Posted in Food, Reviews

Hearty & Homely Hakata-style dishes – the Torikin Dining Experience

Singaporeans love to eat; that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

3 kinds of foods that Singaporeans also generally love are hot pots, barbeques, and Japanese cuisine.

So imagine our surprise when we were told that Torikin serves all 3 at once! Surely, this was too good to be true?

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With much anticipation, we paid them a visit – what did we find?

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When classic villains return – Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Review

If you’ve got even the slightest bit of knowledge on anime, manga, or Japanese pop-culture in general, then the name of Dragon Ball Z (also affectionately known as DBZ to many fans) will no doubt be familiar.

Having prevailed for so many years and possessing such a rich history and immense amount of lore, deciding what the ‘best’ story arc of DBZ is highly debatable. But one of the first major plot points is definitely when protagonist, Son Goku and his friends took on the nasty alien tyrant, Frieza.

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More than 20 years later, Toei Animation and series creator, Akira Toriyama, have worked together again to release Dragon Ball Z Resurrection ‘F’, the 19th DBZ movie and sequel to 2013’s Battle of Gods, featuring none other than the resurrection of the purple-and-white baddie himself.


Let’s get this started!

We were fortunate enough to be invited to catch a sneak preview of the movie and this will be a spoiler-free review.

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Ramen Revolution ’15 Begins! – Ramen Restaurant Rundown

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The biggest celebration of ramen in Singapore; Ramen Revolution ’15; has begun!

With the objective to commemorate and bring awareness to the different kinds of ramen available across the island, 24 brands have participated and are vying to be YOUR top choice.

By voting, you also stand to win amazing prizes. You can read on how to vote in our previous entry.

“Who are these participating brands?” you ask?

Here’s a quick list to help you out.

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Japan’s Unlikely Food Treasures #2 – Starbucks

Whether if you’re a regular visitor to Japan or if it’s your first time there, the following scenario might sound familiar to you – being tired from hours of walking from place to place, feeling thirsty from trekking long distances and just wanting to sit down to rest and recharge.

Yet, choices can be surprisingly limited at times; restaurants in a glitzy mall are expensive and roadside stalls are made for quick, eat-and-go experiences with little time for relaxation.

What’s a tired traveller to do?

What if I told you that there is a location that is easy to find, great to relax in, and offers lots of interesting little perks that are unique just to Japan? That place is none other than Starbucks!

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Ramen Revolution ’15 – A Taste of things to come

It felt like yesterday when all Ramen fans had to choose from were just a small handful shops.

01There are now over 100 ramen stores in Singapore!

Today, ramen restaurants have sprouted all over the island, with dozens of stores in not just the central areas, but the east and west as well. With so many choices now available, it’s only natural that one would have their own favourite.

Now, here’s your chance to let YOUR beloved ramen joint shine.

Presenting – Ramen Revolution ’15.

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Where exotic ramen masterpieces meet fusion dining – A visit to Ippudo SG @ Shaw Centre

Most serious ramen connoisseurs are undoubtedly familiar with Ippudo.

From its founding in Hakata, Japan, Ippudo soon made its way to Singapore where it made a huge impact on the ramen scene. Consumers were exposed to real, high quality and authentic ramen and the bar was set to new heights. Today, Ippudo continues to maintain its impressive standards even after opening several branches around the island.

What’s also praise-worthy is their constant efforts to ensure that every new branch opened offers a different concept that’s unique to it. Not only does this help Ippudo exercise its creative muscles more, it also gives any foodie a good reason to visit every store – and keep coming back.

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We were cordially invited to check out Ippudo’s latest outlet opened at the 4th floor of the renovated Shaw Centre and I was personally looking forward to a new dining experience.

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Awesome All Around – AAA Concert in Singapore Report

Singapore is no stranger to concerts.

In recent years, we’ve been graced with the presence of many amazing J-Pop artistes in large-scaled concerts, such as a-nation last year which brought us megastars like Ayumi Hamasaki.

But it’s rare when we get a musical act that is as equally approachable and friendly as they are talented.

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Such was the case with Attack All Around (better known as AAA)’s concert here in Singapore on the 4th April 2015.

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From their first greetings at their media conference, it was evident that the group had one objective in mind: To have as much fun with their fans as possible.

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