Enjoy first-ever 7th Heaven Gyudon, with 7 different cuts of beef in 1 bowl, only with online platform Saucy

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You may be familiar with donburis, aka Japanese rice bowls comprising of meat, vegetables  and sometimes egg simmered together in a savoury sauce, and piled on top of rice before being served. These are available in numerous Japanese restaurants all over Singapore. However, have you heard of a Gyudon (beef bowl) where the beef is served separately? And not only is the beef served separately, there are a total of 7 different cuts of beef?

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The 7th Heaven Gyudon ($35.90) …showcasing:

  1. Gyu Tongue with Demi Glace Sauce & Whipped Cream
  2. Hokkaido Prime Tataki with Ponzu Jelly
  3. Hokkaido Prime Karubi (Chuck Short Ribs) topped with Kizami Wasabi
  4. Hokkaido Nikomi with Ginger Shoyu
  5. Kagoshima Wagyu Rump with Shoyu Base
  6. Kagoshima Wagyu Shabu with Ponzu & Daikon Oroshi
  7. Beef Maitake Consomme

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Should you be sending your toddler to school?

When your child is no longer an infant, there comes a point in time when you will start wondering if you should be sending your child to school. For working parents who have no one to take care of their toddlers, the answer is a little clearer. Sending the toddler to a full-time childcare centre is often the only choice. However, what about parents who do have a choice between sending the child to full-time school vs keeping the child at home either because they are stay-at-home parents, or because there are grandparents or other trusted adults to babysit? In that case, should a toddler go to school? Btw when I say school, I don’t mean some academic oriented thing. Nowadays, everyone knows that the best way for toddlers to learn is through play, so most schools provide a play-based learning environment.

As a Stay at home Mom (SAHM), I’m always wondering about the best way to engage my toddler on a daily basis. These are the usual available options:

  1. Home-school
  2. Enrichment classes
  3. 2 or 3 hour Play Groups
  4. Full-time Childcare Centre

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Dragon Bowl Restaurant – 30% discount is back, along with new Dim Sum dishes and exclusive Peking Duck set

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Glad to report that Dragon Bowl Restaurant is back with their popular 30% discount off all dim sum during lunch time. The last time they had this generous discount was during the Christmas period. I would have gone for it if I hadn’t been so stuffed with Christmas festivities during that period.

Aside from the discount, now’s a good time to go as Dragon Bowl has just launched new dim sum dishes as well as a Peking Duck Set. Scroll down to see the new dim sum dishes as well as the Peking Duck Set.

Dragon Bowl Restaurant - Roasted Peking Duck served 4 ways $98 (3)

 Roasted Peking Duck served 4 ways $98

Dragon Bowl Restaurant - Roasted Peking Duck served 4 ways $98 (2)

Wrapped in Chinese crepe

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Swissotel Merchant Court Blue Potato Restaurant–This under the radar poolside restaurant rocks!

When you think of Swissotel Merchant Court, you will think of the famous Ellenborough Market Cafe, and it’s very popular durian pengat. I have been hearing about this durian pengat for more than a decade from people who swear by it. But you won’t be faulted for not knowing that the hotel also boasts another great restaurant known as the Blue Potato. I don’t think many people know about this restaurant, and it doesn’t help that the restaurant is next to the swimming pool, meaning you will only chance upon it if you are going to the pool! And even so, at first glance from the opposite end of the pool where most people are, it looks like just a simple pool bar rather than an al-fresco restaurant serving proper restaurant food.

 

Blue Potato Restaurant at Swissotel Merchant Court

That’s a pity because the food we tried at Blue Potato was fabulous. In particular, I was very impressed with the refreshing and generously portioned salad, as well as both the mains. I’m really very pleasantly surprised to discover this restaurant for the first time despite my having been to Swissotel Merchant Court several times.

Scroll down to read my review and see more pictures!

Blue Potato -Fresh Berries and Avocado Salad (1)

Fresh Berries and Avocado Salad with mixed greens, hazelnuts & raspberry vinaigrette $18

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5 great book recommendations for toddlers aged 1.5 – 2 years

Prior to having Edward, I loved going to the bookshops to browse cookbooks and food magazines. These days, you’ll catch me at the Early Readers section instead. Don’t get me wrong, I would dearly love to have the time to browse cookbooks again, but priorities beckon.

And when it comes to buying books for Edward (who has recently turned 2, another post his 2 year birthday celebrations coming up soon), I never knew that I could be such a shopaholic. I almost think I’m addicted to buying books! You won’t see me buying clothes every time I step into the mall (I am really good at analysing the purchase off), but I could most certainly buy a book or more if I were to enter the book shop. The idea of going to the bookshop and buying something conjures up excited feelings in me. I actually look forward to going to the bookshop, like you would to a cafe or a movie for example.

Edward reading books at Pasir Ris Library

I like bringing Edward to the library too, where we can hoard, I mean borrow more books to read. I’m not sorry to say, but I judge a book by its cover, and pages. That is to say, I tend to borrow books that are still in pretty good condition. Do you blame me for liking things that look new? The thing is, there are thousands of books at the library, all looking very suitable. There’s no way to know which book is good or not, and since no book can be totally bad, why not just borrow the books that are still in relatively mint condition, and cherish the book like an owned one, even if it is for 3 weeks?

Anyway, I thought you might like to know what books Edward currently loves. When he was younger, I used to focus a lot on those dictionary type books aka Baby’s first words or Baby’s first 100 words, where there is a picture and one corresponding word. I’ve amassed quite a number over the last 2 years, because these books are relatively cheap and can be gotten for less than $10. In fact, I have quite a number that are less than $5! Now you know why I have so many books.Toddler browsing for books

Having fun browsing for his own books….and turning the library upside down.
How often do you visit the library?

These days, now that Edward is 2 years old, he’s into books that have a lot of sound and rhythm. And also books that have numbers in them. I think he loves the numbers books because he’s very much into numbers these days, and also because its predictable! At their age where everything is new and has to be learnt, I think they feel a sense of achievement to be able to tell what is on the next page of the book! Which reminds me, in our bid to teach them more and more new things, we still need to allocate time for recap!

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