Valentines 2018!

Hello Friends! Happy Belated Valentines Day! I hope you had a lovely V-day! My hubs and I decided a couple of years ago that we will not give each other gifts/cards or expensive things to show that we value each other. He was still nice enough to get me red roses and a cookbook I’ve been wanting! We did “celebrate” though in our favorite restaurant, John Howie! My In laws (Parents, Sis IL) gave us a very generous gift card last Christmas and we wanted to use it. They offered to watch Mia also. We had dinner the Friday of V-day week, because I personally don’t like going out on the 14th ( I cannot deal with the crowds!).

Little Miss Mia was in the V-day spirit too! She wore her valentines outfit, gifted from her Aunties! She also got a cute card from her grandparents! Hubs and I got a card and Franz chocolates also! YUM!

We usually have my In laws over every Wednesday night for dinner! My DIL prepared meatloaf and potatoes!

My new cookbook!

Our John Howie Dinner!

salmon bisque (courtesy of the chef)
A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef Striploin  Sashimi, sweet onion, pickled cucumber, cherry tomato, sesame soy vinaigrette, black sea salt, chives, micro greens (we didn’t like this,sauce was overpowering)
La Belle Farm Foie Gras, caramelized Honeycrisp apple , cabbage and purple onion, crisp guanciale, 10 year aged sherry vinegar, Chinese five spice, pinenuts, Madeira honey
My Valentine enjoying dinner!
Lobster Bisque: fresh Maine lobster, caviar cream, chives
Honeycrisp Apple: Organic Honeycrisp apples, purple onion, dried cranberries, organic greens, preserved apricot vinaigrette, Coombe Castle Blue Stilton, candied black pepper pecans
Fried Brussels Sprouts,:Fried Brussels Sprouts lemon caper vinaigrette, toasted garlic, Reggiano
We did tableside for two!


Mishima Reserve American Wagyu Beef “Long Bone” Rib Eye: mesquite grilled, duck fat roasted Yukon gold potatoes and Cipollini onions, Roasted bone marrow, bordelaise


Chicken Adobo!

Hello Friends! I’ve made the world famous Filipino Chicken Adobo. A Filipino comfort food for sure! I love this dish because it’s so simple and quick (max 45 minutes). The original recipe (Panlasang Pinoy blog) calls for marinading the chicken for 1-3 hours. I skipped that part! The result was still good!* I also added more pepper because I love pepper. I used chicken wings and legs,because wings are my fave part! Mia loved it too based on the sounds she was making when we had dinner the other night!

This is the recipe I used (Panlasang Pinoy):

  • 2 lbs. chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 3 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • ½ tablespoon white sugar
  • Salt and whole peppercorn
    Cooking Process:
    1. In a large container, combine the soy sauce and garlic then marinade the chicken for at least 1 to 3 hours
    2. Place the cooking oil in a pan and apply heat
    3. When the oil is hot enough, put-in the marinated chicken. Cook all the sides for about 5 minutes.
    4. Pour-in the remaining marinade and add water. Bring to a boil
    5. Add the dried bay leaves and whole peppercorn. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender
    6. Add vinegar. Stir and cook for 10 minutes.
    7. Put-in the sugar, and salt. Stir and turn the heat off.
    8. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Life Lately!

Hello Friends! Where did January Go?! It’s been a little busy here with us. Hubs is just recovering from the flu. Been miserable for him the last couple of days. Makes me realize how sometimes we take our health for granted! Health is Wealth! I’ve been monitoring Mia also because she threw up twice during the last week.  So far she’s her usual self (climbing all over the place), drinking and eating well but I’m still keeping my eyes on her. Before all of these viruses got to us we had to do something in Seattle and we stopped at our favorite sandwich place, Salumi! It’s always a treat!

She loves her chocolate pie!
Back massage courtesy of Daddy!
Hubs attempted to make a Filipino Brioche bread! TOTAL FAIL! Haha! He will try again sometime..
swinging at the local park!

usual playdate!



start them young!HA
At Grandmas Memorial celebration!
another day at the park!
Her Hair is getting so long!

I’m looking forward to February! Lots of exciting things I plan to do:) I hope you are all doing great friends!