Tok Panjang, a long table CNY heritage feast at Folklore

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Like a breathe of fresh air, Folklore celebrates Lunar New Year with Tok Panjang -  a lavish heritage feast sprawled out over a long table - a ritual at Peranakan households meant to mark special occasions. Here, there are no traces of the stodgy peng cai nor tacky heaviness of nian goa (apologies if I've stepped on anyone's feet with that remark. Do note that I do love a good Nian Gao), instead, the tabletop is covered with 15 heritage dishes prepared true to Chef Damian's Peranakan maternal grandmother. Talk about embracing the communal spirit, Folklore's Tok Panjang has got it down pat.

[Golden Peony] Year of the Dog Prosperity Menu: You got me at Suckling Pig with Shanghainese Sticky Rice

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The time of the year for unapologetic feasting of Pineapple Tarts, Bak Kwa, Prawn Rolls and all the other traditional Nonya biscuits is almost here. But before that – the annual reunion dinner. The entire family crowding over a table of scrumptious dishes, catching up on the lives on one another. Traditionally, the females in the family would spend the entire day cooking up the annual feast. But if that is too much work to fanthom, the Golden Peony at Conrad Centennial offers a reunion dinner set menu for those who prefer ushering in the Lunar New Year without all the cooking and washing - minimal fuss.

25 Degrees Singapore wishes to cast a spell with their Black Magic Burger

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As much as I was put off by the tag-line of 'endorsed by A-List celebrities as their go-to burger joint', I could understand what was the fuss about. Rich burgundy hued wallpaper, black leather booth seats and just enough natural light streaming in. If the Los Angeles branch emulates the same feel, it would probably be the perfect spot to be captured devouring a heavy stack while still sporting a cropped top revealing chiseled abs underneath - cue the headlines "How __ Stays Fit - While Modelling and Eating Burgers". oh pls...

Sky22 @ Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena: more than just dining with a view

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Throw a stone and you'll probably hit a restaurant that banks its reservation list on glamorised decor and stellar views of the metropolis. But the number of restaurants that actually serve up food that is befitting of its ludicrous inflated price tags are few - the new Sky22 being one of the handful that finds a righteous balance between being your business-savy hotel restaurant with mediocre International offerings and a casual dining joint that attempts to keep things playful without being flippant.

Located on the 22nd floor, Sky22's expansive floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed views of the city is an instant selling point. The restaurant pays serious attention to detail, the professional reception area transitioning seamlessly into the casual-chic dining room after traversing past cascading water features and beach-esque wall dividers. Food wise, the hotel does the conventional International buffet spread for an affable $38++ per person with a good selection of meats on offer. The roast pork, I must admit was pretty delicious, crackly roofed and succulent based. The Ala-carte selection on the other hand does have its appeal, ranging from sharing plates to Singaporean delights and innovative mains. Something for everyone.

Don Ho: Sunday brunch with resort feels in the heart of the city

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Stepping into Don Ho Instantly makes me feel as if I've been transported to a resort. The first thing that catches my eyes was an insta-worthy wall of bright pink flamingos in tropic green, palm leaves surrounding. Then my gaze shifts to the ceiling high cabinet decked out with potted plants and animal figurines. Walking through sliding doors and into the main restaurant area reveals a space that is generously decorated with foliage, pale wooden chairs accompanied with teal coloured cushions, a wall printed with palm leaves and light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. I was utterly impressed by the interior even before the food was served. Secretly adding brownie points to the final score.

[GIVEAWAY] Asanoya Bakery launches its new Brûlée Croissant to ring in the New Year

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That very first bite of Asanoya's newest Brûlée Croissant reeled me in. And because I'm feeling all emotional on New Year's Day, I would have described it as a taste of success, surrender, satisfaction, joy and celebration all wrapped up in one bite; or one cube to be exact.

Top eats of 2017: Please Sir Can I have somemore?!

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Tonight, from Kuala Lumpur, I'm raising my glass to one heck of a memorable year.

There have been highs, and extreme lows, bucket loads of tears, jaw-dropping sunsets and plenty of beauty.

Loads of delicious things have been set in front of me. Photos have filled the memory of my computer and pretty epic tales including silly exchanges with chefs have flowed out onto the Internet.

Here we are at the end and at the beginning. Like a hop, skip and quick restart.

But before we do so, there are certain dishes out there which I feel strongly compelled to commit to memory - here are my favourite eats of the year.

[NEW] Merci Marcel: Tiong Bahru gem touting bejewelled tipples

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Just what the neighbourhood needs is another wine bar. Note, the lack of sarcasm in my voice. No, it's not a double innuendo. I persevere in proving my point, the bereft of chill-out joints in the creative enclave of Tiong Bahru a mystery to me seeing alcohol's ability to 'inspire'. Merci Marcel, the latest lifestyle concept doled out by the same folks behind O' Comptoir and O' Batignolles brings the same winning formula of wine and cheese dressed up in a more articulate vibrant manner.

The Affogato Bar: Tis' the season to be jolly... with the aid of chocolate.

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Affogato Bar is Asia's first cafe that specialises in affogatos. As someone who is a lover of both coffee and ice cream, I've had affogatos a couple of times before straying away, since realising that the ice cream often melted into the coffee too quickly and both elements could not be tasted distinctly on its own. While I was slightly sceptical about how an entire cafe can be bourne out of a single dessert, I was even more hopeful that the cafe could change my mind about Affogatos.

The Affogato Bar released 3 special Affogatos for the Christmas season - Lady Claret, Firewood and Toasted Smores. After a series of careful consideration, we eventually opted for Lady Claret and Toasted Smores.

Limehouse: Date Night Solved.

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It's been a good year for the business of libations and cocktail bars spanning our local shores. Singapore has really come into its own in the bar world, capturing six spots in this year's "World's 50 Best Bars" list, third to perennial cocktail capitals London and New York. One things for sure, the locals thirst for cocktails is insatiable. We might have our staid, workaholic way of life to blame, but that just makes the lure of a kooky libation after work, irresistible. Who's with me?

And with drinks, there must be food. If you're looking for a place that does stellar cocktails accompanied with tasty nosh, here's one to add to your list: Limehouse, a Caribbean style drinking den that will have you attempting to salsa at the end of your rum-filled dinner experience.