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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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About Neo Garden Catering   The catering industry has picked up in recent years with many Singaporeans preferring a fuss-free catering experience for group dining over eating out. Neo Garden Catering is one of the most popular choices of caterers, firmly establishing itself as a household brand, with their signature curry chicken earning fans islandwide. From a humble catering company founded in 1992, the Neo Garden brand has expanded to include other catering lines like Orange Clove Catering, Deli Hub Catering and Best Catering. Collectively, they fall under Neo Group Limited.  Besides their reputation for good food, Neo Garden Catering also...
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About Toast Box   The first Toast Box I remember seeing was the one located in the basement of Wisma Atria. At that time I thought it was just another cafe trying to sell traditional kopi in Orchard Road. Many years later they’re still there, and today they have 65 outlets all across Singapore.So what differentiates Toast Box from all the other kopi cafes around? And how did they clinch the Top Brand award in Influential Brands Asian Café Category? Other than the fact that they are usually found next to a BreadTalk outlet, we take a closer look at 10...
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About Sugarhall   Sugarhall features unconventional beats of Jamaican Reggae & old-school ska, lightbulbs in mason jars suspended by hemp ropes with a wood-clad interior evoking a rustic ambience. Their bartenders are dressed in checks and nothing says modern barnyard more than Sugarhall - the latest (well, almost) entrant to Amoy Street’s bar scene. Conceived 5 months ago by the same folks behind neighbour Jigger and Pony, Sugarhall prides itself as the first rum-based grill bar in Singapore, standing by the concept of fun-dining and honest flame-grilled goodness. Former sous chef at SKIRT Steakhouse at W Hotel, Chef Polo Seah leads...
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About Jollibean   Growing up in the 1990s, I remember the times when my grandmother would pick me up after school and we would head across to the hawker centre to get my favourite tau huey and mee jiang kueh. These were simple food, extremely cheap and yet mouth-wateringly addictive. 20 years on, times have changed. From busy businessman to young school kids rushing in between school and enrichment classes, every segment of our society has evolved to being pressed for time. Many of the best traditional stalls selling these local delights have since disappeared. But thankfully, we still have local...
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New Flavour launched at NOX What’s a better way to introduce an familiar taste to your customers? Blend it into a milkshake and make people guess what they’re drinking, is how. This was the prelude to the launch of the Classic Milk flavor by Häagen-Dazs held at NOX: Dine in the Dark. We were served a shot and told it contained three distinct ingredients and flavours.   Try as we might, Beatrice and I were hard-pressed to come up with the third flavour. The shot was a smooth blend of sweet and saltish flavours. We were eager to figure out all...
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It's Flosss, not floss   I recently got the opportunity to observe just how the amazing Flosss buns from BreadTalk (yes it’s spelt with three S’s) were made. BreadTalk was recently awarded Top 1 in the Bakery category under Influential Brands, and we just had to find out the mystery behind their legendary Flosss buns. I know every BreadTalk has an open-kitchen concept so you might be thinking “Well I too, can go to the nearest BreadTalk and observe how they make the buns. In fact, I already did that upteen times!” Well put those thoughts away because this time I...
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Food Court Culture in Singapore   Living in multi-racial and multi-religious Singapore, we have to constantly cater to our friends’ and partners’ dietary preferences. This is unfortunately true even when you're a foodie with insatiable cravings for different cuisines - with hawker centres being too warm and restaurants too niche to find food for everyone, food courts are the perfect middle ground for a gathering of friends. I love a good food court - decently-priced local fare enjoyed in air conditioning was something I have enjoyed since secondary school. With consumers voting for Food Republic as a preferred Top Brand in...
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About Osteopathy   If you’ve watched Batman - The Dark Knight Rises, you may recall the scene in the crater where Batman’s broken back is cracked into place. It may have seemed ridiculous to you. But skilled physicians like this actually exist in the real world. It may not be as dramatic as in the movies, but over time, you can correct very serious issues with your body. And we recently got to meet some people who are able to do something similar - they are called osteopaths.Osteopaths undergo a 4 year degree course in either the UK or Australia which...
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About FIX   Cafe culture in Singapore is booming with new cafes popping up at every corner just like how bubble tea shops sprouted up back in the early 2000s. Everyone loves their cafes, from the quaint furnishing and chill ambience, to the Instagram worthy cuppa coffee and poached eggs.  Enter FIX. Tucked deep and hidden within HomeTeam NS at Balestier, FIX is one of the latest to hit the cafe scene in Singapore. The small eatery is nicely situated next to a swimming pool which gives it a calm and quiet ambience on a weekday afternoon. Many people have the...
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About Feng Shui Inn   Tucked away in the basement of the exclusive Crocksfords Tower sits Feng Shui Inn, a fine-dining restaurant that specialises in Cantonese cuisine. Perhaps due to its remote location, this place exudes a sense of exclusivity away from the usual throng of casino punters. Feng Shui Inn is no stranger to joint collaborations with acclaimed chefs and this time, it is renowned Hong Kong chef Peter Tsang gracing the kitchen, showcasing his stellar culinary skills through a specially crafted menu that reflects the best of Cantonese cuisine. Having heard of Chef Tsang’s numerous awards and accolades in...
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About Concorde Hotel   Being a huge chocolate lover, I jumped at the chance to try out Concorde Hotel’s new Choctober menu that launched this October. Concorde Hotel was never known for their culinary prowess. However, in line with their desire to rebrand themselves as a new, innovative hotel, the culinary team headed by Executive Chef Sunny Goh decided to come up with new dishes involving the use of chocolate.  Once we arrived at Spices Cafe, we were greeted by a smiling Chef Goh who ushered us into the dining room. The grandiose decor and old-style glamour of the dining room...
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