Friday, May 25, 2018

[food review] Toby's The Dessert Asylum - Tradehub21

I've never been or heard about Tradehub21 until my recent tasting last week at Toby's The Dessert Asylum. I was there with my Baby, Tracy and Sweetie, as well as their respective partners.

 Toby's The Dessert Asylum boasts an exciting line up of hearty restaurant favorites and beloved desserts made from original American recipes. The restaurant was founded back in 2009, and was previously located at Marine Parade. However, it has since moved to TradeHub21 along Boon Lay Way since 2015. This is definitely a piece of good news for all 'west-siders'. If the crowds at Jem or Westgate are way too much for you, then this restaurant might be a good option.

I love the alfresco area, as it has ample natural lighting. Check out the giant monkey dressed up in a corporate styled black/dark purple outfit near the entrance!

Don't be fooled by the restaurant name 'Dessert Asylum', as this eatery place serves more than desserts! It offers an extensive menu of affordable American-styled grub and also has an impressive list of drinks and desserts!
The Hulk-A-Mania (SGD5.90) is a refreshing fruit juice, made of freshly green apples, lime and sour plum. It basically comes across as a fruity beverage that has a sour/sweet taste. It is the perfect drink to keep you feeling refreshed under the scorching sun!
The Lemon Demon (SGD6.90) is made of lemon sorbet + Lemonade.

The Liquid Gold (SGD5.90) is made of honey lemon + soda, and the Lychee Lust (SGD5.90) was made of lychee juice and blended with ice. 

The Pear-A-Dise (SGD5.90) is a refreshing ice blended pear drink, and the Oreo Monster (SGD7.90) is made of chocolate ice-cream + crushed Oreo cookies. 

I love the crispy bits of popiah skin scattered on the surface of the Smoked Duck Pizza (SGD16.90). The simple artisan pizza was sprinkled with chunks of smoked duck slice, shiitake mushrooms, and generally drizzled by the sweet-savory hoisin sauce.
 I recommend this thin crusted Smoked Duck Pizza as a 'MUST-ORDER' food item at Toby's The Dessert Asylum.

The Chicken Cordon Bleu (SGD18.90) looked crispy on the outside and once it was cut into halves, the pipping hot mozzarella cheese flowed out immediately. The chicken meat and the ham were tender and toasty. You get a choice of between potato salad, fries or garlic rice to accompany the dish as well! Lastly, the orange lemon butter sauce paired up pretty well with the dish, as it added a soft touch of tanginess!

The Baby Ribs Platter was the star during the entire tasting, and it consisted of 3 different type of flavors (BBQ, Hickory Smoked and Guinness Stout) of succulent of succulent prime rib meat, for the carnivore in me! Each platter comes with 5 sides - Potato Salad, Onion Rings, Mashed Potato, Taco Fries and Cheesy Focaccia Bread! 
Each Baby Rib was well marinated, which resulted in a well-balanced flavor! The Guinness Stout added a hint of bitterness, in order to tone down on the sweetness of the rib. The guys enjoyed this flavor the most, among the three choices. The ladies preferred the Hickory Smoked flavor instead, as we felt it was more tender, stickier and sweeter, as compared to the Stout version.
Good news to all sticky bone lovers, Toby's The Dessert Asylum are currently running an offer for the Baby Ribs Platter, and each order of the platter is now only going at SGD49+ (usual price: SGD89+). This promotion runs till the end of May. As the food was quite amazing, I will definitely be back to Toby's for more meals!

We couldn't leave without trying their desserts, and we went on with some signature desserts from Toby's The Dessert Asylum. The Fruit of the Forest (SGD5.90 per slice) was not just any ordinary run of the mill blackforest cake, as it contained a significant amount of rum, which made the taste unique! It was embedded with black cherries, and is the perfect dessert for those who love a rich chocolate flavor!

The Rambo 7 (SGD7.90 per slice) was such an Insta-worthy rainbow cake and it tasted as good as it looked. I love the dark and white chocolate coating! 

Do try the Ondeh Ondeh (SGD7.90 per slice) for the taste of Malacca. I enjoyed it very much, as the level of sweetness was just perfect for me. Most of my friends, especially the closer ones know that I am not really a fan of anything that has a high sugar content, so everyone was surprised that I had a good helping of this Ondeh-Ondeh cake! I think this was the most popular cake as well among our party, and I noticed that other patrons were having slices of the same cake in the restaurant! I strongly recommend this cake to those who don't like their cakes to be too sweet.

We had the Seek Asylum (SGD15.90), and it is the standard of what every rich dessert should be! The mud pie was served with a combination of macadamia and mocha almond ice-cream, completed with a bed of crushed cookies and drenched with yummy chocolate sauce. The name of the dessert was as awesome as it tasted too! Please lock me up in this 'dessert asylum!!'

The Arctic Bombshell (SGD12.90) is one of the restaurant's choice creations. Essentially, it is a soft chocolate brownie, layered with thick chocolate ganache, and topped off with vanilla ice-cream. The entire dessert is then covered by a rich, fluffy sweet meringue that forms the outer shell of the dessert. It looked absolutely beautiful on the serving plate. Sharing is advisable for this decadent dessert treat! 

Every dessert lover will love to stay at Toby's The Dessert Asylum as a so called, 'Dessert Prisoner', as the amazing list of desserts will surely tempt anyone to be lost in this world of sinfully enticing sweetness! This place is also an ideal communal place for families and friends. With the extensive list of food and dessert choices available, there should be no chance of anyone not being able to find anything to their liking! If you are spoilt by choices, then just head for their signatures or the recommended dessert, you will never regret having them! 
I had an enjoyable gathering session with my friends. We are one of the great examples of bloggers friends turned good friends, as we knew one another since 2011. A big toast to our friendship, and I am glad that we have all found our significant others as well! Thanks Toby's The Dessert Asylum for the invite, and it was really nice to have our partners to join us in this tasting too! Really appreciate it! 
Toby's The Dessert Asylum
8 Boon Lay Way, Tradehub21, #01-35 Singapore 609964
Open daily from 11am-10pm 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

[random] Mother's Day Celebration - Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck+ Her World x G2000 Shopping Event

As Mum V loves Peking Duck, Baby and I decided to bring her to Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, which is located at Paragon Shopping Centre for this year's Mother's Day Celebration!

The chef carved out a few special pieces of duck skin to go along with unpolished sugar. This is the most traditional, and the best way in my opinion, to enjoy this dish.

The star of our meal was undoubtedly, the whole Peking Duck, which was delicately roasted to perfection! It was done in a traditional Beijing rather than Hong Kong's manner, whereby the skin is sliced with a generous amount of meat with it, and is then scented by the lychee wood used in the oven. The hand-made flour crepe, which is thin and yet elastic, made the whole Peking Duck a 'Super' success!
The Peking Duck was deliciously succulent, but the portions was slightly too much to share among the three of us. Although my baby insisted he could finish the whole thing, it was obvious he was failing by the end of the meal... Nevertheless, I personally feel that the generous amount of duck meat tasted better on its own, then having it as a duck crepe. Due to the roasting process over lychee fragranced hardwood fuel, I enjoyed it immensely! We took the left over duck meat back with us in a 'doggy bag'! 
Apart from the spectacular Peking Duck, we also had an array of dim sum items. Har Gaw wrapped in translucent skin, and it tasted pretty good. I love the freshness of the prawns! 
The dough was soft for the Char Siew Bao, but the filling was a tad overly sweet for my taste buds. However, they were yummy buns!

Our dining experience could have been better though, if it was a quieter. Due to the design of the place, there was quite a babble of noise, as the patrons in the adjacent room next to us were REALLY talking way too loudly. Perhaps if they closed the door, our dining experience would have been much better. The damage was pretty hefty, as we paid about SGD180!

I attended the Her World x G2000 Shopping Event which was held at VivoCity. During the event, G2000 showcased their latest Summer 2018 Collection. 

After the event, all invitees got a gift pack from Shiseido and a pouch from KENZO. I love it very much, as it is the right size to keep all my skincare essentials when travelling.

Thanks to my bestie, Meryl for the lovely key-rings from Hawaii! 

Lastly, I end my post with my lunch with Suni at Streats Cafe, Suntec City. Oh ya, not to forget my weekday dinner at Kim Gary HK Restaurant, VivoCity. Thanks for popping by my space!

Monday, May 21, 2018

[product review] Merries Berries Plus

The human body accumulates large amounts of toxins regularly, due to the lack of exercise or irregular eating habits. Once toxins are stored in our body, diseases and other negative health issues may occur. Therefore, detoxification is needed to flush out the harmful toxins in one's body, in order to promote overall health wellness! Recently, Detox drinks have gained a lot of popularity due to the obvious health benefits and ability to eliminate toxins. They also help to boost metabolism, and to increase weight loss.

Detox drinks also serve as a natural laxative to ease bowel movements in order to improve digestive health, as well as to promote positive healthy liver functions. Detox drinks also help to reduce the signs of aging, as well as to cleanse skin cells in order to give one a rejuvenated, healthier glow in complexion!

Recently, I was introduced to a whole new detoxification product, Merries Berries Plus which works as antioxidants. This product does not contain any chemical substances and artificial colorings. Maqui Berry is one of the key ingredients, which I am told, is only harvested once a year. It works effectively in anti-aging, invigorating oneself, weight management, and improving one's vision and skin beautification.

The instructions are pretty simple : To enjoy the berries detox drink, all you have to do is to mix one sachet with 200ml of water and to consume it at night before bedtime. However, all things should be taken in moderation, so do not overdose on it, even if it tastes delicious, and seems like a normal juice/cocktail drink! To maximise the effect of Merries Berries Plus, you need to drink 2litres of plain water daily, do simple exercises at least, such as strolling, and to get sufficient sleep while also not forgetting to maintain normal dietary habits.

Thanks for sending the box of Merries Berries Plus which contained 15 sachets and a drink shaker for my review. I have been taking the Merries Berries Plus for almost a week, and it really helps me in my bowel movements as I do suffer from constipation at times! My body felt lighter after my bowels are cleared regularly. Thanks Merries Berries Plus as you are my saviour for my constipation woes! 
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

[food review] Siamese Cat at Novena Square

Tuk Tuk Cha has changed its name to 'Siamese Cat' for both their outlets at Suntec City and Novena Square. Other outlets in Singapore will still remain as Tuk Tuk Cha. I assume this change was made by the company as an experiment, as both the outlets bear a different menu. Do check out their outlets soon!

I was delighted to receive an invite from Siamese Cat for a casual tasting event at their Novena Square outlet.

We started off the tasting with their signature drinks in the eatery place. Meryl got herself the Thai Milk Tea (SGD2.80), Shu Qing had Avocado Coco (SGD5.50) and Cookie and I went for Yuzu Soda (SGD4). The Thai Milk Tea allows patrons to choose their preference on the sugar level, and this is definitely worth mentioning! 

The sour-spiciness of the Mango Salad (SGD5.80) sparked up our appetites! 

I enjoyed the Butterfly Pea Glass Noodles (SGD6.80) very much, and it tasted as good as it looks! This dish is definitely insta-worthy! 

We fell in love instantly with this plate of Phad Thai (SGD7.80) after trying out a mouthful. It tasted awesomely flavorful, and was simply addictive!

Next was the Northern Tom Yum Noodles (SGD9.80) which was served with a generous portion of ingredients. The northern taste of the tom yum is slightly different from the usual taste we've tried in some of the local restaurants. We enjoyed this dish immensely.

I love the pre-cut bite-sized cubes of the Condensed Milk Milo Butter Toast (SGD4.20), and each cube was fluffy, crispy and buttery. The combination of the Milo powder compliments each other perfectly. It was a pretty addictive snack and is 'A MUST-ORDER' for all sweet tooth lovers! 

We enjoyed this unique dessert, Coco Yolk (SGD4.80), as it contained frozen egg yolk, which was served together with coconut ice-cream!

Lastly, we had Charcoal Mango Sticky Rice (SGD8.80), and it turned out to be our least favorite during the entire tasting. The charcoal sticky rice unfortunately lacked flavor and was a tad too dry for my liking. The saving grace of this dish was the accompanying Mango, which was extremely sweet.

Siamese Cat is currently running the 'Summer Float Fiesta' to redeem a float cup holder for SGD4 with any value meal. OMG! I love the Pink Flamingo and of course everyone's favorite, Unicorn Drink Float! 

Thanks for the invite, and we had a pleasure experience at Siamese Cat Cafe, Novena Square. 

Siamese Cat Café
Suntec City - #B1-173/174, 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 039593

Novena Square - #01-68/69, 238 Thomson Rd, Singapore 3076