Sundown Festival 2015

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OHH MYY, POTATO IS FINALLY GETTING some Singapore love! Having watched them a few times when they first played in Singapore at those thai clubs almost 5 years ago, but this time it is a concert arena!!! I can name you a million and one reasons as to why you should watch them live at least once and no easier way than introducing you a few of their latest songs. Enjoy and do head over to my YouTube page for more of their music where I had the privilege of hearing them play.

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Bornga – Johor Bahru

Off we went across the causeway to satisfy our cravings for Korean Barbecue aka MEAT GALORE! Bornga do have branches here in Singapore, but with the good exchange rate these days, no better reason to travel out and have a little treat.

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Within the menu was a write up with interesting reads about how the different type of vegetable wraps is good for.

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We had to order our usual, the Woo Samgyup meat which is naturally tender and flavorful.

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You will never go wrong with food cooked over charcoal which is probably one of a reason why I’m such a huge fan of Korean BBQ.

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The array of vegetable wraps at your expense and nothing happier than this as the usual BBQ places serves a limited variety of wraps unlike here.

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For RM 79.20 you get a choice of 2 sizzling choice of meat served with a choice of side; either Nyeon Myeon or Kimchi Chigae to choose from.

Bornga Korean BBQ Restaurant
106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook
MF-23 Level 3
City Square Shopping Mall
Johor Bahru

Lavender Food Square – #fiv5inaweek

There is so much to miss; food and the company that was all for it when I suggested that we should do our #fiv5inaweek challenge on food, so glad we did!! Thanks for wonderful memories!!

Special Mention to the food worth trying:

– Whitley Road Fish Ball Noodle
– Ju Hao La Mian Xiao Long Bao
– Ah Long Pancake
– Albert Street Prawn Noodles
– Kok Kee Wanton Mee
– Bugis Street Ngak Seah Bee Kuay Teow

And for those who are dying to know where the individual hawkers are moving to which I came across this link from Her World, do also let me know if you have any other sources that could help identify

Windowsill Pies – So we went pie hunting

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Despite the fact that my Saturday didn’t start out well, I’m glad that it ended well in the mist of a friend that I am extremely thankful for! For the fact that she was willing to travel all the way down just to try the pies with me! Yes, Soaps, you’re the BESTEST! Hahaha! Okay, back to the wonderful pies, I can only describe them as something magical! We had the mint flavoured one and it was awesome; packed with strong flavours. But I’d say, get a pie to share, couldn’t finish the entire piece without feeling it was too much to handle.

Another recommend try has got to be the VODKA COCONUT PIE (Pictured at the bottom right), it’s really awesomely packed with flavours. They definitely have no scrimping of vodka. I heard it’s a good whole 1 shot in each pie. But that said, you must like the bitter aftertaste of vodka which is very similar to the taste of the pie, but a tad sweeter.

Do take note of the opening hours:

Tue-Thur: 11am – 9.30pm
Friday: 11am – 10.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 10.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 9.30pm

Closed on Mondays

http://windowsillpies.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/WindowsillPies

Stone Wall of Deoksugung Palace

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So I have been told by a friend that Deoksugung Palace is quite a popular place for Korean couples to date at – I can see why so. It’s really a beautiful place that emits this tranquil vibe that just gets everyone into the ‘chillax moment’. The weather on that day did also play a very important role which is why I can safely say I LOVE KOREA!! What more can I ask for – Good weather, good companions (Mom and Yu-In) and good location!

You MUST check out the stone wall lane that is right next to the palace which leads you to Seoul Museum of Art and Chongdong Theater.

Video credit: Remkid76

Carpenter and Cook

I decided to only blog about Carpenter and Cook after a few more visits to this quaint place as I didn’t get to try all the ‘must haves’ during my other visits, but now with a better idea of how the place is like, I’d have a go at a post of my views on it. For the many, including myself, was initially complaining about the prices of how expensive the pastries/food cost but after finding out what ingredients and how much EFFORT has been put into baking these lovelies, I changed my perspective toward that. I’ve been told by a friend who works there about the crazy hours that the chef has to put in to create each and every item sold but of course the bosses and staff would be more than willing to chat up with you, so ask away.

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The Queen of Heart’s Tarts – Passionfruit Meringue ($6.20) which has been crazily raved by many, and I know why! Each bite was filled flavours and they are not stingy about it!

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The Queen of Hearts’ Tarts – Lemon Cream ($6.20) had us either loving it or disliking it. To friends, they describe the flavour of this as BABY’S MILK (FYI, the person who commented on this is a father!!). There is undoubtedly a great amount of milk based. So this is something to take note of when ordering this, but for me, I would say that it taste better as time goes by, to each person’s preferences.

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The Queen of Hearts’ Tarts – Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel ($6.20) is one word YUMS if you’re a chocolate fan!

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The White Rabbit’s Carrot Cake ($7.00) which was recommended by Lisa (a friend that works there) which I did not regret listening at all. This isn’t quite the usual cake but it’s filled with nuts, raisins and I think some orange/lemon as I tasted something zesty (Please correct me if I’m wrong).

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It’s such a beautiful place filled with furbished/unfurnished antiques that you can actually buy back if any of the pieces catches your eye, just ask and you’ll have a better idea of what’s for sale or not. I love how warm the place feels and yes, I have a thing for big long tables, makes the cafe experience very communal. Looking forward to make another trip here and this time I will get the homemade jams which looks equally YUMMY!

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I’m glad my friends enjoyed this place as much as I did. Let’s go visit more cafes!!

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19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598120
6463 3648 / info [at] carpenterandcook.com
Tue – Fri: 12:00-22:00 Sat: 10:00-22:00 Sun: 10:00-19:00

http://www.facebook.com/carpenterandcook

Lovin’ Lovely

So Min who has just graduated from ‘The New School’ in Fine Arts and was back in Singapore for a short ‘homecoming’ before she starts selling her life away to the workforce! Our friendship dates back to almost 20 years ago but it still feels just like yesterday that we were neighbours. After umpteen times of unsuccessfully trying to schedule a meet up every time she comes back, I’m so glad we made this meet up a success and it was awesome! I couldn’t wait to bring her around the Arab Street area.

Fika Swedish Cafe and Bristo definitely had the good and bad, but most probably wouldn’t get my 2nd visit unless there is a call for it.

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Min’s Toast Skagen – Fika style ($18.50) was great! The smoked salmon + mayonnaise was a perfect harmony that brought out the flavours of each other. Not to mention that the platter was huge and generous, no less!

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While my Tunnbrödsrulle ($18.90) was so disappointing! The swedish thin bread (wrap) was hard, the taste was just ketchup and potato, not quite what I would have expected especially for the price I paid.

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All the best in that journey of job searching! May we be HAPPY people!!

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Since I was in the neighbourhood and have read so much about this place, Maison Ikkoku I went (alone as Min had to leave for another appointment)!

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There is something magical about wood and warm lights = PERFECT!

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I love the wall treatment for the interior that gives off this raw finish! Best way to enjoy a cup of coffee with no form of disturbances.

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Being spoilt for choice at the selection of cakes, I went for the conventional (Yes, I am quite boring) but equally tasteful, Carrot Cake! NO REGRETS! The moist cake with a tinge of sweetness (correct me if I’m wrong about the sweetness part as I was having a bad ass cough that affected my taste buds) fills your mouth with every bite! I like how generous the nuts were in the cake. Anyone knows if it’s baked by Maison Ikkoku themselves or ?

I had to give their mains a miss this time round but now that is another reason why I should come back again!! Check out their menu on what they have to offer!

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But of course, the highlight of my visit, Coffee! I can’t quite get the correct way of describing the blend of Maison’s coffee but it’s definitely not your usual kind either, by usual I mean coffee chain’s standard. It was smooth and that distintive coffee after taste is one that leaves you wanting more of it.

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Words of Wisdom, well said!!

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Tables were actually made out of cabinet doors!

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On a side note, I *APPLAUD* cafes that serves water at absolutely NO extra cost! Not that I’m being a miser when it comes to paying for water (The most ridiculous was once when I had to pay $1.00 for a glass) but it’s these additional service that makes a cafe experience more pleasant.

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20 Kandahar Street Singapore 198885
T +65 6294 0078
http://www.maison-ikkoku.net/

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