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29 Sep 2013

Maccha House 抹茶館 - If there is such a house, I would want to live in it


Being a hard core Matcha fan myself, needless to say, Maccha House naturally attracted my attention and
automatically registered in my 'must try' list. The name Maccha House made me fantasize a house of
entirely green/brown furnishing, scented with the aroma of matcha, decorated zen style with tons of matcha
food products! Before my imagination could get any wilder, here's a picture of my friend's Matcha and
Vanilla soft serve cone. (He already started licking his bi-coloured tower before I could snap a decent

shot.) Although the matcha taste was intense, the price was a bit unfriendly to his wallet. 

As for me, I decided to try something unique and ended up picking Ice Matcha with brown
sugar syrup. I was quite shocked upon receiving my tall glass with a mess of cream that has

such a horrible texture and looking split. After stirring the cream for a brief moment, I took
a sip and immediately fell in love with my drink! A strong intensity with bitterness not too
unbearable for my taste buds. (My resistance to Matcha's bitterness could be a little high
though.) The brown sugar syrup only helped to sweeten the drink a little and imparting a
bit of malt candy flavor. I tried slowing down my drinking pace but to no avail and in no
time, the glass was empty with me trying to suck every last drop of the drink with my
straw. I would definitely be back for more in future!   

7 Sep 2013

Rakuzen - A Jap dinner with mum!


My mum and I were already starving and I was on a verge of having stomach cramps due to excessive
hunger. It was already 7+ and we still have not eaten our dinner! I seriously disliked the feeling of
starvation but I still led my mum all the way from Suntec City to Millenia Walk, believing that there would
be yummy food existing around that area. I was right! There were quite a couple of restaurants in there as
well as hidden around the bends. My mums choose Rakuzen, which I had in mind since I had cravings for
Japanese food. The place was rather quiet and dimly lit, so I felt my eyelids getting heavier every moment.
I shake myself up, trying to enjoy the peaceful ambiance and the beautifully designed furnishing around
me.  

My mum ordered the Tonkotsu Ramen which looked like an ordinary bowl of ramen. (Instant
noodles would be more liked it.) How do you actually present a bowl of ramen to look
more appetizing? Tough one I supposed. Despite the non-attractive presentation, the soup
base was really superb! It was soothingly light and the umami flavor was irresistible. My mum
really enjoyed her ramen but the greatest disappointment was that the Tonkotsu Ramen here
had no Tonkotsu in it. Therefore, it was basically a plain bowl with only some vegetables to
go with!   

As for me, I had a craving for sashimi but wanted something more filling. So I ended up 
picking the Sakura Chirashi Don - Mixed sashimi over japanese vinegared rice. Pardon
me as I really could not tell if the sashimi were fresh all because I did not get a satisfying
feel after consuming them. All I knew was that there were no traces of any fishy smell
emitting from them. The prickled ginger slices were unusually good with mild pungentness.
I guessed the pink sugar I left behind was sakura sugar as I did not like additional artificial
sweetness in my don. On the whole, the price tag was something I should consider before
stepping into any Japanese restaurant, which my mum would be oblivious to.  

2 Sep 2013

12 Cupcakes - Just another 3 of it


YAY! 3 more cupcakes tried from the variety of 12! Mocha, Cookies and Cream and Strawberry
Chocolate. Typical girls would definitely go crazy over these lovely cupcakes. Although I felt the pinch
over the price, I felt that the ingredients used were of decent to good quality. The flavoured cupcake bases
were of constant denseness and richness and a generous dose of flavour infused cream was piped neatly
on each of them. I was quite thankful that the colours were not too artificially vibrant as compared to other
outlets which could have turn me off easily. Simple designs are usually alright for me as long as quality is there.

Another shot of the trio of cupcakes! Luckily the buttercream did not smudge too
badly yet!