Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Portico Host - a Hidden Gem in Alexandra

Portico Host (formerly known as Hosted on the Patio) is nestled among the commercial buildings along Alexandra Road.

Be welcomed by its lovely garden and sprawling alfresco space when you stepped into Portico Host.  A lovely venue where one will enjoy chilling out with families and friends over some drinks.  Seemingly, a hidden gem among the commercial buildings.

In fact, the main dining hall area is of such homely feel that one finds it a cozy venue to dine in with families and friends, a great venue for catching up.

The Portico Host has recently revamped its menu.  Starters served include, Duo Crab & Trio of Skin.

The Duo Crab is a delighting dish, filled with elements of surprise. Deep fried baby crabs, so crispy that you can eat it on its own or with the edible soil which is actually of salted egg. Dip your fried mantou into the chili mud crab meat dip but it would have score better if the spicy level of the dip is slight raised.

The Trio of skin includes deep fried eel skin and pork floss, chicken skin with host seasoning and the pork skin crackling. These are great snacks that goes well with the beer or on themselves! My personal favourite got to be the fried chicken skin which is so crispy and flavourful that I couldn't stop helping myself with it.

Next come the main courses.

The freshness of the hottate (scallop) matters most when comes to dishes like Hotatte Tattaki. The fresh scallops, pan seared till golden brown and topped with mentaiko, apple slaw, avrugu caviar and crispy kawa ebi, is a different take from the usual salted pan seared scallop, with a burst of flavours!

The Grilled Octopus is certainly not the dish for me as I have never really fancy eating octopus.  However, undeniably, the plating is beautiful and the Sous-vide potatoes chunks taste awesome!

I was never a fan of Chicken Breast, but the Seared Chicken Breast surprisingly, is my second favourite among the variety of main courses! Tender and succulent, the chicken breast manages to retain the moisture and tasted juicy! The is the dish that I will highly recommend to the health conscious eaters!  Healthy, yet taste is not compromised.

The Snapper Pie is the top choice among all. The dish is simply toothsome!  The snapper fillet is very fresh and of generous serving, the combination with wild mushroom ragout, asparagus, tomato and a hint of truffle oil is simply amazing and I thought I'm having a snapper fillet in mushroom soup pie!

The beef lovers should go for the 72 Hour Braised Angus Beef Cheek. After braised for 72 hours, the beef cheek remains tender and delectable. There is certainly no complains even for someone like me who hardly eat beef.

The BBQ Pork rib, with a tangy BBQ sauce, is tenderly grilled and can be easily cut into pieces. The portion is huge, thus, it is recommended to share if you are a small eater.

The Duck Leg Confit, sitting on top of potato mash, purple cabbage stew, red pepper coulis, is drizzled with Port wine sauce, is also succulent dish. Love its crispy duck skin.

Lastly, we are served the Pineapple dessert, Kaya Cream Brulee and Tiramisu, and ended the meal with a sweet note!

The all pineapple dessert consists of pineapple & rubbed crumber, dehydrated pineapple slices and pineapple sherbet.  The presentation reminds you of a garden, however, it is too sweet for my liking while the sorbet is too sour for me too.

The flower pot of Tiramisu sits on the bed of edible soil, made up of mashed Oreo cookies. It can hardly go wrong by ordering the Tiramisu here.

Love Cream Brulee? Then you should give it a try to the Kaya Cream Brulee. A fusion dessert with local flavour - Kaya. On a side note, it is on the sweeter side, so this may not suit the taste of those who does not have a sweet tooth.

The overall dining experiences at the Portico Host restaurant was great.  The cozy settings and the friendly staff made me feel at home.  I've enjoyed most of the dishes, of which, dishes that I highly recommend are -- the Duo Crab, Hotatte Tattaki, Seared Chicken Breast, Snapper Pie and the Kaya Cream Brulee.

Last but not least, if you have the entertainer app, don't forget to utilise your 1 for 1 main course coupon to save some money!

Portico Host Restaurant
Address: 991B Alexandra Road #01-10, Singapore 119970
(Nearest MRT station: Labrado Park MRT Station)
Tel: 6276 7337

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday, Closed on Sundays
11:30am – 3:00pm
5:30pm – 11:30pma

Sunday, March 19, 2017

4 MAGNOLIA vintage mugs in commemoration to MAGNOLIA's 80th Anniversary

For 80 years, MAGNOLIA has championed milk consumption and taken centrestage on breakfast tables in many households as a faithful steward of nutrition, nourishing the body and mind with nutrients to kick-start the day.

From iconic pyramid-shaped milk packs till date, MAGNOLIA continues to be a source of nourishment for many, and earned its reputation as Singapore’s trusted brand of milk that is enjoyed by both young and old, across generations.

Milk is often touted as a super beverage for its excellent source of Calcium that is essential for optimal bone health. Milk is also complete food with protein, essential minerals, such as magnesium, zinc and potassium and vitamins, such as Vitamins A and B.

Not only does a glass of milk help in enhancing body metabolism and boost cognitive performance amongst children, a serving of milk also helps to increase perception of satiety, resulting in decreased calorie intake in the subsequent meal.

As consumers of today are becoming discerning of the food they consume, MAGNOLIA is proud to offer an extensive range of products that have been certified as Healthier Choice by Health Promotion Board. In addition to the Plain and Chocolate Flavoured Fresh Milk, there is also MAGNOLIA Plus range that combines the goodness of Oats or Omega-3 to provided added goodness in every serving of milk.

In conjunction to its 80th anniversary, MAGNOLIA has launch a series of vintage mugs to be redeemed with purchase!

To redeem one of the four available designs MAGNOLIA Vintage Mug, simply purchase:
 * Two 1L packs of MAGNOLIA Fresh Milk, or
 * One 2L bottle of MAGNOLIA Fresh Milk, or
 * Two bottles of MAGNOLIA Yoghurt Smoothie (800ml)

Redemption is available at participating supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores and provision stores till 31 March, while stocks last!

To learn more about MAGNOLIA’s story since the beginning or to discover the goodness of MAGNOLIA milk along with fun facts and recipes, visit www.magnolia.com.sg or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/magnoliaSG.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happening this June at Gardens by the Bay is Singapore’s DreamWorks Day

Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon are probably some of the DreamWorks Animation that most of you are familiar with. X-Change Republic is thrilled to bring together your favorite characters at DreamWorks Day in this coming June Holidays at Gardens by The Bay, Bay East Gardens.

For the first time in Singapore, characters like Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, Hiccup and Toothless, as well as Alex and friends, will come together to join us at DreamWorks Day - a DreamWorks themed carnival filled with games, activities, food and beverages, including a Fun Run where participants will run along some of Singapore’s iconic landmarks.

The two main ticketing categories and entitlements packs as follows:

For CARNIVAL ONLY – SGD$25 per pax*
Participant will have access to the carnival at DreamWorks Day, and will receive an official Event T-Shirt, Temporary Tattoo and a Carnival Cash Coupon worth $10.

For RUN + CARNIVAL – SGD$45 / SGD$55 per pax* respectively
Participants will have access to both the carnival and run, with the option of choosing from either one of the two race categories – 800 meters Kids Dash and 5 kilometers Fun Run.

Kids Dash (800 meters) – SGD$45 per pax*
Apart from receiving an official Event T-Shirt and Temporary Tattoo, participants will also go home with a Race Bib, Finisher Medal and a Tote Bag. This is only applicable to kids aged 4 – 12 years old.

Fun Run (5 kilometers) – SGD$55 per pax*
Apart from receiving an official Event T-Shirt and Temporary Tattoo, participants will also go home with a Race Bib, Cap, Finisher Medal and a Tote Bag.

Are you ready for an unforgettable day of fun with your favorite DreamWorks families?
Simply register now at DreamWorks Day website and enjoy a 10% OFF your registration with the promo code “DWXCKCHAI”.

Note that the promo code is for unlimited use but strictly valid for 800m Kids Dash / 5km Fun Run only, and not applicable to Carnival only tickets. Promo code will expire on Friday, May 26th, 2017.

What are you waiting for? Run for it!!!

DreamWorks Day
Date: 24th June 2017, Saturday
Venue: Gardens By The Bay, Bay East Gardens
Time: 16:00hrs – 20:00hrs
Ticketing Categories: Carnival ONLY or Carnival + Fun Run
Race Distance: 800M Kids Dash and 5KM Fun Run

* All prices stated above are Early Bird Registration prices.
* Free admission for Children below 0.9m in height accompanied by an adult taking part in the race.

Image Credits:
© 2017 DWA LLC. All Rights Reserved

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Highlights of i Light Marina Bay 2017

This year, i Light Marina Bay returns for the fifth year, with 20 sustainable light art installations taking centrestage at the Marina Bay waterfront, from 3 Mar  - 26 Mar 2017.

Some of the interesting installations that you should not miss are as followed:

Hybycozo by Yelena Filipchuk & Serge Beaulieu | USA and Canada

Dande-lier by COLOURS x Web Structure x Prof Yuen's Research Team | Singapore

Secret Galaxies Syndicate ft Brandon Tay, Kiat & Safuan Johari | Singapore

Horizontal Interference by Katarzyna Malejka & Joachim Slugocki | Poland

Moonflower near Marina Promenade, by Yun | Singapore
You can even adopt a adopt a MoonFlower in support of the Garden City Fund, a charity that runs sustainable projects in Singapore at https://pozible.com/project/moonflower-i-light-marina-bay.  I've adopt some too!

The Colorful Garden of Light near Clifford Pier, by TILT | France

After a long walk, you may wanted to have some rest, and chill out for a while before continuing. You can head over to the Gastrobeats at the Bayfront event space to catch live band performance by Scarlet Avenue, THELIONCITYBOY and Disco Hue while taking a break,

Tried the Sao Paolo from Coocaça, which is cacao soy milk smoothie, top up with acai, strawberryt and banana slices, smooth and not overly sweet, love it!

Sao Paolo from Coocaça at Gastrobeats

Also, there is Art-Zoo where there are tons of balloon floatables in which your kids will have a great time bouncing around!


Visit https://www.ilightmarinabay.sg/ for more information.

i Light Marina Bay 2017
3-26th March 2017 
Marina Bay Waterfront
Free Admission* 
Main event 7:30PM to 11:00PM 
(extended to 12:00mn on Fri & Sat nights) 
*Charges apply for some attractions.