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Where to have an affordable Christmas Dinner for about $30+!

Christmas Dinner

Christmas is a time for celebrating, but the last thing you want is to feel like a pauper the rest of the year. If you want to have a cheap Christmas meal and you don’t want to cook, here are some restaurants and cafes to consider. Also read my article on 15 places to have Festive Afternoon Tea, because afternoon tea is cheaper than Festive Buffet Lunch or Dinner!

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Win a free Swedish cooking class at Cookyn!

Calling all kitchen-proud home cooks out there! Fancy winning a free cooking lesson sponsored by IKEA Smart Kitchens? The cooking class will be held at Cookyn Inc and promises to be a session of fun-filled laughter amidst hands-on cooking!

All you have to do is to submit photos showing IKEA how Pretty, Smart, Good and Happy it is in your kitchen and dining for you and your family. Click here to access the IKEA Facebook Page and read the full instructions or view the photos for inspiration, or simply submit your photos here. The closing date is 14th June. Meanwhile, scroll down to view the pictures of the amazing cooking class I was invited to participate in.

Photos of Swedish cooking class at Cookyn, sponsored by IKEA

*Photos without the http://365days2play.com water mark are courtesy of IKEA.

Ikea Smart Kitchens - The Budding Chefs! (2)All smiles before the start of the cooking class. I have to warn you, when dining, or doing just about anything with bloggers, be sure to expect lots of photo taking. Even when cooking, we endeavour to slip in a photo or two. That’s just who we are!

Ikea Smart Kitchens Cookyn Event (56)Two of the Swedish dishes we cooked. Not bad, we did 4 in total, with the help of Mervyn and Rayner of Cookyn Inc!

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ToTT Store (Tools of the Trade) – Review

So I did make it to ToTT over the weekend. It was mighty cavernous I must say. It was so spacious as compared to the Sia Huat Store in Chinatown. Everything was laid out nicely and neatly shelf after shelf, complete with name labels and prices.

I was hoping to find a Pantry Magic lookalike but on a larger scale, but it was not to be. There was very little cutesy, colourful spatulas, spoons, bowls, baking moulds and stuff. The things are also not cheap, so it’s not like an outing to Ikea where you can just indulge in buying items you know you’re probably never going to use. It’s still basically what Sia Huat sells at Chinatown except it looks a bit more sophisticated. The place would be great for business owners who want to find kitchen equipment such as a huge rice cooker to cook rice for 100 people. But if you ever require any particular kitchen equipment or cookware, your best bet is still to go to Sia Huat, but it would be a very utilitarian looking version of it. I don’t think they have that many cookbooks for sale either. If it’s cookbooks you’re after, you’re best going off to Borders, MPH or Kinokuniya.

ToTT’s still worth a visit though, especially if you live around the area. For one, they have this really interesting concept where you buy some cookie dough, decorate it and bake it there and then in the special kitchen. I was there and overheard the kids commenting on just how strange it was to be doing baking there.

Then there’s also the cooking studio, and the Bistro. We had lunch at the Bistro while we were there. Prices were pretty affordable. The Bistro looks like the Ikea canteen, but let’s just say that I don’t think Ikea will be fretting over lost business in the cooked food department. 

ToTT - Salmon

Baked Salmon – So So.

ToTT - Baked Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

 Baked Chicken – The chicken was quite nice, even if a little dry. They were also very generous with the mushrooms in the mushroom sauce. I liked the amount of raisin put within the coleslaw, and I liked the crunch of the slaw.

ToTT - Egg drop soup with Quail Egg

 Egg Drop Soup with Quail Egg – This was definitely a let down. Even the staff knew that and were recommending the mushroom soup. There was a surprise hardboiled quail’s egg in the soup so that was a nice touch. And they certainly are generous with the seaweed too.

ToTT - Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup – This was very nice for a $2.50 soup. It was creamy and thick. Only issue, it was not hot, but I suppose that boils down to teething problems at all new places.

You can order these under the ala carte menu, or you can get the set menu where you choose a mains, soup and free flow soft-drink. You can only choose soft drinks if you take the set menu, which we thought was a bit dumb. We wanted coffee, and coffee is $1, while soft drink is $1.50. Go figure.

ToTT Store

896 Dunearn Road 01-01A
Singapore 589472
Store Operating Hours:
Mon -Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Tel: 62197077

http://www.tottstore.com

http://www.tottstore.com/files/Bistro_menu.pdf

ToTT Store (Tools of the Trade)

UPDATE: I’ve since been to the ToTT Store. Read all about it here.

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I just read about this huge kitchenware store opening for business in Singapore today. I’m so excited!!! I’ve always felt that we lack a 1-stop-shop where we can get all the kitchenware we want. Sure Pantry Magic does fill the gap somewhat, but as much as I love browsing there, it’s a pretty small store. Ikea has a larger range, but the quality is questionable. I find it highly suspect that a frying pan can cost $5. What materials went into making it, and how long can it last? As we speak, my 2 year old Ikea chair is on the verge of collapsing any day now.

ToTT is owned by Sia Huat, which has a store in Chinatown. Coincidentally, I made my 1st visit to the Chinatown Sia Huat only just last week. It was quite an experience. Because they sell to businesses as well, they also stock industrial sized kitchenware. It was quite funny to be inspecting pots so huge you could stand in them. Most of the stuff at the Chinatown branch is pretty spartan though. I’m hoping that the ToTT store will have all the things that I see so often in Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Curtis Stone’s cooking shows. I might even spend $150 there and get myself a membership card!

Apart from the store, ToTT also runs cooking classes, a bake it on the spot section where you can buy and bake the cookie dough without even having to go home, and a bistro. It’s going to be great. This weekend they are having a 10% promotion going on, so I’m going to try and make it there.

image Durian Tempura served at their Bistro

 

ToTT Store

896 Dunearn Road 01-01A
Singapore 589472
Store Operating Hours:
Mon -Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Tel: 62197077

http://www.tottstore.com

http://www.tottstore.com/files/Bistro_menu.pdf

Ikea’s Daim Chocolate Cake

Daim Chocolate Cake

One of my favourite chocolate cakes doesn’t come from a top notch hotel, nor does it cost a bomb. It’s super decadent and super chocolatey. There are crunchy bits of caramel at the top, followed by a layer of milk chocolate, followed by more layers of chocolate mixed with nuts. I don’t even know if this cake has any flour in it. Maybe it’s just a whole mish mash of chocolate, but it sure is good. This is a chocolate cake of substance!

You can get it at the Ikea Food Hall and the best part is it costs only $3.50!!! If you ask me, I’d vote this Ikea Daim Chocolate Cake as most value for money yet tasty chocolate cake around. To tell you the truth, to me, it tastes even better than chocolate cake from Awfully Chocolate or Lana Cake Shop, and you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy it. If you are an Ikea member, then your coffee or tea is free too! How’s that?

I have to admit, you have to navigate through the crowd of hungry and noisy diners at the Ikea Food Hall to enjoy this tasty treat. You could try going at around 3-4pm, when there is a lull, although this just means waiting for 5 minutes for a table instead of 15 minutes. The alternative option is to buy the entire cake of about 8 slices at the frozen section.

Has anyone tried buying the frozen Swedish and premixed sauce from the frozen section? Their meatballs taste so good at the Food Hall, but I’m not so sure about the frozen ones.

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