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Christmas Cookie Candle

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I’m here to talk about the favourite thing I bought recently! Though I’ve already given the game away—it’s sitting right here at the top of this blog post.

So, yes! I bought a Yankee Candlelove girlIt’s the first candle I’ve ever gotten, and before this I never gave any thought to buying a candle at all because of my prejudice that 1) its sole purpose is to look pretty on Pinterest and 2) it is a fire hazard.

Well, it is still a fire hazard. Just an incredibly good-smelling one. (That’s my prejudice burning away along with the candle, by the way)

I got the Christmas Cookie candle in a small jar, and it is the most amazing smorgasbord of butter, vanilla and sugary in one scent. I love it so much that I put the jar next to me and pick it up every few seconds just to inhale that sweet buttery goodness. Is that healthy? I probably won’t even burn it until next Christmas because I can’t bear to use it yethurhur

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Supply & Demand: Pasta and…BBQ Pork Gelato?

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The other day I had lunch at an Italian bistro called Supply & Demand!

That morning I’d gotten off to a bad start because my tripod went missing (how do you lose a metre-long thing with three legs?), but I met Ju Eun in the afternoon and so all was well. Nothing carbs and conversation can’t fixnekoI had a massive plate of spaghetti (that is to say the plate was huge, the pasta portion was okay), which was veggie aglio olio sprinkled with lots of yummy olives.

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The word cichetti, I found, meant side dishes; we had a fairly abundant tray of cichetti. Apart from the pasta main, the set lunch came with an assortment of tiny dishes (see above!) including a hunk of cheese and yummy breadstick with its own tiny dish of olive oil to dip in.

Now here’s the unexpected show-stealerneko

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We ended with dessert, because I thought I’d use the opportunity to take photos for my food magazine project at school. It’s meant to be about something unique and a fusion of local and foreign food, which is how we ended up with bak kwa gelato. If you don’t know what bak kwa is, it’s sweet and savoury barbecued pork. Which you’d know immediately does not go into your typical bowl of ice cream. Or, for that matter, anywhere near your dessert.

And here it was inside the gelato.

But funnily enough, it tasted weirdly good! The kind of bizarre combination that makes you take the first apprehensive spoonful and go well, okay, maybe I need to taste that again to get the flavour. And then after that mm okay, might as well eat another since I’ve come this far. And by the fifth or sixth spoonful all universal laws of normality have been shattered and you’re just eating away as if having dried pork bits in your ice cream is perfectly ordinary.

So, yeah, I liked ithappy

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This is the lovely interior of the restaurant we didn’t actually get to sit in, because there wasn’t space for usnekoIt’s a pretty photogenic place with its high ceiling and abundance of windows and wood furniture and the odd tree, which made for a nice rustic atmosphere (that we admired from outside).

If you’re in Singapore and want to try it out, it’s called Supply & Demand and is located at Orchard Gateway in townkira

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Brunch at The Tastemaker Store

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The other day I had an rare free morning and I went for brunch at a cafe called The Tastemaker StoresmileI don’t get to go cafe hopping much (pretty much never actually) so this was a rare occasion of visiting a nice place to eat at while wandering around a faraway neighbourhood. And I really did take an hour’s journey to get to this place—it’s that out of the blue for me because my everyday life is just home→school→home (repeat).

The truth was I came with a duty in mind; I needed photos for a project and this was one of the stops. But a pretty cafe on a quiet weekday morning before class? Needless to say I wouldn’t go there just to take a picture and leave after two minutes. Since I was alone I brought a book to readgirlIf I’m by myself I always have to read while I eat because it’s my favourite way to relax.

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I got a kaya toast set; it seems to be an English take on the traditional version because it uses English muffins and clotted cream instead. The toast was $3, which isn’t expensive especially since it was tasty and filled me upneko

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Had a nice cuppa to round up the little muffin feast! I wish I could do this more often, but all the nice cafes are too far away from home. Though some of them might be worth the trek, like this one. The term break’s coming up so it’ll be a nice pocket of time for me to explore other dreamy cafes, even if I only ever venture out in the daytime. Time to time I need a break from being a homebody!

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Chiso Zanmai: The Return

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No, I’m not a food blog yet. I just wanted to share some pictures from when I went to Chiso Zanmai for lunch with my friendsnekoIt’s my second time going there to eat—the first time was for my school assignment (the one about cheap buffet places, hoho).

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This was my plate this time; there were new items like okonomiyaki and corn croquetteshappyI wanted to try more different things, but I couldn’t ignore the takoyaki so I took it again. And the green tea tofu.

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My beloved currygirlI wanted to eat it with rice but I didn’t want to be too full so went without.

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It’s a croquette mountain. I love croquetteslove rabbitWhen I first went around the plate was empty so I was disappointed, but then when I passed by again it was filled! Magic. Or maybe the chef just cooked a fresh batch. And there were so many of them! But I only took one. (I am now accepting congratulatory messages, thank you)

I tried to keep the main dishes to the minimum…

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Desserts! Desserts! Otherwise known as the priority.

Most of them were still the same as the last time I went, but there were some that I’d never tried before like the sweet potato pudding and strawberry swiss roll. So of course I ate them (all)love girl

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This was really interesting! Matcha egg tartnekoAlthough think I was the only one who enjoyed it, because my friends aren’t crazy about the green tea flavour. But I thought it was delicious. Egg tarts have the best combination of flaky crust and soft puddingheartThe green-ness of it just made it stand out even more.

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Standard mochineko

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And its cross-section.

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I had a good time at Chiso Zanmai againkirakiraFor such a good price, there’s a lot of food and nice ambience too. We got a table overlooking the river this time, so at least there was something else to look at besides the food.

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Next time I’ll blog about something other than food for a changeneko

See you next post!

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Music Monday ♬

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Hellokira kiraToday I just wanted to share some of the music I’ve been listening to recently! I listen to my song in phases—one week I’ll be listening to happy-sounding pop, the next week I’ll be repeating ℃-ute’s entire discography, and the week after it’ll be a whole playlist of Ghibli jazz. Something like that. It varies.

The past few days or so I’ve been playing the same stuff over and over again while I toil over my assignments because I’m too preoccupied to change up the songsneko

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1Partition Love — Tokyo Girls’ Style

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TGS’s new single hasn’t been released yet, but I’m already hooked on their song. I’ve been listening to the previews on YouTube for the past few weeks! It’s supposed to be out on Wednesday, but it doesn’t make much difference because I keep going back to their channel for my daily listen.

The only thing is, I’m not sure I’m into the whole concept about forbidden love. The song is all about falling in love with a teacherhmmThe MV follows this entire saga of the girls getting a crush on their new teacher—and then things escalate quickly when they start making lunch boxes and going out with him. Which makes me feel kind of weird when I watch the girls make romantic advances on this good-looking albeit significantly older man.

But! I still love the songnekoThere was also a live performance that was put up, and it’s almost even better than the MV version because the members’ vocals are amazing.

Listen to it here! → http://youtu.be/QEojg0y70LQ

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2Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa — Morning Musume。’14

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It’s been almost two weeks since it got number one on the charts. I’m still listening to it lotslove girlOut of this single my favourite song is actually What is LOVE?, but the previews were out a long time ago so it’s not quite as catchy to me as it was two months ago. I like Egao no Kimi just as muchkiraIt has this incredibly bouncy tune that just seems to pump out self-esteem and happiness.

Listen to it here! → http://youtu.be/fcQMPbbq_Fs

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3Kumori Nochi, Kaisei — Ohno Satoshi

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A random old song! But Ohno is always relevant so that’s okayloveHe has one of my favourite male voices, and the song is also one of those that instantly cheers me up when I listen to it. I’ve been feeling down a lot in the last month or so—this is my go-to song. It’s my recommendation for a cloudy mood! How fitting.

Listen to it…after you’ve downloaded it or bought it I can’t find it on YouTube because it’s too old sorry:')

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Those are the songs I’ve been playing lots recentlysmile

Here’s a picture of the steamed bun I ate.

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With lotus seed paste! It’s so soft and springy. Yummm.

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Tsukada Nojo & their Hotpot

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Recently I went to Tsukada Nojo, a Japanese restaurant that’s famous for its beauty hotpot. There was a lot of hype about it; it sounded interesting so I went to try it with my family.

And it was tasty!girl tongueI’ve been there twice now.

The bijin nabe (美人鍋—beauty hotpot) is so named because of all the ingredients that supposedly help beautify a person. I don’t know how well that works, but I ate it more for the fun of seeing the pudding-like lump of collagen melt.

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That’s collagen from organic chicken bones all piled up in the potdiet nekoI know some people might find it alarming, the way it’s piled up like that—but I’m being honest when I say it’s delicious.

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When all that collagen melts, the result is an extremely tasty soup (really, I could’ve just come for that alone). The waitress then comes back to pop all the ingredients in. They follow a specific order of putting them in to make sure the hotpot’s as delicious as possible. Such carehappyIt looked gorgeous with all the vegetables and mushrooms and tofu and everything else propped up in the bubbling pot.

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Noodles come with the hotpot, so we got egg noodles.

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Bijin nabe is the signature dish, but there were other yummy side dishes. The nikumaki was amazing—fat, fluffy rice balls wrapped in baconlove rabbitIt was like biting into sauce-drizzled happiness.

They did a really good job at presenting the food! And I like Tsukada Nojo even more because of how fun they are with customers. They have a loyalty system that treats customers like office management—on the first visit you get a mock Assistant Manager business card with your name on it. After another visit, you’re promoted to Manager and get a new card. And then it goes on and on as you keep visiting—if you visit enough (i.e. lots of) times, you eventually become the President. Not for real of course, but I thought it was a cute way of getting people to come back.

On my second visit I got promoted to Manager! I’m doing wellhurhurAs reward for getting a promotion, there were appetisers on the house. We had edamame and fries.

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They were delicious toolove

The service was great. We were served by a young Japanese waitress who was went out of her way to be friendly and chat with us as she set up our dinner. At the end there was a complimentary dessert plate too!

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The dessert was just tiny jelly cubes, the main point was the message and illustrations drawn on in chocolate sauce. They really put a lot of thought into details like these to make customers happy. It was adorablecryheart

If you live in Japan or Singapore I hope you’d try out this placeheheIt’s good for a treat once in a while, and to have fun during dinner with friends or family.

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Nana’s Green Tea

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I studied with Ju Eun today! We worked on an assignment together.

As usual we messed around and laughed a lothappyBut it’s all right because we did get our work done. Study dates aren’t conducive without a bit of fun, anyway. Otherwise we’d just be a pair of stressed out bricks.

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Before dinner we made a quick stop at the Kumamoto Fair in the supermarket. I adore these food fairs because they’re like a little festival and during the Japan ones they bring in Japanese chefs who smile and welcome you to their stall while they do things like chop tuna up in front of people. I ate nishime manjuu—steamed bun with my beloved bamboo shoots as a filling.

We headed to a Japanese café called Nana’s Green Tea for dinner after that!

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The two of us shared everything just to be kinder to our stomachs and our wallets.

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Curry udonheheSomething warm to start us off. There’s always some sort of cosy feeling with curry udon.

And then there was this.

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It might possibly be the best dessert I have ever seen.

So it deserves a close up.

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There’s a cake in it. A cake.

And a blizzard of matcha ice cream, whipped cream, cornflakes, vanilla ice cream and a lot more sweet stuff (plus guilt) stacked on top of each other. This is the kind of thing that I’d use the word fantabulous for. A good point was that the ice cream stayed frozen for quite a long time, which was just as well because we took forever to take pictures.

Then we scooped it out bit by bithappy neko

It was a sweet addition to our study date. Even though we were doing work it was still funheartI think we took a lot of pictures. Haha. It’s a requirement between the two of us.

But of courseneko

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