Starbucks Coffee Appreciation Festival on April 2 & 3!!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

There's a Starbucks Coffee Appreciation Festival happening this weekend, YES - this weekend!  April 2 & 3 at the Grand Atrium Main Wing of the Shangri-La Mall.



Press Release:

Life is made enjoyable with many fine things, and one of the finer things in life is appreciating a good cup of coffee. But coffee appreciation doesn’t begin and end with the cup; it starts with growing the finest beans then the coffee processing, roasting, brewing and, finally handcrafting every cup. The key to appreciating good coffee lies in knowing the story and the art involved in creating every cup before you can enjoy it with your friends and loved ones, or alone with a book on a warm couch.

Whether you prefer your coffee full-bodied with a bold flavor or lightly-roasted with mellow notes, you can now enjoy the full spectrum of flavors that coffee offers at the Starbucks Coffee Appreciation Festival from April 2 to 3, 10am to 9pm at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza.

This two-day coffee exploration event showcases the world of coffee, featuring everything you can possibly know about the world’s most popular beverage, from its history to the world’s renowned coffee-growing regions, types of coffee beans to the processing methods and down to the Starbucks Roast™.

“We will be equipping participants with the right coffee knowledge and this requires going back in time and understanding the storied origins of coffee. We will also give coffee enthusiasts a peak into the regions where coffee beans grow best, what type of beans are cultivated in different origin countries and how the geographical conditions of these places affect the quality and flavor of the coffee bean,” said Keith Cole, head of marketing for Rustan Coffee Corporation (Starbucks Philippines).

Participants will also experience how to unlock the full potential of coffee for the perfect cup every time, with four basic fundamentals of brewing – the right proportion of coffee to water, different grind levels, clean water at the right temperature and freshness of coffee.

Another highlight of the event is that participants will be treated to brewing demonstrations and coffee tasting activities. This is when coffee drinkers are taught to better appreciate the nuances of the flavors of coffee including a cup’s aroma, acidity and body. Starbucks Global Coffee Masters will lead coffee tastings to demonstrate how to smell, slurp, locate flavors on the tongue and describe coffee characteristics.

The brewing demonstration will include methods such as the Pour-Over and the classic Coffee Press. Brewing with a coffee press retains the precious natural oils that paper filters absorb, and extracts the coffee’s full flavor while giving it a consistency that’s thick and rich. While the Pour-over is a beautifully simple and accessible way to brew a single cup of coffee with clean, fully developed flavor and body.

“The pour over is a great solution for producing a flawless cup of coffee every time as it allows you to control the flow of water and ultimately the depth of coffee flavor. While the coffee press is one of the simplest ways to brew coffee, it releases more of the coffee’s natural oils into your cup instead of into a paper filter, which means more flavor,” says Cole.

“Filipinos are learning to appreciate the diverse world of coffee. Our goal in staging our very first Starbucks Coffee Appreciation Festival is to help coffee enthusiasts better appreciate the story and the art that goes into every cup, from the bean to the region where the coffee bean grew to the brewing process to the preparation of the beverage. So much goes into one cup of Starbucks coffee and we know that with appreciation, the beverage itself tastes better as the coffee drinker is better able to appreciate coffee as more than just a beverage,” said Cole.


First 500 participants that complete the coffee journey get an exclusive Starbucks Explorer Kit!

See you there!!

Cooking Quest: Salted Egg Yolk Chicken

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Last year, I attempted to cook this.  You know, without looking at any recipe?  I had a feeling it was fairly easy.  I usually just wing it (yabang!).  But when I did - it was an epic fail.  Hahahaha!!

After that failed attempt, I often wondered how it was made without the salted egg yolk being runny. Then I saw a video somewhere.  I realized that it failed because I used REAL Salted egg yolk and egg white - TOGETHER.  Major major fail.  You DON'T need to use real salted egg.  What you need is just the egg yolk and salt it.

I tried making it the other night and it was a success.



Well, sort of - I mean, my Panget said he wanted it a little more salty.

Didi's Salted Egg Yolk Chicken:
(I apologize but I don't have the exact measurement, as I said - I just wing it.  Hahaha!!)

Chicken Thigh Fillets (cut into bite sizepieces)
Rice Wine
Sugar
Salt
Pepper
1 Egg
Potato Starch (this makes the chicken more crispy when fried)

4 Egg Yolks (Separate and Steam then crush)
*You may need more depending on the amount of chicken you plan to cook
Salt (this will depend on how salty you want it to be)
Butter (I love butter so don't ask me how much!  Hahaha!)


Start with the Salted Egg first:
1)  Crush the steamed egg yolks.  Crush them.
2)  Heat oil in a a pan and cook the crushed egg yolks
3)  Add butter and salt (to taste)
4)  Cook until FOAMY (don't over cook!)
5)  Set aside in the pan

Chicken:
1)  Mix cut up chicken with rice wine, salt, pepper and sugar
2)  Pour in egg and mix thoroughly
3)  Drench Chicken piece by piece into Potato Starch
4)  Fry chicken pieces until golden brown

When all the chicken is cooked - put it on the pan with the egg yolk mixture.
Coat all the chicken with the egg yolk mixture.

That's it.

It's quite tedious because you will need at least 2 pans.  But I assure you, it will all be worth it when you get to taste and serve it.

Feel free to tweak the recipe.  If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks!

#ExpoKid2016: April 2&3 at BHS Activity Center

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

When I was younger I remember attending swimming classes, cooking & baking classes, reading dynamics, and a whole lot more activities.

For the first time since becoming a mom, I am considering summer activities for my kiddoes.  So happy there's a venue to see what's out there!







So, see you at the #expokid2016 !!







Happy Easter + GIVEAWAY!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter everyone!! :)

The Holy Week has gone by and I'm sure most of us was on *Vacation Mode*.

To kick start the week after vacation - I'm doing a GIVEAWAY!! :)

I'm giving away two (2) items

One is a Fruits & Passion Shower Gel:


And another is a Zebra SARSA clip pen (that I got for FREE for Liking Tokyu Hands SG's IG):



Joining is fairly easy, just leave the details below in the comment section:
a)  Answer - Why would you want to win the shower gel OR the pen (pick only ONE!)
b)  Name
c)  Valid Email address (one you check regularly, I mean REGULARLY)
d)  Social Media shares (Twitter and Facebook) 
@candishhh is giving away a Fruits&Passion shower gel and a Zebra Sarsa Clip pen! http://candishhh.blogspot.com/2016/03/happy-easter-giveaway.html 
e)  You have until April 8, 2016 to join!  I will pick the answer I like the best
f)   I will ship these prizes for FREE to ANY Metro Manila address (Metro Manila residents only)



Yummy Choobi Choobi in Panay

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kaye was the one who told me about Choobi Choobi in Panay.  It was newly opened and was a restaurant from Cebu.  I honestly had no idea what it was all about, but she said that she tried it and it was very affordable.  

So one Wednesday, we decided to have a lunch date together with our kids.

We ordered two shrimp dishes:

 Butter Garlic



Singapore Style Salted Egg 


Among the 2 dishes, I like the Butter Garlic more.  The Salted Egg was also good, but I am very partial to butter.  Hahaha!!  So imagine, I was scooping the butter sauce and putting it on my rice!!

When we were there a month ago, they were still offering UNLIMITED PLAIN RICE order.  But when we came back a week after (we loved the food so much that we came back on the same day, the following week!), the restaurant took it out saying that some diners were abusing the unli-rice.  What I suggest is to charge the rice, per head (for every diner) so there won't be sharing of any kind.  But hey, that's just me!

When we went back here the following week.  We ordered just one dish to share - the Butter Garlic!

Food is good, the size of the shrimps are quite big and the price is affordable.   Imagine, there were 3 of us adults and we just ordered one serving of the Butter Garlic.  Imagine how much our bill came out when we divided it into 3!  Hahaha...

I can't wait to bring my Panget here.  Well, the only down side is that I will need to peel off the skin of the shrimp for him.  YES, he's that lazy!  Hahahaha...


Choobi Choobi
Panay Avenue,
Quezon City

OPEN HOUSE at EduPlay School Manila

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kailee's Pre-School Alma Mater is having an OPEN HOUSE!!




Come and meet the people behind EduPlay School Manila.
See for yourself the school and it's facilities.
Meet the wonderful teachers!

And see why I soooooooooo LOVE EduPlay School Manila!!


Hail, Sultan Grill San Juan!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

There's a new kid in the neighborhood of San Juan - Sultan Grill!

I've been seeing this place on my IG feeds because friends have been flocking here.  Flocking because these friends are not in the same circle.  It got me curious!




I received an invite to dine here with mommy friends and I didn't hesitate to say yes.  I mean food + kwentuhan galore?  That sounds like so much fun!

Sultan Grill is located along Wilson Street in San Juan.  You'll need to cross P.Guevarra to reach it but just a few meters and you'll see it on your left side.  If you are coming from the other size of Wilson then you'll see it on your right size before you reach P.Guevarra.




I am not so much a fan of these wall tiles when I was younger.  I always felt they looked quaint.  But I guess with age, I began to appreciate the look and the design.  Hahaha!  It does remind me so much of the Mediterranean and Persia.

Here are the food that was served us:


Falafel
Falafel's will always always remind me of Ross Geller in the TV show Friends.
I like the texture and the taste.  Put some hummus and the flavor pops out!


Plain Yogurt Shake
This is a refreshing shake.  If you like tart like me, then this is for you.  
There are other flavors like Mango and etc.  


Vitamin Boost Salad
Do you know that that Mediterranean cuisine is the best food for Weight Loss?
I read it somewhere and isn't it great?  Hahaha!!  I so love salads with a twist!
This particular salad has a orange dressing, something I didn't think I'd like, but I loved it!



The image above and below are the Lamb dishes.
I have to confess, I am not a fan of lamb - I tried them and I must admit, it was actually good.
I was worried about the *malansa* taste and these two dishes didn't have that.
Cai and Michelle both loved these two dishes and seeing them take bite after bite.
I'm sure it was really good!  Hahaha!!
P.S.  The gravy was gooooood!!





Moussaka
This was really good.  I love love love Moussaka and this did not disappoint.


Souvlaki Platter
This was my favorite because the beef was so very tender!
I love the onions, bell pepper, fries and salad!  This dish costs P380.00 and it's a complete meal!

Here are Cai and Michelle in action!


I failed to take a picture of the Kebab Platter, but that's the dish on the plate (what Cai is taking a pic of)  It's a combination of Chicken, Beef, Lamb and Koobideh (ground beef).  It's equally good but I like the ones on a stick with veggies (any veggie)  Hahahaha!! :)  



Above is Sultan's handcrafted Ice Creams.
Nuts and Roses, Basil and Silky Amber.
My personal favorite is the Basil.  It grows on you.  Every spoonful is different.  I find it very refreshing and lovely.  Just lovely.  Try it!


I enjoyed my dining experience in Sultan Grill.  I was concerned on the parking, but you know what - diners still flocked here and to think that it was lunch time!  Turnover was high and I was so happy for the manager.  Serving are big enough to share and the price point is just right.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, then come and try out Sultan Grill's newest branch in San Juan.  You'll be greeted by smiles from the staff and a very pretty and quaint interiors.

See you there!

Sultan Grill
190 Wilson Street,
San Juan
  

Connor LOVES his Beatrix NY backpack

Monday, March 21, 2016

I bought two Beatrix NY big kids back pack from local distributor Quirks Marketing almost a month ago.  I purposely hid these two bags because I knew that when Kailee and Connor see it, they will for sure want to use it immediately!  And I wanted to keep it for when they go to big school (for Kailee) and pre-school (for Connor).

But by stroke of whatever - Connor found it.  Took it out of it's plastic cover and wore it last Friday night.  He loved it so much that he didn't want to take it off!  He wore it while playing in our room!  He only took it off when he was going to sleep.


Take note that the bag is EMPTY.  There is nothing inside.  Hahahaha!!

The next morning, I thought - he would have taken it off.  He still wore it around the house.  Showed and bragged about it saying to everyone saying he *is* a dinosaur!  

Yesterday morning, I didn't expect to see what I saw.  So look at what greeted me during breakfast:




And it's still empty, BUT he refuses to take it off!  He wore it inside the car on the way to QC Sports for lunch.  To be honest, it's still quite big but he really likes it so much!   And now put in some toys to justify why he is carrying it around the house!  Hahaha!!

I think he has found a new favorite bag.

Connor LOVES his Percival Beatrix BY backpack.

Beatrix NY bags are distributed by Quirks Marketing.
They are available in:
Rustans
Hobbes and Landes
Fully Booked
Mamaway

How to Clean Denim Stains on a Leather Bag

Friday, March 18, 2016

Last February, the unthinkable happened.

My pink leather bag was stained by my jeans!  Look..........


Can you see the contrast in color?

It's so sad!  This happened while we were in Hong Kong.  I thought, I was in luck since I'm sure that the sales staff here would at least know what to do right?  So, I dropped by the store nearest to me and ask how to clean it.  And you know what the sales staff said?  *Sorry, it's impossible to clean*  LECHE.  I don't think that's what you tell those who ask for help diba?  I was pissed.  I was actually determined to prove her wrong.  But then again, I was in HK - they won't care naman e.  It was more of a personal quest.  She just looked at me blankly and probably thinking - that's why you don't buy light colored bags!  Grrrr...

I was pissed so I messaged my friend.  My friend Kath said she uses the Coach leather cleaner.  My other friend Maymay said that she has a Kate Spade leather cleaner that I can use.  There was hope.  I can try these methods and if all else fails - I guess, it's alright since the stain is at the back of the bag.

I finally got hold of the Kate Spade leather cleaner.  Maymay told he that she was instructed by the store staff to use cotton.  So I followed her.  I used cotton to try and clean it.  Slowly but surely - it WORKED!  But the thing was, my arm was getting tired from rubbing!  Hahaha!!  It was taking longer than usual but I told myself to be patient, well - I needed to be patient or else nothing will come out of it!  So I rested for like 2 days.  Hahahaha!! :)  Then I tried it again.  

But after 2 days of using cotton balls.  I gave up.  It was too much work!  Hahaha.  Seriously, I was thinking too much work with just a little difference.  My Panget was actually smirking and asking if it really works.  I then remembered that I had small cut ups of Melamine Sponge (aka Mr. Clean's Eraser) that we got in Daiso Tokyo last November.  I then took the risk and tried it on a small portion.   I put the leather cleaner on the surface of the small melamine sponge, squeezed it so that the product will get into the sponge.  I slowly rubbed it on the leather surface in a circular motion.  I was nervous and secretly praying that the leather won't get damaged. 

Without much effort - IT WORKED!  I was in disbelief how fast it took the stain out!  So I tried it again on another portion of the bag.  And it still worked!   I was soooo happy that I was cleaning like crazy!  Hahaha..  I had to *gently* rub the melamine sponge on the flat surface of the bag.  I also learned that the more product you use, the better and easier to clean.  Make sure to use enough product that when you rub, it'll create suds/bubbles.  The leather cleaner instructions suggests that you don't put the cleaner directly on the bag, but I did just that.  Hahaha!! But don't take my word for it, you can try it and risk it.  I did and it turned out okay naman. 

Here's the finished product:


There's a huge difference right?! 


Bye Bye Demin stains!!  Woohooo!!


I tried to clean the folded parts of the bag and realized that it didn't work.  Instead it damaged the leather more.  So I theorized that the melamine sponge + Kate Spade leather cleaner only works on flat surface leather bags.  You need to be very careful with the *power* of the melamine sponge when you use it on a folded leather surface.  See below:

Can you spot the damage?  
Good thing it's at the bottom of the bag!!

So, thank you Maymay for letting me use your Kate Spade leather cleaner.  I went on and bought myself a bottle because I have this urge to clean my other leather bags!  Hahaha... I called Kate Spade outlets but they were all out of stock.  I was told to call Rustan's Makati to try.  And I did, and they still had bottles and bottles in stock.  It costs P795.00 




Your patience will be tested.  What I did was clean it everyday or every other for short periods of time.  It gets tiring and frustrating when you don't see immediate results.  You need to be very very GENTLE with how you clean.  Do not force the sponge on the bag because I'm sure the leather will get damaged.  You can also try the towel/cotton method but I find it takes longer to clean (so for sure mooooore patience!)

Here's the side by side image of the bag with denim stain and without the demin stain.



See the difference?

So, THANK YOU Maymay for letting me use your Kate Spade leather cleaner!

I owe you!!

#CalpolMakeNoMistake

Thursday, March 17, 2016

When my kids are sick one things I really dislike is that I need to figure out how much medicine to give!  

There are some meds that indicates the age range of the child and some others that you'll need to compute for the weight of the child.  I don't know how to compute.  The doctors most of the time do it for us when we are in their clinics.  But if our child's weight suddenly increases or decreases, how are we to know how to compute?

This is where this wheel comes in handy:




The wheel is an easy guide for us parents on what's the correct dose to give to our kids when they're sick.  Just turn the wheel, match the weight of your child and you'll see the different doses on the you'll need to give on the different kinds of Calpol products.

#CalpolMakeNoMistake

In giving our child medicine, it is VERY IMPORTANT that we give them the correct doses.  It's crucial that we give them what is right and not what we deem ourselves right.  Medicines when given at a wrong dose (too little or too much) is not helpful and can instead cause more harm than good!

I know there are times when we are panic stricken because of worry.  But let's just breathe, and take a second to read and know what the correct dose to give our kids.




Parenting is tough.  As much as we want to protect our kids, we need to let then grow, explore and experience things on their own.  I honestly don't mind the mess, because I know they'll eventually learn to get organized.  We just need to guide them and remind them every so often without blowing our top off (this happens a LOT with me!) we need to be more patient with them.  

We all learn from experience.  We take in the good ones and improve and stay away from the bad decisions we've made.  We strive to do better.  Mistakes are there to make us learn, so let's learn from it.

But when it comes to releiveing fever and pain - #CalpolMakeNoMistake 

Thank you for this handy kit Calpol!



Bento Mommas: Happy Birthday Kailee!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kailee just turned 5!

I am both happy and sad.  Happy because I can't believe that she's 5!  Sad because she's no longer a baby.  Hahaha!

But in all seriousness.  Where did the 5 years go?

This year, since she's already in pre-school and her birthday fell on a school day, I decided to just have her celebrate in class.  It would have been something different since this year, she has new friends - her classmates!  I was thinking of what to do and an idea popped into my head,

Bento Box!!

Since Kailee's still in her Frozen phase, I asked the Bento Mommas for a Frozen themed bento.  At first, Kailee asked for an Anna bento.  But when she saw the designs, she switched to Elsa!  Hahaha...  So, I obliged and ordered the Elsa bento design.  I am so very thankful to my friends over at Bento Mommas for this wonderful wonderful Elsa Birthday Bento!

Look at the design, look at how much love, patience and effort they put into every box they make.  They're creative, they're precise, they're all so wonderfully talented!  I can't imagine myself doing this - hats off to you Kaye, April and Monet of the Bento Mommas!  Thank you for sharing your talent with us!!


Look at that smile on Kailee's face!!  Priceless, right?







All of her classmates enjoyed the Bento Boxes!  Thank you again Bento Mommas!!

You may inquire and order your Bento Boxes by:
a)  Sending an email to bentomommas@gmail.com
b)  Heading on to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bentomommas

To get into the bento mood, you may check out their feeds on:
Twitter:  @bentomommas
Instagram:  @bentomommas
Instagram:  @momma_makes_imbento

Here's the Bento Mommas labor of LOVE.

Photo from @bentomommas 

By the way, they also do workshops!




Pet Express: DOGGIE RUN 2016!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Press Release



The Pet Express Doggie Run 2016 is getting bigger and furrier! The Doggie Run is an annual fun run for canines and their humans. The Doggie Run will be held on March 19, 2016 (Saturday) at 5:30 AM in SM Mall of Asia. Doggie Runners can choose from 1.5K, 3K, and 5K categories. Be a part of this one-of-a-kind fun run and meet new four-legged running buddies, win pawsome prizes, and run for a good cause. Part of the proceeds go to the animal shelter, PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society).

Registration Fee:
Doggie Race Kit (P550)- Race Bib w/ RFID, Event Running Shirt, Doggie Race Bib, Doggie Bandana, Doggie Finisher Loot Bag, Doggie Finisher Medal, Insurance Coverage,
Donation to PAWS (The Philippine Animal Welfare Society)

Human Race Kit (P400)- Race Bib, Event Running Shirt, Insurance Coverage, Donation to PAWS (The Philippine Animal Welfare Society)

Registration is now ongoing in all Pet Express branches.

Greenhills 705-1176, SM City DasmariƱas (046) 416-2979, SM City Fairview 372-3523, SM City Masinag 477-8659, SM City North Edsa 921-9442, SM Cubao 912-5924,
SM Hypermarket Makati 843-7174, SM Mall of Asia 836-8955, SM Megamall 650-4693

This event would not be possible without the support of our friends: Cesar, Pedigree, Science Diet, Beef Meal, Holistic Recipe, and Smartheart.


We would also like to thank: Alpo, Wahl, Sergeant's, Saint Roche, Ezydog, Frontline, Heartgard, Hartz, Four Paws, Loyal Paws, Good Boy, Kong, Renuzit, Royal Canin, Dr. Vet's Wonder Soap, Canidae, Bayopet, Advocate, Odra Pooch Couture, Cosi Pet Milk, Kibbles 'N Bits, Pawsh Couture, Eukanuba, Aquaverde, Hush Puppies, Metromart.com, My RunTime, Aquabest, and Toy Kingdom.

Here are the routes in case you're insterested!