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  • Johnsons Overalls – Whisk It!
    CBD & Inner City
    Johnsons Overalls – Whisk It!
    Johnsons Overalls is one of those places that I have walked pass numerous times and never batted an eyelash at it. It wasn't until I started this blog that I began to pay attention to the window merchandise and realised that it was more than just a haven for chefs and restaurants. They sold kitchenware to the public. However, it is obvious that dressing chefs is their main drawcard. They have shelves upon shelves and huge racks dedicated to smartening up the geekiest of apprentices. I enter the store and I am immediately drawn to a shelf of sauce tubs, pickling jars, mixing bowls and measuring jugs. At the very top of the shelf I find some wooden blocks with carved out shapes for mooncakes. I gawk at this find because I walked the length of Mongkok and Yu Mei Tai in Hong Kong to look for the perfect block as a gift for my mother, only to find that they can be found here on our shores. I also had to use every muscle in my body to refrain from buying up their jar section. They are too cute to be true! "Hey Amy!" Pizzaboy calls from around the corner. "Yeah what?" "You gotta come here and see this!" "Shut up. I'm busy taking photos of the chopping boards!" "Forget about the chopping boards. Look at all these cookie cutters!!" "WTF!" There are cookie cutters of every shape, size and form. They have sections dedicated to special days such…
  • Cheap Eats Restaurant Reviews
    The Dutch Shop & Cafe
    When i heard that there was a quaint Dutch Cafe in the middle of nowhere in Smithfield I told pizzaboy we had to go for a visit. We happen to have gone on the hottest day of the year so far. Its 40+ degrees outside and we drive over to Smithfield in a car with no-aircon. Without even thinking i say, "there had better be air-con at this place". The entire car goes quiet. None of us have ever been to the Dutch Cafe and do not know what to expect. We are following the GPS and tomatogal asks me, "Where the hell is this place? We've reached the end of the road". I look ahead and we are in the middle of nowhere. There are residential houses to our left and closed industrial warehouses on our right. I see a green warehouse ahead and i say "that must be it". And it was. It is not obvious from the outside that there is anything inside. In fact, the whole place looked closed. My nephew is first to get out of the car and zooms over a door that someone had just walked out of. He opens it, then shuts it straight away. "This is not the place, its a grocery store". I say, "What?!" I quickly walk over and open the door and a gush of cool air rushes pass me. "Yes, this is the right place, its a grocery store at the front and the cafe is further…