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Usually when I travel, I spare a maximum of one meal to dine at the hotel’s outlet and go out to hunt for authentic scrumptious local food elsewhere. It, however, was not the norm here at Le Bristol Paris, as I made an effort to return to the hotel, just to savour its delectable dishes repeatedly. Le Bristol Paris stands bold in the heart of Paris, just off the prominent Champs-Elysees which is home to notable eateries such as Epicure Restaurant, The 114 Faubourg Brasserie, Café Antonia and Le Bar. All of these are under the close supervision of Eric Frechon, the acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, who quoted: “I make the food I like to prepare, that I like to eat and love to share.” His dedication is vivid and he’s not ready to compromise things that are not executed to perfection, resulting in the journey of the “Living Bread”, in which he travelled to seek the authentic substances, processes and mediums to bake the perfect bread to serve to his food aficionados. After extensive tests, hands-on sessions and researches, Le Bristol Paris’s basement is now the hub of a mill to grind flour that Frechon specifically chose, for immediate use. The outcome is the list of lipsmacking breads and pastries that make a visit to Le Bristol Paris totally worth it. Epicure Restaurant Dining at Epicure Restaurant is a truly exquisite experience with the crystal chandeliers, finest tableware, shiny cutlery and attentive staff, as well as the delectable menu. The grandiose windows overlook the French garden and allow daylight to shed the stiffness from the atmosphere. Frechon aims to create Epicure to be ‘a restaurant in a palace’ rather than ‘a palace restaurant’, and his attempt was paid off when Epicure Restaurant received three Michelin Stars for ten consecutive years. Breakfast 7-10.30am Lunch 12-2pm Dinner 7-10pm A jacket is required for gentlemen.   The 114 Faubourg Brasserie Decorated in a warm palate of orange and red with paintings on the wall, The 114 Faubourg Brasserie sits in the new wing of the hotel and features French dishes with a twist via the creativity of Frechon and his team. The restaurant received one Michelin Star and is operating up to its prestigious standard. Duck pâté en croûte with pickled vegetables, Artichoke soup with pan-seared foie gras and black truffle emulsion and Beef tar tare with Oléron Marennes oyster cream and yuzu are amongst the not-to-be-missed menu. Lunch (Mon-Fri) 12-2.30pm Dinner (daily) 7-10.30pm   Café Antonia With the interior focused on the French 18th-century style, and the flamboyant paintings displayed around – including the prominent one of Queen Marie Antoinette – Café Antonia provides cosy spaces to lure with a variety of seating to choose from, including an elegant sofa, armchairs and the list goes on. Here is where you would witness Parisian chic personas flooding in with their peers for a drink and something to nibble on a casual day. Café Antonia serves light and creative dishes which, of course, are crafted by Frechon. Breakfast 8-10am Lunch 12-3pm Tea time 3-6pm Dinner 6-10pm   Le Bar du Bristol End your culinary exploration at Le Bar du Bristol

No matter how many times you have been in Singapore, there is still a lot more to explore. This time with Grand Copthrone Waterfront Hotel, I went on a half-day “Live Like A Local” excursion, designed for international tourists and local staycationers, happening every Saturday. There I found a magnetic neighbourhood, which is not frequently heard among international tourists – Tiong Bahru. Located a few minutes away from the hotel, cosy Tiong Bahru is a magnificent heritage of Singapore, which has flourished with artsy coolness while keeping its admirable traditional appeal. From authentically local dishes, to Peranakan cuisine and chic cafés, a day strolling around colourful lowrise houses of Tiong Bahru is joyously slow-paced. Make sure that your stomach is ready to roll!   LOCAL DISHES AT THE MARKET At Tiong Bahru Market, there is no fancy food, but only what the locals actually have on a daily basis. Besides, those are the heritage foods at feasible prices. Must-tries are coffee with raw egg that makes the coffee surprisingly creamier; Jian Bo Shui Kueh with a long queuing line, guaranteeing the yumminess of chewy dough with special pickled topping; local dish Lor Mee; and Fried Kway Teow.     QI TIAN GONG TEMPLE Located just around the corner, this temple has been established since 1920, before being rebuilt in the present-time location. It is known as the temple of well-respected monkey god “Sun Wu Kong” who is invincible, brave, intelligent, agile, and helps the poor and needy. Most people, especially businessmen, come to pray for booming business and gaining wealth.   PERANAKAN CULTURE Singapore has long had a close relationship with Peranakan culture that is inherited from Straits-born ancestors. The term “Peranakan” derives from the unique culture emerging from marriages between foreign traders and local women, mostly Chinese and Malaysian. Even though Tiong Bahru is not the main district of such culture, you can also try their unique combination at Galicier Pastry, especially Kueh Dah Dah (pandan pancakes with coconut fillings) and Putu Ayu (sponge cake topped with coconut and palm sugar), as well as one-off Peranakan cuisine at House of Peranakan Petit.   PAINTINGS ON THE WALLS Along the narrow streets, you can find some elaborate murals by local artist Yip Yiew Chong, illustrating the easeful lives back then. Apart from perking up the whole district, the beauty of them is how they can trigger the memories of good old days to the locals, and narrate the bygone stories to the visitors. Try to spend time speculating their details, and you will understand more about life in Singapore.   EXPLORE THE CAFÉS A chic scene wouldn’t be complete without a bit of café hopping, and the neighbourhood is undoubtedly ideal for doing so. From shiny tarts at Drips, creative cakes at Cream & Custard, famous Tiong Bahru Bakery, to everything French in bohemian chic atmosphere at Merci Marcel – too many places are worth visiting around here! Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel arranges the complimentary “Live Like A Local” programme every Saturday, as well as monthly in-house hotel activities in accordance with festivals celebrated in Singapore. For more

Ho Ho Ho! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere as all stores and hotels have put up  Christmas trees, lightings and glittering items. When it comes to this festive time of year, there is nothing more exciting than a festive dinner. And if you’re looking forward to really enjoying the season with your loved ones instead of finding yourself behind a kitchen table, here are 8 places to celebrate this festive season. Let the festive season begin! Ballroom 38 at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G Celebrate the holiday season in 8-Bit style filled with childhood memories. Come and dine at their Christmas Eve Dinner on 24th December at Ballroom 38 as they present the freshest International Buffet Dinner and a stunning panoramic view of the Bangkok skyline. The buffet will include all your festive favourites such as roast turkey, pork chops, lamb leg, an array of seafood like rock lobsters, river prawns, New Zealand mussels, French oysters and salmon. While there’re many assorted cheeses and cold cuts, you can also enjoy the Japanese corner and seasonal desserts including Paris-Brest, Christmas pudding, chocolate fountain, grilled marshmallow, and more. Price: THB 1,499 net per person (food only). Feast (Food by EAST) Hong Kong To complement the eco-decorations, EAST’s bustling café, Feast (Food by EAST), will be offering festive feasts on 24 and 25 December with sittings from 5:45pm to 8pm and 8:30pm to 11:00pm. Designed to encourage social dining and evoke a celebratory atmosphere, the unlimited menu will be served semi-buffet style, with a variety of antipasti, such as freshly shucked oysters and king crab legs. Main course options include traditional favourites, such as Slow-Roasted Turkey with Sausage, Sage and Chestnut Stuffing and Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon as well as Roasted grass-fed beef tenderloin with Roasted Bone Marrow, French Beans, Green Peas and Hand-cut Chips and more. Price:     HK$728* per adult HK$364* for children under 12, who will all be treated to a surprise gift. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin (at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok) Indulge your loved ones with a mesmerising Christmas Day dinner on 25 December at the one-Michelin-star restaurant Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin – where every magical bite is full of surprises. The mesmerising dinner at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin begins with “street food” nibbles: lotus in lotus; pad krapow; and khanom kruk The eight-course set dinner menu includes beef carpaccio with tomato sorbet and lovage purée; sweet and sour lobster with tamarind and Thai orange-baked lobster head with red curry foam; buttered red cabbage with five spices and crispy pork; and lightly smoked chicken with creamy lemongrass foam. This romantic Christmas Day dinner ends in style with pineapple BBQ Mekong rum and coconut. Price:     THB 6,000++ per person for the eight-course dinner THB 7,500++ per person for the eight-course dinner with wine pairings The World at Centara Grand at CentralWorld Promising a cozy Christmas setting with none of the fuss, The World will be laying out an enormous all-you-can-eat/drink buffet. Pick Christmas Eve Dinner (18.00 – 22.30 hrs., Monday 24th) or Christmas Day Lunch (11.30 – 14.30 hrs.,

Step into a world of winter magic as you enter the golden box entrance at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. This Christmas, share a joyous meal with your loved ones, curate personalised hampers for business partners or simply join and marvel at the magnificent Christmas display in the hotel lobby. This year’s Christmas decoration is a first in Singapore as Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel presents the replica of famous trains in Switzerland like the Bernina Express and the Rhaetian Railway. These replica trains are specially flown over from Switzerland and are making their first appearance in Singapore. The Bernina Express is displayed as a 100-year-old old-timer model when the trains were still painted in yellow. In contrast, there is also the ultramodern Allegra train which plies the mountainous train system of the Rhaetian Railway in the Swiss Alps today. Today, the trains are red which makes a beautiful contrast to the white snow scenery in the winter. These moving replica trains that will operate from 20 November 2018 throughout the day are supported by a huge 5 layer infrastructure that measures 6.3metres by 4.8metres and 3.8metres in height. The beautifully hand-crafted structure holds more than 100 ginger bread houses & approximately 1000 miniature Christmas trees. Guests will be wowed by the lights and these intricate trains that will manoeuvre in tunnels and along the tracks of this structure that took 6 months to conceptualise and build. Food Capital– Dazzling Festive Buffet Executive Chef, David Toh and his dedicated culinary team is set to impress your palate with a dazzling array of festive creations. Celebrate the Yuletide season and usher in the New Year with creations such as Christmas roast turkey, honey baked gammon ham, baked lobster with macaroni gratin, herb-roasted pork belly roulade, wok-fried chilli clams with crispy bun, tandoori turkey, festive log cakes, stollen and more.* Festive Buffet 3 to 30 December 2018 (excluding 24 & 25 December 2018) Buffet Lunch: $64++ (Sunday to Friday), $66.60++ (Saturday) Buffet Dinner: $88++ (includes free flow of juices) Christmas Eve 24 December 2018 Buffet Lunch: $64++ Buffet Dinner: $98++ (includes free flow of juices) Christmas Day 25 December 2018 Buffet Lunch & Dinner: $98++ (includes free flow of juices) New Year’s Eve 31 December 2018 Buffet Lunch: $64++ Buffet Dinner: $98++ (includes free flow of juices) New Year’s Day 1 January 2019 Buffet Lunch: $64++ Buffet Dinner: $76++ Top up an additional $40++ per person to enjoy free flow of bubbly, house pour wine, soft drink and juices. Make your reservations before 15 December 2018 and enjoy 20% early bird discount. OPENING HOURS Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm (Mondays to Sundays) Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Mondays to Sundays) *Buffet menus are on a rotational basis.   Grissini- Exquisite Italian Festive Set Menu Rekindle the spirit of Christmas with those who matter and feast on an exquisitely crafted set menu by Grissini Head Chef, Mirko Vinci. Highlights from the festive menu include slow-cooked veal loin carpaccio, pan-seared Atlantic cod fish wrapped with smoked pancetta, braised Angus beef cheek, panettone and more. 3 to 30 December 2018 (excluding 24 and 25 December 2018) 4-Course Festive Set Menu: $78++ per person Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 24 and 25 December 2018 3-Course