Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Only Happy Times | Cake Lurve

Ughhh, this is so overdue. But with it being the holidays now, I finally have it in me to do more writing, yes, even if no one reads it.

So a 2 months ago or so, before the holiday then ended, me and ma home gurl Munirah have to meet up before school began. YOU SEE, THIS WAS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED, and I only blogged about this when school ENDED.

So I met Munirah at Bugis at around 2, and we walked towards Haji Lane, and initially I thought we were going to I Am Cafe again, which wasn't y favourite go to café, I mean the food is fantastic, but there's no air-condition and it can get pretty stuffy on hot and humid weathers, which makes up Singapore.

But since we're out to explore, of course we have to go to a different café. And in the spirit of being healthy, we walked, and walked and walked our asses until we finally found it!

The Cafe is called Cake Love, stylised cakelove. A humble, but nonetheless bright café that you simply can't miss, amidst the calm streets of Haji Lane.


So when it comes to the visual appeal, I mean hands down, this is one of the best I've seen so far. The wall murals, neon lights, and colourful designs, gives it such a young and fun atmosphere it's hard to not want to go in. So we did. 

Initially when we just went in, there was no one except us, but the people began to come in 20 minutes later, so we were lucky enough to get one of the bigger tables, even though there's just the two of us. I really like the interior, as well, it's really nice and bright, and they had like music playing as well, a little too loud, but I mean, you got to give and take. After lazing and staring at the menu, we finally got to ordering.

The interior of Cakelove, in love with the wall murals, they seriously put in effort in the decor huh!

As for the main dishes, there wasn't a whole lot of dishes to choose from since it is a dessert café after all. So Mun got Aglio Olio and I got the burger. And for some reason, the burgers from cafés are always super good! But meanwhile, we indulged ourselves with some drinks to cool us down. I got some coffee drink while Mun being a classy bitch got tea.

After a while, the food finally came! I remember being sooooooo hungry ok. SO HUNGREH, that's the problem when you wake up late and have to rush.

I don't know if you can see it, but the egg is square! HAHAH SO CUTE. And the thousand islands with the name of the shop. 

 The burger is really super good. The beef and meat is so juicy and succulent. The only thing I don't like is that they always ruin it by putting some sauce at the bottom of the burger. Love the pineapple in the burger, it gives a nice texture and also the tartness of it really takes away the heaviness of the beef. The fries was really good too! Look how it was cut quite flat and bluntly, but wide at the same time. The best part was that the outside was crisp, but inside was still soft. Unlike the ones you get sometimes at McDonalds, where it's just all crisp.

We're at a café right? So what is the main highlight? The desserts! Duh. 

After eating the 'main course', we were sort of full already, so we decided to get cakes and cupcakes. 

Firstly, the chocolate fudge! On photo it looks super yummy, in real life it look heavenly, like mmmmm dap. But upon trying it, I was kind of like disappointed, but I have to attribute it to my own likes and preference. Initially I thought the chocolate fudge was melty and basically like still wet chocolate. But it was actually hard. So instead of it being still fudgy and liquidy in your mouth, you kind of have to chew it through, and it gets stuck onto your teeth. So that part wasn't very nice, sadly. UGHHH SO WASTED, cause I was actually looking forward to it!

The cupcakes in this photo look bomb as hell right?! I have to say child, my photo editing skills are getting better. HAHA, kidding, but tell me that it doesn't look tantalising. So we ordered the Red Velvet and Salted Caramel. 

After trying the different Red Velvets from different cafés and bakeries, I have concluded that the best red velvet I ever had is the Red Velvet cake from Mu Parlour. As much as it looked super appetising, I was again disappointed with the cupcakes. ): WHYYYY WHY MUST YOU TOY WITH MY FEELINGS. 

But seriously, the cream cheese frosting was a little too tart for my liking cause I like my red velvet to lean towards the sweet side of the spectrum. As for the salted caramel? I was never a big fan of caramel, so that was really so-so as well, the cake was kind of dry and bread-like, and it was just unfortunate because by the end we didn't manage to finish it. So that part was sad. 

And after eating, we were too full to continue touring, and the sun was wayyyyy to hot anyway, we decided to continue talking and continued with the misadventures of self love, but in a form called selfie, or we-fies since this generation is all about creating new words. 

Food                        6/10
Service                    6/10
Price                        6/10
Ambience                6/10
Average Score: 6 
(+1 for great decor!)
Final Score: 7!

I think everyone should go once and try it out, but I think it's those places that you can just go once and then that's it. But I guess what off sets it is that you can take gorgeous #ootds around the area after you're done?

Also, briefed Mun through some of the things I needed her help for one of my radio production projects, as she was my interviewee, which I had a great time recording with! So if you see this, THANKS MUN! Really enjoyed the whole part. But thanks to my poor editing skills, I only got a B. After realising that we may have been here long enough, we decided to get our ass out of the café and find a quiet spot to do the actual recording. And where did we decide to settle?


I initially thought I could record it in the café, but they had music in the background so that's a no no. And since it was quiet outside and there were chairs and tables, I reckoned, why not?! Who knows where's the next location I can find a quiet spot like this?

But one thing though, we spent such a long time re-recording it cause midway in the interview, trucks and cars would go through, or passer-bys talking interrupted it. And under the hot weather, Mun was being such a good sport for cooperating with me. But in the meantime I was dealing with some of the technology stuff, mainly garageband, Mun indulged herself in a little bit of photo-taking.

The store is so nicely decorated I cannot deal. It's quite interesting since usually cafés look at the interior design and furnitures only, but cakelove really took decor to another level. 

But finally, we're done with the recording, and the sun has maintained a little bit. We continued to walk around Haji Lane to burn our fats. Haji lane, is GORGEOUS.

The best thing about Haji Lane or streets similar to it is that no matter what time it is, it's always so chill and relaxed. And when it comes to such pretty backdrops, we couldn't resist ourselves taking photos.

After roaming around the streets of Haji Lane, we needed to go to Sim Lim since Munirah's mum needed her to get something, and we did. It was my first time to Sim Lim square, and I must say, it is a paradise for those who are avid for all things technology related, from cameras to other stuff that I never even knew exist, you can bet your ass you can get it there.

And also, from what I've heard, you can get things there for a super cheap price, much much much more cheaper than the standard price in major electronics store.

And when we got into there, I was like 'praise the lord', cause there was finally aircon, despite the sun being a little less glaring, the humidity was still pretty bad, and arriving at a spot with air condition is like a blessing from the high heavens.

But anyway, after getting the barang-barang needed, we realised, actually I realised, Mun already knew, La Salle was just a stonethrow away, and I don't know why either, we decided to head on there anyway.

I've seen photos of it, but seeing it in real life is just wow. First things first, I am so jealous of the students who gets to study in this amazing facility. Just the architecture of it is a visual stunner. A perfect space to call it an art school, I mean the promotion of creativity is just beyond me. Just being in the place itself is just, UGHHHHH. Being in no position to say anything, but the design of La Salle alone puts the NAFA campus to shame. 

As in, La Salle looks like the Holy Grail of any students who wants to study arts or communication even. Just perf ok. 

I really like the open concept, of how it is all glass, and if you're visiting on the right day you get to see the students doing their own work, which I think would be super exhilarating experience. 

AHAHHA I just realised the pictures above coincidentally happen to be all badly edited. Oh well. FAK. But I look quite cute right? And we have Mun looking like a model on the pedestal, #AllNaturale #Effortless. It was a weekend, and a holiday period, so we basically just roamed around this amazing space for a little bit before Mun had to find a toilet before she pees on the spot. So we left. 

And once we're done with relieving ourselves, we walked to the Starbucks at Raffles Hospital, yes I said it, we WALKED. 

 Said Munirah, and the Barista said Mira. But at Starbucks, we spent a good few hours there catching up on whatever happened, mainly me and what's going on with school and classmates. But nonetheless, it was a good time chatting.

Alright, that was pretty much the day we had, and it's great having good friends to hang with, really takes the edge off the stress and other BS life likes to give. Going to end of this overdue post with Mun's selfies!

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