I have always loved these dining outings with my family, especially now when I the time I spend with Mama and Lil’ Bro is rather limited. It provides an opportunity to explore and experience new things together as well as share our stories, thoughts and amateur food critiques ;)! The photo below only reinforces to me the joys that my family brings me every day.
To say that Singapore’s cafe scene has grown over the past few years would still be an understatement.
At present, there is no shortage of cafes to choose from when Western dishes or hearty breakfast fare is being craved; a far cry from a time where I remember McDonald’s being the only place we would visit to appease Lil’ Bro’s desire for ‘non-hawker’ food. Singapore has what appears to be an infinite list of cafes making their mark across the island city in unique locations, however there are certainly a few which have stood out.
An animation to whet the appetite….
Five and Dime Eatery is another one of the consistently trending cafe/restaurants, which I had been meaning to try since its existence first surfaced on Instagram. Unlike the typical brunch/lunch fare, Five and Dime adds a Japanese nuance to its menu.
At this moment, Lil’ Bro and I are at opposite ends of the freedom spectrum – I am basking in the freedom of post-exam period while Lil’ Bro is suffering the stress and hard-work of HSC Trial preparation as he hibernates in the study. Upon delivering Lil’ Bro to his morning tutoring session, Mama and I snuck off to Randwick to give 18 Grams Espresso a taste test after Papa had raved about its coffee numerous times.
“What’s with the name 18 Grams?” you may ask.
A double shot of coffee uses roughly 18 Grams of ground beans!
During high school, we undoubtedly form a close group of friends. In my case, it was a group of friends that literally had every single class together – thank you 4 unit Maths! I might add that our nightmarishly three hour long (not to mention afternoon) lessons were often hijacked by gourmet brownies, feta and sourdough – you name it, we had it to quell our stresses and overloaded brain capacities. When university started, we all headed our ways without a second thought, thinking that we would still see each other every other day considering some of us would be going to the same ‘big pond’ in which we were the ‘little fish’ again! So with a few scattered across the state and the unexpectedly frantic new journey it was hard to really sit down and enjoy our once common breakfast/brunch dates.
This is where I begin to be so thankful for ‘Summer Holidays’. Not only do I have time to really relax and unwind and take care of myself, but I have been able to set aside some much needed ‘catch-up’ and talk about everything and anything time. More importantly, this time is actually enjoyed without the constant inkling that you have an assignment due or three quizzes next week – this is how my stress head works 99.9999% of the time!
P and I have always had a soft spot for anything Bills, so when our long overdue catch up came around we took a stroll down Queen Street to meet the delights of the famous Corn Fritters. In the same course and university, we expected to see each other all the time, but timetables and subject choices decided otherwise and the most we saw of each other during semester was a wave across campus!
You can judge how enjoyed and required a catch up is when you’re still chatting, *cough* savouring their coffee *cough*, the café has cleared out and the kitchen staff are beginning to stand around aimlessly. The best part however, was the absence of the staff attempting to push us out the door, allowing us to enjoy our close to three hour lunch! The deco of Bills Woollahra is simply inviting and homelike, as if one was sitting around their own dining area which looks into a sun drenched courtyard – perfect for a relaxing meal.
How could I not take some foodie-graphs though? (Thanks for tolerating this P!)
New beginnings don’t necessarily mean that we forget the old – especially the good! Instead, we can combine the revitalised and renewed self with the unique and original.
Firstly, a big congratulations to Josh and Ai on the opening of their new venture “The Milk Bar by Café Ish”! Although my family and I were sad to see that our newly discovered weekend brunch/lunch spot would be shutting down, we were reassured that Café Ish would not be disappearing for good (phewwww!!).
In this new beginning, a simpler approach transformed café to retro/fun milk bar. However, the original essence of Café Ish still lives on within this new concept in the form of the famous “soft shell crab omelette” and “ai’s freaking awesome fried chicken”!
Papa couldn’t stay away from the omelette and as usual it did not fail to impress. He devoured it before I could even take a snapshot!