Friday, August 22, 2014

Potato Head Folk : Three Buns Kitchen

"It's so beautiful!"


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I think I must have uttered this line more than a dozen time last Tuesday night when my colleagues and I decided to have dinner at Potato Head Folk along Keong Saik Road -- a quick 10 minute walk from our office. I was at awe upon seeing this tall 4-storey white and red shophouse at the corner of the road that somehow reminds me of a ship. I don't know why, blame my hyperactive imagination. :)

People who have visited Bali must be familiar with the name and yes, this is from the same group that runs Potato Head Beach Club in Indonesia. I personally haven't been to Bali, but I've been hearing a lot of good things about it.

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Potato Head Folk in Singapore is divided into three establishments -- Three Buns Kitchen, Studio 1939 and the Rooftop Garden. Each establishment occupying one entire floor and each carries a different vibe unique from each other. That evening, our dinner was set at Three Buns Kitchen so this is where this blog post will center on.

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thank you Preethi for this lovely photo!
Located at the second floor of the shophouse, you'll surely be amazed at the colourful grand decor found all over the restaurant. From giant statues to pretty white and blue painted walls. It has a very whimsical feel where they made use of curated art pieces put together in such an organized chaotic manner. No two table set-up is the same and since reservation is not allowed, we were lucky to immediately get a nice table for 6 given that the place was packed on a busy Tuesday night.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sunday Champagne Brunch at Melt -- The World Cafe, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Here's an interesting quote that I truly agree and believe in:

Weekend-Quotes

After all, we work 5 days a week so we really owe it to ourselves to relax and recharge for two full days before heading back to the battle work force once again. Paul and I also take these two days to go out on dates, meet up with friends and to just have fun. Sometimes, we would just stay home, go swimming, do some cooking and nap for as long as we want. That, my friends, is what I'd call work-life balance and I strongly believe that it's something really important to attain a happier life. 

So, what did we do last weekend? Well, it was a busy, action-packed one for us, if I must say. Saturday was when Paul and I went to watch Rock of Ages with his cousin J and my friend C. It was so much fun! The musical was awesome and we're so happy to be in the company of such happy and amazing people. The show was so good that I'm currently experiencing major Rock of Ages LSS this week. We went home quite late last Saturday but that didn't stop me from waking up early the following day. In fact, it was my grumbling tummy that woke me up. Guess it was just so excited for what was lined up that day. Sunday, I went to Mandarin Oriental for their much-awaited Sunday Champagne Brunch.

I've mentioned a number of times before how much I loveeeee brunch! A meal right in the middle of breakfast and lunch, this allows me to enjoy my favorite breakfast dishes with a little more flair and luxury. Aside from champagne, diners gets the chance to enjoy free flow servings of wine, beer and a number of alcoholic concoction. 

Allow me to give you a quick photo tour of what you can expect at Melt -- The World Cafe's Sunday Champagne Brunch

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As you enter the restaurant, you'll be greeted with this wide dessert spread. A mix of western and local cakes and pastries await you. 

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They also have a couple of cheese selections for you too! 

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I'm such an avid snacker and I love these local Singaporean snacks that I grew up enjoying every time we get to spend our summer vacations here in the Lion City. I seriously can consume an entire bag of Ear Biscuits and Gummy Bears

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pasta Brava in Craig Road, Singapore

When it comes to work-related / business lunches, I really like going Italian. Perhaps it's due to the quiet ambiance in the restaurant that makes it so conducive to being able to discuss important details yet it doesn't feel so dull and stiff either. Not to mention, it gives me the reason to enjoy a good plate of pasta while discussing work too.

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Recently, the team visited Pasta Brava which is located just a few blocks away from our new office. I'm really loving our new neighborhood for the never-ending choices of good food available. It was K who suggested this place and I trust her taste when it comes to knowing where are the delicious, slightly "atas-level" but definitely the must-visit restaurants in Singapore(!).

Having said that, Pasta Brava perfectly fits the description that I just mentioned earlier. Located in a two-storey shophouse along quiet Craig Road, the restaurant is dimly-lit and you'll see pretty paintings and decors on the walls. It's interesting that they have covered the tables with plain white paper and they have caniters filled with chalk as the centerpiece. Now, that's something I wouldn't expect from a fine dining Italian restaurant. It's cool to get the diners busy decorating their table as they wait for their food.

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We started our meal with a plate of Bruschetta al Pomodoro (S$6 / 2 pieces) - While I personally think it's quite pricey, I was impressed with the big slice of baguette that we each got and each is topped with a generous serving of fresh chopped tomatoes, garlic, oregano, basil and extra virgin olive oil. I sprinkled it with some parmesan cheese too! Yum!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fat Boy's The Burger Bar at Dhoby Ghaut

I'm so lucky that the people that Paul and I hang out with here in the Lion City also share the same amount of love and fascination for food. Take our friend O for example, every time we plan to go out, he manages to recommend a good place to eat.

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A few weeks ago, the initial plan was to have pho for dinner but O suggested that we check out this newly opened burger place called Fat Boy's The Burger Bar that's just a block away from Plaza Singapura. It's a good thing we got there a bit early before the dinner crowd arrived as the place was quite small and can only sit a little more than 50 guests. We definitely wouldn't want to stay outside and to queue up while watching everyone enjoy their burgers.

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Upon entering the restaurant, the first thing that caught my attention are the somewhat cheeky humour that you can see from their signages, wall statements and posters. Definitely not for the spoilsport! It's a reminder that you're in for a good time and some laughter while enjoying your meal.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Share a Coke Tour : Create your personalized Coca-Cola bottles #ShareaCoke

For the past weeks, friends and fellow bloggers in Manila have been sharing Instagram photos of Coke bottles. However these are not ordinary Coke bottles, mind you. It has their name on it and that got me really intrigued! What is going on back home?!

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After asking a few friends, I found out that Coca-Cola Philippines is running this awesome campaign called #ShareACoke and they've been going around the country with their special vendo machine that magically creates these personalized 500ml bottles of Coke! Since I'm miles away from Manila, my dear friend Trixie was so sweet to create these bottles for us!

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It's our very own Paul & Fran Coke bottles! Yahoo!

 Want to have your very own Coke bottle? Here's how:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Honeymoon Dessert in Vivo City

I always believe that no meal is complete without having dessert! Be it a slice of cake, a scoop of ice cream or a plate of fresh fruits. Dessert cleans your palate and leaves a sweet, delicious after taste. Somehow, it is just the best way to cap of a good meal as ending it with steak or fish makes it feel too abrupt.

All over the world, different cuisines have different desserts. Filipinos would have our famous halo-halo or the mouthwatering Leche Flan among others, here in Singapore, we have bowls of Chendol, Bu bu cha cha or some deep-fried Banana Fritters. For the Turkish, they have the deliciously sweet Baklava while the French would have their pretty cakes, patries and macarons. See how important having dessert is?

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So, after one delicious meal with Paul and his cousin J, we headed over to Honeymoon Dessert for our favorite Hong Kong-style desserts. This originated in Hong Kong and we're so lucky to have this here in the Lion City.

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J ordered his ultimate favorite -- Mango in Vanilla Sauce with Thai Black Glutinous Rice (S$5.50). He generously shared this with us and we all love the sweet mango slices which complemented the creamy vanilla sauce. The Thai Black Glutinous Rice has an acquired taste and texture but once you love it, I'm pretty sure you'll get addicted to it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Two Wings and Brown Sugar at Bukit Merah

Last Sunday, Paul promised me that we will be having a food trip. This got me really excited yet I was simply expecting that he'd only be game to go somewhere new for lunch and that would qualify as a "food trip." Well, guess I was surprised when he was in fact game to go food tripping the entire afternoon which made me very very very happy. Ladies, this is one perfect example of why we shouldn't over-expect and just let our man surprise us trust me, it will be ten times better. Hahaha!

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So, he knows that I keep a list of places that I want to try here in Singapore and told me to choose where to have lunch. My choice was at Bukit Merah which is just a quick 3 minute ride from home. I've been hearing about Two Wings from fellow food bloggers and how their fried chicken wings are simply divine. After seeing countless Instagram posts too, I knew this is the place to go. 

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Spotting Two Wings wasn't difficult as we have been frequenting the Alexandra Food Village quite often. It's located a block behind it and what I wasn't expecting was to see not one, not two but 6 other interesting looking food stalls housed in the same food centre as Two Wings! This is your modern day hawker centre where each stall offers a more upscale cuisine such as one that serves French food, another offering a variety of seafood dishes and a dessert stall too. However, I was there to eat some chicken wings so I guess I'll be going back more often now to try the others. This is definitely my type of hawker centre!

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