Happy Birthday Baby Edward!

Edward doesn’t turn 1 until a week later, but because we’ll be in New Zealand, we decided to have his 1st birthday party earlier. There were so many things to get settled for the party such as deciding on the theme, venue, caterer, decorations, invites, etc. And add on spring cleaning, Chinese New Year visiting plus packing for New Zealand, it’s been one hectic January!

Happy 1st Birthday! (1)

Thank goodness everything fell in place for the party eventually and it was a blast! There was enough food for everyone (my perennial worry), the kids were suitably entertained at the water-play area, and conversation was flowing. I’d hate to have party where guests just come to eat, and then leave, so I made a conscious effort to try and speak to everyone! Hopefully everyone had fun!

One of the awesome bits about Edward’s birthday party was the dessert table catered from Lydia Low Desserts! I’d told her I wanted a seaside-themed dessert table and look what she pulled off. Even the backdrop, bunting, balloons and flowers were provided by her. I have to say everyone was impressed by the beautiful dessert table! I was totally mesmerised by the baby blue 2-tier black-forest drips cake! I felt quite reluctant to have to slice up the cake after only 1 short hour of admiring it!

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Unique Dim Sum dishes at Avenue Joffre (Sentosa)

Do you get the feeling that if you’ve tried one dim sum restaurant, you’ve tried them all? While the culinary scene in Singapore has been hotting up and throwing out all manner of new and exciting dishes, it has not been the same case when it comes to dim sum. Don’t get me wrong, I love eating har gow, siew mai and cheong fun, and these are must orders whenever I have dim sum, but I also want a few new dishes as well to whet my appetite and make the entire experience memorable.

Well, I’m glad to say I’ve finally found a restaurant that serves dim sum I’ve never tried before, and the dim sum dishes taste good! It might be a bit tiresome to have to go into Sentosa, but at least Avenue Joffre is just a 3 min walk from the monorail station, and it is well worth the effort. And the best part is, the prices are very reasonable for the quality that is served. Most of the dim sum dishes are priced at a standard $6++ per basket.

But before I delve into the dim sum proper, I would like to add that their roast meats are fantabulous too! The meats are marinated for 1/2 a day and roasted over lychee-wood, rendering the meats with a subtle fruity flavour.

Avenue Joffre - Honey-glazed BBQ Pork $18 (3)

Honey-glazed BBQ Pork $18

Just look at the lusciousness of the bbq pork, so juicy and tender, and enveloped by the sticky sweet honey glaze! Each slice has been cut extra thick for you to get maximum impact.

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What is open during Chinese New Year 2017?

Here’s 365days2play’s annual list of supermarkets, malls, clinics, food courts, and kopi/cafe places that are open during the CNY period! Hope you find it useful. If the supermarket or shopping centre in Orchard road is not listed here, it’s because the information is not available (yet)! You can also check the 2016 guide, 2015 guide, 2014 guide, 2013 guide or 2012 guide for reference.

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wishes all a prosperous and wonderful Chinese New Year 2017!

Happy Chinese New Year 2017 (Chinatown)

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[CNY 2017] Lo hei with gold flakes at Yàn 宴 to give yourself a prosperous start to 2017!

Yan Cantonese Cuisine - Yellowtail Fish & Crispy Lobster Fillet Yu Sheng with Golden Flake in Shun De Style (3)

Yes, you heard me right. A yu sheng so decadent it boasts gold flakes in it! Dine at Yan Cantonese Cuisine at the National Gallery and you’ll be able to toss to a year of abundance with the signature Yellowtail Fish Yu Sheng with Golden Flake in Shun De Style. The gold flakes aren’t the only special thing about this yu sheng. Because crispy fried vermicelli is used as a base instead of the usual vegetable strips, the yu sheng tastes savoury rather than cloyingly sweet. Coupled with cubes of crispy lobster fillet, it’s no wonder I completely cleaned my plate when I tried this decadent yu sheng last week. Scroll to the end for more pictures of the Yu Sheng.

Yan Cantonese Cuisine - Signature Crispy Roasted Suckling Pig (3)

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[CNY 2017] Chinese New Year buffet with Peranakan flavours at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

For a truly Asian Chinese New Year buffet spread, check out Swissotel Merchant Court’s Ellenborough Market Cafe. The restaurant is well known for its Peranakan buffet which offers all-time favourites such as the Ayam Buah Keluak, Kueh Pie Tie and Durian Pengat. Now how about combining that with Chinese New Year must-haves such as Pen Cai, Waxed Duck and Sausage Rice and Teowchew Steamed Cold Crab?

Incidentally, Ellenborough Market Cafe’s Executive Chef Louis Tay was also team manager of the Singapore Culinary Team that clinched double gold at the Culinary Olympics held in Germany in 2016. So you know the food has got to have some standard at Ellenborough Market Cafe.

Here are some pictures of the buffet spread that we sampled 2 weeks back. The dishes will be available buffet style from 16 Jan – 12 Feb 2017.

CNY 2017 at Swissotel Merchant Court Ellenborough Market Cafe

Prosperity Salmon Yu Sheng in the shape of a rooster to celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster!

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