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The Dispensary

The Tiong Bahru enclave welcomes a new quirky tenant which effortlessly blends the new and the old by reviving an abandoned Chinese medical hall and turning it into a Western cafe/bakery. All cakes and cupcakes are baked in-house with prices starting at $3 for the latter and $6 for a slice of cake.

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The Dispensary, located along Tiong Bahru road catches the eye with its bold Chinese characters, monochrome colors and oriental touches in architecture which the owners have insisted on preserving, to retain its authenticity. Medicine cabinets and a traditional Chinese weighing scale are some of the antique tools still used in the cafe and many, especially the older folk can relate and reminisce about the old times while enjoying a cup of house blend from Spinelli.

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12 flavors of cupcakes are available every day with the usual favorites of Death by Oreo, Lil’ Red (Red Velvet) and Lemon Meringue while new ones such as Kaya Cup, Lychee Indulgence and Violet Dream sure piqued our interests. While $3 may appear affordable for a cupcake, it is also worth noting that cupcakes here at The Dispensary are sized smaller than the regular ones from say Plain Vanilla.

Cake Spade @ 1 Tras Link, Orchid Hotel

Say ‘Cake Spade’ too quickly and people might assume you were referring to British fashion label ‘Kate Spade’ instead. But this misunderstanding is set to change in the near future as the cake shop’s name- Cake Spade eventually catches on with its signature cakes winning the hearts of many.

Opened by an enterprising young lady, online baker turned cake shop owner- Zenn Eng turned her hobby of baking into a business with this 300 ft small quaint space at level 1 of Orchid Hotel. We stumbled across this place one afternoon as we were on a search for a good dessert place along Tanjong Pagar and we were certainly in for a sweet treat.

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Zenn’s specialty is actually in her Tofu Cheesecakes which she sells whole, slices ($5.90) and in 3 different flavors- Strawberry, Mango and Peach. Alas, because of our lack of prior research, we missed out on ordering those cakes during our rather spontaneous visit.

Instead, we had a Lemon Tart $4.20 with a buttery crumbly crust and smooth thick lemon curd which flowed. The flavor was intense in this one and will definitely be favored by those who love a good zesty and citusy kick in their desserts.

Wimbly Lu Chocolate Cafe @ Jalan Riang

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Wimbly Lu Chocolate Cafe located at a relatively obscure part off Upper Serangoon has been on the radar for quite some time now. But having lived in the West for most of my life, venturing to the North is hardly on the cards. So when a few of my friends and I had a sudden adventurous streak one day, we decided to explore this much raved about dessert cafe.

The place was not hard to find with the GPS and once we spotted the iconic red coloured Beetle parked outside the shophouse, we knew we were at the right place. The layout of the cafe bore a subtle semblance to Open Door Policy. We were greeted by the same dim and romantic setting upon walking in, while the courtyard had similar glass paneled ceilings allowing cheerful sunlight to pass through. Furniture were mismatched on purpose, with different types of chairs and tables pulled together quite easily by that rustic red-bricked wall. And because Valentines’ Day had just passed, there was still residue decor of streamers with hearts and ornaments hanging from the ceilings, giving a whimsical touch of fancy.

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The menu here at Wimbly Lu, though not extensive, offers a decent variety of desserts such as cakes, truffles, waffles and ice-cream. There is a heavy emphasis on the sweets but savoury items such as Golden Fries, Cottage Pie and Hash browns are also available for a light snack.

For just $8.50, this Waffle with Salted Caramel Ice-Cream and Chocolate Sauce was superb. Light and fluffy with a crispy browned skin, this was faultless and easily one of the best waffles in town. The Salted Caramel ice-cream had a lovely balance of salty and sweet. You could almost feel that distinct flavour of the sea salt flakes on your tongue as well as the stickiness of the caramel all in a single taste. Unfortunately, our additional scoop of Honey and Cinnamon Ice-Cream did not have anything on that Salted Caramel Ice-cream and paled much in comparison.

Check out 5 Best Places For Waffles In Singapore for more great waffles!

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I was a little disappointed with the Eton Mess $6 which was just not as tied together and well combined as I had hoped. The cream and mixed berries sat as a separate entity from the meringue pieces instead of coming together as one dessert. I would not order this again.

The Root Beer Cake with Vanilla Ice-Cream $6 however, was a surprising and unique number. Loved how the Vanilla ice-cream really brought out the root beer flavour and had me thinking of the A&W Root Beer Float!

Recipe: [Gold Kili/Frezfruta] White Milk Tea Chiffon Cake with Kaya Swirls

Made this White Milk Tea Chiffon Cake with Kaya Swirls as part of my Get Out of the Box with Gold Kili/Frezfruta Lion City Blogger 14-Day Challenge. My second time making a chiffon cake and I loved how incredibly soft the inside was, with the crisp browned exterior for that lovely contrast. The Gold Kili Double Shot White Milk Tea powder had great flavour while the Frezfruta Kaya spread was a nice sticky, sweet touch. The cake was not too sweet either so you will not feel too lethargic and ‘heavy’ even after a huge slice!

The Azur Signatures Showdown @ Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

AZUR IS GIVING POWER TO THE PEOPLE

The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Signature Restaurant, Azur is giving fans an opportunity to vote for their favourite dishes which will be featured in the Azur buffet line-up from 2-11 November 2012. Executive Sous-Chef Alvin Leong and his team have put together eight special creations with two separate themes- Sinfully Rich and Absolutely Scrumptious consisting of four dishes each. And the winning theme will be decided by YOU when you visit their Facebook Page to “like” the photo of your favourite team of signatures from 15 – 28 October 2012. So scroll on down for a preview of the eight dishes and get voting for the team that gets your tastebuds ticking.

Team A: Sinfully Rich

Sea Salt Roasted Crispy Pork Belly with Peri Peri Sauce

A slight twist to an Asian delight, Chef Leong had cleverly rubbed some sea salt in the marinate before roasting that hulk of boneless pork belly, skin and all to a beautiful crispy golden brown and the appetizing crackling sound as he sliced it up into smaller pieces for service. A dip of Peri Peri sauce lent a hint of spice with its grounded peppers as well as a whole new dimension to this otherwise overused cut of meat in Chinese cuisine. I would however have appreciated a tad more sea salt in the salt-rub of the meat for a more decadent taste.

Summer Berries Sea Prawn with Minty Plum Sauce

Loved the presentation of this colourful and bright summery dish with the healthy use of berries for that added sweetness. This prawn was fried to perfection and had a very tasty sweet marinate probably contributed by the plum sauce used. Chef Leong says that this creation first came to mind when he participated in a cooking show catered for senior citizens as they tend to be more health conscious. So if grandpa and grandma approves, it’s definitely good to eat and good for the body.