Wednesday, September 28, 2016

So Little Time... So Many Food

I was just whining the other night in FB that I don't have time anymore to bake nor cook what I want because my schedule has been full these past few days.


It is well and good if my "busy-ness" was business related!  But no!  All my activities were food related.

Last Sunday, Bo, Jing's brother, invited me for lunch at Texas Roadhouse at Uptown Mall with Jing and kids (Michael and James), Toots and Tricia.


I was so surprised I liked the food, especially the French fries and the steak sauce.

Appetizer platter


I ordered the Fried Fish Fillet with seasoned rice.


Michael ordered the chicken tender with fries.


James had the cheeseburger.


Jing's order was the Country Fried Steak.


Bo had the Grilled Chicken (I think?)


Jing and Bo shared the Baked Potato and Mashed Potatoes.


Toots and Tricia each had the Chicken BBQ.


Thank you so much for inviting me for lunch!  Hahahaha I am your adopted sister from another planet.

On the same day, PD invited me for an Afternoon Tea at Bizu Greenbelt.



Pillow Mozzarella Cheese with Cherry Jam and alfalfa sprouts.


I tried the Salted Egg Macaron.


Monday was a day for the doctors.  I had to consult with a Derma and an Ortho.

Derma because I was complaining of dark age/sun spots on my legs  but Dr. Javier said they are not age spots.  My capillaries have burst due to poor circulation and blood vessels could not contain the blood anymore and they burst.

Doctor said I have to exercise, preferably do something not weight bearing because of the pooling of blood on the lower leg. I am standing or walking most of the time.  My doctor just solved one of my problems.  I wanted to buy a stationary bike so I can exercise.  Most of my friends said I will just use it to hang clothes or towel like what I did with my treadmill.

But now, I have to exercise, hence I need to buy a bike which I plan to do on Friday.

I went to the ortho because something popped in my neck area.  Doctor felt it and he said it felt tight and hard. He gave me a muscle relaxant but one of the side effects is that I will feel sleepy.

While waiting for my appointments, I had lunch at 101 Hawkers, Beacon Tower.


I just ordered the Char Kway Teow


and siomai.


After my day in Makati Med for check up, I went home to bake cinnamon rolls.  It is the favorite of Cristina.

While waiting for the cinnamon rolls to cool, Cat was with me.  We had green mangoes with bagoong, Rootbeer float and chips with the Lipton Onion Dip I made with sour cream and cream cheese!



When the cinnamon rolls were ready, I took an Uber to Cristina's house in Makati to surprise her.  I wanted her to eat it for breakfast on her birthday.





Tuesday

Dim sum Unlimited at Xin Tian Di, Crowne Plaza Hotel with my neighbors, FGM and Shey!  Mona was with us also.  We used her Citibank card to avail of the 50% off promo!

We ordered a lot! And ate it all!!!

First .... my favorites:

Seafood Dumplings in superior Stock


Braised chicken Feet


My ultimate favorite!!!  It was so soft and tender and falling off the bones! Plus I really loved the sauce!

Fried Hakaw with sweet mayonnaise!  Loved it!


We tried 1 piece of srping roll.

Now.... for the rest of our order...

Hakaw


Siomai


Abalone and mushroom dumpling


Radish Cake


Chicken Congee


Stir-fried flat noodles with Beef


Yang Chow Fried Rice


Salmon Taro Puff


Deep fried bean curd skin dumpling in Fish Soup


Coffee Pudding


Ampalaya Buchi


Nope, it doesn't have ampalaya but just shaped like one filled with chocolate.

Whew! We were so full!  We just wanted to be rolled out of the hotel!!!

So sleepy when I got home because I had to take the muscle relaxant again and had to set the alarm because I needed to bake chocolate chip cookies for my nephew, Renzo.


I was so embarrassed already because he even gave me the Hershey chocolate chips we bought in Rustan's 2 Sundays ago.

I finished baking the cookies at 9 pm.  He is asleep already.  He will be happy when he sees the cookies tomorrow upon waking up.

So...... that was why I have been so busy lately and have no time to cook nor bake.

I still have to bake the canonigo and experiment with the salted egg potato chips.  Hopefully, tomorrow I can make the chips when I have beautiful helpers who will come over.






Saturday, September 24, 2016

Crab Fest

FGM, Ate Vi and I had a Crab Fest today!


We went to Dampa, Macapagal to buy crabs for paluto, take home and for cooking.

We bought 3.5 kilos of bakla crabs and had it cooked at Aling Tonya's - Special with oyster sauce.


Ohhhh! One kawali each and a spare!  We ate to our heart's delight.

Tahong Soup.


Inihaw na liempo.


FGM bought 5 kilos of crab and had it cooked the same way.


Vinnie bought crabs for Adobong alimango.  I volunteered to cook for her.


PD and Kuya asked me to buy for them.  They only like steamed crabs.


Or so I thought!  Kuya got from my own stash of alimango!

You see.... I am not really a fan of eating crabs.... except for the fat!

I bought 1 kilo of small female crabs.


Small because I know it would be bursting with lots and lots of the orange fat!

I actually only eat the aligue.

I gave Ate 1 whole crab and some claws.

When Kuya saw what I cooked, he also ate from my share but told him to get all the claws which I also do not eat.

It was a deadly, deadly piece of crab!  Lots of fat!


Ate wanted Chili crab but I do not have lee kum kee chili garlic sauce.... so instead... I cooked...

Crabs in Sriracha Butter Sauce!


1 K. female crabs, cleaned and trimmed

1/3 C. cooking oil

2 T. garlic, chopped

2 T. ginger, chopped

2 stalks of leeks, white part only cut into 2 inch length.  Set aside the green part for garnishing.

3 T. Sriracha butter (1:1 butter : sriracha)

Sauce:

1/3 C. Pantai oyster sauce

1 C. water

1 T. soy sauce

1 T. hoisin sauce

2 T. white sugar

2-3 T. Sriracha

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.  Try the sauce and adjust according to your taste. Set aside.

Heat the oil in the pan.

Saute the garlic, ginger and leeks until fragrant.

Add the crabs and cook until 50% done.

Add the sauce.  Simmer until crabs are cooked and sauce has been reduced to half.

Lastly, add the sriracha butter.

Season according to taste.

The Batcave was like a Dampa paluto today!  I enjoy cooking crabs for friends and family.  The most difficult part though is cleaning the live crab and opening it!  But I usually ask the vendor now to open the crab for me.

Between the 3 of us... we bought a total of 12 kilos more of less.

It was indeed a crab fest.











Thursday, September 22, 2016

New Eats On The Block

FGM and I had a date today and tried out 2 new restaurants.

The first one was Shaburi in Uptown Mall, BGC which opened yesterday.



It is a franchise from Japan.  An All you can eat meat plus other food with drinks and dessert.

There is a 90-minute time limit.

We got the Tasty Beef selection.



Each person was given 2 trays of meat.

You can order more meat if you like but the no left over rule applies.

I loved the assorted add ons! Seafood buns, kikiam from Singapore and fish balls plus vegetables.




We got the Original Konbu soup.



Each one is given a cooking pot.

There was also different kinds of sushi, seasoned fried rice, gyudon, fried vegetables and chicken.



Did I mention unlimited drinks? Juices, iced teas and sodas.

Soft served ice cream.



We finished just in time! Ohhhh we were so full and satisfied.  We don't mind going back.  There are different kinds of beef, even Wagyu!

It deserves another visit. Thank you, FGM!

We already went home to our own houses but met each other in Powerplant mall in the evening!

I was supposed to eat dinner with Kuya and Sophie at Single Origin but it was a bit late already and Kuya was tired from his meetings.

So.... I had another date with FGM!

She had the Single Origin Burger with truffle fries.



I took a small bite and I liked it!

My order was Waffle Chicken Sandwich.



I only wanted to order the waffle but after 6 pm., they stop serving it.  I told my server to deconstruct the waffle sandwich so I could eat the waffle on its own.

Of course, in my opinion, nothing can beat the waffle of Abaca Baking Company in Cebu.

It was a day filled with eating and more eating!  We tried 2 restaurants which just opened a few days ago.

Hope to do a rounds of trying out new restos in the city!