Lady M Cake Boutique

Overall taste: 7.75/10 | 2017 | 304 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

This Lady M boutique is take-out only. There’s even a no eating sign in the store. I found that the cream melts very quickly and you should definitely eat it as soon as you purchase it.

Pictured Above: Checkers ($8) [This is my least favourite out of the 3 cakes I’ve tried, but it wasn’t bad. The sponge cake was fluffy and the cream was light and not overly sweet. My favourite part was the chocolate ganache layer.]

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Green Tea Mille Crepes ($8.5) [Most people seem to like their green tea the most. I personally found that the matcha taste wasn’t strong enough and was a little too sweet.]
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Signature Mille Crepes ($8) [Their signature crepe was my favourite! If you’ve never had crepe cake and don’t understand what the hype is about, try this at least.]
 

Urban Cupcake Co.

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2017 | online order only

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We received 2 complimentary boxes of cupcakes, but we remain objective in our review. Urban Cupcake Co. currently delivers within 10-mile radius of Boston.

We love that these mini cupcakes look soooooo adorable. We also love their golden wrapper as well as their their classy and beautiful presentation.

We are not huge fans of cupcakes in general because the frosting is usually awfully sweet. While these cupcakes are also sweet, they’re definitely a LOT milder then regular ones and we really enjoyed them! They are priced at either $39 or $43 for 24 cupcakes depending on flavour.

We had the opportunity to try the following flavours:

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Strawberry shorty [our favourite! see more below]

Get hyped – coffee cupcake infused with fair-trade organic coffee, topped with coffee frosting & an espresso bean

Just chill – dark chocolate cupcake topped with french chocolate chips

Make it rain-bow – vanilla cupcake topped with vanilla frosting & 100% natural sprinkle

Nuttin’ betta – dark chocolate cupcake topped with rich peanut butter frosting and a french chocolate sauce

Main squeeze – lemon cupcake featuring fresh whipped lemon icing & sugar crystals

Bromance – dark chocolate cupcake topped with mocha frosting and fair-trade organic chocolate shavings

You fancy huh? – rich chocolate cupcake topped with chocolate ganache & an artisan pretzel.  You can’t even tell it’s vegan!

Strawberry shorty – vanilla cupcake topped with vanilla frosting, fresh strawberries & sweet pastry chip [We feel that this is sooo good that it deserves it’s own section. By itself, we would rate it a 9/10. The tart strawberries complemented very well with their sweet vanilla cupcake and frosting. The sweet pastry chip is also delicious either by itself or with the cupcake.]

It’s perfect for parties or events since there is a minimum order of 24 cupcakes. We personally purchased a box of strawberry shorty for our anniversary!

Biagio Ristorante & Bar

Overall taste: 7.75/10 | 2017 | 123 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

We received a $100 gift certificate for this restaurant, but we remain objective in our review.

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Mussels Dijon – white wine, dijon mustard, garlic, butter, tomatoes & rosemary, served w/ grilled bread ($14.95) [The mussels were fresh and well-cooked but they were on the small side. Lynn would prefer it without mustard but Jeff liked it.]
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– – – Mini beef wellington – w/ truffle demi-glaze ($14.95) [We both did not like their beef wellington. The meat was tough and not meaty enough. The crust wasn’t good as well.]
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+++ Seared jumbo sea scallops – w/ lemon, white belgian chocolate risotto & grilled asparagus ($26.95) [These scallops were seared to perfection! The white chocolate risotto was weird but good at the same time.]
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+++ Lobster ravioli – homemade ravioli filled w/ plump maine lobster in a lobster sherry cream sauce ($27.95) [This is on the heavy and creamy side but if you like lobster bisque, you’d like this. We thought that their ravioli wrapping could be thinner. However, we really enjoyed this overall.]
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Grand marnier creme brulee – vanilla custard, grand marnier and crystallised sugar ($9.75) [This tasted like regular creme brulee with a hint of orange taste, presumably from the grand marnier.]
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Tiramisu – espresso soaked biscotti layered with mascarpone cream and cocoa ($9.75) [We really liked the taste of their mascarpone cream but there wasn’t enough of it. You can tell from the picture that it’s mainly filled with biscotti.]
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Cioccolato – warm molten lava cake with vanilla bean gelato and rasberry puree ($9.75) [We felt that this was closer to a moist sponge cake than a lava cake. We would definitely have liked it more if the interior was more molten.]

Food Republic – VivoCity

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2017 | 1 HarbourFront Walk, VivoCity #3, VivoCity, Singapore 098585

This is located in the food court of VivoCity (shopping mall). We love the food courts and hawker centres in Singapore! The food selection is huge and each meal usually costs under $5.

Pictured above: +++ Kueh Tutu – peanut or coconut filling (SGD $0.7 each or SGD $3 for five pieces) [These cakes used to be steamed over a device that made a “tutu” sound, hence it’s name, Kueh (cake) Tutu. The outer layer was a little powdery and chewy and didn’t have much taste while the interior was sweet. Jeff liked the coconut filling more while Lynn preferred the peanut.]

LGA Coffee

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2016 | 신촌역로 39 (창천동 4-96), 4-96 Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

If you are trying to get around Seoul with Google maps, just be aware that it was last updated in  2009 due to Government restriction. There is Naver maps that Koreans use, but everything is in Korean. You might want to download the app to ensure it is the same location that google shows. We personally found it hard to get around in Seoul (compared to Tokyo and Taiwan) because the English address does not work all the time.

Pictured above:  +++ Melon bingsu (13,900 won)  [The milk ice is mixed with condensed milk and is topped with raspberry ice cream. The flavor is very light and not too sweet. The melon is just ripe and goes perfectly with the ice. The price is a bit steep but I like the refreshing and light taste] 

 

Noix De Beurre

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2016 | 3-14-1 Shinjuku | Isetan Shinjuku B1F, Shinjuku 160-8011, Tokyo Prefecture

This bakery is located in the basement level of Isetan Shinjuku. There are so many good food there! Unfortunately, there is no seating area. There are even “no eating” signs everywhere. It’s meant for you to buy it there and bring it home to eat. Luckily, we found out that Isetan has a beautiful rooftop garden with seats.

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Strawberry tart (648 yen) [The best strawberries we’ve ever had were the ones in Tokyo. Even random strawberries we bought in convenient stores were extremely sweet. The cream had a milky taste to it with a small touch of sweetness.]
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Chocolate mousse cake [We forgot to keep track of the price, but it’s about the price as the strawberry tart. We really liked the chocolate cake as well. It’s definitely on the lighter side compared to American cakes.]