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Toast Box Dragon Boat festival dumplings

Toast Box - Dumplings

In celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival, Toast Box has been retailing limited edition “bamboo” dumplings with 8 mini dumplings at the various Toast Box outlets.

There are three types of dumplings including Plain Mini Kee Chang (Served with Toast Box Hainanese Kaya), Mini Salted Dumpling (Glutinous rice with pork, fragrant shallot & spices) and Mini Nonya Dumplings (Glutinous rice with pork, winter melon, fragrant shallot & spices).

  • Bamboo package with 8 mini dumplings (flavours of your choice) – $21.80
  • 8 mini dumplings without bamboo packaging – $18.80
  • Single dumpling – $2.50

All dumplings are available for dine in or takeaway, available till 8 June 2014.

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BreadTalk IHQ

Did you know that BreadTalk has a spanking new Headquarters at Paya Lebar iPark along Tai Seng Street? It’s just directly opposite the Tai Seng MRT station and next to the Sakae Sushi building.

I missed out on the opening celebrations for the $64m building but I managed to visit it a few weeks later when I attended the Nanyang Kopi Appreciation Workshop held at Toastbox. If you’re a fan of any of the BreadTalk concepts, you should really visit the BreadTalk IHQ. The 5 concepts are all sited under one roof! BreadTalk, Toast Box, Din Tai Fung, Ramen Play and Food Republic! I rather like the IHQ because it’s not as jammed packed as what you’d experience visiting any Orchard Road mall, or suburban mall for that matter. There was free parking for the 1st hour too during the opening month, but I think that’s over already. Scroll down to see more pictures of the various eateries.

BreadTalk HQ (15)

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ToastBox Nanyang Kopi Appreciation Workshop

Ever since I became aware of the differences between local coffee (ie Kopi) vs European coffee I’ve always wondered why it is that I still like Kopi so much. Did you know that European Coffee, or Ang Moh coffee if you will, you know, the Starbucks or 3rd wave coffee cafe kinds, make use of different coffee beans as compared to our local coffeeshop coffee?

Ang Moh coffee uses Arabica beans, which are supposedly superior in quality as compared to Robusta coffee beans used in local coffee. Arabica coffee beans are grown at an altitude of 1000 – 2000m in altitude where as Robusta is grown at 700m or lower. Needless to say, the Arabica coffee beans end up being more expensive. To boot, Robusta coffee bean plant are easier to care for as they are more robust, hence the name Robusta.

I definitely do love my gourmet foreign coffee from 3rd wave cafes. You can tell from my blog that I’ve been cafe hopping a lot over the past few years! But I’m thankful that I can still appreciate a good cup of kopi as well! The reason why I’m thankful is because kopi is so much cheaper than foreign coffee! I can’t imagine paying $5 a day just to have my caffeine fix! The Partner on the other hand, loathes local kopi and can’t imagine how anyone could drink what he would describe as black acid tar. When he’s around, we go to cafes. When I’m with the BFF, we go to Yakun and Toastbox. Once again, I’m just thankful that I am able to have a choice of either going local or going more atas.

So when I heard about the Nanyang Kopi Appreciation Workshop organised by ToastBox, I thought it the perfect opportunity for me to increase my knowledge on this intricate matter. After all, I’ve been to a gourmet coffee bean roasting session when I was in Taiwan, so why not sit in for a local session?

BreadTalk HQ (6)

The Nanyang Kopi Appreciation Workshop was held at the spanking new BreadTalk IHQ Mall.

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All the enthusiastic participants awaiting the start of the workshop

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Greenwich V

*Media Invite*

If you have been following my blog, by now you should have known about the newest mall in Singapore, the Greenwich V. It is a small little mall, only 2 storeys high, located in the Seletar / Jalan Kayu area. About half of the establishments are eateries while the other half comprises the “daily living” type of stores such as Laundromat, supermarket, video rental and even an English language school. BTW, Greenwich is pronounced as GREN – NICH, same as the Greenwich of Greenwich Mean Time.


When I first learnt of the existence of Greenwich V, and this was before any official media invite, my immediate reaction was “What a quaint little mall”! I want to get a condo apartment right above Greenwich V!!!! I was so attracted to it that the next day, which was Chinese New Year DAY ONE(!!), I took my parents to Greenwich V for a cup of tea and cakes at Toastbox! I even grabbed a brochure on the condo, but sanity prevailed eventually as Greenwich V is just way too far from my parents place in the Eastern part of Singapore.

Surprise surprise, a few weeks later Greenwich V “came to me” via an OMY blogger’s invite to check out Greenwich V via an Amazing Race style competition. 15 bloggers were selected for the competition, and divided into 3 groups. I was part of the Urban Team, along with bloggers Jesslyn, Grace, Melvin and Hazel, with Janet from OMY to ensure that we did not cheat (as if we would ever…).

The Urban Team! The Urban Team : Grace, Hazel, Jesslyn, Myself and Melvin!

Our task was to guess the answers to 10 questions, which would then lead us to 10 respective Greenwich V outlets. We would then have to complete the challenge by either Eating, Learning or Doing. It really was a great way to learn more about the mall even if we had to rush rush and rush!

These were the outlets we visited:-

1st – Empire State

2nd – Cinta Manis

3rd – Hockhua Tonic

4th – Mai Thai Restaurant

5th – Paradise Inn

6th – Berrylite

7th – VideoEzy

8th – Toastbox

9th – Cedele

10th – Rosabelle Launderette

11th – Phoenix Medical Group

For my reviews on Mai Thai Restaurant, Paradise Inn and ToastBox, click on the respective links. You can also read more about the other outlets, which my team members have written about here. Or you can check out Greenwich V’s Facebook and Website. Check out our crazy Amazing Race day video on Youtube!

Alas, we didn’t manage to win the Amazing Bloggers Race competition. I thought the photos we submitted were of top quality (click on Urban Team!). Oh well, next time then. To my fellow Urban team members, we did our best and we have no regrets!!!

* Thanks Far East Organization / Greenwich V and OMY for the wonderful afternoon and great hospitality!

ToastBox at Greenwich V

ToastBox was another outlet us bloggers visited as part of the Greenwich V / OMY.SG Amazing Blogger Race competition. It’s no secret that I like patronising ToastBox. I’ve blogged about ToastBox on three separate occasions, read it here, here and here. I really like the Victorian, old school decor. The teh is pretty good and the tea cakes are so cute and affordable!

ToastBox at Greenwich V flanks the main entrance. You won’t miss it at all when walking or driving in. For our Bloggers Amazing Race challenge, we got to sample the Peanut Thick Toast as well as Chicken and Potato curry.

ToastBox at Greenwich V (2)

ToastBox serves hot meals so it’s not just a place for a snack, it’s also an option for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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They are pretty generous with the Peanut butter.

Butter Sugar Thick Toast at ToastBox

But this is my ultimate favourite at ToastBox. The Butter Sugar Thick Toast. Generous amounts of butter slathered onto hot fluffy toast, with sprinklings of sugar. It is SO GOOD. Trust me, not many places spread the butter so evenly for you. This is the best place to have butter sugar toast.

ToastBox at Greenwich V

Hazel of Ai Makan having a good time preparing our meal.

Read more of my reviews of Greenwich V outlets here. Or read what other bloggers have to say about Greenwich V.

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