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Shepherd's Pie and Lasagne delivered in 1 hour!

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Shepherd's Pie is one of the most underrated party food dishes ever - people assume it is easy to make and almost impossible to go wrong. The truth is, while it is easy to make, it is best eaten piping hot and unless I'm the host and only preparing it just before it is consumed, I would prefer to just order, sit back, relax and wait for my order to arrive! 

 

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Ever been in a situation where everyone wants a quick fix for dinner and fastfood is not an option but you want to please everyone? I find myself in this situation one time too many because I have diners from different age groups to please, the kid, the husband and the parents. Shepherd’s pie is one of the family’s favourite dishes to cook and we have it every now and then.

Have you  had a macaroni and cheese and shepherd’s pie in a single dish? The folks at Shepherdspie.com clearly knew this was lacking and gave us the answer in an all in one dish - Mac ‘n’ Cheese Black Pepper Beef Shepherd’s Pie ($31.90). 

 

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As a consumer, I love being spoilt for choice, this double combo has a special black pepper gravy which makes it all the more appetizing. The mild heat from the pepper, juicy and tender beef, tantalizing mix of cheese, onions and herbs, macaroni, cheese and mashed potatoes! 

 

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It is two mains in 1 single dish – so much to love! Portions are incredibly generous and while it states 4-5 pax, I’d say it’s good for 5-6 pax even! It is so tasty, we kept going back for more. On the downside, this was a tad peppery for the kids but a favourite amongst the adults. The secret ingredient used is sour cream which gives this a slightly sour but super creamy texture. 

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Sienna’s Traditional Lasagne ($13.90) [s worth a try! Mozarella, Cheddar, and Ricotta cheese packed between delicious tomato paste and hand-rolled lasagna sheets. The fournado had so many portions of this tangy delight, I guess that says a lot about this Made In Italy special.

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Handmade Italian Meatballs ($12.20) on the otherhand were less appetizing, they were rather stiff though the Italian Arriabbata sauce was tasty.

They  have a really extensive menu – sides, pasta, lasagna, shepherd’s pies, burgers and dessert is in the works! Truly a one stop shop for those ordering for finicky eaters, there is truly something for everyone, young and old.


FREE delivery above $70 and get it at your doorstep all in 60 minutes!

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Fruits at your doorstep in 120 minutes flat!

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Thanks to Covid-19, my credit card bill for online transactions have soared to a point of no return. Shopping aside, grocery shopping has taken the bulk of my purchases for the following reasons. 

Convenience

The barriers to exit online purchase for groceries is way too high - first, I need to dress up (anything beyond PJs is called dressing up, putting on makeup is another level of effort), don a mask, head to a supermart and practice social distancing, make the purchase, head home with the heavy fruits, shower off all the germs. All these versus, sitting at my laptop clicking away and delivery gets made even without me actually dressing up. Sorry, the convenience has won me over and there is absolutely no way I am heading back to shopping in physical stores till Covid-19 is over. 

2 hour delivery promise

Honestly, the time taken for me to get to the nearest supermart or fruit stall on public transport to and fro would be close to an hour and a half but still no thanks. 2 hour delivery for my fruits and vegetables? I'm taking it. 

 

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The guys at Fruits Delivery SG sent my order promptly and I was stoked to be able to enjoy these seasonal fruits! I love variety and joy is having so many categories to choose from.

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Custard Apples ($14.80 for 2 pcs)

I love custard apples but choosing them at their optimal ripeness is a challenge.  These arrived just right! I like how they are cling wrapped and covered in the styrofoam jacket to help protect it against bruising.

 

Packam Pear ($7 for 5 pcs)

 I love mine over ripe actually so I'd be keeping these for awhile longer!

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Cherries on discount and these were sweet and juicy. The fournado was asking about them for days.

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Vietnam Long Avocado ($9 for 2 pcs)

 Their pricing for these long avocados are really competitive and at a slight premium from the usual avocados, I would not mind getting seconds!

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Creamy and less fibrous, these are so easy to like! What more, the seed can be easily removed too.

Pink Guava ($3 for 2 pcs)

Sold on pink, these are also sweet! My preferred choice as compared to to the usual white guavas.

MYS Tambun Pomelo ($8)

I found these on the dry side and not as sweet as those that I've eaten before. Penang pomelos are the my favourite!

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NZ Envy Apple ($10.90 for 3 pcs)

Of all the apple varieties, this is my favourite. Sweet, crisp and so juicy!

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If these are not up your alley, they have 80 varieties of fruit to choose from, surely there is something that will suit! 

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A Raffles Heritage Evening @ Raffles Hotel

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One of the best kept secrets in town is the A Raffles Heritage Evening at the Raffles Hotel which serves up a beautiful array of local flavours. 

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The sharing platter of Asian style tapas (think dim sum but for the evening!) with Singaporean Chili Crab Cake (must try!), Spicy Tiger Prawns, Sesame Shrimp Toast, and Spring Rolls is a great way to start of the evening.

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 Expect lots of crunchy textures and savory flavors, and even if your spice tolerance isn’t exactly high, don’t worry, the spice levels here are tastefully pleasant. 

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I had the pleasure of trying of both main courses, though I am told that the set allows for 1 choice of main course. The Hainanese chicken rice is a perennial favourite and an all-time classic disc in Singapore (the PR lady even told me that chicken rice is one dish she can eat for every single meal, an opinion readily concurred by my dining companion who nodded furiously and we all started rattling on about our favourite places for chicken rice). This version certainly does not lose out to that from a famous chicken race restaurant just a street away and is a very competent choice. Expect delicious savoury chicken goodness with a perfectly gelatinous skin (perfect for skin lovers like me).

 



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The other choice for the main course is the laksa. It comes in the non-spicy version (you are given sambal chili to adjust the heat yourself), and I enjoyed this. The noodles are done just right according to my preference (slightly more than al dente), and the soup is nourishing without being overbearing with the coconut flavors. 


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Now. Dessert. This was something to behold. First, I had the sweet potato pastry (in the shape of a swan) that was one of the best sweet potato dessert pastry I have ever had in a while. Deceptively savoury with the usual hint of sweet potato sweet flavours at the end, I swear that this would have served just as well as a starter or as a dim sum dish at a top-notch dim sum restaurant. The coconut tartlet was also a refreshing end to the meal, tasting of freshly grated coconut and with none of the sickly-sweet flavours that you tend to get from coconut flakes. 

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The ondeh-ondeh was divine! It far outshoned the pandan kaya roll and the kueh lapis. If you only had stomach for one type, then ondeh-ondeh it is. The other 2 are perfectly competent though at this point my stomach was already protesting at the amount of food I was consuming. 

 

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But there is even more! There is a bowl of chendol to come along with the desserts and you get the works. I was so full at this point but I still manage to put it all into my mouth and worry about the calories tomorrow. You do get a lot for what you pay for, though I must say, this $68 set meal is heavy towards desserts and dim sum and so if that is your tune, go ahead and sing it.

Raffles Hotel is also running a ‘3+1’ Promotion! From now till 30 September 2020, guests can enjoy a special ‘3+1’ group dining offer at The Grand Lobby. Applicable for the Raffles Afternoon Tea set at S$78++ per guest, New York Afternoon Tea set at $78++ per guest, and the Heritage Evenings set at $68++ per guest. 

Opening Hours: Breakfast at The Grand Lobby:  7.00am to 10.30am 

Classic Afternoon Tea and The New York Afternoon Tea*:  Monday to Friday: 1.00pm to 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm to 6.00pm Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.00pm (Heritage Evenings Menu is exclusively available from 6.30pm to 9.00pm) 

Writers Bar Handcrafted Cocktails will be served from 5.00pm daily 

Reservations for The New York Afternoon Tea must be made a day in advance. 

Where: The Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673 

Dresscode: Casual Chic (No shorts and slippers) Website: http://www.rafflessingapore.com/restaurant/the-grand-lobby/

Acai bowls from The Acai Lab!

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Acai bowls and I go way back in time and I miss the days of lunching out and heading over for acai before heading back to the office. 

I really shan't bore with the nutrition statistics about acai bowls - they have been spoken to death and they are my to go for a healthy treat when the weather is so unforgiving. 

Acai Bowl is a newly established company and they are Singapore’s largest, fastest and most popular acai delivery platform! I put their promise to the test. 

 

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60 minutes delivery

They did good on this, my order and delivery happened all too fast and truly I got my fix when I really needed a cold treat! Don't you agree how some of these cravings get delayed satisfaction when the delivery time frame is way longer and I go from hungry to hangry.

Now for the taste test! They have a variety of acai products up for selection: puree, bowls and DIY bowls.  


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Açaí Puree (14.12)

I love my acai purees and there are days where I mix this with my overnight oats combo, do try it! It's tart, creamy and actually really not as bad tasting as it sounds. 


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Signature Acai ($10.20)  

Granola, Banana Strawberry, Blueberry, Kiwi, Raisin, Pumpkin Seed, Coconut Flake, Cranberry, Chia Seed.

With every new acai brand attempted, I make it a point to try their signature - I mean what can go wrong?  

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Nutty Nature ($8.90)

Peanut Butter (+$1)

Chopped banana, kiwi, mixed nuts, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and topped with blueberries

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Tropical Acai ($10)

Pineapple, Banana, Mango, Raisin, Coconut Flakes, Walnut, Cranberries, Chia Seed

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More mango, because why not!

The truth is while the bowls tasted similar, I actually liked them all! My main grouse is the chia seed pudding that ended up too stiff, I definitely would prefer it more liquid and pudding like.


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Their bowls are made with PurpleBlend™ Acai base and all natural and organic ingredients. They even shared their acai bowl recipe: 60% Pure Acai Base + 20% Purple Superfoods + 10% Creamy Base + 10% Liquid Base. I may just try making my own bowl someday with the puree! 

If you're keen to try out other pizzas, here's a listing of Best 7 Acai Bowl Available For Delivery in Singapore!


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Ordering pizza on pizzadelivery.com.sg!

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I admit Circuit Breaker made me food delivery savvy. The essentials for a food delivery vendor include

Chop chop curry pok ordering and delivery service

It is no joke ordering a meal when I am ravenous, only for it to arrive when I am no longer hungry. Granted some merchants are located further away and time has to be catered for travelling but hunger and anger go hand in hand very often, so my major pet peeve is long time taken to order and wait for it to be delivered.

Piping hot food

This is related to the point above, very often I get past a quick ordering process but the delivery takes longer than usual and my food's does not arrive piping hot, lukewarm at best. Cues major pet peeve. While I understand that there is no way food be served as piping as I would prefer, straight out of the kitchen, I have to give and take on how hot is piping hot.

Anyway I digress, the folks at Pizza Delivery Singapore sent me these to try! Order to deliver within 1 hour - totally trashing my two pet peeves. 

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Handcrafted Pizzas it is and we tried 1 flavour from each of their categories of Classic and Favourite. 



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Bolognese Pizza is literally a bolognese dish without the pasta served on a pizza base. Easy to love and very kid friendly, the four year old had enough slices to head straight into a food coma. 


 

 

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Mushroom Pizza totally made for vegetarians and comes with button, shitake and oyster mushrooms. Love your shrooms and you'd love this too! 


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Sides are a must everytime I order pizza and without them, the experience is lacking. I like the variety of sides there are for selection and I opted for Crispy Chicken Wings and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks - both are crowd favourites. 


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The wings definitely reminded me of spicy wings - the crumbed skin especially, shiok! 


The set sent over for review is good for 4-5 pax and costs $63.50, a good $16 off the ala carte pricing.

Hot promotions are going on now, with 1 for 1 medium or large pizzas saving up to $51 and combos like the one I reviewed for greater value! 

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Famous Kitchen Delivers!

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Covid-19 definitely changed the food and beverage industry drastically and food deliveries have been the way to go since Circuit Breaker started. I was sent this delivery by the kind folks from Famous Kitchen and they were served piping hot! Major brownie points there.

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Deep Fried Pork Belly with Fermented Beancurd ($20)

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Marinated with nam yu, these deep fried pork belly cubes make a tasty snack. Great with beer!

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Roasted Irish "Silver Hill" Duck ($78)

Roasted ducks are my weakness and these travelled well, the meat was still very tender and juicy.

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Traditional Fish Head Curry ($65)

The portions are big for a whole fish head curry that comes with a medley of vegetables. Think brinjal, carrots, cabbage and beancurd skins. I found the gravy a tad sweet though. The generous portion makes this a super value for money dish!

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Signature Yellow Chives Char Kuay Teow ($36) 

The second dish that travelled so well, I love the char and smokeyness of the dish. Who'd think that chives and fried noodles would be so yummy together!

Spend a minimum of $108+ this June to get half portion of the Traditional Fish Head Curry free! Plus, free island wide delivery is also thrown in. Make haste and support this homegrown brand.

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Esthergrace's tart box

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I've always wanted to try Esther Grace's bakes and it is a pity that I did not get to try more of mysisterbakes' sweet treats. The opportunity arose and I managed to get one of her dessert boxes!

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8 tarts for $32 and each are smaller than palm sized.

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Cookie butter, salted caramel, black forest and lemon. 

The tart bases are so good - crunchy and buttery and they hold up the crunch even after a day in the fridge. My favourite flavours are cookie butter and salted caramel, I love the sweet and savoury combination.