Thursday, October 1, 2015

FrannyCooks Special : Snowskin White Lotus with Earl Grey Mooncakes by 1872 Clipper Tea Co.

I know I'm a few days delayed but allow me to still wish you all...祝你中秋節快樂 (Happy Mid-Autumn Festival)!!!

Next to the Chinese New Year, this is one of my much-awaited festivals as I love love love shopping for and eating mooncakes. Back in Manila, I thought there was just one kind -- the traditional baked kind that's filled with white lotus paste, salted egg and melon seeds. It was when I moved to Singapore that I was introduced to a whole new universe of mooncakes! From snowskin wrapped mooncakes filled with coffee, ice cream, truffles, durian and even for some, even bacon. I really have to give it to the mooncake chefs and his creativity.

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This year was made extra special by 1872 Clipper Tea Co as it allowed me to take a step further and to learn how to make mooncakes. I was really excited upon receiving the invite and it coincidentally fell right on Paul's birthday making it a really happy day.

I joined a small group of fellow bloggers at the very cozy flat of The Baking Loft that afternoon. First step was to find a partner and I quickly teamed up with pretty Adele also known as Madame Chewy.

We listened intently to the demonstration conducted by the chef. She really made it look so easy and I hope Adele and I will be able to successfully make our mooncakes with the same ease too. I love that the mooncakes were infused with the Timeless Earl Grey tea as it has this floral, aromatic scent that goes so well with the white lotus paste and apricot bits too.

Ready to make your own Snowskin White Lotus with Earl Grey and Apricot Mooncakes?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Gin Khao at East Coast Park, Singapore

Sawasdee ka!

A few weeks ago, Paul and I traveled all the way to the other side of Singapore... to eat. Quie a distance that despite my work area being at the central district, it still took me more than an hour by public transportation to get to our destination. On the way there, I was really hoping (and praying) that our meal will be worth it!

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Our goal was to check out this relatively new restaurant called Gin Khao located right at East Coast Park. We both love Thai food so we're really excited about this! I love how spacious the restaurant was! How I wish it would expand and have more branches closer to the city as this would definitely be a good place to dine in with friends or for private functions too.

Friday, September 25, 2015

IT Roo Cafe at Jalan Dhoby, Johor Bahru in Malaysia

Back when we were much younger, Paul and I would take one weekend off a month to go on a trip. Be it to go overseas or to explore one of the many provinces and islands of the Philippines, these quick trips have proven to be really effective in busting our stress levels due to work.

Since migrating to the Lion City, we have incredibly slowed down in terms of taking impromptu trips. Perhaps, it's because of the size of Singapore as a whole and our lack of familiarity on this region. Slowly though, we're learning and hopefully soon we'll get back on track.

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A few weekends ago, we took in impromptu day trip to nearby Johor Bahru. Going to JB, as popularly called by the locals, is as easy as hopping on a bus and just following the sea of people as they go through the immigration centres and finally to City Square Mall. On our first try, we got lost. Yes, really lost that we somehow ended up at the other end of town. Unbelievable! Add to the fact that I failed to make any research so we just randomly tried any restaurant within sight. On our second visit though, I was much more prepared. Thanks to all the blog reviews shared by my favorite Singaporean bloggers, I went to JB with a list to refer to.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Airport Lounge : SATS Premier Lounge in Changi Airport Terminal 2

I'm back! Missed me? :P 

I know I haven't been blogging as regularly as I used to before but that doesn't mean I haven't been eating as much anymore. Haha! Rest assured, I'm still eating my way around town and I promise to share all my stories with all of you soon. Meanwhile, I recently flew to Manila to spend a fun and relaxing weekend with family. One of the things that I love about traveling is being able to check out the airport lounges while waiting to board. I tell you, having the access to airport lounges is something I'm extremely thankful about as I just hate waiting and this is the perfect remedy for impatient travelers like me.

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For this trip, I chanced upon SATS Premier Lounge in Terminal 2 of Changi Airport. I had to do some last minute work so I made sure that I chose a lounge with a nice workstation where I can be productive for an hour and a half before I fly home.

I'm also quite paranoid about being left behind by the plane so I narrowed my search down to the ones closest to my boarding gate. That said, it was a toss between Green Market or SATS Premier Lounge both at the 3rd floor of the Departure Area. For this trip, I went with the latter.

Now, let me take you on a tour around the lounge:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Bridge -- Restaurant & Bar in Seah Street

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by fellow blogger E for a nice dinner tasting at Bridge. The direction to the restaurant was pretty simple -- it's along Seah street, behind Raffles Hotel. That was easy!

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As much as I love hole in the wall cafes in far-flung a.k.a. unexpected places, I do appreciate those that are strategically located right in the city. This area is accessible by foot whether you're coming from the City Hall district, Bugis or if you just love to walk... even from Clarke Quay. This is one reason why I thought the restaurant's name meant that it was the "bridge" in between the North Bridge Road and the South Bridge Road. Oh silly me!

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Apparently, Bridge is a restaurant that bridges the gap between fine-dining and the bistro scene. Now that makes a lot of sense! It's known for its extensive brunch and for our dinner that evening, we had a preview of the delicious dinner repertoire that they offer as well.

Dinner began with a plate of Heirloom Tomato Mozzarella (S$16). Think deconstructed caprese salad made more colorful. Making use of eight different types of tomatoes, it's a refreshing salad mixed with mozzarella cheese, tomato powder, olive powder and kalamata (olive) emulsion. As I ate this, I kept on thinking that this is definitely something that Paul will love. Admittedly though, I was never a tomato fan so it's not one that I would probably order again.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Highlands Prime Steakhouse in Estancia Mall

Papa turned another year older and wiser recently and we were so glad to be home to celebrate this special day with him! As he's a big steak lover, we chose to have our family lunch at Highlands Prime Steakhouse in the new Estancia Mall as they all had a wonderful experience dining at the Mall of Asia branch.

Initially, I thought that this was similar to the one in Tagaytay Highlands so I was semi-daydreaming about the John Wayne Prime Rib on our way to the restaurant. Sadly, I failed to notice that both are two different restaurant with the word "prime" setting them apart. Not to worry though as the menu showed great promise nonetheless. 

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While we all had our individual orders, Mommy couldn't help but order the Paella Negra which came in a white ceramic plate and not on a piping hot llanera. Right there and then, my hopes of enjoying the soccarat went *kapoof* as I knew that it won't be like the real thing. The paella was tasting and they were quite generous with the toppings however, I found the texture to be too wet and there was that lack of umami-ness. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Lokal in Neil Road, Singapore

It's always fun to eat out. However, what makes it even more fun is when you eat out with like-minded individuals who share the same amount of love for food and eating as you do. Take my friend D for example. We have known each other back in Manila as he used to do weekly baking classes and I was one of those who has been intending to attend but sadly, I never really got the chance to. Still, D would religiously send me his schedules every single Monday. It actually came to a point when no Monday is complete without receiving D's (or at least, his secretary's) sms. Cut to last year, I received an email from D telling me that he's also based here in Singapore and he would like to meet up. Finally, after several emails back and forth, we met for the first time over yummy Japanese dinner and dessert after.

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It was really nice to meet a fellow Pinoy foodie in a foreign land. To date, D, Paul and I have been frequent foodie buddies as we have tried a couple of restaurants and cafes around town. The most recent one was when our friends Pong and Tippy of the famous Googly Gooeys came to Singapore to conduct a weekend workshop. I wasted no time in inviting them out for dinner on their first night in the Lion City.

As I've been on the look out for the best Sticky Date Toffee Pudding in the country, D suggested that we go dine at The Lokal. I've been there before but it was for a quick brunch meet-up. Sadly though, I wasn't too pleased with my order as it was a DIY brunch set. Anyway, we're back at The Lokal for dinner and I was really excited about it.

The Lokal has a very simple and short menu consisting of 4 starters, 6 mains, 2 sides and 2 desserts. The best way is to order a much as you can and just share with the group. That way, you can have a taste of all the dishes. Clever, huh?

Here's what we got that evening:

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Deep-Fried Baby Squid (S$14) served with pickled papaya and chili-coriander mayonnaise. I have to admit that I was the one who requested for this. Sadly, it wasn't as amazing as I imagine it to be. The squid was a bit tough and dry while the sauce barely made an impact.

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Fresh Oysters
This was one of the house specialty that night when we dined at The Lokal. I'm personally not a fan of fresh oysters but judging on how my companions have quickly enjoyed their piece, looks like it was pretty good

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