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About Hai Tien Lo   Helmed by Master Chef Lai Tong Ping, Hai Tien Lo serves up traditional Cantonese fare with a contemporary twist. To celebrate Chef Lai's outstanding 10 years at Hai Tien Lo, he has prepared a special set menu featuring 10 items, presented in 6 courses, which will be available from the 7th of July to the 31st of December 2014. Chef Lai's inspiration for this new menu stems from the different dishes he has personally enjoyed over the years. For this menu, he aimed to create dishes that showcase the natural flavours of the ingredients. He also adopted a different presentation style from traditional...
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About STREET 50   Located on the first floor of corporate-chic Bay Hotel, STREET 50 is furnished elegantly with a modern touch - telling of its philosophy towards food. STREET 50 serves up mostly Asian flavours with a mod western twist. Think chilli crab pasta and poached chicken with breaded rice balls. It’s known for its affordable lunch and weekend buffets. In tribute to our nation’s 49th birthday, the fusion cuisine diner has cooked up an exclusive buffet menu - available for one day only. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights you’ll get to try on 9 August. ...
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Davao Cultural and Food Festival   This Davao Cultural and Food Festival hopes to showcase the rich culture and food heritage of the 10 different tribes from this beautiful city located in Southeastern Philippines. Davao City is known as the culinary destination of the Philippines and is famous for the fresh fruits such as mangosteens, pomelos, durians, as well as for their fresh seafoods including tuna. It has all seemed out of reach for us… until now. The event kicked off with performances by the Kalumon Dance Troupe. Their first performance was a lively drum piece of indigenous tribal music that was accompanied...
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Happy Birthday, Singapore   The great thing about the 9th of August is that it gives you a shameless excuse to celebrate the best things about Singapore — excessive food intake, loud noises and taking out that flag you keep in your bomb shelter for display once a year. Despite all the imperfections of this nation and YouTube rants on why some people may not be proud to be Singaporean, we still have good reasons to love this place. In fact, we have 49. Here is a story on why Singapore will always be my home.   1. Welcome to Singapore...
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About Outback Steakhouse   After opening their first outlet at Millenia Walk back in 2000, Outback Steakhouse has finally opened its second outlet. Tucked in the corner of the fourth floor at the newly opened Orchard Gateway, the restaurant overlooks the bustling Orchard Road.  Outback Steakhouse has also revamped their menu, and we tried out some of their new dishes and old classics.   Appetizers & Cocktails   The Spinach Artichoke Dip ($13.90) is a great appetizer to share. New on the menu, it is served with a plate of freshly baked tortilla chips in a very generous portion. The dip...
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Big Changes Start with Small Choices   I get snail-mailed bank statements every month. I open the letters, take a 5 second look at what I already know, then throw them away. It's a pointless cycle I perpetuate. And it's all because I've been too lazy to go to my bank websites and tick the box that says "have all paper statements delivered to you digitally." I'm sure I've seen the banks prompt me with pop-ups whenever I log into my online account. But my anti-spam reflexs are strong and I click close before I even bother to read a word...
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About Influential Brands   The Samsung versus Apple and Gong Cha versus Koi debates are over. Brand Alliance’s Influential Brands Award answers just that for all of us. Recognizing the efforts of Singapore and Asia-based brand heroes to connect with its consumers, this award celebrates the brands who have clicked well with us - the local shoppers.  One study revealed that we are exposed to 5000 brand messages each day and we are already wondering how these brands stand out from the non-stop blitz of advertising messages and clutter.  Last year, brands like Coca Cola, Gong Cha and Old Chang Kee...
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Exciting restaurants that are more than food   Singapore is a foodie's heaven but sometimes it takes a little more than good food to make a great dining experience. There are far too many options when it comes to dining out these days, with the number of carbon-copy indie cafes popping up every month. We dug a little deeper and found these quirky concept diners that will get you all pumped up to dine out again. Here are 15 dining experiences that are so much more than food.      1. 1942 Alfresco @ Changi   Photo source: 1942 Alfresco@Changi Photo...
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Jimmy Monkey   "Hi, my name is Jimmy, I need money for coffee or a trip home, thanks." Everyone, meet Jimmy. He's the monkey who inspired Jimmy Monkey, a cafe and bar located at the quaint residence at one-north gateway. Jimmy and company will be participating in the upcoming Cafe Fest 2014, which you can find out more about in our exclusive TSL interview.One step into Jimmy Monkey Cafe and Bar and you'll notice that it's a tad different than what you'd expect from other cafes. Replace the brick walls and bicycles display you traditionally see at cafes, with a toilet...
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About Toby's Estate   Toby's Estate was founded by Toby Smith, an Australian lawyer with a tremendous passion for coffee, just over 10 years ago. With flagship cafes in Australia, New York and Singapore Toby's specializes in specialty coffees where they focus on the origin of the coffee, the roasting of the beans and the brewing process. We we sat down with Justin, the regional head of Toby's Estate Asia to find out more about Toby's Estate and its plans for the upcoming Cafe Fest.   On Toby's Estate   TSL: Could you share with us the philosophy behind Toby's? Justin:...
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Singapore Science Festival 2014   Science is an exciting subject but let's face it - compressing and presenting the interesting aspects into bite-sized pieces for children and the masses can be really challenging. Add the notion of chasing and fulfilling grades in school, and it takes the edge off this intellectual study. So kudos go to the Singapore Science Centre for their effort in making science fun and keeping visitors of all ages engaged. The Festival of Science is Singapore's largest yearly science event to celebrate, as in the organizers' statement, the "dynamism of science, engineering, technology and biomedicine". It's jointly organised by...
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About The Spread at The Gardens Hotel   From 2nd July to 23rd July 2014, The Spread situated at level 6 of The Gardens Hotel & Residences-St Giles Grand Hotel will have a special Buka Puasa Ramadhan Buffet starting from 6.45pm till 10.30pm nightly. Although mainly focused on bringing the best of Malay cuisines, there are also Indian and Western dishes among others. When I got to my table, I noticed there were little packets of dates and dodols. It was like a welcoming gift of sorts, which I found to be a nice touch. Every table has one. Being a...
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About Halia at Raffles Hotel   Halia which means "ginger" in Malay, is also the name of a popular restaurant located in the Botanic Gardens. And the Botanic Gardens is really known for two things. For having lots of plants and for being not very easy to get to. Lucky for us, Halia opened a second branch more conveniently located in Raffles Hotel two years ago. Most Singaporeans did not know this, and even if they did the atas vibe of Raffles Hotel combined with Halia's classy ambience may have scared some away. In truth, prices here are affordable, in the range of $40-60 per...
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About Cake Love   Cake Love manages to hold its own on Jalan Pisang, a street where you see concept cafés popping out every now and then. Enter the store, and you’ll be greeted with splashes of bright colours and retro furniture. This is a fresh breath of air from the industrial-chic cafés that we have been seeing around. Cake Love started out as just a humble bakery selling takeaways and customised cakes. Since then, Raiha, the owner of Cake Love, has moved on to greater things, like opening her own Halal café this year.  Raiha, owner of Cake Love. Source: Cake...
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About The Cliff   It was a surreal moment when we stepped into The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa, the oldest Resort in Sentosa. The resort's elegant colonial architecture is spread over 27 acres of lush tropical greenery. You normally associate resorts of this scale with the ones you see in Bali postcards. Just for the fact that they take up so much land in expensive Singapore. We were surprised because we never imagined such a resort like this could exist in Singapore. Located all the way at the bottom tip of Sentosa, this hotel is not the easiest to get to. That is probably why it's...
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About Jimmy Monkey Café   Jimmy Monkey is an Australian-style concept cafe, located amidst the unique 200-hectares development of One North Condominium. The true blue Melburnian owner of Jimmy Monkey Café brought his hometown's cafe experience to Singapore - communal casual dining with decor that's raw and deconstructed, yet always elegant.  In Jimmy Monkey Café, your caffeine fix is hand-picked from some of the best independent and Rainforest Alliance farms, and ground by Singapore's very first Slayer Espresso Machine. We speak to owner Michael Ryan to find out more.   Interview with Jimmy Monkey Café's owner, Michael Ryan.   TSL: Congrats on your 3rd...
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About Maison Ikkoku   Venture off Haji Lane, otherwise known as the hippest enclave not called Tiong Bahru, and you’ll find Maison Ikkoku tucked away at the end of Kandahar Street. It's been there for 3 years now, and is no stranger to café aficionados. They’re known for their quality coffees and are considered to be one of the pioneers of café culture in Singapore.  Maison Ikkoku combined a men's boutique with a place for a cuppa, which probably sparked the trend of marrying two concepts. Even though they no longer have the men’s boutique, they have recently opened a new...
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About RWS Durian Fest 2014   Back for the third time, the RWS Durian Fest was met with a huge turnout at the Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel. Served buffet style, hundreds of durian lovers got their hands dirty as they sampled seven different varieties of the spikey fruit including D24, D13 and the king of kings, Mao Shang Wang. The event will take place on the 10th and the 13th of July. Tickets to the event are sold out but not to worry, there's always next year. Here's a quick look at what you can look forward to at the...
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12 Overused Words and Phrases in Singapore Media   Don’t get me wrong. The words/phrases are fine. Grammatical, even appropriately used. It’s just that they’re used so often, they are like “templates”. Surely there are more original ways to write stuff!   1. Slapped   People seem to be getting slapped pretty often. So, he was slapped with a fine, a jail term, a penalty. Unless he was slapped with a fine piece of paper, a book containing the penalties or just plain slapped…shouldn’t it be that he had a fine slapped ON him?   2. OPINED!!!   I am of...
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About Poulet's New Menu   Poulet, French for chicken, is a French casual dining food chain in Singapore. It's one of the fastest growing food chains in Singapore, with an astonishing NINE outlets opened in a mere two years!  After hearing they've finally spruced up their menu, I made my way down to Poulet to find out what all the fuss over their roast chicken was about. Minor food group is the parent company of popular food chains like Thai Express and Xin Wang Hong Kong cafe. They specialise in casual dining, making food affordable to Singaporeans. Their concept at Poulet is simple....
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