Food X Film: The Cinematic Food Revolution

Food X Film: The Cinematic Food Revolution

#saturdaynightsobriety, Features, Food, Ingredients
There has been a surge of interest in food and food culture in the past decade, a phenomenon that has earned the moniker "the foodie revolution”. There is a seeming omnipresence of food-themed reality TV shows and a plethora of food related literature that defy enumeration. As global food cultures become more transnational, we start to understand and appreciate how food and culinary practices mirror and shape our identities, whether cultural, social or religious. We have become increasingly aware that culinary and gastronomic activities are not just about food, they have deep and real implications on the way we relate with the world and with our very selves. We explore how these films are a cinematic mirror of French food and culture.   Babette's Feast (1987)   [caption id="attachment_16863" align="alignnone"…
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Spirit Drink with Jerrold Khoo

Spirit Drink with Jerrold Khoo

#thursdaytipples, Boozy, Drink, Features
Unpretentious and approachable Jerrold Khoo charms guests with his warm demeanour. Nightly, he works his magic at Jigger & Pony where he offers rewards for the determined seekers of a good drink.         Jerrold Khoo first discovered his love for making drinks in the unlikeliest of places –Starbucks. He was only 17 when he first started working part-time as he needed money to pay for his studies at Singapore Polytechnic. Life as a design student was a costly affair. He was constantly in need of money to pay for printing, materials and notes. 10 months later, he left Starbucks and took a break. His official foray into the hospitality industry started at the age of 19 as a floor staff at Loof. Long admiring the craft, the…
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What’s Your Spirit Drink With Peter Chua

What’s Your Spirit Drink With Peter Chua

#thursdaytipples, Boozy, Drink, People
In his latest concept PACIFICA, wunderkind Peter Chua delivers an exhilarating range of complex concoctions in a hushed, intimate setting.    Being a bartender is never easy. It is about flair. It is about style. Attention to details. At the end of the day, customers need to have the impression that their friendly neighbourhood bartender is saving humanity from the brink of destruction, diffusing an atomic bomb or finding a panacea for poverty rather then just simply making a drink. That thought would be almost be tantamount to blasphemy. It is a tough job, but someone needs to do it. Lucky for us, we have Peter Chua, one of Singapore’s rising young stars. A talented bartender who is well loved by the local and regional media, he is known for…
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This Mexican Lady Is Making Waves As The World’s Best Female Chef Of 2019

This Mexican Lady Is Making Waves As The World’s Best Female Chef Of 2019

#featurefriday, People, Profiles
“As a Mexican woman... I believe that every day and every meal, we can fight against ignorance. We can spread happiness. Not only do dreams matter but we can make them come true.” She is not just alluringly beautiful with her enviably thick mane of glossy hair, enough to rival that of a shampoo commercial model, but marvellously talented and unassuming as well. Wunderkind Daniela Soto-Innes was previously best known as a protégée of Enrique Olvera from Pujol. When Olvera opened Cosme in New York in 2014, he made Soto-Innes chef de cuisine. In 2016, she won a Rising Star Award from the prestigious James Beard Foundation. She was only 25 years of age then. Today, the 28-year-old Mexican chef is the youngest winner of The World’s Best Female Chef…
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Be Transported To The Beautiful Fields Of Provence At Vianney Massot

Be Transported To The Beautiful Fields Of Provence At Vianney Massot

#featurefriday, #takemeawaytuesdays, Food, Restaurants
Those soft, soulful brown eyes were the first thing we noticed as he greeted us.   Superficial, yes. But we were charmed. We knew the meal was going to be good. It had to be good.   Do not let his youthful good looks belie you. Beyond his youthful exterior, wunderkind Chef Vianney Massot can be considered a prodigy of sorts, having risen through the ranks in Bordeaux, France at two Michelin-starred La Grande Maison de Joël Robuchon Restaurant before following the much respected 'chef of the century' Joël Robuchon on his travels.   Despite his young age, the passionate and ambitious chef puts his mastery of French techniques to good use, whipping up dishes that showcase the best original flavours of peak-season produce. Massot kickstarted his career as an…
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Sambal Lobster Only At Burger & Lobster Singapore. Yay Or Nay?

Sambal Lobster Only At Burger & Lobster Singapore. Yay Or Nay?

#pickmeupmondays, Food, New Openings, Restaurants
The Taste Test: Is Burger & Lobster Singapore Comparable To London?   Chances are, if you have been to London, Burger & Lobster must have been on your dining shortlist.   Hop over to the outlet at Covent Garden during dinner time and the queues are practically snaking all the way to the end of the street. Expect a wait time of about 2 hours at least (and that’s being conservative). This is a testament to how popular this London-born dining hotspot is.   Singaporeans are resilient bunch though, and we have no qualms about queuing for our food (or Hello Kitties). 2 hours? No problem. We will bring the stools.   The phenomenal Burger & Lobster chain has finally (at long last) launched its first restaurant at Singapore’s latest…
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Savour The Authentic Classics And The Rare Gems Of Indonesia

Savour The Authentic Classics And The Rare Gems Of Indonesia

#featurefriday, Food, Restaurants
Ever wondered what the 5 National dishes of Indonesia are?   Sama Sama features a couple of these gems all under one roof.     Tourism Minister Arief Yahya previously declared five dishes as Indonesian foods. The dishes are soto (aromatic soup), rendang (meat stewed in coconut milk and spices), nasi goreng (fried rice), satay and gado-gado (vegetables with peanut-based sauce).   The decision, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said, was made since Indonesia has not yet determined its national dish. “For example, Thailand is known for its Tom Yum and Malaysia for its Nasi Lemak. While Indonesia has many foods and so it is our problem of plenty.”   Rather more than less we say.   Nothing beats the comfort of Indonesian food for iftar (breaking-the-fast meal). During the fasting…
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From Reluctant Student To Master Chef: The Evolution Of Chef Akira Back

From Reluctant Student To Master Chef: The Evolution Of Chef Akira Back

Features, People, Profiles
“I needed a job, so I started working. I wanted to quit school. I did not want to go to school. I hated school!”     Chef Akira was one clueless kid, who had no idea about what he wanted to do with his future. All he knew was how much he hated school and how badly he wanted to get out of it.   Never in his life had he ever dreamt that he would become a chef. One day, he suddenly decided to work in a restaurant simply because he hated studying and did not want to go to school. An unexpected choice, that plunged him headfirst into the exciting world of gastronomy.     Today, he is a master chef who has worked tirelessly to earn his…
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In The Pantry With Rosalyn Lee @heyrozz

In The Pantry With Rosalyn Lee @heyrozz

#supermarketsunday, At Home With, People
The insides of a person’s refrigerator have long been the subjects of voyeuristic fascination.     It has long been a subject of psychological debate. Can we truly know a person just by looking into his refrigerator or pantry? For many, the answer is a resounding yes. In those oddly intimate snapshots into a celebrity’s inner world, we find that everything and anything can possibly mean something. Forage through the rows of yogurt, a half-eaten banana, leftovers from the previous day and a single can of beer, even the smallest of items can signify something.       Can the pantry be the key to understanding the psyche of a human? Could it lead a deeper understanding of a person? We decide to raid ex LUSH 99.5FM Radio presenter Rosalyn…
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Brunch Is Served: Where To Go This Sunday

Brunch Is Served: Where To Go This Sunday

#featurefriday, Food, New Openings, Restaurants
 Les Bouchons Launches Its Inaugural Sunday Brunch Menu Inspired By The Decadence Of The French Riviera.     This Sunday, if you need to do just one thing right, it’s to roll out of bed, wear a fresh set of clothes, brush your teeth and get your gorgeous derriere to brunch. Floss your teeth if you must as well. Fine. It’s whole list of things to do (not just one), but the point is to just get out for some serious brunch.   You can pat yourself on the shoulder for not wasting your precious weekends with your face mashed in a pillow.   A clever wordsmith first pushed the words “breakfast” and “lunch” together to create the word “brunch” way back in 1895. By the 1930s, brunch was regarded…
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