wheeler’s yard {the new cafe on the block}

Wheeler’s yard, the newest hipster cafe and bike atelier in Singapore, just happens to be around the block from me! Finally, a decent cafe in my neighborhood. However, my friends and I made the mistake of going on a public holiday, so it was incredibly busy and packed inside. We had to wait on a long line to order our food, and when we got to order our food they said it would take an hour. Luckily, the food ended up coming out right away.  We were also able to find a table inside, instead of sitting in the open warehouse (NO AC!) section.

They  had the menu on your typical clipboard and brown paper. There was a small selection of brunch items as well as lunch options. I ordered the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with toast. The serving size was pretty big and the eggs were very fluffy and filling. Probably not the best brunch food I’ve had in Singapore, but it was decent. I would want to try some of their lunch options next time, like their burgers and truffle fries.

I was just thrilled by the fact that I could walk here from my apartment, that I’m willing to overlook the average quality in their food. The next time I come,  it will definitely be during the week, and hopefully it’ll be more quiet and calm. I do think that the bike store in a warehouse concept is unique and fun. We’ll see how long it captures the attention of Singapore’s prolific and wannabe hipster cafe culture. Before we left, we HAD to take pictures outside, in front of the blue warehouse doors. So if you’re a bike lover or want to check out the latest cafe in Singapore, this is the place to be!

Address: 28 Lor Ampas, Singapore, Singapore 328781
Tel: 6254 9128
Hours:
Tue- Fri: 11am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-8pm
Closed on Mondays

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desserts @ lady m

I randomly stumbled upon this article about the opening of Lady M here in Singapore. This bakery is originally from NY and this branch is their first overseas opening. After spending an extensive time on their Facebook page and website, I wanted to try everything on their menu! I managed to convince a few friends to come along with me on a Friday night. Since they sometimes sell out of their cakes around 7pm, I made sure we got there early.

We grabbed a quick dinner at Pita Pan across from Lady M, and then made it for dessert before the after dinner rush! After a few minutes of debate on how many desserts we should order, we decided that 1 cake per person would be good. But, we were so tempted to order more! We ordered the Signature Mille Crepes, Tarte a la Mangue, Banana Mille Feuille, and Strawberry Shortcake. My favorite was the Mille Crepes because it was surprisingly good. The outside wasn’t very fancy or appealing, but the taste was amazing and unique. I also enjoyed the fun presentation of the banana mille feuille. The strawberry shortcake and mango tart were good as well.

Next time, I will definitely try the checkers cake and their green tea cake. I need to find a good excuse to go back or order a cake from there! If you are in need to satisfy your sweet tooth or a cafe with high quality cakes, make sure to check out Lady M.

Lady M

Marina Square Shopping Mall
6 Raffles Boulevard
#02-103
Singapore 039594

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Singapore’s Hidden Cafe: Chye Seng Huat Hardware

When you think of hardware stores, coffee shops don’t usually come to mind.  I’ve been wanting to check Chye Seng Huat Hardware (CSHH) for a while. The outside of the building definitely looks like a hardware shop, but once you go through the side entrance, you quickly enter into the world of coffee. I guess it’s one of those cafes that you know from word of mouth.  And, it’s definitely doing really went. Petrina and I went on a Sunday afternoon and the place was packed. We couldn’t get a seat inside and had to sit outside after waiting for a bit. We indulged in their bite-sized carrot cake which was moist and delicious. I opted for their Jasmine tea being a non-coffee drinker.

If you are the coffee connoisseur, this is probably the place for you. Not only is there is a cafe, there’s a roastery, a coffee school and a private coffee tasting room.  I think I’ll try going back another time when it’s hopefully not as busy. They had some other food options that looked pretty good as well. It definitely had a cool vibe inside and an eclectic crowd (most of them taking pictures of their drinks and food).

Now that I’ve checked off CSHH, there are still so many other cafes here in Singapore that I need to go to. After seeing this list of 20 cafes to visit, my list is getting very long!

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Singapore 207563
Tel: +65 63960609
Tue to Fri: 9am – 7pm
Sat to Sun: 9am – 10pm

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exploring soho

I love checking out new restaurants and bakeries with good friends. I randomly stumbled upon a blog post about this newer restaurant called The Cleveland in NYC. This restaurant located technically in “nolita” and only a few steps from line 6’s spring street stop. There’s a fun outdoor area in the back of the restaurant giving you the option of eating outside. We sat in the outdoor area and enjoyed the steak sandwich, pulled- roasted chicken sandwich, branzino, and hand-cut french fries! The fries were definitely a must.

The next stop was dessert. We walked over to Dominique Ansel bakery, home of the cronut. Yes, that’s right, a cronut – half doughnut, half croissant.  There is a high demand for these because you have to be willing to queue at 6am (2 hours before they open at 8am) in order to buy one for a measly $5. The rules are that you can only buy 2 per person and they sell a limited amount, getting sold out very quickly.  Unsurprisingly, there are scalpers and people selling them on the black market for $50 or more. I’ll have to wake up early and try to get one next time.

Besides their cronuts, there are plenty of other delicious dessert choices to keep your stomach satisfied. All their desserts are artfully made, perfect for Instagram, and full of butter to keep you coming back. I highly recommend the Paris-New York pastry, not only does it have the name of two of my most favorite cities, but it had peanut butter and chocolate, enough said.

Besides eating incredibly delicious food, I got to catch up with two pretty amazing ladies! If you are ever in the need of some a princess cut 4 prong diamond engagement ring or any other jewels, this is the woman you need to talk to! My friend Sunjoo who has been working in the diamond district for many years in NYC is able to consult and provide anxious boyfriends with the most beautiful and high quality diamond engagement rings at a really good price. Forget Tiffany’s where all you are getting is a brand name and paying way too much for the baby blue box, she’s the one you need to go to! And, she works with people internationally as well.

Now, if you are interested in fashion in anyway, you need to pay attention to my friend Patricia. She started her own fashion line and it’s so inspiring to see all of her talented and beautiful designs. She creates clothing as well as jewelry. From her robot necklaces to her exquistly embroidered dresses  there’s no denying her talent. She sells her designs on her website and also at a boutique in Singapore called Lula Rock, which is in the Palais Renaissance mall on Orchard. This is definitely just the start of great things for her. It’s always so inspiring to see your friends with incredible talent and passions pursuing their dreams.

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A sneak peak on my next post on our road trip to Rhode Island!

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carpenter & cook: bakery meets vintage

After hearing about this cafe from lady iron chef’s blog, I was so excited to check out Carpenter & Cook here in Singapore. I loved all the mismatched vintage furniture including chairs with crosses carved out on the back because they must have been from a church. Our table had this antique foot pedal thing on the bottom because it must have been a sewing table. All around the cafe we saw vintage pieces like type writers, scales, mirrors, clocks and more that are on sale and add to the decor. The inside of the cafe was  a bit smaller than I expected. It probably would not be a good place to go if you have a really big group of people.

All the food is baked at the cafe. They had a good variety of baked goods from quiches, breads, passion fruit tartes, croissants, scones, muffins and more. My blueberry crumb muffin was definitely the best muffin I’ve had in Singapore so far. The chocolate caramel sea salt tart was my FAVORITE! I loved the sweet and savory taste of it. It melted in my mouth. The passion fruit tart had a unique and sweet taste to it. They also sold a variety of homemade jams and biscuits  as well. I would definitely come back here again!

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Carpenter & Cook is located on 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Singapore 598120.

pie shop: tartine too…

Tartine too… @ Itaewon

I’ve continued to “borrow” my brother’s nice camera, and I’ve been having fun taking photos around Seoul. Dessert with the girls at Tartine means pie ala mode and good conversation. I’m going to miss these ladies so much! 😦 The blueberry pie and pecan pie were pretty good. It costs about 7,500KRW  for the pie.  They have other flavors including, cherry, rhubarb, butter tart, wild berry and chocolate cream pie. Of course you have to order it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! I’m glad that they opened a second location. The orignal one that is across the street is way smaller. This second location not only serves brunch but is  bigger with plenty of space during the week.


Directions: Itaewon station, exit 1 and walk past the first block. Make the second right onto the alley way. You’ll see the Tartine sign ahead!

Enjoying the Simple Things: Frypan & Coffee

Sometimes it is the simple things in life that can bring so much joy. Something I’m learning as I get older is that fancy isn’t always necessary. It’s the little things that make me smile. Like eating frypan chicken (best boneless chicken tenders) and getting coffee with friends. Last week, as we were enjoying frypan chicken, more than halfway through it, I realized I forgot to take a picture of the chicken! We were so hungry from taking pictures all day (read the previous post), that we ate so quickly.  There were a few pieces left so I did squeeze in one photo of it.

There’s a cafe on the second floor of my apartment building. My friends and I go there quite often and spend hours there (80% work, 20%  talking). It is small, cozy and has comfortable chairs. There’s always space and we are regulars. It’s a second home of ours.