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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Kittea – Artisanal Tea Flavours for Cat Lovers (Invite)

I’ve recently gotten into the habit of drinking tea – just taking 5 minutes off my morning to brew a cup, and taking in that sweet, sweet aroma has become my little sanity fix amidst busy days at work.

Kittea began in 2016 with an intention to combine its founder’s love of tea and cats (hehe geddit geddit?). The result is 12 unique brews, each with its own take on the breed it was named after.

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RONIN Cafe @ Hong Kong Street – Coffee and Eggs to Die For; Blink and You Might Miss This Hideout

Here’s a cafe that’s relatively off the grid – at least by today’s standards where information about any and every business is readily available online.

When it first opened its doors, RONIN Cafe was one of those “hidden finds” with little to no reviews, and no website or social media presence to inform customers of its opening hours or menu.

Not that they needed that kind of publicity, though, as the 30+ seater cafe remains thriving in its cosy corner on Hong Kong Street to this day; the lunchtime crowd didn’t die down till well after 3pm when I re-visited.

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Monti Festino @ The Fullerton Pavillion – Singapore’s Longest Brunch by the Bay Featuring Live Risotto, Homemade Pasta, Frutti de Mare, and More (Invite)

Sunday brunches are made of these – long, slow-paced afternoons with your loved ones, your favourite dishes on the table, coupled with a picturesque view of the city on a weekend. Oh, and not forgetting a glass of bubbly in hand as you contemplate life’s simple pleasures.

Dubbed the longest brunch in Singapore (for the day long music and partying that commences after 3pm), Monti Festino is a new Sunday brunch concept by Monti, that aims to bring together the world’s finest ingredients, as well as smooth house tunes to create a feast for the senses.

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Binge Watching DBS SPARKS with Deliveroo – Readers’ Giveaway till 30 April 2017 (Invite)

If you’ve worked with me long enough, you would know that one of my greatest guilty pleasures is sitting down with a juicy meal and an even juicier drama on my computer during lunch time. Call me anti-social, but nothing should stand between you and a good, relaxing lunch on a hectic day!

A new mini series by DBS Bank really caught my eye a few months back. Played by an ensemble of local and regional actors, including theatre veteran Adrian Pang,  SPARKS is a collection of stories about a team of young bankers and their clients across Asia.

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Artbox Singapore @ Marina Bayfront Event Space (14-16 & 21-23 April 2017) – What to Check Out if You Absolutely Must Go (Invite)

Regular travellers to Bangkok would be familiar with Artbox, the pop-up concept which features an array of hipster food and goods in giant shipping containers.

For fans of this famous flea market, the Singapore edition, consisting of over 300 stalls (made up of approximately 500 vendors in rotation) spread across 50 000 square feet, will be held at Marina Bayfront event space for the next 2 weekends.

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Given all that hype, is Artbox Singapore worthy of a visit?

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The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough @ Serene Centre – Homemade Artisanal Loaves; Pizza Night on Sundays

I used to have an intense disliking for bread, especially during my kindergarten days. Break time? Soggy white bread slapped around clumpy strawberry jam. Lunch? More flimsy slices of white bread soaked through from being packed with tuna for too long. I vowed to stay away from the treacherous white slices (yes, I know I’m spoilt) until my cafe hopping ventures introduced me to the world of sourdough – robust, crisp, and easily paired with my favourite brunch toppings aka scrambled eggs and bacon.

So when my fellow foodie brought up The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough, a sourdough specialty outlet, I was undeniably enthused.

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