Archive for June, 2012

Hello from New Zealand!

Sorry for the lack of posts these few days. I’m currently holidaying in New Zealand. It’s freezing here as compared to Singapore, but still a warmer than expected winter so far. I thought I would never say this but I kinda miss the heat in Singapore. Have fun everybody!

Tree

Tree (2)

It is the same tree taken from a different angle!

Jewel Coffee at Shenton Way

Awhile back, I decided suss out some of the best cafes/coffee joints in Singapore that I hadn’t tried at that point. I didn’t envisage myself drinking so much coffee all by myself so I pulled along the parents and the cousins so that we could have more variety in terms of food and beverage.

Our 1st stop was to Jewel Coffee at One Shenton Way. I’d practically known of its existence from day one as it’s totally impossible to miss its presence when walking or driving through Shenton Way. The word Jewel is not that large, but there is a humongous red coloured COFFEE on its walls, flashing past like a sparkling jewel. At first I thought it looked gimmicky, but I’ve come to realise they are serious about coffee and do a mean one too.

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I can’t claim to know much about the intricacies of all the coffee brewing techniques, but I am told that specialised filter papers that will allow for an exceptionally clean tasting coffee. Also, the papers are not processed with chemicals and therefore do not impart these additives into the brew. Most importantly, using these contraptions means that good quality single-origin beans must be used.

Jewel Coffee - Ribeye Sandwich with cheese, mushroom, butterhead lettuce Ribeye Sandwich with cheese, mushroom, butterhead lettuce $11.90

Before we attacked the coffee, we had to line our stomachs with lunch. Jewel Coffee sells a number of sandwiches in addition to coffee. These sandwiches are substantial and full of ingredients. Don’t you just hate anaemic sandwiches that some cafes serve? I like my sandwiches to be robust and packed with good stuff. If they can flatten it into a Panini all the better cuz I hate smearing the sides of my mouth or nose, but I rather that than anaemic sandwiches.

Jewel Coffee - Hickory BBQ Chicken Sandwich Hickory BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Both the sandwiches were delicious. Tasty bread, enough meat, savoury sauce and well presented. We all agreed that we didn’t mind returning again for the sandwiches.

Jewel Coffee - Sandwiches Turkey Cran $8.90, B.L.T $8.90, Cajun Chicken $9.90 etc

Jewel Coffee - Cafe Latte Cafe Latte $5.30 I think…

One of the best cafe lattes I have ever had in Singapore. Smooth, full-bodied, strong and with a good aroma, it was just plain enjoyable.

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You get to choose which bean you want for your cafe latte, which is very good because each type as subtle differences.

Jewel Coffee - Preparation of V60

The other coffee we tried was the V60. I think we all tried it straight like that without any sugar, just to try and appreciate the pure flavour. I’m afraid my taste bud at that point in time was not sophisticated enough to be able to appreciate unsweetened black coffee so I shall refrain from commenting further.

Jewel Coffee Jewel Coffee (6)

It gets crowded quickly during the weekday lunch hour so avoid those times if you want to have a peaceful cuppa. And it’s mostly al-fresco seating unless you don’t mind the bar seats inside.

Check out other eateries also located at One Shenton.

If you’ve enjoyed reading this post, please vote for me at the Singapore Blog Awards 2012. I’m a finalist in the Food Category. Please press VOTE ME and it’s only successful if you see the words VOTED come up!

JeweL Coffee

1 Shenton Way #01-07 Singapore, Singapore 068803

Mon – Fri:7:00 am-9:00 pm

Sat:8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tel : 6636 9452

http://www.facebook.com/Jewelcoffee

Marks & Spencer British Goodies

I don’t know about you, but I have a soft spot for all things British! I love the country, I love London, I love the quaint countryside, I love the British cooks  (Nigella, Jamie, Hugh Fearnley). Three times I’ve been to the UK for holidays, and I still yearn to go back again. I have also been to New Zealand 3 times, and next week will be the 4th trip. But I always tell the kiwi Partner that the grass in England is greener. Serious!

Did you manage to catch the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on TV? My parents were glued to the TV even until past midnight! Such is the fascination for the British Royal family, who aren’t related to us in any way! The Partner likes to tell me that he has royal blood, but what’s the use of that if he can’t show me my room in the castle?

Anyway, one place in Singapore you can indulge in a bit of British is at Marks & Spencer. I love it when it’s Easter and Christmas. All their goodies are packaged so nicely and always so festive looking. This time round, thanks to the Queen’s Jubilee and the upcoming London Olympics, Marks & Spencer has also churned out quite a few new British treats.

Marks & Spencer - Family Biscuits for Tea (2)

These Family biscuits for tea were going at $37. My GUY friend was lusting over these tins for the last 1 week and he finally succumbed to buying one today. It certainly is a pretty tin but is it worth $37?

Marks & Spencer - Milk Chocolate Rosette Lollipops

Something cheaper if you still want to buy something. Milk Chocolate Rosette Lollipops. Great fun for wearing too. Like so.

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What to eat on Voyager of the Seas Cruise

Dining on a cruise ship must surely be one of the highlights of the cruise itself. It seems to be a pretty grand affair too. There are a number of dining areas to choose from, ranging from the opulent looking main dining rooms all the way to the casual Johnny Rockets Restaurants, aka Billy Bombers lookalike. Interestingly, there is no extra cost in dining in my favourite Carmen restaurant, which looks like the most atas dining room there is. Yet, there is a surcharge to dine at Johnny Rockets. I suppose when you’ve been on the ship for more than a week, you will yearn for something different.

Voyager Carmen Dining Room - (12)

This is the Carmen dining room. Does it not look super grand? It kinda took my breath away when I first stepped in! Makes you feel like you’re in a bygone era. Cruise passengers can dine here without further charge! The cheapest tickets will get you a table on the 1st floor, and you will be assigned the same table and same waiter throughout.

Voyager Carmen Dining Room -

View from the top level, which is reserved for those staying in the suites.

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Win a free Swedish cooking class at Cookyn!

Calling all kitchen-proud home cooks out there! Fancy winning a free cooking lesson sponsored by IKEA Smart Kitchens? The cooking class will be held at Cookyn Inc and promises to be a session of fun-filled laughter amidst hands-on cooking!

All you have to do is to submit photos showing IKEA how Pretty, Smart, Good and Happy it is in your kitchen and dining for you and your family. Click here to access the IKEA Facebook Page and read the full instructions or view the photos for inspiration, or simply submit your photos here. The closing date is 14th June. Meanwhile, scroll down to view the pictures of the amazing cooking class I was invited to participate in.

Photos of Swedish cooking class at Cookyn, sponsored by IKEA

*Photos without the http://365days2play.com water mark are courtesy of IKEA.

Ikea Smart Kitchens - The Budding Chefs! (2)All smiles before the start of the cooking class. I have to warn you, when dining, or doing just about anything with bloggers, be sure to expect lots of photo taking. Even when cooking, we endeavour to slip in a photo or two. That’s just who we are!

Ikea Smart Kitchens Cookyn Event (56)Two of the Swedish dishes we cooked. Not bad, we did 4 in total, with the help of Mervyn and Rayner of Cookyn Inc!

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