Friday, September 04, 2015

Swensen’s Breakfast & Mooncakes!

Media Invite

A couple of weeks back, we were invited by Swensen’s to try their new breakfast sets. I must say I was impressed!

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The old mindset that Swensen’s is only good in their ice-cream must be changed. When it comes to taste and presentation of their main courses, they’ve improved over the years. Their new breakfast sets are out to prove this point.

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I love how cheerful the sets look – Exactly what we need for mornings! This time round, 3 new breakfast sets are introduced – Look how reasonably-priced they are!

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We ordered a few breakfast sets to share, and I personally enjoyed the creamy mushrooms and little honey buns very much!

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Swensen’s breakfast sets are available during weekends and public holidays, from 8am to 11am (Available at all outlets except Bukit Panjang Plaza, City Square Mall, ION and Plaza Singapura outlets).

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If I have to choose my most favorite set, this is it. It’s got my fav mushrooms and buns, and the omelet was so hearty! Made my tummy really happy, this one!

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Always a great time feasting with my family. Look at their satisfied faces and happy smiles. :)

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Swensen’s also kindly gave us a box of snow skin mooncakes, packaged in a really interesting lantern box that has LED lights! These are the SG50 Moon Gems that come in 6 different flavors. 3 new flavors are being introduced this year - Crunchy Milo, Lychee Dreams and Yummy Yam. And of course, expect the all-time favorite Durian Royale & Sticky Chewy Chocolate!

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Swensen’s SG50 Moon Gems Mooncake Collection is priced at $35.80 (inclusive of GST) for a box of 4 (with choice of flavours). Available from 14 August 2015 to 27 September 2015 at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets. No pre-orders are required. Go get yours today - I’m sure the little ones will be very thrilled to see the LED lit lantern box!

Disclosure: The J Babies was invited for a media tasting for review purposes. All photographs and opinions in this post are mine.

Monday, August 31, 2015

That Dining Table In My House

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Now, let’s face it. Most of us live in a house where space is limited. Because of that, things in our house are often multi-purpose in nature. The best example I can think of is my dining table. The dining table in my house is not only used for dining, it’s also for many other functions. In fact, I think we spend the most amount of time as a family around our dining table. Here are 5 functions of that dining table in my house – Let’s see whether it’s the same as yours!

1. That Dining Table Is For Family Dinners.

Well, of course. Every meal in the house was enjoyed at that dining table. My all-time favorite family meal is always steamboat and I love it that I have a round dining table that makes family dinner really enjoyable. :)

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Because the dining table is used for different functions throughout the day, the way I ‘transform’ it quickly for a particular function is to use boxes to hold the essential items needed for that period of time. We’ve got a box that holds the cutlery such as spoons, chopsticks, forks and little dishes for sauces. Once we are done eating, we clear the box to the kitchen so that it does not take up extra space, and the table can be used for the next function. Hassle-free!

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VARIERA Box – $3.90

Even a meal-for-one at the dining table is enjoyable. A mummy loves her me-time anytime! =D

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PROPPMÄTT Wooden chopping board – $5.90
NIPPRIG 2015 Place Mat – $1.90

2. That Dining Table Is For Studying.

Err… yes. The kids don’t like to do their homework in the room as it gets pretty warm during the day. The dining table is right smack in the living room, where all the actions take place, so they enjoy doing their homework there as well.

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When it comes to homework time, out comes this box which holds all the stationeries such as pencils, rulers, pens, etc. The box is portable and convenient, and makes tidying up really fast. Plus, you get everything you need in there.

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3. That Dining Table Is For Coffee Breaks.

There is a sheer sense of happiness when I bring out the box that contains little snacks and instant coffee etc. Coffee breaks at the dining table with family and friends, while chit chatting about this and that in our lives – Sheer bliss!

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4. That Dining Table Is For Doodling.

Jayne gets pretty bored when Joey is doing her homework, so she does her doodling instead. The dining table is great for that as well, of course!

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By the way, these Mala colored pens I found at Ikea are really cheap and good. They’ve brought much to Jayne’s doodling sessions. Great for preschoolers.

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MALA Felt-tip pens $3.90/12pieces

5. That Dining Table Is For Art & Craft.

Well, yes I do all my art & craft on my dining table as well. I mean, why not? It’s well-lit, spacious, flat, stable and I could do all my crafting while watching TV at the same time!

Speaking of which, these craft materials I found at Ikea are just gorgeous and exactly the way I wanted it to be. I used the boxes when I want to wrap a gift that’s odd-shaped, and with just some simple strings, the gift can look so presentable! And how about those gift tags?! Too lovely! Best of all, everything is wonderfully priced. If you are a craft person, you should totally rush to Ikea like now.

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HEMSMAK gift tags – $3.50 for 32 pieces
Boxes, Set of 3 – Can’t remember the price but it was less than $5 for 3.

There you have it – The 5 functions of the dining table in my house! It’s by far the most utilized piece of furniture in my house, and everyone loves it! =D

Disclosure: This post has been inspired by Ikea and some of the products featured in this post are bought with Ikea gift cards provided by Ikea Singapore. All photographs and opinions expressed in this post are solely mine.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Cafes In Singapore: Stateland Cafe

Heard so much about Stateland Café but didn’t have a chance to visit until recently. I was craving for thick toasts and dragged my friends to go with me on a Sunday afternoon. Turned out to be a very sweet afternoon indeed, and I really like their sweet thick toasts! The vintage-industrial themed café occupies two levels -  Level 1 was pretty packed when we arrived, so we went on to Level 2 and was so glad we found a ‘private room’ available – It was perfect for our little group!

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Love the gunny sacks hanging from above!

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The ‘private room’ had a door that we could close and have all the privacy we need and make all the noise we want, but it got a little stuffy so we kept the door open.

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Love how ‘autumn’ the whole space feels. The naked cement wells made it a very photogenic space. =D

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The kids love desserts anytime. And with café-loving parents like us, they’ve grown to love café-hopping as well! Sometimes when we are out as a family and didn’t know where to go, they would go, ‘Why don’t we visit a café and have some coffee and cakes?’ =P

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The food’s really not bad here at Stateland Café – The pasta’s portion was quite pathetic, though very tasty. Coffee’s not bad too.

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But the real reason why we were there was for the waffles and thick toasts! Red velvet waffles with ice-cream! ($14.90)

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And we tried two thick toasts – The Classic Honey Toast (S$10.90) was simple but delightful with fruits and ice-cream.

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But my favorite that afternoon was this newly released black thick toast – Charcoal thick toast ($14.90),drizzled with malt sugar, added with liquid marshmallow, salted caramel and topped with coconut ice cream and toasted nuts! Tasted so good! =D

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Thankful for the company of friends who indulged in my craving that afternoon. I heart you guys! =D

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Stateland Café
30 Bali Lane
https://www.facebook.com/statelandcafe

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cafes In Toa Payoh: Niche

It was a Monday, and I had only a few hours to spare before heading home to fetch Joey from school. So, we thought of finding a nearby café to chill. “Nearby” basically means we can get there via a single MRT train ride without having to change lines, and so Toa Payoh, it was. Niche was not our first choice, but the café we initially wanted to visit was CLOSED, even though the website said it was supposed to be open. =X But mistakes are beautiful, because it led us to this very lovely café where I had the yummiest scone ever.

Niche is a quaint little café located at Toa Payoh Lor 1, right in the neighborhood filled with provision shops, hair salons, hardware shops, etc – you get the idea. Love what I saw the moment I stepped in.

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The space was small, but the owner maximized the seating capacity by having counter seats on both sides as well as a few square tables with stools.

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There were many options of pastries and cakes available – Quite a surprise given that the café was so small. You’ll find pound cakes, chiffon cakes, cupcakes, scones, cookies, and tarts, etc. If you are visiting for the first time, I absolutely recommend you try the chiffon cake and the bacon cheddar scone. The latter, especially, was one of the best I’ve tried.

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I’ve tried many sweet scones before, but savory is really more of my thing. This bacon and cheddar scone was done to perfection, in my opinion. It was buttery, crumbly and very hearty. Love how the two matched so well together!

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The lychee frizz was refreshing and cooling, especially on a hot and humid day!

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I wish I stay at Toa Payoh Lor 1 now, so that I can buy the scone every time I crave for it! =X

Niche Boulangerie
128 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, 310128