Lunar New Year is one of the best time to pig out on all the delectable goodies and not feel guilty about eating them because everyone is doing the same, and come on, it’s only once a year!!! Pineapple tarts are my guilty pleasure — the sweet and the savoury, crumbly crust and chewy center, all in a bite.
Besties and I have been making our own pineapple tarts since 2 years ago and although it’s a whole lot of hard work, it becomes all worth it when we get these little ones out of the oven and into our happy tubbies.
Sorry, but we’re going to be selfish and keep the recipe to ourselves for the time being! 😉
The (awesome) food places around my new workplace are just about the best thing ever! After a year of eating canteen food at my previous workplace, I finally have choices! I feel like a kid in a candy store everyday (don’t judge).
All within 10-15minutes of walking we have Tiong Bahru Market (really good fried fish lor mee), Tiong Bahru Bakery , Tiong Bahru Plaza (Qi Ji‘s popular nasi lemak and popiah, MOS Burger — my favourite fastfood, Yakun), Great World City (Cedele, Starbucks for my quick coffee fixes), Prata Paradise, Peperoni Pizzeria…
And today, we tried the highly-popular Tiong Bahru Bakery for lunch!
The squid ink bread was great — fragrant, a tad crispy on the outside and totally fluffy in the inside, with a slight vinaigrette taste. Smoked salmon, parma ham, mixed leaves fillings however, not so impressive. The lemon tart too was a hit and miss. This time, the filling was great (I love the lemon-y, custard texture) but the pastry was so hard (it was difficult to even put my fork through it).
My skinny flat white was the star of the meal — hands down, the best coffee I’ve tasted in awhile. And I love how they serve so many renditions of coffee, and not just the regular mocha or latte.
If you like these (pretty) food pictures, you would like my Instagram. 😉 You know what to do : @loveonacarousel
My brilliant hairstylist at Chapter 2 has magically transformed my head of chestnut brown with mahogany inner highlights to one of chocolate brown with purple ombre!
Never in my life would I have thought of having purple in my hair… But I decided to try anyway… I mean, why not? Other than it being kind of difficult to match my bright-coloured clothes (I’ve been wearing a lot of blues, greys and blacks these couple of days). I’m just kind of anal when it comes to matching colours and mismatched colours just irks the hell outta me — which is also why my tattoo is just black.
Anyway, back to the topic of my hair! I have always been a firm believer of trying everything at least once and if I want to dye such a (crazy) colour, I rather do it when I’m 24 and not wait till I’m like 40.
So, there. Purple hair. I’m actually loving it right now and I’m hoping the purple won’t fade away too quickly!
Our typical annual CNY goodies.
So, this happened when I went to Poon Huat to get ingredients for our annual pineapple tarts baking session…
Me (after seeing 3 different pineapple fillings): “What’s the difference between the three pineapple fillings?”
Poon Huat employee: “The $5 (the most expensive out of the 3) is the best!”
Me: “What’s the difference?
Poon Huat employee: “Get the $5 one! It tastes the best… Not too sweet or too sour.”
I thought, “you might as well not sell the other two.”
Me: “I want those with fiber. Does this have fiber?”
Poon Huat employee (after checking the INGREDIENTS LIST on the packaging): “Don’t have!”
I just gave him the “are you kidding me??!!” look and decide that I will Google it for myself.
Anyway, can’t wait for our baking session next weekend! Delicious heart-shaped pineapple tarts!
I’m off to Hong Kong for my final trip of the year!
The picture above is from my previous trip to HK! Can’t wait to eat and shop and eat and shop again!
Here’s a continuation of my Vietnam travel guide to Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa. I hoped the part 1 of my Vietnam guide had helped — at least a little?
So from Sapa, we returned to Hanoi, where we stayed for another night, before we head to Hue on our very first sleeper bus! A 14-hour ride, which travel pillows and eye masks were very much needed — at least for me.
Day 8 (Hue)
Accommodation: Guesthouse Nhat Tranh (17 D Chu Van An) — US$15 for triple room
A family-run, no-fuss guesthouse. Good location.