Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Find

We found happiness from the recipes of The Find. If you are looking to find The Find, it is found nestled in Rochester Mall, in between The Star Vista and Rochester Park. The Find offers Italian-French cuisine at an affordable pocket friendly pricing, and also boasts a great wine selection.

We started off with the Pan Fried Foie Gras with Arugula Salad, drizzled with honey balsamic dressing and served with homemade country bread. The foie gras was seared to perfection, along with the sweet and citrusy salad dressing. The pairing was perfect, we only wished they were a little more generous with the foie gras portion. We also think the nicely seasoned Mushroom Soup with chunky bits of mushrooms within, topped with golden crispy garlic croutons deserves a mention.

As for the mains, we were served an amazing Braised Beef Cheeks with mashed potato, drenched in morel sauce. The beef was sous-vide for 12 hours to the extent the meat was fork-tender; there is no need for a knife - it literally melts in your mouth. The creamy mashed potato and savoury morel sauce also blended in so well with the tender beef cheeks. It might be a game-changer for someone who does not fancy beef.

Another main from the menu which is a must-have is the Lobster Risotto, served with watercress and sundried tomatoes. The lobster was poached to perfection and served de-shelled making it convenient to indulge in. The risotto, a dish of rice cooked with broth and flavored with grated cheese was flavorful with bits of the lobster in it.

A meal is not a meal without sweet desserts. For desserts, we had the Duo Panna Cotta with Honey Lemon Sauce and Pistachio. The panna cotta had two layers - the top layer made out of cocoa and the bottom layer was cream. The pairing was refreshing and we found ourselves enjoying the light and creamy texture from it.

Overall, we feel that Chef Andre had done a really good job with his dishes. He balanced the flavors of the dishes well and chose simple ingredients and executed each dish with so much finesse. I guess we found a (worthy) find, indeed.

The Find
35 Rochester Drive
#02-15, Rochester Mall
Singapore 138639
+65 6659 8215

This was an invited media tasting.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Sweets 2014

Every festive meal should end on a sweet note, and Christmas never ever seems to be an exception. To us, the cake is pretty much as important as the turkey, and really, a bad cake could literally mean Christmas without being merry. Here's a few cakes we tried this festive season, alongside recommendations.

Bloomsbury Bakers

Soft sponge, lightly whipped cream and a choice whether or not you want your dose of alcohol - that is what Bloomsbury Bakers has to offer this Christmas. Offering two flavours (Baileys Log and Speculoos Apple Crumble Log), the cakes are shaped in a stump instead of your mainstream logs which comes horizontal.

The design is minimal, with a little extra touch from little fondant mushrooms and cookie crumbles surrounding which act like soil. The texture of the cakes were soft, light and honestly, very easy to down, even after a heavy meal. If festive means alcohol, jump right for the Baileys Log, and leave the Speculoos Apple Crumble one for the kids.

Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre

If you are not at all a cream person, the fruit cake from Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre should definitely be on your list of cakes to eat this Christmas. Packed with lots of quality fruits and nuts, the whole cake is one that we label as calorie worthy.

The recipe of the fruit cake comes from Australia's Celebrity Chef, Tony Bilson, who also collaborated with Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre to create their Christmas menu at Window on the Park. It comes in two version - with or without cognac. Kick or no kick, you decide.

InterContinental Singapore

A perfect illustration of a log with a local twist is the Heritage Peranakan Log from InterContinental Singapore. Featuring a lime-coconut supreme with pineapple-ginger compote layered between pandan sponge and pandan kueh lapis, there is no reason to not fall in love with this delicious and light cake. The fragrant pandan flavour came through with each mouthful, and the sponge was pillow-soft - making it probably one of the best in town this year.

If you like your log cakes rich, the Classic Chocolate Cherry Winter Log makes you feel as if you are indulging in a block of chocolate, literally. The decadent dark chocolate clearly is a perfect paring with the rum soaked cherries - a sinfully good cake, no less.

Marina Mandarin Singapore

Christmas is never complete without a panettone, and the ones at Marina Mandarin's Santa House is one we think should be part of everyone's Christmas. Their Panettone Veneziana promises a soft light fluffy interior packed with a generous amount of quality dried fruits, and a nice golden crumbly crust to top it off without making you feel like you've just had sugar overdose.

Their log cakes this year include the Chocolate & Kumquat Compote Log, Durian Yule Log, Ricotta & Mascarpone Yule Log and a Mango and Passion Log. Apart from these, the Santa House also features a (not so edible) chocolate entrance and has tons of festive homemade goodies to offer.


From the creators of the "best rainbow cake in town", the offering at Medzs this Christmas is no different, except with a lot more. Expect their signature rainbow cake in a form of a log (well, not really), topped with fresh berries and decadent dark chocolate. 

As usual, the cake is moist and dense - exactly how we think it should be. Not forgetting the gold dust on the berries that definitely adds on to the Christmas-y feel, we think this cake is one that will be a stunner on the dinner table.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Feasting 2014

The season to eat and be merry is here once again. And of course with no exceptions, the list of places to eat at gets longer each year and the decision on where to eat once again becomes the question amongst friends and family. Here's a few places we tried this festive season, alongside recommendations.

Aquamarine, Marina Mandarin Singapore

One for all - At Aquamarine this festive season, one can expect nothing but literally the best of everything. From fresh sashimi slices and sushi at the Japanese counter, to fresh seafood that will bound to leave you spoilt for choice. Featuring many different cuisines, you definitely won't be missing out on Singaporean favourites such as Bak Kut Teh and local favourites like Nasi Lemak as well. Oh yes, the dessert bar also offers countless number of desserts which we were glad we kept stomach space for. 

While the Christmas bells ring, you can savour their slow roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, stews, pasta and lots of other festive treats from the never-ending festive counter. We think this buffet is one you should not be missing out on and we suggest going on an empty stomach. By the way, log cakes included!


Communal dining - A whole turkey, oven roasted crispy pork are just some dishes Medzs will be offering this festive season. The Mediterranean Spice Infused Whole Turkey stuffed with Foie Gras and Chestnut features a perfectly cooked turkey, tender and juicy within with a generous amount of stuffing - exactly how christmas should be like. The Oven Roasted Crispy Pork on the other hand, was served with a biscuit-like skin that crackles on each bite, with well-seasoned meat underneath.

And if you think that is all, they will also offer their normal menu with tons of different cuisines available. As i have always agreed upon, Medzs feels like a one stop place for almost everything, anything.

Miam Miam

Deck the halls - Miam Miam is the place to be at if you want to be all for the festive mood. With a fully decorated restaurant, you can expect snowflakes from the lights, and be all decked for the christmas mood.

Even though they did not come up with a christmas menu this year, we reckon that their rave worthy Miam Miam Spaghetti from their 'made from scratch' menu will bound to leave you filled with contentment. Don't forget to dive in for their dessert - the Valrhona Dark Chocolate is a decadent treat worthy to indulge in this festive season - with dark chocolate overload.

Momiji Japanese Buffet

Oyster overload
 - With 150 different selections under one roof, the buffet at Momiji isn't to be missed this festive season if you are a fan of seafood. Under the seafood section, be amazed by a variety of snow crab, deep sea red prawn, sashimi and oysters. This season, Momiji will offer 7 different types of oysters done in different ways - teppayaki, fresh, grilled, fried and even shabu-shabu.

Leave space for dessert with a DIY waffle machine promises to give you a golden crispy waffle, to be paired with a free flow of Haagen-Dazs ice cream. And of course, because it is the season to be merry, they didn't forget the free flow beer. They also run dinner and brunch on Sunday afternoons.

Sync Korean Tapas Bar

Seoul Christmasy - A long awaited Christmas at Sync Korean Tapas Bar brings you the Halbi Jim - a 48 hour braised short ribs served with mash. The beef, done to perfection was medium in the center, tender and literally melts in your mouth, alongside the smooth mash. The Sweet Potato Croquettes came with oozing cheese filling, stuffed with chorizo and topped with apple salsa - you won't be stopping at one.

Apart from those, their main menu also runs this Christmas, including the highly raved about Kimchi Cheese Fries, which was a perfect combination and balance of spicy and salty. Of course, not forgetting the creamy and minty soju mojito which compliments all their tapas dishes.

Window on the Park, Holiday Inn Orchard 

Christmas at home - Expect lots of local dishes at Window on the Park this Christmas. Featuring the star of the buffet, their famous Laksa will bound to leave you going back for more (it is a buffet, after all). The flavourful yet not too thick gravy infused with prawns, bean curd puffs and thick bee boon is a star not to be missed at the buffet spread.

Apart from it, their Christmas offerings include turkey, lamb and roasted beef sliced upon request. The highlights of the seafood spread include freshly poached prawns served chilled which were extremely fresh and sweet, as well another of their signature, the black pepper crayfish, which we went 'cray-cray' with with. They also serve a rich fruit cake, which recipe comes from acclaimed chef, Tony Bilson.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Braun : The Christmas Gift Guide

The girls haven't been left out (well at least not just yet). It has been a year with lots of shaving with Braun, and the while the boys are fretting over what to gift for Christmas, the girls kind of got lucky this time.

The women's beauty range from Braun promises no ugly women, only lazy ones. With products that one would find useful from head to toe, from hair stylers to epilators - it probably just means the Christmas list either gets long, or longer.

Braun Face

One of its kind, the Braun Face is the world's first ever mini epilator (for usage on the face) and cleansing brush - 2 in 1. Suited for all skin types, including sensitive skin, the facial cleansing brush vows to cleanse better than manual cleansing. Bound to leave you with cleaner and clearer skin, it also aids to the extent of removing make-up. The mini epilator can be used for facial hair on the chin, upper lip, forehead and even to maintain your brows. Gender discrimination aside, this also makes a perfect product for a guy to use. The Braun Face retails for SGD99.

Braun Satin Hair 5

Hairdryers are often known for leaving you with dull looking, frizzy hair all thanks to the intensive amount of uncontrollable heat that most hair dryers have. Well, not anymore. With the Satin Hair 5, the IonTec technology ensures that millions of active IONs are released to boost the shine and combat frizzy hair while drying. Boasting an even heat distribution and concentrated power, the Satin Hair 5 is portable, light and guarantees fast drying. It also comes with a professional style nozzle to help easily achieve a Hollywood A-list look. The Braun Satin Hair 5 retails for SGD99.

Braun Satin Hair 7

Bid goodbye to bad hair days with the Satin Hair 7. This isn't just any ordinary styler, it comes equipped with the world's 1st SensoCare that feels your hair and adapts the temperature of the styler for ultimate heat protection. The built in sensors detect the moisture level of each hair strand and adapts the temperature, leaving you with the perfect style and healthy hair. With NanoGlide ceramic plates, the styler glides a lot smoother than other stylers in the market, making it an ideal (if not the best choice) of hair stylers around. Gadget or styler, you decide. The Braun Satin Hair 7 retails at a special price of SGD139 this Christmas.

Braun Silk-epil 7

This epilator from Braun assures that even shortest hairs are removed effortlessly, leaving you with visibly refined skin. With technology instilled, it features a smartlight that will reveal even the finest hair and a high frequency massage system that actively stimulates you skin for gentle epilation. The multi-use epilator comes with 5 different head caps - an exfoliating brush head, shaver head, trimmer cap, sensitive area cap and a facial cap. This 'all-in-one' product can be used both in the shower (wet) or even dry. The Braun Silk-epil 7 retails at a special price of SGD189 this Christmas.

That said, Braun settles it all from head to toe. And again, the phrase "there are no ugly women, only lazy ones", couldn't be more right. They always say Christmas gifts should be practical and useful - guess that also means a few ticks on the list for your mother, sister, girlfriend, wife or whichever friend you want to gift. Merry Christmas!

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