Cups N Canvas – coffee meets art

Hello! I’m catching up on my cafe posts now…

Today I have for you….. *drumroll please*… CUPS N CANVAS!
Don’t you just love their logo??
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Le best friend and I had a little walk along Selegie Road after our dinner one night at Plaza Singapura. I wanted to try their sweet potato latte! So off we went in search of this *elusive* drink…

We ordered the French Apple Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream, a Latte for her and a Sweet Potato Latte for moi~

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The top-down shot

Her latte:
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Ahhh… the cake was warm and moist! Paired with the vanilla ice cream it was mmmmm yummy 🙂
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My purple latte!
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I’m a purple lover so this is just soooooooooo pretty to look at!
The place we were seated at wasn’t too brightly lit hence this is not a true representation of the color. The purple looked so much better in real life! And with the lil bits of sweet potato, it was yummy! (Tho I do feel it tasted a lil like warm bubur cha-cha. heh)

Cups N Canvas is a pretty good place to just chill and relax while catching up with friends. Their mains looked good too! I may prolly drop by again to try them.
Also, they conduct art classes too! You can check it out together with their cafe menu here.

Cups N Canvas is located at:
139 Selegie Road
Singapore 188309

Have you been to Cups N Canvas? Let me know what mains are a must-try! TIA~

East Escapade – The Coastal Settlement & Chock Full of Beans

After hearing all the raving reviews (well, reading) & friends’ recommendations on The Coastal Settlement & Chock Full of Beans (well their cute latte art caught my attention actually…), a couple of us decided that it’s time to give it a go.
 

Located at the faaaaaaaaaaaaaaar East, I thought it’d be impossible to get there by mere public transport (not including cabs of course). But lo and behold, it’s actually possible! Like there was a bus stop right outside of  TCS! The journey of course was a long one…
 

We reached The Coastal Settlement at around 3ish?4ish? And they don’t serve mains at that time, so we settled on sides. We wanted to order the wagyu beef cubes but it was out, so we settled on truffle fries (which imo was a tad oily and not too frangrant) & calamari rings.

Le friend ordered this black forest in a jar dessert, he said it was normal, no wow factor.
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While I didn’t take many photos of the food like my previous posts, I did take photos of the surroundings. It’s a nice place to just chill and relax. Though I’ve also heard their dinner is pretty good (and there’s always a queue…).
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After that, we took a bus straight to Changi Village interchange and headed to Chock Full of Beans for coffee.

We ordered a Caramel Machiatto,  a Rose Latte, and an iced Hazelnut Latte with the 3D foam art!

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Caramel Machiatto with Spongebob

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Rose Latte with Pooh bear and petals

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Iced Hazelnut Latte with a 3D foam kitty!!!

Mine was the rose latte and I enjoyed it! The aroma from the rose and the coffee blended well together, and it’s not too sweet.
 

Would I go back to either again? Well, it depends. The long journey by train and bus can be quite tiring, so unless I’m really craving for something that only either can offer (like the 3D foam kitty…), chances are pretty slim. Though of course if I happen to be around the East area, perhaps I’ll drop by again.

 
The Coastal Settlement is located at:
200 Netheravon Rd,
Singapore 508529

 

Chock Full of Beans is located at:
4 Changi Village Rd,
Singapore 500004

The Tiramisu Hero – a Roman cat mascot called Sir Antonio

TGIF!
I admit, I’m a bad blogger… Heck, I’m terrible. I just checked and my last post was April…

While I have soooooo many things to post – cafes I’ve been to, nailart to share, I haven’t found the time to do so.

Yes yes, some may say we should try and commit some time to write our posts, but hey, I haven’t got a laptop at home, and typing a whole chunk of words on my mobile via the wordpress app is tiring. Super.tiring.

Well, back to the subject matter at hand…

I visited this cafe back in April and that marked the start of my monthly cafe hopping trips with my longtime friend Candy ❤

The Tiramisu Hero.

The first cafe we visited in the Jalan Besar area.
It was our first time at that area so we didn’t know which route to take, so instead of walking straight, past the Jalan Besar stadium like we should have (since it was the easiest route), we actually walked to the CC instead! Then past the swimming complex and finally found the place…

Ahhh, a pretty lawn right outside (nope, I didn’t take a photo). We would’ve opted sitting outside but it was drizzling so off to the comfort of shelter we go… Also, thanks to the rain, we got a seat immediately! We even managed to switch seats. Hahah.

All over the walls were pictures of their mascot – Sir Antonio.
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Peekaboo!

Ladders on the ceiling?? Interesting….
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I love the cover of their menu, back to basics with just black on white.

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Oh and before I start on the food… look at this! Thought it was pretty cute, though I didn’t take a photo on the actual snails… heh
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Alrighty, off to the food we ordered.
We looked through the menu, back and forth, and decided to order a couple of things to share.

Here’s the almost-cliche over-the-top food picture:

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For starters, we had Chunky Mushroom Soup ($6):

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The soup was creamy but not overly creamy. Though I thought the star of this dish is, ironically, the garlic bread. It is to die for. I loved it! And you can order it as a side too. I would have but since we already placed our other food orders, I decided to forgo it… ._.

Our main was this Hero Fun Pun Bun ($9.80):

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Photo credit to Candy~

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We didn’t see many reviews on this, so we decided to just try for it ourselves. Plus it had a heart next to this, pretty sure that means one of their favorites. Hahah. The pork was succulent and the egg balanced the whole thing so it didn’t get overly saltish with the meat and bacon. Not too bad!

Coffee time!

Candy had the Mocha ($5.50):

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And I had the Vanilla Latte ($6.50):

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I loved the Vanilla Latte. It’s about the best vanilla latte I’ve had. The aroma of the coffee and the vanilla was so well balanced (not overly sweet!). It was so fragrant and rich! I was in loooooove ❤

For desserts…
We ordered the Waffles Woo ($7) and topped it with Strawberries (+$2).

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The waffle is light and fluffy! The strawberries fresh. Simplicity at its best 🙂

And we couldn’t just leave this place without trying their famous tiramisu now can we… Of course not!

We had the Milo Mommahero ($7.50)! Their signature packaging is oh-so-cute and that stamp!!! And it was good too!

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Even we had to take a photo each with the cute jar ^-^

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Now we’re all fed, it’s time to go… Candy couldn’t resist having a Sir Antonio headshot:

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Awww and I thought this was pretty cute:

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And that was it!

Now it’s your turn to visit The Tiramisu Hero! (The link leads you to their website)

The Tiramisu Hero is located at:
121 Tyrwhitt Road
Singapore 207548
(about a 5 to 10 mins walk from Lavender MRT station)

Till next time!

Oh and this is me… signing off!
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The Orange Thimble – a café with an art twist

Hello peeps!

So I was in the Tiong Bahru area, wandering street after street, thinking of where to have dinner. After much thought, we finally decided on this – The Orange Thimble.

The Orange Thimble – where art meets café. 

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Beautiful drawing ♡

Simplistic decor with a cozy feel, yet still pretty spacious,  that makes one not only comfortable but also hits you with waves of nostalgia. Sofas, chairs, cushioned chairs – take your pick. And while sitting there, take a look at the art hanging on the wall. Beautiful.

Now, on with the food….

Caramel Macchiato (regular – i.e. hot) – $5.50

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Caramel Macchiato ♡

The caramel blended so well that it gave a sweet tinge to the otherwise bitter coffee. Smooth and light.
The gem biscuits (reminiscence of childhood days…) was a delightful addition as well.

Iced Caramel Macchiato$7.50
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Doesn’t suit my taste. The ice may have also diluted the flavor a bit…
Bit on the bitter side this one which was kinda surprising since we saw a layer of sugar syrup settled at the bottom of the cup when we first got it…

Smoked Salmon Baguette$10.90
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Ahhh fresh baguette, and even more importantly – fresh smoked salmon. Lovely combination and pretty light too. Thumbs up!

Beef Shepherd’s Pie$9.90
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One of the better shepherd’s pie I’ve tasted. The top potato part was not overbaked which is great. Every mouthful was filled with beef and mushroom and some potato chunks here and there in the mash which I love.

It’s a good place to relax. Be it catching up with friends or just sipping coffee reading a book.
I saw ice creams & cakes/desserts displayed but have yet tried it. I’d prolly drop by another day to try those tempting yummies.

If you’re around Tiong Bahru, why not pop by for a visit?

The Orange Thimble is located at:
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-68,
Singapore 160056

Have you visited The Orange Thimble? How was your experience?
Also – do hit me up if you have must-go cafés to recommend!

Till next time!

XOXO
♥ Cres

Saturday with the GFFs ♡

Hello hello! I know it’s been a while. I’ve been so caught up with everything else that I’ve neglected this blog. (._.)

Well today I went with my GFFs to watch Hossan Leong’s A Singaporean in Paris!
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It was sooooooo good. Magnifique! The set, the songs, the singing, the performance was wow. I really enjoyed myself! We thought of perhaps buying a copy of their CD or something cuz we really enjoyed the songs but alas, there was none.

After that, we went to Createaf Waffles (located at the 1st level of The Cathay) for some waffles that we’ve been craving for weeks!

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Createaf Waffles

And we ordered a set “meal” each ($12.50). Each set comes with your choice of waffles and drinks. When you do the math, it’s pretty worth it – if you’re getting drinks along with your waffle that is. Each waffle set is priced at $9.90, and drinks are mostly $4.90 to $5.50.

Here’s what we got:
Sinfully Chocolate

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Sinfully Chocolate with vanilla ice cream

Sinfully Chocolate was, well, all chocolate. Reeeeally sinful. It was waffles topped with chocolate syrup & coco crunch. The vanilla ice cream was made with actual vanilla beans so it’s fragrant.
Anyone who has baked and used vanilla beans before can tell you that it’s faaaaaar from what you get with the regular vanilla essence/flavor you get from stores. Really different. But they’re so hard to get (and so expensive here in Singapore! Le sigh~)
Okay, back to the topic at hand…

Banana Chocolate
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Ahhh. An all time favorite combination. Who doesn’t love the good ol’ banana and chocolate combi! Again, sooooo sinful yet so good! I’m not a lover of matcha green tea ice cream but my GF said it was good, and she left it to the last to slowly savor it…

Merry Berry

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Merry Berry with hazelnut ice cream

Before I go on… let’s take a look at the closeup of this baby…

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All those fresh strawberries and blueberries! ♡

This was my choice of waffles. I wanted to go for something chocolate but those 2 ladies already chose it, so I went for this and boy was I pleased with my choice! The maple syrup at the side was the cherry on top, it complemented so well. Strawberries and blueberries were fresh and sweet too. Really hits the spot this one! Absolutely loved it! ♡

And my choice of drink was a Roasted Tea Latte:
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It’s basically roasted oolong tea with milk (thus the ‘latte’). Not my wisest choice but I thought I’d go with something different… the smell was really overpowering, and I only managed to get through half a cup.
Buuuuut, that elephant on top! Ain’t it cute!!

First a play, then waffles – this is the life!

Till next time~

XOXO
♥ Cres

Made my own macarons!

Hello hello!

So I made some macarons on Tuesday!

Some round ones….

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Then some cute-shaped ones….

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The cute-shaped ones didn’t turn out as well… maybe they were a little undercooked…

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But the round ones turned out great!

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I’m proud of myself *pats my own back*
Not too shabby hey 🙂

Have you tried making your own macarons? What flavors have you tried? Let me know!!

Till next time ♥

XOXO
♥ Cres

Irodori Japanese Ala-Carte Buffet

Last night, the boyfriend booked a place for us at Irodori! It’s a japanese buffet that I have been wanting to try a looooong time. I heard that it’s not easy to make a reservation so I’m surprised when he told me on Thursday that we’ll be dining there on Saturday!

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Colors, colors everywhere!

Stepping in, almost all seats are taken. No wonder you gotta make a reservation before going, looking at their reservation list – it’s full house!

So I’ve read about reviews about how unfriendly their staff were but they looked rather pleasant to me! Most of them were all smiles 🙂

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Let the feasting begin!

These 2 dishes are not on the menu, but you can only have 1 serving per pax…

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This…is a palette cleanser I believe.  But it tastes soooooo good! The tofu was sooooooo silky smoooooth! Love it!

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Grilled Mentai Prawns

This was absolutely delightful as well! Fresh succulent prawns with the delicious mentai sauce. Yummmm!

And the rest of the food we ordered… we ordered repeatedly for some… hahah.
Not gonna do a commentary on every dish, so just enjoy the pictures!!

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Enoki Shitake Butter Yaki

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Mixed Tempura

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Chawan Mushi

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Irodori Maki

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Shake Sashimi

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California Maki

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Shisamo

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Yakitori

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Chicken Katsu

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Tonkatsu

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Spider Te-maki

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Cold tofu

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Tebasaki

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Zaru Soba with Inari sushi in the background

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Kanistick Bacon Maki

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Croquette

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Age Gyoza

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Buta Enoki Maki

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Beef Enoki Maki

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Futo Maki with California Maki

And there were a few others that I didn’t photograph…

Overall, for $35++ ($41.20 billed), there was quite a variety to choose from. For sashimi lovers, just order sashimi at your free will, and it’s all worth it already. Plus the sashimi is really fresh! And they are not stingy with the proportion served.

An interesting thing about this place is that when you place an order, they will ask you how many pieces of that item you’d like – that’s pretty smart! And there should be less wastage with this system 🙂

Waiting time in between orders varies. Sometimes it comes really promptly, but sometimes we’d have to wait for quite a while….

Will I go back another time? Yup, I sure will. I’m thinking of bringing my parents along the next time.

Have you been to Irodori? How do you like it?

Till next time!

P.S. if you notice, I didn’t watermark my photos this time around. My photos have been going wonky and all rotated for my past few posts, so I’m a lil annoyed by that cuz I don’t know the cause or how to fix it! Baaaah…

XOXO
♥ Cres