Who let the dogs out

Entering Doggiestyle Cafe, you’d note that the door can only be opened by you. The people-only door ensures pets are allowed to roam freely and are not able to escape from the cafe.

Allowing your dog to mingle with others in a small enclosed environment can be very nerve-wrecking for a first-time dog owner. But getting over this fear can be rewarding as it allows your dog the opportunity to make friends with others. My heart melted a little when I saw Sweetie, my little English bulldog, play with the two resident French bulldogs, Tofu and Pickles.

We ordered dinner for ourselves and cupcakes for the dogs. Pet food came in cardboard boxes so that pets can gobble up to their hearts’ content without making too much of a mess.

What makes this cafe different from other pet-friendly cafes:
– there is a pee pad and water fountain at the side of the cafe
– grooming & dog sitting services are available
– there are other food options for pets from food to custom made cake

… and you can eat in peace and be sure no one will be giving you weird or angry stares when your dogs run havoc around! 😉

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Velvety love

Red velvets are a perennial favourite for most girls (besides chocolate chip cookies) because they are so addictive to eat, lovely in pictures and perfect for gifts. There are many recipes I’ve tried but I prefer the one from Allrecipes because it uses a little bit of salt and sour cream which makes it even easier to pop one cupcake into your mouth after another without courting cavities. This recipe is also really a no-brainer to follow (important for amateur bakers like myself) and you get a batch of delicious cupcakes – easy pronto.

Be really generous with the frosting because it isn't any good without a heap of cream cheese

Follow the baking rule and fill cupcakes to 2/3 of cups. I was a little conservative, could have done better.

Sprinkle with hearts or rainbow rice and they are ready to go on show!

Red Rainbow Velvets

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 (1 ounce) bottle Red Food Color
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 (16 ounce) box confectioners’ sugar

A bit of everything

International buffets are usually a hit-or-miss for me because different cuisines don’t really go well with each other. Thus I didn’t have high expectations when we went to Todai in late November. The place was packed when we arrived, and we were really lucky to be offered a private room for the five of us.

My first instinct was to go for the rows of sushi that caught my eye when we were walking in. The california rolls and sashimi were great! I could just fill up on them and be happy without venturing into the other sections.

But I headed over to the roast counter after my first plate. Everyone was raving about the roast beef and I had to try it. I paired the roast beef with some cold cut meat and broccoli before grabbing an oyster to try too. Then came more roast beef and potato gratin that will remind you why you can’t live without carbs.Everything was well replenished all the time except for the chilli crabs where there was always a queue. I was in my lil happy bubble eating a year’s worth of cheesy prawns and scallops that I didn’t even consider about the crabs which were limited to 2 pieces per pax.It is a pity that the dessert section was very forgettable, or I wouldn’t mind going back again in a few month’s time.

Todai
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #b2-01, Singapore 018972
Lunch buffets start from $42++ & dinner buffets start from $54++

PS: Todai was in the news recently because of a food poisoning incident. I think it’s probably a one off-thing as we had a lot of raw food that day and we were fine.

Fuji-Q Highland

One of the highlights of our trip to Tokyo was Fuji-Q Highland. We are roller coaster junkies and it was one theme park that we didn’t want to miss. There was only enough time for us to take three rides but the adrenaline rush from these three is probably more than what most theme parks can offer.

The first ride was Eejanaika, a 4th dimension roller coaster with the greatest number of inversions in the world. According to wikipedia, a 4th dimension roller coaster is a type of steel roller coaster whereby riders are rotated independently of the orientation of the track, generally about a horizontal axis that is perpendicular to the track where the cars do not necessarily need to be fixed to an angle.

The 2 hour waiting line barely quailed my excitement to be on the ride. There couldn’t be a better way to start the day than a 4th dimension roller coaster ride with a Guinness world record! The 14 inversions on the 8th tallest roller coaster in the world definitely added more oomph to this crazy ride. Just think of it as ups and downs with alternate view of land and sky. 😉

Not the best panaroma shot of Fujiyama 😛

Fujiyama with Mount Fuji in the background

Fujiyama, the king of roller coasters was our second ride. It is the 8th largest drop at 230 feet, 7th highest (259 feet) and 3rd longest roller coaster ride in the world. You can almost feel the love everyone had for this ride while standing in the line, and you have to sit the ride to understand how an old school out and back roller coaster nails it even without any loops. I wished I didn’t tighten my seat belts so much that I missed out on all the air-time throughout the bunny hops which is like the highlight!

We only had enough time for one last ride due to the long queues and we chose Fuji-Q Highland’s new ride, Takabisha over Dodonpa. Opened on 16 July 2011, it is the world’s steepest roller coaster with a beyond-vertical drop of 121°. I felt that it was the least enjoyable, or should I say scary, ride of the three though. It starts in pitch darkness below it launches into a few crazy loops and makes its way up a 90° slope where you are perpendicular to the ground. It then takes its time to creep on top of the loop before it descends quickly down the 121° drop and zooms into a few more loops. It felt too deliberate at times and it was too well executed that it took away from the thrill factor. To think I thought it would have been the most scary ride!

Ack my hand looks awkward but obligatory churro shot!

Fuji-Q Highlands is about 2 hours from Tokyo and we bought the Q pack which was quite a good deal. 7,100 yen for a day pass as well as a return express bus ticket which you can choose between a few time slots. The bus terminal is also conveniently located in Shinjuku station which was quite near the hotel we stayed in. 🙂

Universal love for bacon

BaconWe love breakfast/brunch on weekends and bacon adds that extra oomph. Enjoy the best of two continents with these easy recipes.

American style
Sandwich with milk. Spread mayonnaise on both slices of your bread. Place bacon, cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomato in your sandwich and chomp away

English breakfast
Scrambled eggs, baked tomato, fried bacon and toast with mushroom. Tastes best with a nice cup of tea/coffee

Filipino food 101

Tapsilog & Bangsilog (aprx $5)

Tapsilog is a simple dish of beef with rice and a fried egg, but you should not underestimate it. Its secret weapon lies in the black and white vinegar. Very understated but oh so flavourful when you dip your beef in the tangy sauce. You can try equally yummy Bangsilog (fried fish) too. Oh, and the meals come with soup and free flow drinks. Only two types of cordial were available, but no complains.

Chop Suey (aprx $10) & Crispy Pata ($28)

Crispy Pata (fried pork knuckles) was the highlight of our meal. It was so nicely fried that it was crispy throughout and the oil was properly drained. There wasn’t a huge layer of fats, and it tastes good with or without vingear. Definitely better than the one I tried in Paulaner Bräuhaus. We also ordered Chop Suey (mixed vegetables) to have some greens amongst all the glorious meat.

Brazo de mercedes

We ended our meal with Brazo de mercedes which didn’t have much taste. It is a sponge cake roll looking meringue with custard filling. I am not sure how I spent most of my life without trying Filipino food but I will make up for it. 😉

Jologs Bistro
304 Orchard Road #04-03 Lucky Plaza Singapore 238863

SoulOut at Pasir Ris Farmway

Beer & Wings at SoulOut

If ever on any unfortunate day, you feel like having Jerry’s BBQ & Grill, decide to go to Soul Out instead. Driving to Soul Out (you can only get there reasonably by wheels, not bus not taxi not train otherwise you’d have problems finding your way home), is not unlike the speculative journey of navigating remote, unlit roads at Seletar Airbase. They’ve got pretty amazing hot wings too.

We know this place is close to Ericsson’s Pet Farm – but we always still gotta make a series of turns and U-turns before we actually find it. Ironically, I find it partly exciting that we have to hunt for our food.

The motivation is simple. $45 for 4 crabs & 4 bottles of beer. You heard that right… now take a while to digest the information.

Butter crabs

All right, so that night the promotion wasn’t available but we still got 3 Butter crabs for $52 and they turned out mighty fabulous. Mostly outdoor seats for beer-drinking and loud laughter with no need to take note of any p’s & q’s.

Curry fish head, hot plate tofu, sambal kangkong and eggplant

We also had an assortment of Tze-char dishes that were well-done. Their sambal specialties – which you can choose with prawns, asparagus, kang kong, sotong or clams, is good enough for any veteran chilli-eater. Ooh, and the curry fish head blows.

Not a place to go to often because it’s a pain to get to – but if you need to wind down from a long day of work – as I have, the distance helps. Eating cheap and good crabs away from the city district is a therapy in itself. Will be back.

SoulOut
11 Pasir Ris Farmway 1 Aquafauna Centre, Kampong Pasir Ris, Singapore 519355
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