3 Reasons to Snack during the Christmas Festive Season

Have you ever felt the mood to eat more during December? We all suffer from this syndrome called the Festive Season. Come Christmas time, everyone needs to be pampered and treated to goodies and snacks.


Here are 3 reasons why you NEED to snack more:

1.  Snacking increases your productivity!

Do you know: The saying goes that a happy employee is a productive employee. Whenever you see a restless colleague at work (because it’s December and they can’t wait to do their Christmas shopping), offer them a snack and you will put a smile on their face.


2. Snacking doesn’t require you to think!

Do you know: Snacks4me is a new type of ‘Snackerzine’ that brings you the latest and most talked about snacks right to your doorstep. Every month, Snacks4me will search through various parts of the world to bring you a carefully curated box of snacks that is full of surprises. Snacks4me is committed to challenge your palate with the weirdest and most exotic taste combinations you could ever imagine.

Snacks4me Box

Some of these limited edition snacks aren’t even available on the local market, and it will be delivered straight to your doorstep. You don’t have to squeeze your brain juice to think of what special snacks to buy. You don’t have to travel to faraway places to buy your limited edition snacks.  does the hard work for you, so you can just relax. How awesome is that!


For a limited time only, Snacks4me is offering a special 20% discount for all new orders. This is a unique way to give your loved ones a Christmas present this year!

Remember to use this promo code “S4MNEW20” during check-out to receive your discount 🙂

Go ahead. Buy a box for your family and friends. But most importantly, remember to buy for yourself too!!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

Valentine’s Day 2013 at Basilico, Regent Hotel

Michelle and I celebrated our 4th Valentine’s Day together this year!

The First was at Cathay where we caught Valentine’s Day (the movie) and had dinner at Prego. The Second was at our place of origin (top secret). The Third was our epic “7 gifts at the 14th minute past every hour”. The Fourth this year was at Basilico, an Italian buffet at Regent Hotel!


It was highly recommended by my Uncle, so I decided to go ahead with this place. Their spread was really good, and I shall let the pictures do the talking.


Grand display of appetizers/starters at the center of the restaurant.


We made our own salad with a variety of sea salt and truffle oil.


I like their scallops and juicy prawns!

Cod Fish

In my opinion, this was actually my favorite for the day. Super delicious cod fish in miso paste. I helped myself to a lot of servings of this.


Assortment of pastas, lasagne with Wagyu beef, and lamb.

Sea Salt Prawns

Deeply regretted leaving these prawns for the last, because I was too full to eat any more. These were gone really quickly once they’re served.


What’s an italian buffet without ham?


and cheese!


The lovely girl.



It was a sumptuous lunch spent together with my love and I hope we can spend every Valentine’s Day together~

3rd Anniversary at ROCKU

Michelle and I had a simple 3rd Anniversary celebration at ROCKU, Bugis+ (former Iluma). It’s located at a secluded corner on the 4th floor, but their food is something worth going for!


It was during the exam period, so I didn’t want to eat the buffet (only available on weekends) and get post-food coma after that. We ordered pork belly, chicken and pork shoulders. It was all $10 or less and the servings were pretty substantial!

On Friday nights at 8p.m. if you down your beer in 3 seconds you get a free refill! I haven’t been there yet but I think there’s an MC facilitating this friendly contest. Sounds fun right!

Anybody want to go eat together can jio me =D

I will definitely want to go back again when I have BBQ meat cravings! The best part about this place is that their air-suction function of their charcoal grill is so good that your clothes actually don’t stink after this. I know it’s not related to the food but it’s a cause for concern for many people.

3rd Anniversary at ROCKU

Nespresso Citiz & Milk C120

After much deliberation for months, Michelle and I finally bought our first coffee machine! It’s a Nespresso Citiz & Milk C120 in Red.

The reason that we bought it is because from now till 31st December 2012, there is $100 off the Citiz range AND there is a further $100 worth of Nespresso Vouchers given! That means we’re effectively having a $200 discount off the retail price of $668. It’s an early Christmas and 3rd Year Anniversary present that we are giving each other =D

I just made a cappuccino and it’s really fun!

Capsules will cost about $1 each, which will definitely be cheaper than drinking from Starbucks & Coffeebean.

I’m also beginning to research on making Latte art and thinking of buying Bodum cups already. Let’s hope this is a lasting investment!


Dinner at OTTO ristorante

This post is close to 3 weeks late, but it felt not too long ago when we went to OTTO ristorante for dinner!

The occasion was to celebrate Michelle’s 23rd Birthday =D


We ordered from their ala carte menu because their degustation menu, though enticing, wasn’t something we can afford right now…

Anyway, the place is located at Red Dot Traffic Building. It is an iconic bright red brick building just a stone’s throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. We made a reservation at 6.30pm, and we were the first ones there!

We were served with complimentary bread. I liked the one with onions (the middle one).

The chef also offered us a spoon literally of cauliflower that tasted a bit like gratin.

Our starter for the night was Wagyu beef carpaccio with mushroom and parmesan cheese salad $26.

I don’t usually eat wagyu beef, but when I do it has to be something different like this. However, I am really not used to eating beef in this form and only found it interesting for the first few bites.

My main for the night was Spaghetti with sea urchin and grey mullet bottarga $30.

The first time it came, the pasta was WAY too hard and we could feel our teeth sinking into uncooked flour. We alerted the waitress about this and she tried to tell us that it’s al dente but we didn’t buy it because this was really under-cooked. Nevertheless, she promptly offered to get another plate for us even though the sea urchin was already mixed together with the pasta. The manager also nicely came to apologize for the quality.

The second time round was really good though! I read online that this combination is supposed to evoke a fifth sense of taste on our tastebuds, called umamiTo me, I would place it somewhere in between sweet and salty. I also came to the conclusion that it could actually be MSG. HAHA

Michelle ordered the Parma ham wrapped cod fillet with warm asparagus salad $40.

The huge slice of cod was heaven. It was very succulent and the parma ham and asparagus was an interesting combination. 

It was a pleasant meal at this Italian ristorante, and the ambience that night was just right for a celebratory occasion. The other table next to us were having a reunion of sorts. I would probably come back here another time, when I have more disposable income to do so~

Equinox High-Tea Buffet

My girlfriend and I celebrated our 31st Monthversary at Equinox Restaurant, having their High-Tea Buffet! We had to make a booking 1.5 months in advance (yes seriously) because it was a weekend, and even so the window seats that have the best views were fully reserved already. It costs $43++ per pax, but it includes 1 pot of TWG tea as well as a sumptuous spread. The only concern is that the buffet only lasts from 3.30pm – 5pm.

When we arrived 30 mins earlier (kiasu) we were made to wait downstairs at the hotel lobby, and when we slowly made our way up 10 minutes before the starting time, we saw there was a long queue to be seated already.

Smoked Salmon

The TWG Classic Green Apple Iced Tea was the BEST drink there. In fact it was always emptied out as soon as it gets refilled.

The usual starters.

I took a bit of their salad. They had 4 different types and the 2 above were the nicest.

A pity there was always a mad line of aunties at the other queue where they have food such as dim sum, duck confit, vegetarian lasagne, and the most delicious kueh pie tee I have ever eaten in my life.

Yes. The queue for the KPT is also the longest though, since everyone is rushing to make their own ones, and we only have a very tight time frame to eat to our heart’s desires.

Their desserts were slightly more average. I didn’t try their pastries because I was too full already.

These were nice but I forgot what they are called…

I really liked their raisin scones too! Goes especially well with their cream cheese and blackberries.

We also took some time off while we were digesting our food to admire the beautiful scenery from the 69th floor of the Swissotel.

Very happy and extremely stuffed.

I really liked this high-tea buffet a lot and I will probably come back here again for another special occasion!

Riders Cafe Brunch

My Uncle Henry (and Aunt Rebecca) had been very helpful with my AA205 project and even though my team bothered him and his colleagues so many times with a bombardment of questions, he still took time off his busy schedule to accomodate us!

Therefore, I decided to treat them (and my family) to brunch at Riders Cafe!


Riders Cafe is located at 51 Fairways Drive, and I would definitely recommend that you take a cab or drive in because it is way secluded and next to some horse stables.

We also had to make a reservation about 2-3 weeks in advance for brunch on a weekend, and it was really packed when we arrived at 11.30am. It also took them about 30 mins for the food to come, but we had a great time chatting in the mean time.

Blackstone Benedict. This comes with sourdough bread, and from my previous experience in San Francisco, I didn’t really like sourdough because it is very tough! This one is the same, but at least the slightly sour hollandaise sauce sort of complements it.

My uncle’s Riders Burger

My aunt ordered healthy chicken salad. Looks pretty delicious for a salad!

My dad ordered the main – squid ink pasta. I tried the pasta and it was really nice!

My mum ordered the King Threadfin, which I wouldn’t really recommend.

Our dessert was Death by Chocolate Cake, which as the name suggests, is really sinful. The 6 of us shared this slice of cake and we already had trouble finishing it.

I wouldn’t mind coming back here again, especially when there’s Marmalade Pantry next to it as well. I am also pretty interested in how much the horse-riding lessons cost nearby. So many ang-moh kids were geared up and having their lunch there.

Yes, riding a horse is on my bucket list.

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Tiong Bahru Bakery

This Sunday, we made a little trip around Eng Hoon Street. It is near Tiong Bahru (where my grandma stays) and despite it being well-known for being a mature estate, a lot of new cafes/boutiques have sprung up around there recently!

Other than 40hands, which everyone probably been to by now, there is this Tiong Bahru Bakery! It’s newly opened and we first saw it on Sunday Times reviewing about their croissant. Turned out it was really famous already and the place was packed on Sunday afternoon.

I personally like chocolate croissants, so we ordered 2 and a cup of piccolo latte.

The croissants were definitely good. The skin was especially crispy, which is probably the unique part of it. They are actually under the same group as 40hands, so their coffee actually tastes the same!

The next thing I would wanna try would be their burgers. Look how interesting they are!

I would DEFINITELY recommend this place to my friends for their pastries. I think I’ll be coming back for more on Sundays too!

For a more detailed entry, you can go read about Michelle’s day there!

Mom’s Birthday at Chiso Zanmai

I brought my mom to have her birthday dinner at Chiso Zanmai! It’s a Japanese buffet at The Central. It costs about $29++ on a weekend dinner and it’s advisable to make reservations in advance because when we arrived, it was fully packed with some guests waiting!

I haven’t had a buffet for some time, so I was really craving for the salmon sashimi and the ebi tempura, as well as the okonomiyaki that is supposedly famous!

Okonomiyaki – Osaka style

This pre-prepared ramen was just bad..

The cooked food section

I didn’t take any pictures, but their salmon sashimi was really nice!!

The cold food section


The Desserts!

I actually quite like their matcha creme brulee and their chocolate eclaire.

The cold food section was mehhh and I was pretty disappointed with their cha soba. Their green tea tofu was more like pudding instead!

My happy parents after the buffet!

I don’t think we’ll come back to try the food again because there really wasn’t anything special, other than the relatively cheap price for the variety they had!

Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes, Black Olives and Feta Cheese

The recess week has been a good time for me to unwind, and do things that I’ve been wanting to do.

One of them is to cook a meal that I’ve seen online!

The dish is Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes, Black Olives and Feta Cheese and the ingredients costs about $11, which I got them all from Cold Storage. It turned out to be such a huge portion that it’s actually enough for 4 people.

It tasted a little bland though, probably added too much olive oil and too little garlic.