Saturday, December 27, 2014

Totoro Cream Puffs

5-3-1 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5787-6221
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am - 7pm, closed on Tuesdays
Access: Take Odakyu Line from Shinjuku Station to Setagaya Daita Station

Be sure to go early as the puffs are limited on a daily basis. If you would like to visit the cafe in the afternoon, it's advisable to make reservation beforehand and inform the staff to also reserve some puffs for you.

The puffs I ordered had custard cream, raspberry cream and chocolate in them. Puffs with matcha (green tea) filling are only available from April to September, so during my visit in Oct, I couldn't order :( That being said, some puffs are only available during certain seasons, so be sure to try out the 'special' ones aight?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bangkok: Greyhound Cafe, Mango Tango & Farm Design

Every time I visit a country, I will try my best to try out the cafes, dessert shops or restaurants which are popular or special. For example, Mr. Jones' Orphanage.

In this post, I'll introduce another 3 places - Greyhound CafeMango Tango and Farm Design!

They call this the Complicated Noodle. You get fresh lettuce, Thai minced pork stew, chili with garlic and flat noodles. What does one do with them? You put all ingredients on the noodle and wrap it around, then there you go!

This is Banoffee. Consists of Orea crust, sea salt caramel, banana and vanilla fresh cream. So so good!

I'm sure everyone's familiar with this name already. As the name implies, it's all about mangoes!

A mango a day keeps me happy :D

This is a dessert shop at Terminal 21. Apparently they specialize in cheese cakes.

Are all these places worth visiting? A definite yes from me!

Related posts:
1. Bangkok City Hotel & Erawan Tea Room
2. Big C Supercenter Rajdamri Rd
3. Mr. Jones' Orphanage
4. Terminal 21
5. The Grand Palace

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Bangkok: The Grand Palace

On our third day, we went to the grand palace.

To get to the palace, one will need to take the Silom Line and get off at Saphan Taksin Station (or S6 Station) and go out through exit no 2. Then, take Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier (N.9) and walk to the palace. When we arrived at the jetty, we saw many western foreigners had a ticket in their hand. Curious, I went to the counter at the jetty to enquire if there's any free boat service for tourists. The staff basically yelled at me by saying "no no no free service!". Bullshit. There's definitely a tourist boat but we didn't know how it looks like/arrival time etc.

Luckily I did my research before my trip and I remembered reading online about taking the Orange line boat. So when we saw one boat with orange flag, we knew that was the boat to take! 15 baht per ticket :)

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I forgot how long the journey was but one should enjoy the scenery along the river.

We got off at Ta Chang Pier and followed the crowd to the main road where you can see the white wall of palace. Of course, if you're hungry, feed your tummy before you enter the palace. There're plenty of stalls selling juices, snacks and handicrafts

For those who're planning to visit the palace, please remember to dress appropriately.

I brought my own sarong to wrap around my shorts ;p

NOT allowed:
1. Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, and tights
2. See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers
3. Sleeveless shirts or vests
4. Sandals (without ankle or heel straps)
5. Rolled-up-sleeved shirts
6. Sweatshirts and sweatpants, wind-cheaters, pajamas and fisherman trousers

We arrived at about 10+am and we were lucky to witness this parade. I thought I had to be super early like around 830+am to see this.

Entrance fee is 500 baht for foreigners and free of charge for locals.

Alright, picture time!

Related posts:
1. Bangkok City Hotel & Erawan Tea Room
2. Big C Supercenter @ Rajdamri Rd
3. Mr. Jones' Orphanage
4. Terminal 21
5. Greyhound Cafe, Mango Tango, Farm Design