Food Hunter

Toss & Turn @ Ion Orchard

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Before an extensive 4k walk to church, I wanted to pack some healthy food for dinner and was craving for a good sandwich and salad. Having passed by this place a couple of time, I decide to try Toss & Turn, a soup and salad bar by Cedele.

Packed in a designer style wrapper, the combo was a mixed grain loaf with chicken avocado and with a side salad.  One bite and you get the flavours from the roasted chicken and the freshness of the vegetables. The avocado had a slight sweetness to it and the good thing about it was that it was slightly mashed and not too chunky on the mouth. 

On the other hand, the salad was piled with lots of goodness; edamame beans, purple and green lettuce, carrots and croutons. The plus to it was the free flow sunflower seeds and pomegranate dressing that I could add to my salad from their counter. The pairing of the sweet and light dressing with the sunflower seeds and the croutons added a nice dimension and texture to the crunchiness of the salad. If you think that pomegranate dressing is too wild for your taste bud, the counter also serves other types of dressings, like the usual Caesar, Thousand Island to the fruity or less heavy kind for the salad.

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I was surprised that the portion of the food left me feeling quite full from the hearty meal! Judging by the stream of people that visit this outlet from office people to school going students, it seems to hit the right notes to appeal to people to eat their greens. I even went back a second time to try to create my own salad to take-away.

However, their service was a let down as I was kept waiting at the cashier while the staff was busy minding other customers and errands. While the regular salad portion was huge, their food prices is a bit steep ($9 for a regular bowl, $7.80 for half a bowl) just for greens and I think having it too many times seems like high maintenance? Maybe I’ll stick to buying fresh veggies from the supermarket and tossing them myself.

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Food Hunter

Real Food @ Killiney Road

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Dumplings with brown rice vermicelli and soup | Steamed dumplings with organic sesame oil and tamari

I love my greens.

Yes, you’ve heard me. But visiting Real Food for the second time makes me happy not only for that reason. For one, the vegetarian food you get is healthy, fresh and organic. The people who serve you are so down-to-earth, just like your next door neighbour.  Plus, the large space is quiet and simple with contemporary furnitures from Kartell.

I think this sets it apart from any other vegetarian places I have tried. I am won over by this place because of the variety of food they have. Pizzas, rice, spaghetti, coffee, smoothies and more!

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During my first visit, the pumpkin soup was amazing. It even had a bit of purée of the pumpkin flesh in the soup that was way better than the processed kinds from other places.

My friend and I had dumplings. It was really good because not only was it handmade, it was also not like the typical “vegetarian” food that replicates by using flour and mock meat to stuff the filling. Instead, they use around 10 different ingredients like carrots, mushrooms, bean curd, French beans and chestnuts to make it quite a refreshing dish to have!

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Dumpling with brown rice vermicelli | Pumpkin Soup | Organic Mushroom Aglio Olio

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On an interesting note, it feels like a system of trust in this cafe because no one attends to the cashier until you stand at the counter. This store also includes the small retail area that sells organic fresh veggies, oats, chocolate and even shampoo and bath soaps!

If you like to try something different and a healthier alternative, here’s the place for you!

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Multi-grain Bagel x Breakfast

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Multi-grain Bagel | Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Bagels are a largely popular American Breakfast food. Popularised in the 1980s-1990s, it was brought to the US by Jewish immigrants. Although the roots of this humble ring of dough are highly debated, legend has it that in 1683 in Vienna, Austria, a local Jewish baker wanted to thank the king of Poland for protecting his countrymen from Turkish invaders. Thus, he made a special hard roll in the shape of a riding stirrup-Bugel in German – commemorating the king’s favourite pastime and giving the bagel its distinct shape (source).

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Bagels are traditionally made of yeasted wheat dough, boiled for a short while in water before being baked, giving it its unique chewy texture. When eaten fresh, bagels are rings of chewy, fragrant comfort food. If kept overnight, they’re equally good sliced in half and toasted till crisp on the cut side and slathered in cream cheese.

Bagels are a common morning pick-me-up along with a cup of coffee in the US but this delicious and convenient breakfast food sadly doesn’t seem to have caught on as much here in Singapore. Thankfully there are places that do sell fresh bagels, but these are few and far between.

Various varieties of bagels can be found in bakeries and common ones include cinnamon raisin, blueberry and chocolate. The one pictured in this post is a healthy take on the bagel, with multi-grain! What better way to start the morning than with healthy breakfast food? Grab a bagel for breakfast to chase away the Monday Blues and here’s TYFTFWE wishing you a very happy Monday and a food-filled week ahead (:

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Food Hunter

SPRMRKT @ McCallum Street

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Somehow I find this bistro’s name just too cool. It’s ‘supermarket’ without the vowels. But more than its name, SPRMRKT goes beyond typical utilitarian supermarket practice. It is where food, retail and art converge.

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Eggs Florentine | Breakfast Set B: 2 slices toasted brioche with scrambled eggs honey baked ham/ smoked salmon | Grapefruit Juice | Latte

What makes this place stand out from the crowd is that the menu changes each day (not counting the “all-day breakfast”). It keeps you wanting to go back for something different each time! All their food is about making things fresh and natural. They even sell their raw ingredients!  When I was there, yummy bakes were seen being readied for their turn in the oven too.

The breakfast set was pretty decent. In addition, you are surrounded by some cool photography works and a display of kitchen ware and ingredients that you can buy. It is a lot in one space, but it definitely hits the right notes with the office crowd in the city area.

Maybe it’s time for you to head down to do your grocery shopping?

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Food Hunter

Breadyard @ SUTD

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The Merry Bird (Seasonal Special)

Orange wholemeal bread | Turkey Ham | Rocket | Cheese | Onion| Cranberry Sauce | Entrée of Roasted Potatoes

This is one of the best kept secrets that not many people know about and only those in this university would.

Breadyard serves simple fare such as sandwiches, bread and bakes. They have four types of bread used in their sandwiches that are not your typical choices found elsewhere (Multi-seed, Olive, Hokkaido Milk, Italian Wholemeal). Plus, it is easy on the wallet!

Something interesting about the small bakery is that you can take a peek into a little corner reserved for the fermentation of their bread dough. The people behind this place do want to share in their joy of creating fresh bread!

If you visit this place, you might want to consider buying one of their home-made bread to take home!

Here is a short clip by them!

Don’t you want to make some bread after watching it? (:

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Dinner x Bibimbap

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Mix x Toss x Flip

There is always some fun in mixing up a bibimbap. You get to play with your food, in some sense of word! This signature Korean dish is served with rice, seasoned vegetables, meat, egg and chilli pepper paste.

If I ever visit Korea, this would be something on my food list.

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