Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) (Invite) – of Food, Social Media & Ethics

Food is hot in Singapore, and it’s getting social.

The inaugural Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) was held at Lime House over a week ago, and saw some 50 food bloggers, Instagrammers and blogger-come-Instagrammers tuning on some of the things that FSCSG’s panel of F&B professionals and insiders had to say about the local F&B and blogging scene.

It’s funny how most of us are kind of “competing” against each other for a share of voice in this hyper saturated field, yet our blogs and social media profiles also complement each other in terms of how we cover different areas in food. That said, it was great to finally see some of my favourite food bloggers in person and bask in their reflected glory-I mean, spend a fruitful day getting their insights and strategies on how to be a better blogger.

Oh, and there was also a friendly mobile photography competition after photographer Alex Ortega shared tips on how to take great pictures without a DSLR. No pressure. 😉

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When in Hiroshima: 6 Things You Need to Know About Okunoshima, Japan’s Island of the Rabbits

Once off the radar (literally), the fairly secluded Okunoshima 大久野島, otherwise known as Usaghishimaうさぎ島 or Bunny Island, first gained Internet fame in 2014 when a video of a tourist swarmed by dozens of hungry, feral rabbits went viral.

Since then, the island has become synonymous with these cuddly, gentle beings, and a must-visit for rabbit lovers. But before you pack your bags and head for this underrated paradise, here are six things you should know about Okunoshima before you go:

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Feast to a Rib-Tastic Christmas @ Morganfield’s, Home of Sticky Bones (12 November 2018 – 3 January 2019) – Win $50 Vouchers to Enjoy Festive Meats and More! (Invite + Giveaway)

T’is the season to put aside the year’s trials and tribulations, and feast to our hearts’ content – and a Rib-Tastic Christmas at none other than Morganfield’s, Home of Sticky Bones! 

Available from 12 November 2018 to 3 January 2019, Morganfield’s curated selection of mouthwatering festive meats, platters, and decadent drinks and desserts are a feast for the eyes and for the palate.

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When in Kagawa: Naoshima and Teshima – Visiting Japan’s Art Islands in the Seto Inland Sea

Situated on the Seto Inland Sea, the rural islands of Naoshima and Teshima have been heralded as a mandatory pilgrimage by many contemporary art lovers. Home to creative museums and quaint art districts, the islands also play host to the Setouchi Art Triennale which takes place every three years.

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While Yayoi Kusama’s wildly iconic Yellow Pumpkin sculpture has captured the attention (and cameras) of more casual explorers, it is certainly not the only reason Naoshima and Teshima should be included on your itinerary if you are travelling around Kagawa!

Check out my other posts around Hiroshima:

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When in Hiroshima: Bakudan-ya Honten ばくだん屋 @ Naka Ward – Slurp Up Hiroshima Style Tsukemen with a Fiery Dipping Sauce Around the Corner from Okonimimura

While Hiroshima may be famed for her deliciously fat oysters and okonomiyaki, did you know that the city is also home to a unique style of ramen? Known as tsukemen, this dish is essentially a soupless version of the comforting ramen noodles we have come to know and love, paired with a bowl of thick dipping sauce to coat them noodles.

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Located a stone’s throw from the bustling Hondori Shopping Arcade 本通りショッピングアーケド and the famed Okonomimuraお好み村 in Naka Ward,  Bakundan-ya Honten  ばくだん屋 has been earmarked by many as a must visit for Hiroshima style tsukemen.

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Rizu Sushi and Modern Japanese Cuisine @ Duxton Hill – Exquisitely Crafted Omakase (Invite)

Nestled in the hip (and regrettably unexplored by yours truly) neighbourhood of Duxton Hill is RIZU Sushi and Modern Japanese Cuisine, an understated restaurant that opened its doors in late August 2018.

Housed in a minimalist 30-seater space, Duxton Hill’s latest addition derived its name from the words ri (a deep blue prized gemstone that signifies good luck and harmony) and zu (meaning “joy” and the use of cherished gems).

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When in Shanghai: 8 Street Foods Worth Trying At Least Once Besides Xiao Long Bao

One thing about Shanghai that stood out to me during my trip, was the incredible variety of street food. Step out of your house and you’ll easily find yourself spoilt for choice by the sheer amount of drool worthy creations. Best of all, you can grab and go most of them!

While xiao long bao is one of the first things that come to mind when recalling Shanghai’s street food, I thought I would compile a checklist of sorts for foodies to check out based on what my family brought me to during my very brief trip last month. Enjoy!

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