Happy Birthday Riley!!

Today (June 30th) is our Riley Puss’s 2nd birthday!  My In laws will be coming over for dinner to celebrate our love’s birthday with us. Riley is our mini schnauzer who is such a blessing in our family.  We got him when he was only 10 weeks old, and now he’s 2!  Time just flies so fast, I do miss how tiny he was when we got him. I still remember when Zach could carry him in his palm.  Happy Birthday Riley Puss Bates, you are so loved! Some of my favorite pics of our birthday boy:

day we got him in the pet store!
first car ride,going home now!
playing with Phil and his first toy Mr. Blue
loves to be with Paposh all the time!
excited for his 1st christmas
Christmas 2010,our first with you!
you love our fireplace and new toys!
you are one brave little puss!
poor Riley..
showing off to Peanut!
sad because Paposh will go to work..
visiting Auntie!
Happy fatty Puss
your birthday last year! we had lunch at Panera Bread!
Auntie’s bday!
always waiting for Paposh.  So loyal!
you love hanging out with Auntie Till and sharing a cookie
meeting Lexy for the first time
Happy birthday to my napping buddy!
he loves paw massages,I think I will just give him massages for a bday gift!HAHA!


I shopped at 4 different stores this week,because I had a Safeway catalina that expired this week and I wanted to use it.  Target is in the same area as our Safeway and I had some target coupons I wanted to use.  My Target trip was “sort of free” because I used a gift card (from a rebate) so no Out of Pocket from me.  Target had lots of clearance items in their coffee section,so I got 2 coffees. Then this morning, I shopped at Walgreens because I wanted to get free Suave products (I’m surprised that they are well stocked in this).  After Walgreens I checked out Fred Meyer (kroger affiliate) because the two stores are just in the same area. Fred Meyer had a sale on their milk this week, $1 for their 1/2 galloon, original price is $1.85, I got 6 and I didn’t take pictures because I put them in the refrigerator right away.

Safeway trip: I paid $2.80 (after sale,coupon and catalina)
Target trip: $55 (after sales,coupons) I used a gift card so no OOP for me!
Target trip: I paid $28,after sales and coupons
Part of the $28 target trip (no space in the kitchen counter)
Walgreens trip: I paid $5.28 after RR and coupons (I did 2 transactions)

Tandoori Fire Bar and Grill

We had dinner at Tandoori Fire Bar and Grill restaurant in Redmond last Saturday night because Hubby has been kinda craving Indian food lately.  I’m not a big Indian food fan but I can take it.  The spices are kinda strong for my taste, so I tend to just eat the same thing(I always order chicken tikka masala). That’s the main reason why we rarely eat Indian dishes/cuisine, but Zach really likes Indian food.  It’s been a while now since we had Indian food, so I suggested to Zach that we check this place at Redmond.  The food was really good!  I liked all the dishes we ordered and the Mango Lassi was the best I’ve had.  So good that we had to create one at home because I can’t stop talking about it to my Hubs!  The food was great but the service was awful, they only had two people working on a busy Saturday night and we had to wait for our food for a while and it took our check 30 minutes to arrive or something.  Anyways, it was still a great night with my Junlaboo!

mango lassi and mango margarita (both are very good)
Garlic and basil Naan bread
Curried Mussels!SOOOOO GOOOODDD!!
Chicken Tikka
Tandoori Chicken

Mango Lassi

Hubby made this drink tonight,it’s really good! We went to an  Indian restaurant last night and I had a mango Lassi drink.  It was so good, like really, really good. Creamy, and sweet! Mango is one of my favorite fruits and nothing beats Phillipine mangoes. They’re the best in the world!  This is Jamie Oliver’s Mango Lassi recipe (from the food network).



  • 9 fluid ounces (255 milliliters) plain yogurt
  • 4 1/2 fluid ounces (130 milliliters) milk
  • 4 1/2 fluid ounces (130 milliliters) canned mango pulp or 7 ounces (200 grams) from 3 fresh mango, stoned and sliced
  • 4 teaspoons sugar, to taste, or feel free to try salt and cardamom seeds


Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes, then pour into individual glasses, and serve. Feel free to try salt andcardamom seeds. The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours


Our Fred Meyer (Kroger affiliate) is having a good sale on their Pineapple this week (originally $3.79) and now they’re on sale for $1.  I got 3, but I think I’ll get more tomorrow before the sale ends.  I got free toothpaste from Walgreens after sales and coupons.  They were out of stock of their Suave products, too bad because it’s such a good deal even without coupons.

Fred Meyer shopping: Before sales and coupons:$24, I paid: $10
Free after sales,coupon and RR!


It’s friday night here,Hubby wanted to get some cold stone ice cream, I asked him to stop at Walgreens because I’m curious if they restocked their Suave products and they did!! So I was able to get the free Suave shampoos tonight!

free after RR!,we didn’t clear the shelves:)it’s great to share the good deals with others!

Escabeche/Sweet and Sour Fish

We had this Red Snapper dish early this week. We got this fish in the Filipino store/market and knew right away that we’re gonna have Escabeche. I grow up eating Red Snapper (in the Philippines it’s called MAya-Maya),aside from Tuna (tuna belly),it is my favorite kind of fish. I forgot how expensive they are.  I try to get wild caught fish whenever I can instead of farm raised, even though it is more expensive.  I just feel like the flavor is really superior in wild fish.  Anyways, I wasn’t thinking about the price when I got it, all I know is that it’s coming home with me.  I’m just sharing this because I find it expensive , $18 for this medium size fish.  Is that too much for a fish?I honestly don’t know. Although, once I had a bite of the crispy, meaty fish,and the sweet and sour sauce ,I and the Hubs totally agreed that it was worth it. So worth IT! I prepared it Escabeche style. I deep fried the fish then made a sweet and sour sauce.  I sautéed onions, garlic, carrots, green peppers and then added the sweet and sour sauce once the veggies were soft and tender. Then I poured the sauce on top of the fried fish and served it over boiled rice.

wild caught Red Snapper/Mayamaya!!
crispy fish..
sweet and sour sauce! sorry for the blurry pic,I’m using an iPad(we are still saving for DSLR)
so meaty…
Hubby wanted to take a pic of me and Mr. Snapper!

Recipe: Sweet and Sour Sauce(panlasang pinoy.com)


  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 5 teaspoons of water

Cooking Procedure

  1. Combine the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce in a bowl.
Mix the combined ingredients using a balloon whisk or fork.
Heat a saucepan then pour-in the sugar-ketchup-vinegar-soy sauce mixture. Stir once in a while and bring to a boil.
Pour-in the cornstarch diluted in water then continue stirring until the texture becomes thick.
Turn of the heat and transfer the sweet and sour sauce to a sauce bowl then serve.

Hello Summer!!

Summer is officially here and to welcome our summer I grilled Blue cheese burgers (Ina Garten inspired) and made Apple, blue cheese salad (Pioneer Woman recipe) and it was delicious dinner. We got our burger patties from Fischers market here in Issaquah and it’s really good meat.  Hubby and I are thinking of getting a BBQ grill for our yard so we can enjoy grilling outside. We have a charcoal one right now, but we are thinking of getting a gas one.  Cheers to summer!!

Bacon Burger
Blue cheese burger
with ice tea
with the yummy salad…
salads with feta cheese,raisins,almonds,apples..
Happy Summer:)

Sesame Steak

Another quick stir fry recipe I cooked last week ( Recipe from The Everyday Chinese Cookbook)



1lb. rump steak

2 tbsp. sesame seeds

1 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp vegetable oil

4 oz. mushrooms,quartered

1 large green peppers,seeded,cut into strips

4 spring onions,chopped diagonally

boiled rice,to serve

For the Marinade:

2 tsp cornflour

2 tbsp chinese rice wine or dry sherry

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 in fresh root ginger grated, 1 garlic clove,crushed

few drops of tabasco sauce


1. Trim the steak and cut into thin strips.

2. Make the marinade. In a bowl, blend the cornflour with the rice wine,then stir in the lemon juice,soy sauce,tabasco sauce,ginger and garlic. Stir in the steak strips,cover and leave in a cool place for 3-4 hours.

3. Place the sesame seeds in a wok or large frying pan and dry fry over a moderate heat, shaking the pan,until the seeds are golden. Set aside.

4. Heat the sesame and vegetable oils in the wok or frying pan. Drain the steak, reserving the marinade, and stir fry a few pieces at a time until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon.

5. Add the mushrooms and green pepper and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the spring onions and cook for 1 minute more.

6. Return the steak to the wok or frying pan, together with the reserved marinade, and stir over a moderate heat for a further 2 minutes until the ingredients are evenly coated with glaze. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and serve immediately with boiled rice.

weekend fun!

We had a great Father’s day weekend here at home with my Hubby’s family. We prepared steaks,shrimp and enjoyed a coconut cream pie from the Dahlia Bakery for Father’s Day dinner. Hubby and I watched the movie Prometheus last Friday night at Seattle Cinerama (the best theater in Seattle but kinda expensive ,in my opinion) I got  a movie voucher that had free popcorn and that was expiring soon so I wanted to use it. Hubby wanted to watch the movie and enjoyed it but it’s not my kind of movie though. Before the movie, we had sushi and I ate too much salmon:-)

butter and chocolate popcorn…
steak tartare and onion rings
onion rings(Ina Garten recipe)
fave of the night,steak tartare..
roasted shrimp (Ina Garten recipe)
I forgot to include the steaks in the picture..
sweet potato fries
Father and Son
cantaloupe and berries
the best coconut cream pie in the world!!
Dad In Law
Mom In Law Kathy


My favorite deals this week were at Fred Meyer with their Buy 5,save $5 and it includes Kelloggs cereals.  The deal with cereals is that you can get free movie tickets if you send them “codes” that you can get in the cereals boxes, so anyways, we’ll have free tickets for the Spiderman movie and I’m excited that I’ve got it for free together with cheap cereals.  Back to the savings, I shopped at 3 stores this week (Safeway, Fred Meyer, Walgreens). These stores are less than 4 miles from our house and I did my shopping after my Zumba class, saves gas when I do it this way!  I wanted to take pictures separately so I can see the savings, but I did only 1 transaction per store. If you’re wondering about our meat and produce, we still have enough meat and fish for this week from our last visit to the meat/fish market last week. This was more of a stockpile shopping trip this week.

Safeway deal:I paid $7.25; I was so surprise to see a Filipino brand soy sauce but then they do have a little international section in the store!
Fred Meyer deal: taking advantage of their Buy 5,save $5 promo: I paid $7.50(after sales and coupons);and I will get a movie ticket when I send the movie codes from the cereal boxes (worth $15)..
Fred Meyer: I paid $11 (after sales and coupons),Original price of the dog treat is $6.49(it’s a big size)..so I did like this deal:)
Fred M: Before sales and coupons:$33; I paid $13.5(and I will get a movie ticket after I send the movie codes,so I’d like to think this is a very good deal!)
Fred M: Paid $2.78 (the lemonade was basically free after coupons)
Walgreens: After store sales and RR and coupons:around $5 (can’t find the receipt)
Walgreens:$6.14(after store coupon and mc)