Author: Peh Yi Wen

Paris: My First Impressions

Paris is a romantic city to one, a pastry heaven to another and then to people like me, it’s a place I’ll remember first for its unpleasant smelling train stations, then the outrageously smoke-filled cafes. Outdoors. Day 11, 29th June 2013: 4.35PM: Our sleek white train pulled into the station of Gare de L’est, where we were greeted by jostling crowds with no one looking particularly friendly. To get to our rented apartment, we needed to take the metro to Place de Clichy . But first, tickets. There was just one machine, with a long queue of course, mostly tourists with luggages and a complicated ticket-purchase system. 30 minutes of waiting, four ticket slips and some lost moments later, we found ourselves facing a bright red door – which would lead us to the narrowest spiral staircase known to mankind. Oh, we lived on the top floor. Fourth, thankfully? The Parisan apartment we stayed in was a tiny one on Rue Nollet, home to our host Elie, whom we didn’t get to meet since she …

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Cafe Review: One Man Coffee

Upper Thomson Road is one street sprawled with more food spots than dots on a dalmatian and while it’s not the most accessible location at the moment (to me, accessible means an mrt station located nearby), it is a place I would like travel to more often, especially for their newest coffee joint – One Man Coffee. At first glance: A quirky witty logo, cartoons and coffee? – I think I’ll like it here. I did.  Sharing four walls and an alfresco area with Crust Pizzeria, One Man Coffee shines in the chirpy space along with the rising sun and goes to bed by the evening, when delightful pizzas come out to play. The limited seating may pose a problem when the promising cafe rises in popularity (probably some time now, since I visited it a week after their opening) but I really hope they don’t clutter the currently comfortable space with more tables to lose its cosy charm. Lucky for us, we arrived the first day they introduced brunch specials to the menu. One …

Review: Knuckles Bistro

$8 mains & German drafts in a rather crate place. One of the great ways for a new bistro to greet the gourmet world is to set camp next to a thriving one and look pleasantly inviting while you’re there. Sandwiched between Hatter Street and Nakhon, Knuckles Bistro sits in a prime location where passersby are aplenty, not to mention the usual endless queues from their Thai co-owners. Inside, the lighting is dim (I’m sorry my photographs lie) and the music is loud, but nonetheless a casual and cosy space (where light wood dominates with crate-like tables) for anyone looking for a place to unwind over chugs of beer and relatively decent grub. From what I noticed, tables outside are given menus while the ones inside aren’t. But that’s okay since orders are done at the counter anyway. The range of food is kept concise starting with appetizers like crispy wings, grilled mushrooms or truffle-infused salads and fries. As mentioned above, their mains stand at a standard and rather affordable price of $8. Choices include German Pork Knuckle, Grilled …