Saturday, March 1, 2014
I wanted to like this place. I really did. An Asian / Japanese food place within 20 kilometers from where I live? It was the dream. Plus, the person who served us was super and really friendly. Unfortunately, the quality of the food left a lot to be desired and both MR and I were left unimpressed. I heard about Sushis & Cie from a friend who told me that a new Asian restaurant opened nearby. She and her husband ordered take-out for Valentine's and she said she loved it. I don't know if today was an off-day but considering that it was Saturday night, I hope they didn't disappoint a lot of clients like they did with us. I think it might take a miracle for us to order from them again.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
On Wednesday afternoons, SO has no school and MR and I usually don't work as well. Because we are usually invited out on weekends, Wednesday afternoons have become our "family day out time". But because it is winter, there isn't much to do outside or activities going on. One of our best family times have started with a car, a full tank, and the desire to explore. Today, our desire brought us to Le Grillon des Salines in Dieuze, France. A cozy French boulangerie / patisserie that is well known in the area to be a really good place for people craving sweets.
Monday, February 24, 2014
I found this recipe online a couple of months ago from the website: Ang Sarap (click here) and I just fell in love!!! <3 I had a pack of raw mussels and I wasn't sure what to do with it. I've only ever had mussels in 4 ways - the French-style Moules Marinieres and in the Philippines, Baked Tahong, Mussels with Coconut Milk, and Tinolang Tahong. But this time, I was in the mood to try something new and this recipe totally did it for me. The combination of butter + garlic + oyster sauce was a very very pleasant surprise and I couldn't believe that I didn't know about this sooner. But just like they say, it's better late then never and this one has been added to my list of favorites!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
We stumbled upon Lafayette Cafe a year ago while we were shopping in Galeries Lafayette in Metz, France. We were on the top floor looking at house appliances on one side and I wondered why there was a room full of people on the other. I never would have thought to find a restaurant up there, so I just had to try it! If Dad was still alive, I'd say there were big chances we'd come back here. But now that he's gone, I wonder if we would. I guess it was more about the fact that it was convenient to drop our shopping bags and dine here when we had Dad in his wheelchair rather than the quality of the food. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. I mean, sure it's a cafeteria-style kind of restaurant, but it's clearly on another level than the other cafeteria-style restaurants in town. Not just from the price, but also the way the food was served and prepared. We ate about 3 times here and there's definitely been no complaints. But now that it's just the 3 of us, I'm thinking I'd probably want to get out and explore.
Friday, February 21, 2014
My pursuit for the perfect Dame Blanche led me right back at home. After trying it here, here, here, and here, I thought to myself that if I wanted to have anything close to the first Dame Blanche I had in my life, I just had to recreate it myself. La Dame Blanche / The White Lady has nothing to do with the so-called night apparitions. This is one of the most simple desserts ever and one of my favorites. All you need to make this is Vanilla ice cream, Chocolate Fudge Sauce, and Whipped Cream. Adding chopped nuts is optional (I like it, MR not so much). But what makes a perfect Dame Blanche for me is the way it is served, which is really why I always come back to the first Dame Blanche I had. Up to the age of 14/15 years old, I had no idea what a Dame Blanche was. Then a French restaurant opened in Cebu, Philippines and that changed everything for me. The restaurant, Chez Lucie, invited their guests to try their Dame Blanche and I was hooked. No matter how well I ate, I always always had a place for my ice cream combo. And I'll always remember the way it was served. One waitress first brought my bowl of vanilla ice cream, another followed with the bottle of homemade whipped cream, and the third waitress with the chocolate sauce quickly came along with an "excuse me Ma'am, please be careful, the chocolate sauce is really hot". I first thought it odd, but when I had my first spoonful of the cold and hot combo, I found myself slapping my forehead.
How good something so simple bring me so much joy???
Friday, February 14, 2014
First of all, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!! While many will argue that this is yet another hallmark-made holiday, I like to spend the day greeting friends and families. That's just me. But this isn't really a special day for MR and I because for us Valentine's day is not just on the 14th of February, but everyday. This year, my husband and I had wild plans of waking up early, spending the day working until late at night, picking up SO from my sister's, making a quick dinner, taking off all our clothes, wearing our pajamas, and going to sleep early. The best part of my day - seeing my love first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Making Kare-Kare for dinner was a huge risk because chances were I would be the only one to eat it. Ever since I met MR, he has always been vocal about not liking Kare-Kare. He never said why, but I'm thinking he must have had a bad batch sometime during his childhood. I didn't grow up eating Kare-Kare at home either nor was it a dish we ordered at restaurants. I must have tried it once or twice, but the dish really never stood out. But as the days came closer to my date of departure 2 years ago, I found myself often thinking of Kare-Kare and wondering to myself if I was missing out on something great. Leaving a country does that to you I guess. Luckily for me, MR arranged a surprise goodbye party before I left and Kare-Kare was one of the dishes on the menu. This was in Kaona Grill in Cebu, Philippines and anyone who knows the place knows that Kaona Grill is famously known for their Crispy Kare-Kare (click here for the post). This was the perfect Kare-Kare initiation for me and MR. Unfortunately, this had me craving for it, which was bearable until last Friday when I finally put my foot down and went shopping at the Asian store to get as many available products as possible to make my recipe. I was gonna make it that evening, but there was no time, then we were invited on Saturday night, and I didn't have enough time again on Sunday. It's a vicious circle. So finally I said, rain or shine, I'm making it for dinner on Monday!