Delifrance Celebrates 30 Years in Asia with Michelin Star Sandwich

To commemorate 30 years of authentic French bakery fare in Asia, Delifrance partnered with renowned 1-star Michelin chefs Jacques and Laurent Pourcel to launch its first-ever Michelin sandwich “Le Paris-Singapore”. 

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When I received the invitation to attend the launch, I knew it was going to be a fun experience. It’s a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with a Michelin-starred chef and to top it off, we got a hands-on lesson on how to put the sandwich together and the inspiration behind the creation.

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Le Paris-Singapore is a special sandwich. Inspired by their travel experiences in Asia, it is specially created by 1-star Michelin chefs Laurent and Jacques Pourcel for Delifrance. This is not the first time the twins, who run the famous restaurant le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier, France, collaborated with the French bakery. In 2010, when the chef twins were chosen as ambassadors to represent French gastronomy at the World Expo in Shanghai, they had chosen to use Delifrance breads for the international event.

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“When we were looking for a supplier for this unique event, we wanted to combine quality and French know-how. Delifrance’s breads and viennoiseries were a natural choice,” recalled Jacques, who was in Singapore to launch the new creation Le Paris-Singapore.

In an artisan mix of French bakery and Asian flavour, Le Paris-Singapore is buttered with mayonnaise and oyster spread, layered with a bed of French baby spinach and Thai chili roast chicken, with Wakame (Japanese algae) and pineapple slices to complete the taste.

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Specially imported from France, Delifrance’s French stone-baked rustic baguette spent 10 hours in the oven; baked to perfection, light and soft inside with a delicate aroma of fresh cream and sweet almond.

“We are delighted to celebrate three decades of Delifrance in Singapore,” said Alain Leduc, Franchise Manager of Delifrance Headquarters in Paris. “Delifrance was the first French-themed cafe to introduce authentic French bakery products in Singapore. With the launch of Le Paris-Singapore, with its mix of artisan French authentic bakery and an Asian flavour, we are here to introduce another slice of French gastronomy to Singaporeans, especially our long-time supporters who have grown up with the brand over the past 30 years.”

Completmenting the new Michelin-starred sandwich, Delifrance has also partnered with French beverage company Monin to introduce two special sparkling drinks, Le Spicy Mangue Collins and Pink Grapefruit & Elderflower Spritz, which customers can pair with Le Pasir-Singapore sandwich.

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Le Spicy Mangue Collins is a thirst quenching sparkling blend of mango and lime with a slight hint of chili. Pink Grapefruit & Elderflower Spritz is a light and refreshing combination of ripe pink grapefruit and subtle elderflower.

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Le Pasir-Singapore is available a la carte at $10.80 or enjoy it with Le Spicy Mangue Collins or Pink Grapefruit  & Elderflower Spritz for just $12.80. The sparkling drinks are also available a la carte at $5.00 each. 

Delifrance’s new Le Paris-Singapore is available at the following selected cafes until 31 August 2013:

East 

  • Changi Airport Terminal 2 Departure / Transit Lounge North
  • Singapore Post Centre
  • Tampines Mall

Central

  • Clifford Centre
  • Gateway West
  • Gleneagles Hospital
  • KK Hospital
  • Mt. Elizabeth Hospital
  • Raffles City
  • Thomson Medical Centre
  • UE Square
  • United Square

North / North-east

  • Causeway Point
  • Hougang 1
  • Toa Payoh HDB Hub

West / South-west

  • Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC)
  • Cold Storage Jelita
  • Harbourfront Centre
  • IMM
  • JEM
  • Jurong Point
  • Lot One

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As part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations, Delifrance’s customers, who spend a minimum of $10 at any Delifrance outlet between 1 June and 31 August 2013, will be able to enter “Experience the French Art of Living” lucky draw. One lucky winner will walk away with prizes worth more than $6,000 including a pair of economy class return tickets to Paris, 3 nights accommodation in Paris and one-day French baking class at The Paris Bakery and Patisserie School by Grands Moulins de Paris, parent company of Delifrance Group.

SMS your details in the following format to 9010 2322: Delifrance <space> Name <space> NRIC/FIN number <space> Receipt/bill number <space> Email. 

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For more information

Website: www.delifrance.com.sg

Guest service hotline: 6874 9622 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Scoot Wants You to Win a Year’s Free Travel and $20,000 Cash

Ever wonder what it is like to be a jet-setter? You could be having lunch in Taipei, hi-tea dim sum in Hong Kong and enjoy a glass of wine by Sydney Opera House if you win this contest!

If you are age 18 years old and above, participate in Scoot’s World’s Longest Virtual Flight’s contest by registering yourself at www.facebook.com/flyscoot . One lucky contestant will get to win S$20,000 in cash plus S$30,000 in travel vouchers to be given away!

Last year, Scoot launched its first flight from Singapore to Sydney. To commemorate the first anniversary of its maiden flight to Sydney, stand by at 9pm on 4 June 2013 for the “take off” and “fly” back from Sydney to Singapore at 5am on 5 June 2013.

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Photo credit: http://travel.ninemsn.com.au 

Said Campbell Wilson, CEO of Scoot, “In the past 12 months, Scoot has gone from just one aircraft and one destination to a fleet of five aircraft operating to Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Qingdao and Shenyang, with Seoul and Nanjing commencing in the next two weeks. It’s been a busy and exciting year for all of us at Scoot, and we’re incredibly grateful for all those who’ve supported us. Our online community, especially, has been fantastic, so we wanted to celebrate our first anniversary in a fitting way – and what more fitting way for an online community than to win cash and prizes for doing what they do best: clicking!”

Contestants “on board” must tap (mobile) or click (desktop) the “Scoot Virtual Flight” every 60 seconds initially…with the contestant who outlasts all others walking away with S$20,000 cash and free Scoot flights for one year! All participants will also have the chance to receive one of the S$30,000 in Scoot travel vouchers being given away throughout the contest.

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Photo credit: www.traveldailymedia.com

To participate in the “World’s Longest Virtual Flight” contest, simply register at www.facebook.com/flyscoot from now by accepting the contest’s terms and conditions, read the tips on how to stay safe, then “board” the virtual flight at 8pm on 4 June 2013 ready for “take off” at 9pm. Get ready to Scoot for S$20,000 cash!

Win $500 Cash If You Can “Catch” DJ Dee Kosh!

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Local telecommunications provider, SingTel launched a real-time Twitter “race” this afternoon at 1pm. From 3-7 June 2013, SingTel users can join this contest to win awesome cash prizes by simply follow @SingTel on Twitter with hashtag #Fastest4GSpeed.

98.7FM DJ cum YouTube comedian, Dee Kosh has taken over @SingTel’s Twitter page and will be releasing a series of tweets and clues based on his location. Just tweet back and be the fastest person to determine his location, and you could win $500 in cash!

Definitely seems like a fun and easy way to get extra pocket money this month! Too bad Yours Truly is not a Singtel user, argh!!! *sob sob*

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Hurry! Follow @SingTel on Twitter to guess where DJ Dee Kosh is and win cash, remember to use hashtag #Fastest4GSpeed. Good luck! 🙂

More information can be found here: http://info.singtel.com/personal/4G/catch-dee-kosh?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=vanityurl&utm_campaign=singtel_4G_catchdeekosh

Back to 54ish with Kyō Sunday Best

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Disco balls, blue afro wig, neon coloured costumes brightened up the underground as the boys of Kyō Sunday Best danced to the best of the DJ spinning 54ish: The Hedonistic Party.

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Every Sunday, this club located at the underground of 133 Cecil Street transform with larger than life characters. Last week paid tribune to Studio 54, the world renowned nightclub which operated from 1977 to till 1981. At 12.30am the stage light shone, the disco music played as performers sang and dance to the tune of yesteryears.

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True to its nature of hedonism, the boys party like there is no tomorrow, without the worry of Monday.

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There were even two “go-go” dancers to entertain the patrons as the crowd party on.

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Even the bartenders and floor staff were having a good time that night.

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And more fooling around in the back-of-the-house.

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Strap on your wings, put on your tiara and bring your Prince Charming (or find one there) this Sunday and join the boys for a fairy tale themed party on 12 May, with fund-raising proceeds going to Baan Gerda, a children’s charity for HIV positive orphans in Thailand.

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Have you been putting in extra effort to work out? Join the Kyō Sunday Best’s manhunt for Mr. Sunday Best 2013 with prizes worth $1,500 to be won and paid engagement at Kyō on Sundays. To take part, email to kyosundaybest@gmail.com with a picture and a short introduction about yourself. Entries close on 22 May 2013.

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For more information on Kyō Sunday Best, please visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KyoSundayBest?fref=ts

Club Kyō is located at 133 Cecil Street, Keck Seng Tower, #B1-02, Singapore 069535. Opening days: Tuesday to Saturday, till late (Sunday is reserved exclusive for Kyō Sunday Best). Website: www.clubkyo.com 

[Photo credit: Kyō Sunday Best]

Trieste. Napoli. Nespresso. What else?

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Once again Nespresso has continued to surprise and delight its Club Members and coffee lovers through the launch of two unique favours (Trieste and Napoli) named after the two Italian cities, Trieste and Naples, at Savour 2013.

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The Nespresso Trieste Limited Edition Grand Cru is a reflection of the rich and varied cultural experience that the city of Trieste offers. Trieste sits at the crossroads of Italian, Germanic and Slavic cultures. Coffee in Trieste can be taken with milk, without milk, long or short. The inhabitants of Trieste have even created their own specific language around their coffee – “nero” is an expresso. “capo” is with a dash of milk and coffee served in a glass rather than the usual china cup is called “in b”.

The Trieste Limited Edition with a delicate blend of Arabica beans is characterised by a rounded texture with notes of chocolate and fresh hazelnuts. Refreshingly fruity notes bring out an exceptional subtlety in this coffee. Limited Edition Trieste has an intensity level of 9 and is best enjoyed as a ristretto (25ml). For true coffee and milk lovers, the Limited Edition Trieste reveals another aspect of its character when served as a Cappuccino.

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Naples is a behemoth of culture in the history of Europe, and a vibrant city in the South of Italy. Coffee has a a special place here, since the end of the 17th century, it has been synonymous with hospitality, friendship and precious moments with family. Neapolitans like to take their coffee only in one way: short and dark – a sharp, jolt to the senses. Naples is also the city where the first domestic appliance to prepare coffee was invented; the caffettiera napoletana.

The Nespresso Napoli Limited Edition is a blend of Arabica beans with a hint of Robusta. Bold and assertive with a syrupy body, it is characterised by refined smokey notes. Its aroma has scents of dried black leaves. Limited Edition Napoli has an intensity level of 11 and is best enjoyed as a ristretto (25ml). For an even more authentic taste, enjoy it in an even shorter cup than a ristretto (15-20ml), and it’s traditionally drank with sugar.

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To experience the authentic tasting moment for these Limited Edition coffees, Nespresso has created a dedicated box set, containing a sleeve of Trieste and of Napoli, along with four cups and saucers designed in the colours of these Limited Edition coffees.

To win a set of this Limited Edition box set with a sleeve of Trieste and Napoli, simply email to me at sunny_creationz@hotmail.com and tell me what is your favorite coffee. Contest closes 15 May 2013. Winner will be notified by 17 May 2013. 

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Trieste and Napolo limited editions are available at all Nespresso boutiques for $11.50 per sleeve and the duo pack at $23. For more information, contact Nespresso Singapore toll-free at 800 852 3525 or visit www.nespresso.com

Panasonic Econavi: The race for eco-friendly products

Couple of weeks ago, Christina and I were invited to witness the crowning of the winners for Panasonic’s The Ultimate Navi Race – an eco-friendly theme game where contestants from 7 countries around the region battled it out for the grand prize of $10,000.

The Ultimate Navi Race is based on five Sensory elements that form the crux of ECONAVI technology, namely Human Activity, Memory, Temperature, Light and Load, testing contestants’ skills on mimicking these sensors.

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The race is aimed at creating awareness about Panasonic’s intelligent, eco-friendly ECONAVI technology in a range of home appliances. Each appliance in the range utilises sophisticated sensors and program control technologies to achieve optimal energy saving performance.

On-event, finalists from Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia ran the gauntlet of five games, requiring them, among other things, to memorise and act out a set of recorded poses, overcome obstacles, run against the pull of a bungee cord, fill a receptacle with a set amount of water while in a state dizziness, and push their reflexes to the limit.

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“ECONAVI is one huge step in reinforcing our goals and The Ultimate Navi Race was a regional initiative to create awareness among the consumers. The game as a whole was an attempt to showcase this groundbreaking technology, through a tangible and simplified platform and we are delighted with the overwhelming response. The unparalleled benefits offered through ECONAVI technology, not just economically but also ecologically in the long run, are truly noteworthy,” said Katsuhisa Sato, Deputy Managing Director, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Asia Pacific.

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Panasonic’s line-up of ECONAVI electronics and home appliances, ranging from air conditioners, refrigerators and washers, is designed specifically to maximise energy savings and reduce water consumption in one’s household. The ECONAVI technology concept applies high precision human sensor and control program technologies to optimise appliances operations according to environmental conditions without ever compromising the comfortable lifestyle of its owner.

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ECONAVI-Optimised Air Conditioners

Features: Utilises high-precision Human Activity Sensor to moderate the temperature according to room usage. This smart technology senses human existence and how much activity is occurring, then automatically adjusts the temperature accordingly so that less energy is used. The Sunlight Sensor detects changes in sunlight intensity in the room and makes adjustments to temperature according to the time and weather conditions of the day.

Energy Savings: These sensors result in reduced electricity usage for cooling by up to 35%1.

Models available: N series (Econavi) Price: starting from S$ 1299

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ECONAVI-Optimised Refrigerators

Features: The technology incorporated in an ECONAVI Refrigerator uses four sensors – 1) light, 2) door opening, 3) room temperature and 4) internal temperature sensor – to analyse total energy use. It adapts to the user’s lifestyle and save energy through efficient cooling. ECONAVI detects the level of lighting in the room, when and how often the fridge door is opened, as well as internal and external temperature levels. Based on this, it controls the refrigerator’s internal temperature for greater energy saving, taking into account the user’s living environment and how they use the refrigerator.

Energy Savings: Through its sensors, ECONAVI helps reduce power consumption by up to 40%, as compared to a conventional model2.

Models available: BW-X series (415, 465), BY-X series (602), F series (555,602) Price (RCP): starting from S$ 1,099

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ECONAVI-Optimised Washers

Features: With the innovative 3D sensor, ECONAVI-optimised washers can precisely measure the amount of clothing inside the drum and adapt the energy and water needed for each wash, reducing the total water used. The Inverter technology also receives information from the 3D sensor to determine the amount of drum rotations needed.

Energy Savings: For the front-loading washers, ECONAVI delivers up to 45% shorter wash time, up to 45% less power usage and up to 40% less water usage3.

Models available: G Series (9 / 10kg), Front Load X series (8 / 10kg) Price (RCP): starting from S$ 649 (Top), 1499 (Front)

Panasonic Econavi products are sold at all good retailers.