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Fosters – High Tea

Fosters

If there’s anything the past 8 months or so of my life has taught me, it’s that Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are non-obligatory meals. It’s true! I have my own theory why those are the main meals of the day, the ones that people focus on, the ones that dieticians reiterate must be taken at regular timings for a healthy system: Most people get hungry every 3-4 hours.

But then there are those that do every couple of hours or so – or are just eating every couple of hours, hungry or not – and if creating a few additional fancy-named mealtimes is the solution, then so be it.

And so you have Brunch, High Tea, Low Tea (not joking), Supper, Elevenses, and Second Breakfasts…

In essence, they just all mean one thing: I eat whenever I want.

That whole ‘eat 4-5 small meals a day’ advice? Psh! People have been doing it for centuries! About time we realised it’s good for our digestive health.

Devonshire Cream Tea Set ($10.50)

So I had Tea at Fosters the other day. I’m not going to bother differentiating High Teas and Low Teas because that’s just tedious. If I’m having a pot of Ceylon, buttery warm scones with jam and cream, regardless of the time of the day, I’m calling it Tea.

But of course Fosters begin their Devonshire Cream Tea Set from 3-6pm, so an exercise of patience was in order.

I’m not entirely sure how the English have their proper teas, but I suppose Fosters would be the closest with its Old English charm, high-backed armchairs, whimsical candelabras and the lone suit of armour in a corner. Nevermind that you have a backdrop of lush tropical vines and creepers out front, because the lazy sunlight filtering through the slated rooftop crafts that perfect teatime haze to go with your mid-afternoon lull. Read more of this post

Earl Grey and Lemon Cake

Earl Grey and Lemon Cake

It’s been raining, and as you’re reading this, you probably rolled your eyes because chances are, it’s still raining.

It rained continuously for 16 odd hours on Sunday, and I’m not counting in Saturday because it was a start-and-stop thing as if the sky thought it would be funny to sprinkle a little of this and that every now and then like Tinkerbell on crack. I spent the entire day frolicking around in the now severely eroded and muddied wreck that is Fort Canning Green at the Laneway Music Festival. I can’t imagine what it looks like now.

And since the sky didn’t look like it was going to let up (and it didn’t. Surprise!) I had to busy myself with other activities that didn’t involve my snuggly microfleece Uniqlo jacket, the blanket and the bed.

So I made a pot of tea, a delicately floral French Earl Grey, and I thought something was missing.

And so I made cake.

Not just cake to have with tea, but cake with tea, like tea in cake, because just cake and tea is boring. Read more of this post

Imperial Treasure Dim Sum

Siew Mai ($4.00)

If I eat one more sweet thing, my entire stomach will spontaneously crawl up my oesophagus.

And being in this state, I’m reminded of the dim sum lunch I had with Gushi last Friday after my SMU interview at 8.15am in the godforsaken morning. Maybe I should resume this post once I’ve chugged-a-lug of seawater (I somehow see salty as the opposite of sweet), or I might just chomp a hole in my computer screen for a taste of pixelated siew mais. I’ll take a megabyte (I’m sorry, I just had to). 

We’ve been dying to have dim sum since…I don’t know when. All I know is that we’ve been dying. Yes. And my last dim sum meal at Crystal Jade at Toa Payoh with my family was such a let down that I would never want to eat at Crystal Jade ever again unless it’s someone’s treat. That and if I’m spending over $10 on a meal, I want it to be good. My emptying wallet demands it and I’m not getting fat on lousy food. 

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