I’ll be gone starting today until Sunday, so don’t look for me. :P If you want to contact me, e-mail me, and I’ll check it by Sunday evening. If it’s really really really (check: really) important, you can text me at my Globe number. Don’t expect me to reply. I’ll savor this three-day retreat :3 Signing off.

 

I pray that I may…
See you more clearly,
Love you more dearly,
Follow your more nearly.

Photo by smiles4angels

I opened up a bottle of red wine yesterday. It is a Calvet de Calvet Cabernet Sauvignon (Vin De Pays D’OC). At first, I was taken aback by the taste. It’s woody, deep, spicy and really firm. I like it. But it isn’t the best I’ve tasted.

Earlier today (or technically yesterday) I watched Indiana Jones with Kim and Nina (too bad Pao Pei couldn’t make it) We enjoyed catching up, talking, being indecisive, and of course the food and the movie.

I haven’t watched the old Indiana Jones movies (or I did but I really cannot remember what happened), but I think this movie was pretty awesome. It has achieved its look (old-ish, but with a hint of freshness). I’m not that sure if the old fans liked this, but for me, it’s a good movie.


We ate at Zong’s for lunch, and we got the (clockwise from topmost left:) Prawn Ha Kao (Php 128), Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php 228), Lemon Chicken (Php 228) and the Spicy Singapore Style Fish Fillet (Php 328).

Their Ha Kao was firm and it held everything together well. It really tastes good, though I think it might be a little small. I have no qualms about their Yang Chow. The Lemon Chicken tasted more of lemon; it really overpowered the dish. And, my personal favorite is the fish, though it would be good if it were spicy. Although its name says it should be spicy, it wasn’t at all anywhere near it. Zong is one of my Chinese restaurant comfort food getaways? I don’t know if it’s just because of the food, but I suspect it’s also because of the overall presentation, service, plus the ambiance.

So out of the 3 batch runs for pre-enlistment in the CRS of the University of the Philippines Diliman, I only manage to get 15 units. Welcome back to being a normal student, huh? Life. (can you sense bitterness? hahaha)

My classes: Psych 108, PA 113, PA 141, PA 161, Eng 30.

And I am hoping to get STAT 101, which I will PREROG (of which I don’t know how to do, yet..but I will soon find out, yes, I will.) So now, I am still lacking 1 subject, and if ever I don’t get it now, frankly, I don’t know what I’ll do? Help?

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What I like most of Wifely Steps (Toni’s) posts is the recent Valentines post (February Blog Carnival: A Show of Hearts). I joined that blog carniva andI submitted a picture I took of my friends in UP CSA, making hearts with their hands. It’s really cute, and for more, it got included in the round-up

Well, happy 5th year Toni! :3 ♥♥♥

I am a chocolate addict, and I eat almost anything chocolate. But you all know, or at least you now know, that I love my chocolates with mint. And after I have read about this “export quality” chocolates by Goya, which is a Philippine product, in AJ’s food blog, I became very excited and vowed I would hunt it down. And after our meeting today at my house, I had the craving for it. I went to SM Fairview to buy, and I guess being a chocolate addict that I am, I opted to get more of Goya’s products.

Well, AJ, this Goya bloggers rush is the “in thing”, thanks to you. You/we should be paid already for advertising. (just kidding - but why not?) :P

Goya Dark Almonds - Whole Almonds covered with Dark Chocolate (Php 23.50) (USD$0.55)

A pack contains 9-almost-1-inch oblong chocolate balls with almonds in its core. First of all, I should say that this Goya product (along with the ones you see below) can compete internationally; really, it’s delicious. The chocolate just melts in your mouth, and the almond is just fantastic. You get a hint of dark chocolate, but I wouldn’t be so “OMG it’s dark chocolate!” because it has a milk component in it. I would’ve liked it to be “pure” dark chocolate. That would be awesome.

Second to mint-chocolates, I love my chocolates with almond, thus I really enjoyed this.


Goya Black &White
- Dark & White Chocolate (Php 27.50) (USD$0.65)

I was set on buying just the Gooya Dark Mint, but after seeing this, I thought of giving it a shot as well.

White Chocolate - Among all the chocolates there are, white chocolate don’t fancy me. I can eat it from time to time, but thinking of having a lot, does the opposite - it makes me cringe. So, I was relieved when, out of the 9 pieces in the box, there were just 4 while chocolate pieces. Bringing it up to your mouth, you can already smell the “milky” taste. But like the other Goya chocolate products, it melts in your mouth. It has this greasy, milk, strong taste.

Dark Chocolate - The smell is better than that of the white chocolate. It melts quickly in your mouth too. The taste is just like the Dark with almonds, except that this has no almonds in it. My dad likes this better than the white chocolate also.

Goya Dark Mint - Dark Chocolate with Mint (Php 27.50) (USD$0.65)

It’s like the Dark Chocolate, but with mint. It melts in your mouth, and it smells really pleasant. You won’t see the usual color green which is associated with mint/ mint flavor (think Andes). The blend of the chocolate and the mint is wonderful, though I found the mint slightly overpowering. If it were “pure” dark chocolate, plus the mint, I am sure it would just explode in your mouth. True to the blogger hype, this is a must try. I’ll go with AJ in saying that “Goya Dark Mint is a chocolate brand that I can eat everyday!”


The Foodistas were Table Guests at Table for Three, Please, as they feature Antipolo’s street food. One thing’s for sure, they surely loved the adventure. :3

I was in Trinoma earlier today, and I just decided to do some grocery and shop for ingredients at Landmark for the salad I was thinking of doing. One thing that was on my mind was that we have a lot of Avocados at home, and I could try on experimenting with that for dressing - and so I thought of making Avocado Vinaigrette.

Well, to tell you honestly, I really don’t know how I’ll be able to make that. As I said, what’s on my mind was “there are a lot of avocados at home” and “it won’t be that hard, right?” And so I got some lettuce, big tomatoes, cucumber, grapes, basil and a bottle of balsamic vinegar. I was seriously reading the labels and the ingredients whether I was to buy the balsamic or the red wine vinegar (because I really didn’t check what to put to make vinaigrette)

But after a while, I just chose the balsamic vinegar (the one I always use, just to be safe). Right after I arrived home, I searched for some Avocado Vinaigrette recipes and found the basic gist on how to make the dressing.

And so, I just got the avocado from the freezer, mashed it a little more, added the olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, pure cane vinegar and the balsamic vinegar. Voila! The Avocado Vinaigrette was great.

One thing though, I wasn’t satisfied with the texture and consistency of the dressing. It was thicker than what I had imagined it to be. I’m not sure how I’ll be able to make it more fluid? I guess you can add more vinegar, or lime to it? Or you could mix it using a blender, instead of just mixing it by hand (what I did). :3


Avocado Vinaigrette*

1 cup Olive Oil
1 tbsp Sugar

1 tbsp Honey Mustard
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Pure Cane Vinegar
1 whole Avocado (peeled, and mashed)

*you may alter the recipe depending on how you want your vinaigrette to taste (slash) look like xD

The Foodistas went to Antipolo today to do a little project (feature on street food) for Table for Three, Please. The place we went to is just outside the Antipolo Church, where the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is at. We all entered the church, and Joey took some shots. I prayed for peace of heart and mind for my friends and for myself. We proceeded to business after - went to the Pasalubong Center, where all the manangs are selling Antipolo and Philippine products.


After buying food, interviewing, taking pictures, we decided to dine at Vieux Chalet for lunch, since we were around the area already. It was a road trip! :3 We didn’t know where it was. We got lost (slash) felt we were lost, but Vieux Chalet was worth it and all that! At the end of the trip, we hit two birds with one stone - the feature and the resto review. I had a great time :)

MF @ Vieux Chalet Photo from: Joey

After everything, I got off at Katipunan, had my hair cut (my hair’s not ugly anymore Achi Denise) and waited for Aldwin at Ateneo before going to Earl’s house for a little class reunion. Earl just got back from Cornell and we had dinner at his house; plus we played Wii (Super Smash Brothers and Mario Party for the win). Too bad I didn’t get to take pictures. Good thing Alex Uy brought his camera…and took all the shots.

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