Unboxing BoxGreen!

Let me just caveat this upfront: This is not a sponsored post and I paid for my own box myself.

My sister calls me a squirrel these days. I’m all about granola, healthy snacks and nuts. Dadster used to sneak into my room and scurry off with spoils but now, he slinks in and quietly retreats because he says, “you eat hamster food.”

Anyway, while subscription box frenzy is slowly dying, I didn’t see the hurry to hop onto the bandwagon.

Initially, BoxGreen started out with surprise snacks I think. I am not one for unknown – I need to know what I am paying for. With the new plan they rolled out: your choice of 4 snacks (3 packs of 30g each) in each box, I thought, why not?

My box was shipped out maybe 2 business days after I carted out and took 3 business days to reach me.

Shipping was free for me but costs $1.70 for BoxGreen

 

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SG Food: Milagro Spanish Restaurant

Actually, finding affordable and good food in Orchard is not that tough. I can easily rattle off places that are $10 and below. However, if you throw in the mix of nice atmosphere and great service, that place you’re looking for gets a bit more tough.

Also I get annoyed when wait staff judges me and my occasional dining partner…. aka Kindle 5.

I read about Milagro Spanish Restaurant in 8 Days earlier and searched for reviews online. Not many blogs/food reviewers have covered this gem despite the great and super value meals this place have! If you’re in the area, I’ll recommend heading here for the lunch set. As I would tell my friends, this is very “wu hua”, which means, worth it!

Milagro has a seafood and chicken paella for S$12 only and to be honest, it is enough and sufficient to feed two persons. Add $4 for a salad and cappuccino mushroom soup.

The paella comes with almost two of every seafood, which makes it really great for sharing! The paella had a slight tinge of spiciness and kind of resembles curry. This dish uses a short grain rice that absorbs the intense flavours very well.

The chicken pieces were tender and soft, the seafood had a bounce to them, very fresh indeed!

Cappuccino mushroom soup

Comes with chunky mushrooms

Usually, I go for chunky and thick mushroom soups. While this cappuccino veers on the watery and foamy side, the flavour was not lost. I enjoyed the soup very much a lot! It was perfect as a side.

Side salad that comes with a citrus vinegar dressing. The salad has orange inside.

The waiter even checked in with me to see if I liked my meal – how rare is that? My ice water was topped up without any request

And was surprised to see that there was no GST or service charge

Will definitely be back here again to check out the tapas for dinner.

Milagro Spanish Restaurant, #08-06/07
181 Orchard Road
Orchard Central
Opening hours: 12 noon – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm

Raffles Place lunch

I’ve been wanting to do a list of my favourite lunch spots around my workplace so here’s the list for some great eats between the trinity of Chinatown, Raffles Place and Clark Quay. Most of these are $15 and under.

This is a Work In Progress – will keep updating whenever I find a new sweet spot.

Hong Lim Food Centre
Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup #01-47
Cantonese Delights, #02-03
Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist, #02-48/49
High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodles 02-42
Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee #02-17
Jin Hua Fish Soup #02-38
Chuan Bee Lor Mee #02-54

Upper Cross street
Chiew Kee Chicken Noodle House, 32 Upper Cross Street
Dong Bei Ren Jia, 22 Upper Cross Street

China Square
Ricciotti,3 Pickering Street, #01-36/37
Viet Express, 3 Pickering Street, #01-34,
Tossz,3 Pickering Street, #01-29
Sushi Tei, 3 Pickering Street, #01-26
Platypus Kitchen, 3 Pickering Street, #01-31
Nanyang Cafe. 18 Cross Street #B1-10/11
Guo Fu Steamboat
Da Lu Prawn Noodles

Hong Lim Park
Good Morning Nanyang Cafe, #01-01, Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre, 20 Upper Pickering Street

Far East Square
Mr Teh Tarik
Star Korean Restaurant
Once Upon A Bar

Amoy Street
Ka Soh, 96 Amoy Street
A Noodle Story, 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre, Stall #01-39
Urban Bites, 161 Telok Ayer St
Sophie’s Bakery, 167 Telok Ayer St

Clarke Quay/Boat Quay
Tom Yam Kungfu, 16 Circular Road
Ronin, 17 Hong Kong Street

Capital Square
Rotisserie
Munch Saladsmith
Fish dumplings noodles
Eddy’s Kitchen

Philip Street
Tom yum / regular fish soup, 17 Phillip Street

Lady M at Marina Square

My first encounter with Lady M was on the other side of the globe, in New York earlier in March. It kinda sparked my fascination to find the best mille crepe cake available in Singapore. I had Classic Cake (which I.. kinda forgot where the pictures went, but try the Salted Caramel brownie. That is heavenly!), Humble Beginnings and Lady M. Of all three, I think that Lady M has the best offering!

I was ecstatic to hear that there’s an outlet in Singapore. However, this lovely dessert is not cheap at all. If you couple it with a latte, it comes at $15 a pop. I do get it why it’s so expensive, there are twenty layers of crepe (hence the name, duh) with vanilla cream ensconced in between. The top layer of crepe is lightly torched and comes slight smoky and caramelized.

My gripe is that: The layout of the place doesn’t seem very smart especially during peak hours. It can take up to half an hour to get a table especially during peak period e.g. 2pm right after lunch. I went there at off peak twice, 11am and 4.30pm, and I didn’t have to wait. The wait staff also took a while before they served me and forgot to bring me my bill, twice. It also looks hard for groups of more than 4/5 to get tables.

Will I head back there? Yes, only at off peak timing.

They have other stuff too

Lady M Confections Singapore (Marina Square)
#02-103 Marina Square Shopping Mall
6 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 9pm

Chock full of beans

Grandma stopped cooking on weekends a while ago since most of us are out and she has dinner dates regularly so I’m constantly on the look out for good eats near my place. It’s such a chore because my place is in a far flung corner of Singapore and to get to anywhere that resembles civilization takes a bus ride.

Saw Chock Full of Beans on my friend’s insta and it’s pretty near my place

I like Chock Full of Beans for its good lattes and also, its un-judging atmosphere when I head there alone. I think traveling solo kind of instilled this courage in me. I like to tell myself – “There is no shame in dining alone”.

Rose latte

 

Comes with whipped creme, rose petals (which taste sweet weirdly, because I accidentally tasted one) and rose syrup.

They serve brunch on weekends

My eggs weren’t poached perfect as you can see, they ain’t runny. The bread was not toasted and it was tough.

I guess it’s also about the price you pay. I remember my eggs benedict with salmon was chea, it was merely a 13SGD. It’s quite impossible to find eggs benedict with smoked salmon at that price.

Drinks menu

 

Brunch menu

Will I head there again? Yeah probably I think so, I like the unpretentious air, the kampong feeling of Changi Village and also the fact that it’s a cheap brunch place near my home.

Chock Full of Beans
4 Changi Village, #01-2090, Singapore 500004
Tue – Fri: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00am – 10:00pm
Tel: +65 6214 8839

Turning 24

It feels unreal that I’m 24 this year.

I stopped counting the occasions I’ve been mistaken for a junior college/polytechnic/university student. Well, I guess it has its perks as well. Just the other day, I had 50 per cent off my hair wash and cut because the stylist charged me student price without requesting for any identification.

Back to the topic, I was lucky enough to have a day off from work and I spent it living my vapid dreams of being a tai tai.

Headed to House at Dempsey

Vintage high tea at House is available only on Thursdays and Fridays.

With Shu, who always dreams of being a Tai Tai who sips high tea and prepares lunch brown bags for her kids

If you haven’t been to House, the whole place is not walled, but glassed. Do you get it? Instead of wall, the building has glass walls, which is nice and all but in the afternoon, it creates this glasshouse effect which traps heat. Unfortunately, we were seated by the windows and slowly getting baked.

Thankfully, our seats were changed following our request.

Lovely sunshine though

I feel that the vintage high tea had a better selection of savouries than sweets.

Pizzas and sliders

Go for the truffled wild mushrooms

There was a small cheese selection and numerous bread with toppings

Sweets which I don’t recall much of

Well, I liked the savouries way better. The skinny pizzas are the bomb.

If you’re there, you HAVE to try the red espresso latte which is kinda like the ang moh cousin of Teh Tahrik

It comes with a little cup of honey to sweeten your day

Last indulgent picture, only Shu will bother to print these cupcake toppers but many hearts for her. My Blast! journey would have lacked a lot of laughter without her ditzy-ness.

There was also Vietnamese spring rolls (which I had gone off after my trip back from Hanoi) on a bed of rocket leaves. Now, we’re talking sweetheart.

If you do go, nibble at the sweets and binge on the savouries. They also served two types of tea, one was a mint tea the other was ginger tea which were both unpalatable for me. I wished they had a greater selection of teas, damn, even tea bags are good enough. Nonetheless, for $25 I think it’s a good variety.

House at Dempsey
8D Dempsey Road
Tel: 6475 7787
Vintage High Tea Buffet: Thurs, Fri 3pm-5.30pm
Price: 25++ (Red Espresso latte is a separate order of about $5)

Spruce

at Tanglin Road

Popped by Spruce one fine day for coffee. I love having all the amazing cafes in Singapore but sometimes, it’s super annoying how inaccessible these cafes are if you don’t drive. Oh well, I guess this is another motivation for me to pick up driving again I suppose.

Lovely venue with greenery and the sound of running water. Many patrons were there (acting all chi chi) and catching up over good coffee.

You can’t miss it

Nice views everywhere

Man made waterfall and lots of greenery

Was seated at the outdoor area since it wasn’t too hot that day but suffered a couple of mozzies bites

I can’t think of a good caption

Cafe latte was good

Was a pity didn’t get to try the cakes because I was too full that day

Last indulgent photo

Spruce
320 Tanglin Rd  247980
6836 5528

Lam’s Salt Baked Chicken

UPDATE 16 September 2013: Orchard Ion’s Food Republic has since been revamped. Try Marina Square or Parkway Parade.

If you’re at Parkway Parade or Orchard Ion, do try Lam’s Salt Baked Chicken stall at the food court. I chanced upon it once at Parkway Parade and it was a lucky find because the food was so good!

Baking this chicken is tough work, you’ll have to first marinade the chicken, wrap it in paper then bake it in a salt bath. Hence, the name salt baked chicken! Apparently, Lam’s Kitchen (the parent company) is more famous for its abalone noodles than its Salt Baked Chicken. The meat is tender and flavourful, seeped in its own chicken goodness.

Although I don’t usually take spice, the chilli that comes along is not that spicy and complements the chicken well.

Tender chicken thigh baked in goodness

You can opt for white rice or mixed rice

Baked potatoes that were pretty normal

Good buys: Humble Beginnings

If you’re a fan of Humble Beginnings and you happen to be in Malaysia, try having the cakes be delivered to you and bring it back to Singapore instead.

Eight pieces of vanilla crepe goodness

Layers of vanilla crepe

The base price for the cake and delivery price are much cheaper in Malaysia than Singapore.

Base price of cakes
Malaysia: 72RM (based on exchange rate of 2.42) = approx 29SGD
Singapore: 58SGD

Delivery prices
Malaysia (Penang island, mainland Penang, Johor, KL, Petaling Jaya: approx RM10-15/2.42 = approx 4.13 to 6.19SGD
Singapore: 10SGD flat

Check out the layers!

Cupcakes love

I heart  adore cupcakes with all my little heart.

If there’s anything I would refuse to share, it would be these Plain Vanilla cupcakes. Maybe I’ll spare you two bites, oh screw that, if you get one bite, I think you should consider yourself lucky. I almost wanted to strangle my fat bro who stole my cupcake.

Plain Vanillas are a tad pricier than Twelve Cupcakes but they’re definitely worth the extra couple of cents. Man, I would travel to Holland Village for these cupcakes. I only wish that they would open a branch nearer to my house or office so I can have them more often. It’s not too sweet such that it’s over cloying. These goodies are baked in the small shop daily and they run out fast so do make a call/tweet them before heading down.

The icing for salted caramel is good because it carries a tinge of sea salt which is often forgotten and over powered by the strong sweet caramel. The icing goes well with the cake and is not too runny – I hate runny icing which makes eating cupcakes a chore.

These are so good I think I might just make the one hour public transport travel for these cupcakes.

Gorgeous cupcakes in a plain understated box

My favourite salted caramel and strawberry white chocolate

Salted caramel

Plain Vanilla Bakery
Twitter: twitter.com/pvbakery
34A Lorong Mambong
Tel: +65 6465 5942
Tue to Sat: 12pm – 8pm
Sun: 12pm – 6pm
(Closed on Mon)

Look for La Nonna (an Italian restaurant), it’s up the stairwell next to La Nonna. Blink and you’ll miss it.