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)!

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A Better Florist Flower Arrangement Class

Flower arrangement classes are a dime and dozen. To make the most out of your buck, head over to A Better Florist for a wallet-friendly flower arrangement class where you get to bring the beautiful flowers home too! You learn the art and you bring the art home.

The art of arrangement

From de-thorning roses to wrapping your bouquets, the workshop was an eye opener for first-timers like us. We got our hands “dirty” and worked with different flowers and fillers to create a beautiful half-round bouquet. This was the end product of our intensive 2-hour flower arrangement crash course: a rustic bouquet wrapped in burlap.

A Better Florist stocks its flowers from a Cameron Highlands farm that grows a variety of florals found globally. Some of the different flowers and fillers we worked with during this class included roses, carnations, baby’s breath, eucalyptus and ruscus. This was our workstation halfway through our class.

The workshop space

The 15pax class was a little squeezy for the cosy studio which would have fitted 8 pax more comfortably. Our class was split into two groups with 10 gathering at a long table, while the remaining students worked at a smaller table.

The Plus Points of A Better Florist

The class experience was enjoyable and the class went well. The instructor, Elijah, was extremely friendly and very willing to guide students in the class. Despite the large class size, he took time to stop at each student’s work area and patiently gave feedback on the different types of fillers and flowers students should be adding to create a half-round bouquet.

The prices offered by A Better Florist remain one of the most affordable at $30 (for early birds) to $40 (for regular tickets) per floral arrangement class. Classes are conducted an average of two to three classes monthly, on late Saturday afternoons.

Things to note before you head for a class

On the night before the class, we were notified via email of a change in class timing. Do remember to check your emails the night before your class so that you don’t miss any updates!

We got a  little lost searching for the studio and was late, the class had not started as the instructor had yet to arrive. Although this really isn’t an excuse for a participant to be late, do check out directions to A Better Florist ahead of the class.

How to book a class

Check out their Eventbrite or Facebook page for more information on their upcoming workshops.

A Better Florist is also an online floral shop (aka e-commerce) that offers same-day delivery of fresh flowers and even, fruit hampers, island-wide in Singapore. They have bouquets at a variety of price points ranging for a more affordable bouquet that is perfect for any “just because” occasion to more luxury florals suitable for proposals. Alternatively, customise a personal bouquet!

Shop A Better Florist
Address  11 Keng Cheow Street, #01-02 Riverside Piazza, Singapore 059608
Opening hours 9am – 6.30pm
How to get there Nearest train station: Clarke Quay
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Disclosure

This post was done in collaboration with A Better Florist, brought to you by guest writers, Gabbie Teo and Shiyun.