[CLOSED] Tai Parfait @ Bugis Junction

[Update 3 June 2016: Tai Parfait has closed.]

It’s not so often that we see a school of fish swimming around busy Bugis, let alone one with mouthfuls of sweet, sweet toppings – literally. Adding to Bugis Junction‘s burgeoning kaleidoscope of F&B options is Yokohama-based Tai Parfait, home to a culinary hybrid for dessert lovers.

The store’s titular offering, Tai Parfait, is really that – a combination of the beloved traditional Japanese fish-shaped pancake with piping hot filling on the inside and the rich toppings of a parfait in place of its closed mouth. Cheery decor beckons customers and the brisk, factory-like production of taiyaki behind the counter is telling of just how popular it is.

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Charlie Brown Cafe @ Orchard Cineleisure

Growing up, if there’s anything I like more than leisurely weekend breakfasts, it’s gotta be the cartoons that they used to air on those mornings. Pokémon, Powerpuff Girls – you name it. Few things were as good as watching my favourite onscreen heroes and heroines with a plateful of home cooked goodness in front of the telly. 😀

With themed cafe’s like the Charlie Brown Cafe at Orchard Cineleisure and 313 Somerset, there’s no need to wait around all week for the opportune moment. At both its alfresco and indoor outlets, the simple-minded, yellow shirt-donning boy stands tall with his pet beagle, promising a slice of childhood for shoppers and office workers alike in Singapore’s busiest commercial district.

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Krispy Kreme @ Income at Raffles Opening (Invite)

Having bound myself to a desk job for the past eleven months, there’s nothing that I crave more than a sugar rush every day. There’s something about the sweet, sweet taste of a sugary treat that makes it so gratifying amid impending deadlines. 😉

Luckily for office dwellers at Singapore’s Central Business District, Krispy Kreme has opened its second outlet at Income at Raffles, meaning that doughnut-craving customers around Raffles can get their fix any time, whether it’s a quick snack between meetings or an after work binge. As expected, Krispy Kreme’s second store opened to much fan fare, including a public teaser and a couple of social media campaigns that built up to it (more on that later!).

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[Moved] EwF by Everything with Fries @ Orchard Central

[Update 8 Jun 2016: The Orchard Central outlet has closed, with the remaining outlet at Bugis Junction.]

I can never get enough of burgers and fries.

When I was little, nothing thrilled me more than the thought of kicking back with a juicy burger and a pile of fresh cut fries, especially after a long day out with my parents.

As with every childhood love, it evolves with age, growing beyond the usual McDonald’s and Burger King combos that our childhood palates were so used to. These days, it’s my friends whom I am constantly on the lookout with for new, exciting options. 😀

And so, when my friends and I met for an impromptu dinner one weekday night, we unanimously decided on EwF by Everything with Fries. After all, what better way to recuperate from a demanding day at work, than with some much deserved comfort food? 😀

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Skinny Pizza @ Raffles City

If I could pick just one dish to eat for the rest of my life, it’s got to be pizza. There’s something about that crust-and-toppings combination that makes my mouth water just at the thought of it. And not forgetting the communal aspect of slicing and sharing, which makes it a welcome staple at any event, be it a birthday party or a simple get-together. 😉

Yet, what sets a good pizza apart from a great one is its crust: the technique involved in making it light and crisp, and its ability to compliment the myriad of ingredients on top.

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When I met up with a couple of Hall mates to check out the Consumer and Electronics Exhibition a couple of weeks back, a casual and hearty meal was in order. And what better way to fuel up than at Skinny Pizza! 😀

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4 Fingers Crispy Chicken @ Plaza Singapura

Touted as the best Korean fried chicken in town (good enough to give BonChon Chicken a run for its money), 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken sure has a lot to live up to.

But – surprise, surprise – this is no franchise hailing from Korea. It’s actually the brain child of four good friends (hence the name!) who wanted to bring the awesomeness of Korean fried chicken from New York City to our sunny island. And with long queues snaking outside both outlets at ION Orchard and Plaza Singapura, there’s no denying that they’ve nailed it! 😉

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Krispy Kreme @ Tangs Orchard

When you live in a country that’s all about food, getting your hands on the latest food fad is an achievement that’s held in as high regard as say, finding the Holy Grail. Heck, that highly coveted bite that’s hogging your Instagram feed is the Holy Grail!

So when Krispy Kreme finally opened its doors on our sunny island, specifically, in the basement of Tangs Orchard, you can imagine the hype.  Free doughnuts, crazy queues, and dozens upon dozens of coverage across social media (see what I did there? :P ).

Oh, and that green polka dotted paper bag emblazoned with its name in red? It’s pretty much the Chanel of the doughnut world on this side of the Equator as we speak (or eat).

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And so, I became one of ‘em “typical Singaporeans who will jump in a queue that’s longer than the Great Wall of China for the in thing”, on the pretext of pretext of promising my parents a taste of those delicious, pillow soft doughnuts.

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