Archive for March, 2011

Room with a view Cafe – revisited!

So excited, I’ll be teaming up with Room with a View Cafe to come up with a little Contest Giveaway! Still finalizing the details so watch this space! Meanwhile, check out their daily specials! Or you can read about the review I did last year when Room first opened.

Room with a view promo

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17 Carpenter Street (opp Clarke Quay MRT station)

Level 5

Singapore 059906

Tel: +65 6438 3230

Da Paolo Gastronomia at myVillage

*Bloggers’ Invite*

When I stayed at Holland Village, I used to like to go into the Da Paolo Gastronomia outlet at Chip Bee Gardens. I would sneak in, sniff around and quickly snap some shots of the lovely food displays, pizzas and cupcakes. Those were the days before I started food blogging seriously, and I always thought the displays looked so pretty. But I was always afraid that the chef would come at me with a butcher’s knife since I didn’t buy anything.

So I was so glad to be invited down for a sampling session lately at the Da Paolo Gastronomia myVillage outlet. Finally, a chance to snap snap snap to my heart’s content! I really loved the Gorgonzola Pizza with Caramelised Onions that we had there. The sweetness of the onions paired so well with the gorgonzola. When I get the chance, I’m going to order myself an entire portion of it, as well as a latte. A latte costs only $3.50! Even my favourite standalone cafes charge more than that! See the last photo for the price list of the drinks.

Did you know, all the ingredients that Da Paolo uses are sourced from Italy? You can purchase the cooked food and eat it right here on the premises.

Da Paolo - Cooked food Selection Da Paolo - Couscous with Rocket and Sweet Potato

Whenever I see things like these, I always imagine buying the lot and throwing a party. Half the job done for you already and everyone will be none the wiser.

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Gorgonzola pizza with caramelised onions

Mmmmm the best “dessert pizza” I’ve had in a long time. The Partner doesn’t think it tastes sweet enough to be called a “dessert pizza”, but I think it does!

Da Paolo Gastronomia - cupcakes  Da Paolo Gastronomia - Pizza Slices Da Paolo Gastronomia - Spinach Tagliatelle

Spinach Tagliatelle. There’s also herb pasta and a few more if you look at the 1st picture. I love the different variations!

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Hello Kitty Wine

Well who would have thought of all the places to get Hello Kitty memorabilia, it would be here, and wine to boot!  .

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Tiramisu

Da Paolo - Sampling Session!

 Mmmm… tasty

Martina of Da Paolo and Darren of CelebrateLah I love this picture! Martina of Da Paolo is from Italy and she demonstrates how the Italians show their appreciation for delicious food. And there’s Darren of CelebrateLah showing his approval of the food at Da Paolo.

Hey the Cafe Latte is only $3.50 and the Hot Chocolate is only $4! I was kind of expecting something more expensive. Will have to try out the drinks some day. Click on the photo to see the drinks price list.

www.dapaolo.com.sg

www.facebook.com/Gastfronomia.SerangoonGardens

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel

As promised, here are some photos of the room we had at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The room size is Atrium Deluxe, with a city view. In my opinion, in the day time, the sea view looks better. Luckily for us, there was no haze and the blue expanse of water was just amazing. It’s too glaring to be looking at the office buildings in Shenton Way during the day time. However, come night time, the roles are reversed. Shenton Way is lit up and makes for really good photos. If you take the city view, you get to enjoy the water show right in your own room at 8pm. But if you take the sea view, you might just be able to catch the sunrise. Take your pick. Whatever the choice, you still can enjoy 360 degree views up at the SkyPark. And don’t forget to ask for early check-in and late check-out to maximise your stay!

Marina Bay Sands Room

Marina Bay Sands Room (2)

Marina Bay Sands Room (3)

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Rooms: As you can see from the pictures above, the rooms are pretty luxurious! The place looked clean and the decor was modern and soothing. Everything just looks bright and inviting! The bed faces the TV, while the sofa faces the business table. The room size we got was also larger than what I would expect of a normal room in any hotel in Singapore. I found out later that the higher you go, the small the room sizes become. The rooms at the really low floors even have a sort of dining area and perhaps even balconies! Of course the lower floors are nearer to the roads and expressway. It’s a damn good marketing/strategic decision to design the rooms this way I think, then you don’t have to bother with numerous price ranges. Like my colleague with his 9 other friends, they chose the lower floor so that all 10 of them could fit in the room, even though they were originally assigned one of the highest floors. Btw, there wasn’t a bathtub in the room that I got!

Service: Don’t expect stellar service. The staff that we encountered were all pretty aloof. They weren’t rude, but they made no effort to be particularly friendly. They just did their job. You were just another guest, another statistic to them, to be processed. And indeed, the hotel is so big, it just doesn’t exude the homely feeling. The lobby area spans the entire 3 towers. Everyone is just rushing one way or the other. As you can well imagine, there are lots of visitors  who just want to gawk at the place, who aren’t actually staying at the hotel itself.

When I think of the really personal treatment I received at Conrad Singapore, the difference is tremendous. At Conrad Singapore, every staff tries to go out of their way to make your stay wonderful, and they look genuine about. Till today, whenever we happen to be at the Conrad Lobby, this guy Roy still remembers us, greets us and offers to help us, even though we are just passing through. Marina Bay Sands Hotel has the "wow" factor, and I would definitely encourage you to stay there at least once. The stay is definitely enjoyable. However, I can imagine if I were a business visitor from a foreign country having to visit Singapore often, I would rather stay at Conrad than at Marina Bay Sands cuz after a while, the novelty will disappear and what you yearn for would be familiarity and a family feeling.

Marina Bay Sands

Email:inquiries@marinabaysands.com
Tel: +65 6688 8868

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Check out 365days2play’s other posts on Marina Bay Sands

Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne

Rise Restaurant

Photos of the SkyPark

Photos of Marina Bay Sands during the day

Photos of Shenton way in the day and Shenton Way at night. Photos are taken outside Marina Bay Sands Shoppes.

Photos of Atrium Deluxe Room at Marina Bay Sands

Books Actually

Aha! I knew it. The minute I realised that 40Hands Cafe had opened in Yong Siak street, I had a sneaking suspicion more would follow suit. Where the hell is Yong Siak street you may ask? That’s precisely the point. Unless you live in the Tiong Bahru area, you most probably have never heard of Yong Siak street in your life! Or for that matter, Chay Yan street, Guan Chuan street and Kim Pong street!

I know of people who were laughing at where 40Hands Cafe had located themselves, and were betting on the number of months that 40Hands can last. Who is this stupid idiot who decided to open in such an ulu location? Want to die is it? Well, from the looks of it, they are thriving really well. So your best bet would be to keep in mind this Yong Siak street. I’m sure there will be more “hip and young” type establishments setting up here soon. It could very well turn into the next Holland Village!

Yong Siak Street

You see, Books Actually has also recently opened in Yong Siak street, after relocating from Club Street. I had a quick look through the store after my cuppa at 40Hands. If you’ve never heard of Books Actually, the Partner has a good description of the place. Books Actually sells books that make you go Hmmm? It’s definitely not the usual type of bookstore. You will fine tomes here that you never knew existed. There are also lots of books on Singapore itself. I have to come back again soon to thoroughly browse through.

I didn’t leave the store empty handed though. I bought a $1.50 pencil with Sigmund Freud inscribed on it. I feel smarter already. Smile

Books Actually

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I see a hand reaching up…Books, feed me books!

Books Actually

No. 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 168645

Operating Hours : Weekdays  11am – 9pm   Saturday  10am – 9pm   Sunday  10am – 6pm

http://hellobooksactually.blogspot.com/

Books Actually Facebook

How to get to Books Actually

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40Hands revisited!

Ever since our first visit to 40Hands back in October soon after it opened, I’ve been thinking about those delicious sandwiches we had there. We had no luck last week when we drove through the Tiong Bahru area. 40Hands was jammed packed to the gills. On Friday, we tried again and got lucky. We were there just after 1pm so some of the early lunch hour people were just leaving. Interesting that there were quite a few office types there. The nearest offices must be at least 10 minutes walk away?

Anyway, 40Hands now boasts extra seating capacity. What was once a window, has now turned into a glass door leading into a recessed area with more seats. Foodwise, there are more sandwich choices, such as Salt Cod Fish Mash sandwich and Curry Chicken sandwich. Can you believe it, they even have Tau Sar Pau! This is quite funny considering the fact that the owner of the cafe is Australian! Better still, Xin MSN votes this Tau Sar Pau as the best pau in Singapore! Doesn’t come cheap though, each costs $2.50. Alas, I didn’t realise they had Pau when I was there on Friday or I would have tried it just for the novelty of it.

These are what we had at 40Hands. We chose different sandwiches from those we tried the last time. I have to admit, the sandwiches were not as great tasting as those from our 1st visit. Maybe the staff are rushed due to the lunch hour crowd. Or maybe it was easier to have everything perfect last time when only a few sandwich choices were offered. Thankfully, the coffee was as great tasting as the 1st time.

All sandwiches are around $9 and coffees are about $5. 40Hands does not charge service charge and GST. And if you have a HSBC card, you get a 10% discount! Yippeeee!

40Hands - Order Here

There’s the owner Harry Grover mulling over whether the Rosetta Art has just the right amount of leaves in it.

40Hands - Cafe Latte

There’s 2 rosettas, or ferns, or whatever the name is as we ordered a double shot.

40Hands - Iced Chocolate

Iced Chocolate

40Hands - Salt Cod Mash

Salt Cod Fish Mash – The fish is literally mashed up into a pureed texture. I couldn’t really taste the cod flavour and in fact if you’d asked me to guess, I wouldn’t have realised it was fish.

40Hands - Thai Chicken

Thai Chicken – For some reason, the sandwich was served cold. There was also a puddle of water oozing out from the sandwich onto the plate, which made me wonder if the sandwich was previously in the freezer and had not been properly warmed. Nevertheless, the Partner doesn’t like hot sandwiches so he enjoyed the sandwich.

40Hands - Truffle Mushroom

Truffle Mushroom – This sandwich would be perfect for mushroom lovers. There’s loads and loads of them stuffed into the sandwich. I didn’t quite appreciate the texture of the mushrooms though as they were mixed together with a mushy sauce thing. It’s like eating really thick and chunky mushroom soup, which I love, but just not in a sandwich format.

40Hands - Vegetable Stack

Vegetable Stack – This has got to be the healthiest sandwich there. It’s chock full of vegetables! You have to like rocket leaves/arugula cuz there’s lots of it in here.

See my previous review of 40Hands

Forty Hands (40 Hands)

78, Yong Siak Street (Tiong Bahru) #01-12

Tel: 6225-4623

Hours:

Tuesdays: 8:30am to 6:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8:30am to 10pm Fridays and Saturdays: 8:30am to 11pm Sundays 8:30am to 6:30pm CLOSED MONDAYS

Email: info@40handscoffee.com

Website: http://www.40handscoffee.com Facebook

Directions on how to get to Forty Hands (It is about 10 minutes walk from Tiong Bahru MRT station but unless you’re familiar with this area it is easy to get lost. Definitely check the map before you go there)

 


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