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December 4, 2016

Seven Oaks, Johor Bahru…JB’s most out-there place to while away an afternoon

The humble Johor Bahru cafe is rarely just that anymore. At just a few months old, Seven Oaks is already proving to be JB’s most stylish cafe. Nothing in JB can yet match the beyond library-themed chic interior drugged with palace opulence facade.

JB’s not a city that’s short of a good bakery or cake shop, but separating the outstanding from the ordinary can take a fair bit of munching. I’ve kindly gone and done that for you. The ground floor at Seven Oaks is a bakery with scrumptious looking cakes and pastries that cry: eat me! Their salted egg lava croissant is of course their fame and fortune. The upper levels serves as a cafe.

Sure, these expensive go-tos might set you back a bit, but they’re worth every cent. It is worth the visit for the décor alone. This is JB’s most out-there place to while away an afternoon. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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July 6, 2013

Chia Te Bakery Co., Taipei…..the pineapple cake that all others answer to

Although they have several pastries and an assortment of delectable delights, do yourself a favour and try the pineapple cake. SO GOOD. The outside is like a buttery shortbread crust – crumbly and crispy, more like an egg roll and the inside is filled with fresh, mouth-watering, juicy pineapple jam-type filling- with the right amount of sweetness and soft (but not mushy) texture.  This adds up to a simple, flakey, and perfectly sweet (not too sweet) cake. The cakes are individually wrapped but take it from me…one piece is just too much of a tease.

These Taiwanese bakers are putting some tasty crack in their buns. The items are not inexpensive, but totally worth it for the quality and taste. They sell a great variety of cakes (cranberry pineapple cake, sun cake, wife cake, mung bean cake, sesame egg yolk cake, milk cake, germ walnut pineapple tart) , egg tarts, so go on over and splurge!

The one and only store in Taipei is located in bustling Nanjing East Road in Taipei. It is not quite accessible from any mrt station, so it’s either a bus or a taxi to get you there. Bummer!

If you’ve never had this pineapple cake from Chia Te Bakery before then hedonism is not your thing. It’s pure indulgence. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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