Dropped by Henry Congressional (facebook. Smitten Coffee & Tea Bar‘s pop-up shop/cafe at Henry Park Apartments, 44 Holland Grove Road, next to Secret Recipe) on the way to a late dinner. Minimalist decor as befits a temporary space. Loved the half-curtained windows, aluminium door and window frames, menu painted onto main wall, hanging naked light bulbs (that C & J say they popularised in Singapore).
The tuna, capers, cucumber sandwich (panini) was toasted to a good degree of crisp without being dry or rough enough to cause abrasions to the roof of your mouth. The balance of flavours between the tuna and capers was excellent. The flourless chocolate cake (with lovely crackle crust) and MIL pineapple tarts (buttery and crumbly, semi-sweet pineapple interior, made by the baker’s mother-in-law) got the thumbs-up. Thumper blend (refreshed?) x Darren x Henry the Kees Ven Der Westen Speedster = a satisfying complex (yeah very descriptive) milk coffee.
(Went back the next day to take away a few slices of the pandan chiffon cake – sans green food colouring, commendably fragrant if no flavouring was added, very light, and as Singaporean aunties would say by way of compliment,”not oily and not too sweet!”)
We two pre-dinner diners had had a trying week. I’d spent the last two days/nights yelling down the Polycom at South Asians, in deference to the cultural norms of negotiating in certain countries. We had a laugh at how difficult it was to snap out of this mode of communication: I have been known to accidentally scare a few Japs by irresponsibly getting on a call with them fresh out of a preceding call with the Indians; someone else could not stop himself from answering phone calls with “Tell me, tell me!”.
Dinner, dessert, and a very serious talk till midnight. Wonderfully timely call not to have a world view restricted by present experience (however pleasant or miserable), but to renew our minds, according to God’s truth, to interpret current reality in a gospel-shaped God-centered manner. For one day will come the Lord, to whom every knee will bow and every tongue confess that he is the Lord. The practical outworking of our understanding of the second coming is that we persevere in fighting the good fight; that we not be idle slackers but be diligent in keeping up His good work and being faithful to his purposes.*
Now i’ll have to haul ass to bed before wedding photog duty in a few hours. To add more later (or never)!
*Teaching The Christian Hope, David Jackman