Category Archives: Baked Goodies

Canele Pleasures!!

CaneleExcellent. A must-visit

Okay.

Breathe in breathe out.

I’ve fulfilled an ancient, glorious dream.

We conquered Canelé. That’s right folks, Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie on Robertson Quay, the one and only, August 05 2007. THE DAY. Okay I actually tried it before I left for America last year, but maybe my memory’s failing me but the previous time was in no way comparable to the gastronomic experience today. Or maybe it was the company ;)

Anyway, for the uninitiated, Canelé is part of the renowned Les Amis group, helmed by executive pastry chef Pang Kok Keong (who was inspired by Pierre Hermé, my second biggest idol after Thomas Keller). After reading SO MUCH about the man from Chubby Hubby and reading rave reviews about his fantabulous desserts and of course the newly-opened Macaron, Canelé was definitely destination eating. Okay let me just skip the boring parts and head straight for the treasure. We ordered Le Royale (SGD 6.50) and Tiramisu (SGD 6.00).

THE ROYALE

Le Royale was a multi-layered cake made of chocolate mousse 66%, hazelnut feuilletine, almond success and chocolate genoise with rum. The fresh ingredients combined together to form an immensely light dessert that was a darling on the taste buds; the multitude of flavors was incredulously harmonious and hit me one after the other in perfect succession – first to register was the slightly moist mousse before the crumbly feuilletine added its crunch, and just before the bite dissolves completely on the tongue the full flavor from the airy genoise kicks in, punctuating the experience in a burst that had just the right degree of richness to meld the different components and yet not steal the show. The description may make it sound very chocolately, but turned out to be easy to stomach. We didn’t order it, but a cup of tea would have been the perfect companion to this dessert.

 

THE TIRAMISU

I was so preoccupied with my precious royal crown that I didn’t take much note of the exact taste of the tiramisu. All I can say is I liked it immensely, the hint of rum was substantial but not overpowering, and this too was light on the palate and went perfectly with the slice of dark chocolate that adorned the little beauty. I would order this again if there weren’t so many other cakes I am simply dying to try. A return is definitely warranted.

Ah... Perks of the job =)

I love this place. There’s a glass behind which you can see the many pastry chefs buzzing away (and this being a Sunday!). We amusingly noted a female chef working on a wedding cake and nonchalently stealing bites of chocolate. Ah, the benefits that come with being a pastry chef. The atmosphere was chic but not stifling, and the various pink boxes bearing their name and logo that were on display around the cafe made it look like a Prints shop. They also had a little bakery that had interesting things like chocolate brioche, almond pistachio cookies and the like. I got a Chocolate Au Pain for breakfast tomorrow. A slice of Canelé home with me, what more can a girl ask for?

What can I say? Best day of my life. Seriously, I’m not exaggerating. REALLY.

yysj rating:     cookie!cookie!cookie!
 

Canelé (map)
11 Unity Street, #01-09
Robertson Walk
Singapore 237995

Cafe Cacao (Scharffen Berger)

Cafe Cacao: Cafe located at Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory

Bottomline: Everybody (almost!) likes chocolate. And more.

Warning: The following review is probably not representative of the cafe.

This is a story about a cookie.

Cookie! 

And a scone.

Scone 

And a cup of chocolate mocha. Cookie. And Scone.

 Chocolate Mocha, Cookie and Scone

It begins. For whom Chocolate makes a very happy person.

YY's eyes gleam..

It begins with the cookie.
The Scharffen Berger Chocolate Chip Cookie.

 Cookie Cookie? Cookiee!

And then.. 

The Scone

The Scharffen Berger Chocolate Chip Scone 

scone Scone!! 

scone? mm.. Scone!! 

Scone. The wonderful wonderful scone.

SCONE!

 Hee.

Cookie and milk

Top it off with the mocha.

Satisfied gwin

Ah. Today was a good day =)

yysj rating:      cookie!

Address:  914 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710 (map)
                   (intersection of Heinz and 7th)

Links:    Website (here)
                Yelp Review (here)

West side story

West Side Bakery: Cosy location at west side. Typical chic Berkeley cafe.

Bottomline: Plenty of seats, free internet. Good vegetarian selection

West Side Bakery CounterWest Side Bakery

Here’s some trivia about YY. She hates libraries. Unconventionally, she needs to study in a cafe environment where she’s surrounded by ambient people and where the prospect of food is always available. Thus, when test season comes around, we’re always hunting around for cafes..

The 3 golden requirements of a study cafe

1. Comfy and available seats
2. Clean toilets
3. Free wireless internet

Passing by this place, it said ‘free wireless internet’.
YYSJ decided to check it out =)

Studying!

What’s studying without a little refreshment ;)

Breakfast 

Saute of Mushrooms, Spinach, Tomatoes and Feta 

YY tried the Saute of Mushrooms, Spinach, Tomatoes and Feta ($7.75), which was served open face on bullseye bread. Not bad. The breakfast was pretty standard fare to be found in most places. This place had a pretty good vegetarian selection though, with a number of tofu specialties such as “Tofu scrambler”, “Tofu Chilequiles” and “Tofu Rancheros”. Typical, of your very aware Berkeley cafe.

Omelet!

Looks savory doesn’t it?

*CHOMPCHOMPCHOMP*      FOOOODDD!!

Guess who’s supposed to be studying? ;)

*nibblesdelicately*

=)

Bottomline:

This place is pretty standard. Its nice for a change, but there are many places around which are better. Try Rudy’s Can’t Fail cafe or The-Place-That-May-Not-Be-Named. if you ever find out where it is of course ;)

yysj rating:       carrot

Address:   2570 9th St, Berkeley, CA (map)
                    (Intersection of 9th and Parker)

Links:      Yelp review (here)

Tartine bites

Tartine Bakery : Known to some as the best french bakery in USA.

Bottomline:   If you have some time to roam about SF,
                      and you’re interested in good pastries, come here =)

                      Come early in the day!

queuing in the rain 

The line outside tartine at 8am on a rainy saturday SF morning.

 Line inside the shop

Actually, even though the line is long, it moves pretty fast.

Tartine

Glorious Selection!

So anyway, me and yy can be monsters when it comes to eating.. “What should we order?” “Dunno, everything looks good.” “Let’s start with 4 kinds of pastries shall we?” “okay, i’ll have this, this, this and this.” heh. us skinny people have to stick together =)

zy

So, we tried a few of them. They’re all good. For those with limited appetites however, i’ll highly recommend the Buttermilk Scone with currants ($2.50) and the Fragipane Croissant with brandy and almonds ($3.25).

 milk

yy wanted a large happy warm glass of milk.
Do you know you can buy it here for a dollar? ;)

Oh. and the coffee comes in these bowl-shaped cups.

us

Seating is limited, but few people sit, so you can always wait around.
We came early before going out to explore SF.

This was a good breakfast!

Breakfast complete

Location:   600 Guerrero St (map), San Franciscio
                  (also the corner of 18th and Guerrero St)

Links:        Official website and hours (here)
                 Review on Yelp (here)

yysj rating:       cookie!

Cheese Cake!

Cheesecake Factory:    Crowded, famous, delightful.

Bottomline:    A great place for cheesecake =)

Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory is almost like a landmark in SF.
You have to go there. Its super crowded, but its like a pilgrimage.

goshgoshgsoh.. yum.Can't wait.. slurp

 Today, yysj reviews their cheesecakes =)

 Everybody loves cheesecake

Everybody loves cheesecake.

Kahlua CheesecakeOreo Cheesecake

You can’t go wrong with the Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake.
Simply because its made up of all the good stuff you’ll possibly want.

Also, personally, I prefer the Oreo Cheesecake over the Chocolate Oreo Mudslide Cheesecake, because the latter is a bit too chocolatey such that it overwhelms the delightfully light taste of the former. What’s wrong with chocolate? If you think that you can never go wrong with too much chocolatey goodness, I highly recommend the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake. Mmm.

2 favourites that you can’t go wrong with, and that i think is most representative of the perfect cheesecake goodness and texture: Original and White Chocolate Caramel Latte Cheesecake

Now, i hand you over to our specimen tester.

hmm?  I think..

What does yy say about the cheesecake here?

How does it taste?Yum!

Sometimes, a picture speaks a thousand words! =)

finished =(

Verdict: If you’re in SF, you should come try the cheesecake =)

yysj rating:       cookie!

Address:       170 O’Farrell St, Macy’s 8th floor. San Francisco (map)
                          (Between Powell and Stockton St)

Links:      Official Website (here)
                 Yelp Review (here)