Summer Memories

I remember summer days in the province,

When I would stroll along the sandy beach,

And watch the dancing sun as it rises,

With an ice candy in one hand and the other.

What fond memories,

Happy thoughts of my precious childhood…

Mango and Monggo Ice Candy
 

Longing For…

I do not know why I’ve been having food cravings lately. I know I’m fat, but I ain’t pregnant. Hahaha! And guess what I’ve been longing for? One extremely sour, Sinigang na Baboy with a side of jalapeno peppers drenched in yummy-stinky fish sauce. Ayayay, heaven on a plate! Oh golly, good luck to high blood pressure…

Sour Pork Stew Close Up

 Happy Week End Everyone!

On A Happier Note

Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it. 

I was able to take a day off yesterday, it’s some sort of bonus for doing an across the state audit on a week end. Miss Elle suggested that I take Wednesday and Thursday off, but that was far too generous. Since I needed to present my report by Friday. So I agreed on a Wednesday off, and she said it was fine.

Wednesday off was perfect, as I had an interview in the city at 1:00 pm. And it’s not work related, but an appointment with a citizenship officer. Half hour after my said interview, I was done and started walking back towards Market Street. I have a lunch date with mother at this resto they called, Mixt Greens. It was simple, yet the concept and the place itself was fabulous. It was a healthier alternative for what would normally be fast food lunch. I absolutely enjoyed my Maui Salad, with coriander crusted seared Ahi Tuna. Now, isn’t that delish?

After a good hour of lunch, we then took a bus to Fillmore Street. Mom wanted to check this shop they called Nest, that sells all this wonderful home decors. In twenty minutes, mother had managed to swipe her credit card. She bought this beautiful quilt and some throws that should blend well in the living room. I, on the other hand had managed to keep my purchase at bare minimum that it didn’t even require me to swipe my card. I just bought a pair of hemp slippers and this turquoise beaded choker. I am such a sucker for comfy slippers and colorful accesories!

Another hour of walking and shopping, I finally told Mom that my legs are tired. She asked if I wanted to call it a day, but I had some other things in mind. I begged her to take me to Boudin Bakery, and she sure did. I was not about to leave San Francisco without having Clam Chowder inside a Sourdough Bread Bowl. And it was absolutely tasty! I finished the whole serving and even bought four more for dearest Nicho and my siblings. After that, Mom suggested that we head for the Seafood Market at Pier 39. She bought ten (10) enormous cooked crabs to go, for dinner. Now, can someone please hand me my high blood pressure pills!

It was one awesome day, that I got to spend with my beloved mother. These past couple days been truly tough for all of us, and we needed a good recess. It was a nice day to be out, and somehow we’re able to leave our sorrows behind. And what’s most important, is that we both made each other smile even for just a day.

Crabs

Saturday Craving

I did not expect to be up by 8 AM, but I was. I just had this sudden craving for donuts, the Krispy Kreme glazed ones. So I cleaned up a bit, put my sweaters on and drove to the nearby donut shop. I then grab a bold cup of coffee and ate some while in the car. Like I said before, patience has never been my virtue. Hahahah!

Love Those Glazed Donuts

Cheers To Cozy Saturdays…

Yesterday, I had the chance to snuggle in bed way pass 9 o’clock. It was raining outside and the winds blowing like crazy, so I decided to sleep a little longer. Then I heard a knock at about 10 AM, guess who? It was my Dad all geared up and ready to explore the downtown farmers market. I thought the weather would discourage him from going, but guess not. So I cleaned myself up and put some warm clothes on (fresh out of the dryer).  Surprisingly the farmers market is holding up there stalls besides the strong winds. With twenty bucks in my pocket, we started our shopping. We got ourselves some sweet tangerines, fresh honey, organic brown eggs, whole wheat breads, drop dead sweet berries (to my surprise) and a some veggies for lunch. We got all that and I still have my twenty bucks, untouched and nicely folded. Hahahaha! Dad offered to pay for all my purchases, so why not right?

And when we got home, Dad started his thing in the kitchen. He offered to cook us lunch, so we’re in for a treat. He’s making us some Grilled Porterhouse Steak with Buttered Veggies. Just the sound of it is enough to make me salivate. If there’s one thing Dad know best, that would be satisfying ones taste buds (and not counting the calories). Hahahaha! And when he was done cooking, he went back to his car and grabbed a bottle of red wine which was one perfect pair. Lunch was absolutely delightful and then, we had some Banana with Nutella for dessert. Since we forgot to get us some Banana Cream Pie from Nations.

Dad left after lunch, for he had some other plans for the day. But before he left he handed me a gift basket, something he got me from Napa Valley the other day (my old man is sweet, hahaha) — an assortment of cheeses and my most favorite sparkling wine. A Brut Rose, which I think has this wonderful balance. It’s fruity but not too sweet, it’s pink and has this subtle hint of berries, roses and peach. What can I say, even in wine, my taste is definitely queer.  I had two full glasses, as I was reading Anne of Green Gables (that I got for a quarter from second hand store). What a lovely Saturday this is!

Cozy Saturday

Eat A Bowl Of Soup

There’s nothing better than a bowl of hot soup when it’s cold outside and feeling a bit under the weather. And as I was flipping thru the pages of Rachel Ray’s magazine, I stumble into a Beef and Lemongrass Soup recipe. It was so darn easy, that I quickly drove myself to the nearby grocery store and grab me some lemon grass and angel hair pasta. The soup totally hit the spot, that Ted and my siblings were left craving for more…

Beef and Lemongrass Soup