Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tiny Hamster vs Kobayashi in Hot Dog Contest

Tiny Hamster is starting to become a bona fide star in the food eating world. After having his gourmet buritos and birthday party with friend Tiny Hedgehog, he is now back with another video tackling hot dog eating champ Takeru Kobayashi, who won the Nathan's hot dog eating contest six years in a row. Who wins? Check it out above.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beauty Notes: Coconut Oil Hair Mask


I've been intrigued by coconut oil for a couple years now since my mom touted the benefits of oil pulling and then inevitably stopped with the practice after she got bored leaving us with jars of coconut oil at home. Then I received Jax Coco's new coconut oil reminding me of the oil we have at home and I decided to investigate what beauty fixes I can try with our copious stash.

Conveniently, my hair was feeling icky and frizzled after having been out in the sun and I was over at my parents place without my supply of hair masks so I decided to do a coconut oil hair treatment. Using a couple tablespoons of coconut oil, I slowly worked it into my hair. I then braided my hair up and plopped a shower cap over the hair. I read that it's best to have the oil in the hair for a minimum of two hours and it can feasibly be left overnight. I decided to give the overnight route a go. The next morning, it took a couple rinses (and actually another one in the evening) to get most of the oil out of my hair but I was in love with how soft my hair was as a result. So if you have any coconut oil lying around and your hair is in need of some love, definitely give it a go.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: Gordan Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen & Bar


I headed over to Bread Street Kitchen & Bar a couple weeks ago during its soft opening to check out the food with a friend who was keen to see how it fares compared to Jamie's Italian Kitchen. If I had to describe it in a one liner, it would be thus: Bread Street heard complaints about slow service at Jamie's and said hell no, we won't get the same complaints and overcompensated.

We ordered an appetizer and two mains for sharing and we were done with the meal within 50 minutes of sitting down. What ended up happening was that we had to deliberately order desserts one after another to ensure that the sorbet won't melt. After the meal, we were given a questionnaire to fill out and one of the questions was along the lines of "Did the server come up to you and ask how the food was within two minutes or two bites of the dish being served?" My immediate thought was to chuckle but then I started wondering if waiters are now actually observing how many bites of food I've had and felt a little creeped out.

I apologise in advance for the photos but the lighting was super red and I ended up quickly snapping photos as soon as I spied a waiter walking pass the red lamp so as to minimise the red glare yet it's still not ideal. Unfortunately, with dessert, I could only get horrible photos so I'm not going to post them.


Onto the food itself. We started with the heritage tomatoes (as they call heirloom tomatoes in the UK), burrata, pesto and shallots. Can’t really go wrong with this combination. The only fault was a rogue underripe tomato that was rock solid hard.


Steamed snapper, braised leeks, clams, sea vegetables, shellfish dressing. The fish was cooked nicely and was a nice mouthful when combined with the sea vegetables but lacked flavour by itself leading us to wonder if the fish was frozen. Didn’t notice clams in the dish at all and only saw that the dish has it now that I am copying from my notes.


Bread Street Kitchen short rib burger with Monterey Jack cheese and spicy Siracha mayo. Decent burger, however as mentioned, service was so fast that by the time we got to the burger, it was stone cold which was a pity.

Finally, for dessert, we ordered the pineapple carpaccio which was nicely refreshing but was essentially sliced pineapples with sorbet and the banana sticky toffee pudding which was gooey and went well with my coffee.

Dinner for two (an appetizer, two mains, two desserts, two bottles of water and one coffee) came to $936. Bread Street Kitchen & Bar officially opens on Sept 18 and Gordan will be making an appearance for the opening.

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar
M/F, LKF Tower
Central
Tel: 22301800 or email Reservations@diningconcepts.com.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

VIVIENNE TAM Staff & Friends Sale

Quote Staff Code “P201419T” to enjoy extra 10% OFF!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Louboutin Nails: Pop or Drop?




By now we all surely know that Christian Louboutin has launched nail colours... those of us beauty junkies, that is. I'm not sure who is investing in these, at $400+ a pop, but they're obviously a fun addition to the shoe business, rather than a key driver of revenue. (Although that may change, as the footwear brand is working on a second-phase beauty launch. Mum's the word on what exactly that involves, however...)

With everyone in the world converting to soft gel, I wonder when brands are going to start adapting and offering long-wear soft-gel formulas in lieu of the typical chippable stuff.

There's no denying, though, that those who choose the wipe-off formulas get lots more variety in terms of hues. The Louboutin Pop series is just one example. And all those covetable Chanel shades, and the Deborah Lippmans, and the fun Ciate finishes. For now! The Shellac revolution will continue, if you ask me.

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