Kinotoya Bake: Hokkaido's Awesome Cheese Tarts

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Kinotoya Bake: Hokkaido's Awesome Cheese Tarts
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Hokkaido is a place for cheesy people. Yessss. I mean it.

Love cheese? You got it. Kinotoya Bake's the answer.

To be honest, I was kinda worried that I was going to miss trying these cheese tarts because I was rushing to board the reserved train seats at 9.30am. So being the kiasu Singaporean, while I was booking my reserved train seats the morning itself (about 7.30am), I went to the train counter to try and find out where Kinotoya Bake Cheese Tarts store was located within the Sapporo train station so that I could rush there to purchase the cheese tarts once the store opened at 9am.

Thank goodness, it wasn't very difficult to locate the shop and it was a very short walk across a stretch of lockers and I was super happy to see the shop signage. Actually, when I reached, it was already 8.55am and I was so eager to see the shop open but it was still shuttered. I told myself it'll be okay, and that I'll get to eat them. We were the only ones queuing at that time.

8.56am, nothing.

8.59am, nothing. *jitters*

9am sharp, the shutters slowly opened. Japan is extremely on time for everything.

When the shop opened, the whiff of the cheese tarts came towards me and lured me in like a fish taking to a hook.

If you get it in a box of 6, it'll be cheaper at 1080 yen, instead of 183 yen per tart. As we were their first customers, we got the freshly baked cheese tarts, still warm and fragrant. I love my cheese tarts warm.

If you're buying it for takeaway, you'll have to heat it up in the oven to enjoy it warm. If you like it cold, just put it in the fridge, no heating needed. They said freezer, but who does that, really? It's too delicious to be frozen?

And yes, like they suggested, please enjoy them on the day itself. It's the best.

Looking at the rows of yellow cheese tarts, they immediately reminded me of BAKE Cheese Tarts, another awesome brand of cheese tarts I love.

I only bought 2 as we had some breakfast in the morning already. Wrong choice. Should have gone with 6 at least, it was soooo good I knew I regretted getting so little once I tried some of it in my mouth.

That perfectly golden baked crust and a cheesy, melty mousse interior will leave you wanting more. Creamy, piping warm cheese tarts tasted so awesome I almost literally cried.

I have to put in a disclaimer that cheesy people like my mum and I loved it extremely while my sister and dad kinda... was so-so with it because it proved too cheesy for them.

I totally enjoyed every bite of it and what can I do when I miss them but to tear silent tears reminiscing its taste?

For now, Singapore's BAKE Cheese Tarts will have to do, to ease my desire for these mousse-like cheesy goodness.

I saw how some people mentioned online that the shop also serves soft serve ice-cream? Didn't get to try it because it was so early in the morning and I was also more interested in the cheese tarts! But if soft serve is your thing, please remember to try that too and let me know what you think!

Ending on a serious note, Japan has one of the best cheese tarts I've ever tasted, never disappointing me, whichever area I visit. So please, if you ever visit Hokkaido, please try Kinotoya's BAKE Cheese Tarts.

For those who are looking for souvenirs or some Kinotoya cheese snacks to bring back home, their sables could be one consideration too. These sables can't be purchased in their cheese tart stores, but rather, at various souvenir stores. So don't forget to check them out!

Hokkaido kidney beans "Kurosengoku" biscuits

Hokkaido milk cookies

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Kinotoya BAKE Cheese Tarts (Hokkaido only!)

[Sponsored /] Jumpin' for Joy at Korea's Popular Jump Show!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

[Sponsored /] Jumpin' for Joy at Korea's Popular Jump Show!
Earlier today, I went for Korea's popular Jump Show at the Resorts World Sentosa Theatres, sponsored by, an English friendly tour booking website! I've always wanted to catch this in Korea but due to my packed travelling schedule, I was unable to go there. 

So glad to be able to get a chance to catch this in Singapore instead! The tickets were kindly provided by Trazy, and we had a smashing good time at the theatre! 

Unfortunately Jump Show Korea only held a very short run in Singapore from 6 - 8 October weekend. Yes, the one I went for was the last show :(

But those who missed it and are going to Seoul, please take note! 

I got this performance description from Trazy's Website
"Set in an average Korean home, JUMP is centered round a typical but dramatically agile Korean family. Each member of the family is a martial arts expert and loves to compete for their skills among themselves. The plot thickens when two burglars break into the house in the middle of night and a mighty battle takes place when the family discovers the intruders."

Jump Show Korea

Firstly, to put your language concerns at rest, no need to fear because this is a non-verbal performance! No need for words, their body gags, comedic actions, coupled with sound effects and music will still have you rolling in stitches. 

This performance is a perfect marriage of distinctive Korean dance, culture, martial arts (like taekwondo and taekkyeon) and most of all you do not require any Korean language skills to enjoy it! Audiences get sucked into the performance without having to understand a single word of Korean. NICE. 

I put in a quick trailer of the performance here for your viewing.

This performance, birthed in year 2003, has lasted for 14 years and is still running! That should tell you something about this show, right? 

It impressed not only Korean audiences, but went on to be showcased on international platforms including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London’s west end and New York’s off-Broadway! 

This 90min show is great for the young and old, and is totally family friendly. :) 

Here's a chance for you to get a 35% if you purchase the tickets via Trazy's website. 

Click here to get 35% off Jump tickets in Seoul when you visit!

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