Singapore!

Sunday, May 22, 2016 1 No tags Permalink 0

26807472866_5c348b8b69_cA trip to Singapore started off with a little detour…

26224306494_3d3cde6e83_c…to Narita (the city).

26224318584_8d1d2a7c25_cWhat was meant to be short airport layover in Japan turned into a 24-hour holiday in Narita…

26224314184_9940581d0f_c…where I made good use of time satisfying soft cream cravings.

26224311294_cbeac59823_cBlack sesame topped with crushed white sesame seeds.

26829617245_2d4e4bfb69_cDid you know Narita is known for unagi?

27099020091_57aaea8ca7_cAnd then, Singapore ^-^

I’ll warn you now. This is a long post. I treat this blog as a journal, a place to take notes and reference things, people, and places years down the road.

26560084020_c6089d31ec_cFirst, check-in at Shangri-La Singapore…

Afternoon Tea | Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

26912715185_47ac02ae8a_cThe lobby of Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is gigantic. Big and small tables tucked behind columns and corners. Exposed or secluded, your pick. High ceilings, good light, efficient service…

26879295776_44a7648b06_c…and afternoon tea, of course.

26914948921_80ee1a0df6_cSelect teas from the regular menu…or for a little extra, one of the house infusions:

  • Blueberry-pomegranate tisane with rose petals
  • Peach black tea with fresh rosemary
  • Italian-almond black tea with elderflower syrup
  • Ginger tisane with orange peels
  • Green tea with jasmine and pandan (pictured)

Afternoon Tea | Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore

Saturday, May 14, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

26793609842_8d5f6ae398_cTea for two on Sunday afternoon…

26853226586_7e85122ca3_c…inside Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore. Tea service (featuring TWG) here starts earlier in the day. That’s a very nice thing because it means you can have afternoon tea for lunch. Instead of tiers, sweets and savories come in a drawer chest. But! Before you even get to that part…

26793606552_4321e52ebf_c…tea begins with your choice of a starter. Pick between scrambled eggs topped with Hokkaido uni, ikura, and caviar or…

Afternoon Tea | The St. Regis Singapore

Friday, May 13, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

26793556032_666c1124ea_cRemember how afternoon tea buffets are super popular in Asia? Most hotels offer afternoon tea tiers and afternoon tea buffets in two separate dining venues (I’ll do a complete post on this soon). And the ones who offer it in the same venue usually allow guests to select between tiers or buffets. But at St. Regis Singapore, it’s combined…everyone gets three tiers and the buffet. Here’s the breakdown…

26793554112_ba96c5a6bd_c…first, pick your tea (TWG menu)…

Afternoon Tea | Grand Hyatt Singapore

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

26264529483_fc440075ef_cTwo notes:

  •  Afternoon tea buffets are popular in Asia but almost non-existent anywhere else in the world
  •  Sometimes the most unattractive afternoon tea services are the most delicious. And the most attractive ones can be the least delicious. This happens more often than you’d expect.

26264528203_271850f0b3_cTea at Grand Hyatt Singapore is served at 10 SCOTTS. Most people visit for the tea buffet, but seeing as we just finished afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental Singapore, we went with the tea set. A simple two-tier affair, no scones. To drink, a tisane of baby rosebuds.

26264524963_8f02518060_cCurry puff was excellent…as close as you get to “real food” when it comes to afternoon tea. Fried to order, super crispy and flaky. Potatoes, peas, and spicy curry sauce inside…