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 PayLah! Hawker Trail @ Alexandra Village Food Centre (Invite)

Don’t you just hate fumbling around your wallet for cash, or worse, getting to the front of a long queue for your favourite dish, only to find yourself devoid of it?

Thanks to DBS PayLah!, these things are soon to be history. What’s more, you can even embark on your own Hawker Trail, comprising of stalls that now accept payment using this mobile app.

Alexandra Village Food Centre

While majority of the stalls are located in the CBD area and some polytechnics and universities, the others are scattered around various heartland hawker centres in Singapore. And so, my hawker trail took me to Alexandra Village Food Centre.

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Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner @ Amara Singapore, 100AM Mall in Tanjong Pagar – Usher in the New Year with Dog Shaped Yu Sheng and Chempendak Desserts (Invite)

With Chinese New Year a month away, gathering the family together can be a feat, especially with conflicting schedules among relatives. So, why not lessen the headache of preparing a feast for the fam, by heading down to Amara Singapore’s Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner?

Happening on 15 February, at 6pm, the lunar new year bonanza features an 8-course spread for revellers to choose from, as well as yusheng arranged in the shape of the Dog, in commemoration of this year’s zodiac animal.

amara hotel 100am mall yusheng

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Haikee Soy Sauce Chicken Rice @ Changi Road – The Secret’s in the Sauce (Invite)

“A chicken rice stall on Instagram? Must be run by youngsters,” my friend quipped when I first mentioned Hai Kee Soy Sauce Chicken Rice to him.

Indeed, Singapore has seen a surge of millennial hawknerpreneurs stepping up to preserve our local hawker culture, whether by putting their own spin on traditional fare or simply sticking to the classics – as is the case for the brother and sister team running this hugely popular stall at Kim San Leng Coffeeshop on Changi Road.

haikee-chicken-rice-double-happiness-platter

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PORTA Fine Food & Import Company @ Park Hotel Clarke Quay – Festive Christmas Feast with European Classics (Invite)

It’s that time of the year when we gather round the table with our loved ones, to recall a year well spent over good food and company.

PORTA Fine Food & Company – home of the Singapore River Signature Prawn and Chorizo Pasta – invites festive diners to indulge in their Festive Menu come mid December (details at the bottom of this post!).

For starters, titillate your taste buds with a Charcuterie Platter ($30++) – a homely combination of homemade duck rillette, foie gras terrine, chorizo, Bayonne Ham and saucisson.

porta-festive-menu-Charcuterie-Platter

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