Friday, September 30, 2011
I told you I'd come back for the Chicken Tacos at Burrito Bar and I finally did! ☺ So, do I really love it or was is really just a fluke?
Thursday, September 29, 2011
One of my guilty pleasures in life is buying my monthly stack of magazines. I started this when I was a teenager. Then I would buy magazines teenage girls like to read such as Candy. Years later, I graduated to women magazines, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. When I got married, I started my love for food-related magazines (Yummy, Food, and Appetite). And when I became a mother, I started buying Good Housekeeping and Smart Parenting. Nowadays, I don't buy the beauty/women magazines anymore, but I continue to religiously buy my food and parenting magazines. I try to grab the new issues when I'm out grocery shopping and nothing gives me more pleasures than going home, lie comfortably on my bed, and go through my new read page after page. There is always something new, a recipe or food-find, that catches my curiosity.
I made fish for dinner tonight, a recipe I got off one of my monthly magazine buys. Dad doesn't eat much fish (he's a picky eater) so I decided to make a vegetable dish as well. Eggplant is a safe choice as everyone in the family likes it. Then add the eggs and it's definite everyone will eat it!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
When my friend LI sent me a personal message in facebook to meet and talk about the entrepreneurship training program she just joined, I said yes. She gave me 3 options for our meet-up. I'm super busy these days, but thankfully I was free on one of the slots. So we made plans to meet-up at Vanille Cafe and Patisserie in Ayala Center Cebu.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
My husband has been extra good lately so I was thinking of making something extra special for him. Beef Ginaling is one of his favorite Pinoy/Filipino dishes because he grew up eating this. It's extra special for him because I hardly ever make it at home. I don't know why though as I really like it too. My husband is the most down to earth person I know and obviously one of my favorite person in the whole world. When he eats out, he likes to frequent small carenderias and he's been complaining how the Ginaling is usually more wet or saucier than to his liking. I decided to make it the way he likes it. A favorite dish for my favorite person.
Monday, September 26, 2011
MR was out for work this morning when he called me close to noon time and told me to drop my kitchen knives because he's bringing us lunch at home. I wandered around the house for 45 minutes wondering what he was gonna bring me. And when he finally got here and dropped the bag on the kitchen counter I said, "Yay, Classic Savory! I couldn't have done it better" and gave him a great big kiss! I always love these kind of surprises! ♥
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Mickey's event started at 1PM and I wanted to be at least 1 hour before showtime so we had a super light lunch. The popcorn we ate at the event was very salty that we only ate about half of the box only so we were kinda hungry. When the show was done, my husband and I agreed we would grab a quick snack at the lobby of the hotel.
Mickey Mouse, accompanied by his friends, is in town and we just met him! Think about 3 ear-to-ear smiles and that's us. The first time I heard about this event being held in Cebu, I did not hesitant to get tickets. That was three months ago and I just knew we had to go. Since then, we've been very excited for this and it's been my bargaining chip with SM. ☺
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I don't usually eat or cook breakfast, but this morning I woke up wanting to cook and eat pancakes. My husband was all for it, happy that I would take breakfast duty for once. And even more excited than myself to eat good pancakes after the other day's Pancake House's pancake disappointment.
Friday, September 23, 2011
There's an island in northern Bohol named Jao Island. From Tubigon, Bohol, you take a 4 hour van ride and then a 45 minutes pump boat ride to find yourself at this Jao Island, which proudly has the Danajon Bank, a rare double barrier reef. So rare in fact that it is only one of the 6 documented double barrier reefs in the world. Honestly, I had to ask where Jao Island was and as I listened to Sir Jun Ferreros, I couldn't help but say to myself, "wow, wow, wow".
I'm not a fan of soap bars. Especially when washing my hands in the comfort room or when I'm cooking in the kitchen. When I buy soap bars it's for my husband and he only likes homemade soap bars. I'm always on the look out for a good liquid handwash and I finally found something I am 100% comfortable with. Do you know Safeguard soap bars? Well, they've decided to make them in an antibacterial liquid handwash. It removes 99% of germs. It's scented, but it's a neutral scent and perfect for my sensitive nose. I've only seen this in the Robinson's Supermarket at Banilad Town Centre, but I imagine it's also available at other supermarkets.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thursdate c/o Ensogo coupons I bought online (www.ensogo.com) at Persian Palate (For P150, we ate for P300). A little reminder to coupon buyers out there, always make sure to read the terms and conditions that come with the coupons. Each establishment is different. With Ding Qua Qua, it was reservations at least 3 days before, Flame-It was walk-in, and at Persian Palate, it was preferable to make reservations one day before. Thankfully, I gave them a call yesterday, they asked for the order ID and voucher number, and when we got there for dinner everything went smoothly.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This morning was reserved to go to the SnR sale but as soon as we got there we realized that it would be impossible to go in anytime this morning and I really really did not feel like lining up all morning long in the sun and rain. We looked up my dad's friends there. Apparently they had reserved a cart for us, but suddenly the sale did not appeal that much to me. We thanked them and told them we'd be coming back later that day. They were thankful for the extra cart.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
So I needed something to make with the Asian Grilled Salmon. I needed something quick to make, something I could cook while I was marinating the fish. Preferably something with no meat as I was making salmon already. There were many options that came to mind but ultimately I went with pasta and mushrooms. It was quite fitting as I had all ingredients on hand and because mushrooms don't have a strong flavor it wouldn't counteract the salmon, which is in my opinion is a very fishy fish.
One of my favorite celebrity chefs is Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa. When I was pregnant, I craved Ina Garten and her cooking. Every day for 5 months her show was my source of comfort. I remembered her show aired during our dinner time and whenever her show's intro music would start playing the baby would kick hard. I guess it was her source of comfort too!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
On our last Thursdate, I noticed that there was an ongoing sale at Payless in Ayala. Buy 3 pair of shoes and get 1 free. I figured since we are 4, with this promo we could get one pair of shoes each. I made sure though to ask if all shoes were part of the promo (kid's, women's, men's) and was told all were included as long as they were regularly priced.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I realized this afternoon that I still had a P100 certificate from Choi City and needed to use it as soon as possible. So before it was too late to do anything, I decided to order for take-out. I asked MR what dish he wanted from Choi City and I swear there was a twinkle in his eyes when he said, "Mapo Tofu".
Friday, September 16, 2011
Today marks the 30th birthday of my Brother-in-Law. So along my Parents-In-Law, Sister-in-Law, and my Brother-in-Law's family we had dinner at Pino! for the occasion.We arrived at Pino! at 6:00PM, which is the time they open their buffet. There are several branches of Pino! in Cebu, but we went to the original branch which is in Lahug. We were the firsts to arrive from our group and we had plenty of time to take pictures of the place and food.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Whoever thought of these food coupons is a genius. What started in Manila is now in Cebu and nobody could be happier than me. Not only is it a big help for my blog (great half-off prices for food!), but it's also been great for MR and me personally. Especially since recently we've officially reinstated the Thursday night dinner dates or Thursdates for short. ♥
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
It's been a long time since we've eaten at French Baker. More or less 5 years ago, I think. I don't know how it happened, but we've become strictly Northwing restaurant-eaters when we're in SM City Cebu. So when Dad asked me where I wanted to eat after my shopping spree, I suggested, "Why not French Baker for a change?"
Ask any Cebuano where the best place for cakes is in Cebu and I guarantee that Leona's is in the top 5 list. Some are long-time lovers, others have discovered it when they finally opened a mall outlet, and the rest have just discovered its goodness. I don't believe I've ever heard someone I know mutter anything bad about this place.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I love Nori. Nori is Japanese edible seaweed which is commonly used to wrap maki and onigiri. It can also be used as a garnish in soups. When I was younger, I also liked to eat it as is for my snack. So when I saw this Tao Kae Noi in the supermarket, I was intrigued. Was this gonna be my new favorite snack?
We order for delivery or take-out at least once a week (we take turns choosing). It gives me a break from cooking and washing the dishes. I haven't been cooking (or washing dishes) much lately, but we still had food delivered tonight. It's hard to break a habit sometimes. Tonight's choice was SM's and she wanted Jollibee. We wanted to make her happy. But who am I kidding anyways, we love Jollibee too! ♥
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Monday, September 12, 2011
SM and I were back at Banilad Town Center today to pick up the photos of her last studio photoshoot. On our way out, we passed by Goombah and SM asked me if we could go inside. It was snack time and she's been wanting to play games at their arcade too.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I didn't forget about Grandparent's Day, I just really had no idea that it was today. We've been celebrating this special day for Dad for the past 3 years, but since it's a new "special day", it's still not yet engraved in our minds. Early this morning, Dad came in for breakfast and reminded us of "this day" and I thought to myself, "Uh-oh, it's today?" Before I could say anything, Dad cut my thoughts and playfully suggested we should go somewhere special tonight. And we did. To Garden Cafe at Marriott Hotel Cebu for the current French Bistro Buffet.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
A couple of days ago, I scheduled SM for a studio photoshoot. We have an annual membership which includes free photo sessions so as much as possible we try to have a photo session a couple of times a month. Anways, we are in Banilad Town Centre every week so it's easy to squeeze in the photo sessions. Naturally we had lunch afterwards.
Friday, September 9, 2011
After several days of eating out, it was nice to finally cook something at home.For tonight's dinner, I decided I would make the family some Pasta Puttanesca. It doesn't require a lot of ingredients, but it has a powerful taste because the ingredients used are strong (olives, capers, and anchovies!). Pasta Puttanesca literally means "whore's style spaghetti". Why it's called that way I'm not sure why. I did read once that this was the spaghetti cooked for whores after a day for work, but I'm not sure. I'm gonna have to look into that. There are no whores in the family, but they sure enjoyed this dish! ☺
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Today was SM's turn to visit the doctor. SM and my Mother-in-Law. SM was having her annual check-up and booster. My Mother-in-Law came with us so she could have her flu vaccine done too. I swear by the flu vaccine. I get mine every year too and I get sick less than 5 times a year and when I am sick, it usually lasts for just one day. Same thing with my daughter.
I noticed Auntie Anne's on our way across Northwing to go to the parking lot yesterday. I know it's been there for a while now, but it's never crossed my mind to try it. But as we were walking out of the mall, we took a little time to find out what's good about Auntie Anne's.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
At 6:30PM, Number 28 (Me!) was done with her check-up and exams. Everything looked great, no problems and worries. Phew! We picked up our daughter from Dave's Fun House and she reluctantly agreed to come with us. It was almost 7:00PM already and we were still in SM, so MR suggested we have dinner before going home. We walked around, still a little full of disappointment and regrets from today's lunch. And then we saw Mandarin Tea Garden.
I hate going to my OB-GYNE. Not that it is her fault; my doctor is charming, intelligent, and very caring. And she helped me a great deal with my difficult pregnancy and my even more difficult delivery! But I hate going to her office for 2 main reasons. First because it is the only time I have to face the weighing scale and snap out of my denial, and second because of the long wait! She is a very reputable OB-GYNE in Cebu so her patient list is usually long. To avoid that I usually make my routine check-up schedule a couple of months before in order to be number 1 or 2 in the list, but this time I made my appointment a week before. I have been avoiding going to her this year, but I have this thing going on that I can't ignore anymore and finally mustered enough courage to make an appointment. Making the appointment a week before guaranteed me number 28. Hahay. Today is Wednesday so I had to go to her SM Cebu office, which conveniently has an ultrasound machine / treatment room, so I would be doing the consultation and exams on the same day. A silver lining.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
After our afternoon nap, it's snacks time! ☺ When SM and I woke up from our nap, MR was at home and told us that he'll take care of our snack this afternoon. We waited patiently while he went out. It took him a while, but it was totally worth the wait when we saw that he brought back Kwek Kwek and Fish Tempura.
Monday, September 5, 2011
We didn't go to my in-laws' house last weekend because my Mother-in-Law, along with her sisters and my Sister-in-Law, went to Manila for a weekend getaway. They got back late last night and brought some goodies from Manila for us. I'm not usually a big cinnamon lover but I love Cinnabon! ♥
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Growing up there was this snack that I really loved. It was bacon flavored chips that looked like cut bacon strips. I wasn't allowed to have too much junk food when I was younger so I would only be able to buy it at the school cafeteria or when I was shopping with my mom. But somewhere between my elementary and high school days, that specific flavored chips was phased out and no where to be seen. Sad! :(
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Another one of those lazy days when I don't feel like cooking. So instead of slaving away in the kitchen, I asked MR to pick up dinner for us. We've picked up dinner at Casa Verde a dozen of times now and it's always been a smooth transaction so naturally we ordered from them again tonight. I don't need to be tired and cranky too!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I love green salads: lettuce, romaine, endives, arugula (fave!), frisee and more. I also love vinaigrettes because a good vinaigrette can turn an otherwise bland salad into a meal of its own. But I have to admit that I am sick of the usual red wine vinegar/balsamic vinegar and olive/sunflower oil combination. I started making dressings, but those are usually with cream, yogurt, and mayonnaise and that's packed with calories! Maybe a few new touches would help with my vinaigrette boredom.
My favorite kind of salad is Arugula. I love the peppery, buttery, and slightly bitter taste of the Arugula. And I was lucky to find really great Arugula at The Pantry the other night. I hope this is available to buy regularly. Arugula is also known as Rocket Salad and is high in Vitamin A and C. If you are planning on buying this for the first time, I have to warn you that this isn't like most salads that are bland, this is quite aromatic.