Everyday Mom - YUM!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I think I found a new favorite cupcake!

Been passing by this place called Everyday Mom, whenever I went on my every other week pedi session but always forget to actually drop in!  I openly wondered why it opened there, right beside Wheatberry and Max's Chicken.  Then a cousin in law of mine said that their breads are yum!  Since my nail salon is a few meters away, I finally decided to buy some, on the way home with my Panget.

It was raining last Saturday so I was in a hurry.  I just got a box of 6 and picked 3 flavors - the Cafe Mocha, Choco Banana and the Carrot Cake.

I had to make sure to take a picture before I tried it because it looked so perfect!   Self control!!  I had to take a bite to see what the fuss was all about and the verdict?  These were the SOFTEST cupcakes EVER!!!

The Cafe Mocha was IT for me!  I liked it the best among the three flavors.  I am not a fan of bananas in pastries so my second best was the Carrot Cake.  The Choco Banana was also good, my Panget liked it a lot, but it wasn't for my taste buds.

These cupcakes are reasonably priced at P40.00 each.  Good news is that the Cafe Mocha cupcakes also comes in a square cake!  So, for more Cafe Mocha cupcake goodness, I think I'll get the square cake next time!

This little quaint place serves up big big flavors.  I'm sure to visit soon! 

Everyday Mom
Scout Tuason Street
near corner A.Roces,
Quezon City
(they've got over 9,000 likes! Whoa?!)

Thank you, Nora Daza!

Friday, September 13, 2013

I was startled when I saw a friend's status message on FB that said RIP Nora Daza.

I was silenced.

I've always said that it was because of the show Cooking it Up with Nora - that I learned to appreciate watching a cooking show.

Nora Daza is an icon for me.  She's one of the biggest influences in my life with regards to cooking.  I would remember waking up early on weekends to watch her cooking showwas it Saturday or was it Sunday morning) on Channel 2 when I was still a kid.  Watching her show made me want to try cooking.  I think it was because of watching the show that I learned to love to cook and bake.  I would remember her and her children (I remember Nina and Sandy) whip up dishes and I was so fascinated with how they sauteed and cook up dishes with such ease.

The theme song is still plays in my head when I remember her.

So, to Nora Daza - THANK YOU for your cooking show.  If not for your shows, I wouldn't like to be influenced to learn how to cook (and bake).  Thank you for touching my life in that good way.  Thank you for your show.

Rest in Peace Ms. Nora Daza!

Rest in Peace.

Ovomaltine Spread

Monday, September 09, 2013

Okay, to be honest - I am not a fan of chocolates, diba?  But when I got pregnant, I suddenly craved for it and now - I officially like chocolates, sweet chocolates at that.

So, last week - I finally got my bottle from my good friend Fran, and my gosh - its soo good!  I've seen fellow bloggers who put the spread on breads and crackers, but me - I just eat it off the spoon!  I love the sweet crunchy knawing taste!  As my brother says - its Nestle crunch spread!

It may be a little too sweet for some, but I like it sweet - Haha! :) 

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GIVEAWAY: Pre-loaded Starbucks Card!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Since its already the BER months - then, let's make gift giving a little early this year!

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Wooden Spoon in Rockwell

Monday, September 02, 2013

I am not a Power Plant Mall kind of a gal.  I find the mall quite boring to be honest, the only thing that I look forward to are the Baker's Dozen fair and the bazaars at the Rockwell Tent.  One of the reasons why I go to PP Mall is because the mall is fairly clean - I can bring the kids there to play and not worry about the mall's toilets being dirty.  I love that their toilets are really clean and lovely to look at.

So yesterday, on the way to PP Mall, I was already thinking of a place to eat.  It has been Shi Lin for the past few visits and I wasn't up to having XLB.  Good thing while walking towards True Value, I saw Wooden Spoon open!  We got there at 11AM so the place wasn't as full - but since we had to go to True Value first, I decided to leave my name so that when we get back, we would be prioritized.

We went back a little before 12nn and the place was packed!  We had to wait about 20 minutes to get a table.  Server Errol apologized on the delay apparently, its their first day today to open!  He told me 'Ma'am bawi kami sa food and sa service!'  So, since it was their opening day, my Panget and I were very forgiving.  We expected that the food will be served a bit delayed - and it was.  But the flavor of the food more than made up for the delay.  I didn't get to take pictures of the other food that arrived since we were so hungry, but I'll do my best to describe them.  I apologize for only taking one food pic!

 Crab Pancit

When you look at the menu - the dishes really seem ordinary.  Its more like a menu with home cooked meals.  But of course, you have to consider the fact that these dishes are made by the Daza's, and so I trusted the menu and I have to be honest, I was really impressed.  The home cooked meals didn't seem so ordinary, I guess with the tweaks here and there of Sandy Daza, they became the better versions of the usual home cooked meals.  I swear the dishes don't taste anything ordinary at all!  The flavors were wonderful, the sauces are amazing.  We really enjoyed our meal there and I would definitely go back to try the other dishes. 

So, to Wooden Spoon Power Plant Mall - CONGRATULATIONS!  Your dishes were great, service was also good despite being your opening day.  I have to commend you for training your staff well.  Bravo!

Here's the list of dishes that we ordered:
1) Boneless Crispy Chicken (P217.00) - I am such a sucker for chicken dishes, when it was served to us, I was amazed on the size, it was big!  But then I realized, it was flat - but nonetheless, it was good enough!  I wish there were more gravy (they were giving refills though..)  Kailee liked it so much that she was able to finish half of it!  (I ate the remaining half)

2)  Tinapa Fried Rice (P155.00) - This dish was yummy, but we got so bitin, so we just ordered extra plain rice.

3)  Crab Pancit (P175.00) - This was the BEST dish of all that we ordered.  We were all surprised and welcomed this version.  My yayas were all praises for this dish!  The picture above is this one.  Boyet the server told us not to mix the noodles thoroughly, so as to have the crispy effect as we ate.  Good recommendation!

4)  Lechon Kawali (P217.00) - When it was served to us, it looked so kawawa because it looked so few!  But when you taste it and dip it into any one of the dipping sauces (vinegar, coriander, and a ginger sauce) you'll understand why the serving was just that and nothing more.  Order this and be surprised!

5)  Squid with Chili (P249.00) - The sweet and spicy taste is just a wonderful mix.  I was expecting not to be blown away by this - but I was wrong (again!) it was really good.  Yaya Donna liked this the best.

6)  Sigarilyas at Daing (P155.00) - I have to be honest, I do not eat sigarilyas - but I had to try this out because the sauce was amazing.  (See?  Wooden Spoon was able to make me try sigarilyas!) And it was also good!  Masarap pala ang sigarilyas

So, there you have it! :)

I have to say - its through watching the show 'Cooking with the Daza's' 'Cooking it up with Nora' every Saturday morning when I was little, that I learned to appreciate cooking.  The show made me like to cook!  So I guess with my cooking career (if there was any) - I've come full circle!

Wooden Spoon
P1 Level, Power Plant Mall
Rockwell, Makati

(It just dawned on my that their main branch is in Katipunan!  I won't need to go far to try more of the dishes!  Yeyness!)