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Lake Toya, Japan

Spot of Tranquility.

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Little India, Singapore

Spices, gold and splashes of colour!

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Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay

Garden City, City in a Garden.

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Bryce Canyon, USA

Thor's Hammer

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Chocolate Test, Singapore

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -Charles M Schulz

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Replacement - Lodge & Kitchen (Johor Bahru)

After yoga class one Saturday morning, my husband asked, "Eh want to go JB?" We had not gone to JB in years and decided to have an impromptu trip. Armed with our passports, we set out to check out JB beyond City Square Mall.

The Replacement seemed to be one of the more popular cafes in JB. It was located a short walk away from City Square Mall. Even at 3 p.m., the cafe was full. It is your typical Scandinavian-styled cafe, with white washed walls and plenty of lights. 

I ordered the Eggs Benny (RM 26.90). You could choose between smoked salmon, beef pastrami or portobello mushroom. I liked how the hollandaise sauce was used to decorate the plate, instead of spamming it over the eggs. The hollandaise sauce was not too overpowering and was well-balanced, without being too sour. They decided to up it one notch- it's not simply poached eggs, but "63 degrees celcius eggs". The natural question is, "What the Heck is a 63-Degree Egg"? The eggs were done just the way I liked it- firm on the outside and moderately molten in the inside. The eggs were served on juicy portobello mushrooms, and laid on lightly buttered and toasted ciabatta.

My husband ordered the Berries Compote French Toast (RM 20.90). The homemade brioche bread is pan-fried with egg, butter and cinnamon mix. There was a hint of cinnamon with each bite and if you have a sweet tooth, this would delight you.

The food was pleasing but we felt that the portion was a little small. That said, the portion size is probably proportionate to the reasonable prices. 

The Replacement - Lodge & Kitchen 
33 & 34 Jalan Dhoby
Johor Bahru 80000
Tel No: 0167132714

Monday, January 1, 2018

Tiong Bahru Bakery (Raffles City)

Tiong Bahru Bakery used to be crowded all the time at its Eng Hoon branch. It was therefore good news when they set up branches in the city as well. 

After a heavy lunch, we decided to get some dessert. I got an Almond Croissant ($4.20). I didn't use to be a fan of croissants because to me, they were just pastry loaded with butter. However, recently I tried the almond croissants at AM Bakery and got hooked onto it. The Almond Croissant here is flaky, crispy and dense with almond paste, with a generous sprinkling of sliced almonds on the exterior. 

We also had a Lemon Tart ($6.10). The sweetness and sourness of the lemon tart were well balanced, with neither overpowering the other. It made for a nice post-lunch perk-me-up.

Tiong Bahru Bakery 
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
Singapore 179103
Tel No: 6333 4160