Brunch at Carpenter and Cook

Finally met up with Hector after he got discharged from the hospital a few weeks ago. I felt really bad because I was supposed to visit him at his place, but I got too caught up with my own things, preparing for exchange etc. We chose a place as close as possible to his place, so that it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle for him to hobble down with his crutches. He’s so nice, he wanted it to be convenient for us too, but we insisted. Anyway, Lorong Kilat is a walkable distance from the 961 bus stop that drops close to Beauty World. I never realised that Carpenter and Cook was so close to the Chicken House, which I always saw across the street from Ng Kim Lee Confectionary at Chun Tin Road. ImageImageImageThe cafe has a very artsy vibe to it, with interesting antiques on display and on sale. We arrived at about noon and it was empty. I’m guessing it’s more of a tea place as they don’t serve a lot of savoury items on their menu as compared to sweet items such as their cakes and tarts. It’s not the typical eggs benedict kind of brunch place.

We saw many interesting antique items on sale. Mirrors, clocks, crockery, tea sets and lights just to name a few. I kept looking around while waiting for Hector to arrive. It’s safe to say I wouldn’t get bored here waiting.ImageImageImageImageClockwise from top left: The Swirly Bun, Passionfruit Meringue Tart, Banoffee Tart, Cook’s Amazing Quiche served with side salad.

ImageThe Swirly Bun – $5

I know it seems extremely pricey for a bun, but the Swirly Bun was amazing! The brioche was so soft and fluffy. I just went “mmm!” when I ate it. Stuffed with ham, tomato (or was it red pepper) and topped with cheese, it was yummy. I much prefer it to the quiche. So if you’re looking for something savoury, the Swirly Bun beats the quiche!ImageCook’s Amazing Quiche (Spinach and Tomato), served with side salad – $7

Also a little pricey for its size, the quiche was just average. They were serving two kinds of quiche, the spinach and tomato one that we ordered, as well as a bacon version, but we chose the spinach because the staff recommended it. Well, maybe if it was warm, it might have tasted better. I just picked at the crust, as I always do with any sort of pastry.

ImageBanoffee Tart – $6.50

We had to order the Banoffee Tart! Hann Khee and I are obsessed with Banoffee, ever since we had that obscenely good one at Delicious last year. However, this was no where as awesome. In my opinion, it was a little too light, with more cream, and too little banana and toffee. The sprinkling of cocoa powder on top of the cream also made it a little too bitter for us. We tasted a little hint of coffee powder, but maybe it was just the bitterness of the cocoa. I wouldn’t say it was bad, it would probably taste good to someone who isn’t making a comparison.

ImageImageImagePassionfruit Meringue Tart – $6.50 and Cinnamon Tea – $5

We ordered the Passionfruit Meringue Tart also because Ivy and I fell in love with the one we had at Overdoughs a couple of months back. Once again, this paled in comparison, but wasn’t bad. This was not as tart as the one at Overdoughs, the meringue wasn’t as sweet or anywhere as sticky, and the crust is a simple one, unlike Overdoughs’, which is a cornflake crust. I would have preferred it to be at least a little more tart. (Review of Overdoughs here and here)

Ivy and I also ordered a pot of hot cinnamon tea to share. The cinnamon tea has a slightly sweet aftertaste. It very much reminded me of the oatmeal I have for breakfast. I love cinnamon. I put cinnamon in a lot of things that I bake because it simply has the best smell coming out of the oven 🙂

ImageChocolate Sea Salt Caramel Tart – $6.50

After finishing our initial four orders, we ordered the Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Tart. I wanted to order it at first, but no one seconded me! Anyway, the staff did recommend this tart, and I was eyeing it because I had read many good reviews for this tart. How could you go wrong with chocolate and sea salt caramel?! The sweet and salty flavours combined perfectly. I declare this the winner in the tart battle.

At about 2pm, the cafe started filling up and was fully packed as we were about to leave.
ImageMy lovely friends. Two injured fools and the beautiful Ivy, all coincidentally dressed in shades of blue.

No more meet ups with friends, for I am leaving for Europe tomorrow! Just the last few items to pack and I’m all set. I can’t wait. It’s going to be an epic adventure 🙂

Carpenter and Cook


19 Lorong Kilat

#01-06, Singapore 598120

Operating hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10am – 10pm
Sundays: 10am – 7pm
Closed on Mondays

Tel: 6463 3648

Brunch at Carpenter and Cook

Review: Whimsical Wants (Collection 3)

Hi everyone! I’ve just moved from my Blogspot – which I’ve neglected for many months – to WordPress (: How did I come up with the name MaryMaddieRose? It’s the combination of my grandma’s, mine and my mummy’s names!

The past holiday has been an eventful one. I’ve worked hard, trained hard, and have met a whole bunch of wonderful people! School’s about to start in 4 days time. I’m going to enjoy the remaining few days of ‘freedom’ before the stress comes piling on again!

Over this holiday, I’ve had the great privilege of doing some modeling on and off, and I must say that it’s been a great experience, and I’ve learnt to be so much more comfortable in front of the camera. Posing can be awkward at times, especially when you have only a second to think of your next one.

Just last week, I had a shoot with Whimsical Wants and I absolutely love working with them! (: Everyone’s friendly and having fun. I must say that I am absolutely in love with all the clothes, I wish I could have them all. But let’s not be greedy, shall we?

Here are the pieces that I simply adore!

Delilah (Collection 3)

The grecian look is a timeless one, it never goes out of style. At least not for me! I saw this same design selling on other blogshops and was already so tempted to get it. So when I saw this, I just had to have it! Delilah is made out of thick, good quality cotton and is smooth to the touch. The gold braided neckline is classy and flatters the neckline. I love the way the fabric drapes too. Simply cinch the waist with the matching gold ribbon tie to show off your teeny weeny waist and you’re all ready to go!

Kelly (Collection 3)

Mustard has never been the colour for me. This is the first mustard top I own. So I was pleasantly surprised that Kelly actually looked pretty good on me! (: A casual top for school, easy to match with any bottoms. I tried it on many ways (as you can see!) and I think I like the shorts/bandage skirt look best. The top is actually pretty long, so it’s hard to tuck it into shorts, but a bandage skirt is able to hold onto it quite securely, so no worries there! I love the back of this top! The pleats offer such great detail. I wore this to school with my denim shorts, but I was sure to wear an inner tube as it’s sheer chiffon and I’m sure most of us don’t welcome unwanted staring!

Review: Whimsical Wants (Collection 3)