wine and food pairing: A martini & salad, sparkling wine with chicken tikka: The art of pairing the right food with your drink – The Economic Times
wine and food pairing: A martini & salad, sparkling wine with chicken tikka: The art of pairing the right food with your drink – The Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Winter is the time to plan perfect indoor parties and pair home-cooked food with the appropriate alcohol. Experts suggest how. Amrut Vare, Winemaker at Chandon India, lists down some food suggestions: * Appetisers: With its sharp fruity notes, a sparkling wine is perfect with savoury hors d’oeuvres with strong Indian flavours. Think southern Kerala-style prawn pepper fry or kali mirch chicken tikka . The spices and ingredients in these recipes balance out the semi-sweet notes of the wine. * Main course: For the main course, choose dishes that don’t overwhelm the delicate flavours and acidity of the wine. Go for creamy butter chicken or Goan prawn curry. Dishes that are slightly spicy, tangy and rich, such as Dal Makhani are an ideal fit as they don’t overpower the fruity notes of a sparkling wine. * Dessert: Fresh, light fresh desserts will go beautifully with the semi-sweet taste of the wine. For instance, caramel custard or fresh fruits with cream, with their hint of citrus, are the perfect accompaniments. Sparkling wines can also be paired and thoroughly enjoyed with Pan-Asian dishes from Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesian cuisines. Neha Mansukhani Singh, Senior Marketing Manager, Belvedere Vodka (India), lists some picks: * Beat the heat with a zesty reinvention of a martini when you’re out for brunch on a sunny Sunday. The Poet cocktail consists of 60 ml vodka, 5 ml martini bianco, green apple and rocket leaf puree, a dash of honey water with 10ml of lime juice for that extra kick. Shaken to perfection and topped with green apple peel rose and rocket leaf, this cocktail is best paired with fresh rocket, apple and walnut salad with a balsamic dressing. * A light lunch consisting of grilled sea bass and vegetables with a white wine and shallot sauce is best balanced with a punchy vodka cocktail. The Hitchhiker is made with 50 ml vodka, 5ml Bianco Vermouth, 5 pieces of black pepper, 4 rocket leaves, 20 ml of honey water and 10ml of kinnow sweet lime hybrid juice shaken on ice and served with the same dehydrated peel. * While the sun sets, the palate craves something with freshness and a zing. The Hybelv Spritz, made with 40 ml vodka, organic oranges, hybrid basil leaves, martini bianco infused with lime zest and topped off with Chandon Brut is the perfect fresh bubbly surprise for any sundowner. Paired with beet, orange and fennel salad amuse bouche, this pairing is a winner for any evening out. * A hearty dinner of Juniper Crusted Lamb Chops with Caramelised Grapefruit Chutney and a cocktail made with a spicy and sweet concoction is the perfect way to end a night. The Zycie, made with 60 ml vodka, 45 ml jaggery and grape fruit juice, 5 chunks of bell pepper, a lime leaf, chopped spring onions, martini bianco, 15 ml of lime juice and burnt Star Anise with a spray of Campari, is that perfectly balanced spicy and sweet cocktail that is light and yet a burst of flavours. House Party? Try These Simple And Delicious Cocktail Recipes of 4
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A Complete Travel Guide to Singapore – Travel Melodies
A Complete Travel Guide to Singapore By Anjali Chawla Posted on January 23, 2019
“Good things come in small packages”– this holds true for Singapore. A tiny nation offers incredibly vast experience. Here’s how not to get overwhelmed and plan the finest trip to this gorgeous island country. Our complete travel guide to Singapore includes everything you need to know to plan your first trip to Singapore.
Singapore is simple, effortless and safe for everyone – first timer abroad travelers, family travelers, solo travelers, and senior citizens. S’pore espouses you in a way you have known each other for years. I dare you to not fall for it.
Let me get you acquainted with Singapore I have known.
Singapore is a country and a state and a city and an island; in other words, a complete package in itself. Settled strategically on a southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia, the city-state is a beautiful assortment of islands.
S’pore delicately preserves its colonial past underneath contemporary demeanor. Gaining independence in 1965, it’s one of the youngest countries in the world. QUICK FACTS ABOUT SINGAPORE
Official Name: Republic of Singapore
International Dialing Code: +65
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +8
Currency: Singaporean Dollar (SGD or S$). The current exchange rates for the Singaporean Dollar to India Rupee is INR 52.38.
Electricity Socket: The standard voltage is 230 V with a frequency is 50 Hz. The sockets and power plugs are of type G. LANGUAGE IN SINGAPORE
One of the most ethnically diverse and culturally vibrant nations, Singapore has four official languages – English, Mandarin (Chinese), Malay (Bahasa Malaysia), and Tamil. Though Malay is the national language, English is used as a lingua franca.
Most Singaporeans are bilingual; they speak English (thankfully) plus an additional language – Chinese, Malay, Tamil or Mandarin. Keong Saik Road, once a leading red light district is now peppered with the coolest restaurants, hotels, and bars. Photo: Keane Chua (creative commons)
They actually have developed a hybrid language, Singlish, with the modicum of all the four official languages and ethnic dialects. Each ethnic group has a different version of Singlish like Indian Singaporean Singlish is a bit different from Chinese or Malay Singaporean Singlish.
Singlish is used in casual situations while English remains the formal language. I learned a few Singlish phrases before my trip to Singapore and it helped me a great deal. FESTIVALS IN SINGAPORE
Singapore is quite a fascinating city where you find a Hindu Temple, a Mosque, a Church and a Chinese Temple within stone throw’s distance. They celebrate festivals of all the religions with equal fun and fervor.
Pongal, Thaipusam, New Year, Chinese New Year, Holi, Deepavali, Thimithi, Easter, Vesak Day, Christmas and Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid) are the major festivals celebrated in Singapore.
Lantern Festival (Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival), National Day of Singapore, Singapore Heritage Fest, Singapore International Jazz Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore Food Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival, Beerfest Asia, Singapore Night Festival, and Dragon Boat Festival are among other socio-cultural festivals.
ZoukOut Music Festival in Singapore is one of the top EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Festivals in Asia. Singapore Grand Prix, Formula 1 night race kicks off in September every year. Here, you not only witness the world-class players racing at ultimate speed in their fast-racing cars but also legendary international musicians performing next to the race track. Isn’t that a deadly combination? WEATHER OF SINGAPORE
Singapore is infamous for its hot and humid weather with temperatures ranging from 26-degree Celsius to 32-degree Celsius. The island nation experiences intermittent sudden but brief torrential showers regardless of the month.
November, December, and January see higher than average rainfall. Photo: Lily Banse (creative commons) ACCESSIBILITY IN SINGAPORE
Singapore’s public transport and the buildings are handicap accessible. Read more about accessibility here . DRINKING WATER IN SINGAPORE
The tap water in Singapore is safe to drink as it passes the international guidelines set by the World Health Organization. Make sure to carry an Eco-Friendly Water Bottle to be refilled as and when needed.
Bottled water is expensive in Singapore. It costs around SGD 4 (INR 200) for a one-liter bottle. SINGAPORE VISA – DO YOU NEED ONE?
Know if you need a visa to travel to Singapore. Many of the visitors to Singapore don’t need an entry visa. Check a list of countries that need an entry visa for Singapore to find out if you have to apply for one. Impressive murals at Haji Lane. Photo: Jason Goh (creative commons) BEST TIME TO VISIT SINGAPORE
As I always say, any time is the best time to visit any destination. It all depends upon what you’d like to do at that destination.
Someone might want to get wet while watching the beautiful rain over the ocean, on the other hand, you’d love to sunbathe or read in a hammock while watching the sun glistening on the ocean water. A destination is what you make of it.
February, March, and April are said to be the best months to travel to Singapore though I feel it’s a year-round destination because of its tropical weather. Singapore doesn’t have four seasons but only two – dry (March to August) and wet (September to February).
The months of November, December, and January receive major rainfall.
The most favored times are around Chinese New Year and Christmas.
We visited during Chinese New Year in February and found the weather to be pleasant. It rained only once during our entire 7 days stay. HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD YOU STAY IN SINGAPORE
Singapore is a preferred stopover for long-haul flights but it’s far more than just a weekend or a stopover break. One needs at least 3 to 4 days to explore the major attractions plus night and food scene of the charming island.
I’d recommend setting aside 5 to 6 days to take it all in – the diverse culture, the colorful neighborhoods, the world-class architecture, the shimmering nights, the greens within the city, the unique and diverse street food and impressive attractions.
After 7 days of stay in Singapore, we could have easily spent another day or two discovering what was left. Yes! We still missed things. Colors galore at Little India’s Campbell Street. Photo: Charles Postiaux (creative commons) WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE
We stayed at Ramada by Wyndham Singapore At Zhongshan Park . The hotel has been consecutively awarded best mid-range hotel by TTG Travel Awards for 4 years. It’s located conveniently within the city that makes travel to/from Changi Airport and all the major attractions like Sentosa, Little India, Marina Bay, Singapore Zoo easy.
We reached the hotel much before our check-in time and our daughter was a bit unwell. The staff was accommodating and sweet.
They not only gave us the room before time but also sent a beautiful get well soon card with fruits and breakfast in our room for mini-me.
The staff was quick and helpful with our requests during the stay. Ramada knows how to cater to families with kids well. Check the latest prices and room availability here .
Airbnb has some great reasonable plus luxury options in Singapore like this and this one . If you happen to book through Airbnb for the first time, use our Airbnb code to get a discount on your first booking .
You can also check StayinSingapore , a dedicated hotel-booking website for Singapore. WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT IN SINGAPORE
Singapore has finally arrived as a culinary capital of Asia. From pocket-friendly hawker centers, food courts, fine dining restaurants to award-winning Michelin-starred restaurants; from Indian, Chinese, Malay, Peranakan to International cuisine – Singapore’s food scene overtakes its counterparts.
The diversity of Singapore can be very well tasted in its local food. The street food scene in Singapore has evolved over time.
The street food is actually not sold on the street. The street side hawker stalls have metamorphosed to clean and cozy hawker centers. There are 200+ hawker centers in Singapore with endless and cut-price vegetarian, non-vegetarian and vegan varieties of food. You can’t say you’ve truly experienced the food scene in Singapore if you haven’t been to a hawker center.
Though hubby and mini-me love non-vegetarian, they stick to vegetarian food while traveling to give me company. We only tried the vegetarian food in Singapore.
There are quite many options for Vegetarians at the Singapore Hawker Centres . Here are our recommendations for your ultimate Singaporean vegetarian street food fix –
Famous for its vegetarian cuisine, Redhill Market and Food Centre sees a flood of foodies every day and are crazy busy during breakfast and lunch timings. The notable food stalls include Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food , Hong Seung Curry Rice , Delicious Fried Carrot Cake , and Ji Xiang Ru Yi Vegetarian .
Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food is famous for its yummy Vegetarian Bee Hoon ( stir-fried vermicelli noodles ) while Hong Seung Curry Rice stall serves jillion of rice dishes. Fried Bee Hoon (Singapore Noodles)
Sample the Chai Tow Kway (traditional carrot cake) at Delicious Fried Carrot Cake. Interestingly, the carrot cake isn’t a cake and doesn’t contain a carrot 🙂
Holland Drive Market and Food Centre offers the best of vegetarian food in Singapore. Head to Rojak Line for the classic Singaporean dish, Rojak .
It’s not your usual fruit and vegetable salad but a riot of tastes where fruits and vegetables are peppered with you tiao (fried dough fritters), black sauce and peanuts.
Kwan Inn Vegetarian Food at the Kim San Leng Food Centre offers a variety of Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian vegan cuisine. The must order at Kwan is vegetarian Laksa. Laksa is a coconut noodle soup with different culture’s flavors in a single bowl.
Bendemeer Market and Food Centre is brimming with vegetarian food stalls. Da Shun stall serves vegetarian Chinese cuisine. Their must tries are Chwee Kueh and Chee Cheong Fun which are the famous Singaporean breakfast dishes.
Kaya Toast , butter and kaya (a jam prepared from sugar, eggs, coconut milk, and pandan leaves) filled bread toast is Singapore’s national breakfast and their favorite tea/coffee break snack. Try this traditional breakfast at Tong Ah Eating House . Don’t forget to pair it with soft-boiled eggs and a cup of coffee.
Circuit Road Food Centre is unquestionably the best place to be for vegetarians. Here, you can get the vegetarian versions of famous local dishes. Victor’s Veggie serves your usual burgers plus the famous local dishes – Vegetarian versions of Otah and Satay .
Right next to Esplanade, Makansutra Gluttons Bay is the only hawker center in Marina Bay area. Try juices and shakes at Gluttons Bar Stall, ice-cream at Sweet Spot, and the vegetarian version of Murtabak at Mee Goreng Old Satay Club.
If you are a foodie who constantly looks for the great eats then Dempsey is your go-to. An army barracks back in the day, Dempsey Hill is a laid-back neighborhood with a sweeping array of restaurants and cafes is a famous dining destination now. Kids will love Farm Community, Ben & Jerry’s, Huber’s Bistro and PS Cafe.
They say you can’t leave Singapore without sampling almond croissants at Tiong Bahru Bakery . They are right!
Bubur Cha Cha (bo-bo cha-cha), Ice Kachang (ais kacang) are popular desserts in Singapore. You’ll find them at most of the hawker centers and bakeries.
Al-Azhar Restaurant serves a wide variety of cuisines from Indian, Singaporean to Thai. Food options and quality both are amazing. Plus it’s opened 24X7.
Try Roti Prata (a south Indian flatbread) at The Roti Prata House . There are many versions based on the fillings used like plain, egg, cheese and even chocolate and ice-cream prata. It’s fried and greasy but who counts the calories when on vacation!!! 😉
Lau Pa Sat (Telok Ayer Market) in CBD, a famous market place since 1894 houses hawker stalls offering Asian cuisines. The building was declared a national monument in 1973. It’s a fusion of colonial heritage, Victorian architecture and delectable food. Our favorite stalls here are – Indian Curry House and Big Bites .
As much as we love to taste the varied cuisines while traveling, we crave enough to take the pain in finding Indian food options wherever we venture. We did in Singapore too. Tandoori Corner is an Indian Restaurant at Balestier Road in Singapore.
We found this hidden gem while we were searching for the North Indian Food near our hotel, Ramada. The food, and staff, both are A-Class. The food tastes like a pure home-cooked food straight from the Indian Kitchen and the staff is friendly. The ambiance isn’t great but everything else makes for it. We ordered the same yellow daal tadka for 3 days in a row, it was that tasty.
Note: Hawker Centres are self-service outlets. You are expected to collect your food on your own. SINGAPORE MONEY EXCHANGE
We had to exchange money during our time in Singapore. I checked with locals and they recommended the Mustafa Foreign Exchange at Mustafa Centre in Little India.
They offered us a great exchange rate for INR. Other good places for money exchange in Singapore are Lucky Plaza at Orchard Road and The Arcade at Raffles Place. Avoid foreign exchange at airport and hotels. MONEY IN SINGAPORE
Sing dollar (S$) notes are available in denominations of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$20, S$50, S$100, S$500, S$1,000 and coins are available in denominations of 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, and S$1.
Major Credit/Debit cards are widely accepted in Singapore. Watch out for hidden credit card charges plus the overseas transaction fee. Additional fee on credit card purchases is generally not permitted, ask your credit card company beforehand.
ATMs are located all over the island. Most ATMs allow both Visa or Mastercard withdrawals barring few that accept either of these cards. Check the back of your card to see if you’re on Cirrus (Mastercard) or Plus (Visa) network to know which machine to use to withdraw money. Be aware that banks charge an extra fee everytime you use your card at another bank’s ATM and it can be a lot more while doing international transactions.
It’s always good to keep some cash (Sing Dollars) on hand to pay at hawker centers and public transport.
Note: Singapore Dollar and Brunei Darussalam can be used interchangeably because of some legal agreement , so you might receive Brunei currency with your cash. STAYING CONNECTED IN SINGAPORE
We made a mistake of using international services on our India number which costs us a lot. It’s easy to stay connected with a Singapore prepaid sim card from any of the local telcos – Starhub , M1 , and Singtel .
You can buy a 7 to 12 days tourist sim card from Changi Recommends, Singapore Visitor Center or any of the telcos retail shops. Be informed 2G mobile services are no longer available in Singapore. Click Here to Purchase a Singapore Sim Card . Photo: Thong Khau (creative commons)
To use the mobile data on roaming can cost a fortune. Most of the cafés and restaurants in Singapore have free wifi but it isn’t free actually. You’d pay at least for a cup of coffee, of course, to oblige.
You can register for free public WiFi with your country’s number at any Wireless@SG hotspot across Singapore. If you choose to connect, they send you the login details through a text message on your phone. It may incur roaming charges.
I’d recommend renting a Pocket WiFi, an easy and affordable solution to stay connected and enjoy unlimited 4G internet in Singapore. You can rent a Pocket WiFi at the Changi Recommends counter or Singapore Visitor Center at Orchard and return them back before you leave. Click Here to Rent a Pocket WiFi . HOW TO GET TO SINGAPORE
Changi Airport in Singapore is rated as one of the busiest airports in the world. It has been connected to most of the countries across the world. The airport is an attraction in itself with its overwhelming range of things to see and do.
Singapore Airlines flies direct from all the major cities of India to Singapore. It’s a bit pricey option from India but worth it.
Air India and Jet Airways have direct flights from New Delhi and Mumbai to Singapore. We always take pride traveling in Air India and it never lets us down.
Indigo flies nonstop from Kolkata to Singapore. Scoot (Singaporean low-cost airline) is the cheapest flight from Bengaluru and Hyderabad to Singapore. Silkair (Singapore Airline’s regional wing) operates from Bengaluru and Hyderabad to Singapore. SINGAPORE AIRPORT TRANSFERS
With varied modes of transport available it’s easy getting to and from Changi Airport. You can choose to travel by airport shuttles, public transport, rental cars, and private taxis. Public transport and airport shuttles aren’t the best options if you have multiple pieces of luggage though they are the cheapest way to get to and from the airport. Transfer Between Terminals
The transfer between 4 terminals is easy with the free Skytrain (T1, T2, and T3) and Shuttle bus services (T2 and T4). Airport City Shuttle
The 24X7 City Shuttle to the downtown hotels costs SGD 9 per adult and SGD 6 per child and departs every 15 to 30 minutes and the bookings can be done at 24 hours Ground Transport Concierge at the Arrival Halls. The travel time ranges from 25 to 35 minutes. Click Here to Book Airport City Shuttle Transfer. Airport Free Shuttle Bus Service
The Free Shuttle Bus Service runs on weekdays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Check the timetables for timings and pick-up points from T1/T3 and T4 . If you have heavy luggage or if your flight timings are not matching the free bus schedule, this option is ruled out. MRT Trains
Follow the signs from Arrival Hall to the MRT train station (CG2) which is located at the T2 basement. The train station is accessible on foot from T2 and T3. Those at T1 or T4 can take a shuttle or Skytrain to reach T2. You can buy a single ride train ticket or stored value EZ-Link card at the ticket counter at the T2 basement.
The train alternates between Changi Station and Tanah Merah Station (EW4). Take a Green Line (East-West Line) train to the city at Tanah Merah. You might have to interchange to Red Line, Purple Line, Blue Line (Downtown Line) or other depending upon where you want to reach in the city. Check the MRT Systems Map and Fares for better understanding.
The travel time is between 45 to 60 minutes. Check the MRT timings here .
Use MRT/LRT Fare Calculator to know the fare to your desired destination in Singapore. Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT) is the fastest way to get around the island. Public Buses
All the 4 terminals have bus stands; at the basement of T1, T2, T3; next to Car Park 4B and close to the SATS Inflight Catering Centre of T4. You must have an exact change or a smart card for a bus ride; no change is given. A bus takes a longer time, say around 90 minutes to reach the city. Check the Bus Schedule and Fares for more information. Taxis
The fastest and the most comfortable way to travel to and from the airport is by private taxi. If you have multiple pieces of or/and heavy luggage then a private taxi is the best bet. It’s expensive too. The cost varies between SGD 20 to SGD 35 for a Regular taxi and SGD 30 to SGD 50 for a Premium Taxi.
You need to pay the airport surcharge in addition to the taxi fare. The airport surcharge is SGD 5 from 5 pm to midnight from Friday to Sunday and SGD 3 at all other times. The surcharge from midnight to 6 am is 50% of the final metered fare and 25% of the final metered fare for peak hours. Peak hours range from 6 am to 9:30 am from Monday to Friday and 6 pm to midnight from Monday to Sunday.
For larger groups, book the Limousine or large taxis at 24-hour Ground Transport Concierges at the Arrival Halls. The 4-seater costs around SGD 55 and 7-seater costs approx. SGD 60.
You can hire private airport transfers to and from Changi Airport for more comfort. Click Here to Book Private Airport Transfer. Transtar Travel Coach for Johor Bahru
Some people book their stay at Johor Bahru (a Malaysian city that lies just across from the Singapore border) because the accommodations are cheaper than Singapore. Though I would always recommend staying in Singapore. Nevertheless, if you have already booked one, you can easily travel to Johor Bahru from Changi Airport by a coach managed by Transtar Travel. The coach can be boarded at arrival halls on T2 and T4. Please refer to this link for more information. Rental Car
If you plan to rent a car, car rental counters are located at the arrival halls.
Read detailed information on airport transfers here . GETTING AROUND SINGAPORE
Exploring Singapore is like a breeze with its massive and efficient public transport system served by a host of trains, MRT and buses. Public Transport
Trains run from 5:30 am to midnight with fares ranging from SGD 1.50 to SGD 2.60. Bus ( SMRT / SBS ) fares start from SGD 1.40 and the fare has to be paid in exact change.
You can buy the ticket if you intend to travel by bus or train once or twice but if you are planning to use public transport extensively then buy the stored value cards like EZ Link, NETS Flashpay and STP. They come handy and cheaper. Public bus transport in Singapore is an affordable and convenient way to get around the island. EZ Link Card
Both train (MRT/LRT) and bus system use EZ Link Card , a cashless payment system. The card has a stored balance that gets debited as and when you tap the EZ Link Card (as you enter and exit) on the panels in the buses and MRT Platforms. The EZ Link Card comes handy and is much cheaper than using cash (SGD). You can purchase or top up the card at any MRT Station, 7 Eleven stores or bus interchange. NETS Flashpay Card
NETS Flashpay is another option that covers the transport plus retail needs. Buy NETS Card online or from any TransitLink Ticket Office, 7 Eleven Stores, Changi Recommends and many more selected outlets. You can use it for trains, buses, taxis, food courts, supermarkets, and even some hawker centers. You can top up the card through a NETS Mobile app. It’s that easy.
Read here for more information about EZ Link and NETS Flashpay Stored Value Cards. Singapore Tourist Pass (STP)
Singapore Tourist Pass is a great way to save money and time. The tourist pass gives you unlimited rides in buses and trains (MRT/LRT) for the duration (1,2 or 3 days) you purchase it for. You can buy the card from the designated TransitLink Ticket office or automated STP Kiosk and refund it at selected STP refund locations before you leave Singapore. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
If you want to see the top attractions of Singapore, you can go for one of the many Singapore Sightseeing Bus Tours (Hop on Hop off Bus). These tours let you get down and up the bus at any of its stops across its routes. Classic Singapore Trolley, a wonderful way to see Singapore!
Entry to most of Singapore’s attractions is expensive so I’d recommend buying the time-saving and cost-effective City Pass or Attraction Pass as per your needs. Singapore City Pass
Buy a Singapore City Pass (2,3 and 5-day pass) that includes free admission to the famous Singapore attractions (any 2), Funvee Open Bus Sightseeing tour and 2 days Hopper Pass. 3-day pass includes additional River Boat Cruise while the 5-day pass includes the additional ticket to Universal Studios. Click Here to Buy Singapore City Pass . Taxi
Many a time it’s more convenient to hire in a taxi like on a rainy day. Taxis are metered and the flag-down fare is around SGD 3.90. Boat
Seeing Singapore from water is a not-to-be-missed and unique experience. Board a boat to relish the sights of Singapore on land and in water. Book the Original DUCKtour Here. A Fun and Insightful Way to See Singapore with Kids! Trishaw
Trishaw is a bicycle with a sidecar quite popular in Singapore. The most unusual and interesting way to discover the gems of Singapore is by trishaw. Check the Trishaw Tours by Trishaw Uncle . Click Here to Book Trishaw Uncle Guided Tour. Singapore Sidecars
Explore Singapore’s culture, heritage, art, nature, and flavors from a unique perspective in a Vintage Vespa Sidecar with Singapore Sidecars in collaboration with Singapore Tourism Board and Triquetra.sg. Segway/Scooter
Rami Malek, Emily Blunt, ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ win at SAG Awards
Follow @arabnews Rami Malek, Emily Blunt, ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ win at SAG Awards Malek dedicated the award for his performance in “Bohemian Rhapsody” to Mercury, as he did at the Golden Globes Tom Hanks presented the lifetime achievement award to Alan Alda, who in July revealed that he had been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than three years Updated 28
NEW YORK: Rami Malek won best actor for his Freddie Mercury, Emily Blunt was the upset winner for her supporting role in the horror thriller “A Quiet Place” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” swept comedy series honors at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Malek dedicated the award for his performance in “Bohemian Rhapsody” to Mercury, as he did at the Golden Globes. “I get some power from him that’s about stepping up and living your best life, being exactly who you want to be and accomplishing everything you so desire,” said Malek. Blunt’s win was a shocker, particularly for the actress, herself. Blunt, also nominated by the guild for her lead performance in “Mary Poppins Returns,” was visibly surprised. She wasn’t among Tuesday’s Oscars nominees for either film. “Guys. That truly has blown my slicked hair back,” said Blunt, who praised her husband and “A Quiet Place” director John Krasinski as a “stunning filmmaker.” “Thank you for giving me the part. You would have been in major trouble if you hadn’t.” Best supporting actor in a film went more as expected. Mahershala Ali, who won two years ago for “Moonlight,” won for his performance in Peter Farrelly’s interracial road trip “Green Book.” Ali thanked his co-star, Viggo Mortensen, and Farrelly. The Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the first three awards handed out Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. It won best ensemble in a comedy series, as well as individual honors Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub, whose win was a surprise in a category that included Bill Hader (“Barry“) and Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method“). “We cannot thank you enough,” said Shalhoub, speaking for the cast. “Stay with us.” Tom Hanks presented the lifetime achievement award to Alan Alda, who in July revealed that he had been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than three years. The 83-year-old actor took the stage to a standing ovation while the theme to “M.A.S.H.” played. He said the award came at a reflective moment for him. “And I see more than ever now how proud I am to be a part of our brotherhood and sisterhood of actors,” said Alda. “It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person’s eyes. When a culture is divided so sharply, actors can help — a least a little — just by doing what we do. And the nice part is it’s fun to do it. So my wish for all of us is: Let’s stay playful.” For the second time, the cast of “This Is Us” won best ensemble in a drama series. Other TV winners included Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve“), Darren Criss for “Assassination of Gianni Versace,” Jason Bateman (“Ozark“) and Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora“). Arquette thanked Special Counsel investigator Robert Mueller “and everyone working to make sure we have sovereignty for the United States of America.” The SAG Awards have one thing the Oscars don’t: a host. Emcee Megan Mullally kicked off the awards by tweaking their role among the many honors leading up to next month’s Oscars. She called the SAGs “the greatest honor an actor can receive this weekend.” Among the attendees Sunday was Geoffrey Owens, the “Cosby Show” actor who caused a stir when he was photographed working at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s. He was among the performers who began the show with the SAG Awards’ typical “I am an actor” testimony. Reunited as presenters were “Fatal Attraction” stars Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. “Black Panther” and “BlacKkKlansman” were among the films vying for SAG’s top prize, best ensemble. Ryan Coogler’s superhero hit started with a win for best ensemble of stunt performers one that “GLOW,” the Netflix series about professional women wrestlers, won on the television side. The SAG Awards are one of the most reliable bellwethers of the Academy Awards, but several of this year’s top Oscar contenders failed to land a best ensemble nomination. The two leading Oscar nominees — “Roma” and “The Favourite” — were bypassed by the actors guild for a field that also includes “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born,” which led all films with four nominations. “The Favourite” still earned nods for its three lead actresses — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — but “Roma” was shut out entirely. Both films landed 10 Oscar nods Tuesday. The best picture winner at the Academy Awards has always first been nominated for best ensemble by the SAG Awards except in 1996, when “Braveheart” won best picture, and last year, when Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” overcame the SAG omission to win best picture. The actors guild instead awarded “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” its top prize. Actors make up the largest percentage of the academy, so their preferences can have an especially large impact on the Oscar race. In the last decade the SAG ensemble winner has gone on to win best picture at the Academy Awards half of the time. Updated 30 min 45 sec ago AFP Follow @arabnews Hong Kong gifts Pakistan a culinary star Hussain is keen to note that his restaurant only represents one of Pakistan’s many cuisines, the often meat-heavy, piquant food of the Punjab Updated 30 min 45 sec ago AFP January 30, 2019 02:57 0 HONG KONG: A pair of his father’s old tandoor ovens helped Hong Kong restaurateur Asim Hussain achieve a dream — the world’s first Michelin star for a Pakistani restaurant, an accolade he hopes will fire interest in the country’s often overlooked cuisine.Like many of Hong Kong’s 85,000 strong South Asian population, Hussein’s family trace their lineage in the bustling financial hub back generations, when the city was a British colonial outpost.His great-grandfather arrived during World War One, overseeing mess halls for British soldiers while his Cantonese speaking father owned restaurants in the eighties and nineties.Hussein, 33, already had some twenty eateries in his group when he decided to embark on his what he described as his most personal and risky project yet, a restaurant serving dishes from Pakistan’s Punjab region, the family’s ancestral homeland and where he was packed off to boarding school aged six.His father, a serial entrepreneur and even once Pakistan’s ambassador to South Korea, suggested he restore two old tandoors from his now shuttered restaurant collecting dust in storage.“He comes from a generation that doesn’t throw things away,” laughs Hussain, dressed in a traditional knee-length tunic and sitting in a restaurant decked with paintings by Pakistani artists. “Actually the results are better than if we had new ovens because these things improve with age.”Those tandoors, frequent trips to Lahore to perfect recipes and a kitchen overseen by head chef Palash Mitra, earned the New Punjab Club a Michelin star just 18 months after it opened its doors.The success made headlines in Pakistan, a country that is unlikely to see a Michelin guide any time soon and whose chefs have long felt overshadowed by the wider global recognition gained from neighboring India’s regional cuisines.“It makes us proud, it makes us very happy,” Waqar Chattha, who runs one of Islamabad’s best-known restaurants, told AFP. “In the restaurant fraternity it’s a great achievement. It sort of sets a benchmark for others to achieve as well.”Hussain is keen to note that his restaurant only represents one of Pakistan’s many cuisines, the often meat-heavy, piquant food of the Punjab. At it doesn’t come cheap — as much as $100 per head.“I’m not arrogant or ignorant to say this is the best Pakistani restaurant in the world. There are better Pakistani restaurants than this in Pakistan.”But he says the accolade has still been a “great source of pride” for Hong Kong’s 18,000-strong Pakistani community.“It’s bringing a very niche personal story back to life, this culture, this cuisine is sort of unknown outside of Pakistan, outside of Punjab, so in a very small way I think we’ve shed a positive light on the work, on who we are and where we come from,” he explains.It was the second star achieved by Black Sheep, the restaurant group which was founded six years ago by Hussein and his business partner, veteran Canadian chef Christopher Mark, and has seen rapid success.But the expansion of Michelin and other western food guides into Asia has not been without controversy.Critics have often said reviewers tended to over-emphasize western culinary standards, service and tastes.Daisann McLane is one of those detractors. She describes the Michelin guide’s arrival in Bangkok last year as “completely changing the culinary scene there — and not in a good way.”She runs culinary tours to some of the Hong Kong’s less glitzy eateries — to hole in the wall “dai pai dong” food stalls, African and South Asian canteens hidden inside the famously labyrinthine Chungking Mansions and to “cha chan teng” tea shops famous for their sweet brews and thick slabs of toast.While she’s “delighted” New Punjab Club has been recognized, she has her reservations: “There is a lot of world cuisine operating way under the radar in Hong Kong and it doesn’t get noticed by Michelin or the big award groups.”For some, any recognition of Pakistan’s overlooked cuisine is a success story.Sumayya Usmani said she spent years trying to showcase the distinct flavours of Pakistani cuisine, so heavily influenced by the tumultuous and violent migration sparked by the 1947 partition of India.When the British-Pakistani chef first pitched her cookbook to publishers on her country’s cuisine, many initially balked.But in recent years, she says, attitudes have changed. Pakistani-run restaurants in the west that once might have described themselves as Indian are more proudly proclaiming their real culinary heritage, she says.“I think it’s really good that people are coming out of that fear of calling themselves specifically Pakistani,” she told AFP. “It’s nice that Pakistanis have started to take ownership of what belongs to them.”Back in Hong Kong, Hussain remarks the hard work has only just begun.“I joke with the boys and I say that ‘It’s the first Pakistani Punjabi restaurant in the world to win a star, let’s not be the first one to lose a star’.”
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Yellow Tie Hospitality acquires casual dining brand Bombay Blues from Everstone Capital
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Karan Tanna -led Yellow Tie Hospitality , the leading food and beverage franchise management company, has acquired casual dining brand Bombay Blues from Blue Foods owned by Everstone Capital for an undisclosed amount. Karan Tanna-led Yellow Tie Hospitality, the leading food and beverage franchise management company, has acquired casual dining brand Bombay Blues from Blue Foods owned by Everstone Capital for an undisclosed amount
Blue Foods is one of the leading players in the organized F&B retail business in India with more than 130 outlets in 10 cities across the country. Blue Foods has a portfolio of strong brands in different cuisines across various formats. The brands operated by the company include Spaghetti Kitchen, Copper Chimney, Gelato Italiano, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Bombay Blues, Noodle Brand spoon.
Blue Foods owned brand Bombay Blues, is a multi-cuisine full service casual dining restaurant which has a diverse menu and has created a niche for lifestyle, It has a diverse menu consisting of Indian, Italian, Mexican, Lebanese cuisine among other. Bombay Blues is a fast-casual bistro is the fastest growing segment in casual format.
Yellow Tie Hospitality plans to revamp the brand to make it more relevant to the competition and customer experience and then relaunch it in a fast-casual family dining format.
The revamped Bombay Blues will be part of Yellow Tie’s incubation program, launched last year that house quick-service restaurant brands including Umraan and Wok This Way in which Yellow Tie Hospitality acquired controlling stakes.
Karan Tanna, Founder, Yellow Tie Hospitality said “We have acquired the Intellectual Property Rights for Bombay Blues as we found that this brand has huge potential in India. Bombay Blues fits into the current portfolio of Yellow Tie- as a casual dining bistro brand, which echoes with millennials in terms of its menu and appeal. Fine and casual dining restaurants are the ones which have elaborate menus and take pains over garnishing and quality of service, usually serving liquor as well and they are much more capital intensive”
“We will focus on tier-two and tier-three cities and planning to add 5 outlets in 2019 and 10 and 15 outlets each in the year 2020 and 2021 respectively and hope to be operating 100 outlets of Bombay Blues by 2025 on a per-store investment of Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 8 to 10 crore will be invested on backend infrastructure,” he added.
add Suvir Saran to ‘my astro’ Biography
Indian chef, cookbook author, and educator, as well as a farmer who specializes in bringing Indian cooking to the American kitchen. He currently lives on American Masala Farm with his partner Charlie, in Hebron, New York.
He studied visual arts at Sir J. J. School of Art in Bombay/Mumbai before leaving India in 1993 to study in New York City at the School of Visual Arts. During this time he enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends when he was not working or going to school. He quickly took what was a hobby and turned it into a catering business Rasoi, The Indian Kitchen. In 1997 he joined the staff at Department of Food and Nutrition at New York University’s Professional Development and Continuing Education Program. Later becoming an executive chef at Dévi on East 18th Street in New York City (the first Indian restaurant in the USA to have earned a Michelin Star), he appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef: Masters (season 3) and wrote several best selling cookbooks. On 10 November 2015, Suvir Saran hosted an evening of bold Indian cuisine as part of the University of Notre Dame’s prestigious celebrity chef series.
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Observing basics of Chinese cuisine at restaurants like Wok Express
/ prasadparanjapeblog More than the heritage it holds, the state of Maharashtra is known for its capital city called Mumbai. Known as Bombay in the previous days, Mumbai is one of the most popular cities in not only the country of India, but also in the world. It is one of the most populated cities of this nation, which is ranked the second largest in terms of the population of the countries in this world. Wok Express in Mumbai |Image Resource : mouthshut.com The part of the western coast of the Indian peninsula, called the Konkan coast, is the home for this famous city. It could also be termed as the business capital of the country, being a hub of various commercial sectors and the respective office spaces. Mumbai is also one of the metropolitan cities of the nation of India, which has seen the development and growth of several companies. Chinese Restaurants in Mumbai Being one of the most famous cities of the world, it is quite an obvious fact that Mumbai is a host to many restaurants serving several cuisines from the world. Chinese restaurants in Mumbai are popular for the mellow yet luscious food that they serve. Local residents, office-goers as well as tourists- all have the chance to relish such food from here. Chinese Cuisine ingredients Seasonings are always the factors for enhancing the ultimate taste of any dish when served. The kinds of seasonings used in the Chinese cuisine could range from fresh ginger root, white peppers to garlic and cilantro. Scallion, peppercorns, sesame, and common spices like cinnamon, fennel, star anise and cloves, etc. are the other types of ingredients used to season the dishes cooked under this cuisine. Veg Chinese Restaurant The fact that the people hailing from China incorporate vegetables into almost all their dishes is quite interesting. Such a healthy approach can be seen in the dishes served in a veg Chinese restaurant as well. Schezwan Veggies and Chilli Paneer are examples of such food items that are served with generous quantities of veggies in the same. Non-Veg Chinese Restaurant Different kinds of non-vegetarian dishes can be found in this cuisine belonging to the Chinese nation. A non-veg Chinese restaurant may serve not only just dishes made majorly with fowl, but also other types of meat and seafood as well.Flavorsome dishes like chicken wings could be found in Wok Express in Mumbai and may be cooked through techniques like braising, baking and stewing; yielding the genuine taste of the cuisine. Advertisements
Hong Kong gifts Pakistan a culinary star
Hong Kong gifts Pakistan a culinary star by Agencies , (Last Updated 2 hours ago)
HONG KONG: A pair of his father’s old tandoor ovens helped Hong Kong restaurateur Asim Hussain achieve a dream — the world’s first Michelin star for a Pakistani restaurant, an accolade he hopes will fire interest in the country’s often overlooked cuisine.
Like many of Hong Kong’s 85,000 strong South Asian population, Hussein’s family trace their lineage in the bustling financial hub back generations, when the city was a British colonial outpost.
His great-grandfather arrived during World War One, overseeing mess halls for British soldiers while his Cantonese speaking father owned restaurants in the eighties and nineties.
Hussein, 33, already had some twenty eateries in his group when he decided to embark on his what he described as his most personal and risky project yet, a restaurant serving dishes from Pakistan’s Punjab region, the family’s ancestral homeland and where he was packed off to boarding school aged six.
His father, a serial entrepreneur and even once Pakistan’s ambassador to South Korea, suggested he restore two old tandoors from his now shuttered restaurant collecting dust in storage.
“He comes from a generation that doesn’t throw things away,” laughs Hussain, dressed in a traditional knee-length tunic and sitting in a restaurant decked with paintings by Pakistani artists. “Actually the results are better than if we had new ovens because these things improve with age.”
Those tandoors, frequent trips to Lahore to perfect recipes and a kitchen overseen by head chef Palash Mitra, earned the New Punjab Club a Michelin star just 18 months after it opened its doors.
The success made headlines in Pakistan, a country that is unlikely to see a Michelin guide any time soon and whose chefs have long felt overshadowed by the wider global recognition gained from neighbouring India’s regional cuisines.
“It makes us proud, it makes us very happy,” Waqar Chattha, who runs one of Islamabad’s best-known restaurants, told AFP. “In the restaurant fraternity it’s a great achievement. It sort of sets a benchmark for others to achieve as well.”
Hussain is keen to note that his restaurant only represents one of Pakistan’s many cuisines, the often meat-heavy, piquant food of the Punjab. At it doesn’t come cheap — as much as $100 per head.
“I’m not arrogant or ignorant to say this is the best Pakistani restaurant in the world. There are better Pakistani restaurants than this in Pakistan.”
But he says the accolade has still been a “great source of pride” for Hong Kong’s 18,000-strong Pakistani community.
“It’s bringing a very niche personal story back to life, this culture, this cuisine is sort of unknown outside of Pakistan, outside of Punjab, so in a very small way I think we’ve shed a positive light on the work, on who we are and where we come from,” he explains.
It was the second star achieved by Black Sheep, the restaurant group which was founded six years ago by Hussein and his business partner, veteran Canadian chef Christopher Mark, and has seen rapid success.
But the expansion of Michelin and other western food guides into Asia has not been without controversy.
Critics have often said reviewers tended to over-emphasise western culinary standards, service and tastes.
Daisann McLane is one of those detractors. She describes the Michelin guide’s arrival in Bangkok last year as “completely changing the culinary scene there — and not in a good way.”
She runs culinary tours to some of the Hong Kong’s less glitzy eateries — to hole in the wall “dai pai dong” food stalls, African and South Asian canteens hidden inside the famously labyrinthine Chungking Mansions and to “cha chan teng” tea shops famous for their sweet brews and thick slabs of toast.
While she’s “delighted” New Punjab Club has been recognised, she has her reservations: “There is a lot of world cuisine operating way under the radar in Hong Kong and it doesn’t get noticed by Michelin or the big award groups.”
For some, any recognition of Pakistan’s overlooked cuisine is a success story.
Sumayya Usmani said she spent years trying to showcase the distinct flavours of Pakistani cuisine, so heavily influenced by the tumultuous and violent migration sparked by the 1947 partition of India.
When the British-Pakistani chef first pitched her cookbook to publishers on her country’s cuisine, many initially balked.
But in recent years, she says, attitudes have changed. Pakistani-run restaurants in the west that once might have described themselves as Indian are more proudly proclaiming their real culinary heritage, she says.
“I think it’s really good that people are coming out of that fear of calling themselves specifically Pakistani,” she told AFP. “It’s nice that Pakistanis have started to take ownership of what belongs to them.”
Back in Hong Kong, Hussain remarks the hard work has only just begun.
“I joke with the boys and I say that ‘It’s the first Pakistani Punjabi restaurant in the world to win a star, let’s not be the first one to lose a star’”. Related posts
Marks & Spencer faces backlash from top chef over Indian-themed vegan wrap
‘It’s wrong on many levels when people will assume this is what a Biryani looks like!’
Other Twitter users followed her sentiment, writing: ‘Maybe they’re not sure what biriyani is, or they’ve made a new meaning for it’ and ‘Firstly it’s not biryani if it comes in a wrap and secondly it has sweet potatoes in it! Who puts sweet potatoes in biryani!?!’ Maybe they’re not sure what biriyani is, or they’ve made a new meaning for it 🤣
— Arushi Patel (@arushiwabisabi) January 24, 2019 I agree. Firstly it’s not biryani if it comes in a wrap and secondly it has sweet potatoes in it! Who puts sweet potatoes in biryani!?! 😒
— Abida Khan (@AbidaNKhan) January 25, 2019
While another angry internet user wrote: ‘Omg what is wrong with M&S!!’ Maybe they’re not sure what biriyani is, or they’ve made a new meaning for it 🤣
— Arushi Patel (@arushiwabisabi) January 24, 2019
One perplexed consumer tweeted: ‘@marksandspencer tbh I’m just confused… What part of this is biryani? Biryani is a rice based dish, traditionally with meat that most certainly doesn’t have sweet potato, so it’s not right on any level???’ @marksandspencer tbh I’m just confused… What part of this is biryani? Biryani is a rice based dish, traditionally with meat that most certainly doesn’t have sweet potato, so it’s not right on any level???
— Asad Khan (@AJKhan_Photog) January 26, 2019
While one person accused the supermarket of cultural appropriation for the their use of the product description. That qualifies as cultural appropriation
— Maria K. (@mariaccino) January 24, 2019 Video of the Week
Top London restaurant Darjeeling Express also joined in the discussion, writing: ‘This is so wrong at SO many levels- who are you paying to design your wraps @marksandspencer? You seriously need to rethink your “exotic” wrap selection. That is not Biryani-you do not appropriate names from a cuisine without even bothering to do any research on that dish.’ This is so wrong at SO many levels- who are you paying to design your wraps @marksandspencer ? You seriously need to rethink your “exotic” wrap selection. That is not Biryani-you do not appropriate names from a cuisine without even bothering to do any research on that dish. https://t.co/A9KPPaBL14
— Darjeeling Express (@Darjeelingldn) January 24, 2019
‘M&S is famous for its food innovation,’ a Marks & Spencer spokeswoman told the Metro, ‘Our developers use a fusion of different flavours and ingredients to create an exciting range of products to appeal to customers’ tastes.’