As the Christmas season approaches, many of us will be celebrating in different ways, but one thing that is consistent in these celebrations is the role of food.

Many people will gather on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with family and loved ones and sit down to an abundant Christmas meal. This is a time to savor and give thanks for the food before us and for the opportunity to be together as a family.

For me, what makes this time of year so special is enjoying good food and wine with my family. I’m in charge of selecting the wines and cooking Wagyu steaks with garlic and butter (flash-fry in medium rare or medium only). Anyone who asks for ‘well done’ shall get a burnt pork chop and wouldn’t know the difference. The Wagyu steak is usually ‘garnished’ with foie gras and mango chutney. Then we sit down and toast to the happy times we’re fortunate enough to have in the last twelve months.

For this last issue of the year, I have prepared a very special edition about Crazy Rich Foods from around the world. Food that’s rich, decadent and tastes so good. After spending the whole year eating responsibly, I say it’s OK to let go of the diet and just enjoy some crazy rich food this holiday season. As you read and salivate through each page of this issue, think of the wine you will be pairing with each dish.

As 2018 comes to a close, let’s also take the time to think of those people who have helped us, been kind to us, brought joy to us or have lightened the load for us this year and show them our appreciation. A kind word can do but doing it with a gift from Healthy Options will show you mean it. In this issue, you will find plenty of gift ideas from our Christmas Story gift selections. If you can’t make up your mind, come to our stores and our frontline angels will be happy to help.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a bright New Year ahead! Chin-chin!

Best of health,

Romy Sia

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