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JIMMY MONKEY: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

Jimmy Monkey: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

Jimmy Monkey has been featured here on Brunch With My Baby before, but it’s worth another mention since the service is excellent and I found myself thoroughly enjoying their food lately.

It’s fairly dark inside, but it isn’t crowded (we normally go on weekday mornings), so it makes for a nice spot of relaxation. The vibe is chill, the area is pretty unknown, and recently I’ve spotted a few kids there with their mums.. so I don’t feel as awkward bringing mine along!

Jimmy Monkey: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

Jimmy Monkey: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

Jimmy Monkey: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

 

MAJOR PROPS to Jimmy Monkey for providing chilled water, complimentary. Not only that, you can help yourself to the tall green glass bottles to refill at your leisure. Much love and respect!

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My Flat White arrives in a cheerful bright blue cup and is accompanied by a wee piece of biscotti.

Jimmy Monkey: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

 

I can’t ever visit Jimmy Monkey without ordering The Hulk ($16), a stunning mass of chunky avocado and feta on sourdough and sprinkled with dukka. It’s outstanding and both my kids love it! The avocado is always creamy, ripe-soft, and contains no weird brown or squiggly bits. It’s healthy and delicious.

Jimmy Monkey: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

 

New on their menu is Grilled mushrooms and poached egg on toast. I love the fat juicy mushrooms, but the poached egg is a little undersized – it would have been perfect with another egg. Nevertheless, this is still delicious and the smokiness of the grilled mushrooms really comes through.

Jimmy Monkey: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

 

If you’re after a burger-style meal, you won’t go wrong with the JM Breakfast Sandwich ($16) with bacon, rocket, egg, romato tomato, avocado and kay’s relish. The flavours and textures of the various ingredients go together so well, and it’s juicy but not to the point where you have liquid running down your arm as you take a bite. Delicious!

Jimmy Monkey: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

 
Last Bite: Jimmy Monkey’s laid back vibe and simple-but-delicious dishes are a hit with us. The Hulk is a must-order if you like avocados!

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

Jimmy Monkey Cafe
9 One-North Gateway
#01-51 One-North Residences
Singapore 138643
Phone: 6777 8470
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 8:30 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

ONE MAN COFFEE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Thomson, Singapore

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Newly opened One Man Coffee is pretty non descript and easy to walk past. They share the same space as Crust Pizza, and so operate only during the day time. It works, because their all-day brunch and coffee offerings are perfect for us ladies who brunch (with kids)!

The interior is simple, consisting of a few large wooden tables to sit at. There is also seating outside with gorgeous rattan swings, but it’s too hot a day and so we cower inside in the air conditioning.

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Their menu is limited but still enticing. A selection of pastries and cakes is displayed in a cabinet against the wall, which are from Bakery Artisan Original Bakery (BAO).

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We are totally blown away when our kids are served a complimentary babycino each. I’m shocked. Usually cafes will charge for this, and it makes me realise that I am already in love with One Man Coffee for being just so damn nice

Here they are, looking like a little hipster couple, enjoying their babycinos 😉

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Their beans are from Melbourne’s Axil Coffee Roasters and I am happy to see my Flat White arrive in a large-ish cup. It’s flavourful with a subtle aftertaste, and I almost order another one because I enjoy it so much.

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I think I’ll get the Grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough rye ($6) with ham ($2) and avocado ($2) for myself when I’m next here. It’s a very basic sandwich and technically do-able at home, but they somehow just nail it. I had a small bite and loved it!

Special shout out to their avocado. We noticed that every single person that ordered it had perfect looking avocado on their plates.

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I found the Gashouse egg ($10) a little less exciting. The bread was a little too dry (it really needed some sort of hollandaise or creamy sauce to break through the dryness), though the baked egg in the middle was done well. The bacon jam served on the side was delicious!

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Last Bite: One Man Coffee no frills vibe and excellent coffee make it a great hang out for brunch. Kids get a complimentary babycino, which is absolutely tops in our book!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

One Man Coffee
215R Upper Thomson Road
Singapore 574349
Phone: 6456 1555
Prices: $$
Hours:
Mon: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wed – Sun: 9:00 am – 5:00 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

VIOLET OON’S KITCHEN: Kid -Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah Singapore

Violet Oon - Kid Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah Singapore

I’ve been to Violet Oon’s Kitchen a couple of times previously, but this was our first time there during Restaurant Week. The black-and-white bistro features signature Nyona food with a slight fusion twist, making the restaurant a very unique find in Singapore.

The kids were particularly pleased with the paper tablemats, which I could flip over and they could draw to their hearts content on.

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The appetizer trio was beautifully presented, and was very very petite but pretty adorable. The Ngo Hiang was crispy on the outside but moist on the inside, and it was basically like a Chinese sausage. The Nasi Kuning had a lovely coconut flavour and was tinged bright yellow, however the rice was slightly on the hard side so the kids had a bit of trouble swallowing it! My piece of Beef Rendang was ATROCIOUS and inedible – it was simply one piece of gristle/chewy tendon and zero meat. When I pointed this out to the server, he was nonplussed and just said “Oh ok”, without doing anything about it.

A restaurant should always empower staff to fix problems and mistakes swiftly and positively.

Violet Oon - Kid Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah Singapore

 

I adored the Meatless meatball pasta. Yeah, you heard that right – they’re meatless meatballs!! And yet, they’re DELICIOUS. Made with walnuts and parmesan, these balls are fat and moist and just divine. This is the 3rd time I’ve had this dish, and I love it every time.

Violet Oon - Kid Friendly Restaurants, Bukit Timah Singapore

 

Their signature Vio’s shepherds pie arrives piping hot in a small pot. The potato is creamy and very buttery, and the meat inside is extremely tender though highly over-salted. 50% less salt and this dish would have been perfect. Wonderful comfort food on a rainy day 🙂

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The Dry laksa features a coconut-based reduction and packs a real taste-punch! If you like laksa, you’ll like this. It’s spicy and sour and comes with fat prawns. Unfortunately for me, it also came with bean sprouts..

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Their desserts are massive! The Bread and butter pudding with whiskey sauce needs to be shared between two people or you’ll overload on your carbs 😉 It’s a fat chunk of moist pudding, sitting in a pool of whiskey sauce that is pretty potent!

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The Pulot hitam with vanilla ice cream was pretty overwhelming, as it came in a large deep dish with a giant scoop of ice cream. It’s sure to delight a dessert lover because it will fill you right up! I really enjoyed this – the plainness of the black rice went very well with the sweetness of the ice cream, and the hot and cold temperatures worked. I also like to tell myself that this is healthier than many other desserts out there…

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Last Bite: Violet Oon’s Kitchen features traditional Nyonya food with a fusion twist, in a lovely bistro that’s comfortable and not too crowded. Be warned: their desserts are huge!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Violet Oon’s Kitchen
881 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 279893
Phone: 6468 5430
Prices: $$$
Hours:
Tue – Thu: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Fri: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 9:30 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

MADE BY LAUREN JASMINE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

Lauren Jasmine - Kid-Friendly Cafes, Telok Ayer, Singapore

I’m not sure why other cafes or boutiques haven’t thought of this, but Made by Lauren Jasmine has absolutely NAILED it on the head with this one! Say hello to shopping AND eating… all under one roof.

It’s kind of like my dream come through – beautiful homewares and gorgeous clothes/accessories (both by their own designers and imported from the USA), with tables and chairs tucked in little nooks (check out the comfy sofa up in their attic!) for you to sit at to have a coffee and some brunch.

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Their menu is modest but sufficient if you’re there for a snack or a brunch. Most of what they have is displayed in the cabinet, but they have a few more brunch-type items (croissants, big breakfasts, etc) up on the blackboard behind the counter.

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I enjoy my Flat White ($4.90), which is served with a little biscuit on the side.
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Their pies are OUTSTANDING and, dare I say it, one of the best I’ve had in Singapore. The Egg and mushroom pie ($7.50) and Chicken and mushroom pie ($7.50) are just perfection!! The crust is buttery and has a sweet aftertaste, which pairs well with the savory filling. Both pies have chunky ingredients, which I love, and they also come in hefty quantities.

Top marks for their pies. I’d come back for these anyday.

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I was even more impressed with the Chocolate earl grey tart ($6.50). THIS. WAS. HEAVENLY. Again, their pastry was sublime – thick and buttery. The chocolate was molten, yet not hot (it was room temperature). It was gooey, luscious, and oozed so sexily it had us captivated.

The chocolate wasn’t too sweet, and the richness was cut through by the earl grey tea (very mild, it’s not weird). I loved it. Easily the best chocolate tart I’ve had in a very very long time.

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Last Bite: Made by Lauren Jasmine’s unique shopping-and-food concept is sure to appeal to many ladies. Their pies and tarts are outstanding!
 
Highchairs: No
Easy access: No, as it’s split over 3 levels.
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Made by Lauren Jasmine
47 Amoy Street
Singapore 069873
Phone: 6423 0626
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00 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

GIVEAWAY: One pair of Holster glimmer sandals (worth $89.90)!

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From memory, every single one of my mummy friends own a pair (or five) of Holsters. The Australian brand make kickass shoes for daily wear, that are both comfy and look cool! I can easily walk around in mine all day long, with no sore feet or toes.

The thing is, Holster mostly do sandals that have the between-the-toes thingy. I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s the style that flip flops have. A few people have told me that, despite Holsters being comfy, they still don’t like that little thing that goes between-the toes. It’s annoying for them.

And so, there has been a lot of excitement among my group about the new Holster ‘glimmer’ sandals – currently stocked at nottoobig boutique!

The boast the same glitterati design that Holster is famous for, but with a toe-strap at the front. A GREAT option for those that prefer nothing between their toes!

I particularly like the Pewter colour, which is really versatile and goes with pretty much everything I wear. Even swim wear by the pool!

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nottoobig are giving away one pair of
Holster glimmer sandals (worth $89.90)!

 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 4-10 Apri  2014 inclusive.
Winner may pick up their prize at the nottoobig boutique.
Holster glimmer sandals are available in Champagne and Pewter colours.
Selection is based on available stock.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).

 

 

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Thanks nottoobig!

 

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 BREW & BAKE CO: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Clementi, Singapore

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Opened for just a few months, The Brew & Bake Co is a real treat for the eyes on a strip consisting of simple local joints by the roadside (psssst! Niqqi’s The Cheese Prata Shop is one of them). Decked out in bright primary colours, the cafe is all about vintage cheer, and it’s adorable.

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My kids were in a bit of awe when they spotted all the colourful vintage toys on display. It’s more of a look-no-touch thing, since they’re all behind locked cabinets, but it still does keep kids fascinated for awhile 😉

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The furniture is imported and also in their trademark blue/yellow/red colours. The low sofas are excellent for young kids!

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The Brew & Bake Co are almost entirely about coffee and cakes. And they do them well. It was actually pretty hard trying to narrow down a few to try!

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I was mostly delighted because they offer complimentary water, in an adorable tall water container! Awesome for young kids – the cuteness factor gets them drinking!

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Check out their Elchemist Frappe station! It’s DIY frappe time, where you pump your chosen syrup(s) into test tubes, and they whip it all up for you. Adorable concept and great for older kids (and adults)!

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How adorable are their coffee cups? We had a Chai latte and a regular Latte. The coffee was well brewed and smooth, and the chai wasn’t overly sweet.

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Their Lychee cheesecake was just too pretty to resist! This was a MEGA hit with the kids – they pretty much polished it off between themselves. They lychee flavour came from the lychee-flavoured jelly sitting on top of creamy cheesecake. What I loved most, though, was the buttery biscuit base. It was slightly salty, full of buttery goodness, and simply divine. Only problem? I wanted a double-layer of the biscuitty goodness 😉

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Brew and Bake - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

Their best seller, the Neopolitan, was a triple layer cake that was both unique and delicious. The strawberry fresh cream layer paired well with the creamy middle and brownie bottom layer.

And oh man is that brownie layer riiiiccch! It’s dense and almost chewy. If you like rich chocolate brownies, you’ll like this.

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Last Bite: The Brew & Bake Co is all about vintage cheer and old school charm. They serve just coffee and cakes, but they do it well.

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

The Brew & Bake Co
28 Clementi Road
Singapore 129754
Phone: 9235 2276
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon – Sat: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm, Sun: 11:30 am – 3:30 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 CHEESE PRATA SHOP: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Clementi, Singapore

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I rarely feature local food places (you know what I’m talking about – the down and dirty kind that’s not airconditioned, but serves cheap and good food!), because they’re often not baby friendly. I tend to go sans kids, or if I have kids, I end up regretting it!

But I’m writing about Niqqi’s The Cheese Prata Shop  because we had a lovely brunch there, and both kids were full and happy.

Situated on the road side, it’s seemingly kid UN-friendly, but in reality, we had a very kid friendly experience. The staff were helpful, and quickly brought out two high chairs for the kids. We were comfortably seated outdoors, and the place wasn’t very crowded (it was before noon on a weekday), so we had lots of space to ourselves and the kids could watch the cars on the road go past. It was actually quite relaxed.

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My Teh tarik, which is “pulled tea”. It was not too sweet, but milky and flavourful. I loved it.

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The Plain prata ($0.90 each) was superb. They weren’t oily, and super fluffy. Crisp on the outside, but soft and fluffy on the inside. The curry that it came with was pretty basic – no bits of veggies in it, but it was nice and sour and did the job.

My kids LOVED the plain prata and ate one each.

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The Cheese Prata Shop - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

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The Maggi goreng ($3) was a bargain at three bucks, and was SO SO SO GOOD!!!! I don’t know how they did it, but they managed to elevate simple instant noodles into an addictively tasty dish. It was the basic version, with no meat in it, but it was so good it blew me away. I’m craving for more of this already!

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The Beehoon goreng ($3.50) was slightly more expensive, but cooked in exactly the same way as the dish above. Sadly, it was nowhere near was good. I still prefer the springy texture of Maggi noodles, and in comparison, the beehoon was a bit too wet for my liking. It also had a mild (but odd) sour taste which had us wondering if the beehoon had gone a bit “off”..

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The Roti john with mutton was BIG! The fluffy crusty bread contained mince mutton and egg omelette cooked into the bread. It was served with a dish of tomato-based sauce, and was a tasty and filling meal.

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The Cheese Prata Shop is a stone’s throw from West Coast Park, and makes a great stopover for a quick and dirty meal. The food is excellent, the service is good, and the kids can muck around without making you feel conscious. What more could you ask for?

 

 
Last Bite: Niqqi’s The Cheese Prata Shop may be a simple roadside cafe (it’s open 24/7!), but the helpful service and excellent pratas had us impressed. The Maggi Goreng is a must-order!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Niqqi’s The Cheese Prata Shop
#01-00
18 Clementi Road
Singapore 129747
Phone: 68721030
Prices: $
Hours: 24 hours
 
 

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 BRAVERY: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Lavender, Singapore

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The Bravery opened up almost directly outside where my girl friend lives, so I thought I’d be there within days to check it out! Turns out, I only managed to get myself there a few weeks ago. But now that I’ve been, I am definitely returning over and over again!

The Bravey is one of those hipster cafes that are popping up all over Singapore at the moment. I am totally not a hipster – the closest I come to being anything remotely hip-py is just having big hips after giving birth to two kids. Hah!

So, it has no signage, and thus is very easy to walk straight past without noticing it. It also doesn’t have a very obvious door – so you have to look for the panel that’s gold, which you simply push on to enter.

 

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The interior is pretty stark and bare. Raw string of lights, raw wood tables and benches, and stools with round cushions that aren’t easy to sit on. But, somehow, it works, and simply adds to the industrial bare feel of the cafe.

The staff are cheery, friendly and helpful. The perfect trifecta of customer service.

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The menu is modestly sized, but they are good at what they do. We really enjoyed the food there. The cafe was also not crowded (we were there on a weekday before noon), which added to the relaxed feel of the place.

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My Flat White ($4.50) was a delight. Zero bitter aftertaste, and I could drink it with only a small dollop of sugar added.

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I was thoroughly impressed with their Beef steak ciabatta with rump steak and onion jam, melted mozzarella and tomato salsa ($13.50). The steak was completely tender to the bite, with zero stringy or tough bits. Paired with all the other toppings? This was a match made in heaven and the large size of the sandwich was perfection.

I brought this home for Chris and he gave it a massive thumbs up too.

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The Smoked salmon sandwich ($14) was simple and had nice delicate flavours, but for the price, it simply wasn’t worth it.. especially when compared to the beef sandwich above. It was a very petite portion, and so basic that one could easily do this at home.

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The Crostini – aubergine and chickpeas on sourdough with mint leaves and crumbed feta ($7.50) was also a fairly small portion, but it worked, considering the price.

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The other must-order dish is their Pancakes stack with bananas, ricotta cheese, honey and crushed pistachio ($15). Talk about delicious!! The pancakes were fluffy, beautifully moist, and went so well with the accompaniments. It would have been even better if the bananas were caramelized, but we still loved this dish.

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Last Bite: The Bravery may have a small menu, but the dishes are excellent as is the service. The Beef Steak Sandwich and Pancakes Stack are a must!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

The Bravery
66 Horne Rd
Singapore 209073
Phone: 9452 4785
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed – Sun: 8:00 am – 8:00 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 two Huggies Ultra Pants hampers (+ free samples for everyone)!

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Click here to nab your FREE 3-piece sample of Huggies Ultra pants!

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Because I am a pedantic person and simply must make sure I have the best, I set about purchasing EVERY SINGLE DIAPER BRAND there is in the market in Singapore when we moved here 3 years ago. I finally settled on Huggies and have been using the brand for both kids (Hunter was potty-trained a year ago so I stopped using diapers on him, but Carter wears them to this day).

 

Here’s what I look for in a great diaper for my kids:

  1. Thin/flat in size – I carry a bunch of diapers when I go out, and since I go out every day, all day, I’m not willing to have a fat chunk of diapers taking up useless space. And you know what? Diaper brands vary greatly in their physical thinness – I know because I’ve bought them all.
  2. Large surface area when worn – some brands made my look like a my kid’s wearing a g-string. And, no matter how cute their ass is, I do not want it hanging out the sides! I look for diapers that move with my active kid, and don’t ride up his ass.
  3. High absorbency – I have zero tolerance for leaks. Nothing worse than picking up my kid in the morning and realising they’ve soaked through their clothes, sleepsack, AND the bedsheets! My kids wear one diaper for a 14-hour stretch, so the diaper needs to be highly absorbent, and prevent diaper rash.
  4. Easy on/off – I don’t want to fiddle around getting the diaper on (kids are not the most patient), and I want to whisk the diaper off with little fuss and no messy poo smeared everywhere. Just to make it difficult for diaper-makers, I also want a diaper that my kid can’t rip the sides off themselves.

 

I’ve been using the standard version of Huggies Ultra Pants since Carter was about 8 months old. I started using the pull-up Pants style when he started crawling, simply because he would kick around and fuss during diaper changes on his back. It was WAY easier whisking the diaper down his legs, and he could stand up during changes.

They now have the new Huggies Ultra Pants, which are gender specific. It makes logical sense to start your kid on pull-up diapers once they start really moving, because it is SO much easier/faster to change them!

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I’ve been popping Carter into this new version, and it’s even better than the previous version we’ve been using for so long, because the Huggies Ultra Pants nails every point I listed above in what I need in a diaper.

Carter uses these Huggies Ultra Pants (new boys version) exclusively, both day and night, because the absorbency is top notch. Thin to carry around, comfortable and wide to wear, zero leaks, and rips off in a split second. I’d buy these diapers again and again.

 

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The sides are easy-open and are of this unique texture that binds the two sides together, without having clothes getting stuck to them. They are, by far, the easiest diaper sides to rip off. Yet, the technology makes it hard from babies to tear it off themselves from their angle.

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When is it time to change? When the pee indicator changes from from yellow to blue (indicating the diaper is full). They roll up in a jiffy, and form a neat little packet to chuck out. The OCD person in me sighs with pleasure.

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These are the available sizes for Huggies Ultra Pants. FYI, Carter wears an XL and he is 19 months old. They fit very well and will last him for quite awhile, I believe, since kids generally don’t grow as quickly (or fatter) at around his age.

They are now available at major hyper/supermarkets near you but if you would like to do some sampling first, check out below for some ways you can get your hands on some!

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Huggies are giving away 1 female hamper and
1 male hamper
of Huggies Ultra Pants!

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 21-27 Mar 2014 inclusive.
Each hamper includes 2 bags of Huggies Ultra Pants in M size (36 diapers in each bag).
Winner may collect their hamper from the Huggies office.
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Huggies are giving away a FREE 3-piece sample of the 
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Includes 3-pcs of Huggies Ultra Pants diapers, and a S$5 discount voucher to redeem at all FairPrice Super/hypermarkets for every 2 packs of purchases of Huggies Ultra Pants or Diapers

 

Thanks Huggies!

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

LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Orchard Road, Singapore

Lawry's The Prime Rib

We headed to Lawry’s The Prime Rib for a lavish lunch to celebrate my husband Chris’ birthday!

I love the ornate old-world elegance of Lawry’s, considering the restaurant is in the middle of Orchard Road. Lofty ceilings delight me, and the glass-walled windows let in so much natural light.

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We kicked off with complimentary bread rolls. I know this is a yawn-some photo, but free bread always gets me. I’m easy to please.

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We ordered the kids a Minestrone soup. They destroyed it.

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We were treated to their signature Lawry’s spinning salad, where a simple salad (romaine and iceberg lettuce, watercress, shredded beets, chopped eggs and croutons, tossed with Lawry’s vintage dressing) is spun in a chilled bowl on top of ice. It’s a bit gimmicky, but very cute to watch, and great entertainment for the kids.

The salad is served with chilled forks, and is delicious.

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My Australian rack of lamb was gorgeous. Drenched in a rich balsamic red wine reduction, it was decorated with bright cherry tomatoes and brussel sprouts. Sadly, there were only 3 cutlets on the plate. I needed about 6 cutlets to fill me. That said, they were tender and absolutely divine.

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And… their famous Prime Rib. A trolley is rolled to your table and the chef deftly cuts off a slice for you. It’s doused in a watery gravy (which is odd, I’d have preferred it a lot richer), and a dollop of mashed potatoes. It’s served with two different horseradish dips – both are a great accompaniment, and one is sharper/spicier than the other.

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The thing I always look forward to at Lawry’s is their Yorkshire pudding. Baked in its own individual-sized skillet, these babies are soft in the middle but light and crisp toward the edge. They’re addictive! Our kids gobbled most of it up, so we had to get another one.

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The Prime black angus fillet mignon was the star dish, IMHO. The steak was small, but so delicately and perfectly cooked that it was like butter. The meat was one of the most tender I’ve had, yet still retained a lovely bite and flavour. It was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had.

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The Mushroom sizzler arrived, well, sizzling! Assorted mushrooms cooked to give off a smokey flavour, and enough to share among a table of 4.

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We ordered a chocolate based dessert with fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream. It made my toes curl in pleasure. The chocolate cake was dense but not too rich, and the fresh fruit brought a lovely sweetness-and-tartness to the dish. Hunter went a little wild over this one…

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We also ordered a sort of chocolate mousse with bananas and strawberry ice cream. I really enjoyed the crunchy base, but the mousse didn’t do it for me (I’m not a fan of mousse).

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Chris’ birthday Strawberry English Trifle was simple but well executed. The sponge cake was light and fluffy, and the strawberries sweet and juicy. I was surprised I enjoyed this one, because I normally don’t like non-chocolate or fruit-based desserts.

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How old is Daddy?? Take a guess 😉

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Last Bite: Lawry’s The Prime Rib serves a lavish and delicious lunch, specialising in red meat. Their Prime black angus fillet mignon was an absolute stunner!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: Yes (in the mall)
Kids’ menu: Yes

Lawry’s The Prime Rib
333A Orchard Road
#04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery
Singapore 238897
Phone: 6836 3333
Prices: $$$$$
Hours:
Mon – Thu: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sun: 11:30 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