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Affogato Amaretto - HaliaAffogato amaretto from Halia (Singapore Botanic Gardens) – vanilla ice cream, amaretto liqueur, hot espresso. The hot espresso is poured at your table, with some leftover if you wish to (further) feed your caffeine addiction. They certainly do not hold back on the liqueur – the distinct taste of amaretto is present in each spoonful of the smooth affogato. The combination of the heady amaretto, the creamy vanilla ice cream and the warm, bitter espresso makes for one heck of a dessert to enjoy whilst admiring bulbous gingers and birds of paradise, and immersing in the symphony of foreign tongues, baby squeals and camera clicks. 4/5


Halia (Singapore Botanic Gardens)
1 Cluny Road
Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore 259569

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Shawn began documenting his food experiences since he started reading Law at the National University of Singapore. Initially he turned to food for solace from the rigours of university life, and food eventually became his safe haven away from the horrors of legal practice. However, it dawned on him one day that he has become sufficiently enlightened about the magic of discovering new and good food, and that it was time to share his findings with others. Instead of aligning himself with the vast sea of vanilla foodie influencer-style of writing, which would admittedly open more doors in terms of free meals and public relations love, Shawn decided to approach food writing by way of satirical humour, turning the don't-ya-wanna-eat-what-I'm-eating-cuz-I'm-a-public-figure self-importance/self-indulgent gravitas of Instagram foodie-ism in Singapore on its head and conveying his thoughts about food in a manner which is decidedly obscure at times and on others, frankly nonsensical. The rigours of legal practice and desire for a form of indulgent escape led to Shawn's second passion - experiencing and writing about new and luxury hotel properties. Secret Life of Fatbacks is an extension of Shawn's Instagram account (@Larvitar). For intellectual property reasons, he is unable to name the website anything related to the titular Pokémon character. Feel free to ask him in person what "Fatbacks" refers to. Shawn is not a professional critic, blogger or photographer. He is simply a guy who loves food and luxury hotels very much and (likes to think that he has) a quirky sense of humor. Shawn is presently a full-time lawyer, and when he is not premature ageing due to stress and vicious deadlines, he is somewhere spending an exorbitant amount of money trying out new dining places and hotels.

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