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Gogorama

Gogorama.

A squiggle of a name…electrifying with the suggestion of scintillating ladies in high heels and red lips. The Gogorama art.design.illustration café shares its name with an infamous American strip-joint, but the only wanton displays of seduction are its moist desserts that warrant adultery. Continue reading

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Jack’s Rehab at AA

Absinthe Artisan that is.

Located on the second floor of a shop house in Boat Quay, the intimate and sexy space is home to Absinthe Artisan, Singapore’s very first boutique absinthe bar. The bar offers a wide range of handcrafted absinthe cocktails with at least 22 types of absinthe that can also be prepared via the traditional ritual of La Louche. Continue reading

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Two delicious beers

Over the past few weeks, we have been extremely fortunate to have met with numerous ultra fun and hip distributors for beers, wines and sakes in a bid to source for a small but unique and select range of artisanal brews for our new lifestyle concept at Duxton Road, Group Therapy.

We shan’t spoil all the fun by revealing the entire range, but here are two of the beers which we are particularly thrilled about carrying! Continue reading

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Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

Wherever our travels take us, we always ensure a visit to the local Farmer’s Market or the equivalent to check out local and seasonal produce. We love immersing in the food culture unique to each country or city and partaking in the festivities which surround it. During our recent trip to Melbourne, we paid the famed Vic Market a visit and picked up some really wonderful and fresh produce for our dinner that evening. Continue reading

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Back to yesteryear at Captains of Industry, Melbourne

Fancy stepping back in time to some good old fashioned hospitality? Captains of Industry has just the answer for you. Operating out of a space on the second floor along Somerset Place (off Little Bourke St), Captains of Industry is a lifestyle concept store which amalgamates retail, made-to-measure menswear and a cafe which serves a small selection of drinks, coffee and cakes. Housed in separate rooms side-by-side are the made-to-measure travelling suit shop ‘Statler and Waldorf’, bespoke footwear and leather accessories specialists ‘Roberst & Hassett’ and ‘Herr Blick’, a traditional barber shop run by the very talented Steven Blick. Continue reading

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Going vintage in Melbourne

One of the reasons for coming to Melbourne was to source for vintage furniture and collectibles for an upcoming project we are preparing to launch. We gathered a list of vintage shops from our friends and found more than we could ask for (if we could have our way, we would have definitely bought loads more!). Here are a couple of our favourites, and a list of other stores which you can hunt down on your next trip to find that perfect vintage piece! Continue reading

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LifeCycle, Singapore – bringing sexy back

While numerous bike shops have jumped onto the bandwagon and mushroomed around the island riding on the surge of road cycling enthusiasts, LifeCycle has found a lifestyle concept which is quite the reverse. Steering away from the popular notion of cycling as a serious, time-onerous, expensive and intimidating sport (think road or mountain biking), LifeCycle has positioned itself to be Singapore’s first “Bike + Travel + Cafe” concept store that advocates the lifestyle of urban cycling and travel. LifeCycle also has an in-store cafe which will open soon for cyclists of all types to come together and share experiences and ideas over a cup of coffee. Continue reading

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The Attic Lifestyle Store, Singapore

Walk past the row of shops on the 4th storey of Far East Plaza and chances are you will walk right past this tiny store just beside Malaysia Reptile House without realizing the treasure trove of vintage collectibles that lie behind the closed doors. What started off as a hobby in his early teens soon became a full-time obsession for Chang, proud owner of The Attic for the past 10 years. The tiny store is loaded with hoards of genuine vintage clothing, costume jewellery, sunnies, camera bags, 1970s lamps and other memorabilia, and is home to precious collectibles dating back to the early 1920s, including a World War I military jacket. Continue reading

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Littered with Books, Singapore

Freshly voted as Best New Bookstore by Time Out Best of Awards 2011 is Duxton Road’s new little darling, Littered With Books, a charming independent bookstore housed in a 2-story conservation shophouse. It boasts a range of carefully selected fiction and non-fiction literature, travel narratives, food literature, recipe books, crime and thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy and award winning children’s books. Continue reading

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ToTT, Singapore

ToTT, or Tools of The Trade for the uninitiated, is a 5 month old venture by the Sia Huat group and is the largest kitchenware and tableware retail store in Asia. Housed in the Sime Darby Building along Dunearn Road (across Methodist Girls School), ToTT certainly lives up to its vision to become a one-stop culinary haven for anyone who cooks, bakes or hosts. Within their sprawling 36,000 square foot premises, apart from an extensive retail and merchandise sector, there is also a bistro, a Bake & Go counter and two cooking studios (one a 12-counter hands-on studio and the other a 64-seater demo studio) where culinary, baking and hosting classes are presented regularly by many of Singapore’s renowned chefs.

When we dropped by to check out this delightful culinary wonderland, we were squealing with delight like wide-eyed chipmunks at every turn and corner, playfully romanticizing how a Waring Pro® Belgian Waffle Maker might make our lives so much more meaningful, for instance. There was also a hands-on baking session in progress at the Bake & Go counter for 2 adorable kiddies while mommy shopped and they seemed like they were having a ball (how very fortunate!).

Right beside ToTT, is Toque, a store selling gourmet produce from jams to truffle oil and jamon iberico. We also had a great time at the Illy coffee counter testing out their very cool iperEspresso machine and ogling their über chic designer coffee cups.

Thanks to ToTT, Singapore’s culinary scene has just been elevated to the next level – definitely worth making a special visit.

ToTT Store
896 Dunearn Road 01-01A | +65 62197077
Store opening hours: Mon -Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm
http://www.tottstore.com

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