OREO Launches A New Flavor: Coconut Delight

OREO Coconut Delight

[This is not an ad. I wasn’t even sent one sponsored Oreo cookie. :P] I’m just intrigued by what the Coconut Delight Oreo would taste like. Hmm. One of my favorite childhood snacks, the Oreo is a yummy treat whether eaten on its own or dunked into milk… or as guilty schoolchildren will tell you, the Oreo Twist-Lick-Dunk is the best. 😀

OREO Coconut Delight

According to the press release sent to me, the 137g pack costs S$1.59 and the 264.6g Multipack costs S$1.95. Honestly, I don’t know how they do the math, but I’m glad the snack is kept affordably priced. 🙂

But what I am really craving for right now is some Tim Tams 😀

Tim Tam

[Pic source: timtam-shop.de]

When I was in Melbourne some years ago, my pals Calvin and Mark taught me how to eat tim tams. Apparently, you bite off the ends of a tim tam (diagonally opposite each other) and use the now-bitten tim tam as a straw in warm milk. Then you eat the tim tam, whose center would have gotten all warm, melty and mushy from the milk. Entirely delectable, I tell you!

I don’t have the Coconut Delight Oreos at home, and neither do I have tim tams within reach. 😀 I DO have Haagen-Dazs’ ice cream though. Bought 3 pints this week ‘cos they are on offer at Sheng Siong till end of the month. The usual price is S$14.50 EACH, but they’re now going for S$28.50 for THREE. Impossible to resist. And I do love the green tea flavor. 🙂

Haagen Dazs

Sweet weekend, folks!~

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Häagen-Dazs’ New Limited Edition (6-Months-Only) Flavour: Classic Milk

Häagen-Dazs launched its new flavour (Classic Milk) yesterday at NOX Dine in the Dark. I was invited to partake in this unique sensory dining experience. There was no need to bring a camera to take any pictures. There was even no need to keep our eyes open. LOL!

Nox Dine in the Dark

We lined ourselves up and with our hands on the shoulders of the person in front, we were led up some stairs to the dining area in total darkness. It was pitch-black, and definitely rather uncomfortable at first. There were the appetizers, then the mains, and finally dessert. I lifted each bowl and shoveled food into my mouth with the spoon, which seemed the safest way to eat without spilling stuff.

I truly had no idea what I was putting into my mouth, and even with the 4-course dessert, I could only identify the macaroons. (@_@) We were eventually told that we ate things like wagyu beef, cod fish, and even pig tongue (the thought of it was revolting, for sure).

Anyhow, we got to taste the new Classic Milk ice cream after successfully navigating our way back down the stairs in the dark. *Phew*

It’s definitely tasty if you have a little scoop of it, but after a while, it might get a bit boring. Hence, you might want to check out the Classic Milk creations below…

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“Häagen-Dazs’ Classic Milk is currently available at all Häagen-Dazs cafes and leading retail outlets throughout Singapore for the next six months, while stocks last. In addition to the pint-size package (S$14.50) and scoop servings, Häagen-Dazs cafes are also offering two stylish and tasteful in-store creations that accentuate the newly launched flavour:

· Classical Medley S$24: An elegant mélange of Classic Milk, Raspberry Sorbet and Mango Raspberry ice cream. Each lavishly placed in four mini glass vases, the scoops sit atop decadent brownie bites, sweet waffle cone shards, apple crisp granola and dark chocolate or peanut butter crumble. At the base of each is a swirl of rich chocolate, caramel or strawberry syrup with freshly whipped cream to finish.

Häagen-Dazs Classical Medley

· Pure Delight S$20 and served with coffee/tea: An afternoon tea time pleasure with a duo of petit Classic Milk ice cream cakes, each decorated with lavish toppings. Freshly whipped cream and dark chocolate or peanut butter crumble, garnish one of the petit fours, while strawberries, freshly whipped cream and almond nibs, embellish the other.”

Häagen-Dazs Pure Delight

Awfully Chocolate: Dark Chocolate Truffles and Chocolate Flourless Cake

Delighted with my Shape Run 2013 results, I went to Awfully Chocolate at Tampines 1 to reward myself with some truffles and cake. Totally didn’t ask about the pricing as I never used to think that Awfully Chocolate is awfully pricey.

Awfully Chocolate dark chocolate truffles and chocolate flourless cake

The end result: For 2 small boxes of truffles (7 pieces each, and 98g per box) and 1 slice of flourless cake, I paid S$33.25. Quite shocking.

The slice of cake cost S$6.80 (reasonable since it’s apparently flourless) but the truffles came up to about S$2 PER PIECE/CUBE. A little bit difficult to swallow. 😀

Were the truffles or cake worth the price I paid? Nope.

I’ll stick to the Hei ice-cream and the usual range of cakes from Awfully Chocolate next time. *wink*

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Note to self: Always ask about the pricing and quantity before placing your order to avoid bill shocks. 😀

What Female Bloggers Do On Their Day Out! :)

Hint: We eat a lot. 😀 Because Amanda’s vegan, we went to Lins Smoodees, Honzen Cafe and Brownice on Monday. *Entirely non-sponsored and us bloggers paid for our own food. 🙂

Breakfast at Lins Smoodees:

2 glasses of ‘Beets Me’ at $3.90 each (It contains beetroot, celery and carrot. Slow-juiced.)

I felt the drink would have tasted better if it was strained to get pure juice before it was served.

The real stunner was the Herbal Porridge ($5.50) which contained “wai sun” (Wild Yam), red dates, shitake and brown rice.

It may not look or sound very appealing (herbal porridge, right?) but it tastes amazingly good! My first words after slurping it all up was “Happy Food!!!” 😀

Some smoothie-making tips I quickly snapped on our way out:

Since it was a late breakfast, we quickly found it was time for lunch too. 😀

We were served a Welcome Drink (imagine that!) which you can see (what’s left of it, anyway) in the picture above. It’s a Plum Enzyme Vinegar drink which I found really sour but reportedly has multiple health benefits. So, drink up!

I liked that Honzen Cafe is air-conditioned and waives the service charge!

Amanda had one dish she just had to try after hearing friends rave about it. Here it is… the Dragonfruit Fried Rice ($7.90)

I must say it tastes really good. Go try it! 🙂

I ordered the Potato Salad ($4.90) as I have a love for potato dishes. I must say this disappointed me though.

The dressing was just too overpowering and too sour for my liking. I still prefer my potato salad with egg in it.

What I loved, though, was the Honzen Special Ramen ($7.90)

It comes with sliced vegetarian abalone and ham, shitake mushrooms, beech mushrooms, sliced broccoli and carrot. The soup base is fantastic! I would have finished every last drop of soup if the waitress did not take the bowl away from me. LOL

What surprised me was the petite glass my Kumquat Lemon Enzyme Vinegar was served in. It costs $5 and I HAD expected a bigger glass.

And here’s Amanda with her Red Date Siwu Vinegar, which she said is not sour at all:

(I caught her laughing so I quickly snapped a photo)

(And she says I must not do that. She must look serious for a blog photo. So the PhD candidate gives me her best Prof. Amanda look…)

[My humble opinion is that the photo of her laughing is wayyyy better than the serious one. What do you think? Comment below!]

Amanda also ordered the Mango Seaweed Roll ($6) and made me wonder how one petite-looking girl can eat so much. I was already struggling with trying to finish up the Potato Salad (I failed).

And since we were quite full after this meal, and because vanity is in every girl’s blood, we headed for a pedicure on my insistence. Hahaha!

Here’s what I got:

I wanted a dark purple and asked for a recommendation. The lady serving me said she’ll pick one of the newest OPI colors for me so I said ok. It looks pretty good, no? I got a shock when I picked up the bottle and found the name of the OPI color:

Er… ok. It’ll be easy to remember that name.

After our pedicure, we did some quick shopping and I bought 2 tees (wearing tees make me feel young!) 😀

Then Amanda brought me to Brownice (pronounced like “brownies”). The ice-creams are made from organic brown rice milk, fruits and nuts! So healthy, low-fat and irresistible!

Flavours include Mao Shan Wang, D24 Durian, Strawberry, Pumpkin Coconut, Banana Oats, Chendol, Madagascan Vanilla, Mulberry, French Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Peppermint Chocolate, etc. There are different flavors every time so you never know what you’re gonna get!

The best part is that you get to sample all flavors first before deciding which to order!

Our waffle with Madagascan Vanilla, Strawberry and French Chocolate ice-cream:

[Waffle $3.50, 3 scoops of ice-cream $7, Toppings $1 each)

A Mudpie ordered by a customer, which I couldn’t resist taking a picture of:

I think my photography skills are improving bit by tiny bit so bear with me, ok? 😀

If you’d like to head to any of the places we went to, here’s something to help you out:

1) Lins Smoodees – 18 Cross Street, #B1-02, China Square Central

2) Honzen Cafe – 470 North Bridge Road, #01-01 North Bridge Commercial Complex

3) Brownice – 8 Sin Ming Road, #01-03 Sin Ming Centre

I’ll be uploading another post right after this about another great place to visit, so come back again soon! 🙂

Interview with David Yim

David Yim

Chief Milkman, Udders Ice Cream

 

1) What was it like to leave your civil service job as a teacher and venture into business?

It was very scary. Leaving that ‘iron ricebowl’ behind, I had to fork out my own capital and for 1 year, I had no pay as the business was not able to sustain a salary for me then. This was only possible because my wife agreed to be the sole breadwinner for about 1 to 2 years.

It was just a feeling then that I had to try something on my own, at least once in my life, I had to give it a shot. Even if I failed, at least I can say that I tried.

2) How do you differentiate Udders from the other ice cream brands in the market?

We specialize in liqueur ice creams – our strength.

Three and a half scoops of our Rum Rum Raisin ice cream has the same amount of alcohol as a can of beer! This flavour was designed to overdeliver the rum. It is different from your typical Rum & Raisin, which uses rum flavouring only.

It’s an ongoing quest as we try different ingredients and strive to come up with a new flavour every month and improve on the existing ones. We now have 30 flavours.

3) What are some of Life’s lessons or business lessons that you’ll be sharing with your children as they are growing up?

Firstly, have high standards in everything that you do. That’s how we have gotten so far.

Secondly, be careful of who you trust. Being played out by people can be devastating.

Also, you must have emotional stability in order to take the knocks. The first 6 months in this business was depressing as nobody knew about us, and there was bad news almost every other week.

During the first couple of months, I felt like giving up. But it’s a good thing we persevered as we knew we had a good product. We had no publicity then. It was only through the customers who tried our ice cream and gave good feedback that we knew we just had to wait it out.

Till today, we’ve not spent any money on advertising.

4) Your ice cream is ‘happy food’ for many people. What makes you happy?

To see my business go overseas. My aim is for Udders to go overseas.

Family and friends also make me happy. No matter what you do in business, you need a group of people who will always be there to support you.

5) What ingredients do you think are needed to make a relationship sweet like your ice cream?

Respect. Appreciation. The desire to improve for the other person.

In my business, I’d only want to delve into franchising overseas. Locally, it’s a definite no-no. This is because my staff are special to me. We go out of the way to take care of our staff.

One thing that I insist on in our company culture is that there be no ‘politics’. And we really strive to achieve this.

I’ve noticed that many people who join us have been hurt or bullied in their previous companies. Hence, we offer a safe place for them to improve, and in a way, to heal. For instance, there is a staff member who was bullied in his ex-company and his few months there were torturous. He was so fearful when he came over, especially during the first few days. But within a week, I could see happiness showing in his expression.

In my monthly management meetings, I mention without fail the ‘5 Dysfunctions’. [Read ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ by Patrick Lencioni] The first dysfuntion is the ‘Absence of Trust’. I value trust in my company, such that people can tell each other secrets and know that there will be no betrayal.

When I hire a full-timer, I tell him/her “We must be able to trust you. If not, you leave the company.” When there is trust, people can do things, say things and voice their opinions in a safe environment.

Also, there needs to be a feedback system. We encourage people to give feedback. This is 2-way – from me to my staff, and from my staff to me. When I do something wrong, my staff will tell me straightaway. If it makes sense, I’ll tell them “You’re right, I will change”.

Important to me is also the social dimension of our company. We are currently supporting two of our staff through their University education by paying for half of their tuition fees. They are from a poorer background and they deserve to further their education but can’t, so we help them. We are also looking for a charity to support and give them a percentage of our profits.

Grace says: This is the first phone interview I’ve conducted. And it’s so very different from the usual email interviews. David was shuttling between 2 outlets as we spoke on the phone yet I could hear his passion about his product (“Have you tried our Rum Rum Raisin?”) and the ‘heart’ his company has for their staff. I am impressed at how David is so bent on running a company that has no politics and I think he not only has the right formula for putting together good ice cream, but also for creating a great company to work in.

Look out for: The interview with Jim Lim, Singapore’s celebrated composer, on 18th February 2011.