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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The Bird Southern Table and Bar @ The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands – Miami & Las Vegas’ Yardbird Brings 100 Year Old Recipe to Singapore (Invite)

Lovers of fried chicken and Southern cuisine rejoice, for the James Beard nominated and award-winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is now open at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands as The Bird Southern Table & Bar.

Founded by Chef John Kunkel, The Bird is 50 Eggs’ first international venture, with Yardbird’s first two branches located in Miami and Las Vegas.

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When in Shizuoka: Discovering Izu Peninsula 伊豆半島

I hadn’t planned on writing about my weekend trip to Izu Peninsula 伊豆半島, but it left such an impression on me that I decided to share my experience!

Located south of Mt Fuji, Izu  is renowned for its breathtaking coastlines and hot springs, surrounded by mountainous terrain that stretches for miles on end. While often overlooked by foreigners in favour of Hakone and the like, it’s rather popular among locals as a weekend destination, thanks to its abundance of hot spring resorts.

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After spending the first leg of my trip navigating Tokyo’s dense neighbourhoods and complex subway systems, the serenity of Izu was a welcome change, albeit only for a couple of days.

It’s relatively accessible via train from Tokyo, although getting around will take considerably longer, especially if you’re thinking about visiting the coastal attractions.

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When in Tokyo: Luke’s Lobster @ Harajuku/Omotesando – Get a Taste of Maine in Harajuku

Towards the tail end of my Tokyo trip, I was craving for Western food badly enough that I decided to brave the queue at Luke’s Lobster, a seafood franchise located a stone’s throw away from Takeshita Dori in Harajuku.

Contrary to my initial belief, Luke’s Lobster did not originate in Japan; it was brought over from New York some time around 2015. The idea came about when founder Luke Holden and his father set out to make their idea of a perfect lobster roll: chock full of fresh, chunky lobster claws, minus the diluted coleslaw and mayonnaise mix that seemed to plague most restaurants in New York.

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As luck would have it, the queue had pretty much dissipated when I joined, although it swelled to about 20 people by the time I reached the front counter. Good timing, or maybe I’m just incredibly lucky when it comes to queueing for food overseas (why the same luck doesn’t apply to my favourite stalls at Amoy during lunchtime is a mystery).

Check out my other Harajuku food recommendations! 

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When in Tokyo: Eating Your Way Around Harajuku 原宿

While Harajuku 原宿 is widely considered as one of the ultimate places for teenaged fashionistas to visit, especially on the weekend, the hipster haven is also host to a variety of foodie gems. Whether it’s a sugary treat or a  belly busting bowl of ramen, here’s a rough guide of what to check out if you’re feeling anything between peckish to ravenous:

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Catch up on the rest of my Tokyo trip here!

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When in Tokyo: Ryu Sushi 竜寿司 @ Tsukiji Fish Market 築地市場 – Have Sushi Here if You Want to Skip the Line at Sushi Dai 寿司大 and Daiwa Sushi 大和寿司

Mention the words “seafood” and “Japan”, and Tsukiji Fish Market 築地市場 comes to mind. Indeed, the world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market is host to a gamut of fresh catches, and more importantly – sushi restaurants.

There are a couple of options when it comes to having sushi at this time honoured market. Sushi Dai 寿司大 and Daiwa Sushi 大和寿司  are two massively popular choices, thanks to the dozens of recommendations on TripAdvisor. But if you don’t want to burn the better part of your day queueing for three to four hours minimum, you can also check out Ryu Sushi 竜寿司 – or Ryuzushi as it’s known among the locals.

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Read my other Tokyo posts:

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When in Tokyo: Book and Bed 泊まれる本屋 @ Ikebukuro 池袋 – Sleep Inside a Bookshelf at this Unique Hostel

Few things in life are as pleasurable as curling up with a good book in the comfort of your bed.

So when it was announced that a unique bookshelf themed hostel by the name of Book and Bed 泊まれる本屋 had opened in Ikebukuro 池袋, Tokyo in late 2015, I knew I had to add it to my bucket list.

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Home to 1,700 books and growing – all of them published by Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers, Book and Bed was inspired by the founding company, R-Store‘s vision to let guests combine the best of both worlds: a place that’s comfortable to sleep, as well as more interesting than your run of the mill bed.  And judging by their unique set up, they certainly achieved that!

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