La Cuisson

I’d actually caught La Cuisson (previously known as “French Inspired”, previously at Holland Drive) on some channel U show that was airing late at night because there was nothing much else to watch on the tele. I caught a glance of angus beef which looked beautiful sitting on a bed of mash, and thought, I must eat that.

And these are usually the starts of culinary adventures – I catch sight of something delicious looking and I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it until I get a taste of it. Which, in this case, was rather troublesome, because the episode had been filmed a few months back, I was unaware that the place was 1. renamed and 2. relocated. So I actually took a cab from Holland Village and found myself at Prinsep Street, with parents in tow. Along with the move came the removal of that beef dish, and an increase in prices as well, but the chef mentioned that it’s justified since they’ve introduced some premium ingredients imported from France.

Thank goodness the food was worth it.

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Pork and Kiwi, $14

Sous vide kurobuta pork neck served on a bed of sliced kiwi and topped with jamon iberico and … lard. Such a good starter, the pork was perfectly done and the kiwi and jamon were pretty unusual pairings that went well with it.

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Escargots, $10

Disclaimer: I don’t really like escargots, I think, save for the cheap ones at Saizeriya  that don’t taste like escargots as well. My dad thought this was really good though.

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Duck Rilette, $8

Good, a little too gamey for my mum but I liked it!

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Angus Hanging Tender, $26 We had this medium rare and it was such a pity that the cut was kind of stringy and hard to chew. Good taste wise, mash was nice, buttery and smooth.

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Mushroom Pasta, $16

Roasted wild mushrooms (imported from France wor), sous vide egg, topped with parmesan shavings and truffle oil. How could you not drool at that description! If you had to choose one and one dish only to eat at this restaurant, this one should be it. It was so good, I would go so far as to say it’s something I’d definitely crave for. Plus the egg really adds another dimension to the texture.

VERY NICE. PLEASE ORDER.

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Bacon and Prawn Pasta, $19

Although the pasta was done well, prawns were succulent and bacon lardons super tasty, it really paled in comparison to the mushroom pasta. Not denying it wasn’t good though. I generally like that their pasta is well done and the sauce really complements it, instead of overpowering it or making it soggy.

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Dark Chocolate Ganache, $13

The chocolate tasted really good! Chef mentioned it was flown in from France as well. But I was really full and couldn’t finish it all. It’s quite rich, so if you’re planning to have this remember to save some space.

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There’s enough room at the first floor for about ten diners, more space upstairs for 30-50.

Verdict? La Cuisson definitely makes french dining more affordable to le normal people like us, without stinging on quality. Of what I had, I’d recommend the pork and kiwi, and the mushroom pasta. Especially the mushroom pasta; it’s something worth travelling for and something I’d come back for. The rest? Not bad la.

La Cuisson (not le cuisson, and no longer at Holland Drive!)
44 Prinsep Street, Prinsep place, Singapore 188673 (near Strictly Pancakes)
Tel: 8332 0302

Opening Hours:
Tue – Fri: 17:30 – 23:00
Sat: 10:00 – 14:30, 17:30 – 23:00
Sun: 10:00 – 14:30

A list of instashops (an ongoing WIP)

There seems to be a new trend in town – blogshops are using Instagram to promote their goods. You can take a look at their inventory through their “Instashops” and usually, they’ll provide a number to WA (Whatsapp) your orders to. Because of the way Instagram displays pics, it does get pretty hard to discern what items they are selling / if it’s actually does (owners do “shoutouts for shoutouts” as well, where they cross market their products on each others’ feeds).

Here’s a curated list of InstaShops from Singapore, featuring quality PO (pre-order) accounts & quality instocks accounts:

Clothes & Apparel:
acidxponies
blogshopbf
shopgalaxified
pandamorie
shopping_corner
clearthatwardrobe
w_hitecandle
shopoverdose
shopinpink
yourgainherloss
snatchys
thstylestep

Accessories:
blackrosesblogshop
lapetiterunway
wontyouburnbitch

Shoes:
pearlmint_

Lenses:
candyxeyes
unicornfairy_
sweetifieddreams
unicornstation

Other interesting things:
Throwovers & Nubras: 8cubesofsugar
Eyeshadows & Fisheye lenses: shopdieyoung
Specs & Snapbacks: rockjellie
Discounted authentic branded items: sgauthentic
Watches: lightningcherry
Bikinis: shopalllittlethings
Craftoholic plushies: loshshop

A list of instashops (an ongoing WIP)

There seems to be a new trend in town – blogshops are using Instagram to promote their goods. You can take a look at their inventory through their “Instashops” and usually, they’ll provide a number to WA (Whatsapp) your orders to. Because of the way Instagram displays pics, it does get pretty hard to discern what items they are selling / if it’s actually does (owners do “shoutouts for shoutouts” as well, where they cross market their products on each others’ feeds).

Here’s a curated list of InstaShops from Singapore, featuring quality PO (pre-order) accounts & quality instocks accounts:

Clothes & Apparel:
acidxponies
blogshopbf
shopgalaxified
pandamorie
shopping_corner
clearthatwardrobe
w_hitecandle
shopoverdose
shopinpink
yourgainherloss
snatchys
thstylestep

Accessories:
blackrosesblogshop
lapetiterunway
wontyouburnbitch

Shoes:
pearlmint_

Lenses:
candyxeyes
unicornfairy_
sweetifieddreams
unicornstation

Other interesting things:
Throwovers & Nubras: 8cubesofsugar
Eyeshadows & Fisheye lenses: shopdieyoung
Specs & Snapbacks: rockjellie
Discounted authentic branded items: sgauthentic
Watches: lightningcherry
Bikinis: shopalllittlethings
Craftoholic plushies: loshshop

Drury Lane

New cafe alert!

If the name sounds familiar, you probably know the muffin man.

Do you know the muffin man?
Who lives on Drury Lane?

Sorry. Had to.

Moving on!!
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This is what I had – the Potato Leek Baked Eggs ($8)

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They have bacon, sausage and smoked salmon alternatives going for $10. I’d really recommend this dish cos it’s pretty unique to Drury Lane and though it doesn’t look like much, it really is the sort of dish you’d eat on a rainy day. Or as comfort food. It’s sort of like potato and leek slices, topped with 2 eggs, baked in tomato sauce… my mouth waters just thinking about it.

Other stuff on the menu that sounded great:

Sandwiches ($7) – Steak & Cheese, Chicken Avocado, Smoked Salmon

Marmite with Cheese infused Soldiers (toast & 2 half boiled eggs) ($7)

All day breakkie sets going for $10-12

I’d definitely visit again. Coffee ($3.50 – $5.50) is not too bad too; custom blend from Toby’s.

In a nutshell, Drury Lane’s setup might look a tad bare and makeshift but they make up for it through their food and coffee that’s reasonably priced. I like that it’s hassle and fuss free.

P.S. Eat upstairs, it’s more spacious.

P.P.S There’s free wifi.

P.P.P.S Disclaimer; this is my friend’s place, but I paid for my food.

Nicer pics available at Hey Kumo!

Drury Lane
94 Tanjong Pagar Rd
Singapore 088515
6222 6698

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 08:30 – 21:00
Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 18:00

L’Oréal Excellence – not bad.

I’ve been wanting to go red for the longest time but could never get a hairdresser to do it right. One that doesn’t require bleaching. Feeling bored with my hair, I decided to give DIY one more chance – I’ve tried stuff like palty and liese which don’t turn up as red as I would like them to. Went with Loreal Paris’s Excellence Fashion after watching this episode of tried and tested.

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Here’s the packaging – went with INTENSE COPPER RED, $18.90, available at Watsons. (2 boxes – I have really thick hair.)

Got debs to help with it… after 30 mins, a long talk about life, and a long shower (I was trying to wash it out so that the water ran clear. It never did), here are the immediate results! Left, without flash, right with. You can see the high shine complex thing working.

 

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Quite liked the colour! Not too garishly red, but obvious enough to be seen under some light.

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Colour under sunlight, 2-3 days later.

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Overall colour, 2-3 days later.

 

It took about a week for the red to stop bleeding in the shower – so be sure to use a black towel or a towel that you’re ready to dye. After about a week, the colour is a little less red and a little more brown… which is pretty typical of red dye jobs, especially if it isn’t bleached. But I’m quite happy with it, given it came out of a box, and I didn’t have to bleach my hair!

I love the convenience of DIY dyes. I always find it very cumbersome to do anything at salons. It always takes too much time, and you have to make small talk, and you have to deal with them trying to sell you packages, or more services or whatever. With DIY you can save a lot, eat whatever you want, walk around and do whatever you want, and just pop into your shower after.

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YAY.

Hello, meet Mark.

I’ve been secretly stalking one of my junior’s pages recently. He’s a part time student and hair stylist – he doesn’t just do run off the mill prom hairstyles, he’s got some super cool high fashion under his belt. Being the kaypoh I was, I decided to get his story. (I’ve also interspersed the interview with some of his favorite works!)

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How did you get started on hairstyling?

Quite by accident, really. I’d started doing hair since maybe 2007; I was in drama back in jc and we’d do hair and make up for each other for shows.

I just continued doing hair after graduating from jc and did hair for proms and other stage productions.

Eventually someone asked me to help our for a test shoot like maybe in year 1 of uni, and then  got asked to do hair for Nanyang Chron (NTU’s newspaper equivalent). After that i guess i dove headfirst into fashion lor. Since then I’ve constantly been trying to keep working and developing my body of work.

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320 Below Nitro Cream Cafe

Read about this place on 8 days and thought it was pretty interesting! You’ll see why. It’s not your average ice cream place.

Must admit, I judged the sign on the shop’s exterior… a tad too tacky for me.

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Guess the place is very catered to kids – but that doesn’t stop adults from going in too!

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Some of the “normal” flavours available for takeaway in tubs.

This place has like, 40 flavours for you to choose from, ranging from the standard vanillas and chocolates, oreos and marshmallows, to alcoholic stuff (tequila, baileys, rum, gin…) and experimental stuff like garlic, blue cheese, caramelized onion???

So you choose what you want – and from observation, people can take quite a long time due to the huge variety available. Someone at the counter will mix everything up in a blender and then liquid nitrogen is poured in to freeze it (don’t worry you won’t ingest any – it all evaporates.)

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Check out the cool smokey spectacle! Great for the kids. And. Yeah. Anyone.

The result is great ice cream that’s much smoother in texture, with no flavourings (natural or artificial), no preservatives, no emulsifiers or stabilizers and are low in sugar.

Here’s what we had: (prices hover around $5 a cup)

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Dark Chocolate & Blue Cheese (yes, real chunks of blue cheese .)

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Christmas Horlicks (horlicks + oreos + honeycomb)

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Mango + Tequila (mango flavour totally overpowered the tequila – don’t order this!)

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And wash it all down with a Bundaberg!

Would totally come back! Love the texture of the ice cream and the fact that you can go crazy with the flavours + try different pairings cos I love experimenting! I also like that it’s fully customisable. If you walk in with a diabetic, someone who’s lactose intolerant, someone on a diet and/or someone who’s allergic to something – there’d still be something for everyone.

Want to try their take on salted caramel. I hear it tastes great with tequila 😉

320 Below Nitro Cream Cafe
33 MacKenzie Road
Singapore 228686
(Opposite Rex Cinema)

Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 13:00 – 22:00
Fri – Sat: 13:00 – 23:00
Sun: 13:00 – 22:00