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Brought to us by the people behind Sogurt, KARA Café & Dessert Bar offers the best of both worlds with their eclectic menu injected with Thai, Japanese and Western influences as well as their all familiar froyo flavours.

Loving the décor - the edge of sophistication with the brick walls and fauna motifs while retaining the vitality and playfulness of the brand seems to translate into the food too, imho. From hearty grain/salad bowls, comforting grilled toasties to appetising side and bites, the new concept of the flagship outlet certainly makes for a wholesome and welcoming café. But synonymous with Sogurt, you can’t leave KARA without having DESSERT!

Keeping the self-served froyo bar, opt for an upgrade from their Do-It-Yourself froyo cups and explore their House Desserts which comes with a softie swirl flavour of choice - Homemade Mochi Waffles and Freshly-baked Skillet selection. And for the waffles, there are 4 different options to choose from: Matcha Berry, Scarlet Red Velvet, Charcoal Sesame, and Plain Banana Nutella. Drawn to the Charcoal Sesame ($12.50), the chewy base was pleasantly dense and went along perfectly with the toppings of in-house sesame brittle, sesame puff sticks, lotus crumbs drizzled generously in speculoos sauce. The creamy frozen treats on tap were also two thumb-ups, featuring new favourites like fruity Strawberry Thyme, delicate Lychee Rose, and floral scented Maple Lavender. But my pick that day would be the good ol', velvety, and a low-fat gem - Dark Chocolate!

A big thanks to @Burpple for the invite, @karacafesg for feeding us and Li Ping for hosting us!

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Handcrafted Almond Tart

Easily one of my new favourite ice cream parlors, Geometry is the ideal dessert spot following a satisfying meal at ABC Market. Loving the array of unique and especially fruity flavours that they offer, the artisanal gelato cafe also specialises in some of the most enticing homemade sweet treats - such as their brownies ($8.90) but you certainly can’t miss their signature Handcrafted Almond Tart ($9.90).

Crumbly, buttery, soft and slightly crusty on the edges; the french almond tart was really good on its own. The rich nutty, almond flavour combined with the buttery fragrance of the pastry was delicate yet decadent. And perched prettily atop the lovely tart, the staff recommended the premium Sunset Kiss Sorbet - When Mango meets Strawberry. A romantic mix of tangy zest with a sweet aftertaste. Each order of the tart comes with a salted caramel floss crown too, which not only serves as a sugary decor but added a great crispy texture to the treat. Overall, for me the elements were good individually and even better together.

Down to the last week, seize your chance to win a 3D2N all-expense paid staycation at M Social 5 Star Luxury Hotel by simply enjoying and voting for your favourite Dilmah Tea Inspired Menu when you dine in at the participating cafes/ restaurants till the end of the month!

And one of them is NOM (No Other Meaning) Bistro & Bakery which is offering a simple pairing ($10/set) of their signature Earl Grey Lemon Cheesecake ($6.50/slice) and Cold Brew Dilmah Chamomile Tea ($4.90) - perfect for afternoon tea. Moving pass their well-loved rainbow layered cakes, the cheesecake was truly lip-smacking with the slightly tangy lemon curd top. The earl grey infused cake was moist and aromatic with none of the usual richness that I dislike in a cheesecake. Loving how all the elements meld incredibly well together, the cold brewed chamomile from Dilmah’s Vivid range certainly lifted the flavours of the bake even further and brought out the extra citrusy notes. Not only do they serve good cakes, their comforting mains are worth checking out too and great to bring the young ones for a playdate at their allocated play corner.

Be sure to share your photos of your tea-inspired treats with the hashtags #TeaInspiredAwards #TeaInspired #DilmahSG.

Read more here: http://competitions.dilmahtea.com/tea-inspired-awards/
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Thank you @Burpple and @dilmahsg for the invite; and especially Christie @xtietang for sharing with me what goes into NOM and the story of how it all started.

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More Meat Monday for Me

Having heard many mixed reviews about The Betterfield, I was pleased with my medium rare steak - The Riverine ($20) off their Better Brunch Menu. Decent though not mind-blowing the cut was moist, lovely pink hue on the inside and crusty on the outside. However, it did lacked that oomph factor with the flavours.

Re-discover and gain a better appreciation for unique tea blends at the inaugural Singapore Tea Festival 2017!

In a “tea coma” since last night, join in the festivities at the first-ever #SGTeaFest located at @ion_orchard B4 ION Station from 10am - 10pm tomorrow (last day)! Showcasing over 18 local brands, this 2-day celebration organized by The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. sees many teas and tea flavoured treats in one single spot. The four main elements being the ‘Tea Market’, ‘Teapitiam’. ‘Tea Room’ and ‘Tea Museum’.

Cleanse and incite your palate at the market with @infusiondevie organic teas expertly blended with Chinese herbs, @hellojuantea colourful home-brewed herbal potions, @tea.chapter traditional concoctions, @amuseprojects artisanal alcohol-inspired mash-up (love the Pina Colada) and @pinteaonline localized floral-themed brews.

Then fill your belly at the pop-up cafe with modern tea bites such as @bopgelato Chamomile & Torch Ginger Blossom gelato, @inthebrickyard fluffy Ondeh ondeh cake and @BirdBirdSG Berry Pockie OGnut infused with @1872clippertea Blissful Berries. What’s more get your hands on @1872clippertea’s National Day Collection and yummy chocolate bars! Yass!

All thanks to @burpple for the lovely invite and the awesome goodies!! Be sure to pop by their booth and redeem a cute pack of stickers when you flash their app~

Coconut Water Sorbet Softserve & Mochi Donut

Soft swirls with gula melaka, almond crunch and shredded coconut atop warm, chewy fried goodness.

Death by Chocolate

Satisfy your sweet-tooth and have your daily hit of caffeine with Affogato Bar’s selection of 5 affogato, all served with double shots of espresso from the Dimattina coffee blends in Melbourne, Australia. Best of both worlds really, the specialised cafe as its name suggest dedicates itself to the marriage of the crowd-pleasing dessert with our much need morning fix (and psst they also serve bagels) which makes for the perfect after-meal hangout spot.

If you enjoy something of a more bittersweet variation, happen to be a chocoholic and an espresso lover go for their signature Death by Chocolate ($13.90). Presented in a Martini glass, the potent number consist of a scoop of chocolate sorbet, brownie chunks, chocolate streusel, and a chocolate top hat that unfortunately won’t melt from the pour. And one element of a good affogato is no doubt its coffee which added a nice heavenly, roasted aroma (but I know nothing about coffee or Grande Tazza blend for that matter so I will just skip to the rest). The star component being the sorbet for me was amazingly smooth and incredibly velvety. Lighter in texture than the gelato we usually go for, the intensity of the flavour is there and working together harmoniously with the equally robust espresso. Meant to be shared, it does get a little jelat at the end.

Supper Slurps

Admittedly altered to suit the local palate, The Ramen House offers a wide variety of ramen that comes with a base of either Chicken and Pork. Lighter and more refreshing than the traditional Japanese variations, be sure to try their chicken broth that is prepared over 30 hours without any msg, salt or sugar. The milky white soup adding flavour yet easy on the palate, also goes along well with various meats such as my simple bowl of Cha-Shu Ramen. And for something heavier, there is the Dry Ramen (Spicy or Non-Spicy) and Volcano Ramen, where the chef's specialty chilli combination of chili powder, chili oil and chili padi is used to set your tongue on fire (from levels 1 to 3, and even more upon request).

Ceylon Spiced Chai Eclair

Staying true to his French roots, Chef and owner Frédéric Deshayes’ brainchild Do.Main Bakery & Café is all about the flavours and taste of traditional French pastries. Not one to follow the trends and create overly fancy bakes, the artisanal bakery offers the classics - think glossy chocolate tarts, hearty loaves and airy choux puffs. Hence, as part of the Dilmah Tea Inspired Awards, their Ceylon Spiced Chai Eclair at $6 is not to be missed.

Quality hand-pipped eclairs, the buttery spiced number had just the right amount of cream in every bite. Refreshingly sweet (but personally not overly so), consistently smooth and hardly overpowering blend; the balanced custard just marries the fragrance of the butter, herbs and ceylon tea harmoniously. The oblong pastry shell also provided a much need textural contrast from the velvety filling with a slight crunch and hint of eggy aroma. The caramel glaze atop was pretty good too, with the sticky consistency we all know and love. And if you are looking to get a drink to go along, give their Singapura Sunshine a try - Rose Vanilla Iced Tea ($8) with bits of pineapple that really brings out the floral notes of the concoction albeit a little pricey.

Be sure to vote for your favourite tea-inspired menu happening till the end of the month and stand a chance to win a 3D2N all-expense paid staycation at @msocialsingapore. Share your photos of your tea-inspired treats with the hashtags #TeaInspiredAwards #TeaInspired #DilmahSG to win additional prizes.

Also read up more about the competition, the participating cafes and restaurants here: http://competitions.dilmahtea.com/tea-inspired-awards/

Black And White

Churning out plates of fried goodness from 6.30am every morning, Song Han Carrot Cake 松汉菜头粿 at Tampines Round Market serves traditional hand-made carrot cake that comes with the added element of curry powder - complete with the light aroma of tumeric and cumin. And what’s more they also come with a good share of small shrimps, marrying the flavour of crustacean into the savoury-sweet mix. The curry taste is not overpowering or spicy, but it certainly gives a little kick at the end and lends a uniqueness to the dish (but be sure to ask for extra chilli to up the shiok-ness level). Soft, eggy and more on the “wetter” side, there is no need to pick between the black and the white cakes as both are equally good and complements one another wonderfully. For $3, the superb texture and generous amount of chye poh will keep you coming back for more, too.

#Burpproved #BurppleBestofTampines

Cocktail Canelés

Couldn’t resist getting myself these little two-bite morsels when I found myself in front of Le Canelé d'Or. Offering a delectable assortment of flavours in three sizes (Cocktail, Medium and Grand), the cosy boutique located at the level one of The Concourse Skyline also serves light breakfast and unique tea sets. However, you certainly can’t leave the place without trying their canelés!

Soft and tender custard center with a thick caramelized crust. Each had the perfect texture and pair that with the yummy flavours; from the Traditional (Vanilla Bean and Dark Rum), Mediterranean (Orange Zest and Grand Marnier) and delicate Framboise (Raspberry and Brandy) to their localised Ondeh Ondeh Canelé (Fresh Pandan and Gula Melaka) as well as modern monthly specials such as Matcha Canelé in May.

And going in with no expectations, I found the pastries to be very well-executed with the caramel-like fragrance, mild sweetness and crusty exterior - winning combination. Weak on the alcohol, it is tough to pick a favourite from these babies so why not try them all at $1.80 per pop for the petite Cocktail-sized. Oh and shout out to the staff who patiently explained each flavour for the great service.