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Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival–Lots to eat, see and do!

The annual Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival is back for 2 weekends from 30 June – 9 July 2017. There’s so much to see, do and eat that you might want to spend more than 1 day at the Gardens!

Check out this link for more details on the programmes and promotions lined up for the Heritage Festival, but here’s a short summary on what you can expect:

  • Performances at Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage and the Bandstand
  • Programmes such as laughter yoga to qigong to
  • Children’s craft-making activities
  • Talks such as why the Singapore Botanic Gardens gained UNESCO World Heritage status or getting to know your Kampung vegetables.
  • Guided tours of the Gardens
  • Plant sales
  • Free entry to National Orchid Garden
  • and more!

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And of course, not forgetting the fooooood! The F&B outlets at the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be coming up with special heritage dishes and/or discounts to whet your appetite during this period. Scroll down for pictures of what to expect.

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Check out the numerous food and drink selections that have ginger and other botanical inspirations in them. The Chilled Ginger Jive is particularly refreshing, especially after a long and sweaty stroll in the Gardens. The Lemongrass and Ginger Prawn salad is really good too. It has a zesty Asian dressing and is quite substantial as a meal actually. And of course, the Chilli Crab Spaghettini is their long standing house favourite.

Check out Halia’s Chilli Crab Sauce Cooking Demonstration approx 45min on 1,2,8,9 July 4.30pm. Demo is FREE but registration is required.

Halia’s Provisions Store will also be offering a 10% discount for various items during the Heritage Festival, such as Halia’s signature chilli crab sauce, ginger flower sauce, ginger pineapple jam etc.

Halia at SBG - Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

These 2 glasses look like 2 birds perched on the railing!

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Bee’s Knees (cafe) amidst lush greenery at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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When I say lush greenery, I do mean lush greenery!

Last month, we brought Baby to check out the the latest dining establishment at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, ie the Bee’s Knees. It’s located in this conservation building called The Garage, which houses Bee’s Knees cafe on the ground floor and a more atas restaurant called Botanico on the upper floor. We thought it would be a good opportunity to expose Baby to nature and greenery.

Btw, this 1920s era Art Deco building is called The Garage because it was actually used as a garage back in the colonial times, hence its seven vaulted entrances for the parking bays back then.

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Gong Gong’s bringing his favourite boy out for lunch. Did you see what he’s wearing?? Yes I bought The Bee’s Knees shirt from Mothercare SG specially to go dine at the Bee’s Knees.Sun

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What to eat at East Coast Park?

East Coast Park is one of Singapore’s most famous parks thanks to its location, its scenic coastline that stretches over 15 km and the multitude of activities that can be enjoyed there such as BBQing, camping, cycling and dining by the seaside. Did you know that more than 7 million people visit East Coast Park a year?

If you haven’t visited East Coast Park in a while, you may be interested to know that it has undergone a number of changes in the past few years.

  1. Parkland Green – The old golfing range has been turned into Parkland Green, a dining enclave with a huge lawn for activities. (Opened in late 2014)
  2. Marine Cove – Also known as the area where McDonalds is located. It has finally been renovated and now boasts 5 eateries plus a huge children’s playground. (Reopened in mid 2016)
  3. Seafood Centre – There are non-seafood centric eateries here, namely halal restaurant Enak Enak Hong Kong Teahouse!
  4. Big Splash – Vacant and awaiting redevelopment
  5. Raintree Cove (Where Burger King used to be) – Vacant and awaiting redevelopment
  6. GoldKist (Chalets) – Vacant and awaiting redevelopment

So…. the key question is, what is there to eat at East Coast Park, aside from the Hawker Centre near the East Coast lagoon? Scroll down to find out more! The eateries are arranged by location, from nearest to town and then heading east. Note the carpark area, to make wayfinding easier. Scroll to the end for the Google map of East Coast Park.

Parkland Green – Area C1

(1920 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449875)

  1. Sandbank
  2. Atmosphere Bistro
  3. Full Pint Brewery
  4. Patro’s Sports Bar & Restaurant 
  5. Starbucks Coffee
  6. Bakery & Bar ST MARC
  7. Kebab Station
  8. Killiney Kopitiam
Marine Cove – Area C2

(1000 East Coast Parkway, Marine Cove, Singapore 449876)

  1. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  2. Babalicious
  3. Hill Street Coffeeshop
  4. My Briyani House
  5. McDonald’s
Georges @ ECP – Area C3

1010 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Park, Carpark C3, Singapore 449892

New Zealand Natural – Area C3

1010 A East Coast Parkway, Area C3, #01-K8, Singapore 449894 

Seafood Centre – Area E1

(Blk 1202/1204 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Seafood Centre Singapore 449883)

  1. Enak Enak Hong Kong Teahouse
  2. Ubin First Stop Restaurant
  3. Rong Heng Seafood Restaurant
  4. Long Beach Seafood Restaurant
  5. Jumbo Seafood
Coastal Rhythm Cafe & BarArea E1 (At the Cable Ski Park)

1206A East Coast Parkway, East Coast Lagoon, Singapore 449891

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The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – New Food and Drinks!

I have a soft spot for The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf because it was there that I tried my maiden ice-blended coffee drink all those years back. When they first opened in Singapore, there were few other places to try such stuff, Starbucks being the main competition. There are multiple options in various permutations available today, however The Coffee Bean’s mocha ice-blended coffee is still one of my firm favourites.

So it was good to know that they have updated their food and drinks menu. From now until 24th May 2017, you can try two new Mexican Chocolate beverages. There’s the Mexican Chocolate Latte if you want a hot drink, and the Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended Drink if you want a cold drink.

The Coffee Bean - Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended $7 and Mexican Chocolate Latte $7

Mexican Chocolate Latte – Small: $7, Regular: $7.70, Large: $8.20

Mexican Chocolate Ice Blended Drink – Small $7, Regular $8, Large $9

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Botanist (Cafe) – Pretty food, pretty plants, pretty good

I have been craving cafe food lately so I went back to look at my old pictures and realised that I have not been blogging about cafes in Singapore for the longest time! So to make amends, you will be seeing more cafe posts in the coming weeks! Hold on tight because there’s going to be a deluge of pancakes, eggs Benedicts, waffles, grain bowls, hot chocolates and flat whites coming at you! I’m sure you won’t mind, would you?

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Visited Botanist late last year when my friend was still pregnant and on early maternity leave. Run by the same guys who also run Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters and Alchemist, Botanist is probably well known in the cafe hopping scene because of its garden-like decor. Aside from Instagram opportunities, it is quite soothing to see the touches of greenery all around.

We had intended to visit more cafes but she popped soon after, about 2 weeks after this picture was taken! One hardly thinks about it but there’s a lot of nice cafe food that you can’t have while you’re pregnant. Think coffee/caffeinated drinks, dishes with runny yolks, smoked salmon, salad…. the list can be long depending on how strict you want to be!

Botanist - French Toast (fried brioche, rhubarb berry marmalade, fresh berries, almond flakes, poached pear, vanilla ice-cream) $18 (1)

French Toast (fried brioche, rhubarb berry marmalade, fresh berries, almond flakes, poached pear, vanilla ice-cream) $18

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