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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Foxhole Cafe @ The Midtown Residences – The Pourover’s New Hideout with a Unicorn on the Wall

There’s something about the start of a new year that fills me with optimism – new ventures, new possibilities, and most importantly, new places to go cafe-hopping!

Well 2017 must be the year that Singapore’s cafe scene finally breaks into the far-reaching corners of the East, what with places like Brothers in Fine Food opening in Tampines, and The Pourover moving into their new residence at Foxhole Cafe in Hougang.

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One of the first few business to set up shop in the newly opened (and very empty) Midtown Residences, Foxhole is best described as a cafe without airs, with its 26 seater area tucked away on the second floor.

A large, galaxy-themed unicorn mural also occupies one side of the wall, and is fast becoming a prominent fixture on Instagram (good luck trying to fit the entirety of it in your pictures though, what with the space as narrow as it is).

Notice the slightly blue tint throughout the second level? That’s thanks to the UV filter that the owners installed on the wall – pretty handy for when the afternoon sun is at its brightest, seeing how the seating area overlooks an empty field.

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When in Medan: Bihun Bebek Kumango vs Bihun Bebek Akien

If there’s one dish you can’t leave Medan without trying at least once, it’s bihun bebek – rice vermicelli topped with chunks of tender duck meat and usually served with a bowl of broth on the side.

During our year-end trip, we had the privilege of having that delectable bowl of noodles for breakfast not once, but twice (on separate days, of course – though I dare say you could go for double portions if you were particularly ravenous) – at two well-known, yet vastly different places: Bihun Bebek Kumango and Bihun Bebek Akien.

I did a little post-trip checking, and there aren’t many reviews in English (save for the many reviews Kumango has on TripAdvisor), so…. here you go!

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Check out my other Medan reviews:

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When in Medan: The Thirty Six Coffee @ Jalan Multatuli – Specialty Coffee Concept by Wahana Hospitality

I’m back from my week long trip come food trail to Medan, Indonesia, which means loads of food reviews to write before work picks up again in the new year! Yipeee.

When it comes to specialty coffee in Medan, two cafes come to mind; The Thirty Six Coffee by Wahana Hospitality is one of them. Located along Jalan Multatuli, it is home not only to a sprawling bungalow-like space, but also its own parking lot for customers – a very useful feature where people drive 90% of the time.

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Konnichiwa, Kansai! The first timer’s FAQ to Kyoto

Whether you’re a first timer or a well-seasoned traveller in Japan, Kyoto ranks high among the cities to visit. After all, with a plethora of religious monuments and sites, cultural icons, and endless cuisine, it’s hard to run out of things to do in Japan’s former capital.

I get it – you’ve pinned countless to-do’s on Pinterest, trawled through travel blogs and forums a hundred times and now, after one long ass plane (or train) ride, you’re finally in Kyoto. You wanna do everything! So how can you make the most of your time?

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While I don’t claim to know everything about Kyoto, I think the two times I’ve travelled there has given me some insight as to what to do – and what not to do, hence this nifty first-timer’s list (you’re welcome!).

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Brothers in Fine Food @ Tampines West CC – Singapore’s Cafe Scene *Finally* Comes to Tampines

Y’know, Singapore’s cafe scene has been around for what – three, four years? And it’s only now that it’s come to my home ground, AKA Tampines.

Brothers in Fine Food is the new Halal kid on the block at Tampines West CC – one of the more bustling CCs I’ve seen, judging by the amount of activity and facilities. Knowing that it was opened by the same team behind Penny University, expectations were high when I dropped by.

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CellaRaid – Savour Weekly Vintages from Around the World at Home (Invite)

If there’s one thing about me that’s changed as I’ve gotten older, it’s my newfound love for wine. In these hectic, work-filled days, nothing is better than kicking back with a glass and a juicy novel in hand.

That’s why services like CellaRaid come in handy. After all, why go through the hassle of finding a vintage and bringing it home, when you can have it delivered to your doorstep on-demand?

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Kumoya @ Jalan Klapa – Japanese French Inspired Pâtisserie Turned Cafe with an Expanded Menu (Pending Halal Certification)

There’s just something about Japanese French inspired cafes that make me come back for more – the white, minimalist decor, the whimsical Japanese songs playing in the background, and of course, the food. It’s almost like stepping into a quaint, hole-in-the-wall cafe in Japan itself.

Admittedly, I never got around to visiting Karafuru before it closed for a major revamp this year; desserts are not as strong as savouries in enticing me to make the journey over. Maybe that’s why the team discontinued it; it’s near impossible to survive in the competitive F&B scene on specialised desserts alone.

Half a year later, Kumoya has taken its place on Jalan Klapa.

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