For the Taste Challenge, one of the rules is that we were not allowed to smell it, I know people will want to sniff because it’s human nature, but I wanted to see how sharp my tongue is, so I didn’t want to smell it and pop whatever right into my mouth. Not easy, not easy at all!
Even easy things like strawberry I got it wrong. I got a piece of really crunchy, unripe strawberry, and I thought it was some kind of melon! For mustard and I wrote down wasabi, because for a while it tasted like mustard, for a while wasabi. There was a long list of wrong items. It’s too embarrassing to list them here.
First of all, the prizes for this year!
Instead of a “winner gets it all” prize they had last year, they heard the requests of people attending last year that they want a share of the prize too. So this year there are 3 prizes and mini prizes for group challenges too. I am sure there are more happy people this year!
The contest was similar to last year’s. We were blind folded and had to listen to instruction. We all had only 30 seconds to taste and write down your answer. 30 seconds will seem very very short when you are trying to taste and then write something down blind folded! You get panicky when you know what it is, but can’t put a name to it!
It was quite a lengthy contest, a contest to get the most worthy winner. There were 3 rounds in total. Round 1 and 2 were tasting individual items rounds. Round 3 was to taste and pick out something missing in a dish. Eg: We were given mee rebus, cottage pie, bruschetta, french toast and laksa. We were to guess from a list of ingredients named, what was not inside.
Those who were there last year spotted last year’s winner!
This year there was a bonus round for giving out extra prizes. It was in the form of a group contest. We were all seated in rows as you can see in one of the photo above. For this bonus round, the first to the second last person was to be blind folded, taste the item, open their blind folds and draw on the same board. It was to be done person by person. The last person has to guess when the board reaches him/her and see what the ingredient was.
I happened to be the last person in the row, and I had to guess what the other 8 or 9 people have tasted. Look at the drawing above, can you guess what they were trying to draw?
The answer is suppose to be “Curry”! How is that curry?
For this year’s contest, just as they were going to announce the winners, they said they had to have a tie-breaker round to determine the 3rd place winner. There were 2 persons who had the same number of correct answers for position number 3!
It was a battle between Ms Soo (left) and Ms Sim (right). Wow, both of them are really good. Since we don’t know how we look when we were blind folded, looking at them this round, we knew how funny we were. As the tie-breaking moved mid way, we could tell that Ms Sim was going to win. Every item that she put in something into her mouth, she wrote down the answer almost immediately! Such sharp taste buds!
It was a fun challenge which can be quite exhausting too.
If you want to participate, follow them the various social media channels and join next year’s Taste Challenge!
It’s ToTT’s 4th Anniversary and they are having their Anniversary Sales!
I have been going there a few times and picking up stuff for friends, family and myself.
It’s good that I live not too far away so it’s convenient for me.
I think this is a rather good deal. A two sided collapsible microplane. It’s only $19.25! I was looking for a gift for a friend the other day and saw this and got a 2nd one for myself! Now, we have 5 different microplanes at home!
I also saw this and wanted to buy some, but the wife says no need for the time being. I always wondered where can I get it and I saw it on sale here. You know when you go to certain nice restaurants, they wrap the lemon with this yellow cloth so when you squeeze them, the seeds don’t come out? They are sold here! If you are planning a fancy Christmas party this year, you can add this to your fancy items on the dinner table! I am sure your guests will love it!
It’s usually me who wants to buy kitchen stuff, but the wife saw this and she says we are coming back to get them! The Knife block set is what she has been looking at. She has told me it’s very nice 3 times already! (I am not getting the hint!)
There are many things that I want to show you, but it will bore you, just go there yourself and slowly walk through the aisles! There are many items on sale and there’s an extra 10% off everything till 31 Oct 2014. So you still have a few days to head down to get your own Christmas presents or buy them for family and friends.
If you want to buy me something, I can let you know what I want. Just a few days ago, I was there to get some personal strainers for steamboat, and I discovered more kitchen gadgets, I didn’t take photo of it, but it’s a bowl which you just soak in water and the ceramic will turn cold. A self-cooling ceramic bowl. I can imagine tonnes of things I can serve on it!
I like walking in person at the shop. You can also go online at www.tottstore.com and view their items too, or even purchase it online and get it delivered to your house.
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(I was invited to the Taste Challenge to be a roving reporter to bring you this report.)