The top 5 hiking spots for outdoorsy travellers to try in Canberra

Australia’s capital, Canberra, is a city within a nature park and there’s no better way to explore it than on foot. Canberra’s scenic hikes will soon be just an eight hour flight away, with Singapore Airlines’ set to commence direct services between Singapore and Canberra on 20 September. Since more than half of the Australian Capital Territory is either a nature reserve national park or state forest, we have narrowed down five must-do walks catered for all fitness levels. 1. Canberra Centenary Trail For the hardcore walker, this 145km loop passes many natural and man-made cultural icons of the capital. You don’t have to do it all in one go, of course – it’s divided into sections so you can

Woogo California Smoothies, Wisma Central

With Malaysia's hot and humid climate, it is nice to cool down with an iced cold drink with fresh fruits! And you can do just that with the newest smoothie franchise in town - Woogo California Smoothies. Why is Woogo unique? It is made of a spoonful of homemade fruit sorbet; a portion of low fat yogurt; some fruit juice; ice; and a hit of fresh fruits. “We hope all the people out there can savour the authentic flavour of California smoothie without worries of the nutrition level of smoothies," said Freddy, the founder of Woogo California Smoothies Malaysia. "While at the same time, the public can feel our enthusiasm, happiness and good vibes. This had been our motto since the first day Woogo

Marina Bay Sands: Epicurean Market

Spanning three conventional halls, the Epicurean Market had a plethora of activities (and food, of course) for a wide range of people to explore; be it food lovers, wine connoisseurs to industry professionals. Tickets were going at $35 a head, and you’ll be gifted a pair of champagne glass as a form of a door gift from one of their redemption counters as thanks for coming down to the event. This event was cleverly planned out. Depending on what you are interested in having a look at, the layout was strategically divided into 6 main zones. Due to the enormity of the event, we did not have the opportunity and time to explore each and every one of these zones. This article will focus on the one

The Refinery, Lavender

Tucked away in a corner of King George's Avenue near an industrial area Lavender and Jalan Besar is The Refinery. Perhaps the space it sits in used to be a refinery of sorts, but we know for sure it is definitely a refined experience to dine here. Food here is largely Japanese-based with a hint of western influence, though its cocktails are definitely not Asian-inspired. The Refinery is popular among both the lunch and dinner crowd with dinner attracting more happy hour hunters than the rushed working adults of the lunchtime madness. It's not hard to see why they have such a pull - the food is superb. We tried 4 great appetisers that are in my must-try list. The seaweed truffle fries ($13) i

Wheeler's Yard, Lorong Ampas

Hidden behind an iconic blue metal gate and trendy hipster bicycles, Wheeler’s Yard is a cafe that cyclists and families frequent on weekends. It is located right along Whampoa park connector, making it even more convenient for park-goers to enjoy their meals there. The industrial warehouse creates a spacious environment while affording diners a vintage feel. Before its revamp, there were spates of negative feedback from unsatisfied diners about their food and service. Today, however, Wheeler's Yard proves to have redeemed itself. It has embraced some Japanese culture, infused into some classic Western dishes on their menu. To start off our tasting session, we tried the Lychee Loving Tea ($6

Rosita's Deluxe Pop-up at Park Bench Deli

Cult burger pop-up, Rosita’s Deluxe returns this Sunday for their fourth pop-up at Park Bench Deli. Expect enormously satisfying beef stacks and lots of good vibes. Since this weekend is also the F1 weekend, Rosita's Deluxe has made their menu available in Deliveroo. Avoid all the mayhem happening in town and get the food delivered right to your doorstep here. For a little preview of what to expect from Rosita's Deluxe (Warning: Not for the faint hearted!), check out the #foodporn action from Rosita’s Deluxe past parties. Grab your burgers (from $15) and fries (from $5) before it runs out and wash it down with some Pilsner Urquell (on tap!) ($10). See you there! Event Details Date : Sunday,

Musang King Artisanal Mooncakes by Way Modern Chinois

Celebrate this year's Mid-Autumn Festival with these beautifully crafted artisanal mooncakes by one of Kuala Lumpur's ultra-contemporary Chinese restaurants. These handmade mooncakes are created using quality durian and cream custard wrapped in delicate snow skin which is infused with natural butterfly pea flowers. They are priced at RM23.00 per piece or RM88.00 for a gift box of 4 pieces (pricing excludes GST). To place orders, please contact +6012 789-0844. Way Modern Chinois Address: G-1, Work@Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, 50490 Damansara Heights Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays: 12.00pm – 3.00pm (lunch); 6.00pm – 10.30pm Closed on Mondays and selected public holidays #moonc

Malaysia Day Special - Laksa Hangover Pop-up

This Malaysia Day, The Lunch Club collaborates with Cantina Moderna to present The Laksa Hangover Pop-up at The KL Journal Hotel. The #LaksaHangoverPopUp celebrates the unity of Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak to form Malaysia. What better way to commemorate this historical day than with the widely loved delicacy of Sarawak Laksa! Get your pre-sale tickets for RM36 at www.thelunchclub.asia now and receive a RM35 voucher from The Lunch Club for use on www.thelunchclub.asia throughout the months of September and October. Event Details Cantina Moderna X The Lunch Club: #HangoverLaksaPopUp Venue: The Shack @ KL Journal. No 30 Jalan Beremi Date: Friday 16.09.2016 Time: 12 noon to 6pm Tickets pri

ANTE (Publika & 1 Utama)

Ante is the place you want to go when you are craving a good porky meal in Malaysia where good pork restaurants are far and few between. Not only is Ante named the winner of Best Place for Meats by TimeOut KL's Food Awards 2015, they are also purveyors of creative one-of-a-kind dishes like their fusionised Char Siu Curry Cream Pasta! To make sure they stay on top of their food game, Ante goes through a yearly revamp where they introduce new porkylicious dishes to their menu. That time of the year is upon us again. And indeed, it is glorious! Their new Tasting Platter (RM46 - pictured above) is a nice and light precursor to a scrumptious porky feast. It's the perfect taster of a number of Ant

Better Beer Festival 2016 adds in a unique twist: food pairing!

The Better Beer Festival returns this year with over 100 unique craft beers. This time, made tastier with a twist - beer-inspired foods! MyBeer and Tiffin bring you the two-day festival on the 7th & 8th October 2016, so cross out those dates on your calendar! Happening in White Box & The Square in Publika, the fifth installment of the annual event boasts craft beers from all over the world – Australia, Japan, USA, England, Scotland, Denmark, Vietnam, Singapore, Belgium and New Zealand – made available alongside beer-inspired eats, live music and activities for all to enjoy! Tiffin adds to the hype and excitement for this year’s Better Beer Festival with Chowdown, offering a wide range of bee

Godiva Raspberry & Rose: A Bold and Refreshing Twist to Frozen Treats

Beat the haze and stay cool with Godiva’s limited edition Raspberry & Rose Soft Serve and Chocolixir! Crafted by Godiva’s esteemed chocolatier, Chef Jean Apostolou, in celebration of the chocolatier’s 90th anniversary, the new flavour will surely delight your senses with its smooth and creamy decadence. Soft serves are available in three delectable flavours, vanilla white chocolate, dark chocolate and dark & white chocolate twist, each promising a unique symphony of tastes. I tried the dark & white and it was love at first lick. The strong dark chocolate taste is prominent and provides a huge contrast to the sweet, creamy white chocolate. Topped with Raspberry & Rose sauce and crunchy raspbe

Project B, Sentul

Food with a good cause is something that's on the rise in Malaysia. After my review of Charlie's Cafe in Taman Desa and experiencing the pay-it-forward system, I fell in love with the concept of marrying charity with food. We eat so much on a daily basis and I'm sure a lot of it goes to waste. We don't bat an eyelid. But there are plenty of the needy who would kill to be in your shoes, enjoying the same simple joys in life. It wasn't my first visit to Project B in Sentul, but we decided to head down for a review recently to highlight their cause as well as some of their hot-selling dishes. If the facade seems familiar, you're probably thinking, it looks and feels much like The BIG Group's ch

Weiner, Da Men Mall USJ

The moment I walked into Weiner, I knew I'd love it. It has all the trappings of what makes a good bar - fun decor, plenty of food and drinks as well as a really friendly manager, Siva. Siva and I became instant friends when I spoke to him and found out that he had come from Singapore and that Weiner was under the Sarnies Group (a favourite of mine). I knew I'd have a good time here at Weiner when Siva started rattling off cocktails he would be making for us. The ingredients sounded foreign and imaginative. And Weiner, of course, serves hot dogs. But not just any kind - we had gourmet hot dogs. The hot dogs arrived later than the drinks, so we were buzzing and happy when the food finally cam

Heineken Shape Your City

Heineken's global campaign Shape Your City brings specially created art installations to Kuala Lumpur. Comprising of rotatable-mirrored panels, Themancalleduncle a.k.a Callen Tham's breathtaking art installation titled Koleidoscape is travelling with the campaign. Koleidoscape offers viewers the chance to explore the reflected image of their choice, with by simply rotating the panels to create different reflective distortions. While the idea is simple, the effect is impactful and provides a new point of view on our urban surroundings, in hopes to inspire new possibilities. Another innovative piece is by The Biji-Biji Initiative who created the Synth City Table. This installation piece will s

Cameron Highlands: Dian Yi Long

Somehow, food tastes better when you're enjoying it in the cool air of the highlands - and of course, with a loved one. We woke up one Sunday morning in Cameron Highlands craving dimsum and did a quick Google search to find that there were only a couple of dimsum places available in the area. Thankfully, one of them was open (as it was a public holiday and as morning people, we were up pretty early). We made our way to Dian Yi Long, which means order one basket (of Dimsum), if my translation skills haven't failed me. But when you're having dimsum, one long is never enough. We were served a chee cheong fun dish even though we didn't order it. We were ravenous, so we accepted the dish with ent

Fresh Fruits Lab, Kembangan

Fresh Fruits Lab is one of those places that is worth travelling halfway across the island for (if you live in the West or North like we do). But with a car, it is easily accessible. It is a quirky cafe with some of the best cafe food I've tried in Singapore. Props are scattered around the cafe for you to conduct your own photo booth sessions if you want, while waiting for your food to arrive. Many people know about their juices, served in beakers and test tubes here. While they make great Instagram photos, they also taste great! I have no doubt in their moniker - fresh fruits lab, because indeed, the fruits were fresh. But if you can't live without coffee, they whip up a decent latte too. S

Skullduggery, Bukit Damansara

Speakeasy bars have been popping up left right centre all around Kuala Lumpur. How true they are to what speakeasies were meant to be historically, that is up for debate. But they have provided plenty of new options for drinking and hanging out with friends. Skullduggery is one of Bukit Damansara's newest drinking spots. It's a little challenging to find the entrance because you will have to walk behind Huckleberry Food & Fare into the back alley to find it. But you shouldn't miss it once you reach the alley. You should probably not venture there alone either... Better be safe than sorry. Once you walk up the stairs into the bar, you will feel as though you've been transported to a whole dif

Ah B Cafe, Sunny Heights

Ah B Cafe is one of Singapore's few pet-friendly cafes, where people can bring their fur babies. They serve both food for people and pets (but it is mostly for dogs!). I was invited to Ah B Cafe by the owners, Joel and Celine, to try out their new menu that just launched this month. I even had a little reviewer with me, Louie, who helped me review the dog's menu. (Credit to Aloy and Elaine for lending me Louie!) My happy fur buddy was so excited when he got to chow down on a bowl of pork, carrots and egg. The food prepared for animals are all cooked with no salt and oil, making it both safe and yummy for your fur babies! Then came the time for us to eat. Joel first brought out a plate of cre

Wonderland, Ovation of the Seas by Royal Caribbean

As if dining on a cruise ship isn't magical enough, you can up the whimsical level of your dining experience by having your meal at Wonderland aboard the Ovation of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. Taking cues from Alice in Wonderland, the themed restaurant will make you feel like you've fallen down the rabbit hole and emerged in wonderland, indeed. Channel your inner Red Queen as you dress up to the tens and make your way into this fine-dining establishment. No one would bat an eyelid if you walked in wearing a ballgown or if you were in the Mad Hatter's costume. They may mistake you as one of the waitstaff, however, because they are all dressed in quirky costumes to fit the theme of the restau

Beans N Beans, Da Men Mall USJ

Da:Men Mall in USJ is the latest addition to the USJ neighbourhood, attracting many of its residents. So it is no surprise that it has opened up a number of food outlets. Beans N Beans is one of them. The brand is imported from Korea. It's ingredients are also imported from their main supplier in Korea to ensure authenticity. On my first visit to Beans N Beans, I walked in feeling absolutely famished. So, I ended up ordering a whole bunch of sandwiches and a soup for myself and two friends who were equally hungry. It was recommended that we try their grapefruit soda (RM14.60), which wasn't too fizzy and had a really refreshing flavour. At the recommendation of a very friendly owner of the pl

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