Who says you need to travel the world to sample different cuisines? You can do it right here in Singapore! Join us on a gastronomic journey around the island, where we’ll take you from Japan to Hawaii – all in one page.

Merci Marcel

Address: 56 Eng Hoon Street #01-68, Singapore 160056
Origin: France 🇫🇷

 

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Say “Bonjour!” to Merci Marcel, a new cafe located at the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. The charming space takes inspiration from the many food joints that spruce up the streets of France, decked out in lush greenery and intricately patterned tiles that invite you in. Inside, get ready to be swept away by the relaxed and romantic vibes that Merci Marcel presents, beautifully complementing their authentic French fare like the Black Pepper Tuna ($25) and Ceviche of Red Snapper ($22). Want to dine with a hint of the outdoors? Head to their interior courtyard and be greeted with string lights and rustic-styled furniture, or request for a table at the Garden Patio where you’ll find mini plants hanging overhead. Totally IG-worthy!

Alati

Address: 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892
Origin: Greece 🇬🇷

Dreaming of visiting the mesmerising land of Greece, but end up with hopes dashed when you think about the hefty travel costs? Well, this Greek restaurant is your next best solution. Situated at the cultural paradise of Amoy Street, a step inside Alati might just have you rubbing your eyes for reassurance that you didn’t just teleport to the islands of Santorini. Furnished with the country’s signature blue and white aesthetics, Alati is a paradisiacal escape with authentic Greek cuisine to boot. True to the Greeks’ penchant for sharing plates, opt for the Greek Octopus ($39) to indulge with your companions. Finish off your feast with a round of the Greek Fried Donuts ($20) – fluffy dough balls drizzled in honey and dark chocolate sauce that will cap off your experience on a sweet note.

Little Hiro

Address: 559 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269695
Origin: Hawaii 🏴󠁵󠁳

For a thirst of the sunny Hawaii island, Little Hiro saves the day in a big way. Dressed up with decorative signs that evoke a beachside stand and surfboards peeking at the store’s corners, the cosy joint combines Hawaiian tastes with a contemporary Japanese flair. The food variety here can sure cause waves too, notably the Shio Ramen Burger with Chicken Karaage combo ($8.90) which interestingly replaces boring ol’ buns with ramen patties. But if you’re looking for a more simple, traditional approach, the Waikiki Deluxe Burger ($8.30) will do the trick.

Piedra Negra

Address: 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753
Origin: Mexico 🇲🇽

Just at the corner of Bali Line and along Beach Road lies Piedra Negra, a hard-to-spot Mexican restaurant thanks to a never-ending crowd. First glimpse of the place looks just like a party where everyone’s invited – eye-catching murals on the alleyway walls outside, Latin music playing from the speakers, and a gorgeous mosaic- tiled interior that will make you forget you’re even in Singapore. Once you’re settled in, order the Guacamole ($10.90) to start and relish the sight of it freshly made in front of you via an old school mortar and pestle. You can’t go wrong with Mexican delights like the Mango Madness Ceviche ($12.90) or the all-time favourite Quesadilla Chicken ($11.90) either. And with additional levels that you can book for events, dinner gatherings and birthday parties, consider your next Mexican-themed night sorted!

El Cubanos

Address: 1A Short Street #01-01, Singapore 188210
Origin: Cuba 🇨🇺

 

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When a spot is lined with flags of the cuisine’s origin country at its storefront, you know it’s got to be authentic. At El Cubanos, patrons can get a slice of Cuba with Cuban-influenced dishes. Feel transported to Havana with the Grilled Chicken Cubanos ($9), which features a mixture of boneless chicken leg, crunchy onions and savoury cheese with a side of Cajun spiced fries. Vegetarians can take delight in the strictly- mushroom burgers too. With posters of native hero Che Guevara adorning the walls accompanied with Cuban music to set the mood, we wouldn’t blame you if you leave half of your heart here after a meal.

Gosso Omotenashi Dining

Address: 64 Boat Quay, Singapore 049852
Origin: Japan 🇯🇵

 

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In Japan, there’s a certain charm about ordering made-to-order sticks of charred meat by the roadside. Along the riverside stalls of Boat Quay hides a hole-in-the-wall joint, which offers izakaya grilled on the spot. Choose between the classic Tsukene chicken balls ($7 for two sticks) with an explosion of molten cheese, and the acquired Gosso Dama ($7.80 for two sticks) with chicken liver wrapped in pork crépine. Don’t leave without sampling the Tsukimi Tsukune ($12.90), a sizzling chicken patty that oozes out milky egg yolk. Complete with wall tapestries containing Japanese inscriptions to add to the ambience, we dare you not to go “oishii”!

This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2, out on newsstands now. 

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With Father’s Day fast approaching, you may be scratching your heads trying to come up with the perfect gift to please the father figure in your life. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with these completely unique and thoughtful picks to thank your number one man in style. To sweeten the deal, we’ve also made sure that everything’s available for purchase online. Shop away!

Of A Kind The Guy Set, $131.83

The Guy Set By Of A Kind

It may not be in your dad’s nature to ask for such an extravagant care package, but grooming essentials are something they wouldn’t say no to. For the dapper dude who appreciates the finer things in life, this convenient bundle has everything he needs to help him look sleek and polished around-the-clock – think super-rich shaving cream, a good ol’ mossy candle, and some handy deodorant.

Blue Lounge CableBin, $119.78

Blue Lounge's CableBin

Honestly, who hasn’t heard their dear old man complain over unsightly wires and ill-organised cables lying around the household? If your dad’s one of those who obsess over keeping their environment neat and tidy, then this minimalist bin is the perfect gift for him. Not only does it help to keep clutter out of sight, it has a chic wooden design that would look great against his workplace aesthetic.

Acoustic Sheep SleepPhones, $53.20

Acoustic Sheep Sleep Headphones

Do you often catch your dad dozing off during a long movie or whilst reading a book in his armchair? Then this might be just the thing to get him! Not only do these fuzzy sleep headphones help to block out ambient noise, it also doubles up as a portable pillow that he can bring wherever he goes – especially if his job requires him to travel for long hours on flights!

Uniqlo UTGP Marvel Tee (Hulk), $14.90

Uniqlo's UTGP Marvel Tee (Hulk)

This one’s for all the dad geeks out there who can’t stop talking about the latest Avengers movie. Instead of getting him a typical button-up or formal shirt that’s oh-so-boring, this Marvel graphic tee is bound to fuel his inner fanboy and keep him young at heart.

UncommonGoods What I Love About Dad By Me Book, $13.40

UncommonGoods' What I Love About Dad By Me Book

If your dad fancies something a little more traditional, consider getting him a gift with a personal touch like this customisable prompt book that contains little statements that you can fill in, which would definitely make for a more meaningful gift than simply getting him a ready-made card. What’s more, it’s pocket-sized so he can easily whip it out for a pick-me-up whenever he’s feeling stressed or down!

Old English Company King Of The Dad Jokes Enamel Mug, $21.37

Old English Company's King Of The Dad Jokes Enamel Mug

Everyone knows dads come up with the best jokes. In fact, there’s an entire genre dedicated to them! Show your support for the comedian in your life with this ironic enamel mug that crowns him the master of all things funny. Besides giving pops a nice little ego boost, it will also show that you appreciate everything about him – corny dad jokes and all.

Vintage Style Couple Portrait by Jordan Grace Owens, $220.63

Vintage Style Couple Portrait by Jordan Grace Owens

If you’re thinking of getting him a classic framed family photo, why not put a unique twist on it by letting artist Jordan Grace Owens transform your folks into vintage-style art? These pieces are lovingly hand-drawn in blank ink on vintage book paper, then framed in a delicate brass frame – perfect for the dad who aspires to be a 21st century hipster!

Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet, $119

Bellroy's Slim Sleeve Wallet

For the workaholic dads who are always on the go, this stylish yet practical wallet would be an essential to his everyday life. It comes with handy card slots and pull-tabs to provide ample space for him to store all his items, yet doesn’t appear bulky at all thanks to its slim sleeve design. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s constructed with premium, environmentally certified leather so bonus points for eco-friendliness!

Moaning Minnie Dad And His Dog Yorkshire Tweed Bow Ties, $46.50

Dad And His Dog Yorkshire Tweed Bow Ties by Moaning Minnie

If your family has a beloved four-legged buddy back home, he’ll love this set of matching bowties – one for him, and one for the pup. Cue hilarious twinning photo-taking sessions that will totally change your family portrait game. This adorable ensemble also comes in a variety of shades and designs, so you can pick the one that best represents your dad’s (and your dog’s) personality!

Gift Republic Bucket List Poster 100 Movies, $14.99

Gift Republic's Bucket List Poster 100 Movies

Whether he’s a diehard film enthusiast or a chill couch potato, he will get much use out of this bucket list poster. A compilation of all the must-watch flicks, it allows him to scratch off each box after completing it for a sense of instant gratification. Plus it makes for an aesthetically-pleasing wall decor!

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug, $19.99

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug by TP-Link

For the tech whiz who finds joy in experimenting with the latest gadgets, this smart wireless plug would be a worthy addition to his collection. This innovative gear allows him to connect his smartphone to electronic devices all around the house, enabling him to control light switches, TV and fans with ease – no matter where he is. How convenient is that?

MijMoj Personalised Cufflink Tray & Watch Stand, $144.60

MijMoj's Personalised Cufflink Tray & Watch Stand

Help your dad keep his living space organised with this personalised cufflink cum watch tray, which provides an artistic way to display his favourite accessories and knick knacks. When it comes to finding his stuff whilst rushing to work in the morning, he will thank the lucky stars for this gem. But what makes it so special is that you can even write or doodle a small message on the wooden surface – be it an inspiration quote, a thank you note or an inside joke that’s sure to put a smile on his face.

Hook & Albert Garment Weekender + Dopp Kit, $599.22

Hook & Albert's Garment Weekender + Dopp Kit, $599.22

We saved the priciest for the last. But what it lacks in affordability, it certainly makes up for in functionality. It’s not just a stylish travel bag, but a nifty garment organiser for any business trips your dad might need to go on. The compartments are designed to minimise as much space as possible while keeping his suits crisp and wrinkle-free, leaving him to travel in peace. Although this one may be a little on the expensive side, is there really such a thing as spending too much on daddy dearest? And if you’re working on a tight budget, you can always split the cost with your siblings and make it a combined gift!

At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts so we’re sure dad will love anything you get him. How are you planning to celebrate Father’s Day? We’d love to hear them!

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Riding high on the massive box office success of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios kicks off its decade-reigning anniversary celebrations with the Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes exhibition.

From 9 June till 30 September, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can head down to the ArtScience Museum to relive all their favourite superhero moments at the blockbuster exhibition. Featuring a total of 10 themed galleries, immerse yourself in a multi-sensory experience complete with life-sized figurines, interactive displays and augmented reality technology. Think hanging out with a five-metres tall Iron Man, having a dance-off with baby Groot, creating portals like Doctor Strange and more!

We bring you through some of the highlights you can expect during your visit – GIF-heavy post ahead!

#1 Enter the Stark Tower

Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition Tony Stark

The fun only really begins at the second zone, where you can head into Tony Stark’s workshop and witness the evolution of Iron Man’s iconic armours through project mapping. And it doesn’t hurt that this trippy entryway makes for the perfect Boomerang shot!

#2 Strike your best pose with Iron Man

Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition Iron Man

Don’t leave without posing for a picture with Iron Man! The exhibition has plenty of photo-worthy spots, but who can resist the magnificent hero in its five-metre glory?

#3 Channel your inner Norse god

Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition Thor

Upon stepping foot into the fourth gallery, you’ll be greeted with life-sized figurines of Thor and Hulk which brings to mind the iconic arena battle in Thor: Ragnarok. Just across the gladiator arena lies Thor’s mighty hammer, which activates lightning bolts and thunder effects when it detects your presence. Go forth, god of thunder!

#4 Have a dance-off with baby Groot

Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition Baby Groot

Transitioning to the fifth room that is dedicated to Guardians of the Galaxy, we came across two digital screens with baby Groot beckoning us to dance along with it. Well, no prizes for guessing who won in the end!

#5 Bend reality and create portals ala Doctor Strange

Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition Doctor Strange

Be transported to Doctor Strange’s New York-based residence Sanctum Sanctorum, where you can try your hand at unleashing the Sorcerer Supreme within you by bending reality or creating your own portals via animated panels. How cool is this?

#6 Ants attack!

Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition Ant-Man

As we await for the release of the upcoming Ant-Man & The Wasp movie, Marvel fanatics can get their ants fix at the eighth zone that introduces the microscopic base of Scott Lang. While you’re busy playing with your new ant-sized pals, see if you can try spotting Ant-Man and The Wasp amidst the oversized props (hint: look for the magnifying glass).

#7 Activate the infinity gauntlet

Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition Thanos

The ninth gallery is where the mad titan Thanos resides at. Although we can’t actually don the big gold glove, you’ll still have a blast attempting to ‘activate’ the Infinity Stones with the interactive display.

#8 Be part of the MCU class photo

Marvel Studios “The First Ten Years” Class Photo

Lastly, did you really go to the Marvel Studios: Ten Year Exhibition if you didn’t take a mandatory wefie with the MCU ensemble? Snag a spot beside your favourite superhero!

Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes exhibition will run from 9 June till 30 September 2018. Tickets start from $12, now available for purchase at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and online.

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Sneakerheads alert! Popular footwear and apparel retailer JD, known as the ‘Undisputed King of Trainers’, has finally made its way to our sunny island with its highly-anticipated debut at Jurong Point Shopping Centre.

JD Singapore Jurong Point

Spanning a whopping 2,900 square feet, the first ever JD outlet in Singapore is filled with racks of accessories and sneakers from over 10 cult brands including adidas, Nike, Puma, New Balance, Reebok and more. The store is split into four sections – men, women, junior and kids – so there’s bound to be something for everyone. But what makes this spot a major steal is that fellow hypebeasts and baes are able to get their hands on exclusive models that they can’t easily cop anywhere else. Just look out for the kicks that are tagged with ‘Only at JD’!

JD Singapore

If you find Jurong a little too far, fret not – watch out for the 7,200 square feet JD flagship store that is set to open its doors at ION Orchard sometime in July or August!

The JD Jurong outlet is located at Jurong Point Shopping Centre, #01-34, Singapore 648886.

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With the month of Ramadan in full swing, the streets of Geylang have been bustling with local foodies hunting for delicious eats to break fast with. From the highly-raved Beef Cubes to the gram-worthy unicorn milkshakes, we sussed out the Halal-friendly offerings worth braving the heat and crowd for at the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2018.

Spicy Chicken Korean Noodles, $5 

Spicy Chicken Korean Noodles, $5, SUAP

Where to find it: SUAP (Booth 43) 

Our verdict: If you like stuff with a kick, this peppery cup of Korean glass vermicelli topped with slices of tender chicken has just the right amount of spice to satisfy your palate. The perfect appetiser to start off your street food escapade!

Angus Grilled Cheeseburger, $8

Angus Grilled Cheeseburger, $8, Word

Where to find it: WORD (Booth 39)

Our verdict: This grilled sandwich hailing from WORD could easily pass off as a thick, juicy burger to sink your teeth into. With a generous serving of Angus beef drenched in mozzarella goodness, this irresistible cheeseburger can do no wrong. Just look at that heavenly cheese pull!

Starlite Milkshake, $9.90

Starlite Milkshake, $9.90, Rainbow Works

Where to find it: Rainbow Works (Booth 42)

Our verdict: How gram-worthy is this strawberry bubblegum milkshake? Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, this whimsical creation is adorned with a party of marshmallows, fruity pebbles and a dollop of whipped cream. To sweeten the deal, it even comes with a balloon that lights up. The unicorn lover in us approves!

Blow Torch Beef Cubes, $12  

Blow Torch Beef Cubes, $12, Beef Bro

Where to find it: Beef Bro (Booth 70)

Our verdict: We’ve seen lots of people raving about these mouthwatering beef cubes and the verdict is in – we’re ordering seconds. The Australian premium rump cubes are blow-torched to medium-rare perfection, served with their signature sambal chilli on the side for a local twist. Pair it with cheese, mentaiko or pink salt for an extra dose of flavour.

Tropical Flavoured Korean Bingsu, $6 

Tropical Flavoured Korean Bingsu, $6, Icy Treats

Where to find it: Icy Treats (Booth 70)

Our verdict: Instead of your regular bowl of shaved ice, this tropical delight comes decadently topped with sunflower seeds, cornflakes, oats and a sprinkle of matcha powder. You also get a tube of ice cream soda that you can choose to take a shot or drizzle over your bingsu. Taste? Check. Novelty? Check. What’s not to love?

Signature Tri Fries, $5 

Signature Trifries, $5, Trifries

Where to find it: Tri Fries (Booth GS 13)

Our verdict: If you’re one for variety, you’re in for a treat. The folks at Tri Fries upped their dip game by serving three of their specialty sauces – al’ Arrabbiata, Mexican hot sauce and good ol’ nacho cheese – along with their signature fries. And you know these guys are serious about their craft when they make their own sauce in-house.

Ice Cream Rollies Rainbow Tacos, $5 

Ice Cream Rollies Rainbow Tacos, $5, Happy Rollies

Where to find it: Happy rollies (Booth GS 212)

Our verdict: While we usually have our ice cream roll as it is, Happy Rollies put a spin to their rollies by turning it into a rainbow taco – all held within the crispy goodness of a wafer. We like that it isn’t overly sweet, but has the subtle fragrance of taro with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles added into the mix.

Lemonster Apple Sparkle, $8 

Lemonster Apple Sparkle, $8, The Raclette Factory

Where to find it: The Raclette Factory (Booth GS 221)

Our verdict: Most people flock to The Raclette Factory for its Swiss Rösti Raclette, but don’t miss out on its Lemonster series too – which we made a beeline for once the wave of humidity sank in. Served in a bucket and crowned with sparkling shaved ice, this icy thirst-quencher is all we need to combat the heat.

Butter Garlic Chicken, $7

Butter Garlic Chicken, $7, Chikaaaaboom

Where to find it: Chickaaaaboom (Booth GS 232)

Our verdict: It might not look the most appetising, but it sure packs a punch in terms of flavour. For 7 bucks, you get a decent portion of chicken chunks doused in creamy garlic sauce – just enough to fill you up without making you feel gelat.

The Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar is happening from now till 14 June 2018. Here’s wishing all our Muslim readers a blessed Ramadan Mubarak!

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