The Daily Press Cafe: Toa Payoh's Hipster Joint

Monday, 30 March 2015

The Daily Press Cafe: Toa Payoh's Hipster Joint
The Daily Press is a cozy cafe situated in the residential Toa Payoh. Stepping in, you'll notice the lovely tiled floor.
We dived straight into the food and the coffee, I ordered the Cafe Latte and Babi Pongteh Sandwich.

It's really a sandwich cafe as there's little cafe food on the menu. Don't expect to have waffles or ice-cream here like the other cafes. This is their unique selling point!
When the cafe latte ($5) arrived, my eyes lit up because the latte art looked quite pretty! When I tasted the coffee, I found it to be really smooth and nice to drink.
Girls on diet will not like having the Babi Pongteh Sandwich ($12). Filled with carrots, cucumber and of course, Babi Pongteh. I liked how the ciabatta bread was toasted crispy and overall went well together with the flavoured meat.
However, I would have liked the Babi Pongteh to be more deep set in flavour. The sandwich also came with some greens on the side, and I really liked the salad!

Fatty meat galore!
Overall, I felt that the sandwich (at least what I've tasted) are not super impressive but still higher than average. The coffee, however, was really smooth and the latte art was really pretty.
For those looking for a nice, smooth cup of hipster coffee, I do recommend you come here to chill out. But do be prepared to face a limited variety of cafe food here.

The Daily Press
Location: 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-561
Website: Link

Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10.30am to 9.30pm
Closed on Monday

Ambush Restaurant: Casual European Dining

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Ambush Restaurant: Casual European Dining
My friend told me about a restaurant which offers nice western food, and I went to try it last weekend. So I made my way down to Junction 8 mall and tried the following dishes from Ambush restaurant.
The menu offers a good variety of pastas, risotto, main dishes, sides and desserts.

Under recommendation, I had the:

Pan Fried Seared Salmon & French Lentils ($18.50)
This dish was not bad, I would say. It features a pan fried salmon set on top of spinach and mashed potatoes.
The salmon was really well done, which I really liked, and they were generous with the french lentil cream sauce. This is surprising as I'm not very much a lentil kind of person. So this dish got my vote.
The only thing I didn't get about it was the topping... the half cherry tomato on top of a sliced lemon. I'm not sure of the taste they are trying to create here, but I did try to squeeze some lemon juice on top of my salmon for enjoyment. The tomato was just superfluous to me, just an addition of colour and it did not taste nice smeared with citrus.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Con Pollo Crocante ($15.20)
The pasta was tossed with onion, garlic, chilli flakes & olive oil sauce and tasted most garlicky. I'm not complaining because I love garlic, but not everyone might like this.
The texture of the spaghetti was not that impressive but the sauce had improved the overall taste. I liked the crispy chicken they served, because it was deep fried to perfection.

Parmesan & Truffle Fries ($9.80)
These fries are peppered and tossed in truffle salt, white truffle oil and parmesan cheese.
Unfortunately, when I had it, the truffle taste was unevenly distributed and even so, the parmesan cheese hadn't done anything to enhance the taste of the fries.

If you're up for it, you can choose to top up another $5.50 for a soup of the day & a drink. Check with your server for the soup of the day flavour.

The price is most reasonable and the food portions are quite generous. Taste standards are higher than average, in comparison to other western restaurants of the same price range, and would feed western food lovers well. Definitely a nice place for families to visit.

Location: Junction 8, 9 Bishan Place, #02-19, Singapore 579837
Website: Link

You can also find them at the following places:
Takashimaya Shopping Centre #B201-2
Jurong Point #02-24
Plaza Singaura (The Atrium) #04-64/66
JEM (Jurong East Mall) #04-13/14

Frozen by a Thousand Blessings: Australian froyo in Singapore heartlands

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Frozen by a Thousand Blessings: Australian froyo in Singapore heartlands
So I was in the area when I chanced upon Frozen by a Thousand Blessings, a Australian based Yogurt branch.

There are 6 flavours you can choose from: Pomegranate, Green Tea, Mango & Soy, Coconut, Chocolate and Natural.
There are 3 cup sizes and it's up to you to mix and match the flavours, or just get one flavour purely on its own.
If you're not sure what flavour to choose, no worries! Just ask the friendly staff to let you try some. You can try all if you wish!
I tried the green tea, pomegranate and the natural yogurt flavours. The green tea didn't taste very 'green tea-ish', the pomegranate was quite nice and well, you really just can't go wrong with Natural.
Green tea and Natural uses Stevia, which is a sweetener and sugar substitute. Hence, you can consider it healthier than the rest of the flavours. I like how they have yogurt flavour introduction cards (where you can get it at the self-help cabinet, when getting your spoons).

The introduction cards are quite informative and also shared nutrition and ingredients information for each of the flavours.
For the pomegranate flavour which I ate, here are the ingredients:
Biodynamic unhomogenised full cream milk, pomegranate paste, sugar, dextrose, starch, citric acid, vegetable gum and emulsifiers.

So I decided to order the pomegranate flavour and use a small cup for it.

So many varieties of toppings!
I chose the almond flakes, some strawberries and some bright coloured sugar flakes which they named it 'Naughties'.
It costs about $3.80 per 100g and I spent about $5.30 on the yogurt, including the toppings. Overall, I would have liked the green tea version to be stronger on the green tea flavour. But anyway, I did choose what I preferred, the pomegranate flavour worked well for me.

Ratings: 7 / 10
Frozen by a Thousand Blessings
Location: Block 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-551 Singapore 310126
Tel: +65-62598028
Website: Link

Coast to Coast's Outback Skin Brightening Red Clay Mask

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Coast to Coast's Outback Skin Brightening Red Clay Mask
Have you heard of Quandong? How about Kakadu Plums?

They are actually botanicals / plants that originate from Australia!

Benefits of: 
Quandongs: High in proteins, Vitamin C and essential fatty acids to rejuvenate and soothe the skin, boost the complexion and brighten skin tone.

Kakadu Plums: Contains the highest Vitamin C concentration of any known plant and are rich in folates and anti-oxidants. Its potent ant-oxidant properties moisturize, protect against free radical damage, boost the complexion and brighten skin tone.

Desert Lime: Rich in Vitamin C to help rejuvenate the skin, enhance skin firmness, even-out patchy skin tone and aid in the repair of skin tissue.

Why did I mention these specific plants / botanicals? Because they can be found in the all-natural facial product, Coast to Coast's Outback Skin Brightening Red Clay Mask!

With such a power packed main ingredients list, you can expect your skin to be most nourished and fed with Vitamin C! This product combines the potent antioxidant properties of the above plant extracts to improve devitalized and tired looking skin. It even contains iron & essential minerals to even-out skin tone, replenish dry skin & restore radiance.

It's slight pinkish red liquid is really thick! I like how Coast to Coast doesn't use artificial colours, fragrances and animal testing on their products. 

How to use: Apply once a week or as often as required. Spread a generous layer over the face, avoiding the eye & mouth area. Wait 10 minutes before rinsing off.

With such a nutritious packed mask, my recommendation would be to use it only weekly, despite their instruction to use as often as required. I would assume that 'as often as required' could mean if you need urgent remedy for your skin (ie. tired, dull skin due to stress, etc)
When I used it, I had felt a slight cooling sensation. It took sometime for me to cleanse it off my face cleanly, but when I did, I saw that my skin was really visibly brighter after use! 

If you're looking for a all-natural facial product, Coast to Coast might hold the key to that. 

But do note that no matter what, some people might be still sensitive to certain plant extracts used in facial products, albeit how natural it is. It's nothing to do with the plant, but just that you may not be suitable for it.

Hence I would highly suggest you test your reaction personally (do a test on your hand first). And that's why I love that they have a branch available in Midview City! Location details are stated below. 

For those who already have their product (and probably loving it!), you can visit their website to purchase from them online.

About Coast to Coast:
Coast to Coast was born during a holiday in Australia when Nicole Chadwick – with husband Nick Chadwick founder of Red Earth – marvelled at our country’s raw, natural beauty. She just wanted to capture the essence of the landscape and its purity … and bottle it!
A passionate believer in the power of native extracts and botanicals, Nicole collaborated with one of Australia’s leading formulators to begin years of trials and research into native Australian ingredients to create a collection of skincare, body and hair care products rich in natural potency and quality that actually work. Today that dream is Coast to Coast.
On a side note, their Ultra Soothing White Clay Mask also won Shape Awards 2014, so you might like to check that out too!

This product review is by invitation.

Coast To Coast
Location: 24 Sin Ming Lane, #03-107 Midview City, Singapore 573960
Website: Link
Tel: +65 6659 9368

Kki ケーキ Sweets: Pretty, fluffy mousse cakes!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Kki ケーキ Sweets: Pretty, fluffy mousse cakes!
So with all the foodies hyping on the pretty cakes of Kki ケーキ Sweets, I've decided to make a trip there to try it out!

The surroundings: 
Lovely interior designed space! Simple and clean, with white lightings cast on yellow wood. Feels warm and really stylishly spacious!

In their shop, they also display various household ware, which is really pretty! Visit them to see the beautiful line of products they have.
I ordered the Tsugaru/Apple and Ume/Apricot tea to have with my cakes. I tasted both teas, but they were really light and we were unable to really tell them apart after several tries.

Nevertheless, we were really glad we did order the teas to have with the cakes because they were kind of thick on flavour and the teas really helped to wash it down!
First up, the Antoinette ($8.80). Their handcrafted cakes are made with french mousse and though small, it is still tastes quite thick for its size.
 Feels light, cuts light, but when eaten, FLAVOUR to the max.
It feels quite thick to me because the Antoinette is made with white chocolate. Eating it halfway, I cut some cake from the back and found mango paste in it! Somehow, the mango didn't work with the white chocolate as I felt that it was masking the mango taste.
Next - I love this, NAO ($9.80)! This light and fluffy Strawberry mousse with pistachio cake wins my vote. And it's really pretty! Love the colours.
Peekaboo! There's a inner pistachio mousse with a cake layer at the bottom.
To compare, I liked NAO better because it tasted lighter and more unique.

Overall, the mousse cakes were really well done in terms of presentation, but it was a hit and a miss for me. Antoinette was a miss, NAO was a hit! I recommend you have NAO if you visit :)

They also serve whole cakes, visit this page for prices.

Kki Sweets
Location: School of the Arts (SOTA), 1 Zubir Said Drive, #02-01, Singapore 227968
Tel: +65-6225-6650
Website: Link

Tilley Persian Fig Diffusers and Scented Soy Candles for a lovely smelling home

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Tilley Persian Fig Diffusers and Scented Soy Candles for a lovely smelling home
Recently, I've grown to love putting aroma diffusers around my home and tried out a couple of my own. So I was really glad when LIN's Australia sent over a diffuser and scented soy candle for me to try out!

Produced by Tilley Soaps and carried by LIN's Australia, the Tilley Persian Fig Diffuser ($69, 150ml) and the Tilley Persian Fig Candle ($55, 250ml) are now readily available for purchase for folks in Singapore.

The Diffuser: 
When I first smelled the product, I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely scent that hit me. It smells so lovely, like perfume! The scent is so gentle and not overbearing at all.

Taking it out from the box!
All you have to do is to remove the stopper and insert the reeds. Just be a little careful, because it is not so easy to remove the stopper. I successfully (and neatly) removed the stopper with the help of a pair of scissors.
Once you insert the reeds, allow a little more time for the reed sticks to absorb the liquid. The scent would be more apparent after about 30 minutes.
Scents last up to 6 months! And the best thing is, you don't ever have to do anything to it, it just sits there (looking and smelling pretty), at a corner of the room. I recommend this scent as it made my room smell crisp and fresh. Could sleep in my bedroom all day!

The Candle:
The candle has the same scent as the reed diffuser, but I feel that the diffuser's scent comes off sharper and quicker. 
Same scent, different presentation.
Candle maintenance directions:
It has up to 40 hours burning time! But you are not recommended to burn it more than 2 hours at any one occasion. 

My dad was helping me light up the candle. (Haha!)
Feels so cosy!
In summary, for those who'd always like their homes to smell nice and welcoming, it is a must to have reed diffusers or candles as part of your home accessories.

They not only smell good, but look good as well. For me, my preference is with the reed diffusers as they are constantly doing the scent work in the background, constantly giving out whiffs of fragrance, unlike some home fragrance sprays that hit you immediately in the face. I can imagine this being put in a minimalist home or somewhere with a bright, stylish decor. 

I will still reserve the use of candles for special occasions and recommend it to those who likes romantic, cosy type decors. 
These 2 products are available in the LIN's Australia online store or you can also visit their sole retail outlet located in United Square (Thomson Road) if you want to check out the scent before purchase.

LIN's Australia
Location: 101 Thomson Rd #B1-70 United Square Singapore 307591
Tel: 6254 6009  
Operating hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm  
Website & Online store: Link

This product review is by invitation.

Skechers: Comfortable Cushioning to fuel longer walks

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Skechers: Comfortable Cushioning to fuel longer walks
I am going to UK soon! And thus, for a 2 week holiday, I reckon there will be alot of walking around. Hence, I have been trying to research for a comfortable pair of shoes to wear for long walks.
Shopping around Changi City Point over the weekend, it also led me to a decision to get these pair of sneaker shoes from Skechers, which I found are very comfortable to wear. These shoes cost slightly over SGD$100.

They are named the Skechers GoWalk 2, part of the GoWalk series which are designed with Skechers Performance technologies and materials. I don't know the terms, but it is practically built from entirely to cater to those who needs to walk around comfortably for long periods of time!

Skechers GoWalk 3 (the latest version) is the newest version they carry. It has more cushioning, but I find GoWalk 2 most suitable for my feet. Hence, I got them instead! 
This is what the website says - Details:
  • V-Stride technology features unique angled outsole that complements a natural walking gait and promotes fluid stride transitions 
  • Four way stretch mesh at front for greater flexibilty and comfort 
  • Engineered Stability Mesh side panels provide lateral support 
  • Quick-Fit Portal on heel for easy on, easy off convenience 
  • Go sockless - Integrated OrthoLite® anti-microbial sockliner helps inhibit odor and prevent slippage 
  • Resalyte® Midsole - proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact 
  • Independent circular GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a more responsive walking experience A multi-directional traction motif helps enhance footing control

Anyway, to summarise, this series of shoes, and by series, I mean the "GoWalk" series, are flexible-type shoes which uses performance integrated yarns as its main material, giving the shoe a good breathability and it is extremely lightweight. Importantly, with its good cushioning, it also helps to relieve impact when you're walking, which might help put lesser pressure on the knee joints, for older people. 
It also has integrated anti-microbial sockliner that helps to prevent odor, but having said that, you still have to remember to air the shoe no matter what. This was the advice from the salesperson. Especially for those who sweats through their feet. 
And, the only drawback I found was that it being yarn, it was not waterproof hence you might want to reconsider having these shoes for wet areas or wet weathers as well!
On the other note, my mum, also found it very lightweight and nicely cushioned, hence we bought mother-daughter pairs!
I was lovely and I feel that I'm going to have a great time walking in these shoes. :)

Hope this helps you guys out there who are looking for a pair of comfortable shoes and don't know where to start from! Happy walking!