Cake-ception

I’m not one for excessive sweets. In fact, certain types of sweets and flavourings makes my head hurt. Usual suspects are grape, melon, strawberry (sometimes), basically anything too artificial-tasting.

So when Cake Avenue invited me to the tasting session for their new dessert menu inspired by classic American diner foods of the 60s and 70s, I was a little bit scared and skeptical. Would it be too sweet? But if I don’t try, I wouldn’t know yeah??

Alphabet Soup was first item served.

AND I WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY.

Firstly, it really looked like Alphabet soup!! And everyone at my table had already tucked into half their servings when I arrived (slightly late! Oops!) and they were raving about how good it was. This lycee mousse with lycee and raspberry chunks was really delicious and well-balanced. Highly recommend trying this.

The Matcha Unicorn, was a little too sweet for my liking. I think it could be topped with more matcha powder. But very photogenic, obviously. Do check out their other flavours – Blush (Strawberry) and Sunshine (Mango & Vanilla).

Diner Sliders – dark chocolate ice cream ‘burgers’ sandwiched by vanilla butter cake ‘buns’, served with raspberry sauce, masquerading as ketchup, and passionfruit sauce disguised as mustard. I really appreciate the little detail of white sesame in the top ‘bun’. Without thinking too much about it or realising, I finished the entire slider. Yums! The slider is also served with a side of fries (seen in lower picture).

Another one worth trying, and possibly my favourite of the lot, The Great Con-Dog. Made to look like a corndog, this warm dessert filled with sweetcorn custard is crusted in bread crumbs and fried *slurps!* I think I like it most because it is both sweet and savoury. Served with strawberries and vanilla ice cream.

The last item was the Nachos Dulces. Dessert nachos anyone? This was probably the most interesting of the lot. The nachos are actually a crispy flatbread. And the dish is served with chocolate mousse, peach, strawberry compote and pistachio ice cream, playing the roles of ‘beans’, ‘cheese’, ‘salsa’ and ‘guacamole’ respectively.

This menu is available from 1 September 2017 onwards.

Cake Avenue is located at 33 Lorong Kilat #01-01/02, Kilat Centre, Singapore 598132 (nearest MRT: Beauty World)

Follow Cake Avenue on instagram at @cakeavenuesg

Backpacked and ready to go

Do you remember your first encounter with Moleskine? Do you remember your first Moleskine?

Maybe I have a strange love affair with stationary; with paper; with objects. Perhaps this also leads to my slightly unhealthy borderline hoarding status. But I remember exactly where I was the first time I had a true interaction with Moleskin – I was at my (then) workplace, speaking with a customer from Ethiopia (who, at that point was working for HDB, designing flats for ‘the masses’à la Singapore) , and he drew out a map of his country just to give me a better idea of where he came from, and how beautiful his country was.  Writing about this encounter now, it sounds a little bit creepier. Because he did say to contact him if I ever found myself in Ethiopia. But I also remember thinking, I’ll probably never meet anyone else from Ethiopia, how cool is this encounter.

Anyway…

If you haven’t had that first Moleskine encounter yet, all that may change now that Moleskine is rolling out a range of bags.

Starting late August, Moleskine is rolling out a line of slick bags islandwide – backpacks, totes and duffle options are available in colours such as black, steel blue, myrtle green and slate grey.

This bag series draws inspiration from the Moleskine notebooks – minimalistic, rounded corners and deceptively unassuming. There is also, hidden in the interior of each bag, a little label which reads, ” In case of loss, please return to: ___ “, just like their notebooks. Love this detail!!

If you’ve been looking around for a suitable work bag. One that is easy to carry around, looks professional and doesn’t break the bank *too* bad, this range is worth considering. Prices range from $148 to $279.

Personally, the Classic Tote Bag ($178) is something I’d definitely consider getting. It reminds me of my old tote that I used to carry EVERYWHERE. Before I spilled water in it and then it disintegrated ):  But the Classic Backpack ($239) looks sooo good to travel with. I’m contemplating planning a holiday around this bag. lol!

I’ve been using the Classic Backpack (lightly) the past 2-3 days. And I’m surprised by how well the material holds up. It’s soft but stiff/firm. It holds its shape very well even if there’s little inside. It stands on its base, and doesn’t tip over, which really impresses me a lot, honestly. I do notice that the backpack doesn’t quite sit so ergonomically on my shoulders. So I may have to adjust the straps a bit more to find the optimal length to fit more comfortably.

Other than that, I do hope that Moleskine expands the colour range to include colours such as Mushroom and Taupe, still professional, but slightly more adventurous colours.