Sydney (2017)

As mentioned in my Byron Bay post, after four days spent in Byron Bay, we took a 13-hour overnight bus to Sydney. It was quite an experience for both my Mum and I as we’ve never taken such a long bus journey before.

We arrived in Sydney on 28th March morning and went straight to our Airbnb to drop off our luggages. And off we went to our very first destination: Devon Cafe! Last year, when I was in Sydney with Shah, the first cafe we went to when we arrived, was also Devon Cafe. Guess it’s mandatory?

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As always, the food at Devon Cafe was superb! Definitely recommend this cafe to those visiting Sydney.

Dessert was my fave ice cream in the world (that’s right, THE WORLD!!), Aqua S!!!! It’s so good to be back at Aqua S! Every time I look at my Sydney photos, there are two things I miss the most. Aqua S and the grilled scallops from the Sydney Fish Market.

Ended the day at Bronte Beach. We tried walking from Bronte Beach to Bondi Beach via the beach walkway but somehow we got lost. After walking an hour, we weren’t even halfway to our destination. We gave up and decided to uber.

Got my 6th tattoo in my fave city in the world! Alis Volat Propriis, which is Latin for “she flies with her own wings”. I think Latin is so sexy, don’t ya think?

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Day 2, we managed to sleep in till afternoon, considering we didn’t sleep much on our bus ride here.

We spent the entire day at Bondi Beach. Getting lunch at Harry’s Bondi, which serves one of the best organic food. They even have organic coke! How dope!

Did some suntanning on the beach, before grabbing some ice cream at Gelatissimo.

We ended our day by watching the sunset at Bondi Icebergs.

Our trip to Sydney was a short one. We spent three days in total. On our last day there, I brought Mum to the Sydney Fish Market.

I’m drooling…….

We did a little shopping (okay not a little, it’s actually a lot lol) at QvB (Queen Victoria Building).

And finally (and I mean finally!!!), after searching for so long, I’ve found Doux Amour Patisserie!

Bought the cutest puffs everrrrrrrr!

And that was how we ended an amazing and awesome trip: with cute and equally tasty food!

Can’t wait for more adventures 🙂

Xx,

Nic

 

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Stranger’s Reunion

If you guys haven’t heard of Stranger’s Reunion, then it’s time to get out of your shell!

Stranger’s Reunion is the home of the current World Siphon Coffee Champion, 3-time Singapore Barista Champion, 3-time Singapore Latte Art Champion and ASEAN Barista Champion 2013.

I can’t testify for their coffee since I don’t drink coffee, but I can testify for their food.

After a short hiatus, the cafe reopened last year. Bigger, better and more hipster!

The interior decor is modern, with a touch of rustic from some of the wooden tables and benches as well as the wall.

Stepping in, I felt very homely and welcomed, getting a relaxed vibe from the place itself.

I went there with my Boo and I wished we had more people with us, because I seriously wanted to order every dish in the menu. Every dish sounded so appetizing.

This isn’t my first time to the cafe, but it’s my first time trying their dinner menu. And it’s just as good as their day menu!

Shahrul and I ordered the Honey Mustard Sweet Potato Chips ($12.90), Buttermilk Waffles with vanilla bean ice cream and fresh fruits ($11.90), Aburi Mentaiko Spaghetti ($21.90) and Duck Confit ($23.90).

What’s there to complain about the food? The Honey Mustard Potato Chips was actually got delicious, even though I’m not a huge fan of honey mustard. The chips actually became quite addictive.

The Buttermilk Waffle was perfecto, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Together with the vanilla ice cream, it just melts in your mouth! The berries served together, added a tinge of sourness to the sweetness of the ice cream and waffle. Yum!

I’m speechless when it comes to the Aburi Mentaiko Spaghetti. I think this is by far my fave Mentaiko pasta ever! I love love love Mentaiko and I can just eat it everyday and be happy! The dish was perfectly seasoned, the pasta was perfectly cooked, and the scallops and prawns were fresh. Just writing about it is making me drool! I need to get my Mentaiko pasta craving fixed asap!

The Duck Confit did not disappoint as well! Crispy on the outside and tender o the inside. Together with the orange-infused sauce, it gives the added omph!

We walked out the cafe, full and contented.

Stranger’s Reunion has now become one of my top cafes to visit and I think I will be heading back there sooner rather than later 🙂

 

 

Xx,

Nic

The Market Grill

TGIF! Hope your week has gone well. And here’s hopping your weekend is even better!

Fridays is all about winding down, planning about what you’ll do during the weekends. Maybe spend more time with family, meet friends who are equally as busy as you during the weekdays. Or you know, just sleep in?

For me, I love to head out during the weekends. I love to go out with my family and bf. Shah always complain that I’m like an energizer bunny, always on the go and never seem to want a break. He’s always asking if I’m ever tired. Well, I do get tired sometimes. After all, I’m only human. But I get so excited when I have something(s) planned out for the day. And yes, I’m a planner. I’m big on plannings! If I don’t plan, I actually feel lost at times. No sure if it’s a good or bad thing. What do you guys think?

For this particular Friday, I spent the whole day with Vivienne. Met her at her school and she introduced me to ban mian. I used to not like it but damn, the school’s one is pretty goooood!

After that, we did some shopping at the mall, before we headed to her house to hang out and play with Terry (her dog).

And for dinner, we went to The Market Grill. I’ve been wanting to visit this place for the longest time as I heard great reviews about their lobster roll.

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Lobster Roll ($48). One of the best I’ve eaten so far! The bread was crispy on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside. And the lobster? Heavenly.

Black Angus Beef Bavette 200g ($42). I got to try a bit from Vivienne and the beef is juicy and tender. Although I would have preferred it medium rare or rare. Definitely a must try!

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Thanks for listening to my troubles and I had a great time with you that day! I don’t remember laughing so much hahaha.

Hope you guys had a great Friday and may your weekend be greater 🙂

 

 

Xx,

Nic

Pacamara

Pacamara has always been one of my fave cafes since it opened a few years ago. What I like about this cafe is that their menu is ever-changing. For some cafes, when they change their menu, the food quality just isn’t as good as what it used to be. But at Pacamara, the list of food on the new menu, is not only pleasing to the eyes, the quality is just as good, or even better!

I still remembered when Pacamara first opened. At that time, I was still staying around the area, opposite the cafe in fact. I heard so many amazing reviews on the cafe and was really interested in trying out their red velvet pancakes. I brought my family there after my exams and my Mum got hooked!

A year later, I introduced this place to my Boo, and like my Mum, he really loved the place, even though he was hesitant to visit at first. Lemme tell ya, it’s not easy to get Shah to love a cafe. He’s not really a cafe person. As he always say, ‘I’m a roti prata, mee rebus kinda person.’ So for him to really like a cafe and the food, it’s a huge compliment.

So Pacamara has become over fave cafe to visit as a couple.

And I thought why not introduce this place to my paternal aunt, who like me, loves to try different types of food. The two of us, along with Tara, went there for dinner.

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Steak Frites 200g ($25), Rocket and Pear ($15), Chicken Breast ($17.50).

We ordered the Nutella Fudge and Lemon Tart as well to share.

Can I just say, FOOD COMA!

I wasn’t having a great day that day, but this meal lifted up my mood, and for awhile I wasn’t stressing over anything.

So if you’re in the Thompson area, do visit this cafe. It’s a good place to have a meal with family or friends. Awesome food, awesome ambience.

Can’t wait to head back to try their Day Menu. Been wanting to try their Creme Brulee French Toast and Matcha Pancake.

In the mean time, I’ll just be patient…..

 

 

Xx,

Nic

Valentine’s Day

‘Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.’

-Robert  A. Heinlein

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember, you don’t have to wait for this day to show your appreciations to your loved ones, be it b/g relationships, family members or friends. Everyday is Valentine’s Day. Not saying you have to buy expensive gifts everyday or bring your loved ones to high-end restaurants to tell them you love them. Just the simple ‘thank you’s and ‘I love you’s will show them how much they mean to you. Or a warm hug. It’s the little things that count just as much or even more than the physical gifts.

For this special day, my Boo brought me to Whitegrass for a meal. Whitegrass is chef-owner Sam Aisbett’s first restaurant venture, showcasing his distinctive and personal interpretation of modern Australian cuisine. The restaurant presents a contemporary fine dinning experience at heritage-listed CHIJMES, one of Singapore’s most iconic locations.

We were very lucky to have been able to talk to Sam. He brought out a dish which he specially made that day. Sam was really nice to explain to us the key ingredients of the dish. It was more of a Japanese-styled Bibimbap, and tasted really superb!

Sam is part of a new generation of Australian chefs who are transforming the notions of Modern Australian food with his flavor-driven approach to international ingredients with a distinctly Asian touch. The results? You get yourself a wonderful, unique and colorful meal, which you probably can’t find anywhere else in Singapore.

The first bite of every dish Shahrul and I ordered, we were pleasantly surprised. One of that was the slow roasted young beetroots, smoked eel cream, rosella jam, Tasmanian pepper berry. I wasn’t so sure about the dish since it came with beetroot, but I thought why not try something different. Turns out, mixed with the cream, jam and pepper berry, the beetroots were beyond amazing! Each dish showed how talented and creative the chefs at whitegrass are.

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Australian Saltbush lamb, white carrot puree, kale, pickled caper leaves, mustard fruits

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Every dish was explained in details by the waiters/waitresses.

Hope you guys had an amazing Valentine’s Day 🙂

Xx,

Nic

Wheeler’s Estate

A trip to Mandai led us to an impromptu stop at Seletar Aerospace for lunch.

It is not easy to get there, we kept getting lost as it was our first time going. But the place was so quiet (maybe because it’s a weekday lol) and so beautiful, out of the hustling and bustling of the city.

At Seletar Aerospace, you’ll be spoiled with choices over what to eat. There’s Wildseed cafe, Wheeler’s Estate, etc.

We went with Wheeler’s Estate. The food there is a little more pricey but the food was not too bad.

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Beef Short Rib, can be shared among 2-3 people ($59). My favourite dish. The meat was so soft and tender. With the BBQ sauce, it was perfecto.

Estate Corzetti ($20). The pasta lacked of seasoning. I had to ask for more garlic to make the pasta more tasteful.

Pull Apart Bread ($20). We got both the Bacon & Cheese and the Garlic & Cheese stick. The breads were my least favourite. I thought that there was not enough fillings inside and I couldn’t really taste the saltiness of the cheese and bacon. The garlic taste was also barely there.

But I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the staff were really friendly.

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Xx,

Nic

Girls’ Evening

Haven’t seen this girls for more than a month and we finally got to meet on a day when everyone’s free!

We were supposed to have dinner at the Botanist, but it closed at 6pm that day. The funny thing was, our back up and the back up for our back up were also both closed! Goodness, Shanelle, Vivienne and I must have walked around for closed to an hour before we settled on Montana. And I’m so thankful we went to Montana cos the food is just mouthwatering!

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Food Coma!

My Mac Daddy Burger was da bomb! Omg it’s one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten and I think I said this to my friends like 10 times when I was eating. But trust me, it’s worth it. Go and get yourself a Mac Daddy Burger! And the cakes! Oh wow! They were soft and moist, and that’s exactly how cakes should be! Sorry Shanelle, gotta disagree with the theory that cakes should be hard 😉 One cake is actually quite big, probably can be shared among your friends. And you need, I repeat, NEED to get the nutella cake. Not only is it pleasing to the eyes but unlike some places that sell beautiful but not tasty cakes, this one actually is good! It  reminds me of the cakes at My Sister Bakes. Yum!

Oh gosh, writing this post is just making me wanna head back to Montana.

I definitely will be heading back again for more! I think this is my new fav cafe. I can’t wait to introduce this place to Shah!

It was so nice to catch up with them and made me realise how much I miss disturbing Shanelle hahaha!

Now that we’ve all graduated from Pre-U, meeting up as often is difficult due to our schedules. Let’s hope we won’t have to postpone our next meet up 🙂

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xx,

Nic