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Food Review: La Ristrettos

This hidden café is located on the 8th floor of Novena Medical Centre. Wait what??? Medical centre?? Yes, you read that right! It was pretty difficult to find but after you’ve found its location, it is pretty easy to get there. It has a nice, cosy and homely feel to the place. Although the place looks small, there are ample seats outside. Having browsed through their menu, which didn’t have too big of a selection, I decided to try the Breakfast Crab Cakes (S$15). The crab cakes itself was nicely seasoned and fried perfectly; a nice crunch on the outside and soft on the inside. They served it with a very rustic mash potato, wild rocket, bacon, a poached egg, and drizzled with it with balsamic vinegar. All the flavours blended well with each other. The only downside was that the poached egg was overcooked. We also ordered the Panni Cotoletta (S$13). The chicken was nicely seasoned and fried and the bread was toasted nicely. It had a good bread to meat ratio so nothing was overpowering …

Food Review: Gordon St Garage

Gordon St Garage was the place where I had my first proper Perth cuppa and so you can imagine that it holds a special place in my heart. However over the past few years, apart from occasional quick stops to get some takeaway coffees before heading to Watertown, I’ve not stepped foot in here to try the food. So on this hot summery day, and with the spur of the moment decision, it was finally time to head back to the first gorgeous place that I fell in love with in Perth. Admittedly, it was daunting at first… Staring at that menu and trying to figure out what to eat. (I usually do a bit of research of the place I’m heading to before I go.) But after that initial setback, I finally selected my meal and waited in anticipation. I ordered the BBQ Salmon with quinoa, fennel and orange salad. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at dish that sat before me. The presentation was definitely different from what I had in mind. …

Tech Review: Brainwavz M5

The Brainwavz M5 retails at US$49.50 (S$65.50) but can be easily found under US$40.00 on Amazon. It comes with a hard-case carrier, several silicon ear-tips and even a pair of foam ear-tips. Honestly at this price range, the accessories that come with it is amazing. The sound drivers are housed in a nice metal and plastic housing. At first I actually felt that they were pretty flimsy but on further inspection it seems like this pair is gonna last pretty long. The wires are round thin cables but so far I have yet to get them tangled when I roll them up. It also has a remote on the wire that I like a lot. The remote is pretty small so it does not add additional weight to one side and only has one button. Now the sound… For me it sounded pretty balance and flat. On very rare occasions the instruments sometimes overpowers the vocals making it very muddy. Noise isolation is not that great either and you are still very much able to …

Food Review: GRUB cafe @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Grub is nicely located in the middle of the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. It has a nice brick-wall interior blended with the glass planes. It boasts its responsible ingredients-inspired menus and delicious food. For dinner, they have slightly more items compared to lunch. They mainly serve western food, with a few fusion dishes. Their Chilli Crab Pasta(S$18) had a good balance between the sweet and the spiciness. The linguine absorbed the flavour from the sauce nicely, making it very tasty. The soft shell crab was well seasoned and gave the pasta a bit more texture to it. The GRUB Cheeseburger(S$13) was nicely done. The meat was well seasoned, and flavourful. The proportions were balanced so that none of the ingredients overpowered the other. My only complain is that the bun was too sweet for my taste. The fries on the side was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Lastly we ordered a Truffle Bacon Baked Eggs(S$9). The mushrooms absorbed the truffle and bacon flavour nicely; but still able to taste the mushroom …

Beauty Review: Clinique Quickliner for Eyes

In my opinion, the quickest way to glam up or put together any look is a quick stroke of eyeliner. My go-to eye look has always been black winged eyeliner and if I was going for something a bit more elaborate, an addition swipe of my eye-shadow stick. After almost 6 years of practice, I can easily and almost perfectly complete my eye makeup within 5 minutes. (Thank God for steady hands!) Recently, I’ve been drawn to pencil liners which led to my latest purchases. I was browsing the Catch of the Day app when I came across these two Clinique Quickliner for Eyes that were on offer.   Since I was in the market for new eyeliner, I bought the colours 01 new black and 02 smoky brown. Initially I thought that the colours would look darker and more opaque but they turned out to be in more muted tones. Fortunately, I’ve been drawn to natural looks and did not mind it too much.   Pros:  Now I have tried many different pencil liners, and disliked most of them as they tend to …

Food Review: Word. @ Upper Thomson Road

Located behind the upcoming Springleaf MRT station of the Thomson-East Coast Line is a newly opened cafe called Word. It has an industrial, rustic theme going on. Their menu focuses mainly on Asian fusion-ed with western cuisine, and quite punnily-named menu items as well. Cut the Crab (S$15) which is their homemade crab cakes was nicely breaded and pretty salty on its own. The sauce tastes like a combination of a Thousand Island Dressing and a lemon vinaigrette. The pairing went perfectly with each other, toning down the saltiness from the crab cakes. The Vongole Le Cream (S$14) was kind of bland and a tad bit more salt would have been nice. It has quite a large portion, pretty creamy and has a similar taste to a carbonara. However it lacks some sort of meat, so this dish is kinda pricey. We also ordered the chix lollipop (S$14). The chicken was cooked perfectly. The meat comes off the bone nicely and was tender. It is quite an interesting fusion dish, using the Chinese stir-fry black pepper sauce …