Archive for June, 2013

Shangri-La Waterfall Cafe

Today I had a quick preview of Shangri-La Hotel’s latest dining addition, the Waterfall Cafe. It’s at the ground floor, just next to the famed swimming pool, and occupies the area that was once taken up by function rooms. I really love the breezy looking decor of the restaurant. The use of natural tones complements the open-plan concept of Waterfall Cafe very well.

The cafe serves Mediterranean cuisine and provide a semi buffet counter should you so wish to complement your main courses. I’d already had afternoon tea at the Rose Verandah, but I plan to be back to visit Waterfall Cafe! Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures!

Shangri-La Waterfall Cafe (8)

Shangri-La Waterfall Cafe (15)

Shangri-La Waterfall Cafe (2)

Shangri-La Waterfall Cafe (3)

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Kiasu Espresso

Check out this new joint Kiasu Espresso by the people behind Forty Hands. It’s located at the new 100AM mall right next to Amara Hotel along Tanjong Pagar Road. They serve coffees and light bites mainly. Most importantly, they are the 2nd establishment that I know of that sells Kouign Aman! I love Kouign Amans, think of it as a croissant pumped up with extra sugar and then doused with even more caramelised sugar on the outside! It’s one of the cheapest pastries at Tiong Bahru Bakery, and is one of their best sellers! Despite the somewhat Middle Eastern sounding name, it is apparently a British pastry!

Kiasu Expresso (16)

Kiasu Espresso – The Earliest Bird

Kiasu Expresso Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte $5

But first, a picture of the coffee we had. My philosophy is that a good coffee maketh a good cafe. Now that there are so many cafe joints to choose from, I’ve upped my criteria of what makes an enjoyable coffee. The cafe latte we had was quite nice. I thought it was on the strong side, and slightly bitter, but the Partner said it was just fine. If you’re into sharing, you should get the large size one for $7 to make it more economical!

Kiasu Expresso Chocolate Tart

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Obernai in Alsace, France

Day 5 of 365days2play’s Honeymoon in Luxembourg, Germany & France

Day 5 of our Honeymoon saw us driving from the Kloster Hornbach on the German side of the border back into France and moving on towards Colmar. The whole stretch is wine region and it’s just a straight long drive from North to South. There are many villages and old towns dotted along the way and we stopped at a couple of them while driving to Rouffach where our hotel the Chateau D’Isenbourg was.

Obernai was one of the historic old towns we stopped at, and I would highly recommend that you do a pit-stop in this quaint town too if you ever come to Alsace. The Obernai region, which was the property of the dukes of Alsace in the 7th century, is the birthplace of St. Odile, daughter of the Duke, who would become the Patron Saint of Alsace.

Obernai in Alsace France (16)

Once again, just like in Strasbourg, the architecture is very “German”. There is a reason for these stone foundation with timber framing upper floorings. One reason why wood features prominently is because of Alsace’s proximity to the Vosges, where much wood can be found. But I’m not the expert in Alsatian architecture so please click this link to read more.

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Sinpopo Brand

It’s interesting how cafes are falling over themselves trying to come up with the quirkiest and most “non-cafe” kind of names you can think of. The latest to join the bandwagon of wacky names are cafes such as Relational Goods, Penny University (okay this one has grounds) and Sinpopo Brand. And don’t even get me started on Chye Seng Huat Hardware, which has got nothing to do with hardware with the exception of coffee machines!

And what’s weird with Sinpopo Brand did you say? Well, for those of you old enough to know, Sinpopo used to be the name of a notorious nightclub along Tanjong Katong road! According to my father, it probably closed around the late 80s. I can’t remember a thing about Sinpopo but somehow the name sounds familiar. My grandparents used to live around the Geylang area, so they might have mentioned Sinpopo in their conversations previously.

I have to admit, it’s a great name for an old-school themed cafe that Sinpopo Brand is, as the name does evoke thoughts of yesteryear. Name aside, the menu, serving dishes, decor and even the music has been carefully selected to bring us back to days gone by.

Sinpopo Brand (4)

This is the main entrance that greets you, I recall having a TV with sliding doors, already disused by the time I was aware of things, it served as a nice side table! Old school biscuits that are still quite easily available in Singapore if you know where to look. Sinpopo Brand gives these out to kids for free.

Sinpopo Brand (3)

Ice Bor $3.90

This is the reason why I really wanted to visit Sinpopo. I’ve never in my life ever seen an ice ball up until now, and I really wanted to try it. I’ve no idea if this is authentic or not, can someone tell me? According to my mother, the ice ball man will just pass you the ice ball and you eat it off your hands, no paper no plastic no plate! This version from Sinpopo, called ice bor, has some redbeans squashed into the centre, and for some reason, crushed peanuts at the top.

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Chili’s Grill & Bar Big Mouth Burger Day


Freebies coming up…and a chance to pit yourself against us bloggers… read on to the very bottom!!

Final Burger Day $8.88

Chili’s Grill & Bar will be celebrating its 4th year anniversary and to thank all of their supporters, everyone can get a Big Mouth Burger for only $8.88 on 26 June 2013!!


If you really can’t make it on 26 June, which you really ought to, you can still enjoy a 20% discount off the Burger of the Day from 24 June 2013 – 30 June 2013.

  • Monday – Big Mouth Bites
  • Tuesday – Southern Smokehouse Bacon
  • Wednesday – $8.88 for all burgers except Big Mouth Bites
  • Thursday – Mushroom – Swiss
  • Friday – Oldtimer
  • Saturday – Triple-smoked
  • Sunday – Pulled Pork

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