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The name is Himeko. I love hello kitty, chopper and all things pink. Anything you need to enquire me about, drop me a mail at missyhimeko@yahoo.co.jp




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Korea: 2014/06/20 - 2014/06/26 (TBA)


Japan: 2014/02/06-2014/02/16 (TBA)


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Malaysia: 2012/09


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[Food Review] Wild Honey at Scotts Square









Wild Honey at Scotts Square
6 Scotts Road, Level 3
Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm [Sundays to Thursdays]
9am - 10pm [Fridays to Saturdays, Public Holidays]
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Make Reservations at +65 6636 1816


Tags: Singapore, Wild Honey, Scotts Square, Brunch, Food Review, European, missyhimeko, Himeko, himekoong
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[Food Review] Paul Bakery at Ngee Ann City & Hatched at Evans Road
Hello!
Yes, non advert/ sponsored post.
I've resolved to do less of those and write more stuff about things I enjoy.
Well, I still enjoy all the beauty related stuff but I feel like my blog is way too saturated with them.
I love food and travelling too! Of course, the latter is expensive and thus I will not be able to do it often (I know, Japan post 3 is coming soon!)
Anyway, I decided to blog more about slices of my life like food, fashion, shopping, whatsoever.

As usual, translations (where applicable) will be below each picture.
The pictures with the names of the food we ordered are all the true colors taken with my Canon EOS 650D.
Those obviously dreamy looking ones have been edited.


Top: First stop - Paul Bakery
Bottom: The last post has been some time ago (excluding the random cups video post). Today's post will not have any of our pictures. Reason being, my skin is.... (cries) Oh wells~ Let's not talk about the depressing stuff! For now, shall we look at the pictures?


What did we eat?




Bottom: The Macaron is huge! (My iphone was placed beside for size comparison)

Top: Second place - Hatched
Bottom: Denise was driving that day! Therefore, we drove down to Hatced for our lunch~ I've seen many good reviews for this place but haven't had the chance to go up till then so I was really excited!


Top right: That cute thing is...
Bottom left: Salt and Pepper shakers!


What did we have for lunch?







Sorry for the abrupt end. Usually, the best way to end this outing should be a picture of us but like I said earlier in the post, we did not take any pictures of ourselves because my skin was really bad so I was in no mood to be vain and take selcas.

Food review time

Paul Bakery at Takashimaya Level 3
Firstly, the waiting time was pretty alright, around 15 minutes before we were shown to our seats (we were 3rd in line and arrived there around 1.30pm)

We were supposed to have our mains there as well but after almost 10 minutes of staring at the menu, we couldn't come to a decision at all; nothing seemed to be exceptionally appealing. Therefore, we decided to have desserts there and head somewhere else for our mains later. So there you have it, why our order of food course is the other way around.

As much as I wanted to love the place as it is actually a sister brand of Laduree, I could only manage a "not too bad" conclusion at best. 
Macaron: The shell of the Le Grand Macaron was actually a tad bit hard for my liking but the filling was good though. 
I will give it a 7/10
Strawberry Mille Feuille: It tasted quite average, nothing that made me feel wow-ed. 
I will give it a 7/10 - not impressive but good nonetheless.
Dark Chocolate Tart: Awesomely chocolate-y. The crust was not too hard as well. A fair warning to sweets lovers; if you are not a big chocolate lover, this might be too much for you to take as you might find yourself getting a little sick towards the end of this treat.
I will give it a 8/10

Another thing I want to mention is the service; it was pretty bad. Firstly, the lady who took our orders pretty much "pulled" our menus away impatiently and caused the serviettes and utensils to be messed up for us to rearranged ourselves. Secondly, we waited over 20 minutes for our bill and still no news. After asking the staff again, they actually forgot which bill was ours and we had to reconfirm what we had with them because they had actually cleared our plates long ago so there was no way they could tell.


Hatched at Evans Road
I am going to give it away at the start - Love love love LOVE this place! When I first got there, I was quite worried that it might not turn out to be as good and end up just being yet another over-hyped place. We all know there are not too many places in Singapore catered to brunch lovers. Most Singaporeans compare brunch places with any other place that serves all day breakfast; it's like comparing a bread shop that sells macaron to ride the wave and a pastry shop that sells macarons because they are truly in love with the art of making such pastry. It is more than just "all day breakfast" for us brunch lovers! It has to be fulfilling enough to last our tummies till the night and yet be appetizing like breakfast to kick start our day.

I only had a bite of Peiting's and Denise's orders so I can't comment about theirs but my Burly Benedict was UH-MAZING.
Mouth-gasmic on my first bite. I really hate eating egg yolk but I cleared my plate in no time. The bacon bits below the poached egg added flavour to the egg and gave a much better texture. The English Muffin was very soft; I thought it was going to be like Mcdonald's English Muffin because of the appearance and was pretty bummed when I saw it on my plate but this was SO GOOD. It was really one bite after another and before I know it, everything was wiped clean off my plate and had me regretting why I didn't order two instead of just one. The side salad was lightly drizzled with the dressing and served as a good appetizer for me before I sank my teeth into the star of the dish. Not forgetting the side sauteed potato with mushroom sauce over it - this is just plain genius! I've always talked about how much I LOVE potatoes and chicken but I also LOVE mushrooms. Mushroom sauce over my favourite potatoes? I'm never leaving that place, ever
The Burly Benedict gets 9.5/10 from me!

Okay I'm running late for my tuition job.

Till next time!

xoxo

Himeko


Tags: Singapore, Paul Bakery, Ngee Ann City, Hatched, Evans Road, Brunch, High Tea, Dessert, Macaron, Mille Feuille, Benedict, Food Review, missyhimeko, Himeko, himekoong
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[Sponsored] Celebrating Coffee Bean's 50th Anniversary with Trio of Tea Cappuccinos!
Hi lovelies!
Did you guys know that this year marks The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 's 50th Anniversary?

Happy Anniversary!

To celebrate this milestone, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf released a Trio of Tea Cappuccinos.

Are you ready for a Frothy Revolution with:

1. Chai Tea Cappuccino [SGD $6/cup]

2. Anniversary Tea Blend [SGD $6/cup]

3. Scottish Breakfast [SGD $6/cup]

Of the 3 new releases, I've only heard of Chai; not even Chai Tea Cappuccino but Chai Latte. Thanks to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Singapore, I was given the chance to try all 3 drinks!

I headed over to the outlet at Paragon after the Shunji Matsuo event together with Tsuriki and Yijing and ordered all 3 for us to share. Out of the 3 drinks, I felt that 2 of them are of an acquired taste.

Firstly, the Chai Tea Cappuccino

I've never tried any drink with Chai. This is one of the 2 that I've mentioned about needing an acquired taste to enjoy. Yijing mentioned it tasted like the sauce of braised meat, like the cloves. In my opinion, it does indeed have a fairly strong taste of spices because, well, Chai is made by brewing black tea with indian herbs and spices. 

Next is their Anniversary Blend Tea

Not that I intended for this to be in any order but this is the other drink that I felt was of an acquired taste. I've never been a huge fan of floral tea so I did not really find it to my liking but Yijing thought it tasted decent and Tsuriki also did not have complains about it and I do know that Tsuriki does drink floral teas [she actually likes going to Coffee Bean for their tea] so I'm going to go ahead and tell you floral tea lovers to give this a try.

Finally, Scottish Breakfast

This was my favourite. I am no tea connoisseur so it actually tasted pretty close to English breakfast in my opinion; the tea tasted a tad stronger for Scottish Breakfast. English Breakfast has always been one of my favourite teas so Scottish Breakfast definitely made my taste buds happy.

These 3 Tea Cappuccinos are only available until 25th May 2013 so if you want to try them, stop hesitating before they are off the menu!

On a totally unrelated note, I've heard many good reviews for their breakfast from Beanstro by The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, I can't wait to go try it soon!

Finally, I am going to end this with a great piece of information for you which cannot be any timelier:
You can actually buy cakes from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Singapore website!
How cool is that?
Of course, there are many more things you can purchase online too, like their CBTL System that started in 2010.Now go perk yourself up with a cup already!


Now go perk yourself up with a cup already!

xoxo

Himeko
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「食べ物の為に」Tsujiri Part 2
Yay, I finally got to meet up with Kiyora again after the last time she came over to my place!

We went for Tonkutsu King Ramen at Orchid Hotel first.
I didn't take any pictures there because I was really warm with my thick jacket and it was raining, which made the place quite stuffy. All I wanted to do was eat and get out. I tried the normal/ basic ramen for the first time instead of my usual Black Spicy Ramen and I have to say, Black Spicy tastes better.
I felt that the Basic one was kind of salty.

After that, we went to my highly raved Tsujiri again!
Man, I'm bringing everyone there!
This time, I finally decided to get out of my comfort zone and try something different.
Our high tea [right after lunch?!]

The cups are actually really tiny, which is why I placed it at the back so it doesn't seem that dwarfed. Compared to my usual Tsujiri Shaved Ice [O-maccha], this is probably 1/3 that size? 
And yes, I finally got the chance to taste their Roll cake!
Finally, it's always sold out when I'm there!
The one on the left is O-maccha while the one on the right is Sesame with... something that's really long and hard to remember. I only remember that "it is something like soy flavour" for the yellow cream stuff.

See, it is really REALLY tiny. Kiyora and I were joking about how we will finish this in about 4~5 sips if we took normal sips.
Nonetheless, this taste nice and rich with moderate sweetness.

Maccha roll cake was delicious. The cake was light and the cream was not too sweet. I can never get overdose of maccha despite having a maccha drink, maccha roll cake with maccha cream filling.

This is their new item, the sesame roll cake with sesame cream in the centre and the yellow cream is something like soy. [I really cannot remember what is it called...] Very refreshing! The two things I was obsessed with in Japan was sesame and maccha! The sesame gave a very nice texture to the soft roll cake and the taste was not overwhelming - complemented my drink very well in fact.

I will definitely recommend you guys to get a omaccha drink to go with the sesame cake. I think it is a better combination and you will not be overwhelmed by the omaccha.

Blogging about this makes me want to go back already!

Okay anyway, abrupt ending for you.
I'm gonna reply to Kiyora's blogger tag now!

xoxo

Himeko
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「ただ食べ物の為に」Just For Food : Hoshino Coffee Review
Hello lovelies!
I will probably be posting quick short posts as and when I can while I'm in Japan so I thought I will do a proper blog post on my laptop before I head to bed.
Okay, you got me, I am so psyched that I can't sleep.

Nonetheless, works well for all of us, right?

It has been so long since I've blogged about food and one of my resolutions this year is to go into food blogging instead of beauty all the time. Therefore, I present you my first food post of 2013!

I simply have to share this place with you, which by the way, I believe most of you have already heard of:


It's Hoshino Coffee!
While it is not exactly the newest in town, it is considerably new as it just opened recently in Plaza Singapura's new extension, which was unveiled late last year.

This is the first outlet in Singapore and if you can't already tell from the name, it is a franchise from Japan. [Japan website] It is actually also the first outlet outside Japan!

That being said, I had really high expectations because Denise kept raving about how good the pancakes were and all her photos in Facebook were most definitely drool inducing.


While looking through the menu, Ashley & I were having such a hard time deciding what we want because everything looked so good. Then again, menus always have the best pictures and the real product is often different from those in the menu. We decided to each order something different so that we can get to taste a wider variety. Denise took a long time looking for a parking lot in the carpark... Ashley & I were practically staring at other patrons enjoying their food while we waited!


Hungry girl is hungry. Unfortunately, being an amateur, the lighting in Hoshino Coffee proved to be a challenge for me when taking photos.


Anyway, after she finally arrived, we immediately placed our orders! Just a note, if you are planning to order their Soufflé Pancake, do not wait for everyone in your group to arrive before ordering! It takes about 40 minutes for the pancake to be prepared. Also, I noted that the French Toast requires about 15 - 20 minutes. However, the staff only informed us of the waiting time for the Soufflé Pancake but not the French Toast, so perhaps the French Toast can get served with a shorter waiting time.

Since there was going to be a long wait, I decided to have my dessert first.


This is my Matcha Parfait. I have quite a few pictures but they don't really do the taste justice. The soft serve Matcha tasted rich and slightly bitter, which was alright since there was some sweet red bean paste to help offset some of that bitterness.
 

Between the layer of soft serve Matcha, there' some cornflakes and banana. I think having some ingredient of a different texture really helps make the food more enjoyable for my palate.


See what I mean when I said my pictures don't do justice? *Sigh*


That aside, I will have to say that while this dessert is much better than most matcha desserts here in Singapore, it is still not the best I've tried. I will share with you guys the number 1 Matcha soft serve I've had so far another day but reassure that this is definitely a close second. I will give it 8.75/10!

Next, my Caesar Salad came [I think it was SGD $7.90 or so]


I have to say, I am not too impressed with this though. Tasted pretty mediocre. The chicken strips were kind of... sad; just a few in this bowl. However, a plus point will be that the lettuce was really fresh!


I will say, probably a 7/10 for this. Not too impressive but still tasted like what it's supposed to be and the ingredients were really fresh.

Then came Ashley's Clam Chowder~


Once again, I apologize for the lousy picture. This picture does so much injustice to this soup! I really like it as it didn't taste too heavy or creamy but instead, it tasted quite sweet [I prefer sweet to salty by the way] while maintaining the taste of the clam chowder, which is especially prominent in the aftertaste.


While I do enjoy the sweetness, not everyone will be a fan of sweet tasting soup [I am also quite health concious because I'm getting old...], I will give this a 8.25/10.

Next, Denise's Curry Claypot rice came! [I'm sorry but I didn't take note of the name... so I kinda threw in all the ingredients in the dish and roughly conjured up this name]


This tasted really good! The curry was not hot and after mixing the egg with all the ingredients, it was just a-ma-zing. For someone who does not really like to eat rice, give me the curry and egg to mix it up and I will be sure to clear this off. Also, I'm a huge meat lover and there's meat here as well as my favourite vegetable - broccoli! 


I have never eaten anything of similar nature so there's nothing for me to give a reference to, therefore my score for this will be 8.5/10!

Finally, the anticipated Soufflé Pancake arrived! 


I wanted to order this but it looked pretty tiny in the picture so I gave it a pass but my, you should have seen how I was stabbing myself mentally when I took my first bite of this - I needed someone to hold me down before I floated all the way up into the sky. With the maple syrup drizzled over the pancake and soft serve vanilla ice cream on top, I took a mouthful which contained the Soufflé pancake as well as soft serve ice cream - it was like orgasm in my mouth. No, really. The cold nature of the ice cream was a stark contrast to the warm Soufflé Pancake, so different yet they complemented each other so well and tasted so good. I am not a fan of flour pastry but this definitely had me saying "I'm so going to come back here just for this" after my first bite. I will say it deserves a 9/10 from me! Reason for the 1 point deduction is because like I previously mentioned, I don't like to eat food with flour as the main ingredient so I don't have anything to compare this to. I will like to think that there is always room for improvement/ a better one out there.

I didn't feel quite satisfied from my Caesar Salad so Denise and I shared a French Toast.


Again, not a fan of bread/ flour [and I wonder why I love noodles so much] but this one tasted almost like a thing on its own. It was really soft and kind of melted in my mouth but at the end of it, I could still taste the "bread" taste [or should I say, the yeast-y taste of bread?] However, this has got to be the best French Toast I've eaten so far. So glad I decided to listen to Denise and give this a try. I will give this a 9/10.

There, I'm done! The awesome girls that went on this little food adventure with me.


My chin is uneven, I know. My wound is still healing VERY slowly :(
My face is bloated, I know that too. That's because I've been so stressed the whole week before my trip that I sleep at 5-7am every day and I snack all the way right after dinner till I sleep. Which explains why I'm breaking out like mad [this trip was before I started the whole crazy breaking out on my face]


Here's the address for Hoshino Coffee.

68 Orchard Road 
#03-84 
Plaza Singapura 
Tel: 63383277

Do note that when they are busy, you have to have all the diners present before you are allowed entry as I believe they want to encourage fast turnover.

Flying off to Osaka soon, SO EXCITED!
I hope I can have the chance to head to Hoshino in either Osaka or Tokyo during my trip!

xoxo

Himeko
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