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.


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4 Things Worth Celebrating about #TheSingleLife on 11.11 Singles Day (And Black Friday!)

Now normally I would save a post like this for when Valentines’ Day is just around the corner. But since 11.11 Singles Day is coming up, what better time to for all you single guys and gals to remind yourselves that the #independent life is not as dreary as your coupled friends and concerned relatives make it out to be?
Just in case you’ve forgotten, here are 5 ways to celebrate your independence.

1 Your Vacation = Your Agenda

Unless you are travelling with friends or family, vacation time is me time! What better way to escape the drudgery of small talk and daily obligations than to treat yourself? Want to sleep past twelve? Sure! Toying with the thought of getting up and setting out for unexplored terrain? Why not?
For me, travelling solo is a time to recharge and reflect on my life goals…and ticking off those remaining boxes on my bucket list. Sometimes, some things (or places) are best experienced on your own too.

2 Focus on Your Personal Growth

Speaking of bucket lists, the time when you’re single is the best for pushing your own boundaries and making those bold life choices you’ve been putting off.

3 Feast Guilt-Free to Your Heart’s Content

Waiting till your Instagram savvy boyfriend has taken the perfect #flatlay of his food. Warily negotiating your girlfriend’s strict calorie count at dinner. None of these… inconveniences exist when you’re at a meal for one. Best of all, no fighting over that last morsel of food!

And last but not least…

4 Shop Till You Drop – Without Having to Face the Music!

Did you know that 11.11 Singles Day is also known as Black Friday, the biggest retail day of the year? With clothing lines like Zalora, H&M, Uniqlo and more launching their own sales, it’s the equivalent of Christmas for shopaholics.

But why wait? ShopBack has prepared for you a list of 11.11 Singles Day and Black Friday Deals for you to check out ahead of 11 November! So here’s me sharing it with you!


The Glasshouse @ CHIJMES – Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar in a Glass Container

Visitors to the historic CHIJMES would have noticed a new addition in the vicinity – a compact glass container tucked away from the array of restaurants and bars.

The Glasshouse – not to be confused with the Fish and Co. outlet which closed last year – prides itself on serving specialty coffee and artisanal sourdough toasts. With light spilling in every corner, and the therapeutic aroma of coffee wafting through every now and then as a new cuppa was being brewed, it’s not hard to see why this cafe is on its way to becoming one of the must visit spots in town.


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7 Japan Goodies You Can Get Your Hands On Without Flying Out Of Singapore

Each time I travel to Japan, I make it a point to check off a few more items off my foodie list, as well as bring back my favourite snacks to last me till my next trip.

Thanks to globalisation, though, here are some foods, desserts and snacks we can now enjoy without having to fly out from Singapore (or rely on the goodwill of friends and family to buy for us)!


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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.


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.


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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