|Our family picture for 2013 with the "Puzzle Queen"|
Now that it is already 2013, I do however look positively forward to anything life may throw at me. For behind all the mountains we may find blocking our way, though the climb would definitely be hard but I know in every step of the way I am not alone.
I would forever be gracious to all the people who have welcomed me in their life, be it through this blog or in extra personal ways. This blog had definitely been a window,a fore-sight of how you might describe or find me. It is my utmost obsession to move people in exceptional ways by educating readers or by just sharing a bit of our family's experiences, either by trying out restaurants or driving miles to visit uncharted places, or just be sharing recipes that have won my dearests' hearts.
It so happened that this year-ender post had been a front-liner to my 2013 posts. No matter what, I just hope you find this amazingly encouraging. Oh and thank you for putting up with my angst and corny antics this past year, btw, more of it will be seen on the following posts, but will try my best to deliver more exciting reads.
These are the only dishes I had prepared for the holidays, Christmas and New Year. Sorry I would have prepared good stuff, like how I did last 2011 to 2012, which was planned initially but things happened which made me set it aside.
Here is the post about last year's Christmas and New Year's family feast:
Kesong-Puti, Rostaed Bell Pepper and Bacon Truffles, rolled on toasted ground pistachios. Great as an appetizer and goes well with red wine. (Check out my blog post on this)
Red cabbage Slaw with Mangoes
A healthy rendition to the regular coleslaw. It has the rich color of the red cabbage, giant red bell pepper, lettuce, black pitted olives and slices of luscious ripe mangoes. Any dressing would be good for this, but what I made is a concoction of light mayo, lemon and orange juice, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Easy Bruschetta, Tous Les Jour's baguette, sliced toasted and topped with Bravo's Tomato Garlic Dip.
Chocolate Santa Cake form Tous Les Jours
(check out my blog on this HERE)
Mango Cream Pie form Conti's.
I was actually aiming for Mango Bravo but the Nuvali, Sta. Rosa branch, flocked with customers on a Christmas noon, didn't have it. All they had were boxes of brownies and these Mango Cream Pies, so I settled for these as our dessert. But sad to say it got me disappointed. The trick to enjoying this is to eat it immediately, else, the pie filling will melt. After a few hours the pie looked disgusting as it melted away, leaving only the mango slices and the soaked crust eatable.New Year
Carbonara and Fried Chicken Wings
Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Raspberry Cheesecake Frosting\
Both our Christmas and New Year were spent at a rented house in Tagaytay, with my in laws and our nieces and nephew.
A short and sweet visit to Bali Village had been set by my clients to be wed here on Jan. 18. Purplelines Events' first wedding for 2013.
The facade of the venue hall
Bag of Beans
Coffee and endearing chat 2012 with my sister in law and her husband, Len and Erwin
December 25, lunch at Ryuma, Sta. Rosa.
For the kids, the best part is free soft ice cream and toys from Ryuma Japanese Restaurant and Ramen House
At Nuvali, Sta. Rosa
New Year 2013
At the ruins of Palace in the Sky
Going down the parking area from People's Park
At a cliff side house in front of Bag of Beans (it is for rent!)
From the living room area.
The pool area of Puzzle Mansion (check out my blog post on this HERE)
Dinner at JT's Manukan before heading back to Manila
This restaurant is said to be owned by the famed Ilongo actor Joel Torre. This is the first time we tried their version of chicken inasal and batchoy. The big serving of the chicken inasal were admirable. The chicken meat were soft and juicy but lack something which I could not really think of. But don't get me wrong, the inasal was tasty without being salty, the outside is not burnt, and not torridly grilled but smoked to perfection. Though my youngest enjoyed a hot bowl of the batchoy,my husband found it just so-so. Bhogs finally blurted, "I'm now looking for the that oomph we had with Deco's La Paz Batchoy."