Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Food Tasting at The Manhattan Fish Market in commemoration of 10th Year Anniversary

To commemorate their 10th Year anniversary, The Manhattan Fish Market has launched a brand new menu, comprising 25 new dishes, set to tempt the seafood lovers on their new offerings!

In conjunction to this celebration, The Manhattan Fish Market has also conducted a food tasting session in their United Square outlet on 22nd Nov, and I’m glad to be one of the invited guests.  Special thanks to Dean and The Manhattan Fish Market for the invitation.

Dean happened to be a November baby and we were all treated a glass from the special Manhattan Birthday Tower of a special drink concoction, decked up with sparkles.  Cool isn’t it?

In fact all birthday celebrants receive a complimentary Birthday Tower, with a min. spend of $50 for 6pax and above, however, advance reservation is needed.  In addition, all birthday boys and girls get a 10% off their total bill!

Checked out our menu of the day!
I go for the Citrus Mint for my choice of beverage, a delightful concoction of crushed ice in refreshing lemon juice flavoured with mint.  It doesn’t look very fantastic to some, but it is very refreshing!  And it is the hottest pick among all the guests!

I almost can’t make up my mind to have which soup, the Salmon Chowder looks interesting but I’m a die-hard fan for mushroom soup, eventually I decided to stick with my all time favourite. 
The Mushroom Soup is thick enough but sort of disappointing as I beg for bigger chunks of mushroom and also for the aroma of the mushrooms.

Upon seeing the Salmon Chowder which majority have ordered, I sort of wished that I ordered the same.  Look at the Salmon chunks!!! (Photo by courtesy of Zerika) Accordingly to the rest, it tasted like pumpkin soup with Salmon chunks!  I quite like pumpkin soup, so I may give this a try in my next visit!

Look at the waitresses, they are so cute with the moustache"!!!

Here comes the rest of the starters...

Chipotle Fish Skewers **Must Try!
The fish skewers are served in a rich coat of smoky Chipotle sauce, they are well grilled, with the juiciness of the fish retained, love this!

Stewed Tomato Mussels **Money for Value!
The mussels are served in a rich tomato herb sauce with baguette for dipping.  I’m not a big fan of mussels, however, the mussels are fresh, the tomato herb sauce is simply superb and I love the cripsy baguette which has a very nice aroma.

Then come the main course…

Scallop Americana
All 3 of us, Jeremy, Zerika and I ordered this.  The sweet and juicy scallops sautéed with capsicums with a hint of black pepper.  Love the fresh juicy scallops but I personally find this dish a bit too bland for my taste bud. 

Creamy Salmon Penne 
This is what Mag ordered for her main course, the 3 of us at the same table prefer this over the Scallop Americana.  The creamy sauce and salmon chunks makes this simply satisfying!  Some may find it a bit too dry though… 
The chief who came up with the new menu, the moustache suits him isn't it?
Spicy Baked Fish and Mediterranean Baked Fish **Highly Recommended!
Both taste equally great!  Loved the Mediterranean Baked Fish for the great marination with various herbs. 
The Spicy Baked Fish is set to jumpstart your senses with extra spicy marination; but for someone like me who does not have very high trashhold for spicy food, it is still manageable.  We somehow feel that it taste pretty much like assam fish, very appetizing. 

Poached Cheesy Dory  **Can Try.

Saw the cheese oozing from poached Dory fillet? This is pretty much like the fish version of Chicken Cordon Bleu, interesting and yummy!  But I may be a bit too dry for my own preference.

Grilled Cod Fish **Must Try! 
The lightly seasoned Cod fillet was served on a mixture of smoky sweet potatoes, potatoes and sautéed vegetables.  Love this! The Garlic Herbal sauce complements the Cod fillet without covering its original flavor.  I love the great combination of the diced sweet potatoes and potatoes!

We are way too full and decided to skip the Sexy Hot Whole Fish but still go for the Flaming King Prawn Platter.

Flaming King Prawn **Value of Money!

Wow, looks at the "flaming stunt" by the waitress!  The King Prawns were flamed to give a caramelized flavour.  The fish and chips are not too bad and the mussels are fresh.  However, the calamari and garlic herb rice is a bit too bland for my personal preference.  While it may not be the best platter I eaten before, such a platter of great variety, just for $23.95 is certainly worth spending!  I need to stress the King Prawns taste real great with the sauce that adds some savory taste to the natural sweetness!

Time for Dessert!

Citrus, Fruit or Cookie Sundae
Which one will you choose?  Basically all Sundae taste more or less the same except for the flavouring.  The Citrus Sundae gives a refreshing twist with the Citrus Mint; while the tropical sundae of mandarin orange, jack fruit and mango added on to the fruity taste. 
I personally recommend the Cookie Sundae, which is a Must Try for Oreo cookie lovers! Sweet serendipity brought upon by crushed Oreo cookies in the creamy ice-cream.

Last but not least, comes the Brownie!

Sizzling Brownie with Ic-Cream **Must Try!
This is MUST try for dessert lovers!  The warm brownie in sizzling caramel sauce topped with vanilla ice-cream with nuts, is such a heavenly combination!

To date, The Manhattan Fish Market has total 14 outlets islandwide (including Marina Square outlet that will reopen in 2013).  You can easily visit any outlet to your convenience.

To keep updated with their latest promotion, you can check out the Facebook page of The Manhattan Fish Market!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

12th Global Chinese Music Awards 2012 《第12届全球华语歌曲排行榜》颁奖典 礼

Remember in my earlier post that I shared about the Contest by F&N Fruit Tree Fresh to win tickets to 12th Global Chinese Music Awards 2012 (GCMA 2012) held on 2nd Nov 2012?

I got lucky and won a pair of tickets worth $68 each.  Of course, priority will be given to my sister to go with me.  And since she is available, we attended the GCMA 2012 together.

I was so excited to be able to see the many celebrities of which, most of them are whom I've loved their songs much!  The attendee list includes below:
罗志祥 Show Luo, 杨丞琳 Rainie Yang, 杨宗纬 Aska Yang, 大嘴巴 Da Mouth, 陈芳语 Kimberley, 丁当 Ding Dang, 郁可唯 Yu Ke Wei, 曹轩宾 Cao Xuan Bin, 曲婉婷 Qu Wan Ting, 东山少爷 Dong Shan Shao Ye, MR., 蔡健雅 Tanya Chua, 陈洁仪 Kit Chan, 阿杜 A-Do, Olivia Ong, 林俊杰 JJ Lin and  伍家辉 Wu Jia Hui.

The seats are really too far from stage so most time we are looking at the 2 big display screens on the wall, which tends to be of slightly blurred view.  Anyway, it is still great to be able to attend to have of feel of the live ceremony and get first hand news on the winners list.  Moreover due to the language restriction, some of the peformance will not be tele-broadcast.

Some highlights of the Music Awards Ceremony are:

JJ Lim's parents suddenly become the limelight of the night, it all started with Show Luo, thanking them.  Thereafter, several singers also start thanking JJ's parents, thanking them to give birth to JJ who composed & written so many great songs.  It is just so amusing.

Joey Yung's bright pink gown also becomes centre of attraction.  She turns up in a "ball" of pink and when seated down, Aska & JJ are almost blocked by her gown.  But when on stage performing, there are little light bulbs litted which is a very pretty sight, she looks a rose in blossom.

Without further delay, the winner list as below:

    * 《Valentine’s Day》/ 阿杜 (Ado)
    * 《海枯石烂》/Olivia
    * 《学不会》/ 林俊杰 (JJ Lin)
    * 《别找我麻烦》/ 蔡健雅 (Tanya Chua)
    * 《我们怎么Love》/ 伍家辉 (Jiahui Wu)
    * 《花千树》/ 容祖儿 (Joey Yung)
    * 《孤独患者》/ 陈奕迅 (Eason Chan)
    * 《3650》/ Twins
    * 《那个男人》/ 杨宗纬 (Aska Yang)
    * 《我们都傻》/ 杨丞琳 (Rainie Yang)
    * 《My Love》/ 田馥甄 (Hebe)
    * 《诺亚方舟》/ 五月天 (Mayday)
    * 《有我在》/ 罗志祥 (Show Lo)
    * 《Maybe的机率》/ 大嘴巴 (Da mouth)
    * 《我的歌声里》/ 曲婉婷 (Qu Wanting)
    * 《那些年》/ 胡夏 (Hu Xia)
    * 《好不容易》/ 张靓颖 (Jane Zhang)
    * 《只是太爱你》/ 张敬轩 (Hins Cheung)
    * 《好难得》/ 丁当 (Della)
    * 《好朋友只是朋友》/ 郁可唯 (Yisa)
2. 最受欢迎对唱金曲奖:《你被写在我的歌里》苏打绿、陈嘉桦 (Sodagreen, Ella)
3. 最受欢迎男歌手奖:罗志祥 (Show Lo)
4. 最受欢迎男歌手(五强)奖:
    * 罗志祥 (Show Lo)
    * 杨宗纬 (Aska Yang)
    * 林俊杰 (JJ Lin)
    * 陈奕迅 (Eason Chan)
    * 胡夏 (Hu Xia)
5. 最受欢迎女歌手奖:容祖儿 (Joey Yung)
6. 最受欢迎女歌手(五强)奖:
    * 容祖儿 (Joey Yung)
    * 张靓颖 (Jane Zhang)
    * 田馥甄 (Hebe)
    * 李宇春 (Chris Lee)
    * 杨丞琳 (Rainie Yang)
7. 最佳男歌手奖 :陈奕迅 (Eason Chan)
8. 最佳女歌手奖:蔡健雅 (Tanya Chua)
9. 最受欢迎乐团奖:
    * 五月天 (Mayday)
    * MR.
    * 苏打绿 (Sodagreen)
10. 最受欢迎组合奖:
    * Twins
    * 大嘴巴 (Da mouth)
    * Super Junior-M
11. 最具潜力新人奖:
    * 曲婉婷 (Qu Wanting)
    * 曹轩宾 (Shane)
    * 陈芳语 (Kimberley Chen)
12. 最受欢迎创作歌手奖:
    * 蔡健雅 (Tanya Chua)
    * 曹轩宾 (Shane)
    * 戴佩妮 (Penny Tai)
13. 最佳制作人奖:《第二人生》/ 五月天 (Mayday)
14. 最佳作词奖:《那些年》/ 九把刀 (Giddens)
15. 最佳作曲奖:《说到爱》/ 蔡健雅 (Tanya Chua)
16. 最佳编曲奖:《皮影戏》/ 林迈可 (Michael Lin)
    * 阿杜 (Ado)
    * 丁当 (Della)
18. 全能艺人奖:
    * 杨丞琳 (Rainie Yang)
    * 林俊杰 (JJ Lin)
19. 传媒推荐大奖:Twins
20. 最佳舞台演绎歌手奖:
    * 罗志祥 (Show Lo)
    * 容祖儿 (Joey Yung)
21. 最佳专辑奖:
    * 《?》 / 陈奕迅 (Eason Chan)
    * 《学不会》 / 林俊杰 (JJ Lin)
22. 流行乐坛卓越歌手奖:陈洁仪 (Kit Chan)
23. 地区杰出歌手奖(北京):曲婉婷 (Qu Wanting)
24. 地区杰出歌手奖(广东):东山少爷 (Dongshan Shaoye)
25. 地区杰出歌手奖(香港):薛凯琪 (Fiona Sit)
26. 地区杰出歌手奖(上海):胡彦斌 (Anson Hu)
27. 地区杰出歌手奖(台北):杨宗纬 (Aska Yang)
28. 地区杰出歌手奖(马来西亚):伍家辉 (Jiahui Wu)
29. 地区杰出歌手奖(新加坡):Olivia

Oh yes, for those who missed both the tele-broadcast on Channel U, you may go to XINMSN Catch-Up TV to watch it.

After the GCMA 2012, 东山少爷 (Dongshan Shaoye), 曹轩宾 (Shane) & Mr. are on my list to search on YouTube for more of their songs.