A Birthday Special

He turned 26. And as usual, we don’t get to celebrate his birthday together. In his line of work, we tend to miss out on birthdays and anniversaries. But that’s okay. I miss him, we miss each other and I guess, this is what makes our relationship stronger, through time. “We’ll celebrate when he gets home.” We would always say. All the missed birthdays, monthsaries and even anniversary, we’ll celebrate once he gets home. It’s lonely and painful to be away from your Rock, but I know time will come and we will get to say, “Let’s celebrate today in our home.” 💕

Birthday Set-Up Idea

Mini strawberry cheesecake: Figaro Coffee Shop (Php276 for two)

I made the birthday cake topper using white card board, decoration tape and tiny sticks. It’s handwritten.

Long thin blue candle: National Book Store (Php24)

Birthday banner: National Book Store (Php129)

Party hat: Old birthday gift wrapper I found in my stash. I just search the net on how to make a birthday hat 😅

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Garlic Buttered Toast (Garlic Bread) Easy Recipe

Hey guys! I just wanted to share my discovery on how to make a garlic bread, the easy way. Or I don’t know, maybe this isn’t new and you know this already. But still, I just wanted to let you know how I make my garlic bread 😊 Sorry if I did not have a solo picture of my garlic bread, I just used the one I featured on my breakfast inspo #1 ✌🏻

RECIPE

Ingredients:

Garlic • 1 clove (good for two breads)

Butter • 1/2 stick or 1/4 cup

Well, I guess that’s all 😁

Instructions:

In a small mixing bowl, melt the butter in a microwave. It usually takes only seconds to melt. Then grate ’em garlic clove into the melted butter and stir well until they are all well-mixed. After that, using a basting brush, spread the garlic and butter mixture on the breads and pop in the oven until toasted 👌🏻

Yep, that easy! Hurry up make your own garlic bread and pair it with ’em pasta 🍝

Happy eating! XoXo

Breakfast Inspo #1

I was from night shift duty. I’m a nurse, by the way. Hi 👋🏻 So my mom cooked me chicken and rice for breakfast but found it too plain. I don’t really eat plain dry food. Soooo, instead of eating rice, I opted to eat last night’s leftover red sauce tuna pasta and added some stuff 💕 Just wanted to share some breakfast inspo 😊

  • Red sauce tuna pasta (recipe soon)
  • Garlic buttered toast (click for recipe)
  • Fried chicken wings (recipe soon)
  • Iced milo
  • Choco knot 🥨

Happy eating! XoXo

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Spicy Mayo Dipping Sauce

Been craving for sweet potato fries and the best way to deal with my cravings is obviously to make one 💕 Making these sweet potato fries goodness was easy since well, I never make complicated stuff.

Recipe..

Ingredients:

Sweet potatoes (peeled) • 3pcs

Ground black pepper • 1tsp

African paprika • 1tsp

Dried basil leaves • 1/2 tsp

Salt • 1pinch

White sugar • 1/2 tsp

Olive oil

Grated cheddar cheese (optional) • 1/4 cup

Ingredient for spicy mayo dipping sauce:

Mayonnaise • 1/2 cup

Ground black pepper • 2tbsp

Hot sauce (any brand of choice but tabasco is nomnom) • 1tsp

Garlic powder • 1tsp

Salt • 1pinch

African paprika • 1tbsp

Instructions:

First, slice the peeled sweet potatoes into wedges or fries shape then wash with water, dry the sweet potatoes well thereafter.

Time to add those seasonings! In a bowl, place all the sliced sweet potatoes and add all the powdered spices one by one starting with salt, then dried basil leaves, paprika, white sugar and last but definitely not the least, ground black pepper. You can also add as many pepper as you want, it will just taste good.. even better. Yes, I love black pepper 🖤 Mix them evenly using your hands, it may seem messy but well. It is messy.. But a good kind of mess 😅 After mixing, let it sit for 5 minutes.

Reminder though, be sure to pre-heat the oven at 200 degree celsius.

After 5 minutes or so, place the rubbed sweet potatoes into the baking pan then drizzle with olive oil for moisture and bake it for 15-20 minutes or until it turns into yellowish color just like this:

After 15 minutes or so.. Take out the baked sweet potatoes and place them in a cute plate. You can add different garnishes as you want, it depends on you but I used grated cheddar cheese and chopped parsley on mine 💕 Or you can sprinkle white sugar if you wish..

For the dipping sauce (which you’re gonna make while the sweet potatoes are baking):

As easy as pie. Mix all the powdered spices (ground black pepper, hot sauce, paprika, garlic powder and salt) into the 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, preferably Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise. You can also add as much black pepper as you want, because the more the black pepper the nomnom the dipping sauce 🖤

Serve hot or not. It doesn’t matter. It will be just good 😋

Happy eating! XoXo

Chicken Breast in Garlic Oyster Sauce with Basil

Chicken breast is a good source of lean protein and it helps in maintaining muscle mass especially for those who don’t want to gain body fat. However, we get easily fed up by eating the same old plain chicken breast everyday, just like me. Thus, I always tend to mix things in the kitchen and find good recipes to give that old-boring chicken a boost.

As a result, I stumbled upon this nom nom recipe using my mother’s favorite kitchen sauce, Garlic Oyster Sauce, she discovered lately.

This recipe is easy and only few ingredients are needed.

Recipe:

Good for 2 servings

Ingredients:
Chicken breast • 2 pcs
Mama Sita’s Oyster sauce • 1/4 cup
Dried Basil leaves • 1 tsp
Ground black pepper • 1 tsp
Olive oil
Leek • for garnish

Instructions:
First, we need to marinate the chicken. Using ground black pepper, dried basil leaves and Mama Sita’s garlic oyster sauce, make sure to marinate both sides. I love that black pepper-y taste so I used lots of it but you can decide how much you will use based on your preference. After marinating, let it sit for 15 minutes (optional, since you can fry it directly after) so the flavor will really sink in.

Second, it’s time to fry our marinated chicken breast using olive oil or any of your choice. I can’t really specify how much time you should fry but you’d know when it’s cook. Or you can ask your mom, just like what I did 🤗

Lastly, plating! Just sprinkle those chopped leeks and you’re good to go. But you can always have a cheat day so why not add little bites of french fries (optional🤭). Happy eating!

Dine in: James & Jacob Fine Coffee and Light Fare

Located along J.P. Laurel National Highway, infront of De La Salle Lipa is this cafe named James and Jacob and from the whole name of the place itself, they serve fine coffee and light fare. It is on the ground floor of MVL building, with entrance from the outside and inside MVL.

I did not really visit the place to find something to blog. Actually, my friend and I were having our IELTS review in the review center located inside MVL and while waiting for the time, we decided to eat our lunch in this cafe due to its relaxing turquiose interior. I’m really fond of cute coffee shops.

Because of tight budget and most of the items in their menu are not budget-friendly, we ordered their student combo.

Spaghetti bolognese, muffin and free iced tea for Php98.00

I’d like to order coffee too but my wallet said no!

Food-wise:

I really love their spaghetti! Sweet and savory with that herb-y feels. Plus, they have unlimited parmesan sprinkles which I really enjoyed. But since it’s light fare, don’t expect a super full stomach. About the muffin, well it’s not really extraordinary but can satisfy your dessert-seeking tongue.

I don’t have much information about the cafe since I’m not really planning to blog. But if you want to know more, visit their Facebook page:

James and Jacob Fine Coffee and Light Fare

Sephina’s Milk Truffles


Another great find! I was browsing my facebook page when I luckily stumbled on this mouth-watering goodies. It was posted by Hello Lipa, a blog based in Lipa City. And since I fell in love at first sight, I hurriedly searched for the store, so I can buy these truffles. Sephina’s Milk Truffles is being sold online by Twins Online Store, it’s also based in Lipa City.

I don’t know much about the store since it’s my first time, but if you’re living in Lipa City, Batangas; you can pick up your orders at their house in Lodlod, Lipa City. They will give you directions.


Taste is really not a disappointment, if you expect it to be good, it’s gonna be good and more. It’s a mixture of sweet and dark-chocolate-bitter goodness that is well-balanced. The milk chocolate gives off the sweetness and I think the cocoa coating lets out hint of the bitter.

The serving, however, is small that I can finish it in one sitting – alone!


For size reference, that is my lap and I’m a small girl 😊 

But overall, I will buy again on my next pay-day!

Price: Php195.00

Instagram: @twinsonlinestoreph

Facebook: Twins Online Store


Pinoy Street Food 

Fried Calamares. Also known as Calamari; sliced squid covered in flour then deep-fried. Best with vinegar dipping.

Dynamite. Long green chili pepper wrapped in lumpia wrapper and deep-fried. Best with fishball sauce.

Kwek-kwek. Quail eggs covered in flour with orange food color and deep-fried. Best with fishball sauce mixed with vinegar.

Dine in: Manam


As my boyfriend always says, the ambiance of a restaurant is always the first thing that can capture a customer’s eye. Second would be the price and third will be the taste. And unconsciously, it’s what we’re always doing when choosing places to eat. 

Tired from all the mall walks around Mall Of Asia, we’ve become hungry. But then, since we’re not really familiar with all the restaurants here (we’re from Lipa City, Batangas), we roam again, looking for the perfect lunch spot. 

Walking around, Manam caught our attention, from its cozy ambiance to its classy furnitures and interiors. I also love the color combination of this restaurant from the tables and chairs to the aprons of the crews, really eye-catching.

The restaurant looks expensive but when we checked the menu, our eyes went 😍. The prices are just perfect, not really cheap but not too expensive. So the decision has been made!

Manam is located at the Ground Level of SM Mall of Asia – South Mall Parking Bldg.


We ordered everything that caught our eyes and the good thing about this restaurant is that their food comes in sizes – small, medium and large. So since we’re first timers and just want a taste of everything, we ordered everything small except for the lumpia.

What we ordered:

🖤 for our favorite, numbers 1-5 stand for their spot in the picture and not ratings

Gising-gising in small, Php120 🖤

Lumpiang bicol express in medium, Php135 

Sinigang na prawns sa green mango in small, Php250

Grilled tiger prawns topped with house-made aligue butter in small, Php295

Crispy Pata with garlic chili bits in small, Php295 🖤

OVER-ALL RATINGS:

Ambiance – 8/10

Price – 7/10

Taste – 7/10


XoXo 💋 

Bento Box Ideas

Light meal ideas to get you through the day, but not really recommended for heavy eaters. I consider these meals healthy, although I have not counted the caloric content and stuff. 

Meal 1

Tuna flakes in oil

Steamed green beans and cauliflower

Sprinkled with black pepper and paprika

 
Meal 2

Chopseuy; chicken meat cooked with vegetables such as green beans, young corn, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in a starch-thickened sauce.

Handful of peanut

Chicken breast stir fry in olive oil dusted with black pepper 

Meal 3 

Boiled egg

Steamed green beans and broccoli 

Topped with buttered shrimp and two pinches of black pepper 


Meal 4

Steamed broccoli 

Croutons

San Remo’s Vegeroni spirals with tuna and olive oil 


XoXo 💋