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National Croissant Day 2018

In honor of National Croissant Day, celebrate with your favorite crescent shaped delicacy. With its crisp texture and variety of fillings available at different bakeries and cafes, you can always count on a warm croissant to add a little bit of whimsy to your morning, afternoon and even evening as a post-dinner snack.

Often associated as French specialties with images of a local meandering down the classic, cobblestone streets by the Seine with a delicious croissant in a paper bag and a close view of Musee d’Orsay, croissants’ origins can actually be traced back to Austria in the early 13th century, where they were known as the ‘kipferls’, as mentioned in various bakery sites like Bakers Maison.

These days, croissants tend to get a modern update and can be enjoyed in a wide array of flavors, from classic butter and chocolate to green tea, almond and the recently trending salted egg with cream on the side.

For National Croissant Day, head to your local bakery or cafe to indulge in a croissant or two. Alternatively, you can get them to go for a delightful croissant time at home, perhaps with your favorite tea. I’ve had the pleasure of tasting mushroom slash mozarella and special green tea croissants today at Delico, a cozy little bakery and cafe I happened to stroll past. Feel free to share your favorite croissant or best croissant experience here.

 

 

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Breakfast Tunes

Mornings are made for breakfast.

Starting this January, I’ve made it a habit to rise out of bed by the time the clock strikes 6 if only for the inviting aroma of bread and butter (it’s more of a personal challenge, actually) and so far, I’ve been successful. But no matter what delicacies you start your AM with – croissants, English breakfast tea, muffins, orange juice, buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup, grilled tomatoes, beef sausages, et cetera – light, playful tunes are bound to excite you and set you up for the day.

Let music be a savory treat for your ears. So pick a morning soundtrack and eat, listen and be jolly. No time to assemble your track list? Here are whimsical ideas you can steal for a relaxing musical breakfast. Mix them with your own for a personalized morning playlist.

Enjoy!

  • “”Jolly Holiday” – Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke (from Mary Poppins)
  • “It’s a Good Day” – Peggy Lee
  • “Good Morning” – Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor (from Singin’ in the Rain)
  • ”Isn’t This a Lovely Day” – Ella Fitzgerald
  • ”Boy in a Rock N Roll Band” – The Pierces
  • “Frim Fram Sauce” – Diana Krall
  • ”Chasing Pirates” – Norah Jones
  • “Lulu’s Pie Song” – Sara Bareilles (from Waitress)
  • “It’s a Wonderful World” – Joan Chamorro, Andrea Motis, Bobby Gordon & Sant Andreu Jazz Band
  • ”Mona Lisa” – Nat King Cole
  • “Another Day of Sun” – La La Land Cast (from La La Land)
  • “What a Difference a Day Makes” – Jamie Cullum
  • “A Wink and a Smile” – Harry Connick Jr. (from Sleepless in Seattle)
  • “Wonderful” – Idina Menzel and Joel Grey (from Wicked)
  • “In a World of My Own” – Kathryn Beaumont (from Alice in Wonderland)
  • “White Winter Hymnal” – Birdy
  • ”City Love” – John Mayer
  • “Goody Goody” – Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
  • “My Sugar is So Refined” – Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers
  • ”A Spoonful of Sugar” – Julie Andrews (from Mary Poppins)

 

 

 

Bakerzin’s Tales of Valrhona Schokolade: Christmas 2017

Bakerzin offers foodies like you tons of adventures in a single menu book that’s full of delicious photography. The actual foods themselves are even tastier with just the right amount of herbs. Whatever you crave, you can count on Bakerzin for great meals and desserts. My top picks include the black olive salmon fried rice, roasted chicken, oxtail soup (their oxtail soup is really top notch), Bali rice, the millefeuille, souffle, tiramisu and many other dishes. I’d like to know yours.

This holiday season, Bakerzin presents “the Tales of Valrhona Schokolade” as their Christmas desserts series that you oughta try. For the sweet tooth, there’s the White Castle cake that magically blends almond and caramel with white chocolate. Dark chocolate lovers can have it with fruity delights lined on the top. And then the sizzling chocolate lava cake enters, filled with warm peanut butter. That makes a fine choice too. I have yet to try the hot chocolate but that sure looks amazing in the promo picture.

What I enjoy about Bakerzin at Christmastime is the lovely jazz standards that continue to entertain us amidst the whimsical interiors. Such a jazzy setting. Add it to your holiday list and have a delightful meal!

 

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Starbucks Christmas Drinks in Jakarta 2017

It’s always a delicious holiday season at Starbucks, for their starry Christmas drinks make super festive treats. Over in Jakarta, Starbucks presents four toasty beverages to jazz up your Christmas, and they can be enjoyed as both a latte and a frappuccino.

  • Toffee Nut Crunch
    Fans of toffee nut and caramel can delight in this nutty holiday drink. It’s not too sugary so it tastes just right.

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  • Vanilla Nougat
    I did not have high expectations prior to trying out this beverage – mainly ’cause nougats aren’t really my thing – but the vanilla nougat latte got me addicted. The warm vanilla tone and aroma can instantly transport you to Winter Wonderland.

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  • Mocha Praline
    Perfect for mocha and chocolate lovers. A cup of mocha spiraled with chocolate sauce on the top is bound to entertain your tongue. While the toffee nut crunch and vanilla nougat are only available at a select number of Starbucks now, the mocha praline is here to stay.

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  • Holiday Tree Dark Mocha
    Inspired by a classic Christmas tree, this is one unique dark mocha. It’s designed as a mocha drink with a fresh green tea whipped cream. Such a whimsical look!

So what’s your Starbucks Christmas vibe for today? Are you feeling a little latte or frappe?

NOTE: The Starbucks logo is owned by Starbucks Corporation.

Coffee on Fifth in Jakarta

Craving a cozy little space to spend away your afternoon in Jakarta? Look no further than Coffee on Fifth, a brand new cafe that’s truly welcoming with modern yet homey interiors. Millions of cafes have added to this vibrant city’s increasing coffee culture, so what makes Coffee on Fifth stand out?

Having visited this charming cafe shortly after its soft opening, I found the menu to be original with a variety of desserts and beverages that not many other places offer. The Nutella cappuccino that I ordered honestly had that magical taste it should be named one of the cafe’s specialty drinks. I heard more have been added to the list now, such as fresh almond milk, delicious frappes, and something that’s a bit off the grid yet unique when it comes to coffeehouses… Beer! Fear not, all beer lovers, Coffee on Fifth hearts you (Heineken, anyone?)! Fun fact: one of the owners of this place happens to be my bestie Lydia Sheridan, so here’s to her and her cafe dreams!

All in all, Coffee on Fifth will delight you with each and every visit. It’s a little Brooklyn in the heart of the city!

Location
Jl. Pluit Samudra 2 No.9, 2nd Floor Pantai Mutiara

Opening Hours
Mon – Thur : 10am – 11pm; Fri – Sun : 10am – Midnight

Social Media
Instagram

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

June 7th… It’s the most delicious time of the month, for National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is back! Pick any brand you like – Haagen Dazs, Cold Stone Creamery, Breyer, Magnum, you name it – ’cause this classic flavor will always indulge you with its timeless taste. Fancy yourself some chocolate ice cream for breakfast?

Breeze through this creamy, chocolatey day with a mini playlist I’ve scooped up for you (you’re more than free to create your own mix too if you like):

  • “Chocolate” ~ The 1975
  • “Ice Cream Colours” ~ Corinne Bailey Rae
  • “De Lovely” ~ Ella Fitzgerald/Robbie Williams
  • “Breakfast in NYC” ~ Oppenheimer
  • “What a Difference A Day Made” ~ Jamie Cullum
  • “Lulu’s Pie Song” ~ Sara Bareilles (Waitress musical)
  • “Syrup and Honey” ~ Duffy
  • “Caramel” ~ Suzanne Vega

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