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California Raisins | A Healthy and Tasty Evening with World Class Chefs, Chef Emmanuel Stroobant !


Mouse mommy has a nice dining experience with the goodness of California Raisins. As we know, California Raisins are all naturally sweet without added sugar, a good source of fibre, potassium, cholesterol-free and low in sodium
Great as healthy snacks and as well as sugar replacement for many recipes in cooking and baking.


The Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC) ushered in the auspicious new year with a sweet repertoire of specially-crafted delicious recipes using California Raisins at the Samplings On the Fourteen Restaurant at Berjaya University College.


All of the KOLs were pleasantly thrilled as we “eat close and personal with the chefs” - watching them demonstrate on the versatile California Raisins in a four-course dinner. 


The culinary gourmet recipes as prepared by the respective chefs:

Chef Emmanuel Stroobant (3 recipes)
1.    California Raisins, Crab & Cauliflower
2.    California Raisin Pasta With Fennel & Prawns
3.    California Raisins With Beef Short Ribs & Winter Fruits


Chef Erich Anton Roos (Dessert)
4.    Symphony of California Raisins consisting of :
·      California Raisin muffin with cream
·      California Raisin cinnamon ice cream
·      Apple puff


Mouse mommy was enjoying the dining moments with California Raisins. Creative recipes with nice combination of food served.


The California Raisins, Crab and Cauliflower is delicious and suits my tastebuds. Each bite of it was feeling satisfied. Well-blend and rich in food ingredients.


Chef Emmanuel Stroobant needs no introduction as the Belgian’s 2-star Michelin celebrity chef had his first brush with culinary business when he started working as a kitchen help as young as 16 years and worked his way in the culinary world within a span of a decade, notably hosting the AFC channel for many years and opening his first restaurant in Singapore called Saint Pierre.

Chef Erich Anton Roos, a Swiss national with 40 years of culinary and international  working experience which covers many Western and Asian countries. Currently based in Bangkok, his role are focused in consultancy and strategic planning for kitchen training needs in international hotel chains.


RAC’s Trade Promotions Director for Malaysia, Mr Richard Lieu says for most consumers, especially children, California Raisins are a healthy snack compared with other snack foods, as they are naturally sweet and do not contain any added sugar. California Raisins are also a very versatile ingredient and can inspire a wide repertoire of dishes—from appetisers and main dishes to desserts and beverages—especially as consumers are becoming more health conscious and more adventurous in their culinary endeavours. “We are very honoured and delighted to work with Chef Emmanuel and Chef Erich to create scrumptious recipes and amazing tastes using California Raisins this time to celebrate the start of 2020 with Malaysian influencers,” enthused Richard. 


More than just an appetising delight, raisins are a great source of nutrition which is  suitable to incorporate into meals amidst rising health issues due to unhealthy diets.


Richard adds that raisins are ideal for any occasion, as they are ready-to-eat, tasty and healthy. A package of California Raisins fits perfectly in a purse or briefcase They also conveniently fit in lunch boxes, gym bags, and in your desk drawer. California Raisins are also economical, do not bruise and are easy to use straight out of the box— no washing, peeling or chopping required—so one can create a simple meal.


Ms Tan Yen Sing, a certified clinical dietitian also was present to share on the goodness and benefits of California Raisins.


Ms Tan said studies have shown that increased consumption of fruits & vegetables more than 5 servings a day is related to a 17% reduction in coronary heart disease.
“Good nutrition is the best approach for preventing diseases and being healthy. Raisins, high level of polyphenol antioxidants containing about 3,037 ORAC units (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – a method in measuring antioxidants in food) in about 2/3 cup. This essential substance are vital for protection against oxidative stress which is related to aging and disease,” said Tan.  


Raisins, though small, must not be underestimated for their health benefits. Tan explained raisins containing 35% fructose and 35% glucose are natural fruit sugar which is a good source of energy and has no fat & no cholesterol.  It is a healthy snack and is also a sugar replacement for many recipes in cooking and baking.


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that adults consume 1½ to 2 cups of fruit per day. A portable, readily available fruit, such as California Raisins, is ideal to help fulfill this quota. In fact, it only takes ½ cup of raisins to equal a whole fruit serving vs 1 full cup of fresh fruit.


There are many benefits of California Raisins. Naturally sweet, do not contain added sugar and great source of fibre. 

It is also a source of potassium (an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function), cholesterol-free and naturally low in sodium. Suitable to eat as snacks or for cooking purpose.


California Raisins also known to contain phytonutrients that suppress the growth of oral bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. Good for children and adults.




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Watsons Celebrates #HappyBeautifulYear Chinese New Year 2020 !



Watsons launched its 2020 #HappyBeautifulYear campaign with members of the media, business partners, Watsons Ambassadors Jinnyboy and Ayda Jebat and also Watsons celebrity friends Amber Chia, Chan Fong, Chui Ling, Han Xiiao Aii, Wang Yi Fei and other cast of #HappyBeautifulYear video at a glittery event. 


Continuing from the success of the annual #HappyBeautifulYear Chinese New Year campaign, Watsons Malaysia promises to bring more excitement this year to its loyal Watsons members with a Chinese New Year celebration sale of up to 50% in Watsons stores nationwide and sitewide. 


“Chinese New Year is a time where traditional values should not be forgotten, and it is important that these values should be carried on to the next generation. Generation gaps are very common and we should take this opportunity to bridge the generation gap by understanding and respecting the differences between these two generations. 

Hence, we produced the #HappyBeautifulYear 2020 video for this year’s campaign to promote the understanding and bonding between two generations in a family by delivering it in a comedic and musical style with underlying messages. Keeping traditions alive and bringing out your most beautiful self is always important while keeping up with the latest trends. We believe that our products and services are ‘ice breakers’ or talking points within friends and families, as Watsons offers all kinds of different products for all ages,” said Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia.


During the grand launch event of #HappyBeautifulYear 2020, guests were treated to spectacular LED lion dance performance, followed by an opening speech by Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia. The highlight of the event was the exclusive preview of the Watsons #HappyBeautifulYear 2020 video. 


The video showcased the importance of bridging the generations gaps amongst family this New Year. The message is pretty simple, but very strong: Keeping the traditions alive, while keeping up with the latest trends. The story also features stunning Chinese opera styling and singing, and this is indeed a great way to reintroduce the traditional performances to the younger generations.


The video features a star-studded cast from all generations to deliver the message, including Han Xiiao Aii, Bernard Hiew, Pink Tan, Elyn Leong, Chan Fong, Chui Ling, Freddie Huang, Catz, Fiqrie, Mei Fen, Nithya and many more.


“In-preparation to usher in the auspicious year of the Rat, Watsons as the No. 1 Health and Beauty retailer in Malaysia offers the best deals and savings on especially for our Watsons members. This is our opportunity to reward our customers with lots of “prosperous” goodies as we usher in the Chinese New Year,” said  Danny Hoh, Customer Director of Watsons Malaysia. 


The goodies Watsons members can look out for during Chinese New Year includes free limited-edition Watsons Ang Pow packets and RM388 dining reward vouchers with a minimum spent of RM80 and many other amazing prizes to be won too, all worth more than RM2,888,888 in total, including 118 Samsung gadgets! 



Watsons shoppers can also receive RM8 cashback with a minimum spent of RM60 with Touch N’ Go’s e-Wallet. If you are a selfie expert, you can enter the AR Selfie contest #HappyBeautifulYearand win RM8,888 (in total) worth of Watsons points. While Watsons Elite members will stand a chance to get a Watsons Limited Edition Yee Sang plate with a minimum purchase of RM288.



Attendees were also treated with a live band performance, a chit chat session with Watsons celebrity friends, a grand lou sang, delicious dinner and ending the night with a lucky winner who walked away with a Samsung Note 10 for the best AR Selfie contest. 


Interested to know more about Watsons Chinese New Year campaign
Website : https://www.watsons.com.my/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/watsonsmalaysia/
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/watsonsmy/


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