Newborn Photography with Bambini Photography

If you have been following my blog, you might have noticed that things have been a little different in this household for several months now. I had planned to make a proper introduction/announcement however in the name of wanting it to be perfect, the post ended up getting delayed. And of course there was the initial sleepless nights trying to handle this new gift. Oh well, now is just as good a time as any other so let me just get the introductions done!

Everybody, meet Edward! Our lovely baby boy born on February 2016!

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Isn’t he a cutie? We certainly think so! Smile Smile

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Afternoon Tea at Axis Bar & Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Prior to my maternity leave, I had envisioned myself being the modern mum and being able to bring baby out to enjoy afternoon tea once in a while. Reality struck after the baby arrived and the dream hasn’t happened yet. He has however visited his fair share of Yakuns and ToastBox because 1/2 hr is all he can take before he gets bored and wants a change of scenery.

Couple of months back, I did manage to take some time off on the weekend from motherly duties to have a cuppa with my colleagues at the Axis Lounge Mandarin Oriental. The afternoon tea was average, a little on the pricey side given that the food is non-refillable but the company and being able to take a breather from the confines of the house was priceless.

Here’s what we had. What you see in the pictures are for 3 pax. Axis Lounge combines the food instead of serving 3 tier sets individually to customers.

Axis Lounge Afternoon Tea (10)

Savouries

Axis Lounge Afternoon Tea (3)

Sweets

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Hai Tien Lo (Pan Pacific)–MEGA rice dumplings!

There are rice dumplings, and then there are mega rice dumplings. This bak chang season, check out these premium handcrafted rice dumplings from Hai Tian Lo, specially prepared by Executive Chef Lai Tong Ping. They are so huge (almost big enough to cover my face!), they are sure to make a statement to whoever whom you gift these bundles of treats to!

Traditional Cantonese Jumbo Rice Dumpling

Traditional Cantonese Jumbo Rice Dumpling $29.90 – Including premium ingredients such as dried oysters, dried scallops, Japanese mushroom, succulent pork belly and salted egg yolk, this is a perennial must order from Hai Tien Lo. I had an entire one for lunch and was stuffed!

Classic Five-Spice Rice Dumpling with Pork Belly and Yam

Classic Five-Spice Rice Dumpling with Pork Belly and Yam $19.90 – Slightly smaller than the jumbo dumpling above, this dumpling holds its own with its sweet and savoury flavours thanks to the five-spice powder.

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Salt Tapas & Bar– Surprisingly affordable brunch menu!

Salt Grill & Sky Bar has always been on my list of restaurants for special occasions thanks to the good food, exquisite presentation and amazing near 360 degree views of Singapore from the 55th floor of ION Orchard. But to dine here costs a pretty penny which is why it is reserved for special occasions. But did you know that Salt Grill & Sky Bar has a “sibling” in the form of Salt Tapas & Bar located at Raffles City shopping centre, which offers dishes at much more wallet friendly prices?

Salt Tapas & Bar is an extension of the existing “Salt” Brand by celebrated Australian Chef Luke Mangan. The menu has recently been revamped and now presents quality modern tapas with an Australian twist, at affordable prices. I am always wary about tapas places as the portions tend to be miniscule while charging full appetiser prices. Not so at Salt Tapas & Bar. Quite a number of the dishes we tried, in particular the brunch menu items, are large enough to be considered as mains. And the amazing thing is that the pricing is comparable to cafes you find in Singapore, and we are talking about food from a celebrated brand name located in the heart of town! This is probably one of the best kept secrets and I wish I’d known about it earlier!

The brunch menu is particularly worthwhile checking out for its affordable prices. For example French toast with clotted cream and Okinawa ice cream at $15, or scrambled eggs with ratatouille on toast at $15 or even the grilled sirloin with mash, salad and poached egg at $18!

Salt Tapas Bar - Egg berentine with bonito flakes - $14

Egg berentine with bonito flakes – $14 

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Where to find white asparagus? – Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

It’s Spring in Europe, and that means white asparagus season is here! Check out specially curated white asparagus dishes available at the Pool Grill restaurant at Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. Hurry, because they are only available until 31 May 2016!

What’s the difference between white asparagus vs the more common green asparagus you may ask? Well apart from the colour, white asparagus has a more delicate flavour, with a nutty hint at times. It also tastes slightly sweeter and juicier to me. And the fascinating thing is that all asparagus start out the same, but those you want white are deprived of sunlight by completely covering them with earth when they are growing. This prevents them from producing chlorophyll, and hence they end up white instead of green. 

There are many ways to eat white asparagus, but the best is to leave them lightly cooked so that you can enjoy their natural taste. I prefer to pair them up with stronger tasting accompaniments such as with steak so that the contrasting flavours are more pronounced. Here are the 6 asparagus dishes you can enjoy at Marriott hotel during white asparagus season. Please note the pictures below are about 1/2 – 2/3 the original portion as this was sampled as part of media tasting session.

Marriott Pool Grill - White asparagus soup, seared scallop, avruga caviar

White asparagus soup, seared scallop, avruga caviar

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