Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Tohs vists Foxhole Cafe

 
We began the new year by visiting a new café in the heart of  Hougang,. Located just a stone's throw from Hougang MRT is a new development - The Midtown. It is a residential development with shops in the first few floors. The Foxhole Café is conveniently located on the first level, and occupies the mezzanine floor as well. This café is conceptualised by two ladies who have a keen interest in coffee and food.
Whimsical cute fox mascot 


The Place




The PourOver Bar shares the same space as Foxhole Café.


There are pastries, bread and also desserts available

The cafe proper is situated on the mezzanine floor
Not many cafes in Singapore are like this
(prob.only in Holland Village )

Nice ceiling to floor windows overlooking
an open field and those flats

Here's how it looks like in the evening. Quite yellow due to the lighting
and it was raining quite heavily that day.

The very instagrammable wall with the unicorn mural !

just gotta take a pic with the pretty wall

The Food

Serving both savoury and sweet items, Foxhole aims to please their customers.  They are still in R&D for the menu so if some of the items doesn't do well, they may just remove them. We ordered a few items to share among the 6 of us.

 

Bread pudding with sea salt malt ice cream
Slightly pricy at $11.50,  it is one of the nicest bread pudding
I have ever tasted. One thing thou, the serving size is rather small

 
I ordered a pot of earl grey
came with a stick of pretty pink sugar !
 
So pretty isn't it..
it is the Singapore sling flavour..
but couldn't taste any after mixing with the tea
 
We enjoyed this Chili Crab Croissant too
thou it's nothing really special nor fancy.
What is fancy would be those chips that came with it !
Those are Raspberry chips ! It has that fruity
hint to the chips. We loved it !
One of the cafe's hot seller. I can see why.
It's easy to eat and most Singaporeans love chili crab :D
Another shot with coffee , pudding and the wall :D
 
This chocolatey treat is nice and moist.
Chocolate lovers will like it
 
 
 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016

 
Thank you 2016. There were tears and laughter , painful and happy times . I survived the tough times and came thru stronger . Thank you all whom laughed , cried and stayed with me thru it all ! I had yet another fantastic year feasting away thanks to my social media platforms. Shall look forward to more travels this year and surround myself with family , good friends and positive people ! Be nice 2017 !!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Stamping Ground is in Siglap


We love exploring our neighborhood and its surrounding, especially Siglap area. Lately Stamping Ground Café has shifted from another part of the island and landed itself just mintues away from our neighborhood .  Yup, I'm more than happy to have additional cafe choice.

Sharing shop space with a florist, Stamping Ground has quite an ample amount of tables. It was quite packed when we were there on a Sunday afternoon. Had to share the communal table with another lady.


Pretty Christmas decor at the florist 

can't go wrong with flowers and coffee



It was about 3 pm when we were there, so we could only munch on
small items as we have already taken our lunch
 
Love the taste of the green tea marble cake
but not sure if it's suppose to be on the dry side..


Super love the mocha I had that day..
nice balance of chocolate and coffee :D

 
We also had a sandwich.. such a delight..
will be back for more 




87 Upper East Coast Road
Tel:  9070 7610
 
Tues- Sun
9am-6pm

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Tohs eat Shukuu Izakaya


Mr Toh and I  are always on the look out for places with good quality Japanese food .We were recently treated to some fresh and pretty authentic offerings at a friendly cosy izakaya in the heart of CBD. Not only do they serve decent food, they also have a wide range of sake. One of the owners of this izakaya, Luis,  is a double certified SSI International Kikisake-Shi (國際唎酒師) and SSA Certified Sake Sommelier. If you are a sake fan, be sure to find out more from him ! 

Shukuu Izakaya 


Interior 

Warm dim lights and elements of a Japanese居酒屋 fills the entire restaurant.. It gave us a welcoming effect. 

Don't be deceived by this sight for all the tables were 
filled by the time we started eating 

Wall is lined with sake bottles





The staff will gladly pair some sake to go along with your food.


 The food selection


We had some small bites to start the night rolling
Bottom right : Gyu Ponzu ($7) –Lightly seared fillet beef with ponzu
Thou beef is very tender, I find that ponzu sauce and 
meat combi isn't quite up my alley.. Left : Reba Shoyuzuke ($6) – Marinated chicken liver in soy sauce
Thumbs up for this  ! It's actually the first time I enjoyed chicken liver :) 
The liver is well marinated , tender and no weird taste !
 I washed it down with some sake :D 
Top right :Shirasu Ponzu Capsicum ($6) Whitebait with diced capsicum in ponzu sauce
Light and slightly sourish with the ponzu sauce are these diced peppers with whitebait.
I actually thought they were corn kernels.

Oyster lovers will enjoy this . Tasty as 
it is, I find it slightly on the pricey side. 
Kaki no Sakamushi ($12) Sake-cooked oysters

Can't say no to Salmon Sashimi ($14)
Nice thick cut..

They serve a mean selection of charcoal-grilled skewers
TsukuneChicken meatball ($4.50)
  is our hands down favorite of the night

More Japanese satay here 
Tebasaki Chicken wing ($4)
Kurobuta Tontoro – Iberico pork collar ($5.50)
Shitake mushroom ($3)
Bacon Asparagus ($4.50)


Another of our favorites : 
Kani Gratin ($7) Baked crab gratin with mentaiko
stuffed gratin in a crab shell..topped with generous serving of mentaiko

Certinatly will be back with some friends to drink and eat the night away ! 




Address : 8 Stanley Street
Singapore 068727
Tel: 6327 9240
FB : https://www.facebook.com/ShukuuIzakaya




Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Christmas offerings at Clinton Street Baking Company

 
Many have gushed and raved about their pancakes and many have came and queued for it. Established in 2001 in New York,  Clinton Street is clearly a well loved café at has much to offer.
 
 Clinton Street Singapore has some special dishes rolled out just for this festive season. These are on a time limited basis so go try it before they stop serving it !
 
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{ Truffle Fried Eggs $23} - 2 Sunny Side-up Eggs, Asparagus,
Sauteed Mushrooms, Herb-roasted Potatoes, Arugula, Bacon Lardons & Truffle Vinaigrette
is one of their specials this festive season !! Doesn't this look like a face ?
This dish is great if you like potatoes, but I find it slightly pricy .


 
{ Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes } $19
One of the Best pancakes I have ever eaten ! Warm , fluffy stack topped with to die for chantilly cream paired with cinnamon apples and candied walnuts . What more can I ask for ? Oh boy ! Drizzle, ok pour all of the well loved maple butter over the pancakes !
Christmas only comes once a year ..diet can wait
 
 
So fluffy I can die !!

 
{ Lobster Mac and Cheese }$15
Elbow Pasta, Boston Lobster Nuggets/Chunks, Monterey Jack & Cheddar 
 
 
 
 


This totally got me sold ! The rich cheeses plus chucks of
lobsters and creamy pasta is very gratifying !
Best to share this with a friend or two..

 
 If you are slightly more health conscience,
perhaps this { Kale & Quinoa Salad }$19.00
(option of add-on Grilled Chicken +$3.00 ) will suit you much better
Dressed Kale with Quinoa, Red Onions, Avocados, Tomatoes & Spiced Pumpkin Seeds 
 
 
This warm salad is very well received . We cleaned out our plates .
The dressing is totally spot on and the pumpkin seeds added that extra crunch.
 
good effort to the team for coming up with this 4 special dishes !
I will come back for the pancakes !


31 Purvis Street
Singapore (188608)

Operating Hours
Mon-Thu: 9am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 8am-10pm
Sun: 8am-8pm
PH: 8am-10pm

You can now make reservations via Chope!

 


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tong Le Private Dining -- Celebrating Mr Toh's Birthday



Most of the times it was me who decides where to go for Mr Toh's birthday. This year was however different ! He picked out a venue and told me that's where he wants to enjoy his birthday feast this year :)


We had an enjoyable lunch over at Tong Le Private Dining located at OUE Tower. It is a revolving tower, hence we had quite a view of the bay as well as parts of the CBD area during our 2 hours lunch there !
* Do note that they do not accept walk ins. Dining here is by reservations only. Service is awesome here 
and it starts the minute from our email reservations ! 



Here's the menu we have choose :)

Check out the view :)

Nice serving plate and chubby me :P

Quite a special drink ! 
Refreshing lemon and basil juice plus two 
spicy longan to go with it !
The slight hint of spiciness goes well with the drink 


First dish
Chilled abalone with tomato topped with Kaluga Queen 
Cavier accompanied by Pan fried Lobster with egg white
It came shouldered in a cloud !



light and easy on the palate
 

 Next up is the
{Braised Cave Bird's Nest with Crab Roe}
Love this shot taken by the birthday boy ! Presentation top marks for 
serving in a bowl meant for a king !


 

{ Steamed Japanese Wild Scallops with Roasted Garlic } .
Served in a shell with pretty sea blue bits under the shell🌊💦🌊💦💙.
To be eaten with the egg yolk beneath the scallop

Totally umami and such delightful burst of flavour



{ Wagyu Char Siew }
with veggie n mushrooms

we both found that it is quite a waste of
using the wagyu this way. The meat was nicely
caramelized however, too tough for our likening



This is a very comforting dish
Poached Geoduck Clam in Braised Rice
with Seafood Consomme
It is like an elevated porridge with all the seafood goodness in it. 

  {Special 8 treasure cheesecake}
Yes it is fusion cheesecake 😉😉
actually has wolf berries in it ✌🏼️ i was so full by dessert
so could only managed half of it but ate all of that mocha ice cream !




Here's the birthday boy
with the cake specially prepared
for him

 
Happy Birthday
Mr Toh!!

May all your future birthdays be 

as happy and fantastic as this