The Tastemaker

Chicken Curry Pie -  SGD8.50
Chicken Curry Pie – SGD8.50

What: Neighborhood kopitiam masquerading as a hipster cafe.

Pros: Wonderful staff and nice ambience.

Cons: The food is, how to say it nicely… um… CMI (cannot make it). I have tried their toast set with lemon curd and to fair it was pretty good, but the bun was average and the coffee was insipid. On another day I went back to give the cafe another try and I had the chicken curry pie. All I can say is that an excess of curry powder does not cover up bad cooking.

Verdict: Don’t go because it’s not good. And if you like lemon curd then learn how to make it yourself here.

Details:
The Tastemaker Store
Blk 22 Havelock Road
#01-705
Singapore 160022

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Le Halo

Otak Toast Set (SGD8.50)
Otak Toast Set (SGD8.50)

What: Whimsical cafe that serves toast. REALLY thick toast.

Pros: Great service (earnest and helpful), cute/colorful decor and reasonable prices.

Cons: The food is okay – despite trying to be innovative (Otak toast, Toast set – that you get to actually toast at your table, in toasters you personally choose) I just felt that taste-wise it was a little underwhelming.

Verdict: I can’t recommend it because it just wasn’t that good. Maybe if the  toast wasn’t as thick? Haha.

Details:
Le Halo
Blk 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
#01-162
Singapore 162004

READ THIS: VOLUME 16

Guys.

It’s the end of the year. I can barely function. So. I’m just gonna ask you to read this.

Wowza.

Came across Viva Luxury’s AMAZING Christmas party outfit post. Some thoughts: I would like  to A. Look like her. B. Have a fancy enough event to wear that dress to. C. Be able to afford that dress.

So this is how much a bungalow costs in Singapore. DAYAMN.

Can someone make these eggnog cinnamon rolls with rum icing for me this Christmas? Please?

Pretty impressive beauty routine that makes me want ALLTHEMAKE-UP.

‘Back of the Package’ recipes – I’ve been making the Quaker oatmeal cookie one to RAVE reviews for years.

Cheap and Cheerful Christmas Tokens

They're ready for their close-up.
They’re ready for their close-up.

Here’s the thing about Christmas.

You have to buy a lot of presents.

90% of the people you buy presents for, you don’t actually want to be buying presents for because:

1. You’re buying them presents because you feel obligated to buy presents for them

OR

2. You can’t stand them BUT see above.

So, what do you do when confronted with the prospect of buying presents you just kind of don’t want to give?

You want it to be easy to find because ain’t nobody trekking to specialty store for these people.

You want it to be cheap because you want to save your money for the remaining 10% present recipients you like.

You need it to look thoughtful because shit – you don’t want people to actually know that you’re an ass.

Voila!

I present to you my solution.

Cheapo goodie bags, with a personalized tag.

Inside – a mini sized Toblerone, a Loacker wafer thingy, Ghirardelli peppermint bark squares, a 3 in 1 Old Town Coffee mix sachet and a Twinings peppermint tea bag. All the stuff an office drone can appreciate in the coming year.

Total cost including goodie bag and tag?

Less than SGD5 per person.

I bought the goodie bags at 80 cents each from Public Garden but you can make them with wrapping paper of your own.

The tags are from Typo and I stencilled the first letter of people’s names on while watching Sex and the City episodes.

Prepping all the bags took me 30 minutes.

Definitely worth it.

No-Brainer Salad With Lemon Chicken

Hi friends,

I am firmly back in reality, after a weekend of rest, recuperation and frenzied Christmas shopping.

So just in time for the end of the day, my Salad Monday post today is also a bit of a #saddesklunch.

So sad. But so good.
So sad. But so good.

See its lying a bit forlorn in front of my keyboard, ready for me to absently shove down my throat while I feverishly surf fashion blogs.

Could I have made that any sadder? Yes, yes I could have.

But as you can see, this is not a sad salad. This was yummy and filled with nutritious things.

The other nice thing about this salad was that I made it without even really thinking. I just wanted something quick and simple and I wanted to use cheap and easy to find vegetables. Make it the next time you need a no-brainer meal.

It is guaranteed to satisfy.

Serves 2

Protein
1 chicken thigh
Rind and juice of ½ a lemon
½ tsp dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced/crushed
1 Tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt

Dressing
4 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced/crushed
¼ tsp ground black pepper
Pinch of salt

Salad
½ cup cooked quinoa
1 packet of baby spinach, washed and dried
2 Japanese cucumbers, chopped
2 red or yellow peppers, diced
22 baby tomatoes, halved, this is only because I am sometimes super OCD and occasionally have to eat things in prime numbers – don’t ask

Protein

Marinate the chicken thigh with the rind of the juice of the lemon, dried thyme, minced garlic, 1 Tbsp olive oil and pinch of salt.

Ideally let it sit in the fridge for an hour to a whole day.

When ready to eat, bake in the oven at 175C/350F for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping once in the middle.

Check if done by cutting the meat in half, it should not be pink.

Cut into cubes.

Dressing

Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl.

Salad

Divide the salad ingredients and chopped chicken into two bowls.

Drizzle evenly with the vinaigrette.

Toss!

Eat!

Dancing Queens and Kings

I recently attended what can only be described as a fairy-tale wedding in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. My close friends from Singapore got married and a bunch of us that they had met in Singapore were recruited to represent the tiny island state. Many video tutorials, share across the world, later and one practice in a huge-ass hotel room resulted in a crazy fun, awesome dance that everyone REALLY enjoyed.

That’s me making the speech in the beginning – or if you wanna go straight to the dance it starts at 2:06.

Hope you enjoy it!