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The Weekly Glutton (27/3 – 02/4)

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton features dining delights that have impressed us one way or another (or not) and are places we highly recommend you patronize.

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weekly glutton Acqua e Farina

Acqua e Farina

Tucked in the outskirts of Bukit Timah sits Acqua e Farina, a dining establishment that encompasses the true Italian Ristorante essence.

Every element in the restaurant plays its part to make diners feel like they’ve momentarily been taken to Italy; from the audible chatter and laughter of diners and the mouth-watering aromas of honest Italian cooking wafting throughout the entire dining area.

Upon stepping into the restaurant, I received genuine smiles from undoubtedly almost everyone who worked in Acqua e Farina. Talk about starting on the right note.

weekly glutton Saute di Vongole

Saute di Vongole, $16

For starters, “Live clams tossed with garlic, chilies, white wine, cherry tomatoes and herbs served with toasted ciabatta bread”.

The tender and perfectly cooked clams did the delicious sauce justice. However, the only thing wrong with this was that the portion was minuscule. It is a starter dish after all.

weekly glutton delicious pizza

Pizza Diavola, $23

1st Main dish, “Pizza topped with tomato, mozzarella, pork salami and chilies”

It felt similar to other Italian Restaurants in terms of taste. Then my taste buds met the strategically placed chilies and gave this dish the extra kick needed to set itself apart.

weekly glutton Linguine con Aragostine with succulent crayfish

Linguine con Aragostine, $26

2nd Main dish, “Linguine with crayfish and zucchini tossed in light tomato sauce”

This dish is only available on certain days of the week (I went on Sunday) and cannot be found in the menu but it’s the dish that stole the limelight for the night.

The linguine is beautifully aldente

Crayfish is tender, succulent and juicy and most importantly not overcooked (They give a generous portion too)

The tomato based sauce balanced in gastronomical harmony with the seafood notes of the crayfish and the refreshing crunch of the zucchini is amazing.

I couldn’t get enough of it. I would definitely come back for this dish.

My experience here was a pretty stellar one. Great tasting food, genuine service, decent portions and a real Italian like atmosphere. What’s not to love?

Bring a date, bring your family or even arrange a work lunch or dinner. Acqua e Farina will be the perfect location for any occasion.

Recommended to Order: Linguine con Aragostine

Acqua e Farina
Address: 400 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 678050
Tel: 6462 0926
Opening Hours: 11AM–2:30PM, 5:30–10:15PM
Make a reservation on Chope today!

 

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Chocolates for a Cause

Pei Xia Ang

With a rising number of chocolate companies giving back to society, I feel that it is my journalistic duty to help raise awareness for these unsung heroes and hope you enjoy these chocolates for a cause in the process. But at the end of the day, who doesn’t love chocolate?

chocolates askinosie

1.Askinosie

Made with all-natural ingredients from directly sourced origins, experience a rich and velvety taste in chocolates like never before.

Furthermore, ingredients from Askinosie chocolates are from local communities and all their revenue is funnelled to provide healthy, daily lunches for the local schoolchildren. Aww!

chocolates Alter Eco

2. Alter Eco

A worthy munch would be their Dark Blackout chocolate, with an initial creamy feel, followed by a light, floral and cherry flavour.

Although, in efforts to be a carbon negative business, Alter Eco uses compostable packaging, leaving no toxic residue behind. This also helps make the environment less polluted.

chocolates Righteously Raw

3. Righteously Raw Chocolate

Introducing guilt-free snacking with Righteously Raw Chocolate’s 90% Cacao Goji Bar. Coated with smooth dark chocolate with juicy berries and luscious figs in the center, this is one snack you can’t miss.

Righteously Raw Chocolate strives to achieve their vision of giving back to the less fortunate in the form of money and/or chocolates, in partnership with other like-minded organisations. Therefore, if you feel like doing a good deed and being sinful at the same time, your answer lies here.

chocolates The Grenada Chocolate Company

4. Grenada Chocolate Company (GCC)

With specially extracted cocoa butter, the chocolates at GCC have a luxurious extra richness and a deep, intense fruity flavor unique to their brand.

Besides being Fair Trade, the GCC uses a sustainable transport system. Even after travelling across 4,600 miles for over 3 months on an old-fashioned ship with no engine, the chocolates still taste fresh like it was produced just the day before. Is that way it’s a little salty? I kid, I kid.

chocolates Rescue Chocolate

5. Rescue Chocolate

The cure to a bad day usually lies in chocolates, peanut butter, and the presence of a dog. In fact, the creative crew at Rescue Chocolates are one step ahead of you with their Peanut Butter Pit Bull Chocolate.

Rescue Chocolate then gives the profits to animal support charities, raising awareness to the needs of unwanted pets.

chocolates Endangered Species Chocolate

6.  Endangered Species Chocolate

As the name implies, Endangered Species Chocolate raises awareness about animals facing extinction. The chocolates come with a photograph of animals and an informative section about them.

In fact, if you love mint chocolate, try their Dark Chocolate with Peppermint Crunch, where dark chocolate, peppermint, and cocoa nibs combine forces to give a fun, crunchy snack. Don’t worry, they don’t use real animals!

chocolates Laughing Moon Chocolate

7. Laughing Moon Chocolates

The effort that goes into making Laughing Moon Chocolates is no joking matter (Get it?). The chocolates are meticulously handmade and ingredients are mostly sourced from local areas. However, at the end of the day, the homemade marshmallow and caramel seems worthy for my belly.

 

All these talk about chocolates, but no chocolate to eat. Therefore, let me link you up with their respective sites and GOOOO CRAZY!!! However, eat in moderation. Too much of a good thing can have adverse effects on your health. Trust.

  1. askinosie.com
  2. altereco.com/ altereco.com.au
  3. righteouslyrawchocolate.com
  4. grenadachocolate.com
  5. https://www.rescuechocolate.com
  6. http://www.chocolatebar.com
  7. laughingmoonchocolates.com

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The Weekly Glutton (20/3 – 26/3)

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton features dining delights that have impressed us one way or another (or not) and are places we highly recommend you patronize.

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Meet

Chicken may be the cheapest and most common meat dish available here in Singapore and it’s due to its common-ness / commonality that most chicken dishes here are sub-standard.

“God, that chicken was dry”

“It was overcooked”

“The chicken was too tough”

Vaguely familiar? Let’s not get me started. I’ve even ate a chicken at… (can’t mention names) and it literally felt like powder in my mouth.

Things are a little different at Meet though.

The first time I went there, I avoided the Chicken like a plague due to bad experiences with other establishments but my buddy let me in on a bite and WOW! I’ve since went back twice and ordered the chicken both times.

Pop by over the weekday during lunch, you can get a Roast Chicken Lunch Special for $9.80 (before tax) and it’s accompanied by a pretty darn fluffy mashed potato. Not going during lunch time? Don’t worry! I think the $18 price tag for the meal is pretty worth it too.

weekly glutton mashed potatoes

I can’t speak for the other dishes though as I haven’t had the chance to try them (I even forgot what I ate the first time, I think it was the Pulled Beef Bourguignon). Meet’s supposed to be a Japanese/French fusion restaurant but honestly, I don’t see or feel it. The chicken serves as a pretty good distraction if anything.

weekly glutton chicken

Meet
180 Kitchener Road
#02-37/38 City Square Mall
Singapore 208539
Check out their website here !!!!

 

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5 Popular Teas You Should Know About

Pei Xia Ang

 

It can be a daunting and honestly a little overwhelming when you’re facing a wide selection of popular teas out in the market, but fret not, we are here to help make things less mysTEAfying.

 

1. White Tea

White tea is believed to have originated from China and is made from handpicked young and delicate tea leaf tips and buds. In my opinion, this tea sits on the precipice of TEA-OLOGY (or all things tea) and is a humbling experience to be able to have a sip at any point in your life.

Unlike the heavier and louder flavours found in black tea, you’ll find that white tea is lighter and slightly sweeter in comparison. Furthermore, it doesn’t leave an aftertaste in your mouth. Along with its exorbitant price tag per gram, comes a myriad of health benefits from drinking this tea; antioxidant and anti-aging properties, cancer and diabetes prevention, cardiovascular improvement and even improve ones eyesight.

This will be the perfect gift for your parents or for those health conscious types and definitely not for a tea party. (keep it for yourself!). This is one of the most popular teas but unfortunately one of the most expensive teas as well.

 

2. English Breakfast Tea

For those of us who watch too much British telly, we are familiar with the concept of Brits serving a cup of strong tea to calm someone down after a shock, and they’d say something along the lines of, “sit tight while I make you something strong” , and more often than not, that cuppa would be an English breakfast tea.

English Breakfast Tea produces a soothing effect similar to that of warm toast and honey, and is the perfect comfort drink.

“Breakfast Tea” was orginally created by a Scott, and marketed to tea houses in London. People started including “English” to its name, and the name stuck. Maybe that’s why they went to war with one another.

In today’s context, especially in Singapore, this beverage is usually a complement to sweet pastries or desserts, or served as a specialty in a cafe.  Nevertheless, good old English breakfast ranks 1 with respect to popular teas. Purchase a box of premium quality imported English breakfast tea from Twinings. Prices start from S$6.60 for a box of 25 teabags, to S$13.30 for a box of 50.

 

3. Earl Grey Tea

This tea is a blend that includes oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus that lends a distinctive flavor to the tea. Earl Grey is one of the most adapted flavours of tea and widely popular for baking purposes.

Giving Earl Grey a try? Do consider TWG’s Earl Grey ice cream, sold exclusively at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

4. Chamomile Tea

Ah chamomile, the floral version of alcohol, and unfortunately the only acceptable of the two drinks to have in the office. (unless you work from home then by all means, I suppose…) But look at it this way, both drinks allow the drinker to feel more relaxed and also serve as a great nightcap.

Jokes aside, chamomile is also associated with health perks, such as the maintenance of glucose levels in the body, a remedy for skin irritation, and a stronger immune system.

A lesser known fact about chamomile would be that people have been using it for medicinal purposes even before the Middle Ages, and is akin to the family remedy for ailments ranging from fevers to even cancers.

People are still using chamomile for medicinal purposes but are also getting more creative with its uses; chamomile scented candles, chamomile flavored chocolates and sweets, and even chamomile fragrances are common gift choices for close friends and relatives.

 

5. Green Tea

Arguably the most popular of popular teas (it’s a pretty close fight with English Breakfast). The tea that you really can’t go wrong with, sold in bottles, cups, packets and found almost anywhere you wish. Green tea is your “safe” drink whenever you be in doubt of what to drink (besides water).

In Iran and Afghanistan, tea is their national drink. Green tea is served heavily sugared and consumed as a thirst quencher. For instance, the kawah, a traditional green tea, is a popular choice amongst the Kashmiris in Afghanistan to go with breakfast.

The traditional green tea ceremony of tea-pouring in Japan is still an integral social ritual. Japanese people see women who are able to perform it as well-educated and cultured.

To add, green Tea is refreshing, light, and easy to brew and would probably be the tea that will withstand the test of time.

Finally, we would like to know what’s your favorite tea!

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