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Singapore Love Stories   Our little island may not be the most romantic of places, but trust us when we say that love can really blossom anywhere. This list is proof of that. We originally started this article intending to create a list of places in Singapore that would make the best first dates. But as we shared our stories with each other, it evolved more into a collection of love stories of all sorts and some were just too good not to include. So here's a list of some of our best local love stories from TheSmartLocal team that are...
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About Sumiya   Despite the number of Japanese restaurants you can all over Singapore, there is still a constant queue at many famous eateries. Singaporeans’ love for Japanese food stems from their undying cravings for fresh sashimi, delectable ramen broths and springy handmade udon noodles. While many Japanese restaurants serve sashimi, only a handful serve truly fresh and authentic sashimi flown in all the way from Japan, prepared by Japanese chefs. The best Japanese restaurants in Singapore are definitely worth searching for. Styled in a traditional 1950's Japanese look, Sumiya easily falls into this elusive group of premium Japanese restaurants. With...
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GRUB Noodle Bar   As far as supper places go, local food are in a different league of their own. From sumptuous Bak Chor Mee to crispy Roti Prata and mouth-watering Bak Kut Teh, these are some local delights that we just crave after a long day.  You can now add one more supper place to your list - the newly opened Grub Noodle Bar. Founded by the owners of the #instafamous eateries Grub and FIX, Grub Noodle Bar offers an array of delicious appetisers and beef noodles that will keep you coming back for more. They also sell decent beers...
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Smileworks - A trip to the dentist can be fun!   The dentist is one person you needed but never wanted to visit as a kid, or even as an adult. Knowing how most people have an aversion to the dentist, the founders of Smileworks started the clinic with the aim of reducing fear in their patients and making the dental experience a lot more enjoyable and comfortable. From the moment you step into the clinic, Smileworks' comforting decor and soothing music dispel the images of painful procedures and menacing tools that come to mind when your tooth starts to ache....
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About Cookyn Inc    Chris and I Cookyn Inc takes team-bonding to a whole new level with their programmes and activities centred around a kitchen. Be it a private party or a corporate team-building event, Cookyn Inc has the facilities to cater for up to 80 pax. (Bookings over 80 pax will have to be conducted off-site.) Their spacious, modern kitchens are equipped with the latest gadgets are sure to inspire all first-time cooks. Cookyn Inc also prides itself on providing exclusivity -- no matter how large or small a group, you can be sure that you will have the kitchen...
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About The Beast   Priding itself as Singapore’s first southern kitchen and bourbon bar, The Beast features classic dishes from the Southern United States (think fried chicken and waffles), replete with 30 kinds of Bourbon whiskeys. We've covered The Beast before, but with The Beast playing host to Beam Suntory’s launch of four exclusive small batch bourbons and a brunch menu that wasn't there the last time we visited, we had to take another trip down!   Bourbon 101: Distinguishing Authentic Bourbons   In line with International Bourbon Heritage Month, resident mixologist and brand educator of Beam Suntory, Jamey Merkel, shared several...
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Student Meals   Back when I was still in school, money was always a problem for me - I never had enough! Hanging out with my friends after school would cost me my whole week's allowance, and going out for a simple meal or date at a decent restaurant required weeks of savings. It is almost impossible to eat out in Orchard with a budget of less than $20.  Photo Credit: biteclubsg Nevertheless, there are many restaurants in town who feel the pain of students. Offering massive student discounts, these eateries make themselves so affordable that it makes me wish that...
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About Swensen's Singapore   Mention Swensen’s and ice cream, burgers, fish & chips, and more ice-cream pops into our heads. If you didn’t already know, Swensen’s rolls out promotional menus from time to time to refresh and heighten diners’ experiences. Given how food-crazy Singaporeans are, it is impossible for restaurateurs to ignore Singaporeans' increasing demands for the new trending dish - the Lobster Roll.  The Lobster Roll is the latest fad for many Singaporeans. You see pictures of the glorious Lobster Roll everywhere, from Instagram and Facebook feeds to blogs and newspapers.  Swensen’s latest offerings include The Boston Lobster Roll and...
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Singapore's Food Culture   Coffee shops and hawker centres have defined Singapore for the past 40 years. It is still heartwarming to see the old uncles and aunties frying plates of char kway teow and old makciks serving plates of nasi padang. No doubt, the food we grew up eating were absolutely delicious.  In recent years. we’ve seen these food stalls evolve from hot and sticky hawker centres to well furnished, clean and air-conditioned food courts. Dining in comfort has become a necessity to most Singaporeans, albeit with slightly steeper prices.  First established in 1995, Foodfare aims to serve the working...
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About MindChamps PreSchool   The last time I stepped into a pre-school was three years ago - I was trying out as a teaching assistant during my school holidays then, having always liked children. My interest in pre-school education led me to take a closer look at the industry, to gain a better understanding of its inner workings. It was then that I came across MindChamps, one of Singapore’s premium pre-schools. MindChamps PreSchool has established its reputation since its launch 6 years ago, recently bagging the top award in the 2014 Influential Brands study in the Pre-school Education category. I was...
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