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

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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

Foodie time with le mummy ♡

Goooooooood morning/afternoon/evening (depending on where you are and what time you’re reading this) 🙂

So I took the day off yesterday and spent some time with my mum. We went in search for foooooood.

First up, Bear Bites @ *SCAPE

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This hails from Taiwan, famous in one of its night markets, and it’s now in Singapore!
I first saw this on a local paper when they first started out. And the pictures were just too cute!
I tried to bug the boyfriend to go with me but he wasn’t interested, at all. Boo.
Then, on Tuesday night, a food show on Channel 8 recommended it and that is how I convinced my mum to go with me.

The first thing you see right outside is these signs:

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We ordered 1 set to share.
We went with the Chicken + Oat bun + Mushroom sauce meal (I.e. fries and a bottle of green tea) – $8 (the sauce was $0.20).

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Pawprint!

#cressays:
It’s like eating “kong ba pao” (a type of bun with braised pork – picture of it later) but with fried chicken. That was the idea that inspired this actually – the fusion of Western and Asian.
The bun was really soft! But the chicken was….not really well marinated. I munched on a part that was tasteless and one part was marinated… so that could be improved I suppose 🙂
As for the fries, I’m not a fan cuz it’s all soggy.
Overall it was a nice experience! But am not sure if I’ll go back there anytime soon.
Oh and this is the “kong ba pao” I was referring to…

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This was dinner tonight!
Usually it’s without the roman lettuce but I like to add some in mine to make it crunchy and it helps with the taste 🙂

Back to yesterday….

Next stop – dessert!
We headed to Taiwan Xiao Chi at Centrepoint.
Again, the food show the night before featured their dessert – one of my all time fav Taiwanese dessert – sweet potato and yam chewy balls 蕃薯和芋圆 (not sure how to describe it…)

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White - Yam; Orange - Sweet Potato

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Pretty disappointed on first looks

But, boy were we disappointed…
1) out of 3 base choices, there was only 1 left (warm grass jelly) as the cold options were “out of stock”
2) the “warm” grass jelly is cold on the inside… so…that’s not really warm now is it…
3) I wanted to get this “mango and coconut noodle ” dessert – sounds interesting no? BUT, the coconut noodles was (again) out of stock

So we got this instead…

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Which was like chicken floss, some egg and cauliflower with some chilli flakes wrapped around with instant prata (those frozen one you can get in supermarkets).
Nope, not impressed.

#cressays:
The dessert was alright…. nothing fantastic, nothing like the one advertised on TV….
I much prefer the one at Blackball. That IS da bomb. I need to go back there and get one soon…
And well, you should know how I feel about the other one…

In the evening, we went to have some hor fun!

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This is yummy! A lil salty, but it was gooooooood. So at least our day ended well!

So there it was, my foodie day with le mummy. It’s nice spending time with her after a hectic period at work 🙂

Oh, and happy mid autumn festival!
★中秋节快乐!★
Here is what I bought for my mum…

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And this is what she made! Shanghai yam mooncakes!

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Look at the moon tonight! It’s exceptionally round and bright 🙂

So what did you do today?
What’s your latest food adventure?
Would you give the Bear Bites a try?

Till next time!

XOXO
♥ Cres

IKYU – where modern creativity meets japanese

Hello! It’s already Friday! Weekends ahead! Anyone has plans as of yet?

Well today, I’m gonna bring you some photos from my visit at Ikyu some time ago.

Ikyu is a little restaurant along the less roamed around places in Tiong Bahru. It has this huuuuuge and very heavy metal door that has proven to be difficult to open from the outside. But no worries, when you’re lingering around the door, their friendly staff will open the door for you and welcome you in.

Stepping in, everyone shouts welcome in japanese, not like the usual japanese restaurants around here.
The interior is a mix of warm tones and metal – industrial would be the right description. Somehow it’s a pretty soothing and comfortable ambience.

The menu exterior is beautiful.

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Just 2 pages of worded menu, the feel is much like a mix between fine and casual dining in my opinion. There’s not much of a description of what exactly the listed menu items are, so the addition of that may be useful for first timers.

So here is what we ordered:

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The food was really yummy. I prefer the sides to the main.
The pork and asparagus was…perfection. thin slices of pork wrapped around the crunchy asparagus. Yummmm.

You can learn more about the restaurant at their website.

Have you been to Ikyu? What are your thoughts? Let me know 🙂

XOXO
♥ Cres

Froyo yo!

Happy mid week! We survived the first half of the week!

Work has taken a toll on me, but it ain’t the peak yet. Next week…. that’s the “terrible” part. Long hours and late nights, here I come.

So anyways…
After lunch, me and a colleague went to Red Mango to get some froyo! We both got the original flavor, hers topped with mango while mine topped with banana crunch.

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Froyoooooooo~ ★

Yummmmm. It was my first time trying the banana crunch topping and I love it! I want MOOOOOOORE! And I’m now craving for Banana Nut Crunch cereal too (._.)

Well I’m hoping to do my nails soon, I’m still wearing the Lilas one… it’s holding on pretty good I must say, no visible chips no displacement of glitter! To think I didn’t use a topcoat!

On a separate note, I received an email from Kiroi (owner of Kiroi Cheese Cake) saying that there were new faces going down to the shop in Golden Mile since 2 days ago! The owner thinks my posting and review helped! So yay to you readers! I’m hoping to drop by for a visit soon 🙂

Have you tried anything from Kiroi Cheese Cake? Let me know what you think!

Well now we have 2 more days till the weekend! If I can do it, you can too!

XOXO
♥ Cres