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400 Gradi Neapolitan Style Pizza

We have been craving for pizza and decided to go out for our date night. I had read about 400 Gradi in CNN Travel. They were featured after they won the Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza (Pizza World Championship) in Italy in 2014. The owner and Chef Johnny Di Francesco won the top Margherita title. He beat some of the world best pizza chefs so our expectations were quite high.

400 Gradi by Photosaurus Studio

Photos by Photosaurus Studio

We made our reservation online and the place was packed when we got there at eight o’clock. I loved the modern décor with the polished concrete surfaces. The only problem was the accoustics of the main dining area. The sound bounced around so much that it was noisy compared to the bar area in the adjacent room.

400 Gradi Margherita verace pizza

Margherita Verace Pizza $22

We ordered the Margherita Verace Pizza, Spaghettini al Grancho and Tiramisu to share. The Margherita Verace Pizza was made with Sam Marzano tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella and basil. It was a delicate sauce but it was flavourful and delicious. We both loved how fresh and light this pizza was.

Spaghettini al Granchio $36

Spaghettini al Granchio $36

The Spaghettini al Grancho was made with Spanner crab meat, chilli zuchinni, cherry tomatoes, white wine and lobster bisque. The dish is served with some chilli and parmesan cheese on the side. I wish there were larger chunks of crab meat in this dish. I would recommend adding a little chilli for a little kick and as crazed cheese lovers, we couldn’t help but add a lot of parmesan cheese. We would order this dish again for sure.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu $16

The Tiramisu was made with mascarpone cream, savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and marsala wine. It was a delicious dessert but I would have preferred it if it was served in a different container. It was difficult to get all the layers with one spoonful.

The service was quick even though 400 Gradi was packed and our server was friendly. The food was great and we will definitely come back again.

400 Gradi

  • Website: www.400gradi.com.au
  • Address: 99 Lygon Street, East Brunswick VIC 3057 Australia
  • Telephone: 9380 2320

DIY Rustic Photo Frame

We just love this DIY Rustic Photo Frame made by Joanne from Fudge and Joy featuring our Live Laugh Love print.

Joanne is working in the corporate sector and blogs about her passion for baking and crafting. Her blog is named after her pets: Fudge is a chocolate Labrador while Joy is a Calico cat.

DIY Rustic Photo Frame

DIY Rustic Photo Frame

What I like about this project is that you can make everything from scratch and you can easily change the contents of the frame with another print whenever you feel like it.

Fudge and Joy

Two Face Pizza & Taproom

We were at the Tiong Bahru area last week for a project and decided to have dinner at Two Face Pizza and Taproom. This place is a kopitiam(coffee shop) during the day hence the name Two Face, since it transforms into a restaurant at night.

Two Face: Koptiam by day, restaurant at night

We read some mixed reviews about this place but decided to try their food anyway. Since it was convenient, we had dinner there twice. During our visits, we didn’t really experience poor service. I think that the staff were not friendly but also not rude. The service can be described as perfunctory.

We ordered the Pork Belly with Maple Mayo. I didn’t like this dish. I guess I expected the pork belly to come with a twist but it was just fried. Lex liked it though.

Pork Belly with Maple ($8)

The Spicy Buffalo Wings was OK but we wouldn’t order it again. I think the ranch dressing they served it with did not complement the dish.

Spicy Buffalo Wings ($8)

The Bismark pizza was ok but again it is not a memorable dish. I would it eat if it was served but I wouldn’t order it again.

The Carbonara was delicious. I would come back to try the other pasta dishes but I’m a bit put off by the food so far.

Carbonara ($14)

Striking out three out of four dishes seems to be a very poor percentage for a food joint. Maybe we will drop by just to order the Carbonara, to go, when we’re craving for pasta.

Two Face Pizza & Taproom

  • Price Range: 20 / pax
  • Website: www.twoface.sg
  • Address: 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-48, Singapore 160056
  • Telephone: 6536 0024
  • Operating Hours: Tue – Fri: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 5:00 pm- 12:00 am, Sun – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Closed: Mon

Platypus Gourmet2Go and Lobster Shack

We walked past Platypus Gourmet2Go and Lobster Shack a few weeks ago when we went out for a brisk walk. I’ve never tried a lobster roll before so we had to have it for dinner the next day.

Platypus Lobster Shack

We ordered two lobster rolls and to our surprise we got a complimentary bowl of Lobster Bisque. Our server told us that they were gathering feedback from customers since they wanted to put it on the regular menu. I love crabs and lobster but I’ve never really liked bisques so I was a bit apprehensive when I tried it but I really really really love it.

Best Lobster bisque ever!

The bisque was creamy and well balanced. I loved how the roe did not overpower the soup. I’m not familiar with the taste of sea urchin so I can’t really comment on how well the ingredient tasted but all I can say is if they sold a large portion of the lobster and sea urchin bisque, I’d be a regular at their restaurant.

The Traditional Lobster Roll

The Traditional lobster roll had some butter-poached lobster meat with roasted garlic mayonnaise and chives. The bun was buttery and slightly crunchy since it was toasted. The lobster was delicate and a splash of lemon really brightened the flavors.

Smoke Paprika Lobster Roll

The Smoked Paprika lobster roll had butter poached lobster with Spanish paprika with Hollandaise and chervil. I preferred this one to the Traditional Lobster roll since I like strong flavors, but what I really liked about this roll is that although the flavors were strong they did not overpower the taste of the lobster. The dish was well balanced so you could still taste most of the ingredients.

The sides deserve a special mention since they were excellent as well. The truffle chips had a strong truffle flavor and it had a spicy kick which made it taste like truffle and BBQ. I’ve never really liked the taste of truffle until I had their spicy chips. The salad was fresh and the citrus dressing was light and refreshing. You will really feel stuffed after having such a huge meal.

They serve a different menu during the day and the lobster rolls are only served after 6 pm. We were talking about how it would be great to bring guests here. Unfortunately, they are only open on weekdays and they only accept cash so you need to withdraw some money before coming to this place, but it is worth it.

I like how the restaurant is very intimate and the staff is very friendly. The Platypus Gourmet and Lobster Shack is a must-try in our book. If you’re in the Telok Ayer/ Chinatown area, we would recommend trying this place.

Platypus Gourmet2Go and Lobster Shack

  • Website: www.platypuskitchen.com
  • Address: 3 Pickering Street #01-31 Nankin Row Singapore 048660
  • Telephone: 6438 796
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Lobster rolls are only served after 6 pm

Sponsored Post: Beauty Biotics

The Sample Store sent me these Beauty Biotics products to test and review. I don’t usually try or buy products until I’ve done some research on them and I was eager to try these products since they seemed very promising and the are deemed safe for sensitive skin. I’ve tested and used these products for more than 3 weeks and here is my complete review.

My skincare for the past few years has been focused on hydrating my skin since my cheeks tend to get really dry no matter what hydrating product I use. I’ve tried so many soaps, toners and creams, and last year I found an effective regimen combination of products that addressed all my skin woes. I’m interested to see if products from Beauty Biotics will work for my skin without jeopardizing its quality.

I don’t like to spend too much time putting my face on so I look for effective products that are easy to apply. I’ve only started wearing foundation this year after I got a really bad sunburn during our holiday in December and my skin is still uneven. I’ve already sampled different foundations like cakes, liquids and primer-powder combos but I find them too troublesome to put on especially when I’m rushing off to work..

The red spots on my cheeks is covered up and my complexion looks more even

I loved how light and easy it was to put on after moisturizing. It gives my face a radiant glow and it did not dry out my skin. It provided medium coverage so I didn’t look like I had too much product on. I hate it when I check my face in the mirror and I find those foundation streak lines, but I didn’t experience that with the BB/CC Beauty Balm Colour Corrector since it was easy to blend. I guess the light texture came with a trade-off which was complete coverage but I would rather have a light product that is easy to put on with medium coverage and evens my skin tone as opposed to full but heavy coverage. I think that the Beauty Balm Colour Corrector is a great everyday product and I am adding it as a staple product in my make-up kit.

BB/CC Beauty Balm Colour Corrector Summary $39:

  • Timesaver: Yes
  • Hydrating Effect: Yes
  • All Day Coverage: Yes
  • Easy to blend: Yes
  • Texture: Light and breathable
  • Effective Coverage: Medium
  • Sun Protection: SPF 40
  • Happy with the product: Yes
  • Will I use it until I finish it: Yes
  • Will I recommend it: Yes

Love the light texture and the soft powder puff. I carry this with me everywhere I go.

Over the past few weeks, I conducted calligraphy workshops and went to a few events so my face had to be presentable and oil free from morning to evening. After completing my skincare routine and make-up, I finished it with the BB+ Nano Luminescence Mineral Pearl Powder. What I like about this powder is that it takes the shine away from my troublesome T zone and it is so easy to put on since it comes with a great powder puff. I don’t usually like putting powder on but I am loving the BB+ Nano Luminescence Mineral Pearl Powder and I carry it with me every day.

BB+ Nano Luminescence Mineral Pearl Powder Summary $45:

  • Easy to apply: Yes
  • All Day Coverage: Yes
  • Texture: light and fine
  • Sun Protection SPF 40
  • Happy with the product: Yes
  • Will I use it until I finish it: Yes
  • Will I recommend it: Yes

The fine pearl powder gives my face a radiant glow

I also bring the UV White Nano Mineral Powder with me because it is so small and portable. I love the small compact packaging where the puff is connected to the bottle soa you can dispense the product directly to the puff. The nano pearl powder reflects light, giving my skin a luminescent glow.

UV White Nano Mineral Powder Summary $49:

  • Easy to apply: Yes
  • All Day Coverage: Yes
  • Texture: light and fine
  • Sun Protection: SPF 50
  • Happy with the product: Yes
  • Will I use it until I finish it: Yes
  • Will I recommend it: Yes

I’ve used these products daily for more than 3 weeks now and really tested these out so that I can give an impartial review. I really love the BB/CC Beauty Balm Colour Corrector and BB+ Nano Luminescence Mineral Pearl Powder that I will be adding these as staple products in my beauty arsenal. The UV White Nano Mineral Powder contains light diffusing powder, making the skin look more even and radiant.

You can buy Beauty Biotics products exclusively at Watsons Singapore outlets and like their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SkinbioticsSG

Beauty Biotics

Interview: Melissa from Dare to Charm

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi everyone! My name is Melissa and I am a jewelry artist from Dare to Charm. I have an obsession for bunnies and like to collect anything photos of bunnies on it. In fact, I have two very adorable Holland Lop rabbits at home. I had them since they were babies and now they are now two and a half years old. In my spare time, I also like to explore the town to scout for new chocolate or desserts shops. Chocolate is my sinful indulgence.

2. How did you come up with your shop or brand name?

I am been known to be a very daring person when I’m among my friends. The word “Dare” conveys a strong and majestic feel for me. In my opinion, we have to be daring to pursue our passion. I started my business by selling handmade jewelry charms so that’s where “Charm” comes from.

3. What got you into jewelry?

Since I was a little girl, I liked to create and draw stuff. Whether it’s a handmade tissue box or hand-drawn postcard, I was always trying out new art forms. I found myself selling my own creations to friends since I was 10 years old. In college, I decided to take a jewelry design course. Looking back, it was a very unusual choice for me since it was a spur of the moment decision. In the end, it turned out that I really loved it and I really enjoyed the course. I got to know great mentors, meet friends with the same passion and this decision brought me closer to discovering my real craft.

4. What do you make and where do you get your inspiration?

I make gemstones carving out of jewelry featuring mainly animal designs. I have always admired the ethnic art and murals from early civilizations and take my inspiration from Greek and Indonesian influences. In Greek mythology, I’ve always been captivated by the Centaur, Medusa, Chimera, and the like. In Indonesian culture, the stories about Hanuman the monkey has always fascinated me. As time goes by, I would like to explore creating bigger jewelry as statement body adornment inspired by these concepts.

5. Do you have a favorite item that you created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?

My favorite piece was the one I created back in school. My school project was titled “SMOKE” and it was a headgear. I created every single detail in that statement piece by hand, from binding every twig to the sterling silver finishing. It was made with recycled tree branches, light bulbs, candle gel and 925K silver wire.

This piece also had a meaningful message behind it. It was a campaign to encourage people to stop smoking. It is a very sentimental piece for me. I have watched people around me, who are either the passive or active smokers, fall sick from the effects of smoking or even have had to say goodbye to some as they have departed from this world. The piece is now in private collection in Indonesia.

SMOKE 2009 Head Adornment

6. Are you a full time artist?

I am a full time artist working on my jewelry collection. One of the causes I champion is animal conservation regardless if the species is endangered or not. I want my jewelry to become a voice to speak for this issue. In fact, I am a volunteer with Singapore Zoo as a docent and if you are at the Singapore Zoo and spot me at the docent station feel free to come over and say hi.

7. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?

My favorite source of inspiration is the blog, Jewels Du Jour. This site reviews high-end jewellery. I have always fascinated with colored gemstones and this is a great site to indulge in looking at their beautiful creations.

8. Do you have any discount codes or promotions that you can offer our readers?

Sure we do! Enter discount code KAT10 when you checkout for 10% off your purchase from now until 31 March 2014.

Dare to Charm

The Haze

The main reason why I have not been posting anything since getting back from Bangkok is because the haze covering Singapore has been a constant source of stress. It is very difficult to be creative when you can barely breathe because the air is so polluted and breathing in this situation is just so difficult for someone like me who has asthma.

Buildings two blocks away are barely visible at 300 PSI

The haze is caused by slash-and-burn farming done in Indonesia as a way to clear land and fertilize the soil before planting crops. This has been a yearly problem but this has not reached such an alarming level until last week. The air was so polluted you could see particles suspended in the air and the air turned opaque yellow. The pollution standard index skyrocketed to more than 400 PSI which caused people to panic and buy N95 masks and air purifiers. We had to import our air purifiers from the US, as local shops ran out of stock. The haze season is expected to last until September.

Source: NEA

It is so sad to think that the environment is being ravaged like this when there are ways to clear the land through mechanical means. The diplomatic ties between Singapore and Indonesia has been strained by this ordeal. Parts of Malaysia has also been affected by the smog. There are politicians who are making childish comments that further incite the offended parties. This is not just a Singapore issue, but it is an environmental problem that we should all be concerned about. Hopefully both countries can work towards a speedy resolution or at least a reduction of the haze to a tolerable level until a more permanent and lasting solution can be put in place.

Overpriced N95 Masks quickly ran out of stock

Instead of just grumbling about the haze, some good samaritans did their part to alleviate the situation. Some companies bought masks for their employees while other people campaigned through social media for each of us to do our part. It is these little acts of kindness that help us through difficult times and give us hope.