Archive for October, 2019

Shepherd’s Pies’ shepherd’s pies

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Recently, I was contacted by Shepherd’s Pies to try out their shepherd’s pies. I have never been a fan of shepherd’s pies or cottage pies so I was curious to see how their products would taste like and if this could be a viable business. The reason why I’ve never been a fan of such pies is probably because I’ve never had a noteworthy version before in Singapore. I usually encounter them at buffets or perhaps at cafes where they look like they have been languishing in the freezer, only to see the light of day when someone orders them. And if I did order them due to a lack of a better choice, it just felt as if I was eating a lump of mashed potato placed on top of minced meat. Just never appealed to me.

That was before I tried Shepherd’s Pies’ shepherd’s pies. Scroll down to find out more and to stand a chance to win some shepherd pies!

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HARRIS Hotel Batam Center review – Affordable hotel with a convenient location

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After our lovely 2N3Ds at HARRIS Waterfront Resort Batam, we were sad to have to leave the resort as we still had so much more we wanted to do! Alas time waits for no man but at least we still had one final night in Batam, albeit at sister property HARRIS Hotel Batam Center. The two properties are quite different. HARRIS Waterfront is a resort where there are lots of activities such that you will not want to leave the property.

HARRIS Hotel Batam Center on the other hand is more no-frills. It is a value-for-money hotel where you plan to be out the whole day touring and enjoying Batam. Therefore, the decor is a little dated, and the toilet amenities offered are basic. However the room is still clean and that splash of orange colour (HARRIS’s corporate colour) is enough to make the room cheery. We managed to snag a room with a great view of the “Welcome to Batam” sign, Alun Alun Batam Centre and Batam Mega Mall. (Promo code available right at the end of the post!)

HARRIS Hotel Batam Centre Swimming Pool

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Farmers and Chefs – A truly child-friendly cafe with food from the heart

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There may be many seemingly child-friendly eateries around in Singapore, but in truth, one that offers a children’s menu featuring healthy food that you would offer at home is a rare gem. Chicken nuggets, fish & chips and spaghetti bolognaise do not maketh a child-friendly cafe, even if the children themselves clamour for that.

At Farmers and Chefs, they take pride in what they serve be it for the children’s menu, or the main menu. Here’s what they abide by the following rules

  • No flavour enhancers
  • No artificial colouring
  • No Deep-frying

The children’s menu features nutritious mini breakfast sandwiches, and mains come with fruit. You can even mix and match items for a customised meal. Things are made from scratch including all sauces. Eg the Farmer’s Soy Mayonnaise is dairy and egg free, and made with soymilk, vinegar and olive oil.

Here’s another thing I have not seen emphasized anywhere so far…..Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is encouraged here! BLW means that the young baby/child is encouraged to feed himself or herself, even if it creates a mess. It will create a mess for sure, and at many other eateries, parents either have to wear a really thick skin or attempt to clean up the mess themselves. You never know when you will get an evil stare from an impatient staff if were to be some other eatery because in Singapore, most people are more familiar with traditional weaning, ie caregivers feeding the child to minimise mess. Some think that parents who practice BLW are trouble makers! I’m personally not really a fan of BLW for certain reasons, but that’s another story for another time. In any case, Edward is fully capable of feeding himself at this age, although he still enjoys being fed!

Farmers and Chefs - Happy Boy playing with Toy Car

There is also a small play area equipped with a table for colouring work and blocks, as well as 2 toy cars. The two toy cars were a huge hit for all the children who saw them. As the cafe. is on the 1st floor, and not air-conditioned, there was ample space for the children to drive the cars around the cafe.

The husband and wife team behind Farmers and Chefs are also the same people behind the LeClare Preschool. The multi-tasking chef is also the same one that the preschool uses. Now you know why the business is so kid-focussed.

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Pan Pacific Singapore – A Feast of Sichuan Delights at Edge

If you are a fan of Sichuan food and can’t get enough of Mala Hot Pot and other fiery dishes, now’s the time to check out Edge at Pan Pacific Singapore. From 1 – 26 October 2019, various Sichuan specialities will be available as part of the buffet at Edge.

Fans of the Sichuan chilli pepper will be delighted at the following dishes

  • Cold Chicken in Red Chilli Oil
  • Chong Qing Baked Seabass
  • Fish Fillet with Pickled Mustard Greens
  • Stir-fried Frog with Pickled Chilli
  • Double-boiled Pork Trotters and Soy Beans Soup
  • Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles

A Feast of Sichuan Delights at Edge

Photo Credit : Pan Pacific Singapore / Edge

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