Physalis – The Inca Berry

During our last event we used gooseberry as a garnish and through several conversations with our guests, I was asked the question; how else can it be used? I have always thought of physalis as a relative to gooseberry but during a little digging I found more interesting information about it. The fruit is small…

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Melon: The Berry Fruit

In my search for flavor combinations, I learned that melons and champagne work together very well. Melon is a sweet, fleshy edible fruit which belongs to a variety of plants. Botanically, a melon is a berry. We found that melons have several different cultivars that can be produced, one particular type being muskmelons. Melons originated…

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Langsat aka The Bon Bon Fruit

It was on our last road trip to Bali, when my wife Zurina suddenly became a little girl. She was transported back to her childhood memories when she recognised a small oval fruit that looked like small young potatoes, but with a sweet fruity scent. She screamed “….. oh baby, you have to try langsat,…

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Mangosteen: The Monkey Fruit

Bali is a tropical island full of amazing surprises and one of them is an amazing fruit similar to lychee called mangosteen, which was introduced to us via Komang, the young bartender from Room4Dessert, based in Ubud, Bali. Mangosteen is a sap tree and belongs to the Clusiaceae family with more than 200 species found…

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Orange Blossom: The Essence of Spring

Recently it was national Orange Blossom Day. You might be wondering what does orange blossom have to do with the Indigenous bartender, well let’s take look… The Orange Blossom is the fragrant flower that comes from an orange tree, which is commonly used in the perfume industry. Some people say that it is an aphrodisiac.…

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Pomelo: The largest citrus fruit

When I look back in time and think of what types of citruses have been used in cocktails, I realized that you can probably count them all on one hand…lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit. But then you look at all the different cuisines all around the world, each calling for different types of citrus…that got…

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Jamun: As Flavourful as Plums

I remember that as a little boy, my parents harvested plums in our garden every year and all my brothers loved them, be it fresh, pickled, in desserts and later as a traditional plum eau de vie called Slivovitz.  So imagine my surprise when I met a small grape (here in Singapore) with a flavor…

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The Mango Walk

During one of my recent sweet cravings, my wife and I decided to learn more about asian desserts. One of my favorite asian dessert is sticky rice pudding with fresh mango….. Hm … yummy.. While we were reading and searching, we realised how there are many different types of mangoes as well as many other…

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