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Quick Update :)

Hello!

Just a short note to let anyone who’s still dropping by this site know that this blog is still not dead yet! PC is on its way so I reckon the next foodie post will be up in a couple of weeks~

Anyway, I’ll be heading to Korea and USA in early May. Anyone keen on purchasing any bags/accessories/cosmetics from those countries? Particularly Kate Spade and Coach from the States. Email me at qiuyi_ong@hotmail.com for any enquiries!

Till then, bye! Have a great week ahead, eat well and be happy! :)

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Absence Makes the <3 Grow Fonder

PC down, can’t blog :(

Be back soon.

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London: Cocomaya

Tea time was to be at Cocomaya, a charming little bakery that’s close to the bustling Oxford Street where we did our shopping. I find it interesting that like Ottolenghi, the baked goods at Cocomaya are displayed in such an openly tempting fashion; it’s so out there, unlike in Singapore, where cakes and pastries are kept safely within the confines of display cases, which in a way, seem to be more restrained.

12 Connaught Street, Marylebone

Coincidentally, the chocolatier at the Cocomaya chocolate shop next door was having tea with her friend at the communal table where we were seated and it turned out that she’s a Singaporean! I guess it takes a Singaporean to recognise another Singaporean, haha. Anyway, since an insider knows best, we asked her for recommendations~

My favourite was the beautiful lemon pound cake! Moist with a lovely lemony tang, it’s the perfect tea time material. Then there was the pear tart, which was not half bad either, with a shortbread-like buttery crust and sweet soft pear.

The almond croissant didn’t make much of an impression though. There’s nothing wrong with it but compared to the lemon cake and pear tart, this just seems so pedestrian~ Nevertheless, it looks pretty good, right? :)

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No, this ain’t the famed Bill’s in Sydney. This is Brighton’s Bill’s, a successful deli-cum-café that originated from Lewes, East Sussex. There’s another branch in Reading, and this outlet in Covent Garden is the first in London~!

I came across Bill’s while reading Time Out’s feature on “London’s Best Breakfasts”. It sounds like a promising place so off we went for breakfast at Bill’s! Stepping in, I knew I was going to love the place. The decor is fantastic, all vibrant colours with floor to ceiling shelves of bottles, cans and jars (like an old-fashioned grocer!), and an atmosphere so laid-back and relaxed that it’s certainly no hardship to spend an entire day here.

28 St Martin’s Courtyard (off Long Acre or St Martin’s Lane)

Breakfast is served till midday and on the menu are classics like Eggs Benedict/Royale/Florentine, scrambled egg on toast etc. Definitely go for Bill’s Breakfast (below) if you are hankering for a hearty English fry-up of sausage, fried eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon and toast~

Me, I went for the interesting vegetarian version, a gorgeous plateful of of crisp toast topped with hummus and tomatoes on one side, guacamole and mushrooms on the other, complete with two wobbly poached eggs and a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce.

Totally <3 my breakkie lots! There’s nothing better than perfectly poached eggs to start the day, you know. The sight of cheery runny yolk just somehow makes the day seem brighter, haha. 

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Last month’s spree was a success (I even had a request to bring in 2 boxes of Pierre Hermé’s macarons!) so I’m organising another one for the month of April. As usual, this is going to be a London spree for bags and accessories~ Brands I particularly like to get are Cath Kidston, Chanel, Goyard, Hermès, and Longchamp. Of course, any other brand you like is possible too! Just let me know :)

Image Credit: InStyle and style.com

Besides the common brands, I’ll also be taking pre-orders for bags by Victoria Beckham. I think you can’t get this in Singapore yet so this is highly exclusive! Her debut bag collection appears to be a must-have fashion accessory cuz it sold out within hours (just google and you’ll see)! Structured totes and chain-strap clutches come in crocodile, buffalo and calfskin rendered in a tight colour palette of black, navy, taupe and blush. You can refer to her website for the full range. According to the newsletter I received from Harrods, the price is set to be around £1,195.

Image Credit: Nespresso CitiZ C120

Ok, bags aside, I’m interested to take orders for a couple of Nespresso coffee machines too. Either you already know of this or you don’t so I won’t elaborate on how fantastic this gorgeous piece of machine is or how popular it is among coffee drinkers in Switzerland and all over Europe. Personally, I love the CitiZ range the most cuz it’s such a neat and cool centrepiece to have at home. Anyway, prices will be more than $100 cheaper than the retail prices in Singapore so it’s definitely a good deal!

Here are the nitty-gritty if you are keen to participate in the spree:

Email me at qiuyi_ong@hotmail.com with the brand and model number, and I’ll quote you a price within 24 hours.

Fixed exchange rate: GBP £1 = SGD $2.30
However, I will need to collect topups if my credit card is charged at a higher rate.

What’s included: whatever is given upon purchase of item, i.e. receipt, paper bag, original box and whatnot. 100% authenticity guaranteed!

Date of bags’ and machines’ arrival: 19th April 2011.

Mode of collection: Mass meetup at central area, venue/time/date to be confirmed later.

Payment mode: POSB/DBS Internet Banking or ATM Transfer. No interbank transfer.

Send in your order(s) with subject “London Pre-order – Confirmed” to qiuyi_ong@hotmail.com using the format below:

Full Name (real name):
Email:
Bank/Acct no:

Item Brand/Name:
Model/Reference No.:
Item URL:
Description:
Size:
Material:
Colour:
Alternative colour if out of stock (preferably at least two):

Terms and conditions (read carefully!)
- Only paid orders will be taken.
- No cancellation of order is allowed once payment is made.
- Full refund will be given if the model and colour is out of stock.
- Please make sure all fields are entered correctly. I am not responsible if you give the wrong item/url/colour etc.
- If GST is incurred, all participants will share the cost.
- For enquiries, please email me at qiuyi_ong@hotmail.com

Lastly, please do not join if you’re uncomfortable with my T&Cs. Thank you! :)

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