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The highly-anticipated Epicurean Market by Marina Bay Sands is back for its 2nd year running with a fresh theme and participation by the integrated resort’s stellar cast of celebrity chefs as well as the country’s finest wine distributors and food suppliers. Held from 12-14 September 2014 at Marina Bay Sands, this gourmet food and wine appreciation event will see guests savouring exquisite dishes and fine wines from over 50 restaurants, wineries and leading brands, expanding their culinary knowledge through master classes and indulging in a market brimming with fresh produce.
Here are the top 10 experiences you can expect at this year’s Epicurean Market 2014:
1) Mystery Box cook-off between celebrity chef restaurants (13 Sept)
Watch the first ever mystery box cook-off between executive chefs Jonathan Kinsella (db Bistro Moderne) and David Almany (Osteria Mozza) as they challenge each other to prepare a dish using ingredients from a mystery box. The chefs will have about 45 minutes to whip up a dish each in this cook-off and a trio of judges will select the winner.
2) LOUIS XIII de Rémy Martin tasting (12 Sep)
Discover the king of Cognacs, LOUIS XIII de Rémy Martin, made available to the public for the first time ever. Created in 1874, LOUIS XIII is an exceptional blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie aged over 100 years, with each decanter highlighting the passionate work of four generations of Cellar Masters. Experience the LOUIS XIII with an amazing dessert pairing. Ticket for this exclusive masterclass is priced at S$50 (original ticket value of S$350) with a limited capacity of 40 participants. Limited-edition tickets have been packaged for this exclusive session, at $73 per person (includes the $23 ticket access to Epicurean Market for three days). The tasting is held on 12 September 2014, 4-5pm.
Mid-Autumn Festival is once again upon us. It is time to stop weight-watching and begin feasting on some delectable mooncakes. I always marvel at how chefs at hotels and restaurants are able to consistently create innovative combinations of ingredients and produce such unusual handcrafted round morsels of sweet treats. This year is no exception with an assortment of fusion and traditional offerings ranging from the usual baked varieties and the snowskins on the list.
These are our picks for 2014:
Man Fu Yuan, Intercontinental Singapore
Man Fu Yuan’s acclaimed Dim Sum Chef Simon Poon presents a new range of Shanghai Mooncakes this year with a choice of mixed nuts (macadamia and pine) or salted egg yolk in smooth lotus seed paste encased in flaky buttery pastry. The health-conscious can choose from their myriad of low-sugar offerings, made with 50 percent less sugar and all-natural ingredients while others who wish to indulge, can do so with the snowskin mooncakes that come in flavours of Green Tea Paste with Dragonball Jasmine or the premium ‘Mao Shan Wang’ with coconut milk.
Early bird special: Exclusive pre-sale release at 30% off total retail price now available through 8 August, valid only for 4- piece mooncakes.
Online purchase: Available at singapore.intercontinental.com/mooncakes
Man Fu Yuan mooncakes are available from 9 July through 8 September 2014 at Tea Hut, located at the entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction, and 20 locations across Singapore, with boxes of 2-piece from $29+ and 4-piece from $49+.
It is less than a week away from Valentines’ Day and if you are still fretting over what to get for your other half, I have a great solution for you. Sweet, personalized and delivered right to his/her doorstep, these premium French chocolates from zChocolat will be the perfect surprise- especially if the two of you are miles apart from each other or even in separate continents.
I have received chocolates from zChocolat previously and am well aware of the quality and taste of their products. Delivered express all the way from France, these chocolates never fail to reach in tip-top condition, intact and most importantly on the date promised it would.
For this Valentines’ Day, zChocolat has launched a special Valentines’ Day Collection with prices ranging from SGD 51.70 and up to SGD 655.04 for those keen to really splurge on your loved one. These chocolates are made from only the finest cocoa, French cream and butter, with very little sugar added and the intense flavours simply explode in your mouth. It is after all, no secret that you can always trust the French for their gourmet prowess and seductive savviness.
Din Tai Fung celebrates this Lunar New Year with a range of festive goodies available for both dine-in and takeaway from 1 January to 28 February 2014. These prosperity promotions include Peanut Glutinous Rice Balls or more classically known as ‘tang yuan’, Yu Sheng (Salmon/Abalone) and of course their well-loved Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Cakes which are freshly baked and air-flown direct from Taiwan.
Filled with Taiwan’s Songshan pineapple paste, free of preservatives and trans-fat, and individually wrapped, these boxes of pineapple cakes are extremely presentable and festively designed, making great gifts for both family and friends. Unwrap one of these packets and no one will be able resist that rich and tempting aroma.
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To celebrate the Year of the Horse, The Icing Room has launched 2 new cakes specially designed for the festive season.
The Prosperity Pony $22 will make an apt centerpiece for your reunion dinner table this new year as the creative cake designers of The Icing Room have cleverly reconstructed their signature Vanilla Chantilly cream cake into the shape of this year’s zodiac animal. And yes the whole cake, mane and all, is edible- that’s if you bear to!
On the other hand, the Burst of Spring $16.80 brings some traditional cheer with its Mandarin Oranges and Good Fortune Chinese scroll made entirely out of fondant. Because nothing screams Chinese New Year more than those two symbolic items. The cake itself too is a Chantilly cream cake.
These limited edition CNY offerings will only be available till 14 February 2014 BUT early birds who purchase their cakes before 30 January 2014 enjoy a 10% discount off!