Media Invite: Teochew Festival 2014

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I was lucky to be invited to the Teochew Festival 2014, which is the first of its kind, a festival showcasing Teochew culture on a large scale. The event is held at outside Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, from 25 September to 5 October 2014. You will need to pay a $5 entry fee to go into the tentage.

When I got there, the first thing I saw was the very long line of people that extended along the side of the shopping mall. I was surprised to see such a huge turn out, young people and senior citizens alike!

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It was very packed inside. Other than an information area describing the origins of Teochews in Singapore, there are also various exhibition areas from embroidery to wooden sculpture to gold ornaments. If you are lucky, you will get to see some of the masters at work!

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Common Man Coffee Roasters & Fat Boy’s

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Last Saturday, we made a trip down to Robertson Quay just to try Toby’s Estate, however they were sold out before 1pm! We were told to return at 3pm after the kitchen replenished their stock. Hungry us, we were not willing to wait, hence we headed to another popular hangout, Common Man Coffee Roasters.

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Even though it was after lunch, the atmosphere of the place was very lively and every table was filled.

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I had the Organic Eggs Benedict($24). I think I took too long to take pictures, so my dish was all mushy. It was an interesting idea to include braised ox cheeks, but it can be quite heavy if you intend to order this for breakfast.

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I loved my hot chocolate ($6)!

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Hong Kong Travelogue: Just Food

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I went to Hong Kong last week with my sis and other than going food hunting, I also got to meet up with a few of my Hong Kong Instagram friends like Ivan, Minnie and Bonnie. Four days and three nights went by in a flash.

Here are some pictures to sum up my trip:

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Sis and I on the Airport Express. It is a quick and convenient way of getting to the city centre.

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Lunch at Capital City. I felt that their eggs are better than Australian Diary Company.

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One of our favourite hangout places, Passion by Gerald Dubois. Look at the selection of desserts available!

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Coffee Appreciation Workshop at Revolution Coffee

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I know nuts about coffee, which is why I signed up for a Coffee Appreciation Workshop by Revolution Coffee. This coffee joint is right in my neighbourhood and I had visited it before (not for the coffee, but for the pancakes). The workshop spanned about 2.5 hours and it was really very educational. I do not claim to be an expert, but I did learn something about the technique and brewing process behind a good cup of coffee.

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The owner, Ajie, first showed us some of the ways which we can brew coffee at home without any professional equipment. There are a few factors which we need to take into consideration when brewing a cup of coffee like water to coffee ratio, water temperature, steeping time, etc.

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New Outback Steakhouse Outlet at Orchard Gateway

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Prior to this meal, I had only been to Outback Steakhouse once, at the Millenia Walk outlet. It was years ago and I remembered only having steak and sides there. Recently, Outback Steakhouse has opened a new outlet at Orchard Gateway, a new addition to the stretch of malls along Orchard Road. This outlet offers a varied menu, which broadens their repertoire to encompass more than just steaks.

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We started our meal with Typhoon Bloom ($14.90). Hand-cut fresh onion rings, served with the signature Bloom sauce. This is a very yummy appetiser. I could not get enough of this! It is a huge cyclone like structure and the spices in the batter make it so addictive!

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