Arts & Events, Food News, Lifestyle

Cafe Fest 6 and 7 September 2014 : You Going?

Love your cafes? Then make sure you check out Cafe Fest next weekend! Below, Material World gives you more details about who’s participating and what awesome stuff you can expect to find.


Cafe-lovers, hate that there are just so many cafes to check and so little time? If so, welcome to the world’s first-ever cafe-hopping event: Cafe Fest! Conceived by public relations professionals Gabriel Tan and Sarah Lek, the event is expected to host over 4,000 cafe enthusiasts by The Waterfront Promenade. Starting at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, attendees can look forward to live performances by bands like 53A, The Sessionists and many more.

Maison Ikkoku (Photo credit: Cafe Fest)

Maison Ikkoku (Photo credit: Cafe Fest)

Participating Cafes:
(Details extracted from and provided by organizers)

Speculoos Apple Crumble Tart by Bloomsbury Bakers (Photo credit: Cafe Fest)

Speculoos Apple Crumble Tart by Bloomsbury Bakers (Photo credit: Cafe Fest)

Jimmy Monkey Cafe & Bar is an Australian-style cafe with a fully integrated bar and lounge. The cafe lives up its name, the staff are as mischievous and somewhat, wild, as the Monkey in its name. At this festival, Jimmy Monkey will be offering a new blend from his brand new hand built Slayer Machine, and this blend will be off-the-menu.

The cafe is also the first to directly import coffee from Pacamara Roasters in Bangkok, Thailand, which is found to have the most perfect body, flavour and aroma suit for the local palate. There will be specially created coffee brews from Oz Specialty’s bottle cold brews (with & without milk) for $4.

Maison Ikkoku offers a menu of gastronomic delights which include an all day breakfast, gourmet sandwiches and specialty coffee. At the festival, Maison Ikkoku will be introducing new blends.

4. I AM …
I AM … is a Muslim-owned café helmed by three brothers. They are located just before the entrance of Haji Lane and impossible to miss, especially with the large black-and-white mural of one of the many bridges and canals in bicycle-friendly Amsterdam. This Amsterdam-themed café serves up nutritious European Halal cuisine.

Toby’s Estate started in the coffee plantations of Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia, where founder, Toby Smith learnt to grow, roast and cup coffee at the source. Want something unexpected? Then you have to try its 等一個人咖啡.

Other participating establishments include Bloomsbury Bakers (who will be selling a Speculoos Apple Crumble Tart), Cake Love, Smitten Cafe, Common Man Coffee Roasters, Tiong Bahru Bakery, The Providore and Hatter Street Bakehouse & Cafe.

A two-day cafe-hopping pass costs $20 (limited time flash sale) and $26 (VIP pass which gives you extra goodies). You may purchase your tickets here.


Body News, Drinks & Parties, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Wellbeing

Mixologists Share Their Hangover Cures – Tan Lili

material world hangover cure

It’s that time of the year when Sundays are generally spent nursing a hangover from hell and mentally making a vow you’d never drink as much again … until the next weekend arrives.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m definitely not an advocate of binge drinking – know your limits and always, always, pace yourself. But at the same time, I relish in that happy buzz a couple of drinks can bring. For some of us, though, we experience a nastier hangover than others even if we had drunk the same amount of alcohol the night before. From headaches and nausea to dizziness and fatigue, the symptoms can render us unfit to function like a normal human being for the next 24 hours. Yes, the price we pay for that happy buzz is high.

While there are many supposed hangover cures, like greasy food, sports drinks and a Bloody Mary, most don’t seem to work. However, a team of Chinese researchers from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, may have found the perfection solution: Sprite. Out of 57 beverages tested recently, this lemon-lime flavoured carbonated soft drink was rated the best to cure a hangover – it’s said to help break down acetaldehyde, the culprit behind alcohol-induced symptoms like headaches and nausea. According to the study, other beverages, including herbal teas, were found to worsen hangover symptoms.

So, does it work? Well, we’ll let you know in due time. Meanwhile, we spoke to some of the top mixologists and got them to reveal their favourite hangover cures:

Ethan Leslie Leong, Master Mixologist, Maison Ikkoku

“Pop one milk thistle and one vitamin b500 before sleep. Then when you wake up, pop one vitamin C1000 with lots and lots of water, and you should be ready to drink again in three hours! In fact, I also have a solution for immediate recovery: have a La Poire Greyhound (Grey Goose La Poire Vodka mixed with grapefruit juice) – it will load up your body with vitamin C, sugar and water, which will help sober you up almost instantly!”

Galbitang - a type of Korean soup that tastes and looks like bak ku teh.

Galbitang – a type of Korean soup that tastes and looks like bak ku teh.

Kim Bong Ha, Bacardi-Martini Korea brand ambassador and renowned mixologist

“My stomach tends to feel uncomfortable after a night of hard drinking, so I’ll avoid food the next morning. There are four steps to my hangover cure. First, I down a cup of hot, black coffee (no sugar, no milk) to suppress the smell of alcohol. Following that, I will have a big jug of Korean tea. If I still don’t feel well, the third step involves having some freshly squeezed tomato juice (with no sugar). Finally, when I’m ready to eat, I’ll have Galbitang, which is a type of Korean soup made with beef or pork. It looks and tastes like the local bak kut teh.”

Ukon no Chikara, available at most convenience stores at $9 a bottle

Ukon no Chikara, available at most convenience stores at $9 a bottle

Aki Eguchi, Bar Manager, Jigger & Pony

“Down a shot of vinegar to instantly jolt the senses and revitalise the mind. Another method of mine is to drink Ukon no Chikara, which means Power of Turmeric in Japanese. (The powder can be bought at convenience stores.) This drink is said to enhance liver function and prevent the symptoms of a hangover. They key ingredient in Ukon is curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric – it’s said to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps break down the alcohol in our system. In order for Ukon no Chikara to be effective, you have to take this before you start drinking or while drinking.”

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as (now, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.