Tuesday, September 25, 2012

S&R Members' Treat September 2012

Okay, I  noticed that people are going to this food blog searching for details with regards to S&R's Members' Treat for this month. So let me share the basic information. In a way, help spread the word to fellow members and non-members interested to become part of this special Treat.
Before anything...

Here's my last year's loots: direct link: http://frommomachie.blogspot.com/2011/09/s-loots-and-goodies.html

Like everyone else, I too am raving about the S&R Members' Treat. Aside from a regular visit to any S&R Store, here's a link I visit  all the time to get the latest from S&R.
This is the official Facebook page of S&R Membership.

First week of this month we've already enjoyed the Early Bird Septembers' Treat. There's quite a lot already so I can't imagine once the Members' Treat will start rolling. Beginning tomorrow:
- Sept. 26 up to the 30th of September 2012, S&R is treating its members for another round of discounted products, buy1 take 1 items both local and imported brands.
- From 8am-9pm
- all S&R Branches. 
On a personal note:
As I recall, there was a Members' Treat March of this year, but I was out of town for a week, so yeah, took me months wating for Septembers' Members' Treat.  For the upcoming Members' Treat, I plan to spend on quilted pillows and bed sheets. S&R has the best set of beddings. Not to forget towels and kitchenwares. And my mom is eyeing for a set KitchenAid Mixer, we're going together by the way. It's nice to go shopping with my mom, we just click and I like it everytime we treat each other with the things we want for both our homes.

Don't forget to bring your Reusable Bags!
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Memory Lane

I found about Memory Lane through my mom. Like me, my mom is a food lover. One of her favorite destinations for food tripping is Tagaytay City. She would often enjoy these so-called food trips with my aunt, my mom's sister. We all know that Tagaytay is filled with restaurants and food stops of different cuisines and dining- experience.

It was not too long ago when she came across Jolina Magdangal's restaurant in Tagaytay City. I think, she found out about Memory Lane when it was featured in a tv show.

When my mom saw Memory Lane, she was ecstatic to see something similar to our house. And so, when she found some time to visit Memory Lane she shared her experience with me.

On the recent vacation I made in Tagaytay with my husband, we made sure that Memory Lane is going to be part of our itinerary.
One thing I always look forward to in every food adventure I make is the personal connection I can get. Thinking, that I'm not only there to take pictures and blog about it, but also to savor every moment of the experience sharing it with someone special and very important in my life.
It was around 2pm when we arrived in Tagaytay, checked- in our Villa, waited for an hour to rest, then we decided to have some snacks at Memory Lane.
 Being not familiar with what they serve, we opted to try their house specialties. Memory Lane Blended Iced Tea (php95), Memory Lane Tuna Sandwich(php180) and Cheese Croquettes(Php160), softdrinks in can (php50+).
The menu consists mostly of Filipino dishes served with a twist. Memory Lane is known for it's scrumptious Sinigang na Lechon. I wasn't able to try something heavy for this visit. But again, it's always best to leave some room for another round, a second or a third visit perhaps...
Memory Lane has this Country- 50's diner inspired dining atmosphere.
Memory Lane is located along Magallanes Drive, Tagaytay City. Prices range from: php140- 600. With the small snack we took, our bill summed up to around php550.
Memory Lane brought me back to the time when my mom would talk to me of her dream house. The times we would just sit in the dining room talking details that was then our dream house...

This is going to be the first time that I'll be sharing our lovely home... My close friends calls it Casa de Lara. For those who know my family's story...  this Casa they call is our family's dream that has become a legacy because of the hardships, sacrifices our family went through and the strengths and inspirations gained to fulfill this dream.
Memory Lane reminds us (our family) so much of the heart-filled dream we once had. A dream we are now living in. Living the dream in 2 destinations close to our hearts... Our very house and Memory Lane Tagaytay City where it feels like we never left our home...
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Young Broccoli Leaves and Shitake in Sweet Garlic Sauce

Servings: 5-6
Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch fresh broccoli leaves
  • 2 cups of sliced dried or fresh shitake mushrooms
  • 1 whole garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • cooking oil for frying garlic
  • 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp washed sugar
  • 1/4 cup soysauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • a dash of salt and black pepper
:Make sure that the broccoli leaves are washed well. You have an option to cut the leaves into pieces or blanch it as it is. The young broccoli leaves are not as thick and long as the mature ones. For me, I like the whole thing intact as I blanch it.
How To: Part 1
  • Arrange blanched young broccoli leaves in serving platter.
  • In a small frying pan heat cooking oil and fry minced garlic until light brown. Set aside.
  • Using the very same frying pan, roast sesame seeds. Set aside.
How To: Part 2
  • In a sauce pan, heat sesame oil and stir fry sliced shitake mushrooms for about a minute.
  • Add water, soy sauce, oyster sauce, washed sugar and roasted sesame seeds.
  • Mix everything well and let it simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Pour sweet sauce with shitake over blanched young broccoli leaves.
  • Top and garnish with fried minced garlic.
Served with hot rice or noodles and hot tea. Enjoy!
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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pork Adobo sa Gata

Pork Adobo in Coconut Milk
Here's one Filipino dish I experimented on. Well, I thought it's something new, but it's not, because just yesterday, I saw this particular viand in a menu from a local restaurant. This dish is easy to prepare. It's just basic pork adobo with coconut milk or coconut creme.
 
Ingredients:
  • 5-6 pcs. pork adobo cut
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or coconut creme
  • 3 bay leaf
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup soysauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 green chilli chopped into pieces
  • a dash of salt and black pepper
 
How To:
  • In a sauce pan mix pork adobo cutlets in water, soy sauce, crushed garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
  • Boil pork until tender. Drain, set aside Adobo sauce.
  • In a pan, heat olive oil and fry minced garlic until light brown. Set aside.
  • In the same frying pan, stir fry drained pork cutlets. Stir for a few minutes and pour about 5-6 tbsp of Adobo sauce. Set aside in a serving bowl.
  • Using the very same frying pan, stir fry green chilli for a few seconds.
  • Add Coconut Milk and simmer for a minute or 2.
  • Add remaining Adobo sauce and simmer again for a minute or 2 or until sauce is thick.
  • Pour prepared Adobo sauce with coconut milk in the serving bowl with the pork cutlets.
  • Add and garnish fried minced garlic.
 
Servings: 4-5
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I Love Tootsie Rolls!

You know what, I can't recall if this is my first time to share my love for Tootsie Rolls or if I already made a post about it before. Anyway, it's been raining Tootsie Rolls here in our house. I've been a Tootsie Roll lover eversince. All the way from my childhood, I would ask my mom or grandmother for 2 Pesos for a stick of Tootsie Roll. As a kid, for a child who's always attracted with the dark brown packaging and for the ever curious little girl  wondering what's inside the dark brown foil, I would do anything just to have a taste. I remember visiting the store even without money just to take a glimpse of the jar of Tootsie Rolls. Of course as I grow up, I'm able to treat myself  not only with a stick, but packs of this sweet goodness.
 
I've enjoyed lots and lots of candies, but Tootsie Roll has always been my favorite. Every Tootsie Roll candy reminds me of my colorful childhood.
Here in the Philippines, they sell Tootsie Rolls in small tubes, sticks which are packed by 5, a jar and packs of small candies. I always go for a jar of bite size Tootsie Rolls, I am very fond of the Vanilla flavor too.
Today, my husband surprised me with 2 big packs of Tootsies. Both assorted and original flavor. The sweet gesture of my husband inspired me to share my love for Tootsie Rolls.
To my husband, thank you for filling up my jar of Tootsies again. I am very happy to share my every Tootsie Roll moment with my family.
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