Free the Robot Coffee Cafe: Review

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Free the Robot Coffee Cafe: Review
A cafe that lets the robots roam in the CBD of Singapore. Attracted by the sheer robotic temptation, I visited the cafe one fine afternoon for lunch.

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A small, dim cafe interior, directly linked with bar Bitters and Love.

The chalkboard menu.
DETAILS
Area:
Telok Ayer / Tanjong Pagar

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $$

Good For:
Small Groups / Takeaway / Solo

Accessibility:
Approx. 1 min walk from Telok Ayer MRT Station

LET'S EAT 
Cold brew ($7) 
I have no complaints about this cold brew. We tried the Ethiopia - Djimmah Grade 3. In fact, it was a huge welcome, and I liked it, along with its presentation of a huge huge ice ball in its mug. Awesome for a warm day. Especially since I was dining outside their eatery.

Free the Robot signature coffee ($6) 
When I knew this place had coconut oil in its coffee, I wanted to try it. Actually, this was something I already wanted to do at home, but was always lazy to try, as the traditional method was to really blend the coffee with the coconut oil, using a blender (yes I am that lazy.). Apparently here, they don't do that, but rather, they just mix in a little coconut oil after making the coffee. This resulted in the oil surfacing faster, so it's a coffee you probably don't want to drink too slowly.
Non-coconut oil lovers, you will not love this. But those who are like me, always wanting to give coconut oil coffee a try, get it here.

Sous vide egg with Jamon, truffle and brown bread ($8)
The sous vide egg itself already costed about $3, so I added on the Jamon, truffle and brown bread (additional $5).
Jamon, the Spanish's way of cured ham, actually tasted good with the truffle and the sous vide egg. This amalgamation was of eggy goodness with a intense flavour and a tingle of sweetness of the tip of the tongue.

Big brekky ($14)
This is comforting. And filling. A more affordable big breakfast compared to other cafes, it includes pork sausages, scrambled eggs, cripsy bacon (love!) and homemade hashbrown.

Free the Robot burger ($12) 
What's good about this cafe is that most of its food is homemade. Aka, cooked with sweet lovin' of the chef. The beef burger, which packs sunny side eggs, pickles, tomato, melted cheese and bacon in it (phew! What a mouthful!) is a should-try at this eatery. Delicious.
If you were to ask me if I would come back for the robots again... no. 

As for the coffees, I would give it a rating of 7 / 10. I liked the smoothness of the coffees here. But a personal view is that the coconut oil coffee might not be too much of a crowd pleaser, because I think most Asian palates might still not be accustomed to coconut oils. 

But yes, it was an overall pleasant dining experience, and if you need a definite reply, I would come back for the food, which impressed more than other cafes.

Free the Robot Coffee
Address: 118 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068587
Tel: +65 6438 1836
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Freetherobot/

Bobbi Brown's Burnt Red Lipstick: Review

Friday, 15 January 2016

Bobbi Brown's Burnt Red Lipstick: Review

 Details
Brand: 
Bobbi Brown 바비 브라운

Product Name: 
Bobbi Brown Lip Colour 바비 브라운 립칼라

Type: 
Cosmetics, Lipstick

Shade: 
Burnt Red 번트 레드

Price:

SGD$38 

Where to buy:
Department stores / Bobbi Brown Counters. I got mine from Tangs Harbourfront.


Here's the colour under dimmer-than-usual lights. A pretty sexy shade of red.
If you have dry lips, this might be something you wish to take note for this product. Application of the lipstick will not be smooth unless you sufficiently moisturise your lips with some balm (apply, not spam) first. This lipstick is not the moist type, and will give you a matt-ish look, which I like.
Tried it with some black specs as well. I think it's a nice colour for those who wears dark framed specs, as it adds a nice brightness to the face. :)
This lipstick goes well with earthy type eyeshadow colours, and works well if your makeup above the face is not very overwhelming.


Verdict
Overall, the shade of this lipstick is really lovely and I really liked it. Still, this is a lipstick which is not long lasting and falls off easy, hence reapplication would definitely be required. 

Iope Super Vital Cream Bio Excellent: Review

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Iope Super Vital Cream Bio Excellent: Review
Yay! Today I'm going to introduce one of my beauty purchases from my recent Korea trip. 

My K-beauty people, I'm sure you know what is Aritaum. In fact, I can never leave Aritaum without fishing out my credit card. And in my second visit to the store, I walk away with the Iope Super Vital Cream Bio Excellent. 

I understand from the Aritaum staff that this product is popular, and after testing it out in the store, I fell in love with it. 

Details
Brand: 
Iope 아이오페 

Product Name: 
Super Vital Cream Bio Excellent 슈퍼바아탈  크림 바이오 엑실런스 

Type: 
Skincare, Moisturiser

Shade: 
Nil

Price:
100,000won

Where to buy:
South Korea (Aritaum)

Each box comes with a small spatula, the 50ml cream and an instruction booklet. 

Note: There is another version, with 'Rich' written below 'Bio Excellent'. I did not get that. This version is the lighter version, just note, because they are different!

This is an anti-aging cream (yes, I need this line already, CRY).

The skin gets drier and looser when you get, erm, older. This cream mainly targets these 2 areas with their Bio-seletinoid formula, which is a new bio ingredient developed by bio science research for more than 10 years.

Their solid packaging is a lovely gold shade.
This formula has also been certified to have whitening and wrinkle improvements. As you know, anti-aging skincare products are usually richer (aka oily for me), but my skin cannot take rich products, so how?
That's why I love this product, because of its light-weight watery gel texture, which does not compromise on the moisture portion.

How to apply the cream?
1. If you have the serum and eye cream, apply them first, then get a coin sized amount of this product and spread it evenly on the forehead, cheeks and chin.
2. Slightly pat the skin's surface for the residue on the surface for enhanced absorption and elasticity.

Remember, don't use too much of it, just a coin sized amount will do!

Special care application (images taken from Iope Korea's website):
(Start from top left image) 
1. Apply on the face in the order of nostrils, skin around the mouth and chin in an upward motion to promote blood circulation of skin.
2. With the second knuckle of a clenched hand, massage the face starting from the center of the forehead, working outward in a circular motion to promote circulation.
3. Pinch skin along the facial line starting from the center of the chin to strengthen the muscle of the chin.
4. With the remaining amount, apply on the next in an upward sweeping motion toward both sides of the neck.

 Before application:

Applying the cream:

After application:

Verdict
In summary, I love this cream from Iope!  I usually don't get rich creams from Korea, due to their weather being very dry, hence their products are formulated to suit their country's weather. 

Hence, with this lighter version, I do think that this non-fragrance added product suits my skin type as it was able to absorb quickly and does not feel like there's an oily film over my face after application. Plus, my face does feel more moisturised after applying the cream. So, this is an awesome buy for me!

Beauty note: 
- My skin is combination skin (oily)

Beauty disclaimer:
- Before using / testing any beauty products, I recommend you do a patch test first to find out if it suits your skin, because not every product suits every skin. :)

Mad About Sucre: I keep going back for more

Monday, 11 January 2016

Mad About Sucre: I keep going back for more
I regret not writing about this earlier, well, late is better than never. Since my first try last year, I already went back about 5 times and their standard has never failed to impress me. 

DETAILS
Area:
Outram

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $$

Good For:
Small Groups / Takeaway / Solo

Accessibility:
Approx. 1 min walk from Outram MRT Station (Exit H)


LET'S EAT 
Amour ($11.80), the taste of love! This is made with yuzu, French white chocolate, Savoie Sponge, Meringue Disk and Citrus Zest. This is my favourite, light and with a lovely zing!

San Domingue ($12.80) - 70% Single Origin Chocolate, Rum Jewel Box, Caramelized Plantain, Brittany Crunch.

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This tastes the thickest out of their desserts there, hence it is recommended you eat this the last, after you finish the rest of your desserts. So flavourful and rich to the right extent.
Cake sizes are available for San Donmingue - S ($75), M ($100), L ($150).

In-house blended teas, the Melange series, cost $7.50 with menu orders, and $13 if you order ala-carte. Each dessert has an in-house blended tea which brings out its flavour, so I do suggest you get a tea to match your dessert. Get them to recommend the tea that goes with your dessert choice.

Mad About Sucre
Address: No 27 Teo Hong Road, Singapore 088334
Tel: +65 62213969
Website: http://www.madaboutsucre.com
Operating Hours: Sunday (12.30pm to 5pm) / Monday (off)

House of Rice Roll & Porridge 粥肠粉之家

Saturday, 9 January 2016

House of Rice Roll & Porridge 粥肠粉之家
I remember visiting this place back in year 2010, frequenting this eatery when I worked nearby. So I'm back here again after 6 years! 


DETAILS
Area:
Somerset

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $

Good For:
Big Groups / Small Groups / Takeaway

Accessibility:
Approx. 5-7mins walk from Somerset MRT Station

LET'S EAT 
Thai Coconut 泰国椰子 ($4.50)
The coconut tasted really good and the drink was refreshing! There was not much flesh within the coconut though.

Frog Leg Porridge 砂锅田鸡粥 ($8.90)
Porridge was done just the way we liked it, in fact, most cantonese would like the porridge here as it is so fine and thick. To me, while I liked it, but I thought there was not enough frog leg meat within the porridge. Personally, I felt that the porridge would be better slightly less thick, yet still fine, but this would do too. I didn't even have to add in pepper or soy sauce to season the taste, because the porridge was already flavourful on its own.

Fruit Prawn Roll Snack 水果虾枣点心 ($6.50)
This does not look anything like a roll, right? Rather, it's a quarter of a deep fried ball, sliced. Packed with juicy mango bits that took up half the roll, it was also packed with prawn, all tucked nicely within the 'roll'. I really like this as the outer layer was still crispy after my photo taking.

Durian Chee Cheong Fun 榴莲肠粉 ($5.50)
This is definitely something you would take for a dessert - chilled and stuffed with durian, this signature dish would please durian lovers. Though not heavily fragrant, the durian dessert didn't disappoint. It's definitely a dish I would come back for again.

Overall, the store still kept its standard in porridge, and as I remember it, the hot chee cheong fun is awesome too! So give it a try and let me know if you feel the same way!


House of Rice Roll & Porridge 粥肠粉之家
Address: 89 Killiney Road Singapore 239534
Operating Hours: Daily, 7am - 10pm

Kok Sen Restaurant 国成球记餐室: Zi Char FTW!

Friday, 8 January 2016

Kok Sen Restaurant 国成球记餐室: Zi Char FTW!
Yay! We are at Kok Sen Restaurant (国成球记餐室),known for its Zi Char (or Tze Char).

Zi Char FTW! I love love love Zi char.

The surroundings are humble, not that spacious in my opinion and we even shared the table with 2 other people, but I guess that's fine.


DETAILS
Area:
Outram

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $$

Good For:
Big Groups / Small Groups 
/ Takeaway

Accessibility:
Approx. 3-4 minutes walk from Outram MRT Station (Exit H)

LET'S EAT 
Lime juice with plum. We ordered this with their recommendation. I loved this thirst quencher! Sorry I didn't get the price, but this should be affordable anyway. Great for the sweltering heat!

Prawn paste chicken 虾酱鸡 ($12, $24) - We of course got the $12 version, as there was just 2 of us. The portion is huge! But would be just nice for sharing between 4 people, unless you have a huge appetite, in that case, share amongst 3 people.
Remember to squeeze the lime over the chicken before starting to eat. The lime gives it a nice zing which adds to the tender, succulent flavour of the dish.

Big Prawns Hor Fun 大虾滑蛋河粉 ($16, $32, $48) - Like its name (in Chinese), this dish is really smooth! Alas, it did not seem eggy, but the flavour was pretty good and I enjoyed the sauce. The prawns were big, but not many (just 3 prawns). It did feel a little MSG-y, if you know what I mean.


Fish Head Soup 鱼头汤 ($6, $12 $18) - I wanted to order the sliced fish soup (because I really don't like dealing with bones in the fish head), but ordered too quickly so I ended up with the fish head soup. The fish was really delicious and tender. I enjoyed the soup (though it also tasted a little MSG-y). The fish really did it for me, and I suggest you get the sliced fish version (check with them and make sure there are no bones), especially if you are visiting with children. There are really alot of bones in this one!


Overall, the prices here are slightly on the higher end for Zi Char places, but I did like the food here which was flavourful. Also I suggest you come here with more people so you can try more food, because they do have other signature dishes that seems like a must-try! :)

Kok Sen Restaurant 国成球记餐室
Address: 30 Keong Saik Rd, 089137
Operating Hours: Daily, 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00 – 11:00pm

Arteastiq Cafe Plaza Singapura: Not going back ever

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Arteastiq Cafe Plaza Singapura: Not going back ever
This was a belated post, but I decided to post it because I really wanted to share my experience here.
Paintings line the area outside the cafe, most are painted and up for sale, by local artistes.

DETAILS
Area:
Dhoby Ghaut

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $$

Good For:
Small Groups / Friends / Solo 

Accessibility:
Approx. 2 minutes walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

LET'S EAT 
First up, drinks: Lychee Tea ($11), hot. I used to think better of their drinks, hence I decided to try this, again. Wrong move. Despite waiting for the tea to steep, etc, this blend was bland! I do not know what went wrong with this that day, but it is really not possible for tea to go wrong.
My friend ordered the Monet ($12) which was French Rose Tea with Champagne Vanilla Gelato. There is nothing artistic about the taste. The server, poured the French Rose Tea into the cup, mixing the ice-cream flavour with the tea, yes, it's the tea version of affogato.
The taste did not leave a lasting impression on me, and certainly not worth the $12 too. Rose teas are light, and with the coldness of the ice and the milkiness of the icecream, it dilutes the taste further. My two cents: I would have preferred if they used a stronger tea, so when the cream marries the heavier flavoured tea, the process of the ice dilution would make the drink just nice.
La Quesadilla ($17) - smoked turkey jam with fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese, roma tomato, fresh basil and homemade Thai mayo sauce. I recall not enjoying the price of this dish, as the serving was a small slab of 5 quesadillas. Even so, I did like its flavour, though not the best I've had.
Louisiana Love-Chicken and Waffles ($22) - Buttermilk chicken tossed with Thai Mango, rockets and served on whole-wheat waffles. Not a bad dish but not awesome. I don't love the chicken, but I like it. The chicken was flavourful, but the waffles were plain.
Dessert time! Ode to Nectar ($12) - Premium gelato served with Honey Chocolate Mi-Cuit. The Chocolate Mi-Cuit wasn't a let-down (thank goodness), but the gelato was plain so-so. Most flavours we wanted were out of stock, so I had no choice but to go with what they had to offer. The mi-cuit was rich, though the sweetness of honey was not felt through the overwhelming rich chocolate flavour.

In summary, rather than coming here for a meal, I would rather spend my money and time doing art jamming at this place, which seems to offer more solace through painting than through the tummy. The food here is relatively on the pricey end and I did not feel that it was worth the calorie spend. The wait staff was literally confused too; they didn't know what was going on, or what was their signature dishes. I was utterly disappointed.
Lady doing her painting at the boutique cafe.
Did I just go during the wrong time, on the wrong date and met the wrong wait staff? But then again, one bad experience is enough to deter me from ever going back. In the food service line, sadly, that's just all it takes to lose a customer forever. And they lost me, forever.

If you still wish to visit, I have kindly still included their details at the bottom of the post. 


Arteastiq Plaza Singapura
Location: 68 Orchard Rd #03-70/72, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Operation Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm