Wacky desserts at The Benjamins Cafe – sweet dreams or diabetic nightmare?

The cafe formerly known as Benjamin Browns at the Forum The Shopping Mall is now known simply as The Benjamins.  Our last visit was in 2014 (read our post here).  It was a demure country style cafe at that time.  It is now sports a more edgy and industrial look. More importantly, they have come up with some creative dessert options.  There are many sweet temptations.  With the recent emphasis on reducing sugar (see ST article MOH wants public consultation on whether Singapore should ban or tax high-sugar drinks), we felt slightly guilt-ridden after trying their sweet creations. Sweet dreams are made of these or are they a diabetic nightmare?

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Cosmo Restaurant and Wine Bar – new restaurant at Forum The Shopping Mall

Cosmo Restaurant and Wine Bar is a new restaurant at the Forum the Shopping Mall along Orchard Road, Singapore. It takes over the place formerly occupied by California Pizza Kitchen which had (in mid 2018) moved across the road to Claymore Connect at Orchard Hotel. With part of the premises set up as a nightspot and the other part as a regular restaurant, it was hard to figure out what to expect. We decided to have lunch at Cosmo Restaurant and Wine Bar to find out.

Cosmo Restaurant and Wine Bar Entrance
Cosmo Restaurant and Wine Bar (Entrance from Forum Shopping Mall)

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Great Christmas Village Singapore 2018 Ngee Ann City – What to eat and do

The 2018 Great Christmas Village Singapore takes place at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza till Wednesday 26 Dec 2018 (11.30am – 10.00pm). We were at Takashimaya and decided to take a look around. Here are some snapshots and information on the Ngee Ann City Christmas fair to help you plan your visit. The food is provided by the folks from Timbre X Food Village & Bar. Various amusement rides are available as well as nightly live performances.

Great Christmas Village Singapore 2018 Ngee Ann City
Great Christmas Village Singapore 2018 Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City Cvic Plaza

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TungLok XiHe Peking Duck Orchard Central – Peking Duck with a twist, or two.

TungLok XiHe Peking Duck Orchard Central is one of two Tunglok Peking duck restaurants in Singapore. The other one is in the Grandstand in Bukit Timah.  A collaboration between the Singapore Tunglok restaurant group and the Beijing XiHe Group.   The signature dish at the restaurant is of course the Peking duck.  There are many Chinese restaurants in Singapore serving Peking Duck these days. But we discovered that there were a some differences between the duck served here and those commonly found elsewhere.

TungLok XiHe Peking Duck Orchard Central
TungLok XiHe Peking Duck Orchard Central Entrance

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Chope Discount Vouchers for Off Peak Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan

Chope Discount Vouchers offer discounts of up to 50% off the bills at selected restaurants. Like many dining deals, there is a catch. In the case of the Chope discount deal, there was one main catch – the discount vouchers have to be used for a specific location at designated times (usually off-peak hours). We decided to try using these vouchers at Tim Ho Wan Pacific Place.

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