Singaporeans’ love for Japanese food is pretty evident and it doesn’t come as a surprise because we often see long queue lines forming outside Singapore’s top Japanese restaurants. Recently, we stumbled upon IZA, a newly-opened Izakaya Bar in the charming Siglap neighbourhood and we totally fell in love with it.

Open daily from 6 pm till 1 am, IZA offers a casual and unpretentious Japanese-styled bar and restaurant that serves affordable kushiyaki fare and drinks amidst a homey but yet modern ambience.

Designed with plenty of group seating that is perfect for families and communal dining, you can let your hair down, bond and celebrate the day over drinks and an amazingly wallet-friendly food menu.

When we were there, we tried 3 of their new and innovative creations that happen to be the crowd favourites and we were told that they sell out pretty quickly each night. 

Four-Ton Chawanmushi $4.50***

The only one-of-its-kind in Singapore, the Four-Ton Chawanmushi integrates a blend of century egg, salted egg, quail egg and the traditional chicken egg into an indulgent, steamed four-egg delight.

Fresh Whole Seabass with Home-made Chilli $28***

We definitely enjoyed this one. Oven-baked fresh whole Seabass perfectly complemented with home-made Chilli. This dish has the Sambal Chilli Stringray kind of ‘feel’ that we usually get from East Coast Lagoon Food Village.

Otah Tamago $6.90

Otah Tamago which combines Japanese-rolled omelette with fragrant Otah from Muar. The Otah has certainly overpowered the Tamago. We wonder if IZA is up for an even more quirky kind of local creation like Chicken Rice Tamago?

We also had other delectable dishes such as:

Table Treats

  • Grilled Oysters, 3 Pieces ($12)***
  • Grilled Avocado ($5.00)
  • Grilled Pineapple ($2.00)***
  • Stuffed Taupok Special, 1 Piece ($3.00)
  • Deep Fried Chicken Soft-Bone ($6.00)


  • Fresh Prawns ($3.50)***
  • Hand-made Chicken & Pork Meatball ($3.50)***
  • Chicken Mid-Joint ($1.90)***
  • Bacon Wrapped Lychee ($2.80)***
  • Lady’s Finger ($1.90)***


  • Hae Bee Hiam Spaghetti ($11.90)***

***must-try dishes!

We probably don’t have to tell you how good the food is because it is seriously damn good. You just got to try it for yourself to believe.

What We LOVE About IZA

Wallet-Friendly Food & Beverage Menu

For the fresh and tasty food that patrons are getting, the prices are seriously very affordable and furthermore, there’s no service charge unlike most other dining establishments in Singapore. This thus makes IZA an ideal dining place for couples who are on a budget.

Wide Selection of Alcoholic Beverages Including Japanese Craft Beers & Sakes

There’s a wide selection of alcoholic beverages that IZA serves and they include Japanese Craft Beers like Coedo Beniaka (best paired with meat) and Coedo Shiro (best paired with seafood and vegetables). For Sake, IZA serves the Tengumai Junmai Daiginjo and Fudoh Special Junmai.

Warm and Welcoming Service Staff & Ambience

The service staff were really attentive and responsive to our needs. Needless to say, it was such a pleasant dining experience that we will definitely be back for more. The best part of the dining experience? You won’t leave smelling like a grill after dining at IZA!

695 East Coast Road
Singapore 459059

Opens daily from 6 pm to 1 am


For those who are new to the Japanese food culture, here are some definitions of commonly-used Japanese food terms:

Izakaya: a type of informal Japanese gastropub where a variety of dishes and snacks are served to accompany alcoholic drinks.

Chawanmushi: egg custard dish

Kushiyaki: grilled meat or vegetables on a skewer

Kushiage: fried meat or vegetables on a skewer

Sake: Japanese rice wine

Yakitori: grilled skewered chicken

Yakiton: grilled skewered pork

This Christmas and New Year, go merry feasting with Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay at The Square Restaurant!

Presenting a sumptuous buffet spread with a selection of international and local specialities carefully crafted by the Hotel’s Chef De Cuisine, Chef Kishen Ramachanran and his culinary team; be spoilt for choice with an irresistible buffet variety of festive delicacies such as the Salt Crusted Baked Whole Barramundi, Roasted Beef Strip Loin with Grain Mustard Sauce, Roasted Lamb Leg Pepper Crust with Rosemary Sauce, Roasted Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple & Orange Herb Sauce, and more.

Roasted specialities at the carving station feature Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy & Cranberry Sauce, Baked Gammon Ham with Clove and Apple Compote, Baked Black Angus Sirloin in Mustard Sauce.

Novotel Clarke Quay Festive Christmas Buffet 2017

A variety of seafood on ice including Baby Lobsters, Fresh Oysters and Alaskan King Crabs with an assortment of Terrine Platter including Salmon Terrine with Apricot, Smoked Halibut Rillettes, Parma Ham with Rock Melon and more will be served.

End on a sweet note with festive desserts prepared by our Pastry Chef Siak, including Red Velvet cakes, Festive Cupcake Tower, Mini Assorted Macaroons, Panettone and the traditional Merry Festive Log Cake.

Novotel Clarke Quay Festive Christmas Buffet 2017

Buffet Lunch (Mon – Fri)
From $38++ per adult

Weekend Buffet Lunch (Sat & Sun)
From $48++ per adult

Buffet Dinner (Daily)
From $62++ per adult

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch & New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner with Unlimited House Wine, Beer, and Soft Drinks.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner (24th & 31st December 2017)
6.00pm – 10.30 pm
Adult $85++ | Child (5-12 years old) $40++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $70++

Christmas Day Brunch (25th December 2017)
11.45am – 1.15pm | 1.45pm – 3.15pm
Adult $85++ | Child (5-12 years old) $40++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $70++

Christmas Day Dinner (25th December 2017)
6.00pm – 10.30pm
Adult $62++ | Child (5-12 years old) $31++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $52++

New Year’s Day Lunch (1st January 2018)
12.00pm – 2.30pm
Adult $48++ | Child (5-12 years old) $24++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $32++

* Prices are subject to 10% service charge and thereafter 7% Goods & Services Tax. Reservations made are non-refundable and are subject to availability on a first-come-first serve basis. Prices are not applicable in conjunction with other promotions. Menus will be on rotation and buffet items may be subject to change.

For reservations and more details, you can contact The Square Restaurant at 6433 8790 or visit:

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It was our first time to Cake Avenue and as its name rightly suggests; it is da place for wonderfully crafted cakes that not only look pretty but also Instagram worthy as well. Born out of the passion to excite customers with beautiful and playful cakes, owners Natalie and Chuan Sheng Wong have come a long way since setting up their first humble outlet in 2000.

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

From making birthday cakes designed to look like Bak Chor Mee to anniversary cakes that looked like branded handbags, Cake Avenue makes the impossible possible with their latest all-new dessert menu (created by Cake Avenue’s Head Pastry Chef E.T. Yew) that is designed to mimic the look and feel of classic savoury diner foods such as hamburgers, corndogs, nachos and alphabet soup.

My Personal Opinion of the All-new Dessert Menu by Cake Avenue’s Head Pastry Chef E.T. Yew

Honestly, I have a sweet tooth and I never fail to leave some stomach space for desserts. After what seems like endless servings of desserts, I literally died a happy man with an overdose of sugar in my bloodstream. Out of the 6 dessert items served, my favourite is the Nachos Dulces (SGD$12.90) and it is basically a tex-mex nachos lookalike dish that includes crispy flatbread ‘nachos’ packed with toppings such as chocolate mousse ‘refried beans’, strawberry compote ‘salsa’, julienned peach ‘cheese’, and pistachio ice cream ‘guacamole’. Sure, the Nachos Dulces might seem a little like rojak but I really like the fruity, nutty, and crunchy combination!

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

If quirky is your middle name, you should try the Diner Slider and Fries (SGD$15.90). I swear it is the most mind-boggling dessert that I ever had. Featuring two slider-sized burgers, each comprising of a dark chocolate ice cream burger patty sandwiched between vanilla butter cake buns; the dish is served with a side of warm fries made up of vanilla cake. To top it off, the citrusy passionfruit puree ‘mustard’ and tangy raspberry puree ‘ketchup’ made the whole setup look completely like legit burgers and fries.

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

As for the other desserts that I had, I shall keep mum and leave it a surprise for you to find out how they taste like. After all, with ample dining space and a cosy ambience, Cake Avenue gives you the best opportunity for you to jio all your friends down for some adventurous get-together.

Should you be planning a Christmas party at home or the office, you too can usher in the festive cheer with Cake Avenue’s takeaway options. Prices for the Christmas Set Menus range from SGD$67 to SGD$172 and ala-carte selections are available as well.

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

Whether it is a sweet dessert like the log cake or a savoury dish like the chicken lasagna, there are plenty of choices to choose from and Cake Avenue’s halal-certified too. 

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

Do note that a minimum of 3 days advance notice is required for all takeaway bookings so I highly recommend that you start planning early.

For more information, visit Cake Avenue’s Facebook Page and Website.

Cake Avenue

33 Lorong Kilat, #01-01/02, Kilat Centre, Singapore 598132

Nearest Train Station: Beauty World MRT Station (Downtown Line)

Operating Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 8.30pm
Closed on Mondays


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It is said that if you look up at the moon, you can see the outline of the Jade Rabbit that lives there.

This Mid-Autumn Festival, Häagen-Dazs™ has taken inspiration from the myth of the Jade Rabbit to design a whimsical and contemporary range of ice cream mooncakes featuring new designs and exciting flavours.  Every set is sure to be a crowd pleaser, whether as a gift or to make your family reunion extra special. 


Twinkle Crispy (RSP: S$29.90)

All-time favourite crispy sandwich made with Häagen-Dazs™ ice cream in a wrapping with smooth chocolate and sandwiched between crispy wafers. Each box comes with 5 pieces (Vanilla x 2, Caramel x 2, Green Tea x 1).  Available at both Häagen-Dazs™ stores as well as selected retailers.

Twinkle Night Mix (RSP: S$75.00)

A beautiful set of chocolate-coated ice cream mooncakes, featuring luxurious contemporary designs. Each set contains 6 mooncakes in an assortment of flavours, including Mango ice cream exclusively available in mooncakes (Chocolate x 2, Mango x 2, Green Tea x 1, Vanilla x1).  Available at all Häagen-Dazs™ stores.

Harmony Mochi (RSP: S$75.00)

A totally new experience this season, open this box to find indulgent Häagen-Dazs™ ice cream carefully wrapped with premium soft and chewy Japanese mochi skin. Available as a set of 4 pieces in strawberry and mango flavours. Available at all Häagen-Dazs™ stores.

Lune et Etoiles (RSP: S$98.00, Limited Edition)

This unique set is a bestseller in Hong Kong, and consists of 1 very special ‘moon’ surrounded by 7 ‘stars’.  Each mooncake is coated with dark chocolate and decorated with elegant Parisian-themed chocolate designs. This super premium collection is limited to just 100 sets in Singapore and is exclusive to Tang’s. This set features an assortment of 8 flavours (Yuzu Citrus & Cream, Belgian Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream, Chocolate, Strawberry Cheesecake, Caramel Biscuit & Cream).

Available for pre-orders starting on August 15 and in-store from September 4, hurry to place your order to share these very special mooncakes with your loved ones before they run out! 


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Pizza is loved all around the world. The simple Italian dish of tomato sauce and various toppings served on round dough is a staple of human cuisine. It’s associated with good times as we share it with our friends at a get-together, kids have it for their birthday and it’s an ideal dish when we want something quick yet filling when having a fun day with those close to us. There are countless types, variants, and topping options, which is one of the strengths of this dish. One of the most popular flavours of pizza is Margherita.

Margherita pizza is a Neapolitan pizza traditionally made with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, salt and extra-virgin olive oil. Its crust is what separates it from other types of pizza, as it should be thin at the base and puffed up at the sides. It is not just a staple of Italian cuisine because of its ingredients or the place it was invented, it’s also because it reflects the green, white and red of the Italian flag.

Margherita pizza is the most famous pizza in Italy and has a long and interesting history that dates back to the 19th century. It was thought to be named after the queen of Italy at its creation. The story goes that The King and Queen were visiting southern Italy in 1889 and was growing tired of French food that was usually given to royals and instead wanted something Italian. The Queen summoned the top chef of Naples and had him make her some pizzas. She passed on garlic and anchovies pizzas but loved the one with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. The chef would name this pizza Margherita, the name of the Queen and was sent a thank you note from her.

This has long been the story but doubts have risen. Its colours and the fact that it represents the union between north and south Italy can come across as convenient, and the thank you note, which exists to this day, mention the Queen giving her approval for a store, rather than the pizzeria. The royal seal may also be incorrect. True or not, it’s a fascinating story that captures the magic and imagination that this dish brings.

While its components are set and its home being Italy, Margherita pizza has become a dish made and enjoyed throughout the world. Anywhere you will be able to find the necessary ingredients and numerous recipes, while countless places sell it. In Singapore alone, there are many pizzerias to choose which you can visit with friends at any day of the week. You’re also lucky enough to have some of these establishments deliver directly to your home with Deliveroo.

A perfect Margarita pizza is never far away. You can revel in this Italian dish at any time with loved ones, coworkers or alone, as you enjoy a meal (maybe) fit for a queen.

As we count down to National Day, McDonald’s Singapore is launching a delicious menu selection that puts a modern spin on traditional local favourites.

Adding to its variety of iconic burgers and desserts that Singaporeans love, McDonald’s is celebrating the diverse local food heritage with a creative touch to whet local appetites. Familiar local fare that Singaporeans grew up eating such as Nasi Lemak, Bandung and Chendol form the inspiration behind the new limited-time menu, launched in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival (SFF) 2017.

“Nasi Lemak” Burger

Inspired by the iconic Malay dish, the “Nasi Lemak” Burger combines key elements of the dish in a mouth-watering recipe that will capture your senses from miles away. The juicy chicken thigh patty, a star ingredient of the burger, is rich in aromatic coconut flavours and coated with cornflakes crunch for an extra crispy finish. Served between lightly toasted semolina buns, the chicken thigh patty is layered with a golden fried egg, a bed of caramelised onions, crunchy cucumber slices, and topped off with a dash of sweet and spicy sambal sauce for that added zing. The “Nasi Lemak” Burger is available from $5.95 a la carte, or from $7.80 in an Extra Value Meal™.

Editor’s Note: I have tried the “Nasi Lemak” Burger and it really tastes like the usual Nasi Lemak that we get from the Hawker Centre. The sweet sambal goes very well with the juicy chicken thigh patty and I enjoyed it very much. If the sambal sauce could be spicier, it would have been almost perfect!

Bandung McFizz & Criss Cut Fries



From $3.40, you can also enjoy the savoury goodness of Criss Cut Fries, a treat no one can say no to! To balance out the rich flavours of your meal, chill out with a glass of Bandung McFizz from $3 – a refreshing take on an old-school favourite.  

Chendol McFlurry & Coconut Pie


End your meal on a sweet note by digging into a Chendol McFlurry from $3. Comprising a mix of vanilla soft serve with Gula Melaka sauce whisked to perfection with Chendol jelly bits, you can savour the taste of the traditional dessert with a modern twist. Those craving for a warm dessert can get their hands on the scrumptiously crispy Coconut Pie from $1.20 and enjoy some oozing tropical coconut filling with nata de coco bits.

To relish the full experience, dig into the “Nasi Lemak” Feast from $9 to get a taste of everything including the “Nasi Lemak” Burger, Fries (M), Coconut Pie and Bandung McFizz.

The locally-inspired menu is available after breakfast hours in all McDonald’s restaurants, Drive-Thru and via McDelivery® from 13 July 2017, while stocks last.

Dessert Kiosk: Chendol Melaka Cone, Chendol Melaka Twist & Chendol Melaka ChocoCone



The beloved chendol flavour is also making its way to our Dessert Kiosks and adding a local touch to our Vanilla Cones. Slurp on the Chendol Melaka Cone andChendol Melaka Twist from $1 each or go with an adventurous choice of the Chendol Melaka ChocoCone from $1.20, available all day at McDonald’s Dessert Kiosks, while stocks last.

50 Years of National Service

As Singapore celebrates 50 years of National Service (NS50), McDonald’s is saluting our servicemen by offering all past and present NS men a FREE Apple Pie orHot Fudge Sundae with every Extra Value Meal purchased (after breakfast hours) from 4 to 10 August. Eligible customers simply need to present their SAFRA Card, 11B or Pink IC to redeem the treat.

In celebration of the nation’s birthday, McDonald’s is also spreading the joy with a limited-time offer for the signature Vanilla Cone available at a special price of only 50-cents from 4 to 10 August.

Get ready for some family feasting deals at MacDonald’s!


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While most of us are spending the majority of our time working to pay bills, there are others that are spending their time the way the want. For whatever reason; whether they have made millions in the stock market or have hustled their way to building a lifestyle business, some people just get to do amazing things in their free time. When the rest of us have some free time, we usually try to spend it with family or friends, get caught up on housework or do a little travelling. It’s hard to see the world in 2 weeks a year though. But what if you started looking out for opportunities to do things that seemed larger than life, but didn’t come with the price tag that most of us can’t afford anyway? Would you do it? Sure you would. Money is what stops us from doing so many of the things we want in life.
Here are three ways you can check the bigger items off on your bucket list without having to go very far or spend a lot of money.

1. Travel with a Group

If travelling is on your to-do list, the most affordable way to do it (besides having someone pay for you) is to travel with a large group. Group travel offers affordable alternative pricing on everything from meals to lodging. You can bunk with up to 4 people in a room to save even more money. Split meals with your kids, take a bus tour to save on rental cars and gas, and stick to the path less travelled. If you venture to popular tourist destinations, you’ll get hit with tourist prices; however, if you travel to the areas outside of the popular destinations, you can find much more affordable lodging and meal options. We will be sharing more about this in the upcoming post that will be published very soon!

2. Take Part in a Weekend Festival Event

There’s always some kind of celebration planned during the festive seasons, and there are even many more events planned all over Singapore! You can indulge in some soulful Japanese food at the Matsuri Race Village during the Mizuno Ekiden Run 2017, watch the thrilling Cirque du Soleil KOOZA circus performance under the Big Top Tent next to Marina Bay Sands, or take an eerie haunted walking tour at Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Night. Well, and who would miss the biennial Singapore Airshow where you can view some of the fastest jets in the world? There’s nothing like feeling like you are being transported out of one world and being plopped into another world. Hearty food, thrilling circus performance, eerie ghostly adventures, and roaring loud planes; these things should be on everyone’s bucket lists!

3. Eat Something Exotic

Exotic is a relative term, of course, but the point is that you get outside your comfort zone and eat something you would never normally eat! Similar to travelling in groups, going out to try new foods is best practiced in groups. This way, bills can be split, people can order different entrees and appetizers to taste and you can have a great laugh with friends and family about how awesome or horrible a new food is. And of course, lots of debate and lively conversation is sure to accompany these kinds of experiences, so you won’t be bored!

I must have a cup of hot coffee early in the morning because if I don’t get my morning fix, I will feel quite lethargic. In fact, the wonderful aroma of a cup of piping hot coffee is enough to awaken all my senses and keep me freshened up for at least a couple of hours before I go to my meetings.
Recently, I have decided to brew and make my own coffee using the Aeropress Coffee Maker and it has been a great experience because it is so easy to use and is very portable. For a start, I experimented with Cafédirect’s new 100% Arabica Espresso Roast and Ground Coffee and the result is simply therapeutic although it only lasted for a while.

Cafedirect 100% Arabica Espresso Ground Coffee 2017

Created for coffee connoisseurs, this espresso blend by Cafédirect is a dark and intense coffee and it uses coffee beans from Peru and Costa Rica. In case you’re wondering; the Arabica beans from Peru make up a strong base for the coffee, bringing a natural dark chocolatey taste to each sip and the strong roasting process intensifies the taste. Costa Rica Arabica beans, on the other hand, counterbalance the Peruvian beans, softening the mouthfeel and giving the coffee a creamy finish.

Cafedirect 100% Arabica Espresso Ground Coffee 2017

Cafédirect uses a unique numbering system to indicate coffee strength and the strength of a coffee depends on a number of factors; namely the composition of coffee beans in the blend and as well as the intensity of the roasting process. Roast and ground coffees from Cafédirect span the range from 3 to 6 and the Arabica Espresso Roast and Ground Coffee is a 6, reflecting its full-bodied taste that promises a flavour explosion that leads up to a naturally sweet finish.

Cafedirect 100% Arabica Espresso Ground Coffee 2017

Cafédirect’s 100% Arabica Espresso is finely ground for easy brewing in an espresso machine, stove-top espresso pot/percolator, or сafetière (plunger) i.e. Aeropress Coffee Maker.

Cafedirect 100% Arabica Espresso Ground Coffee 2017

If you like your coffee dark and intense, Cafédirect’s 100% Arabica Espresso is the way to go and you can find it at all leading supermarkets like Cold Storage and NTUC FairPrice. When my pack of Cafédirect’s 100% Arabica Espresso finishes, my next experiment with the Aeropress Coffee Maker would be Cafédirect’s Machu Picchu Ground Coffee and also Cafedirect’s Kilimanjaro Fresh Ground Coffee.

Cafedirect 100% Arabica Espresso Ground Coffee 2017

About Cafédirect

As a business, Cafédirect is different. Growers have shares in the company and have two seats on the Cafédirect Board of Directors. Cafédirect’s unique approach has seen the company paying fair prices and working directly with smallholder growers so that they can develop their businesses and increase their influence in highly competitive commodity markets.

Through direct, personal and long-term relationships, Cafédirect partners with over 282,000 smallholder growers in 40 grower organisations across 14 developing countries. Under Cafédirect’s Fairtrade business model, 50% of the profits go back to the coffee growers who nurture and harvest the beans. This not only improves the lives of the growers but the quality of each coffee bean as well.


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Valentine’s Day is round the corner and if you are thinking about where to bring your partner for a nice dinner, why not consider Japanese-French fusion restaurant, Lewin Terrace?
This Valentine’s Day, Lewin Terrace presents a sumptuous 5-course dinner menu designed to tantalize palates and kindle the flames of romance.

A beautiful black-and-white bungalow surrounded by lush foliage and tucked away in the heart of the historically-iconic Fort Canning Park, Lewin Terrace offers patrons respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, providing the perfect atmosphere for lovers to share an intimate evening together as they delve into a gastronomic experience that features the finest of ingredients from Japan, masterfully prepared by Chef de Cuisine Hiroyuki Shinkai.

With over a decade of professional experience working at Michelin star establishments (L’Osier in Tokyo and Beni in Singapore), Chef Shinkai is devoted to the pursuit of perfection in the culinary arts as he continues to refine his own personal interpretation of French cuisine. Armed with the strong belief that simplicity is key, Chef Shinkai’s philosophy is grounded in the importance of elevating the natural freshness of his ingredients, an ethic that complements Lewin Terrace’s produce-driven approach.

Witness the quaint and picturesque charm of Lewin Terrace this Valentine’s Day while savouring a robust interplay of textures and flavours –all the right components for a wonderful night to remember.

Dinner is priced at SGD$388++ per couple with a half bottle of champagne, with an optional supplement of SGD$120 for a 5-glass wine pairing.

Hurry and reserve a table now!

Lewin Terrace’s Valentine’s Day Set Dinner Menu

Amuse bouche

Le ENTRÉ Froid
Duck tartare /Salad /pear

Le ENTRÉ Chaud
Scallop saute/sauce aromatic /pomme écrasé

AMADAI/Cepes Mushroom /”KOSHIHIKARI”/Fish sauce

“Wagyu Rossini”
“Kagoshima” A4 Wagyu Beef Steak/foie gras /Madeira sauce

“Chitose” Strawberry, Japanese Strawberry by Chitose

Small World

Coffee or Tea

S$388++per couple, with a half bottle of champagne

With wine pairing S$120 (5 glasses)

Evian (still) or Badoit (sparkling)

Unlimited $8 per person

All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST

As we step into 2017, I’m sure many of you are busy cracking your heads on some worthy New Year resolutions. Wealth, happiness, travel, and many more along those lines could very well top your list but let’s be real here – we’re not accomplishing anything without health.
2016 was a year plagued by newborn diseases like MERS, Zika and strains of the Avian Influenza so it is no understatement to say our health is constantly threatened. While we put our faith in the hands of scientists and doctors to develop vaccines and cures, there is much we can do to safeguard our health.

If you’ve been exercising regularly, good on you! BUT – healthy living is not just about working out regularly.

It is a lifestyle that’s all about balance. I know it can be a real challenge to switch up your current lifestyle when you are so used to living this way. (We’re all creatures of habit after all.)

No one is expecting you to make a 360degree change overnight but we got to start somewhere and, fortunately, that somewhere starts with these simple steps. Here are some tips endorsed by dietitian Wong Hui Xin from Mount Elizabeth Hospital, to help you fulfil that 2017 resolution of eating healthy!

Spice Up Your Water

Now, we know water is great for us. But it’s tasteless, and it can sometimes be a chore to drink water. (I feel you, mate.) What do you say about spicing up that boring cup of water with a slice of lemon?

Image Credit: Paleo Hacks

Lemon water is definitely more flavourful than regular water. But it’s also beneficial in several other ways, including raising antioxidant levels, which in turns lowers the risk of several diseases, improving digestion leaving you less bloated, and helping with detoxification so you potentially save big bucks you might have spent on a detox programme elsewhere.

Lemon is just one way you can spice up your water. If you find it too much of a hassle to carry a lemon around (because it honestly can be quite the weight), teabags are a much more viable option. Apart from increasing antioxidant levels, teas like green tea also boost metabolism and kill bacteria.

Choose The Healthier Snacks

Less ice-cream and chocolate bars, more fruits.

I’m guessing you’ve heard this one too many times but fruits definitely make a much more healthier choice of sugary snacks. They’re a great source of vitamins and nutrients that help strengthen your immune system to keep viruses at bay. So the old saying that goes “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is kind of true.

That being said, we all would appreciate some variation too, right?

Bring those nuts and seeds on!

Image Credit: Michelin Guide Singapore

Instead of munching on chips and biscuits (especially during office hours when you’re desk-bound for 8 hours – let’s not even get started on how detrimental that can be for your health!), go for almonds! Almonds are loaded with all the good nutrients you need to keep maintain healthy levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. If nuts aren’t your favourite, go for sunflower seeds! They are as beneficial as almonds.

Not to mention they’re easy to buy from any convenient store!

Have A Salad

You already know you should aim to consume 2 servings of vegetables and fruits a day yet many of us don’t. Salads are the easiest way to work those into your meals.

Image Credit: Resilience Fitness

As a general guide to deciding what goes into your salad, you should always aim for a colourful bowl of vegetables to get a wide range of nutrients. As for proteins, opt for grilled options, or tofu for vegans. Finally, don’t forget some carbohydrates! Foods like corns, beans, and potatoes make for a balanced meal.

Remember that not all salads are created equal – creamy dressings are a major no-no. For healthier dressings, opt for vinaigrettes or olive oil.

The Healthier Choice Label

It’s easy to miss but products endorsed by the Health Promotion Board are lower in fat, sodium, and sugar, and some are also higher in calcium and dietary fibre compared to other options within the same food category.

Image Credit: Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital

If you absolutely have to get your sugared drinks fix, although I’d highly suggest you skip the midday bubble tea, the least you could do is to purchase those with lower sugar content. That way, you can have the cake and eat it too!

Order Only What You Can Eat

We’re all guilty of it – over-ordering. We walk into a fancy café and everything on the menu suddenly looks mouth-watering so we make a pact to order a dish each and share. But we don’t forget to pile on the dessert and appetisers as well. More often than not, we end up with more than enough food.

Over-ordering, and then over-eating, can lead to indigestion and bloat. More importantly, if you do finish all that food, you are bound to exceed your recommended daily calorie intake and all the suggested nutrients levels as well.

The best way to not do so is to opt for smaller servings. It can be as simple as asking for a smaller serving of rice or just holding off orders until you’ve cleared all the food on the table.

Now that wasn’t so difficult, was it? These are some handy tips that will make changing your lifestyle a tad easier.

So before we dive into how we want to embark on a month-long tour around Europe, or scoot on a beach holiday to Boracay, let us go forth and create a healthier us!