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take a bite

June 4, 2017 |Comments

They say some eat to live, and others live to eat, but you have to agree it’s almost always a mixture of both. Whatever it is, life is best enjoyed with good food, and what better way to top that off than with someone who shares the same cravings as you?
What my partner and I find ourselves doing every weekend is trying out new local cafés and restaurants, and though there are some we tend to go back to, the weekends are strictly reserved for a fresh palate. That said, we enjoy traveling too, mainly for the food and the sights. And in every city we visit, we make the effort to book in advance so the day is started off with a solid brunch and closed with a hearty meal.

You have to admit, it’s always a promising meal that we all look forward to after a long day. Take my partner and I for example, we constantly have full schedules of meetings and new deadlines throughout the week, so we tend to plan dates in advance. This way, we also get to tick off our checklist of restaurants, cafés and bars that we want to visit, so it’s a win-win. We find this really helps us tide through the workday knowing that we get to spend time with each other over an enjoyable meal after. And if the food wasn’t that great, hey, at least now we know to steer clear.
On the recurring theme of food, both of us actually met at a friend’s wedding lunch and hit it off straight away. Surely food makes the world go ‘round, right?

That said, of course I know how hard it is finding the perfect person to vibe with, and I hear this all the time from both guy and girl friends who are even busier than I am. Think doctors, investment bankers or airline crew with a full schedule from dawn to dusk, and for those who are already used to working overtime or have spontaneous shifts, I think you get my drift.
So here’s something to mull over, no matter how independent or busy you may be, you still have to eat. And if you’re into meeting up with others over a genuine meal and conversation, Bite lets you do just that. You can even post your own broadcast stating where, when, and what you’d like to eat, then accept a Bite from users who feel the same way. Don’t be shy, it’s best you check it out for yourself on the App Store or Google Play!
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oasis in the city

July 28, 2016 |Comments

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In collaboration with Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

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There are a few places in the world close to my heart, some of them significant because of the close friends I’ve made, and others are far etched in my memory by the intimate flavours of a very, very wonderful meal. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is one of them, mainly for the reasons that many unexpected friendships have been formed within the building, and that their award-winning restaurants serve up an excellent meal while their fine serene spa boasts a mighty first-class massage, tried and true.

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The principle of enjoyment and happiness at award-winning fine-dining restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun.
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Signature Peking Duck
Duck is roasted in a customised wood-fired oven, imbuing succulence to the meat and reducing fat beneath the aromatic crispy skin. The xiang le touch extends also to the service as the chef personally carves the duck in front of guests with an exquisite final touch – caviar is served on the side, for an intimate blend with the traditional flavours of the duck.
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Even their dim sums showcase the laborious and delectable attention to detail by the chefs. For one, the crispy flaky pastry with black pepper meat takes many hours to make, with seventeen symmetrical layers alternated between water-based and oil-based skin to form a crispy textured pastry that wraps the wood-fired meat within. And perhaps one of my favourites, the steamed barbequed pork bun uses kurobuta pork that is glazed and cooked in the wood-fired oven, and then finally topped with the tangy sweetness of green chilli. To say it was exquisite is an understatement.

Words and Photos: Pale Division and Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

four seasons tokyo

February 8, 2016 |Comments

In collaboration with Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

It should come as no surprise that the world’s most sprawling city, Tokyo, is a dynamic urban landscape well-known for its cutting-edge and high-tech efficiency. Quite frankly too, the teeming metropolis is a place of hidden wonders where you can find an ancient temple wedged between skyscrapers, or a tiny shrine down a suburban lane; the fantastic and futuristic beside the everyday. It must be so then, that the Marunouchi business district is the commercial heart not merely of Tokyo, but of all Japan.
Within arm’s reach of Tokyo Station, Ginza and the Imperial Palace, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi presents its most intimate property yet. The hotel’s boutique rooms blend state-of-the-art convenience with timeless luxury, and I had the greatest pleasure of indulging in their inspirational farm-to-table French cuisine at their newly opened MOTIF Restaurant and Bar.

The first thing I did every morning was gaze over the Pacific Century Place courtyard from my spacious room that had some of the best natural light situations. Certainly, floor-to-ceiling windows never let you down and it’s important to note that the décor was just as ace. Think meticulous attention to detail – contemporary furnishings, leather canopies and Japanese-lacquered doors and tabletops. And as if a walk-in closet wasn’t quite enough, the room’s spacious en suite featured a deep soaking tub that functioned to drown out all my worries.

Surely it made sense to pay a daily visit to Ginza, one of the world’s most prestigious shopping districts, since it was only a 5-10-minute walk. Here you’ll find popular department stores like Matsuzaka-ya, Mitsukoshi and Matsuya among the array of high-street and luxury brands. Meanwhile if you’ve been itching to head towards Akihabara Electric District, the largest electronic shopping area in the world, it’ll simply take you 4 minutes by rail. If you’re more into apparel shopping and the busiest pedestrian crossing, however, the famous Shibuya district is only 17 minutes away by rail.

Now, we come to one of my favourite conversation topics that is food and so it is only apt to highlight Four Season’s MOTIF Restaurant and Bar. Offering a breathtaking view of the iconic Tokyo station and the historical Marunouchi business district, the French restaurant embraces the spirit of modern voyage and echoes the hotel’s unique backdrop where past meets the present.

For dinner, I had their signature MOTIF menu prepared by Head Chef Hiroyuki Asano and Culinary Advisor Chef Hiroshi Nakamichi, and frankly it exceeded expectations. After all, the restaurant is founded on the core principles of esprit terroir – spirit of earth, and highlights included the scallop that was breadcrumbed with shiso, the mouthwatering sea urchin flan with bisque, and the presentable surf clam sautéed with udo risotto. A ten course culinary experience and an overly satisfied stomach after, I came to the conclusion that it simply is what it is: a gastronomic journey that is uniquely MOTIF.

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi. Till we meet again.

 

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