Holler Out! Pondok Jawa Timur

Dinner at Pondok Jawa Timur  on a Saturday Night, before our excursion to the iLights festival at Marina Bay. Thank you Aveline for hosting us!

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Before I go deeper into the authenticity of Pondok Jawa Timur’s Indonesian cuisine, I wanted to touch a little bit on HOLLER OUT, the latest foodie-tech app on the block, available on both iOS and Android. When you quote “VIKTORIAJEAN” on @holler.out app, with a minimum spend of $30, you get 10% off your total bill! In addition, you automatically become an ambassador for Pondok Jawa Timur by using my promo code on payment.

What Holler Out app does is to encourage word-of-mouth and social media affirmation of bistros, cafes, bars and restaurants. By sharing your code, or using someone else’s, both parties benefit! Because as an ambassador, you gain a teeny share of cash in your stash, which you can choose to cash out in future. As a code-user, you stand to get 10%-20% off your total bill. As a restaurant owner you get loads more social media mentions by being a participating vendor. Currently there’re more than 40 vendors, including spa and recreational outlets, and the app is ever expanding.

Pondok Jawa Timur is a participating vendor, and if you use my code “VIKTORIAJEAN” when you dine, you get a 10% discount. Simple relational equation. Use it now!

Let’s talk food now. Here I am, holding the Bakwan Jagung, or the simply irresistible fried minced corn cake and prawns. When I think about Indonesian food, my vocabulary falls short and stops somewhere between “Chendol” and “Ayam Penyet”. Hence, dinner at Pondok Jawa Timur was really an educational tour of the Javanese food culture.

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Dan decided to crash my photo. Hahha.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore Viktoria Jean

I love how our rice came in 3 colours: White, Green and Yellow – Green being pandan-infused and yellow being tumeric-infused. The restaurant’s signature prawn crackers go so well with rice, and almost every damn thing, that its scattered all over our dishes. We had crackers for starters as appetisers.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore

Avocado is supposedly healthy fat, and does wonders for your skin. This rich avocado shake comes with creamy chocolate sauce, and is the best drink to ruin all diet plans…and to make your skin smooth as a slab of butter. Choose wisely.

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Who am I kidding? I choose avocado chocolate any damn day.

Thanks to our fabulous host, we enjoyed this array of dishes and almost had to roll our fat bellies out of 737 North Bridge Road. I especially enjoyed the Sate Ayam sticks, as we all know, are grilled chicken skewers served with special peanut sauce. Their sauce is smoother and definitely less chunky than the version that I’m used to eatting from Satay by the Bay or East Coast Park. And the taste is less peanut-ish, and stronger on garlic and spices.

As you can see, there are 3 types of soups in the photo:
The one furthest away is the Rawon, or the rich tasting Javanese beef black soup. Ayam Kare is the one in the middle and it’s essentially chicken curry.  Then there’s Soto Ayam, or  Tumeric Soup with shredded chicken, boiled egg and vegetables.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore 1

Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore satay

That delectable dish in the forefront is the Ayam Penyet – the traditional fried chicken served with fried tofu, tempeh and sambal belacan. Loved it! It’s crispy and crushed tempeh actually tastes like pork floss.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore
Beside the curries, beef rendang and its traditional spice blend with coconut milk sauce goes perfectly with rice. It’s so good.Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant SingaporePondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore
This is the Ayam Bakar Kecap, the marinated grilled chicken with sweet sauce. I like it that it resembles teriyaki, and retains the heavy spice-infused flavour of most Indonesian dishes.

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Satay Sate Ayam 5 Sticks – $8.90Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore Satay
And the Bakwan Jagung (3pcs) – $6.50Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore

I loved this! Chicken curry/ Ayam Kare – $7.50Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore curry

Ayam Penyet – $6.90Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore ayam penyetThe Tahu Penyet (3 pcs) $2.50Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore Tempeh

Beef rendang – $8.90Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore beef rendangIkan Asam  – $9.50Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant SingaporeSambel Goreng Kentang Kering, or crispy sambal potato  –  $2.00Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore side dishes

Sambal Kacang Ikan Teri or Sambal fried anchovy w nuts – $2.00Pondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore side dishesPondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore

Kerupuk (prawn)  –  $2.00 / pktPondok Jawa Timur - Indonesian Restaurant Singapore crackers

Of course, what’s a meal without desserts?

Introducing the Ice Campur ($4.50), a classic Indonesian ice shaved dessert served with chendol, grass jelly, young coconut and atap seed. Yummy! A must-have for the recent wave of humidity. 

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We were also served the Ice Kepala Muda Gula Jawa ($4.50), shaved ice with young coconut served with javanese sugar. Very interesting combination that tasted of gula melaka and sweet fresh coconut. 

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This is the Ice Teler ($4.50), an all time favourite Indonesian mixed ice served with young coconut, jackfruit and avocado! I loved this one especially, as there was a hint of lime and tasted super refreshing. I think I can eat one all on my own.

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Opened by Indonesians, this restaurant has authentic recipes down to a T. Plus the prices are very affordable at the $13 – $20 range for a good full dinner. For Pondok Jawa Timur’s full menu, check out their website, or head down to their homely physical store at 737 North Bridge Road. I know I’m definitely heading back there for more Indonesian food soon!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[THAILAND] o16. DAYTRIP TO AYUTTHAYA

40 miles north of Bangkok lies Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, capital of Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. Ayutthaya Kingdom was destroyed in 1767 by Burmese army who took down the city. Ayutthaya, like Rome, has since left most of its ruins within sight. Officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is its Historical Park, whose ruins were a peek into the kingdom’s past grandeur.

Dia and Ake drove us on a daytrip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. The journey could have taken way longer (by means of Thailand’s inter-city railway) than our tranquil 1.5 hours drive to the country side which I truly enjoyed. Having lived in a city all my life, the drive was akin to entering a timezone ungoverned by conventional rules of time. I was fascinated by farmers in paddy fields seeming to move in slow-motion, accustomed to a lazy pace of life. The last time I’ve ever immersed in such a slow-moving city was during a layover in Mumbai, India, but even then I was concerned by and paranoid of the city’s hygiene. Here I rolled down my windows to let unfamiliar country smells invade my olfactory senses. The experience was truly rural and underrated.

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A stream leading to Chao Phraya, Thailand
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Enjoying this incredibly scenic view while dining on the country’s finest seafood

With Dia and Ake, our tummies were in for a treat. Along a stream that leads to Chao Phraya River, we located Yang Deaw Restaurant, a local eatery well-known amongst the natives for grilled river shrimps.

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A mouth-wateringly good salad with Thai version of the Chinese salted eggs, tossed with shrimps and chunks of chilli
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Steamboat / various fried fishcakes and pork dishes
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Pork in spicy gravy with salted eggs. Thai dishes are just so big on gravy and sauces it’s impossible to go without.

An old lady, aided by 2 others only a decade younger, took our orders, prepared the seafood, grilled the prawns, chopped the vegetables, served the dishes, iced our tea and washed the dishes in a small pantry; hence service was, like everywhere else in the country, slow. Oddly enough, us city-dwellers never for one second lost our patience. I contemplated going to the kitchen to help mince the pork and skewer some prawns.

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Looks ugly here, but this crispy salted fish blew our minds.
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Highlight of the meal: hugeass river shrimps!

Highlight of the meal: river shrimps! In all its fresh glory. Caught right off coast at neighbouring streams surrounding Ayutthaya. When de-shelled, these shrimps were almost the length of my forearm (note: I have long limbs)

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We left Yang Deaw feeling like our lives was complete, then we drove further north, nursing an intense food coma with tonnes of iced tea. One of our major pit-stops was Wat Panan Choeng temple, on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, part of Ayutthaya Historical Park. Fervent Thai Buddhists usually made it a point to journey to this temple to pray for the best of luck on New Years and special occasions. The Golden Buddha statue is known as Luang Pho Tho, who stands at 19meters tall.

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Our Thai friend Ake going about with his prayers by sticking gold flecks on small Buddha statues

 

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Luang Pho Tho @ 19m tall

We were there for a ceremony on that particular day – Thais were flocking in to pray for good luck for the coming year (2015). Fervent Buddhists purchased golden cloth to ‘clothe the Buddha statue’. We purchased one each and handed the golden sashes to a temple staff, who then proceeded to mumble his blessings, before tossing the golden cloth to 3 pairs of waiting hands standing on Luang Pho Tho who would catch the cloth, tie them to the existing length covering Luang Pho Tho. During the ceremony, Buddhist monks would then chant a long series of words in Thai. We joined the fervent Buddhists in kneeling at the Buddha’s feet with our heads bowed. When the time came, the monks and temple staff began throwing the tied cloth back at us and people in the front started pulling the cloth for us people at the back. The cloth went over our heads as a symbol of protection and having us ‘covered’. After we were all draped in gold cloth, the chant went on in Thai for about 5 to 10 minutes, before we returned the cloth and made our donations to the temple.

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Blessings from Luang Pho Tho
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Passing the golden cloth, over our heads

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A room filled with religious statuettes
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Devotees

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The first of my posts on Ayutthaya had touched on aspects of local food and Wat Phanan Choeng. In the coming posts I’ll be sharing on other places to visit in Ayutthaya, including the famous ‘Buddha head in tree‘ featured in many travel guides on Thailand. Stay tuned for more!

Yang Deaw Restaurant
5/1 Moo 4, Tambon Ban Len, Amphoe Bang Pa-in, Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya

Wat Phanan Choeng

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[THAILAND] o15. VINTAGE ROD FAI

Talad Rod Fai, Bangkok, is an open-air bazaar peddling an insane array of vintage collectables, quirky kitsch and memorabilia from yesteryear. Since its move in 2013 due to an expansion of the BTS Skytrain line, its reappearance at the new site accommodated a bigger, more international crowd. I loved the old Rod Fai next to the train tracks, where shop-owners displayed their wares on floors or did business right out of 1950s Cadillacs. The new locale is posh, less rugged than before, while retaining signature vintage elements.

Shopping was way down on my list of priorities as opposed to capturing these on camera.

“Vintage books, old china, antiques; maybe I love old things so much because I feel impermanent myself.”
― Josh Lanyon

All things biker chic
All things biker chic
Vintage television
Vintage television
Lorries from another era
Lorries from another era
From before our parents were born
From before our parents were born
Vintage Chinese
Vintage Chinese

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For Sale: Gas masks, anybody?
For Sale: Gas masks, anybody?
So old your nose will blow
So old your nose will blow
Coca cola signs
Coca cola signs
This still exist?!
This still exist?!
Route 66, US
Route 66, US
Old is gold
Old is gold
Rod Fai Gems
Rod Fai Gems
This is how coffee is made, sometimes
This is how coffee is made, sometimes
Pretty interiors of Title @ Rod Fai
Pretty interiors of Title @ Rod Fai
Title @ Rod Fai
Title @ Rod Fai
LOVE @ Rod Fai Thailand
LOVE @ Rod Fai Thailand
Leaving space
Leaving space
Pinball or something
Pinball or something
Vintage bikes...vespa?
Vintage bikes…vespa?
Mannequin.
Mannequin.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[THAILAND] o14. SIX HANGOUTS TO HIT IN BANGKOK (FOODIES ONLY)

Perks of having native Thai friends – they’ve tried it all and only take you for the best. I had the honour of my Thai native friends’ undivided attention 5 days in January this year. Knowing us (foodies who were through with tourist traps in the big city), the pair of them took us gallivanting through Bangkok for the best F&B. Here are 6 of my favourite picks,

GRAM CAFE – Brunch

Nestled within the trendy streets of Sukhumvit 49 near to Thong Lor is GRAM Cafe, featuring an open-kitchen counter and a pretty garden where you dine. Highlights of our meal: ovaltine volcano pancakes dripping in chocolate fudge and ovaltine powdered goodness. Also loved their latte: I’m a sucker for hand-drip coffee.

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Gram Cafe, Bangkok
Gram Cafe, Bangkok
Their lattes are not to be missed
Their lattes are not to be missed
Smoked salmon salad - my all-time salad of choice
Smoked salmon salad – my all-time salad of choice
What 5 Persons Ate
What 5 Persons Ate
Ovaltine Volcano Pancakes
Ovaltine Volcano Pancakes
Pulled Pork Burger
Pulled Pork Burger

Outdoor-dining only meant there were certain elements of nature interrupting our quiet brunch: flies, mozzies and leaves falling into your coffee. But when your bill arrives all’s good again, since a Bangkok hipster brunch is one of the most affordable in the world.

GRAM CAFE
1/F, 49 Terrace, Sukhumvit Soi 49, Bangkok, Thailand
Tue-Sun 9am-5pm
081-884-8554
Nearest Train: BTS Phrom Phong


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ROCKET COFFEE BAR – Brunch

An uber-chic hangout for hipster lunch in the up and coming Sathorn area; the best flat white in town makes this the expats’ choice on the weekends. Save yourself the best seat by the window when you make reservations! Rocket is well-known for their artisanal coffees – I fell so in love with their iced latte that I had to have two.

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Salmon Roe and Crab Meat Toast

Their eggs-ben weren’t fantastic and drool-worthy so don’t bother if you’re hunting for the best food in time. Come here for a cozy meet-up, and to immerse in a chic up-town environment.

Check out their menu here.

Rocket Coffee Bar
147, Sathorn Soi 12, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
+66 2 635 0404
Monday to Sunday 7am – 11pm
Nearest station: BTS Chong Nonsi


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MR JONES’ ORPHANAGE – Cakes, waffles and all things sweet

Named after a renowned children’s book, Mr Jones’ Orphanage lives up to its name with teddy-bear strewn interiors, low-hanging ceilings resembling children’s bedrooms, and quirky cutesy dessert creations. We ordered a round of cakes and rocky road waffles after heavy-on-the-savoury-buds lunch – the kick on our sense of taste was incredible. Mr Jones’ is a sweet-tooth’s haven.

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We had one of each: the strawberry shortcake is too amazing. The kitkat mud monster was way too chocolatey but if you’re a fan, it’s a chocolate heart attack.
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Marshmallows Rocky Road Waffles

With more than one outlet, the cafe still gets crowded. Save the wait and make reservations!

Mr Jones’ Orphanage
2nd Level, Siam Center
Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Pathumwan 10330
11:00 am – 10:00 pm


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MANNA THAI – Rock Melon Sorbet

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Situated at the basement level of Siam Paragon is an outdoor paradise, where the food isn’t spectacular but they serve a mean rock melon sorbet straight out of rock melon skin. A hand-drip latte goes well enough, and together we’ve got tea-break for the high-soul in Bangkok. Dining in is great, but the view outside is better. If you’re into people-watching this is your little heaven.

Rock melon sorbet is highly recommended.

Manna Thai
G Fl., Siam Paragon
991 Rama1, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
+66 2129 4555


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CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET – Street Food

Don’t waste your time and money if you’re hell-bent on eating clean in Thailand! Street food has too much flavour and life in it, so who cares what happens in the kitchen right? Eating straight from street stalls gave me a genuine taste of Thailand – where the culture stands, and what the people enjoy in their spare time. Here, flavour is key (as lovers of uber-sweet Thai Iced Milk Tea can vouch for), and Thais are big on traditional spices. Meet some of my favourites from the all-time touristy Weekend Market of Chatuchak.

Yummy oily thing
Carrot cake-ish mash up – oily but sooo good
Quail Eggs
Quail Eggs! Featuring my Batman-inspired nails.
smoky ice cream
Smoking Ice Cream
Street oysters
Street Oysters

Shoppers are advised not to waste any time stopping to ogle at street food if intent on covering every nook and cranny of this 32.91 km² maze. Shopping can be endless in this god-amazing place, but some things are just not up my alley, especially when the weather’s too hot and I’ve been here more times than I bothered to count.

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SOMBOON – Seafood

The best place for fresh seafood fix in Bangkok: my all time favourite dish is the fried curry crab which comes in a fuss-free pre-shelled form so all you need to do is scoop it up, eat it with rice or fried bread! Do not exclaim “so cheap!” each time you select a dish or you’ll end up sounding like a bird. Yes, seafood is seriously affordable here.

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PRE-SHELLED FRIED CURRY CRAB: Party in my mouth and heaven in a dish
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Deep fried sea-bass – just look at this meaty goodness
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Steamed and tossed mussels in onion and gravy. Hmm
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Darn fresh oysters! Gotta slurp ’em all
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Feast for Five
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Delish mango sticky rice

Somboon Seafood
895/6-12 Chula Soi8, Bangthadthong Road | Wang Mai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
11:00 to 23:00 Daily
0-2216-4203-4 or 0-2214-4927


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Stay tuned for more adventures in Bangkok, as I’m always back for more. I’ve got too much affinity with the Land Of Smiles, it seems.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[PARIS] oo5.LÉON DE BRUXELLES

You know you’re in love with restaurant in a foreign land when you visit twice in 2 days, and already miss having it the moment your plate is clean. This was Lèon de Bruxelles for us, having found love in pots of garnished mussels in delectable broths and platters filled with basil sauce and melted mozzarella.

I know I’m definitely in love with Lèon’s cappucino with fresh whipped cream, meridional mussels’ gratin, creme brûlée, and waffles! For the curious, please do sneak a peek at their menu. I swear all this travelling spoils my appetite for food.

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xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

[SYDNEY] DARLING HARBOUR

A weekday morning nonetheless sees throngs of students, tourists and locals alike flocking to the harbourside. Gastronomically, they only have the best! The best raved-about restaurants and eateries on UrbanSpoonAustralian Good Food Site, and TripAdvisor can be found this side of town.

Winter at Darling Harbour: chilly, breezy and picturesque. Named after Lieutenant-General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales from 1825 to 1831, the harbour is not only a key attraction on its own, but home to many of Sydney’s major tourist sites – Paddy’s Markets, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and the Australian National Maritime Museum to name a few!

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In the vicinity is Sydney’s highly-acclaimed Chinatown. It is not much to say that it’s barely more than a street, with a reputation for very good Vietnamese noodles (as told to me by a Sydney born-and bred-businessman now residing in Singapore) and also Emperor’s Cream Puffs! (as recommended by Cass!) Yummy~ 20140719-204031-74431907.jpg20140719-204030-74430280.jpg 20140719-204031-74431131.jpg

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Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

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

[THAILAND] oo2.Island Lovin’

Headed for Thailand’s Koh Samui with my favourite travel pals in exactly 3 days’!! ❤
So stoked about scuba-diving, and living the island life in my friends’ resort. Also can’t wait to start partying at the local hotspots on Chaweng Beach.

Koh Samet Thailand

On our last trip to Koh Samet, another offshore party island in the Gulf of Thailand, we spent our afternoons snorkelling, swimming, speed-boating, tanning, scuba-diving, Thai-massaging, getting our asses bruised from bumpy rides on the island lorry and eating the freshest seafood the island has to offer.

Though we won’t be in time for Koh Samui’s famous full-moon parties, my local Thai friends insist that the island’s year round nightlife is insane. I’ll believe when I see it!

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: Covent Garden

What exactly is in Jamie Oliver’s Secret Basement?
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Found this green door whilst exploring the outskirts of Covent Garden!!
When the celebrity chef bought an old bank building in Manchester, his workers uncovered old Joy Division and New Order master tapes, as well as a million dollars worth of treasures (including gold, jewelry and a gun) in the basement!!

I had a helluva good time uncovering the hidden treasures of Covent Garden on 2 separate occasions:
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The first was Jubilee Market at Covent Garden! Was sourcing out the vintage craft stores and cafès. The perimeter is also surrounded by pretty cafès and patisseries such as Patisserie Valerie and Ladureè, as well as a myriad of indie cafès.
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Within Jubilee Market, a dizzying selection of accessories, cosmetics and items of fashion were dazzlingly on sale, flea-market style.
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The second occasion involved the outskirts of Covent Garden, covering The Lyceum Theatre, Neal Street’s Dr Martens, and further out! Was on the hunt for Dr Martens’ designer store, obviously.
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Found: Charles Dickens Coffee House!
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After this shot was taken, the man in the brown shirt kinda tried all means and ways to communicate while I was hurrying away. Kudos to him, he could say ‘HELLO’ in about Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, English and Italian.

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There’s just too much to do!! No matter how many times I’m gonna return to London it’s never gonna get old. I love this district.

Travel-diary: Nagoya Unagi Rice ひつまぶし (Japan)

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Finally tasted the most famous Hitsumabushi (Unagi Rice) in Nagoya!
The 4300YEN platter that we ordered for 2 came with these set of instructions, a four-step guide to eating the reknowned Japanese dish.
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I must say, this is the best eel-rice I have ever tasted!! I loooove unagi rice!
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So following the etiquette guide, the best possible way to enjoy this Eel Rice Bowl was to portion our unagi rice into quadrants. Each section is eaten separately, in different and unique methods.

Step One: Eat it on its own.
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Step Two: Add the seasoning – seaweed, wasabi and green onions
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Step Three: Add the seaweed, wasabi and green onions. Top it off by pouring Dashi-broth (green tea) on top of the rice.
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Step Four: Pick your favourite method and eat it all over again!
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To be honest, I couldn’t decide! I wanted to eat a second full bowl of hitsumabushi on my own.
The broth method really cleansed my palate of any oil, and when eaten along with the juicy, slightly fatty Unagi, it felt like heaven on earth.

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So amazing, I’d definitely come back again for more!! Was told that it’s really crowded during lunch and dinner. People actually queue up for up to an hour. We slipped in during a lull period, thankfully. The walk/journey to Unagi Horaiken was totally worth the trip.
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Unagi Horaiken
Nagoya Matsuzakaya South Wing 10th Floor,
3-16-1 Sakae,
Naka-ku, Nagoya

[THAILAND] oo1. ISLAND AND THE CITY (Bangkok – Ko Samet)

The minute our home-bound aircraft took off, I missed Bangkok already.
Even with my infected tummy hurting so badly from seafood poisoning,
the land of a thousand smiles can’t shake me off.
Thailand, I will be back!!

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The amount of insane things we did on this trip was kept to a minimal
We capped it at scuba-diving, really.
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