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Free Banana Cake contest!

As you know, I’ve been baking so much lately. It’s fun to bake but a huge problem always crops up after the baking’s done. WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THOSE CAKES??? Well most of them actually get devoured by my parents’ colleagues, or offloaded to friends who happen to be in the vicinity. You know what, I thought I should spread the love by sharing my baked goods with my loyal readers!

This is what I baked today.

Banana cake

It’s a Banana Cake in loaf form

Banana Cake (3)

I made a small muffin for myself as well so here’s what the inside looks like.

Here’s the deal. I’m giving this banana cake for free to a random lucky winner. I have TWO banana cakes to give away! All you have to do is this:-

1. Go to my Facebook and SHARE or TAG the Banana Cake post. Also leave a comment in my Facebook that you’ve already done so. (You need to LIKE 365days2play Food & Travel Blog Facebook Page first, if you haven’t already done so.)

2. At 6pm today, that’s 6pm 12 April 2012, I will stop collecting names and do a random draw for a lucky winner.

3. AGAIN at 12 midnight today, that’s 12 April 2012 11.599999pm, I will stop collecting names and do a random draw for another lucky winner.

4. Those whose names have been entered for the 6pm draw will also be submitted for the 2nd draw so get your A into G and get cracking!

5. Participants must be able to collect the banana cake from me at either Bedok MRT at 9pm tonight or Bedok MRT / City Hall MRT / Raffles Place MRT tomorrow around 3 – 6pm (timing to be reconfirmed)

6. Most importantly, don’t sue me if you don’t like the cake!! I’ve tried it already and it’s good lah.

CNY Gathering at ToastBox

“For good health, eat cake and drink tea at least twice a day” ~~ Anonymous

My family likes to gather over tea and toast every single day and Chinese New Year is no exception. After escaping from the 1st house we visited slightly earlier than expected, we spent the spare time chilling out at ToastBox.

I’d read about this quaint little retail mall called Greenwich V, located in the Seletar Hills area and I knew I just had to visit. Even though I’d prepared this list on what shops are open during CNY, I didn’t check up on Greenwich V. We kinda took a gamble and were relieved to see the bright lights of ToastBox greeting us at the entrance of Greenwich V. BTW, Greenwich V is so small, there are only 2 floors. Cold Storage takes up half the space on the 1st floor. The 2nd floor is already the roof garden, but there are a number of eateries up there such as Coffee Bean, Cedele and Paradise Inn. There are also non eateries like Jan & Ellie English Language School, Home-fix the DIY Store and the Phoenix Medical Group. It kind of reminds me of myVillage, but even smaller! We got free parking today thanks to some guy who’d knocked down the gantry.

Today, we indulged a little and ordered the little traditional tea cakes from Toast Box. They always look so dainty and mouth-watering in the display cases, but I try not to eat them since the tea is already quite fattening too. But it’s Chinese New Year, so it’s okay for today. Besides, refer to quotation above.

Toastbox - Chocolate Cake

Toastbox - Chocolate Cake (2)

Chocolate and cherry cake, quite good actually. I like the chocolate sponge but I removed most of the cream as there was too much of it. I like it that it’s mostly sponge, cuz I prefer a cake with a higher ratio of sponge to cream/mousse. For just over a dollar, I’d say it is really value for money. And the thing is, sometimes you just want to have a few bites of cake. Why pay $6 for a huge slice when $1.20 will suffice? Like that you can have cake everyday, or twice a day in fact. Seriously, where can you find cake for $1.20 in Singapore???

Toastbox - Banana Cake

The Banana Cake in my opinion is pretty bad. There is hardly any taste of banana at all. The cake is on the hard side too. My banana cake is loads better. The Partner thinks that for $1.50, the banana cake is okay, and since he doesn’t fancy any of the other cakes, he has no choice but to order banana cake at ToastBox. So I can tell you that this banana cake is consistently bad.

Toastbox - Peanut Butter Thick Toast

My father had this Peanut Butter thick toast. One good thing about ToastBox is that they always slather on lots of peanut butter or whatever topping you choose, onto their thick toast. My ultimate favourite thick toast topping is just plain old butter and sugar. It’s the BEST! And the middle piece is the best of the lot because there’s no crust to deal with!

Toastbox - Half Boiled Eggs (2)

My mother went for the healthier option…..half boiled eggs

ToastBox @ Greenwich V

The Toast Box branch at Greenwich V.

Well so that was afternoon tea break. In the evenings, we had another family gathering with my father’s siblings and their family at Changi Airport’s Toast Box. Thanks to my prior research, I knew that Yakun would not be open on CNY so we strategically chose to go to Toast Box at Terminal 2. We got a table for 10 people without any trouble. If you’re afraid of crowds, go to Terminal One or Terminal Two.

Toastbox - Peanut Cake

Cake number 2 for the day. Peanut cream cake. In my opinion, not as nice as the chocolate cake as the peanut flavour is a little weird.

Toastbox - Butter Sugar Toast

Wanted to order the butter sugar thick toast, but ended up with the butter sugar normal toast. Apparently they do not spread the butter nicely on the toast for you. As you can see, the slice of butter was way too thick for the bread, so I scooped most of it out. For the same price I think I’d rather go for the thick toast. I just realised Toast Box offers Buttermilk Thick Toast. I wonder if that can possibly taste good since buttermilk is sour!

Toastbox @ Airport

Toast Box at Changi Airport Terminal 2. It’s on the same level as McDonalds, just at opposite ends.

Click here for all my posts on Toast Box.

Bunalun coffee and cake

Every cafe in Dempsey Hill was packed to the gills yesterday so we escaped and made our way to Chip Bee opposite Holland Village for a cuppa. Bunalun is a small organic store specialising in organic grains, cereals and jams. It is the only place in Singapore I know off that sells organic brown basmati rice.

Even a year or 2 ago, it was pretty hard to find stores selling organic food, but now, even Cold Storage and Shop and Save have an organic section. With these big boys fighting for a slice in the organic market, I don’t know if stores like Bunalun, SuperNature and Four Seasons Organic Market will be able to withstand the competition.

One thing that Bunalun offers that the others don’t, is that within the Bunalun store itself sits a nice little cafe serving up all sorts of organic baked goods and coffee. When we arrived at 4pm yesterday, it was totally empty, although an ang moh lady subsequently came in after us. We ordered an organic banana tea cake and an organic flat white. 

Bunalun (2)Bunalun

Organic banana tea-cake about $4.50. Quite nice, but mine is better hehe.

Bunalun (3)   Organic Coffee about $5 – Very nice coffee. Strong and good tasting

Bunalun also serves an all day organic brunch menu, with items such as toasted crumpets, blueberry pancakes, brioche french toast, scrambled eggs and omelettes. The prices range from around $10 – $20…which seems reasonable given that the food is all organic.

 

Address : 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-70 Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116 (Opposite Holland Village)

Telephone : 64720870

Fax:64792981

E-mail:chipbee@bunalun.com

Opening times :09.00-21.00 (Daily)

Toast Box banana cake

Toast Box Banana Cake

Nothing like a slice of banana cake and a steaming hot cup of tea to chase the grey clouds away. The Toast Box banana cake certainly is cheap, and for the price, it’s tolerable. I don’t think I’ve ever had really good store bought banana cake before. Does anyone know of any good places to have some? But as with Kaya, the best banana cake is a home made banana cake.

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