/2 JAN 2015/ ECP: walk bike eat

Hey guys! So it’s me again. Yeah busy busy start of the year but since it’s the Chinese New Year holiday why not do some updates?

Right after New Year’s Day I met up with YL and well we had fun. This is probably one of the coolest things I will remember for life: bicycle cafe hopping– a combination of two things I love to do. We started by renting bikes at ECP and made our way around the Katong area.
First stop: Chin Mee Chin Coffee & Cake Shop 
Specialty: Custard puffs and sugee cakes (unfortunately didn’t get to try that)
Meluvs: I’m not a fan of custard but this was creamy and light. Not too sweet and the pastry itself was really good. I also tried the butter cream swirl– pastry was great too but cream a bit too buttery for my taste.
Notes: Try to come earlier. There are many people who come here in the mornings for coffee and their eggs and pastries so it’s really difficult to get a seat. (We just bought take-aways as there was a really long line outside just to get in.)

Address: 204 East Coast Road Singapore 428903
Contact: 6345 0419

Butter cream swirl and custard puff

We continued to cycle around East Coast Park for a while. (Actually it was to scout area F for my BBQ)

Second stop: Bar Bar Black Sheep (Tanjong Katong outlet) 
Specialty: Butter Chicken and curries
Meluvs: We couldn’t stay long but I ordered the butter chicken and garlic naan. I wanted more. If we weren’t in a rush I would stay there all day and keep eating it. The butter chicken has a really good sauce and it was just mouthwatering. Naan was nice and soft too. Great with the chicken.
Notes: There are two other outlets. Yes that’s right–one more at Bukit Timah and at Robertson Quay. They are bigger than the outlet we visited and offer a wider range of food so I’d want to check them out if possible. (You might want to do that too)

Address: 362 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437122
Contact: 6348 8275

Last stop: With a Pinch of Salt (Not too far away from Bar Bar Black Sheep)
Specialty: Chocolate souffle, Jumbo Chick’s Leg (large portions and affordable prices)
Meluvs: Cute and vibrant atmosphere makes for a happy eating experience. I was looking forward to having dessert here but when I heard that their chocolate souffle was not available we had to settle with the lava cake. It did suffice however I was disappointed with the cheese fries because I had expected something special for having to pay $7-8 for one serving. 
Notes: Try out their mains. My friends have given good reviews about this place about how they have large portions and reasonable prices around $11-14 for food which tastes pretty good too.
Address: 297 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437080
Contact: 63482297

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CAFE HOPPING UPGRADE?– THE LINE

Hey guys! Ahhhh it’s been really long since I’ve blogged yeah. Well I guess so much has happened I just couldn’t find the time. So this is the first of my many updates since the caroling post.

30 December– I went to the Line @ Shangri-La hotel with cafe buddy (yes a huge upgrade from cafes hahaha). It was really packed so I guess we were lucky to get seats.

Highlights: lychee cappuchino, dessert bar and the seafood

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Gardens by the Bay day

Hey guys! So yes as the title says, this is my Gardens by the Bay post omg this was 16 December 2014, super duper late but nonetheless here it is. Had a good day with my photography pals and I got to visit both domes this time. They are beautiful even if you aren’t there to take photos, so if you ever get the chance to go with close friends or ahem bf/gf, it would be a nice and relaxing experience.

My favourite of the two domes has got to be the flower one though. As much as the forest dome is cold and has a cool indoor waterfall, the flower dome is just too beautiful to pass.
We ended the day with llao llao, which I got to try for the first time wooh! Hahah I think I understand the hype for it but really, if the line is so long I wouldn’t bother lining up– it’s not that good. We didn’t wait long and had a table to sit down at so it was alll good haha.

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aLt. Pizza

Hey guys, so on the day I visited AFA I was lucky to discover this place for lunch. It was so difficult to find and that probably explains all the posters and advertisements about it– because I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise. I’m guessing that if you were shopper and you saw the poster, maybe you’d wanna find it but then give up after walking around so much! My friend and I almost gave up ourselves but we found it eventually. aLt. Pizza is right round the left corner of the taxi drop off in front of the mall. 

It was raining cats and dogs that day so I was really glad to find refuge in the restaurant. The interior reminds me of those 1980s diners of some sort. Pretty cool designs and the place had a swanky vibe.  

WE ordered the calamari rings ($10)  for our side and the Truffle Shuffle ($14) pizza for our main. They really make their pizzas fresh in a big oven in the customers’ view. I’d have to say that we didn’t wait long and the staff was really friendly. The calamari was very tender and I enjoyed the chipotle dipping sauce a lot! (Kinda like a mustard sauce plus tartar sauce?)

Truffle pizza. Oh just look at that. The crust is perfect, not too thin not too thick and it is nice and crispy. The cheese and herbs totally complement the mushrooms and fennel sausage. 

I’d say that a must-try for aLt. Pizza, other than their pizza of course, is their Kapati Organic New Zealand Ice Cream, especially the passion fruit & lemon curd flavour. It has a velvety texture and has a fresh tang to it, good for those who’ve had enough of the usual ice cream flavours. 
aLt. Pizza
#01-602 
Suntec City Tower 4
Singapore 038983
altpizza.com.sg
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Cafe Hopping III: D’verygoodgood cafe

Finally final stop of the wonderful day: D’good Cafe!
To be honest I’m really drained so I apologize if this isn’t a very detailed review.
So we got off at Holland Village MRT (Circle line) and walked for a bit from exit B til we reached the place, passing by Hatched– an egg inspired cafe.

Maybe visit it next time?

When you enter there’s a pretty weird smell hahah. Or is it just me?

Psssst, this is my favourite photo.

How it works is that you go to the counter and order your food then find a place to sit among the three levels of the cafe and yeah when it is your turn to collect the disc will vibrate.

We tried the prawn aglio olio and the carbonara. The prawn aglio olio is kinda spicy but a bit too dry 😦 Lots of fresh prawns though so I liked that. The carbonara on the other hand I felt was much nicer as the sauce itself had lots of flavour. More gravy would’ve been good too hahah! but overall a great meal, super filling.

Now on to dessert! For dessert we have maple sea salt cheesecake. With a good balance of sweet maple and well–salty salt, this cheesecake is pretty light and not too thick on the cream cheese. The maple leaf on top is also an edible piece of white chocolate!

D’good Cafe
273 Holland Avenue
#02-01/01 
Singapore 278992
Opening Hours
Sun to Thu: 10am – 10pm
Fri to Sat: 10am – 11pm
6219 9807
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Cafe Hopping III: BZZZZZZ carrot cake

NEXT STOP!: Bee’s Cake

Another thing on Sugar that we bought was a slice of carrot cake. By carrot cake I mean the real cake and not like the Chinese one that is fried with chili? Just to be clear.

Bee’s Cake is a humble shop not too far from Seragoon MRT (or NEX mall), you can just walk actually about 15 mins. Or you can take a bus too. Or a taxi. It specializes in mainly three flavours of cake and occasionally makes cookies for events/seasons. (e.g. Butter cookies for Christmas). Otherwise they do cater to customized orders as well.

The place is pretty cramp inside, with a small table to eat in but one would rather take-away and eat it in the comfort of your home.

Now the cake itself (Bee’s Carrot Cake– $4.50, got it on Sugar for $1.) is really pretty good! I have not eaten many carrot cakes but this was a good one. The cream is also not too sweet like some sort of gross icing. (Hahah.) Would’ve loved to try the Country Apple Cake and the Chocolate Praline though, because the shop owner did say that all three cakes were good sellers.


Bee’s Cake
520 Upper Serangoon Road
Singapore 534537
9742 3872
http://www.bees-cake.com

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