[Kuala Lumpur] Alexis Cafe

Rocking the ghetto streets of Bangsar is this classy, off-the-beaten-track bistro cafe that has maintained its name with a fine selection of cakes and a sleek price to match. Not a conceptually-strong bistro, but Alexis banks its traffic on excellent word-of-mouth and high quality desserts.


  

Having heard a great deal about their Tiramisu, the 8 of us couldn’t resist getting a couple to share. Their fruit meringue and lemon tart were so darn amazing too.

With tasteful decor, scattered art pieces, white chairs and pale wood tables, Alexis needed little else in their concept to be a decent chill-out spot for afternoon tea. While the wall of wine bottles added a layer of sophistication, it was a tad lacking in the bar/pub factor. Nonetheless I loved how they stacked up all their collection so patrons could literally check the bottles out.
  

Again, random installations – this one is ‘crowdsourced’ since everybody could add their graffiti to the paper chandelier. It’s both sleek and rustic at the same time.
  
Ta-Da! Tiramisu & Fruit Meringue. Interesting how they glazed pecans and an assortment of nuts over the traditional tiramisu coating to create that crunch in your mouth that is oh-so-satisfying.

Nothing beats coffee and cakes with the best of friends. Totally did not expect these 2 to join our KL trip…till they literally surprised me by appearing in the hotel room!! They planned this all along for my birthday. What sweetie-pies!
  
  
More from that lovely afternoon.

 

A short snap from my snapchat above. Couldn’t bring out the tastefulness in Alexis (which coincidentally is one of our friends’ name). But all in all, the cakes were to die for. I’ve had amazing tiramisu cakes, but the uniqueness of this one was rather memorable.

29, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[SYDNEY] BOURKE STREET BAKERY

Tarts and tea at the Bourke Street Bakery on a weekday afternoon. Surry Hills is home to a flourish of yuppie bars and cafes where misfits are the new chic. People no longer go to cafes seeking lattes. Instead, we pay more physical attention to the space we spend time in. Naturally, we want to surround ourselves in a creative, culturally-inspiring, aesthetically pleasing and innovative environment.

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And I found my little indie heaven on Bourke Street where Cass brought me for afternoon tea.20140719-204713-74833569.jpg

Small as it is, the cafe is nothing more than a corner-shop with tables and benches on the outside for patrons. In my opinion, dining alfresco has its definite perks! Great air, good view of the streets and biking hippies.This does not however include the fact that it started drizzling and we had to prop open our umbrellas to continue eating in the rain. Great fun it was.

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Nonetheless I loved how dilapidated the outdoor benches were. Not deliberately so, I suppose. Its concept just seemed so casual like an everyday neighbourhood bakery.20140719-204716-74836001.jpg

Ah… This, my dear friends, is the insanely good GINGER BRULEE TART. It is to-die-for. You may find a rather complex recipe at A Table For Two as adapted from Bourke Street Bakery’s cookbook but don’t expect to replicate the famed goodness! The caramel layer is perfectly burnt to crisp chewiness whilst the inside retains its custard-y moist. Infused (but not overwhelmed) by ginger, the spice added an extra zing toward an unconventional sweetness. No wonder it’s a hit at the cafe!

Bourke Street Bakery Ginger Brulee Tart

ginger brulee tart

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Aside from a fixed menu, the bakery comes up with daily specials. Apparently, I have to try their strawberry meringue tart! Yup, definitely on my to-do list, next trip to Sydney.

Bourke Street Bakery Surry Hills
633 Bourke St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Australia

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[SYDNEY] ADRIANO ZUMBO’S OTHERWORLDLY DELIGHTS

So I caved in to macarons. Or zumbarons to be more accurate.
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But how could you not, after stepping into Adriano Zumbo’s at The Star, Sydney, only to be consumed by sight of an array of beautiful sugary goodness and crazy exotic macaron flavours?
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I’ll allow you to feast your eyes on foodporn ahead.

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Adriano Zumbo at the Star
Shop 1, Cafe Court, The Star/80 Pyrmont St
Pyrmont NSW 2009

P.S. THANK YOU CASS FOR BRINGING ME HERE! AND AROUND SYDNEY! I’ve seen so much of Sydney’s CBD in a short time ^^

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Hello Kitty Cafe | 헬로키티카페 홍대점

Two years ago I was wildly excited to come into Hello Kitty Cafe in Hongdae. Two years later, I’m mildly amused by how ugly their kitty-shaped waffles have become. The insanely pink stand-alone building is still a popular tourist attraction (cue an aggressive horde of multi-lingual Kitty fanatics), and always will remain a novelty this part of town! I just love coming in and remembering how excited I was to be here.

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I wonder if it’s just me… their waffles were kinda doughy and under-cooked? The shape is, well…

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I wouldn’t look forward to having my meals here! But yes, if I’m here just to bask in an explosion of pinks!

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How many kitties? ^^

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헬로키티카페 홍대점
마포구 서교동 358-112.
Mapo-Gu Seogyo-Dong 358-112

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Food for Not-Skinny People

Found myself a new love: Kahlua Cocoa Coffee Cheesecake!
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Whenever I find myself in the States, cheesecake factory is the ultimate go-to for comfort food. We also shared the Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake and the classic Red Velvet.

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Satisfaction is eating good food in the company of people you’re happy to share a meal with.
What in hell’s name is a diet?

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

The Living Room, Copenhagen

Cafè culture in Copenhagen is amaaaazing! Touched down in the morning at 6am, slept for 3hrs, until the silence of the hotel room made me so darn restless. So, I embarked on the list of coffee-places I wanted to visit! First stop: The Living Room @ Larsbjørnstræde. The street is lined with indie cafès, vintage designer stores, chill-out bars and late-night pubs – the kind of street culture I love the best.

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I took a while to make my choices because there were too many! Had a cuppa piping hot latte and a soft, slightly dry slice of tiramisu. Somehow I miss the tiramisu I had in Frankfurt – it’s more moist and tastes strongly of eggs and dark rum rather than flour and sugar.

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I love the interior of The Living Room – it’s spacious yet cosy and lives up to its name by being ideal for social gatherings! There’s even a dark underground ‘dungeon’ where friends or couples can sink into large sofas for more privacy.

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My view of the sidewalk from the bar-top is just right. Spent close to an hour hiding from the cold (-4°C!!) and reading my book whilst sipping on latte.

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If you’re out seeking for good coffee, I’m sure there are better caffeine joints with tastier brews. For cakes or food, definitely there would be better patisseries out there. I still loved this place nevertheless! It gave me very good vibes. The Living Room baristas were super friendly (one of them chatted with me in perfect English!) and the variety of tables and seats are made to suit any occasion. The Living Room is best enjoyed with good company for the ambience is fantastic. Even if you’re alone, the space is quiet without being stale, and is ideal for that me-time you’re seeking.

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The Living Room – Bars, Coffee & tea, Snacks
Larsbjørnstræde 17
Tel: +4533326610
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu 10:00 – 23:00,
Fri 10:00 – 02:00,
Sat 11:00 – 02:00,
Sun 12:00 – 19:00

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: Patisserie Valerie

Tucked away in the streets of Notthing Hill is a Patisserie Valerie –
great wifi connectivity, comfy sofas, and mad awesome latte with cake!
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As it is now late-summer, London is all overcast skies and occasional light drizzles, which is perfect for a hot cuppa.
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Nothing makes me gladder than to see a spacious cafè with an inviting storefront.
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Also, loved how deep the cafè went despite the small shopfront, so there’s actually loads of privacy.
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On the Patisserie menu:
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Mille Feuille, Chocolate Florentine, Macarons…and a heavenly selection of pastries!
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My piping hot cuppa regular latte
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& this mad amazing strawberry gateau to go with!
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Due to jetlag I was up pretty early and was one of their first dine-in customers of the day. Plus I was trolling Notting Hill for Waterstones, Daunt Books and Book Warehouse!! Walking meant that I needed caffeine.
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Felt as though I was very much spying on somebody!! *cues 007 music*
Sorry ol’ mate!
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Not only do they have pastries, cookies and a myriad of cakes, their all-day breakfast/brunch and specialty sandwiches menu is also to-die-for.

Between devouring my cake and sipping on latte, WiFi and Patisserie Valerie’s in-store selection of magazines kept me occupied for a good 2 hours. Had this prolonged bubbly seventh-heaven satisfaction that I always feel after a pleasant cafè experience.

94 Holland Park Avenue
London W11 3RB

o86. pretty filtered pictures

Times like this…I wish we were back in Seoul where steaming hot street-food are just ten steps away from the hotel entrance. Reminiscent of the first night we gobbled down fishcake in the freezing cold….

Had cake for breakfast and supper (cheesecake + chocolate truffle) thanks to my big brother.
Photo filters are deceivingly beautifying.

Dear Stomach, could you please stop growling?
Sincerely, I wish to sleep.

o85. daddy’s birthday

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Celebrated Daddy’s birthday in advance. Everyone’s schedules are so tight, we only get this one Sunday evening. Due to immigration issues when he came over from Taiwan, dad has 2 birthdays. How cool!!

mummy     daddy
bigbro     secondbro

Overdosed on sugar and carbohydrates. Major food coma.

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Wish you didn’t have to grow old, dad. Stay healthy and kick-ass-y…