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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Keisuke Omurice @ Bugis+ – Keisuke’s 17th Restaurant Featuring Fluffy Omelette Rice, Triple Cheese Sauce, and Pasta

You would be hard pressed to discuss Japanese cuisine in Singapore without mentioning Keisuke. The famed restaurant chain started by celebrity chef Keisuke Takeda has certainly made its presence known in this little red dot known with a whopping 17 outlets to date, each serving its own take on ramen or some other Japanese staple.

And the latest addition to the Keisuke empire is none other than Keisuke Omurice, which opened its doors on Monday at Bugis+. 

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Lots Gourmet @ Changi Civil Service Club, Changi Village – Hidden Gem in the East with an Oyster Bar

There’s something to be said about cafes that are able to stand the test of time in Singapore’s food scene – and the finicky fads that come and go with initially strong players that turn out to be no more than flashes in a pan.

The name Lots Gourmet might ring a bell with cafe goers of old. Established back in 2009 (way before hipster cafes and indie coffee joints started sprouting across the island), the humble establishment has come a long way from its cozy premises in Upper Changi Road, to its lavish new home at Changi Civil Service Club on Netheravon Road. 

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Two Men Bagel House @ Royal Square, Novena – New York Style Hand Rolled Bagels with Wholesome Fillings from Spam to Lamb

Sometimes you just want to break away from the seemingly endless cycle of food fads and overhyped “Instagram food” and head straight back for the classics, i.e. what works. Other times a little innovation goes a long way in re-inventing a timeless staple.

I have heard good things about  Two Men Bagel House since their early days in Tanjong Pagar, but never got around to trying them while I was working in the vicinity. With the start of the new year, though, there was no better time to venture into new food territory than when I was in Novena, where their second store is located.

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When in Kagawa: Apron Cafe @ Homura Art Village, Naoshima – Seasonal Menus Designed by a Certified Nutritionist Using Local Ingredients from Setouchi

Honmura Art Village, a district home to around ten art installations scattered across former residences, is one of the first pit stops for visitors to Naoshima. But that’s not the only thing this quaint neighbourhood is worth making a beeline for. Tucked away from quiet streets are several hidden cafes and eateries where you can grab a bite (or a breather) between art hopping.

It was by pure chance that I stumbled across Apron Cafe while searching for my second last stop on the Honmura art village trail. A neatly written sign on a blackboard indicated its existence around the corner from a nondescript single level building.

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Fatburger Singapore @ KINEX (Formally OneKm Shopping Mall), Paya Lebar – The Last Great Burger Stand in America Lands in Singapore

This is a trip that’s long overdue. Fatburger, coined as “The Last Great Burger Stand” , made its home in Singapore at KINEX and Velocity @ Novena Square back in September, with the gargantuan Quad (XXXXL) Burger making waves among foodies. Hailing from Hollywood, this famed burger chain has enjoyed a massive cult following in America, with celebrities like Kanye West and Pharrell among its clientele and partners.

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With its famed reputation preceding its arrival, expectations were high when I visited Fatburger’s KINEX outlet for lunch.

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