Thursday, December 12, 2019

PORTA(Park Hotel Clarke Quay) - An Impressive Christmas Feast That Won't Break the Bank

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In celebration of the most joyous season, PORTA at Park Hotel Clarke Quay has launched a Four-Course Festive Menu($66++) that's inspired by winter favourites. I believe that the menu, which is only available from 23-25 December, and on 30 and 31 December, is unbeatable in terms of value, especially during the Christmas period when Christmas feasts cost a bomb. PORTA is the place to bring your loved ones if you're looking to impress them, without burning a big hole in your pocket.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Goodwood Park Hotel Celebrates Christmas with Luxurious Festive Treats & Gorgeous Bakes

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Everyone knows that Goodwood Park Hotel does Christmas right. Whether it's the English Afternoon Tea at L'Espresso, the festive sets at Gordon Grill, the Christmas Brunch Buffet at Gordon Grill and L'Espresso, or the myriad of delights available for purchase at The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel
makes sure that every creation that's crafted for the most wonderful time of the year is stellar. Well, I wouldn't expect anything less from the prestigious hotel!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Penang Best Food Guide - Where to Eat, What to Eat, All the Long Queues You Must Beat

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Everyone knows that Penang is a foodie's paradise, but do you really know how much there is to eat? The three of us had 50 dishes in 50 hours, and we barely even scraped the tip of the iceberg! Apart from being a UNESCO heritage site, charming Georgetown is host to tons of awesome hawker stalls and cool cafes. I think that the location of Georgetown is impeccable, and will recommend that you stay in this area as well! It's easy to get around, and Grab rides are very affordable. Are you ready for a glimpse of what Penang has to offer?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Artichoke - The Least Authentic Middle Eastern Restaurant in Singapore Serves Really Good Food

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I first visited the funky Artichoke back in 2010, the year that they made Sculpture Square their home. I fell in love with their meat candy, which I made multiple return trips for. Fast forward a couple of years, I still visit every now and then for brunch. Strangely, I've never been here for dinner. And I never knew how much I was missing out on until my recent dinner here, which was kind of mind-blowing to be honest. I guess there's a reason why this 9-year-old outfit by Chef Bjorn Shen is #stillnotdead.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Antoinette - The New Millenia Walk Outlet has a Fresh Look & an All Day Dining Menu

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Antoinette has long been a household name. Known for pretty and delicious desserts, and innovative and creative savoury dishes, the homegrown brand by Chef Pang is, no doubt, one of our nation's favourite spots for afternoon tea, or post-dinner indulgence. But do you know that their newest outlet at Millenia Walk sends out yummy breakfast delights too?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Cafe If - Charming & Cozy Cafe in Niseko That You Must Visit

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My best friend and I spent five days exploring Hokkaido. We were passing through Niseko and decided to visit Cafe If which sits in a quiet neighbourhood. It was one of the most memorable cafe visits of our one-month stay in Japan.

Friday, October 11, 2019

11 Cafes in the Far West of Singapore that You've Never Heard Of

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We checked out 10 cafes in the west of Singapore. And we mean the extreme west, like Pioneer to Dover so cafes in Holland Village and Bukit Timah are not covered in this listicle. The independent cafes featured are not part of any chains and are not located in shopping malls. If you're planning a cafe-hopping trip to the west side, our little list might be of help!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sky22 (Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena) - New Surf & Turf Buffet!

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Sky22 at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena is known for their semi-buffets and seasonal/themed buffets. Their latest Surf & Turf buffet which runs till 10th November promises tantalising delights that will definitely please your palate. You'll be happy to know that the buffet($68++/adult, $34++/child) is available on Friday(dinner), Saturday(lunch and dinner) and Sunday(lunch), and includes juices, coffee and tea.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Odette - Is an 8-Course Dinner for 2 at This 3 Michelin-Starred Restaurant Worth $931.01?

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Helmed by Chef Julien Royer, Odette is a 3-year-old fine-dining restaurant that has been awarded 2 Michelin stars in just its first year of operations. Inspired by Chef Julien's grandmother, Odette, Odette has debuted on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants at 9th place — the highest new entry of all time. And the Best Restaurant in Singapore has also made Singapore proud by ranking 28th in The World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2018. If you've been to Jaan, you'll know that Chef Julien is brilliant, and exceptional in his craft. Sending out contemporary French cuisine in a tastefully decorated space in National Gallery, Chef Julien works under the watchful eye of the world, and aims to deliver what one would expect from an esteemed dining destination that has 2 of the most precious and prestigious stars to its name.

I celebrated my birthday at Odette, and did I feel that the $931.01 bill for 2 people was worth it? Well, read on to find out.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Tablescape Restaurant & Bar - The Fettuccine is Topped With SO MUCH Black Truffles!

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Sitting on level 3 of Grand Park Cityhall, Tablescape carries an old world charm. The elegant space, which offers respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, despite sitting right in the city, fills you with an indescribable warmth the moment you step in. Tastefully decorated with classy furniture, beautiful modern finishes, and Peranakan-inspired floor tiles, Tablescape brings together neoclassical formalism and contemporary touches to create a gorgeous dining setting that is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, a birthday celebration, and even corporate events.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sushi Hotaru - Cheap & Good Sushi in Melbourne's CBD

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Sushi Hotaru receives long queues every single day. The sushi train restaurant is especially popular amongst students and young people. This is one place where having tons of sushi won't burn a hole in your wallet. That being said, you also should have a fair expectation of what you're in for. You can't come here expecting top quality Japanese sushi of course.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima - Traditional Japanese Dinner at the "Cheapest" Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Tokyo

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Have been dying to dine here ever since I heard that it's the cheapest One-Michelin-Starred establishment in Tokyo. Everyone raves about their sardine lunch sets which are insanely affordable. Because I didn't do my research properly, I made a booking here for dinner, thinking that the sardine sets will be available too. Unfortunately, the sardine sets are only available during lunch and the queues are crazy everyday. So, I unknowingly booked myself a traditional Japanese dinner at this fine-dining restaurant.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Fengjia Night Market (Tai Chung) - 7 Delicious Street Food that You Must Eat

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My second trip to Taiwan presented me with the opportunity to visit Fengjia Night Market in Tai Chung. Fengjia is the largest night market in Taiwan and it has so much to offer in terms of food and shopping. Our cab driver told us what to eat at Fengjia Night Market and where the stalls are so we managed to locate them with ease. While we tried far too much food for our own good, some were really disappointing so we have compiled this list of food that we deemed worthy of your time and money.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Sebel Docklands - 4.5 Star Apartment Hotel in Melbourne's Free Tram Zone

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The Sebel Docklands sits in a beautiful part of Melbourne City. It's in the free tram zone, yet tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Located in Docklands, the 4.5 star apartment hotel is easily accessible from Southern Cross Station, and perfect for travellers. Whether you're here for a short stay, or a longer one, The Sebel Docklands promises that you'll be living and chilling in comfort. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Best Dog-Friendly Cafes, Brunch Spots & Restaurants in Melbourne's CBD

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There are hundreds of cafes and restaurants in Melbourne's CBD but most of them do not have an outdoor seating area. Hence, this means that dog owners have very limited options when it comes to taking their pooches out for a meal in the city. We've sussed out 12 places in the very heart of Melbourne that's perfect for you and your best friend.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Wagyumafia The Cutlet Sandwich - The First and Best Wagyu Katsu Sando in Tokyo

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Wagyumafia set out to raise awareness and educate the general public, and especially those with a discerning palate, about genuine wagyu beef. Over the years, we've seen the rise of "Kobe-style" beef in America, Australian wagyu beef and more, but they're nothing like true blue wagyu from Japan. Hence, Wagyumafia's mission is definitely commendable. Situated in Nakameguro, 2-year-old Wagyumafia The Cutlet Sandwich is a small little space that has a very lean menu. They offer katsu sando (cutlet sandwiches), a couple of sides, and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Narikura - Best Tonkatsu in Tokyo (Be Prepared to Queue!)

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Tokyo is home to tons of famous restaurants and is especially known for awesome sushi, addictive ramen, and fresh sashimi. But don't you come to Tokyo and not dine at Bib Gourmand awardee Narikura! I've always been a huge fan of tonkatsu, and I frequent Tonkatsu by Ma Maison in Singapore quite a fair bit. But honestly, Tonkatsu by Ma Maison has nothing on Narikura.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Shanghai Wild Animal Park - Drive Through a Safari, Meet Baby Tigers & Catch Incredible Animal Performances!

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Shanghai Wildlife Animal Park is the second "safari" park that I've been to in Asia. The first was Fuji Safari Park, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Shanghai Wildlife Animal has so much more to offer. There are animal races, animal shows, tons of animal exhibits and also a huge safari where you can drive through and see animals in their "natural habitat".

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Operator25 - The Best Cafe & Brunch Spot in Melbourne's CBD

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There are plenty of cafes and brunch spots in Melbourne's CBD but Operator25 has got to be the best. I've been here 3 times, and I still think that they have the best brunch food in the city. The coffee is really good too! As we all know, Asian-fusion is all the rage in the most liveable city in the world. And Operator25 has taken note of the fact and has injected lovely Asian influences into the typical and, sometimes, boring breakfast items.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Koko - Best Japanese Teppanyaki in Melbourne

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Koko at Crown Melbourne is a household name. Known for authentic teppanyaki, the popular and elegant restaurant sends out sushi and a la carte dishes as well. Be sure to get a reservation in days before your visit to avoid disappointment!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Stokehouse - Romantic & Pretty Seaside Restaurant in St Kilda(Melbourne)

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A celebration at a seaside restaurant just always seems more romantic. Whether it is Christmas Eve, or Valentine's Day, Stokehouse along St Kilda Beach is dressed to impress. The restaurant sits on the second level and offers an amazing view of the ocean (depends on where your table is of course). If you're sitting right smack in the middle, by the window, you'll have a great view of the ocean and sunset.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Komeyui - Best Japanese Restaurant in Melbourne?

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Japanese food in Melbourne is highly disappointing. I didn't find a Japanese restaurant that I will revisit until I visited Komeyui in Port Melbourne. I heard that the restaurant is frequented by many Japanese nationals. That definitely says something about the standard of the food here. After we've taken our seats, we were presented with a menu of the day, and the usual menu. I have to say that the menu is pretty extensive!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

13 Delicious Eats in Kyoto (Japan) - The Best Food that You Shouldn't Miss!

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I travelled to Japan recently and spent 5 out of 42 days in Kyoto! Besides being home to beautiful shrines, and heritage buildings, Kyoto is also known for exceptional food, especially kaiseki. I stuffed myself with more food than I should have. So here's a compilation of where to eat and what to eat in Kyoto! If you're looking for the best food in Kyoto, be sure to bookmark this article for future reference!

Monday, January 28, 2019

19 Cafes with Good Vibes and the Best Coffee in Melbourne

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If you're a coffee-lover, like me, you'd be no stranger to names such as Nylon, Liberty, and Sarnies. I love my lattes rich, robust, creamy, smooth, and with as little sourness or acidity, and bitterness as possible. Hence, my all-time favourite coffee place in Singapore is Nylon. I used to love Assembly Coffee, and Pacamara too. I travelled to Melbourne for 3 weeks recently, and visited a total of 21 cafes - including famous coffee houses such as Market Lane Coffee, Industry Beans, and Manchester Press. Here are 15 gorgeous cafes that brew awesome coffee. And if you love Nylon, Liberty, or Sarnies, I'm confident that you'll love the coffee at these cafes too.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Matilda 159 - Scott Pickett's New Restaurant in South Yarra

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Everyone knows of Scott Pickett, and everyone knows of Estelle by Scott Pickett(ESP). Widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Melbourne, ESP has shut its doors after the hugely successful opening of Matilda 159 at Domain in South Yarra. Matilda 159 sits in a quiet neighbourhood, and occupies the middle spot in a row of popular restaurants. We made a reservation about 2 weeks in advance, and I'll advise that you make one as early as possible to secure better timeslots, or even a table at all.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Treasury on Collins - The Best Boutique Hotel in Melbourne

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Treasury on Collins turned 5 in 2018, but the young boutique hotel actually has a really rich history — it dates back to 1838. The plot of land that Treasury on Collins sits on had been occupied by a bank, and 2 different hotels before Treasury on Collins Apartment Hotel took over and grandly reopened in 2013. Located prominently on Collins Street in the heart of the CBD, the heritage hotel offers huge suites, loft apartments, and one or two-bedroom apartments. The suites come equipped with kitchenette, washing machine/dryer, living area with sofa and a 40" television with Netflix while the one and two-bedroom apartments have a separate living area, dining area, and a fully functioning kitchen that's furnished with a dishwasher and stove top.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

20 Places in Japan that Animal Lovers Must Visit

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I love animals so whenever I travel, I make it a point to visit a zoo or at least an attraction that features animals. Japan was perfect for me. Besides being known for owl cafes and cat islands, Japan is also home to numerous famous zoos and lesser known animal-centric attractions. Wanna feed these squirrels like I did? Read on to find out where you can do so!