Auspicious Meanings Behind 8 Chinese New Year Goodies

Bak Kwa

The annual celebration of Chinese New Year sees endless baked treats and other savoury delights being sold, served and consumed by Chinese communities in Singapore throughout the 15-day festive period.

Ever wondered why the exchange of Mandarin Oranges is so important, and why there would always be pineapple tarts in each home?

The repetition of Chinese New Year Goodies is no random occurrence, as each snack is essentially symbolic of a meaningful purpose. The next time someone in the family asks, “Why do we always have to eat xxx during Chinese New Year?”, you will find the answer(s) to him/her here in our beginner’s guide to the Auspicious Meaning Behind 8 Chinese New Year Goodies.

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Awfully Chocolate’s Festive Hamper – The Ultimate Chocolate Box This Christmas

Awfully Chocolate Festive Hamper

Your search for the perfect festive hamper will end with Awfully Chocolate’s version. To celebrate the Christmas, Awfully Chocolate introduces this sleek black box that will bring joy to just about anyone you gift it to.

This carefully curated hamper is housed in one of the classiest gift boxes we have ever seen, wrapped around by a bright gold ribbon. Created to please everyone of different ages and from all walks of life, Awfully Chocolate’s hamper is a splendid way to spread the love of chocolate around.

Take our word for it – Awfully Chocolate has your back with their 2015 Festive Hamper.

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Aurora 2016 Forecast and The 5 Best Destinations to Catch Them

Finland AuroraSource: Visit Finland

The aurora is a jaw-dropping natural light phenomenon that has been fascinating human civilisations since medieval times. These stunning displays are not related to the supernatural, but are simply a result of the collision between earth’s gas atoms and charged particles from the sun’s atmosphere.

Auroras take place in high-latitude regions and one can witness these spectacular formations at either of the magnetic poles during specific periods each year.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the auroras are known as ‘Aurora Borealis’, while auroras in Southern Hemisphere are called ‘Aurora Australis’. There are many aurora variations and they could exist in blue, green, pink, red and/or ultraviolet colours. Similarly, the shapes of the Northern and Southern lights could vary from curtain-like arcs to diffused flickering patches.

In this installation, we share more about Aurora Forecast for 2016 and the 5 Best Places to Catch Them.

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Atum Desserant – Table-Plated Dessert Is A Must-Try In Hong Kong

ATUM-DESSERANT

Located on the 16th floor of The L. Square building is Atum Desserant, a specialty dessert bar that has revolutionised the way Hong Kongers eat their traditional sugary treats. The modern open-concept bar boasts beautifully plated confectionary and stunning improvisation desserts; we were beyond enthralled by Atum Desserant’s ingenious creativity.

atum causeway bay

Atum Desserant is already very famous in Hong Kong, and well-loved for their innovative concept of improvisation – where guests get to sit back, relax and partake in an interactive experience with their personal dessert chef-cum-artist who will spontaneously create an edible artwork on the spot, right before your eyes.

The fun-filled demonstration of the table-plated dessert is an effortless integration of art and food; it was quite a show that left us speechless.

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Aqua Luna – A Swanky Open-Concept Bar By The Infinity Pool + 50% OFF Drinks

aqua luna

You would never expect to find a swanky open-concept bar in Alexandra. This new hangout is called Aqua Luna, located on the 7th storey of Park Hotel Alexandra, offering an alternative view of the beautiful Queenstown precinct. The stylish alfresco bar is parked right beside the 25-metre infinity swimming pool, and boasts an exciting gourmet menu of bar nosh and exotic cocktails.

But more than its tranquil vibes and interesting variety of tantalising cocktails, Aqua Luna is a stunner and the perfect venue for post-work drinks with colleagues and/or a great night out with your beloved other half. Upon stepping to the outdoors of the pool level of the property, we were amazed and in complete disbelief. The circular rooftop bar was dimly lit and set against the evening skies, candy floss coloured post-sunset skies welcomed us, and our moods were instantly lifted; how can a so-called neighbourhood bar be so sexy?

Aqua Luna Food

We can just hear all of you who are sick and tired of the CBD’s overly crammed bars; it is time to make your way down to Aqua Luna, this all new tranquil oasis that we have been to several times now, and are completely in love with.

From now till 13 November 2015, readers of ladyironchef can get an exclusive 50% off the second drink at Aqua Luna (more details at the end of the post). So grab a cocktail and some light bites, watch the sunset from an alternative venue, kick back and enjoy an evening of being away from the madness in town. You deserve this break.

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[Closed] Alkaff Mansion Ristorante – Sunday Prosecco Brunch With Free Flow Of Prosecco And Wines

Alkaff Sunday Brunch

Perched atop Telok Blangah Hill is an opulent colonial building occupied by Italian Restaurant Alkaff Mansion Ristorante. The bungalow was once a highly sought-after destination amongst the entitled in the 1930s, where it was renowned for the most extravagant socialite parties.

Painstakingly restored to its grandeur in 2011, all present-day visitors are warmly welcomed to experience the glorious splendour of yesteryears while enjoying authentic Italian fare. And on Sundays, Alkaff Mansion Ristorante offers a decadent buffet spread of Italian gourmet alongside unlimited flow of Prosecco, White and Red wines for only S$98++ per adult.

Sunday Prosecco Brunch

The seemingly hefty price tag is actually an amazing deal, especially when compared to the average rates in Singapore’s fine dining industry. Diners get to indulge in unlimited servings of fresh seafood, fine meats, pastas in a variety of sauces, and refreshing bubbles! You would probably have to pay twice more when ordering such amounts in other fancy establishments.

So, what’s not to love about Alkaff Mansion Ristorante’s Sunday Prosecco Brunch?

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An Afternoon Of Fun: Ladyironchef Cocktail Workshop at Changi City Point

Cocktail Workshop

Ladyironchef Cocktail Making Workshop at Changi City Point’s Table Manners on 16 August was a huge success, and we want to thank all our supportive readers for being such a great audience, as well as Changi City Point for putting things together. It was a wonderful afternoon.

Throughout the two-hour long event, Bar Stories’ Head Bartender, Dave educated and entertained us simultaneously with his useful bartending demonstrations. His kooky sense of humour was also something everyone enjoyed while the crowd engaged in learning and preparing four delicious samples of Dave’s cocktail concoctions.

Cocktail Event

We sincerely hope that everyone had a great time learning about the fundamental preparations of cocktails. It was such a pleasure meeting our lovely readers! For everyone else, we would love for you to join us for our next food workshop on 6 September. But now, do read on for the highlights of our workshop!

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Arteastiq Boutique Tea House Unveils A New Outlet At Plaza Singapura

Arteastiq Plaza Singapura

Fans of Arteastiq Boutique Tea House and Painting Studio, we have a piece of good news for you. If you cannot get enough of this unique hangout location that has predominantly earned its spotlight at Mandarin Gallery, you will be heartened to know that Arteastiq has unveiled its second location at Plaza Singapura, catering a new space for tea appreciation and art jamming sessions.

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