Thursday, January 31, 2013

Carottes Vichy

I am not a big fan of cooked carrots. If I could, I'd rather eat them raw, as is (like a cute rabbit hehe) or with a vinaigrette in a salad. I find that when they are cooked, they have a stronger taste which doesn't go too well with me. I have a friend who absolutely loves Mashed Carrots and I...well...just want to run the other way! I'd rather be given a bowl of Mashed Potatoes. I swear I'm not a picky eater. Except for cooked carrots and uhm...warmed milk! Eeek. Anyways, I do eat cooked carrots once in a while. Especially when prepared in tomato sauce, i.e. Afritada, Caldereta. I guess the tomatoes just overpowers the carrots and I'm okay with that. I also know how beneficial carrots are to our body and that is why I always have a stash in our basement. I may not like them but that doesn't mean the rest of my family doesn't, especially SO. And that is why I prepared Carottes Vichy for lunch today as a side dish. This is again a recipe I learned from my sister, DO, which she makes with just carrots and cream; I added a couple more ingredients.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

La Poelee in Marly, France

"So I have good news..."

Five words. Five important words and I literally feel a huge breath of relief leave my body. It was 5:30PM yesterday when Dad called me to announce the good news; the cardiologist had just left his room. When I was with him earlier in the afternoon, Dad looked really good - not tired at all. He did good during the procedure and all that was left to stress about was the result. But according to the good doctor all talks about a heart bypass and open heart surgery could be squashed. There would be none of that. Yes Dad will need a surgery, but it will be strictly to replace the defective heart valve. It is still a serious heart surgery, but at least it's just one thing to think about. Other than that, Dad has no cholesterol or sugar in his coronaries that could worry the doctor during the surgery. Breathing is definitely easier today and I had a good night sleep last night. Which is great because Dad asked me to come early to pick him up at the hospital today. After 3 days in the hospital, I want to eat out, he tells me. LOL.

Thank you Lord for everything.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Category - Books I've Been Reading

My New Year's goal for my blog was to just go all out with it. I've started introducing new categories (i.e. my personal favorites, the music I listen to, movies I watch) as a way to show who I am and what I'm like apart from the food blogger me. If you've noticed in the past year, my blog posts have included more and more tidbits about my life, its ups and downs. Putting down in words what I was going through in this year of separation has helped me tremendously. I don't receive a lot of comments, but I do know I have readers. I am writing to you. I am writing to myself. This blog has somehow become my precious baby and it's gotten personal. And if I ever can touch someone and help somehow, then that's just the cherry on top! :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hachis Parmentier

A couple of days ago, Dad mentioned something about me cooking Hachis Parmentier. I kept that in mind promising I would cook some as soon as I got the ingredients together. I've been really busy the past couple of days and before I knew it, D-Day was here. The day I had to bring Dad to the hospital. As the doctor explained, he would have to stay in for a maximum of 3 days as they will perform a complete heart check-up. From there, we will know what will be done and what kind of surgery he will require. To say I was stressed today is an understatement. Dad was as well and I wanted to take it all away from him. I just wanted him to go to the hospital thinking positive. Today had me in a roller coaster of feelings. I had the hugest smile, cooking Hachis Parmentier for Dad while he looked over me, trying my best to make him feel like I was doing ok. But in reality, I wasn't. I was freaking out deep inside. After lunch, the two of us went tot he hospital so he could be admitted and settled in his room. My nervous fingers had a life of their own drumming on the steering wheel on the way. At the hospital, the doctors started talking about a possible heart bypass, considering Dad's age. I freaked out even more (because this meant an open heart surgery), but I held his hand the sweetest possible way I could. Dad looked small in his hospital bed and I wanted to hug the worry and pain away. He's a good man and the best father who has always given me the best in life, I told myself sadly, swallowing back tears. And then we had the visit of an anesthesiologist  A very unpleasant man. I was fuming mad, which led me to have a very bad night. Tomorrow is a big day. In the morning, Dad will undergo the procedure which can have, although a tiny percentage, complications. Let's just pray it goes well and I can have good news to share with you. *fingers crossed*

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Salsifis with Cream

I'm not exactly sure what Salsifis are because I've never seen one personally, in exception to the canned ones in the supermarket. From what I've read online, Salsifis are also called Tragopogon. It is a root vegetable, but it isn't as popular as other vegetables of its kind, i.e. carrots, parsnip, radish, turnips, and beetroot. Dad isn't a fan of Salsifis, but I love them. It changes from the usual vegetables I serve at the dining table. It kind of reminds me of Hearts of Palm (looks like them too) and Parnips. I read that they are also called Oyster Plant due to its oyster-type flavor. I don't see the similarity at all and disagree with that. Anyways, the canned Salsifis are cleaned, peeled, cut, and precooked which makes it real easy to prepare later. But I'd really like to get my hands on some fresh ones to see what they really look like raw. I don't even know if they are easy or hard to find as I haven't particularly been looking for some at the supermarket, but the cans can sometimes be hard to come across!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Leftover Adobo Fried Rice

MR is a huge fan of fried rice. Now and then, he will experiment with whatever he has on hand. I don't mind Fried Rice as it is pretty versatile and can be prepared differently each time. And it is a pretty good way of making a new dish from leftovers, which is what I thought of when I saw the plate of leftover Chicken Adobo in the refrigerator this morning.

Monday, January 21, 2013

MR's Filipino-Themed Birthday Dinner

As soon as we were finished with our lunch, I cleaned up the kitchen and got ready for tonight's event. I love Filipino food, but based on years of experience, cooking Filipino dishes needs time (I slaved away for 6 hours!). It takes time to allow the ingredients to slow-simmer together hence intensifying the flavors. There are so many influences in Filipino cuisine and I wished it was better known around the world! MR invited my sister and her husband for dinner tonight, so not only was I on a mission to please him, but also introduce newbies to Filipino food. Two Frenchies at a time and the challenge is on! I'm aiming for oooh's and ahhh's during the meal.

Happy Birthday, My Love! :)

Today is a special day in our household. It is my husband's birthday. Which also coincides with the date he first proclaimed his undying love to me! LOL. That was over 10 years ago, can you believe it?!? It definitely takes a while to sink in on how fast time flies. But I take a look at what we have and become and I'm hit with the realization of what a beautiful life we have built together!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hit That Replay Button: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

So in my previous post, I mentioned that instead of going out we stayed at home to watch movies today. We re-watched the Twilight movies. My favorite ones of the series, which are the first and the last two. I read the books years ago and truthfully, I didn't fall in love with the story or the films. But I am loving Christina Perri's song, A Thousand Years, which is featured in Twilight. It hasn't been on French radio, although they feature a lot of English and American songs, so it was only through Twilight that I found this song. It's amazing how music can stir the very soul!

Bicol Express, Sauteed Tuna, and White Rice

We woke up super early this morning. Well, not really super early, but early for a Sunday morning, so we could prepare ourselves to go to church. Today was special. We were going for my mother's death anniversary and for MR's birthday tomorrow. So here we were dressed at our finest, when I yelled to MR and SO that I was going out first to drive the car out of the garage and for them to join me out front.

"Woahhhhhhh!!!!", I said to myself as I took my first step out and almost slid on the ice-covered floor!

And then all of a sudden, I heard a strange noise from the road ahead. I turned my head to the left and I saw the neighbor's Quad / ATV slide down the shiniest I've ever seen the road to be! The Quad was uncontrollable all the way down our road.

"That's it!" I said going back to the house and yelled, "Remove your shoes, guys. We are definitely not going out of the house today. Ice is everywhere. Greattttt! "

If I had stepped out of the house at a faster pace than I did, I definitely would have fallen on my ass! Which is, I later found out, exactly what happened to my nephew this afternoon. He went out of the house at his normal / fast pace, not thinking for a second that it would be icy all over and wound up on his ass. The result = a broken wrist and 6 weeks of wearing a cast. Sometimes, I just hate winter!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fish and Leeks with a Saffron Cream Sauce

So we were kinda expecting the snow that was announced today, but all we got was a thin white layer when we woke up. I'm not complaining. Snow and I have a love/hate relationship. I love watching the snow flakes fall from my window, but I don't particularly enjoy it when I'm under it walking SO to school. I love staring at the white fields and hills when driving, but I hate it when the roads are icy and hard to drive on causing many accidents! But I feel like we're having a normal winter this year. Last year, we had little to no snow but we had 2 weeks of rough -15 Degrees Celsius days. I shiver at the mere thought! This year, we have more snow, just one snow storm - Thank you Lord!, but the temperatures are at -5 Degrees Celsius maximum. Cold, but tolerable for now. For cold first-timers, MR and SO are adjusting quite well!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Potee Lorraine

I'm ashamed to admit this, but I've been cheating. I know I shouldn't have and that I let this go on further than it should have. But unfortunately, I did. I've been dedicating almost all of my time with Ebooks rather than taking care of this blog! Let me tell you how this happened. It first started when I bought the first book of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy at my sister's bookstore last year. I had no clue what it was, all my sister told me was that it was very popular and selling like crazy and since she knows I love books, she recommended it. I kept it on the side, thinking that I would read it when we moved in our new house, but I just forgot about it. So this hot book was lying in the corner in our bedroom and it was one of those nights where nothing good was on television, SO was asleep early, and the hubby was busy doing his own thing. I went looking for the book and lo and behold, put it back down at dawn. One of my worst habits is that if I like a book, I just have to finish it in one sitting. I once was absent from school because I spent all night and morning reading one of the Harry Potter books. Oops! Hihihihi...So one Fifty Shades of Grey book, led to another one, and another one, and then when I was finished with the trilogy, I looked for more of similar genre. I ended up reading a dozen more books! Some good, some really not!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Confit de Canard / Duck Confit

This doctor's appointment felt different. Maybe it was because we knew what we were in for. That there was an actual condition to deal with and we were less taken by surprise. Or maybe from the doctor's presence in the room and the way he talked to us. It was direct and informative. TH's Dad had a heart surgery about 10 years ago and I'm so glad we went to see his doctor for a second opinion. The first doctor we went to made us so uncomfortable, it was unnerving. Basically telling us Dad HAD to stay in bed all day long until his surgery. It made me feel like Dad was a ticking bomb. I know we said we would get a second opinion when we asked TH's Dad who his doctor was due to the location and I have no regrets! It is very important to feel comfortable with your doctor. This time we are sticking to this doctor and we are coming back in about 2 weeks. Dad will be hospitalized for 3 days to undergo some heart exams. From there, we will know exactly what kind of surgery will take place. We're crossing our fingers and praying hard.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I lost my mother on January 16, 2002. Consequently, that day became what I call "My Black Day", or the day of the year where I do nothing, stay at home, and talk to no one. And then I got married and later found out I was pregnant on this exact day years later. Talk about coincidence, huh. But yeah, my black day was overtaken by the sweet news that I was going to give birth to a beautiful baby girl. I always thought that this was my mother's way to tell me that she was always watching over me, no matter what. Four years later and here I am finding myself making Chocolate Chip Cookies that my daughter requested me to make. I don't know what got to her, as she never requests me to make sweets / desserts (it's usually pasta / noodles!), but I was happy to oblige. I just needed to make a quick store stop for butter and we were good. Today is Wednesday, which means that SO has no school today. France has a no-school policy on Wednesdays for the little ones. This meant that if we made the cookies early afternoon, we would have really good homemade / made-from-scratch Chocolate Chip Cookies with a glass of milk for our afternoon snack! Whoever thought of making cookies today is a genius!!! I love you SO! Hihihihi.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Meatballs in Tomato Cream Sauce

Meatballs have always been a specialty of mine. People who have tried them can't help but rave about how moist they are. I have 2 secret ingredients, but I've always refused to give them away. Well, until now. So what are they? Milk and breadcrumbs, preferably fresh breadcrumbs. Were you thinking it was going to be something exotic??? 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Super U Welcome Basket

So lately we've been receiving a lot of mail welcoming us in the area. A lot of these mails come from nearby stores and restaurants. I have no idea how the hell they found out we just moved in. Probably from the telephone or electricity company. Anyways...The letters mostly welcomed us and wished for us a good move and a smooth transition. But there were times we got lucky and along the letter, we got gift certificates. I actually picked up a shirt at the store Decathlon with the 6 Euros certificate they send us. Restaurants have also sent gift coupons if we dine at their place. But the best gift has definitely got to be this welcome basket worth 30 Euros we picked at Super U this morning!!! Honestly, we were shocked when we read the letter, 30 Euros is a lot after all!!! But there was no way we would not pick up this gift! :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Quick Lamb Couscous

I was never a fan of canned vegetables. Perhaps this was so because there was only a limited choice of canned vegetables back in Cebu, and whatever there was, I didn't really like. Well, except for canned tomatoes. But here, I am loving the cans of prepared vegetables. It started when I test-bought a can of Ratatouille vegetables. I added chicken strips to it and it has become a regular household dish. The next time I went grocery-shopping, I decided to grab a can of Couscous vegetables in case I ever wanted to make a Quick Couscous on a busy day. Couscous Royale is one of our favorite family dish, but let's face it, you need to dedicate time to prepare it.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Pork and Bell Pepper Stir-Fry

I can't even begin to describe how well we ate tonight. Stir-Fries are one of the easiest Asian dishes to cook, but the flavors are so intensely delicious! And there's so many combination to work with. Chicken, Pork, Beef, Seafood. With Ginger or not. Scallions, maybe. Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Sesame Oil, Hoisin Sauce. Noodles, no noodles. The possibilities are endless! Maybe that's why I love cooking Stir-Fries as much as I love eating it. As long as you have the sauces on hand, you can grab anything you want to work with. And I happen to have the sauces, thanks to a recent trip to Luxembourg. Time to crack those bottles open!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Lunch at Kefan in Metz, France

My first dining experience at Kefan was a disaster. Click here to read. But I couldn't let it go. I was determined to come back and have the perfect Kefan experience. I've been spending time researching Kefan online and I've stumbled on more than a dozen positive reviews. Knowing how picky the French are, I assumed that the food must be good then. If I recall correctly, the plate of Sushi I had the last time was not bad. Not enough, but good. So all these positive reviews pushed me not to give up on this establishment yet. Hey, I could be missing out on something great, I thought to myself.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pinoy Food Shopping in Asia Market, Luxembourg

For less than 40 Euros, we went home with 2 bags full of Filipino food products. I thought it was pretty cheap considering how much stuff I got! I really wished there was a store like Asia Market in Metz so it could be closer to home, but I'm not complaining. I'm glad that this place exists. So what did I end up buying? Well, for starters I didn't raid the store, I did save some for the next visit, but I did stock up on my sauces: Soy Sauce, Coconut Vinegar, Barbecue Sauce, Oyster Sauce, and Banana - Chili Catsup. I grabbed some of my favorite Lucky Me Instant Noodles (Supreme Soup and Pancit Canton), a pack of Sinigang Powder, a pack of Bihon, a pack of Canton, and some canned goods (Laing and Bicol Express). And most importantly, not in the photo, I got a Wok. I'm seeing a lot of Stir-Fry, Pancit Canton, Bam-I, Adobo, Chopsuey, Sinigang Soup, Baked Ribs, and Afritada in the near future! :)

By the way, Asia Market has more than Filipino products for sale. There are Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese products. It is a treasure place!

For contact details, please click here

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lunch Buffet at Royal Garden Restaurant in Luxembourg Ville, Luxembourg

So I left my camera at my sister's house yesterday. Great, just great! *insert sarcasm* I feel the same way I do when I go out without my handbag - very naked! I've thought of going back to my sister's, but that's 40 kilometers away and I just don't have time. Instead, we agreed that she would bring it to the house when she and TH eat dinner with us on Friday night. Now that that is taken care of, let me talk about the little road trip to Luxembourg we took today. We finally did it! I have to say that my second time driving to Luxembourg went smoother than the first (Click Here). I learned my lesson and did not rely on my GPS once we entered Luxembourg Ville. I let myself be guided by the street signs and we found the parking of the train station right away. It saved us a trip across Luxembourg Ville, unlike the first time!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Heitzler Jerome - Boucherie / Charcuterie / Traiteur in Morhange, France

I've never written about him, but there is another butcher in the town of Morhange, France. Perhaps it was out of habit or maybe because my brother-in-law is closer to the other one, but I've probably dropped by his store only once or twice. This morning, I happened to be in the town of Morhange with my dad who had an appointment with his medecin traitant, or doctor. It was close to noon when we got out of the doctor's office and we had to drop by the pharmacy to pick up his medication. Heitzler Jerome Boucherie is right beside the pharmacy and as I parked the car, I saw that today's special was Jarret de Porc Roti and Paella. I grabbed an order of each to bring home. Both dishes were alright.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Epiphany in France - Les Galettes des Rois

Epiphanie / Epiphany which marks the day when the 3 Kings, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, visited Baby Jesus  is celebrated on or around January 6. While in the Philippines, I don't remember ever celebrating this day, well except getting and receiving the "Happy 3 Kings" greetings, in France we celebrate with the famous Galette des Rois. The Galette des Rois is traditionally made of flaky buttery puff pastry and filled with a Frangipane, a creamy almond mixture. Nowadays, you will notice that a lot of Boulangerie / Patisserie like to mix and match new flavors for their Galette des Rois. I like to stick strictly to tradition because I love frangipane! The Galette des Rois are also stuffed with a feve / lucky charm/ trinket (these have evolved from little angels to now superheroes and pop stars) and bought accompanied by a crown. It is traditional to have the youngest member at the table to go under the table while the host slices the Galette. He/she then tells the host which slice goes to who and whoever is lucky enough to find the feve in his slice is declared King / Queen of the day and teased to buy another Galette des Rois!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Lunch at Le Nouveau Siecle in Nancy, France

You know it was only a matter of time before I brought MR and SO to my favorite Chinese buffet here. And it has been 6 months since my last visit (Click Here)! I had today all planned out. Every month of January and July, France holds a Mega Sale or Les Soldes all throughout the country. And I mean Super Mega Sale - last year I bought a pair of really nice jeans for only 5 Euros; its original price was 60 Euros! The sales here are truly worth waiting for. You just have to research and look up what you want in advance and be an early bird! If you don't, chances are your size will be the first out. You might think I'm exaggerating, but I swear it happens to me all the time and I'm stuck looking at racks of clothes either too small or too big for me. Damn! But I followed my advice today, about being an early bird, and we left the stores pretty happy with ourselves. We shopped and shopped for winter and even spring clothes - all I'm missing is a pair of black shoes.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Repolyo Guisado / Sauteed Cabbage

It's been a week since our Luxembourg escapade and the thought of the Repolyo Guisado / Sauteed Cabbage we had at the Filipino Bar is still haunting me! I just have to make some, I thought to myself, like right now! So I picked up a cabbage at the supermarket this morning, as well as some fish sauce (forgot to get pork meat - arrggghh!). Downside is that it isn't Filipino fish sauce or Patis, but oh well, that will do for now. Anyways, we're planning a roadtrip to Luxembourg soon with Dad. I'll make sure to pick up some Filipino products then. I CANNOT WAIT!!!

Hit That Replay Button: Home by Michael Buble

Source: YouTube  -


Another summer day
Has come and gone away
In Paris and Rome
But I wanna go home

May be surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel all alone
I wanna go home
Babe, I miss you, you know

And I’ve been keeping all the letters that I wrote to you
Each one a line or two
“I’m fine baby, how are you?”
Well I would send them but I know that it’s just not enough
My words were cold and flat
And you deserve more than that

Another aeroplane
Another sunny place
I’m lucky, I know
But I wanna go home
Mmmm, I’ve got to go home

Let me go home
'Cos I’m just too far from where you are
I wanna come home

And I feel just like I’m living someone else’s life
It’s like I just stepped outside
When everything was going right
And I know just why you could not
Come along with me
'Cause this was not your dream
But you always believed in me

Another winter day has come
And gone away
In even Paris and Rome
And I wanna go home
Let me go home

And I’m surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel alone
Oh, let me go home
Babe, I miss you, you know

Let me go home
Cos I’ve had my run
Baby, I’m done
I gotta go home
Let me go home
It will all be all right
I’ll be home tonight
I’m coming back home.

I still can't believe it's been one week. One week since the Filipino Bar in Luxembourg, KR, eating Filipino food, and a kinda cute guy with an amazing voice singing this poignant song that hits straight the heart! 

*By the way, I am formally launching the new category of this blog - Hit That Replay Button. Not many people know that I am a huge music lover, but it has brought me up when I was at my lowest of lows and brought me back down to earth when I was flying high from happiness. I love all types music - there is no space for judgment and I want to share with you whatever has, as you can guessed, made me press that replay button that week! Enjoy as much as I do! Mwah! 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Boudin Blanc au Porto / Port Wine, Mashed Potato, and Green Peas

One of my main responsibilities at home is to make sure that there's always enough food in the house and on the table at every meal time. It's not a hard thing to do especially when it's for your family. Anyways, what I try to do is to make something different each day. I'm glad that we have lots of options to choose from here. Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, Duckling, Coq, Duck, Veal, Sausages - the list goes on and on. And the number 1 house rule - to always have fish or seafood at least once a week. One of the things we rarely have are sausages though and I want to change that. But I am picky when it comes to sausages. For example, Boudin Noir or Blood Sausage is really not my cup of tea. And while that isn't my thing, I don't mind the Boudin Blanc, for which has a much milder taste.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mache Salad and Cherry Tomatoes with a Creamy Dill Vinaigrette

I've become quite the Aneth / Dill fan these days. I've always loved its taste and scent, but lately I feel like I just have to have it in the refrigerator all the time. Oh I'm talking about the fresh kind, by the way. I had a pack left open from the Christmas lunch I hosted and I wondered what I could make with it. So far, I've only used Aneth / Dill to go with my seafood and fish dishes. I couldn't help but wonder, what else could I add it to. I came up with this simple salad, which had 2 of my favorites - Mache Salad and Cherry Tomatoes, but I'm thinking next time I might add a little crunch to it, maybe walnuts or cashews. Nevertheless, the dill / aneth addition to the creamy vinaigrette is definitely tested and approved! :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Top 12 Most Memorable Posts of 2012!

First of all, I want to extend my very best wishes to everyone, may you all have a very...

...Happy New Year!!!

I was going through my blog posts for the past year with my husband this morning. I found myself making mental notes on some of my favorites and I thought that for my first post for the year 2013 I would share with you my list of my Top 12 Most Memorable Posts for 2012.

12.) Canard a L'Orange (Click Here

I was never a fruit and meat combination kind-of-gal, but this delicious Duck and Orange dish DO forced me to realize that I should never close down doors.

11.) Strawberry and Cream (Click Here

Maybe it was because these were fresh strawberries from the backyard garden, but this simple recipe of Chilled Strawberry and Cream was the best way I've ever had strawberries in my life!

10.) Rabbit in Mustard Sauce (Click Here

This is the first time I've had Rabbit meat in my adult life. I didn't expect to like it this much. Plus, rabbit always makes me think of my Mama. Good memories.

9.) Tarte aux Fraises (Click Here)

By now, you probably know how much I love Strawberries. And I fell in love hard for the Tarte aux Fraises from Chez Dauffer in Morhange, France. I fell so hard that every time I had an errand in Morhange, I just had to make a detour to Chez Dauffer.

8.) La Table du Saulnois (Click Here and Here

Okay, so technically this should be take 2 spots, but since it's from the same place I thought I'd put them together. Both times I've eaten at La Table du Saulnois were phenomenal. Who would have thought we could find a wonderful place like this in a quiet little village. This is a treasure and home of the best Creme Brulee I've ever had!!!

7.) Le Nouveau Siecle (Click Here

I've been here several times now, but I'll always remember the first time. It's become my go-to place when I start craving for Chinese food. I've only tried the lunch buffet so far and I want to see what the dinner buffet has to offer. It's a tad more expensive, but I'm guessing the food choices are different too!

6.) Taverne Karlsbrau (Click Here

First restaurant DO, TH, Dad, and I went to when Dad arrived in France. This was Dad's treat to his favorite restaurant in Metz, France. Apparently, we had lunch here when I was 6 years old with my mom. Dad went gaga for their traditional Choucroute, I discovered the beauty of the Choucroute of the Sea.

5.) Chez Claire Restaurant (Click Here)

My first time at Chez Claire was so-so to mediocre. My second time was close to perfect. What brought it on top was that this was to celebrate MR and SO's arrival in France!

4.) La Pataterie Restaurant (Click Here)

One of my best meals out happened in the last month of 2012. La Pataterie provided us a unique dining concept. And a delicious one too!

3.) The Challenge : Being a Lunch Host  (Click Here

Reasons why I love this post. First, this was on Christmas Day. Second, this was my first time to host a lunch for several people aside from DO and TH. Third, my culinary skills was definitely put to test when I had to cook for AN and LU (both women are reputable cooks). And fourth, for just being able to share a great day with family and friends.

2.) Beef Liver - The First Meal (Click Here

Only one reason - first meal in our new house. Enough said.

1.) New Year's Eve Dinner at Home (Click Here)

Hands down the most memorable meal we had was the last one of the year!!! I love my family!

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