Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekend Brunch @ boCHINche

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A couple of years back, I still remembered how I would spend my lazy weekends visiting cafes and trying out their version of egg benedict and cafe latte. However, these days I would spend my weekend mornings in the gym and then heading back to prepare some post-work meals. But this particular weekend, I had a lovely brunch at boCHINche, an argentinean restaurant located along Martin Road, just right above Common Man Coffee Roasters at Robertson Quay area. I wouldn't have actually known that there's an argentinean restaurant that serves an amazing brunch in Argentine style in Singapore. If you've been doing cafe hops among the usual popular western-style brunch cafes, I would say that it's time for a change - indulge and try out other cuisines for brunch instead. This is far from your run-of-the-mill sort of brunch. Life is too short for you to be eating Egg Benedicts, toast or sausages every weekend for brunch.

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Bochinche offers a weekend brunch featuring warm and hearty dishes with a unique combination of South American flavours. It's a collaboration between Cynthia Chua from Spa Esprit Group and respected Argentinean chef Diego Jacquet from boCHINche where the two worked together to design the new brunch menu.

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Unlike the usual brunch cafes around in Singapore, it's more conducive for families and large gatherings to have their meals here. It's also perfect for those who prefer less crowded places and enjoys some quiet time during their meals.

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These lovely fruits and vegetables on displayed are used to make the fresh juices that are found in the brunch menu. I really like the concept of an open kitchen where you can get to watch the chef at work and you could also be sure that the chefs are handling the food with extra care and caution. There's really nothing for them to hide, is there?

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Horses...red...bull...passion.

This is what this South American country, Argentine reminds me of.

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I really like the concept of an open kitchen where you can get to watch the chef at work and you could also be sure that the chefs are handling the food with extra care and caution. There's really nothing for them to hide, is there?

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I was very intrigued by the large piece of crumpled note that was stuck to the wall. It would be so cool to scribble notes on it. Maybe a recipe?

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I tried an Argentinean tea called Mate tea which is a caffeine-rich infused tea that has several health benefits. I've tried other brands of mate tea but the ones that were brewed here were much stronger in taste and tasted slightly more bitter. It is rich in antioxidants and it aids in digestion. This is exactly what I need especially if I'm going to eat and drink merrily at the table.

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Get yourself educated with some interesting facts about Argentina whilst enjoying your brunch there.

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I must really thank the folks from Spa Esprit Group and boCHINche for inviting me to have a lovely brunch session with them even though I was a vegetarian. I gradually got to know that Argentinean food is quite all about meat and there are vegetarian options for the health-conscious or veggie-eaters. These days, it isn't difficult at all for vegetarians to dine out as they are so many cafes and restaurants out there that cater to vegans and vegetarians. Yes, I am just glad that I am still able to have a hearty brunch at vegetarian-friendly restaurant.

As a vegetarian, I do eat dairy products so I only refrain myself from eating dishes that contains meat. Even though I didn't taste the meat-containing dishes, I must say that the presentation of the dish looks really good and I could totally imagine how the dish is going to taste like - no, I'm not tempted to eat it. 

Ok, I lied.


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Toasted croissant with grilled tomatoes, creamy spinach and smoked ricotta ($9) ( On the left)

This toasted croissant tasted way too good that I could probably stuffed myself with two more servings of it.

Pan and manteca ($7) (top)

House-baked bread and salted butter

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Classic Provoleta, almonds and honey (v) ($17)

You need to order this if you are so in love with anything cheesy. This will bound to make you crave for more cheese. It goes really well with their house-baked bread.

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Heirloom tomato salad, burrata, citrus olives and chopped basil ($23)


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Ricotta pancakes, berries salad, maple syrup and cinnamon crème fraîche ($18)

This ricotta pancakes was another hit dish that brunch diners should try - especially the ladies who love berries. I love berries and I couldn't resist pancakes with maple syrup.


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“Chimichurri” burger v 2.0 ($28)

With provolone cheese, tomato, onions, pancetta and fried hen egg


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House chorizo sausage, Malbec braised ox cheeks and caramelised onions ($25)
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Organic poached eggs on toast, braised ossobuco and chives hollandaise ($25)

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Yellow fin tuna, grilled pak choi, spicy humita & crispy “aji molido” tofu ($30)

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Brioche French toast, house-cooked ham and bacon, vanilla ice cream ($19)
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Pear, apple and celery Juice ($9)

I love the idea of serving freshly-squeezed juices in a beaker. And boy, the juice was so refreshing and tasty. It just instantly brightens and energizes my Saturday morning. Keep the coffee, nourish your body with green juices instead!

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Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with red onions, capers and dill cream cheese ($24)

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Bitter chocolate tart, chili flakes yogurt and chocolate ice cream ($16)


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Crème caramel, “dulce de leche” and crushed meringue ($13)

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“Dulce de leche” crème brûlée and banana split ice-cream ($17)

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Grilled pineapple, mate tea granita and “arroz con leche” sorbet, lemon crumble ($18)

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Milk cake, passion fruit sorbet and toasted almonds ($14)

All the desserts certainly did not disappoint me and I really like the pairing of warm cake or pudding with cold ice cream. The desserts that stood out the most for me was the lemon crumble and crème brûlée. It looked exquisite in presentation and was made to perfection. It takes a good and experienced chef to make a crème brûlée that has a smooth and even caramelized shell and has well-balanced taste to it.

A unique brunch experience?

Approved.

There isn't a need to hop on a plane to Argentina when their own chef has brought the flavours to our shore.

Visit http://www.bochinche.com.sg/ 

BoCHINche
22 Martin Road
#02-01
Singapore 239058




Prim Your Lashes and Make Those Eyes Sparkle

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Our lashes are pretty important for us women. Long and voluminous lashes make our eyes look bigger, wider and more beautiful so as to speak. More importantly, it is a tool for us to flaunt and reveal the femininity in us.

Desirable and doll-like looking eyes can be achieve by using a jet black mascara which thickens and lengthens the lashes. Personally, I haven't been trying too many mascaras as I tend to stick my usual basic mascara by L'Oreal which does a great job in making my lashes stood out. However, recently, I decided to try Majolica Majorca Lash King, having the impression that Japanese mascara usually does wonders to the eyes.

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Majolica Majorca Lash King ($25.90)

I'm trying Majolica Majorca's new and improved version of their Lash King mascara. This new version is formulated with creamy wax and contains an increased amount of volume increasing powder.

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Product Features:

1) The Majolica Majorca Lash King contains 5mm super long fibers to help increase the volume and length of our original lashes.

The long fibers adhere nicely on my lashes and it really does lengthens my originally lashes.However, I find that the fibers weighs down my lashes and thus loses that 'curl-up' effect.


2) It is formulated with quick-dry oil for lashes that remained curled for hours.


Though my lashes were slightly weighted down but the curl still remains for about 4 to 6 hours.


3) It also contains gentle treatment ingredients for your lashes - Macadamia Nuts Oil, Vitamin E derivative.

I like using such beauty products that beautifies and at the same time provides nourishment for your skin or hair. In this case, I would this gentle nourishing ingredients to condition my lashes.

4) This waterproof formula is also very resistant to sweat, sebum and tears.

It is indeed very waterproof because I couldn't remove it thoroughly when I swab a moist cotton wool over my eyes. It could also be its strong waterproof formula that I find it quite difficult to remove the product from my lashes using a gentle eye makeup remover, especially the long fibres that gripped onto the original lashes.


How to use (Lash King’s basic application method):

Starting from the roots of the lashes and comb the mascara wand through the lashes in a zigzag motion.
For lower lashes, keep the brush upright (vertical) and apply while moving tip of brush sideways.

Verdict: Majolica Majorca Lash King do promises you that long and thick lashes you've always wanted and it conditions your lashes at the same time while keeping your lashes looking long,thick and curled. However, it might require some extra time and effort to remove it thoroughly before you could hit the sacks.

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Majolica Majorca Perfect Automatic Liner (Limited edition) ($22.90)

I also tested out Majolica Majorca's limited edition perfect automatic liner.This is a water-based dial-type eyeliner that allows you to line the eyes with a shimmering pearl colour to achieve that dewy eyes effect. It's a shimmering type of salmon colour that has a slight pinkish hues.

It is formulated with super fix polymer to give clear and long-lasting eye lines and it is very resistant to perspiration, skin oils and tears.You can draw it on the lower lid or the upper lid for a shimmery effect in the eyes. It also makes your eyes look a little rounder and bigger too.

How to use:

Before using the eyeliner for the first time

1. Pull out the pink stopper mounted between the cap and the eyeliner.
2. Press the cap firmly towards the eyeliner completely until there is no gap.
3. Shake well with the cap on. Remove the cap, gently flatten the edge of the felt-type eyeliner.
4. Turn the dial about 10 times (10 clicks) before using it.

Before every subsequent use

Shake well with the cap on, remove the cap, and turn the dial about 1 or 2 times before using it.

Verdict: The tip of the eyeliner brush is really thin so you can line your eyes with precision. However, I find the formula too watery and I had some difficulty in lining my eyes as my upper and lower eyelids tend to get a little oily. So if you are using this product to line your eyes, you will need to cleanse your eye area as this product works better on a dry skin surface.

Instead of using it as a eyeliner, I actually used it as a eyeshadow base because once the water-based formula has dried, it actually stays on quite nicely on the skin and is resistant to perspiration. The shimmery effect also looks more obvious when applied over a larger surface. It is less obvious when it is applied thinly on the eyelids.


Like the previous seasons of make-up trends, long dark lashes are here to stay. And to look youthful, add 'innocence' to your eyes with a touch of shimmering eyeliner. I usually add a little shimmering powder near my tear ducts too.


And that's how you achieve that 'kawaii-look', I guess.



Exclusively sold in all Watsons stores in Singapore from 26th June 2014 onwards.




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