Sarah’s The Pancake Cafe

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Every week, the MOs have to go for their GDFM classes and before that they get to have lunch. I’ve been feeling a tad left out, but not left out enough to want to sign up for the class. So this week I suggested lunch together at Sarah’s Pancake Cafe.

I’m glad we did because the food was delicious. And it was halal friendly, which is great because that means we can arrange for outings there as well.

There was a delicious pancake with caramelized banana and chocolate ice cream.And there was a pancake burger, also known as the PBG, with pineapple and eggs and beef patties. And there was a lovely pancake with caramelized apples. We also tried their Indon fries.

By the time we finished eating we were all in a good coma and were struggling to leave.  It’s a small space, and won’t be able to accommodate a large group. But if you like brunch this is a good place to check out. They also have pasta.

It is located at the East Village (430 Upp Changi Road) in Bedok Simpang. Seriously go for the underground parking if you drive.

Hours:

Saturday 9AM–11PM
Sunday 9AM–10:30PM
Monday 11AM–10PM
Tuesday 11AM–10PM
Wednesday 11AM–10PM
Thursday 11AM–10PM
Friday 2:30–11PM

No prizes for guessing where we are going next….

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Listen, I know that the Internet is filled with food guides and tour guides for Tokyo. But sometimes, having a book or books males me feel better. Because it’s such a short trip, I borrowed these books from the library to feel more prepared. Unlike Copenhagen where I was figuring out stuff on a day to day basis. I feel like I need something to fall back on should the need to be more ‘productive’ occur (a total oxymoron on vacation…but I’m a type A. Sue me.)

La Brasserie–Singapore Restaurant Week 2016

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Its Singapore’s Restaurant Week! Woo-hoo! The one time of the year when simple folks like me get to eat like, well, the not so simple folk! A fellow colleague, the GourmetLover, went onto the website and picked a restaurant several weeks ago and on Monday, we finally got to try it out!

So first, the quick and dirty. La Brasserie is located at the Fullerton Hotel by the Bay. So the Fullerton is divided into two parts. The first one is where the old Post Office was located. The second one is right next to the Customs House. Its a really really nice Grand Hotel. If it wasn’t because we were going to have dinner there, I’m not sure I would have even dared to step in there.

Diners who reserve their spot for restaurant week at La Brasserie get a set menu for $58++ per person. Erm, SIGN ME UP PLEASE!!!

 

The Menu is as known as the “Feast of the Sea” and is as follows:
Poached Egg served with sliced Parma Ham, Shaved Parmesean and Petite Green Salad

or

Sauteed Prawns and Chorizo served with Pine nuts and Watercress Salad

Filet de Bar served with Chargrilled Courgetres, Mint, Fresh Tomato relish and house fries or

Braised short ribs served with truffle infused meshed broad beans and fine beans

Rose and Corn cake served with Rose Caviar and vanilla ice cream.

Because there were three of us, we had at least one of EVERYTHING.

And it was DELICIOUS. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to afford to go there on any other day (or week for that matter). But the food was super delicious. And IF there was a really really good reason/occasion, its on the shortlist for sure.

HÖST

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On the last night of my visit to Copenhagen, the concierge at the excellent Ibsens Hotel got me reservations to HÖST, a COFOCO restaurant, which supposedly has fine dinning at “affordable prices”. I’ll be honest. I won’t be able to afford eating at that restaurant every week, but while on vacation, it was worth the splurge!

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Anyway, here’s the menu I picked (there were two choices, I believe the main course for the second menu was beef and I much preferred pork).

Höst Menu 
 
Hake 
mussle-cream, baby-spinach, 
purée with parsley 
 
Pork neck 
burned white kale,  
fermented garlic and lingonberries 
 
Spelt ice-cream 
apple-purée, wheat grain, 
and meringues from grain-coffee 
 

Well, in short. The meal was fabulous. The pork was crunchy, yet tender at the same time. The Hake was similar to the one I had at Work in Progress (not surprising since the sous chef apparently works at both places). And the service was impeccable. Everyone was so nice. And explained everything so patiently to me. IT was absolutely yummy. The ice cream was a nice treat to end the meal with, I really liked the crunchy bits. I was surprised at how fresh the fish was as well.  The portions look small but by the time the meal was done, my stomach was *quite* satisfied. I sometimes wish I’m a food critic. And then maybe I can write a nice piece about how soft and stringy the squid was in the mussel soup, or how crunchy and tender the pork neck was. Unfortunately, I’m not the best writer. I just enjoy taking pictures of my food, and then posting it somewhere.

That said, the price of the meal was fair. Definitely cheaper than Relæ but just as enjoyable. Its called fine dinning after all. Well worth the splurge.

Here are important details:

Address: Nørre Farimagsgade 41, 1364 København K, Denmark

Hours:

Saturday 5:30PM–12AM
Sunday 5:30PM–12AM
Monday 5:30PM–12AM
Tuesday 5:30PM–12AM
Wednesday 5:30PM–12AM
Thursday 5:30PM–12AM
Friday 5:30PM–12AM

Aoy’s Thai Noodle Bar

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So remember my post a while back about Aoy’s Thai Noodle Bar located at B2 of Changi airport T3? Well I was craving something savory this afternoon and decided to go back. I think they might have expanded their menu. Either that or I didn’t look closely before. This time we ordered the dry chicken pork chop wanton mee. Mom wanted to try their porridge. I was very surprised because porridge? In this heat? Well the porridge ended up looking like what I would think of a rice soup (literally rice in soup) but mom says that’s how Teochew people make porridge.

Copenhenmark, Denmark

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Have you heard? The Danes are the happiest people on Earth! I guess they’ve moved on quite dramatically from their depressed schizophrenic Prince of Denmark after their primary residence was changed from Elsinore to Amalienborg Palace.

That said, my latest vacation to Copenhagen was something that I had been looking forward to for weeks, and yet, surprisingly (or not surprisingly), I barely planned for it. And as my sister would say, when you fail to plan, plan to fail. And I sort of did, sort of. I mean, I probably spent more than what I should have, and had I spent some time planning, I might have saved some money. Still, even though I did overspend, a little, I did have a good time. And I think, if I had known, that everything was going to close at 4 or 5 pm, I might have planned my sightseeing a little better too.

But there’s a lot to see in Copenhagen. And there’s also not much to see in Copenhagen. If that makes sense. I think a lot of it has to do with what sort of sightseeing you like to do. I spent a bit of time going to the modern art museums, only to find that I’m still not a super big fan of a lot of modern art. At the same time, I don’t really think that Copenhagen is a big haven for a lot of the Classics. They did have a Golden Age in the 17th century (I think) but I’ve seen a lot of the more classical pieces of art in the past and these days, instead of trying to see everything all at once, I tend to see what catches my eye whenever I enter a room and kind of just zoom in on it. Copenhagen also has a thing for their sculptors, and there are a lot of them everywhere but that’s not necessarily what I’m into either. I do, however, like architecture (that’s a recent thing), and I love old churches (but apparently only the Renaissance and the Gothic ones). So I guess what I’m saying is that if I had done my homework, I could have been a lot more focused in my sightseeing, and saved myself some dough, and perhaps not have been as rushed even though I was there for a week, which is a lot of time to spend in such a small city.

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That said, there are a couple of ways to lower the costs of your stay. Most of the State museums are free. The Hirshsprung museum (a really cool small art museum) is free on Wednesday, along with the Thorvald Museum (mostly scupltures). The Carlsberg art museum is free on Tuesday. The castles and palaces all have an admission fee, and that includes the Christanborg Palace, The Amalienborg Palace, Krongberg and Rosenberg castle and Roskilde Cathedral. Climbing up the Tarnet at Christanborg is free. But to see the Round Tower, it will cost 25dkr, and so does climbing up the round spire at the Sankt Anne church. Freetown Christiana was an interesting experience. I’m not sure what I should have expected. I was expecting happy hippies? But it wasn’t as pleasant as my imagination would lead me to believe. Paper Island has good and fairly affordable food. 7Eleven, surprisingly, has great coffee and some of the best tasting croissants in the city.

I had gotten a 48hour Copenhagen card. I think it released a bit of the pressure on trying to figure out what I wanted to see, and I felt freer about taking public transport. That said, I think I might have saved a bit of money by just getting a 24hour city pass or 24 hour transit pass and using my student card to get cheaper admission prices at the castles. Or getting a Parkmusernee. Unless if you really plan your time really really well, the 48hr Copenhagen Card might not be as worth the price you are paying for.

 

So here’s a big picture summary:

the Copenhagen card which comes in 24hrs, 48, 72 and 120 hours allows you to go to MOST of the attractions in Copenhagen (and some out of it) and also comes with free transportation on all modes of public transport (water taxis, bus, metro, subway) to all the zones (as far as Roskilde and Helsingor). May be worth it if you are short on time and cannot go to the free museum days.

There’s a combined ticket for Kronberg and Amalianborg (but there’s no student ticket price for that). Kronberg also offers a separate student ticket price.

There’s a combined ticket for all 4 sites at Christanborg palace (but if you are only interested in the reception rooms…just get the reception room ticket. Bonus if you have a student pass on you).

All the palaces and castles have student ticket pricing.

There’s a 24hr City Pass that allows unlimited travel on public transport.

The Museum Park Pass (Parkmusernee) will cover the The David Collection, The Filmhouse, The Hirschsprung Collection, SMK (National Gallery of Denmark), The Natural History Museum of Denmark and Rosenborg Castle.

Free Museums:

The David collection

Staten Museum for Kunst (its next to Kronberg castle)

The Botanical gardens (but you’ll have to pay for the greenhouses)

Free Museum days:

Thovald museum is free on Wed

Hirshsprung museum is also free on Wed

The Glyptoteck (that’s the art museum that was built by the founder of Carlsberg) is free on Tues.

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