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Marcelino's (Whole) Peanut Brittle

>> Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My sister attended a seminar in Baguio City and she knows that people won't forgive her if she doesn't bring home stuff from the summer capital, hahaha. In her effort to please us, she had 2 boxes and a number of plastic bags full of goodies when she came home, hahaha, kawawa naman binuhat nya yun lahat mag-isa, di bale sinalubong naman namin sya ng masigabong palakpakan eh, hahaha.

She brought back your usual Baguio loots - cardigans, Baguio-printed shirts, strawberries and yummy, fresh veggies, lengua de gato and peanut brittle just like that of the photo below. The funny thing was, I thought it was samane, as the peanut brittle that I know of is kinda cream to yellowish in color and not brown so I did not took time to unpack and open the jar, my sister just nagged me into trying it, good thing she did because it was a delight to nibble on, I actually finish the whole jar in one sitting, hahaha, there goes another diet.



Thank you sissy! Next time damihan mo pa nag uwi ha!


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5 oout of 5

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Greenwich's Triple Ham and Cheese Overload

>> Thursday, February 18, 2010

I give this pizza a two thumbs up!

Hubby bought this for our son as he was badgering him for some pizza but because we are decreasing our son's fast food intake, he decided on getting a double thin crust one, and because our son wants his pizza with nothing but meat on it, he decided on getting Triple Ham and Cheese Overload. The problem with Greenwich-MC Square branch version was - it had some onions on it, luckily, my bebe was sleeping when dada came home so I was able to pick the onions one by one and it looked like there never was any onion on it when he woke up *grins*.

Though I only had a slice as my son kinda swept it, I can honestly say that it was good, really, really good!




According to Greenwich's website: Triple Ham and Cheese Overload is overflowing with 3 types of premium hams and cheeses - Chinese ham, Pastrami ham and Country ham; quezo de bola, mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese. It comes in rolled-edge thick crust (double, family and 18" blowout) and thin and crispy crust (double, family and party square), prices varies accordingly; the one that hubby brought home cost 239 pesos.


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4.5 out of 5



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A Kitchen Dream

I have been very vocal about my regret in not investing on kitchen and dining equipments and utensils when I was still able to, when money was ready to be spent for my every whim, when our finances was still stable, when we're still free of debts and responsibilities. How I wish I can turn back time...

One of my dream is to put up an enclume pot rack in my kitchen, I really think that it would add that homey and aesthetic appeal that I so want to achieve. I have seen classic movies with kitchen designs like that, pot hanging and clinging while an entire family is happily preparing their dinner, I even envy those restaurants that have that as part of their interior design. I wonder when I can get a hold of such and be done with one dream. Don't get me wrong though, I don't want enclume pot racks just because of the allure it will add to my kitchen, I will lie if I tell you that it's not my main and foremost reason in desiring it but aside from that I'm sure it will also aid in ridding my humble kitchen of its clutter. Just thinking about it makes me happy, I just can imagine if it's the real deal already.

Enclume potracks has this comtemporary and timeless appeal to it which will make any homemaker beam with happiness and pride, as my kitchen is on a silver/gray motiff, I decided that if and when I get the chance to buy one, I'll get the chrome-plated variety. I'm still undecided on what design and built I'll take but it will most likely depend on what hubby and I will agreed upon and its corresponding price, of course. Anyway, as money is something that we don't have a luxury of at the moment, I think I have ample of time to browse their website and pick the best one for me. Hmm, I wonder what would it be...

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Hershey's Kisses

>> Wednesday, February 17, 2010

As I had said a few posts ago, we don't really celebrate Valentines, I guess, hubby and I had this unspoken commitment to spend all our days like that, so February 14 itself, is just an ordinary day for us. I am not being cheesy, neither am I justifying our actions, I just want to share my thoughts and because this is my blog, you don't have a say on it, hahaha.

My son gave this to me last Sunday with a card he made in school, I, also received a card from him last year but this year he even included chocolates, I guess my baby is quickly turning into a young man eh, a few years from now, girls of his age will be the ones getting cards and chocolates, maybe flowers, too. Blah, I wish not!

I found out that he asked his dada to buy him the chocolate below, in exchange he promised to clean up and fix his playroom, of course, his father immediately agreed. You know why he chose Hershey's, because that is his favorite brand *grins*. My son is really smart, isn't he *huff, proud momma*?


What can I say, kisses is kisses! And because it was given by my kiddo, it tasted much sweeter...


Ratings:
5 out of 5

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A Mother's Heritage

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We went to hubby's ancestral house (that's where he grew up and these days, any house built in the 80s or so is considered ancestral, right?) to celebrate his mom's birthday, my mother-in-law passed away 10 years ago, back then hubby and I were just a year into our relationship, but her family never seize to celebrate her birthday. It wasn't grand or anything, we just had lunch and dinner together and some sort of pica-pica in between, sis-in-law was the one who cooked and prepared the food and she did a great job, in case you wanna know. It was just your usual Sunday family gathering until my father-in-law brought down an old attache case from the masters bedroom, it's full of old silver and gold coins plus some really old bills. My husband never told me that his mom was a coin collector, her collection won't compare to those of professional collectors but just the same, the stuff that she had left behind are really valuable. None of her children, not even my father-in-law, follow on her footsteps, I guess, none of them have the talent, resource or time to do so, or it's just not their cup of tea, altogether. But we sure had lots of fun reminiscing where and when a coin was purchased or who gave it as a gift or how their mom got to have a hold on it, those sort of things, we almost build an entire day of conversation on that coin collection alone.


Truth, my curiosity was really picked, so I look online and I found out that collecting gold, silver and other metal coins and bars is a good investment and more and more people are getting into it. But buying gold is not as easy as it sounds, a person has to have adequate knowledge about it and because a huge amount of capital is on the line, one must really be careful on how to proceed. I found a site - Goldline International, Inc. - that assists investors and collectors on their endeavors by offering a full range of precious metals like silver and gold, in your choice of coins and bars, aside from that they also offer numismatic coins which is very in demand with collectors worldwide and they have been in business since 1960, I think years of existence in the trade won't be possible if they're not trustworthy. Under them, even safe storage and delivery won't be a problem as they offer a storage program and a direct insured delivery. I think it is a positive investment opportunity, if you have the money.

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Dunkin' Donuts' Heart-shaped Doughnuts

>> Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Hearts Day!

A few days ago, hubby went home with some doughnuts, but that is a usual occurrence on this house, Dunkin' Donuts is the most accessible pastry shop in this side of the planet. Anyways, as it is Valentines, they have these heart-shaped doughnuts in set of threes inside a triangular box accentuated with colorful hearts (ahahaha, parang nagde-describe ako ng evening gown competition sa isang beauty pagenat). It cost 29 pesos a box and if you purchased a total of 120 or more, you can have a free heart pillow. For those who are on a very tight budget, this one could be the very solution *grins*.




It tasted like your usual doughnuts with its shape as the only difference and it is affordable but I have one sentiment though, it is super hollow in the middle. As in puro hangin lang ang loob, iyong sides lang ng heart ang may laman, hehe.


Ratings:
4 out of 5



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Celebrate Valentines, Celebrate Life

>> Friday, February 12, 2010

Two days more and the world will celebrate the day of hearts, singles of date will reminisce their heartaches and will feel more neglected and sad, lovers on the other hand will paint the town red and will allow themselves to wear their hearts on their sleeves even for a day. I know that life isn't really fair, but who said it has to be February 14 for you to celebrate love and relationships, if you're dateless now, and you find love next month, then celebrate Valentines next month, no one will prevent you from doing so. Here's a thought, just be happy that you have the ability to see and witness the celebration, be happy that you are a celebrant of life, you may not have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, a wife or a husband, a lover, a beau, or in any other names they come because I'll bet my life that somewhere someone loves you, you may not know it yet or you're just too preoccupied to see it but I am sure somebody in this lifetime will love you for no other reason than you are you.

As for me, I don't really celebrate Valentines day with all the ruffles and shuffles, I just stay home and take it as one of those days, I guess motherhood makes a woman different. I don't expect flowers or chocolates or any gifts but if hubby obliged I would be very happy, of course! But then again I hope he won't spend a penny this coming Sunday on something unpractical or unnecessary, as we are preparing to step up and do some business, frugality is of the essence, we're thinking of plunging in option trading, I heard profits are stellar. Anyway, who need gifts when you have a good and happy life. Better than celebrating Valentines why don't we all celebrate life! Have a good one people!

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Red Ribbon's Tiramisu Meltdown

My sister turned -- last week and to celebrate she decided to treat everyone to dinner, the whole family was complete, the eldest and the birthday celebrant, me, hubby and son, my younger brother, his wife and son, and, of course, nanay and tatay, our bunso (youngest sibling) was late but he managed to join us in time for dessert. We ate at Icebergs - Harbour Square, I wasn't able to take food photos as hubby and I were the ones who bought the cake and when we came back, the whole family's eating already and I don't wanna be rude as to stop them so I can take some shots. Anyhow, this Tiramisu cake was our gift to sissy, tsaka na yung iba kapag mayaman na ko, hahaha. Hindi masyado appetizing ung picture naalog kasi masyado iyong cake eh, kaskasero kasi iyong driver ko (si hubby, hehe), pasensya na po.

ready to blow

ang naalog na cake, hehe

I forgot how much the exact price is but I am sure it is more than 500 pesos, the junior size cost less so if you're short in the budget but wanna have a taste, go for the smaller size, I think they also sell it by the slice, but I'm not completely sure. According to the Red Ribbon website, Tiramisu Meldown is a heavenly three-layer cake of choco chiffon and cream cheese filling, dappled with a hint of coffee liquor. Choco and coffee lovers alike will love this dessert.


Ratings:
4.5 out of 5



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Chocolates for Haiti

>> Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A month ago, something dreadful happened to the country of Haiti, I guess no one is left uninformed or unaware of what struck the Haitians, unless, of course if you live in a cave or a box with only a few air holes *grins*. Much has been said and done, millions of cash and goods from all over the world had been given to them, aids from various countries, may it be from the government or not had been sent, people who can help had flown in and assisted them but can we say that it is enough? Thousands had died in that earthquake, thousands more are buried alive in the rumbles, hundreds of thousands of people had lost their loved ones, their living and their life, millions worth of infrastructure and properties was destroyed, can we really say that we had helped enough?

I get it, not all of us have that extra money to donate, exactly my dilemma, I am not well-off and I live thousands of miles away so, really, how can I be of help? If you have the same question, I suggest you stop mulling it over as the answer will be delivered to you in a silver platter. Intentional Chocolate has this on-going Haiti drive on their website, wherein they will donate all their profits to charities that supports the relief operations in the said country, it will be done up until Valentine's Day. So, if you're prepping up for V-day and at the moment searching for that perfect gift, may I suggest going back to basics, why don't you buy some Dark Chocolate from Intentional, I'm sure you'll make someone dear to you happy and in the process, you'll make someone in Haiti happy and hopeful, too. Isn't that a great deal?

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Nestle Drumstick with Kitkat

I am in an ice cream-themed-post-roll *lol*, but as usual, I am a day late in posting my Ruby Tuesday entry and because you're all so used to me being late, it doesn't bother you anymore, am I right *grins*?

Photo above was purchased from a Nestle ice cream cart and I guess, this is one of their newest offerings as it was the first time I saw it, which is very much welcome, if I may say. It is priced at 30 pesos a piece and it really was a delight to eat.


Have you heard of a diet that consists mainly of ice cream? Is there such a thing? Hmm... if there's none, I think I'm on the brink of inventing one *lol*.


Ratings:
4.5 out of 5


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Selecta Creations - Brownie Fudge a la Mode

>> Sunday, February 7, 2010

I can't deny it any longer, summer is eminent, we can't help but crave for something cold these past few days, even the breeze feels hot on the skin. We've been gulping sago at gulaman, halo-halo, saging con hielo, street fruit shakes, pearl shakes and ice creams to ease, at least, a little torridity. I just can't believe how fast the days had been, we just celebrated Christmas, as far as I'm concern, then summer is already near, pffft, I haven't even loose a pound. Is it just me or planet Earth is rotating on its axis and revolving rather fast this year *grins*?

Is it yellow or more of gold? Whatever, this is my entry for Mellow Yellow Monday *grins*.

Selecta Creations (Family Pack) - P150.++ range

Brownie Fudge a la Mode Ice Cream


I want some pistachio but we can't seem to find one, so we end up with this, not that I'm complaining, it was actually yummier than I thought it'll be. If you love Cookies and Cream-flavored ice cream then this one is definitely for you.

Note: Pardon the photo, I forgot to charge the battery of my digicam thus I was forced to use a cameraphone, a really old one at that *lol*.


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Chocolates

Another loot from Nanay E last Sunday, aside from the yummy brownies that I had posted last week, I also got to took home a canister of these delights. It was yummy! My diet was flashed down the drain *lol*, and I know that more chocolates are coming my way coz heart's day is fast approaching, and I can't say no to mouth-watering treats, so I decided to set my diet aside up until the day after Valentines and Chinese New Year *grins*. I wanna be fit and sexy but I don't wanna punish myself, come on, can anyone resist chocolates? I know I can't!



I saw an advertisement in Facebook about Valentine-themed Belgian chocolates from Benoit and I can say that all of their products are beautiful and I bet, it taste good, too but the price, oh my God the price, is 750 pesos a box which I think contains 9 to 12 pieces of small chocolate bars. Nah, I think , I'll stick with Nanay E's chocolates *grins*.


Ratings:
5 out of 5
(syempre *wink*)


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Cream Top Ice Cream

>> Saturday, February 6, 2010

I think this is the only local ice cream here in the Malabon-Navotas area, except of course for Arce Dairy. I'm clueless on where Arce started basta ang alam ko may factory sila here in Malabon, yun lang, hehe. Cream Top, as far as I know, started in San Jose, Navotas pero di ako super sure, nabalitaan ko lang yun, hahaha!

Cream Top - P6.00

chocolate

cookies & cream

Anyways, my son wanted to eat some ice cream and the nearest pharmacy is selling Cream Top products instead of the usual commercial brands, we bought four cups, 2 for me and 2 for my son, it may not compare to that of Selecta and others but ice cream is ice cream, right?


Ratings:
3.5 out of 5

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Goldilocks' Hazelnut Mousse

>> Friday, February 5, 2010

Note: Pardon the blurry photos, it was taken using an old Samsung cameraphone.

Hubby bought this last Monday when he came to fetch us from Nanay's house, they asked us to stay for lunch and so we did and we had this for dessert. And I was caught by surprise, it actually tasted better than most of the cakes that I had tried these past few months under the Goldilocks wings. Hmm... could it be the start of a more mouth-watering product line from them?



I don't know how much is the exact cost as I'm not the one who bought it *grins* but if you have a few hundreds (200-400) to spare, I suggest you try it.


Ratings:
4.5 out of 5



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To Rent or To Own

>> Thursday, February 4, 2010

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I think everyone who settles down experience renting an apartment or a condo unit for a while before having and living on their dream abode, unless of course, if you're born with a silver spoon in the mouth. Hubby and I were no different, we had to go through the process of moving in and moving out for a couple of times before we finally decided to take the plunge and loan our dream house. We're not exactly poor but we're not rich either, so we had to take it step by step, our parents offered financial help but as hubby wants us to stand on our own, we didn't accept any of their offers. My father was even emotional when we declined his offer, but after a while he began to understand and he did look differently at my husband, as if he had this deeper sense of pride for his son-in-law. I admit that it is a rugged path, turning a dream into a reality was really hard and up to now our debts are neck-high but living in our own house and doing anything we want with it without the fear of discussions and debates with a landlord or the fear of a sudden increase in rent or the fear of security breach is enough for us to stand by our decision and live life with pride.


I remember back then, when apartment hunting was my hobby, I was never fully-satisfied with any apartment that we stayed in, there's always something lacking, maybe it was my way of telling my husband that living in a rented place was really not my cup of tea or maybe, the places that we had been to were not really that fit for me and my family. I think we moved in and out for a dozen times in a matter of four years, imagine that? And everytime we did so, I was always looking for another place to rent after a week, that's how pickle I was when we were renting. And I don't think you can blame me, property owners tend to hide or intentionally miss on telling some stuff and details about the places that they offer for rent and lease, and some, even abuse their powers as landlords/landladies. How I wish, we also have apartments ratings here in our country, where we can search information and details about a specific location, the list of apartments and leasing agents, how good are they in their jobs or how fast and reliable are their maintenance service, etc., etc. Don't get me wrong, owning your own house is the best deal ever but if you can't afford it yet, wouldn't it be nice to just key in certain words and have everything that you need in your hands, decision-making and planning can be so much easier and moving in and out for a hundred times in a short span of time will be remote if not totally gone. Then renting can be so sweet...

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Galaxy Chocolates

I haven't posted for two days, I was busy reading, my yearly subscriptions of pocketbooks all came last Tuesday. Wee... happiness!

Anyways, photo above was also from father-in-law's recent visit in the Middle East, among the usual chocolates like Hersheys, Cadbury and Kitkat that he so often send us, hubby saw these new and yummy-looking chocolates in one of his balikbayan boxes so he quickly grabbed three packs, my husband is not fond of eating chocolates but he so like to collect and look at them, hahaha, I know, isn't that crazy?


Galaxy Chocolates is a brand sold by Mars and Cars Corporation and more recently by Nebulae Corporation. It started as a dairy milk chocolate but now have spin-offs like caramel and dark chocolates. If you're gonna ask me, it can actually compare to Cadbury in taste though it melts a little faster.


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Someday I'll Have Them

>> Monday, February 1, 2010

The minute I posted my food entry last Saturday, I was off to Navotas. The Feast of San Roque took placed last weekend and I was there to share in the fun. There was a parade with lots of bands, floats and of course, politicians; I didn't get to catch a lot of candies and other goodies but I had the grandest time watching all kinds of people and shouting "candy", "candy", an aunt even stated (the obvious) that I was just making noises by chanting and shouting but didn't care about the candies and lollipops at all. The day after the parade was the food trip day, as in, though I am always saying that I am on a diet, I had completely forgotten about it for the last two days *grins*. And after feasting, there's no better way to loosen up than to walk around in the plaza to look and shop in the night market where I saw lots of plastic dinner wares and other kitchen paraphernalia. I would have bought some if its quality is as trusted as of wasserstrom restaurant supply, then I would be at ease to spend money knowing that I can use what I bought for a very long time.

I have been dreaming of owning professional cookware ever since I fell in love with cooking and have found delight in serving my family healthy and delicious foods. I have some stuff in my care which I bought several years ago, not because I want to use it but because I find those dining and kitchen wares pretty, I didn't care then if it would last because as I had said, it never crossed my mind that there will come a time that I'll utilize any of it. And now that I am a convert, I can't help but regret the harsh and senseless decisions that I had made back then. I wish I had purchased tableware and cookware that are of good quality and taste, cooking could have been much easier and enjoyable.

If only I had been aware of my deep and intimate passion with cooking, which was hidden up until last year, and if only I had been privy to the world of online shopping when I had the money to spend, life in my kitchen could be such a blast. If that had been, I think, I could easily concoct recipes like that of professional chefs, wouldn't that be lovely? So, this year, I plan to save a part of our monthly budget and invest on some quality kitchen wares and equipments, I did some online browsing and I saw lots of interesting and pretty stuff in Wasserstrom and I have my eye on these China coloration pieces and set (photo below), one of these days, I'll blog about being the proud owner of these cute little babies.


You just have to wait and see...

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Brownies Galore

This is a late post for Yummy Sunday! I was so tired yesterday, I can't even lift a finger, grabe!

Photo below is one in a number of loots I got from Nanay E (Maggie's mom), she baked some fresh brownies last Saturday and sissy let it slip that she did, so after the parade (which is very grand and veeeryyy long) I, immediately, went to their house to get my share *lol*. Hindi makapal ang mukha ko, part lang talaga ako ng family nila and Nanay E knows that I'm coming kaya prepared na iyong para sa akin, swerte ko di ba?




I got a big microwavable canister filled with three layers of brownies with nuts and marshmallows, all of which were so, so good. Thanks, Nanay E!


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About Me

I am a wife to the sweetest person on Earth and a mother to the cutest baby boy in the planet. I love reading literary books but I have an addiction in contemporary/renaissance romance novels. I am a video game aficionado in the truest sense of the word. I love to travel the world, if and only given the opportunity. I don't know how to cook (but I'm slowly learning) so there's a fascination with take-outs and dine-ins. I could go on and on but I guess you had enough *lol*.

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