Karneval at Brotzeit

This is an invited media tasting, opinions are mine. Photos by the talented Roger of Camistry Lab.

The pre-Lent observance period, Karneval, is often unofficially known as the fifth season in Germany. A traditional festival, Karneval, as its name sounds, is a festive carnival parade celebrated the true German way – food, beer and lots of merry.

Since I am a plane ride away from Karneval in Germany, the next best thing is to try the Karneval menu in Brotzeit. This exclusive menu is available only from 16 January to 25 February 2018 at Brotzeit outlets in Singapore.

If you have meat-loving and beer-chugging friends, this is a great menu to try out with groups of friends, best to go in more than threes.

As Group Chef Wolfgang Ranner introduced the food to us, he emphasized that Karneval is a season of making merry and sharing food with friends and loved ones.

In that same spirit of sharing with friends, Brotzeit will be introducing a food challenge, ‘We Dare You! Brotzeit Challenge’  If a pair of friends finishes the half-metre Brotzeit’s Deutsche Halbmeter Wurst (SGD29) within four minutes, the sausage is on the house.

Half-metre German Sausage, $29

This sausage is about the length of an adult’s forearm.

Half of the baguette is served with sauerkraut and other with potato salad. Personally, I liked the sauerkraut as it whets your appetite although Roger preferred the potato salad for its balanced taste.

Even if you’re not attempting the challenge, the Halbmeter Wurst is a good dish to share with friends, especially if you’re the type who can’t do without carbs.

Along the theme of sharing, the Duo of Chicken (SGD40) is a combo of half an oven-roasted and half a golden fried chicken with fries and potato salad served on the side.

You know how you can never agree with friends which to order – the fried chicken or the roasted one? This dish will solve the problem and save your friendship.

Duo of Chicken, $40

The oven-roasted chicken was the clear winner for me. The meat was tender and juicy with flavour permeating the entire chicken.

The crispy chicken is best eaten immediately. It had a thicker breading batter, hence, eat quick or risk the batter becoming soggy.

Full platter of 12 tapas at $45

The last dish that I tried was the platter of German tapas which is a combination of old-time favourites and new dishes. The twelve items available are Bierbeisser, super food salad, spicy chicken sausages, currywurst, golden fried chicken, cheese spätzle, meatballs, seabass filet, fried mushrooms, mini Kaiser rolls with meatloaf, chicken schnitzel and meat patties.

Chef Wolfgang mentioned that his favourite was the meatloaf – a dish that brings him fond memories of the cold winters in Germany. He mentioned that customers often come back to taste this item.

Sadly, I cannot give a comprehensive review of the platter as I did not manage to taste every item.

The good thing is you can pick and mix your favourite tapas, at the following prices:

  • Three for SGD15
  • Six for SGD28
  • 12 for SGD45

If I have to make up a platter of six, I would go for Bierbeisser, super food salad, spicy chicken sausages, currywurst, cheese spätzle, meatballs.

My favourite items were:

  • Cheese Spatzle: a lighter version of Mac & Cheese which does not leave you feeling full. Each bite is coated with sauce, very shiok!
  • Meatballs: Comes with a buttery mash (which is hard to find) and well-marinated meat, very flavourful! When you have a bit of the meatball and mash together, the combination of textures go well together.
  • Superfood salad: Is a nice break from all the meat

Suggested menu for groups of four

Go for the half-metre sausage dog and platter of six or 12 tapas depending on how hungry you are!

Wash down the meal with Gaffel Kolsch beer (one bottle at $10, a bucket of five at $48 and 5-litre party keg at $98) which is available only during the Karneval menu.

If you’re more of a coffee person, the Berliner (texture is like a doughnut stuffed with chocolate) is served free with coffee.

I’m sold, where do I go?

Brotzeit is easily accessible in all corners of Singapore with 5 outlets in 313 Somerset, Vivocity, Katong, Raffles City and Westgate.

For more details, please visit Brotzeit’s website or follow them on Brotzeit Facebook Page or Instagram.

As the Germans say it, Prost (Cheers)!


Fitness Subscriptions/Pass: Guavapass and Kfit Review 2018

This is a revised post for 2018.

NOTE: Enjoy further discounts (up to $60 off in your first purchase) in January 2018!

Useful reads:

There were multiple cases in the past couple of years on gyms and spas closing leaving members who had paid upfront fees in a ditch. I feel a little insecure when committing to large sums of money paid upfront. As my parents would say, “钱不容易赚”, which translates to, “it is not easy to earn money.”

Hence, I’ve been an advocate for fitness subscriptions like Guavapass and Kfit for the past couple of years. They offer the flexibility of month-on-month payments and extremely wide range of classes from member studios. Think of it as a “trial” to your favourite classes.

What is a fitness subscription?

  • Basically, it is a fitness membership on an app with a concept very similar to The Entertainer App. You pay an X amount of money per month to access classes by its member studios
  • There are two dominant players in Singapore: Guavapass and KFit.
  • In 2018, Guavapass has a new class-pack subscription

What are their differences?

Fitness Pass GuavaPass KFit 
 Price plans
  • $179 for 3 mth
  • $169/mth for 6 mth
  • $849 for 6 mth* (upfront payment)
  • $859 for 50 classes (6-mth validity)
  • $359 for 20 classes (6-mth validity)
  • $199 for 10 classes (2 classes per studio, 3-mth validity)
  • $99/mth for 4 classes (1 class per studio, 1-mth validity)
Class limit Unlimited if monthly 10 classes
Max class per studio 3 usually (except for 10-class pack and 4-class pack) 1-5
Max active reservations 4 4
Late class cancellations $15 $15
No show fee $20 $15
Customer support Email In-app, live chat, email
Referral link / promo code Receive $40 off first month:  GuavaPass promo code * Receive $5 off first month: JVBGZ or KFit referral link
Unique studios / with more visits STILL
Aqua Spin
Barre to Barre
Move to Live
Actualize Crossfit
One Wellness Fitness Club
Overseas access Yes (Less than 50% of bookings) No
Other cool things
  • Includes sports such as mini-golf

* In case the referral link for KFit does not work, simply key in the promo code. There have been technical issues with regards to the referral link.

Referrals and promotions

Just like any subscription that survives on sales, referrals are important.

GuavaPass: Each new member gets $40-$60 off their first month / class-pack purchase with a referral code.

My GuavaPass referral linkhttps://goo.gl/Zo3tpd

My GuavaPass promo code: WvrXtCrUgw3NhMW

KFit: Every new member gets $5 off first purchase. Please key in the promo code if the referral link does not work, there have been technical issues before but keying in the promo code will work.

My KFit promo code / referral link is: JVBGZ

P.S. Drop me a note at hello (at) meowsyy.c0m if you’ll like to find out more about the exact discount as referrals tend to change very frequently.

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A recap of 2017

It’s been a while since I did one of these so here’s the low down on what have been the top moments in 2017 for me.

2017 marked a year of growth for me. I was pushed to deal with more personalities (than I would have liked), discomfort and make bigger ‘adult’ decisions.

1. Finding my foothold (almost)

The Ann Siang Hill gang

One of my earliest highlights must have been finding a foothold in my career. It was a long six-month journey of finding the right fit amidst family health and caregiving issues. I found myself fitting into a new team at work.

It was also a stepping stone for me as I gained learning lessons in managing personalities, crisis communications real-time and get back to the grind of agency life.

That was where I gained some of my (now) closest friends.

I say almost, because later that year, I received an unexpected phone call to do something I’ve always wanted to try. It wasn’t the best timing but it was an opportunity I could not let go.

2. Yet another year older

I liken my birthday to another gathering for my old dance friends. We have a get-together, catch up with our past (year) happenings and sing me a birthday song!

3. Managed my first big-scale event

If you have read about it online, there was a torrential downpour on the first day. Throw in the crowds and the squeeze, you get a lot of FOMO complaints online.

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