Deliveroo: DISCOUNT CODE plus Why I Welcome Them To Singapore! :D

Deliveroo Plain Vanilla Cupcakes

Met the fiancé at Raffles Place yesterday and I spotted some people donning kangaroo outfits. I then recalled that I recently received a press release regarding Deliveroo’s distribution of Plain Vanilla cupcakes in the CBD area as part of their launch promotions in Singapore. 🙂 I received the cupcake you see above – it is as delicious as it is cute! 😀 Read on for my first impression about the brand and get a S$10 discount code too…

So here’s the lovely kangaroo who gave me the freebies 😀

Deliveroo Raffles Place

She took great pains to explain (in detail) about their IG contest, the restaurants they work with, etc! Thumbs up! (If only I remember half of what she said) 😀

Anyway, the cupcake tastes awesome, so thank you Deliveroo!

First up, I think their giving out of 5000 customized cupcakes from the famous Plain Vanilla Bakery is a pretty generous gesture. Assuming each cupcake costs S$2 (probably more but…) they would have spent S$10,000, not forgetting the manpower and PR costs involved. It’s a sweet treat, no doubt, though if it were up to me, I’d ensure my company label/sticker is on top of the box, instead of Plain Vanilla’s. PV’s could be at the edge to keep the box lid shut. *I’m not sure if PV sponsored those cupcakes, or gave a huge discount, so I’m just thinking along the lines of a business owner or marketing person. Don’t shoot me! 😀

I love those kangaroo outfits though – they attracted so much attention. Office workers were walking up to the roos instead of the latter trying to approach them. 😀

Some background information: Deliveroo was first launched in London, in 2013, by William Shu and Greg Orlowski. It is a premium food delivery service, which currently has some 140 Singapore restaurants on board. Because they have just launched, they are currently serving only 5 zones now:  Bukit Timah, Tanglin, the Central Business District, Kallang and Katong.

I didn’t know this when I visited their website while preparing this blogpost… and found that Deliveroo doesn’t deliver to my home, nor my fiancé’s home YET. So don’t be disappointed. They’ll probably expand their operations to other areas soon.

I love that they charge only a flat delivery fee of S$3 to your home or office (in those 5 zones I mentioned earlier). THREE DOLLARS?! That’s totally disrupting the market! I think Deliveroo might end up putting some pressure on FoodPanda as I know the latter’s delivery fees have a pretty wide range – from free (with a minimum purchase) to tens of dollars.

Also, Deliveroo aims to help you get your food in an average of 32 minutes! That’s even faster than if I were to cook a meal myself! So I’m definitely waiting for the day they tell me they will deliver to my home. 😛

From a business blogger point of view, I am so happy that restaurants will be able to get more customers without the hassle of owning their own fleet of delivery drivers/riders. It’s awesome! The customers benefit, and the restaurants benefit too! 🙂

You can order from establishments like Cedele, Mad For Garlic, Potato Head Folk, Sushi Burrito, and many more. Head over to http://www.deliveroo.com.sg and find out more:

Deliveroo Website

[ Deliveroo’s Office is located at 75 Kim Yan Road #01-01, Singapore 239371 ]

And here’s a discount code for your first order from Deliveroo…

Click here for S$10 off at Deliveroo’s online platform

~ Bon Appétit ~

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My Sushi Dates: With Indonesian Celebrity, Tarra Budiman & With FoodPanda and Maki-San

I was not paid to go on these ‘sushi dates’ but I’m really thankful that Blogging has allowed me to have these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. To the people who wonder why I quit my S$114,000 job to become a blogger, I have to ask why not? 😀

There has been quite a bit of sushi-making lately. A fair amount of salmon sashimi involved too. So, in short, life’s been good! 😀 Not too long ago, I flew to Indonesia to learn how to make sushi from an Indonesian chef (read that blogpost here) and today, I made Panda Maki at Maki-San, upon FoodPanda’s invitation. Do you like sushi too? Well then, read on…

Here’s the video of me making sushi and winning the friendly competition previously… in Jakarta:

And today, I was at Maki-San at The Cathay, with my blogging students (Steven and Kirbie), and a number of other bloggers as well.

Maki-San FoodPanda

*Sidenote: I find it disgusting how some bloggers are perpetually late for ALL events. If you are gonna be late, and miss the chef’s demo, then you might as well not turn up, ya? And showing up late and having the PR folks scramble to find you a seat, and causing inconvenience to other bloggers who turned up on time because they have to make some space for you at their tables when they have already started making their panda maki? What a nuisance!

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Anyway, it’s really difficult to make the panda maki look good. Mine looked almost decent:

Maki-San FoodPanda

But what I loved most has to be going behind the counter at Maki-San and personally customizing my own maki roll. Cue lots and lots of salmon sashimi:

Maki-San FoodPanda

I picked unagi, salmon sashimi, cheese, tuna, tamago and asparagus. Topped it off with Japanese mayo sauce. Probably the best sushi I’ll eat in 2015. 😀

Maki-San has a machine which dispenses the rice laid out neat and flat, IN SECONDS! Just slap on the seaweed and you are ready to add the other ingredients. And when you’ve rolled it all up, there is another machine which cuts the maki roll neatly and efficiently. Two thumbs up for the use of technology at Maki-San. I have to say that those machines are worth every pretty penny (or twenty thousand) paid.

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I most certainly had fun today, though I very nearly didn’t turn up for this event. I got so many emails and one phone call regarding RSVP-ing for this event that I was wondering if the turnout was going to be poor, so the PR had to ensure every single blogger showed up. In any case, I had invited my blogging students to join me for this event so I had to go, despite not liking the need to rsvp MULTIPLE times. Registration did not happen at the stated time (in the email) and the event itself did not start on time either. So… ask us to come so early for what?! 

*ahem*

I had my students join me as firstly, I thought they might enjoy this maki-making experience, and two, because I know that newbie bloggers don’t often get the attention of PR agencies and don’t get the invites that more established bloggers receive.

So I’m doing for them what I wish I had in the past, when I had just started out on my blogging journey.

Same reason why I wrote my book ‘Blogging For A Living’ and why I conduct Blogging Workshops. These are all what I WISH I had back then.

To join me at my next blogging workshop, click here:

blogging workshop

*Update: From 1st to 31st March 2015, order from these participating restaurants (Maki-san, Fleeaway cafe, Big Bern’s, The Soup Spoon, Nara Thai Cuisine, La Nonna, Outback Steakhouse and Yoshinoya) via Foodpanda’s website or app, and S$1 from every order will go to the Children’s Cancer Foundation. Use code ‘MEALSHEAL15’ upon checkout. **Remember: this happens only in March, NOT this month. And S$1 is a small sum but… do your part for charity. 😉

Too Lazy To Head Out For Food? Foodpanda delivers to your doorstep!

I conducted my second full-day blogging workshop on Sunday. Because the food outlets near the training centre are closed on Sundays, I had to order lunch for the group. And it’s a real headache! After the previous session, I had found out (via feedback) that participants actually would prefer a hearty meal, such as a bento set. I had thought that PizzaHut, being rather expensive, would be a good choice. Apparently not.

This time, I ordered lunch via Foodpanda.sg, a food delivery portal in Singapore. Great choice!

Quick and simple:

Foodpanda

All I had to do was to input the postal code of the training venue and Foodpanda would list all the restaurants in the area which would deliver lunch to us.

I selected a restaurant, placed my order, and made payment via PayPal. I didn’t want to pay in cash when the deliveryman showed up because I would be in the middle of training and it would just be too troublesome.

Foodpanda

I placed my order for Sunday’s lunch on Saturday night – made payment at about 8.31pm and was very surprised to receive a call at 9.04pm from Foodpanda to confirm my order!

On Sunday at 11.12am, I received a second confirmation (via SMS) from Foodpanda that the vendor (Yeo Keng Nam Traditional Hainanese Chicken Rice) had confirmed my order and it would be delivered in about 50 minutes.

Best of all, the deliveryman turned up 15 minutes early (I had requested that the delivery be at 12noon) and handed over the still-warm package containing our lunch. 🙂

Generous portions and hearty fare:

Yeo Keng Nam

Yeo Keng Nam Chicken Rice

This time, I can safely say that everyone was satisfied. 😀 I’d ordered chicken rice for 6 pax, Hainanese pork chop (which came with my favorite crinkle-cut fries!) and a medium-sized serving of Kailan.

The total bill came up to S$63.90.

~ Blog Reader Privileges ~ 

Foodpanda is extending a $10 discount code to all my blog readers. This code is valid for one year! 😀

FP@WithGrace

Value : $10

Min. order value : $10

Valid with paypal payment ONLY

Valid from 28 Nov 2013 til 28 Nov 2014

If you don’t feel like stepping out of your house in search of food, why not sit home and relax, and have your meal delivered right to your doorstep? 🙂

http://www.foodpanda.sg/