Sunday, August 21, 2016

Alfero Artisan Gelato - Italian Gelato Tasting

Having a sweet tooth, dessert is something I look forward to after a hearty meal. A girl's meal will never be complete without dessert and gelato is always on my top list. 

Together with my lovely girlfriends, we embarked on a gelato tasting at Alfero Gelato @ MacPherson Lane, 10 minutes walk from Tai Seng MRT station. 

Being located just below the block of housing estates, Alfero Gelato attracted many families and students staying nearby here for a sweet chill out after school or after dinner. For those who are staying far, do not feel disappointed because Alfero Gelato has another retail outlet at Orchard Gateway.

The name 'Alfero Gelato' is named after the owner, Marco Alfero. 

Alfero Artisan Gelato brings Singapore the real experience of homemade Italian gelato produced with the best quality of imported ingredients, with freshness and taste guaranteed. Even the Godfather loves it!

Alfero Artisan Gelato has won numerous awards which include 'Best Ice Cream Parlour' and 'Best Gelato Cafe of the year'.

The main difference between gelato and ice-cream is fats content and texture. 
The fats content for gelato is less than 10% while the fats content of ice-cream is usually between 18% to 30%.
The texture of gelato is very creamy and smooth while the texture of ice-cream is hard.

When we approached the counter, we noted the gelato was all kept inside a POZZETTO cabinet. By keeping them in a fully covered cabinet, it helped to preserve the perfect texture and smoothness of the gelato, and avoid any contamination of quality caused by air and light.

We sampled some of the flavours before deciding on the selection we wanted. All the gelato tasted so good that I wanted to try all. But I only have one stomach, so we selected those flavours that we like most. How I wish my stomach was bottomless pit.  

The price charging of the gelato was reasonable and even cheaper than some of the cafes.
1 scoop of gelato with cone is charging at $4.80 while 2 scoops are priced at $6.80.

Other than being price valuable, another thing I like about Alfero Artisan Gelato is the 96% fat-free gelato. Being someone who loves dessert and afraid of getting fat at the same time, now I can enjoy the Alfero Artisan Gelato without any guilt.

We ordered 2 cups of single flavour gelato and we selected the flavours of mango and lychee sorbet.

Both flavours were refreshing and perfect dessert to have during a hot sunny day. Pop by Alfero Artisan Gelato to take a break for a soothing dessert.

Price - $4.50 for 1 scoop, $6.50 for 2 scoops.

We had a double scoops with different flavours of gelato - dark chocolate and mint choco chips.

Alfero Gelato dark chocolate taste unique, natural and perfectly aromatic with the use of best cocoa.

I'm sure the gelato in white definitely does not look like mint choco chips to you right because mint choco is always seen in green?
Alfero Artisan Gelato used full body flavour instead of artificial flavouring, that's why the colour is different.

I love the combination of the 2 flavours, it was sweet and tantalizing. We whipped finish every bits of it.

Other than gelato cup, we also have gelato with waffles. Our plate was served a greeting from the lovely staff. Thanks for the sweet thoughts.

Price:
Plain waffles - $4
Waffles with 1 scoop - $7.50
Waffles with 2 scoops - $9.50
Waffles with 3 scoops - $11.50

We decided to go for 3 scoops with the flavours of green tea, bacio and pistachio.

The green tea tasted really great, just like the top Macha from Japan.
 Bacio truly a masterful combination of milk, hazelnut, chocolate and sugar. It tasted exactly like Ferrero Rocher. No wonder, it was one of their hot selling gelato.
Pistachio is yet another all-time favourite. The gelato was sweet, delicate and aromatic, leaving me wanting for more.

Their waffles tasted even aromatic as the waffles were added with pandan juice, making the waffles looked green and yummy.

Other than gelato, smoothies were also available at $7.90 per glass.
We had avocado with gula melaka and mango smoothie.

I love the avocado with gula melaka smoothie, the gula melaka added more fragrance to the smoothie and captured my taste buds with every sip taken.

I had a great get together session with the girls. Thanks Jas for the photo.

Alfero Artisan Gelato served one of the best gelato that I ever tried and I was glad that I was being introduced to this dessert heaven. I see myself coming again for their gelato and it already hooked to my taste buds.

For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/alferogelato for details.

Alfero Artisan Gelato (Lab / Retail)
81 Mac Pherson Lane 
#01-37 Singapore 360081 
Operating time: Tuesday to Sunday: 12:00 to 21:00 
Closed on Monday

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Movie Review: Train to Busan

The zombie apocalypse has broke out in South Korea.

Being a fan of zombie apocalypse film, 'Train to Busan' is definitely a movie that I wouldn't want to miss. The degree of gruesome and anticipation of what's awaiting the survivors does not loss out to any other zombie outbreak films.

The story started off with the the scene of a workaholic divorced father, Seok Woo (Played by Gong Yoo) and his daughter, Su-an (Played by Kim Su-an). It was Su-an birthday and her wish was to visit her mother in Busan. Seok Woo has no choice but to bring his daughter there.

During their journey on the high speed train to Busan, the deadly viral outbreak started to occur and pushed Korea into a state of emergency. 

An ill looking girl has boarded the train before the door closed. Shortly after that, she turned into a zombie. The zombie apocalypse began when the zombie claimed her first victim and turned the victim turned within seconds into zombie.

Those on the express train to Busan must fight for their own survival during the ride of 453 kilometers from Seoul to Busan.

The zombie conquered compartments by compartments, leaving the survivors struggling to protect their loved ones and fighting to stay alive. 

From someone who is money-driven and only care about himself and daughter, Seok Woo has learnt to work in a team and looking out for one another.

The movie also starred Ahn So-hee, the former member of Wonder Girls.

The plot of the movie was quite predictable. I kept telling my friend what I think will happen next and it really did. There was never a boring moment, I was feeling intense throughout the movie because of the visual effects and anticipating the next move.

Through the emergency period, we witnessed all kinds of characters - leader, cowardice, hypocrites and noble. Some sacrifices their lives to save the others.

It has a sad ending when only 2 managed to survive out of the the entire train. I shall not reveal which 2 survived.

The movie is NC16 and not suitable for people who dislike gruesome scenes.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe Food Tasting

Situated in the east of Singapore, we found a cafe that serves a classic meal of Thai cuisine:
Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe is located at Aljunied Avenue 2, a 15 minutes walk away from Aljunied MRT station. For people who are looking for an authentic Thai cuisine meal that delivers on taste and won’t break the bank, Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe is the right place for you.

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe is located below blk 115, for family and friends living near Aljunied, this cafe is really worth giving a try. You get to savour authentic Thai cuisine with laid-back atmosphere at a reasonable price.

The cafe is decked out in a comfortable non-intimidating Thai decor, with ornate patterns, bouquets of flowers and ceiling fans whirling. It has both indoor or alfresco dinning. 

I have bandung for my drink, the rose syrup milk drink.
Other drinks available includes ice milk tea, ice tea, ice lemongrass tea and etc.

We attacked the drinks immediately when served. Just in time to ease our thirst after a long walk.

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe adopted the North Eastern Thai style of cooking where they used charcoal for soup and steamed dishes to maintain heat consistency and quality, allowing us to enjoy Thai food the authentic way. They also have different own-made dressings for different dishes, to desserts made from scratch, or even customized dishes. 

We started our dinner with Fish Maw Crab Meat Abalone Soup in Coconut - $28.

The soup was served in a coconut shell where the soup was steamed together with coconut, adding a sweet light flavour to the soup. The soup was filled with lots of ingredients which include fish maw, crab meat, abalone, coconut and mushroom. The serving of abalone was really generous. Every sip tasted so heavenly great and flavourful. 

Thai Style Otak (Hommok) - $18

Just like the fish maw soup, the otak was placed in a coconut shell too. This was my first time eating otak that wasn't served using banana leave. The coconut shell was stuffed with goodness like otak, coconut and seafood. I could taste the spiciness of the otak with a hinge of sweetness of the coconut flesh.

Thai Walking Cat Fish with Spicy Lemon Soup $35

The cat fish was served piping hot in the spicy lemon soup that bound to leave a hot sensation down our throat. The cat fish was steamed to perfection, the meat was super tender and soft. Be careful when you eat because the cat fish has lots of bones.

Thai Dill Omelette (Cha Om) - $10

The Thai Dill Omelette tasted almost the same as the usual omelette except that the Thai Dill added crunchiness to the texture of the eggs.

BBQ Pork Belly - $18

The pork belly was juicy and well mix with the BBQ sauce. The meat was chewy and tasted even better when dipped into their home made chili sauce.

Thai Basil Crab - seasonal price

Yet another spicy dish. The level of spiciness of Thai Basil Crab definitely does not lost to the spicy flavour of chili crab. The spice level was shiok to the max, it was not over-powering. Even someone like me who don't really very spicy food enjoyed it. I'm sure you would like this too.

Lala Bee Hoon - $18

The most spiciness dish of the night in my opinion.
I don't immediately feel the spiciness when I first tasted it. The burning sensation kicked in after chewing on the bee hoon. What contributed to the hot and spicy sensation of the bee hoon was the use of white pepper. I kept gobbled down my drinks after eating the bee hoon. Spice lovers gonna love this. 
The portion of lala given was really generous.

Cold Tofu with Special Thai Seafood Sauce - $15

The cold tofu was really soft and could literally melt in my mouth. The Thai seafood sauce enhanced the flavour of the tofu, making the tofu so tasty. My only grip was that the portion was a bit small though. I definitely want more of the tofu.

Deep Fried Kang Kong with Special Thai Sauce - $10

This is probably my favourite dish that I tasted. The kang kong was deep fried into a cracker-like snacks. Every bite tasted crispy and crunchy, I couldn't stop myself from eating until we reached the very last bits. The kang kong was best consumed when dipped with special Thai chili sauce, leveling up the shiokness.

We have a great chat with the boss, Ron, where he shared about passion with Thai cuisines and travelling experience to Thailand to source for ideas for his cafe.

With Jas, GF and CK after the dinner.
Thanks Jas for the photo sharing.

Finally the 4 of us reunite again. 
It's been nearly 2 months since our last gathering.
Hope the next gathering will be soon again.

Thanks Meryl for the photo.


Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe is a great place for people looking for authentic Thai cuisines or wanted to try out something new. Do drop by the cafe if you are at Alijunied area. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/SpicyThaiThaiCafe/home 

Spicy Thai-Thai Cafe
Blk 115 Aljunied Avenue 2, 
#01-35, Singapore 380115

Operating hour:
Mon-Sun: 11:00 am - 12:00 am

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