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Oct
14

Thailand Travel Blog – Bangkok Sanrio Hello Kitty House

I was super delighted upon hearing that Thailand has its first Sanrio Hello Kitty House Bangkok in Siam Square One shopping mall! This Hello Kitty’s main focus is on sweet treats. Only premium ingredients are used such as butter and flour from France, chocolate from Belgium and strawberries from Japan and Korea, are used in the cakes and pastries, with more than 30 kinds of desserts available every day. 🙂 Hello Kitty House Store Front Thankfully my travel pals were accommodating enough to accompany me there. Initially I thought that this Hello Kitty House is a cafe only, but it is has also the other departments such as the spa and gift shop all combined under one roof. We were there in the afternoon and queued (whilst seated on the bench located outside the cafe) for about 15 mins before we were served. The whole concept is just so PINK. Pink Kitty, Pink leather chairs, Pink banquettes, Pink Sugar servings, Pink bottles etc. It’s as if we’re wearing pink tinted glasses when we are in the cafe.  🙂   Kawaii! Just in case you’re tired of waiting to be served, you could get yourself a drink at their counter too. I didn’t manage to take the photos of the kitty plastic cups which are available on sale too. Upon entering the cafe, we were greeted by the selection of pretty Hello Kitty cakes, pancakes, cupcakes etc on the left. I wished there were more cakes made in the kitty face shape just like the ones sold in Singapore’s Breadtalk. Haha. Other than cakes, there’s also light meals such as Sushi, and drinks such as Coffee, Tea and Smoothies. This place is a self-service cafe. So its good to have a friend seated at the assigned table by the waitress then proceed to make your orders at the counter. The price ranges from 30baht to 280baht which is still rather affordable. On the right, there is this super big framed hello kitty face outline which demarcates the other section of the cafe and a life size statue of kitty having a teabreak.   Check out the seats. I super love the chairs! We were seated on the ground floor but there’s actually another level for more seats upstairs too. The whole cafe can cater up to 150 pax apparently. Therefore I think it’s actually possible for fans to do a 16th / 21st/ 30th or even 50th and 60th birthday celebration at this place,...
Jun
21

Thailand Travel Blog – Bangkok Mr Jones Orphanage at Siam Center

I’ve been to Siam Center, Bangkok for shopping but it’s my first time going to Mr. Jones’ Orphanage located on the 3rd floor – a great recommendation from my BKK travel buddies Mr Ho and Ros. Their Signboards…    This is a whimsical cafe which serves cakes and drinks. The whole outlook resembles an oversize dollhouse that has a quirky charm with overhanging trains, trains tracks, planes, teddy bears hanging from low lamps and toy soldiers displays etc.  When we reached there at about 4pm, the place was crowded and all seats were taken on 2 sides of the cafe. We waited in queue for about 20 minutes before we were ushered to our seats. The decor brings back childhood memories and the cakes table display at the entrance is ‘Aww-so-beautiful’. The Cakes are freshly prepared and made and you could catch the glimpse of the chef preparing your order. Once a cake is sold, it’s sold and usually there’s no replacement of that cake for that day. Then again, you will be so spoilt for vast selections there as most of these cakes are just so exquisite  and tasty! There is enough to satisfy any kind of sweet tooth, whether you fancy a grown-up semolina, pistachio and honey cake or a scone with jam, or perhaps even my childhood dream cake, a triple chocolate M&M Kitkat cake with chocolate mousse filling. The list doesn’t stop there – they serve cookies, brownies, red velvet cake and a large chocolate and cream cake that looks like an Oreo. I will suggest that you come with friends and share the cakes as you will be tempted to order more than what you can eat in one go. After eating till you’re sugar high and guilty, you can then go hit the gym! In a nutshell, if you’re a cake lover looking for a child-inspired experience, this is the place for you ! The teddy bear toy-theme factory-like cafe is highly patronised by customers, so spare a little while waiting for a free table when you’re there over the weekends. Mr. Jones’ Orphanage3rd Floor, Siam Center (BTS Siam)Tel: 02-658-1163 Related Posts: 1. Stay at Centre Point Silom (At Riverside)2. Bloody Delicious Pig’s Blood Soup 3. Asiatiq (Calypso Bangkok) style=”display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-1687088552728435″...
Jun
17

The Red Velvet Cake

I have been getting my Red Velvet Cake fixes at Pasarbella and some other cafes and decided that it’s time to make my own and share with my family. I just needed to make my own! 🙂 I started off with Betty Crocker’s recipe again for the Red Velvet cake mix. This is a simple and straightforward recipe that’s good to make for kids too. Betty Crocker's Super Moist Red Velvet Cake There’s something about a red velvet cake that always makes me feel good inside. And it’s not just the taste. It’s the memories it brings of family, holidays and home. The best occasion to eat this traditional cake is during Christmas and I totally love the holiday season. Red Velvet Cake Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix (Red Velvet) 1 1/4 Cups of water 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil 3 Eggs 1. HEAT  Heat oven to 350 degrees F / 165 degrees C for shiny metal or glass pan or Heat oven to 325 degrees F for dark or nonstick pan. Grease the bottom and sides of your pan (use paper baking cups for cupcakes). Ensure that the Glass Pan is well greased 2. BEAT Beat the cake mix, water, oil and eggs in a large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally (batter will be lumpy).  The completed mixture Pour into Glass Pan when done. 3. BAKE The bake time differs according to the size of pan you use. 13″ x 9″ = 30-35 mins Two 8″ Rounds = 30 – 35 mins Two 9″ Rounds = 25-30 minutes 24 Cupcakes (2/3 full) 18-23 minutes 12-Cup Fluted Tube (bundt) = 40-45 minutes For the glass pan that I used, I baked for about 35 minutes. Use a toothpick and insert it into the center, it should come out clean. Otherwise, continue baking a while longer until your toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Baking's done for the red velvet cake Cool completely before frosting. Suggestion: Once the Red Velvet Cake layers have been baked and cooled, it is recommended to place the cake layers in the refrigerator (for several hours) or freezer (for at least an hour) before frosting. This extra step makes the spreading of the frosting a much easier task as a freshly baked cake is quite fragile and when you try to spread the frosting there is a tendency...

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