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Best Iced Chocolate and Iced Coffee

It’s Monday today everybody!!! Hope you’ve had a great start to the week cuz it’s bloody hot outside! I’m so glad I can retreat to the confines of an air-conditioned room and I hope you can too. My sympathies to those who work at the open-air road shows, teachers teaching in non-air-conditioned classrooms etc, I hope you have a cool drink with you. Tourists, do yourselves a favour and try not to come to Singapore during the hot months. May, June and July are always killers in terms of heat. If Singaporeans already feel like melting, are melting in this heat, what chance do you stand if you’re from a temperate country? Come back again in December, that would be my most sincere advice!

I suppose the companies selling air-cons must be doing a roaring trade. In this heat, even fans are no match! It’s a wonder how I even managed to survive primary school and secondary school. I don’t recall it to have been that sweltering.

If you can’t escape the heat, I guess the next best thing to do would be to arm yourselves with a nice ice cold drink. Here are some suggestions for iced chocolate or iced coffee. Helps to tide you through the Monday Blues too!

Iced Cafe Mocha $6.50 from Toby’s Estate

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Häagen-Dazs High Tea Affair

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Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out (2)

Despite the proliferation of new ice cream parlours in Singapore, I still stick loyal to my favourite ice cream company. There’s nothing quite like a Häagen-Dazs ice cream out there. If you ask me, Häagen-Dazs makes the best vanilla ice cream and Belgian chocolate ice cream. Their ice creams are rich tasting and each mouthful of the cold treat envelopes your tongue like smooth velvet and just instantly makes you forget your troubles (even if they crash back onto you when you pay the bill). I’ve never disliked any ice cream flavours I’ve tried at Häagen-Dazs.

They say commercialised ice creams have lots of additives in them, but I’ve looked at the ingredient list on their vanilla ice cream and the ingredient list is super short! I’m sure everyone has their own favourite ice cream brands, but I think most people will agree that when it comes to indulgence and having a luxurious time, nothing spells it quite like Häagen-Dazs.

As if a trip to a Häagen-Dazs store wasn’t indulgent enough, the people there had to up the ante with this new High Tea Affair promotion. The Häagen-Dazs 3-tier High Tea set is decked with 3 mini scoops each of Cookie Dough Chip, Belgian Chocolate and Strawberry ice cream; followed by a choice of 6 delicate ice cream macaroons and finally, succulent pieces of kiwis, raspberries and grapes.

Häagen-Dazs kindly invited me and 3 of my girly pals to check out their new offerings. It was truly a perfect girls day out! Good ice cream. Good friends. What more can you ask for?

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out -  High Tea Affair (3) High Tea Affair $38++ Friend in the photo not included in the set!

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out -  High Tea Affair (2) Closer shot of the -Dazs 3-tier High Tea. Top deck comprises of 3 mini scoops each of Cookie Dough Chip, Belgian Chocolate and Strawberry ice cream.

The mini scoops of ice cream were decadently delicious! The 4 of us were practically swooning over the set. I know it’s meant to be a “Girl’s Day Out” affair so the ice creams are mini and dainty, but when it comes to ice cream, big is good! Wow I can just imagine if Häagen-Dazs creates a “Boy’s Day Out” promotion and comes up with some gigantic ice cream, I’d be the 1st in line to try it!

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out - Macaroon Mélange  (3) Ice Cream Macaroons. 8 flavours to choose from.

On the 2nd tier, you have the ice cream macaroons (or macarons if you will). These are nothing like the French macarons even though they look similar!! If I may say so, these ice cream macarons are way BETTER! Seriously! Each macaron has a thin chocolate shell, which hides creamy, luscious ice cream and Chantilly cream. The chef who created this must be a genius! Biting into each macaron, you get a mix of wonderful flavours and textures. You have the crisp and thin chocolate shell, and the delicious cold ice cream just bursts into your mouth. One word, FANTASTIC. Okay 2 more words, MUST TRY.

You don’t have to get the 3-tier High Tea in order to enjoy the macarons. You can order the Macaroon Mélange on its own for $18++ served with mango sauce and garnished with almond nibs and strawberries. The macaroons are also available as gift sets to take home and come in a variety of flavors including Caramel Biscuit & Cream, Strawberry, Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. The gift set is priced at S$25+

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out - Cookie Dough Chip Petite Temptations

That’s not all that Häagen-Dazs has come up with. You can also try the Petite Temptations – S$18++, which is not included in High Tea Affair set. This is vanilla ice cream studded with chunks of buttery cookie dough and sweet fudge chips, accompanied by drizzles of mango and chocolate sauce. I found the cookie dough ice cream to be yet another excellent ice cream flavour. I never was a fan of cookie dough, but I think I’m a convert now. Love it that I can “bite” my ice cream. The cookie at the base of the ice cream was a nice touch, although on it own their own those cookies were pretty ordinary.

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out - Macaroon Mélange  (2) This was what I had from the 3 tier set. You can tell I like Chocolate eh…

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out -  Earl Grey Tea

At first I ordered an Earl Grey, thinking that I might need something hot and light to help the ice creams go down.

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out - Cafe Mocha

But who was I kidding man. I didn’t need help with ice creams! After I finished my Earl Grey and was still thirsty, I ordered another Cafe Mocha. Now one place I think serves excellent Iced Cafe Mocha is The Coffee Club. It’s like the only drink I order when I go there. I think I’ve just found another Iced Cafe Mocha which I like very much. Check out the generous amount of chocolate at the bottom of the glass!

Häagen-Dazs Girls' Day Out (3) Me and my 3 other girly pals….

Haagen Dazs Girls Day Out One of the 4 is not like the others

The High Tea Affair, ice cream macaroons and limited edition Petite Temptations creation are available at all Häagen-Dazs shops nationwide, from 27th March 2012 to 31st May 2012, during opening hours. If you go between 2pm – 5pm on weekdays, you will enjoy a 15% discount on the High Tea Affair (that’s the 3 tier set)! Last day is 31st May 2012, don’t forget! Girl or not, you gotta try these out, especially the Macarons!!!

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Yahava Koffeeworks

Tucked away in an obscure corner of Singapore is the Yahava KoffeeWorks of Singapore. Yahava KoffeeWorks specialises in selling coffee beans, and specifically, this Yahava KoffeeWorks in Singapore is the branch of the main Yahava KoffeeWorks in Perth Australia.

When I was in Perth in September 2010, Yahava was one of my pit stops on my way back from Margaret River. The Partner, who loves his coffee and grinds his own coffee from beans sold by shops such as Yahava brought back a sackful last year. So upon realising that these beans had magically transported themselves to Singapore, we lost no time in paying the Yahava Singapore a visit.

Yahava KoffeeWorks is different from other coffee purveyors in Singapore in that they will assign you a barista (not sure if that’s the right term to use) who will then ask you for your coffee preferences and recommend you the relevant beans. All this takes place at a special area just for coffee tasting. The coffee is made fresh right in front of your eyes. For us, we tried up to 6 different types of coffee beans before making our choice. And guess what, all this is free!!!

Yahava Koffeeworks - Fahmi and Colleague

The people here are very friendly and eager to share their knowledge. Check out the 4, no wait 5, bags of coffee we bought plus a bottle of instant iced-coffee which I gave to my colleague as a house-warming gift.

Yahava Koffeeworks - Fahmi preparing the coffee samples

This is Fahmi, preparing the brew for us. He LOVES coffee. I think he mentioned that he drinks a gazillion cups a day. I’m not so sure whether that’s good for health, but certain, you’d want him as your staff if you own a coffee place.

Me at Yahava KoffeeWorks

That’s me enjoying my cuppa. As with wine, I’m not really good at detecting the subtle differences in flavour. I just have a generic light bulb that goes off in my head that says “Mmmmm” when it’s the right one. Maybe I should attend some classes to get better at it.

Yahava Koffeeworks - Roasted Coffee Beans (3)

Sacks and sacks of coffee beans. Coffee beans can keep for quite a while if you don’t grind them up. Once ground, they can keep for only 2 weeks as they go sour. Same case for coffee that’s been in a pot for too long. That’s why I can never understand how people drink coffee-pot coffee that’s been sitting 2 hours, you know like at seminars and stuff.

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Scoop of Art

Scoop of Art

Is it just me or do you think that there seems to be many ice-cream shops popping up all over the place? There are so many in the East Coast area that you can almost bet a dollar that there’s one down every street you turn! Take for example the Marine Parade Community Centre. What used to be Cristofori the Music School, is now Scoop of Art! It’s no art school though, it’s an ice-cream shop! Singapore’s first Gelato & Art café no less!

According to their website, Scoop of Art gives everyone the opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of Gelato flavours & Art & Craft. No right or wrong. Just pure freedom of expression in a comfortable & delicious environment!

Scoop of Art - Ice Blended Coffee

I went to check it out a few Saturdays ago when I was consumed by a sudden parchness of the throat. I didn’t want ice-cream though, so we ordered an iced coffee and a coke. The coffee was OK. I guess their expertise is in the ice-cream.

I don’t think I should comment on the ice-cream, since I didn’t have any. They don’t have aas large a selection as compared to some other ice-cream parlours. However, they do have some interesting flavours like Mars Bar & Sea Salt which I’d like to try out some day. Other sweeties you can have there include brownies, crumble and waffles. Interestingly, when I was there most people were having lunch because Scoop of Art also serves hot food like pastas.

 Scoop of Art  - Menu Scoop of Art - Glass of Coke

Scoop of Art

278 Marine Parade Road, #01-03 Singapore, 449282

Phone: 63456563
Mon – Thurs: 9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 9:30 am – 10:00 pm
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http://www.scoop-of-art.com

Papa Palheta – A secret cafe

Papa Palheta's flat whites

I discovered the existence of Papa Palheta a while back while reading some blogs. It’s a place so secret, they don’t even have a signboard on their front door. And speaking of their front door, I think they don’t have one either! 140 Bukit Timah Road. Yes we managed to find 140 alright, but it looked like a disused office with the shutters all pulled down. The place faces the main road, yet you would definitely drive right past even if you were searching for it. Which actually speaks volumes for the owners’ confidence in their product, don’t you agree?

We didn’t drive all the way here to leave disappointed, so we finally spied a namecard stuck to the front door with the magic words “Papa Palheta, try the back door”. What on earth, teasing us and telling us to try the back door! Is this a secret society or what? We turned the corner, and voila, we located the very packed Papa Palheta.

                         Papa Palheta Back DoorPapa Palheta Courtyard

We were ushered by a young girl past the back courtyard where some customers were seated, and past the front counter into what looked like a living room. It was a colourful and bright looking room, with a motley assortment of quaint looking furniture. We sat next to a cupboard full of bits of cloth, and an old type-writer. I suppose there are no new type-writers now? No new non-electric typewriters anyway.

We asked for menus but the girl said that Papa Palheta doesn’t charge for the drinks! The coffee is free for customers to sample, and what they really want to sell are the beans. Papa Palheta’s key competencies are in roasting and serving specialty coffee. They retail and roast coffee beans from around the world, focussing on estate, Micro-Lot and single-origin coffees. Free drinks, I want! So we ordered 3 flat whites and a cappucino for the 4 of us. Many of the other customers order iced-coffee, which I shall do so for my next visit. (Ok disclaimer, they operate by a tip system, so you either buy their coffee beans or you leave them a tip)

Papa Palheta Cappucino with rosetta

The coffee came in little glasses with saucers and a complementary bikkie. We were given the Terra-Firma blend of beans, ie the house blend. Wow, the coffee was good. It was intense, full-bodied and smooth. It was very good. All 4 of us agreed that Papa Palheta had a winner here and the 3 of them thanked me for introducing them to this gem of a place (pat pat pat on the back). I am not so sure that they would be pleased to know that I have now let loose the existence of this secret hideout to the world.

Palheta by the way, was the name of Brazilian Lieutenant Colonel Palheta, who was sent to smuggle some coffee seeds from French Guiana in order for Brazil to start its own coffee plantations. Check out Papa Palheta’s website as well as a map of their location.

Papa Palheta living room

The pretty living room

 Papa Palheta Old Typewriter 

Old Typewriter

Papa Palheta side table with glass container for tips

They request for $3.50 per cuppa but you are free to tip as you please.

Papa Palheta 250gm coffee beans

250gm bag of coffee beans

Papa Palheta Front Counter and drip station  

The front counter

Papa Palheta back door entrance

So now you know where to find Papa Palheta

Papa Palheta Speciality Coffee

140 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229840

Enter by Hooper Road

Telephone: 97990420

Website: http://www.papapalheta.com/

Tuesdays to Fridays 9am to 7.30pm

Saturdays 9am to 9pm

Sundays and Public Holidays 9am to 7.30pm

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