You've probably eaten your share of charcoal-infused croissants, burgers, ice cream and waffles over the years. These black foods were impossible to miss back when almost every hipster cafe, restaurant, ice cream outlet and even fast food chain had a charcoal-dyed food or beverage on the menu - some of which you can still find today. For instance, Treasures By Imperial Treasure still does a charcoal liu sha bao for dim sum - a dark grey bao with gold-painted stripes filled with salted egg yolk lava. The Pipe District's menu has a dark horse too - charcoal fish and chips made with salmon or dory in a deep-fried, pitch-black batter. For dessert, there is the charcoal vanilla soft-serve swirl from The Cold Pantry. Even drinks have turned to the dark side. HIC Juice, which delivers cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juice concoctions, has a coconut water and charcoal drink called cococharcoal. At some cafes, you can order a charcoal latte or charcoal lemonade without getting a … [Read more...] about Charcoal foods are all the rage – but are they bad for you?
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Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links; the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a fancy dinner might have to take place in your kitchen this year: a study by the National Restaurant Association found that 17% of restaurants are permanently closed due to Covid-19, and there are varying restrictions on the ones still open. But planning a gourmet dinner at home is easier than you’d think. Even if you haven’t become a master bread-maker or conquered kombucha in the past few months, you can still learn how to make restaurant-quality dishes at home that will impress. While the CDC says that “the safest way to enjoy and support restaurants and bars is to take out food and eat it at home with people who live with you,” you don’t have to just settle for takeout. As the pandemic … [Read more...] about With Stay-at-Home Mandates in Place, These Companies Are Helping People Do Fine Dining at Home
SINGAPORE: Those who have ridden the fad diet bandwagon will be familiar with names like paleo, vegan and ketogenic - and their purported ability to shed kilos. However, many of such self-prescribed diets or those found on the Internet are highly restrictive, said Jaclyn Reutens, dietitian from Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. They can lead to a sense of deprivation, causing the dieter to end up bingeing instead, said Reutens. If the new year has inspired you to do something about your weight, here’s what Ms Reutens says about the five top diets Singaporeans have been following. 1. PALEO DIET This diet is based on the belief that our caveman ancestors had very few ailments because of the whole and natural food they ate. Pros: Highly processed and sugary food and drinks like sausages, potato chips, cookies, cakes and sodas are eliminated. In their place, fruit and vegetables are encouraged. Cons: The removal of carbohydrates, which are needed to fuel your … [Read more...] about Pros and cons of top 5 diets in Singapore
SINGAPORE: When polytechnic student Micheal Foo ordered a spaghetti carbonara out of a vending machine earlier this year, he was blown away by the taste and quality of the meal. “Most of the time when you think of vending machines, you think of snacks or food that’s completely covered in preservatives, but when it came out, it surprised me,” he said. “I got the novelty of eating from a vending machine, but also the gratitude of a full meal. “I felt like I gained something from the meal instead of losing something.” INCREASING POPULARITY More people like Micheal are turning to vending machines and ready-to-eat meals sold at convenience stores to satisfy their hunger pangs. Singapore's first all-vending machine cafe, VendCafe, was an instant hit when it opened in August last year, with long queues forming to try its hot meals. A second and third VendCafe outlet opened at Ang Mo Kio MRT station and Lakeside station this month. Convenience store chain Cheers told … [Read more...] about Instant meals: A hindrance to healthy eating?
Alden Richards Given the chance, Alden Richards said he would like to do a movie with Bea Alonzo, whom he was able to work with for an endorsement. “It’s common knowledge that Bea is one of my idols. I love her tandem and projects with John Lloyd Cruz,” Alden said at his recent online launch as the endorser of BFCLab’s vitamin C supplement, Cosmo Cee. “I was starstruck when I worked with Bea [in a shampoo commercial], and I was surprised by the chemistry we had,” he revealed. Another goal of his, he said, is to do an indie film. “I would like to try taking on dark roles,” he said. “For commercial films, I just want something more mature than what I have previously done. That way, I get to raise my level with every project.” For now, work mostly revolves around “Eat Bulaga!” There are plans for a movie and some television shows, the Kapuso hunk related, but nothing’s certain yet. All he can do is wait and see how things unfold. “Everything’s up in the air because of our … [Read more...] about Alden Richards names his dream leading lady