Saturday, July 30, 2011

L'atelier de Monsieur Truffe

The Monsieur Truffe menu is small & offers
a variety of breakfast & brunch dishes.

For the wee ones they have two menu options, kids raspberry
pancakes with coconut curd & kid’s sausage rolls with sauce.

For the hot chocolate fans they do offer mini hot chocolates
which are served lukewarm to prevent unnecessary burning tongues.

For tiny bottoms they have highchairs & a change table in the toilets.

To read more of this review pop on over to Hey Bambini.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Malaysia Kitchen Australia

Coffee, cake and brunch are some of the MANY things that the Hey Bambini team gets to dabble in weekly, and when l say 'team' l mean my 2 son's, hubby and myself - huge team hey! My main passion and number one focus is finding child friendly cafes for families to experience and enjoy.

So when l was approached to be a Malaysian Kitchen Ambassador l was immediately intrigued, excited and thrilled that l was asked. You see l know LOADS about cafes but no so much about the Malaysian cuisine. l love eating Asian food (Japanese and Vietnamese are my personal favourites) - in fact they're high on the list of things that l enjoy to eat, but l haven't eaten a lot of Malaysian food. Sure l backpacked around Malaysia 10 years ago and enjoyed the food, but heaven help me if l can remember what l ate! Our diet at that time was mainly a 'liquid' diet if you get my drift...

Monday night was launch night at the Malaysian restaurant Laksa Me in Chinatown. l adore walking into Chinatown, the amazing cooking smells that float down the street get my mouth watering in an instant. At the restaurant l got to met some fellow Malaysian Kitchen Ambassadors which included the lovely Megan, Christine, Carly, Candice and Karen who also have fabulous and inspiring blogs. (Pop on over for a cheeky peek!)

Our delicious banquet had us literally all rolling out the door and Chef Allan Woo was a delightful soul. Allan was only too happy to share with his passion and stories of Malaysian food, which l found fascinating. Allan touched on a brief history about Malaysia as a country and of course all the lovely ingredients that go into traditional Malaysian dishes. I enjoyed seeing his passion for cooking and hearing about all the different cooking processes and the love that goes into his Malaysian food.

It was truly inspiring and l can't WAIT to get out there and try some more Malaysian food. So as a newly appointed Malaysian Kitchen Ambassador l order thee to go forth and experience with me the colourful, the spicy and the delicious world of Malaysian food! Oh wait a moment - l'd love to bring you all along to each and every restaurant l get to try but sadly l cannot. So stay tuned for my adventures, they say you eat with your eyes so l will be bringing to you loads of lovely foodie snaps and details of all the Malaysian restaurants we get to experience and enjoy, hopefully some family friendly!

Monday, July 25, 2011

It's a Small World After All!

A few months back l attended a networking morning tea at Babycinos Garden Cafe.

All the usual suspects were there that l love to run into - Kate from Babysitters and More, Linda from Nifty Mums, Vari from Buttercup Ink and Katrina from Market Angel just to 'name drop' a few.

It's always lovely to catch up to share tips, ideas and get the gossip of what's been happening in the online world.

On this day there were 2 new faces. Laura and Patricia from My Family Deals. You see this was the girls first sort of networking event thingy and we all made them feel welcome (as you do) and we all swapped cards and email details. When l grabbed Laura's cards l noticed see was from Buninyong which is a small town just outside of Ballarat - my old stomping ground.

To cut a long story short turns out Laura and l actually went to the same school in Ballarat and her brother was in the same year as me! It just goes to show what a small world it really is and even though our paths never crossed all those years ago "back" in the day, they have now in a Cafe 100kms from Ballarat, 16 years down the track at a mummy networking event. So without further ado l want to welcome My Family Deals (who have just launched today by the way!) to the little Hey Bambini blog.

Here is a little bit about them....

My Family Deals is a new website launching today offering great deals on family friendly cafe's, children's activities and family accommodation as well as essential products and services your whole family will enjoy.

My Family Deals has been created by two mum's who wanted to offer families great deals at 'child friendly' venues! Our deals are available across 7 days and to celebrate our launch by registering your details on our site you can go in the draw to win $1000.00 worth of deals.

Plus there will be an exclusive launch this Friday on our website for a fabulous Thailand holiday deal - perfect for the WHOLE family! We look forward to providing you with great daily deals across Melbourne and Victoria and shortly in Sydney.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cubbyhouse Canteen

With plenty of room to move a pram, baby change table
facility, high chairs, toys, colouring pencils & books,
indoor/outdoor/park seating option, great food & service,
this cafe makes for an ideal place for the whole family
& already proving extremely popular with the locals.

To read more of this guest review by Li-Ann from Ham & Pea click HERE

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sydney LOVE

Oh my goodness!

That's all l can say right now.

We have only been in Sydney for four days & our little family has already explored so much of this beautiful city.

{We are dreaming of having an apartment on the water - but yes just dreams...}

We can't wait to share with you all the great child friendly cafes we've already found.

Our jeans are starting to get a little tight so a see-food diet may be on the cards when we get home!! {LOL!!}

So stay tuned for the next exciting "cafe news" installment from Hey Bambini.

{We thought we'd just "check in" to let you all know we are still around!}

Until next time we meet lovelies.

Cheers to Sydney

Monday, July 4, 2011

Kid Friendly Bakery : Bordertown : South Australia

We had a very quick and brief visit to Bordertown a few weeks back. It wasn't penciled into our jam packed itinerary, but neither was driving from Adelaide to Melbourne at 2pm in the afternoon.

Yes l have two words for you ladies and gents.

Ash cloud.

Yep we were among the hundreds stranded at the airport and we had to make other arrangements to get back to good old Melbourne town. As always we like to see the bright side of things, at least we got to see some more of our beautiful country.

We planned to drive straight through - kids demeanor pending. l don't know if you've ever done it (it's our second time) but it's a long drive filled with overtaking trucks, endless highway and small country towns.

All this considering the kids were great, well better than great. We only had to stop twice. Once for petrol and the second stop was in the small country town of Bordertown. The cafe gods must have been smiling down on us, as the chance place we happened to stop at had all the FUN Hey Bambini Features we LOVE!

The Morning Loaf is a bakery cum cafe situated right in the heart of Bordertown which sits right next to a little park complete with swings and slides for the kids. It's the perfect spot to stretch those car legs and to burn off extra energy. The cafe was a basic country bakery filled with a jumble of vintage furniture and knick knacks while serving all your bakery favourites. Homemade pies, sausage rolls, cakes and buns were on offer. We didn't grab any hot drinks but they did do coffee and other hot beverages.

For tiny bottoms they had a change table, highchair and of course a great little kids corner complete with mini chairs and table and an array of toys for little ones. My Mr 8 months really enjoying stretching out of the "soft fall" mats and have a quick play before we hit the road again.

Listen it probably wasn't the BEST bakery cafe I've been in but the kids had fun with the toys and in the park, which in that case they could of served me cardboard, as long as my kids are happy and they won’t be complaining in the car, l'm happy.

It's a good little bakery cafe to lock away in the memory bank next time you're headed that way. The kids will love it most of all!


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