Bloggers Par-TEA at Angel’s Kitchen

Last 16 April, I got a chance to be on the bloggers’ par-TEA in Angel’s Kitchen, San Juan. The said Par-TEA was hosted by Scents and Sensibilities, your home of sensible scents. I will do a separate post on SandS because I want to focus to the sumptuous meal we had.

Angel’s Kitchen is located at 57 Connecticut Street, San Juan. If you are not familiar with the area, you’ll wonder why there is no public transport. I took a cab from the office and then walked to EDSA going home.

Anyway, outside it looks like a bakeshop, the parking in front covered the entrance. But when you enter it’s a like a sanctuary, a hideout from a busy city.

Angels Kitchen

The area is just enough for quick breakfast, afternoon delights, and light dinner. It looks so chic and cozy, you can read books while having a tea.

The par-TEA was awesome it was light and casual, Ms. Maizie, Tina, and Arvie made the conversation so perky we laughed all the time.

And the food….

Beef Taquitos

This is Beef Taquitos, a DIY Nacho Style appetizer. The lettuce is shredded; the tomatoes and onions are finely chopped; and of course the cheese is grated. I forgot to ask what is the crispy “taco shell” but it is so delish.

Tuyo Putanesca

Then they served the Tuyo Putanesca, it’s my first time to taste one. Normally, Tuyo or dried fish is salty, but with the Putanesca sauce and olives it’d balance everything.

Longganisa Sliders

Here’s the Longanissa Sliders, longanissa is the Filipino version of chorizo, most versions are sweetened others are garlic-y. Here in Angels’ Kitchen it is just right. The size of the bun is almost bite making you eat a little more without feeling that you had too much.

Cassava Mantecado

And lastly, dessert Cassava Mantecado it’s a cassava cake with buttermilk ice cream. It’s the softest cassava cake I had, I don’t eat cassava that much because I don’t like how they were cooked, most of the time stiff.

In between our chats, I sipped freshly brewed teas.

Blooming Tea

I had roasted green tea but in the photo above it is called the Blooming Tea as it blooms in the water when you immerse it and got soaked.

I really enjoyed our tea party and I am so glad to be part of an intimate event. Of course we wouldn’t miss a group shot, so here it is.

Bloggers Par-Tea

I hope you are all doing well. xo, SAMMY

P.S. I am using a new lens for my camera and  a watermark. How was it? 

Sunday Cook off and Baking

I am a little ill now, my throat become irritated for testing too much icing and now I have a fever. While waiting for my melatonin to take effect, I want to share my Sunday with the in laws.

No matter where I am, my weekend is full of cooking. I stayed up a little late last Saturday because I went to SMX to cover an event but I missed the show. My mom-in-law said we’ll go to the wet market at 7am still I watched Jemma Cupcake in YouTube.

Sunday came, she is still insisted to come even if it’s 10 am already. We searched and bought veggies, meat, and fresh seafood.

 

You will see mountains of Banana, Langka, live goat, shell fish, and sacks of tubers here and there. Of course, I am afraid to take photos (you know why) and besides my hands were full of the stuff we bought. 

The market is called Nepa Q Mart, right in the middle of Edsa. It’s like the closest complete market if you live in Quezon City. The goods were inexpensive and if you go there early, they are more fresh.

What I was eyeing to cook is the Crab Boil from Clawdaddy. So we bought the following:

  • Mussels
  • Clams
  • Crabs
  • Shrimp
  • Lemon
  • Potatoes 
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Celery 
  • Cilantro

It is like you’re going to make a stew. We spend around PHP500+ 

seafood boil recipe

  All you have to do is layer the root crops, onion, lemon wedges, and seafood. Add ample amount of water, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper (optional)

BOIL AWAY.

I am so happy they loved it.

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If you follow me on IG, you’ll see that I also baked Maple & Bacon cupcake.  I will upload the recipe on a separate post.  

If you like, of course! everyone who ate it love it.

YUMMY! 

I am back to work cause it is Monday, so my week mantra is….

Don’t count the chickens before it hatch.

Who loves seafood?

Sammy

Stargazing the modern way

Ever since I was a kid I am fond of astronomy. I would read books about the galaxy, the big bang theory, and other things found outside the earth. 

Every time there is an announcement of meteor showers I would stay up late and bear the stiff neck.

Among the outer space things that I love are stars, constellations to be exact. I like connecting the stars into different patters and pretend I am in a planetarium.

I assumed that there is a smartphone app that would let me do stargazing and I was right. It is the Skyview Explore the Universe by Terminal Eleven. 

You will just aim your phone’s camera to the sky and it will reveal the magical elements we cannot see every night.

Amazing huh? Here are some screenshots.  

      

There is an option of real camera view, night mode, and simulation of the universe. You will also see the horizon and each stars, planet, and constellations have description. It’s like you are learning and enjoying at the same time. 

Who loves astronomy?

Death is inevitable 

 

 This month, two weeks before my big event I have to rush to my dad’s hometown, my great grandmother passed away at the age of 89. She had pneumonia, was already deaf and blind. 

Althought I didn’t any emotional attachment to her, I realized a lot of things. 

I am getting older. The first generations of the family are one by one leaving the living life, passing all what they have to us, the young once.

I am not afraid to die per se, I am afraid to lose my loved once knowing that my time to show affection is never enough. 

 

 But these things are unavoidable, so from this day on, I will do my best to show how much I care. To insist only to do no evil towards my neighbors.

Since it is also lent today, my reflections say that we should love more.

This post is also dedicated  to the soul of Miles Bellin, may she rest in peace.

Family Affair at Casa De Figueroa

I would say that my family is extremely introvert. We do not attend any gatherings, we don’t befriend our neighbors.

Now that my siblings and I are grown up we were exposed and became amiable.

My grandma went home from Virginia so she gathered her relatives, her niece (my mom) for this intimate affair. Her family own a resort in Guiguinto, Bulacan.



The place is newly renovated with new bathrooms, swimming pool, and flooring. My grandparents said that this place is open for rental. So if you are looking for a spacious and private area this is great for you.

They accept birthdays, weddings, debuts, and other functions.

Since my aunt is a chef, she catered us with sumptuous meals.

   

I am happy that I get to know my extended family.

 

  

 Should you have event requirements in Bulacan feel free to message me.  

Your future is define by the choices you make today. Choose to be great.

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