Ms Skinnyfat

A Food & Travel Blog from Singapore

Passionate about all things nice? Always on the lookout for funky thought provoking designs? Then you should head to Naiise, a new shopping portal that focuses on cool quirky designs that are functional and accessible. In my opinion, this is the local (and affordable) version of my other favorite crowd curated site The Fancy (you should get a Fancy Box subscription!) 
With more than 1,200 products across multiple verticals ranging from furniture to fashion to gadgets, there is something for everyone. There are unique overseas brands such as Pantone Universe and Ole Jansen, as well as local designers like FARM and Aide de Camp.
Naiise founder Dennis, believes that by working closely and sincerely with designers, brands, partners, influencers and the community, they can together effect change, and help people understand the value of good design and get them saying "Hey, that's naiise!" Read about the conversations with these influencers here. And here is my interview with them (read it here)

Knowing how much i travel, I was invited by Naiise to curate a Gift List for Wanderlusters, check it out here. 

Here's highlighting my top 3 picks from the site!

FARM 6 Year Coupon Journal $25
I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. It feels like I can freeze time and stay in the moment forever when I pen my travel journeys in this journal. It's also uniquely Singapore because it uses the Parking Coupon design! Quirky!

Darkroom Army Vintage Cameras $200
Capture a different dimension to your travels with the Darkroom Army's Vintage Cameras. These are seriously cool. The trip may end but the journey continues as you develop new perspectives from the pictures after you get back.

The Pantone series cameras are also absolutely pretty. I wish i can have all of them.

Komono Magnus Watch in Black Cognac $149.50 
This is one cool watch for the boys! The matte black bezel with the brown leather reminds me of the gorgeous 2012 Special Edition Panerai Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Cerimica (which is to die for). And this is a mere fraction of the latter’s price. There's currently a 3 day timed sale till 19 Dec 2013 on Komono watches.

For my dear readers, Naiise is also offering a 5% discount till 31 Jan 2014. Simple use the voucher MSFxNaiise for the offer. This is applicable on all items storewide, with no minimum spend. Enjoy shopping at

It has come to my attention that the whole world is gonna be descending/has descended upon my favorite city (NYC duh) this holiday season (as always). So here's 5 things to do in New York City during Christmas!

1. Iceskate at one of the open skating rinks. This is quintessentially NYC. Top spots are the Central Park Rink at Rockefeller Center and Winter Village at Bryant Park.

Of course, Central Park's Trump Wollman and Lasker rinks are extremely popular as well. Which brings me to my next point.
2. Chill out in Central Park
Whether it's a picnic in spring, sunbathing in summer, chasing squirrels in autumn or building snowmen in winter, there's always to do in Central Park. And it's always magical. 
Just remember to layer up and keep toasty.

3. Drink Hot Chocolate. Lots of it.
We burn lots of calories during winter so an energy drink every couple of hours is absolutely justified. Judging by the long queues at Max Brenner (841 Broadway), I guess everyone shares my same philosophy. The rich chocolate elixir will keep you warm and provide you with enough juice to go on the whole day. I love the one with the chocolate pops! And it tastes better than what we get in Singers, like seriously. With that energy boost, you're now ready for the next activity.
4. Christmas Market Shopping 
Is there anything that spells Christmas more than Christmas markets? I love the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park (Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.). If you're in a rush for time, you can do item 1, 2 and 4 here! This open-air European inspired market is open daily until 5 Jan.

Hunt down unique preloved at Brooklyn Winter Flea Market [1 Hanson Place (at Ashland Pl.), Fort Greene]. There're antique furniture, vintage preloveds as well as locally crafted artisan jewelry and art. When you're done, pay tribute to your tummy with the hot and fresh food available.

With over 100 red and white booths at the annual Union Square Holiday Market (Union Square Park, bordered by Park Avenue South, Broadway and 14th Streets,), you'd definitely be well fed, entertained and occupied. The market stays open through Christmas Eve.

If you're afraid of the cold, head on to the indoors Grand Central Holiday Fair (87 E 42nd Street).Kill two birds with one stone as you soak in the atmospheric air of the Grand Central Station's historic Vanderbilt Hall on top of your shopping. The fair runs daily from 18 Nov to 24 Dec.
While you're at Grand Central Station, be sure to check out The Campbell Apartment, a hidden cocktail lounge that would throw you back to the Golden Age of train travel. 

Sip on the Prohibition Punch or Kentucky Ginger and lose yourself in the glitz and glamour.

5. Be enchanted by The Nutcracker 

Regardless of your age, The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet will enchant you and make you believe in Christmas once again. This is way better than any mass market Hollywood Christmas movie with no substantial plot. This is the best way to celebrate Christmas really!

So yes, 5 things to do in New York City during Christmas. Tell us what else you'd do. :) Have a merry holiday!
The good people of the East have decided to bring some joy to the dreary West of Singapore with W39 Bistro & Bakery. W39 is the brainchild of 2 Eastie sisters and this cheerful blue and yellow spot is actually both a bistro and a bakery and that only means 1 thing for me-brunch.
I wouldn't have gone out of my way for brunch in the West if not for an appointment in the area. Sorry westies, you're not gonna be seeing more food posts from the western part of Singers.
Weekend spells coffee and of course all day breakfast food.
My Mocha tasted more like regular latte. Where is ze chocolate??! Meh-ish latte at best. Very diluted. Thankfully I've lowered my expectation so I wasn't overly disappointed. Don't go expecting anything artisan.
Hearty Breakfast ($13.50) is a greedy and lazy girl's best option. Well, first and foremost, it has everything. It's quite hard to screw up an American breakfast since everything is kinda outsourced. The scrambled eggs were a little overdone for my liking. The best part was the toast (i think it's brioche) with its airy texture. Salted butter would be welcomed anytime. 
I originally opted for a Brie Parma Ham Panini (or was it a Croque Madame) but i was tempted by the Braised Pork Cheeks Gruyere Panini (S$13) that the neighboring table ordered. The mouthwatering scent was too good that i had to change my order immediately! Boy was I glad i did!

The panini was stellar with the slightly crusty shell and dense and moist center. Pork cheeks were tender and flavorful and the sandwich had a perfect meat-gravy-bread ratio. The taste of the meat was rather strong but i'm a carnivore so i don't care. Besides, it was balanced by the savory gravy and the light sweetness of the bread.

If you're looking for something lighter, the assortment of cakes, breads and pastries should not disappoint (i base that on my review of their breads). 

Diners looking for something more substantial can look to the European styled menu to fill their tummies.Braised Lamb Shank with fried mantou, Baked Lamb RibsSake Mussels with Fries, Seared Tune etc. are available for lunch and dinner. 

W39 Bistro and Bakery is certainly a place to check out if you're in the hood!

W39 Bistro and Bakery
39 Jalan Mas Puteh, (Off West Coast Road)
Singapore 128637
Tel: +65 9646 5372
Tue - Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 9am - 10.30pm (brunch till 3pm)
F&B restaurants are a dime a dozen in Singapore these days and most don't even survive past a year. Which is why Absinthe is great, because despite its lack of publicity and even a change of location, it has been doing good since i last wrote about it 2 years ago (read about it here).

Led by award-winning Chef Francois Mermilliod and General Manager Vincent Jaureguiberry, Absinthe is best known for serving classic French cuisine complemented with well-priced wines right in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.
Formerly located at Bukit Pasoh, Absinthe’s current premises at Boat Quay is spread across two adjoining shophouses over three floors, which accommodates 140 guests in various party configurations. A Seafood Bar and Chef’s Table on level one offer fresh seasonal catch, oysters and caviar. 
Enjoy an "Absinthe Afternoon" from 4 to 6.30pm on weekdays with drinks and some light bites such as fresh crustaceans from the Seafood Bar and an assortment of French cheeses. Grilled options such as Tiger Prawns ($18) and Foie Gras ($16) and gourmet sandwiches are available if you're more peckish.

Level two houses 2 dining rooms and one private room.
There is no minimum spending required for the private Beluga Boudoir, which seats 4. We heard that it is quite the popular proposal spot so do book in advance. I thought it was a wee claustrophobic with the curtains drawn.
There is another dining room and two private rooms on level three. Additionally, a private verandah on level three looks out into the stunning skyline of Marina Bay Sands and an outdoor al fresco area sets the scene for experiential dining along the iconic Singapore River. Perfect for a private party.

We sampled a couple of dishes from the ala carte menu. Pictures show tasting portions.
Hamachi ($26), carpaccio of marinated yellow tail kingfish with Aquitaine caviar, cucumber and baby cress. A simple refreshing start to the night.

Saint Jacques ($26), seared Hokkaido scallops, braised daikon, wakame and lemon thyme emulsion. Lemon line. This dish really whets the appetite with the tangy citrus. The braised daikon, while being thoroughly flavored, still maintained some bite to it. The scallop was perfectly executed with a light pinkish center and lovely browned crust.

Next, the Foie Gras Poêlé ($29), Chef Francois’ rendition of pan-fried foie gras served with warm blinis and Morello cherries. I found it little on the oily side and the blinis soaked up all the excess oil. Needless to say, I left it after a bite. If foie gras is your thing, opt for the Foie Gras Terrine ($29), layered with smoked duck breast and served with warm brioche (read it here). It's certainly a hot favorite.

The Bisque ($15), lobster (of course) was a little on the bland side. A hint of cognac was detected but did not lend any flavors to the soup.

From the mains, the Canard (lunch $40, dinner $42) is a French duck leg confit should not be missed. Nice crispy skin with a well flavored and moist duck meat. Comes served with Sarladaise potatoes, mushrooms and Madiran wine sauce.

We ended dinner on a sweet note with the Vanilla Madeleines ($15), freshly baked-to-order and accompanied with Valrhona chocolate mousse. Freshly baked goods are always good but this changed my mind about the boring madeleines. If you don't have a sweet tooth, then head for the Absinthe “French Farmed Cheese Trolley”, which are elected by an “Affineur” (Master Cheese Ager) in France, who recommends the variety according to their “best-age” for enjoyment, and are specially flown in for Absinthe on a weekly basis.

A reduced a la carte menu is available at lunch, and a full a la carte menu is available at dinner. A pocket friendly three-course Lunch Set ($38) offers good value with a selection of five dishes each under the entrées, mains and desserts. Additionally, a 7-course Degustation Menu ($98) is available for order at lunch and dinner. All menus are changed every three months but signatures will stay.

Thank you Absinthe and FoodNews PR for the delightful dinner!

71/72 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860
Weekdays: 12 - 2.30pm, 4 - 6.30pm, 6.30 - 10.30pm
Weekends: 6.30 - 10.30pm

One thing that i miss most about NYC is having pizza on the go. Strangely, we don't have such a culture in Singapore but Pezzo has been trying to change that mindset. Since December 2012, Pezzo has been serving up freshly-made pizzas with 13 convenient pizza-by-the-slice kiosks and 6 delivery stores island-wide.

The nice peeps over at Pezzo sent some love over and i got to sample their pizzas for the first time. I thought Pezzo sounded very familiar and that's when i realised that i've seen them making their pies fresh at the Ion Orchard stall!
First up, the Ho Ho Hola Hawaiian, a Christmas tree pizza. Priced at $29.90, it is topped with Turkey Ham, Turkey Bacon, Green Pepper, Peach, Cherry Tomato & Mozzarella Cheese. Think of them more as pillowy pizza buns which are really easy to bite into (no mess even for little mouths). I liked how the sweetness of the peaches (sadly canned) complemented the savory toppings. This festive pizza will be available till 31st Dec 2013.

I also sampled Pezzo’s new fiery creation, Hot Chick, a pizza made with strips of spicy chicken, special chilli sauce, red chillis, peppers, roast garlic and a combination of cheddar and mozzarella cheese. This is probably one of the spiciest pizza that I've eaten in Singapore but I enjoyed the kick pretty much. Certainly a hit with the fam.

There are over 20 flavors and you'd be spoilt for choice. I'm not a fan of the Fisherman’s Favourite, a seafood pizza with tuna, shrimp, spinach, onions, red pepper, tomatoes, oregano and basil. Tuna is a really weird choice for pizzas I feel. Most fish are in fact.

I'd rather go for Meat Sicilian which is packed with beef pepperoni, beef salami, Italian sausage and Italian herbs. Or try the unique Sambal Ikan Bilis pizza, a hit with many food bloggers! Vegetarians can dig into the Garden Gourmet pizza consisting of artichoke hearts, red onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach leaves and Italian cheese or the Spinach Special.

So if you are looking for a change in pizza flavors, do check out Pezzo. Or do it the New Yorker way and eat a slice off the cardboard.

Tel: +65 6665 6565

December is the month to celebrate love and family, after all it's the season of giving! If you're looking to give your loved ones a spectacular and lavish treat, St. Regis Singapore has got all bases covered with their celebratory menus and bespoke service at their 3 restaurants- Brasserie Les Saveurs, La Brezza and Yan Ting. On top of that, there's also an extensive range of takeaways, which includes a special that I can't stop raving about! Read on to find out!
I was invited to sample the various offerings for the Christmas specials. This time we dined in one of the event spaces which was decorated to the theme of luscious red grandeur. 

Dinner started with an Amuse Bouche from LaBrezza. Here's the Poached Egg with Shaved Black Truffles.While the truffle was undisputedly aromatic, i found the dish to be on the bland and boring side. Some saltiness in the form of thinly sliced cured meat (perhaps iberico) would be delightful. 

Next was the Artichoke and Potato Soup from Brasserie Les Saveurs which was served with Boston Lobster Tartare, Tarragon Espuma and Crispy Squid Ink Polenta. Another bland dish. I didn't like the hard and uncrackly polenta crisp, which turned into a soggy mess when dipped into the soup. Not a fan of this one.
The Medley of Seafood from BLS buffet line, with Shucked oysters (we had the French ones), Poached Boston Lobster Tail, King Prawns and Alaskan Crab in Court Bouillon. Can never go wrong with fresh seafood.

From La Brezza, the Mediterranean Sea Bass Cappellacci with Green Asparagus, Sun-dried Datterino Tomato and Saffron Sauce. I removed the thick and slightly dry pasta skin to get to the delicious fish that was hidden inside. A thinner shell would do the dish a lot more justice.
Next, the Filet Mignon En Brioche from BLS. I was looking forward to the dish when i saw it on the menu as it has all my favorite ingredients. A generous piece of foie gras sits atop a juicy beef tenderloin that is wrapped with Proscuitto Ham and then everything is wrapped in a brioche shell. The flavors are a lot more intense in this dish (Périgord Sauce is used in this one) as compared to the other dishes that we had. The dish would have been a lot better if the foie gras were seared more thoroughly. I would also have preferred a classic brioche instead of this thin parcel (more bread and more fluffy). 
If you're thinking of having a Christmas party at home, a festive takeaway is the Roasted Whole Muscovy Duck with Orange Sauce (2.2kg, $132) with Potato Purée and Sautéed Baby Vegetables. The duck was a little bland au natural but went ok with the citrus sauce. The Braised Kurobuta Pork Leg from the takeaway menu caught my attention though.

Remember what i said about the St. Regis special that cannot be missed. Well here it is! Introducing the St. Regis Log Cakes.

It's not a typical log but it is so much tastier!

On the left, we have the Red Berries with Pistachio Sponge Log Cake (low sugar) and on the right, my absolute favorite Chocolate Passion Royal Log Cake (750g, $48). I devoured the huge slice of Chocolate Passion Royal log and was still craving for more after! The smooth and rich chocolate mousse was paired with the tangy passion fruit crème brûlée and a layer of crunchy feuilletine. The most amazing combination of flavors and textures. YUMMEH! This is the perfect cake of the season i swear!
Another favorite is the St. Regis Singapore’s Christmas Stollen with Dried Tropical Fruits (500g, $32). This was the first time tasting a Stollen and i fear that St. Regis has ruined me with their high benchmark. I love that it's packed with dried fruits like cranberries, wolfberries and apricots. The core of the Stollen is a nutty sugary and grainy paste which is absolutely delicious. Needless to say, i finished this too. This will be another hotseller at any party.
If you are looking for a presentable gift, you could also consider the St. Regis Christmas Hamper which consists of the Christmas brandied cherry fruitcake, Christmas Stollen (YAY!), Christmas pudding, fruit preserves, handcrafted chocolates, assorted cookies, TWG Christmas Tea and a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne.

For more on St. Regis' festive offerings, visit to find out more!

St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road, Singapore
Tel: +65 6506 6888