Friday, 19 September 2014

Cafe Cat and Paw

Have you seen this cute 3D latte art of a floating kitty from Cafe Cat and Paw online?

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If you have no idea what I'm referring to, here's what the marshmallow kitty looks like. I don't drink coffee, so he's floating in a cup of green tea latte. So, so adorable!

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Each box comes with 2 kitties and 4 cat paws. Even the packaging is so cute.

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Japanese always comes up with the cutest stuff!

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The marshmallow will slowly melt into your drink. Want to get a pack? Click HERE for the website to purchase them.

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Here's my version of the kitty latte art.

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This is a savoury version, my kitty is made using mashed potato, and he's floating in a bowl of asparagus soup.

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I've not forgotten that I owe some of you a tutorial on how to create characters using mashed potato. I will take step-by-step pictures the next time I'm making mashed potato characters and get it updated.

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I also made another version using shiratama and green tea pudding.

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This did not turned out too well, the brown details on the kitty shiratama were a perfect shade when they were just cooked. But as the pudding was still setting in the fridge, I left them in a bowl of ice water in the fridge and went to take a nap. When I woke up and wanted to assemble them, I realised the brown details had smudged a little and turned more reddish. Hiaz. :(
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

CutezCute Piggy and Panda

It's back to school again yesterday, the last term of the year, can't believe time flies so fast. My boys are growing up too fast!

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This ham piggy adds instant cuteness to your food. I used the piggy cutter from CuteZCute Animal Friends cutter and the body cutter from Cuddle Palz.

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I then added on eyes and mouth punched out from nori, cut out a little tail from ham, and dabbed on some ketchup.

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And viola, the food art is done, ultra fast to make. I used it on top of pasta here, but you can use it to decorate your rice, sandwich, salad, etc.

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The pasta underneath was Tom Yum seafood pasta, a current favourite with IT, he loves eating this.

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Here's another idea, a nutella panda sandwich. This time, I used the panda cutter from Animal Friends with the body cutter from Cuddle Palz.

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I used the body cutter to cut out another arm and tail and spread them with nutella for the contrast. Not very smooth as my nutella is drying up. -_-
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Willy Wonka Bento

September the 13th is Roald Dahl's birthday. In honor of the beloved author's birthday I'm joining my fellow Bento Bloggers & Friends to celebrate this occasion with a Roald Dahl Day blog hop. Be sure to click on the button at the end of this post and check out the next Roald Dahl bento. :)

Last year, we had a similar blog hop too and I made James and the Giant Peach, click HERE to check out my creations then. This year, I decided to make Willy Wonka, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favourite storybook when I was a child. It's also the first Roald Dahl book I bought for IT. He's very familiar with this book, as it has also been used as a textbook in his English class at school when he was in Primary 2. LT just started reading this book yesterday, thanks to this bento.

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Willy Wonka was made from rice, coloured with a little ketchup. Other ingredients used to make him were aburaage, purple cabbage, cheese and nori. Wonka bar was made using rice, nori, cheese and red capsicum.

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Side dishes for this bento were lemon chicken and sesame broccoli. I've also added in gobstopper and sour gummies. This has got to be one of my boys' favourite bento, thanks to the candies, lol. This lunch is packed in an EasyLunchboxes, so happy to finally own a set. :)


Now, are you ready for more Roald Dahl lunches? Just click on the picture above, hop over to Eats Amazing, and check out Grace's awesome bento. :)
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Totoro Curry and Pancake

I've not been making any new food art that I can share since the school holidays started, only made two bentos which I will be using for a bento project which I've been working on since June. I'm terribly slow at completing the project though, hopefully I'll wrap up everything end of this year, and I will have good news to share with all of you next year. :)

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For today, I'm sharing this Totoro curry rice I made way back in May. Oops, I'm terribly slow at updating these days. -_-

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The grey portion of Totoro was rice mixed with grinded black sesame seeds. I shaped Totoro first, scoop in the curry and added on his teeth. :)

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Totoro pancakes, which I made for my boys' breakfast during the last school holiday in June.

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This was rather fast to make, I used whipped cream and chocolate to draw on the details.

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This Totoro post reminds me of the Totoro terrariums we made for Teachers' Day. I wanted to share this earlier but I forgot. It was fun to make these terrariums with my boys, we all love them so much. In fact, this is the first time my boys can't bear to part with the gifts they made. I told them we'll make some for ourselves this week. They made the cards as well, I came up with the design and just demonstrated to them how to make one. I did help them to trim the outlines of the animals a little, as their cutting was a little uneven.
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Monday, 8 September 2014

Bento Shopping in Singapore

This is a post that has been on my draft folder for sometime. I always get questions now and then on where to get bento stuff in Singapore, so I've always wanted to get this post done up. One of the reason I've been procrastinating is because I read in the news in July that Tokyu Hands will be opening in Singapore in September. Tokyu Hands is an amazing store, it's one of my must visit place every time I go to Japan, it is a lifestyle superstore and it carries quite a good range of bento gears. Therefore, I thought I should wait for it to open, as I wanted to include it in this post. However, I was rather disappointed after my visit last Sunday, bento stuff are very limited, more of that later in this post. They do have plenty of other non-bento stuff that's fun to look at though.

Before I share the stores, please note that all the photos in this post were taken with my handphone or compact camera, so picture quality might be compromised. I will also update this post periodically should I have more current photos or discover more places selling bento stuffs worth mentioning.

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One of my favourite store to visit is Daiso, a 100 yen store, but over here, everything is priced at SGD2. Click HERE for the current branches in Singapore. It's a great place to start, especially if you just started out in making bentos, the boxes are cute and affordable, as you can see from the photo above.

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They also have lunch bags, as well as thermal lunch bags.

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Bento utensils set.

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Rice moulds for making sushi, sushi bamboo mats and nori punchers. I've did a review on their nori punchers a long time back, you can click HERE to check out that post. It's an old post, but I still hold the same opinion as what I wrote back then.

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Bento picks and barans, they do have a wider variety sometimes.

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Not exactly bento, but thought I'll share a picture of these silicone utensils as well. I know some people uses these silicon trays for freezing yoghurt, which is a great idea.

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Food cups for separating your food in your bento box.

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Drawing pens, where you can pour in some tomato sauce, chocolate sauce, etc, to draw on your bento.

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The second place I'm sharing is a Japanese supermarket called Meidi-ya. It's located at Liang Court. The supermarket carries some bento boxes.

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Thermal bento boxes and water bottles.

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You can also find lots of Japanese ingredients there. I'm just focusing on these 3 types of furikake, as I've been asked questions about where to buy these before. The first one on the left is a pack of furikake, which contains tiny pink flowers, you can see the flowers in this bento HERE. The one in the middle is a sushi seasoning that can colour your rice pink, click HERE for an example of how my rice turned out. It's a alternative to sakura denbu, which can also colour your rice pink easily, my boys like the taste of this sushi seasoning better that sakura denbu. Lastly, the pack on the right is a pack of deco furi that contains sachets that can be used to colour your rice in four different colours, pink, orange, yellow and green. Daiso also sells something similar. (I'll update the photo of the one Daiso sells soon.)

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At Liang Court, there is also a 100 yen shop called Nanairo, it's located at the same level as Meidi-ya. You can find some bento picks and bento boxes there, not much. Stocks are rather erratic though, not many bento picks when I took this photo, but sometimes they have more. I did not get a picture of the bento boxes as the staff was arranging that shelve. There were just a couple of Mickey Mouse bento boxes that day.

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There's another store at Liang Court to check out for bento stuff. It's a bookstore called Kinokuniya. Photo above shows Rilakkuma bento boxes, cutlery sets, cups, rice mould and nori set, etc.

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Hello Kitty bento boxes.

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Totoro bento boxes.

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Sentimental Circus bento boxes.

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These onigiri bento boxes are from Shinzi Katoh, a famous artist in Japan. I own two such boxes from his collection, the designs are lovely.

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The bookstore also sells bento books.

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These are charaben books.

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CasaBento has a retail point at Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City, there's a selection of bento tools, boxes and bags there.

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More bento tools and boxes. There's also a few traditional boxes sold at Takashimaya, near to the Japanese teapot area. (I'll update with a picture next time.)

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Trudeau products are available at Takashimaya too.

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Finally, the bento products available at Tokyu Hands, which is located in the mall Westgate. The range here is quite miserable.

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Quite a range of thermal bottles, and that's all they have for the bento section. Such a disappointment. The baking section was even more pathetic, I did not bother to take a photo. I was hoping to see the natural colourings, wax paper, cookie cutters and chocolate pens at the baking section but they could not be found. Hopefully they will expand and bring in more bento and baking items in the future. However, if you are not looking for bento stuff, Tokyu Hands is still worth a visit for other interesting products the store carries.

Here's a couple more places you can find bento boxes in Singapore, list is non-exhaustive:
  • The Story Begins, located at Westgate. - bento boxes and cookie cutters.
  • Sanrio Gift Gate - Sanrio bento boxes like Hello Kitty, My Melody, etc.
  • Kai Kai Gifts, located at The Central - mainly Hello Kitty bento boxes and tools.
  • Character + Design, located at Parkway Parade. There's one at Bugis junction, but it no longer carries bento stuff when I went down last week. - Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma bento boxes and some bento tools.
  • Muji - bento boxes
  • Departmental stores like Isetan, John Little, Robinsons, MetroBHG - bento boxes.