Sonya’s Bread

I love Tagaytay… cool weather, scenic view, close to Manila and most significantly… great food.

After our short chilly trip to Tagaytay, we were able to add new favorites on our existing list which includes bulalo, grilled maliputo and sweet pineapples.

Meet our latest favorites.

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Spanish Bread and Cheese Hopia from the Panaderia at Sonya’s Garden.

The Spanish bread is heavy yet soft, gummy but instantly melts in your mouth and burst in to the right amount of sweet, creamy and buttery flavor that makes you look forward to the next bite.

On the other hand, the cheese hopia is my personal favorite. Generous creamy parmesan cheese filling inside a flaky crust is so irresistible.

They also have a lot of traditional pastries and breads to offer like kalihim and adobini (bread with chicken adobo filling). The adobini is likewise scrumptious, it didn’t reach Antipolo. 😉 Price ranges from 100-150 pesos per pack of 10 pcs. We can’t wait for our next visit to Tagaytay and sample these breads again.

Our effortless Noche Buena

Last Christmas, we decided to be a little bold, non-traditional and lazy with our Noche Buena. Since it’s usually just the adults who will be awake by midnight we decided to have some cocktails.

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(clockwise starting from box of patchi)
chocolates, dried salted seaweeds, red wine, dried fruits and nuts, red velvet cake

Not in the picture are the crackers, cold cuts and cheese just like what we had last time.

It was light yet fancy and really easy to prepare, we’re going to have this kind of Noche Buena again. 😉

Test Drive Unlimited 2

Tomorrow will be the official release of Sony PS4 here in Manila, and it will be priced at 24,999 Php (console alone), pre-selling started late last year (December 15, 2013).

Well, I just wanted to share that news, in case some of you might be interested. Also, I am not going to comment on the features of that console (haven’t done any reviews) nor remark its price (though it is eyebrow-raising for me)… but I would like to share with all of you a game that we play as a family using Martie’s now-almost-obsolete-Sony-PS3.

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grabbed form the internet

This is our family’s first ever game console, given to my son by my generous sister and her family last 2011. I seriously mean that this is our first ever game console because we (me and my 2 sisters), never had a game console when we were young, those ATARI and FAMILY COMPUTER were totally alien to us, maybe our mom thought that it’s too much of a luxury to have or they just do not have the money for that, I dont know. But honestly, I don’t mind and I don’t even regret totally missing that phase of my childhood. I’m fine with paperdolls. 😉

Given such background, I hardly touch or even glance at this mean machine… though my husband manage to get some game CD’s (which are quite expensive based on my standards) and occasionally use/play with it. But since Martie caught HFMD last year, this has become our weekly family bonding. I realized that it was such a fun fun activity, though technically I’m not playing, just CHEERING! Wink.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 transforms the driving genre, adding the persistency, progression and customization of the latest multiplayer games to the auto racing experience. Test Drive Unlimited 2 blends single player and multiplayer experiences seamlessly, creating a dynamic world of evolving content and challenges. Players define their online persona through unparalleled customization of their avatars and vehicles, and the acquisition of property, clothing and other accoutrements of a luxurious international lifestyle. All-new race types, vehicle classes, environmental challenges, locations and much more push this epic franchise to new levels of performance. (In verbatim from official site, http://www.testdriveunlimited2.com/about)

Martie and Marvin usually take turns in driving at the same time singing along with the game’s “radio”, while I’m in charge of shopping clothes and other accessories. When buying houses and cars, we usually discuss this lengthily, big purchase you know? And of course, Marvin joins the race and competes while Martie explores every inch of the place to increase our discovery level and collect some wrecked cars. Who would have thought that Test Drive Unlimited 2 is a game that will be enjoyed by the whole family? It is an extraordinary game that has brought me closer, much much closer to my boys. Love it. 😉

Patchi: Chocolate Haute Couture

For me chocolates equates to a treat. Whenever I feel a bit sad, low or tired… I try to grab a bar of chocolate to give me an instant boost (there’s a science behind that by the way).  But I don’t really consider myself a chocolate aficionado or what… I just enjoy its unique goodness and delightful taste whenever I get to sample one and yesterday was one of my very-privileged-chocolate-tasting-day for this knocked on my door.

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It literally does because our friend/Martie’s Ninong (Godfather) visited us yesterday and he brought us a box of full of this gourmet treat.

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Each one of them is different from the other, making your chocolate experience distinctive and one of its kind for every bite. You will feel THE smoothness every time your teeth will sink in to it. I swear this is the smoothest chocolate I have tasted so far. Yes my dear sisters, better than neither the Lindor nor the truffles… I wish you can taste this now.  It also has no sharp sweet-from-sugar-taste or the sour-ending-after-taste… totally bliss.

Well, here are Martie’s loots.

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Thank you Ninong! 🙂

Don’t worry guys, you do not need to wait for Ninong to knock on your doors to sample this… you can get Patchi at Bonifacio High Street, Building B5, Bonifacio Global City or at Greenbelt 5 (2nd floor, kiosk) and experience the taste of refinement and its fashioning of culinary elegance.

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To my dear sisters; do not be troubled for we shall raid their chocolate atelier… soon. Wink!

CCME Homemade Foodstuff – My first encounter

For the first time, I was able to sample food from CCME Homemade Foodstuff.

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Those pictures were taking while I’m reheating the leftovers. Hihi

I have read and heard a lot of raves about CCME and their food, I myself have considered ordering food from them on several occasions but for some reason it didn’t push through until last week when we celebrated the blessing of our condo unit and my birthday. Wink!

Since it is going to be a simple celebration and I have no time and resources to cook for our guests at the condo, my only option is a food delivery. So, I browse through their site and ordered online. They have a shopping cart thing, sosyal noh? But then the OC me still called their office to add a few vital information which was not asked from me during the online shopping (delivery date). The one who answered the phone enthusiastically took my order and all the details about the event. She even asked me if I wanted to order rice. Haha!

Fast forward to the event date, the delivery came 15 minutes earlier, which is something good, but failed to inform me (as I instructed) that the delivery is on its way. I wish to wait for them at the lobby so that there will be no hassle to both of us. Instead, the delivery guy SMS me when he is already at the lobby. Haha! Anyway, I think it wasn’t that much of a hassle to him (I hope). For service (30 pesos delivery charge), I will give them a 9/10. I would have given them the perfect score if they did text me that they are on their way instead.

Let us now go to the food… First is beef caldereta (770 per order of approximately 1 gallon) which is hubby’s suggestion (natikman na nya sa office nila) – at first I find it bland and lacks flavor. But when I reheated it and add a few salt, it turned out OK. It became a bit spicy also, but very much tolerable. I will give this a 7/10. I have high expectations when it comes to caldereta. Haha!

Second is rellenong bangus (495 per order of 2 pcs). I like their version of rellenong bangus, right blend of ingredients and neatly stuffed. Though my son do not like it much, unlike the one that we’re buying from Kamuning market…  I will give this dish a score of 8/10.

Third is the buttered mushroom (440 per order of aproximately 1 gallon), this one is also suggested/requested by hubby. He said that it’s a must try because it is so good and it is really good. It is perfect for me. With the right texture and perfect blend of flavors (garlic, butter and mushroom), I am giving this dish a perfect score, 10/10. 🙂

It was a very pleasant encounter CCME, till next time.

Week-long Celebration (July 20 to 27)

It was my birthday week and I celebrated it week-long. Yey!

First with my dearest friends… It was also my friend’s daughter’s 7th birthday (July 20), we attended and had so much fun especially the kids.

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Thanks to our photographer hubbys.

Second is an evening snack with hubby last Monday (July 22). This is something that we rarely have a chance of doing because he usually (almost always) arrive at home late from work (he works in Makati and we live in Antipolo). So, occurrence like this is truly a celebration-like for us, not to mention he brought my so-far-favorite sandwich from McDonalds.

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photo grabbed from McDonald’s site. Too lazy to take picture of the sandwich. 😉

Next is on the actual day of my birthday (July 24). My sister gave me a cake and we had a sumptuous merienda at the office courtesy of our generous boss. The menu includes spaghetti, fried chicken, cake and ice cream.  So good to celebrate like kids!

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Thanks te for the cake, it instantly became Martie’s favorite.

Last is during our unit blessing last Saturday (July 27). We had a simple celebration but it was well attended by our family members from here and abroad (thanks to skype).  Father Peter from Mt. Carmel Shrine is so cool and very accommodating. We forgot to take pictures of this celebration… too busy making chika with my sisters. I love you two.

I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday… next year ulit. 😉

And with all these things and a whole lot more, I would like to thank and praise the Lord.