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In laws Bday celebration!

Hello everyone! We celebrated my  in-law’s bdays 2 weeks ago.  We decided to do a late celebration due to previous commitments and other Holidays (Mother’s day).  We ended up spending mother’s day this year with my husband’s grandmother. The b-day celebration dinner took place at a local steak house in our neighborhood (Jaks Grill) and my MIL requested that my husband bake her a chocolate cake for her bday. After dinner we had the cake and coffee at home, just hanging out and relaxing. Happy Birthday (belated one!) to my MIL and DIL, I’m so grateful for what they both do for our family.

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Steaks galore!

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Ina Garten recipe!

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My In laws!

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Auntie Puss and Riley Puss

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Mom In law Kathy and her havanese dog Lexi lulu!

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with our fur babies!

Vancouver Eats!

Hello friends! This post is a continuation of our Vancouver trip. We had a quick getaway so we weren’t able to dine at some of the restaurants we wanted to try (poor planning on our part too).

Our first night we had dinner at Lupo Restaurant (it’s an Italian resto) and just walking distance from our hotel (so convenient for us). According to our research it’s one of the top 5 places to dine in Vancouver. So off we went! We ordered Burrata and it was amazing! So creamy and out of this world goodness. We loved it so much that we asked our waitress where they get it (so we can go to that store and hoard burrata for ourselves), she said they get it from a supplier which gets it directly from Italy! It crushed our burrata dreams! We ordered ravioli and gnocchi (for the hubs) it was good food but pricey!

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Burrata with fresh tomatoes and balsamic glaze.

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Ricotta Gnocchi with pork cheeks (this sauce was pretty acidic)

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Mascarpone Polenta

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This was their special that night, ravioli with short ribs!

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ambiance was cozy, feels like you’re having dinner at a friends house!

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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar

We had brunch in this small waffle place located at Robson Street. We kinda get lucky because the line wasn’t crazy when we got there, once we were seated the line got really crazy! If you’re in to waffles this place is a must! Just be ready to wait and be patient because this place is amazing and people line up.

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I had the Banella waffle 

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Brie Cheese waffle with walnuts and honey!

Cafe Crepes

The Hubs and I also wanted to eat some crepes before checking out Gastown. The crepes are tasty here, but the service took forever. I don’t understand why, it’s not like they’re serving steaks or complicated dishes. Good thing the crepes were really good!

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We also visited a Japanese restaurant that I honestly forgot the name of:

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Had Ramen one late night!

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Tried Vancouver’s best cheesecake:

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the famous Soft Peaks at Gastown!

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I kinda agree that this is one of the best cheesecake I’ve had!

Footo Croissant and Tim Hortons before coming home!

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Till Next time Vancouver!

8 years of Married life!

Hi Friends! Happy Wednesday! Yesterday, the Hubs and I celebrated 8 years of married life. Wow! It seems like it was just yesterday that we had our simple and intimate wedding at a Chapel in New York City (less than 25 family and friends were there). I’m so blessed to be married to a guy that I don’t just love but actually really like. I like spending time with my Hubs, and planning our future together. I just can’t imagine life without him. I’m so grateful to the Lord for the gift of a Christ centered marriage ( we strive to have this) and a loving husband, I don’t take this blessing for granted because I know not all marriages are like this. Successful marriages don’t just happen, it takes works! Thank you, God!

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8 years ago with my Hubs!

I told my Hubs,not to get me flowers because I’d rather have food. HA! He stopped at Costco to get us pizza and sundae that we shared during lunch. The Krispy kremes were a personal request from me! We didn’t do any grand celebration (just dinner at our fave place) but we plan to have a little road trip later this month to have a fun get away and “celebrate” the special occasion.

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For dinner, we went to our local fave restaurant Flat Iron Grill. We really didn’t want to go to Bellevue or Seattle just for dinner. The traffic isn’t worth it. We like Flat Iron Grill because the food is great and the service is even better. It’s always a bonus when we can support our local businesses too.

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cheese platter

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steak tartare ( not a big fan of this)

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Paella

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Top sirloin steak with goat cheese polenta (pretty Good!)

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me with the Paella

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Hubs and his din!

Happy Easter!

Hi friends! Long time no hear from me (it’s been a busy March here). Anyways, Happy Easter! As a Christian, we celebrate today as resurrection Sunday. The day that Jesus rose from the grave. He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed! Thank You Jesus for what you’ve done for our sake, we are so unworthy yet you died for us all. The greatest love story that the whole world  will ever know!

After our easter service, the Hubs and I together with our In laws had brunch at Embassy suites hotel (a Hilton affiliated hotel) we’ve been going to this brunch buffet for a couple of years now except last year (they had to renovate, so they closed the buffet section). The buffet had a decent selection but I was disappointed today because their meat (their beef, and lamb) was really dry. Their bread wasn’t very good too. Poor Hubs and Dad In law, they both love bread. The ambiance and the service was great though!

I hope that you had a lovely Easter weekend with your family and friends! I’m off to watch College basketball here. The Hubs is enjoying his Sunday nap, together with our fur baby, Riley! Have a great evening friends.

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Oh the wonderful Cross!

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Easter 2016 with my In laws!

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Family!

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so cute!

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Zach’s Plate!

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first plate!

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chocolate cheesecake

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cheesecake bars!

What’s for Dinner?

Hello friends! It’s Tuesday evening ( almost midnight) but I can’t sleep because it’s so windy and it’s freaking me out! I decided to just post our meals for the last couple of weeks in the month of February. Can you believe it’s already March? Where did the time go?! Anyways, back to our meals. I didn’t go to the grocery store in the last week of February but I got some Smith brothers delivered. I’m under budget this month (not by much though), so this made me happy.  A little savings is always good!

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We’ve already consumed the clam chowder and chocolate milk!

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roast asparagus and steamed lobster

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Beef stroganoff and egg noodles

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grilled asparagus and salmon

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avocado with reduced balsamic vinegar

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Crispy pata (deep fried pork hocks) a Filipino recipe

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bacon,eggs,rice 

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Easy dinner! Spag and meatballs

we did a couple nights of take out these last two weeks (especially Friday and Saturday nights).  Chilling out with good food and watching some good T.V. / Netflix is one of our fave weekend things to do. We got a generous gift card from my In laws to one of our fave local sushi places so we used that. We also had Italian for dinner, courtesy of the In-laws. Thank you God for such a generous family!

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Pho

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Pho and walnut prawns

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sushi and yakisoba

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Mexican dinner 

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Phad Thai

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Vitos in Seattle! My In laws treated us!

Valentine’s 2016!

Hi Friends! Happy Hearts day to you and I hope it’s one lovely day with the special people in your life. On Valentines evening, we had dinner with my In laws at SEASTAR restaurant and raw bar (Bellevue location). Originally we wanted to do the Canlis restaurant but it was fully booked (I guess you have to book months in advance for this kind of place). Seastar was also a good recommendation from my In law’s friends so we didn’t mind (especially since it is also owned by Chef John Howie). I was looking forward to this dinner because based from what I’ve read it’s one of the BEST restaurants in Bellevue. It was our first time, so I kinda had high expectations when it comes to a Chef John Howie restaurant. Anyways, the place was spacious, ambiance was great, our server was very knowledgeable she answered every question my DIL had. We enjoyed our appetizers, they were all amazing especially the deviled eggs. Our entrees were good (nice presentation too) but to be honest VERY pricey for the portion we got. I guess you have to bring LOTS of money dining here. We’ll be back again for sure.

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Some pictorials while waiting for the In Laws!

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OOTD action going on: Loft dress, F21 coat, kate spade bag, target booties

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Halibut ceviche

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Deviled eggs:salmon gravlax,wasabi tobiko,tangerine,dill. We also got the ahi tartare,bacon, roasted onion,truffle oil.

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Dungeness crab cakes

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we loved the appetizers

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Maytag blue cheese pear salad (this was good)

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I ordered: Sesame-Peppercorn Crusted Ahi (jasmine rice cake,snow peas,ginger soy reduction,wasabi creme)

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My DILs order: Cedar Plank roasted wild King Salmon (Chef Howie’s famous salmon rub,smoked broccoli,citrus rice with wheat berries

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Zachs order: sashimi,ceviche,tartare

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my MIL and SIL ordered the same thing: seared scallops with beet risotto

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Vday dinner

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Bates family

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So blessed to have wonderful In  Laws

For Valentines day we had a casual and lazy time, watched Kdrama (thank you Netflix!), did some errands and had dinner at our fave local Italian place.

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red bag for VDAY of course!

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having a little taste of Hubs drinks.

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olives and hazelnuts

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MEAT!

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YUM!

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saving 1 meatball for our fur baby!

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Normally we don’t give Vday gifts to each other but this year Hubs and I gave each other gifts. He got me a Henri Bendel bag (my fave bag brand!) and I gave him massage “coupons”  worth 4 hours, which he already availed 1 hour of it (way before VDAY!!)..HA!!

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Riley thought it was one busy VDAY weekend, and he needs his beauty sleep!

What’s for Dinner?!

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday:) This is what we ate lately for dinners this last week. I hope you get to eat and cook dishes that you’ve been wanting to eat! Have a wonderful Sunday evening, I’m about to watch a Korean drama with the hubs (we are watching Beating Again). It’s been a while since we’ve watched a KDrama here! HA!

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Spaghetti and meatballs (we also had a salad that I forgot to take a picture of)

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meatballs in the crockpot! easy peasy dinner!

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Chicken curry (I sort of followed Pioneer Woman’s recipe)

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Kare-Kare

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Left over kare-kare (cook once, eat twice, kind of dish!)

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Taco Night! we also had sweet potato fries with garlic aioli (homemade! it was delish)

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cheap and easy dinner!

We also ate out a few times over the weekends!

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We had Dim sum after church today!

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Red Robin last night for a casual saturdate with Hubs! used a giftcard for this dinner!

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Dinner at RAM (this place is just 4 minutes drive from our house!)

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Tacos and Carne Asada for the win!

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Friday Lunch date at chick fil-a! I LOVE their spicy chicken sandwich and iced coffee. The hubs likes their chicken nuggets and milkshakes! We’ve been there twice this last week!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s for Dinner?!

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I last posted here. Life got a little hectic. I’ve been wanting to share our dinners since last week but I wasn’t able to. Here’s our meals for the last 2 weeks or so.  I’ve been cooking most nights but on the weekends we go out or have take out. I hope you’re all having a good week and happy cooking!

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chicken wings adobo (my fave chicken part)

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chicken wings adobo with green beans

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grilled pork chop,roasted sweet potatoes,roasted jalapeno poppers,avocado

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take out food from our fave Indian resto

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crockpot chili

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my husbands messy chili!

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Banana blossom

My husband had banana blossom for the first time when we visited the Philippines last year. He really liked it and he’s been NAGGING me to try cooking it for him. We got the blossom at the Asian market and I found the recipe on youtube (panlasang pinoy). He liked it and said I’ll have to make it again(we’ll see!).

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Banana blossoms in coconut milk

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daing na bangus(milkfish),banana blossoms in coconut milk

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grilled salmon

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crispy potato with red bell pepper,onions,parmesan cheese

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crispy potato,eggs,avocado

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breakfast for dinner:scramble eggs,bacon,rice,coffee

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our homemade version of “chipotle” steal bowl

we also had take outs and dine outs for the last couple of weeks:

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My fave cheap pizza from papa johns

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Dinner at Big Fish (local resto) after watching Starwars

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Brunch at Lot No. 3 in Bellevue after Church with Julia (SIL)

Feast Buffet!

Hello friends! Happy Christmas week! We had a nice buffet dinner with our friends, Faye and Roger (and the kids!), at a Renton buffet restaurant called Feast Buffet. This was our first time at this place. Faye recommended it because they’ve been here a couple of times and she said they have a good food selection that we might like! We were pleasantly surprised because the place was impressive. The selection was enormous. The sushi was quite good for a buffet, better than conveyer belt sushi places. They had Dungeness crabs and fresh Uni as part of their specials today (Zach liked the Uni). It was such a fun evening catching up with our friends before the Holiday ends. Thanks Faye and Roger for spending your night with us. We will be back to this buffet place for sure!

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Snowflake Lane!

Hi friends! Happy weekend! I can’t believe Christmas is almost here😳 I’m so glad I’m done with my Christmas shopping and gift wrapping so I can just focus on Christ (the real reason for Christmas!) and focus on my husband/family time. Planning makes a big difference. Today, we went to see the Snowflake lane event at Bellevue and it was a fun night. My favorite was the fake snow, the music and lights were great too! There was a ton of traffic and we couldn’t find  parking for 30 minutes,but that’s OK (It’s expected after all since it’s the last weekend before Christmas). We had dinner before going to the event, so we’re all good!

We had dinner at Spice restaurant (it’s in the crossroads / bellevue area)

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Braised Pork Belly! So Good, our fave at this place!

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Braised Pork Hocks or Patatim (in Philippines)

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After dinner! We’re off to the Snowflake Lane fun:

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Some of the pictures are from my Ipad so it’s kinda blurry.

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It was a cold night, Hot chocolate was in order when we got home. I love my new Lenox personalized mugs and plate that I got during their black Friday sale last month! So pretty and perfect this time of year.

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