Sunday, June 23, 2013

Things to do in Edinburgh

The Lions were so blessed to be in the United Kingdom for their holiday. One of the destination that the Lions went was the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. So here is some of the things that they have done during their short stay in Edinburgh.
1) Try out Scotland's specialty: Haggis! (It is the brown mince on the left) Roary cannot wait to give it a try.
2) Check out the Scottish kilt and how much the whole set cost!
3) Having some of the world's most haunted places, pluck up your courage and go for a City of the Dead tour in Edinburgh.
4) Relive the days of Robert the Bryce by visiting Edinburgh Castle
5) Visit the birthplace of Harry Potter, The Elephant House, and see whether you can get inspiration a la JK Rowling.
6) Go for the whiskey experience for an educational session in whiskey tasting. After all, Scotch whiskey comes from Scotland right?
7) Visit the world's largest private Scotch whiskey collection

8) Buy ice cream out of an ice cream truck just like in story books
9) Try another Scottish specialty, Scottish Smoked Salmon, and be wowed by it

Po Po at Sinpopo

Yes, Popo is a nickname for Cuchi, small wonder that she discovered this place along the streets of Joo Chiat. Sinpopo is actually a vintage-inspired coffeeshop that serves up old school delights. Armed with an empty stomach, Cute Cute and Cuchi went down for lunch

Cosy and homely, Sinpopo does bring one back to the 70s and 80s. The feel, the music, the furniture, etc all contribute to its down-to-earth vibe. You will find record covers of 70s singers, an old television set and even old-school  posters.
Looks like Smurfy is having a blast from the past

Sinpopo's food menu consists of mainly local hawker food and drinks but do not fret, you will be surprised by the quality of the food there.
Sng Muay Pop
Really unique, the Sng Muay Pop is actually frozen concentrated Sng Muay juice (preserved plum juice) in small ice balls added to 7-up with sliced lime. Cute Cute enjoyed this ice treat on a hot afternoon.
Kopi that was done very well
Nasi Lemak
One of Sinpopo's specialty, the rice was fluffy and full of that fragrant lemak taste. The fried chicken wing was old school with a bit of tumeric or curry powder in its slightly spicy marinate. The only downside was that the accompanying homemade chilli was not spicy enough. Other than that, the nasi lemak was yummilicious. 
Kato Rice
Kato Rice is our Singapore's scissor-cut curry rice. Pork chops, curry chicken wings, fried egg, stewed cabbage and curry gravy rice were the items in the scissor curry rice. Verdict? Excellent!
Sago Pudding
The sago pudding was another delight. Not too sweet even with the addictive dose of gula melaka, the sago pudding was worth a try especially when you have eaten this before when you were young.
The Lions enjoyed themselves at Sinpopo reminiscing about the past.

Here is our review for Sinpopo: 

Food Quality: 8.5 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 7.5 pawprints out of 10

For those who are interested in going there, here is the address:

458 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427671
Tel No : 6345 5034

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cocooning at Cocotte

Sorry for the delayed postings as Cute Cute and Cuchi had a vacation in United Kingdom. More of their adventures in English lands later down the road. Meanwhile, just before they flew off to London, the Lions managed to sneak a bite at Cocotte Communal restaurant.
Located inside Wanderlust hotel, Cocotte also adopts a retro interior decor just like the hotel. In fact, it models after the 70s French feel and serves up rustic French communal food.

Feeling cosy and nostalgic (Cuchi is into French things), Lions and their friends, Coconut and Kermit, got to ordering food to share.
French Onion Soup Sandwich
The French Onion Soup Sandwich was great. Sweet, sour and savory, the sandwich was so good that the pack ordered another one to share.
Pan Fried Sea Bass
Fish was done very well, the skin crispy and the fish tender. The vegetables that went along with the dish were also a good complement to the main.
Hot Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Cute Cute felt that it should be an egg and salmon sandwich instead due to the large amount of scrambled egg on the sandwich. Overall, it was a good sandwich but the Lions' choice still went to the French Onion Soup Sandwich.
Unfortunately, the Lions had forgotten what sandwich this was, but it looked and tasted good. :)
Shredded Pork Confit Sandwich
Another classic from Cocotte, worth trying.
Lemon Curd Tart
Ladies who love sweet sour treats will love this dessert
Cafe Latte

Apple Tart
The Lions had a wonderful time at Cocotte. Good food and a lovely atmosphere added to the enjoyment. Do check out their pastry section as it changes with time.

Here is our review for Cocotte: 
Food Quality: 8.0 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 8.0 pawprints out of 10

For those who are interested in going there, here is the address:

2 Dickson Road
Singapore 209494
Tel No : 6298 1188