Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Spoonful of Sugar - Ice Cream, Waffles, Coffee & Bite-Sized Churros @ Changi Village [Singapore]

A friend gifted me this app known as "Entertainer" for Christmas last year and i am finally making use of it after a cycling trip at Pulau Ubin last weekend! 

I searched through the app for the list of merchants and found out about this "A Spoonful of Sugar" dessert cafe at Changi Village; just a few doors away from Crepes & Puffs.

Said to have a whimsical decor that brings you into a fairy tale like setting, i personally thought that the tables and chairs kind of heavily clashed with what the operators have in mind. 

Aside from the vibrant rainbow that runs across one side of the wall, fairy lights and the ice-cream cone hanging lights, the rest were less impressionable. Whatever the case, those who have been following my blog would know i don't care about decorations and am more particular with the taste of the food and the price.

Take your pick of ice cream with over flavours (for example, mint, oreo, sea salt malt, tropical sorbet, raspberry sorbet, honey lemon, cookies and cream, milo, thai milk tea, coffee, strawberry, vanilla, lavender, malted cheese, milky chocolate, salted caramel, hazelnut etc)! 

Cavin being Cavin, i couldn't resist having their bite-sized churros! Not so much the cakes as i loving baking and my cake quota is reserved mainly for my own bakes.

While waiting for my friends to deliberate on which ice cream flavours to choose, let's hook up to the free WiFi provided by the cafe; i am actually quite a data guzzler and the 9 GB of monthly data given by Starhub is insufficient for my needs! 

Don't you just love complimentary water?!

Two double scoops as i get a one-for-one using the "Entertainer" app - friends' choices: oreo, hazelnut, salted caramel and honey lemon. 

You gets bits of the cookies in oreo which thankfully wasn't too sweet and i actually quite like the hazelnut; neutral with the salted caramel which had nuts and honey lemon reminded me of cough lozenges; a bit sour even though it complemented with the sweetness of honey. 

Be prepared to wait for the freshly fried churros which came with your choices of dips like chocolate, caramel and darn i forgot what the last dip is! Anyway, i was undecided between waffles or churros and cast my lot for the latter as waffles were more commonly found in cafes. 

Maybe because it was quite a while since my last churros, these bite-sized churros were delicious! Crispy on the outside and coated with cinnamon and sugar, it was pure bliss biting into each of them! My only complaint; do they come in none-bite-sized? Like the long churro from Universal Studios Singapore.

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Location
Block 4, Changi Village Road,
#01-2072, Singapore 500004

Operating Hours
Sundays to Thursdays - Noon to 9.30 pm
Fridays to Saturdays - Noon to 10.30 pm

Facebook Page

Menu (Not Full)
As above. 

Pricing
Double Scoop Ice Cream - S$6.50
Bite-Sized Churros - S$5.90
(No GST and No Service Charge)
(Cash Payment Only)

Additional Information
I got 1 for 1 using the "Entertainer" app

Friday, April 20, 2018

Odori Park in Summer and the Beer Garden - Just a Short Post @ Sapporo [Hokkaido]

Odori Park is renowned for being the main site of the Sapporo Snow Festival and in summer, it's just a long stretch of greenery of about 1.5 kilometer from east to west. 

And in the cool summer for Hokkaido, where temperature hovers less than 30 degree celcius in the daytime and can dip below 20 degree celcius at night, it's actually nice to stay in the park for an extended period of time.

Sadly, i am unable to do that as there's so many things i have planned for in Sapporo; it didn't help that we didn't extend our rental for the car and we had to rely on public transportation which wasn't exactly the fast way to go from point a to b.

I didn't even have the luxury (and patience) to go through the entire stretch which was a pity as there were different interest points with seasonal flower beds and over 4,700 trees! For more information, you may visit the Odori Park website (yes, there's indeed one)! 

The icon of Odori Park - the Sapporo TV Tower.

At 147.2 meter tall, it's built in 1957 on the eastern end of Odori Park with the observation deck at 90 meters high. Although i have plans to go up to the observatory, my interest waned after checking out Mt Tengu and Usu Volcano UNESCO Global Geopark.

More interested to have another cone filled with Hokkaido ice cream! 


At 350 yen, it was a bit pricier than what i had so far. I am fine with this slight increase in pricing since Sapporo is a city but i can't stand noticing the very much reduced portion. 


Given my sharp ass, i think i am better walking than sitting down! In my four days in Sapporo, i cut across Odori Park every day and that's mainly because i love the shopping at Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade (狸小路商店街).

My almost daily route as Odori Park is in the middle of Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade and our hotel for the four days; UNIZO Inn. There's another reason; i love to be informed of the temperature of the day by looking at the LED display on the side of the tall building! 

For a park, Odori Park wasn't as boring as i thought it would be at night. Maybe because it's in the middle of the city; many people walked across it from morning until the wee hours. 

A store selling lighted accessories; similar to what we see in Clark Quay on weekend nights. 

Another motivating factor for the park's popularity - it hosts the annual Sapporo Odori Beer Garden (part of Sapporo Summer Festival) where you can indulge in beer by local breweries! 

I was keen yet couldn't find a seat! However, i didn't pursue since i don't particularly like drinking; or so i thought until i was 'enlightened' by an 'alcoholic' colleague a few months after i returned from Hokkaido!  

The beer was served in huge metal containers even though you still have the option for a mug! 

Night view of Sapporo TV Tower with the LED clock. Its operating hour is until 10 pm; hence, you can still go up to the observatory with an admission fee of 720 yen per adult. There were options for combo deals and you may click here for more information! 

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Location
Heart of Sapporo,
Hokkaido, Japan

Website


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Refuel II Cafe @ Bukit Merah (Near ABC Market) in Singapore #refuel2 #refuelii

The refuel cafe at Bedok Reservoir is rather well known in the east side of Singapore and although i am in the vicinity every few months (for my dental appointments), i never get to try it; hence, it's funny that i am checking out its second branch, refuel 2, at Bukit Merah first!

I found the original cafe to be a bit on the cramped side but it's isn't the case at refuel 2; it was spacious and the operator obviously didn't make the common mistake of putting in too many tables and chairs.

Refueling is necessary to run cars and we humans refuel too, at a recommended three times a day; it's called breakfast, lunch and dinner by the way. p.s. the motor spirits and oils for sale sign is only for decorative purpose.

For a Friday evening, the cafe was surprisingly quite quiet and we managed to get a table for six almost immediately. To be fair, we arrived at 6pm and we did note a steady stream of customers until we left at about 8pm.

Genmaicha Tea in a Pot -  i get pissed when i am given teabags whenever i order a pot of tea. Hence, i was impressed to be served sencha green tea and brown rice crispies in a glass tea pot with infuser at refuel 2; all for just S$5.50! A tea guzzler? Go ahead and ask for a hot water top up!

Truffle Fries - am i the only one who feels that shoestring fries is the best for truffle fries? Anyway, this was nice with a strong dosage of truffle and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Fuel Me Up - Refuel is famous for their all day brunch and i am looking forward to the recommended fuel me up which is indicated as "Baked eggs with chorizo, crispy bacon, mushroom, sauteed peppers, swiss cheese and tomatoes. Served with toast"

To be honest, i was ignorant and didn't realize all the ingredients, except for the toasts, to be in one bowl, garnished with a few stalks of wild rocket (arugula).

Taste wise, it was quite similar to lasagna and i enjoyed the smoked chorizo (pork sausages). However, my heart is weighted towards the style that's more like Breadyard's Big Boy's All-Day Bread-First, which was visually inviting, tasted unforgettably good and concluded with much satisfaction.  Sigh, i should have gone with "Full Tank"; maybe next time.

Birthday celebrations for the April babies; of which i am one of them! This group of colleagues (and one ex-colleague) does this every year but frankly, i prefer a good meal, filled with laughter, over presents.

Salted Caramel Waffle - the overall taste was decent even though my preference for waffles hinged on a crispier texture. The one we had was unfortunately a tad too soggy for my liking. Wait, maybe it turned soggy as i took too much time taking photos!

Homemade Apple Crumble - as written on the menu, this was indeed heavenly! There wasn't any crust and what you get were literally baked apples topped with buttered oats and crumble plus a scoop of ice cream. I wouldn't hesitate to order this the next time i visit!

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Location
Block 28, Jalan Bukit Merah Brickswork Estate,
#01-4468, Singapore 152028

Map

As above.

Operating Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays to Fridays - 11.00 am to 9.30 pm
Saturdays to Sundays (& PHs) - 10.00 am to 9.30 pm
(Closed on Tuesdays)

Menu
As above.

Pricing
Genmaicha Tea in a Pot - S$5.50
Truffle Fries - S$9.90
Fuel Me Up - S$12.90
Salted Caramel Waffle - S$9.90
Homemade Apple Crumble - S$8.90

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