Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Daily Roundup Cafe - Salted Caramel Sweet Crepes & Amazonian Acai Bowl @ Keong Saik Road [Chinatown, Singapore]

Aimless - the exact word to reflect the sentiment as we didn't have any specific place in mind to chill out after a hearty yet expensive nasi lemak lunch at Chinatown. That's when google map came into play and we managed to identify an interesting cafe that's within walking distance.

The Daily Roundup - an interesting name that means a gathering of people. As there were just two of us, a roundup may not be an appropriate description but i honestly didn't care; i just wanted crepes for desserts!

Upon stepping in, i sense that this would be a good place to relax and have a good chat with friends; the cafe was bright and i can see quite a number of people chilling out on their own with a laptop or a book. If i ever get a laptop, i think this would be the perfect (and peaceful) place for me to generate postings for this blog.

Aside from the usual hot and cold beverages from a cafe (menu to be included later in this post), there were also options for French ciders, beer, wine, cold brew coffee, spritzers. Being a cheapo who prefers to spend on food, i am glad to announce that plain yet complimentary iced water was provided beside the counter.

Salted Caramel Sweet Crepe - with seven types to choose from, the undecided me would simply ask the staff for a recommendation and it came up to be either salted caramel or hazelnut. I chose the former and topped up with a scoop of yummy vanilla bean ice cream!

I have never quite enjoyed crepes and preferred waffles over them. Would the one from The Daily Roundup change my opinion as it's supposedly "made with premium wheat flour and infused with artisanal butter by Jean-Yves Bordier"? Not too sure who this Jean-Yves Bourdier was but just the sound of it seemed to elevate the class by a huge jump.

Love it despite the lack of crispiness along the edges (not supposed to be the case anyway). It was buttery (must be the work of that Jean-Yves Bordier) with a rich, addictive flavour that was enhanced by the sprinklers of sugar and salted caramel. Simple, delicious and not heavy on the stomach!

Amazonian Acai Bowl - with fruits on top, i was thinking i might as well make this bowl myself at home! However, buried underneath was the strangely appetizing acai blend; it was an acquired taste and even though i would not consider it not my cup of tea, i believe it has the magic to clean the bowels eight hours later.

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Location
1A Keong Saik Road,
Within The Working Capitol,
Singapore 089109

Map
As above.

Operating Hours
Mondays to Fridays - 8.00am to 9.30pm
Saturdays - 9.00am to 9.30pm
Sundays & PHs - 9.00am to 7.30pm

Website

Menu
As above.

Pricing
Salted Caramel Sweet Crepe - S$12.00
Topped with a Scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream - S$4.00
Amazonian Acai Bowl - S$12.00
(Subject to GST)

Additional Information
Prefer something more fulfilling instead of the light, tasty crepes? Go for the cookies, lemon zest pound cakes, valrhona chocolate cake with walnuts; just to name a few! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

All Black Charcoal Kaya Wafer Toast @ Bagus Food Court [Woodland's Causeway Point, Singapore]

I was all game to check out the movie listing at Cathay cineplex on level seven of causeway point but a poster on the right as i turned out from the lift lobby stopped me in my tracks.

The all black charcoal wafer toast; now, i don't normally crave for toasts at 5 pm in the evening but with a mild diarrhea and a movie that would likely end way past dinnertime, i thought this might help to alleviate the primary condition. 

A set, with two slices of charcoal kaya toast, two soft boiled eggs and a cup of teh o gao, at S$3.50 was a definite better deal. The eggs were given to Alex as i think i would have a running "commentary" from my ass if i were to ahead to ingest the runny eggs. 

To be honest, i can't complain for the price i am paying at Bagus foodcourt as the one charcoal toast i absolutely love came from Stateland Cafe and that's like six times expensive. 

Nevertheless, it made do as any normal toasts smeared with kaya and butter that we can get from any decent coffee shop and food court although for the greedy soul in me, they served as added advantage as a snack for afternoon tea.

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Location
1 Woodlands Square, #07-03, 
Bagus Food Court, Causeway Point,
Singapore 738099

Price
Set of Charcoal Kaya Toast - S$3.50
(comes with drink and 2 soft boiled eggs)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Second Visit to Honolulu Cafe - Curry Fish Balls & Chicken Wings with Swiss Sauce @ Centrepoint [Singapore]

I am back at honolulu cafe for their baked products, which i enjoyed very much in my last visit, and realised there's an additional menu with a list of main meals that i might have missed out previously! 

Now, to be honest, i am hardly excited. When i was in Hong Kong back in year 1998, i never quite understand why people like baked rice and instant noodles in a cafe setting. For instant noodles, i believe i can make a better version from the pack of Myojo shrimp tanmen and it's of course much cheaper. 

My thoughts weren't shared with my family and they happily ordered quite a few mains. Pork Chop with Spaghetti was one of them and aside from a rather bland sauce, i am most disappointed with the pork chop which had a soft and pulpy texture that rendered the dish almost unpalatable. 

Curry Fish Balls - with the cafe's logo right beside the dish on the menu, i presume it refers to "signature" and happily ordered a serving. Blessed with a solid texture, the fish balls were quite tasty although i think i would prefer curry cooked with the more fragrant coconut milk.

Chicken Wings with Swiss Sauce - my sister and i were under the impression that the chicken wings would be deep fried; hence, we were dumbfounded for a few seconds when the above was served to us; weren't those soy sauce chicken?!

Frankly, they didn't taste horrid but i must add that there's a strong similarity between these ones drenched in swiss sauce and the normal soy sauce chicken wings. Problem was; i have had much better ones.

Guess i did the right thing by insisting on having french toast, polo bun with butter and egg tarts, instead of a proper main meal. You would never go wrong with the aforementioned in your visit to Honolulu Cafe. By the way, service was much better this time! 

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Location
176 Orchard Road, #01-33F/G, 
The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843

Menu
Re-appended again for your information. For the drink and baked products menu, kindly refer to the first blog post of Honolulu Cafe here.

Pricing
Pork Chop with Spaghetti - S$9.50
Curry Fish Balls - S$3.00
Chicken Wings with Swiss Sauce - S$6.00
(Subject to GST and Service Charge)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Tenderfresh Classic (可愛雞) - More Than Just Fried Chicken @ Punggol Waterway Point [Singapore]

Tenderfresh (可愛雞) holds a lot of memories for heartlanders in Singapore and i guess it's time for a brand upgrade for a company that started from fried chicken and western stalls in coffee shops! 

Now introducing the halal certified restaurant concept, Tenderfresh Classic is guaranteed to give KFC and Arnold's Chicken a run for the lucrative fried chicken money.

I have been waiting to try ever since i chanced upon its first Tenderfresh Classic outlet at Cheong Chin Nam road (opposite Beauty World) although i didn't take any action until i won a contest on the local radio station, UFM 100.3! Prize was a S$100 gift certificate at Tenderfresh Classic! 

Even then, i procrastinated until the expiry date of the voucher edged nearer! Next was to decide which outlet and as the pricing for each dish was on average about S$10, i invited my sister's parents-in-law and the most convenient location is Punggol Waterway Point!   

You have more than just fried chicken dishes on the menu; there's new fusion pasta too that i would share a few later in this post! Ordering would be at the counter and payment shall be required before the cashier passes the pager needed to collect your food later. 

Remember to collect your cutlery, sauces and serviettes near the collection counter. We happily collected the food and totally forgotten about the cutlery. p.s. we did assume the cutlery would be placed in a holder on our table though. 
  
Creamy Mussel Pot - i found this a bit too small although i don't think we can complain when the price was S$6.90. Nevertheless, it was buttery, creamy and i personally prefer the sauce to be thicker so that i can spread it better on the toast. 

Onion Blossom - a must order and a delightful snack to indulge in! Fried to a crisp, the texture remained crispy after a while and it wasn't cloyingly oily! 

Grilled Salmon with Sambal - fish was overcooked and there's an unmistakable fishiness to the taste. At S$17.50 a plate, we definitely deserved better. 

Laksa Prawn Spaghetti - this was seriously not bad with a rich, aromatic broth that's made with coconut milk. Even though i would still prefer my laksa with thick bee hoon, this is an interesting version for those who are better accustomed to western noodles like spaghetti. 

Chilli Crab Pasta - despite this being a good effort to incorporate local dishes, it tasted more like sambal crab and i failed to associate it with chilli crab. 

Honey Glazed BBQ Whole - the honeyed marination was a tad too weak for me and i would definitely welcome a sweeter sensation. Anyway, i don't enjoy whole chicken; not when the entire butt was facing me! 

Leg of Beauty Udon - sounding a bit cannibalistic, this was like the highlight of our visit and it's not chicken that stole the limelight. It's surprisingly the udon which had a sour-sweetness to it and tasted intensively garlicky too! 

Tender Set (5 pieces) - basically your good, old fried chicken batter that always tasted like you went back to the time when you were a kid and was enjoying your first piece of fried chicken! 
  
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Location
83 Punggol Central, 
Waterway Point, #B2-04,
Singapore 828761

Facebook Page

Pricing
Creamy Mussel Pot - S$6.90
Onion Blossom - S$6.90
Grilled Salmon with Sambal - S$17.50
Laksa Prawn Spaghetti - S$9.90
Chilli Crab Pasta - S$10.90
Honey Glazed BBQ Whole - S$18.90
Leg of Beauty Udon - S$10.90
Tender Set (5 pieces) - S$17.00
(Inclusive of GST)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Smart Bracelet (H8) with Step Tracker, Distance Calculator & Calorie Count from Qoo10 - Time to Start Walking More!


Some of you would have heard of the National Steps Challenge by the nation's Health Promotion Board (HPB) which dispensed free step trackers and enticed wearers with supermarket vouchers and even lucky draw chances for a trip to New Zealand.

For someone who didn't have the habit to wear a watch on his wrist, i diligently kept it on (those carrots work) until the tracker finally died on me; literally broken into a few parts. My wrist felt empty without the tracker and i decided to look around for a better quality tracker as a replacement. 

However, the cheapo in me couldn't bear to spend so much on a fit-bit and when i saw my friend shared a really affordable tracker on Facebook, i grabbed the time-limited opportunity to purchase a lowest-end model. And i finally received the package after ten days of wait! 

This is it; the smart bracelet and i think the brand is "Band" and it's 100% Hong Kong design; latter of which didn't quite matter to me. I just need a hardy tracker.

Would you want to guess how much i paid for it? S$19.90 after a S$30.00 discount and shipping was free! There's only one colour and i am so happy it's my favourite black. 

In addition to showing the time and counting your steps (like the basic tracker given by HPB), this would also calculate the distance and work out the calorie you would have burnt! 

All the information on the smart bracelet would be useless if you don't download an app to track all your effort! Sadly, this isn't compatible with HPB's Healthy 365 app and you would have to download a specialised app known as GoBand. 

Connecting the bracelet via bluetooth wasn't too difficult even though i struggled a bit after accidentally disconnecting it from the app and couldn't get it to connect; turned out i needed to disconnect it via the phone's bluetooth too before i can re-connect! 

Syncing my steps; a rather disappointing result from a target of 10,000 steps....

You can track your "performance" on a daily, monthly or event yearly basis! There's even a sleep tracking function where you would know if you are in deep, light or extremely light sleep. I shall wear my bracelet to sleep tonight! 

Other functions include messaging notification, shoot a photograph using your phone's camera and play the music on the phone. Nice add-ons that would require Bluetooth connectivity! Given the need to conserve battery, i doubt i would be using those add-ons as Bluetooth is such a battery drainer. 

Do i like the bracelet? I definitely do; slim, classic and seemed to be of really good make. I love the fact that compared to the HPB free tracker, you needn't remove it from the strap to recharge the battery! Only god knows how many times i dropped the now-spoilt tracker on the floor whenever i detached it! 

I am praying hard that it can last me for quite some time! 

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Where I Bought It

Price
Smart Bracelet (H8) - S$19.90

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