Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Travel Inspired Wedding Cake

It's Mama's goddaughter's wedding and the first thing that caught my attention is the luggage fondant cake. The cake is a three tiered stocked up luggage with the Philippine, Singapore and Norway flags.

The story behind the cake was revealed during the couple's pre-nup video presentation. Both were from the Philippines, she works in Singapore while he works in Norway. They meet in Singapore then had their civil wedding in Oslo, Norway, and a church wedding here in the Philippines.

Hmm....I am dreaming of my own travel inspired wedding someday.....

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mother's Day Celebration

We love our Mama Dora! This mother's day we are also celebrating it with Lola Auring and Pastora Lisa.
Mama Dora, Lola Auring and Pas. Lisa

  •  Cafe Laguna Lunch in Veranza

We had Cafe Laguna because we wanted to try a new place to dine. The lunch we had is an experience and a test of patience. 

Food is ok, nothing special with it, well except for their Lumpiang Sariwa,fresh ubud is crunchy and sweet. We ordered; Ginataang Gulay, Seafood Platter, Lechon Kawali, Lumpiang sariwa, Kare-Kare and Tinolang Palumpano, Brewed Coffee and a variety of Shakes. We even requested that coffee be served ahead, but ended up having to follow-up about it a couple of times. Food were served nth minutes, my cousins were able to play in WOF, came back and wait again, that's how long we waited. i learned later from Maya and Sissy that even in Cebu service is a test of patience. But another big NO,NO came when food was served, Ginataang Gulay and Tinolang Palumpano is no where to be found. 

Then it's Mother's Day! We still celebrate and honor our Mama, and in honoring them we have to show maturity in our dealings. When I billed out and checked it, the Ginataang Gulay was charged but they subtracted it from our bill. For the Tinolang Palumpano, they taught I cancelled it when I added  the Seafood Platter.That is how we had Mother's Day lunch in Cafe Laguna.
  • The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 
It's our make "bawi" treat. And we did, Mama and Papa were happy with their Brewed Coffee of the Day. Pastor Lisa finds her Vanilla Mocha super "sarap." With that, we indeed made "bawi."

  • Army Navy take-out
We had Burritos and Double Cheese for our afternoon take out when we get home. The verdict both are good and filling.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Baking brings Me to Places......

I LOVE WHAT I DO. Leaving my 8-5 job gave me the chance to explore, literally explore new places.
After my cupcakes and cake adventure, on the same day I have my hands full for the next day orders of desserts and pica-pica for the anniversary and quarterly meeting of T'boli Pawnshop. 
 T'boli Pawnshop is located in Poblacion, T'boli, South Cotabato. Delivery is done passing through Koronadal City, Banga and Surallah. T'boli is a mining town, along the way we passed by small scale ball mills. A few years back with clamor of No to Mining advocates, the town started to convert to agricultural industries where big companies like Dole Stanfilco and Sumifro start planting bananas and pineapples.

Municipality of Surallah's round ball
The meeting is at the residence of Tito Hilario and Tita Glenda Octaviano, located at the junction of Poblacion, T'boli.
while waiting for the meeting to end Tita Glenda serve us puto at dinuguan
After the meeting, we decided to visit my  maternal relatives in Guinsang-an, Sto. Nino. Sto. Nino is one of the rice granary town of South Cotabato.
Rice fields of Sto.Nino
With a day full of experiences, who would not love it?
More Mai Wanders!!! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

An Adventutre with Violet and Pink Cupcakes and Cake

Since I started my cupcake business, it also became an opportunity for adventure. The pretty violet and pink themed cupcakes and cake is for the 1st birthday of my second cousin's daughter.

It was drizzling that morning so instead letting Rhanee pick up her orders from Aurora's Kitchen, I informed her that we will deliver it instead.
And the adventure starts, after more than a decade, Papa is going back to Sitio Lote, Brgy. Cebuano, Tupi. And a decade past of memory sometimes flickers. We ended up passing through narrow rough road leading to a dead end, but thanks to good people around who willingly showed us a much better route.
the dead end

Sitio Lote is one of the interior sitios of Brgy. Cebuano, but what stands out about it, it is dotted with big volcanic rocks believed to have shoot out of Mt. Matutum's eruption.

Our visit also became a gastronomic feast for there is not one but two birthdays that day. Instead of just a delivery, we ended up having lunch in both birthdays!
More Mai Wanders!!!

Tokyo,Tokyo take-out for Dinner

Before heading back to the hotel, we look around SM Lanang Premier for our dinner take-out. With Little Big Man asking  to hurry, because Mama is all alone in our hotel room, we choose from the 2nd floor restaurants and fast foods. The only criteria we have, it must not available in General Santos City.

Chicken Tonkatsu

Honey Chicken Teriyaki

Beef Misomo
The only choice we have is Tokyo, Tokyo. For dinner we ordered; Honey Chicken Teriyaki for Mama, Beef Misomo for Moi and Chicken Tonkatsu for Browie and a California Maki.

Serving of Tokyo, Tokyo Bento meals is big enough for two persons. Kaya naman Browie had early morning snacks the next day!
  More Mai Wanders!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cheesecake Selections at Gourmet Bites, Davao City

Keeping the fire of my passion for food burning. This summer I took a 1-day workshop on Cheesecakes. 
Freshly baked Japanese Cheesecake 
I did it to learn the techniques of making cheesecakes. For a day we were able to make 5 cheesecakes selection, baked and chilled; Chocolate Marbled Cheesecake, New York Style, Japanese Cheesecake and Mango Overload Cheesecake.

Hands on workshops were done in groups of three, the whole class has 9 students only. I meet wonderful people during the workshop who were just as passionate as I am with food.
my group mates with Chef Simone De Vera 

The Class with Chef Simone

More Mai Wanders!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SM Lanang Premier: Science Discovery Center

Due to time constraint of our Davao City trip, I decided to bring Browie to the newly opened SM Lanang Premier. While going around, we came across their Science Discovery Center poster. 

Science Discovery Center is located on the 2nd Floor of SM Lanang near IMAX. The moment we stepped in, Browie recognized Dr. Alcala's photo right away, he knew that he invented this and that, and when I read his profile, Browie is indeed correct.
waiting for the Universe presentation to start
 Entrance is at Php250.00 per person which includes the 30 minutes video presentation of the Universe. Browie indeed had fun, trying the earthquake house, where one will experience the shake from intensity 1-5. They got Minute to Win It games, where Browie won a water bag.
Playing Minute to Win It

Science Discovery Center is not just for kids but for every one. Because learning new things is for all ages. It was an experience to remember and a fun way of learning.
 More Mai Wanders!!!

Jaloons Cafe in Tune Hotel, Davao City

Tired and hungry, Jaloons Cafe has been our go to place for an afternoon lunch/snacks after we checked in.
 Jaloons Cafe is located in the ground floor of Tune Hotel. For our afternoon lunch/snacks, we ordered 2 servings of Club House Sandwich and 1 Double Cheese Burger.

Browie waiting for our order....
 Breakfast is at Jaloons Cafe again, we had; 2 Chicken and Pork Adobo and  Beef Tapa. 
Food is ok but not something I will look forward to having again.
More Mai Wanders!!!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A Night in Tune Hotel, Davao City

The want to try something new, made me booked an overnight stay in Tunes Hotel through my go to booking site, Agoda. I was able to get a good deal of 65% off for a twin sharing. Tunes Hotel is located in Cabaguio cor. JP Laurel Avenue.

The hotel is a block away from Robinsons Cybergate. And a few blocks away from the newly opened SM Lanang Premier.

Our room is not as spacious as I expect it but the cleanliness of the room, especially its toilet and bath makes up for it.

Tunes hotel is perfect place to stay for business trip and backpacker.