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Cartoon Network Cafe Singapore, is it Worth it?

Pei Xia Ang

The Weekly Glutton (4/12-10/12)

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From TV Screens to Plates at Cartoon Network Cafe 

Off the top of my head, the few themed cafes that I can think of include Pokemon cafe, cat cafe, and Gudetama cafe. From the word of mouth, I’ve gathered that themed cafes are more of novelty places. Lets just say customers are given more of a visual experience than a gastronomical experience.

With fingers crossed, I stepped into the Cartoon Network Cafe.

cartoon network exterior

The Decorations

My first impression was that of awe. The place was what my 10 year-old self imagined what wonderland would be like. Hanging from the ceiling were large Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 figures, while Jake and Finn grinned at me from the walls. This is the place where one can literally leave their worries behind and channel their inner child.

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Oh, and check out the yellow bus from We the Bears! It is actually a reference from one of the episodes in the series, when the bears sold their food from a yellow food truck!

cartoon network powerpuff girls

Going the extra mile to cater to customers, the place provides colouring papers to keep the kids occupied and photography props for all your Instagram needs.

The Food

After quite some deliberation, we finally settled for Ben 10’s Meatball Spaghetti, and Blossom’s Grilled Chicken Steak for our mains. As for drinks, we got Finn and Jake Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake and Bubble’s Blueberry Soda.

cartoon network blossom's grilled chicken steak

Blossom’s Grilled Chicken Steak

For this dish, I was pretty amused by how Blossom’s ears were replaced by two cherry tomatoes. It was such a creative way to give the dish added texture!

Additionally, the chicken steak was well-marinated, and paired well with the mushroom sauce by the side.

cartoon network blossom chicken steak

In addition, the fries were just the right level of crispiness, and lightly seasoned with a pinch of salt. Coupled with a salad by the side, this dish is good for those who want to watch their weight. (or are saving room for desserts)

cartoon network ben ten meatball spaghetti

Ben 10’s Meatball Spaghetti

My favourite part about this dish was the generous serving of meatballs. Each meatball was rich and robust in flavour, and went well with the tangy tomato sauce. A plus point for this dish is the broccoli, which gave it a sense of balance.

cartoon network jake peanut butter and banana milkshake

Finn and Jake Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake

A flavour that piqued my interest, I thought that the peanut butter and banana milkshake was worthy of a try. This was a decision that did not disappoint.

The drink was not as overly sweet as expected of most milkshakes.  This was achieved through the use of the bananas, giving the drink a natural sweetness.

Additionally, the milkshake was also beautifully decorated with a Jake macaroon, marshmallows, a waffle slice, and heaps of peanut chunks atop a layer of whipped cream. They all taste so great paired with the peanut butter and banana drink! Another one for me please!

cartoon network bubble's blueberry soda

Bubble’s Blueberry Soda

As they say sugar, spice, and everything nice, could this be the recipe for this delightful concoction?

It was a rather fun experience to decant blueberry soda into a conical flask of ice and other ingredients. (there was even popcorn??!)

The drink was light, refreshing and great for washing down a heavy meal. But probably not worth the price tag of $10.90 though.

cartoon network adventure time

Conclusion

The food at Cartoon Network Cafe was quirkily designed to accommodate the cartoon characters, but I feel that the quality of the dishes was compromised for its aesthetics. Granted, this is a Cartoon Network themed cafe, but it being a cafe means that its focus should not wholly be on the layout of the food, but also on the quality of the dishes too.

Furthermore, for some dishes like Ben 10’s Meatball Spaghetti, the only thing that sets it apart from regular meatball spaghetti was a paper cutout of Ben 10 and a slice of cheese with the Ben 10 logo. Does this really justify the hefty price tag? Alas, it’s a “no” from me.

cartoon network adventure time lumpy space princess

According to various sources, this collaboration between The Soup Spoon and Cartoon Network is said to last for a year. There are also plans to change the characters every 3-6 months, so one can expect fresh new characters every now and then. Hopefully, the dishes take on an improved taste so that customers can expect new surprises along the way.

cartoon network we the bears

Cartoon Network Cafe
Waterway Point
83 Punggol Central, B1-12
Singapore 828761
Tel: (+65) 6385 9254
Opening Hours: 10.30am-10 pm (Mon-Thurs), 10.30am-10.30pm (Fri), 10am- 10.30pm (Sat), 10am- 10pm (Sun)

 

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The Coffee Daily’s New Brunch Menu

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton (28/8 – 03/9)

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The Coffee Daily Again

coffee daily brunch

Yes. It’s true. Brunch is now served at The Coffee Daily. We were told that The Mbassadors would be the first to feature their new menu. Many thanks guys! Check out our previous article on The Coffee Daily HERE!!!

Before we dig in, do take note of their brunch hours:

Weekdays – 12pm to 4pm

Weekends – 9.30am to 4pm

They’ll be having a dinner menu real soon so hang on for that!

coffee daily tuna toast

Tuna sashimi, avocado, Japanese cucumber, shallots, poached egg with a side of toast and salad

Tuna Tartare Toast, $13

BANG! For the portion you’re getting, thirteen dollars is a great deal! Just look at the size of this baby. I love the fact that all the ingredients were really fresh. The poached egg sealed the deal for me with respect to this dish. The feeling of satisfaction when the egg yolk bursts when you dip the sourdough toast in its nucleus is unexplainable. You have to try it for yourself to know.

Taste wise, we’ve got nice rich creamy notes from the avocado, egg yolk and tuna paired with the strong, acidic bite of the shallots and dash of lemon. The cucumbers (not just any cucumbers but Japanese ones… fancy) give a nice crunch to the overall mushylicious (of course I made that word up) dish.

coffee daily salmon and guac

Aburi torched smoked salmon with smashed guac & poached egg

Salmon & Guac Toast, $15

Hands down, this is the best dish in The Coffee Daily’s brunch menu. The amount of freshly smashed guac used for this dish is awesome and their generosity pays off tremendously. I initially thought they added cheese to this dish but the slightly sour and creamy texture was from the guac!

When I witnessed the preparation of this dish, I felt that the torching of the smoked salmon was a novelty thing but it gives a bitter after taste to the otherwise salty smoked salmon. Rather than fighting one another for superiority, this dish is a perfect mash up of flavors that serve to complement one another.

Pork Bockwurst, steaky bacon, sautéed mushrooms, mini potato pancakes & scrambled eggs served with toast and salad

The Big Daily, $18

Think Macdonald’s Big Breakfast but on steroids. The highlight of this dish would be the huge Pork Bockwurst sausage that comes along with this dish. I’m really sad that there’s only one of those sausages though.

If you’re watching that waist line, this dish packs a heap loads of calories but it’s so worth it! I think I’ve eaten enough eggs for the day. Time to work out!

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Dinner menu coming soon!

 

The Coffee Daily
Address: 75 Brighton Cres
Singapore 559216
Tel: 6284 8894
Hours: Weekdays 12pm – 10:30pm, Weekends 9.30am –10.30pm

 

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SG Coffee Fest 2017

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Coffee lovers rejoice!

The Singapore Coffee Festival is back, and with so much to offer, it’s going to be a coffee connoisseur’s dream!

Singapore Coffee Festival Promo Poster

WHAT IS THE SINGAPORE COFFEE FESTIVAL?

The Singapore Coffee Festival, organised by The Straits Times and presented by DBS Bank, is back this year! Featuring brews from the best local and international café’s, explore the craftsmanship behind specialty coffee and uncover Singapore’s unique and rich ‘kopi’ heritage.

Singapore Coffee Festival coffee art

WHO’S GOING TO BE THERE

With beans, blends, gadgets and machines exhibited and available for purchase from over 100 different exhibitors from Singapore’s coffee and lifestyle scene, as well as notable international entrants, it is unlikely that you’d run out of things to see and brews to try.

As you chill out in one of their specially designed social spaces, or while admiring the panoramic waterfront view, enjoy local music acts like Ffion, Inch and Stopgap at this year’s Singapore Coffee Festival. A grand total of six local artistes will grace the stage over the three day event.

For a full list of exhibitors, check out the link below!

http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg/partners-exhibitors/

THE PROGRAMME

There is definitely going to be lots to see and do at this year’s Singapore Coffee Festival. Besides merely enjoying your cuppa, learn how to brew the perfect cup of joe by signing up for one of the Lab Sessions offered!

The Straits Times, Bettr Barista and Common Man Coffee organised The Lab Sessions last year. These sessions focused on topics like barista skills, latte art, starting a café, and chocolate pairings.

Grab your tickets soon, because tickets to the Lab Sessions last year were snapped up almost as soon as they were released!

Singapore Coffee Festival Winning Illustration

MORE THAN A ONE-OFF FESTIVAL 

“Design The Cup” competition – Entrants submitted illustrations, in the hopes of getting their illustration featured on 6,000 coffee cups for the festival.

The winning illustration, above, is by local Temasek Polytechnic student Ellen Chee.

10 lucky winners were given the opportunity to visit 4 local café’s to enjoy and sample great coffee. Not to mention hanging out with local Radio DJ Desiree Lai! (Jealous much!). The winners also got to take a behind the scenes look at what goes into the perfect cup of coffee. The baristas also taught them some neat tips and tricks!

To see more of the Coffee Trail, click the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/StraitsTimesFood/videos/1917304398513372/

Singapore Coffee Festival coffee

HOW DO I ATTEND?
Location: Marina Bay Cruise Center
Date: 3rd August 2017 – 6th August 2017

Tickets are available here!
http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg/tickets/

Brunch on Budget

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Tolido’s Espresso Nook – Brunch without Breaking Your Bank

It’s easy to find good brunch places in Singapore. However, it’s not easy to find ones that are not expensive. A brunch/breakfast and a coffee in Singapore generally sets you back more than 20 dollars!!!

When we come across a cafe which serves yummy and cheap brunches, we are ever so eager to recommend said cafe to our readers. It so happens that this week, we found such a cafe! Enter Tolido’s Espresso Nook on Crawford Lane.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook Salmon Carbonara

Salmon Carbonara, $17

The Menu

Tolido’s Espresso Nook serves all day breakfast, pasta and a few sandwiches. For breakfast, you get most egg variations here like omelette, scrambled egg or sunny side up. If you are vegetarian, there are few sweet selections you can choose from such as French toast or pancakes.

Fancy something more Italian in nature? They offer a decent variety of pastas albeit with a spicy twist. There’s also an interesting locally inspired dish like 462 prawn laksa pasta. Prices start from 10 dollars. We could not believe that our All American breakfast costs just 10 bucks. A great deal indeed!

Tolido’s Espresso Nook wall mural

wall mural decorating the cafe

The Ambience

The cafe is small and cosy with both indoor and outdoor dining options. Choose from a normal dining table or a couch to gobble up your brunch. The latter is usually occupied whenever we visit the place though. It can get pretty packed during lunch hour as there are many offices nearby so come early or after the peak hour if you want to avoid the crowds.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook All American Breakfast

American Breakfast Platter, $10

The Food

We’ve tried both breakfast and pasta here before. The food is decent although we would not say that they serve the best brunch in Singapore. Their serving of an American breakfast is relatively smaller compared to other places but how can we complain? It costs less than half of what most cafes in Singapore charge!

If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss their Pandan waffle, which comes with vanilla ice cream and Gula Melaka drizzled on top. We highly commend Tolido’s Espresso Nook for their effort in serving good and sincere food at an affordable price.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook drinks menu

handwritten beverage menu

The Coffee

Their coffee is lovely. They source their coffee beans from Yahava Koffeeworks. If you are a coffee addict like me, don’t leave the place without trying their cuppa.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook exterior

Tolido’s Expresso Nook

Where to Locate Them

Tolido’s Espresso Nook is located on the ground floor of an old building along Crawford Lane. Not many people may know where it is. It’s near Lavender MRT but I usually go there from Nicoll Highway MRT or sometimes walk from Bugis or Arab Street Area.

They are also open quite early in the morning on weekdays (8 AM). Do note that they are closed every Monday!

Tolido’s Espresso Nook signboard

Tolido’s Espresso Nook
462 Crawford Lane, #01-63
Singapore 190462
Tel: 6648 0178
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 8 AM – 6.30 PM, Sat & Sun 9 AM – 6.30 PM, Closed on Mondays

 

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Cafe Melba – Alfresco At the Arts

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alfresco option available at Cafe Melba

The Atmosphere

Comfortably nestled in the Goodman Arts Center, Cafe Melba is surrounded by greenery aplenty. With a beautiful sheltered alfresco area as big as (if not bigger than) the interior, visits are sure meant to feel more like a picnic than anything else, and who doesn’t love picnics!

Even though we were there for dinner, the venue doesn’t lose it’s charm after the sun goes down. As the sun faded and the lights came up, I couldn’t help but feel like I had been transported to a resort, far from the hustle and bustle of life in Singapore.

cafe melba in the night

The Food

As the name suggests, Cafe Melba serves a blend of (Melb)ourne and (A)sian cuisine. Although they do offer a takeout menu, we highly recommend that you dine in for full effect.

cafe melba promos

Tuesday promotion for pizza, and daily promotion for drinks

Since it was a Tuesday, we decided to take full advantage of the free pizza that came with a $50 expenditure on drinks.

We ordered three pizzas. Namely, the Parma Ham & Rocket, Three Little Pigs and the Margherita, which came complementary, as part of their Tuesday promo.

Do request that they stagger your orders as the table can become a little cluttered. Assuming that you and your group orders all your pizzas in the biggest portion (16 inches).

cafe melba margherita pizza

the pizza with no frills– Margherita

Margherita Pizza

The Margherita was simple and traditional, sticking to the classic Margherita with Tomato sauce, Basil and Mozzarella, not over-complicating the pizza with unnecessary toppings. With just the right amount of sauce on a thin crust, this pizza is perfect for anyone who likes to keep things simple and the best part? It’s vegetarian!

cafe melba parma ham pizza

a pizza with slightly more complex flavours– Parma Ham and Rocket

Parma Ham & Rocket Pizza

The Parma Ham & Rocket was notable, with the parma ham adding a subtle sweetness to the dish. A little more complex with it’s flavours than the last, the Parma Ham & Rocket pizza has Tomato sauce, Parma Ham, Mozzarella, Rocket salad and a little Parmesan on top.

cafe melba three little pigs

the pizza for meat-lovers– Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs Pizza

Being a carnivore, the Three Little Pigs was definitely my personal favourite. With Tomato sauce, Home-cured Bacon, Honey Ham, Pepperoni and Mozzarella, this pizza tastes just as sinful as it sounds. With every bite, you get an orgasmic mouthful of pork, tomato sauce and cheese. Therefore, calling all fellow meat enthusiasts, this is the pizza for you.

cafe melba drinks

If you’re looking for the perfect Sunday brunch spot, or casual gourmet dining in general, Cafe Melba is for you.

The Service

Our lovely waitress, Vanessa, took great care of our table and ensured our glasses were never empty also going the extra mile to offer to help us pack some of our food to go, seeing as the 5 of us couldn’t finish the pizzas we ordered!

Special Notes

Here, you can look into the kitchen from the dining floor and observe the chefs in action. From the focused look on the chef’s faces and the attention they put into each dish before sending it out, we knew we were in for a good meal.

Getting There

Cafe Melba has two outlets.

For the Easties, visit Cafe Melba at the Goodman Arts Center!

Cafe Melba
90 Goodman Road
Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56
Singapore 439053
Reservations

For the Westies, check out Cafe Melba’s Mediapolis outlet!

Cafe Melba
1 Stars Avenue
#03-01 Mediapolis
Reservations

http://www.cafemelba.com.sg

Parking is available at both outlets.

 

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5 Popular Teas You Should Know About

Pei Xia Ang

 

It can be a daunting and honestly a little overwhelming when you’re facing a wide selection of popular teas out in the market, but fret not, we are here to help make things less mysTEAfying.

 

1. White Tea

White tea is believed to have originated from China and is made from handpicked young and delicate tea leaf tips and buds. In my opinion, this tea sits on the precipice of TEA-OLOGY (or all things tea) and is a humbling experience to be able to have a sip at any point in your life.

Unlike the heavier and louder flavours found in black tea, you’ll find that white tea is lighter and slightly sweeter in comparison. Furthermore, it doesn’t leave an aftertaste in your mouth. Along with its exorbitant price tag per gram, comes a myriad of health benefits from drinking this tea; antioxidant and anti-aging properties, cancer and diabetes prevention, cardiovascular improvement and even improve ones eyesight.

This will be the perfect gift for your parents or for those health conscious types and definitely not for a tea party. (keep it for yourself!). This is one of the most popular teas but unfortunately one of the most expensive teas as well.

 

2. English Breakfast Tea

For those of us who watch too much British telly, we are familiar with the concept of Brits serving a cup of strong tea to calm someone down after a shock, and they’d say something along the lines of, “sit tight while I make you something strong” , and more often than not, that cuppa would be an English breakfast tea.

English Breakfast Tea produces a soothing effect similar to that of warm toast and honey, and is the perfect comfort drink.

“Breakfast Tea” was orginally created by a Scott, and marketed to tea houses in London. People started including “English” to its name, and the name stuck. Maybe that’s why they went to war with one another.

In today’s context, especially in Singapore, this beverage is usually a complement to sweet pastries or desserts, or served as a specialty in a cafe.  Nevertheless, good old English breakfast ranks 1 with respect to popular teas. Purchase a box of premium quality imported English breakfast tea from Twinings. Prices start from S$6.60 for a box of 25 teabags, to S$13.30 for a box of 50.

 

3. Earl Grey Tea

This tea is a blend that includes oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus that lends a distinctive flavor to the tea. Earl Grey is one of the most adapted flavours of tea and widely popular for baking purposes.

Giving Earl Grey a try? Do consider TWG’s Earl Grey ice cream, sold exclusively at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

4. Chamomile Tea

Ah chamomile, the floral version of alcohol, and unfortunately the only acceptable of the two drinks to have in the office. (unless you work from home then by all means, I suppose…) But look at it this way, both drinks allow the drinker to feel more relaxed and also serve as a great nightcap.

Jokes aside, chamomile is also associated with health perks, such as the maintenance of glucose levels in the body, a remedy for skin irritation, and a stronger immune system.

A lesser known fact about chamomile would be that people have been using it for medicinal purposes even before the Middle Ages, and is akin to the family remedy for ailments ranging from fevers to even cancers.

People are still using chamomile for medicinal purposes but are also getting more creative with its uses; chamomile scented candles, chamomile flavored chocolates and sweets, and even chamomile fragrances are common gift choices for close friends and relatives.

 

5. Green Tea

Arguably the most popular of popular teas (it’s a pretty close fight with English Breakfast). The tea that you really can’t go wrong with, sold in bottles, cups, packets and found almost anywhere you wish. Green tea is your “safe” drink whenever you be in doubt of what to drink (besides water).

In Iran and Afghanistan, tea is their national drink. Green tea is served heavily sugared and consumed as a thirst quencher. For instance, the kawah, a traditional green tea, is a popular choice amongst the Kashmiris in Afghanistan to go with breakfast.

The traditional green tea ceremony of tea-pouring in Japan is still an integral social ritual. Japanese people see women who are able to perform it as well-educated and cultured.

To add, green Tea is refreshing, light, and easy to brew and would probably be the tea that will withstand the test of time.

Finally, we would like to know what’s your favorite tea!

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