Traditional bakeries in Singapore Many of us love a freshly baked slice of butter cake or ham bun with our morning kopi, but do we really know much about the labour of love that goes into producing these delicious confectioneries? My interest in these traditional bakeries was piqued when I chanced upon a newspaper article that shed some light on this industry. With the emergence of modern bakery chains, such old family-run businesses have been dwindling over the years. In fact, the estimates put those still plying the trade to be about a dozen island-wide. With the difficulty in getting...Last modified on
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About Teadot When I first saw Teadot tucked into a corner at the Courtyard of Westgate, I thought they were a speciality tea shop that sold Chinese teas. I'm not sure how I got this impression but I now know I couldn't have been more wrong. Teadot is more of a casual cafe, that aims to bring customers high quality teas at an affordable price. They serve western brunch classics, teas with a twist and if you really need your cup of joe, they do that too. The Food at Teadot Cafe staples like All-Day Breakfast ($17.90) and Salmon Benedict ($16.95)...Last modified on
About Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall After 4 years of refurbishment, the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall opens its doors to the public once again. More than a century old, this national monument once played host to many international and local arts groups - many of which would be happy to utilise its grand stage once again. Despite several changes, the building has retained its Victorian architectural style and still stands in its full glory along Empress Place. Some of these changes include the redevelopment of the Theatre and Concert Hall, the restoration of the Clock Tower and the modernising...
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About Ricciotti Ricciotti Pizza Pasta Grill is an Italian restaurant that serves authentic and affordable Italian cuisine. They opened their first outlet at The Riverwalk way back in 2004. They pride themselves on serving food that reflects the warmth of an Italian dining experience in a metropolitan setting. To mark their 10th Anniversary, Ricciotti has introduced several new items to their menu! Here some of the things we tried. The Food Appetizers We started off our meal with a couple of entrées, the Caprese Salad ($14.50) and Suppli ($13.80). The Caprese Salad is a classic Italian dish, which consists of...Last modified on
Surabaya - 10 Road Trip Memories to a Live Volcano Aside from its reputation as one of Indonesia’s biggest business centres, I knew little about Surabaya. I thought of it mostly as a place of transit for travellers to change planes, trains or buses. To the locals, Surabaya is known as the “City of Heroes” for its role in Indonesia’s struggle for independence - not that this meant much to any of us before The Smart Local team headed down for a short exploration trip. Upon arrival, we soon found out why Surabaya is a severely underrated destination for the...Last modified on
About Azur No matter what my Instagram feed shows me, bak chor mee will always supercede pasta, teh si siu dai stomps on cappuccino and chwee kueh triumphs over eggs benedict. Classic local food is without a doubt, a source of national pride for many Singaporeans. Local foodies will be pleased to learn Azur is serving up reinterpreted local dishes as part of their special National Day menu. Think satay-marinated Australian rib eye and lobster laksa with angel hair noodles. We visited the award-winning buffet and a la carte restaurant to see if it lived up to the hype. The Food at...Last modified on
About PhysioAesthetics I'd always thought spas were places you went to for massages and pamper treatments. Somehow along the way people started to explore ways in which spas could offer more than that. Medical spas seemed to be the answer for consumers looking to combine relaxation and non-invasive cosmetic beauty treatments, all in an indulgent spa setting. I recent went to a medispa to experience how health and beauty treatments can be performed under one roof. While there may be a number of medispas to head to, PhysioAesthetics doesn't just do the standard fill-in-the-form procedure when you first show up...
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About MEDZS MEDZS should be a familiar name to those of us fond of Mediterranean cuisine. The casual diner dishes out an eclectic range of cuisines from places like Spain, Morocco, Tunisia and Greece. It grew quickly in popularity with its cashless dining concept and massive range of food choices. To cater to even more Singaporean palates, MEDZ has introduced a new Asian counter, with some familiar favourites like Mee Goreng and Chilli Crab. Here are the highlights of the new menu. The Food at MEDZS The Braised Tiger Prawns ($23.90) came coated in a steaming golden broth...
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About Pince and Pints Pictures of immensely photogenic lobsters and claws have been flooding my Instagram feed since a couple of weeks ago. First it was seeing pictures of popular bloggers @songofstyle and @songdani at the restaurant when they were here in Singapore. Then it was my own friends who made their way down during the new lobster joint's soft opening, and of course photos of their food made me even more excited to try it for myself. VIL - Very Important Lobsters Some would know Pince and Pints as the newest business venture of owner Frederick Yap....Last modified on
About Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Matsuri After having 20 bowls of ramen just last month, I don't think any sane person would want to have another bowl of ramen for the rest of the year. However, when I heard that one of my favourite ramen chains, Ramen Keisuke, was opening a new branch at Parkway Parade, I just had to check it out. When you first enter Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Matsuri, the bright lights, colourful paintings and huge Nebuta ornament will make you feel like you've stepped into the heart of a Japanese festival. In fact, the word "Matsuri"...Last modified on