Child friendly restaurant: Vietnam House, Woden

Vietnam House
Ph: 02 6282 0288
Westfield Woden Shopping Centre
Woden

Vietnam House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We’ve been to the restaurant quite a bit, our Vietnamese restaurant of choice, but never with Little E, until very recently. I actually didn’t know the name of the place, as we’ve always referred to it as “the Vietnamese place in Woden” 🙂 I love Vietnamese food, I find them very fresh and light, quite different to most cuisine. I have yet to have a bad dish from Vietnam House, every single one I have had has been delicious, of generous serving size, reasonably priced and like most Asian restaurants, served quite quickly.

This past visit was not different. We ordered four different dishes, all coming at around the same time and were yummy. Little E was able to sample every single dish and loved it. He was seated in his own high chair, and was given his own cutleries and bowl. The waitresses were friendly and left us to our food.

One interesting info: when we first went to the restaurant, we were served by a little girl, whom I assume is the owner’s daughter. On this visit, we were served by the same girl, but this time, she’s so grown up! I feel so so old!!! 🙂

Anyway, you could always tell when I enjoyed my experience at a restaurant when I have no photos whatsoever to post 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Vietnam House and recommend it for families with young children.

On a separate note, day 33 of 100: my outfit today makes me happy, featuring my new jumper. I love prints and mixing them with each other 🙂

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I have to thank Mr E for not saying anything other than “all your purchases are lovely” when I showed him what I had spent our money on recently 🙂

Kid’s City, Mitchell, ACT

I have heard a lot of great things about Kid’s City here in Canberra. For those who don’t know, it is basically a giant indoor playground. There are a couple of such places around, but this one is apparently the biggest.

There are heaps of things to do in Kid’s City, both for toddlers and bigger kids. For the under 2s, there’s some walkers, a plastic tunnel, a ball pit and some climbing tubes. For the bigger kids, there are giant slides that I really wanted to go on (but didn’t as the place was packed). As well as the more advanced climbing tubes. There are cubby houses too for kids of all ages to enjoy.

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We finally went to check out the place last weekend and Little E had the fun of his life yet! We were lucky to be allowed in for free (it is normally $9.50pp), though I would have been happy to pay 🙂 We were there for around 1.5 hours and the whole entire time, Little E was zombie-walking and crawling everywhere, being the busybody that he is. He loved the big ball pit the most, with the cubby house coming second.

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While we were there, there were three separate groups having a birthday party. I noticed that the adults of the parties were able to socialise, while their kids run around by themselves having fun. I think it is such a great idea and would probably do it for future birthdays.

There’s a small café offering drinks, ice cream and other small snacks. Comfy sofas were also available for parents to perch themselves on. We didn’t get to try out any, as we were too busy keeping an eye on Little E. However, I will certainly try something next time I go 🙂

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Other than the fact that Little E loved the place, I fully appreciate how clean it is! The whole area was spotless, and the toilets (at least the female ones) are clean and not smelly at all. The ride-on car Little E played in was a little sticky, however, I found everything else clean. I will most certainly take my precious back there again 🙂

Child-friendly restaurants in Canberra: Ricardo’s

Ricardo’s
02 6251 2666
Jamison Plaza
Bowman Street, Macquarie ACT,2614
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Cronuts.

Delicious delicious cronuts. The sole cause of me getting my pregnancy body back sans the human baby inside.

I, once again, went to get my fix this morning. My excuse was I wanted my friend to have one as she never heard of it, and what a fine excuse it was.

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The many times I went to Ricardo’s, the place is never empty. Always packed with “ladies who do brunch”, mummies with bubs, young and old families, all sorts of people! Today was no exception, it was nicely filled with little kiddies running amok 🙂 I personally think they’re in such a great location, situated right next to a playground! So parents can sit nearby, consuming yummy food while the kids can go crazy playing (obviously where they’re more of mobile ages).

The service is prompt and friendly, the meals are delicious, and the coffee (again, as far as decaf go) is one of the good ones in Canberra. I rate their blueberry macaron as the best out of the ones I’ve had, that include Zumbo’s and Laduree’s 😉 I also like the redskin and popcorn flavours as well, and of course, the pièce de résistance, the cronuts, are amazeballs! I’m not so keen on their other dessert though because most are mousse-based and pretty pricey, but they’re beautiful looking. I wish the centre has an undercover parking too, at least some sort of shades, because I hate strapping on Little E in the rain like this morning.

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Little Man’s OOTD and my “light” lunch at home of Caprese Salad – I am so proud of myself, doesn’t it look restaurant quality? 😛

I will be making my way back there as soon as this Friday, again in order to enlightened people’s lives and make them so much more complete with the introduction to cronuts.

Let me know if you’ve had cronuts before, do you like it? or do you think it’s just a gimmick? A dear friend tried KK kronuts and didn’t like it.

Fussy Little Eaters: Pumpkin Fruit Cake

My little one today with a girly hat stolen from one of his friends

My little one today with a girly hat stolen from one of his friends

A friend recently came over with her little one (Hi, Tam!) bringing Pumpkin Fruit Cupcakes for morning tea, and they were really nice! Little E absolutely loved it that I can’t not make him more. We had a picnic with the mums, dads and bubs from my Mothers Group today, so it was a good enough reason for me to recreate. My friend did give me a copy of the recipe that she used, but she didn’t tell me how much flour, and it was just as easy to look it up than bother her, so here’s my take on the recipe (based on two different ones).

Pumpkin Fruit Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of mashed cooked pumpkin (I boiled mine)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of caster sugar (I used closer to 1/4 cup)
  • 100g glazed cherries, halved (If I was to make this just for Little E, I probably won’t add this in)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of wholemeal flour
  • 125g butter
  • 1 tbs of mixed spice (I didn’t add this today, but I will next time)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C (Fan-Forced)
  2. Cream butter and sugar with a handmixer
  3. Add pumpkin, eggs and flour
  4. Stir through cherries
  5. Pour into a cake tin (I used a loaf tin today) and bake for 45 minutes

Mr E doesn’t really like pumpkin, but he likes this recipe. It could have a lot to do with the glazed cherries (he loves them!), but most importantly, my little man likes it. I gave him a slice with a small pat of butter for afternoon tea today.

More on Mothers Group, if there’s any new mums out there, who are thinking of joining one, you really should! It is amazing how much support you need from the other mothers who are going through the exact same thing at around the same time. I know it is a matter of luck, since I have heard many mums not liking their group members, but you have nothing to lose. I am lucky in that regard, as we all really get along quite well 🙂

Justine, I Choo-se you!

Justine

Everyone, please meet Justine.

She’s the one I have decided to break my 2-year hiatus in bag-shopping for. She’s a full leather, with loads of space for Little E’s things and yet, not too heavy either. She also doesn’t look like a normal nappy bag, which I like. She smells amazing, so much so that I am constantly sniffing her like a druggie on a binge. I also got it on a significantly reduced price as it is “last Season’s” – Score! And, Mr E approved!

As promised, here’s what’s in my (nappy/diaper) bag.

What's in my nappy (diaper) Bag

Now that the “dam gates” have been opened so-to-speak, I am itching to spend the rest of my savings on this bag. SO CUTE!!!

P.S. Turns out Little E has a slight cold. He woke up from his morning nap with a runny nose. This explains his fussiness.

OOTD to the Handmade Market

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I’m wearing my Japan tshirt, ikat print Cotton On shorts and a black knitted vest. Check out my little man’s Old Navy loafers with mustaches on them, cute right? 🙂 They’re one of many from Grandma, she really does spoil him.

We went to the Handmade Market today, there were so many things that I liked, I was too overwhelmed. In the end, like always when I am given too many choices, I end up with none or very little 😦 Luckily, Mr E knocked some senses into me and we got a cronut and some macarons. Phew! Lucky he came 😉

I also bought a “what would be a top for normal people but is a tunic for me” tunic. It’s in the wash right now, so I’m sure it will be featured in my OOTD posts soon.