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5 Awesome Sites to Check Out this GSS

The Great Singapore Sale (GSS for short) has started and that means that a lot of stores will be shelling out discounts and products for every shopper to enjoy. While the city is buzzing with tourists and citizens going out to try and get the best deals possible, we ourselves have decided to make our own selection of online shops to check out if you want to buy something from the comfort of your own home.

Sulwhasoo

Sulwhasoo

Sulwhasoo is a store you should try out if you’re looking for some high quality beauty products. It offers everything from skincare products to anti-aging and protection. It also has a repertoire of products to help with makeup such as balancers and cushions to help with brightening.

That’s not all, if you sign up for it today you’ll get a 10% discount on your next order. It’s US branch is also offering a father’s day offer on Men’s skincare product, because they deserve to take care of their skin as well.

Lorna Jane (US)

Lorna Jane

For all your active wear needs, Lorna Jane has got you covered. This store boasts a variety of active wear products like tank tops, leggings and even jackets in different colors, shapes and decorations that are both breezy, comfortable and beautiful to boot. Not just that, if you want a new water bottle that’s easy to travel with then it’s got you covered too.
This store is also offering a 25% discount on any selected items and is valid until 30th June, so take the chance while it’s still up for grabs!

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YoShop

If you’re looking for variety when it comes to what you can buy for this GSS season then Yo Shop’s actually a pretty good place to start. While it can be a bit overwhelming, this site offers just a little bit of everything from clothes to accessories for both men and women.

It is offering up to 60% discount for its products along with free shipping, featuring plus sized dresses and bikini sets for those who want something to wear to the beach.

Tea Box

Tea Box

If you like your tea, then you’ll love Tea Box and all the different flavors that it provides. This site doesn’t just sell a good mixture of leafs, it also sells tea sets and even tea makers and other types of wares that can make creating your own tea recipes easier. For this GSS season it is definitely a store that any tea aficionado should check out, especially if you’re trying to lead a healthier and calmer life.

Tea Box is also a holding a discount of 12% for any of its products that lasts until the 30th, so make sure to not let it go to waste.

Dr Brandt Skincare

Dr. Brandt

This brand is another one that pus skincare at the forefront, it doesn’t just focus on skincare products either. Dr. Brandt makes sure to give customers the chance to purchase everything from masks to creams that can help with enlarged pores. Not just that, but if you take the chance to buy a Detoxifying Antioxidant Water Booster for your skin you’ll be able to get one free, just make sure to get it before the 19th.

So don’t be shy and let the inner shopper in you have some fun for this GSS season, we’re sure you will enjoy these great offers.


Photo Credits: Sulwashoo, Lorna Jane, Yo Shop, Tea Box, Dr. Brandt

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How Breast Implants Affect Women

Breast Cancer is one of the more iconic diseases in the last decade and there is an increasing amount of information about it, with a lot of foundations now established to fund more research. And latest research has shown that a disease that may surge because of breast cancer is anaplastic large-cell lymphoma.

Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (we’ll just call it lymphoma for now) is a type of cancer that women can develop through breast implants. Women get these implants either as a result of breast removal due to breast cancer or for cosmetic reasons.

The disease can affect anyone who’s had implants for two to up to twenty-eight years and the only way to treat it is by removing the implant and any scar tissue that’s around it. It’s not an everyday occurrence, but more and more cases are appearing.

This rare form of cancer has affected over 10 million women worldwide in the last few years, with some areas of the world seeing a bigger sum than others.

Doctors first discovered the link between cancer and implants in 2011, when they realised that patients who developed lymphoma were usually the ones with the rougher and more textured implants, as opposed to smoother implants which are frequently used.

Even though they’re not quite sure on why the difference in texture would affect the development of lymphoma, doctors theorise that it could be bacteria that are attached to the textured implant; if this is the case, then the bacteria would be able to form a type of coating called a biofilm and attack the immune system. The effects of this biofilm could vary from causing severe inflammation to even developing cancers such as lymphoma.

Researchers argue that it might not be the only cause; more investigations have gone into testing whether or not women’s genetic makeup has some molecule that could reject the implants and in turn generate lymphoma.

Thankfully, the symptoms for lymphoma are easy enough to spot. Like Breast Cancer, symptoms involve swelling and a buildup of fluid. Small bumps will also appear around the breast or on the armpits.

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Thankfully, this type of lymphoma can be solved quickly. To test for it, doctors simply have to drain some fluid from the breast and test it for a substance called CD30 which is what causes lymphoma. Not just that, but if spotted early, it is easily treatable, and the patient won’t run any risk of the disease resurging at any point during their life.

Unfortunately, things aren’t quite that simple. The link between implants and lymphoma was only made a few years ago, before that, doctors either had no idea of what was happening or didn’t have any concrete evidence. Because of this, a lot of women were put back into chemotherapy treatment which didn’t help their condition at all.

Even after it became a known, many doctors still weren’t aware of the disease or what to do to prevent it; this led women to look for help from each other through social media groups where they could relay their accounts to one another and learn more about their situation.

With time, lymphoma through implants has become better known, but a lot of damage has already been done. Breast implants, regardless of the cause for them, have become one of the more common plastic surgery procedures in the world, so the possibility for people that could develop this type of lymphoma is certainly high.

Not just that, but as of 2015, only 30% of plastic surgeons frequently talked to their patients about cancer, according to Dr Mark W. Clemens II, a plastic surgeon and an expert on the disease at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

With all that said, doctors are still working hard to spread the knowledge about lymphoma, and these women are also doing everything they can to help each other out. It’s just a matter of time before more people learn more about it and help future cases be more prepared. In the meanwhile, we highly recommend women to do regular checks on their breasts and see a doctor once they notice anything unusual.


Photo Credits: Daily Mail, Stefano Marianelli, ShutterStock

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Positive Workout Songs Playlist (Part 2)

Music influences our mood and the right songs could pump us up for an activity, while the wrong one could make us feel even more anxious or lacking energy. Which is why, listening to the right playlist while exercising can motivate us to run further or cycle faster. Here’s another list of songs that we feel will keep you all pumped up when you workout!

Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars’ songs have always feel somewhere between melancholic and just outright fun. Runaway Baby is one of the latter and, just like “Uptown Funk” it embodies a great feeling of cheerfulness and energy that can prepare anyone for the start of a good run. Just make sure you don’t run away too fast.

Titanium by David Guetta and Sia

If Runaway Baby is a fun and happy song then Titanium is the complete opposite. It starts off with a sad tune whose purpose is to remind you of things that depress you. However, as the song picks up, it starts to become more energetic and almost rebellious as the song talks about standing back up and overcoming problems.

Needless to say, this song is perfect for moments when you’re doubting if you can continue or not as it reminds you why you’re working out and pushing you forward.

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It’s best to ride that wave of good vibes with another energetic song. While this one is mostly instrumental, it might work better than some others on this list as you have to focus only on the melody, whose techno vibe helps in raising the spirits back up after a gruelling run. Plus, we can guarantee that it’ll make you put a kick in your step.

Shake It by Metro Station

Shake it became so popular back when it came out that it got tiring. It’s song is very simple, and a good chunk of it is just repeating the title. However, this part is also catchy, and the fun beat that accompanies it can get even the people that dislike it the most to dance to it as if it was nothing.

I don’t Like it; I love it by Flor Riad ft. Robin Thicke and Verdine White

If we’re talking about good and catchy beats then no song can come up with this one, unlike Shake it which could get a bit jarring after a while, I don’t Like Its’ chorus is intermingled with some nice solo beats and melodies that’ll make you dance like there’s no tomorrow. It also helps that its bright tone and simple style also make it easy to focus on it more.

Going to Make you Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Factory

We couldn’t exclude this early 90s classic; Everybody Dance now has become one of the more iconic songs of all time and for a good reason. It’s disco/rap combo helps it stand out from other songs, and unlike a lot of party songs, everything about this one is iconic and energising.

You should listen to it if you’re doing anything that requires you to move, but it’s perfect if you’re practising your dance moves.

Burn by Ellie Goulding

We finish this list with Burn, a song whose quiet melody and lyrics might feel a little too slow at first, but they work great as an inspirational song with the aim of lighting a fire inside of you, as the song likes to point out. It’s probably not active enough to keep you going while doing cardio or running, but listening to it as warm up or doing some simpler exercises could work better.

With all these amazing songs up front, we certainly hope that you’re able to find something you like and that works for you when you work out.


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5 One-Pot Wonders that’ll Make You Excited to Cook

Cooking can become quite a hassle when you’re trying to get food done quickly. We don’t always have time to prepare so many things while also trying to keep track of our lives and what we have to do. This logic is what gave rise to fast food and delivery services, but there’s an easy method that applies to homemade food as well and all you need is a pan or a pot.

One pan or pot wonders are dishes that can be created quickly and effortlessly, all you need to do is grab a pan or pot, prepare the ingredients and them mix them all up and watch the magic happen.  So, let’s take a look at some of these recipes that we’re sure you’ll fall in love by the time we’re done.

Tabasco Braised Chicken with Chickpeas and Kale

We start off with a kick thanks to this spicy chicken recipe. The flavourful tomato sauce that’s created by combining the tomatoes with onions and Tabasco gives this dish its name. All of that goes a long way in enhancing the flavour of the chicken and chickpeas. A braise would usually take a long time to make but this recipe is quick and easy to repeat. Recipe below is suitable for a family of 4.

Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds skinless chicken thighs

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 white onion, diced

2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes, including juice

2 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

2 cups kale

1 tablespoon Tabasco

½ cup water

Instructions:

We’ll start by seasoning the chicken thighs with salt and black pepper, while heating up a tablespoon of oil over medium height heat in the pot. Once the oil starts bubbling, the chicken in and cook it for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, then remove it from the pan and add the remaining oil to cook the other half of the chicken.

Once all the chicken is set aside, lower the heat down to medium and put the onions in until they become tender (which should only be about 4 or 5 minutes). Add tomatoes with juice, garbanzo beans with juice, kale, Tabasco and water and stir making sure to scrape the bits off the bottom of the pot.

Once this is done, mix the chicken thighs together with the tomato mixture until they simmer. Cook for about 30 more minutes until the flavours mix and then it’ll be ready to serve. We recommend serving it along with some rice or quinoa (there are quite a few things you can do with quinoa too).

One Pan Caprese Pasta

Pasta is certainly one of the most delicious and loved dishes one can make, and this simple dish is no different. If you love Caprese (mozzarella with tomato, fresh basil and olive oil), this recipe is one that you can’t miss if you’re looking for a light main course or a great side dish to your meals. Definitely fits into the Mediterranean Diet! This recipe serves 4.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes| Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup diced white onion

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 1/2 cups dry pasta

1 package of grape tomatoes, sliced in half

5 fresh whole basil leaves

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 1/2 cups water

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

1 1/2 cups fresh, diced Mozzarella (about 8 oz)

2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

Chopped basil leaves for garnish

Instructions:

Preheat a 12-inch skillet or a sauté pan up to medium heat with one tablespoon of oil. Cook the onions with this oil until they become tender and soft. Drop the pasta, sliced tomatoes, fresh whole basil leaves, garlic, water, salt and pepper in once the onions are tender and stir them together.

We’re not done just yet, however. We want to bring the pasta mixture to a boil here and letting it really suck in the juices and flavour from all the other ingredients, so make sure to stir it continuously for about ten minutes. You can check this by seeing if the liquid around the pasta has reduced.

Once the pasta is cooked, all we have to do is throw in the mozzarella cheese and let it melt by covering the pan. You can also add some balsamic vinegar and chopped basil once it’s done for extra flavour. Best part? You can eat from the pan if you reduce the quantity four times to have your personal pasta in a pot.

Rustic Chicken with Garlic Gravy

Nothing is quite as good as some well-cooked chicken, and this recipe sure delivers on that front. Your mouth will water instantly once you get a look at the combination that this chicken and gravy make, and your taste buds will explode once you taste it too! You won’t want to leave even a bit of food left on your plate with this pan/pot wonder. You can even use whatever type of chicken you want.

You’re also advised to have a staple on the side, preferably pasta, mashed potatoes or bread so that you can fully soak up and taste the gravy.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes |Cook Time: 30 Minutes |Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients:

2 Tbsps. Cooking oil

6-8 pieces skin-on/bone-in chicken thighs (could use any skin-on chicken )

Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

20-22 cloves garlic, separated and peeled (2 full heads)

2 Tbsps. flour

3/4 cup dry white wine

1 cup chicken broth

1 1/4 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or about 3/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves)

2 Tbsps. Butter

Instructions:

Start off by heating the oven up to 400-degree Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celcius) and set up a rack in the centre of it.

Heat some oil in an oven-safe skillet and pan fry the chicken with some salt and pepper. Cook and turn the chicken regularly for about eight minutes until it’s well browned and then remove it from the pan.

Reduce the heat once the chicken is cooked and remove it from the pat. Add the garlic into the pan and cook it for about three minutes. Sprinkle some flour in and stir it properly such that the flour is fully incorporated into the oil and garlic before putting the chicken back in. Put a lid over the pan and place it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Remove the pot from the oven (with gloves of course) and put it on the stove. Take the chicken out and you could start plating them.

Now it’s time to get to the sauce. Over medium-high heat, whisk in wine into the pan which has all the juices from the chicken, and simmer for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth, thyme and a bit more salt and pepper, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring regularly, until the sauce thickens. Turn the heat off and stir in the butter.

Make sure to taste it once it’s done to make sure it doesn’t need any more seasoning and pour it over the chicken before serving.

One-Pot Roasted Red Pepper and Sausage Alfredo

The combination of the pasta and sausage is great, especially if you haven’t really had the chance to do your grocery shopping put have a few hardy ingredients ready in your fridge. There’s vegetables in this dish too, so it’s a great way to sneak them into your children’s diet! It’s also relatively straightforward to cook, so you won’t have to worry about any prior cooking skills.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

3/4 lb Italian sausage

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 cups milk, plus 1/4 cup for the sauce

1 1/2 cups chicken broth, plus 1/4 cup for the sauce

1 (16 oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and pureed (you can do this in a food processor or blender)

8 oz goat cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan

Salt and pepper, to taste

3 handfuls fresh spinach

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

12 oz pasta of your choice

Instructions:

Let’s start by removing the casing from the sausage and discard the casing. To do this, cut along the side of the sausage with a sharp knife and peel off the pierced casing with your fingers. After that, sauté the sausage in a large pot or pan with some garlic and olive oil at medium heat, make sure to leave it there until it browns.

Stir in the chicken broth, pureed roasted red peppers, milk and pasta; make sure to season it with some salt and pepper to give it some extra taste. Bring it to a boil and then lower the temperature to medium heat so that the pasta is cooked through, though remember to cover it first. If the liquid gets absorbs then add in the rest of the milk or broth.

Now, all we have to do is add and stir in the spinach (though don’t throw all of it in) and the cheeses. Stir it some more until they are melted, and it’ll be ready to serve.

Ginger Beef, Mushroom and Kale Stir-Fry

We’ve had a tonne of chicken and pasta recipes so why don’t we close out with some good old beef. It’s not just beef on its own; this stir-fry brings out the flavours in the kale, mushroom and beef to create a great combo of taste. You’ll feel like you’re eating actual Chinese food by the time you’re done even though kale isn’t a typical vegetable used in Chinese cuisine. This is a dish that you could also prep ahead by marinating the meat a few days before or while making breakfast so that it’s ready to be cooked by the time you return home.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

For the Sauce:

1/3 cup soy sauce (if making gluten-free, be sure to use GF soy sauce)

1/2 cup vegetable broth (or chicken/beef broth, or water)

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons corn starch

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

For the Stir-Fry:

1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 ounces baby portobello or button mushrooms, halved

4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, halved

3 cups chopped kale

2 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions:

The most important part of this dish is the sauce, so take all of the ingredients for the sauce, put them in a bowl and whisk them until they mix. After your little mixing session is done, pour the sauce into a zip-lock bag and add the steak in to marinate in the fridge for at least fifteen minutes.

To cook, heat the oil in the pan over medium heat. Once it’s hot, fry the garlic until it’s golden brown before adding in the mushrooms and kale. Once the mushrooms are half cooked, add in the steak slices and stir fry until the meat is cooked to your desired doneness and the sauce has thickened. Serve over some steamed brown rice and you’ve got a wholesome nutritious meal!


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What You Need To Know About the Mediterranean Diet

The  term “Mediterranean Diet” came about in 2013 when medical researchers were studying diets from around the world and tracked the health statuses of women from when they were in their 50s to 60s till they were in the 70s. They found that the people from this small village in Italy had the lowest cases of age-related diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases, and thus started looking into their diets to find out whether it is the cause of their better health status.

mediterranean diet

First, let’s talk about what Mediterranean food is not about. When one mentions Italian or Greek food, one would often think about pasta, pizza, lamb and loaves of bread accompanied by bottles of wine. However, Mediterranean food is more than that and when referring to the Mediterranean diet specifically, it’s about eating a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetables, beans, shellfish, chicken, fish, tomatoes, nuts, olive oil and…even, red wine. For example, the paella or pilaf has a lot of the above ingredients inside. Nonetheless, the key to everything is moderation.

This “Mediterranean diet” has been around for thousands of years but contrary to what most would believe, it’s not just a diet but a way of life. People who live with the diet don’t just eat; they also lead active lives, get a lot of exercise and are very social. It’s a lifestyle that is meant to keep you healthy in all fronts – physical, emotional and mental.

Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

We’ve talked a lot about the Mediterranean diet and what it is, but you might be wondering what the benefits of it actually are, people wouldn’t talk about it if it didn’t live up to the hype after all. The main benefit that everyone mentions when they talk about this particular diet is how it can help prevent heart disease, type-2 diabetes, obesity and even depression.

It’s Low in Processed Foods and Sugar

Ingredients found in Mediterranean food tend to be natural with little processing and no artificial flavouring, favouring on fresh produce. The only ‘processed’ foods would be items such as cheese, sausages and preserved olives or capers. It doesn’t shy away from carbs nor is it exceptionally high in protein (e.g. Atkins or Paleo diets).

The Mediterranean diet is also low in sugar, with the only sugar present being in fruits and wines. It also involves drinking a lot of fresh water or natural juices, which also lowers the consumption of sugar that could lead towards diabetes.

Helps You Lose Weight

This is one of the main reasons why the Mediterranean diet is so popular. Not only is it sustainable, the ingredients are all healthy and offer a variety of nutrients (protein and omega 3s etc) that allow you to lead a healthy life without making you go hungry, so you won’t have to skimp on food. Not just that, there’s also a large variety of foods and dishes, so you won’t have to worry about sticking to only one type of food, you can try out different recipes that suit your palate or needs.

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Improves Heart Health and Prevents Cancer

The benefit of a lot of these dishes, and their reliance on olive oil in particular, is that they offer a great amount of Omega 3 fatty acids that can help heart disease, as some famous stars would tell you. Coupled with a diet high on fish and the chances of cardiac arrest can be lowered by 30%, with sudden cardiac death going down by 45% or more.

Olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil, is also great at lowering hypertension because it makes nitric oxide more bioavailable, which makes it better able to keep arteries dilated and clear. It also helps fight against oxidation and improves endothelial functions, which is further enhanced by the antioxidant resveratrol found in red wine.

The antioxidants found in red wine and the various fruit and vegetables also help to prevent cancer by protecting DNA cells and slows down the degenerating rate as well as lowering cell mutation and delaying tumor growth.

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Prevents Diabetes

Its ability to lower inflammation also makes Mediterranean diets able to lower the risks of diseases such as metabolic syndrome and type-2 Diabetes. The reason for this might be in the fact that foods found in this group control excess insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar levels, and makes us gain and retain weight.

People living with a Mediterranean diet eat a balanced breakfast shortly after waking up and eat all three meals a day, with their biggest one usually being lunch.

Can Prevent Cognitive Disease and Help You Live Longer

The effects of anti-inflammatory vegetables and fruits also help fight age-related cognitive decline. Thus, the Mediterranean diet can work as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, which are often thought to be related to the lack of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is necessary for body movements, body regulations and thought processing.

This diet also encourages people to spend more time with nature as well as getting a good sleep and spending time with loved ones. Constantly spending time with those you care about helps release dopamine too, and can help with fighting stress and depression.

Plant-based foods and healthy fats also act as a good combination for longevity. Olive oil for its part offers a lot of monounsaturated fat, which is associated with lower levels of all the diseases we’ve mentioned before and also acts as the main offering of this diet.

 

These are some of the main benefits tied to Mediterranean diets that have helped push it into popularity as of recent years. It stands out even more in an age where people are looking to live healthier and change the direction of their lives.

However, like many things in life, a Mediterranean diet will only help you if you eat the correct amount of calories for your body type and weight, and stick to it. If you’re able to find a balance and follow the diet as best you can we’re sure to get results.


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Give Your Dad a Fathers’ Day Brunch to Enjoy

Fathers’ Day is just around the corner, and while we’ve already marked down the perfect gifts for the day, it’s time we take a look at another side of father’s day – food. It’s great to spend some quality time with your father over a meal and luckily, Singapore has no shortage of fantastic restaurants perfect for celebrations! Here’s our list some of the great restaurants you should get a taste of this Fathers’ Day.

Open Door Policy – Tiong Bahru

If you want to try out an excellent bistro-styled restaurant, then you can’t go wrong with Open Door Policy. This restaurant offers excellent and savoury dishes that are sure to water both yours and your father’s mouth with a variety of dishes that are not just good to eat, but right to pay for. Open Door Policy is opened for brunch, lunch and dinner, so don’t miss it.

Address: 19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650
Hours: 12–3PM, 6–11PM
Phone: 6221 9307

Basilico – Regent Singapore

Basilico is a fancy restaurant that always offers the best for Father’s Day; it’s yearly “Festa del Papa” always offers something new, not just in the food department but also events and games for parents and children to enjoy. Guests will be able to enjoy a spread made up of flavorful sea-foods and other types of food all in a buffet style, so you can eat until you drop without any concerns.

Address: Regent Singapore, Level 2, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715.

Hours:

Breakfast:
6:30 am – 10:30 am (Mon-Sat)
7:00 am – 10:30 am (Sun)

Lunch:
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Sun)

Dinner:
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm daily

Phone: +65 6725 3232

Swissotel – Merchant Court Singapore

Swissotel is offering a great Father’s Day treat for all the amazing dads out there. Treat the man in your life with Ellenbourgh Market Café’s selection of crustacean dishes, with over ten crab creations for them to dig their teeth into all for S$58 starting at noon.

You can also toast to your dad at Crossroad Bar, which offers a series of bespoke beverages as well as an Asian-inspired Tapas selection for guests, and most importantly fathers, to enjoy. You’ll be able to get and two types of tapas for S$48 or six beverages and three tapas at S$68. Either way, these are offers that you can’t afford to miss and will be available throughout Father’s Day weekend.

Address: 20 Merchant RoadSingapur 058281, Singapur

Hours: 12 pm-4pm (Ellenborough Market Cafe), 6 pm-12am (Crossroads Bar)

Phone: 6239 1847/1848

Audace Bar and Restaurant

This superb French restaurant opened recently, but it’s not falling behind the competition. For Father’s Day, it’s offering a fabulous brunch featuring dishes such as Mascarpone and Pepper Tartine cooked with truffle oil, Beetroot Braised Pork (see picture above), Braised Leg Lamb and Chickpea Parmentier, Creamy Polenta and plenty more. It also boasts quite a variety of desserts, and all just for S$68++.

Address: Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494

Hour: The Father’s Day special will be on June 18th from 11.30am to 4pm

Phone: +65 6298 1188

The Kitchen Table-Sentosa Cove

Fancy restaurants are excellent and all, but if you want to have a more casual experience with your dad, then you can’t miss out on The Kitchen Table. For this Father’s Day, the Kitchen Table is offering a series of beer-infused dishes and free-flow drinks (exclusively to dads) that’ll get them in the festive mood. It also boasts a buffet of sea foods, pizzas and desserts, so it has its bases covered for this day.

Address: 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374

Phone: +65 6808 7268

 

These are some of many restaurants that’ll be opened and offering great deals on Fathers’ Day. We hope that you check out the ones we’ve provided, or maybe you’ve got something in mind already? Either way, we wish all fathers a Happy Fathers’ Day.


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6 Awesome Fathers’ Day Gift Ideas

In June, we celebrate the important man in our lives – Fathers. They are the ones who probably taught us how to ride a bicycle or play football or how to fish. They are their sons’ role models and their daughters’ example of how a man should treat a woman.

As such, this Fathers’ Day, we pay tribute to our fathers and besides a meal, we reckon that these gift ideas would definitely please even the most utilitarian man out there.

Neville Tobacco Musk Cologne

Well groomed men like to both look and smell good, and nothing can go up against the smell of some fresh new cologne. Neville’s Tobacco Musk is a cologne that uses woody and oriental scents derived from herbs and essential oils with some added clove, vanilla and other ingredients. All of these different scents combine to create the atmosphere of a room at a fancy gentleman’s club from back in the day. You can get this perfectly crafted musk for just £40.

Neville Ultimate Shaving Kit

For £35, your dad will be able to enjoy a hassle-free shaving with this fabulous new kit. While it is a little on the dear side, this kit comes with a razor and all of the components necessary for a perfect shave, so your dad will be able to get the most out of it. The razor’s blade is also compatible with Gillette® Mach3® and Mach3® Turbo blades, which are relatively easy to find. The kit ensures that your father gets the closest shave with the best moisturisers to keep his face or even facial hair in tip top condition!

Outlaw Laboratory  Night-GH

In an increasingly stressful lifestyle, it is not uncommon for people to be either sleep deprived or have bad quality sleep. This blend of supplements will allow your loved one to recover during the night while also helping him get some more rest during those sleepless nights. Outlaw’s Night-GH also helps with repairing muscles and shedding body fat so that he stays in optimum levels and eventually be able to sleep well without the supplements.

Outlaw’s Night-GH is at US$49.95, which is a pretty good price for giving your dad the rest he needs.

Mandarin Linen Shirt

If you’ve got the budget to spare on your father’s day, then we suggest going with this classy linen shirt, which is perfect for tropical weather. It’s made with natural linen fabric, and it looks quite stylish too. Suitable for dads who need a slight wardrobe makeover or even for those who don’t like to fuss about their clothes. You can get this fantastic shirt at £125.

Dean and Deluca White Everyday Apron

All dads have their passions, whether it’d be something like sports, cars, video games or cooking. If your dad has a penchant for the kitchen or BBQ, then we’re sure he’ll appreciate this beautiful and crisp apron from Dean and Deluca. It’s made with pure cotton and comes with an adjustable D-Ring on the neck strap so that it can be customised to his liking. Psst…even mothers can use it! Dean and Deluca offer these aprons at US$30.

Nautica’s Yacht Anchor Jacket

This jacket will go perfect with the Mandarin Linen Shirt above. While it’s perfect for going out on boat rides, its water resistance also makes it able to be worn during cold days. It’s also machine washable and comes with embroidered pockets that help keeping things handy.

This beautiful jacket is currently at US$189.95 but it’s a classic that will last for a long time.

There are still a few weeks left for Fathers’ Day, but we hope that these gifts have at least given you an idea of what to get him; after all, dads are just as important as mums are when it comes to our upbringing so they should have to feel remembered as well.


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5 Quinoa Recipes You Will Absolutely Love

If you’re vegan or someone who is interested in eating healthy, you probably have a good idea of what quinoa (pronounced as keen-wah) is. For those that don’t know, quinoa is a wheat-free grain, a superfood that is usually treated as the healthy alternative to rice or couscous. It falls under the same category as beets, beans and even spinach, and has cemented its place as a staple within the vegan community.

The main reason for its popularity is due to the benefits that quinoa offers. Quinoa provides twice the amount of protein as rice and other grains while it’s also high in calcium, vitamins B and E as well as dietary fibres. It even contains all nine amino acids and offers some good old Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent heart disease. As it is gluten-free, it is also very popular amongst those who are gluten-intolerant or sensitive.

Quinoa originated in South American countries such as Peru, Chile and Bolivia, where it used to be eaten by the Inca tribes hundreds of years ago. Over the years, it has made its way around the world but has become exceedingly famous in the USA and the UK where in 2013, the UK declared it the “International Quinoa Year”.

The rising popularity of quinoa has also generated an increase in recipes that use this wheat-free grain in some very creative ways. Quinoa has a slight nutty taste, making is very hearty and easy to eat, which is why there are so many recipes to incorporate them into but here are our top 5 favourites!

Quinoa Vegetable Salad

What better way to start this list that with something light and fresh. The best way to bring out quinoa’s nutritients is a healthy dish where it’s balanced with vegetables. This recipe works as a great entrée or even a light lunch for those days where you don’t want to stuff your face. Great to have on a hot day and vegan-friendly.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon canola oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/4 cup diced (yellow or purple) onion

2 1/2 cups water

3 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cups quinoa

3/4 cup diced fresh tomato

3/4 cup diced carrots

1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper

1/2 cup diced cucumber

1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions:

Cook the garlic and onion in a saucepan with canola oil on medium heat until the onion softens and becomes translucent. After that, pour the water, 2 teaspoons of salt and  ¼ of a teaspoon of black pepper and bring it to a boil.

Once the mixture is ready, stir the quinoa in and leave it simmering, keep in mind to turn the heat down to medium-low so that it doesn’t burn and put a cover in so that it simmers faster. You can wait about 20 minutes for it to simmer, after which you should take it out put it in the fridge in a large bowl.

After it’s cooled down, you can stir the tomato, carrots, bell pepper, cucumber, corn, and red onion into the quinoa. Season it with the cilantro, mint as well as the remaining salt and black pepper. Lastly, add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar before mixing them gently.

Serve cold.

Banana Quinoa Rice Pudding

Salads are great, but there’s nothing quite as sweet dessert. This recipe brings together the calcium and dietary fibres offered by quinoa and the potassium that comes with banana to create a delicious combo. Not just that, it’s also a dish that both adults and children can enjoy.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

3/4 cup quinoa

1 1/2 cups water

2 ripe bananas

1 cup whole milk

1 cup coconut milk

4 tablespoons honey, divided

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Start off by rinsing the quinoa off in a paper towel lined colander and transfer it to the saucepan once it rinses clear. Add one and a half cups of water into the quina and leave it soaking for 30 minutes. After that, boil the quinoa and then leave it covered at low heat so that the quinoa can absorb the water; this should only take about 15 minutes.

While the quinoa boils, blend the whole milk, coconut milk, 3 tablespoons honey, butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt together in a blender until they become smooth. Then, stir the mixture into the quinoa and boil it once more, this time at medium heat. However, don’t just leave it alone, stay there and stir it around so that it cooks and thickens properly.

After that, all that’s left is putting the pudding in a serving dish and setting it in the fridge for an hour while it gets cold. Top it off with banana to serve. You can add the honey and cinnamon if you like but now it’ll be good to eat!

Cacao and Peanut Quinoa Porridge

This tasty quinoa porridge comes courtesy of ElikaFit; it’s a perfect breakfast recipe that’ll give you a protein kick to get you through the day. Not just that but the sweetness and combination of the chocolate and nuts will ease your sweet tooth while helping you kickstart your day.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup of cooked quinoa

2 cups of coconut milk

1tbspn of cashews

1tbspn of blueberries

1tsp sunflower seeds

1tsp of cacao nibs

2tbsp of toasted quinoa

Instructions:

Before you can get down to making the dish, you should make sure to cook some quinoa appropriately and then toast it in coconut oil for about 15 minutes until it becomes crispy to get the toasted quinoa.

When you’re done, place the cooked quinoa in a pot and simmer it with two cups of coconut milk. Now all you’ll have to do is take it out of the pot and add in the cashews, blueberries, sunflower seeds, cacao nibs and the toasted quinoa on top.

 

Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Salads, desserts and sweet breakfasts are good, but sometimes you just want something a bit…meatier to dive your teeth into. Don’t worry, we didn’t put meat on this list, but these veggie burgers have sufficient protein and minerals when compared to your regular beefy ones.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounces) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup quinoa

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup minced yellow bell pepper

2 tablespoons minced onion

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 egg

3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions:

For this, we’re going to boil the quinoa in a saucepan once more and let it simmer just like we did with the pudding recipe. While we’re waiting for that, you can mash your beans up until they form a paste-like mixture.

Now mix the paste with the quinoa, bread crumbs, bell pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, hot pepper sauce, and egg and get in there with your hands, we want to be able to make five patties out of this. After that, it’s just a matter of cooking the patties like any regular burger, preferably with olive oil.

You can put in whatever ingredients you want with your patties, or even have them on their own!

Curried Quinoa

We finish our list off with a spicy entry. This lightly curried quinoa has a great aroma and taste which you can have as a side or main staple.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 35 Minutes | Total Time: 40 Minutes

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup quinoa

2 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon curry powder, or to taste

1 tablespoon ancho chile powder

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

This one isn’t too complicated, start by heating oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook the onion and garlic for about 2 minutes, making sure they’re stirred correctly. After that add the quinoa in until it’s toasted, which should take about five minutes.

Then, pour the broth into the pan and boil it, once you add the curry in you’ll have to make sure to reduce the heat though. Add the chile powder along with the curry and let it simmer for about 25 minutes. Now all you’ll have to do is the season it and your dish will be complete!

 

We hope you’ve been able to learn a lot from these recipes, make sure to tell us if you try any of these or any of your recipes out! There’s still many more things you can do with quinoa.


Photo Credits: Food.com, ElikaFit, Pinch of Yum, Kelly Sew Cooks, The Foodie Physician, The Full Helping

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