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Food Review: 6-Hours High-Tea @ The Rose Veranda (Shangri-la Hotel Singapore)

Located on the mezzanine level of Shangri-la Hotel is the Downtown Abbey-istic restaurant, The Rose Veranda. Honestly, this place would not have occured to me if Tammy had not suggested it as the location is tucked away from the main shopping district of Orchard Road.  The restaurant is known for their high tea offerings, and has an ambience that is both calming and exclusive. In addition to that, it allows its patrons to dine comfortably for a full 6-hours! I think I reached the peak of my tai-tai (lady of privilege) potential for the rest of the week… The High Tea at The Rose Veranda is somewhat of a wholesome experience. Upon being seated, we were served with the tea menu and warm scones, accompanied by strawberry jam and clotted cream. The restaurant boasts a wide selection of exquisite artisan teas to go along with your dining experience. There’s also the option of tea cocktails or Monogram Tea Layering for an additional $5++ per pot.  You’ll most definitely be spoiled for choice. From cooked food …

Tech Review: Beats X

The Beats X is one of the newest (as of posting) wireless earbuds from the Beats lineup. Since Apple has taken over Beats, the company has only been going up. It took a pretty long for me to get my hands on this but I finally managed to. (YAY me!) I got the Beats X in blue as it’s a pretty unique colour. This is my 2nd Beats product and really, the unboxing experience was awesome!!! Straight away you are greeted by the earpiece itself and underneath it was the manuals, the extra eartips of various size, as well as earhooks of various sizes if you require a more secure fit. Behind all the eartips and earhooks was the case and a charging cable. Unlike the previous wireless products made by Beats, this charger has a lightning adapter, so all those Apple users should be glad. My only slight complain is that the case is a dust magnet and it gets dirty super easily. Now moving on to the earpiece… Syncing the Beats X to …

Recipe: Pork Belly with Salted Fish (咸鱼花腩煲/Ham Yu Fa Lam Pou)

I had been seriously craving this dish for a while… Last month, when we were in one of the Chinese Restaurants in Miri, Sarawak and guess what… One of the dishes my husband ordered was this dish!  Yeah, craving satisfied!! Hmmm…. he seems to be able to read my mind. Hahaha. Upon returning home, I decided to whip up this simple dish in the comfort of my home. When eating in a restaurant or Zhi Char stall, you are at the mercy of the cook. But if I cook at home, I can adjust the seasoning according to our taste and add more salted fish too (yum yum!!)!! I think it is most ideal to cook this dish in clay pot. Why? Clay pot is known to retain heat very well, hence it heats up evenly. This will make the food inside, especially meat, cook faster while maintaining its full flavour. If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some feedback/comments via our blog. We would also like to welcome you to join …

Food Review: Ban Heng @ Orchard Central

On the roof of the tallest mall in Singapore lies several restaurants and one of them is Ban Heng. They serve up a Chinese a-la-carte styled buffet dinner with 51 different dishes ranging from their special one serve Chef’s Recommendations to desserts. They have a pretty modern interior with the wood walls and brick stage. However, they still keep the traditional long table cloths and clothed chairs to go with it. Once we were seated, we immediately ordered the seven items on the Chef’s Recommendations since they can be only ordered once. My personal favorite out of the seven items is the Steamed Half Shell Clam (which is actually scallop) with Vermicelli & Garlic. The moment you put the scallop into your mouth, flavours start bursting out – it had the right amount of garlic and saltiness from the sauce. It is such a shame we could not order another plate. For the crab, we decided to go for the cold crab. Essentially, it has been steamed then chilled. It is served cold and I …

Recipe: Nyonya Style Chicken Curry

Who doesn’t like Curry Chicken? It is a popular dish in Asia and each family has their own “secret” ingredients for this dish to make it their own family hand me down recipe. This dish is commonly sighted at home parties or traditionally served together with turmeric/kunyit rice to celebrate a new born baby’s full moon. You can also serve it with baguettes to make it a meal of its own. As usual, I prefer to mix my own curry powder and use fresh ingredients to make this Nyonya Style Chicken Curry. I always feel that putting in extra efforts to cook everything from scratch will give the dish a more tasteful outcome!! If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some feedback/comments via our blog. We would also like to welcome you to join our Mummy’s Kitchen Facebook Group for food lovers like you, whether newbie or veteran. You can like us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Instagram and YouTube @beyondnormblog to get the latest updates and videos. …

Skincare Review: Dr Roebuck’s PURE Face Moisturiser

If you know me, I’m an avid lover of natural skincare products. Growing up with eczema, dry, and sensitive skin, I’ve always been very careful with the creams that I use, because one small step could lead to my skin itching up, turning red, or even swelling! But as I got older, I realised that natural products could be more beneficial for my skin and I began to try them out. Once I started, I was hooked! One of my tries was Dr Roebuck’s PURE Face Moisturiser which is a day and night face cream. Dr. Roebuck’s products are made in Australia with minimal ingredients for maximum results. PURE claims to be an ultra-hydrating, hypoallergenic cream packed with essential, naturally derived ingredients to hydrate and soothe sensitive skin. The formula combats flaky, eczema-prone skin as well as nourish and soften the complexion. And this wonder-products is only formulated with 7 ingredients, two of which are natural preservatives. In addition to that, their packaging is made up of 100% recyclable material, and it’s also cruelty-free. It’s a win-win! The main …

Food Review: Chye Seng Huat Hardware

For the longest time, I’ve heard that Chye Seng Huat Hardware (or CSHH) has pretty good coffee. So I finally made a trip here to check it out! Located in the heritage district of Jalan Besar, CSHH is the flagship store of Papa Palheta, an independent coffee boutique, which boasts a decent sized menu ranging from their breakfast choices to their desserts. CSHH, which means to ‘flourish again’, adopted it’s name from the hardware company of its past and has been refurbished whilst maintaining it’s 80s rustic vibe. We ordered Iberico Pork Rack (S$24.00) which was below my expectations. The pork itself had very little flavour without the sauce and the wine braised red cabbage was a tinge too sweet for my liking. For the price, I expected more but in my books, it did not hit the mark. We also tried their Teriyaki Salmon Donburi (S$19.00). Do not be fooled by the good looks as the salmon lacked flavour as the rice had absorb most of the teriyaki sauce. To me it was nothing fantastic, …