Posts Tagged “Singapore”

Batam and Bali via Singapore Lounge Heathrow

Batam and Bali via Singapore Lounge Heathrow

These are destinations known more by Australians than Europeans, but they are more accessible to us now, with convenient flight connections via Singapore Airlines from London’s Heathrow. Any vacation should start as soon as the head of the household is safely lodged in the cattery, the central heating is set to just ticking over, you…

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World Street Food Congress 2015

World Street Food Congress 2015

I have been fortunate enough to have been able to spend time in Singapore, in fact every year for the past 3 years. I am an unashamed supporter of this my favourite country. I adore the weather, even the humidity which I find more tolerable than that of London, which tends to be vertical and…

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24-Hour Food Frenzy Safari – Street food and more

24-Hour Food Frenzy Safari – Street food and more

The name ’24-Hour Food Frenzy Safari’ might, to the untutored, give the impression of something of a greedy teen munchies extravaganza. Well, in truth, it was an extravaganza of street food but the message behind the event was serious. Eating for a solid 24 hours with no designated sleep breaks is not for the faint-hearted….

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Singapore with Marco Polo

Singapore with Marco Polo

Not sure if Marco Polo, that celebrated explorer of the East, ever got to the area we now know as Singapore; however, he has given his name to a series of guidebooks to aid a distant generation of travellers. It’s true that there are many guide books and all of them, I feel sure, have…

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It’s ‘Dim Sum’ but more

It’s ‘Dim Sum’ but more

Janice Wong has the accolade of Asia’s no.1 Pastry Chef. Well, we all know what famous chefs are like. Ego-driven, imposing hulks with loud voices, periodically rude, consistently condescending, care-worn complexions, prematurely aged, and supremely talented. Perhaps we should have a rethink, a pause in our assumptions, put a hold on swift conclusions. Chef Janice…

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Peranakan Food and Culture, and The Blue Ginger Restaurant

Peranakan Food and Culture, and The Blue Ginger Restaurant

In the 15th century some city-states on the Malay Peninsula paid taxes to China and Siam, now Thailand. There is a legend that the Emperor of China sent a princess, Hang Li Po, to the Sultan of Malacca as a token of appreciation for his tribute. The 500 nobles and their servants who accompanied the…

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Park Regis Hotel

Park Regis Hotel

Singapore is blessed with hotels of every comfort hue. There are a few cheap and cheerful (if you are lucky) small hotels and a wealth of high-end spots to lay one’s travel-weary head. But as with property of any kind, it’s location, location, location that adds the word ‘memorable’ to ‘comfort’. Park Regis Singapore is…

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Kaiseki Yoshiyuki – Singapore

Kaiseki Yoshiyuki – Singapore

Ignatius Chan is unique, a quiet and gentle man who is sparked into animation when talking about food and drink. He is celebrated and respected in Asia but not as a chef: he is Asia’s sommelier. Singapore is considered by many (this writer included) as one of the finest of food capitals, not just in…

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Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier

For years it was referred to as Mei Ren Wu (Mei Ren Wo) or “den of beauties” in Chinese, as many rich men housed their mistresses in this rather stylish 1930’s estate. This is one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. It was the first project undertaken by the Singapore Improvement Trust and is…

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Raffles Hotel – Raffles Courtyard for a taste of Italy

Raffles Hotel – Raffles Courtyard for a taste of Italy

Tell anyone that you have just returned from Singapore and the question on their lips is bound to be ‘Did you visit Raffles?’ They don’t have to dignify that name with any appendage: everyone knows that there is only one Raffles and that’s the hotel – Raffles Hotel! One walks down Beach Road and there…

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The Ritz Singapore Spring Weekend Afternoon Tea

The Ritz Singapore Spring Weekend Afternoon Tea

with Executive Chef Massimo Pasquarelli and Executive Pastry Chef Terence Pang The Ritz-Carlton Singapore is one of my favourite comfort destinations. It’s a delight to stay there but also to visit and enjoy on Sundays when work is over, or when one needs a civilised sit-down garnished with stunningly delicious food. They are famed for…

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Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra

Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra

Indian food in any country other than India would not seem the natural choice for the food-passionate traveller, but good food should never be overlooked and there is no reason to introduce geographic dining prejudice into one’s Singapore eating extravaganza. It’s a city-state famed for its quality and variety of food. It has a neighbourhood…

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Majestic Restaurant Singapore

Majestic Restaurant Singapore

[This venue is now closed] There is good food to be had all over Singapore. It’s famed for it. One can sit with the locals and enjoy a bowl of laksa at one of the numerous, cheap and buzzing hawker centres. There are small side-street restaurants specialising in steaming bowls of congee for breakfast through…

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Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore

Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore

He hasn’t got a ‘serious’ chef persona. Willin rushes in and tells me to wait right there. He has some curry puffs that he wants me to taste. Just simple food and not even his, but Willin Low has not only talent but real passion for taste and texture. We settle in the courtyard of…

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The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore – Grand Vintage Champagne Sunday Brunch

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore –  Grand Vintage Champagne Sunday Brunch

Singapore is special in so many ways. It’s many-faceted and presents the food lover with temptations at every turn. Opportunities for vibrant casual eating abound but there are also those restaurants that present the visitor with delicious memories along with unadulterated gastronomic pampering. The Vintage Champagne Sunday Brunch at Greenhouse in The Ritz-Carlton is iconic…

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Singapore Top Ten – Eyewitness Travel

Singapore Top Ten – Eyewitness Travel

It might sound like a very narrow perspective – Singapore Top Ten. Is that a list of the ten most exciting attractions? Or is it a collection of ten interesting restaurants, perhaps? In fact Singapore Top Ten from Eyewitness Travel has a list of lists. I love Singapore. It seems to offer so much for…

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Innotel Hotel Singapore

Innotel Hotel Singapore

Singapore is perhaps my favourite spot on the planet. At least I can say it’s the most wonderful place I have visited to date. Its climate, cuisine (that should be plural), its architecture, history and also its people make this an unmissable city vacation. It’s a shame that Singapore is so often viewed as just…

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‘Ignatius’ Iggy Chan – Singapore’s Sommelier

‘Ignatius’ Iggy Chan – Singapore’s Sommelier

There are few restaurants owned, run by, and named after a sommelier but Singapore’s iconic “Iggy’s” is just that. Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Chan is an immensely likable, warm and animated restaurateur who has given his name to one of the most celebrated destinations for food lovers across Asia and indeed the world. “When I’m in a…

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Singapore – A moving story

Singapore – A moving story

One huge flyer, 2 feet, 3 small wheels and 4 F1 tyres Singapore is my destination of choice. It offers everything for which any civilised traveller could hope: vibrant and delicious food (eating is a universal hobby here), friendly locals and a rich and diverse heritage. Singapore has a wealth of contemporary design and fashion…

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Kaya Toast – a Singapore tradition, and the Ya Kun Kaya Toast Coffeestall

Kaya Toast – a Singapore tradition, and the Ya Kun Kaya Toast Coffeestall

I had been given plenty of advice about celebrated dishes and even drinks to try when I visited Singapore. Laksa and Gin Slings were high on every list, but nobody mentioned toast. It doesn’t sound very exotic. Not something one would spend 12 hours travel time to try. Toast is toast is toast, isn’t it?…

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