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American Diners in Singapore Bring it Up a Notch

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Sandwich in an american diner

Sandwich in an american dinerOne of the most iconic things in the United States is the diner. It is distinctly American and has been emulated in other countries for good reason.

The American diner menu has reached Singapore and it has been a huge success. There are several diners in this progressive city-state, and they bring authentic American flavours in Art Deco settings.

American Favourites

Singapore is famous for its Chili Crabs and it seems that they really know how to cook good crabs, as American-style crab cooking is also a hit in the city’s diners. Maryland crab cakes, as well as soft-shell crabs, retain their roots even as they are brought to the tropics.

One great thing about the diner experience in Singapore is that the range of menu offerings represent the 50 states. These are servings and flavours that are worth the visit to the Garden City.

A Singaporean Twist

The real secret to the Singapore diner success is the way American dishes are interpreted. These are the same hearty meals with large servings of burgers and fries. The food is served in large heaping plates with side dishes and dips. The difference is in the ingredients. This is Singapore, where Europe meets the Far East, and even American tastes are sublimated to this overall fusion.

You can have large servings of burgers made with Wagyu beef, truffle-infused mayonnaise, and three different kinds of cheese, among other ingredients. This goes perfectly with alcohol versions of milkshakes and slushies.

Singapore has elevated the diner fare and made it their own. The big robust flavours of Southeast Asian spices do not need to be ubiquitously represented in every dish. Diners just need to remember that there’s a difference between Singaporean and American flavours. The latter are bolder and more decadent.

This is not just about a hearty breakfast or lunch. This is about bringing more flavours with a wider range of ingredients than what is available for the original 1950s diners.


3 Family Travel Tips You Will Be Happy to Know

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Sentosa IslandTravelling with the entire family is much different from a solo or a couple’s travel. If this will be your first time together overseas, it is perfectly normal to have many questions in mind. You could still be unsure where to take your little ones or how to keep everybody entertained, given that you all have different interests. Moreover, dealing with a possible emergency could cause you to worry that you will think of cancelling your plans altogether. You probably have more ‘what ifs’ in mind, but the answer to all of them is simple — preparation.

Here are some ideas to make sure you are fully prepared for your trip:

Choose location-friendly attractions

If you are visiting Singapore, for instance, you need to make smart choices with the hotel you are going to book and the places you intend to tour. Long public transport rides could bore children, while long walks may drain everybody’s energy before even reaching a specific destination.

Many fun and interesting places in Singapore are near the MRT, while others have a hotel of their own. A good example is Sentosa. If you visit their official website (sentosa.com.sg), you can choose from the many hotels, resorts, and spas in their list. Book one of them instead if most of the destinations in your itinerary are in this island resort.

Book reservations as early as possible

When travelling without kids, your main concern is the budget and experience. You could couch surf, book an Airbnb or a hostel, or even stay at a friend’s place. When travelling with kids, however, comfort and location are the deal breakers. Whichever the case, booking a hotel as early as possible is ideal to make sure you will get a room. In addition, always have a Plan B in case something comes up months or weeks before your flight.

Rent equipment to lighten your load

Most travel destinations already have essential equipment for rent, so you do not have to bring a stroller (for instance) and pay for that extra luggage. Their availability, however, will depend on the location and demand. It is best to research or enquire directly at the destination to know their rates and the number they could rent per day.

Travelling abroad as a family has unique challenges you need to anticipate. With proper planning, you could make sure that everything will flow smoothly and that you would get to enjoy a great vacation.