Luxby is a chocolate discovery subscription service that delivers a box of premium chocolates to you every month.
You’ll enjoy award-winning, boutique artisan chocolates normally not found on the shores of Singapore, made with innovative ingredients & new taste selected based on quality and fresh wholesome ingredients.
Here's what I got in my very first Luxby!
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#1: Fearless Chocolate 75% Cacao Midnight
This has a really very strong, bold flavour to it. I found it interesting that although it has only has 2 ingredients in it: Organic Cacao and Organic Rapadura (unrefined whole cane sugar), but it's very smooth and melts wonderfully in your mouth. Loving this. Do note that if you love the usual mass-produced commercial chocolates, you probably won't like this. I like this cos of the dark, almost bitter taste to it. Very strong aftertaste too.
From San Francisco.
#2: Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest 66% Wild Dark Chocolate
This one is a lot easier for more people to like. When placed in room temperature for 5 mins, you can easily break a small part to try. It's flavour is definitely a lot milder than the previous one but it's equally as pleasing. I would totally recommend this to anyone. This has a delicate yet distinct taste with floral honey, sundered cranberries, melon and hints of jasmine tea.
#3: The Grenada Chocolate Company Organic Dark Chocolate with 71% Cocoa
This has a lovely thick and fudgy taste with a sharp intense floral note. I'm not sure what it is... but there's something special in it's taste. This is a lot thicker than the others as well. There's something sourish in there as well but disappears quickly and the dark cocoa taste quickly takes over. Interesting.
From The Carribean.
In summary, I really like that through Luxby, I am able to discover premium chocolates from all around the world. I mean, look at the brands I got above. I've never heard of any of these! I never even knew there are so many different types of dark chocolates to begin with!
If you're interested, check out their subscription packages here.
About Luxby's Chocolate Selections:
Luxby hand picks award winning chocolates from Italy, France, USA, Belgium, Venezuela, Hawaii, Madagascar, Switzerland, Colombia, Indonesia, Caribbean Island, Ecuador and Trinidad, bringing you quality chocolates made with Criollo and Trinitario cacao beans. Find out more at Brands page and Different Types Of Cacao Beans.
Many of the chocolates in Luxby boxes are winners from numerous academy awards like International Chocolate Awards and International Chocolate Salon.
Their honorary selection includes brand names like Amedei, winning 2011 London Academy of Chocolate Golden Bean Award. Amedei 's signature "9" comprises of 9 different blends of cacao from different plantations and Amedei's Porcelana won 2011 World Chocolate Awards gold medal for best Bean to Bar (Dark). Valrhona's Manjari Orange is also worth mentioning, winning the Gold medal for Best flavoured Dark Bar, in 2011 London Academy of Chocolate.
Newly opened at the luxurious and picturesque Raffles Hotel is the new urban-chic sibling of the award-winning The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens - The Halia at Raffles Hotel. I really love the decor indoor. It has lush greenery (including an entire tree in the restaurant) and a very relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for those long chit-chats with girlfriends.
Previously home to Seah Street Deli, the recently opened The Halia at Raffles Hotel is here to wow.
LeRoy & Jael extended a kind invitation to me one beautiful Saturday for brunch! I thought it would be at Botanical Gardens but imagine my delight when I realised it's as centrally located as The Raffles Hotel, near CityHall MRT! <3 it.
I don't know about you but weekends are best welcomed over brunch with people you enjoy spending time with.
This time around, I had brunch with new and old friends. LeRoy & Jael from Foodnews, HollyJean and David, Hong Peng, and Amanda (my colleague). We shared platter after platter of breakfast delights!
Weekends always start right with a beautiful breakfast platter like the Grilled Breakfast with Any Style Eggs (with an option to have it fried, poached, as an omelette or scrambled), accompanied with Italian pork sausage, sweetened bacon, Portobello mushroom, vine tomato and toasted sourdough.
I'm not a fan of fries mostly cos it's oily and unhealthy, so it's not much of a surprise I wasn't the biggest fan of this though the dips that came with it were AWESOME! I had to stop myself from eating more!
These Potato Fries ($8) came paired with truffle aioli and piquant mayo dip. The truffle aioli complemented the texture and taste of the potato fries very well.
Another interesting one we tried was the Polenta Coated Asparagus ($9) from the side order menu. These came with a basil lemon mayo dip which made me conclude that The Halia is very good with their dips!!
This White Bean Iberico Chorizo Leek Stew (S$16) with egg sunny side up, smoked chipotle sauce, tomato and fine herbs, makes quite a dish. The serving is huge for one, so do order to share between two people. I love the blend of the tomato and herbed flavours in there. If only it came with some bread for dipping! Def
I found it a little weird to eat this at brunch though. I am a stew's-for-dinner girl.
Serving right up next were a joyful looking platter of Pancakes ($12) with bacon butter, fresh strawberries and puree. What a good price for such a generous serving! I really love the bacon butter (the white globs you see). It totally ups the wow factor for this dish. I'd totally come back for this but the next dish is my ultimate favourite!
This Sous Vide Wagyu Rump Cap (S$36) served with buttered brocollini, truffle mash, slow roast cherry tomato and drizzled with tarragon jus, is a definite MUST TRY. The slices of beef were juicy and tender. It was really perfectly cooked. The truffle mash was DA BOMB. It is so nice that I am still thinking about it today.
Truffle, when overused, can be a little "jelat" but this truffle mash is really one of the best I have ever tried. The greens on the side are yums too. Easily my favourite dish here.
When you're in The Raffles Hotel, how can you miss trying what they're well known for?
We each had a tall glass of the restaurant's popular signature cocktail, Singapore Sling by Hendrick's (S$28), an adaptation of the iconic original creation with the addition of Hendrick's Gin, which has unique rose and cucumber infusions, and a secret orange liqueur.
It was strong but I liked it alot. A must-try!
Oh yes, be sure to make room for dessert because you have to try their Sticky Toffee Pudding (S$10), topped with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt. It's very yummy. It was warm and when paired with cold ice cream, it made for a perfect combination to end off a lovely brunch. First time I ever had a Sticky Toffee Pudding, definitely won't be the last.
One last group photo!
The Halia at Raffles Hotel
#01-22/23, 1 Beach Road Singapore 189673
Nearest MRT: CityHall MRT
Brunch at Halia Raffles Hotel is served every weekend and on public holidays from 11am to 5:30pm.
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Hello!! Here's sharing my shopping after one long day in Platinum Mall & Pratunam Market, a must-visit for great shopping when you're in Bangkok.
Here's what I bought!
At Platinum Mall:
2 Shorts for 300Baht (I overpaid for this. You can get this at Chatuchak or Pratunam Market for 100~110Baht each)
Dotted chiffon top for 100Baht
Shades from the night market just outside Platinum Mall for 49Baht!!
Black flats at 300Baht
Super gorgeous Bikinis at 560Baht (280Baht each wholesale price)
At Pratunam Market:
3 X singlets for 210Baht (70Baht each wholesale price)
The BF did a whole lot of shopping too! We roamed the whole of guy's section - I know, I'm such a good gf.
At Platinum Mall:
3 X Colourful Berms at 870Baht (290Baht each) at
2 X Checkered Shirts @ Shirtoria at 580Baht (290Baht each)
Belts X 3 (can't remember how much... 100~200 Baht each)
3 X Colourful Tee-shirts at 570Baht (190Baht each)
If you're at the Platinum Mall/Pratunam Area, be sure to check out these dining options:
1) Wan Ton Mee & Stewed Pork Rice
I super love the texture of the noodle. It's very Q. The portions are small but it's fine by me. The BF usually orders one Wan Ton Mee & one Stewed Pork Rice. Both are worth trying. Costs about 50-80Baht.
Address: Soi 19 Petchburi Road, Pratunam, Bangkok.
2) Pink Shirt Chicken Rice at Pratunam
Kaiton Kao Mun has been around for about 40 years. You'll see big crowds eating here day and night! This was recommended by friends in Singapore as well as a Thai friend! So I thought I should totally should give it a try. It's just opposite Platinum's New Wing, very convenient
There's another green shirt uniformed Chicken Rice stall nearer to Platinum Mall. The locals say it's not as good as the Pink Shirt one, well give both a try anyway!
I only tried the Pink Shirt one and it's really nothing special unfortunately. If you love the Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore, then the chicken rice here will disappoint you.
Address: Kaiton Kao Mun Kai Pratunam (on the corner of Petchburi Soi 30, Petchburi Road)
Opens daily 5:30am-3:30pm, 5pm-3am
3) Food Park at Big C Supercenter
Food Park is a foodcourt at level 4 of Big C (opposite Central World). It's main attraction is the cheap cheap prices! Even with 2 plates of food per person, it will cost you only less than 100Baht! I had the dry Tom Yum Noodle - love it!! The coconut ice cream is also worth trying!
Address: Big C Supercenter, 4th Floor, 97/11 Rajdamri Road, +66 (0) 2250 4888. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
4) Foodcourt at Platinum Mall
I love how convenient it is. After shopping, you just go up to 6th floor and refuel with yummy food. I recently discovered another must try which is the "Rice Noodle Wrap". It looks like Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls but this is using a big flat white noodle. Go tryyy!!
The other food are the usual stuff. I always find most tasty. Be adventurous!
Address: Platinum Fashion Mall, 6th Floor, 222 Petchaburi Road, +66 (0) 2121 8000. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.