Tokyo’s Neighbourhood Guide

Tokyo Neighbourhood Guide

No matter how many times you have been to Tokyo, it is a place that you will fall in love with over and over again. Where do we begin? It is impossible to capture the essence of Tokyo in words or photos; it is a city like no other. There is always something new to discover in this amazing city. It is like every corner is blessed with magic, ready to enchant and bewilder. Can’t say for sure that there is only one pick, so here is a guide to our favourite neighbourhoods in Tokyo.

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Singapore’s Best Macarons

Singapore Best Macarons Guide

What’s there not to love about macarons? Two light and crisp cookie shells sandwiching ganache, jam or buttercream filling – it is the ultimate indulgence for dessert lovers. There is just something irresistible about macarons.

Here is our guide on where to get the best macarons in Singapore.

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The World’s First Kitkat Boutique Opens in Japan

Japanese Flavour Kitkat

The next time you are in Tokyo, be sure to make a trip to the world’s first Kitkat BoutiqueThe KitKat Chocolatory store is located within the Seibu department store in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district.

Fans of Kitkat in Japan are in for a treat! Besides the popular matcha flavour, it stocks exclusive varieties of the chocolate bar – Sublime Bitter, Special Sakura Green Tea and Special Chilli – created in collaboration with Japanese chocolatier Takagi. Other Japanese Kitkat flavours include Roasted Tea, Strawberry Cheesecake, Rum Raisin, Apple, Green Tea, Mandarin and Lemon, Azuki Red Bean Toast, Wasabi, Purple Potato and Cinnamon Cookie.

mezza9 Grand Hyatt Singapore Sunday Champagne Brunch

Champagne Brunch_mezza9Photo credit: Grand Hyatt Singapore

“The ultimate champagne brunch.” That was the only thought we had on our minds while enjoying our feast at mezza9 Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Sunday Champagne Brunch (S$138++ for free flow of Perrier Jouët Grand Brut champagne, premium red and white wines, beers, mojitos and bloody marys, and S$118 with free flow of soft drinks and coffee/tea).

mezza9 is an institution for Sunday brunch. Its vibrant and upbeat atmosphere makes it the perfect place for family and friends to spend Sundays at. With nine different dining experiences – including the grill, seafood, Thai, steam basket, yakitori, sushi, deli, patisserie, and bar – complete with free flow of champagne, wines and cocktails, there is something for everyone.

The six show kitchens at mezza9 are the perfect stage for the team of talented chefs to whip up their storms, while the friendly service crews are always doing their rounds and making sure that tables are cleared, cutleries are changed, and that your champagne flute is never empty.

Start from the Japanese kitchen, because Japanese food is always a great idea. Tempura, freshly grilled yakitori and sashimi salad are excellent, but make a dash for the array of sashimi and sushi. The Chinese kitchen has excellent roast meats. Pork belly, spare ribs, BBQ char siew and roast duck… Everything is sublime. For more meat, head to the grill, which features roasted chicken, slow roasted black angus prime sirloin and roasted lamb leg.

mezza9 Sunday Champagne Brunch

Seafood lovers will be mind-blown by the selection at the crustacean bar. Grand Hyatt prides itself on serving sustainable seafood, and over here, you will be spoiled by the variety of seafood such as Spencer gulf wild king prawns, Tasmanian mussels, Canadian lobster, Sri Lankan mud crabs, and freshly shucked oysters from France and Australia. Let’s pull our chairs to the seafood bar and feast all day long.

The pastry team at mezza9 is out to impress with its tantalising creations. Bread pudding, citron tart, cream puffs, chocolate tart, oreo cheesecake, and homemade gelato will send you to dessert paradise. And, we mean it when we say we were close to stealing the entire tray of Tiramisu.

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mezza9
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: +65 6416 7322
Sun Brunch: 11.30am – 3pm
Daily: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

This post is brought to you by Grand Hyatt Singapore.

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Boracay At Least Once in Your Life

Boracay Guide

Boracay is truly Philippines’ paradise, and it is the best beach in Asia that we have ever stepped foot on – yet. Every morning, we woke up to awe-inspiring views of the White Beach; palm trees swayed and seemingly orchestrated a symphony, azure waters still and calm, sands as white as cotton fluffs, heaven and earth merged. Nothing lingers in the mind more than this picturesque sight, and we could use hours just daydreaming and frolicking by the beach.

Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Boracay at least once in your life.

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PISCO South American Kitchen & Bar Singapore

PISCO

Very often, we are strapped of choices when it comes to dining at tourists’ attractions. The restaurants are either too expensive, or the food just isn’t good altogether. Sometimes, they are not family-friendly, and kids have nothing suitable to eat. But being here in Singapore means we do not have to worry about all that, because we have trusty establishments to always bring the bests to us.

PISCO RWS

The newly opened PISCO South American Kitchen & Bar at Resorts World Sentosa is one that has made it to our chart of best family-friendly restaurants. Managed by Deliciae Hospitality Management in partnership with Resorts World Sentosa, this 76-seat outlet sits in the heart of the Integrated Resort.

Dishing out quality South American food, PISCO resembles a carnival – the happy colours of the interior and furnishing make it a joy to dine at, and has an extensive menu that is sure to whet everyone’s appetite. Here are some of their signatures, and our favourites from the menu.

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Rome’s Best Gelato Guide

Rome Best Gelato

Besides breathtaking landscapes, friendly locals, lips-smacking Italian cuisine and a rich history and culture, what we most loved about Italy is their love for gelato. You can find a gelateria in almost every street – and sometimes, a few gelaterie side by side – and once you have tried gelato in Italy, you will never see it in the same light again.

Rome, in particular, has so many good gelaterie. What could be better than enjoying a gelato while admiring the Colosseum and Pantheon? Here is our scoop on the best ice cream and gelato shops in Rome.

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Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel Singapore

Cafe Mosaic

Buffet restaurants are aplenty, and we will never fall short of choices. Fresh seafood, pots of hot soup, salad bars and bread counters, ala minute stations, daily roast… there is always something to get excited about, but not all buffets are created equal. Cafe Mosaic is a humble outlet at Carlton Hotel Singapore that sees a stable crowd every day, and it is only understandable why patrons pledge their loyalty.

For one, the menu rotates and you can always expect surprises from the chef even if you go seven consecutive days a week. The breads are freshly baked in-house daily, and they make a hearty start to your meal. We also loved the plump and juicy mussels at the fresh seafood station, we lost count of the number of bowls of double boiled Cantonese soup we had, and we couldn’t have enough of the cold appetisers.

Main courses are always a combination of continental and international highlights, and if you are lucky to go on days when the chef dishes out his signature Cod Fish in Pumpkin Sauce, you must not miss the world for this. Meat lovers can help themselves to endless servings of the daily roast, and there are teppanyaki options, too. Don’t forget to stop by the DIY station; expect local delights like Rojak and Gado-gado.

If you go during dinner, pamper your palate with a wider selection that includes a cheese platter and free flow of oysters.

Cafe Mosaic Dessert

All buffets have to end on a sweet note, so we say eat as many slices of Signature Red Velvet Cake as you can. For those who need your cocoa fix, Chocolate Mousse is your answer. And if all else fails, treat yourself to the Signature Café Mosaic Cheesecake.

For more details, visit their website www.carltonhotel.sg/cafemosaic.html and find Carlton Hotel Singapore’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CarltonHotelSG


Lunch Buffet (12pm to 2.30pm)
Monday to Friday $42++ per adult $21++ per child

Dinner Buffet (6.30pm to 10.30pm)
Sunday to Thursday $78++ per adult $39++ per child
Friday to Saturday $88++ per adult $44++ per child

DBS/POSB and UOB Cardmembers get to enjoy the following promotions:
Lunch buffet: One dines free with every two paying adults from Monday to Friday.
Dinner Buffet: 1-for-1 buffet from Sunday to Thursday, and one dines free with every two paying adults on Friday & Saturday.

Cafe Mosaic
Lobby, Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Daily: 6am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: City Hall

This post is brought to you by Carlton Hotel Singapore.

7 Reasons Why Heavenly Spa by Westin™ at The Westin Singapore is Heavenly

Heavenly Spa by The Westin

Talk about needing a spa session and the options are aplenty in Singapore. From day spas, to city spas, to destination spas, to alternative spas… and there is really no reason to pass on an indulging treat. And if you are pondering further, we will suss out the best for you and promise that you will be in for an unforgettable relaxation.

Forget about all the fanciful players; think of a luxurious and heavenly session, at the all new luxury outlet in the heart of Marina Bay – Heavenly Spa by Westin™ at The Westin Singapore, located at Asia Square Tower 2.

Westin Spa

From the Heavenly Bed to WestinWorkout to Heavenly Spa by Westin™, Westin is all about wellness. Loyal guests of the highly-acclaimed brand rejoiced when the Westin finally re-opened in Singapore. For those who have experienced the heavenly treatments at Westin Spas around the world, rejoice! Because we no longer have to fly overseas for the renowned spa experience.

Here are 7 reasons why Heavenly Spa by Westin™ at The Westin Singapore is indeed heavenly.

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Rome’s Top 10 Budget Restaurants

Rome Budget Restaurants

From a famous bakery which serves freshly-baked bread and pizzas, to an old-school eatery that dedicates itself to fried cod fillet, and restaurants in the vicinity of popular attractions like Pantheon and Colosseum, here is our take on Rome’s Top 10 Budget Restaurants where you can enjoy Rome’s impressionable culinary offerings sans the exorbitant prices.

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Planning for your stay in Cinque Terre Italy

Cinque Terre Vernazza

When we were planning for our trip to Cinque Terre, one of the challenges was deciding on where to stay. Choosing your accommodation in Cinque Terre depends on several factors: budget, objective of the trip, time of visit, and where you are coming from or heading to.

While becoming a very popular tourists’ destination, Cinque Terre remains traditional and primitive in many ways. There is almost no sign of first world technology, neither should you expect any form of luxury and convenience. But this is precisely what reiterates the essence of Cinque Terre, and every climb to the next terrace speaks of an unadulterated joy that hikers and all other visitors indulge in; the feeling of overlooking the Ligurian Sea that is dotted with colourful villages is a priceless reward, and one experience so humbling that it is little wonder people from all over the world flock to this star of Italy for a vacation. Here is a guide on planning for your stay in Cinque Terre, including the pros and cons of staying at each village.

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The Bravery Cafe Singapore

The Bravery

It took us a while to visit The Bravery Cafe because we have heard mixed reviews about it. Some people mentioned that the seats are uncomfortable (which is true to an extent), while others commented that there is nothing outstanding and it is just another new cafe.

However, after our first visit to this cafe in the Lavender neighbourhood, we find ourselves returning whenever we are in the vicinity and in need of a caffeine boast.

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Beer Market Singapore – Good food and Good Beer

Beer Market

Football and ice cold beer come hand in hand. We all need night outs with our pals, and we really would not miss watching the latest football matches. Times like these, we turn to our regular haunts for reliable familiarity and comfort, where we can get our favourite beers and cheers to great goals.

And what if we tell you – on top of all these, there is a haven where you can fill your tummies with awesome food with even more awesome beers, too? Lately, Beer Market has sprung up to being one of our favourite chill-out spots, and with this post, we will make you forget what a typical pub means, and have you rethink and redefine what enjoyment really is with quality F&B.

Beer Market Clarke Quay

Strategically located at the bustling Clarke Quay, Beer Market is not your ordinary pub. Or bar. Or whatever Singaporeans deem as a place only for drinks. Beer Market is an institution, a place that is committed to offering a myriad of beers – both classic favourites and limited rare brands – and a menu so comprehensive, and even more appealing than the beer options! Some of the dishes like chicken rice pizza, squid ink fried rice, and salted egg yolk seafood pizza are enticing enough to make us go back again and again.

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