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Drips Bakery Cafe

During the long holidays, my colleagues and I decided to explore Tiong Bahru, one of the oldest residential estates in Singapore.  This area has undergone quite a lot of changes in recent years; therefore we were there to uncover some of the cafes around the neighborhood.

Drips Bakery Café was one of the café that was open on a Monday morning. By noon, we realized that there were already quite a few people in the café.

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Rows of tarts greeted us upon entering the café. It’s so hard to choose among these tempting tarts!

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Their menu

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Their interior has a warm and cosy feel.

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Panattone slice with vanilla ice cream is one of my favorite there. The bread is crispy outside and soft & warm inside. Wonderful combination with the vanilla ice-cream.

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Their fruit tart is a MUST try! I love how the tart crust is not too hard, with the right texture and nice buttery taste. One tart will leave you wanting more.


The following are the rest of the things we tried there.

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From top right: Specialty cold drip, chicken pie, mocha and chocolate banana tart.

Upon the first sip, the cold drip is a little too acidic and sour for people who prefer sweetened coffee. But as the coffee starts to get diluted by the ice, it became more acceptable for us.

The chicken pie does not bring us satisfaction as I find the fillings rather bland. I will not order this again.

As for the mocha, it tasted alright but could be warmer. And it is not as fragrant as some of the other places that I’ve tried.

Dark chocolate lovers might like their chocolate banana tart. There is a hint of bitterness in the rich chocolate; awesome combination with the sweetness of the banana. First few bites tasted good, however this tart is too rich. We could not finish it.

On the whole, I feel that this café is a nice place to stop by for some coffee and dessert. Our total bill came up to about $48, to be shared among 4 of us. I will definitely visit this place again to try other fruit tarts.

Drips Bakery Café

82 Tiong Poh Road, #01-05,
Singapore 160082

Tel: 6222 0400

Fax: 6776 0401

Opening Hours:

Sun – Thurs 11am – 930pm

Fri & Sat      11am – 11pm

Nearest Mrt:

Tiong Bahru station (15mins walk)

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Discovering Cafes in Korea

As there are simply too many nice cafes to visit in Korea, I’m just going to list some of them that I’ve been to, during my 5 days trip to Korea. Most of them are cafes which we stopped over for drinks or dessert.

Beans Bins

163-19, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82 2 325 0737
Nearest Train Station: HongikUniversity station

Website: www.beansbins.com

Beans Bins can be found all around Seoul, it’s a speciality coffee and waffles café chain. We went to the outlet in Hongdae, which is located on the second level. As my friends are green tea lovers, we ordered the green tea waffle with green tea ice cream. Though I’m not a green tea fan, but I felt that this waffle is worth trying and surprisingly it tasted great! Firm and warm waffles, crispy on the outside and soft inside. As for my drinks, I ordered a banana nut milkshake which tasted exactly as what I expected it to be.IMG_4860

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Caffé Bene

Caffé Bene is another coffeehouse chain in Seoul. This is my favorite café in Korea! We went to the outlet in Ehwa. To arrive at this place, take the Seoul subway and alight at Ehwa Women’s University (exit 2). The café is situated outside Ehwa Women’s University, just beside Zoo Coffee. This café is so special and cozy, I was reluctant to leave! And did I mention that the food is fantastic too?? Their honey cheese thick toast is out of this world, I can never find such great tasting thick toast in Singapore. The blueberry yoghurt waffles are amazingly nice too. The outlet in Ehwa has 2 levels and we are seated on the 2nd level where the bookshelves are.

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This is the first level in Caffé Bene.
There is even a desktop for customers to surf the web or for students to do some research while drinking their coffee.

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The 2nd level of Caffe Bene where we had our brunch at the cozy corner.

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Miss Lee Café

Miss Lee Cafe is famous for their Lunch Box Meal and if you are a follower of the ‘We Got Married’ Korean reality Tv programme, you should definitely visit this café. We visited the outlet in Myeongdong.  It is situated towards the end of Myeongdong shopping area. Nearest train station would be Myeongdong station. There’s another outlet at Insadong though. This is ranked my 2nd favourite café out of all the cafes that I’ve been to during this trip. It is another special café which serves very delicious lunch box Kimchi rice. I am not a fan of kimchi and don’t like kimchi, but this rice lunch box meal tasted exceptionally good and do not have the sour taste of kimchi at all because the kimchi in this lunch box is thoroughly cooked. My friends and I missed this lunch box meal very much when we were back to Singapore. Their refreshing dessert contains countless of ingredients which surprisingly tasted great with everything mixed together.

You can check out their official website at: http://www.missleecafe.com/

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Look for this building in Myeongdong

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The dessert (top left), which contains countless ingredients, consists of watermelon, banana, kiwi, mochi, coco crunch, red bean, ice cream, sun flower seeds, pineapple, cherry tomatoes and other ingredients which I lost count! This sweet dessert is cold and refreshing especially during the hot summer in Seoul. The Lunch box kimchi rice (bottom left), consisted mainly of kimchi, seaweed, sunny-side-up egg and luncheon meat. This simple lunch box rice is so addictive I could eat it everyday. The rice barley drink (top right) is cooling and mildly sweet. The coconut & sesame biscuit (bottom right) is too hard for us.
None of us liked this biscuit.

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The cute looking handmade menu (top left) has a cloth cover and in the menu, they even teach you how to eat prepare the lunch box meal before eating. (bottom right) The café sells cute little items and candy too. (Top right)

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Café Schneeballen

358-30 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Tel: 02-308-8577

Nearest Train Station: Hongik University station

Website: www.schneeballenkorea.com

We managed to find this café in Hongdae after searching for it. We first knew about this café when we searched online and heard good reviews about it. This is actually a pastry originating from Germany. This German cookie looks like a snowball and besides the classical ones dusted with confectioner’s sugar, there are recipes glazed with chocolate and nuts. What was fun about this café is that you get to ‘smash’ the cookie up at the cracking zone. We ordered one chocolate ball to share; its texture is like the magnum ice cream’s chocolate coating, cold and flaky, after it had been cracked.

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Angel-in-us Coffee

We always wanted to visit the Angel-in-us coffee in Seoul as we heard that their waffles are superb. However, there are simply too many cafes in Hongdae that we did not managed to visit Angel-in-us, not until we went to Busan. We happened to spot this café and took a break after we finished our scenery viewing at Taejongdae. You can take bus no. 101 from the bus stop opposite Busan train station and alight at Taejongdae (태종대). You can easily spot this café from across the street.

Sad to say, their waffles tasted nothing out of the ordinary. Probably I had high expectations of this café. However, my friend loved their lime yoghurt drink a lot. It is highly recommended. The berry yoghurt drink tasted good too, you might want to try it too.

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Take out coffee

Nearest Train station: Toseong Station

Take-out coffee is a small unique café that we discovered within Gamcheon Culture village. To get to Gamcheon Culture village, take Subway Line 1 (accessible from Busan Station) to Toseong Station. Come out from Exit 6. You will be facing an intersection. Turn right at the corner and walk straight. You will see a hospital on your right. The bus stop is right in front of the hospital. Take either Bus 2 or 2-2. This will take you to Gamcheon Culture Village at top of the hill.

I was quite fascinated with this café although they sell ordinary smoothie drinks and certain biscuits. This is because the whole café is very nicely decorated.

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They sell really cute penguin cookies! (bottom left) We noticed the 2 little ‘farmers’ sitting at the window ledge (top left). The café interior brick wall is neatly decorated with unique items. (top right)

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(From top left) At the corridor of the café, walls are painted with beautiful flowers. We ordered a refreshing lime juice drink to quench our thirst. (bottom right).

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O’sulloc Tea House

47-1 Myeong-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu,

Seoul, South Korea

Tel: 02-774-5460

Nearest train station: Myeongdong Station

 

O’sulloc is a place where tea lovers should go! If you are a green tea lover, you definitely must try their green tea latte and ice cream. How to get there:  Take the Seoul Subway line 4 and alight at Myeongdong Station, Exit 6. Upon exiting the station, turn left onto Myeongdong 8-gil. Go straight about 400m, until you see O´sulloc Tea House on the right. The Tea house sells a wide variety of tea and there are sample tea leaves for customers to smell the fragrance. My favorite tea would be the Wedding Green Tea. This tea is highly recommended for people who love floral rose fragrance. The floral fragrance is sweet and dreamy, giving a hint of rose petals and marigold. It is 15,000 won per box (10 individually wrapped sachets).

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The green tea waffles (top right) contains mochi in it. Therefore the waffle is crispy on the outside, but chewy inside. The toast (bottom left) contains chewy green tea mochi similar to the mochi in the waffles. Green tea latte (top left) is a MUST try for green tea lovers. The green tea swiss roll (bottom right) is sweet and the cream is very light and fluffy.

That’s all for the cafes that I visited. There are many other special cafes which you should visit in Korea. If you are an animal lover, you should definitely visit the Thanks Nature Café where you will get a chance to have a close encounter with sheep! We initially wanted to visit Thanks Nature café but those sheep were not in the café that day due to the hot summer weather. Thanks Nature Café could be found in Hongdae.

You might also want to visit the Lily Cat Café if you are a cat lover or the Dog café if you are a dog lover; both cafes can be found in Myeongdong. I hope to visit Korea again soon to visit those cafes which I missed out on. Sigh… I miss Korea so much!

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TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Singapore

I have been eating too much good food lately, seriously need to work out more vigorously now! But brunch at TWG is something that everyone should at least experience once. I never did expect myself to spend $73 on a brunch, but it was worth it! Though I would not have such expensive lunch so often.  A tea lover like myself would have enjoyed every experience in TWG. From their tea beverages, to their tea infused patisserie.

I went to the TWG at Ion Orchard. At around 12noon, there is not a single customer in sight. As there are no customers yet, my friend and I got quality ‘talk time’ without much disturbance. We ate our lunch accompanied by soothing opera music in the background. The ambience made me feel that I’m somewhere in Paris having afternoon tea.  At around 1pm, customers started streaming in.

First up, beef striploin served with sweet pineapple slices and baby carrot. The sauce has a distinct taste of Alfonso Tea. Tasted perfect with the tender beef slices. At $36, I would not mind ordering it again.

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My friend ordered their connoisseur set meal at $52. It comes with fresh apple or orange juice, seared scallop carpaccio, 2 baked muffins accompanied by TWG tea jelly and whipped cream, and our choice of a TWG Tea Patisserie.

Seared Scallop Carpaccio

Seared Scallop Carpaccio
( The sauce should be infused with Red Christmas Tea, however we could not really taste the tea in this dish)

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Chocolate muffin
(I personally felt that this chocolate muffin did not meet my expectations. The muffin is too thick and dry, not fluffy enough. We did not finish this muffin.)

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The strawberry muffin is completely different from the chocolate one. It is moist, light and fluffy.

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Raspberry Patisserie
(This crisp and flaky pastry is layered with a generous amount of vanilla chestnut cream and whole raspberries.)

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We ordered White Mist and White spring Tea. The White Mist Tea has a stronger fragrance of rose while White Mist contains cherry blossoms. I personally preferred the White Mist Tea.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique

ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn

#02-21 Singapore 238801

Tel: +65 6735 1837 Fax: +65 6736 1837

Opening Hours:

Daily from 10:00 – 22:00

Website: http://www.twgtea.com

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Chock Full Of Beans

After hearing so much of the coffee art from my friends, I decided to bring my mum to Chock Full Of  Beans for brunch on a Saturday morning. We took bus 59 and alighted one stop before the Changi Village bus terminal. Thankfully, we managed to get seats inside the cafe as I’ve always heard that CFOB is always very crowded especially on weekends. Both of us spent $40.50 in total, a little pricey for breakfast.

Though the coffee art is cute, but the coffee itself is not hot enough. While coffee should be drank piping hot, it was served to us lukewarm. It is also not fragrant enough, quite disappointing. As the coffee is only lukewarm, we quickly finished it before it turns really cold. Thus, we finished our coffee before the food came.

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cute hedgehog for my mocha

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Smiley Bear for my mum’s Vanilla Latte

Here comes our food..

Their rosti tasted really good with the mushrooms. Sausages were a tad too salty, but it goes well with the sour cream.

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Ultimate Swiss Rosti

Their Omelette is mediocre, nothing out of the ordinary.

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Omelette with Ham, cheese and mushroom

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nice interior wall decorations~

Perhaps I would visit this place again for their dessert and ice coffee.

Chock Full Of Beans

#01-2090, 4 Changi Village Road

Tel: +65 62148839

Opening Hours: 

11:00 – 22:00 (Tuesday to Friday)

9:00 – 22:00 (Sat and Sun)

How to get there: 

By Bus no. 2, 29, 59, 109

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