DRINK
Limited edition collection of single malt whiskies

Diageo Rare & Exceptional

Get your hands on the second release of Diageo Rare & Exceptional’s Prima & Ultima collection featuring eight bottles of incredibly rare single malt Scotch whiskies drawn from the historic stock of Diageo’s finest distilleries across Scotland.

The growing Prima and Ultima collection gathers highly limited single vintage malts that are either the first or last bottling of their kind — each a piece of distilling history offering collectors and connoisseurs the opportunity to build an expertly curated liquid library over time.

This year includes new appearances from ghost distillery Convalmore, a piece of history from Auchroisk; a very rare Lagavulin; a Brora 1980 taken from the very last of the distillery’s casks from that year; The Singleton of Glendullan 1992 and Linkwood 1981.

Each full set of eight Prima & Ultima single vintage malts is accompanied by eight whisky glasses, each engraved with a bespoke design created in collaboration with two glass artists. Individual 20ml samples of each whisky are also included with a booklet of personal stories by head master blender Maureen Robinson.

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Limited full sets of the Prima & Ultima Second Release are available for purchase at $39,500 from www.DiageoRareAndExceptional.com. If you are keen to acquire set number one personally autographed by Robinson herself, it will go under the hammer in an online auction by Sotheby’s Hong Kong from Sept 15 to 24, with all proceeds of the sale going to leading humanitarian charity Care International.

Mooncake-inspired cocktails
Mo Bar

Have your mooncake and drink it too! Mo Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore has curated three creative snow skin mooncake-inspired cocktails and bottled them for you to enjoy responsible drinking at home.

On the tipple menu is Ruby, a luxurious blend of white chocolate and aromatic lychee juices with clarified whisky milk punch; Jade, a soothing libation infused with pandan essence, coconut, local gin and lime; and Amber, a rum-based punch with a touch of tart apricot sweetness.

The perfect modern addition to your Mid-Autumn celebrations, these tasty limited-edition cocktails from one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars are available exclusively online at singapore.mandarinorientalshop.com/collections/mo-bar-cocktails from now till Sept 21 at $18+ per bottle.

STAY
Brunchkation

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

If you live to eat, here is one way to enjoy an unforgettable epicurean escape where you will luxuriate in a weekend Brunchkation (from $488++ per night for a deluxe room) at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore and tuck into complimentary Kempinski Sunday Brunch for two at 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung.

The epic lunch features a six-course menu starting with a shared platter of fresh seafood; a charcuterie board and salad to share; pass-around snacks like foie gras, angus beef sliders and tuna tartare; and large plates featuring Chilean Sea Bass, Black Angus Beef Rib Eye, and Bone in Lamb with Char Siew Glaze. There is even a cheese wagon with a dozen types of cheeses and dried fruits, plus several desserts to choose from.

As part of the Brunchkation package, guests will enjoy late check-out at 6pm, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages from the minibar, free parking, one-for-one on all drinks at The Bar at 15 Stamford, and 20% dining privileges at all the hotel-managed restaurants at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski.

While you are there, be sure to also try the hotel’s afternoon tea which adds mooncakes to its standard menu to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival for the month of September. The four-course Mid-Autumn Afternoon Tea Set ($68++) comes with a tasting portion of four mooncakes; new handcrafted savouries such as Crispy Pumpkin with Salted Egg Sauce, Barbecued Pulled Pork in a Sweet Bun and Smoked Duck Yam Croquette; dessert favourites like Longan and Red Dates Cake and Orh Nee Mousse with Ginkgo Nuts; and completed with TWG Teas. For reservations, call 6715-6871 or email [email protected]

EAT
Plant-based chicken dishes

Tindle

Move over Impossible meat, the new plant-based talk of the town is Tindle — or chicken meat made from plants — and it is now appearing on the menus of 10 bars and restaurants for the month of September.

Over at Adda, chef Manjunath Mural incorporates Tindle into Southern Tindle 65, featuring deep fried Tindle marinated with ginger, garlic, sliced red chillies, curry leaves and a secret blend of Indian spices. Moonstone Bar has created The Tind(l)er burger made with a delicious Tindle patty either grilled or pan-fried and layered with lettuce, tomato slices, pickled red onion, topped with spiced garlic aioli and finished with caramelised onion relish.

The food-forward team at Laut have created Tindle Satay aged with kicap manis then grilled, served with homemade peanut and tamarind sauce dip, rice cakes and cucumber. At il Lido’s rooftop bar Levant, you can enjoy a Tindle spin on their hot sellers like Chicken Manakish, Spicy Chicken Sliders and Chicken Golden Goujons.  Other establishments collaborating with Tindle include Señor Taco, The Peranakan, Three Buns, TXA Gastrobar, selected Harry’s outlets and via delivery from Planty of Love.

Plant-based meal subscription service
Insane Meals

Interested in a more plant-based diet for a healthier way of life but do not have the time to whip up a home-cooked meal yourself? Then leave it to Insane Meals to curate your daily meal plan for you.

Singapore’s newest plant-based meal subscription service, Insane Meals offers a variety of cuisines featuring popular plant-based meats with a different menu each week to keep options dynamic and fresh. Expect a kick of local favourites such as Cheeky Mala Xiang Guo, Sweet ‘n’ Sour Plork, Black Pepper Plawn and Sayur Lovely Lodeh.

For fans of Impossible meat, Insane Meals offers its version of the Impossible Burger umami-packed with a medley of fresh veggies and plant-based bacon sandwiched between a vegan bun; Great Balls of Flavour, a plant-based take on spaghetti and meatballs; and others like Impossible Chili Con Carne, Impossible Lasagne and Impossible Thai Basil Noodle.

Insane Meals is designed to make the switch to plant-based diets delicious, convenient and hassle-free with its subscription model where your ready-to-eat meals are sent to your home, either to be consumed immediately or refrigerated. Meal plan options include ‘Everyday’ at 12 meals a week from $204; and ‘Flexi’ at six meals a week from $108. Menus are refreshed weekly. To find out more visit insanemeals.com

SEE

An ice cream playland
Museum of Ice Cream

After holding off its opening due to pandemic-related issues, the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) has finally opened its doors to a pretty-in-pink whimsical wonderland of ice-cream themed galleries complete with a fully functional cafe, bar, and retail store within its immersive space.

Housed within a 60,000 sq ft property at Loewen Road in the heart of the Dempsey enclave, MOIC will feature 14 never-before-seen interactive installations such as the Museum of Modern Ice Cream, Marble Run, Scream’s Diner, Playspace! and Sprinkle Pool.

Of course, a trip to an ice cream museum is not complete without ice cream. As part of your 90-minute tour, guests will enjoy unlimited servings of delicious ice cream treats reinvented with a local twist like Pulut Hitam Potong ice cream, Lemon Bliss Balls, Apple Pie Soft Serve, Lychee Bandung and Taro Milk Tea ice cream sandwiches, as well as unique flavours like Pina Colada ice cream.

MOIC Singapore is the first branch to launch outside of its US museum which opened in New York in 2016. The Smithsonian ranked MOIC among its top 10 most Instagrammed museums in the world.

MOIC opens daily from 10am to 11pm from Thursday to Sunday. Tickets, which are selling fast, start from $38 and can be purchased at www.museumoficecream.sg

Voyage to the Vulva-verse Art Show
Strip

Brazilian wax specialist Strip and its skincare line Two L(i)ps want to normalise conversations around the vulva and get women to celebrate and embrace their intimate bits. To do this, they will be holding an art exhibition called Voyage to the Vulva-verse Art Show showcasing creative interpretations of the vulva in a variety of mixed media forms.

Eight artists have been invited to take part in this showcase — Amanda Tan, Ashley Yeo, Hee Suhui, Tan Sze Yan, Kimberly Tan, Kristal Melson, Polina Korobova, and Yana & Jun — who will each transform the vulva into an enlightening display of 3D art, digital illustrations and visual soundscape.

As part of the campaign, the public is invited to take part in a vulva-awareness poll Enter the Y-Zone Poll at www.strip.com.sg/voyagetothevulvaverse or shop for charity at beautyemporium.shop where 20% of every purchase made will be donated to Go With The Flow.

Voyage to the Vulva-verse Art Show is free, and opens daily 10am to 7pm from now till Sept 22 at Hatch Art Project, 7 Yong Siak Street. A booking for a timeslot is required at www.strip.com.sg/art-exhibition. The exhibition will continue on- line from Sept 23.

Winning designs online
Singapore Good Design

Discover the winners of this year’s Singapore Good Design Awards 2021 in a virtual exhibition running from now till Oct 31 at sgmark.org/virtualexhibition2021.

Organised by the Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS), the annual Singapore Good Design Awards (also known as SG Mark) will be showcasing its winners across seven categories consisting of Product, Architecture, Interior Design, Experience Design, Digital Solutions, Branding and Sustainable Design.

Some notable winners include Singapore Airlines for its Seamless Travel Experience Digital Suite under the Digital Solutions category, and Spotify’s new Singapore office for Interior Design.

This year’s exhibition will also feature a 2021 special category titled “Singapore Together”. Created in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), this category aims to recognise and celebrate the numerous creative and brilliant solutions that have been borne out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of the virtual experience, visitors can also cast their votes for their favourite design that deserves further recognition for the People’s Choice Award, and stand to win attractive prizes worth over $8,000, courtesy of AOX, Changi Airport Group, HP, Rado and others.

Shuo Yin, WA and CA, 2020, oil on canvas, courtesy of Lasalle College of the Arts
Art from around the globe
Lasalle College of the Arts

While the pandemic touched our existence in different ways and made off-screen exchanges difficult, it has also made us acknowledge our interdependencies as fundamental to art and life, shares Anca Rujoiu curator for the 15th edition of Tropical Lab.

The brainchild of Lasalle’s Senior Fellow, Milenko Prvacki, Tropical Lab is an intensive and highly engaging 14-day event that includes workshops, field trips and seminars, culminating in an exhibition hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore.

Entitled Interdependencies to capture the spirit of togetherness, companionship and resilience, the exhibition will feature the multi-disciplinary works of 25 international artists from the Tropical Lab alumni community. The prevalent themes in these exhibits — located at various parts of Lasalle’s campus like Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, Project Space, and Praxis Space — will revolve around key concerns of our time such as identity and belonging, ecological challenges and entangled histories.

Tropical Lab 15: Interdependencies will be on show till Oct 16 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore at Lasalle College of the Arts. Admission is free.

Covid-inspired Indonesian art
Mizuma Gallery

Artworks are the manifestation of artists’ perspective and sensibility towards life and things around it. When an artist goes through significant changes in their life, their artworks will naturally change alongside. Some artists have taken on Covid-19 as a new source of inspiration for the narrative of their artworks, in the sense that it triggers a new perspective on how they look at the relationship between themselves and the life around them.

To get a glimpse of what we mean, go visit Mizuma Gallery to check out How are we doing?, a group exhibition curated by Hermanto Soerjanto featuring Indonesian artists Albert Yonathan, Entang Wiharso, Heri Dono, indieguerillas, Iswanto Soerjanto, and Iwan Effendi. Through the works of these six artists, we observe the relation between the changes in life brought about by the pandemic and the artists’ creative practice and their artworks.

How are we doing? will run till Oct 10 at Mizuma Art Gallery #01-34 Gillman Barracks. Admission is free.