Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chicken Afritada

Remember how I made White Chicken Adobo the other night? Well, seems like I made a mistake. I was supposed to use boneless chicken thigh fillets for that. But when I asked MR to thaw out chicken from the freezer I guess he got confused and put out the chicken thighs (bone-in). Instead of putting it back in the freezer (safety precautions), I just used that in the White Chicken Adobo dish.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oyster Mushroom and Asparagus Stir-Fry

My daughter, SM, absolutely loves mushrooms! All kinds of mushrooms! I love asparagus! So it only makes sense that I would buy mushrooms and asparagus every time I go grocery shopping. We eat a lot of these two and I always try to find new ways to make them. This particular dish I made is great with just about any other vegetable combinations. You may also add your choice of proteins, if you prefer.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Japanese-Inspired Potato and Egg Salad

This recipe came about for 2 reasons. One, I wanted something to complement the sandwiches I made. I thought about how Cafe Georg serve their sandwiches with a siding of Potato Salad and I love that! And Two, I wanted to use the Ebiko I bought. So, there it is: Japanese-Inspired Potato and Egg Salad.

Shopping Bag: Ebiko

I am very excited to announce that I found Ebiko (yay!!!) , which is frozen seasoned capelin roe. I believe it is also known as Tobiko. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I found this at the frozen section in the supermarket of Gaisano Country Mall at a reasonable price! I picked up this pack and flashes of California Maki entered  my mind. This is a good day. ☺

Monday, June 27, 2011

Leftover Chicken + Cheese + Tomato Sandwich

My Mother-in-law lent me her Sandwich Maker yesterday. I've been bugging my husband to buy me one, but he's always refused saying that we have too many kitchen appliances already. Actually, he prefers we buy a Panini Maker which, let's face it, is costly. So while saving up for that, I am going to enjoy the borrowed Sandwich Maker.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

See you in a month, Boracay!

Boracay is our getaway place. Since we started dating, my husband and I have been going there annually on vacation. It is our special place. <3

Getting Our Dream Landscape

My husband and I like to stay at night in bed and daydream about our “dream house”. As much as possible, we’d like something we design from scratch. And as much as we have contradicting ideas on the design, we both agree on a simple home but with a spacious garden. Problem is, we never seem to know exactly where we would start to design it. Too many ideas and pictures come to mind. At landscape designer, you are provided with endless ideas and possibilities to achieve that dream garden. Not only can you work with a really good landscape designer, but you can work with designers from all over the world! Just imagine the different influences and inspirations, you are only bound to get something great!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

White Chicken Adobo

There are many ways of cooking Filipino Adobo. And not just with the sauce (with soy sauce, without soy sauce, with oyster sauce, without oyster sauce, with coconut milk, without coconut milk, and so on and so forth), but also the protein. You can make Adobo with any kind of meat, sometimes mixed, seafood, and even just tofu for the vegetarians. I've certainly made it different ways too, experimenting here and there. Tonight I had to decide on what to make with the chicken thighs I thawed out. And I had to make something really quick because we were joining my father-in-law in Ayala Center to watch a a film at the French Film Festival. We're watching Le Marquis again. :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Gelatissimo, Ayala Center Cebu

In my opinion, Gelatissimo is the best  ice cream parlor place in Cebu. I love having a cup of Gelatissimo ice cream at the end of a meal, which is what we usually do when we are having dinner at Ayala Center. The price may be steep for ice cream considering that the price of 2 scoops can buy a liter of a local ice cream. But I love the rare choices they have (Coconut & Lime=Yum!, Green Apple=Yum Yum!) and I always make sure to get something new every time! 

Dinner @ Sbarro, Ayala Center Cebu

We had already made plans of eating at Sbarro tonight. So after the movie was finished, we just knew where we were having dinner. It's been a long time since we've had a meal at Sbarro and I wanted to see what they were up to.

French Film Festival 2011

I can't believe I almost forgot about this event! But it's still on its second day so I haven't missed much. Thankfully, the film I was excited about is still showing today and tomorrow too!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pareng Vic's Carenderia a.k.a Hi-Blood Station

I have universal taste. I can eat with the best of them at fine and formal restaurants; dishes that shockingly cost P3,000+ each. But I also love eating cheap but homey food. And nothing spells this like food I grew up with. These are the days when I miss my mama the most.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Garlic Shrimps and Mushrooms

After months of not going to Rustan's Supermarket, we finally decided to see what was new after we got a phone call by one of their promo agents. We were surprisingly happy to see that they now have French products again! We definitely stocked up!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Shopping Bag: Mocha Frappuccino - Starbucks Ice Cream

So I know it isn't really the season for ice cream right now as tt's been pouring hard lately. But I couldn't resist getting a pint of creamy Starbucks Ice Cream!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Uno at Waterfront Hotel Lahug, Cebu

With the many many options of places to eat at this Father's Day, we definitely had a hard time choosing where to go. Our original plans of going swimming today was abruptly canceled because of the pouring rain, but nothing could ruin our mood because what really matters is the company and nothing beats being with one's family!

Father's Day 2011

This is a special day for me too. It reminds me of how lucky I am to have 2 very special men in my life.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Penne Pasta with a Creamy Tomato and Ham Sauce

Sadly, we have no meat, fish, or seafood in our refrigerator. This means it is time to go shopping again which we are going to do tomorrow at Rustan's Supermarket Cebu, mostly because we got a phone call from them regarding their ongoing promo. We had original planned on going to SnR next week, but I guess that will depend on how shopping goes tomorrow.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Delivery: Chowking, Cebu

Friday night usually means: Delivery night and a movie at home! After the recent failed McDonald's delivery, we decided to stay clear of that for now.So it was goodbye (for now) burgers and fries and hello to Chinese fast food!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I am back! Back as in feeling better, feeling completely better! Yes, I am 100% flu-free! And I am in the mood to cook! I have my full energy back and I want to sweat it in the kitchen cooking for my family. The first in the list of order is making MR some homemade cheeseburgers to make up for the horrible burgers we had from McDonald's the other day.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chicken Curry

For the longest time, I've always loved Chicken Curry. The spicier the better! The kind you find at Filipino eateries and restaurants. But it's only recently that I realized I've been loving the Filipino version of curry.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Husband's Cooking: Baby Back Ribs and Soup

MR is my knight in shining armor! Actually more like a knight with a wooden spoon. You see I got sick last week and until now I am not 100% fully-recovered. What is left with me now is a bad case of cough which I'm hoping will go away soon.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sinigang na Manok / Chicken Sour Soup

Ever since I've made Sinigang Soup from scratch, I've stopped using the instant powder. The flavor is so much more intense and it's definitely a nice feeling knowing that I (and my family) am eating all-natural flavors.    

No msg, No preservatives! 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Delivery: McDonald's, Cebu

I'm still feeling pretty bad. The fever has gone down, but I have bad colds and I can't wait for the cough to start kicking in (which usually happens on the third day). Oh joy!

So I'm still not in the mood to cook. If I could, I'd stay in bed all day long. But my annoying father (I love you Dad) insists that I eat something. We had soup last night and I kinda wanted something else tonight. And I was feeling so bad that I preferred if we had our food delivered rather than picked up by MR (so he could watch SM for me).

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pick-Up: Joed's Lutong Hapon, Cebu

They're moving soon!
I'm a huge Japanese food fan! Sadly, the only one in the family. Thankfully through the years (and my constant pushing LOL), MR has grown to like it. With Dad, it's a little more complicated. We've eaten at several Japanese restaurants in Cebu and Manila, but to eat good Japanese food means spending.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Food in the Streets : Dodong Pork Siomai

Since we've been going to Banilad Town Centre a lot this summer, I've noticed this food cart on the side of the street. Siomai has been made popular by the now widely known success of Siomai sa Tisa. In fact, within 5 minutes of our house, there is a store that sells Siomai sa Tisa which is great for last minute lunch. We've always been contented with their siomais but something about this food cart made us want to try.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MJ's 25th Birthday

 It's MR's younger sister's 25th birthday and we're celebrating, without the celebrant :( 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hubby's Cooking: Beef Caldereta / Bakareta

Hubby has got it inside his head to make Beef Caldereta or Bakareta. And once he gets something in his head, he goes for it...right away!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Shopping Bag: Melona Ice Cream

 I can't believe I waited this long before trying this!!!! What was I thinking???

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Dinner @ Macaron Tango Cafe, Cebu

Dinner at Macaron Tango was a combination of good and bad. If you read my previous past, you know that I am not quite fond of the place, but I will try to be as objective as I can in my food review.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Macaron Tango Cafe, Cebu

About 3 months ago, a new French Restaurant/Cafe opened in Cebu. Since then, we've been hearing about this little nook from newspapers, friend's photos, and facebook. Naturally, we were itching to go!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 + Taters

Today is SM's last day at Gymboree Summer Gym Camp. We're gonna be on a 2 weeks break and then start nursery classes. As a way of letting SM know how proud we are of her, MR and I decided to bring her to watch a movie at the cinema. Kung Fu Panda 2 has been showing at the movie house for a week now. We were at Marco Polo Plaza last week, so this was our last chance to catch it in the movies. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Snacks @ Dimsum Break, BTC Cebu

We're on our last week of SM's Gymboree Pre-Nursery Gym Camp. For the past 6 weeks, we've tried our best not to stop by Dimsum Break every time we were at BTC.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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