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PERANAKAN BUFFET AT THE SQUARE @ Novotel Clarke Quay FOR August ONLY

In conjunction of Singapore 50, The Square @ Novotel Clarke Quay is launching a Peranakan themed Buffet Line by Chef Kishen for the month of August.

Every month, The Square will launch a different themed buffet line. For the month of July, it was “Sweet Indulgences” by Chef Sin Siak featuring his cakes and desserts creations.

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I am honour to be invited through Open Rice to have the first insight and taste of the upcoming Peranakan Buffet Line as well as the chance to try out the July “Sweet Indulgences”.

What will be the first dish you can think of coming to Peranakan cuisine?

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Food

National Day Promotion at Straits Cafe @ Rendezvous~❤

 

Straits Cafe at Hotel Rendezvous is having $48 nett dinner buffet National Day promotion. It only valid from 7 Aug to 11 Aug 2013.
Me and my boyfriend decided to try out the buffet as Straits Cafe. It had always been very crowded whenever we passed by. Straits Cafe is famous for the Award-winning Nonya Laska as while as their durian desserts.

 

Let’s bring you through the buffet spread..

 

 

Salad counter

 

I felt that the choice of the salad toppings were quite limited.They only offer shredded carrots, corn kernels and alfalfa. However, they had quite a good range of salad sauces.

 

 

Appetizers

 

 

Prawns

 

Crabs

 

The choice of the seafood counter also have limited choices. You will be able to have a choice of prawns,crabs, gong gong, mussels.

 

Oyster lovers !! Please take note of this. The oysters that are provided in Straits Cafe are only open upon request of order. You will be able to have the freshest oysters. I am not a fan of oyster therefore did not try out. If you have tried their oysters, please share with me the taste and freshness of it.

 

 

DIY : Gado – Gado

 

 

DIY counter for Popiah and Kueh Pie Tie

 

 

Award winning Nonya laska counter with all the ingredients

 

 

Some of their cooked food

 

The spread of the cooked food was not bad. It had quite a good spread of the different type of meat and seafood.

 

 

Cute decoration to celebrate National Day and Hari Raya

 

 

This is the most important section of the every buffet. I just simply love desserts. They have quite a fair bit of different variety of the desserts. They served up new type of desserts when one had been finished.

 

Most importantly, their durian desserts. Even thought, the spread was limited but it was just nice to accommodate the others.

 

My first plate

 

The prawns were super fresh. The sweetness and juiciness of the prawn just burst in your mouth. The flesh of the prawns were springy in texture with a slightly hint of crunch. It definite will leave you wanting for more.

The mango salad were too sour and were not to my liking.The other appetizers does not really tasted very fantastic.

 

I tried to other dishes in small bites. However, I felt that it were normal.

 

As for the award winning Nonya Laska, it really did not disappoint me. The soup base was thick and fragrance. The amount of coconut milk and chill was just right to bring out the flavor. It is not too spicy. The noodle was springy and it adsorb the essence of the soup. Every bites was flavorful.

 

The barbecue big head prawn was one of the hot item in the buffet spread. The plate of freshly barbecue prawn can be gone with seconds when it were being served out. I managed to get one before it were gone again. Sadly to say, I was disappointed with the barbecue prawn. The flesh were soft and breaking into small pieces. I still prefer the cold prawns.

 

Durian Pengat, Durian Cake, Durian Puff, Durian Crepes

 

Out of all the durian desserts, I love their durian pengat. It simply amazing. Every mothful was fill with the durian and you can taste the slight fiber of the durian flesh. It were not very sweet too. Durian lover will definitely love their durian pengat.

 

 

Overall, I felt that buffet spread were quite limited. I does not really know what to eat after my second round of food. However, the service level was great. The staff were very alert on the dirty plates on the tables and clear it very frequently. They also top up the ice water frequently too. Thumbs up for their service level.

 

Hereby, We wishes everyone a Happy National Day and Hari Raya Aidifitri to all my Muslim friends.
Enjoy the long weekend (:
Lifestyle

Moxibustion Therapy at Da Tong TCM ~❤

 
This is the first time that I know about Moxibustion from Da Tong Chinese Physician Acupuncture and Tunia.
 
Moxibustion therapy is a Traditional Chinese Medical treatment that assists in dispelling cold and damp from the body. It is useful in helping with a wide range of conditions including aches and pains even poor digestion.
 
Moxibustion is the burning of an herb called Mugwort. The herbs or moxa come in different forms like cigar-like rolls, raw rice grain size pieces etc. In TCM, Mugwort is considered to be warm, acrid and bitter when used in herbal prescription. When burnt, it has the similar properties and thus it is warming the body channels. The bitter and acrid aspects of Mugworth can helps to break stagnation, clear phlegm and rectify the qi and blood. Moxibustion can consider to be a parallel therapy to acupuncture, being used to stimulate qi flow at points on the body that are selected for their specific function. There two form of moxibustion either direct or indirect.  
 
Moxibustion therapy is useful for many disorders including digestive orders such as diarrhea, food stagnation, painful periods, painful periods (menstruation cramps), sexual dyfunction, poor concentration or memory, sports injuries, frozen shoulders, colds and flu. 
 
 
Simple yet cosy room 
 
 
Products used during treatment
 
Moxibustion therapy can help to improve insomnia, kidney problem, stiff neck and shoulder, ovarian and spine problem. I having insomnia and bad menstruation cramps. The lady boss recommended me to do the Moxibustion for my insomnia as the effect will be more observe. For my menstruation cramps problems, She advised that it will be best to do the Moxibustion therapy before my menstruation. 
 
The whole Moxibustion Therapy consist of 4 parts. The total treatment lasted for 1.5 hours.
 
Part 1 : Massage using the medicated essential oil 
 
 
To start off the whole Moxibustion therapy, the ladyboss massaged the medical essential oil into my tummy. It will also help to loosen up the jing mai to help the absorption of the essential oil. The ladyboss is very professional and massage from the within. When she massage, I can feel that it not as smooth. According to the ladyboss that alot of jams in my jing mai.
 
After the jing mai is loosen up. We proceeded with the second stage of the whole therapy. 
 
Part 2 : Gui Sha
 


Gui Sha will help to scrap off the “coldness” in the body. It also help to detox. The lady boss is very detail and careful. She will keep asking me whether is it painful. 

Part 3 : Application of mineral mud

The lady boss applied the mineral mud at the various acupuncture points on my tummy and leg.

Part 4 : Moxibustion

In Da Tong TCM, the moxa that they used come in cigar-like form. They will light up the cigar-like moxa using heat from it to allow the herbs to penetrate into the body. I was kind of worry about the heat at first. Starting it abit warm as it was placed above the acupuncture points, slowly it started to get the burning sensation. It still bearable. However, the burning level that you will experience depending on individual body. According to the lady boss, cause my body is weak and there alot of toxic that jams in the body. Therefore, I will experience a sharp burning sensation as the moxa is trying to penetrated through. I could literally feel the moxa entering by body.

After the moxibustion therapy, I had a better sleep and took me lesser time to fall asleep for the next few nights.

Last but not least.. PROMOTION !!!

If you are facing health problems and wish to try out the Moxibustion Therapy.
 
Mention ” ELGENAHEARTS”
to get a 10% off from the package.
Book your appointment now !!!
Da Tong TCM
40A Lorong Mambong
S(277695)
Tel : 6468 0877
Credits for Information on Moxibustion : http://www.rayfordacupuncture.com.au/
Photo Credits : http://www.datongtcm.com/
Food

Lets Get Cheesy with Domino’s Pizza~❤

Thanks to OMY and Domino’s Pizza for hosting the pizza tasting.
New promotion at Domino’s Pizza !
Lets Get Cheesy !
One is never enough,therefore two is better then one. Domino’s pizza is having a Double Pizza Deal with free EXTRA cheese ! You can have a choice of either two of the “Very Veggie”, “Classic Pepperoni”, “Hawaiian Paradise” and “Classified Chicken”.

Domino’s Pizza have made online ordering more convenience for us. Download the Domino’s Iphone application now.

Marketing manager of Domino’s Pizza demonstrating the usage of the app
Time to track your pizza !!

Finally and finally is MAKAN time.

Very Veggie

Hawaiian Paradise

Classic Pepperoni

Super Chessy

Classified Chicken

Date Pudding

Chocolate Lava Cake

 Drummets

Onion Ring

The slice is bigger den my face !!

Domino’s Pizza staff

Group photo

With Michelle
With Hui Yan
Order your Domino’s Pizza Now !
Call 6222 6333 for Delivery
OR
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