Sunday, January 25, 2015

Garden Picks - The Dried Fruits and Nuts Company


What began as a web-based wholesome snacks supplier from a pursuit to bring a quality wide array

of dried fruits and nuts to Singaporeans from all walks of life, has now grown into a manufacturing and packing facility producing and supplying a diverse range of dried fruits and nuts to corporate workplaces, government ministries, schools and hotels. 

I am so excited to be receiving so much yummy and healthy snacks from Garden Picks! Now i can snack on them without feeling guilty because I have a bad habit of snacking ALOT! I am also secretly hoping to be able to Finally Slim down and get healthier this year! Snacking on these healthy nuts would definitely be a start!

Salted Caramel Flavour is everywhere nowadays! Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Cupcakes etc! Garden Picks has just the right nut for you - Salted Caramel Peanut($7.75/500grams Pack)! *Cheers* Sweet fragrant of the caramel yet a little saltish to balance it out. I could not stop popping one after another into my mouth.

Red, Green, Gold - The colours you can find in the Mixed Berries and Nuts($9.00/500gram pack) pack. Great for a perk up snack because just by looking at the colours it makes you want to grab it already right? :) I think that the human brain will be really attracted to food that looks appealing. Sweet & Nutty, it is really addictive!

These crunchy Baked Almond($11.20/500grams pack) nuts are a joy to have in your salad, yogurt or cereal. Crush them slightly and you can sprinkle over your ice cream for a healthy addition to your treat, If not, Just snack on them just like what I do in office! The Canadian Maple Cashew($14.75/500grams pack) is something special because of it's Canadian Maple Syrup Coating, making it extra crunchy but each bite releases a wave of aroma of maple syrup.. Ahhhh... Bliss.

Dried fruits lovers rejoice! Bringing you a deliciously juicy Royale Berry mix($7.50/500gram pack) of Cranberry, California Raisins, Apricot and Green Raisins, all mixed up, waiting for you to dig in. Mix them into yogurt or your salad for a burst of colour!

Chia Seeds($10.00/500grams pack) has been appearing on many weight loss articles because they can deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very little calories(Yay to low calories). It is also loaded with antioxidants though there are no studies whether it has more over blueberries or not. Mix them in Yogurt, Pancakes or smoothies. There are so many ways to enjoy these little things.

All of the selection comes in Standard Pack(120grams) & Bulk Pack(500grams). They are having an all year promotion for the standard packs, Buy 3 for $10! A Great deal to start healthy snacking or even buy them in time for Chinese New Year! They even have Chinese New Year Bundles for you to choose from! So go explore their website and dive into the world of nuts & berries!

Do check out their website and dive into a world of healthier and yummilicious snacking experience!

Garden Picks

With Love, M

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe


With everyone Cafe Hopping here and there, I've also come to realize that we have more and more Thai Food Joints opening up, serving Mookata and Authentic Thai Style Tze char dishes. I always have a craving for thai food every few months. Makes me miss Bangkok everytime.

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe was founded by homegrown businessman, Ron Poh five years ago. It started with the passion of seeking real authentic Thai food. Ron was an engineer by training and owns another business in the Telecommunications Engineering industry. He has an unexplainable affinity with anything Thai, from culture to food. If you are one avid fan of Thai food, you’ll be happy that someone is doing it the real authentic way right here in the heart of Singapore; from using charcoal for soup and steamed dishes to maintain heat consistency and quality, importing tea leaves from Thailand for the signature Thai Iced Tea, different own-made dressings for different dishes, to desserts made from scratch, or even customized dishes... and this is exactly the authenticity Ron wants to bring across as the brand personality and offerings of Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe.
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If you are looking for a classic meal of Thai cuisine that delivers on taste and won’t break the bank, Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe is the right place for you. The cafe is decked out in a comfortable non-intimidating Thai decor, with ornate patterns, bouquets of flowers and ceiling fans whirling. The cafe looks out onto the lush greenery and a quaint garden. Savour authentic Thai cuisine with laid-back atmosphere, and enjoy them so much that your taste buds sing!

Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe
Blk 115 Aljunied Avenue 2
#01-32, Singapore 380115
Tel: +65 6767 8558

Iced Thai Tea($2.00) & Ice Lemongrass($1.80) is the most common drink choice for my friends and family, haha! The Thai Ice tea is so addictive with its aroma but the lemongrass can put out the fire in my mouth when I start my feast. Oh.. Dilemma!

Thai food can't do without pork, herbs, seafood and Chilli in my humble opinion! I personally take pork very seriously because if not handled well or otherwise, pork can turn into a disaster dish. But no worries at Spicy Thai, Their BBQ Pork Neck is so fragrant and tender, we could not stop going for it. It's a little sweet, a little smokey, similar to what we chinese call the charsiew.
BBQ Pork Neck $10
BBQ Chicken Wings $6 (4pcs) / $9 (6pcs)

Seafood is always a highlight at any Thai Restaurant/Eatery. Ranging From Shellfish to fresh water fish, you can have a wide range of options to choose from. Thai Cuisine also love to use basil in their cooking because it has a very special aroma which makes it really tasty. Just like the Basil Mussels, Fragrant and slightly spicy, and you can still taste the freshness of the mussels! Their Prawn Cakes were Juicy and Plump. Generous with the prawns, less flour or what not, makes my $2 per piece feel so worth it.
Basil Mussels $15
Prawn Cake $2 per pc
Deep Fried Kang Kong with Special Thai Sauce $10

I love eggs, Fried, Steamed, Half Boiled etc. Spicy Thai's Dill Pattie Omelette will definitely make heads turn with its aromatic fragrance from the use of Dill. My fellow diners were praising it and could not resist going for more! Another variation would be the Water-fry egg. I do not know how they did it but it's so yummy and I'm sure it would be great for the kids! The Crispy Sun-Dried Fish is a great contrast to the soft water-fry egg, but when you eat them together, it brings out the aroma of the sun-dried fish and makes it really pleasant to the palate.
Dill Pattie (Cha Om) Omelette $8
Water-fry Egg with Thai Style Crispy Sun-dried Fish $12

I would like to recommend the La La Bee Hoon, Full of sweetness from the Fresh Clams and the peppery kick from the white pepper used is enough to make you addicted! I can't take spicy food well but I couldn't resist going for more of this dish! The La La is more than bee hoon Lor I think, So generous!
Lala (Clams) Bee Hoon $18

While the Red Emperor Snapper was very rich and full of flavour and mouthfeel, the Thai Walking Catfish won my heart in every possible way. From the spicy lemon soup to the super tender flesh. I've never ever dared to try catfish despite see-ing it in many restaurants because I was afraid of the muddy taste of a freshwater fish, but the Catfish at Spicy Thai made me want to explore more variations of the catfish now!
Red Emperor Snapper with Chilli Garlic $Seasonal Price
Thai Walking Cat Fish with Spicy Lemon Soup $28

Thai Desserts are so simple yet so delicious. Just like the Sticky Glutinous Rice with Mango, 3 simple ingredients, 1 wonderful dessert, though I feel that the Glutinous Rice could been done better. A comforting dessert would be the Tapioca in coconut milk, warm and sweet, Mmmmm.
Sticky Glutinous Rice with Mango $6
Tapioca in Coconut Milk $3.50

Beautifully Coloured Chestnuts enclosed in a layer of potato flour to have that shiny outer layer. The Thai Red Ruby paired with some sugar syrup and Coconut milk, served Iced Cold for maximum enjoyment. Best way to chill down on a hot day in our sunny singapore would be to chow down on the Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera Cubes & Calamansi served ice cold, Perfect Combination to cool you down after all the fiery exciting thai dishes.
Thai Red Ruby $3.50
Lemongrass Jelly with Aloe Vera Cubes & Calamansi $2.50

Have you started to think about your reunion dinner plans? Why not head over to Spicy Thai to have a slightly different cuisine for Reunion Dinner this year. Or maybe a reunion dinner with your friends this year. Haha, Check out Spicy Thai's New Year Offerings!

Cheers To a Happy New Year everyone and a boutiful Lunar New Year!

Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe

With Love, M

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pince & Pints with #barcodespricetag

Finally made it to Pince & Pints with #barcodespricetag. Lobster Rolls have been such a hype for the past year that we had to try out one of the most expensive one!! At $48++ for every type of item in the menu, Pince & Pints doesn't disappoint and you will definitely feel that your money is worth it! Though I would seriously consider going early or real late or in small groups so that you will get a seat soon as they DO NOT take reservations. 

Blurry group photo to start the night, we were all so hungry!!! Can you recognize who is who? :x

Lobster Roll - Mesclun Salad, Sour cherry & Balsamic Dressing accompanied with Shoe String Fries. Juicy and Chunky Pieces of Lobster Meat tossed in Mayonnaise, served on the Fluffy yet crispy butter fried bun. It was so good I had to share it with everyone on the table!! There was only "OMG IT'S SO NICE!"

Steamed Whole Live Lobster for those who wants the Au Natural Sweetness of the Lobster. Juicy meat paired with a side of salad and show string fries and buttery sauce! Grilled Whole Live Lobster has the slight charred aroma which makes it really addictive!! Meat is less juicy but still as chewy and delicious!!

1 Word to describe this Chilli Lobster would be - Tomatoish (is there such a word?) Slight Tinge of spiciness could be tasted but it did not dampen our mood to dip the fluffy deep fried mantou into the eggy sauce!

Pince & Pints Restaurant & Bar
32,33 Duxton Road
Singapore 089497

It was an awesome night with #barcodespricetag (inside joke) and we will look forward to more foodie meet-ups in 2015!! We will always be the most noisy group of girls in the restaurant. Hahahaha!
(L-R) Hui Zi, Tse Lyn, Susan Wong, Rosental & Me

With Love, M