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Swissotel The Playhouse Brunch

Swissotel Hotel which opened early this year at Al Ghurair Dubai recently launched The Playhouse Brunch in Liwan Restaurant  which focuses on keeping the little diners entertained.

A brunch can last up to 4 hours long and the truth is kids are fed within the first 30 minutes after which they are just bored waiting for the adults to be done.  As a mom one of the important brunch element I am looking for is keeping the kids entertained with engaging activities. Happy kids means a relaxing brunch for parents. 

Swissotel Playhouse Brunch

A dedicated room where kids can play, have their face painted, work on some crafts and a Nintendo Switch for bigger kids. Another area was all about “playing with food” where the kids get to design cupcakes and cookies with the guidance of Swissotel Chef’s.

Parents can dine at peace because the hotel went an extra mile with the installation of CCTV cameras on all the kids area. Wide screen TV are strategically placed in the dining area for the parents to view while enjoying a wide range of international buffet. 

Liwan Restaurant offers different cuisines with live cooking stations, we were on their grill station quite a lot. A wide selection of dedicated kids buffet offered the classic favorite like pasta, fries, corn and nuggets. Enjoying every bite is an understatement because every thing was delicious in our opinion. The desserts were to die for! A chocolate lover will be in heaven as they have a section of artisanal Swiss Chocolate dessert spread.

The Playhouse Brunch – Swissôtel

Every Friday from 12:30 to 4:00 pm and is priced at AED 160 for adults and AED 80 for children. Kids under 5 years old dine for free.

Telephone: +971 4 293 3000 | Email: AlGhurair@swissotel.com

Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2018

A recognition of any form for something one is passionate about is a big pat in the back that you are doing a great job.

Every year when the list for Time Out Kids Awards comes out a little sparkle  of hope lingers that maybe just maybe this year I will see my name on the list. To see Cuddles and Crumbs on the list of Parent Blog for the Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2018 was a surprise. I honestly feel like a winner!

Time Out Dubai Kids Awards Night 2018 Abigail Caidoy
Our family photo was scrolling on the big screen before the event started. 

My glammed up look was all thanks to friends who loaned me the dress, shoes and bag for the night. Thank you Chiqui and Mheann! I needed to have an Oscar worthy hair and make-up that was made possible by Shella Amer

MakeUp by Shella Amer
For bookings & inquiries, email ShellaAmerMua@gmail.com

It was a night to remember because I was all glammed up for a black tie event. My sweet Joy Caasi of The Thrift Trip was the best date one could ask for. I honestly would have not attended the event if Joy did not join me. 

A huge THANK YOU to all our friends online who have been following us on Instagram, Facebook and reading our blog. 

Recipe: Cheese Cupcakes

Cupcakes loaded with cheddar cheese!

I can’t decide whether its savory or sweet but I can guarantee you that the cupcakes are delicious.

Chloe sells cupcakes at her Kuya V’s basketball practice and these always gets sold out. The batter has cheese in it and topped with more cheese.

My kids have been using their own money to buy stuff that they want while we (the parents) cover every thing they need. I will share more how we are (hopefully) teaching them to be more responsible with managing their finances well.

We have always baked using grams, below I roughly converted it in cups. Recipe yields to more than 2 dozens depends on the size of your cupcake pans.

Cheese Cupcake

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Source: cuddlesandcrumbs.com
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Ingredients

  • 10 grams | 2 tsps Baking Powder
  • 500 grams | 3 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 320 grams | 1 ½ cups Butter, room temperature
  • 350 grams | 1 ½ cups of Sugar
  • 454 grams | 1 bar Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 5 large eggs

Directions

  1. PreHeat oven to 180C.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder, set aside dry mixture.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light in color. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Alternately, add dry mixture and condensed milk to creamed butter.
  5. Set aside about 1 cup of grated cheese for toppings. Mix in the rest of the cheese to cake batter.
  6. Scoop a batter on cupcake liners, top with more grated cheese on top. Feel free to add as much or less cheese to your liking.
  7. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted on the batter comes out clean.


Giveaway: Back to School Friday Brunch

Giveaway! Celebrate your kids milestone of adjusting well to school life with a Friday Brunch.

We did just that at Movenpick Bur Dubai’s ‘Back to School Friday Brunch’. It was a well deserved treat for the kids and us parents too.

They offer a wide variety of food selection to cater to every one’s liking. Some meals were even served in a tiffin box keeping up with the theme. A wheelbarrow carrying assorted seafood visits each table.

A dedicated kids room located at first floor has a buffet which offers Movenpick’s Power Bites menu. I felt that the room needed more attention specially to keep younger kids entertained. Game consoles are available as well which kept the older kids occupied. The kids room is on the first floor while the buffet area was at the ground floor, I suggest that you accompany your children specially if they are under 6 years old.

Join the giveaway over at our Instagram page, here.

 

Movenpick Friday Brunch

Terms and Conditions:
  • The gift voucher is for a Friday Brunch for 2 adults & 2 kids inclusive of house beverages.
  • Children below 12 years old are free and from 12 – 16 years old will be with 50% discount.
  • The voucher is valid until October 2018.
  • Giveaway is open to UAE residents above 18 years old only.
    If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, we reserve the right to choose another winner.
  • Prizes are non-transferable and non-convertible to cash.
  • Deadline of submission is on September 26, 2018.
    Winner will be announced on September 27, 2018.

 

Art of Brunch at the Fountain Restaurant

Ground Floor, Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai
19th Street, Oud Metha
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 3104320

 

#LunchBoxTalk – Prepare your kids Lunch Box Kit

Are you availing of the school lunch package or preparing one at home? Tin or plastic? Compartment or box type?

Let’s talk about SCHOOL LUNCH KIT!  In this post I will share our favorite boxes and essentials that make my lunch packing easier.

Also, check out previous post on Top 5 things you need to get your lunch kit ready.

lunch box kit

Collect this items!

These things are stuff you can easily gather and build a stash off from eating out or having food delivered.

school lunch kit

 

  • Table Napkins
  • Wet Wipes
  • Disposable Utensils
  • Condiment Packets – ketchup, mayo, salt and pepper

You will save a lot by making it habit to keep the extra things listed above you get for free. Wash disposable utensils after use to save more moolah, mama!

Water bottles

Whether you choose BPA free plastic or stainless bottles for your kids, you should ask yourself  – “How to clean the bottle”

I prefer water bottles that has removable parts because yucky molds can build up in corners. Base on our experience any removable parts can also be replaced.

#LunchboxTalk Water Bottles

 

Once a week sterilize all bottles specially the plastic parts. I use warm water + salt to sterilize  weekly and Milton sterilizing liquid monthly to remove black spots that may appear.

Compartment lunch box

I prefer compartment boxes because it is neat and when the kids open it, they see everything and not shuffle from one box to another.

Here’s our 3 favorite compartment boxes.

OmieBox

I declare OmieBox the coolest lunch box this season! This box is by far the only one available in the market that is capable of storing hot and cold food.

OmieBox Dubai

This box is 100% leak proof and airtight to keep food fresh. A slider can be removed and use to adjust the space of the two compartments. I will post another review after a month of use.

OmieBox is now available in the UAE.

Yumbox Panino

This box has been last school year’s favorite because it’s colorful and light. We’ve had this box for a year now and has hold up pretty well.

Yumbox Panino

This one is 100% leak proof which is one of its best feature. I have packed saucy pasta and yoghurt in it and the liquid stayed in its compartment. That being said colorful sauce tend to stain the silicone and sometimes food smell stays.

Yumbox is available in the UAE and Philippines.

Planetbox Rover

We’ve had this steel box for 4 years now, has survived rough handling of a active boy and his troop. The box still looks brand new!

pnaetbox rover

What I like the most is that this steel box is so easy to clean – not greasy and food smell don’t stay. While food stay in their designated compartment, you need to pack “saucy” food in a separate sealed containers, they are called dippers.

We bought this from the Planetbox website and had it delivered to Dubai via Aramex Shop N Ship.

Check out some posts to help you with school lunch packing.

Weekly School Lunch Planner post to help you get organize

5 things to get your School Lunch Kit ready

Join our FB Lunch Box Packing Community

Follow & Use #LetsMakeLunchFun on Instagram

#CnCLunchBox for all of the boxes I pack for the family.

 

 

Recipe: Galic Baby Bok Choy

This is simple stir fried bokchoy is my favorite way to prepare this vegetable. It’s quick, easy, healthy and yummy. I prepare this as a side dish for fried meat or baked fish. Great for lunch box too.

I get our Bok Choy stash from WestZone supermarket and during the winter season at the Farmers Market.

Garlic Bok Choy

Quick and easy dish that is great side for either a fried or baked meat. 

Ingredients

  • 2 packs bok choy
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, cut in strips
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce / oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Directions

  1. Trim the bottoms off each bundle, cut in half or quarters depending on size. Make each piece as uniform as possible so they cook evenly. Wash thoroughly.
  2. Heat the pan, melt butter and add garlic. I like to add garlic while the butter is cold to infuse better flavor and slowly cook till its toasted.
  3. Once garlic is toasted remove from heat, set aside. Add bok choy and mix the vegetables with a thong making sure that everything is coated with garlic.
  4. Add soy sauce as soon as the vegetables start to wilt. Add a tablespoon of sesame oil.
  5. Transfer on serving plate, top with toasted garlic.

 

Explore the Sharjah Art Museum

We finally got a chance to explore Sharjah which is the nations heritage capital. The Sharjah Art Museum is home to one of the largest exhibit in the Gulf region featuring Arab artists that made an important mark in the region.

Sharjah Art Museum

A first time for our family of to explore a museum. It was fascinating to watch and listen to the kids interpretation of the painting in front of them. They argued that the artist could have given the art piece a better title. Some had a long description behind the painting while a few of them made us wonder more how they came to be.

Martyrs by Faisal Laibi Sahi (Iraq) is a favorite.

Martyrs Faisal Laibi

Below are some of our favorite pieces. Chloe was drawn to colorful paintings while Kuya V liked landscapes and portraits. The visit definitely fueled the interest to explore more of Sharjah.

Entrance to the museum is free and guided tour is available upon request. For more information, visit the Sharjah Art Museum website.

 

 

School Memory Keeper

Our kids have grown taller and so much wiser as we bid farewell to another school year. They also have to say goodbye to special people who have helped shaped their personality, the Teachers.

I found the perfect way to preserve school memories and very special graduation gift as well!

school memory keeper

Mel of More Organised shared the idea of gathering messages from teachers and have them write it on your kid’s favorite book. You, the parent will do this each year at the end of school year. It will be ideal if you can start this as early as nursery or baby daycare.

I completely forgot about it last term, thankfully Harkee of As They Grow posted about it on her IG stories at the last week of Chloe’s school.  Late at night, I crammed looking for a hard bound  book with a lot of blank pages.

school memory keeper

Luckily, I have a hard bound copy of  “Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!” by Dr. Suess. Still need to do this memorabilia for my eldest,  a reminder has been scheduled in our calendar.

How do you start?

1. Choose a book preferably hard bound with plenty of blank space for the teachers to write on. Books like “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” from Dr. Suess are famous for this purpose.

2. Write a letter to the teachers explaining what the book is for. Make sure you mention when you intend to get it back.

3. Send the book during the last 2 week of school term. I packaged ours in a sealed envelop and ask the office to hand it the teacher.

 

Visit and follow As They Grow and More Organised for ideas on memory keeping. If you’re in the UAE, Pretty Paper Studio is a good place to buy all the materials you need.