Have a new routine on Sundays which is bringing my gal for private tuition which last about 2hours so what do we do? My man and I went cafe exploring of course!
Our first exploration led us to Atlas Coffeehouse situated along Bukit Timah Road.
The interior decor is simple yet classy and oozes a zen effect – cement polished finishings on one side and jaggered tiles on the other. Natural daylight spills in from the full height glass windows creating a warm and cozy ambience. Staff are friendly, jovial and the barista is really pretty too (sorry didn’t take a picture of her too shy to do it).
They have a decent selection on the menu and the serving are quite well proportioned.
We are both bacon lovers so naturally we chose “BBQ Bacon Baked Beans on Toast” for him and “Buttermilk Waffles with Candied Bacon & Vanilla Ice Cream” for me.
The texture of the waffles reminds me of A&W~ Crispy on the outside moist and fluffy on the inside. The fusion combination of savoury and sweet played out well and had me licking my plate clean.
We both had cappuccinos and was pleasantly surprised that we had different coffee art isn’t that cool?
I would say this is a good find and I’m definitely coming back again to try out the other waffles combination.
Keeping up with the demands of being a wife, a mother and a daughter is not easy. I feel like everyone wants a piece of my time. The demands of work and my own family had made it near impossible to go out with Mummy on a one-on-one date.
Invited mum out for dinner at STREAT, a signature event which was part of the Singapore Food Festival. The main draw was of course Celebrity Chef Justin Quek (of Sky on 57 fame) Pop-up Restaurant.
I ordered a 3 course set menu paired with a glass of JQ Poupille 2009 100% Organic Merlot for both of us from Chef Justin’s Pop-up Restaurant.
Mummy doesn’t usually drink wine but tonight she did and finished the glass all on her own. The lamb was delicious tender, flavourful and no game odour. Dessert was simply divine with the fusion mix. The price was a steal for a fine dining cuisine!
Halfway throught our meal I looked up and saw Mummy looking at me smiling nostalgically. “It was I who used to be the one asking you to sit and I ordered food for you when you were little”, she said. “Now its my turn to do it for you, all you have to do is relax and enjoy.”, I replied.
During dinner we chatted about the recent activities/events in each other’s life and made plans to do this more often.
As we were leaving Mummy asked me to take a photo of her with the “One Fullerton” backdrop. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an Angel’s. She said:: “I told my colleagues I was going out with my daughter for dinner here and they were impressed.”
At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time:: “I Love You”, and to give our loved ones the time they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than our FAMILY (Father And Mother I Love You). Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till “some other time.”
There are various eateries at “The Punggol Settlements” you have all the seafood restaurants occupying the ground floor and on the second floor you have the boutique restaurants/cafes.
Izakaya 95 caught my eye, a Japanese restaurant located on the second floor. They serve yakitories, a variety of Japanese dishes with an array of booze from draught beers on tap to Sake take your pick.
Ambiance is chill and relaxed, the all black decor, tea lights in lamps on the table gives the place a cool Japanese hipster kind of feel to it.
Come early to snag a nice table along the veranda to enjoy the sunset and a view of containers/shipping at Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. If your lucky you might see fireworks too (don’t ask why there are fireworks am not sure either).
Overall, all the plates are tasty, flavorful, and consistent. There are plenty of choices to choose from but it can be a little overbearing when it’s the first time seeing the menu.
The sake that we chose was extremely smooth, clean, crisp, light body with unami and nicely soft sweetness. A perfect food sake that is complementary to the flavors in the food.
The service staff are friendly, attentive, cordial and efficient for how busy it was. Food comes out at a good pace.
I have since been here twice once with the family and the second with friends. Its a great place to chill out, relax and unwind after a tough day/week with family or friends.
Thank you for reading.
Izakaya 95 is located at 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-05 The Punggol Settlement.
June is the season where you will find an abundance of durian everywhere. The pungent aroma fills the air there is no escaping.
Recently my hubby found a contact who brings in fresh durians from a plantation in Malaysia into Singapore. He does delivery with a minimum order of 15kg. We decided to order a variety to try out.
Small Seed Durians has a light aroma, fleshy, pale yellow flesh, creamy with a bitter sweet taste and of course as the name depicts it has a small seed.
Golden Swallow Durians are very aromatic, interestingly comes always in a dual seed configuration, very bitter with a tinge of sweetness, when you bite onto it the creaminess oozes out and melts into your mouth. Its flesh is dark yellow and very fleshy too.
Mao Shan Wang Durians are very aromatic too, rich in flavour, bittersweet, fleshy and creamy. Its flesh is a bright yellow. This is by far the best of THE best amongst the rest. Once you have a taste of Mao Shan Wang you won’t want any other type of durians…mmmmm
The Small Seed Durians and Golden Swallow Durians are sold at SGD7 per KG. Mao Shan Wang is sold at SGD14 per KG. Quote “Phelix from Tampines”.
The much anticipated Angelina Café opened its door in Singapore on Friday 29 May 2015. Fortunately for me when we went there on Tuesday 02 June 2015 for dinner we weren’t greeted with massive long queue (which we heard from the staff due to the long weekend they had super long queues and the patrons were all disgruntled from waitin) and the lady in charge was able to let us pick a table we like for the night.
We wanted to order a bottle of champagne but were informed that they are still waiting for their liquor licence and thus in the interim no alcohol can be sold. To maintain the freshness and the quality of their pastries only a selection of pastries are made with limited quantities during the soft launch.
It was hard to decide what to have for dinner as everything on the menu sound so tantalizing, after much deliberations we decided on…
For me a meal is never complete without dessert….
I like the overall ambience – makes you feel you have transported to a Parisian Cafe in the heart of Paris. The service staff are extremely friendly and attentive.
Don’t be surprise you might just bump into me as this is one place I will be hanging out quite often!
Angelina Cafe is located at Capitol Piazza #01-82, 15 Stamford Road, opens daily from 11am – 9pm (last order 8:30pm)
Guten Tag! Jetzt ist Spargel Zeit! (It’s Asparagus Time).
White asparagus is one of my favourite. White asparagus comes from the process of etiolation which is the deprivation of sunlight. Soil is kept mounded around the merging stalk, depriving it of light. The plant cannot produce chlorophyll without light, thus there is no green color to the stalks. Furthermore they are considered to be slightly milder in flavour and a bit more tender then the green ones.
It’s a very popular late spring/early summer dish in Germany! The asparagus is usually boiled, drizzled with either hollandaise sauce or melted butter without compromising the orginal freshness and texture of the asparagus.
You can eat it plain or pair it with cured ham, smoked salmon, boiled potatoes sprinkled with freshly cut parsley and sliced boiled eggs. But most importantly in my opinion one must have a pint or two of Maibock beer to round up this delectable meal! Proßt!
Thai cuisine is one of my favourite and also one I can never get tired of.
Imagine my delight when I found one around my neighborhood. We use to frequent the place once a week for Mookata (means “pan pork” in Thai; is a style of Thai Steamboat originating from Chiang Mai) now we have cut it down to fortnightly.
The meats are seasoned with their special sauce and taste delicious! The soup broth tastes even more heavenly when the juices from the meat we cook trickles and mixes into the soup.
Each platter set cost SGD28 for 3pax (consisting of chicken, pork, fish balls, hot dogs, crab sticks, Tang Hoon, prawns, squid, tofu, liver, veggies and egg), you can add/top-up additional items when you have more people or just feel like eating more.
The most important item to me is the chilli! It has to be fragrant, tasty and SPICY providing an “ummph” factor. Their chilli definitely meets all the above requirement.
Looks “lethal” right the redness of the chilli?
The other dishes I had tried were…
Mango Salad – SGD 3
Squid Salad – SGD 5
Yom Woon Sen – SGD 5
Tom Yum Soup – SGD 5, Stir Fry Minced Meat with Basil Leaf and sunny side up SGD 4.50
All were equally sumptious. I categorize them as my go-to “happy food” – I always feel contented and happy after eating.
Chok Dee Mookata is located at Block 445 Tampines st 42 Boss Junior Coffeeshop,if you happen to be in the area why not give it a try?
Dieting doesn’t have to be boring with Eighty Days “Traveller’s Lunch Box” which consists of mixed salad + protein + carbo. The protein choices are grilled salmon, chicken or beef stew. For carbo you can pick either Japanese Rice or soba noodles.
Depending on how hungry you are you can pick more then 1 portion of protein. Price range from SGD6.90-12.90. Wash down your lunch with a cuppa hot Yuzu drink to cleanse your palate.
Their salads are also yummilicious.
Cheat days – indulging in bite size pizzas on top of the usual salad.
Eighty Days offers catering services, I have engaged them a couple of times for my office events and have received good reviews from my colleagues.
They are rather flexible and are able to customize your order to your requirements. The Catering Executive, Rosalind whom I liaise with is a very nice and helpful lady. You can check them out on Facebook ~ Eighty Days • Pizza Bar and arrange for your next catering.
Eighty Days is located at 8A Marina Boulevard, #B2-67 Marina Bay Link Mall, Singapore 018984.