer, wine and spirits products online, Asher BWS aims to educate and encourage the appreciation of alcoholic beverages among consumers, and at the same time, provide convenience by delivering the products to your doorstep.
We had the privilege to attend Asher BWS’s soft launch part to learn more about the brand. In this post, we will share with you why we love Asher BWS, and why you should order your beers, wines and spirits from www.asherbws.com the next time you are host a party or need to look for a gift.
We are also giving away S$60 x 5 vouchers, read on to find out how you can win them.
A food market serving Singapore-style street food in New York? This is exactly what author/TV personality star Anthony Bourdain – known for his book Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – is working on next.
He has signed a deal to open his first large-scale food market in Manhattan, which will reflect his passion for international street food.
Anthony Bourdain confirmed the project: “I am indeed working on this project—carefully assembling a dream list of chefs, operators, street food and hawker legends from around the world—in hopes of bringing them together in one New York City space. As the greatest city in the world, I’ve long felt that we should have the kind of delicious, diverse food centers that Singapore (for instance) enjoys. And, in fact, it is my hope that an important component of this project will be representatives of Straits hawker masters. My likes are pretty well known: dai pai dong in Hong Kong, Boqueria in Spain, hawker centers in Singapore, street tostadas in Ensenada. To the extent that I can help bring those things home to New York, along with a truly interesting collection of home grown innovators, I will be very, very pleased. If nothing else, I hope to soon be able to enjoy a really good Chicken Rice in NYC.”
While surprising, it is actually little wonder this is happening because Anthony Bourdain is known to be a big fan of Singapore local food. This is great news for us as more people will get to taste our popular local food. This might just pave the way for more Singapore restauranteurs and chefs to expand and venture to the United States.
New York City, watch out for Singapore street food!
Awestruck. That was how we felt when we stepped into Aoyama Flower Market Tea House in Tokyo. It combines a florist with a tea house, and the result is the dream café for every girl.
Like an indoor greenhouse but with an impeccable sophistication, the tea house is lavishly decorated with fresh flowers of the season. Scattered, lined, tied on vines, sprouting from under… we were lost in the splendiferous floral world with all kinds of richly-coloured species blooming in their unique forms, and filling the space with a wondrous mix of scents so delicate. Decorative mini lights span across the ceiling and drape down the pillars, creating an illumination so dreamy that it enraptures your soul; soft instrumentals looping, quite like a choir of nightingale serenading every dreamer in the room. Nothing quite as beautiful, nothing quite as enchanting.
Aburiya is a common name that I have always heard from friends when we talk about Japanese BBQ restaurant. Though I am a frequent diner of the restaurants at Robertson Quay, I only found myself stepping in to Aburiya some time recently. And after my dinner, I can understand why Aburiya has its steady flow of customers nightly.
&Made is a burger joint by the Delicia Group and Chef Bruno Menard, who previously helmed a 3-Michelin Star restaurant in Tokyo.
I have high expectations of my burgers, so I was very eager to try out their renditions. I have been to &Made several times, and while their burgers are made of good quality ingredients, they lack a certain ‘oomph’. In short, they are decent, but not life-changing.
That said, I still believe that &Made is worth a visit for two reasons. First, the location at Pacific Plaza is not only very convenient, but also relatively quiet – I can have a nice dinner without facing the crazy crowd in town. Second, the burgers, while not out-of-this-world good, are simple and comforting – something that I can eat on a regular basis.
When craving for Japanese food, one of my to-go places is Akashi Japanese Restaurant. It has reliable and pretty good Japanese food. And most importantly, a meal at Akashi is relatively affordable – if you go for their set meals. Most of the sets – served with salad/rice, soup and fruits – are priced below $20 during lunch (additional $3-4 for dinner).
Au Chocolat, opened by the folks behind Ku De Ta and Catalunya, occupies a huge space at a corner of Marina Bay Sands. It is divided into two sections: a retail confectionery store where you can find all sorts of delicious snacks – such as slice cakes, cupcakes, gelato, truffle – and fun merchandise. The other half is the bistro which has an all-day dining menu.
We have been to Au Chocolat many times, and tried quite a few items from the bistro and confectionery. Here are some of the highlights.