Café Insa-dong- Where Desserts Meets Art

Insa-dong is located in the heart of Seoul, where the streets bustle with their traditional culture, crafts and FOOD! It is a quaint neighborhood filled with boutique galleries, exquisite tea houses, street stalls, restaurants and cafes. Hoping to portray a culture with a similar theme in mind, Café Insa-dong boasts an authentic interior, serving some of the popular dessert choices in South Korea.

Café Insa-dong is a cosy cafe to be in, complemented with their specially-chosen art pieces adorned on the walls. This Korean dessert joint serves up a huge range of Patbingsu desserts and Injeolmi toast.

Patbingsu Ice (Red Bean + Sweet Potato) – $9.00

This is a very popular dessert in South Korea, with many different variations of style and flavours. At Cafe Insadong, this milk flavoured shaved ice was generously filled with red beans and sweet potato paste, showered with crunchy almond slices and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The azuki red beans were soft and moist, not overly sweet. As I dig deeper into the dessert I found their famous rice cakes hidden in it. These rice cakes are meticulously handmade by them with a soft and chewy texture, just how I like it!

Injeolmi Toast + Matcha Ice Cream – $6.50

Toasted white bread with grilled rice cake in the center, drizzled with honey and dusted with powdered soybean. Not only was it visually appealing, it tasted just as good! It had a crispy crust with a chewy center, making it an enjoyable dessert. Definitely a treat for those with a sweet tooth!

Thank you Celine and Chanel for hosting us, I am honoured to be invited to enjoy your yummy desserts.

Café Insa-dong is so nice to give my readers an extra scoop of ice cream when you order from them.
Simply quote “ANAFFAIRWITHFOOD″ to enjoy! <3

Address: 279 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058828
Contact Number: +65 8533 2003
Website: http://www.cafeinsadong.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cafeinsadong
Instagram: http://instagram.com/cafeinsadong/
Opening Hours:
Tues – Thurs: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Fri & Sat: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Monday – Closed

Milk & Honey Cafe- Bringing People Closer Through Simple Pleasures

Milk & Honey

Milk and Honey has opened their second outlet and is housed right in the heart of a neighborhood in Bukit Batok. Here, they focus not only on their popular gelato and quaffles, they have also introduced a wide range of plated desserts, salads and sandwiches as well. “Bringing People Closer Through Simple Pleasures” is their motto where they strive to produce the best gelato, quaffles and desserts as they believe that every customer deserves the best at an affordable rate! They also hope to bring family and friends together to bond through a simple meal.

Milk and Honey Cafe retains a minimalist approach within their interior which was beautifully complemented with dimly lit hanging lamps. It is a very cosy place designed with faux brick walls, a really suitable place for people to chill and relax. They also have a little post-it wall where customers can write their well wishes or simply just to leave their messages behind!

Gelato_02Look at the huge range of gelato they have!
Milk and Honey meticulously craft each and every batch of gelato with their customers’ interests in their hearts, hoping that these simple pleasures will bring a smile to them.

One thing I fell in love with Milk and Honey Cafe is their plated desserts. Prepared daily by their own pastry chef, the presentation of these dishes were exquisite and beautifully crafted. Each and every one of them is painstakingly assembled to be presented in the most appealing way.

Banana CrumbleBanana Crumble – $7.50

Milk and Honey’s Banana Crumble was well packed with caramelized banana, crunchy baked crumble and banana tuile. Served with a smoked salted caramel gelato, this dish was not only visually appealing, it was delicious!

Sticky Date PuddingSticky Date Pudding – $7.50

Served with a scoop of vanilla gelato, Milk and Honey’s Sticky Date Pudding was soft and delightfully moist. Drizzled in the butterscotch sauce, it created a perfect balance making it richer, sweeter and stickier. A decadent treat which I enjoyed.

Coffee SabayonCoffee Sabayon – $7.90
A fantastic combination of flourless chocolate cake, latte gelato, espresso sabayon with a chocolate cylinder shell, this was definitely my favourite plated dessert. It was rich with a moist texture and topped with an intense coffee flavour, simply heavenly.

Apart from their gelato, quaffles and plated desserts, Milk and Honey cafe also serves a variety of sandwiches and salads.

BLT SandwichBLT Sandwich (Turkey bacon, lettuce and tomato, bread with garlic aioli) – $6.20

Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetHam & Cheese (Montery jack, picnic ham, bread with garlic aioli) – $6.20

Roasted Summer Vegetable (Roasted carrot, zucchini, eggplant, concasse tomato, basil pesto, bread) – $6.20

Milk and Honey Cafe is worth a trip especially for its yummy handmade gelato and plated desserts. Thank you for hosting us, it was a dessert-licious evening!

Milk and Honey Cafe
Address:
Bukit Batok Hometeam NS Clubhouses
2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7
#01-01/02/03
Contact Number: +65 9786 9754
Website: http://milkhoney.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milkandhoneygelato
Instagram: http://instagram.com/milkandhoneygelato

With lots of love,
Xue Wei

Dessert Maisonette: Quality Seen In Their Delectable Bakes

Dessert Maisonette

Having an immense passion in baking and cooking ever since he was a kid, Adrian, the owner of Dessert Maisonette decided to start an online bakery. A self-taught baker formerly from the finance industry, he was intrigued at how combining simple ingredients could turn into something beautiful and tasty like a cake! He believes that when it comes to food, the taste always triumphs over the presentation. As such, Dessert Maisonette prides in placing taste and quality above everything else in their bakes.

Dessert Maisonette believes in bringing their customers quality macarons where the fillings are soft and chewy while maintaining a crisp eggshell-like skin; at the same time not being too sweet with a light and delicate texture. This online bakery is always experimenting with new and unique flavours, and plans to introduce a South East Asian inspired macaron collection with exciting flavours such as Durian, Milo, Pandan and Gula Melaka.

I am very honoured to have part of dessert table for Keith’s birthday party to be sponsored by Dessert Maisonette. These exquisite macarons were beautifully designed to cater to the theme; “Shades of Blue”. Not only i love how pretty they look, they tasted delicious too. Crunchy and not too sweet, just right to my liking.

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I am impressed by the consistency of the macarons, each and every of them boasts a crispy and crunchy shell filled with smooth and chewy interior. My favourite would be the hazelnut flavour, which possessed a rich nutty flavour and appropriate level of moistness to melt in our mouths. Matcha and Azuki Beans was another flavour which stood out, I love how the azuki beans complemented the matcha, green tea lovers like me will definitely enjoy it!

A big thank you to Dessert Maisonette for these lovely treats. I appreciate your time and efforts in crafting each and every macaron. The guests, Keith and I enjoyed all of these delectable and yummy macarons.

Dessert Maisonette has many other signature flavours for its macarons which include Salted Butter Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Rose, Lavender and Oreo Cheesecake. They do dessert table for events and also offer customization for their macarons; I think they would make wonderful gifts for special occasions! Other then their signature macarons, they have many other kinds of desserts ranging from cupcakes/cakes, cheesecakes, brownies, cookies, meringues and cake pops. Sadly, Dessert Maisonette is closed for orders for this year but they are launching a massive Chinese New Year collection in January so hope over to their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dessertmaisonette and Instagram @dessertmaisonette for more updates to be released soon! <3

Contact: dessertmaisonette@gmail.com/ +65 90622299 (Adrian)

With lots of love,
XueWei

Bakey: An Online Bakery which Brings Your Ideas to Life

This year, I planned a surprised birthday party for Keith and I am honoured to have part of the dessert table sponsored by Bakey! Thank you for the collaboration, your dedication and hardwork is truly seen in the quality of your bakes.

Augusta, the owner of Bakey started this online bakery out of her passion and love for baking. Cakes and pastries were only baked for family and friends until one day she took a leap of faith and that is how Bakey started to bring delightful treats for their customers. Bakey creates bakes using the finest ingredients, less sugar and colourings and they are handcrafted from scratch. Everything has been put through the ‘taste test’ as Bakey promises yummy desserts that goes beyond the aesthetical looks. This is further inspired by their slogan: “You create the idea, Bakey brings your idea to LIFE!” So feel at ease to share with them your idea and design and I’m sure they will do their best to fulfill your needs. :)

These delectable treats were beautifully crafted to cater the theme; “Shades of Blue”. Not only were they visually appealing, they tasted just as great.

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MacaronsMacarons Flavours: Dark Chocolate and Salted Caramel

These macarons come with a crispy shell and boasts a smooth and creamy centre. As we sank our teeth into the chewy crust, the flavours got stronger and we could taste the creamy centre! I love the salted caramel flavour as I am a BIG salted caramel fan. You could actually taste the saltiness but paired with the sweetness of the caramel, it was so DELICIOUS!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Are these ice creams? Well, look closer and you will notice they are cone cakes which are vanilla cupcakes just designed in such an innovative and interesting way! These cupcakes were not too sweet but still incredibly fluffy and moist. Dessert lovers will definitely love these delectable cupcakes.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Door gifts for my guests! These heart-shaped butter cookies came with a special note tied to it, simple and nice for my guests.

I appreciate the hard work that Bakey had put in crafting each dessert. The guests, Keith and I enjoyed the bakes and my sincerest appreciation to you for all these yummy desserts. I recommend you to order them as gifts or for any occasions! Visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bakeydelights and follow them on Instagram @bakey_delights for more updates and information on their bakes. They have many other kinds of pastries too so hope over to their page to check them out! <3
Contact: gustimomo@gmail.com/ +65 81138353 (Augusta)

With lots of love,
XueWei

The Boiler- Louisiana Seafood and Beer

Seafood and Beer? The best of both worlds!

The Boiler
The Boiler is a Southern American-inspired seafood joint which serves fresh seafood in Cajun style known as seafood boil. It aims to ignite your five senses by bringing back the harmonious spirit of fresh tasty seafood and unassuming dining atmosphere all under one roof.

Recently established by a group of former bankers turned restaurateurs, they always believe that service is important especially when they have been in the service line for years. They are always there at the restaurant to make sure that the diners are happy and enjoy their dining experiences!


Situated in an industrial area, away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, it is a perfect place to enjoy seafood with some beer to chill the evening away. The Boiler utilizes a Modern-Industrial interior , I also love how cosy and spacious this restaurant is. Definitely a great place for gatherings and celebrations!


There is even a kid’s corner for children to share their creativity through drawings and pictures. The Boiler’s also has a menu specially catered to the kids, how thoughtful of that!

Enough said, let’s get to the part which I am most excited for, the FOOD!!!

Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag- $139

We had part of our seafood drenched in The Works sauce (medium) which was not really spicy. The Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag is great for sharing between 3 to 4 people where everyone can get a share of the Dungeness/Brown Crab, prawns, mussels, clams, sausages, corns and buns. These seafood are boiled and served in a bag with the sauce you choose.

Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag with Peppa Butter Sauce

Boston LobsterBoston Lobster in Garlic Butter Sauce- $79

One of the freshest lobsters I have ever tasted, The Boiler’s serves Boston lobsters from Atlantic coast of North America which tasted very luscious and sweet, such a heavenly dish!

Fish & Chips- $12.90

Although they look unpretentious, these Fish and Chips are by far the best I have ever eaten! Generous portions of fillets perched on a heap of seasoned fries were served. The fishes were juicy and they were covered with a crispy batter which had a delightful melt-in-the-mouth quality.

Southern Chicks and Waffles ($9.90) – Chicken with waffles, drizzled with maple syrup

Bacon Shrimp ($11.90) – Shrimps wrapped in streaky bacon drizzled with hickory smoked BBQ sauce

Louisiana Spicy Mid Joint Wings- $8.90

Sweet Potato Fries- $5.90

Besides serving a wide array of seafood, The Boiler also offers imported French and Louisiana crafted beer for diners to enjoy while indulging in the food.

This is their signature Beerita ($11.90) which is the Boiler’s interpretation of the margarita. It is a refreshing drink which consists of corona beer and lime syrup.

Lime Mint Freeze ($5.90) is a thirst quencher, a good drink to pair with the seafood.

The Boiler’s Lemonade ($4.90) is not the usual lemonade.  This is my favourite drink of the night! The history of how this drink was invented is so interesting and warm-hearted, you should check it out from the staff :)

Crispy Banana Durian (CBD) – Deep Fried Banana and Durian Flesh, served with Vanilla Ice cream and Chocolate Sauce. After some good food, it’s time for some desserts! This item is not on the menu and you have to ask for it. A unique dessert; the durian flesh and banana used were fresh and yummy!

The Boiler do have lunch menu too, specially created for the office workers nearby.

Eating off the table (Seafood Boil) is a unique, interesting and fun experience especially to those diners who have not tried it before. The location of the restaurant is a bit “ulu” but it is worth the trip to enjoy quality seafood at a value price!

Good customer service is important and here at the Boiler, be expected to be served by the friendliest and sincere staff. Thank you Malcolm and Jan for for hosting us, I was honoured to be invited for the food tasting session together with my family, it was a sumptuous dinner where we enjoyed ourselves.

The Boiler
Address: 18 Howard Rd
#01-06, Novelty Bizcentre
Singapore 369585

Contact Number: +65 6635 1285
Website: http://theboiler.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBoilerSG
Opening Hours:
Sun, Tues – Thurs: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
Fri – Sat & Eve of PH: 5:00pm – 12:00am
Monday – Closed

Enjoy your seafood paradise! <3

With lots of love,
Xue Wei

Da Jie Niang Dou Fu

Who says healthy food cannot be tasty? Da Jie Niang Dou Fu serves fresh Niang Dou Fu which are absolutely delicious and one of the healthier meals which are a favourite among locals!

Da Jie Niang Dou Fu is a halal-certified eating-house where customers of all races and religions can enjoy their good food at reasonable prices.


It is the only place in Singapore where diners can get to try the different styles of Niang Dou Fu. Unlike conventional yong tau foo stalls/ restaurants, Da Jie Niang Dou Fu offers five styles for you to choose from; choices include Hakka, Ampang, Laksa, Tom Yam, and not forgetting the normal Soya Bean Soup!

Prices are based on the type and amount of ingredients chosen.

I was impressed at the wide variety/choices of fresh ingredients which diners can choose from!

Ordering was fuss free; choose the ingredients you want, inform the cashier the style of Niang Dou Foo and whether you would like to add noodles (yellow/bee hoon/kway teow/laksa noodle) or rice, pay, collect the number plate and then wait for your yummy food to arrive! :)

Da Jie Niang Dou Fu not only serve Niang Dou Fu, they have an extensive menu providing options for Chinese Cuisine too! *YUMS*

Enough said, let’s get to the part which I am most excited for, the FOOODDDDDD!!!!

Laksa Yong Tau Foo

The combination of the Laksa gravy and the ingredients made this dish especially enjoyable. The TauPok soaked up the fragrant Laksa gravy, giving it a wonderful spongy texture when I bite into it. The Laksa gravy was very good too. It was mildy spicy, rich and flavourful!

The fried items that they specially separated for me!

Ampang Yong Tau Foo

These are the ingredients I chose for the Ampang-style Yong Tau Foo. This unique flavour made every ingredient in the dish so much tastier with the starchy brown gravy poured all over it. The combination of the authentic flavour, sweetness and fragrance was delicious and it has always been my all-time favourite!

Gong Bao Chicken

How tempting this dish looks! Not only does it look appetizing, the chicken was very well marinated with the dried chilli and spices. There are other styles of Gong Bao Chicken recipes which are generally stir fried, but the chicken for this dish was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This style was indeed satisfying and stood out for me because of how well the dish managed to retain its flavours.

Assam Fish

Assam fish is known to be sweetened with many shallots and the tangy tamarind-based sauce is a perfect match for thick cutlets of fish such as mackerel. This dish was no different with its aromatic qualities arising from its generous blend of spices added in. What is special about this dish was that the fish used are chunks of fresh stingray meat which was very soft and tender. This totally stood out from other Assam Fish I have tried before and I love it. What’s more, the combination of the chilli, gravy and slightly sourness flavour made it really distinct and special!

Thai Style Fried Tofu

The texture of the tofu was firm and crispy, with a nice light brown colour to it. The combination of the bold Thai flavours made it sweet and delicious.  My siblings and I definitely enjoyed this dish.

Sambal Kang Kong

A typical vegetable dish cooked with spicy chilli paste, Da Jie Niang Dou Fu’s Sambal Kang Kong was not too spicy and just nice for our taste buds.

This place is definitely a MUST-GO when you wanna try a different style of Yong Tau Foo or some yummy Chinese cuisine food! I love how unpretentious these dishes look, yet they definitely tasted good.

Thank you Carol and Xiao Feng for hosting us, I was honoured to be invited for the food tasting session together with my siblings. It was such a wonderful and hearty dinner which we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest!

Da Jie Niang Dou Fu
Address: 354 Clementi Avenue 2
#01-253
Singapore 120354

Contact Number: +65 6774 2030
Website: http://www.dajie.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaJieNiangDouFu
Map:

2nd outlet at
Blk 372 Bukit Batok Street 31
#01-374
Singapore 650372

Contact Number: +65 6896 4569
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaJieNiangDouFuBukitGombak
Map:

Happy eating! <3

With lots of love,
Xue Wei

Birthday Sponsors Part II

Here’s Part 2 of my birthday sponsors!
Once again, sincerest appreciation to all the bakeries that provided me with these lovely treats <3

First up, Elijah Pies & Bakes! Their bakes are primarily about creating new fusion of tarts by using different ingredients and flavours. Whisked and handcrafted by the bakers themselves, they take pride with every bake using only the finest quality ingredients. Intrigued and inspired by the beautiful art behind making the tarts, they hope to share their creations with everyone.

Banana Custard Tart

This tart is oh-so-amazing, one piece was not enough for me. I generally do not fancy bananas, but I was tempted to try it because of the crusty outer layer texture and the banana infused aroma. The banana fillings of the tart had a soft and sweet texture which complemented well together.

Nutella Tart

This is a must try for all Nutella lovers! Infusing the joys of nutella packed in a tart is always a good idea in my book. The nutella chocolate flavour was not too sweet which makes for a well balanced dessert.

Do visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/elijahpies and Instagram @elijahpies for more interesting flavours of these yummy tarts!
Contact: elijahpies@gmail.com

 

Next up, The Little Yellow Apron (TLYA) which is an online-based pâtisserie specialising in making gourmet éclairs and tarts. Started in December 2013 by Sarah, her passion in pastry led to her pursuing a career in this field. Expanding on her wide range of flavours, TLYA started out with countless hours of research and experimentation to develop these éclair flavours and perfecting each one. She hopes to also conduct sampling sessions for her fans and followers in the future, to improve on existing and newly crafted éclair flavours.

The Little Yellow Apron offers a good selection of éclairs and I got to try 7 different flavours!
1) Passionfruit Lavender
2) Salted Caramel
3) Vanilla Bean & Caramelised Pecans
4) Chocolate & Cocoa Streusel
5) Ispahan (Rose, Lychee & Raspberries)
6) Matcha Cream Chesse & Strawberries
7) Speculoos (Limited edition, not on the menu permanently)


These éclairs are so beautifully and creatively crafted. Each of them boasts a deep golden tan and tastes as good as it looks. The Matcha Cream Cheese & Strawberries éclair won my heart, I loved how the two flavours complemented in my mouth.

Raspberry Passionfruit Double-Layered Tarts
Besides éclairs, TLYA also sells a variety of tarts!

I appreciate the hard work that Sarah puts in crafting each éclairs and I recommend you to order their delightful éclairs as gifts or any occasions! Visit their Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thelittleyellowapron and follow them on Instagram @thelittleyellowapron for more updates and information on their bakes.
Contact: sarah@thelittleyellowapron.com/ +65 96571511 (Sarah)

 

My last sponsor for desserts… Zee & Elle!! Started by a couple with an immense passion for food, both Zee and Elle begun their baking journey having met and graduated together from Culinary school. Their desire to bring fine quality bakes at affordable prices to everyone is seen in the quality of their sweet treats, with the belief that ‘good food is meant to be shared’.
Everything in their menu is home-made, from tart shells to sauces and jams! Zee & Elle loves meeting new people through their bakes and hope to share their sweet treats with everyone and be part of occasions that bring people together – creating a community brought together by food.

Chocolate Salted Caramel TartsChocolate Salted Caramel Tarts

Luscious molten salted caramel and semi-sweet chocolate sit in a crunchy tart and it was SO GOOD!!! I was amazed how thick and rich the caramel was. It’s no wonder why this is one of the bestsellers on their menu! I definitely fell in love with them.

Mini CheesecakesMini Cheesecakes

Served in petite squares, each slice is made with premium cream cheese which boasts in a smooth and rich texture. Each of these mini cheesecakes have the right balance of sweetness which explains why I love it so much. This is definitely worth indulging!

Zee &Elle also provides dessert tables and they have an extensive variety on their menu with cupcakes, breads, cakes, jams, sauces and pastries.

I recommend trying Zee & Elle’s bakes, they have such wonderful customer service too! Do visit them at http://zeelle.weebly.com/ for their menu. Follow them on their Facebook and instagram page @ze_bakery to find out their latest bakes and dessert tables!

Contact: zee.elle.b@gmail.com / +65 97715825

 

Customized Balloon Columns with Numeric Balloon Foils

Standing alongside these beautiful balloon columns from Balloon Foil! Beautiful shades of red and pink were used and numeric balloon foils were placed on top. The balloon columns was sturdy and stable which was ideal for my party as we had to constantly move it around for photo taking. Set up was completed within 10 minutes and I also received spare numeric balloons, great service!


Thank you Balloon Foil for providing and setting up these customised balloon decorations. It certainly brightened up the room and was a lovely prop used for my photos! Do visit them on their Instagram page @balloonfoil for more of their event decorations.

TA-DAAAHHHHH! That’s the end of my posts of all my sponsors for my birthday. Once again a very big thank you to all the sponsors mentioned in this post.

Do read my post on BIRTHDAY SPONSORS PART 1 here! <3

With lots of love,
Xue Wei

Birthday Sponsors Part I

This year I’ve had such a great opportunity and pleasure to be sponsored by several bakeries for my birthday! Thank you to all the bakeries that collaborated with me, and in taking on a special role in adding that ‘sweet’ touch to my celebration. Your immense passion, dedication and hardwork is truly seen in the designs and quality of your bakes. Thank you once again and I appreciate all that you’ve shared in making my party a memorable one.

Birthday Dessert TableThe dessert table lined up with all the delectable desserts!

The very happy me :)

Let’s get into the first dessert… specially prepared by All The Batter! Whisking their batter with a spoonful of surprise, treats from All the Batter are baked with the most delectable ingredients, and also handcrafted with passion and love. They aim to bring you the taste of joy that makes you happy!

The Batter Bouquet with White Chocolate VelvetsThe Batter Bouquet with White Chocolate Velvets

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This is so beautifully crafted and definitely a visual treat for the eyes. The Batter Bouquet is their trademark recreation of bouquets and cupcakes inspired by the annual gift giving of flowers on Valentine’s Day, replacing the conventional flower bouquets with a refreshing treat. I found this to be extremely unique, and would strongly recommend this to those who are out of ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts! Here you can see the bouquet beautifully decorated with 10 of their White Chocolate Velvets. From what I’ve gathered from the bakers, soy milk is used to bring out the wholesome flavor and zero whipped cream is used in their frosting! I love the chewy white chocolate centre, it was a sweet and tasty delight.

S'mores MeringuesS’mores Meringues

This was good but a bit too sweet for me. However, I love the crispy-crusted meringue and the big chunks of chocolate chips hidden in the centre. Their cupcakes are beautifully decorated, and I’ll recommend you to try some of their other specialties which are the Flavour Series, Sugar Canes, and their two new series which are launching soon – Dessert Series, and Souffle Series.

Their bouquets and cakes are delivered in cute designer boxes which are environmentally friendly. Think about saving the world and having some sweets treats at the same time!

Visit them at their online bakery at www.allthebatter.com and follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AllTheBatter) and Instagram @allthebatter for regular promotions such as ‘Flavour of the month’, ‘Giveaways’ and other discounts and vouchers for your purchase!

Quote “anaffairwithfood_two” to get $2 off your first purchase with All The Batter!

Next up, treats from Bake My Day, an online bakery store that specializes in macarons and sugar cookies.

Candy Crush Macarons Flavours: Nutella, Toffee- Caramel infused with milk chocolate, Lemon

These macarons were specially designed for my birthday and they perfectly complemented the theme of my party, which is ‘Candylicious’. A big applaud to Bake My Day for the effort, they were so adorable and I love them very much. Not only did they look beautiful, these macarons stood out for their crisp marble-smooth shells and they tasted delicious! If I had to choose, my favourite would be the Nutella-flavoured macarons, which had a rich nutty flavour and an appropriate level of moistness which melts in our mouths.

Bake My Day also customizes other types of macaron designs such as Hello Kitty, Minions and Chanel. I would recommend you to share with them some of your design ideas for your events, as they did a great job for mine.

They provided some glittery macarons which were used to decorate my birthday cake, they were so girly and beautiful!

With the people I love the most, my siblings!

Totoro Macarons!!!

I recently requested for Totoro-inspired macarons for my sister’s birthday. They had no prior experience making macarons of this design and when I saw how they turned out, I was in awe. They were so cute and I could not bear to eat them!!! It was love at first sight for my sister (quoted from my sister herself), and she was delighted when she received them.
Follow their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bakemyday.sg) and Instagram @bakemydaysg for the latest updates of their bakes!
Contact: enquiry@bakemyday.com.sg/ +65 98280814 (Adelene)

My third sponsor, Eribakes bakes beautiful macarons and they are in such sweet, pastel colours! Created by two dessert enthusiasts Eriko and Jenny, they aim to create preservative-free hand-crafted bakes using the finest ingredients, less sugar and colourings.

What stood out was the beautiful packaging that these macarons were packed in. Each box is handmade which makes it suitable as a gift and I applaud their personal touch to each individual piece.

Flavours: Lavender Apricot, Violet Blackcurrant, Salted Dark Chocolate, Passionfruit, Caramel Apple

Eribakes also have a variety of other flavours for their macarons where they pair ingredients such as Pandan and Gula Melaka, Cinnamon and Brown Sugar to create these unique and pretty macarons.

Not only do they bake macarons, tarts with interesting flavours such as Vanilla Crème Brulee are are also available!

Visit them and follow their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eribakes/)and instagram @eribakes for more of their new and seasonal flavours.
Contact: eribakes@gmail.com, 81829303 (Eriko)

Moving on further into our dessert table, we see some delectable looking cakes made by Little Vanilla! Brought about by her love for baking ever since she was a little girl, her immense passion for it grew as she learnt and fell in love with the entire baking process in perfecting her cake and confectionery designs.

2nd tier: Rainbow Cakes
3rd tier: Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cakes

The owner of Little Vanilla, Didie, enjoys sharing her creations and designing her cakes for all to see. These delectable rainbow cakes are so visually appealing and pretty looking, it’s no wonder they are one of their best sellers. They are moist but a bit too sweet for my liking.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cakes


I love how soft and moist these salted caramel cakes were. They also were fluffy, which is a MUST for a decadent cupcake. These little sweet treats are definitely worth a try!

Visit Little Vanilla on their website at http://littlevanilla.wix.com/littlehome and follow their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dearlittlevanilla) and Instagram @littlevanillasg for more news and special offers. They provide birthday cakes and even party decor!
Contact: dearlittlevanilla@gmail.com or call +65 8292 2582.
Pickup Location: Le Crescendo, 233 Paya Lebar Rd, 409044

Absolutely loved all these desserts, once again a very big thank you to all the sponsors mentioned in this post.
More on my other sponsors here, happy reading! <3

With lots of love,
XueWei

Juice Cleanse Challenge with Beauty Cleanse

Why do I say it’s a challenge?

Well, recently I achieved something that I never thought I would be able to- Go 3 days without food! Being a foodie, I love to indulge in good food and not being able to eat was something that did not interest me at all.

Before you start going, “Are you kidding me?/ How can you not eat for 3 days?!?!”, well, let me tell you that I did not really went without food, but rather, replacing my meals with healthy, organic and raw cold-pressed juices for 3 days! I was very determined about starting my juice cleanse (definitely in need of this given the amount of desserts/good food I have been actually recently) *guilty*.

Time to kick start the healthy regime!!!

Beauty Cleanse
So what’s so special about Beauty Cleanse? Why can’t I just buy a blender and make the juices myself at home?
The answer to it: The Norwalk Juicer, which is known for its best juicer in the market!

The_Norwalk_Juicer

Beauty Cleanse’s juices are produced using it, it utilizes a hydraulic press of about 4000 pounds (2 tons) worth of pressure to cold-press every single fruit and vegetable.
This is to ensure that each single drop of goodness contains the maximum amount of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and live enzymes and energy for your body, differing significantly from the centrifugal/domestic juicer that applies high heat destroying the integrity of the nutrients! Wow, isn’t that amazing?

Have you heard of Cherie Calbom? She is a certified nutritionist and juice expert who is extremely well-known.  Beauty Cleanse’s juices are nutritionally designed by her, to ensure that our bodies undergo optimal detoxification, cellular repair and renewal.

Due to our hectic and busy lifestyles, our bodies are worn out and overworked. Thus, “hitting the reset button” every once in a while will allow our bodies to clear themselves of the trash and junk that have been accumulated and congested throughout the years. Hitting the reset button? Well, it means to do a juice cleanse!

A Juice Cleanse essentially gives the body the break that it deserves from unhealthy food choices (we all are guilty as charged), to recover and rejuvenate from all that strenuous digestive work it has been doing. It is to nourish your body with life-infusing nutrients with juices made from fresh, raw (unpasteurized) and organic fruits and vegetables and to flush out those toxins in promoting the healing & renewal of body, spirit & mind. When you are on a cleanse, your digestive system takes a break so that the energy gets channelled into healing and renewing your cells.

In a juice cleanse, you replace all your meals with 6, organic, raw and cold-pressed juices (500ml each). In between the juices, always stay hydrated during your cleanse by drinking herbal tea, water, lemon water, coconut water and/or ginger drink, Gentle exercises such as brisk walking and low intensity yoga are great for best results during the cleanse. More importantly, remember to get plenty of rest to aid the elimination process!

Based on reviews and recommendations, I decided to start my juice cleanse with Beauty Cleanse. Everything can be easily arranged via Beauty Cleanse’s website and I just had to decide on the dates and type of juice cleanse programs. I was so excited and happy when Beauty Cleanse sent these 18 bottles of colourful and fresh juices right to my doorstep the evening before the start date of the 3-day juice cleanse program!

A 3-day Beauty Cleanse care package came with 18 bottles of juices (6 each day) and organic supplements which included a pack of Colosan Powder, 6 Spirulina Tablets , 3 Acai Berry Capsules , 6 Milk Thistle Capsules (liver support) , a pack of Green Superfood, 6 Flaxseed Oil capsules and 3 packets of Organic Pu-Erh Tea.

Organic Supplements

What are the Organic Supplements for?

Beauty Cleanse’s Juice Cleanse Programs are accompanied with supplements, which further support the cleansing process and maximize the potential benefits that one  will receive during and after completing the cleanse.

Colosan Powder
Colosan Powder produces powerful and detoxifying effects. It helps in facilitating the elimination of toxicity by oxidizing toxins and fecal matter in the bowel, has a laxative effect due to the oxygen thus thoroughly cleanses the colon and bowel.
Spirulina 
Spirulina promotes digestive and bowel functions. The richness of natural chlorophyll contained helps to clean and detoxify our blood, internal organs, and bowels by aiding the body in processing more oxygen, reducing toxin build-up in the process. It  promotes optimal blood pressure and the growth and repair of human tissue. It is also protects the cells from free radical damage and enhancing the functions of the immune system.
Acai Berry 
Acai Berries contain the highest known source of antioxidants for increasing metabolism, fatty acids Omega 3, 6 & 9, along with loads of essential vitamins and minerals. They are also high in fiber low in glycaemic index which helps in keeping your blood sugar well-balanced, enabling you to stay energized longer while controlling appetite and allowing you to achieve weight loss.
Milk Thistle 
Milk Thistle supports liver health & detoxification and is formulated to support normal liver function, promote bile production, secretion and release, help extend and replenish the power of glutathione – a super antioxidant essential to liver health and nutritionally support healthy fat metabolism in the liver.
Green Superfood 
Organic green superfood provides essential nutrients and energy to the body. The digestive enzymes, fiber and probiotics work together to help the body digest and absorb nutrients and food, eliminate waste and toxins from the colon and digestive tract and support a healthy digestive system.
Flaxseed Oil 
Flaxseed Oil is formulated to contain Omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids which are necessary for increased metabolic rate to burn more calories, oxidation rate, energy levels, weight loss, strengthened immune system, improved brain function, eliminate water retention and clearer skin.
Pu-Erh Tea
Pu-Erh has been well known for its powerful digestive and cleansing properties that allow it to digest fatty foods, increase metabolism and reduce bad cholesterol, resulting in a controlled and natural weight loss regime.

Beauty Cleanse also provides a cooler bag for you to bring out to keep juices cold and fresh!
How thoughtful of them :)

How my 3-day routine was like:

9.30a.m : Started off with warm lemon water first, drinking half of the Carrot Blend with one tablespoon of Colosan Powder
10.00a.m: Had the supplements, more warm lemon water, finish the rest of the Carrot Blend
12.15p.m: Started sipping on the Dark Red Blend (Coconut, Mint, Watermelon)
2.30p.m: Dark Green Blend (Apples, Celery, Cucumber, Ginger, Romaine)
4.45p.m: Pale Yellow Blend (Cayenne Pepper, Honey, Lemon)
7.00p.m: Light Green Blend (Cucumber, Honey, Lemon, Mint)
9.30p.m: Cashew Nut Milk (Cashew Nuts, Honey, Sesame – advised to drink it one hour before bedtime)

Carrot Blend

Cashew Nut Milk-  Definitely my favourite drink! So yummy and fragrant!

Having read the juice cleanse guide, I found out that it is a MUST to start the day with Carrot Blend (where you will add the Colosan powder) and always end your day with Cashew Nut Milk. Moreover, it is advised to drink the juices 2 hours apart and in small portions. Remember to shake juices well before you consume them! I repeated these steps for three consecutive days.

Day 1:
Started my day with carrot juice  This was not my favourite juice, as I hate celery but luckily the smell and taste of the carrots was strong enough to make the juice just as tasty.
Second juice was better, watermelon and coconut tasted very delicious!
I was feeling abit hungry after my first juice but was surprised that after my second juice, I did not feel hungry anymore. I did not expect that these juices tasted so yummy, I thought they would be tasteless.
Colosan powder really did had a huge effect on me, went to the toilet a few times during the day.

Day 2:
The juices tasted exceptionally good, I think both my body and taste buds have gotten used to the juice cleanse. Mr Boon from the Beauty Cleanse team called me in the early afternoon to check on the progress and how I was doing, great customer service! Beauty Cleanse has also been sending me daily tips to help me with the program and I appreciate how they have guided me through the program.

Day 3:
Third day was more challenging than I thought. I was starting to feel hungry, my stomach was growling. I had to constantly fight off food cravings as it was a Sunday where my family eats together. It was quite hard to be drinking my juices while they ate in front of me. Mum cooked such a lovely dinner and all I can do was watch them eat :'(

END OF THE CHALLENGE!
I am so proud and satisfied with myself to have preserved throughout the cleanse without cheating! I always indulge in good food and after the cleanse I feel happy, healthier and lighter! The weight loss was a bonus.

Beauty Cleanse provides daily email and phone support and I am glad that they were very supportive and helpful in preparing me for this juice cleanse. I am really satisfied about how Mr Boon has assisted me throughout this program. He was patient with my questions and guided me before, during and after my cleanse, through their cleansing guidelines and messages to help me complete the entire journey. Thumbs up to their customer service, it was brilliant!
Thank you Beauty Cleanse for sponsoring me this juice  cleanse program!

Live to eat is important but don’t forget to detox at least once a year.
Time to Achieve a Healthier, Radiant, Glowing you!

Contact Number: +65 9371 7949
Email: info@beauty-cleanse.com
Website: www.beauty-cleanse.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeautyCleanse
Instagram: http://instagram.com/beautycleanse

With lots of love,
Xue Wei

Crepe Signature

Crepe Signature
Crepe Signature is a take away kiosk located at the basement of the Clementi Mall and it serves crepes that are filled with natural fruits and ingredients. They hope that every customer can enjoy crepes with happiness, love and warmth of a family with their tagline being, “Power of Crepe is power of Love!”

I am amazed by their extensive menu options! There are 36 different flavours of crepes to choose from and I did not expect that crepes can come in so many different flavours. Crepe Signature

Mix Seafood CrepeAdding some BBQ sauce to the first crepe I am going to try!

Mix Seafood Crepe_01Mix Seafood Crepe- $5.50

Mix Seafood Crepe- An infusion of crab meat, tuna, kasubushi, sweet corn and lettuce. I thought this combination would taste weird, but surprisingly it was really tasty. The sauces which include mayonnaise, thousand island and BBQ sauce, complemented well with the ingredients that were beautifully wrapped.

Mix Chicken CrepeMix Chicken Crepe- $5.50

Mix Chicken Crepe- A mix of chicken sausage, slices, floss and vegetables were wrapped to form this huge crepe portion! One word- YUM!

Honey StrawberryTime to try some fruity crepes!

Honey Strawberry_01Honey Strawberry Crepe- $3.60

Slices of strawberries were placed on the caramelised honey surface area of the crepe. This is quite refreshing for a change, the strawberries were very fresh and yummy which made for a delightful treat!

Honey Strawberry_02I love how beautiful the strawberries are pasted on the crepe.

Chocolate Peanut CrepeFancy having some sweet and crunchy crepe?

Chocolate Peanut Crepe_01Chocolate Peanut Crepe- $2.60

This is definitely for someone with a really sweet tooth. For one side of the crepe, rainbow sprinkles are scattered on the chocolate jam and for the other half, peanuts were used. I love how this crepe turned out to be so crispy as it was lighter without much ingredients being used. For this crepe, it can be stored in the fridge for up to a week but it must be sealed in a tupperware to maintain its crispy texture and yumminess.

Ice Cream CrepeI believe this will be a kid’s favourite, ICE CREAM CREPE! Choose from 3 flavours- chocolate, strawberry and vanilla to go with your crepe.

Ice Cream Crepe_01Ice Cream Crepe- $4.50

They have value set meals too. For the first row, you can order a crepe with a drink and for the rest you can add a drink and ice cream. I feel that the prices are pretty affordable!

CrepeSo what kind of crepe do you fancy? Sweet, savoury, fruity or icecream flavours? Come down and try them, I bet there is one for everyone!

A big thank you to Jennie who made the crepes and patiently explained more about Crepe Signature to me. If you aren’t really a person who likes crepes, head down to the Clementi Mall for other food options. The Clementi Mall is well complemented by a wide variety of established restaurants and cafes such as Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert, Ichiban Sushi, Seoul Garden Restaurant, ThaiExpress as well as confectioneries/snacks stores such as Baskin Robbins, Crystal Jade My Bread, Four Seasons Durians, Tori-Q and many many more!

I was actually planning to spend an hour at the mall but surprisingly stayed for 4 hours shopping and exploring with my family! This mall has so much to offer with many trendy and fashionable choices for me to choose from.

With more than 100 restaurants, cafés, fashion, sports and specialty stores, The Clementi Mall is an exciting, fun loving and fashionable shopping destination not just for the family but for the young and trendy. It is the heartland for people residing in the West, a place where shoppers will get a memorable and amazing shopping experience.

Address:
The Clementi Mall
3155 Commonwealth Avenue West
Singapore 129588

Shop Unit Number: #B1-K17
Website: http://crepesignature.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrepeSignatureSingapore
Instagram: http://instagram.com/crepesignaturesg

Happy eating! <3

With lots of love,
Xue Wei