Founded by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud and originally based in New York City, db Bistro & Oyster Bar, located in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, has introduced a two-month-long pop-up that brings the Lyonnais chef’s dinner menu from Boulud Sud, one of his several famed Manhattan dining joints. Until 31 October 2020, the offshoot menu — the result of a partnership with his current executive chef, Jonathan Kinsella — will offer seafood dishes inspired by the food of Southern France, Italy, Spain and the Greek islands.
The prominent starters include a smoky octopus grilled on a plancha and served with Marcona almonds and a saffron tagliolini with clams, cuttlefish and bottarga (salted and cured fish roe). Following up are main dishes such as a salt-baked branzino fish, served whole; a bouillabaisse, or French seafood stew, signature to db Bistro; and a Moroccan chicken tagine with bright flavours showcasing the wondrous potency of Mediterranean spices. Make sure to leave enough room for dessert, as executive pastry chef Mandy Pan parlays herbs, spices and Mediterranean fruits into exquisite, innovative creations. Try the apricot and star anise crème brulée; the grapefruit givré with sesame halva and chewy rose-flavoured loukoum candy; or the Tunisian mint chocolate with pine nuts, jasmine flower and chocolate sorbet to perfectly round off the exclusive gastronomical experience. — Terence Poh
db Bistro & Oyster Bar, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B1-48, Singapore 018956
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Presented as a form of emotional catharsis, the 30-second filmlet showcases fragments of the local art scene, with a sense of unity and resilience.
Amid the coronavirus crisis, Singaporean director Royston Tan and seven other local artists banded together to showcase the resilience of the local art scene. Produced by Tan’s production arm, Chuan Pictures, the 30-second filmlet features artists of different fields who have helped steer a cultural discourse in the Singapore creative community. It includes dance pioneer Santha Bhaskar; novelist Isa Kamari; jazz vocalist Joanna Dong; musician Darren Ng; principal dancer of Singapore Dance Theatre Kwok Min Yi; theatre actress Siti Khalijah; and visual artist Farizwan Fajari. Digital consumption of visual arts has reached a new state of reality, yet in the face of overwhelming odds, Tan, along with the featured artists, presents hope that the doors to theatres and museums will open again. The #SGCultureAnywhere filmlet can be viewed on the National Arts Council and The A List website and social media pages for the next two months. — Lynette Kee
From left to right: Everyday Humans Oh My Bod! SPF sunscreen, $24.50; Resting Beach Face sunscreen serum, $32.50; Rosé S'il Vous Plait sunscreen, $33.50.
Fresh-faced brand Everyday Humans comes as an eco-friendly, cruelty-free alternative that specialises in sun protection and body care catered for, as its name suggests, the everyday people. Despite its foray into the market just two years ago, the brand — previously known as Every Day For Every Body — has gone through a substantial facelift and has since been relaunched across Amazon. Its grand entrance into Singapore is marked by its release at Sephora.
With the vision to create effective staples for the everyday routine, all concoctions are formulated with carefully sourced ingredients — of which are all paraben and sulphate-free — and with careful consideration for the environment. In addition, its clinically-tested products boast packaging made from recycled plastic and that strictly does not practise testings on animals, making it suitable for sensitive skin types and the modern conscious consumer. Its wallet-friendly star products include its best-selling sunscreen, Resting Beach Face, a hyaluronic serum of SPF 30 made using reef-friendly organic actives that are blended with green tea leaf extract and sunflower seed oil. The result? A practical lightweight solution that does not leave a white cast on the skin. — Marisa Xin
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