Poulet Appearlicious Festive Menu (& chance to win a tour in France when you dine!)

You know what is round the corner when the halls are decked! Christmas is one of my favourite festive season of the year as it oozes of warm giving spirit and endless feasting! Speaking of which, we were kindly invited by Poulet for a sampling of their festive Ap-pear-licious Menu.

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It is just irresistible when they put all my favourite ingredients in the new dishes!

First up, their all-time favourite Poulet Roti (it’s French for “roast chicken” not our local understanding of “roti bread”) with caramelized apple sauce (S$17.90++ for 1/2 and S$30.90++ for whole). If you enjoyed their original Poulet in brown sauce with bacon and mushroom, this will surprise you with a tinge of sweetness. The fresh chickens are still brined for a full day in the Chef’s secret recipe but the sauces caters to different taste buds.

One word – I like all their Poulet Roti dishes I tried thus far; no wonder it’s their speciality. Try this for a change during the festive season! 🙂

If you are going with company and haven’t gotten enough of the cinnamon apple fix, try the Cinnamon Apple Winglets with Homemade Fresh Apple Dip (Top up $5.90++ with purchase of any main course). Most dips I tried before are savoury; the Chef decided to innovate with a sweet apple dip as an interesting twist. These are once again marinated before breaded and fried.

The creamy apple dip was a good accompaniment to the wings which otherwise was too “breaded” for my liking. For those who dislike cinnamon, honestly, the taste is really mild. As a fan of the spice, I would prefer more cinnamon! 😀

Kids would love this dish I am sure!

And of course, every meal has to end with dessert! With us this season is the Rustic French Pear & Apple Tart (S$8.90++).  Sandwiched between 2 crispy puff pastry is a generous serving of classic French Vanilla Ice-cream with pear and apple bits. Of all the desserts on the menu, this is actually my favourite! It might be the feel-good Christmas spirit, but anything that has strong contrasting textures always go down well with me.  GREAT combination I say! 🙂

Pair the above dishes with a refreshing new drink – Blood Orange & Minty Cucumber Cooler (S$4.90++). This is a thirst-quenching combination and do crush up the vegetables if you prefer a bolder taste (that’s me). 🙂

For families of young children,  I think you will definitely be able to find something suitable for your young ones in the menu. When all else fails, don’t worry, remember there is still the all pleasing (French) Fries. 🙂

Have you been to one of Poulet’s latest outlet at The Kallang Wave (next to the Sports Hub)?

It is a cozy place with Parisian ambiance. You won’t miss it with the iconic Paris Tower decked in black and white. 🙂

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Hope you will enjoy the festive menu like we did! For a preview of other dishes on their menu, check out our earlier review here. When you dine at Poulet, do remember to join their online contest to win a premium land tour for 2 to the romantic country of France. More details here.

This is early – but an advance greeting: MERRIEST BLESSED CHRISTMAS to all!  :O)

N.B: We were invited for a complimentary food tasting by the kind folks at Poulet. No other compensation were received. All photos, opinions and once again further enlarged waist-line remained yours truly.

Book Review & Giveaway: JJ’s Science Adventure (Magnets)

When Aurelia, a former local primary school teacher, approached me to review her book – JJ’s Science Adventure – I was actually taken aback by her view about our local education system. She felt that “our education system has degraded” and  many parents “cry over their kids’ lack of motivation to study”. As such, she took a plunge to create a Science comic book that present Science in an entertaining and yet educational manner.

Now that Xi En is finishing up with Kindergarten 1, I am slowly getting a preview of the looming pressure and difficulties that our children will be going through once they enter formal education. It is just so different from my days. Yes, there were exams to pass and Science concepts to grasp when I was in school too. But it just seemed like the standards had been ‘upgraded” and our children are expected to learn ahead of the system. Honestly, I am not looking forward to primary school (for them).

And so, it piqué my interest when Aurelia email me snippets of her comic book on Magnets. This is the first of a series to come whereby she continues to develop more science comic books which are tailored for kids according to MOE syllabus. The general story line is about 2 main characters – Joyce and Jonathon – entering into adventures while being hampered by Mr Sinister & his minions. Aurelia’s next series will be based on the concepts of Heat & Light.

I was curious to see if Xi En might be drawn to the Science concepts when it’s introduced in a comic form. It is encouraging that lately, he had also been able to self read and enjoys non-fiction, general knowledge books.

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The verdict:

He read cover to cover the day after we received the book in the mail. It was interesting enough for him to re-read it a few times.

He was drawn to the colourful illustrations and the comic format.

He laughed at some of the jokes.

He was curious about some of the Magnet concepts introduced and asked for them to be explained.

He could understand the simpler concepts such as there are 2 different sides of a magnet and that each of the 2 sides could repel or attract (This was reinforced with magnetic toys).

He couldn’t understand some concepts such as “magnetic field”  and “how to magnetize a rod”.

He was curious about the “Did you know” section at the end about MagLev train and MRI (additional bonus pages) and asked questions on them although he didn’t fully understand.

My personal take on the book is that it is a colorful read for preschoolers (5 to 6 years old) based on illustrations. But to get the best out of it, parents will need to sit by and explain the concepts or conduct “science experiments” to explain how it all works in simple words and actions. It is a good, curious start to exploration in Science for the young ones and worth it for parents to spend some time going through it together with them. This will be ideal for Primary 1 to 3 (7 to 9 years old) as they should be able to read more independently and yet the comic format will likely still be able to command attention. As for Primary 4 to 6 (10 to 12 years old), I think it will be more of a revision.

JJ Science Adventure retails at S$18.90 and you can buy them here at Harvest Edutainment. For more information, do check out their website here.

And of course, good things must share!

Thanks to Harvest Edutainment, we have 3 books here as a giveaway to encourage the exploration of Science!

Please enter using the Rafflecopter here. This giveaway is open to residents based in Singapore and limited to 1 winner per household. Giveaway ends on 11th November 2014, 12am.

Winners will be announced on Claude Dambreville Facebook page and on updated on this blog post too.

All the best! 🙂

P.S: A fellow mommy blogger (Ing) who is a former teacher also shared her review on this book and hosting a giveaway too at her blog (Inspirations). Check out her viewpoints here.

Updates: 13th Nov 2014

And the winners are:

Jess Koh

Cynthia Lau

Fang Wenli

Congratulations and thank you everyone for the participation! 🙂

N.B: We were gifted with a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book for review purposes; no further compensation were received. All opinions remain writer’s own.

Waterplay with hot grounds? Poolzies to the rescue! (& an international giveaway)

Living in tropical Singapore, you get the sun up close and personal almost every day (except the monsoon seasons).

Sometimes it is just to close for comfort. In recent years, water parks sprouted up fast and furious in almost every new malls and public parks. It is just so cool to have them around for young children to have a reprise in the hot weather.

Unlike his older brother, Eizac is a water babe. He took to water (and water play) like a fish in water. Recently he insist having a bath toy every time he takes a bath and if he has his wish, he won’t ever end his bath time.

As such we warmed up to waterparks together with him. With waterparks, most are only open during day time when the sun is up. Perhaps like me, most parents might have encountered hot grounds at waterparks where they won’t allow shoes. Normally the kids will just hop around and douse water to ease burning soles. This happened to one such expat couple in Singapore as well. And that brought about the clever idea of introducing pool shoes – Poolizes.

Pia – the founder of Poolzies,  kindly sent Eizac a pair of lightweight Poolzies shoes which is made from Matt Nylon Lycra fabric (Australia) and anti-slip soles from Toughtek (USA).

It’s love at first sight for me as the shoes are well tailored (in Philippines) and the colors are bright and colourful.

Eizac tried these out at Gardens by the Bay waterpark recently and it is indeed a great product in my opinion.

I choose 18-24 months sizing for Eizac as he is about 19 months now. It looked longer than his feet but surprisingly it fitted snugly when he put it on at the park.

Besides it’s flexibility, I like it that the fabric also has a UPF 50+ protection from the sun. It’s almost like having sunblock on the feet while wearing shoes. Eizac didn’t resist in putting on the shoes; in fact at one point of time, we took off the shoes and he came running to me; pointing at his feet and “complaining” HOT HOT! I can imagine it’s must be really comfortable that he didn’t want to take them off besides the fact that the grounds were really scorching hot.

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It is a shame though that we were told to take off the Poolzies Pool Shoes at one point of time as the security personnel said shoes are not allowed in the play area. I had to patiently explain it is not a regular shoe wear but a pool shoe designed to be used in the pool/wet areas. Still, we were told not to wear it (after I finished with my photos) regardless of what shoes they were. Probably due to the lack of such products in Singapore, the security is not inclined to allow pool shoes as the rest of the crowd might follow suit with their regular footwear. Hopefully in time to come, Poolzies will be seen more often in waterparks such that it will be a regularity and we won’t be shooed off while wearing them. :S

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Poolzies currently stocks from 0 to 36 months in 10 different colors and designs at For the older kids and adults, there are plans to make bigger sizes in the future!

Do check out their website for more information on purchasing details.

Giveaway

And here is a splashing good chance to win a pair of Poolzies!

Poolzies had kindly sponsored not 1 but 2 pairs of  non-slip Poolzies pool shoes to be won in this international giveaway!

Here’s how to stand a chance walk away with these shoes:

1) Like Poolzies Facebook Page if you haven’t already done so.

2) Like Claude Dambreville Facebook page if you haven’t already done so.

3) Leave a comment on this blog post OR on this Facebook post sharing with us what features do you like best about Poolzies pool shoes. *hint* – read the blog post in more details or check Poolzies website.  Please include your kid’s age in the comments too. Reminder to also leave an email address so we can contact you when you are chosen as the winner. 🙂

Note:

This is an international giveaway; i.e open to all on earth who has a mailing address. 🙂 2 winners will be picked randomly; 1 who is based in Singapore and another anywhere in the world!

Giveaway ends on Wednesday, 15th Oct 2014, 12am (Singapore time). Check back on this post for announcement of winners thereafter.

*Special thanks to Poolzies for letting Eizac try out these cool pool shoes and sponsoring the giveaway!*

Poolzie 3Post updated:

And the Singapore-based winner is….. LENY! Congratulations! Poolzies will be in contact shortly. 🙂 Thank you for the participation everyone; please look forward to the next giveaway if you didn’t win this round.