SPRMRKT At McCallum Street

SPRMRKT At McCallum Street

SPRMKRT located at McCallum Street, combines the beauty of arts, small retail therapy and delicious food right in this cafe. Taking a train ride and stopping at Telok Ayer Downtown Line station, walking with my family to SPRMKRT on a quiet Sunday afternoon took about ten minutes.

SPRKMRKT food menu changes everyday except for Saturdays and Sundays, in which they serves Weekend Brunch. With up to twenty-five different mains and nine different sides to choose from in their Weekend Brunch food menu, that is quite a spread. Their customers favorites are The English Breakfast ($25), Eggs Benedict ($14), Homemade Batter Pancakes ($14) and Eggs Royale ($17). Vegetarian mains are also available such as the Basil Pesto Pasta ($19), Mixed Grilled Vegetable and Tomato Salad ($15) and Grilled Corn and Mushroom Pasta ($18).

 

SPRMRKT

 

With their coffee price tag from $4.50 for a cup of Latte to $6.50 for a cup of Mocha, you can opt for regular, low fat or soy milk options with no additional charges. Other beverages such as home brewed beverages and freshly squeezed juices are available in SPRMRKT for non-caffeine drinkers.

Taking my food orders at the food counter, plain water are self-serviced and free of charge. Waited shortly and here comes my orders.

 

SPRMRKT

 

Coffee served! Here comes my Flat White ($4.50) and Latte ($4.50). Pretty decent cups of smooth caffeine dosage.

 

SPRMRKT

 

We have ordered SPRMRKT’s Onion Rings ($6.00), which was served with a sour cream side. Deep fried using freshly slice onions, every rings tasted sweet and it is nice to enjoy them with the sour cream.

 

SPRMRKT

 

Calling this the Chicken Milanese Wrap with Fries ($16.00), the fried chicken breast meat are cut into large chucks, wrapped them up firmly with marinated tomato cubes, fresh greens and overlay with special house sauce was sure a fulling weekend brunch meal. The flavors was good and the fried chicken breast wasn’t too tough.

 

SPRMRKT

 

Here comes the ‘DE’ Breakfast ($17.00), which there was a big round plate with a single pancake, scrambled eggs and toasted slices of bacon served. While on the other small plate, there were some cream, butter, maple syrup and fresh fruits to top onto my pancake. Unlike some pancakes which I shall call them “lifeless”, I enjoyed the fluffiness of the pancake from ‘DE’ Breakfast. Pouring some maple syrup and spreading the cream over the pancake makes every bite of pancake delightful and furthermore, the fruits are fresh.

 

SPRMRKT

SPRMRKT

 

SPRMRKT is a simple and decent cafe located in the CBD area of Singapore, where the local art scene is supported by exhibiting their work in the cafe. During my visit, those pink coloured paintings are by Philip Hemnell, which he portrays the increasing diversity and openness in Singapore. There are some retail cookware products which can be purchase, but there are not alot of them. Worth checking out this cafe if you happen to drop by McCallum Street, which is near to the Amoy Street Food Centre.

 

SPRMRKT

 

Address of my review
SPRMRKT
2 McCallum Street
Singapore 069043

Opening Hours
Mondays & Tuesdays: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Wednesdays to Fridays: 8:00am to 11:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 9:00am to 6:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6221 2105
Website: http://www.sprmrkt.com.sg/

 

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Duktig Cash Register Toy By IKEA

Duktig Cash Register Toy By IKEA

Children loves to take up role playing personalities which is crucial during their growing up process because this allows them to imagine and train their social skills. They can be a pirate, a princess, a scientist or anything in this world.

For the past three years, Kayden has taken up three different personalities, or I would say his childhood careers. He started of as a chef, followed by a doctor and now, a cashier.

In his first career, Kayden started off being fascinated by the wonder hands of his grandmothers. Watching them cook was like his favorite reality cooking shows. Shortly, we got him a toy stove with pots, pans, utensils and food. Kayden enjoyed his cooking playtime very much and his favorite culinary dish was the corn soup. He never seems to get bored with cooking the same dish everyday because corn kernels are his favorite.

Kayden’s second career was a doctor. So how did he got interested in this role? In the past when Kayden got sick, we brought him to visit our family doctor. Ever since then, Kayden is obsessed with the doctor’s stethoscope. He threw his stove into his tub of toys, gave up his career as an awesome corn soup chef and decided to embark on his focus on hearing people’s heartbeat. Whenever I called for him, “Doctor Doctor, knee pain.” Kayden will ran to his tub of toys, looked for his stethoscope toy, wore it around his neck and listened to my knee for any abnormalities.

The doctor’s career did not last as long as being a chef. Due to his Christmas present this year, he is now obsessed with counting money and swiping credit cards. Thanks to the IKEA’s Duktig cash register toy, Kayden is now a busy cashier. Made out of wood with curved edges, this cash register is a fully functional calculator powered by solar. Those paper notes, coins and credit cards makes it even more interesting for the role playing process.

 

Duktig Cash Register Toy By IKEA

 

This is a nice simple toy with a price tag of $19.90. I am wondering what will be his next career change?

 

Duktig Cash Register Toy By IKEA

 

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7 Dining Spots That Will Make Kids Happy

7 Dining Spots That Will Make Kids Happy

There are many times when after a meal with my family together, I do not have the next Plan B. It would be either heading back home, shopping for the next day groceries or walking aimlessly in the shopping malls.

Early this year, I have visited some nice dining spots and have hand-picked my favorite seven dining restaurants and cafes, where you can have your Plan B in your “What to do next?” list. These seven dining spots will come in handy when you are planning for children activities for the day and keep the whole family occupied. Here goes my listings …

 

WAWAWA Bistro
Located in Bedok Reservoir, this open concept dining restaurant has comfortable seating and great view of the reservoir waters. A good spread of food selections for fussy children and their mocktails are simply fantastic for parents. As it is located right in the Bedok Reservoir, many outdoor activities for the whole family can be planned and children can even enjoy themselves in the playground nearby. (Click here for my food post and family activity post)

 

7 Dining Spots That Makes Kids Happy

 

The Coastal Settlement
Serving great tasty and flavorful food, The Coastal Settlement, or TCS in short, located in Changi’s Netheravon Road is a mini collectable museum restaurant. Besides it’s vintage interior design and nostalgic collectables, this restaurant also has an outdoor playground for the children to play. (Click here for my food post)

 

7 Dining Spots That Makes Kids Happy

 

Tian Kee & Co
Soon, Dakota Crescent district will be revamped and vacated by the year 2016 to make way for new projects. Old stuffs brings back the best memories. Like Tian Kee & Co, this cafe was once a provision shop which serves the residents in Dakota Crescent for decades. This cafe serves All Day Breakfast and my personal favorite is the Tian Kee Eggs Beauregard. Just across the road, there is a nostalgic Dove playground where tyres were used as swings and the ground is fully sand-filled. Worth checking this playground out after a meal in Tian Kee & Co. (Click here for my food post)

 

7 Dining Spots That Makes Kids Happy

 

EatPlayLove Cafe
EatPlayLove Cafe uses the culinary fusion of Thai and Western together and delivers that unique food menu to their customers’ tastebuds. The Kids Craft Corner creates an indoor activity in this cafe where parents and children can do some handicraft work such as DIY Monster dolls and crayon colouring work at a small fee of $5.00 per hour. A nice place that can be added into your “Where to go today?” list with your family. (Click here for my food post)

 

7 Dining Spots That Makes Kids Happy

 

Loysel’s Toy
Quiet and located beside the Kallang River, Loysel’s Toy is a good dining spot to get out of the bustling city life. The overall ambiance setting was good and the All Day Breakfast and coffee were lovely. With the Kallang Riverside Park nearby, it is always nice to enjoy a stroll after a meal. (Click here for my food post)

 

7 Dining Spots That Makes Kids Happy

 

Food For Thought
With three outlets, Food For Thought located at the Botanic Gardens is a great dining and activity spot for families. This garden-themed restaurant is family friendly and it is spacious enough to push the baby prams around. It has a playground located just outside the restaurant for the children to play and run around. Exploration of the beautiful flowers and plants can be a great outdoor activity as the Botanic Gardens is just a stone away. (Click here for my food post and family activity post)

 

7 Dining Spots That Makes Kids Happy

 

Chock Full Of Beans
Chock Full Of Beans is a cafe located at Changi Point, which is well-known for their cute creatively in latte art. Their homemade thick toast is fantastic and you can even have it on it’s own. With just ten minutes walk from Chock Full Of Beans, you can visit the Changi Point Coastal Walk, which is a 2.2km broadwalk. Do enjoy the scenic views and the children will be excited to see those ships passing by. (Click here for my food post and family activity post)

 

7 Dining Spots That Makes Kids Happy

 

Of course, there could be more dining spots in Singapore which are worth checking them out so that fun-filled activities can be planned for the kids. I hope my post will give you some ideas and thanks for reading my blog. Cheers!

 

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One, Two and Three Years

One, Two and Three Years

As a young father, subconsciously my nature is to play and have fun with my boy …. very wildly. For the past three years of Kayden’s growing up journal, as simple as a towel or a carton box, I can do “play time” miracles out of it. My wife don’t understand how I can always do that, neither do I.

As Kayden has grown up year by year from a curious baby in his baby crib to a little monster that often drives my nerves crazy, as parents we need to educate him to be a young child.

In the mid of his second year, we started to potty train him. Upon removing his diaper, we will remind him that he is not wearing it and every two hours, we will bring him to the toilet to do his nature calls. There were many times when he pee or poop on the floor, we will tell him that this is wrong and the right way to do it is in the toilet and he must to tell Papa or Mama. If he tell us he needs to go to the toilet, we will reward him with a small animal butter cookie.

Potty training is the most memorable program because for myself, I need to clean the pee or poop on the floor and scrub the poop stains off his shorts. After training him for about two months, he got much better. Now his favorite action to do after using the toilet was to flush.

Calling it cold turkey, we are kicking Kayden’s pacifier habit off. This can get emotional for him because he found comfort when suckling his pacifier during nap time. Doing it the hard way, we hid his pacifier and tell him that it went missing. He will cry out loud and kept looking for his pacifier. After a week, he managed to remove his addiction. I thought that was really fast.

Now, Kayden is three years old and he is almost ready to step into his big boy journey. He enjoys asking questions and his favorites are “What is this?” and “What is that?”. He spent most of his time singing his heart out with the same songs over and over again. Occasionally, it gets into my nerves, but seeing him enjoying himself makes me happy. Time really pass fast and he is now a little terrible monster who messed up the whole house with his toys and “helping” us with the household chores. I believe he will continue to give my wife and myself more surprises in the near future, like tomorrow or even the next hour.

Happy birthday, my little boy!

 

One, Two and Three Years

 

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NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

Wearing an Asian conical bamboo hat known as nón lá in Vietnamese, the young chap holding his bowl and a pair of chopsticks is an icon for NamNam Noodle Bar. This restaurant was born in 2011 by the partnership of Les Amis group and Chef Nam Quoc Nguyen to bring some popular Vietnamese street food into Singapore. Vietnamese cuisine got their culinary influences from China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and the French, creating a special and unique food culture of herself. Whenever I head down to a Vietnamese dining place, I will have three things that I will want to have on my table: Phở, Bánh mì and cà phê sữa đá.

Phở, or pho, is linguine shaped rice noodles soaked in tasty and flavorful broth cook with light hearted spices. Introduced by the French during its colonial period, Bánh mì are baguette stuffed with Vietnamese ingredients. Cà phê sữa đá is the name of Vietnamese iced milk coffee which these coffee beans are grown, roasted, coarsely grind and dripped using a small metal French drip filter on top of the cup. Sweetened condensed milk are used for a much sweeter, creamier and fuller taste.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

 

Browsing through the food menu of NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore, they serves 6 different types of Hanoi Pho ($7.90 to $17.90) and Banh Mi ($5.90 to $6.90), noodles from the Southern and Central Vietnam ($9.90 to $10.90), small sides ($3.90 to $6.90), Viet desserts ($3.90 to $4.90) for the sweet tooths and beverages ($1.60 to $7.90).

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

 

Served together with a bamboo straw, my iced Viet coffee with condensed milk ($2.60) cools me off the hot day. The Viet coffee was good, but I felt it wasn’t really taste dark enough.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

 

The Crispy Prawn and Pork Rolls ($4.90) were juicy inside and not oily when taking my bite off them. Great to have them with some chili.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

Another side which I have ordered was a salad plate which consist of crunchy pickled vegetables, fish cake, pork belly and topped with peanuts ($5.90). Mixed them well with a pair of chopsticks and it was quite an appetizer with the tangy and a little spicy taste from the pickled vegetables and sauce.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

This is my favorite noodle bowl, the dry spicy yellow curry duck noodles ($9.90). Served with wheat noodles, bamboo shoots and boneless duck meat, the curry was creamy and the level of spiciness was just right. It was not as spicy as I thought.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

A Vietnamese classic street food, this is the Pho Chicken ($7.90). The chicken broth was flavorful and squeezing some lime into the pho creates a refreshing taste.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

For sandwich lovers, you can try the range of Vietnamese sandwiches, or Bahn Mi, which the baguette is toasted and stuffed with savory chucks of meat, pickled vegetables and sauces. This is the cold cut, caramelize 5 spice pork belly and chicken floss ($6.90). The toasted baguette was a little hard on the outside but the ingredients stuffed inside was good.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

With no service charge and affordable Vietnamese food, I understood why NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura is always crowded with people. Using herbs and spices as flavoring ingredients and no MSG added, the food are tasty and great for health conscious people. This is a nice restaurant to come back again and again.

 

Address of my review
NamNam Noodle Bar
68 Orchard Road, #01-55, Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 10:00am to 9:30pm

Telephone: (65) 6837 2234
Website: http://namnamnoodlebar.com.sg/

 

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Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

With the use of the Entertainer Singapore app, I get to enjoy a great 1-for-1 dining deal in The Group Therapy Coffee at Duxton. Read on my dining experience and you might stand a chance to win the Entertainer 2015 Singapore app.

 

Lights and music brings up the night life along Duxton Road as this district is one of Singapore’s favorite drinking spot for people to relax and chill out after work and during the weekend nights. Peaceful and quiet during the afternoon, Duxton Road has most of it’s shops closed and few people walking in this district. Climbing up the staircase to the second floor of unit 42, I felt I have entered into another dimension where I heard the sound of coffee machines, laughters of people, sounds of cutleries and a welcome greeting of “Welcome to Group Therapy. Table for?” Here I go, enjoying my lunch time with my family in Group Therapy Coffee at Duxton Road.

Located near to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, this cafe can fit approximately 80 people and welcomes private events such as birthday parties and networking events. Instead of common tables and chairs, Group Therapy Coffee has bar counter seating and large sofa sitting, giving a more causal dining feel.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

Talking about food selections, this cafe serves All Day Breakfast & Brunch such as Peanut Butter Waffles which is topped with bananas ($11.00), Sunnyside-Ups ($16.50) which comes with thick toast and BLT Croissant Plate ($20.00). Sandwiches, salads, pastas and burgers are also available. Good news to vegetarians, Group Therapy Coffee serves vegetarian meals too such as Truffled Ravioli ($19.00) and Spinach and Feta Roll ($11.50).

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

Spoilt for choices, this cafe’s drinking menu has quite a handful of selections from coffee and tea, to sparkling sodas, beers and wine. Up to eight different sweet delights are available in this cafe such as the 4 Layer Carrot Cake ($9.50), Pecan Pie ($5.50) and Pistachio Cranberry Scone ($4.50).

Smooth and bittersweet aftertaste for the Flat White ($5.50) which I have ordered and the Seven Spice Chai Latte ($6.50) was good with it’s top layer of milk frothing sprinkled with sweetened cinnamon powder.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

My soup of the day was the Truffled Mushroom Soup ($11.00). Despite the soup tasted saltish, the overall impression of the soup was creamy and rich. The top layer of the soup was drizzled with truffle oil, giving a truffle aroma for my hot bowl of soup.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

The Grilled Chicken Salad ($17.00) was a plate of grilled chicken thigh topped on fresh mixed greens, slices of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. It was then served with honey mustard dressing. The grilled chicken thigh was juicy, tender and fatty and the vegetables were fresh.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

With the brioche toast sandwiching the smoked ham, bacon and melted cheese, followed by topping a sunnyside-up egg, the Croque Madame ($18.50) is served on my table. On the side of the plate was some salad and potato chips, the Croque Madame was a tasty meal for all cheese and toast lovers.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

My lunch in The Group Therapy Coffee at Duxton was a good experience despite the waiting time of 20 minutes. The food serving size was generous and I am glad to say this cafe has a kitchen of it’s own where food can be properly cook and prepared. This is the type of cafe which I would bring my friends to enjoy a good cup of coffee and comforting food.

Going down to level one, Kayden saw a huge purple coloured letter “B”, which he go really excited about and wanted to take a photograph with it. *snap*!

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

Address of my review
Group Therapy Coffee
49 Duxton Rd #02-01
Singapore 089513

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Thursday: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6222 2554
Website: http://www.gtcoffee.com

 

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