Daruma Kushikatsu Osaka

Daruma Kushikatsu

If we tell you there is a kind of fried food that you can eat a lot without feeling sick from the grease, will you jump in joy? And if we top that up with Japanese beer, will life be a bed of roses?

Now, please do yourselves that favour and go to Osaka for Kushikatsu. If the Japanese term is baffling, well – think skewers of all sorts, coated with light batter, then deep fried to something even lovelier than golden brown. And we swear it is not like your usual fried food that is always overly oily and sickeningly fatty. Okay, we cannot promise it is not fattening but if you want to do fried food, do it in an enjoyable way, yes?

Kushikatsu is famous in Osaka and is known to be one of the identities of that city’s food scene. A typical outlet is usually simple and fuss-free, and usually nothing else but skewers and drinks. You have your chicken and beef, vegetables like brinjal and capsicums, eggs and mushrooms… and the list goes on. Almost anything that can be skewed will taste awesome. Even better when downed with a glass of icy cold beer.

Daruma is a popular chain in Osaka and every branch is always packed with loyal patrons – locals and tourists alike. Nothing too fanciful about the place, just your regular fast food lookalike, with a team of exuberant youngsters, and a fuss-free ordering and serving system that is quite an eye-opener for first-timers. Well, actually, the technology in Japan is eye-opening to say the least, and the world should be inspired.

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Savour the Finest Moments with Din Tai Fung + Giveaway

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung – a household name in Singapore since 2003 – is a popular favourite among locals and visitors alike. Talk about xiao long bao and we all think of Din Tai Fung’s legacy. But more than the little steamed dumplings, all 18 branches around the island sees a perpetual queue, and is the best testament to its consistently good and affordable Chinese food made of premium quality of ingredients.

Paragon StorefrontPhoto credit: Din Tai Fung Singapore

Among the 18 locations Paragon’s outlet is the flagship restaurant and it showcases three VIP rooms that can be expanded to accommodate up to 30 diners. It is the perfect venue to celebrate your Chinese New Year reunion dinner with your family and loved ones.

Almost every dish on the menu is good enough to be called a signature, but in this installation, we bring to you the bests of Din Tai Fung (www.DinTaiFung.com.sg), and their Chinese New Year specials to usher in the year of Horse.

We are also giving away 3 sets of S$120 Din Tai Fung dining vouchers and Salmon Prosperity Yusheng (each set worth $168.80), read on to find out how you can win them!

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DBS Indulge App Singapore

DBS Indulge App

Remember I was telling you guys about the chance to win a 3D2N trip to Bangkok with DBS Indulge app? We have the winners! In first place is Bahari Bin Haron with 515 likes! The second and third place winners are Tan Tian Ling and Daniel Ang.

Bahari Bin Haron: “I am very privileged to be given this free trip to Bangkok by DBS Indulge! All I needed to do was dine with DBS! It is so easy.”

Tan Tian Ling: “Although I love dining and food photography, it was never in my wildest dreams to be selected as a winner. Thank you DBS Indulge for the generosity and the free trip to BKK!”

Daniel Ang: “Thank you DBS Indulge for really bringing me to Bangkok! Looking forward to great food, exciting shopping and relaxing massages.”

DBS Indulge Winner

I cannot reiterate how useful the DBS Indulge application is. It curates hundreds of fabulous dining deals and special offers with the use of your DBS/POSB credit and debit cards, and you will see outlets listed in order of proximity to your current location. For folks who often eat out, it is a god-sent. Besides hotel promotions, there are also many 1-for-1 dining deals as well as seasonal promotions.

Also, do check out their Christmas promotions which include a 1-for-1 Buffet lunch and dinner at Swiss Cafe at Swissotel The Stamford; up to 20% off log cakes at Laurent Bernard Chocolatier and Marble Slab Creamery; and complimentary items at restaurants like Da Paolo Bistro Bar, LP + Tetsu, and Ricciotti. More details on the DBS Indulge app!

Thank you for participating in the DBS Indulge giveaway. For the best dining deals in Singapore, download the DBS Indulge app from the app store! And a big shoutout to CTC for making this trip possible for the three lucky winners.

This post is sponsored by DBS Indulge.

Win a trip to Bangkok with DBS Indulge

AdvertorialBangkok DBS Indulge

Folks, I have good news to share with you. Stand a chance to win a 3D2N trip to Bangkok by using DBS Indulge app.

All you have to do is to snap a picture of your favourite food from any DBS Indulge participating restaurants (such as Cedele, Antoinette, TungLok and TCC). Post it on your Facebook wall with the caption “Bring me to Bangkok. Thank you DBS Indulge”. And send in a screenshot capturing the number of “Likes” and “Shares” on your post to [email protected] by 30 September 2013.

The top 3 entries with the most “Likes” and “Shares” wins! It is that easy! The prize is a 3D2N stay at My Hotel Pratunam via Thai Airways economy ‘W’ class (travel period: 31 March 2014).

DBS Indulge

The DBS Indulge application is the only app that you will ever need. It curates hundreds of fabulous dining deals and special offers with the use of your DBS/POSB credit and debit cards, and you will see outlets listed in order of proximity to your current location. Download the DBS Indulge app for the best dining deals in Singapore!

For more information of the dining promotions, and to find out more details on how you can win the 3D2N trip to Bangkok, go to DBS Indulge’s website.

Darwin Crocodile River Cruise

Darwin Crocodile River Cruise

Besides famous national parks such as Kakadu and Litchfield, and activities like fishing and camping, Darwin is perhaps most well-known for the crocodiles. So, what better way to explore the city than to hop on a boat and look for wild crocodiles lurking in the rivers?

The good people from Tourism NT kindly arranged an excursion for us with Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise, and it was quite an experience as we went up close with the salties (saltwater crocodiles), which is the world’s largest reptile.

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Dava Restaurant Ayana Resort Bali

Dava Restaurant

Since closing down Sage Restaurant at Mohamed Sultan Road, Chef Jusman So has moved to Dava Restaurant in the beautiful Ayana Resort in Bali. I have been a big fan of Chef Jusman since his days at Sage, so I made a point to visit Dava when I was staying in Jimbaran.

It was only when we were there for dinner then we found out that Chef Jusman So has recently stepped down from his position at Dava to oversee the development of the F&B establishments at the neighbouring new Hotel Rinba, which is Ayana’s sister property.

However, that did not stop us from enjoying ourselves. Right now you can still sample Chef Jusman So’s degustation menu (4-course for Rp 490,000/S$63, 6-course for Rp 620,000/S$80) as the resort has yet to appoint a new executive chef for Dava restaurant.

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