Swee Lee Social Club Cafe @ Star Vista – a meeting place for guitar heroes

Swee Lee, the musical instrument store that we have grown up with since their earlier days in Bras Basah, is undergoing some changes. According to Straits Times article Wilmar founder’s son Kuok Meng Ru building cloud-based music community BandLabthe younger Kuok had bought over Swee Lee in 2012 and is now making it into a modern enterprise.  Sales have doubled since then.  The smallish Swee Lee store at Star Vista has been converted into a 5,000 sq ft flagship store.  A cafe called Swee Lee Social Club is tucked away in an inner part of the store. Looks like Mr Kuok is really refreshing the musical scene. There was another Business Times report on his inroads into the global music business Kuok Meng Ru wants to buy 51% of Rolling Stone he doesn’t own.

Swee Lee Social Club Cafe @ Star Vista

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An Acai Affair in Katong

An Acai Affair Katong

Katong is an area known for good food and a wide range of eateries. There are all sorts of tempting and often calorie-rich food. Just take a short walk from Odeon Katong to Joo Chiat Road and there will be several very inviting ice cream parlours – like Scoop Therapy, Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream and Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique – to test your self control. For those who like to indulge without feeling too guilty, there is  An Acai Affair which offers acai bowls that look like ice cream and taste like ice cream.

An Acai Affair Katong

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Kith Cafe Set Lunch at Millenia Walk

Kith Cafe - Millenia Walk

Studies suggest that the physical workspace has an impact on  employee experience and that there are well designed offices in nice buildings which may actually make employees excited about going to work. However, cool offices in beautiful buildings downtown usually also mean expensive eateries when the time comes for lunch. It is thus a nice surprise to find that we can get a good weekday set lunch for $15 at Kith Cafe in the plushy Millenia Walk.

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Poundcakes from Bonheur Patisserie Raffles City

Bonheur Patisserie

It has been some time since we last visited the basement level of Raffles City shopping mall. At a recent stopover, there seemed to be quite a few changes and new stores have emerged. Bonheur Patisserie is a cake shop in Raffles City that we have never heard of until that visit. The cakes on display caught our eye as we passed by the store. In the darkness of  the basement level the colourful display was prominent.

Bonheur Patisserie Raffles City
Bonheur Patisserie Raffles City

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Lunch Matters at Anti:dote – New Anti:dote Set Lunch Menu

Anti:dote Fairmont Hotel

Anti:dote Set Lunch is the perfect prescription for those looking for an affordable set lunch deal in a stylish dining space right in the heart of the city.  Lunch Matters at Anti:dote is the new lunch menu of the hip cocktail bar of Fairmont Singapore. The new menu features a $28++ 2 course set lunch.

Anti:dote Set Lunch

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Brunch at the new Jones the Grocer Great World City

Jones the Grocer Great World City is the new outlet of this gourmet grocer from Down Under. It has been more than two years since the Straits Times 17 Apr 2015 article Jones the Grocer’s Singapore stores up for sale which highlighted some challenges facing this celebrated cafe. At the end of that article, a loyal and optimistic retail manager was quoted as saying: “If your clientele hasn’t given up on you, why should you give up on yourself?” It would appear that she is right and things are looking up again with the addition of the new store, Jones the Grocer Great World City. Indeed, the loyal clientele has turned up in numbers in support of the new River Valley outpost.

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