Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Reopening of 2am:dessertbar with a Fresh Look And a New Partnership

After seven successful years and a week long hiatus, 2am:dessertbar unveils its new edgy look. The makeover also marks the beginning of a newly forged partnership between Janice Wong, 2am:dessertbar’s award winning Chef and Founder, and Manoj M Murjani, Chairman of Group MMM and Founder of Singapore luxury brands, The Wellness Group (TWG) and TWG Tea Company.


Was at the press conference of 2am:dessertbar this afternoon during which Chef Janice Wong announced her new partnership with Mr. Manoj M Murjani

“We’ve evolved over the last seven years and expanded our repertoire from plated desserts to include interactive edible art installations all over the world. I was inspired to create a different way of presenting sweets and wanted to combine everything together in a fun and engaging way. So I decided to incorporate the edible art aspect into the 2am:dessertbar experience for a unique twist,” says Wong.

Check out this edible art ceiling at 2am:dessertbar! It's made of seaweed flavored marshmallow!

Care of local designer Jocelyn Wong, the revamped space with a Manhattan inspired aesthetic is outfitted with elements including six whimsical, chocolate painted tables, marshmallow platform, alcohol shots on isomalt sugar “corals” and even edible tableware. In addition, Wong plans to change the striking artworks at least twice a year based on different themes.

Echoing Wong’s philosophy, features such as its open concept kitchen—which affords customers a full view of the preparation and plating of its exquisite desserts to encourage interaction between the patrons and chefs—will remain, albeit in a different incarnation.

What’s more, the space downstairs has been transformed into a reception area with offerings including chocolate Pop Rocks praline cake ($10), churros ($5) and beignets ($6) for those who fancy treats to go.

Having established itself as one of the city’s foremost food and drink establishments at its Holland Village location, the 60 seater has once again redefined the dessert experience by pushing the boundaries between sweet and savoury with progressive, carefully researched offerings that are as delectable as they are beautiful.

Along with the updated décor is a refreshed menu to match. A newly introduced high tea set for two ($45) features all time favorites such as smoked popcorn root beer cake, truffle bars, chocolate bon bons, apple “pop tarts”, praline chocolate Pop Rocks cake and kaya pandan choux.

Absolutely love these sweet treats served during the press conference this afternoon

More sweet treats...the chocolate truffle bars are really finger-licking good!

Plus, guests can enjoy savoury items with a rebooted all day menu of small and big plates, like pork crackling with aioli and chicken liver dip ($12) and ricotta pasta pouches with chive malt cream, miso, liquid egg and nuts ($14). This incorporates a farm to table experience with fresh herbs—including lemon verbena and eucalyptus—specially grown by Oh’ Farms for 2am:dessertbar.

"Mushroom Garden" which is served with chocolate powdery bits is really mouth-watering!

There has also been a notable addition to the 2am team in the form of bar manager Kley Dhillon. The cocktail program has undergone a complete overhaul, as Dhillon and Wong have come up with unusual tipples that not only complement the delectable desserts, some of which employ the use of pastry techniques.

Another exciting development on the 2am:dessertbar front is Wong’s recent partnership with Singapore based, global entrepreneur Manoj M Murjani. Murjani says, “Janice's creativity and passion for infusing art with deserts is outstanding. She is not afraid to break boundaries. I feel, ready to develop innovative dining and retail concepts from Singapore, leading to compete and rank amongst the world's top culinary talents."

“We are both passionate about the business and evolution. We dare to take the risks to be different and be game changers. I was looking for a partner to grow the business together with me as I am heavily involved in the kitchen and the creative development of sweets and arts. Having a partner with a vision for growing businesses is crucial for me to achieve my dream of having a luxury retail sweet line,” says Wong.

2am: dessertbar’s new opening hours are Tuesday – Friday from 3pm – 2am and
Saturday – Sunday from 11am – 2am.
2am:dessertbar
21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277733
For bookings and general enquiries, call +65 6291 9727 or email
2amdessertbar@gmail.com.
For more information, please visit www.2amdessertbar.com

About Chef Janice Wong
Janice Wong’s culinary training has taken her around the world and back. Armed with a degree in Economics and a passion for food, a last minute career change saw the native Singaporean embark on a frenetic culinary grand tour. She learned from some of the world’s best chefs including US luminaries Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz, as well as virtuoso Spanish chocolatier Oriol Balaguer and prodigious French pastry chef Pierre Hermé. Chef Janice Wong has received worldwide recognition for her cutting edge creations and is a regular on the global pop up circuit. She has been named “Asia’s Best Pastry Chef" by the prestigious San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2013 and 2014. Wong is also the author of Perfection in Imperfection and award winning cookbook Dim Sum (Gatehouse Publishing), which has been featured on The Huffington Post, as well as in Harper’s Bazaar and Elle.
For more information, please visit www.janicewong.com.sg.

About Manoj M Murjani 
Born and raised in Hong Kong, educated at the Harrow School in England and the 
Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, Manoj M Murjani has an 
incredibly diverse background and privileged experience in understanding world 
cultures and building global businesses.
Passionate about creating opportunities and brands, Manoj has a "magic touch" in 
being able to identify global trends, discover talent, as well as the creativity and will 
to make things happen. Today, he leads Group MMM, which is focused on the 
acquisition, investments and development of luxury lifestyle, hospitality, and food 
and beverage companies and brands globally.
Manoj established and created The Wellness Group in Singapore in 2003. In 2007, 
identifying a niche in which TWG could emerge as a category leader, he launched 
TWG Tea Company.
Prior to establishing The Wellness Group, Manoj led the Murjani Group family 
business and played an integral role in the inception and success of the 
internationally recognized brand Tommy Hilfiger and the restructuring of the 
Murjani Group’s brands Gloria Vanderbilt and Coca Cola Clothes. In early 1990, 
Manoj, together with his father Mohan, led the group’s initiatives in India, resulting 
in the Murjani Group’s positioning as the leader in the Indian luxury market, 
partnering brands including Gucci, Calvin Klein, French Connection and Tommy 
Hilfiger.
Manoj currently resides in Singapore and sits on the Singapore Tourism Board’s 
Tourism Consultative Council, SPRING Singapore’s Markets Policy Advisory 
Committee and the Advisory Board of Action Community of Entrepreneurship 
(ACE). Internationally, he is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Audi Fashion Festival 2014: Dresscamp

Dresscamp Fall 2014 collection expresses the German avant-garde mood of "The Threepenny Opera" combined with the Italian decadence of "Luchino Visconti" with a theatrical world added. I love the whimsical dolly outfits by Japanese designer Toshikazu Iwaya.





Upon arrival at the Dresscamp show

After the dresscamp show

Posing with the Audi car after the Dresscamp show

OOTD: Kawaii school girl look for Dresscamp show. Wearing Dior necklace and ring and Stuart Weitzman heels and carrying Hello Kitty bag

Selfie taken after the Dresscamp show

Thanks Mercury PR for picking me as the winner of the Audi Fashion Festival Sally Hansen facebook contest! Looking forward to trying out the products, especially the strength gel, as my fragile nails keep breaking these days

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Food Review: Hai Yan BBQ

Thanks Cindy for the kind invitation to do this food review. Met a lovely group of ladies and a few hot mamas tonight.

My favorite dish of the night: the black pepper crab which costs $5/100g. The dish we were served (as shown in this photo) is about $35. 

Succulent tiger prawns with garlic is selling for $8/100g

Another must-try dish at Hai Yan: Finger-licking good Salted Egg Chicken! This was the first time that I tried salted egg chicken but I absolutely loved it! The sauce is really heavenly! This dish comes in 3 pricings of $15/$20/$25

Hai Yan is famous for their sambal stingray which comes in 3 pricings of $12/$15/$20, depending on the size. Love the sauce which is served with this dish. 

Baby Kailan comes in 3 pricings of $6/$8/$12 too

Love the sauce of the Lala (extreme right of this photo) and the sambal sotong (second dish from the right) is really crunchy. Both dishes also come in 3 pricings of $12/$15/$20

Our table

I got the owner to pose for this photo

The owner with his lovely wife and young daughter at their stall

Our group of bloggers: So many pretty ladies and i met quite a few hot mamas. Can you spot a Leechie in this photo? ;p

Do visit the Facebook page of Hai Yan BBQ:
Https://www.facebook.com/HaiYanBBQSeafood

Hai Yan BBQ Seafood is at:
Newton Food Centre
#01-11
Singapore 229495
Contact: 94526293




Monday, May 19, 2014

Audi Fashion Festival 2014: Farah Khan

Was really excited to see Dato' Farah Khan's bling bling sequined creations at this show. It was a show graced by plenty of glitterati, with many socialites from Singapore and Malaysia turning up in beautiful bling bling cocktail dresses. Spotted several First ladies of society seated on the front row of this show. High society darling, Suzanna, came in a beautiful cocktail dress. The show initially started with models strutting out in flirty skirts and logo tops with shouty slogans, before transiting into her best-enthralling sequined creations of cocktail dresses and red carpet gowns.     

With the lovely Dato' Farah Khan after her show at Audi Fashion Festival

One of my favourite looks of this show

Finale at Farah Khan show

OOTD: Posed with Audi R8 after the Farah Khan show

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Audi Fashion Festival 2014: Backstage at Ashley Isham Show

Ashley Isham presented his Autumn/Winter 2014 womenswear and menswear capsule collection. I absolutely love his stunning and exquisite designs. He just showed us that men can also look great in bling bling with beautifully embellished blazers!

Audi Fashion Festival Selfie taken with world renowned Singapore designer Ashley Isham at the backstage before the start of his show

Backstage with Henrique Fukuoka who really looks like Godfrey Gao! Love all the glittery embellishments on his blazer

Gorgeous outfits seen backstage...love all the delicate glitzy embellishments! 

I have always admired Ashley Isham's terrific eye for details. 

Models queuing up to go out onto the runway

Henrique Fukuoka is sooooooo cute and drool-worthy!

Models preparing for the show

My OOTD selfie

Audi Fashion Festival 2014: Schwarzkopf Essentials Looks 1.2014 HairShow

There are 3 main themes for this hair show: Candy Dandy, White Hot and Metalxx, featuring a total of 36 models and 3 Schwarzkopf teams from Australia, Singapore and Malaysia and outfits from Dzojchen, Revasseur and Mae Pang. In recognition that true creativity is realized through technical excellence, the Essential Looks 2014 Hair Show in Singapore will showcase a variety of styles and techniques. Named ‘Style Tec’, this edition of Essential Looks will not only inspire with its latest collection but also provide the techniques necessary to bring the very best cuts, colours and styles to life. With an impressive line-up of well-known global guest artist Scott Sloan, local ambassadors Antonio Ng (8 Days Hair Studio) and Eddie Tan (X'pect Studio), and guest artists Kelvin Koh (MONSOON-id) and Jimmy Cheng & AB Wong (Celeb Trendz), the Essential Looks 2014 Hair Show is set to inspire and inform, and translate and share.

TECHNIQUE MEETS STYLE

We live on a highly sophisticated planet, driven by trends conceived on the global catwalk and beamed the world over in seconds. In their purest form, directional trends can be inaccessible but, like a stone thrown into still water, the ripple effect reaches us all. Hairdressers everywhere need to be on top of every key fashion story but, more importantly, they need to be able to interpret them in a way that works for their salon, their clients and their lives in the real world. The best ideas flourish or fail by how well they’re executed which is why Schwarzkopf has named this edition of Essential Looks ‘Style Tec’, in recognition that true creativity is realised through technical excellence. So, not only will you find all the inspiration you need in this collection, but also the techniques necessary to bring the very best cuts, colours and styles to life, every single day.  

Backstage with Schwarzkopf Professional international guest artist, Scott Sloan, from Australia before Schwarzkopf Essentials Look 1.2014 hair show

CANDY DANDY

Spring/summer 2014 pastels ditch the sugar for a lick of spice as a popping candy palette is brought bang up-to-date via sculpted silhouettes, bold detailing and plisse sheers. While the clothes layered the sherbet shades, hair showcased the candy evolution with a light-lining technique in a palette of soft smoky greys, apricots and pale blondes. Cuts, meanwhile, placed the emphasis firmly on rounded fringes and square outlines in styles of every length. 

This was my first time watching a live hair show but I really love the live haircut demostration segment during which, Schwarzkopf Professional international guest artist, Scott Sloan, transformed the model's long flowing locks into a sleek short hairdo that nicely framed her face.




My favourite look from the Candy Dandy theme

WHITE HOT

When it comes to white, hot doesn’t mean smoking. Delicate, chic and seductive, this trend is a sophisticated slow burner that’s all about the details. The runways chose a base of fluid sheers for delicate appliqué, embellishment and embroidered detailing while a colour fusing technique picks red tonal combinations to add instant interest in the hair. The flatter internal shapes of the cut direction are offset with a variety of asymmetric shapes, to create looks that work effortlessly from noon-day heat to long, sultry nights.


METALXX

Florals have long exercised a fascination over designers that shows no signs of waning, but this season the key was to channel a whole new way to work them. Enter metallics. No shrinking violets here as this trend blazed an unforgettable trail across the fashion capitals of the world with lustrous fabrics, bold embossing and exquisite embroidery. Hair followed the bold direction, fusing short internal layers in longer outlines and soft fringes with cool metallic shades for a fresh new riff on modern glamour.

Sleek hairdo which is very versatile for both day and night looks

One of my favourite looks from Schwarzkopf Essentials Looks 1.2014 Hair Show. Love the ash-brown tone and soft curls which complements the model's sweet face.

Love how the color and cut of this short hairdo brings out the model's youthful looks

A kaleidoscope of colours at the finale of Schwarzkopf Essentials Looks 1.2014 Hair Show

SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL INTERNATIONAL

As a truly global company, Schwarzkopf Professional is committed to being there on every seasonal journey from catwalk to client. From the trends that define the zeitgeist of the season to the inspiration, products, skills and techniques that every stylist needs to interpret those trends to suit their clientele, Schwarzkopf is there every step of the way. For hairdressers, Schwarzkopf is a passport to effortless inspiration and this season is no exception. The biggest stories for Spring/Summer 2014 are tailor-made for salon success, all perfectly adaptable for every client from the edgiest, most fashion-forward to the safer, yet stylish, brigade. Here they are…

Schwarzkopf Professional is the official hair at the Audi Fashion Festival 2014. 

Many thanks to Schwarzkopf Professional for giving me this opportunity to cover this most interesting hair show at Audi Fashion Festival 2014.

At the backstage prior to Schwarzkopf Essentials Looks 1.2014 HairShow

My OOTD: Upon arrival at Schwarzkopf Essentials Looks 1.2014 Hair Show

With Addy Lee and Freda at the lounge before the start of the hair show