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Photo 3-5-15 4 57 34 pmSnow White in the Blackforest from Halia (Singapore Botanic Gardens) – fresh red apple sorbet in a white chocolate casing, kirsch marinated cherries, dark choux branch, chocolate crumble, whipped cream and castor sugar soil. So jawdroppingly, show-stoppingly gorgeous a concept that the food could have been shit and all would have forgiven, but I was really in for a treat. The juicy cherries were so wet with alcohol you suddenly see a possible alternative explanation behind Snow White’s slumber and why she only woke up with a Prince’s kiss (tsk, that saucy minx).  The airy choux branch was lightly salty, and they weren’t kidding about the freshness of said apple. A must-try for dessert lovers. 4.4/5

Snow White in the Blackforest - Halia (Singapore Botanic Gardens)

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


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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