What are the messages here?
I dance while blushing.
-Haiku before bed. Sweet dreams-
I’m excited. I’m excited to finally find a buffet in Singapore that is worthy to go back for more.
I hate buffets. & in certain circumstances where I can’t get out of it, it’s always painful to have to eat through the bad quality & have people judge the amount I eat. I like the article on Forbes which discusses The Economics of All You Can Eat Buffets. Go check it out if you think the economic theory of adverse selection of buffets should not exist.
So back to Shin Minori, thank goodness it’s an ala carte buffet AND a Japanese one. The restaurant has offered us superb food-focused food! They have such a wide selection of items – at least 5 menus & I’m definitely going back for their salmon sashimi, garlic chicken, sweet potato fritters, kimchi with pork, & garlic fried rice.
81 Clemenceau Avenue
#03-15/16 UE Square
11.30am – 2.30pm
Last order: 2.15pm
Lunch (MON to SUN) Adult: S$32.00++
6.00pm – 10.30pm
Last order: 9.45pm
Dinner (SUN to THU) Adult: S$36.00++
It’s been some time since I stuffed something black in my teeth & go “EEE” to my eating companions. Mostly to my innocent canteen friends decades ago.
I shall end the post right about here on how satisfying it is to find one of my favorite Cedele cakes on the counter (I learned it’ll be out every Thursday. Too bad this time round it tasted of a lower quality than its norm.) Bye bye for now I shall jump into bed & wrap myself in a book!
I’ll swear to it. This is the best green tea cake I’ve had. Damn. It reminded me of the chocolate cake from Dona Manis. If you’ve had that one before, it’s magically buttery smooth to a point almost like an ice cream cake. Intense. & I love what it did to me; whisked me away.
I almost didn’t order this cliche; green tea & red beans. I don’t think the restaurant used Japanese green tea, but doesn’t matter because it so good it sits on my legendary list of cakes. If you’re having a bad day, this fine baby would turn you around.
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Did you see me out of touched with the blog? Late bloomer as I always am. I’m finally addicted to instagram (hey it even rhymes?).
You see that editorial-ready picture of a pasta above? Taken with my iPhone 4. Yea. I love this roast meat place. & I don’t even usually love meat. Too many reasons; my meat has to be cooked to perfection. & I mean perfection. Right? If not, it’s a sad, wasted piece of dead flesh. Plus we’re not born to digest meat. It’s too acidic & some other reasons.
But I continuously surprise myself by re-visiting this restaurant. The beautiful brick wall, very generously high ceilings & oh so amazing long, open kitchen always hypnotizes me into a state where I’m in a vacation home. Oh & the lighting? So inspiring on my iPhone 4 camera.
The first time I’d a tiramisu. The Bomb. I think I mentioned it on the blog before, if not instagram/twitter. & I couldn’t resist, so I went back for more. & more! So the pasta that you see here is very… Profound. I realized this is the only adjective I can come up with to describe the food here. They’re such master pieces they leave me in awe. & I know what you’re thinking. How good can pasta get? Oh baby, you gotta try this one out. & their roasts! & their tiramisu!
SQue Rotisserie & Alehouse
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#01-70 Outside Central facing river
Leaves me begging for more!
If you’re the ultimate dessert fuss, & not so impressed with most of the chocolate cakes here, good news! I’ve finally found my Prince Charming chocolate cake. Yes, this is the creme de la creme, The One you’ve waiting for to sweep you off any bad ass moments.
Never ever did I think a multi- texture like Othello (left) was possible until I found the true charm of chocolate at Glacé. & I’ve been devoting my tea time to this Japanese confectionery happily ever after.
Please please order one, nobody would be able to stop you after.
9 Raffles Place
#01-16 Republic Plaza
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“Almost 30% of sweet potato fans eat them several times a month.” New York Times
On a beautiful morning, I woke up to my favorite aunt’s visit & a plate of fresh, organic sweet potatoes that she brought along. I’ve always loved my sweet potatoes, & now I’ve a whole new respect for the organic ones! It’s exactly the kind of brunch that succeeds in feeling special, despite its simplicity.
I felt like a baby; the flesh, a beautiful light orange was soft like cotton & the skin excitingly clean! Now I really want my own garden.
& did you know that sweet potatoes have abundant antioxidants & a low GI (body absorbs glucose slower than foods with high GI) so they’re great for diabetics. & for anyone who is looking for a healthier digestive tract/ bowel syndrome/ reduce potential risk posed by heavy metals, find some organic sweet potatoes & be as creative as you like! Smoothies, sandwiches, tapas etc.
You know what. I almost never eat Rojak. Rojak to me is like durian to a foreigner. Flee! & just recently, I discovered rojaks come in white!
A white rojak is one that has your usual ingredients but without the fish sauce! This vendor here must have a secret recipe for me to become a convert, I’ve tried both white (photo above) & black rojaks of his & I’ve to say, they’re my ultimate crutch on a dead heat year round Summer!
He has a few types of rojaks to offer; youtiao, taupok, cuttlefish, century egg, fruits. My current favourite is the rainbow of fruits & one sauce to dress it; spicy-tart peanut!
Cold fruits my ultimate crutch during the dead heat of year round Summer & finally, a fresh rojak that doesn’t taste fishy!
Pasir Ris Street 72
I’ve found something else more addictive than a DIY extraction; a professional extraction! & here’s how I got clear skin.
The title says it all. If you haven’t been following, I’ve been on a wonderful journey of (almost) acne-free skin & this is my fifth visit to GLOMAX Aesthetics. (By the way, I’m not paid to review this)
While other facials are relaxing, exfoliating & involves a lot of steam, the facials at GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry is a different story. They can be uncomfortable but they also require a much higher level of expertise. During my 10 year battle with acne, I’ve tried several facial salons but they failed to treat my acne. Why? The difference is extractions & machines used.
If you want to clear up your acne, you will need very good extraction. & very good extraction requires a very skillful esthetician as not all estheticians are equally skilled. Finger or tool placement angle, appropriate pressure, & popping technique are all makes or break an extraction. What’s more, the skin must be properly prepared before beginning extractions. While others use a lot of steam, GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry uses a device called Sonic Cleansing to vibrate off the superficial congestion from your pores first.
Extractions performed well, can really lead to clearer skin. But extracting incorrectly, such as with pressure that’s too firm or in the wrong direction, can lead to increased irritation, broken capillaries & more inflammation -> possible scarring. If you have been getting your extractions done professionally & still have acne, your esthetician may not be skilled enough to extract out the entire inflammation from the root! If this is the case you should consider changing a salon she is allowing inflammation from a half past six extraction spread, causing more unnecessary breakouts.
Thankfully for me, I have Sun, who is such a master in extractions & has a fountain of knowledge. After every facial treatment with her, all possible types of inflammation (blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, cystic acne etc) are always thoroughly detoxed from their roots. I recently had a giant acne on my nose (such an awkward place) & was really worried about getting scarred. But Sun did such a brilliant job in getting out the huge inflammation with such precise expertise that I don’t even need to apply concealer to cover the fresh mark! & it is completely flat. Thank you, Sun!
It is funny that I never knew good extractions could clear acne since the previous salons probably did such a bad job at it that I never recovered in 10 years. 10 years! Until now! Make sure your after extraction care is done correctly too. I have never encountered any other salon which provide such an intense & beautiful job at treating post-extractions like GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry;
First Sun used High Frequency to minimize & heal the open wounds. Then Intense Pulse Light with the ideal power was shot at my skin, killing the bacteria that causes inflammation & also re-balances my sebum level; lesser oil, lesser congestion. Of course, the treatment always ends off with an intensively thick cold mask that calms my redness, plus customized products that follow. Sounds like a really worth-while session, right? Love how quick my acne got treated because of the expertise here. My acne skin is almost stablilized! Thank you GLOMAX Aesthetics!
Oh yes, what happens to the marks after extraction? If you have deeply rooted acne like me, even without squeezing, it leaves a mark. After extraction, I use Priori, a skincare range developed by scientists to fade them. Will review Priori if I see results! So far according to the eagle-eye estheticians at GLOMAX Aesthetics my marks have lightened slightly!
If you are considering of visiting too, I hope the below table helps you in making a wise choice. You can also quote “Hazel Hearts blog” to enjoy Intensive Acne Medic Treatment 60mins at $68 (UP$150). To flawless skin! You can own it!
|Therapist skills||Moderate||Extremely high|
|Machines used per treatment||1-2 maximum||3|
|Products used per treatment||Moderate-Oily||Customised|
|Home-care products sold||Ineffective||Effective, made by scientists|
|Cost||Low-high||Value for money|
To read my improvement on my forth visit to GLOMAX Aesthetics, click here.
When I was a kid, my mom banned me from yam because according to her, it’s a vegetable that only adults know how to appreciate. So for the past two decades, I naturally despised it. Until recently, something in me clicked with this beautiful purple flesh.
So whenever there’s a chance to order a little yam-something now, I jump at it! Kind of amused I found this ‘bruschetta’ at the suburbs (Woodlands). Satisfying browned skin with a semi-soft centre.
Sheng Kee Dessert
Causeway Point B1-24
In a cupcake coma; had too many cupcakes which didn’t have any depth. Frostings were mostly good but the cake bases only consisted of either vanilla/ chocolate; Predictable. Boring.
So if it’s a strawberry cupcake, be prepared to have a & kid-dy tasting strawberry frosting on an above average but plain vanilla cake base instead of a deeply fudge-y cake loaded with mashed strawberries, you know?
There was only one cupcake that stood above the rest; brandy cherry (not in above photo). At least this had cherry-filled cake base which made it moist & dreamy.
To be fair, they are better than most other bakeries but overhyped by their playful name, eye-catching designs & celebrity status.
A buffet that blew me hot & cold
Dessert at The Rise looked so luxurious they nearly changed my mind about buffets having the worst dessert.
But a bite of each piece put me right in my belief; they really disappoint. The only one that I finished whole was the pine nut tart.
Everything else here on the plate (creme brûlée, pistachio puff, Portuguese egg tart, fig tart & madelaine were bad & beyond). There was a chocolate raspberry ice cream that impressed though.
For savoury, there were a couple of moments hard to forget. First was the salmon sashimi, seriously stunning & I found myself loading up on this fresh flesh (never before at a buffet). If you’ve a good sense of the sashimi you’re eating, you’d know this is top grade. Surprising for a buffet.
I also fell instantly in love with the potato roulette. I don’t know why it has potato in the name, I couldn’t find any of it in the dish. But instead, I found chunks of some of my favorite vegetables & they also happen to be some of the most versatile; pumpkin & chestnut! Such a clever invention; sweet pumpkin & chestnut chunks with a judicious lacing of one of the flakiest pastry.
Marina Bay Sands
Hotel lobby tower 1
$48 for buffet lunch
$68 for buffet dinner
Homemade puffs are light years better than machines’ cookie cutter. & when puffs are concerned, crust is key.
I’m a fanatical fan of flaky pastry. & in an unlikely corner of a tiny hawker centre at Raffles Place, is a newly open curry puff stall that sells Singapore’s best curry puffs.
If you like your Old Chang Kee or if OCK isn’t good enough for you, you must try Daily Puff! The flaky, stratified layers & the explosive fillings take the puffs into their own realm of juicy, power puff wonder.
If you love a flaky crust, I guarantee you to be blown away by its delicacy. You can’t even hold it between your fingers for too long I tell you, it crumbles! This, my friend, is artisanal pastry.
Many fine flavors like yam, pepper chicken, sardine, & original.
Philip Street, Raffles Place
A colorful meal of beet, fresh rojak (yummy fruit sauce), kang kung & pumpkin, punctuated by the naturally sweet & strikingly spicy homemade pumpkin chili!
Absolutely in love with pumpkin covered oats! A splatter of oats which brought out the pumpkin’s smooth texture & demure flavor. The addition of basmati rice just made it an ace lunch!
I know this probably looks like diet lunch; sad & unfufilling. FYI. Total opposite & yummier than it looks!
#03-24 Golden Shoe Market
Appearances count in food, but sometimes great cooking is hard to spot. I stopped by a random dessert stall after seeing a doctor, wanting to satisfy my glutinous rice craving & thanks to the intelligent young lady vendor who somehow seemed to be able to read my mind, scooped up the brown rice sweet potato dessert while I stared at the variety of hot soups in their large containers.
Perfect score! It’s mildly sweet & just a tint bit starchy. I’m sure most people wont opt for a brown rice dessert, which is why I’m so elated to have stumbled upon this.
If you’re looking to lose weight, opting for whole grains while limiting your saturated fat & sugar can help. I know brown ricr or other good grains may be hard to stomach for some. Try to keep tasting different types of whole grains till you find one that you like. You might become a whole grain snob like me & not go back to white rice again.
Dessert stall @ 201 Tampines Street 21 coffee shop
Forget I Love Taimei, Shih Lin, & other Singapore versions of
Taiwan street foodcopycat crap.
Forget breads for breakfast, rice for lunch & steaks for dinner. What Taiwan Tasty stakes its reputation on is authentic Taiwan snacks & packed meals, & they’re now available here! I love how the crew is all Taiwanese too (so different from other copycat Taiwan street food chains). It’s almost like a cert for quality yes.
Sweet potato freaks would absolutely love this! Every BBQ, you’d see me peeling sweet potatoes ecstatically & whacking them till I’ve maxed out my peeling ability.
I don’t have to wait for a BBQ, here at Taiwan Tasty, the tight skin spotted with plum powder burnished exterior opens up to that singular SP aroma & its beautiful golden yellow flesh.
I suspect it a good match alongside beer! So go grab some SP & go crazy. A set meal including drink goes as low as $6.90.
Taiwan Tasty 台湾第一味
Pasir Ris White Sands #01-20/21
I did something incredible today. I switched on the stove & I cooked something.
I bought a pancake mix. I’ve never made pancakes or any other acceptable food in my life so I bought a pancake mix. A vegan buckwheat pancake mix, no gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, yeast, soy, nut, added cane sugar. So me, I know. Wholesome, or others like to call weird.
I’ll tell you something even weirder. I’d planned to make carrot pancakes. Uh huh. Not top of anyone’s favourite pancake list I know. But why make something similar to what I can order outside?
Any way, the idea of pancakes came tugging at my every vein & taste bud ever since that phenomenal pancake tasting which I cannot name. & carrot as my choice because I happened to have read a carrot pancake recipe (which looked palette-ticklingly awesome) & since there is always carrots in my fridge, why not. So I studied the recipe on the pancake mix box. & tried my best to stick to the measurements. The first batch of carrot pancake (I made one) came out nasty (see, lucky to have made only one). Thrash. Why? Too much oil & I forgot to add milk. Great. So the second batch I followed the measurements I did previously according to my memory. & by memory I meant free-style ok. It was amusing. I added soy milk (a little too much, whoops! But the box said it was ok if you wanted the pancakes thinner) & this time bananas because I ran out of all my grated carrots. Oh yes, by the way grating carrots was scary. Grating anything is worrying! I’ve never grated but if you’ve I guess you’d have worried every nano second your nails/ fingers if they’d be grated all together too.
Back to my second pancake, the banana one. & since this batter had too much soy milk, it spread out thinner. Any more fire to it would have turned it into a Korean crispy version, you get me? Any way, it had the slightest fluffy texture to it (or I might just be really biased since I was the cook), other than that, only edible because of the sweet bananas & manuka honey. Yea, I substituted maple syrup with what I readily have.
Since the first was a fail & the second a half fail, I wanted to do a third for my mom! How sweet? Not really, I just couldn’t take my own pancakes anymore. Haha! Needed someone else to test try.
Me “You want pancakes?”
Mom “Wah! YOU? Cook?”
Waited for response…
“Oh pancake ah? Pizza is it?”
Which is more fail? Me in cooking or a mother who thinks pancake = pizza? Any way, she wasn’t hungry so no point making another pancake which I didn’t want to eat myself. & so the beautiful night ended with my pancake-for-supper endeavour. Let me know if you’ve any tricks to a fluffy puffy one! What I made looked so different plus my phone was charging elsewhere I didn’t snap a picture this time.
A customer shared her freshly made Gula Melaka kueh at GLOMAX Aesthetics, where I’d a morning face peel today. It was like carrot to Evon’s classically wrenching extractions.
A very soft, very springy non-sweet kueh. The texture reminded of strafed chestnut cake; extremely delicate & tender. Which was mind blowing considered it had such lovely consistency without being steamed.
It didn’t even occur to me that it didn’t have any gula melaka bursting out. Because this version was at its fullest potential already, the natural sweetness was perfect.
Besides thus lovely creation, the peel left my face so incredibly baby smooth I’m starting to touch my face! Tsk. Stop fingers stop!
Btw, I’ll be writing about this face peel soon so watch out.
I’ve began seeing spectacular improvements in clearing of my cystic acne at GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry & this is my 3rd treatment. Stay tuned to see my results & more treatments to come.
Usually, a trip to GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry means a thorough extraction. By thorough I mean every single available pore on my face, hairline, jawline, below my jaws, lips, eyebrows (yes!) were checked & popped (if need be). Though it sounds tear-inducing, I’ve mentally prepped myself so well I survived like a true warrior.
Warning here, Evon’s classic extractions are uncomfortable. But the achievement of walking out with perfectly-polished pores quell the discomfort.
This was something I didn’t know about before GLOMAX Aesthetics. Firstly, you must realize that the most common type of acne is comedonal, known as white heads & black heads. They form because of a clogged hair follicle with oil & bacteria.
“When impurities from clogged pores are cleared, the pores appear smaller since the inflammation is reduced, rather than leaving them untreated & expanding the pores further.” explained Evon, Director & Founder of GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry.
& then the question of whether there is a need to extract when there are pimple creams to reduce the inflammation. With pimple creams, inflammation can be reduced but some of it may still be trapped under the skin, giving chance for it to grow into a serious cyst. However, if that icky blemish is pulled out from its root by a skilled expert, it prevents deeper inflammation & minimizes scarring. FYI, Evon has more than 19 years of experience. Beat that!
Before an extraction, the skin must be properly prepped. At GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry, the sonic cleansing wand vibrates dirt off the pores & makes the skin ready for deeper, easier extraction. After extraction when the pores are open, the high frequency wand serves as an anti-bacterial & heals the open wounds. Then Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is used to neutralize acne-forming bacteria, helping current lesions to resolve & preventing future breakouts. Lastly a cold mask calms the skin & reduces the redness so I didn’t have to plan for any post-facial hideout. So you can see, the price tag of Intensive Acne Medic Treatment 60mins $150 is a worthy investment.
I never used to believe in having my zits popped, but after seeing how much my complexion has stayed cleared (except for the week before my period), I now leave my face in the skillful hands of Evon & the knowledgeable people at GLOMAX Aesthetics who have been guiding me to clearer & healthier skin! If you’re worried about extraction marks which I suffer too, follow this series as I bring you my latest updates on my treatments.
To read my first treatment at GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry, click here.
To read my second treatment at GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry, click here.
Quote “Blogger Hazel Hearts” to enjoy Intensive Acne Medic Treatment 60mins at $68 (UP$150).
While dessert never went away in my life, a sugar avalanche is a must every month, naturally. An everyday Bella seemed like a reasonable treat but the Victoria in me is summoned whenever the red flows.
After a hilarious lunch, was the dessert platter from Obolo i12@Katong, the artisanal dessert cafe famed for its cheesecakes & macarons.
Could this be the best cheesecake & macarons like some people say? Besides the dark salted chocolate (the black patch that holds the macaron to the cake), this salted caramel cheesecake fell short of everything a cheesecake is; decadent snowy cheesy layers & an addictive blowout base.
The macaroons (pistachio & salted caramel; I didn’t know the cake came with it already. The ‘bright’ waitress failed to remind me too) were better in quality. The cookies were airy & chewy, a dreamy texture. I just might not order them again for its sickening sweet version.