Unusual Food Festivals  

 

There is no doubt that food festivals are immeasurably fun not to mention fulfilling. We have our food festival here in Singapore. In fact, it is also famous around the world. We think we tasted all the good things but wait till we tried other food festivals. Here are some food festivals that we must attend:

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Bonghwa Eun-Uh Festival

This festival is also called Sweet Fish or Sweet Smelt. It is celebrated in Gyeongsangbul-do in South Korea. The festival is about catching fishes with our bare hands, grilling them and eating them. This looks exciting. The festival takes place on August 1 to 8, 2015. Since we are in South Korea, might as well visit other sights for a complete experience.

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Vegetarian Festival

The festival honors people who prefer vegetables instead of meats. In Phuket, Thailand, the festival includes processions of self-mutilated participates. This is not something for the faint-hearted. If it sounds gruesome, we can grab snacks and meals from the hawkers along the sidewalks.

The festival will be on October 15 to 23, 2015 In Bangkok, the Vegetarian Festival is less gruesome. We will particularly enjoy the mock meat. The festival will be on October 12 to 20, 2015. When we visit Thailand, we have to visit their shrines.

If we do not have time to visit these places yet, we can make the most out of Singapore Food Festival. If it is already finished, there is always next year. Going to food festivals are indeed fun and fulfilling, especially if it is shared with our loved ones.

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The Best Wines for Your Sangria

While it’s easier to just buy ready-made sangrias, it’s more fun to make your own. Start by choosing which fruits and spices to include and the wine to use. For those who are clueless of how to make sangria, here are some tips based on the type of wine to use.

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Red Wine

Though it’s possible to make sangria out of red wine, keep in mind that not all red wines take sangria mix the same way. For a more drinkable mix, use dry red wines that offer fruity aroma and flavours. Avoid older wines as they can be too delicate for mixing, tannic reds as they can make the concoction taste too strong, and overly complex wines as they can be difficult to mix with other flavours.

White Wine

Surprisingly, it’s a bit more difficult to look for a white wine and fruit combo for good-tasting sangria. It’s because white wines display more of it fruitier side than its alcoholic taste. If you want a sharper flavour using white wine in your sangria, pay attention to the type of grapes used in the wine and the fruits you include in your sangria recipe.

For example, a citrusy flavoured Sauvignon Blanc might not go well with a sangria recipe that has a lot of lemon or lime in it. This may call for a bit of experimentation, but lighter and un-oaked Chardonnays can meld well, as well as Chenin Blanc wines.

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Rosé Wine

With so many choices of dry rosé wines, don’t hesitate to try pink wine for you concoction. A pink wine offers an additional benefit of creating beautiful colour combinations for your beverage, given that this wine can be found in almost every shade of pink—from salmon pink to blood red. Also, with these wines lighter red berry flavours, this wine type tastes good with sangria that has cranberries, raspberries, and peaches in it. However, try to avoid rosé wines that are overwhelmingly sweet as they’re difficult to pair with the rest of your sangria ingredients.

Dessert Wine

]While we’ve just mentioned to avoid overly sweet wines, dessert wines with balanced fruitiness and acidity can be a wining option. To ensure a winning sangria combo, make use of fruits with lip-smacking acidity, such as lemons, lines, pomegranates, and oranges. The extra jolt of acid will counteract the sweetness, making your sangria taste a bit drier and balancing the flavour of the ingredients.

Sparkling Wine

For a bit of kick, use sparkling wine in your sangria mix. The ones with simple and fruity flavour works excellently—think Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava. Almost any sparkling wine works well with any sangria recipe that calls for white bubblies and rosé wines. However, keep in mind that the sparkler should only be add just before serving so the bubbles won’t dissipate.

Whether you choose red, rosé, white, dessert, or sparkling wine, serving sangria is a versatile way to celebrate in the warm weather, and a more fun take on traditional wine in summer.

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5 Sexy Foods to Spark Up the Romance  

Almost everyone wants a happy love life, to be with the perfect partner, and have better sex life. In the pharmaceutical field, one of the biggest sales comes from performance-enhancing drugs. What about natural alternatives to these drugs, like bananas, chocolates, and strawberries? Add these delectable treats to your dinner tonight and woo your lover into bliss.

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  1. Oysters

This is perhaps the most notorious aphrodisiac ever since. After all, they bear great resemblance to the female anatomy—and you have to suck on them. Oysters are also rich in zinc, a mineral that’s said to enhance the testosterone levels, making it good for both men and women. Maintaining a good testosterone level has always been linked to a better sex life. For those dealing with low libido, experst suggests hitting an oyster bar at least twice a week.

  1. Chocolate

Chocolate works like no other when it comes to stimulating human sexuality. It is heavenly good, melts in the mouth, and has that erotic quality even when not thinking about sex. Chocolate contains the mighty chemical phenylethylamine, which is also known as ‘love drug.’ This chemical releases and boosts dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the body’ pleasure and reward centres. The darker the chocolate, the better—look for chocolate with 60% or more cocoa content.

  1. Pomegranates

Pomegranates have become increasingly popular in recent years because of the great amount of antioxidants contained in every fruit. However, what many don’t know is that this fruit also provides performance-enhancing benefits. It helps increase the sensitivity of sexual organs, making it easier—especially to women—to reach climax.  And with the presence of antioxidants, you’ll be protected from diseases like cancer and heart disease, so you’ll live longer—and enjoy more sex.

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  1. Honey

Perhaps, there’s a reason why we call our partners ‘honey.’ There is definitely something sensual about the thick and viscous nature of this food, and the sweetness it gives adds more to the delight. Honey also has the ability to boost testosterone and estrogen levels in men and women respectively, which goes a long way in bringing the two together. You may want to stick with organic for this as you might not get the same benefits from the processed honey we commonly find in most grocery stores.

  1. Banana

Because of its shape, bananas are often jokingly linked to sex. However, this fruit contains minerals that can actually boost the libido. Try making a banana split to ignite the night as it contains chocolate, another good sex food, and bananas. Just don’t expect eating one banana will instantly bolster the mood. They should be eaten as part of the diet and will promise you best results when eaten regularly.

Food has long been used by humans to help get into the mood. Help yourself to these aphrodisiacs and you’ll be guaranteed with healthier and happier sex life.

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5 Foods You Can Binge On Without Worry  

As important as having a good meal, it is also important to have guilt-free snacks. As what the name suggests, these foods are exactly what they sound like they are. And munching a lot of these treats guarantees you won’t have to feel bad afterwards.

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  1. Seaweed Snacks (1 Serving = 25 Calories)

If you’re craving for chips or just looking for a quick savoury fix, look no further than this healthy alterative. Seaweed snacks can conquer any salty food craving without too much calorie, plus it’s loaded with nutrients and minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

  1. Chocolate Almond Milk (1 cup = 45 Calories)

For chocolate cravings, there’s no better thirst quencher than chocolate almond milk. Having more calcium than cow’s milk and only two grams of carbohydrates, you can enjoy this choco-milk drink without guilt.

  1. Air-Popped Popcorn (2 Cups = 62 Calories)

Air-popped popcorn gives you volume for calories. That is, if you opt for an air-pop kernels instead of the traditional, butter-coated microwaveable one. You don’t even have to use a stove for this. Simply toss a tablespoon or two of kernels into a small, brown paper bag; roll the top; and microwave it for a minute.

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  1. Frozen or Dried Apples (1 Serving = 35 Calories)

Satiate your sweet cravings with either frozen or dried apples. Make your own frozen delight by cutting up fresh fruit, storing them in a Ziploc, and popping them on the fridge. If you want dried ones, you can pick up packs of it from grocery stores—just make sure it’s organic and has no additives.

  1. Pickles (3 Pickles = 24 Calories)

It is recommended to grab a couple of pickles after a vigorous workout. When you sweat a lot, a bit of saltiness can help replenish the body. Plus, they’re crunchy, so you’re satiating two cravings at once—for almost no calories.

These five snacks can be your solution to fatty food cravings, but don’t be afraid to expand your horizon as there are many more healthy options out there.

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Going Transatlantic in Just One Day

Have you ever fancied going around the world in no less than 24 hours? Imagine going to places like Japan, Korea, India and France in just a short span of time. Sounds impossible, right? But having a taste of the culture and cuisines of these countries in just a single day is actually plausible. All it takes is a touch of your imagination and some cash to spend as you go on an exciting food trip featuring international cuisines.

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Are you ready? ‘Cause here are some food places you might want to visit on your next weekend holiday trip.

Going to Japan for breakfast

There’s nothing like a warm bowl of breakfast as a perfect start for the day. And could you think of a better dish to warm you up than a good bowl of steaming ramen? At Ippudo, you could expect no less than that perfect serving of slurp-worthy ramen. Started by the Ramen King himself, Shigemi Kawahara, you can be satiated with any of the Hakata style ramen they offer. Go ahead, have a little peek of Japan through the inviting doors of Ippudo at 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery.

Lunch destination: Korea

From one Asian country to the next, let’s go to Korea for some hearty lunch. It’s time to feast on mouth-watering meat dishes like grilled pork and beef along with several kinds of delectable side dishes at this Korean food destination. You’ll even feel as if you’re exactly in their country when you visit Todamgol. Located at 31 Tanjong Pagar Road, you’ll get to enjoy authentic Korean dishes which will surely delight your taste buds and fill your hungry tummy.

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Headed to India for dinner

Will all the red meat you had during the day, it’s fitting to give your stomach a break and go for something light like an Indian cuisine. You don’t need to fly to India either to get a taste of their authentic dishes, just head to Daawat Tandoori at 207, Upper Thomson Road, Yew Lian Park. Here, you have an expansive selection of vegetarian meals as well as menu items that have chicken as the highlight of the dish.

For something extra, go to France

Of course, any day won’t be complete without having something sweet to tickle your palate. For luxurious desserts, you could never go wrong with French delicacies. At 30 Penhas Road stands the sweet fortress of Antoinette. Antoinette is owned by Parisian patisserie Chef Pang Kok Keong and in this dessert shop you’ll have tons of choices to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Singapore Foods You Can’t Live Without

Basically, Singapore is truly blessed with delicious cuisines.  In addition, Singaporeans loves to eat. Even if how long the line is, for sure, they will wait until they are served with some delights in the country. Also, even if how far they travel around, they don’t mind as long as they can taste all of the enchanting recipes here.

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Many Singaporeans who migrated from other countries still go back from its own hometown because of the fact that they miss not just the place but also their favorite foods. In the country, you can find yummy and appetizing chows in affordable eateries, elegant restaurant or even at fast food chains. On the other hand, nothing beats the food preparation at home. This is where the creation of the must-try recipes is made.

Chicken Rice

Typically, this dish is anywhere around the city. From food courts, small stalls, malls and even at the zoo, Chicken rice is sold. The national food in the country – oily rice topped with boiled chicken with vegetables chunks. This will not be completed without its dipping sauce. For its sauce, it is a combination of garlic, chili, soy sauce and ginger. You can play with these condiments to make your desired dipping sauce.

Carrot Cake

If you think, it’s the usual carrot cake that is full of carrot, it’s not. This cake has more radish than carrots.  Also, this can be found all over the food stalls in the country.

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Chili Crab

This is another food that is well-liked and the most requested dish by many Singaporeans. Actually, there are many recipes that you can do for crabs but chili crab is extremely the best.

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