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Swissotel Merchant Court Crossroads Bar Afternoon Tea

Can you believe that it’s going to be Christmas soon? It’s cliched to say this but seriously, where has the time gone? I was looking through my photo archives and reminiscing the celebration we had for Edward’s 2nd birthday, when I realised that in just a few months time, it’ll be time to celebrate his 3rd birthday!  Where has the round headed baby gone?

Happy 2nd Birthday to Edward

Speaking of celebrations, here’s how we celebrated his 2nd birthday, over afternoon tea at the Swissotel Merchant Court. An apt time to be posting this because I often associate cosy afternoon tea sessions with Christmas time. Apart from Christmas posts, you’ll be seeing more afternoon tea and staycation posts now that it’s the holiday period! I certainly hope you love the Christmas period as much as I do.

Afternoon Tea at Swissotel Merchant Court

Swissotel Merchant Court Crossroads Bar serves a Peranakan inspired afternoon tea, available daily from 3pm – 5pm. Nyonya savouries such as petite braised pork bely in steam leaf bun, otak otak on toast, sambal ayam panggang sandwiches and freshly made kueh pie tee to name a few, will be served on a tiered platter. When we were there earlier this year, they also had a Western afternoon tea set, so we asked them to mix and match the items. The food you see below is for a 2 persons order. My parents came to join us for the cake cutting and candle blowing!

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Marina Bay Sands– Birthday buffet at the revamped RISE Restaurant

I like visiting Marina Bay Sands. For one, I love the spaciousness and natural lighting of the place. Even on crowded weekends, there are stretches of the mall which are still quiet. And even though I hardly buy anything from the stores because most of the stores are high-end stores, I do frequent the F&B outlets quite a bit. There’s also the Art-Science Museum, which gives a vibe unlike any other museum in Singapore. I feel like I’m visiting an overseas museum whenever I’m there. It certainly helps that there’s a cafe at the Art-Science museum now, because I always like to have a cuppa after a visit to the museum when I’m overseas. I could tell you more about it but that’s another story for another day.

Marina Bay Sands Rise Restaurant Lunch Buffet (18)

Today, the story will be about the recently revamped RISE Restaurant buffet that we visited to celebrate my mother’s birthday. Oh this is not a media invite, if you were wondering. If you’ve been to the previous iteration of RISE, you’ll realise from the pictures that the decor has all changed. The restaurant looks even more spacious now, thanks to a better seating layout. Yet despite the size, many tables are round booth seats, so you feel cosy and cocooned off from the rest of the restaurant. You will also see hues of emerald blue, jade green, light ash timber and bronze for a touch of elegance. Spend some time to look at the hand-made tiles on the buffet counter facades, which pays homage to Southeast Asian culture.

Marina Bay Sands Rise Restaurant Lunch Buffet (13)

A total of 8 open-concept kitchens, with “live cooking stations” so more food can be served up fresh.

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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!

Scroll down for more photos of Edward’s 1st birthday party!

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Balzac Brasserie – CLOSED

Balzac Brasserie is a French restaurant that doesn’t require you to rob a bank before you dine here. Balzac Brasserie is helmed by the award winning Chef Jean-Charles Dubois from Angers in Loire Valley, France. What is served here is rustic style, inspired from his own family recipes and his signature dishes include Lobster Bisque, Wagyu beef cheeks and Rice pudding. The French bistro decor is really nice, and makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a street in Paris. Most of the furnishings here were imported from Paris in fact.

Balzac Brasserie (9)

When it comes to birthday celebrations, one birthday meal is not enough for me! I like to celebrate my birthday over SEVERAL meals, kinda like 12 days of Christmas or 15 days of Chinese New Year you know. The previous post on Au Jardin Restaurant was my birthday meal with just the Partner, on the exact birthday. But prior to that, I already had another birthday meal together with the Partner and my parents, and that was at Balzac Brasserie. I’m kinda on a French restaurant / fine dining streak lately (which means $2.50 mixed rice on week days). I’d been here once before back in 2012, for the launch of a French bubbly, Jaillance, which I subsequently used for my wedding! It’s a wonder I took so long to return!

Balzac Brasserie - Complimentary Bread Basket (2)

Inviting bread basket to start the meal. They had raisin bread and multigrain bread. The breads were quite tasty and we even asked for a refill. They were particularly useful in mopping up the escargot juices as you will soon see.

Balzac Brasserie - Escargots de Bourgogne with parsley, garlic and butter $14

Escargots de Bourgogne with parsley, garlic and butter $14

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Il Lido Sentosa

Il Lido Sentosa - Prime Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus and Truffles Sauce (2)

 Prime Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus and Truffles Sauce

Il Lido’s been having this great promotional deal with DBS where you get 50% discount off your bill if you spend above $200 before tax. DBS sends you the voucher on your birthday month, and I believe only if they deem you to be one of their exclusive customers. How we ever got onto that list of exclusive customers, I have no idea but I’m not complaining.

Since it is such a great deal, I decided to dine at Il Lido again for my birthday for the 2nd year running. I took the weekend set meal for $58.

Il Lido Sentosa - Complimentary Bread

 Complimentary Bread

Good bread is hard to find and for restaurants that manage to bake a good crusty loaf, I often find it hard to resist tearing the bread apart and slathering butter that is almost as big as the bread pieces. The baguette’s a personal favourite of mine and if you haven’t tried baguettes fresh out of the oven, you’re missing one of life’s simple wonders.

Il Lido Sentosa - Cantaloupe Soup

Cantaloupe Soup

Cold and refreshing. Might do well as a dessert too as it is slightly sweet.

Il Lido Sentosa - Amuse Bouche Risotto Balls (1)

Amuse Bouche Risotto Balls

4 little balls of breaded balls filled with hot piping cheesy risotto. The crusty exterior was nice, but I was hoping for more than just rice and cheese encased within.

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