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3 Ways to Ward off a Food Coma

By Deanna Bonaparte

Ever felt a bout of postprandial somnolence (aka ‘food coma’ or ‘post-makan¬-syndrome’)? Postprandial somnolence (henceforth referred to as PS), which usually hits you right after the buzz of lunchtime and is responsible for the energetic crash following a good meal, is a fusion of chemical reactions that will leave you feeling physically sleepy and mentally drained. (Read More Here!)

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I Quit! Now give me a Ladle

By: Alythea Ho

Last week, I blogged about how I quit my job to go on a sabbatical.

To my surprise, it inched its way into the lifestyle section’s popular list. When a career post is up there with “’10 reasons to avoid dating a metrosexual guy”’, you know there’s something about work-life balance (or lack thereof) that resonates with Singapore workers.

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What to do this weekend...

Not heading to the National Day Parade this year? Fret not - you can still keep yourself entertained with a line-up of activities taking place during this long weekend!

Da Vinci – The Genius Exhbition
Date: Ongoing, until 31 August 2009
Time: 10am-6pm
Venue: Science Centre Singapore (15 Science Centre Road)

We’ve all heard of the mastermind behind the Mona Lisa, but do you really know everything about the art itself? All you hardcore artists will savor this exhibition, in which the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci is presented, and his grandly detailed drawings are reproduced. Not only that, you’ll also get to delve into the magnified photographic examination of the Mona Lisa itself, courtesy of French scientific engineer and photographer of fine art, Pascal Cotte. If you’re obsessed with this overtly famous creation, you wouldn’t want to miss this chance. If you’re not – well, it’d make a good story. Tickets are priced at $15 for adults, $10 for children and $45 for a family package. Visit www.science.edu.sg for more information.

Life & Living – Food & Culture Series (Singapore’s Food Heritage)
Date: 8 August 2009 (Sat)
Time: 3pm
Venue: The Salon, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore

What better way to pledge your patriotism than to indulge in the country’s official sport – eating. Or at the very least, discovering more about it. The hawker centres that litter the island have become too much of an overlooked norm. Presenter Gregory Yeo, also a writer for food magazines, tells us exactly how the hawker culture was developed way back when. If you want to stock up a list of the best eating spots in Singapore, don’t give this event a miss. Ticket price is $30. Visit SISTIC for bookings.

National Day Open House
Date: 9 August 2009 (Sun)
Time: 10am - 6pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore

Who says you can’t have a good time indoors? This family-friendly open house will play host to a variety of activities on National Day, including musical events and a storytelling session by Sheila Wee, also known as the godmother of storytelling. And if that’s not enough to keep you going, you’ll also get your hands on creating your very own memorable magnet token. Dance enthusiasts will relish the Bhaskar Arts Academy’s performance depicting the founding of our little island. A great event to bring your kids to, with a plethora of activities for them to enjoy. Admission is free.

What to do this weekend...

There's plenty of events happening this weekend to give you a good excuse to get out of the house!

Lifestyle Value 2009
Date: 24 Jul – 26 Jul
Time: 11am – 9pm
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4

You probably can’t say ‘no’ to this one – the Lifestyle Value exhibition is catered for everyone, with mega sales, bargains and savings from every lifestyle industry. Electronics, food, beauty, apparel, sports, bridal – you name it, they most probably have it. For future brides out there, bridal specialists from the region have been flown in for personal consultation on the biggest day of your life. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.imgworld.com or www.lifestyle-value.com

Singapore HeritageFest 2009
Date: 15 Jul – 26 Jul
Time: Varies for events
Venue: Various venues

The Singapore HeritageFest invites everyone from all walks of life to explore and celebrate the cosmopolitan society of our nation. The festival will involve various cultural performances, participation by schools and outreach programmes as well as music and food events. Admission is free for the Suntec venue. For more information and details on ticketing, visit www.heritagefest.sg.

Singapore Food Festival 2009
Date: 18 - 26 July 2009
Time: Fri, 10am/2.30am - Sat, 10am/2.30pm/5.30pm – Sun, 10am
Venue: Peranakan Museum, Singapore River Cruise Boarding Point (Clarke Quay), Restaurant Association of Singapore, Katong Antique House, Singapore Tourism Board Auditorium, Live Kitchen by Mayer

Singapore isn’t known for listing ‘eating’ as a national hobby for no reason. The nation’s Food Festival is coming to a close, but not before you arm yourselves with those oriental chopsticks and ladles for a full-on Peranakan fest. Head down to the various venues and train to be a culinary expert this weekend – who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Admission prices range from $60 to $150. Click here for more details on the programme line-up.

Liverpool Football Club Tour to Singapore
Date: 26 Jul 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 7pm (2 hours)
Venue: National Stadium

Football fans, this one’s for you. The Liverpool Football Club will be making their way down to Singapore to play against our very own National Team as part of the Liverpool Football Club Asian Tour on Sunday. Tickets range from $88 to $388, but this one’s worth the hefty price-tag. For more information, visit www.profitablegroup.com

What to do this weekend

Food
Ever heard the phrase “there’s always room for dessert”? Whether you’re bursting at the seams from dinner or just craving a small midday snack, a little ice cream or chocolatey sweetness will almost always hit the spot. Here are two great options for filling that dessert-shaped hole in your stomach – an ice cream parlour for those with smaller budgets, and a dessert bar for those with bigger wallets.

Pukka Ice Cream
Location: 6 Clementi Road (near Fong Seng at West Coast); 19 Aroozoo Avenue (near Kovan MRT)
Best known for: Mixing ice cream on a cold slab (ala Cold Rock Ice Creamery) but at lower prices

2am:dessertbar
Location: 21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village
Best known for: Desserts such as tiramisu, warm chocolate tart with blood orange sorbet, toffee pudding, and more – all of which come with recommendations on the best accompanying wines

Shopping
This might not be the last Friday of the month, but late-night shopping is still an option for those who don’t mind taking their sprees off the pavements of Orchard Road. Take your pick from either of these...

Flea-tique
Date: 10-11 July 2009 (Fri-Sat)
Time: 7pm to 2am
Venue: Singapore Art Museum Courtyard
Featuring: Locally-designed crafts, pre-loved clothing and accessories, vintage items, and more

Night Festival 2009 Bazaar
Date: 10-11 July 2009 (Fri-Sat)
Time: 6pm to 2am
Venue: SMU Green & National Museum Garden
Featuring: A branded warehouse sale, outdoor movie screening, ‘live’ performances in dance and music, and more

What To Do This Weekend

Food

Relish
501 Bukit Timah Road
#02-01 Cluny Court
Singapore 259760
Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: Noon - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
Weekends: Noon - 11pm
Tel: 67631547

This Father’s day, take your Dad out to feast on a burger at Relish. The most reviewed and talked about burger is the mouth-watering Wild Rocket burger that comes with a thick and juicy beef patty. All the burgers at Relish are paired up with specially selected beers and come with crispy fries to make for a truly ‘happy meal’.

If beef does not satiate the appetite, perhaps your Dad will enjoy the Seafood Burger with fresh tangy of lemon mayonnaise. The burger boasts a unique seafood patty of crab, squid, fish and prawn.

Entertainment

A River Romance: The Dance Musical
UOB Promenade
Dates: 19, 20, 21, 26 & 27 June 2009
Time: 8.30pm to 9.30pm
Free Admission

The Singapore River Festival runs for its second year from 19 to 27 June, with host of exciting lifestyle and entertainment events on and along the river for a wonderful nightlife experience.

This year’s festival boasts a delightful musical by the river. Discover the romance of the Singapore River, as the musical brings you a beautiful love story set amidst the hustle and bustle of Singapore River’s flourishing trading port in its heyday. A grand visual spectacle not to be missed. Visit www.singaporeriverfestival.com for more details.

Jazz by the River: An Evening of Cuban Jazz
Asian Civilisations Museum Green
Date: 19 June 2009
Time: 9.30pm to 11.30pm
Free Admission

If dance is not your thing, be serenaded by the sexy and soulful sounds of Cuban Jazz at this sundown jazz session by the river featuring Fabiola Zuniga and her Cuban band.

What to do this weekend...

Anyone realised that this Sunday is Fathers’ Day? For some reason, this occasion receives much less fanfare compared to its counterpart. To prevent that from happening this year, we offer some suggestions for taking your Fathers’ Day celebrations up a notch, so Dad will feel extra loved, extra special...

Sweet tidings
Buy your dad a box of cupcakes – one for each year that he has lovingly nurtured you into who you are today. These days, cupcakes make pretty gifts for those who appreciate the regular cake n’ coffee pick-me-up. A delectable range is available at Marmalade Pantry, Bakerzin and online shop Cupcake Momma.

Dad’s Night Out
If Dad enjoys quality and quantity when it comes to food, take him to the Bar & Billiard Room at Raffles Hotel, either for dinner on Saturday or brunch on Sunday. The buffet spread at BBR boasts fresh seafood, roast meats, an array of desserts, and much, much more! For reservations, call 6412 1816. Dress code is smart casual.

Make it personal
If a scrumptious home-cooked meal rocks his boat, learn how to cook up a storm from Shermay’s Cooking School, where celebrity chefs and cookbook authors impart culinary skills to the uninitiated. Learn from guest chef Christopher Tan (co-author of Cooking With Asian Leaves and former food editor of Wine & Dine magazine) this weekend, or choose from other cooking classes in the weeks ahead. Visit www.shermay.com for membership and class details.

What To Do This Weekend

Food

Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant
Far East Shopping Centre, #03-11
Tel: 6737 0757
Closed on Sundays

Blk 10 Dempsey Road, #01-22
Tel: 6474 2143
Closed on Mondays

Lunch is the best time to visit this little hideout, especially when specially crafted set menus come nicely priced at $23.60.

Plus, word has it that two chefs who used to work in Kuriya Japanese Restaurant (a leading restaurant for Japanese cuisine in Singapore) now labour in Rakuichi's kitchen. Thus you would be in for a gastronomic experience here too!

There are three different lunch set meals to choose from. A basic set offers you quite a spread with fresh sashimi, grilled salmon, sesame tofu, soft shell crab, miso soup and rice. A bowl of salad is served to whet your appetite before the main course.

For sesame lovers out there, do not miss out on the winning sesame tofu which is distinctively infused with sesame flavours. To end off a nice meal, black sesame ice cream is served for dessert to top it all off!

Service at Rakuichi is prompt, although most seats are filled during lunch time. Rakuichi will be the perfect place to rest your feet and fill your belly as you head to town this weekend for the Great Singapore Sale.

Entertainment

Green Generation Concert
Date: 5 June 2009
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens (Symphony Stage, Palm Valley)
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Free Admission

The youth community today is bustling with energy, ideas and a heart for saving the earth. To mark World Environment Day, the Green Generation Concert aims to raise public awareness for conservation among youths. A mix of performances from secondary schools and other local talents will be presented, with the central message of conserving the environment. Look out for the renowned dance and theatre group, STOMP, who will put up a resounding performance using recycled materials.

What to do this weekend...

Food

Haato
5 Ridgewood Close, Unit G1
Opening hours: 11am to 10.30pm (Sun to Thu); 11am to 11pm (Fri & Sat); Kitchen closes at 9.30pm

With outlets at Liang Court, Marina Square and Suntec City, Haato is an increasingly popular home-grown brand of ice cream. Its flagship outlet at Ridgewood Close also serves hot food such as chicken katsu curry don, smoked salmon arrabiata, focaccia sandwiches, as well as finger food. However, customers usually frequent Haato for its crispy-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside waffles and unique gelato flavours such as green tea with red bean, yuzu (citrus) sorbet, and sweet potato with honey and chestnut.

Irvin’s Seafood Sze Char
397 River Valley Road (opposite Great World City)
Opening hours: 5pm to 10pm (Mon); 11.30am to 10.30pm (Tue to Sun)
For reservations or delivery: 6836 5020

With its neon lights and large banners screaming “$18 for Sri Lankan crabs”, Irvin’s might come across as just another restaurant that’s all talk with nothing to show for. However, have a meal there and you’ll realise you were sorely mistaken. Each crab dish is indeed $18, except for a handful of premium items such as Crab with Salted Egg Yolk, which is popular for its buttery egg yolk sauce.

Unknown to newcomers, there are two unique dishes not listed on the menu – Curry Hor Fun and Fried Shredded Kailan. Despite being immersed in curry sauce, the hor fun amazingly still retains its smoky wok-fried flavour. Meanwhile, the kailan vegetables are finely shredded and fried to a crisp. Both dishes are about $6 to $8 each, and worth every cent!

What To Do This Weekend

Did you know? Labour Day originated as a holiday to commemorate the economic and social contributions of blue-collared workers.

Here are some things you can do to unwind over this long weekend!

Food
Udders Ice Cream Café
155 Thomson Road
Opening Hours: 12 noon to 11pm (Sun to Thu); 12 noon to midnight (Fri, Sat and eve of Public Holidays)

Make your child’s day with a delightful ice cream treat at Udders! Lovingly created by the "artists" at Udders, each ice-cream flavour promises an unmistakable sensation of sweetness.

Kid Safe Flavours: Cookies and Cream, VaMilla (Vanilla ice-cream with almonds and marzipan)

Flavours to make grandma happy: Gula Meleka, Durian, and Hazel Nut

Signature alcohol ice-cream: Lychee Martini, and the all new Choya Lime

Sale
Get your dollar’s worth

Address: Page One Singapore Private Limited
20 Kaki Bukit View, Kaki Bukit Techpark 2 Singapore 415956
Nearest MRT: Eunos
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (30 April to 2 May)
10am – 7pm (Sunday, 3rd May)

If you intend to spend a quiet weekend reading a good book, the Page One warehouse sale will make you reconsider your weekend plans. With discounts up to 70% off art and design, lifestyle, and children’s books, and up to 12,000 titles available, you’re sure to find what you want. The sale begins today!

Entertainment
Stirrings

Address: 1 Esplanade Drive
Singapore 038981
Time: 6pm – 8.15pm
Venue: The Concourse

Soak in the soothing sounds of Japanese, Thai, and Indian Music at the Esplanade concourse. Performance times range from 6pm to 8.15pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the musical pieces put up by Shakuhachi Master Hideyuki UENO (Japan) and the Chulalongkorn University Thai Music Ensemble (Thailand), and sway with the piano-accompanied choir voices of Zhouqian and Friends.

Click here for more details.

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