Hello Friends! How was your weekend? Ours was busy and fun in a good way. The weathers been rainy and windy, so our activities were mostly indoors. Saturday, we watched the movie “Bridges of Spies” starring Tom Hanks and the movie was great. I highly recommend it (I will not be surprised if it will get some Oscars). After the movie we had dinner at the RAM (it’s a sports bar).
Dinner and Movie with my In Laws is always a good time!
Sunday, my In laws gave us tickets to watch a musical show “Snapshots” in our local “broadway” theater. We really enjoyed it and were grateful for the tickets, otherwise we would have missed a great show. We had some Chinese food after the play.
Me and my Hubs dorky hat (while waiting for the play to start)
Hello Everyone! I finally used all of my tomatoes (the ripe ones) that I harvested from my yard and put them to good use. I don’t eat fresh tomatoes but I do like it when they are roasted. They are so full of flavor when prepared that way. Tonight I made Ina Garten’s roasted tomato basil soup and it’s so good. It was a really simple recipe, but I did use my Vitamix instead of the food mill that Ina recommended. Fall is just perfect for this kind of soup.
I added parmesan cheese because I like cheesy tomato soup:)
3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 quart chicken stock or water
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.
In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.
Hello Friends! I hope you had a great weekend. We had non stop rain and crazy wind this weekend, so we spent most of our weekends at home (watching Netflix). The only time we went out was when we had dinner at my fave Pho place and did our grocery shopping after. I wanted to share my menu plan this week just because, and hopefully I can stick to this since we have all of the ingredients and this will surely help us save money (no longer having to do last minute grocery shopping). I only listed our dinners because for breakfast and lunch, we usually just have the basics like eggs, toast, and cereals. Our lunches tend to be left-overs and sandwiches.
M: Gingered Chicken Wings, Broccolini, rice
T: Beef Bulgogi,Kimchi,Rice
W: Tomato Soup,grilled cheese sandwich
T: Grilled Hamachi collar,veggies
F: Pulled Pork and Rice
S:Take our or Dinner out
S:Left Overs or Freezer meal
Last week ‘s meals were:
Chicken in lemon and Caper sauce, grilled brussels sprout, steak
Hello Friends! One of the restaurants we wanted to try during our Vacation in Manila was the SARSA Kitchen (+Bar). Chef JP (I guess one of the owners too) is always a guest on KrisTV (one of my favorite morning shows!) and his recipes always look so good. So when my family finalized our Philippines trip, dining at Sarsa was a must! I was looking forward to it! The place was big and full, luckily we didn’t have to wait for a long time. Before we we’re even seated, the receptionist already asked us if we can order ahead because cooking and preparation time can be 20-30 minutes. The service was great! You can really tell that the waiters and staff are attentive to their customers and the service was quick ( so rare in most Philippine restaurants, based on our experience). I can’t say that about their food though. Honestly, I was disappointed with the majority of what we ordered. Their mango shake was another story! Oh My! The hubs and myself wanted a mango shake and were looking forward to having a fresh, sweet mango shake to enjoy with our lunch. The mango tasted like it was from a bottle of mango juice (maybe Gina brand) and they put in a blender, and there you go, your Shake! I can’t believe Chef JP would allow that to be in his restaurant. Oh Well! Anyways, it was still a good time with my family. We will probably still go back and try their other dishes, although we ordered most of their “best in town” type of food, so we’ll see.
Their Famous sisig (this was good)
Big disappointment in their mango shake (The yellow one), the green mango was OK!
The Pinakbet, another disappointing dish (I think they just blanch or steam the veggies then coated it with sauce). The veggies we’re not full of pinakbet flavor!
Tortang talong with kesong puti(too much breading)
Hi Friends! After our HK trip my family decided to stay 5 days in Manila just to relax for a bit. Our HK trip was very busy, with something always going on everyday. So we were all looking forward to this time because there’s no “agenda”. We planned to just swim, eat, relax and bond as a family. With this in mind, my family decided to check in at the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila Hotel. It’s a luxurious 5 star hotel (I think). It just opened last year so everything was still new. The rooms were spacious, free wifi, staff was helpful and friendly. It’s a hotel casino (so you can gamble if you want but I never went in the casino area). The pool is what we liked the most (so relaxing). My nephews loved every second swimming in the pool. What I like about this hotel is the location too. It was close enough to the airport and Mall Of Asia (largest mall/retail place in the Philippines) so we’re able to try restaurants like SARSA. Zach and my sisters had a chance to eat at some of the hotel’s restaurants but they thought the food was OK, and nothing to rave about. I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures in the hotel because to be honest the family was just lounging at the pool most of the time (obviously with the amount of pool pics I put here), then we ate out or spent time at the mall. If my family will return to Manila we will for sure stay at the Hyatt or one of its sister hotels again.
Tita Chack, Krammy, Eboy enjoying the pool!
Hello that’s me!
Sisters and our nephews
Tita Till and nephews
Tita Kiss and nephews kram and crev
Mom and her grandkids
We had the pool to ourselves most of the time!
Crevy and Krammy (I asked them to jump at the same time and this is what happened! lol
EBoy loved the pool! He said it’s his favorite part of the hotel.
I’m not sure what EBoy is trying to do here!HA
Someone is ready to go back to the hotel room!
One afternoon we skipped the pool and watched the UAAP game between Ateneo blue eagles vs NU bulldogs! The game was so crazy, with two overtimes. Our team won so that made us happy! GO BLUE EAGLES!
On the way to get a ride to Smart Araneta Coliseum