It has always been a joy for me to grab a cup of bubble tea to sip on the go whenever I felt the need for caffeine or a sugar rush. In short, bubble tea is definitely my source of motivation! I recently tried Bober Tea which currently have 5 outlets around Singapore and pending more.
They pride themselves as being one of the world’s leading tea makers, using premium tea leaf and brewing techniques for great tasting teas. I headed to the outlet located at Boon Keng and tried 6 of their bubble teas!
Situated at Sky Terrace at Dawson, just barely 10 minutes walk from Queenstown MRT lies Qi Philosophy Cafe amidst lush greenery.
As the founder, Choo San strongly believes in a well-balance life, clean eating as well as proper nutrition intake. Therefore, she personally curate each recipes and even uses healthier ingredient options such as brown rice and low GI basmati rice. She also keeps in mind of customers that requires special diets so that they could enjoy her modern fusion cuisine without worry.
Still not knowing how to pronounce “Don Quijote”, titled after the chivalric main character of a fictional Spanish novel, I recalled my dining experience I had at Don Quijote Spanish Restaurant which was located at Dempsey.
Don Quijote is an authentic Spanish restaurant in Singapore, not only acclaimed for their tapas and traditionally made Spanish fare, but also for their selection of alcohol. The owner has been to Spain for at least 10 times (and counting up) ever since the resturant has started 12 years ago. Every photographs framed up in his resturant were taken by him.
The dishes served here were basically non-region specific dishes and I started off with a glass of Virgin Sangria ($10.00/glass), a non-alcohol version of Sangria Tinto (red) ($14.50/glass). It was a refreshing and light drink with fruit cubes in it. Spicy Calamari ($16.00) was my addiction as it was rather fresh, great texture, nicely grilled with spicyiness just right for me. I had to skip the ‘Live’ Gambas al Ajillo ($18.00) due to allergy, yet the sight and fragrance of nicely brown chopped garlic loaded on top of the large sea prawns was so alluring.
I had an instant liking to the Croquetas con Jamón ($16.00) after my first bite on its non-oily, yet crisp shell with velvety smooth potato and ham filling. Definitely a great snack to go with alcohol. The Secreto Iberico a la Plancha ($26.00) was Iberian pork grilled to what we called ”medium rare” in steak. It was slightly chewy and perfectly safe to consume despite the ”medium rare” state since these ”clean” pigs ate only grass and acorns.
Another highlight which I regret to take a decent picture of was the Rabo de Toro – Ox-tail stew ($36.00). The same recipe for the past 12 years and a great comfort food. The meat was so tender that it readily fell off the bone. I could not help grabbing bread and dipping it into the rich savoury stew!
Spicy Calamari ($16.00)
Croquetas con Jamón – Croquettes with spanish ham ($16.00)
‘Live’ Gambas al Ajillo – Live’ sea prawns in garlic and olive oil ($18.00)
Secreto Iberico a la Plancha – Grilled spanish ‘secret’ iberian pork ($26.00)
Cutting off the gimmicky plate breaking session during the serving of the Asado de Cochinillo Espanol as probably only the more tourisy resturants does that. The ½ Oven-roasted spanish suckling pig was served with really crispy skin and tender flesh as well. I would love to stuff myself silly with this dish.
Chuletón de Buey ($18/100gm (total – $324)) was the charcoal-flame-grilled bone-in tomahawk rib-steak weighing 1.8kg that day which wowed everyone with its grandeur size while ”bone-in”. My image was already deboned and sliced neatly, revealing the medium rare flesh.
As for the carbs, both Paella Valenciana w ‘live’ Boston Lobster and Fideuá Negra w ‘live’ Boston Lobster ($65 (large) + $79 (w lobster)) were brimming with umami, probably the carbs had well absorbed the flavors of the seafood.
Last but not least, the desserts served were Bomba de Chocolate -Warm-chocolate ‘lava’ cake ($19.00) and Churros with chocolate sauce ($16.00). Both desserts use Blanxart artisanal chocolate imported from Barcelona. Being a hardcore chocolate lover myself, I enjoyed how the chocolate wasn’t overly sweet nor ‘gelat’.
Trying out less common cuisines such as the Spanish fare from Don Quijote would always be an interesting experience for me. Although dining indoors tend to be more cosy, having it al fresco with alcohol and snacks would be a great way to chill too!
Asado de Cochinillo Espanol – ½ Oven-roasted spanish suckling pig ($169 for medium)
I was lucky enough to get hold of a pair of Singapore Coffee Festival 2017 tickets for the trade preview on Thursday and decided to head over to Marina Bay Cruise Centre to explore. It is basically a festival to showcase Singapore’s speciality coffee, local kopi as well as the cafe lifestyle.
I arrived about 7pm and there wasn’t much crowd since the people attended that day were probably bloggers or from the media. The aroma of coffee filled the air and I was trigger-happy, busy snapping photos, but of course not forgetting to appreciate the booths that were beautifully set up to attract and welcome visitors. Be prepared to get your bags spot checked on both level 1 and level 2 before entering!
Each ticket holder will be entitled to a card with 2 stickers that could be used to redeem 2 cups of sample beverage. I ended up using both stickers on chocolate drinks since I am rather sensitive to caffeine and definitely would not be able to sleep the entire night. I loved the chocolate drink series from Grounded Pleasure so much that I ended up buying a packet of French Mint Drinking Chocolate (S$16.00) that reminded me of Christmas! I also tried the cream muffins (S$3.00 each) from Hattendo and they did not disappoint. The bread-like texture with a caramelised biscuit-like top was filled with lovely cream. Unfortunately only the kaya cream was left since both the chocolate and matcha were sold out.
With over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry, scheduled activities such as educational talks, workshops as well as music, it would be a great way to spend one’s weekend.
The event is happening from 4 – 6 August 2017. Do check out their webpage here!
Check out other shows I have attended, there are many art shows in Singapore.