Mommy Duties

Friday, January 25, 2013

I have to be honest.  I have been spoiled by our Nanny.  Ever since Kailee was born, there were only a few times that I had to bathe her, bottle feed her, feed her solids and 100% look after her.  Whenever we went out, we brought our Nanny with us - she looked after Kailee.

Playful Kailee, such a happy little girl!

Since our Nanny went on vacation last Wednesday, I have been the one who took care of Kailee.  I spoke to Kailee that Wednesday morning, I told her that 'Mommy will take care of you for a week, okay?'  to which she replied 'Okay'.  It was as if she really understood what it meant!  For those seven days, she never looked for her Yaya.  She never screamed for Yaya (as she usually does) - it was always 'Mama' or 'Mommy' to her.  I fed her, bathed her, put her to sleep and took care of most of her needs.  I was honestly scared at first because it meant that I had to do everything!  But what I thought was hard, was actually - enjoyable!  I never thought I'd enjoy it but I really did!  Those seven precious days, I won't trade it for anything.  I officially became a hands-on Mom.

I enjoyed every minute I spent with her.  I enjoyed bathing her, I enjoyed feeding her in the restaurant (take note that it was effortless!)  I enjoyed carrying her while we were at the mall.  In short, I enjoyed being a hands-on mommy to Kailee.  I never expected to enjoy taking care of her , but I did.  It was quite tiring since I am still breastfeeding Connor.  It was a real challenge, but very much do-able.

I loved the fact that she called out for me.  It was music to my ears!  How it melted my heart when she called 'Mommy' instead of calling out for Dada.  How she wanted to hold my hand while we walked in the mall.  Writing about this brings tears to my eyes - Haha!  I am overwhelmed with happiness because I never felt like a mother, like this!  So this is what being a mother is.

Thank you Kailee, for behaving - for making Mama feel really special when you called out for me.  Thank you for being my daughter.  You'll always be Mama's baby girl.

Roasted Rice Tea

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I've been looking for rice tea for a long time and found none.  The closest I got to it was through a complimentary tea bag in our hotel in Korea.

And so when I saw an Instagram of Joey of the roasted rice tea, I immediately asked where she got it!  She sent me a message with the details and I immediately contacted them.

Yesterday, before bringing my little boy to the doctor, I picked up my roasted rice tea!

I immediately tried it when I got home and it was really good!

With Tea Ball - P350.00
Without Tea Ball - P250.00
09209506256 / 09433364903

The Clubhouse

Monday, January 21, 2013

Last night, we were at Robinson's Magnolia and decided to have dinner at The Clubhouse.  The restaurant is fairly new there was a sign that they were on soft opening.  From outside the mall, the interiors looked interesting through the glass, but when you're inside the mall - the restaurant's entrance was quite invisible - good thing there was a waiter who had a menu on hand, attracting customers.

The staff was very accommodating - helping us set up the table since we brought Kailee along without help.  They gave us a highchair (which they should clean!  I'm anal about highchairs thus I bring my own diluted solution of Lysol for those cleaning moments - and as expected, it was dirty) and gave into every request we made from teaspoons, to mugs, to glasses of ice, tissue and  extra plates.

We ordered the fries and sausages for appetizer, I ordered their Asian Rice Bowl while my Panget who was craving for longganisa had their Longganisa Hash.

Their fries and sausages were good!  The honey mustard sauce goes very well with sausages, made the sausages taste more - YUM!  You can actually just order a bowl of plain rice and it makes into a full meal!

The Asian Rice Bowl was flavorful - but the meat was overcooked and quite tough.  The taste was good even if it was a bit dry and the serving was good too, they didn't scrimp on the meat!  I gave Kailee some meat and she liked the taste.  I wish though, that they put more sauce into this dish - it'll make the dish more enjoyable. 

My Panget's Longganisa Hash was quite a disappointment because of the serving size.  Comparing it to the fries and sausages and the asian rice bowl - it was quite small - you'd see how lost the food was in the plate.  Taste wise, my Panget said it was nothing special - he thought that for the price, they could have added more longganisa.

Service was superb though, all waiters were very attentive and accommodating.  Our order taker went as far as asking the kitchen if they could serve me their version of Eggs Benedict (because their breakfast menu was only until 3PM).  I appreciated that he tried, even if they kitchen declined my request.  There was effort on his part - and I think that was whats important.

I'm sure to come back to taste their desserts because I know for a fact that their Strawberry Shortcake is really good!  They didn't have one in the restaurant, but starting next week - they'll be serving it. 

This restaurant is from the same people who opened Goodles in Robinson's Galleria.  I remember them because I saw them in Yummy Eats last year in Rockwell.

The Clubhouse
G/F Robinson's Magnolia

Didi's Bibimbap

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Here's the bibimbap that I made the other day.

I was short on ingredients and made it with whatever I had in the fridge.

The beef was sauteed in Kikoman, garlic and ginger (this was what I did to my Panget's bibimbap).  I'm not a fan of ginger, so I made mine with just garlic. 

THE San Marcos Cake

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Everybody has a favorite cake, well for me - they're more than one.  And last Sunday - I've officially added another to my favorite list.

Introducing - The San Marcos Cake

This cake has been around for a while, but last Sunday was the first time I was able to try it.

Words, cannot express how good of a cake it was!  I ate slice after slice after slice!  Even my Panget loved it!  I loved the crisp creme brulee on top and the cream in the middle.  It was such a heavenly mix, almost perfect!

Try it to believe it! 
Order 24 hours in advance
Cake costs P800.00

San Marcos Cake
Valle Verde, Pasig

La Creperie

Friday, January 11, 2013

I've always walked by La Creperie in Shang Mall, but I never got around to trying it.  Late last year, I saw IG pics from friends that it had opened a branch in San Juan.  I honestly had no idea where in San Juan.

So to my delight, it was right beside Toribox!  We just had dinner there and I convinced my Panget to try out La Creperie.  The main reason was not because I wanted to try it finally (since walking by it for years) but because of an IG pic of their Frozen Hot Chocolate on my friend Sab's feed.

I have to be honest, after watching the movie Serendipity (Kate Beckinsdale & John Cusak) I became curious on this place called Serendipity 3 that served the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate.  I HAD to be curious, because isn't it ironic to serve a frozen 'hot' chocolate?  I also saw this drink being featured on Oprah (she was raving about it and FYI a cocoa mix of this is being sold on Amazon!)

And so, there we had our dessert.  I ordered the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and them some crepes.

I liked the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, maybe because it was sweet.  My Panget said it was too sweet for him, but I liked it!  I am no choco expert, I used to hate chocolate - remember?  But this one, I like!  I'm sure some will say that its not the 'real' hot choco, blah blah - but I liked it!  The crepes we ordered were just okay.  I was actually expecting it to be wonderful because the interiors looked good!  But I guess - the interiors compensated the so-so taste.

La Creperie
F. Calderon Street
San Juan


Before the new year, my Panget and I wanted to try out Greeka Kouzina but since the place was full and we didn't want to wait - we drove around San Juan to see what's new.  I then remembered seeing Toribox and La Creperie somewhere near Serenitea (yes, Serenitea is a landmark for us now!)

We then drove by and since we found parking immediately - we decided to try Toribox.  I think I've read mixed reviews on this place - a friend said that there was nothing good, while another friend said it was a good place to get cheap tonkatsu.

And so we tried it, and we liked it!  Maybe it was because there were only a few customers.  Haha!!  The food was not bad - for the price you are paying, I think it is all worth it.  We were filled full and Kailee enjoyed eating the rice.  Even if we were seated on the second floor - and we were the only ones there, there was a server that waited on us!  I call this good customer service because I'm sure for other restaurants, they won't bother sending up anyone.

I'd be sure to go back again for a cheap katsu!

The place was quite small, it actually reminded me of Rub and H Cuisine along Scout Rallos - the built was exactly the same!

F.Calderon Street,
San Juan