This is excitingness la! Thanks to Icing Room, I was given one of their X'mas specials, the Mini Yule Log Cake, to experience what Icing Room is best known for - a DIY cake decorating session!
I decided to bring along my mom, grandma and sis all along to have some fun as well!
They say "Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth". What do you say?
For $18.80, I was given this whole set! A log cake, 3 icing colours, some flowers, some hearts, some silvery balls, a X'mas tree, Santa and a "Merry Christmas" sign!
They say "Life is like a blank canvas, full of hope and possibilities".
Aye Aye Captain. And I stared at the very blank log of a "canvas" and was dumbfounded! I really wanted my design to be outstanding!
There's the "Who has the best yule log cake" contest that's running on Facebook now! The best design wins an iPad Mini and there are so many other consolation prizes too.
Submit your DIY Yule Log masterpiece, garner votes, jingle down to The Icing Room exclusive Christmas party and win attractive prizes!
Ok LeonarJu (i.e.: me) & ma team gets to work.
Here's me and ma masterpiece!
We had such incredible fun! Totally recommend this as a fun activity for couples and families!
See, this is my mom putting on the chocolate swirl:
And my sis putting on the silvery balls:
And here we are, proud creators of our creation haha!
Oh yes, up close and personal with my MASTERPIECE:
Click to VOTE for my entry which I called "Home Sweet Home" k!
French Food to me is always about expensive prices and while it may be tasty, the portions are usually too small to enjoy enough of it. And it isn't always that readily available everywhere too.
It is with pleasure that I discovered a little French Restaurant that just opened near Holland Village. It's called The French Ladle - according to the owners, they wanted their setup to be a homely place with great food at great prices and portions. Hence, they decided to name themselves after a commonly available kitchen tool, LADLE, which is also synonymous with hearty food portions.
That's a quick preview of how lovely the restaurant's interior was done up. A quick chat with the passionate owners revealed that most of the decor was DIY! Omg! It looks so professionally done.
I went down to try out their dinner menu one weekday evening and here's what I had!
SALAD - Salad de Mesclun (S$6.90)
This was very refreshing. I loved the homemade sauce, it had a great tangy taste to it.
FRIES - Truffle Fries (S$9.90)
The portion served was good enough for two. I am not a big fan of truffle fries cos it's usually too oily for me. This was ok-oily but I love the homemade sauce which was really special. I can't really tell what's in there but that sauce made this dish more attractive.
SOUP - Cream of Celeriac Soup (S$7.90)
This portion was small but on hindsight, if I had any more of that soup, I wouldn't have had space for the awesome upcoming mains. I never tried Celeriac soup before and this was exquisite. For private parties, the chef dropped a few drops of truffle oil in there which made this soup all the more awesome!!
MASHED POTATO - Puree de Pomme De Terre (S$7.90)
This was very smooth and very creamy. If you're a lover of mashed potatoes, this is a must try.
SNAILS - Escargot Bourguignon (S$10.90)
I don't eat snails. I have this creepy fear of them. According to Carrie who was happily devouring all of them, she said they tasted like prawns. LOL. Rachie said it tastes like seafood. Well, I can't be a judge of this but you can check out their blog for their review of it.
NOW, TIME FOR THE MAINS!!
RISOTTO - Risotto de Champignon (S$19.90)
Omg this was good and oh-so-filling. I loved the strong taste of mushrooms in this one. A must-try!
Cripsy Duck Leg - Confit de Canard (S$21.90)
The duck leg could do with a more cripsy top layer but the inside was very good. It was tender and not at all hard like how some duck dishes could be.
Fish - Catch of the day (S$25.90)
The sauce was sooooo good. The snapper had a good texture (fresh!) to it and I absolutely loved the artichokes - so soft and tasty! I am salivating as I type this!!
PORK BELLY - Confit de Porc (S$21.90)
Did I leave the BEST for last? YESH I DID! This is my absolute favourite. A must must try and absolutely worth a second trip back for. The pork belly was very very soft and taste. The portion was huge! Super worth it! It was not at all fatty as how some pork bellies can be. The chef took like 6 hours to prepare this dish to ensure it's tender and well cooked inside out. The cherry tomatoes on the sides were very sweet too.
I know, you think this would end here but no! We had dessert too!
FONDANT - Fondant au Chocolat (S$8.90)
An absolute must try. The vanilla ice cream was bleah and very normal but the fondant, omg the fondant. Check out the above picture with the lava all spilling out. I'll be back for more of this!
The Fench Ladle
Address: 2 Pandan Valley Road, #01-206, Block 2.
Inside Pandan Valley Condomiunium
(Nearest MRT: Holland Village and Clementi)
Contact: +65 64677505
Along Holland road, continue on to Ulu Pandan road. Turn left into Pandan Valley Condominium.
Free parking available.
From Holland Village MRT station, walk 172m to Bus Stop No 11261, along Holland Road.
Board Bus 7, 61, 75, 165. Alight at Pandan Valley Condominium, Ulu Pandan Road, 5 stops later.
The French Ladle is also on Facebook!
For those of you who missed out on my party, don't worry! I'm sure there'll be more parties coming up.
But hey, let me bring you through the party so that no one feels left out here!
So to recap, Mary Chia is Singapore Blog Awards Category Sponsor for Beauty of which I am a finalist of. To introduce everyone to Mary Chia and to share the VIP treatments that I've been getting from them with my readers and friends, I organised a lovely girly afternoon party on 23 June at Mary Chia's OG outlet!
My objective? To share with my friends and readers the lovely treatments that I have been experiencing with Mary Chia! This will be such a greatttt opportunity to show them how much I love them! Haha!
To start, let's cover the foodddd!! Check out the spread!!
First off, we have.........
Lovelyyyy Mary Chia custom-made cupcakes from Sweetest Moments!
We had plain cupcakes with cream swirls and without for my lovely girly guests to DIY their own cupcake designs. How can a girly event not have heaps of pretty DIY-able elements to it!
Here's what some of my creative guests came up with!!
I think it's mighty pretttttty!!
The cupcake I never got to DIY
Next we have a super super preciously cute custom made cake kindly sponsored by Petite Patisserie. They sell their cakes in a plain form but you can DIY any design you want on it! Check out what I did previously when I had a plain cake all to myself and I had to decorate it!
This lovely frozen mousse cake is kept frozen until you are ready to eat. Then defroze for 1 hour and there you go, YUMMY cake! I asked around to see what's the taste like and we have Kristine saying, "I thought it would be heavy but it's actually not! It's very light and refreshing. The mango taste is really good." I think so too Kristine!
And what's a girly party without more sweet treats like a superb Passionfruit Meringue Roll from Smitten by The Patisserie? This is another brand under The Patisserie, home-grown Patissierie with very very lovely cakes (read more here)! This goes for $40 and their counter is located in Takashimaya Department Store Food Hall on B2.
Carrie said that "it's very very nice! Where did you get this from? I am thinking of getting it for my BF's birthday!" Coincidentally, I also bought this very same cake for my meringue-loving boyfriend for his birthday that just passed!
We also had some tuna sandwiches, belgium chocolates and even Feon from Mary Chia came knocking at our door with.....
hic'Cups! These areyummy desserts in a cup. A new brand you don't want to miss out on. There's an outlet at B2-45 Plaza Singapura! My guests commented that these drinks were quite filling!
Stayed tuned for Part 2 on "A Girly Affair" with Mary Chia where I share all the tips on dressing your party to a girly theme and all the fun we had!
"A Girly Affair" with Mary Chia is a series loaded with heaps of party planning tips, awesome photos, and everything else that went on during the lovely party bash I organised! Here's all about the food, and the decor, and the goodies that went home with all my guests! Don't miss out this last part where there are heaps of photos of pretty girls at the girly affair!