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Friday, July 25, 2008


Spice up your summer menu

Spice up your summer menu

The Hotel New Grand in Yokohama is holding a Summer Curry Fair at the casual eatery The Cafe, facing Yokohama's famous Yamashita Park sightseeing spot.

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For 80 years, the Hotel New Grand has been one of Japan's representative hotels. The fair features one of its most popular dishes, curry, which is created from an original recipe.

In addition to four staple curries — beef, pork, prawn and crab meat dry curry — Indian curry has been added to the menu for the fair. Curries are served with cold green-pea soup, rice or nan, dessert and coffee or yogurt-based lassi, and are priced at ¥2,500 to ¥2,700. The curries are available between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., through Aug. 31.

For more information, call (045) 681-1841.

The hotel is a one-minute walk from Exit 1 of Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato Mirai Line.

Cycling adventure in Tokyo

The Westin Tokyo is offering an accommodation plan that combines a one-night stay in an East View Deluxe Room and mountain bike rental.

The Tokyo Cycling Adventure plan lets you cycle around Tokyo for three hours on a BMW mountain bike. From the hotel in Ebisu, many of Tokyo's most popular spots, such as Shibuya, Hiroo, Daikanyama and Roppongi, are within easy reach by bike. The hotel concierge will be ready to point you in the right direction to parks, museums, import furniture shops, traditional Japanese sweet shops, cafes, etc.

Prices start from ¥21,000 per person (double occupancy) and the plan includes a room-service breakfast.

The hotel is in Ebisu Garden Place, a seven-minute stroll on the Ebisu Sky Walk from the East Exit of JR Ebisu Station.

For more information, call (03) 5423-7770 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Singapore Food Fair in Osaka

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The Swissotel Nankai Osaka in the city's Namba district will hold a Singapore Food Fair from July 26 to Aug. 9 with support from the Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Airlines.

Chefs from Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore will be on hand to prepare authentic Singaporean cuisine in a buffet style.

Reflecting the country's demographics, Singapore cuisine is famous for its wide variety and multiethnic mix. Various Asian cuisines such as Malay, Indian, Chinese and unique Nyonya (a fusion of Chinese dishes, and Malay spices and herbs) are all rooted in the local food culture.

Dishes include Singapore's popular Hainan chicken rice, laksa spicy noodle soup and chili crab, as well as other Southeast Asian foods such as mi goreng fried noodles and satay.

There will be a chefs' performance corner where guests can watch chefs at work and food stalls that re-create the atmosphere of one of Singapore's open-air markets.

Guests will have the chance to win a pair of airline tickets to Singapore and a free stay at Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, and the first 100 guests on the first day (July 26) or on Singapore's Independence Day (Aug. 9) will receive an orchid, Singapore's national flower.

The fair will be held at the Cafe Swiss on the sixth floor. Lunch is between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and dinner between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Lunch is ¥3,465 for adults and ¥2,310 for children, and dinner ¥4,042 and ¥2,310 on weekdays, and ¥4,359 and ¥2,310 on weekends. The price includes coffee and tea.

The hotel is located above Nankai Namba Station. For more information or reservations, call Cafe Swiss at (06) 6646-5270 between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.

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