Monday, May 23, 2011

One Great Week: Food, Friendship and a Date

The past week had been a great one with some special moments I'm thankful for.

I caught up with two close girl friends over a nice afternoon tea at Fosters an English Rose Cafe.

Tucked away in a snug corner of Holland Village, the quaint little eatery offers a cozy ambience with its dim interior and dark furnishing that exudes an old world charm. I probably won't be wrong to say that the décor has largely remained the same in the past decade, which is something nice for a change, because everything in Singapore changes at such rapid pace.The first time I ate here was over 10 years ago, so the place naturally evokes some nostalgia and brings back many fond memories.

If you ever visit Fosters during tea time, try their popular Devonshire Cream Tea Set (S$10.50), which is available between 3 - 6pm. I spied a set of this at majority of tables when I was there on Tuesday afternoon, which was a public holiday and the eatery was fully occupied. 

The tea set consists of two sandwiches, a slice of fruit cake, two scones served with cream, strawberry preserve and butter, and a pot of tea. The best part of this? I would say it's the scones. Resembling muffins rather than scones, these fragrant creations with their buttery aroma were deliciously crusty on the outside and soft and flaky on the inside with a generous dose of raisins.

By the way, do you know that the proper way to eat Devonshire cream tea (originated from the county of Devon in England) is to split the scone into two, spread each half with clotted cream then top it off with strawberry jam (and no, there's no butter required). And do you also know that the Devonians and Cornish have been battling for years which is best way to eat cream tea (the Cornish way is the opposite of the Devonian way, which is strawberry jam first then clotted cream). You can read about it in this article.

I was really happy for the meeting. As a mom, especially a WAHM, it means a lot for me to be able to get out of the house and spend time with my good friends. Because sometimes it can feel really lonely being a WAHM, without getting the kind of social interactions that full-time working moms get in their offices.

Then last night, the hubby and I managed to tuck Kenan to bed early and then went out for a date. Our initial plan was to have dinner at East Coast Park hawker centre then head to town for coffee (where I hope to read a book I've been wanting to read for a long time) and to watch Pirates of the Carribeans: On Stranger Tides. But after being caught in a bad traffic jam for almost 45 minutes, we decided to skip the whole hawker thing and go straight to town.

We ended up at TCC for a really late dinner (at about 11pm!) but managed to get to the cinema in time for the midnight show.

Crisp Club Sandwich (S$13.80) -Yummy! The triple decker sandwich comes with eggs with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, bacon and crispy chicken patty. I love the wholemeal bread, it has nice nutty fragrant to it. The sandwich is big; really value for money.

Watched Pirates of the Carribean 4 at the newly opened Shaw Theatres

Except for the little unhappiness at being caught in the traffic jam, it turned out to be a really wonderful evening spent with the hubby - and without the kid in tow. We need more of this!


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