REVIEW: Marks and Spencer Cafe in Orchard - What could be worse?

Marks and Spencer is a British retailer shop and it has a branch in Wheelock Place. This one actually replaces the old borders flagship store which was closed down in 2011. Well, they even expanded to have a cafe which was a first worldwide. It feels like there's a lot of anticipation as to what it can offers. The cafe is quite big and can accommodate up to 60 people.

Address: 501 Orchard Road #01-01 Wheelock Place Singapore 238880 
Opening Hours: Sun - Thurs 830 am – 10pm
Fri - Sat 830 am – 1030pm 

Brought a friend along with me to try and see what yummy food awaits me~ We ordered the classic British fish & chips! What could go wrong, right? As oppose to my anticipation, what was served to me was kind of bad. The fish can be seen as overfried. You can clearly see the brownish color of the batter. It is not the usual golden color that you can even see from a hawker store. The meat is totally not tender and soft. Fries was acceptable but come on, PEAS?!!??! Not sure if this is a generally acceptable food for many.

MOving on, we also ordered their jacked potatoes with egg mayo! This was served cold to us. >.> Is it that egg mayo is usually paired with salad so the food was served cold? We treated it like we were having salad. lol

Anyways, we went on an evening on a weekday and it was deserted. Not sure if other food items are okay to eat anot.

I sincerely  hope that they could improve on the food if not they are going to lose a lot of customers with all these reviews.




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RECIPE: Pasta and Olives

This recipe was adapted from Jamie Oliver's Website.

Pasta and Olives

Ingredients:

  • Some Olives from Sonnamera
  • Prego Traditional Tomato Pasta Sauce
  • Lundberg, Rotini, Brown Rice Pasta
  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Carrots














Directions:
  1. Cook brown rice pasta in large pan of salt water for around 5-7 minutes to achieve al-dente texture 
  2. Stir fry mushrooms, carrots and olives for around 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomato pasta sauce and brine into the already cooked ingredients. Cook for awhile more.
  4. Add drained pasta.
  5. Serve and add basil as dressing on top. 
I feel like adding the brine adds more depth to the already sweet taste of the pasta sauce. :) This is easy to make and only take no less than 15 minutes.

I bought the brown rice pasta from Iherb. You can use my code to enjoy 10% Rewards for first-time orders, as well as reorders.




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REVIEW: The Living Room at Zion Church Bishan

Visiting all the cafes in Bishan/Ang Mo Kio area! Let me know in the comments if there's any cafes that I MUST go~ 

Address: 4 Bishan Street 13, 579792
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 11am - 10pm
Closed on Sunday

Anyways met my friend one day to check out this cafe that is situated in a church. This is the first cafe that i know of that is in a church and ran by their own church people. Heard this from my colleague who coincidentally goes to this church. No fancy interiors, just very simplistic. 

I had the salmon arrabbiata which was really spicy!! There were generous chunks of salmon though and pasta was kind of al dente. Not too bad. Good for people who like that extra spicy kick~ 

My friend had the chicken curry rice. We actually wanted to try the beef stew but it was sold out! 
They had the option of topping up $1 for drinks. Both of us gotten the iced lemon tea. They also have board games which is good for people who visit in groups. 

I liked the cozy environment and will visit again if i am free. :)






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5 Best Things i like about Japan!

1) They usually serve with a smile and greet you when you enter or leave a restaurant/cafe/or whatever eating place, whereas Singaporeans here look like you owe them 1m dollars. In Japan, when you enter a eating place, they will usually say Irasshaimase which means welcome in Japanese and also Arigato gozaimasu when you exit. I cannot stress enough that they DO this with a smile, however tired they maybe after a day of doing the same thing over and over again. It makes the whole dining experience enjoyable!

In Singapore, They don't smile. They don't say welcome. They don't thank you for eating in their place. >.> I have seen people who work as cashiers showing attitude when you pay for your meal. People who clear the plates and whatnot using a cloth and swiping all the crumbs on the table onto the floor or chairs.

2) They don't smoke anywhere in the public. They have designated smoking places in Tokyo! Omg i was so shocked that people actually follow these kind of rules. I can walk freely in the streets and not breathe in some inconsiderate fucker's second hand smoke. There are also smoking areas that are enclosed in some restaurants which i am so thankful for!



People smoke freely here in Singapore and it is so bad. I am not exaggerating but you can see people smoke everywhere you go. There maybe designated areas for people to sit in hawker centers but it is not properly enclosed.

3) Public transport is generally clean and punctual. I have been to Tokyo twice for holiday and the train stick strictly to the timing unlike our public transport in Singapore where there are endless track faults and delays. Their public transport system is very efficient. People are also more orderly! They don't rush into the train, instead they stand on 2 sides and let people alight first before going in.



We always have fuckers who think they own the trains and like to stand in the middle of the gate when you want to exit, or people who cut queues.

4) Food is generally more affordable in Tokyo! You can have one bowl of yummy ramen for less than 10 dollars but here in Singapore it is usually pried more than that. You can also buy ready made bento sets in their convenience stores or super markets which are generally cheaper. I am not saying that coffee shop or hawker center food are not affordable but is everything as yummy as what they have in japan?


5) Japanese people are usually VERY helpful and kind! Like, you can be asking for directions and if they don't know they will also try to help you! Here in Singapore, you get people replying two word answers like don't know or roll their eyes at you.

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REVIEW: Fish & Chicks at Ang Mo Kio

So yeah, we went to fish & chicks to try out their salted egg and chili crab fish & chips before going to twenty grammes. My friend ordered onion rings but i didn't like it so he had to eat that alone. Our sides are coleslaw and cheese pastas. The shop is situated in a coffee shop so expect dirty tables & chairs and also houseflies. My friend said we should watch something while eating so he switched on his toggle TV and we watched CLIF 4. lol..

Fish and chips with salted egg York and chili crab sauce! The fish was super soft and tender inside too! Felt that the sauce was pretty redundant. XD anyways this comes with 1 side dish and I chose cheese pasta which is not very tasty. 

Address: 531 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, 560531
Opening Hours: 11am - 2pm 5pm - 10pm daily




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REVIEW: Twenty Grammes at Ang Mo Kio

Me and my friend went to eat this after some fish and chips! We were so full so we ordered one waffle to share. :) They have a very minimalist interior design. Indoor and outdoor seating are available. They also have WIFI so do ask for the password if you want to work on your laptop or just wanna leech on their wifi while you're enjoying some waffles. What i find really interesting about this cafe is that they have these long tables where they have dividers that you can slide so that you can properly divide your space if there's many people? 

We ordered the yuan yang waffle! If you know what's a yuan yang, it's a mixture of coffee and tea and it's also a kind of duck that has different male and female appearances. So what we have here is a mixture of Belgian and charcoal waffle. The texture is kind of crispy on the outside and doughy inside. Right in the middle is milk soft serve and you can drizzle it with chocolate hazelnut sauce. My friend also complimented how good the waffle is but we're just too full to finish it. xD 

Address: 529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, 560529
Opening Hours: Sun - Thurs 12pm - 10pm
Fri - Sat 12pm - 1am






Bonus pikachu that i caught at Woodlands Water Front! 

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REVIEW: Artistry and Blissful Hut

I was out for a dental appointment and had a corporate buffet lunch to attend afterwards. I had some time in between and i haven't had any breakfast so I decided to go to Artistry for some food! Artistry is a cafe cum art gallery and they have artist work featured from time to time in the cafe.

Artistry
Address: 17 Jalan Pinang Singapore 199149
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-11.30pm
            Sun 10am-7pm
                    Closed on Mondays

I ordered a cup of iced latte and sat there waiting for my food to be sent to my table. Their Big breakfast was really scrumptious. Didn't regret having this as the buffet I went after this was really bad. Anyways this is called the BIG breakfast. There's scrambled eggs, streaky bacon, potatoes, mushroom, spinach snd toasted brioche. Really loved how creamy the scrambled eggs was.  This dish is slightly pricey at $20. Artistry does have wifi so ask for their password!







Also there's an upcoming NEW cafe in Toa Payoh. The location of this cafe is a little out of place though. 

Address: Blissful Hut, 51 Lor 6 Toa Payoh,  310051, Singapore
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 12pm - 10pm
Closed on Monday

I chose the Big breakfast! Croissant with garden salad, sauteed mushroom, hot dog and scrambled eggs.  The croissant needs to be less burnt, otherwise it is rather Satisfying and worth the pricing of $8.50! Also had osmanthus tea and iced cappuccino. They do have other deserts worth trying like their Puffle Pockets and shaved ice. 




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What to do in Tokyo?

I have been to Tokyo twice, once during summer and the other time during winter. Have been wanting to share what are the must do and see in Tokyo for sometime now. The places that I like to visit the most are Harajuku, Asakusa, Ikebukuro, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower and Shibuya. You can check out the travelogue page for my travels to Tokyo and Osaka. Here's a compilation of 6 areas you would want to visit when you're there for holiday!

 Harajuku is a district in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Harajuku is kind of where the quirky fashion in Tokyo is from. Take a walk down Takeshita Street and you will see many cute, girly and lolita girls fashion shops. There are also independent boutiques, and cafes for the young crowds.
There's a large DAISO store here! There's also a Calbee Plus store where you can buy chips with soft serve. WEGO for fashion of both sexes. You can also find major chain stores such as The Body Shop, McDonald's, and 7-Eleven here as well. I was here during winter hence the yellow leaves outside this historic station. 

While you're here, you can also visit the Meiji Shrine. It is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The shrine itself is pretty big and is around 170 acres. Take your time to soak in the peaceful vibe within the shrine and make prayers for your friends and family. :)

What to do when you're in Asakusa? Asakusa is kind of famous for this Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate). It is the first of 2 large gates leading to Sensoji Temple. The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds. Many people could be seen crowding around this area making memories by snapping pictures and selfies. 

 Coming to the Pokemon Centre is a must for every pokemon fan! There's seriously all kinds of merchandise here! Don't say i never remind you! Don't forget to buy the limited edition Mega Charizard Pikachu soft toy.  This outlet is located within Sunshine City. 13 minutes walk from Ikebukuro Station. While you're here, you can check out Parco, Seibu, Tobu, Animate and Tokyu Hands. There's even an ichiran ramen store nearby if you're craving for yummy ramen. Definitely MUST check out MUTEKIYA無敵家 ramen when you're here!!!


This is even taller than Tokyo tower. I prefer the Tokyo tower anyways. While you're here, go up to the observation deck for a panoramic view of Tokyo. There are 2 observation deck, one at 350 meters and the other one at 450 meters. The sky tree shop and cafe is located at the first observation deck. In case you want to grab a bite or wanna buy some souvenirs. The lower deck apparently has 3 levels~ and there's the Musashi Sky Restaurant, which serves French-Japanese fusion cuisine. There is also a shopping mall underneath. There's a aquarium, planetarium and postal museum in case you want to see something special. The new pokemon center was opened recently, so definitely check that out!! 



Tokyo tower is probably the most iconic place in Tokyo! Must visit if you're in Tokyo. This is the same as Tokyo Skytree. There are 2 observation decks, one at 150 meters and the next one at 250 meters. You can even spot mount fuji here if you're lucky. Not sure when's the best time or season to visit. Can't see it during summer and winter. It's either too cloudy or too foggy. lol 
There are some cafes,  restaurants and souvenir shops as well. 


People normally thought of the famous Shibuya Crosswalk when they're there! It is the most popular shopping and entertainment area in Tokyo. The crowd never dies down even at late night. 

One of the most notable landmark is Hachiko~ A statue of a loyal dog named Hachiko. According to a famous story, the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station, and continued to do so for years even after his master had passed away. It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points. For guys fashion, do check out OIOI and 109 Men's. There are also other malls like Tokyu, Seibu, Loft, Parco, and Marui. I felt that the malls are pretty much similar, but you can check out the basements for food if you're into that~  








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