Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Revisiting Green Pastures

We so enjoyed our meal in Green Pastures more than a month ago, that we decided to come back last Sunday.  Here is my previous post on Green Pastures.  We were ready for the wait - we got there at 11am and the place was still empty.  I left my name and funny that the staff remembered it, strange right?  I guess, I am not forgettable and very charming?  Just kidding.  So I told her that we'd like to be listed for the 12noon and she obliged.  But after walking around the mall, my Panget realized that it was nearing 12noon and we walked to Green Pastures.  When the staff saw me, she immediately led the way - we had a table!  Yahoo!!

Ordering was quite a task.  I wanted to get everything on the menu.  I was so confused on what to get that ordering for both me and my Panget took a while.  We got the Autumn Salad, Duck You Fries, Duck Fat Fried Chicken, Porchetta and Fish and Chips.  


This is the Autumn Salad and its also good!
I've noticed before that Green Pastures' salad is neverending - this one is the same!  Even if I ate a LOT of greens already, there seems to be some more in the bowl!  We even had to take home some since we weren't able to finish it!



I had to order the Duck You fries once again because I love love french fries and my kids love it too!
So enjoyed this appetizer, especially the spritzer vinegar!



This is the Porchetta.  Meat on bread - literally.  It was love at first bite.  I so looooooved this dish!
If you like tender meat on bread, then this is the perfect dish for you.  WIth my first bite, I knew that my Panget would love this dish, and so I told him to have it.  But he insisted on waiting for his Fish and Chip - and in the end, we exchanged orders.  This is how much I love my Panget, that despite loving this dish so much - I had to sacrifice, but not after a few bites here and there.  Hahaha!


Here's a closer look on the Porchetta.  Looks very good, right?



This is the Duck Fat Fried Chicken - and it's soooo tender!  Kailee loved this and I liked it too!  It was so very flavorful!  The skin was crispy and the meat was very juicy and oh so very tender!  The bones of the chicken were practically non existent!  Haha.. The magic was in the sauces - the roasted catsup (Kailee loved this and ate it all!) and the honey something (this was marvelous, I can't explain it but you know the taste of something that you don't like but you like?  The type that you know the taste is weird YET you still try it every time?  Ganon!).  Oh my gosh.  I was so bowled over with the combination.  Winner!!



This is the dish that arrived so very very late.  John, who was very nice apologized for this and said that there was something with the kitchen because all of the fish and chips orders were delayed.  Fish and chips for me is a very basic dish that you just get as a back up in case you're undecided on what to eat.  So if you aske me, I don't usually get this - unless I am unimpressed with the restaurant, but my Panget wanted something 'healthy' so he got this.  Since it arrived late - it was freshly cooked.  When my Panget cut a piece - you can still see the steam from the fish meat.  He had to wait for a few seconds to eat it.  But he was too hungry!  So I just gave him my Porchetta.  He then tried the fish and wasn't impressed.  I on the other hand was liking it.  The fish was really good and light, it wasn't the ordinary dory fish that most restaurants serve for their fish and chips.  It tasted really fresh - I was impressed with the body of the fish.  Add the spritzer vinegar and the flavor comes out.  The breading too was lovely as it was very crispy!


We again enjoyed our meal at Green Pastures.  The service was also impeccable - I have to say that service makes a huge huge difference.  Thank you to John - thank you for your wonderful service to us!  Kudos to the staff and crew behind Green Pastures!  You have a fan in me!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Autumn with Starbucks

Autumn is my favorite season.  I know there's no autumn in Manila, but I was lucky enough to witness it in Beijing when I lived there for half a year.  Autumn is the most beautiful season for me because you can see the leaves turn from green to yellow to orange to red to dark brown.  When you see the changing of the colors day by day - you will be amazed with its beauty.  It's so beautiful that you will stop in your tracks to admire nature.  I wish though, that we have that - so everyone will appreciate the beauty of the seasons.

Starting tomorrow, September 16 - Starbucks is launching the new Autumn Starbucks card.


Isn't she a beauty?  Get this and add it to your growing collection of Starbucks Cards!

Together with the launch of the Starbucks Card are the new featured drinks:


The ones on top are the Dark Caramel Latte
The ones at the bottom are the French Vanilla Latte

I'm very excited to try these new drinks tomorrow!!

Oh!  There's a special TREAT for all Starbucks Card lovers - from September 16 to 22, for every P300.00 load you put into your card - you will earn ONE (1) beverage star!  Yes, yes yes!  You read that right!  Just by loading your cards (in the amount of P300.00) you earn a beverage star!!


Garlic and Lemon by Karen

Obviously, I like to eat.  So when I see food pics on my IG that interests me - I get curious.  This is what happened when I saw Michelle of MyMomFriday's IG post on Garlic and Lemon.  It got me so curious that I ordered.  Karen is such a pleasant person to text with - she suggests and is very candid.  A few days after placing my order, the goods arrived and here they are!!



The picture above is the Wonton.
It was frozen when it was delivered and I suggest you place it in the freezer immediately too!!
Just be careful in thawing because when I thawed mine before cooking, the skin was sticky and was falling off the wonton ball.  But nevertheless - it tasted good.  Below is a my version of a wonton noodle soup.


The wonton was good enough.  I wish though, there would be more shrimp - since I knew that when one says wonton - it should be made of shrimp with a little meat.  I guess here in Manila, it's the opposite!  Hahaha.. But it's good and I like that's is a good sized wanton that is packed with meat and flavor.


Above is the Tafo Puff.  I have to admit that I hated this when I was younger, I didn't know better!  Haha.. These can be steamed according to Karen, but for me - oil is better!  Hahaha.  Yes, I love oil.  So I fried these babies and below is what happened.


The Taro Puff kinda crumbled, but it was okay.  It's not the best, but it's good enough for me!!  Of course you won't be able to compare this side by side with a restaurant Taro Puff - but I think this can hold on it's own.  The taro is rich and if you like taro, then this is for you! I wish there were more meat though, but that's just me.  My Panget liked it and ate most of it.  Hahaha!!  He likes taro very much!



This one is really really really good!  The Skinless Longganisa!  I was so excited to try this and I loved every bit of it!  The taste is so perfect, the right combination of sweet and garlicky!  It was very very tasty!  I swear, you can ask my helper at home - I had to ask her to cook more for me when I first tried it!  I initially asked her to cook 3 pieces but it wasn't enough!  She had to cook more!!  This is Karen's gem, this one you should really really order!!  My Panget liked it but wished there were more garlic, but for me the taste is just right, tamang tama ang timpla!


Look at that beauty.  WOW!  It's pretty right?  But I swear, it tastes even better than it looks!! :)  You guys need to try it!!

You may call, text, Viber or message Karen of Garlic and Lemon on FB to inquire and to order!
Here' is their Facebook Page - Garlic and Lemon.  I'm so happy that I found her!!  Now, when I'm not in the mood to cook or is missing a helper or two, I won't have a hard time thinking of what to prepare!  Hehehe...

Thank you Karen!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Viking's Mid Autumn Festival Celebration

Mid-Autumn Festival is an event looked forward by most everyone - simply because of the moon cakes (and also the dice games!  hahaha..)  The past few years, I have seen many variations of the moon cakes.  Different ingredients, different versions - and now Viking's is presenting their own version of moon cakes to their patrons, from hot dishes to delicious desserts!

These special moon cakes will be available on ALL weekends of September!




Beef Bourguignon Mooncake with Cahron Sauce (on top) is so meaty good.  I especially loved the Choron sauce as it made this particular beef mooncake's taste stand out.  The Minced Goat Cheese Mooncake with Mango Coulis (the one at the bottom) is also good - if you like the taste of lamb, the goat cheese's flavor is very strong, thus I'm sure you're enjoy it.




This is the Salted Lotus Mooncake.  If you enjoy the traditional mooncake - then this is for you!!




On the left is the Asado Mooncake - it has bits and pieces of the asado tucked in the mooncake.  The taste is different from what we are familiar with but still good.  The one on the right is the Crusty Shrimp cheese Mooncake - it's made of a puff pastry and oh my gosh, it's really really good!  This has to be my favorite mooncake of all the hot mooncakes presented.  I swear, the taste is WOW!



The yellow one is the Choco Trifile Mooncake - one bit into and it and I fell in love with it!  The texture and the taste is really really really good.  If you like chocolates then this one is for you!  I swear, every bite I made - I paid it a compliment.  That was how much I loved this particular dessert mooncake!  The pink on is the Wild Berry Cheese Mooncake - it has a cheesecake filling inside.  If you like the taste of berries, then you will like this pink and sweet dessert.



Look at that chocolatey goodness.  I wish they sold this though, because I would have bought a lot and hoarded it at home.


These dishes are available on all weekends of September in all Vikings branches!

Vikings Luxury Buffet

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ready Steady Go Kids Philippines

In this modern age physical play is almost non existent.  What we used to do as kids - run around and playing with other kids are now replaced with watching videos on an iPad, playing games with handheld gadgets.  My personal preference is that I like my kids to be active and know how to interact and socialize and we practice just that.  I do not judge other parents when they decide on giving their kids iPads or handheld  gadgets because each parent and each child is different - who am I to compare or judge - I respect that decision of theirs.



Last week, I was introduced to Ready Steady Go Kids Philippines which is a franchise from Australia's Ready Steady Go Kids program.  Simply put the concept is that RSGK uses sports as means to teach kids life skills and other skills such as listening, following directions, concentration, numbers, shapes, and colors.

I found it really interesting because the concept is new (for me, ha) and I for one believe so much in physical play and activity as a means to learning.  They use 10 different sports to introduce to the kids simple skills.  What hooked me on the concept is that the kids can get to try different sports in a term, which normally you would need to enroll in separate occasions.  The kids get the opportunity to be exposed to certain sports that is not normally available or generally taught like rugby, cricket and T-ball.


I met the people behind Ready Steady Go Kids Philippines - JP and Meriel and they are very passionate about this and I am very much impressed with their knowledge on the program and also their wanting to share to others the benefits of learning through sports.  It was discussed that there are places that opened up which encourages physical activity - but there was none that used sports as means to teach skills - and I think this is their advantage in the market.

Enrollment for their 2nd Term is now open and is set to start middle of October.  So hurry and inquire now!  To learn more on Ready Steady Go Kids Philippines - visit their Facebook page and their webiste http://readysteadygokids.com.ph/  They have trial classes available, but please do call first to schedule.   You may call them at (02) 631-1497 or shoot them an email at info@readysteadygokids.com.ph

To JP and Meriel and the whole Ready Steady Go Kids Philippines team - THANK YOU for bringing this to our country!!  I am looking forward to joining your class soon!!

I will be sharing my experiences on this blog after our trial class, so stay tuned!!