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Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur – Oversized Mojitos, Latino Live Bands And A Cute-ban Chef

James Chan

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur

Every Singaporean (well every Singaporean my age at least) should be familiar with Clarke Quay’s famous Latin-American themed bar, Cuba Libre. They’ve been around for the longest time (since 2006) and they’ve just expanded. Where though? While normal bars and clubs look towards expansion within Singapore, Cuba Libre has opened another outlet in TREC, Kuala Lumpur.

TREC, Kuala Lumpur is very much like our Clarke Quay. It’s where all the sick parties and crazy drinking happens. But it’s definitely SICKER and CRAZIER at TREC compared to our “fine” city.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur

What To Expect

Let’s face it, it’s not Cuba Libre without the award winning signature Mojitos, live latino bands and delicioso Latin inspired dishes! So expect nothing less!

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Mojito

Cuba Libre Signature Mojitos

Derived from the African word “Mojo”, which translates to “casting a spell”. The Mojito is perhaps the oldest cocktail in Cuba and extremely refreshing. Two or three of these giant babies and I’ll be “Mojo-I-toh”.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Live Bands

Live Bands

All the way from Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela comes ADRENALINA Ft. DJ Fasilito! Experience the best of commercial Latin Salsa, Pop, Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaton and more! Put on those dancing shoes because you’ll be wearing the dance floor out till the wee hours of the night.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Chef

Cute Cuban Chef

When there’s good drinks, it has to be accompanied by good food no? Feast on amazing Latin inspired dishes prepared and curated by Cuban born Group Executive Chef, Evelio Martinez. I think he’s good looking, and I’m a guy! No I don’t swing that way.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Garbanzos Fritos

Looks aside, there’s no denying the taste of his dishes as well! Feast your eyes on (and stomachs) on Cuba Libre’s Garbanzos Fritos and Papas Rellenas! Taste as good as they look!

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Papas Rellenas

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur
Hive, Unit H-G-10 & H-A-10,
Trec Lot 438, Kuala Lumpur 50400.
www.fb.com/cubalibre.kl

 

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Singapore Wine Fiesta 2017

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October seems to be a great month for people who enjoy drinking. Oktoberfest and now the Wine Fiesta 2017 from Fri 27 –  Sat 29 Oct. Singapore Wine Fiesta is arguably the largest outdoor wine festival in Singapore. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Festival and will feature the Best of Wine Fiesta so far.

Singapore Wine Fiesta grapes

You will get to meet with wine makers, taste different wines and learn more about wine making. The best part? Pair these awesome wines with food from some of the top restaurants in Singapore.

Singapore Wine Fiesta barrels

If you feel like learning more about wine in a casual setting (wine crates as seats), you can join the Wine Circles for the informative yet interesting sessions. The topics include the Best of Sparkling Wines and Champagne, Think Pink: All About Rose’s, King Cab- The Ruler of Reds and Cool Wines for Hot Weather. These Wine Circle sessions are free as part of the event and are on a first come first serve basis.

Moreover, there’ll also be an after-hours wine party everyday where you get to enjoy the live music, DJs and bottles on sale. Entry for the after-hours party is free: Friday (8–10pm), Saturday (6–10pm), and Sunday (6–9pm).

You can check out the video from the last year event here.

If you are interested in this, you can buy the tickets from here. The ticket’s price is 45 SGD but if you buy it today (10 Oct), there’s a great promotional price of just 10 SGD. Hurry up because this promotion is only valid on 10 Oct (as part of the 10th Anniversary).

Singapore Wine Fiesta 2017
Fri 27 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 2017
Clifford Square, 80 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049326 (next to The Fullerton Bay Hotel)

 

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Mbassadors Beerfest Asia 2017

James Chan

Beer, Beer and More Beer at Beerfest Asia

beerfest asia beer exhibitors

As advertised, there were tons of beer from all around the world at Beerfest Asia 2017. Thing is, even though they tell you that there’s going to be 500 different brands of beer, it’s humanely impossible to try all of them. The very thought of more beer frightens me to be honest.

But here are a couple of pointers for the next Beerfest:

  • It’s going to be sweltering hot so dress accordingly
  • Never drink the same beer more than once (you’ve got to try other stuff!)
  • If you want to sample all the crowd favorites, do not go on the last day
  • However, if you’re looking for value deals and freebies, go on the last day
  • Grab a bite to eat 2 hours prior to your arrival at Beerfest because food is such a waste of space

Brands to look out for

As much as the very mention of beer makes me feel a little sick, I have to admit that some brands stood out for me last night.

beerfest asia Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager

Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager by Epicurean Nomads

This pale lager is made from Koshihikari Rice grains in Japan, which also happens to be one of the most premium rice on the market. It contains just but a mere 5% alcohol but don’t let that prevent you from appreciating its fine tastes.

By using fermented rice, this beer gives off a strong, sweet sake-like aroma (I love sake). As for the taste, it was a beautiful blend of light, sweet notes and a refreshing bitterness.  Somehow, I just kept wanting more!

The bottle is wrapped in a piece of paper that doubles up as its label as well. Talk about being unique!

In a short conversation with Epicurean Nomads‘ Director, Mr Charles Ng, he mentioned that they distribute this beer to most Japanese Michelin starred restaurants in Singapore. Talk about ATAS!

beerfest asia Schneider Weisse Mein Aventinus

Schneider Weisse Mein Aventinus by Beer Cellar Asia

Next up, a dark wheat beer by Schneider Weisse. Considered as Bavaria’s oldest wheat dopplebock, this beer packs a punch with 8.2% alcoholic content. It has enough malt content in it to be considered a meal on its own!

Taste wise, you can expect a strong sweetness to hit your taste buds upon contact but miraculously, it transitions into a rich and creamy after taste. It’s also dangerous that you can’t really taste the alcohol in this one because it’s relatively high (trust me, you’ll suffer later if you don’t look out!)

beerfest asia Schneider Weisse retailers

Beer Cellar Asia happens to be the exclusive distributor for Schneider Weisse in Singapore. Here’s a list of bars they distribute to so you can have a taste in the future!

beerfest asia female djs

Other Activities

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For the life of me, I couldn’t find the Mentaiko Quails Eggs so that was a little disappointing but I did win a free half-pint of beer after sinking 2 out of 3 footballs in humongous cups!

We also ate a couple of hot dogs and oogled at female DJs spinning. I think one of them smiled at me but I think I was pretty smashed by then, might have been dreaming.

Beerfest Asia 2017

James Chan

Beerfest Asia 2017

Back for its 9th consecutive run, Beerfest Asia promises to be an event you wouldn’t want to miss. They’re holding it at a new location this year though! This year, the magic will be happening at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. I’d say the only thing stopping me from going would be putting on extra inches to my ever growing waist line.

Standard 1 day tickets are going for $28 to $37 depending on which day you want to go.

Beerfest Asia event highlights

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf)

What to expect

BEER! Lots of it. I mean duh, it’s a beer festival but you’ll probably never ever see so many different types of beer being sold in one place (other than at the Beerfest of course). 500 different brands to be precise. You’ll definitely spot a couple of beers you’re familiar with and beers that you’ve never even heard of! Some are extremely hard to pronounce so I think if I were to order, I’d just point and go “1 of that please!”.

Beerfest Asia deejay highlights

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf )

Female DJs. I kid you not, there’s a whole line up of female guest DJs spinning you tunes the whole night! There are male ones as well but… just look at the line up and you’ll understand why I’m so stoked!

beer fest lineup

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf)

3 Tribute Bands!

Not the actual bands of course but they sound uncannily similar!

Bon Jovi Tribute – Slippery When Wet

They’ll be performing all the classic hits like “It’s My Life”! & “Livin’ on a Prayer”!

Def Leppard Tribute – Hysteria

“Pour Some Sugar On Me”“Love Bites” & Animal” sound familiar?

Guns N’ Roses Tribute – Gunners

Whoa Whoa Whoa Sweet Child of My-ine! Love that song!

beer fest food promotions

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf)

Food

This year, Beerfest will serve bar bites from 10 specially selected restaurants and bistros to fill that grumbling tummy of yours or to just simply augment your beery tipsy weekend.

Vendors include (but not limited to)

The Golden Duck Co

K.Fish

Easy Eggs

Handlebar

Beirut Grill

Shiso

Plentyfull

I’m particularly eyeing the Mentaiko Quail Eggs by Easy Eggs. Talk about a huge load of calories!

beer fest games

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf)

Games

The Beerfest wouldn’t be complete without BEER PONG! I’ve only ever saw these electronic tables on YouTube. Apparently they have LED lights installed and cover almost the entire surface area of the table! Cool!!!!

They’ll also have ELECTRONIC DARTS and a Golf Simulator

I don’t really get the whole golf simulator thing. Alcohol and precision of a swing don’t exactly meet eye to eye.

beer fest tickets

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com)

VIP Package

From the information I’ve seen on their site, I believe only UOB Cardholders are eligible for the VIP Package. If you’re not a UOB Cardholder, tough luck because what they’re offering is SICK!

Free flow beer (of selected brands)

A VIP kit

Access to the VIP area

AND EXPRESS ENTRY to the event

You had me at Free Flow Beer the rest are just added bonuses. Oh and guess who’s a UOB Yolo Card owner? Moi!

That Being Said

That’s it, I was kind of on the fence about whether to grace the event with my presence but, I’m sold. I’m going. Probably on Saturday. See you all there!

Address : Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947

Hours :

17 August 2017, Trade 4 – 6pm, Public 6pm – 1am

18 August 2017, 6pm – 2am

19 August 2017, 3pm – 2am

20 August 2017, 2pm – 10pm

 

 

Singapore Cocktail Festival 2017

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Art of Mixology

It’s amazing how creative a person can be when concocting a cocktail. At the Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF) 2017, I saw the use of ingredients like chili padi infused gin or chicken rice chili in cocktails. Yes, you read correctly. Spicy cocktails, anyone??

The SGCF2017 was held at the Festival Village (old police station) next to Shaw Tower Beach Road from 16-21 March. Visitors could sample a multitude of cocktails at the price of 12 dollars each. That’s an amazingly low price. And did I mention it was a free-entry event?

After being very impressed by Alex Cratena’s NO B1G D€AL at the Library on 17 March (also a part of the SGCF), I didn’t hesitate to say ‘YES’ when my friends asked me if I wanted to go to the SGCF the following day.

The Venue

We arrived at the Festival Village in the afternoon just after our lunch. The event was still quite empty so we got a table for our group of 5 pretty fast. I suppose it was the afternoon sun that people were hiding from. Anyway, that was good for us because more crowd started coming in later in the day. Most tables became occupied in the evening.

Cheap drinks but…

Compared to the fancy cocktails in a nice bar in Singapore which cost double or more, the cocktails in this event are, unfortunately, not up to snuff. First of all, the drinks were served in plastic glasses or cups instead of beautifully decorated glasses. OK, I think it’s easier for the organizer to clean up later and hence, the use of plastic cups.

Singapore Cocktail Festival Paloma Presto with grapefruit

Secondly, not all the cocktails sold were great. The first drink I tried was Paloma Presto (Milagro Silver Tequila, Pink Grapefruit Juice, Sugar Syrup, Perrier and Grapefruit Juice) by Room of Illusion was a disappointment. The drink was diluted and not flavorful, despite being served without ice.

Singapore Inspired Cocktails

Singapore Cocktail Festival Leo's Flip with a local twist

My second drink was Leo’s Flip (Ron Zacapa 23, Wild Turkey Honey, Amaretto, Spiced Pineapple and Egg Yolk) by Nutmeg and Clove. This drink saved the day for me because it was a clear improvement over my first one.

Nutmeg and Clove drew inspiration and created this drink from a pineapple tart. This drink was part of the Singapore inspired cocktails presented by the top 4 local bars: Crackerjack, Mitzo, Nutmeg and Clove and 28 Hong Kong Street. Because of the hot weather, the ice in the drink melted quite fast and the drink became diluted in the end.

Singapore Cocktail Festival Unusual Negroni, a strong drink

Not Your Usual Negroni

My third and last drink of the day was a glass of Unusual Negroni (Hendrink’s Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth and Fernet Branca). The bartender asked me whether I would want my drink weak, normal or strong. Due to my earlier experience of weak drink and ice melting, I told him I wanted a strong drink. The bartender generously added more gin as per my request. However, Negroni is anything but a sweet drink. It turned out too strong for me to enjoy.

Verdict – You get what you pay for!

Overall, I think this year’s SGCF was a good one especially if you want cheap alcoholic drinks. It was not very crowded like most free events in Singapore, the music was cool and there were a plethora of drinks to try. I did not grab any bites there though so I could not comment on the food.

However, the drink quality and the experience is not the same as when you go to a nice bar with your friends. But hey, you get what you pay for, right??

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