Flavored Sea Salt Market: Exotic Options of Flavors & the Premium Nature of the Product to Benefit Industry Growth – TMR

Flavored Sea Salt Market: Exotic Options of Flavors & the Premium Nature of the Product to Benefit Industry Growth – TMR

Flavored Sea Salt Market: Exotic Options of Flavors & the Premium Nature of the Product to Benefit Industry Growth – TMR Flavored Sea Salt Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2018 – 2028
Albany, Flavored sea salts or specialty salts were re-introduced in the market about a decade ago with the emergence of exotic salts brought in from all over the world. Flavored sea salts were overlooked in the market for quite some time, but with the emergence of ingredient-driven cuisines with attention to detail, flavored sea salts are being recognized by the consumer for their unique organoleptic properties. Consumers are more aware of flavored sea salts and their flavor elevating properties, thanks to the rise of artisan culture. Food culture in developed countries is adapting to the artisan flavored sea salts aggressively, to satiate the consumer demand for exotic foods. France’s fleur de sel and Himalayan pink salt are two of the most influential salts that have raised awareness about artisan salts and flavored sea salts in the market. Flavored sea salts demand in the market is on the rise as domestic hand harvested salts are building a reputation for themselves and building a newfound consumer base which ranges from everyday consumer to restaurants. Request to view Sample Report: https://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/sample/sample.php?flag=B&rep_id=52902 A growing demand for flavored and artisan salts indicated towards a perception of flavored sea salt as a healthy ingredient over table salt. The absence of chemical additives and the value-added nature of the salt make it more appealing than the table salt to the consumer. From the manufacturer’s point of view, flavored sea salts are not only value-added products, but with the addition of assorted flavor, they can reduce the salt content that is being used. The lesser salt content required leads to a low sodium intake for the consumer. With multiple government setting campaigns to spread awareness about sodium intake and its ill effects on the human body, this has proven beneficial for the flavored sea salt market. Read Report Overview @ https://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/flavored-sea-salt-market.html Flavored sea salts provide the consumer with exotic flavor options such as white truffles, whiskey, exotic Indian spices which lend the product a premium vibe at an affordable price tag. This puts flavored sea salts at a strategic position of choice for the consumer wherein consumers who cannot buy the premium products are inclined to purchase the flavored sea salts to satiate their liking towards the flavor. The blend of flavors in flavored sea salt allows the home cooks to express the flavors beyond the restraints of a single flavor of saltiness, and that is one of the major reasons why consumers seemingly gravitate towards flavored sea salts. For chefs and manufacturers smoked flavored sea salts are proving to be a better option to organically incorporate the desired smoky flavor without the health risks of the smoked product. The purity of the flavored sea salts is one of the major points of attraction for the product too. The prospect of no processing and high purity of the flavored sea salt urges the consumer to choose flavored sea salt over the conventional salts. Some of the market participants in the global flavored sea salt market identified across the value chain include AMAGANSETT SEA SALT CO., HimalaSalt., JACOBSEN SALT CO., Maine Sea Salt Company., SALT TRADERS, DVC Industries, Inc, SeaSalt Superstore, LLC., saltbird, Bitterman and Sons, Inc. etc. Since flavored sea salt as a product has tremendous permutations and multiple product opportunities, the opportunities for market participants in the flavored sea salt market are plenty. There are only a few numbers of established market player in the flavored sea salt market as of now and the market is relatively saturated in the developed countries. The fast pace at which developing regions such as APAC are catching up to the food culture of the developed countries in synergism with increased per capita income makes the region an untapped market full of potentials. Since Himalayan salts are highly valued in the flavored sea salt market, APAC region exhibits a robust opportunity for penetration since the sourcing and processing cost would be lowered significantly. The lower competition and growing demand presents the market participants with multifaceted opportunities across developed as well as developing regions. Media Relations Contact

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Ask the travel expert: You need 7-10 days to explore Egypt between October and April – The Economic Times

By Rakshit Desai
My wife and I are planning a short trip to Egypt . We are senior citizens and are concerned about our safety. Would also like you to suggest the best time of the year to visit the country, and if we should travel by ourselves or opt for an all-inclusive tour.
Although Egypt has faced some unrest in the past, it is now safe for international tourists and is figuring in the lists of ‘must-visit’ holiday destinations for this year. The best time to travel to the country is between October and April when the climate is pleasant. Ideally you could spend about 7 to 10 days exploring the country. Apart from Cairo and Alexandria, you should experience the Nile River cruise to visit other interesting sights such as Kom and Ombo, temple of Edfu and temple of Abu Simbel. My advice would be would be to book an all-inclusive tour that will include food, accommodation, sightseeing etc simply to avoid the hassle of planning, researching and booking. Also note that even though no vaccinations are mandatory to visit Egypt, you can still get them as a precaution.
TRAVEL TIP: To commute between cities in Japan , a Rail Pass can be purchased online before even landing in the country, which can be used for bullet trains as well.
My son is planning a visit to Shinkawa in Tokyo for an internship project between January and August this year. Can you suggest some reasonable options for travel, Indian food and stay?
Japan experiences pleasant spring season from February to May and then a blazing summer season from June to August — so carry light winter and summer apparel accordingly. Indian restaurants are not readily available in Japan, however major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka have a few restaurants offering basic Indian cuisine. There are no restrictions on packaged food, and in fact they are extremely popular in Japan. I would suggest you choose a reasonably priced accommodation close to your son’s firm to avoid long commutes. Local cabs are the easiest and quickest form of transport along with the railway line.
I am travelling with my kids to Thailand in June. Can you suggest some tourist hotspots in Phuket and nearby that we should visit?
Since you’re travelling with kids, don’t miss the vibrant nightlife of Phuket across Bangla Road with shows such as FantaSea Show. You can also explore Islands like Phi Phi and James Bond which are known for their clear water and white sand. Apart from these, you could visit Wat Chalong, one of the most important temples, Big Buddha on top of Nakkered Hills or the Old Phuket Town with the East and West Coast of Phuket viewpoints.
Rakshit Desai
(Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: askrakshit@in.fcm.travel)
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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Muhibbah spirit – Borneo Bulletin Online

Celebrating Chinese New Year in ‘Muhibbah’ spirit February 6, 2019 BUTTERWORTH (Bernama) – The festive season is usually a chance for all family members to gather and celebrate the occasion with their loved ones. However, for single mother Lim Su Eng, 74, it’s slightly different as she celebrates the Chinese New Year not only with her family but her neighbours as well. Although she only has a 37-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old grand-daughter, Lim is grateful to be surrounded by neighbours from different races who have no qualms or prejudices about joining in the celebration. “It is never quiet as I am surrounded by friends from all races. In fact, we are all very close. Since most of my neighbours are Malays and Indians, I will ensure that the food I serve at my open house is bought from halal shops. I also do not use crockery which are unclean or not halal,” she told Bernama yesterday. Lim, who hails from Kuala Terengganu, said that every year her daughter would return home for a few days to help her prepare for the celebration. She said that among the dishes she had prepared for her guests included Chinese steamed food, Malay and Indian cuisine as well as vegetarian food. In a bid to maintain the bond of friendship, she said she always practises tolerance and cherishes the cultures of the other communities to avoid causing racial tension. “If possible, everyone of us, regardless of race, must always practice tolerance and be mindful of what we say to ensure that the interest of our multi-cultural society is preserved,” said Lim, who has lived in Bagan Ajam for more than 20 years. Meanwhile, her best friend, Rahmah Hussain, 63, said she never fails to visit Lim’s house each year to celebrate the festival together. “What makes me happy to be friends with Lim is her attitude as she respects every culture and religious traditions. She doesn’t feel awkward befriending Malays or Indians,” she said, adding that she has known Lim for 20 years. SHARE

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New Street Vendors at Trinity Kitchen Leeds

February 4, 2019 2 m read Brand new arrivals Big Dub of Love, Bueno Burgers and Feral Food Store are all set to arrive at Trinity Kitchen, along with returning favourites Dapur Malaysia and Eat Like a Greek . Taking residency for the next seven weeks (from February 4 th ), the street food vendors will be offering delicious, unique dishes, designed to brighten up any winter blues. Big Dub of Love is crossing over the Pennines in their VW camper van to serve up salt and pepper steak and halloumi bites, which have been customer favourites since 2014. Their signature dish – The Big Dub Burger – features a beef patty with chorizo, Mexican cheese, crispy onions and gherkins, all on a squid ink brioche bun. Feral Food Store was voted by Buzzfeed as one of the ‘Top 12 Festival Foods To Try Before You Die’ and will be bringing delicious deep-fried vegan dishes to Trinity Kitchen, such as roast cauliflower steak burgers, buffalo smoked tofu wings and southern fried seitan burgers with tomato and pomegranate salsa. These dishes are designed to make the most ardent meat eater think twice. Meanwhile, Bueno Burgers has united Latin American flavours with Yorkshire beef patties. The Chilean Burger – a beef patty topped with Spanish chorizo, guacamole, beef tomato and traditional Pebre sauce – will definitely tickle people’s taste buds. Dapur Malaysia is returning to brighten up shoppers’ lunch hours with their vibrant Malaysian street food. The team takes inspiration from their mother’s cooking and their time growing up in Malaysia, drawing on Malay, Chinese and Indian cooking techniques and recipes. Try the beef or chicken rendang, which is stewed in 18 different spices and served with coconut rice. Also returning to Trinity Kitchen due to popular demand is Eat Like a Greek , which is bringing its fresh, healthy and unique Mediterranean cuisine back to Leeds. The family business uses locally-sourced meats, and their seasonings and oils come straight from their farm. “What better way to beat the wintry weather and brighten the season up than with our fantastic new street food vendors. We are thrilled to be welcoming Big Dub of Love, Bueno Burgers and Feral Food Store along with returning vendors Dapur Malaysia and Eat Like a Greek, with an incredibly tempting line-up, bringing a wealth of flavours from all over the world,” said Dan Wharton, Marketing Manager at Trinity Leeds. With a concept that is completely unique to Trinity Leeds, Trinity Kitchen rotates several new food retailers every few weeks, offering visitors a vibrant mix of restaurants, bars and street food vans. The new arrivals will be at Trinity Kitchen trading alongside permanent outlets Chicago Rib Shack, Pho, Rola Wala, Tortilla, Absurd Bird and Pizzaluxe.

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King’s for a Day

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I ate too much. I’m not one of those people who gorge until I’m too bloated to ingest *in John Cleese’s French accent* “ a wafer thin mint ,” but there were just too many interesting-looking choices on the menu of King’s Kitchen (5054 Trail Lake Dr, 682-597-0424) for me to exercise any modicum of restraint. That, coupled with the fact that everything my guest and I ordered was ample and delicious, means that now I’ll need about 10 hours of sleep and a gastric bypass surgery to feel like myself again.
Has anyone else noticed the local explosion in Indian/Nepalese food joints over the last several years? When I started out as a food critic, you could count the number of quality saag dishes in this town on one hand. Now, with the opening of Desi Kitchen, Halal Grill , King’s, Mela Indian Cuisine, Swad Indian & Nepalese Cuisine , and a few others, anyone can find a decent biriyani in just about every part of town.
King’s is a lesson in not judging a book by its coffee-stained, weatherworn cover. Set in a ramshackle Wedgwood strip mall next to a run-down bodega-style convenience store, the newly opened eatery’s exterior sets you up for the usual run-down-looking dive, with water-stained ceilings, peeling laminate floors, and splintered tables.
Instead, the interior of King’s feels like you’re dining inside of a jewelry box , with clear glass tables (a bold choice for a restaurant), comfy white chairs, laminate slat floors polished to a shine, wall-sized mirrors on one side, white walls with painted-on blue patterns on the opposite, and floral blue curtains drawn back over floor-to-ceiling windows that flooded the dining room with natural light.
The menu is separated into the usual Indian categories until you get to the last page, which offers “ European ” and “ Nepali ” cuisines. As much as I was craving some saag paneer ($10.99), the back page beckoned. I was so excited about the coming adventure, I’d forgotten we’d ordered appetizers.
The kitchen’s chicken samosa ($3.49) – a pie-crust-thick savory puff pastry crammed with chicken, chickpeas, potatoes, and snowpeas – was enormous. The flaky, buttery crust would have stolen the show were it not for the refreshing accompaniment of vegetable-and-mint sauce. We used our naan ($1.49) to finish off our second helping of the magical green potion. Just as good, and maybe the reason I can’t wear a belt, was the onion bhaji ($4.99), which was basically an onion fritter coated by a light tumeric-tinged batter.
On the advice of our prompt, polite server, we opted for the burek ($7.99) from the Euro section of the menu, whose description prepared us for a meat pie, though it looked more like a glistening, flaky sausage pouch . The meat was fork tender and erupted with hints of garlic, pepper, and other floral seasoning. The chicken chow mein ($7.99) from the Nepali selections proved to be a master class in stir-fried egg noodles. That bowl dredged my Proustian lust for this dish that introduced me to Asian fare as a tween, though King’s version was of a much higher quality than my father’s “exotic” dinners made by mixing the chicken chow mein that came in one large can with the dry noodles that came in the other.
So here I sit waiting for this food coma to wear off, with only my happy memories of chow mein, sausage holsters, and that delicious green sauce to keep me going. I’ll eventually try the other new Indian places around the area, too – if I ever eat again. TAGS

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Bringing the International Community Together

Bringing the International Community Together
Feb 6, 2019 | News |
A Busy Day and a Friendly Atmosphere
With a record 4730 applications for free tickets in advance of the event, the 2019 Feel at Home Fair promised to be a busy day, and so it came to be! An eclectic mix of clubs, associations, schools, universities and service providers came together to share tips about getting the most of life in The Netherlands. It was a day full of warmth and fun, with visitors fully engaging in the spirit of the Fair’s community theme.
Exploring the International Village
Fortunately the atrium of The Hague’s City Hall is a huge venue, so the crowds were quickly dispersed amongst the many different activity centres of the Fair’s international village. While some visitors lingered near the podium to watch performances from talented dancers, musicians and choirs from our local clubs and schools, others headed straight for Central Park to participate themselves in Spanish Sevillanas, Tai Chi and Irish set dancing.
Young families clustered around activity centres provided by local childcare providers and charities, while older students, job seekers and new arrivals headed to the workshops in the 1 st floor office suite or The Hague International Centre, which had plenty to occupy inquisitive minds.
Bringing Communities Together
The Community Centre set a lighter tone, with impromptu games of pickleball, lacrosse and floorball interspersed with dance demos and flashmobs from a diverse array of cultural associations, all gathered around the central playground. Scots, Finns and Indians joined in an Irish jig, watched over by amused onlookers in the Ethiopian café and students from Project Africa, who raised an impressive 1000€ from sales of raffle tickets and colourful cupcakes.
Food, Fundraising & Fun
Those fancying a heartier meal, followed their noses upstairs for fragrant Nigerian and Indian cuisine and home-made pastries accompanied by fresh ground Bolivian coffee, happy in the knowledge that profits from food sales were going to the worthy charitable causes represented by these international community fundraisers.
After lunch, visitors and exhibitors took a stroll along the balconies overlooking the main exhibition floor and enjoyed the animation of the student groups, sports clubs and cultural associations, all vying for their attention in a friendly competition for new members, donors and willing volunteers.
Making Connections
The 2019 Feel at Home Fair was a celebration of the connected international community of The Netherlands, extending a warm welcome to newcomers and providing a friendly meeting place for old-timers. This 2019 International Community Fair was an event where everyone and anyone in our diverse community could Feel at Home.
Were you at the Fair? We’re working hard to process the hundreds of photos that we’ve received from exhibitors and visitors. You can view a selection here and the complete album will be available shortly on the Fair website: www.feelathomeinthehague.com

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TV contestants exposed their ignorance,

Chinese cuisine has been widely praised by the world’s finest gourmets. So the reactions of contestants on reality TV show The Bachelor simply exposed their ignorance of what constitutes epicurean delights ( US dating show pans Singapore food ; Jan 31).
With Malay, Indian and Peranakan influences, Singaporean dining, even for the masses, carries gradations that only a finely tuned palate can discern and appreciate.
Ketchup and chilli sauce on well-done steaks, fish and chips and broiled vegetables heaped together with lumps of buttered corn are all fine and good for the sheltered Westerner, but don’t let ignorance expose an utter lack of worldliness.
Yik Keng Yeong (Dr)

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Eight Valentine’s Day Specials for all romantics out there

Eight Valentine’s Day Specials for all romantics out there epicure 7 February 2019 Share Mix things up with specially curated Valentine’s Day packages designed to keep things rosy between you and yours. Mille Feuille from Salt Grill & Sky Bar
Still undecided on where to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special someone? You are not alone. Fortunately, there’s still time to pull off the perfect date night. We’ve rounded up eight of the best restaurants in the city that will satiate your partner’s palate. All you need to worry about are the flowers, gift and perhaps the marriage proposal. Spice it up at Rang Mahal Tandoori Slipper Lobster
Indian food is complex, aromatic and sexy and Rang Mahal is one of the few Indian restaurants in Singapore that manages to put a modern spin on the cuisine without losing its authenticity. So if you are looking for an refreshing alternative to the tried-and-tested formula of French and Italian fare on Valentine’s Day, we say, pick this contemporary fine diner.
The award-winning dining destination’s five-course set dinner ($128/person) will awaken taste buds. Familiar classics are plated French style and executed with a twist, such as Tandoori Slipper Lobster with gunpowder sea sand and a saffron enhanced kampong chicken tikka with rose petal coulis. A vegetarian menu is also available, offering dishes like anjeer paneer tikki (fig and cottage cheese) as well as potato dumpling in beetroot and coconut curry served with saffron rice and assorted naan. Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6333 1788
Old-school charm at Lawry’s The Prime Rib Signature Roasted USDA Prime Rib
If you love your classics (and want your date night to be as fail-proof as possible), you won’t go wrong with a name like Lawry’s The Prime Ribs. The good old-fashioned steakhouse has been serving up countless plates of its Signature Roasted USDA Prime Rib of Beef and Yorkshire Pudding to satisfied diners for many years. Their Valentine’s Special ($188/person) is a six-course treat and starts couples off with a cheekily named First Base, which consists of a trio of amuse bouche: foie gras, grilled Spanish octopus and smoked salmon on toast. What follows next will please the seafood lover – Lobster Bisque and Dungeness Crab Salad. Main course options include Signature Roasted USDA Prime Rib of Beef or The Seafood Platter; the latter is a scrumptious offering of lobster tail, salmon and prawn. Can’t decide which one? Order one main course each to share.
End the meal with te amo (Spanish for my love), which features Manjari Chocolate, Banana and Hazelnut Praline Mousse Dome, Häagen-Dazs Tiramisu Mochi Ice-cream on a bed of Almond Crumble and Strawberry Mousse served with fresh Summer Berries and Raspberry Coulis. #04 01/31, Mandarin Gallery, 33A Orchard Road. Tel: 6836 3333
Hidden dining oasis: Maggie Joan’s Hamachi Crudo
There is a little gem of a hideaway tucked at the back alleys of Amoy Street and it’s called Maggie Joan’s. The tiny diner serves Mediterranean-inflected cuisine and is the brainchild of father-son duo of Glen and Daniel Ballis from Moosehead Kitchen-Bar. Now heading into its fourth year, Maggie Joan’s shows no signs of slowing down.
Your Valentine’s Day meal will be in the good hands of former Moosehead head chef Seumas Smith, who now helms the kitchen at Maggie Joan’s as group executive chef. You and your partner get a complimentary glass of bubbly each before the start of a five-course dinner ($90/person). Expect a parade of gorgeously plated dishes, beginning with three snacks, such as the hamachi crudo, beetroot with smoked creme fraiche and Hokkaido scallops. There is a main course choice of spiced lamb salmarejo or barramundi with mussels and kale. A vegetarian menu option is also available for the same price. #01-01, 110 Amoy Street. 6221 5564
Music and Champagne at The Spot 3 Shades of Chocolate
A fine dinner is only as good as the ambience, and The Spot elevates both elements to the next level. Local musicians Iwee and Emmeline will set the mood as you and your partner dine on The Spot’s Call Me Cupid Valentine special ($108/person), a seven-course showing. Tap your feet to both the tunes and the endless stream of bubbles with the free-flow Champagne provided.
Your romantic dinner will begin with a serving of creative snacks that include sea urchin and caviar stuffed egg tarts; strawberry gazpacho with burrata and ham; and pan-seared scallop with yuzu and water chestnut. Premium ingredients such as Boston lobster and abalone rice risotto are paired with Southeast Asian sauces like tom yum emulsion and kombu roe butter sauce respectively before your meal ends with a 3 Shades of Chocolate dessert. #01-26/27, Marina One, 5 Straits View. Tel: 6284 2637
English extravagance at JAAN Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake
The crown jewel of Swissôtel The Stamford needs no introduction, owing to its acclaim, numerous accolades and a panoramic view of the cityscape. The food, as always, remains the star. JAAN will offer a ‘Reinventing British’ dinner ($399/person, inclusive of a glass of Krug Grand Cuvee), which will take diners through the whole of the British Isles over 10 elaborate courses. Chef Kirk Westaway delivers only the finest from the seas, like Irish oysters, Scottish scallops and lobster. Adding to the extravagance is the dessert special of caramel chocolate cheesecake. Wine paring is also available at $220 per diner.
The one Michelin-starred restaurant will extend this dinner across two days till 15 February. Level 70, Equinox Complex, 2 Stamford Road. Tel: 6837 3322
Party through the night at Adrift The Dining Room of Adrift
Indulge in a seafood buffet dinner ($98/person), where you can help yourself to Alaskan king crab, Hokkaido scallops, Japanese big eye tuna sashimi,fresh oysters as well as a sushi selection. After your appetites are satiated, the real party begins at 10pm, where live DJs wll spin late into the morning while both of you get your thirst quenched with the help of Adrift’s Traffic Lights Bar programme. At $18 per cocktail, the bar will hook you up with a coloured tipple corresponding with your relationship status – red cocktails if you are attached; amber cocktails for ‘complicated’; and green cocktails for singles. Hotel Lobby Tower Two, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue. Tel: 6688 5657
Sky high dining at Salt Grill & Sky Bar Geraldton Kingfish, Scallop and Samphire
Talk about a swanky restaurant perched on the fifty-fifth floor of an upscale Orchard Road mall and there can only be place – Salt Grill & Sky Bar. Launched since 2010, the modern Australian restaurant and bar is accessible via a private elevator in the mall and offers a stunning view of the city’s skyline.
Trust its five-course set menu ($398/couple) to set the bar high for future Valentine’s Day dinners. There’s Sri Lankan Mud Crab with Almond, Grape Gazpacho and Basil; Sake and White Soy Cured Sustainable Blue Fin Tuna with Cucumber, Ikura and Shiso; as well as Mushroom Ravioli with French Winter Truffle, Hazelnuts and Beurre Noisette. For main course, choose between the Geraldton Kingfish, with Hokkaido Scallop, Jerusalem Artichoke, Caper and Raisin Puree, and Samphire , or the Westholme Wagyu Tenderloin topped with Black Garlic, Charred Onion and Bone Marrow Jus. Finish with the Mille Feuille, paired with dark chocolate-cherry-mascarpone. #55-01, ION Orchard Mall, 2 Orchard Turn. Tel: 6592 5118
Paw-pose to the one at Capella Singapore Private Dining at the Villa
This one is recommended for those who are ready to take the next step with their other half (you know who you are). Enter Capella Singapore who will provide all you need for a romantic proposal. If you have a furry friend, even better; the hotel will make arrangements for your fur-kid to be the ring bearer. With either the Garden Villa ($1,399) or Palawan Villa ($1,699) staycation packages, pamper your future fiancée with the best perks this five-star hotel has to offer. Cap off your stay with a couple’s massage at award-winning Auriga Spa and a private pool-side dining experience (as part of the package), and you have the perfect recipe for the start of a beautiful, life-long commitment. Capella Hotel, 1 The Knolls. Tel: 6591 5000 You might also like

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Food Review: Violet Oon Singapore at Ion Orchard | A Focus on Singapore Cuisine at the Largest Outlet of the Peranakan Restaurant

Rantbacks Violet Oon Singapore at Ion Orchard | A Focus on Singapore Cuisine at the Largest Outlet of the Peranakan Restaurant Food Review: Violet Oon Singapore at Ion Orchard | A Focus on Singapore Cuisine at the Largest Outlet of the Peranakan Restaurant Posted on February 6, in Ion Orchard, Violet Oon should be a familiar name to most people by now, which has its first outlet in Bukit Timah and presence at the National Gallery Singapore . The Peranakan restaurant recently opened its fourth and largest outlet in the heart of Orchard Road at Ion Orchard, which comprise of a retail and confectionary space, along with a dining space which can accommodate up to hundred diners. The restaurant is located at level three of the mall, decked in its signature green, black and gold finishing. This space used to be Marmalade Pantry (which has moved to level 4 where Jumbo Seafood is also located), but I feel that the injection of Violet Oon Ion brings a more interesting dimension and alternative to the mall.
The Food The menu for this outlet focuses on Singapore cuisine, instead of being branded as a Peranakan restaurant. I dropped by recently to check out its newly launched breakfast menu, which is available daily from 10am to 11:30am. The menu is quite concise for breakfast, with a good variety of coffee and various tea blends including some exclusive ones.
For a start, I had the Roti Violet Avocado Baba (S$17), an avocado “toast” topped with feta, dill, onsen egg and bacon with a hint of paprika. This is served on a fluffy roti prata, which feels like an Indian inspired dish. There is a slight kick of spice on the prata which is quite good.
Alternatively, go for the Roti Violet Tuna Wala-Wala (S$15), where the crispy tuna flakes is seasoned with spices, mustard seeds and crispy curry leaf.
Another Singaporean’s favourite breakfast dish, the Kaya Toast (S$8) is a huge toast for sure. It is significantly more expensive than what you could typically get, but this huge slice is good for sharing. The texture is thick and slightly crispy, spread with generous slab of good kaya and rich butter slices. I can clearly do with more of it.
The Otak Toast with Salad (S$16) is also one dish which works for me. I enjoy Otak, and it is good to taste the fresh fish flavor in this version, prepared with spiced coconut cream fish quenelle.
If you are looking for something with a heavier flavour, go for the Corned Beef Hash (S$18). The corned beef is fried with fried potatoes, onions and chillies, topped with a sunny-side up egg on sour dough toast and served along with house salad. This feels more like a brunch dish rather than a breakfast though.
For dessert, we had the Pulot Hitam with Caramelized Banana and Mango (S$15). I am not big fan of pulot hitam, but if you are, this portion is big enough to share between three to four persons as it is quite filling.
Rants The breakfast menu hour is relatively short, which might make it difficult for people to try especially if they do not work or stay near Orchard Road.
I wouldn’t mind returning for lunch or dinner to try its regular menu. The prices for breakfast are similar to those most cafes are offering, expect that this is in the heart of town and you can’t go very wrong with the Violet Oon brand.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
3.5/5 Ambience : 3.5/5

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Super-luxe airport lounges that may make you miss your flight

(CNN) – Airline lounges are hardly created equal. Many have bare-bones amenities, limited seating and far too many people. These extremely average lounges are often just a step up from the cramped gate area.
The more premium ones, however, are fine for killing an hour or two between flights. They offer tasty, if predictable, food, reliable WiFi, and comfortable chairs and work stations.
And then there’s the other lounge, the kind that can be best described as the sublimely luxurious.
A handful of ultra-exclusive lounges, Instagram-worthy spaces with impressive settings that only a privileged few have access to, are attended by staff who act more like concierges at five-star hotels than airline employees. The food is on par with top-rated restaurants globally, and the variety of wine and spirits available is stellar.
Many of the lounges have spas, or, at the very least, full shower facilities so you can arrive at your destination ready to hit the ground running.
“These are the lounges that fliers die to get into,” says Michael Holtz, the owner of SmartFlyer , a global travel consultancy specializing in airports and airlines. “And, if you do have entry, you want a long layover just so you can spend time in them.”
Access, Holtz explains, is usually limited to those who have the deep pockets to buy a ticket for a seat in the airline’s highest class or for fliers who log loads of miles with the carrier each year.
Here, eight of the most crème de la crème airline lounges in the world. All on this list — with the exception of United, which has several impressive lounges around the country — are the given carrier’s flagship lounge.
Qantas First Class Lounge at Sydney International Airport
Who gets access: Passengers in first class — a round-trip ticket between Sydney and Los Angeles can run close to $12,000.
Platinum-level frequent fliers also have lounge access and reach this status by earning 1,400 credits in a year-long period. That’s the equivalent of six business class round-trip flights between Singapore and Sydney. Each person allowed in can bring in up to two guests.
Size: Around 23,000 square feet
What makes it extravagant: Qantas’ flagship first class lounge was designed using Feng Shui principles and has no corners, except for the floor-to-ceiling windows. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a spectacular vertical garden comprised of more than 8,500 plants like ferns and moss.
Other notable design features include white Carrera marble walls and floors (the marble comes from the same quarry in Italy that Michelangelo used centuries ago for his famous sculptures) and retro-inspired aviation touches such as flight screen boards and air vents modeled on a 1950s Lockhead Constellation plane.
Fliers can opt for a spa treatment such as a massage, facial or reflexology session, all of which are a part of the lounge experience and not an additional cost.
Another inviting option is the lounge’s wood-paneled library, where a smattering of buttery-soft leather couches and a top-shelf bar with free-flowing Champagne from brands like Perrier-Jouet awaits.
There’s also the lounge’s world-class restaurant serving up dishes created by famed Australian chef Neil Perry. The breakfast menu of more than 20 items includes yogurt, apricots and toasted almonds topped with honey from Qanatas’ own beehives while the all-day menu has a lengthy list of choices such as organic beef brisket with miso in a wasabi butter sauce and salt and pepper squid with a green chili dipping sauce.
Emirates First Class Lounge in Concourse A at Dubai International Airport
Who gets access: First class fliers. Purchasing a round-trip ticket between Dubai and New York outright can be had for upwards of $23,000.
These fliers can bring in just one guest. Platinum Skywards members are also allowed lounge access by achieving status by earning 150,000 tier miles, which are calculated based on fare, route and class; these loyal members can bring in up to three guests.
Size: Almost 100,000 square feet
What makes it extravagant: With a design that includes gold and red hues, mini-fountains and cream marble, this lounge has an opulence in line with the lavishness that defines Dubai.
Amenities include a spacious quiet area with day beds, plush blankets and pillows, a cigar lounge, a children’s section with video games, a coffee bar, a wine cellar, a bar with a long list of spirits and cocktails and a dedicated Moet & Chandon Champagne lounge.
Foodies will flock to the white tablecloth restaurant offering cuisine prepared by the airline’s internationally trained culinary team. The menu changes regularly and is inspired by global flavors: An Indian dish such as paneer tikka masala may show up, for example, along with a Mediterranean-style sea bass dish.
But guests don’t have to dine at the restaurant to enjoy these creations; they can order menu items while they’re sitting anywhere in the lounge. Or, they can stretch their legs before a long flight and grab more casual fare from the several buffet stations in the space.
United Polaris Lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport
Who gets access: Customers flying United’s Polaris business class, available only on long-haul international routes.
United won’t comment on ticket pricing, but a quick look online reveals that fares vary depending on the route. A recent search for a business class flight between New York and Hong Kong showed tickets starting at $15,000 round-trip. Passengers on long-haul international first or business class on a Star Alliance member airline also have access.
Size: Around 27,000 square feet
What makes it extravagant: The only lounge from a U.S. airline to make our list, United’s Polaris lounge at Newark is awash in gray and navy tones and has a hip, minimalist design that includes a vibrant lighting fixture at the entryway, which mimics the constellations of the 12 zodiac signs.
Fliers can look forward to luxuries like ten private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding, ten shower suites with rainforest showers and Soho House’s Cowshed Spa products and a valet service that helps with tasks such as sewing and steaming clothes and shoe polishing.
The food — a rarity for a U.S. airline — is impressive. There’s a bistro-like buffet that includes a do-it-yourself bagel bar along with wraps (curried salmon salad) with sandwiches.
In addition to this grab-and-go option, there’s a traditional sit-down restaurant with table service that serves refined versions of comfort foods like potato latkes, wild mushroom risotto with a balsamic reduction and, for dessert, the “Brookie,” a playful combination of a brownie and cookie served with milk. The cocktail menu is perhaps better than it needs to be and features libations with house-made items like oolong-steeped bourbon and lavender syrup.
The “Fernet About It,” a combination of the namesake Italian libation and house-made anise-infused vodka, is one of the signature drinks.
Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport
Who gets access: First class passengers (a round-trip first class ticket on Cathay between New York and Hong Kong can run more than $25,000) and Oneworld carrier first class fliers: This alliance includes around a dozen airlines including American Airlines and British Airways.
Both Cathay and Oneworld first class fliers can bring in a guest. Fliers part of Cathay’s Marco Polo Club loyalty program who are at the Diamond level (status is achieved after earning 1,200 club points) are also allowed in. Coveted points are earned from frequent flying in premium classes. Diamond level members can bring in two guests.
Size: Around 22,100 square feet
What makes it extravagant: Cathay’s Asian-inspired lounge has green onyx walls, limestone floors and walnut and bronze elements throughout. Fliers will find plenty of soft couches and chairs, a library, an area for traditional foot massages (neck and shoulder massages are available on request), a business center with six iMac computers and a stunning circular bar with top shelf wines and spirits.
There are also 14 showers and a section called the Retreat. With eight suites, each has a cozy daybed, reading light, mirror and a heavy curtain for privacy.
For more casual fare, passengers can head to the Pantry and serve themselves from a spread that includes sandwiches and salads. Those in the mood for fine dining can head to the 100-seat restaurant which offers a menu of international and Asian items such as wonton noodles, fresh fish dishes and classic hamburgers.
Lufthansa First Class Lounge at Frankfurt International Airport
Who gets access: First class fliers. Ticket fares between Frankfurt and New York City can easily top $8,000.
Hon Circle members are also allowed in and earn the status after they fly 600,000 miles on the airline within two years. Those granted entry are allowed to bring in one guest.
Size: Nearly 200,000 square feet
What makes it extravagant: Located in a building adjacent to the main airport, this lounge has its own security personnel. Its modern design blends serene and sleek: the wooden walls and stone floors are interspersed with glass surfaces and contemporary furniture that Lufthansa had custom-made for the space in Italy.
The stylish bar area boasts a top-notch list with 150 varieties of top-shelf whisky such as Suntory 17 from Japan, along with seven high-end Champagne brands including Ruinart and Bollinger. Fliers will also find a cigar lounge, four private offices and four bathrooms with rainforest showers, Etro amenities and oversized, plush towels.
The restaurant features seasonally inspired food courtesy of the prestigious catering company Do & Co. Winter staples on the menu include hearty dishes like roasted duck with a side of cranberry potato dumplings and caramelized red cabbage while lighter dishes such as grilled fish are common come summer.
Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Lounge at Doha International Airport
Who gets access: First class passengers. First class is only available on select flights, and fares for a round-trip ticket between Doha and London start at $9,000.
Size: Around 200 seats.
What makes it extravagant: An homage to the arts, the light-flooded Al Safwa doubles as a mini museum and features a changing rotation of installations and artifacts on loan from Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art.
Passengers can spend time gazing at the grand water fountain or take advantage of indulgent amenities like the movie theater, the spa, the game room complete with a Play Station and the family section with a large play area.
If it’s downtime you’re looking for, forget standard chaise lounges and book one of the private rooms with twin beds and televisions instead.
Come time to eat, there’s a 250-seat restaurant with a menu of international and Middle Eastern dishes such as penne arrabbiata, spicy ground chicken kebabs and a potato and vegetable massaman curry. Oenophiles can pick from the long list that favors premium French wines.
Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse at London’s Heathrow Airport
Who gets access: Virgin’s Upper Class, the airline’s premium cabin, passengers — round-trip fares between New York and London start at $2,730.
Flying Gold Club members are also welcome and achieve status when they earn a 1,000 tier points. What it takes to earn these points varies but could mean two round-trips and a one-way in Upper Class. Passengers with access are allowed to bring in one guest.
Size: More than 12,000 square feet
What makes it extravagant: With a futuristic design that includes sleek wood and mod furniture, this lounge has a playful feel and offers plenty of entertainment. Passengers can relax in the Den, which has a pool table, video game consoles and televisions, or head to the spa where they can book services (some have a charge) like haircuts, beard trims and facials.
There’s also an observation deck with runway views, a playroom for the little ones and an outdoor terrace.
The bar is so long that it spans the length of a wall, and the cocktails it offers are courtesy of mixologists from London’s famed Dandelyan bar. Foodwise, there’s an expansive buffet that changes throughout the day and has fare that accommodates virtually every eater, no matter the diet.
An a la carte menu offering traditional afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream, along with heartier fare like cod fillet with leeks in a sparkling wine and chive sauce, is also part of the experience.
Singapore Airlines’ The Private Room at Changi Airport Singapore
Who gets access: First and Suite class fliers. A first class round-trip ticket between Singapore and New York starts at $13,000. And, sorry, there’s no point program that’ll help you get into this exclusive space.
Size: Not available. (A request for photo was also denied, adding to the lounge’s sense of exclusivity.)
What makes it extravagant: An inner sanctum within the carrier’s business and first class lounge complex, The Private Room is paneled in rich woods with marble accents and is decorated with lavish floral displays and original paintings and sculptures from emerging Asian artists.
Attended by a staff who take pride in pampering guests to no end, this retreat is divided into multiple, intimate seating areas and furnished with leather and fabric arm chairs and loungers. An enclosed room for families, work stations with iMacs and private showers are among the amenities, and the food is exceptional.
There’s a buffet station that changes through the day and a refined dining room with polished table service and a constantly changing menu of vegetarian, ethnic and international dishes.
At breakfast, that could mean choices like dim sum, eggs Benedict and fish congee while ramens, satays, sautéed lobster with linguini and a burger with foie gras are possible options at lunch and dinner.

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