Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nepalese Cold Brew @ 7Kickstart + Queenz Patisserie

After a disappointing meal at much-hyped Truly Curry Rice run by young hawkers (the beauty of how our taste-buds are all made differently), the two cats went for a short jalan-jalan around da hood.

Another great neighbourhood bakery appeared within their field of vision that hardly register a blip on the radar of the written word online. P.S. Are we a nation of bakers or what?

Queenz Pastisserie is a family-run bakery with mommy at the helm, churning out most of the sweet treats. She is helped by grandpa and grandma who lend their expertise in the realm of traditional Chinese desserts. Two playful kids were "assisting" with customer service, adding their own brand of vivacity to the equation.

As they savoured their bowl of old-school (read: exceptionally healthy aka not so sweet) red bean soup that was thick as paste at the park, they tore open the amazingly fragrant Cat's Tongue biscuits. So good, it's so painfully addictive. Help! Can give Chocolat N' Spice a run for their muffin money next door.

After that, they headed down to the National Museum for an exhibition that the lioness was itching to view - Balik Pulau. If your idea of a perfect afternoon is carefully gleaning choice nuggets of information - from video interviews, archival images, personal mementoes, etc - about the history of lost offshore islands around Singapore, yeap, this is for you.

Something for the kids; a cardboard heaven by artist Justin Lee:

Genesis: View 245 black and white images of our planet captured by world renowned photographer, Sebastião Salgado. The dramatic and moving photographic works were taken at over 30 different destinations from 2004 to 2011.

The lions' favourite pic:

We: Defining Stories - another note-worthy exhibition, in collaboration with The Straits Times, featuring a series of photojournalistic images of iconic moments in Singapore's post-war years from the 1950s till 2013. Revisit some of the more significant events in our nation's history and check out the antique newspaper delivery bicycle owned by ST. The lioness love the quirky picture of Elizabeth Taylor at a local market in the 1950s.

Onward for a needed coffee break:

Old iconic images are now emblazoned on tourist souvenirs,
vintage-style. Heart this mini lunchbox at The Museum Shop.
Thank you Lord for helping a simple shepherd boy discover
this amazing brew in the past. We are the heirs of this greatness.
Cold brew made from Kathmandu beans that were a gift to the
cafe from happy patrons. Flinty and smoky.
7 Kickstart is THE place for cold brew on the island.

Exploring an old cathedral on the way back:

Queenz Patisserie
Blk 78B Telok Blangah St 32
Singapore 102078

71 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 189555

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