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Prime Rib & Baby Back Ribs @ Silver Heights Restaurant


Silver Heights Restaurant is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year.  When I saw the article on the paper, I marked the first weekend of June to visit and try their famous ribs.

My partner ordered the Roast prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, rice pilaf and coleslaw.  The beef was tender and juicy and the rice (I had a few spoonfuls) was crunchy. 🙂


I ordered the Chicken, Ribs and Shrimp Combo.  The barbecued baby back ribs were falling off-the-bone tender.  The honey garlic chicken wings were okay.  I enjoyed the honey dill dipping sauce for the chicken fingers.  And of course, I’ve always loved breaded shrimps.  I just wish there were more than 4 pieces of shrimp.

They had a limited menu today because there was a special event – a social – going on for long-time patrons.  We were only let in because our reservation was accepted by mistake when we called earlier this week.  But the very nice manager gracefully accommodated us.  It actually worked in our favour because they had good deals on the limited menu.  It was just too bad that they didn’t have the jumbo shrimp that I was looking forward to.  My partner was happy to hear the Bagpipe band play some traditional Scottish tunes though. 🙂

This family owned restaurant is located at 2169 Portage Avenue.   You can visit their website at


June 3, 2017 at 11:15 pm Leave a comment

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. 🙂  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, sun-dried 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. 😦

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

Candy Corn Jello Desserts


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. 🙂  I found my inspiration on this website and a made a few variations.  I used plastic wine glasses.

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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)


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.


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

Niceheart’s Chicken Alexander


I learned how to prepare Chicken Alexander from my girl friend Elaine. It was one of the dishes she served at Maddy’s first birthday celebration and I loved it. This past Christmas, I thought I’d try to cook it and I asked her for a recipe. She gave me the ingredients and the order in which to cook them. Then I also googled “Chicken Alexander recipes,” printed them and showed them to her and asked which one is closer to her recipe. She was shaking her head when I showed her my prints. Well, I’m not very proficient in the kitchen and I need numbers, like amounts and oven temperatures and length of time. 🙂

So this is the version I came up with. Niceheart’s variation means a lot of shortcuts and cheaper alternatives. 🙂 This is also what I served my family this Easter Sunday.


1 clove of garlic, crushed and chopped

1/2 of a medium sized onion, chopped

.70 kg or 4 pieces of chicken breast, already boiled, diced or hinimay

1/2 kilo of No Name frozen mixed vegetables (includes carrots, peas, whole kernel corn, green beans and lima beans)

1 can of No Name Cream of Chicken condensed soup, 284 ml (Elaine recommends Campbells brand)

a pinch of salt and pepper

No Name mashed potato flakes – plain flavour , 215 grams, includes 2 pouches

100 grams of mild cheddar cheese, grated (Elaine recommends using marble cheese or two kinds of cheeses for variety in colour)

Saute garlic and onion. Put diced chicken and stir. Add frozen vegetables and continue stirring. (I let the frozen vegetables sit on the kitchen counter for about half an hour before cooking.) Blend in the cream of chicken soup, stirring until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.

If you want to stop there, that’s actually already a dish called Chicken A La King. But we’re preparing Chicken Alexander today, so put this mixture in a baking dish. Then take the Mashed Potato box and follow the instructions on the box. We will be using the 2 pouches in the box so just double up on the ingredients. It’s just basically boiling water, milk and margarine and adding the potato flakes and stirring until the mixture is smooth. You then layer the mashed potato on top of the Chicken A La King. Put grated cheese on top. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Instead of just Plain mashed potato, I used Butter and Herb Flavour this time. It also worked. It added more flavour to the dish.


April 12, 2009 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Feeling the pinch

I don’t think that the price of gas is going down. I’ve been hearing people complaining not just about the price of gas but also the price of almost everything.

Ma-ann from work said that her usual $20.00 a week of gas is not enough anymore.

Libay was also complaining to me on Friday. She and her husband went grocery shopping on Thursday night at Superstore. She spent $75.00 and they only had three bags of groceries. And they didn’t even buy any meats.

I told her that I’ve also been noticing that my grocery bills are going up by the week.

And I was in total shock when I reached the Oriental aisle of Superstore on Saturday to check out the price of rice. Because it went up a few weeks ago.

We consume one bag of this eight-kilo bag of Rooster brand rice per week. About five years ago, a bag of this rice cost about $6.98 and it used to be a ten-kilo bag. Later on, the price went up to $7.98. It stayed there for quite a while. But after some time, the ten kilos became eight kilos, at the same price. It stayed at eight kilos but the price went up to $8.98. It’s been like that for I guess over a year now. And then a few weeks ago, I was surprised that it went up to $10.98. But what can I do? We eat rice everyday. Gotta buy it. And my jaw dropped yesterday when I saw the new price. It shot up to $15.98. Que horror! I checked out the other brands just to compare. The prices are the same. I had no intention of switching brands anyway. We like this brand. It just cooks right.

What about you? Are you also feeling the pinch?

May 25, 2008 at 8:49 pm 22 comments

Avocado and Pineapple

Do you remember my fruit platter from New Year’s Eve?  We had 13 different kinds of fruits and it took us over a week to eat all of them.  Of course I didn’t buy just one apple or one orange.  I bought a bag of each.  Except for some of the fruits.  The kiwi, I only bought two; avocado, three; and one each of the watermelon, cantaloupe and the pineapple. 

This is how I prepare our avocados.  First I slice it in half.  I take the pit out with either a spoon or a knife.  I scoop the flesh out with a spoon. 


I add sugar, milk and ice cubes.  It’s good.


We don’t buy this often though.  It’s not cheap.  This was $1.28 each on New Year’s Eve. 

Another fruit we seldom buy is the pineapple.  We only started seeing pineapples in the supermarket here about five years ago.  Before that, the only pineapples my children knew were the canned ones.  On New Year’s Eve, I bought only a small one.  This was just as tall as my hand, not including the leafy top. 


First thing I do is cut the top off.  Then I cut off the skin like this.


I make diagonal slits to cut the eyes.


Then I slice them.  I dip them in salt even if they are sweet.


January 18, 2007 at 11:30 pm 34 comments

Our New Year’s Day 2007


Every year, I always get prepared ahead of time and I buy sparklers (lusis) weeks before New Year’s Eve.  But I’ve been too busy with overtime these past weeks and I forgot to buy them in advance.  When I did my grocery shopping at Superstore last Saturday, they were out of stock of sparklers.  My kids were disappointed when I told them that we might have to skip lighting sparklers on New Year’s Eve.  I didn’t want to bum them out so before we went to church on Saturday night, we went to a nearby mall hoping we could find some sparklers.  Luckily Zellers has some. 

Unlike in the Philippines where there are noise-making and firecrackers everywhere, we just had a quiet one on New Year’s Eve.  On Sunday night, I got busy in the kitchen preparing food for our media noche (midnight meal).  I made peach tarts, not from scratch, but from this ready-to-bake tart shells and I added canned peach pie fillings.  I was going to cook pancit (fried noodles) but the kids asked for chicken macaroni salad.  I also made our traditional sotanghon (bean thread/rice vermiccelli)soup. 

Speaking of tradition, my post New Year’s Eve traditions, which I wrote last year, has been getting a lot of hits this past week or so. 

13 fruits 

As I’ve mentioned in my post of January 1, 2005 and January 1, 2006, I follow this tradition of collecting 13 fruits on New Year’s Eve.  It is said to bring good luck.

In the picture are: (clockwise from the top left) watermelon, cantaloupe, pink grapefruit, red anjou pears, granny smith apple, tomato, avocado, lemon, red globe grapes, pineapple, kiwi, strawberry, mandarin orange).


And yeah, we’ve had a 30 cm (about a foot) of snowfall on the night of December 30 and we woke up to this on New Year’s Eve.


 More pictures of the snowfall next time   

January 1, 2007 at 10:44 pm 17 comments

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