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Discovery Bay has finally stepped into the designer sandwich age. Helped by the baking skills of the American Pie, Stars Cafe offers a top-class range of breads, including tomato focaccia and ciabatta, as well as the best carrot cake that side of the water.
The $45 made-to-order sandwiches are door-step size and more than enough for a hungry twosome. The only thing you can't order at Stars is a coffee.
But, says owner Russell Frederickson, there's nothing to stop anyone from popping into neighbouring Uncle Russ', and bringing their cappuccinos into Stars.
There's no reason he should mind - his company, Concept One Holdings, owns both places.
Shot in a can There's another caffeine kick on the horizon. Reports from the US indicate appetite there for the stimulant is far from sated despite the explosion of coffee bars across the country. The new product, Water Joe, contains 70 milligrams of caffeine per 16 ounces.
Although the caffeine content is not as high as in coffee (150 mgs), it's higher than in a can of Coke (46 mgs).
Water Joe is aimed at 18 to 35-year-olds who need a fix of caffeine but do not like the taste of coffee.
Dining east Beirut is on the move. The Middle Eastern restaurant has decided to open up a branch in Singapore and is finalising details at a popular high-traffic location.
Its owners hope the new Beirut will be serving its hoummos, tabouleh and chicken livers in the island state towards the end of the year.
Another restaurant with its eye on expansion is Ruby Tuesday, which plans to open its first restaurant in Taiwan before the end of the year, in addition to a third one in the territory. The chain also hopes to add to its empire next year with more branches in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The other cafe The best kept secret in Pacific Place has to be the Island Shangri-La's other coffee shop.
Located opposite the hotel's Chinese restaurant on the way to the lifts into Pacific Place, the cosy split-level shop serves a range of cakes, pastries, sandwiches and lighter dishes. It does a great skim milk cappuccino.
M&S water A range of drinks these days isn't complete without a mineral water, it seems.
Marks & Spencer has added the St Michael's English still mineral water from Hildon ($5) to its extensive range of house-brand drinks, which range from cola to juices.
The clearest difference between this one and Watson's is the label, which claims levels of calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and various other minerals.