That being said, the weather was mild enough that outdoor explorations were able to resume.
1) Sunrises/sunsets witnessed along the morning commute
At $4.19, my medium London Fog was well worth it: the steamy beverage was creamy and smooth with ever-so-fragrant hits of Earl Grey and vanilla. This location was equipped with enough staff to handle the morning rush (no trainees here! Looking at you, Starbucks.) and prepared drinks speedily and solidly. I suppose a lack of Wi-Fi and one lonely dine-in (or rather, sip-in) table with a much over-loved cracking patent leather seat are the only factors I can complain about.
3. Adorable Valentine's Day-themed plushies on sale
"How did you even find this place?!" is a question I commonly experience being thrown in my direction in a somewhat unbelieving tone. Frankly speaking, I'm an Instagram addict; 9 times out of 10, my next excursion or cooking inspiration will derive from my feed or Insta-searches.
Nonetheless, it still took me another few months to convince myself to make the ten minute journey. Given this week's lovely warm weather, my previous excuses were no longer validated. My feet carried me in the direction of the Brûlée Cappuccinos I had observed adorning the caffeinated portion of my feed.
We then learned that Quantum offered a (rotating) special item called "Quantum Planck"; the exact item would be vary from time to time, as would the price. Currently, it was a very interesting creation where baristas would dust icing sugar atop a fluffy milk foam and torch the surface to yield the appearance of a crème brûlée.
That being said, I'm glad I opted for a sweeter treat when I was informed that the Double Shot Macchiato contained enough stimulating potential to render an evening of sleeplessness. The Brûlée Cappuccino was sweet, but not overly so. It was fragrant, emitting a hybrid fragrance of "single-origin" (whatever that means) coffee beans and caramelized sugar, and slowly released its awakening powers to enable the remainder of my afternoon to be bearable. The tiny ginger cookie served on the side was a nice little crunchy addition to the drink.
5. Revisiting Millie Patisserie & Creamery
Having spotted a new, Chinese New Year-limited addition to their line of mille crepe cakes, it was only natural to drop by to check out the several other changes the small patisserie has undergone in the past little while. Along with sturdier chairs and the almond-flavoured crepe cake in question, Millie had also introduced an interesting selection of hot and cold drinks: Hojicha Latte, Matcha Latte, London Fog, as well as several brewed teas.
Despite the creaminess of the cheesecake, there was much black sesame intensity to be desired. While the airy, indulgent textures of the layers did score some points, it was found that the highlight flavour was a tad lacking.
In contrast, the Lucky Almond Crepe Cake was much more than I anticipated: almond-flavoured pastry cream paired exceptionally well with their Original crepe, especially with lightly crispy toasted almond slices embellishing the surface. Unlike their other crepe cake variations, this one was a real stunner!
9. Demitasse Pocky?!