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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Malunggay Pandesal

The active campaign on the use of plants, vegetables and herbs for medicinal and health purposes must be working really nicely as even small enterprises have started incorporating healthy ingredients into their products.

The most explored vegetable these days is Malunggay (Moringa Oleifera) so I am not surprised to learn they have now started using it as nutritional enhancer to Pinoy's most popular bread - the pan de sal.

I saw them being sold at Kambal Pandesal and the ever so curious me bought a few pieces to try how it taste as my kids love pan de sal and if the taste of Malunggay Pan de Sal gets their approval, I will buy this instead of the regular one.
I am happy to prove after a few bites that the vegetable ingredient didn't alter the overall taste of the bread. My three year old son munched away one piece in a  jiffy! It even taste better with butter.
Malunggay is very popular among mothers as it aids in lactation and had I known this before I gave birth to Eana, I would have consumed a hundred of this.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dance With My Father

Whenever I hear the song, Dance with my Father, I can't stop my tears from falling. The Hubby, instead of consoling me, often ends up laughing because he thinks it's a drama he's seen over two dozen times.

But the truth is I've never danced with my father. Not on my 18th birthday, not even on my wedding day. Perhaps the only times when he danced with me were those nights he put me to sleep when I was a baby.

My Dad was a very simple and reserved man. Call him shy if you may. He's not the type who likes to be the center of attention, was not fond of dressing up and more than anything, hates formal types of parties. He prefers simple gatherings with only close family and friends, wear his favorite shirt and eat his comfort food of canned mackerel sautéed in garlic, onion and tomatoes, sarciadong itlog, friend rice and steaming hot coffee. Even when I worked in a hotel for over 3 years, my Dad went to dine at our outlet only once and that was after so much prodding from my Mom.

On my 18th birthday ball, he chose to stay in one corner and cry (for whatever reason, my Dad was very emotional when I turned 18) instead of doing The Waltz with me. Then weeks before my wedding day and before I could protest, he told me rather seriously to tell the program host to not ask him to dance or to deliver any speech.

Honestly, those were the very few times when I felt really hurt by my father. Up to this day, I still could not understand why he chose to be stubborn on those two important occasions of my life than make me happy.

So when I hear the song Dance With My Father, my heart breaks and I cry. No matter how many times I've heard it in the past, the same amount of pain floods in not only because I miss my Dad and this song reminds me of him but more because I am reminded of the chances that my Dad missed when he refused to dance with me. I weep for the 'would-have-been-great' moments I lost, to have my Dad sway with me in the middle of the dance floor and be nothing but the father I idolized.

Ironic as it seems that even as I claim that I was a 'Daddy's Girl', I never got to dance with my father. 

Sadly, I never will.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Breakfast at Mom & Tina's Bakery Cafe

With The Hubby and I's schedule at work (painfully opposite as I work during the day and he takes the night), breakfast together has become a welcome leisure for both of us. It's a time when we can quietly discuss (because the kids are either asleep or in school) our daily activities and just catch up.
And so one early morning after driving an aunt to the airport, we decided to try this quaint café along C5 road in Pasig. We've often passed by this café and I've always wondered what sort of food they serve but never got the chance to dine there. Anyway, I am glad we finally did on this lovely Sunday morning.
The café-restaurant had just opened when we arrived at 7:05 in the morning. The place was still empty and we were the first customers.
I love it when we get to place and it's just us there! I had the place to myself to admire the beautiful, well-chosen interiors. It's so elegant yet homey. The couches look gorgeous and inviting and they smell great too (not like other restaurants where the it smells like food everywhere).
I love the chandeliers and the country look and feel of the restaurant.

And the table centerpiece that I want to take home :) Simple yet lovely.
Going to a restaurant for the first time means taking a risk on what to order. Normally before heading to dining place, I would check food blogs for reviews and recommendations. I didn't have the chance to do that this time so instead of ordering from the breakfast menu, I decided to try their Meat Lasagna and I am glad I did. The lasagna sauce is bursting with a flavor of melted cheese and cream that I almost forgot it's a pasta dish.
The garlic bread that comes with the dish perfectly complements the lasagna that I actually ordered additional breads. I used the lasagna sauce as bread butter. Super sarap, without exaggeration!
Meat Lasagna - Php210 (with 2 pieces Garlic Rolls)
The Hubby decided to stick with a breakfast fare and ordered Waffles Pancakes with Vienna Sausage. The waffles are soft like fluffy pancakes just the way they promised.

Waffles Pancake with Vienna Sausage - Php215
 No matter how early in the morning, my coffee must always be iced just the way I like it. Thankfully, Mom & Tina's have Iced Coffee on their beverage list and you can even go for decaf!
Iced Coffee - Php85
We didn't get to try any of their cakes and cupcakes but they all look gorgeous from display. At a price range of Php45 to Php55 per cupcake, I am definitely going to give it a try on my next visit. (Me thinking of future parties where cupcakes are a staple!)
The only downside comment I would share at this post is that the serving is quite small for the price of the dish. Good thing the food taste good otherwise I would even call it expensive.

Well, we all have to pay for quality and the food here at Mom & Tina's is nothing but that. I am raring to go back!

Mom & Tina's Bakery Café
FRDC Building
106 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.
(C-5), Pasig City
Tel: 914-0833 or 571-1541
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