Empanada Lunch @ Corrientes Pizzeria

It’s my birthday today and since I had the afternoon off, I took my Ma out to lunch. ¬†It’s my belated Mother’s Day treat for her. ūüôā ¬†A while back, Diane from work, has mentioned about the empanadas at this place called Corrientes at Bannatyne Avenue and how she really liked the empanadas. ¬†So I thought I’d try them and that’s where I took Ma for lunch today.

We went there at around 1:00 pm, after the mid-day mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. ¬†I had checked the day before if I needed to make a reservation. ¬†The girl, who was our server today, said that it¬†should be okay if we were coming at 1:00 p.m. since it is after the lunch rush hour. ¬†There wasn’t a lot of diners at that time, and we chose our own table, somewhere in the middle of the main room.

We studied the items on the menu and we both chose the Empanada lunch (you get 2 empanadas of any flavour ) with side salad.  Ma ordered the Beef empanadas (beef, onions, olives and roasted red peppers) while I opted for the Chicken empanadas (chicken, tomato sauce, onions and roasted peppers).  Then we swapped empanadas so we could each try both flavours.  The empanada filling was not greasy nor salty, just how I like it.

For the salad, we both ordered the Olmedo salad with Artisan greens, sundried tomatoes, garlic, croutons, Bocconcini and balsamic reduction. ¬†This salad was very savoury. ¬†We both like the sundried tomatoes. ¬†Now this is funny. ¬†There was a white meaty ingredient in our salad which I thought could have been chicken, but then I thought it doesn’t quite taste like chicken. ¬†It was kind of bland to be chicken. ¬†Could it be some kind of cheese – feta or goat cheese – they put those in salads, don’t they? ¬†And Ma was like, could be some kind of animal. (?) ¬†Eww! ¬†So before she actually took a bite of the white meaty stuff, she called our server and asked her. ¬†That’s a kind of cheese called bocconcini, she said. ¬†So there you go. ¬†Tastes kind of like chicken, not salty at all. ¬†The chocolate-looking drizzle on top of the salad, I found out later after looking it up on Google, is the balsamic reduction, and it is what has added a sweet taste to the salad. ¬†I like it.

I ordered green tea for my drinks –¬†big leaves steeped in hot water. ¬†I think I let my tea sit too long, it was quite bitter. ūüė¶

I am a light eater and I was full after eating one empanada and the bowl of salad. ¬†I asked our server to put the other empanada in a doggy bag. It was a nice post-Mother’s Day/Birthday lunch!


May 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

Long week-end project

I originally planned to use the light green trim. But I wanted a more dramatic effect, so I opted for the dark green. It took me a while to figure out how to put everything together. I wanted to be able to remove the bows when I wash the covers. I came up with the sewed on loop fastened by a button. I hope the reinforcements at the back will be enough to hold the heavy double bows. I finished the end of the¬†strips by hand. I’m happy with the result. ūüôā

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December 13, 2016 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

Candy Corn Jello Desserts

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I made this Jello dessert last week when my oldest son threw a surprise birthday party for his GF. ¬†Since it was the day before Halloween, I made a halloween-themed dessert – not a creepy-looking one, but a fun and delightful one. ūüôā ¬†I found my inspiration on this website and a made a few variations. ¬†I used plastic wine glasses.

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Ingredients:

1 170 g package lemon Jell-O

Mott’s Mr. & Mrs. T Margarita Mix (I think¬†pineapple juice will work as well)

1 170 g package orange Jell-O

1 300 ml can sweetened condensed milk

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

whipped cream

candy corn or gummy candy (fuzzy peach)

Instructions:

1. Combine lemon Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir. Add 1.5 cups margarita mix. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your wine glasses 1/3 of the way. Place in the fridge to set for 2 hours.

2. Combine orange Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir. Add 1.5 cups margarita mix. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your wine glasses 2/3 of the way. Place in the fridge to set for 2 hours.

3. Combine 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin and 1.5 cups hot water in a large bowl. Stir until the gelatin has dissolved. Mix in sweetened condensed milk. Stir. Use a spoon to fill your wine glasses to the top. Place in the fridge to set for 2 hours.

4. Top Jello-O desserts with whipped cream and candy corn or gummy candy. Serves 20.

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November 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Dinette project

I recently¬†replaced our¬†dinette set to one with a round table. ¬†I think it saves more space than our previous rectangular table. ¬†And since our¬†old¬†chairs had a lot of scratches on the wood, not to mention the ripped PVC seats, I thought I’d make chair covers to avoid scratches. ¬†I tell you, you’d think the boys are all grown up now and would be more careful with furniture. ¬†But I guess boys will be boys. ¬†So here’s my latest DIY sewing project.

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October 16, 2016 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

Journey to Honeyville

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We just finished wrapping up our busy season at work. So here I am with some extra time on my hands, and I have decided to update my blog.

It has been 3 years since my last post and a lot of things have happened since then. To keep myself from repeating the same thing, please check my About page for updates about me and the kids.

In addition to what’s there, I have also travelled back to the Philippines this past March. Yes, after 23 years! I was very excited preparing for the trip, but at the same time I was sort of anxious. Imagine, it has been a long time since I was back home. I didn’t even know if I’d feel at home there, if I can still connect with my relatives, my aunts, my cousins. Will they like my pasalubong? Are they expecting a lot? Will they be disappointed that I didn’t bring designer labels? Will I manage to navigate my way to the places I want to visit? Will I be able to commute by bus and jeepney on my own, or will I always need a chaperone?

But you know what? The minute I got there, I realized how silly those fears were. Once I started meeting my cousins, it was just like old times. Non-stop stories about our childhood, our present lives, our work, our kids. We also shared stories about our partners, broken relationships, dyeing hair and getting highlights, ingrown toenails, etc. And as for finding my way, I did manage to find my way to the mall and back to the condo where my mother and I stayed. ūüôā And I think, if I had stayed longer, I would have managed to get on the jeepney on my own.

My vacation in the Philippines was only 3 weeks long, but I tried to make the most of¬†it. I visited a few tourist spots, some of them with my cousins, some great bonding time there. And of course one place I made sure I get to visit was my childhood town of Noveleta, Cavite. Oh boy, that was one sentimental trip! ¬†As I looked out the window of the bus as we drove along Cavitex, I thought, this is my “Journey to Honeyville.” That‚Äôs the name I chose for this blog before I changed it to “niceheart.” And as I try to revive this blog, I am bringing Journey to Honeyville back.

July 1, 2014 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Moving on

This happened two weeks before I found “the house,” the one I recently purchased.

My realtor and I just came from an open house and before he dropped me off at my apartment, he drove me around my street. He sometimes drives me around the neighbourhood to point out to me whether it’s a good neighbourhood, and whether it’s wise to buy a house there. That night I think he just wanted to take a peek at the lot where they were going to build their condo building. My old place is on the same street and I pointed out to him our old house. I told him how well I know this neighbourhood and how I’ve live here for 16 years and how I know all the streets.

“It’s time to move on,” he said.

All this time, I thought I’ve moved on. But I’m still hanging on to this place.

That’s when I realized, “Yeah, I think it’s about time I move on.”

Who knows, maybe there’s something or someone waiting for me at my new place.

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