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GIVEAWAY: Win one of five SunMoon goody bags (worth $30 each)!

SunMoon giveaway - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

I was a bit hesitant to try my kids out on SunMoon fruit products.

Let me be more specific.

I was a bit hesitant to try Hunter out on SunMoon fruit products.

You see, Carter (1.5 years old) is an eat-with-gusto kinda kid. He’s awesome with food. I can chuck anything vaguely edible in front of him, and he will gobble it up with SO much glee that he makes eating steamed carrots look like the most delicious chocolate on earth. No, I had no worries about Carter there.

But Hunter. Hunter (3 years old) is very good with fruit – that part is true. My kids are both pretty deprived of sugary snacks, so to Hunter, fruit is a total snack attack! BUT, he’s very picky and petulant. One day he’ll like kiwi, the next day he won’t. Ad infinitum with all other fruits. So I was very interested to see how a picky eater would fare with SunMoon fruit products.

But guess what we have here?

SunMoon giveaway - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

Eating fruit! With gusto! Self-feeding, even!! TRIPLE WHAMMY, WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAAM!!

I am very pleased, and you can read on below for detailed reviews of their products, as well as my tips on more exciting ways to eat their fruit cups.

But for now, we have some goody bags to giveaway!!

 

SunMoon are giving away five goody bags (worth $30 each)!

a BWMB giveaway

You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaways will run from 25 April  – 1 May 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).
Winner may collect their goody bag at the SunMoon office in Singapore.

 

SunMoon giveaway - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

So, above, we have the boys tussling over one packet of SunMoon fruit crisps. Carter (obviously) loves them. But the weird thing is that Hunter loves them too. And I mean, LOVE. Why is this weird? It’s weird because Hunter doesn’t actually like dried fruit – I’ve never had any success introducing it to him.

But when I wave a packet of these babies around, he gets all excited and will pretty much do anything to get his hot lil hands on a packet. Inside consists of 100% fresh fruit that has been freeze dried. This means it preserves all the nutritional goodness of the fresh fruit without the use of any preservatives and flavorings. Basically, it’s feeding your kids whole fruit – inclusive of all the fibre goodness.

Also, he particularly adores the packets with strawberries in it. Weird again, because he hates fresh strawberries! But he will eagerly pick out allllll the strawberries in the packet and stuff them into his mouth with a happy grin. I’m actually very pleased about this fact, because we all know how berries are really good for young kids (and adults), so it’s my sneaky way of making sure he eats his berries.

 

SunMoon giveaway - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

SunMoon giveaway - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

SunMoon giveaway - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

Then there’s the SunMoon fruit cups. With no articial preservatives, flavouring, or colourings, and ZERO sugar added, these are a fab little healthy snack of juicy goodness. They come in convenient little grab-and-go disposable cups with spoons attached.

Sold in a twin-pack at SG$1.90. Flavours include Peach, Seasonal Mixed Fruits, Mandarin Orange.

SunMoon giveaway - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

I tried to take a shot of the SunMoon fruit cup, but by now, Hunter and Carter were privvy to the goodness of this brand (they’d already had the fruit crisps), and were climbing over my back (!!!) to grab these.

So this photo was the best one I got.

SunMoon giveaway - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

They’re pretty kid-proof when sealed, so Hunter couldn’t open it up by himself. Just as well because the fruit chunks come floating in 100% apple juice, which I didn’t want spilling everywhere.

The fruit is juicy, sweet, and refreshing. I always imagined pre-packaged fruit to be mushy and have a weird taste or aftertaste, but this has none. The cute individual cup packaging kinda tricks my kids into thinking they’re awesome snacks, so they gobble up their fruit oh-so-merrily.

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Here’s what I like to do with our SunMoon fruit cups:

  1. Eat them as-is – well, duh!
  2. Mix in yogurt – I mix with plain greek yogurt because the fruit adds a lovely sweetness to it, and it’s a super healthy breakfast.
  3. Sprinkle on top of cereal – fruit on cornflakes, mixed with a bit of milk. Yummy power breakfast!
  4. Sprinkle on top of vanilla ice cream – for a real decadent after-dinner treat.
  5. Make a fruity milkshake – simply pop it in the blender with some milk or yogurt, and a squeeze of honey.

 

And guess what? From 18 April to 9 May, you can Buy 2 and Get 1 FREE at all Sheng Shiong & NTUC Fair Price outlets.

The SunMoon fruit cups and fruit crisps range is available at Sheng Siong, NTUC Fairprice, selected SPC & Caltex stations, SunMoon retail and online stores.

Thanks SunMoon!

 

 

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

I have such a soft spot for The French Ladle. It’s pretty close to where we live, and is what I consider to be a kickass French restaurant in a neighbourhood area. The service is good. Always good. And their food? It never fails to impress us, and I’ve been there almost ten times!

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

The inside feels really homely, and seats just a few tables. It’s busy on weekday lunches and weekends, but is quieter on weekday evenings. Specials are written up on the blackboard.

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

Look! Hunter was presented with some paper and a set of coloured pencils to draw with. He loved scribbling away, and I was delighted that he was kept amused during the meal.

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

Complimentary warm baguette with salted butter. There is much to be said about a restaurant that serves complimentary chilled water AND a bread basket. It is SO appreciated, especially because we all know about kids and their insane obsession with carbs….. Hunter self-buttered each slice and… errr…. ate the whole basket.

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

Their Mushroom soup comes thick with mushrooms, and is served piping hot.

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

I was initially disinterested with the Mushroom risotto when it arrived. It’s a vegetarian dish – not my cup of tea 😉 But…. I LOVED it when I had a bite, and proceeded to scoop more onto my plate 😉 The dish was laden with fat chunky mushrooms (of various varieties), draped with creamy risotto rice and perked up with shaved Parmesan. Oooo… it was delicious! The sweetness of the mushrooms really came through, contrasting with the softness of the buttery risotto.

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

We were so impressed with their Steak frites. The shoestring fries were a hit with Hunter (no surprise there), but it was the steak that I loved. It was meaty, and a great bite, and was served with just a small dollop of herbed butter so the beef flavour really came through. It was cooked to perfection. Served at a sizeable portion, this is great if you’re into red meat.

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

And… what I thought was the best dish.. the Duck confit pasta. I think this is one of the best pastas I’ve eaten – ever. The spaghetti was cooled el dente, enveloped in a light cream sauce (that was not too thick or overpowering), and scattered with Parmesan. But it was the duck confit that had us reeling – it was astonishingly tender and moist, and in FAT chunks! In fact, I ended up with lots of duck left over, and not much noodles to go around 😉

An absolute must-order!

THE FRENCH LADLE: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

Last Bite: The French Ladle offers home-style French food that is absolutely delicious. We never fail to leave impressed. Their Duck confit pasta is a winner in our book!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

The French Ladle
2 Pandan Valley
Pandan Valley Condominium #01-206
Singapore 597626
Phone: 6467 7505
Prices: $$$
Hours:
Tue – Fri: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
 
 

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog

THE LIVING CAFE (re-visited): Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit Timah, Singapore

THE LIVING CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

Remember I visited The Living Cafe a couple of weeks ago? Back then, all I had was a Soy latte, which is a pretty poor effort for a food review 😉

Well, I went back! With Chris in tow! He was both horrified and interested at The Living Cafe, after learning that they do no red meat, no cow dairy, no white sugar, no preservatives, no additives, no artificial colorings and include gluten free alternatives on the menu. The specialise in raw food, or raw-fusion food. And that sort of spiel is enough to make a grown man shudder 😉

And it was surprisingly packed out on a weekend brunch. Almost every table consisted of at least one foreigner, so I suppose it’s pretty hot with the expat community. I don’t think your typical ‘ol local Singaporean auntie or uncle is going to be able to stomach this kind of food.

THE LIVING CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

I didn’t realise the last time I went, but the cafe provides colouring paper and crayons for kids, which is popped on a small stool near the front entrance. It’s actually the kids menu (which looks good), but Carter had a grand ol time scribbling all over it with gusto.

THE LIVING CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

I had a Flat white with hazelnut milk ($5.50) and, I gotta say, it’s way better than soy milk. It basically tasted like it was made with regular milk! Sadly though, no nice foam art so the coffee looked pretty basic, and it was served in a tiny cup.

THE LIVING CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

The 6th Avenue rosti ($20) Sweet potato rosti, smoked salmon, avocado, poached egg, wasabi mayo was outstanding. TRULY AMAZING. I personally thought it was one of the best brunch rostis I’ve had. The sweet potato used is a winner (as compared to the regular potato version), and the egg was poached to perfection. The avocado (it was originally asparagus but I swapped it to avocado) was perfectly ripened, and the whole dish was a luscious explosion of sweet and salty, crisp and creamy.

The portion size is very small, and would be best made 50% larger, but at least it is kick-ass amazing.

THE LIVING CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

Chris opted for the Hormone free chicken, onions, goats cheese, cashew cheese pizza ($20), and it actually did come out looking like a pizza! The base, however, didn’t taste like a regular pizza base. It has more of a pita texture and floppiness (it’s very thin), and very grainy because of all the wholemeal flour used. I’m not saying this is bad, but it was just very different to regular pizza dough. If you’re aware of this and embrace the fact, you’ll like it 🙂

The toppings were delicious – the chicken was tender and chunky, and the cheese gave it the necessary kick of flavour. The pesto was a little on the skimpy side, so the edges became a tad dry (because, again, the wholemeal flour is different to regular pizza dough).

Still, a very impressive effort to recreate a healthy wholemeal pizza, and it was pretty good!

THE LIVING CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit Timah, Singapore

 

Oh boy, their Raw chocolate ganache tart ($8.90) is fabulous. Ask for it to arrive with your food, and set it aside to come to room temperature by the time you finish your mains. It’s not chocolate, it’s cacao, but it damn near tastes just like chocolate! Very rich, very creamy chocolate, in fact.

The base is a mix of nuts and coconut oil, so it does give off a strong coconut flavour. I normally don’t like coconut, but this sat well with me. It’s a bit chewy, a bit crumbly, and very good paired with the rich creamy chocolate.

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Last Bite: The Living Cafe’s brunch menu truly impressed us with it’s thoughtfully cooked and delicious food. Their 6th Avenue Rosti is a mustorder!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: Yes

The Living Cafe
779 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 268759
Phone: 6762 8029
Prices: $$$
Hours: Mon: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
 
 

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog

MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

 

I always walk past this cafe after my training at Bodytec each week, wondering why it’s always so bustling (mostly with office workers in the late-morning when I walk past), and why there is no signage except for some big Chinese letters on the white walls and columns outside. It’s actually completely confusing, and this is what makes it the ultimate hipster hangout.

It’s called My Awesome Cafe 真棒堂.

Even more surprisingly, it’s owned by a French guy! And a super beefy one at that. I imagine he looks far more ‘normal’ looking in a gym, than running around serving food and drinks in a cafe 😉 He is SUPER nice, as is the rest of his staff. I’ve been there three times now, and all three times, I’ve left so delighted with the service that I’m already planning my next trip back.

MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

 

The interior is dark. And, oddly, it’s even dark when it’s bright daylight outside. It adds to the moody, hipster atmosphere of the cafe… and actually makes it look really underground-trendy when I went back at night with Chris and it had a bit of a nightclub vibe with pumping music and beers and wine galore.

MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

 

The outside benches and chairs are made from wooden planks on top of red-painted pipes. It adds a pop of colour to the cafe and is pretty cute.

MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

 

So… is the self-dubbed My Awesome Cafe any good?

The menu contains many various of similar items, and prices are all very affordable.

MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore
MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

 

I kicked off with a surprise (and complimentary) juice shot… of which contents I am not sure of, because I’ve forgotten! I’ve never had a free shot of anything in a cafe in Singapore – ever. What a way to delight your customers!

MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

 

My Croissant with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and cheese ($8.50) was quite a deal IMHO, when many other cafes charge double the price for the same thing. The croissant was a little on the tiny side, but I loved the chilled smoked salmon and creamy scrambled eggs that came with it. It was excellent comfort food and the salmon added a perfect tinge of saltiness to the subtle flavour of the eggs.

MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

 

On a side note, I’ve also had their Duck Rilettes Sandwich ($14) which is perfection. The duck is just salty enough, but balanced well against the crisp baguette. Fresh mixed greens are added, as well as a generous spread of pesto, which brings the whole sandwich together into a delicious symphony of tastes. Would order this again any time!

 

I also love their Upside-down Pineapple Cake ($5), which has that perfect crumbly cake texture that is still moist, topped with sweet pineapples. Could be the best rendition I’ve tried in Singapore.
 
My Flat white arrived with very curious coffee art. Can anyone figure out what it’s supposed to be??

MY AWESOME CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

 

The coffee was rich and delicious, and I really love the vintage glassware that is used in this cafe. It’s a bit of a hole-in-the-wall, yet is so crowded during the day (and late into the night), so obviously people that know about this place, know!

 
 
Last Bite: My Awesome Cafe doesn’t look like much from the outside, but houses a hipster cafe serving up superb food and coffee. Their croissant dishes are great, as is their duck rilettes sandwich!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

My Awesome Cafe 真棒堂
202 Telok Ayer
Singapore 068630
Phone: 8428 0102
Prices: $$
Hours:
Mon – Tue: 7:45 am – 9:00 pm
Wed – Fri: 7:45 am – 12:00 am
Sat – Sun: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
 

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog

GIVEAWAY: Win one of five products from Mustela’s 9 Months range for mums!

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Mustela have a lovely range, called Mustela 9 Months, catered for new and expecting mothers. The suite of products are designed for women to use during pregnancy as well as after childbirth. They target a mother’s skin and various body issues to keep women comfortable and able to enjoy their pregnancy.

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There are THREE particular products that we will be featuring today, and the winners can choose one of the products below as their prize 🙂

 

1) Stretch Marks Double Action – SG$59.90

Specially formulated for expectant mothers, Mustela 9 Months Stretch Marks Double Action helps prevent and reduce stretch marks thanks to its innovative combination of naturally-derived active ingredients:

    • A patented anti-stretch marks formula activates the production of fibers that strengthen the skin. The skin becomes more supple, elastic, and resistant to the causes of stretch marks.
    • A restructuring complex based on sophora japonica and oligo-elements promotes cell renewal and the regeneration of the skin.
    • Avocado peptides and hydrating shea butter provide the skin with immediate relief and lasting nourishment.

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2) Stretch Marks Care Oil – SG$39.50

Specifically formulated for pregnant women and young mothers, Mustela 9 Months Stretch Mark Oil helps  prevent stretch marks using an exclusive combination of 100% vegetable oils and a natural active ingredient:

  • The production of fibres that strengthen the skin is activated by lupeol, a natural, patented active ingredient. Skin elasticity is improved, helping it to cope better with stretching.
  • Skin is nourished and softened using luxurious pomegranate seed, musk rose and baobab oils.
  • Skin is nourished, moisturized and protected using avocado oil and sunflower oil.

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3) Body Restructuring Gel – SG$52.50

Specially formulated for post-partum skin care, Mustela 9 Months Post-Partum Body Restructuring Gel firms up slackened skin and reduces unsightly puffiness with its naturally-derived ingredients:

  • Restores firmness to skin tissue thanks to its combination of Elastoregulator, lupeol and centella asiatica.
  • Remodels body contours thanks to a combination of plant extracts including sophora japonica with its draining and diuretic properties.
  • Improves skin quality thanks to avocado peptides with their soothing, lipid-replenishing properties.

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Mustela are giving away one product
from the 9 Months range to FIVE winners! 

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You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaways will run from 18-24 April 2014 inclusive.
Winner may select one of the three listed products in this giveaway.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).

Mustela is available at all Kiddy Palace outlets, Takashimaya Department Store (Baby department), Robinsons, OG, Mums & Babe, Motherswork, selected – Spring Maternity, Watsons and Guardian.

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog

WAFFLE SLAYER: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Tiong Bahru, Singapore

Waffle Slayer

 

We were originally planning on hitting Strangers Reunion, but it was jam packed with people and we had four kids in tow, so we headed to the cafe next door instead, called Waffle Slayer. Turned out, they’re owned by the Strangers Reunion folk anyway!

The industrial chic cafe has almost zero signage, and the glass doors reflect very well.. so I actually walked straight past the cafe without realising what it was. The door panels that open up are fairly narrow – something to note if you have a very wide pram.

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The narrow but long space is jam packed with tables and chairs, with most of the patrons being female (the guys were all there with their female counterparts, no tables were men-only).

Service is pretty quick, and very friendly, despite looking a bit short-staffed.

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Complimentary water for the table, served in a big bottle. Major props!

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The cafe is crowded on weekends, and not great for kids to run around in. Though I’d imagine the enclosed place would be alright when not as crowded on weekdays.

The older kids were kept occupied watching a movie on the iPhone.
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We ordered the Za’atar-spiced eggplant fritters with lemon yogurt ($12.90) which I forgot to photograph – whoops! The kids enjoyed this because it was cut like fat chips, and they were really tasty. A great appetizer/snack to share.

 

Our Red velvet buttermilk waffle with pistachio tuile, chocolate fudge and vanilla ice cream ($14.90) disappointed me at first, because the entire waffle was soft and floppy and soggy. To me, a good waffle is crisp on the outside, and yields to a fluffy moist interior. But this texture was almost exactly like a microwaved waffle (despite it being freshly cooked in their waffle maker – I assume).

Fortunately, it did taste nice. Not blow-me-away fantastic, because of the miserable texture, but nice. The red velvet flavour actually wasn’t very strong, but the waffle had a lovely flavour and the large dollop of vanilla ice cream went down well.

 

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Last Bite: Waffle Slayer specialises in, you guessed it, waffles! Ours arrived rather floppy and soggy, but their (large selection of) other dishes satisfied us.
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes (though be warned of the narrow entrance)
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Waffle Slayer
37 Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 169356
Phone: 6222 4869
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
 
 

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog

HIGHLANDER COFFEE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Tiong Bahru, Singapore

Highlander Coffee

It was by recommendation of a girl friend, who said they had “excellent coffee”, that brought us here to Highlander Coffee. The cafe is tiny and houses only a few tables, but we were fortunate to score the corner ones since we had four (!) kids in tow.

You see, Highlander Coffee isn’t a place you go for food. It’s a coffee place, first and foremost. Founded a decade ago by two brothers, they are a hands-on barista workshop (located in a separate room at the back of the cafe) as well as a coffee appreciation workshop.

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Apart from the impressive coffee equipment around the cafe (which is also for sale), the cafe decor and tables/chairs are about as basic and simple as you can get. It’s pretty stark, with  plain stools and round white tables. It’s obvious people go there just for the coffee.

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And of course their coffee is lovely. My Flat White has a gorgeous creamy layer of crema, and the flavour is subtle but still flavourful. The Iced latte is impressive, because it still packs a powerful punch of coffee flavour, which often lacks in other cafes’ iced coffees (as they get too diluted due to the ice cubes melting).

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Food-wise, it is clearly not Highlander Coffee’s forte and we find the food all edible, but nothing to shout about. Everything is pre-made and, if necessary, zapped in the toaster or microwave.

The Chicken salad croissant is happily packed with lots of fresh-looking salad, which I appreciate. The chicken is moist and tender, and I would consider this dish very similar to Delifrance’s version.

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The Lasagne is tasty and full of melted cheese, so it’s pretty popular with the kids. There is not one single vegetable detectable in this dish though, so I’m pretty sure it’s not exactly up there in the Healthy Foods To Eat category..

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Their pies are pre-made and popped into the toaster oven to reheat, but the Chicken pie is still pretty good. It’s a shame it’s not served with a side salad or on a proper plate (it arrives unceremoniously on a paper plate), which would have elevated it into more of a real cafe dish instead of looking like a I-grabbed-this-at-the-petrol-station quickie.

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The Tuna sandwich looked the most basic and homemade out of all the dishes. It was even served on plain old white bread, not even croissant or homebaked bread or focaccia or anything! Fine to order if you’re desperate, but fair warning here that you’ll be completely unimpressed.

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The Pasta bolognaise is pretty much exactly like the Lasagne above, except with macaroni pasta. It’s a bit on the oily side, due to all the cheese, but Hunter likes it so I won’t complain.

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Last Bite: Higherlander Coffee may not offer freshly-cooked or impressive food, but it’s their outstanding coffee (and expertise) that people go for. Their Iced latte is excellent!

Highchairs: No
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Highlander Coffee
49 Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 169362
Phone: 6226 1686
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon – Sat: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-friendly cafes, Bukit Timah, Singapore

Carpenter & Cook

Carpenter & Cook has a pretty unfortunate location for most (it’s far out west) but since I do live far out west, I consider it a pretty brilliant location! 😉 That said, I do reckon it’s worth the trip because you’ll find few (no?) cafes like it in Singapore.

Look at the cafe, in all it’s beautiful vintage charm:

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

 

Most of the vintage decor and furniture in the cafe is up for sale, but they don’t come cheap. Personally, I love poking around their lovely cookies-in-a-bag and homemade jam (which are delicious!).
CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

 

They don’t do any freshly-cooked hot food, which is a bit odd and a huge shame. To compensate, they offer a (pretty impressive) selection of pastries, tarts, and desserts. Everything is displayed by the counter, which is fantastic for a visual order-er such as myself. I feel like I’m spoiled for choice!

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore
Some of their beverages are served in these gorgeous old-school mugs. I LOVE them. Complimentary water is offered – huge props to them for this!
CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

 

Their coffee comes in a tiny mug, but is deliciously creamy.

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

 

The Croissant is a total STAR. Flaky layers of pastry, with a buttery fluffy inside. Carter gobbled this right up!

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

 

I personally love the Almond croissant, which I’d recommend if you feel like something sweet. It’s a regular croissant draped in a crisp almond ‘cap’, and scattered with almond flakes. Delicious.

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

 

Their Quiche was a startlingly tiny slice for the price, I’d expected double the portion size. It’s enough for a petite snack, but is not sufficient (by FAR) if you’re thinking of having this dish as a main meal. That’s a shame, because the quiche is delicious, especially that buttery crumbly crust.

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

 

Ahhh their Sea salt and caramel chocolate tart, which is famous by now. I’ve had it almost ten times, and it’s consistently good. It’s small for what you pay, but at least it’s done perfectly!

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

 

Their Brownie pales in comparison to the chocolate tart (above). It’s nice, but nothing to shout about. In fact, I’ve actually completely forgotten what this tasted like..

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore

 

Standing near the entrance of Carpenter & Cook, isn’t the interior just lovely?!

CARPENTER & COOK: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit-Timah, Singapore
 
Last Bite: Carpenter & Cook serves up absolutely delicious pastries, tarts and desserts, albeit on the tiny side. But it’s the gorgeous vintage interior that truly charms us!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Carpenter & Cook
19 Lorong Kilat #01-06
Singapore 598120
Phone: 6463 3648
Prices: $$
Hours:
Tue – Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
 
 

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog

THE MARMALADE PANTRY: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah, Singapore

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I’ve been to The Marmalade Pantry at the stables a couple of times, but never had a chance to write a review. I’m not sure why I never got round to it, because it’s a fantastic place for the family! The car park area is outdoors (the restaurant is in a standalone building) so be prepared for a super-heated car afterwards, but at least in the meantime, you’ll be dining in cool comfort indoors (though there are outdoor tables).

I’ve always loved The Marmalade Pantry for their drinks – they are consistently good. I personally find the Strawberry shake with ice cream ($9) is heart-stoppingly expensive (hey, it can get me THREE meals at the hawker centre!) but damn it is good. And at least it’s served in a large glass. It’s thick, full of ice cream, loads of flavour, and has fresh strawberries. The kids LOVE this shake, so this is always a must-order for us.

And their Iced Latte ($9) is always a winner. If I remember correctly, the menu said it had ice cream in it, but I also don’t -recall ours having any on this particular day, apart from lots of ice to chill the coffee-poured-on-top-of-milk combination. It’s a delight to have this chilled drink, though, on a hot and lazy weekend. Just a shame about the price!

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Hunter and Carter share a Scrambled eggs with sausages and toast soldiers ($12), from the kids menu. The polish half off each, and are still hungry. So I realise that the portion size is pretty small for a kid and very young children can order one meal each. The eggs are done well, and the sausage is tasty, so I’m just happy they’ve gobbled it all up.

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I’m impressed with the Steak sandwich with wasabi mayonnaise, caramelized onions and rocket ($24) and how it is presented. Laid out on a large platter, this is an EXCELLENT dish for a hearty eater – you won’t be disappointed. Even if the steak and large bun doesn’t fill you, there’s a tumble of (absolutely delicious) sweet potato fries that will.

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The Spaghetti carbonara with soft-cooked egg, bacon bits and parsley ($24) is freaking awesome. It always is, every single time. The sauce is beautifully creamy, the bacon bits are charred perfectly, and that wonderful poached egg…. ooh!! This dish is a winner if you’re into more-ish creamy foods.

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After you’ve had your meal, the kids can stretch their legs at the horse stables right outside. The grass is green, the great outdoors does such good thing for kids, and we are all happy. The kids are delighted to check out the horses up-close!

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A bit of a photo dump, but I just adore these photos my girl friend took of the kids! Sorry for the photo spam! 😛

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Last Bite: Marmalade Pantry do killer (but expensive) drinks, and delicious mains. But what we love most is checking out the horses afterwards!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: Yes

Marmalade Pantry
55 Fairways Dr
Singapore 286846
Phone: 6467 7748
Prices: $$$
Hours:
Tue – Fri: 15:00 – 23:00
Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 23:00
 
 

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog

GIVEAWAY: One 3-day juice cleanse with Beauty Cleanse (worth $320)! (+ 15% off code for everyone)

giveaway!

 

This is totally against Brunch With My Baby beliefs, but yet is so relevant.

I’m talking about juice detoxing with Beauty Cleanse!

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If you’ve been following the Brunch With My Baby Facebook page, you’ll have seen my progress. I’ve just finished the 3-day detox and emerged alive and kicking, so there’s something to be said about that 😉

Before I started, all I thought was, WHY BOTHER? Then I learned that a juice cleanse essentially “gives the body the break that it deserves from unhealthy food choices (we all are guilty as charged), to recover and rejuvenate from all that strenuous digestive work it has been doing. But without you undergoing any form of diet, starvation or deprivation.”

But WHAT DO THE JUICES INCLUDE? How can they help me survive 3 days without eating?? They are all “about nourishing the body with life-infusing nutrients with juices made from fresh, raw (unpasteurized) and organic fruits and vegetables”

So I started this week, and you can read about it here:

  1. The night before

  2. Day 1

  3. Day 2

  4. Day 3

 

What did I LIKE about Beauty Cleanse?

  • They deliver all the juices, ready made, straight to your door. It means you can leave all the nutrition calculations up to them, as well as the sheer effort.
  • The support is top-notch. I felt very hand-held via phone calls and emails.
  • They are the first and only fresh organic juice producer in Singapore using what is considered the best juicer in the world, the Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juicer.
  • It’s do-able. I didn’t faint, or feel hungry. I could go to the gym, I could cook for my family, I could do my grocery shopping – all without feeling like I was going to break down into a nervous wreck 😉

 

What did I NOT LIKE about Beauty Cleanse?

  • It was hard finding fridge space. There are 6 juices a day, so 18 bottles got delivered, 500ml each. That’s a LOT of fridge space! Needless to say, you and your partner can’t do it together unless you have a giant (or empty) fridge.
  • I was completely sick of drinking juice. Stating the obvious here! But I was just so bored of the taste of fruit and veggies. Why can’t they puree me a hamburger and pass it off as a juice? HUH???

 

Beauty Cleanse are giving away one 3-day juice cleanse
(worth $320)!

a BWMB giveaway

You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaways will run from 11-17 April 2014 inclusive.
Winner may select start date based on availability.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).

 

Beauty Cleanse are exclusively offering a 15% discount for Brunch With My Baby readers with code: BWMB

 

Code is valid from 11-25 April 2014 inclusive.

 

This is the exact Skinny Genes cleanse I was on, and the exact one that you will win.

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And since this is a family-friendly site and all…. here are my kids loving the juices. I kept having to share my juices with them!

Me and my 500ml juice bottle. That’s 3L of juice daily for 3 days. Gulp. Literally!

Thanks Beauty Cleanse!

Beverly Burgess
Beverly is a social media addict, having worked in the online space for 7 years at Microsoft and eBay, before popping out her 1 yr old and 2 yr old boys. She is all about Family, Food and Fashion. She blogs at http://beverlys.net/blog