World Whisky Day

When I lived in Ireland, where I first learnt about whisky, I thought that no one, except the Irish, could have so much passion for whisky. That is until I moved to Singapore, where whisky rules the bars. I had never seen anything like that in my life! Ladies asking for small producing brands with specific finishes…

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Yuzu: From your bath to your kitchen

Recently, I overheard a conversation between my friend and his child. …“Dad, what is yuzu? I only know lemon.” …There was a few seconds of silence, followed up with great response… “Come over and let’s find out together.”… This simple question led me to find out more about this delicate citrus fruit which you usually find…

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Basswood Tree: The Bee tree

As a little boy, I used to spend my weekends out and about as a boy scout and because of that, I learnt many practical skills (using difference parts of trees) – natural remedies, wood carving to name a couple. In the area I grew up, one of the most common trees is the Basswood…

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World Cocktail Day

As a cocktail lover and bartender for 16 years, I always search for any reason to ‘toast’ with a cocktail in my hand. Certainly, the 13th of May is one of the most awaited days for any cocktail lover and it is to celebrate the first printed mention of the word COCKTAIL on 13th May…

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Shiso – the Asian nettle

Have you ever been to a sushi bar or any other Japanese restaurant? Then you definitely would have seen Shiso leaves aka Perilla, the big green leaves used mainly for plating to add contrast to the food being presented to you. While there is only one species in the genus, there are three varieties. There are…

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Rosella or Hibiscus

Many of us in western countries know Hibiscus as a dry, dark burgundy red colour flower. But in Asia & West Africa this same species of wild flower is known as Rosella. I fell in love with hibiscus whilst I was learning about the Caribbean drinking culture and came across sorrell, a non-alcoholic beverage made…

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Cinco de Mayo

Today is the 5th of May, aka Cinco de Mayo in spanish. Today is the day where celebrating Mexican-American culture is on the forefronts of our minds.  But, do you know, why this date is so important for Mexico? Many of us confuse this day with Mexican Independence Day held on 16th September, in fact…

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