Vegan Thai Sauces and Dressings- Mekhala at Pasarbella, The Grandstand

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If there is one cuisine which we always find difficulties in satisfying our taste buds, it will be Thai food! Getting vegan Thai food in Singapore is literally non-existence unless you create your own sauce or if you double-check and triple check with Thai restaurants to eliminate all the fish sauces they typically use. Mekhala vegan Thai sauces and dressing is a dream come true for all vegans! I came up with some questions to ask the folks behind Mekhala and here are their replies:

1. Who founded Mekhala? When was it founded?

Mekhala was originally founded at the Asian Leadership Institute in Chiang Mai, Thailand, by Jang Phanthip Bauerle. Jang wanted organic and natural products for her clients and, being a vegan cook and a naturopath, began developing her own range. When Daphne Hedley, a family friend with a business background, came upon the products after returning to Asia with her husband, she and Jang decided to launch Mekhala as a brand in Singapore. Mekhala offers wholesome food and personal care products made from organic and natural ingredients sourced from farms in Northern Thailand. All creations are vegan and free from artificial additives, and Mekhala is dedicated to fostering sustainable relationships with suppliers, customers and the local community.

2. What are the products you guys carry currently?

We carry 2 distinct product ranges aimed at encouraging a wholesome, natural lifestyle: an Asian-influenced organic/natural fine food range and a natural personal care range that is free from chemicals such as SLS and parabens.

The food range includes some Asian-inspired salad dressings, Asian condiments (cooking and dipping sauces/pastes), Thai curry pastes, spreads, oils/seasonings (eg organic coconut oil and Himalayan pink salt) and 4 different types of unpolished organic Thai mountain-grain rice. All of them are made from organic and natural ingredients and are highly versatile.

The majority of our personal care items belong either the anti-oxidant-rich Black Rice  range and the nourishing/moisturising Young Rice Milk range. Both ranges comprise a shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash or shower gel and handmade soap. On top of these, we also have a very popular coconut soap that resembles a half-coconut! It’s got a creamy coconut soap on the inside and has a “husk” that is actually a cinnamon turmeric scrub. Our best-selling Tamarind Facial Cleanser, made with organic tamarind and honey, rounds up the personal care range.

3. What was the first product produced?

Mekhala first started off with the Black Rice and Young Rice Milk shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and soaps, coconut soap, 4 types of organic rice and a tea range, which we have now discontinued.

4. What is your best-selling product?

Our Coriander Ginger Dressing. We launched it in mid-July, in conjunction with our packaging revamp, and it’s been flying off the shelves ever since! It is absolutely bursting with flavours of coriander, ginger and lime and is great as a salad dressing, pour-over sauce or dipping sauce – no cooking required!

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5. Tell me more about the ingredients you guys use which is different from other brand?

Instead of table salt, refined white sugar and vegetable oil, we use only Himalayan Pink Salt, coconut sugar and rice bran oil in our products.

Himalayan Pink Salt are widely acknowledged to be the purest, cleanest, most mineral-rich salt on earth and gets its pink hue from the 84 different types of beneficial elements and minerals that it contains. We choose to use coconut sugar because it is a clean, unrefined sugar that has not been chemically-treated or bleached, unlike regular white sugar. Lastly, rice bran oil is rich in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants and has been shown to improve cholesterol levels.

6. Where are the sauces and dressings made currently? And how big or small is the team?

They are all made in our small factory in Chiang Mai, located near the retreat at which Mekhala was founded. We have a team of 5 in Thailand that is in charge of manufacturing our beautiful products as well as building close relationships with the farmers and other suppliers from whom we source our ingredients. We have recently started selling in Thailand so they are now in charge of liaising with our retailers too!

Our Singapore side is also 5-strong at the moment, including our sales staff. Our Singapore and Thailand teams work very closely together, sharing ideas on both production and marketing – thank goodness for Skype and Google Hangouts!

7. How do you guys get inspirations for new flavours?

For a start, being based in Singapore and Thailand with an eclectic mix of Thai, Singaporean/Chinese, American & Burmese Shan team members, we are very fortunate to have a wealth of flavours and flavour combinations to tap into. We also get inspired by produce we see at the local Chiang Mai markets and at the farms that we visit, dishes from our childhood, television shows, our travels, restaurants we eat out at, etc. Customers at our Pasarbella shop sometimes suggest product ideas to us and tell us what type of products they want to see, which is very valuable feedback for us.

8. Is there a special tip to use your products?

Look past their categories/names and use them in as many ways as you can think of as they are very, very versatile! For example, one of our best-sellers is a Miso Lime Chilli Dressing that is meant to be a salad dressing, but it is also great as a stir-fry sauce for leafy greens, such as kangkong and spinach, as well as a marinade. We regularly post recipes on our website, Facebook and Instagram and hopefully these inspire customers to come up with their own usage ideas.

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With Mekhala sauces and dressing in hand, I decided to whip up a vegan thai meal for our guests the next evening. Feeling ambitious, I made all the dishes for the first time and kept my fingers crossed. Thankfully, they tasted surprisingly decent and I had Mekhala sauces to save the day:P The first dish I made was Basil garlic mushroom rice paper roll with an assortment of dressing like pumpkin black pepper $8.20 for 250ml and coriander ginger dressing $8.20 for 250ml. I suggest making an extra few more rice rolls just in case they do not look as good when you cut them up into halves for presentation. I opted for mushroom fillings and the basil garlic flavours really shone through. Our dinner guest commented that I could have added more mint for a refreshing aftertaste for the rice paper rolls. Overall, it was a pretty easy dish to whip up and is one healthy starter to begin your meal with. Another thing I found useful was Mekhala youtube channel where they share how their sauces and dressings can be used but wished they had more vegan cooking recipes.

9. Tell us more about the home cooking videos you guys have on your youtube page? How long does it take to create one and will you guys be doing more vegan cooking recipes?

Two groups of customers that we focus on are that of people who don’t have much time to cook and those who don’t really know how to cook. Our condiments are really, really easy to use so even beginner and/or time-starved cooks will be able to put together tasty, healthy meals with Mekhala’s help! We know of many people who are just terrified of stepping into the kitchen and we realised that we really need to show our customers how easy it is – just talking about it won’t do very much. Hence, the Mekhala Living Food Channel was born! We release one video every 1-2 weeks and also post the recipes on our website.

It takes us about 1-2 hours to prepare one video, depending on how many times we flub our lines. The cooking itself is usually very quick, but the set-up, filming of ingredients and photography can take a while. Definitely! We have recently filmed about 4-5 new vegan recipes, which we will be sharing very soon.

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I also wanted a fusion soup as I had a couple of pumpkin squash in the fridge. So I googled for a recipe that required me to use green curry paste $5.50 for 100g and I found it right here. The flavours combined with the spicy green curry paste with roasted pumpkin and coconut tasted heavenly! This soup dish was a winner. If you want it less spicy, I recommend using more coconut milk to blend them all up.

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I also made some crispy tofu steaks with some crushed peanuts and sweet plum sauce for extra texture.

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The main dish was phad thai using organic mulberry leaves rice noodles which was really unique. It tasted more firm than the usual phad thai noodles when cooked with the Phad Thai sauce $7.20 for 200ml from Mekhala. This dish was definitely one of the healthier version we have tasted by far. It was not sweet but I wished it had a stronger after taste or flavour. I used 2 packets of mulberry rice paper noodles and the portions was too much for 5 people. Another thing I wished was for the bottle to be bigger! I finished using the 200ml bottle for this dish and wished there was more. All my guests went ga ga over the dressings they had and I was curious if they are planning to launch more products in the coming new year.

10. Any new flavours or products you guys will be launching soon?

We will be introducing a whole new spice range within the next couple of months. We will start off with 5 blends of Asian herbs and spices, including lemongrass, Thai basil and Makhwaen peppercorns, which is a type of prickly ash pepper that is similar to Szechuan peppercorns. These will be great as spice rubs and for sprinkling over foods, such as cooked vegetables, tofu and rice, for flavour. We will also have individual dried herbs and spices, such as ground turmeric, coriander and kaffir lime leaves.

We will also be launching 4-5 new salad dressings, sauces and pastes early next year, and these will have Vietnamese, Japanese and, of course, Thai influences. The feedback on them has been great so far and we can’t wait to have them on our shelves!

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We ended the dinner with some home-made coconut chia pudding topped with our all time favourite Brownice coconut ice cream with fresh mango slices!

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Our guests also brought along Brownice latest and BEST ice cream cake we have ever tasted! The coconut yolk mango cake slices were delicious. We are bugging the team at Brownice to remake this cake and we think everyone will love it:)

We want to thank Diana and Daphne from Mekhala for sharing and sponsoring the sauces, dressing and noodles we had for this dinner. If you find heading to Pasar Bella quite a chore, do not worry as they have their sauces on their website and also on Le Bono.

 

Address: 200 Turf Club Road, Pasarbella, The Grandstand #02-k57 Singapore 287994

Phone: 64668270

Email: info@mekhalaliving.com

Follow them on facebook and instagram too!

Vegan Cuts Subscription Box from USA

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I was going through my saved drafts and realized I missed this overdue post! Last year, we received a lovely parcel from Vegan Cuts from USA! They have one of the coolest vegan snack subscription in the world. Each subscription cost US$19.95 and everything in the box is a surprise, some items are not even out in stores yet. Each box contains 7-10 vegan goodies to your doorstep. They offer free shipping in US and finally they are also shipping internationally at an additional US$15! We got a bundle of them and we enjoyed all the different flavours and goodies they have. Each item is uniquely different and you will get a wide range of sweet, sour, crunchy to savoury treats to munch on. We loved the snapea crisps the most (hint* they are sold on iherb) though we are usually not huge fans of peas but this snack has the right amount of salt, flavour and crunch. A few close friends of ours saw our mystery box and wanted to try some snacks. We gave it to them and guess what, they are now subscribing to Vegancuts!

The other box they offer is the vegan beauty box where you will get a monthly surprise of new and award-winning vegan skincare, beauty and nail products which are hard to find in Singapore. If we have a choice, a Vegan Cuts box a week will be perfect! This box will be a great gift idea for this upcoming holiday season to family and friends who have always had doubts about vegan food.  Their website has also recently expanded to include e-books downloads to vegan fashion finds. We would like to thank the team at Vegancuts for this opportunity to try their products and we looking forward to more vegan inventions from them.

Fresh Kale, Hummus and just some supermarket shopping- Orlando

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Beside NYC, we went to Orlando for a few days and stayed at Vista Cay Resort. It was near a huge supermarket hence we decided to whip up some meals of our own together in our apartment.

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The supermarket was filled with so many awesome goodies such as hummus in so many flavours. We tried it and they taste as good as restaurant standards! We also got Silk coconut milk but found it a tad strange when mixed with our cereals.

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Tofurky tempeh was surprisingly really good! It was tender, well flavoured and was really cheap!

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We highly recommend anything from Earth balance! Their peanut butter chocolate is the best and we got tubs home. Another new brand I am a fan of is KIND organic cereals. The one I got had dark chocolate chunks in them and sadly they cost a bomb just shipping them into Singapore. I ordered 10 packets online and realized it was really high maintenance if I kept on re-ordering through this way. Hopefully iherb brings in their products soon!

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If you are in the states, we strongly encourage you guys to get an accommodation with kitchenette facilities so that you can taste all the yummy organic and tasty kale, fresh veggies and special non dairy milk which we are not able to get in Singapore (if they are in Singapore, they are usually 3 to 4 times the price!) Take our pre-washed cut kale for example, it cost only USD 2.99 for a jumbo pack which lasted us for a few days just making kale chips every single morning!

 

Homemeals: Vegan Red Chard Pie

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I have always walked past supermarkets and wondered what do people do with chards. They look too gorgeous to be eaten, especially the rainbow ones. A challenge came through my way when Supernature Organic asked if I was keen to try their latest series of chards that just hit their stores! I was up for the challenge and googled for the best vegan chard recipes. Finally, I found a really interesting one from fatfreevegan.com to experiment and this turned out way better than I expected.

Ingredients (Recipe taken from here)

  • 12 ounces ( 340 g) chard
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces (349 g) lite firm or extra-firm silken tofu, drained
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) plain soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch or cornstarch
  • 1 heaping tablespoon (1/2 ounce or 15 g) raw cashews (optional)*
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp. dried)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9-inch ceramic pie pan lightly with non-stick spray.

Wash the chard but do not dry. Remove the center stem from each leaf. Set the leaves aside and chop the stems into small pieces. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and chard stems until softened (about 5 minutes), adding a tablespoon of water if necessary to prevent sticking.

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I did mine as per the recipe and kept a portion of the leaves to make chard chips!

Meanwhile, cut the chard leaves into bite-sized pieces. Add them to the pan along with the garlic, reduce heat, and cover. Cook until all chard is wilted. Remove from heat. If any water has accumulated, drain it; then spread chard in bottom of prepared pie pan.

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Place tofu and remaining ingredients in a blender, and puree until very smooth. Pour over the chard in the pie pan. Use a spoon to gently open holes through the chard so that the tofu mixture penetrates it. Smooth the top so that tofu layer is even and covers all the chard.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until center is set. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40 minute(s)

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It was not the most good looking dish in town but the taste made up for the lack of presentation. It was really creamy, smooth and after 2 slices, most of my guests were full. It went super well with kale and chard chips and the chards in the pie was really soft and tasty. I am now more willing to give chard a try and they contains so much wonderful sources of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.

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I also made some vegan curry carrot ginger soup to go with our pie! Found the recipe here. We want to thank the team at Supernature Organics for sponsoring the yummy organic vegetables used in this post and do drop by their online shop to check out their home delivery service for vegetables and fruits box parcel!

SuperNature (Flagship Store)
#B1-05/09 Forum The Shopping Mall
583 Orchard Road
Tel +65 6304 1336
Fax +65 67350366

Opening Hours:
10am – 7.30pm daily

Poggiagliolmi Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil- Supernature Organics at Forum B1 Shopping Mall

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A few months back, I meet Elizabeth Liew, the founder of Poggiagliolmi olive oil at Supernature Organics supermarket at Forum B1 Shopping Mall. What a coincidence that she shares the same last name as my mother in law and was born in Malaysia! Elizabeth Liew was born in Kota Kinabalu and has worked in Germany, and in the UK before marrying her husband in London. She and her husband thought that living in London was not a place to bring up her children and decided to opt for a farm life instead. In 1999, they moved to Italy and only started thinking of selling their oil in 2010. The brand Poggiagliolmi is the family name of her husband. It is made up of the words Poggi-agliolmi meaning “the hills where the elms are” (the double G’s are pronounced soft, as in J’s).

I also got a chance to taste first hand how her olive oil fares when dipped with bread and grilled vegetables. I got one home where I have cooked it with almost everything and my guests and family never fails to mention they are able to taste something really special about it. One thing that stood out for me is the lightly aromatic aftertaste of olives that does not taste artificial. It is like appreciating fine green tea (sencha) if I could give a more visual impression.

The Farming to Harvesting process:

1) Pick olives, bring it to the press.

2) Leaves are removed, and olives are washed with cold water

3) Olives are then pressed/crushed into a paste

4) Through centrifugal action, liquid is separated from the paste

5) This liquid, which consist of oil with the suspension of the pulp (flesh) and water is cloudy and is known as “Olio Nuovo”

The oil is left in tall stainless steel containers and left alone in a cool dark place for up to three months, where the lighter oil will float to the top whilst the sediments will gently sink to the bottom and is removed.

This oil can then be bottled and sold as Premium Extra Virgin, First Press, Cold Press. The oleic acidity must not be higher than 0.8%.

6) The remaining paste, from which the above oil has been removed, (immediately after step (5) can now be put into another centrifugal cycle, temperature can be applied. The resulting oil can then be sold as Virgin Olive Oil.

7) The remaining paste left behind from this second cycle can go through other cycles, temperature may be added, and other thinner oils and sometimes, even chemical solvents may be added to increase the production of oil. This is now sold as Olive Oil.

In America, it is mandatory to label any olive oil produced after the first press as “Olive Promace Oil”

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One thing I enjoy most of the session was hearing how real being a farmer is like. You have to take care of each plant with so much love and care despite nature’s way of messing it sometimes. There are years where the harvest might be little but Elizabeth is steadfast about bringing the best but only the best to her clients and suppliers. She also shared that you can check out her facebook page where she post latest updates of her olive oil growth process and her harvest too. I especially like the personal touch to her packaging as the illustrations are hand drawn by her own children. Another thing I was wondering was what it means to be certified organic and Elizabeth gamely shares the process and boy am I impressed!

Being certified organic is not a case of paperwork and rubber stamping. Each year the company has to earn the “Certified Organic stamp as strenuous inspections are carried out by USDA to ensure that when you purchase an organic item you are paying premium for the assurance that you can trust the farm and the products they produce. In Elizabeth’s farm case, every July the soil in their farm is tested to ensure that no pesticides have been used. They are not allowed to use herbicides for weeds in their lawn near the olive grove as well. If they spot ants, they are not allowed to kill them too. As anything used will go into the ecosystem once the rains come. They are also not allowed to be near any farms that uses pesticides and every inspects takes place three months before the harvest to ensure that the consumers are able to taste the difference and use it with ease.

Poggiagliolmi olive oil can only be found exclusively at Supernature Organic Supermarket. It cost about $40+ for the biggest bottle and they do come in smaller can version at $21 as well. I say it is an investment for your body if we all start looking at food labels and to support companies that care and love what they are doing. Special thanks to Alicia and her team at Supernature for this invitation and for sharing Poggiagliolmi olive oil with us.

 

A Pampering Vegan Nail Polish Session at Auum Nail Spa- Turf City

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Zi, the owner of Auum nail spa invited me over to her cozy shop a couple of weeks back and boy was I impressed with the range of products and service I got. Not forgetting the cozy vintage big armchairs which reminded me of the shops along portobello market in London.

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I took awhile to soak in the shop ambience and thought the washing sinks were super retro and clever!

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This vegan-friendly beauty spot abides by strict sanitary practices and offers only paraben-free and acetone-free services, so they are safe for pregnant women, children, cancer and diabetic patients alike. I was impressed by how I got my own disposable towel and every customer gets to take home a travel friendly nail care set when one leaves the shop.

I was curious why they called themselves the “HONEST NAIL SPA” and according to Zi, she shared that..

Unlike many nail salons they will educate their customers on all the products that they use but more importantly, they will let you, the customer make your own informed decisions about what you want to do with your nails – so there’s no hard-selling of nail packages to you or anything along that line. Best of all, everything at the nail spa is vegan friendly, plus they have treatments and products catered for vegans, pregnant mums, and even kids too!

AUUM also upholds a strict hygiene standards where they only use disposable towels, nail files, foot files, and toe separators. All the other tools are disinfected and cured under UV light. One of the main goals of AUUM,  fueled out of passion – is to change the nail industry’s standards by offering the best services and products that the shop can find and educate customers on the harmful effects of normal nail lacquers and other options they can choose! I LOVE this part of the service:)

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I was really excited to try the Auum’s sigature service where they provide soak x shape x trim cuticle x callus removal x treatment x scrub x massage x polish! It cost $38 for signature manicure and $58 for signature pedicure. The process was fuss free and was meticulously carried out with strict sanitary measures and great smile from Jasmine the staff who served me. It such a pampering experience I fell asleep half way through.

I went for a bright coral pedicure and decided to try the one and only non-toxic vegan bio sculpture gel manicure! It was just like any gel nail service but had a full range of colours to choose from. I was spoilt for choice and decided to go for a glittery number. If you are not a fan of nail polish in general, they also provide nail wrap services which is so easy to put on and instantly you get gorgeous nails on the go. I tried a half-moon red nail with white tip nail wrap and voila, within a couple of minutes and just a simple top coat, my nails looked just as good as any painted nails. I got many compliments when I was in NYC over the past week and everyone could not believe they were nail wraps! The nail wrap service is an additional top up of $40 on top of the basic nail care services they provide.

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Check out auum facebook page for the latest updates and do remember to book an appointment early to avoid disappointment!

Open Mondays to Sundays
10.00am – 7.00pm
Last appointment at 6.30pm

Address : 
PasarBella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah Singapore,
200 Turf Club Road Singapore 287994

Telephone : 6463 9713
Email : zi@auum.com
Facebook : www.facebook.com/auumsg
Instagram : instagram.com/auumsg

 

Priti NYC Vegan Nail Polish Review at The Naturally Better Company

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If you have been hunting down vegan beauty products in Singapore just like I did, you will be so happy to hear I found a vegan nail parlour at The Naturally Better Company at Millennia Walk (level 2)! I was so thrilled when Sharon, the founder of the shop offered me a free complimentary pedicure service and I topped it off with adding a manicure on my own too. The nail services are available only through appointment (weekdays and weekends) and my nail specialist Amanda, was such a delight to work with. I entered a cozy corner beside the shop and was given a kaleidoscopic range of colours to choose from.

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At the nail bar, everything that they use are toxic free from start to finish. It’s a one stop shop for professional nail care products which range from nail polish, organic scrubs and creams. Their manicure menu starts from $25 and pedicure starts from 38. The star product of the day was Priti NYC nail polish. Priti NYC products are created by Kim D’Amato when she got pregnant and wanted to use healthier, cleaner and non-toxic products. Another fact that I like about Priti NYC  is their mission to support organic farmers to decrease the amount of chemicals and pollution poisoning the earth and its inhabitants- one manicure at a time.

Priti NYC products are fast drying, chip resistant, super glossy and cruelty-free. They are also perfectly safe to use on children (They have kid’s bottle called Priti Princess, so cute!) and moms-to-be. Visit their website if you want to know more detailed information on the ingredients. I was really impressed by the soy polish remover which had no horrible alcohol smell, very gentle and moisturising on my hands. It really felt so much more comfortable as the key ingredient contains natural oils which was used.

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I have heard about this brand before when I was researching Stella Mccartney and I decided to try item code 209 which was such a gorgeous shade of nude tone. I was so happy with it, I bought the clear top coat $25.90 to maintain my nails!. It’s been two weeks and my nails still looked brand new. I guess it helps when you don’t really do housework too.

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Stella Mccartney creates custom shades of colours with Priti NYC for her runway show in Paris seasonally. And each colour is a separate collection from the ready to wear line. I cannot wait to try all the colours and they all look so pretty and versatile with any outfits!

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With the wonderful soy nail remover cleanser, my toes have never looked so clean and fresh! I chose two emerald tones of green and had a playful mix with them. I cannot wait to book my next appointment and Thank you Sharon for sharing how great vegan nail polish can be! There is no excuse now gorgeous ladies!

Visit them:

Millennia Walk #02-46

9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore

Open daily from 11am-8pm, Friday and Saturdays from 11am to 9pm

Book an appointment today at 64717220

Free Giveaway: Organic Rawmio Gourmet Trail Mix Chocolate Bark from BGO Singapore

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The perfect snack to enjoy this festive season has to be chocolates! Who can resist them especially when they are dark, organic and filled with nutty flavours! We are thrilled to present a free giveaway from BGO as an early Christmas special for our readers! 10 lucky readers will be gifted Rawmio’s Trail Mix Chocolate Bark which combines two snacks into one decadent raw chocolate bark made with some of your favourite nuts, seeds and dried fruits such as goji berries, mulberries, pumpkin seeds, almonds and others.

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Ingredients: Raw Cacao Nibs, Coconut Sugar, Raw Currants, Raw Pumpkin Seeds, Raw Mulberries, Raw Almonds, Raw Goji Berries, Raw Pistachio. (All ingredients are certified organic).

Net Wt: 2.2 oz

Retail Price: $9.80

Item: Rawmio Gourmet Trail mix raw chocolate bark for 10 lucky winners (within Singapore only).

How to participate: Like BGO Ecoshop Facebook page & email them at bgosingapore@gmail.com to include a reason why you will love to win this awesome giveaway!

End of giveaway promotion: 13 December 2013 (Friday)

Notification of winners: 10 lucky winners will be chosen by BGO and will receive an email notification for confirmation of delivery address.

Delivery: Singpost normal mail

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Thank you to Chewy from BGO for this generous giveaway! Do check out their superfoods section on their website for unique nut butters deal, kale chips, vegan curry paste, Acai, grains and cereals as well.

SuperNature has moved! They are now at B1 of Forum Shopping Mall

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SuperNature contacted me recently to inform me of the good news. They have moved to a bigger and more convenient location at Forum shopping mall! The super mart looks much bigger and more spacious than before and continues to bring in wholesome and quality organic offerings which I have reviewed previously. We also bought 2 new unique snacks which are their latest products which we will post in a week’s time!

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They have also gone a step further to indicate dietary stickers on each items for easy shopping and for people who have special dietary needs.

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They even have shopping trolleys too so you will be able to shop with breeze even with your kids along.

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There is also a new Supernature cafe that is right beside the cashier counter. Although the selections are quite limited for the time being, the salads were really fresh and used all the ingredients found in the store. We hope the team continues to bring in more vegan/vegetarian options with their awesome vegan selections in stores which will be one of a kind in Singapore. Imagine using Daiya mac & cheese, vegan cheese sandwiches options..etc or even tofutti raspberry cheesecake:)

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We tried 2 freshly made juices. Hubby Ro had Green day made of celery, apple and cucumber $10.50. While I had Cool Down made of watermelon, cucumber and mint $10.50. Our favourite was definitely the Cool down drink. It reminded us of morocco and was really refreshing. We also tried a sample portion of organic grilled vegetables with parsley oil and organic wild rice salad. At $20 for a portion, it was definitely not on the cheap side but the flavour and quality of the items were quite unique and definitely super fresh!

Thank you once again to SuperNature team for this food tasting session. We cannot wait to visit them again to stock up on some lovely vegan sausages for the christmas season.

SuperNature Flagship Store
583 Orchard Road #B1-05/09 Forum The Shopping Mall
Singapore 238884
Tel: +65 68457399
Fax: +65 6735 0366
E-mail: sales@supernature.com.sg

Opening Hours: 
10am – 7.30pm daily

 

SuperNature (Mother & Child)

Tel +65 68547390

Vegan Shopping Paradise- SuperNature by Club 21 at B1 Forum The Shopping Mall

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The lovely folks at SuperNature  invited me over to their spacious supermarket a couple of days back to check out some of their new offerings! I was really excited and was keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that I can find vegan cheeses such as Tofutti, Daiya, Earth Balance etc which are commonly used in overseas vegan food blogs. Guess what, THEY DO!!! And their selection of products was simply too good to be true in our sunny small island! Sadly, they do not sell these items in their online shop. Hopefully, they will soon as their current location is not very convenient for someone without a car.

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The supermarket is neatly organized and I spent so much time just oggling at all the different food products ranging from dry to wet and frozen items. Be prepared to spend hours there on your first visit to soak in the awesome organic range they have.

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Right at the entrance, lies the star attraction of the supermarket. All the vegetables and fruits are specially selected by Juliana, the store manager who is the buyer for all the fresh produce. She strongly recommends customers to come on Monday as all the fresh greens and fruits are shipped in weekly by air freight and comes in small quantities. Unlike other supermarkets, where I often find a spoilt vegetable bunch in the plastic packaging, supernature organics checks every single item and goes through them everyday to make sure that every single packet you purchase is the best. The high prices of the organic vegetables means you save money having to wash them with a vegetable wash, less wastage, it is way healthier than pesticide grown greens and most importantly they are shipped in directly from certified organic farms with no extra storage time. I heard that by wednesday or thursday, most items usually sell out! I just missed fresh figs which were wiped out when they first arrived.

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Currently, most greens and fruits come from US and in less than a month, the australia season kicks in with new offerings. I spotted so many unique vegetables and wished I could buy them all home. I saw tequila peppers which reminded me of watercolour paintings, purple carrots, rainbow carrots, chard rainbow, kale leaves (they are the best selling item in the store) and baby broccoli (another hot selling item) and so much more. They also have an online shop where they sell farm boxes ranging from western produce, asian produce, baby catered produce to juice produce right to your door step. The regular box is priced at $70 (25-31 items) and the large box at $90 (38-42 items). They provide free shipping with a minimum spending order of $70 and above. Besides shopping comfortably at home, they also offer a free membership card to their loyal customers (min purchase of $150) for their support and customers can get up to 5% off and earn points at their supermarket or when they shop at any club21 boutiques in Singapore.

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They also have organic fruits and I had the chance to try the crunchy pear starkrimson which had a floral aftertaste to it. We paired it with ice wine and it was perfect!

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They also have a range of local greens which are usually used in chinese cooking dishes and they looked super fresh. I got some nai pak for my grandma and the taste and texture was yummy. They are also famous for their giant onions too! Another item to try would be organic bananas, we tried organic ones before and they definitely taste better and work wonders for baking goods.

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Besides fresh produce, Supernature organics is a one stop shop for people with special dietary needs. They have items for people who are lactose intolerant, gluten free products and they also have an in-house nutritionist who help people plan their meals.

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There were so many items which we could hardly find in Singapore using really healthy ingredients. They have the widest selection of vegan health bars I have ever seen!

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I spotted chestnut flour, egg replacer to mushroom pate and even nigari for making your own homemade tofu!

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The frozen section got me completely excited. I could not believe my eyes when I spotted so many different varieties of vegan cheeses in one shelf. They have vegan cheese shreds, slices, mock hams slices, mock sausages, earth balance vegan butter in different flavour, cream cheese and the famous vegenaise mayonnaise.

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I went crazy shopping for them and left the place a super happy lady. In the next few posts,  I will be sharing some recipes using some of the ingredients gifted to us by Supernature. This media shopping trip was made possible by the sweetest folks at Club 21 and I want to specially thank Alicia and her team for this great opportunity and Juliana who taught me so much about organic produce within such a short time frame. They will also be moving to a more convenient location at Forum Shopping Mall end of this year with an organic in-store cafe too! We cannot wait and hope they will have some great vegan food offerings!

SuperNature
583 Orchard Road #B1-05/09 Forum The Shopping Mall
Singapore 238884
Tel: +65 6304 1338
Fax: +65 6735 0366
E-mail: sales@supernature.com.sg

Opening Hours: 
10am – 7.30pm daily

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