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This place is so new, I can’t believe I’ve been there before the word is out! It’s barely a week old and there hasn’t been any write ups on it. I’m not one of those cool types that keep up with the latest happenings and openings in Singapore. But this one I’ve seen almost everyday because I often drive down this street. From when it was just hoarding, to placing a logo, to the final reveal. I saw that it had something to do with a cafe, architecture and interiors, and my interest was piqued. Each time I drove down Joo Chiat I’d glance over to see if it was open yet. And on Monday I saw that it was!

Avenue

Avenue

Avenue is a cafe, store and office rolled into one along Joo Chiat Road. Opened by Quadwork Pte Ltd, an interior design company, the cafe tries to immerse you in design. Besides soaking in the design of the interiors, some of the chairs, lamps and cushions that decorate the place are for sale, and there is a corner featuring apparel and lifestyle products for purchase as well.

Inside the cafe

Inside the cafe

Alyssa liked that cat cushion!

Alyssa liked that cat cushion!

Coffee and cakes

Coffee and cakes

Clothes and lifestyle products for sale

Clothes and lifestyle products for sale

Renovation works are not complete yet, but the cafe part of the place is open. I popped in there with a friend today for coffee and a hot dog and left very happy with my meal. They have a limited menu but if the offerings are as yummy as the hot dog I had today, they’ll be fine. Aside from a variety coffee and cakes, hot dogs are the key highlight of their menu. There are just five flavours to choose from, and these are inspired by the cuisines from five countries – China, Singapore, Germany, Korea and Mexico. The Singapore hot dog is playfully named ‘Hor-Log’, the way it is often pronounced in Singlish. With the cute name, SG50, and going local being the trend, how could I not try it?

“Wan hor-log, pleez,” I ordered.

‘Hor-Log’ features a steamed hot dog topped with dijonnaise mustard, achar (pickled vegetables), sliced chillis, fresh onions, bacon bits and toasted peanuts. Who would have thought achar and hot dogs would make such a good pairing? But I suppose it make sense. Instead of regular pickles, use Asian style pickles.

Hor-Log

Hor-Log (pardon the blurry photo, I was holding a fidgety Alyssa and snapping the pic at the same time)

I really enjoyed it! They use a mild achar that is light on spiciness but still has a tangy twist. The flavours melded together nicely, making each mouthful a good mix of flavours and textures, without any particular ingredient standing out too much. Soft bread, light scrunch of the hot dog, crunchy achar, and firm bite of the real bacon bits; sweet dijonnaise mustard, spicy and tangy achar, savoury bacon and sausage. It’s not gourmet, but I think it makes good comfort food. I would eat this again.

And now I want to try the other hot dogs too!

The hot dog comes with shoestring fries, and I liked that they were crunchy (yep, I’m a crunchy fry person) and easy on the oil. Turns out they use an air fryer for their fries. I’m no coffee expert so I can’t tell you how the coffee compares to other coffees, but I liked my cup.

I will be back!

Avenue Cafe is found at:
454 / 456 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427667
Tel: +65 6779 7153

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Post note 13/7/16: I went back again several months later, only to be very disappointed. The hot dog and bun was not warm when it was served. Also, the shoestring fries were no longer served with the hot dog too! Instead of crunchy shoestring fries, there were cold, soft crinkle cut fries. I had brought a friend to try the place with me, and was slightly embarrassed that my recommendation flopped. Needless to say, I’ve not been back since. I’m not sure how the food is like now, but I do hope they went back to shoestring fries, and serving food warm.

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Alyssa continues to be a happy little baby. And she sure is a charmer. She has started to wave at everyone who passes by. So we often have kids and teenagers, delivery men, hawkers, and basically anyone, just stopping by to say hello to her.

She’s standing steadily now, but hasn’t shown much inclination to cruise or walk. I think it’s because I carry her around most of the time. I was thinking about it and realised that she barely gets any playground time compared to the boys, for two reasons. First, we are usually running around settling the boys or running errands. Second, the playgrounds at our new place are so hot in the day time! At our old house the playground was shady in the afternoon so I often brought Asher and Ellery to play there, even before they could walk. It’s a bit of a pity she hasn’t had that opportunity.

She’s got 3 teeth now! But she thinks she has a full set and wants to eat everything. I’m really quite amazed at how the human body develops. How is it that our teeth all end up sticking out about the same amount, but yet they can sprout one at a time?

I don’t know where her food goes. She eats, but doesn’t get heavier. She just gets taller and stays the same weight. She’s not even 8kg! But as she appears happy I think she’s ok.

She is starting to vocalise more, but still not that many words. I wonder if in our family the stereotypes will be turned on its head. Normally girls speak faster than boys, but Asher and Ellery both were quite vocal from young. She’s seems to be less so. And normally boys are more active than girls, but she seems to be more so! She is a real monkey, I tell you. Though I suspect she inherited that from me (my Mum told me I’ve climbed out of my cot before…).

Time flies, and suddenly you are almost 1 year old! I can’t believe it.

That's how much you respect Je M'appelle now.

That’s how much you respect Je M’appelle now.

Taller, but not heavier

Taller, but not heavier

Standing steadily, even on the bed

Standing steadily, even on the soft bed

With her new Peppa Pig toy that my Mum bought for her

With her new Peppa Pig toy that my Mum bought for her

Happy Baby

Happy Baby

Messy girls :)

:)

With Daddy after church

With Daddy after church

So matchy-matchy with Popo

So matchy-matchy with Popo

Big eyed

With cousin David at Leah's 1st birthday party

With cousin David at Leah’s 1st birthday party

Aunty and niece born 2 weeks apart :)

Aunty and niece born 2 weeks apart :)

Discovered the joys of bouncing. She was sooo happy

Discovered the joys of bouncing. She was sooo happy

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Cheese Board

For some reason we started talking about how the French eat cheese as a dessert after their meal, and we decided to try and assemble our own cheese board. Coincidentally I had gone grocery shopping the day before and bought several types of cheese, and my parents had brought back dried apricots and figs from their holiday, so we had a pretty nice cheese board!

And of course, it was topped off with a drink of kid-friendly juice. I would have gone for grape juice except that we didn’t have any. And I would have broken out the wine if I wasn’t going to be nursing Alyssa soon after.

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Cheddar, Emmenthal, Gouda, mozzarella, Port Salut, raisins, cranberries, figs, apricots, mango, pumpkin seeds, and juice :)

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Asher took part in his first art exhibition. I was thrilled to learn it would be held at the Arts House because it’s such a beautiful building, and so historically significant.

He painted a fish and called it ‘Fish in the Sea’. It took several lessons to finish this piece, and he was happy with the final outcome. There were times when he was starting to lose steam in the process, especially when doing the collage bits because he found it tedious to tear and stick the little pieces of paper. I like how it turned out though, and he’s happy with it too.

It was good to see all the other art pieces on display as well, and especially interesting to see how one theme was interpreted by people in so many different ways.

Art is one of the things that really makes Asher happy. I wonder how far he’ll take it :)

All of us with his art work

All of us with his art work

On the wall with other sea creature art works

On the wall with other sea creature art works

He likes art!

He liked the other art pieces he saw there too

Outside the Arts House & Ellery photobombing the pic

Outside the Arts House & Ellery photobombing the pic

Being boys

Being boys

Ellery so pleased that he could climb up on his own

Ellery so pleased that he could climb up on his own

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This greedy little girl has eaten roti prata!

Really, I caved cos she was just so persistent! She utterly refused to eat her own breakfast and kept pointing at my prata and asking for it “DER!!”

The third kid…anything goes huh?
SONY DSC

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Ellery has learned to ride a 2 wheeler! Yay!

He has been using the Strider for a long time now and is good at balancing. Transitioning him to a pedal bike took quite a bit of coaxing though. Ellery didn’t want to ride on two wheels using the old rusty bicycle that was given to Asher when he was smaller. Ellery kept thinking he couldn’t balance even though he clearly should be able to.

I decided that we needed to get him a new bike. The other bike was too small for Ellery anyway. We went to the bike shop together and got him a bike that, as a bonus, had a basket!  It is a feature he has asked for on many occasions. He also got to choose the colour. We brought it home, and the next day went to the nearby garden to try it.

Success!

He could do it! He was so pleased with himself. From saying he couldn’t ride a two wheeler, he started to say how fun cycling was. I hope he continues to discover the joy of achieving what he thought he couldn’t achieve at first.

Off he goes!

Off he goes!

Playing

Enjoying the playground with his little sister

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