Berto Likes Mocha, Kwala Likes Latte

My husband and I both love to drink coffee, the only difference is that I can drink all the coffee I want, while the hubby is not supposed to drink any thanks to his hypertension. For the longest time, the hubby was a good boy and stayed away from coffee but when Nescafe promoted the cold instant coffee in a can served cold… just had to try them. Hubby has always been partial to mocha (coffee mixed with chocolate) so that’s what he bought; while I have always latte (coffee mixed with milk), even in Starbucks so that’s what I got.

Our verdict: it was an affordable way to get a yummy coffee fix. Too bad there wasn’t enough caffeine in it though, I didn’t feel the caffeine rush. My advice, the next time you feel the urge to hop on over to the nearest café offering some gourmet coffee that your budget just won’t allow, just go to the nearest convenience store, buy a Nescafe in Can, ask for a straw and sip away as if you’re drinking Iced Mocha or Iced Latte. Tastes almost the same.


Squid With Oyster Sauce Recipe

Here is one of my favorite recipes from the sexy chef (a.k.a the husband). He cooked it for us during one of his famous Sunday cookout. I just loved it! The texture of the squid was just right and the sauce had the sweet taste of Chinese cooking. =)

Here is the recipe: (i'm sorry I couldn't give the exact measurements of the ingredients)


oyster sauce
light soy sauce
Pinch of sugar

To prepare the squid, cut down the center of the body, creating rings.

To make the sauce, combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar and set aside until required.

Heat the oil in a preheated wok until almost smoking. Saute garlic and onion. Lower the heat slightly, add the squid and stir fry until they curl up.

Pour in the sauce.. Leave to simmer for 3 minutes until thickened. Serve immediately.


Our Car is a Food-free Zone

Hubby and I have been trying to lose weight for ages. In the nine years that we have been married, we have joined three different gyms, tried a number of diets but unfortunately stuck to none of them. We often end up with more weight than we started with.

Recently I read an article that says that if one is dedicated to change one’s lifestyle in order to lose weight permanently, he or she should delegate the car as a no-food-zone. Apparently, nothing good was ever eaten behind the steering wheel (or in the passenger seat) of a moving vehicle. (I have to disagree, we once ate freshly baked pizza in our car that tastes sinfully good!)

So that is our current thing… we have designated our car as a food-free zone.

Wish us luck. =)


Tortang Talong for Lunch

We had a sumptuous Sunday lunch again today, courtesy of my very own sexy chef(the hubby). Earlier in the morning, my husband went to the supermarket with our daughter to do their usual Sunday morning bonding session.

When they got home, hubby announced that he is cooking my favorite, tortang talong! Yippee!

Here is the recipe for tortang talong:

Ingredients :

2 to 4 talong (eggplants), average size
2 to 3 eggs, beaten
ground pork (previously sauted, with tomato and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.
oil, for frying

Cooking Procedures :

1.Broil eggplants until tender (the skins are charred and blister appears).

2.Once cool, peel off the skins of the eggplant and retain the crown and the stem. Gently flatten its meat by using the back of a fork. Set aside.

3.In a bowl, beat the eggs and season with salt and pepper.

4.In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Dip each eggplant (pressed down to flatten), one at a time into the egg mixture then top with ground pork. Gently bring the bowl near the skillet and tip, lowering the eggplant onto the heated oil.

5.Fry until golden brown on one side, then turn and brown the other. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm and serve.


Cafe Lidia, Marikina City

A few days ago, my officemate told me of a little restaurant in Marikina City. Apparently food was so good that they go all the way to Marikina just for some Italian dinner. Last friday (date night), hubby and I decided to try it out, after all it is such a shame that we don’t know of this quaint cafe, we are from Marikina after all.

Café Lidia is located at #64 Calderon St. Calumpang, Marikina. From Marcos Highway (facing towards Cubao’s direction) turn right at JP Rizal/Dela Paz St. On the right side of the road, once you see a Metrobank branch, turn right. Go along this dark street and you will be greeted by the unassuming restaurant on the right side of the road. They have a yellow signage. There is very little parking space so vehicles park along the road. They have people to guard your vehicles so don’t worry.

From the outside, the restaurant seemed ordinary. After all it was located along a very busy street, with jeepneys plying along the road. But once you go in, you notice immediately that this place is special. The ambiance is cozy, relaxed and inviting. Friendly waiters mill around, ready to assist even when they were obviously busy. We were seated in a booth with a view of the dessert cabinet, making my sweet tooth tingle even before we ordered our entrée.

We ordered buffalo wings, the house pizza and the shrimp in arrabiata sauce. While waiting for our order, they had magazines to while our time away. When our order arrived, it looked sumptuous!

The House Pizza Special - P220.
Pepperoni, ham, bacon, mushroom, onion, bell pepper, pineapple.

Buffalo Wings - P150

Shrimp in Arrabiata Sauce - P165
Fettucine pasta in spicy tomato sauce with spicy shrimp

The verdict: the food was totally delicious and flavorful! After our dinner, we were absolutely filled to the brim. I looked at the dessert cabinet again and literally fought the temptation to order the moist chocolate cake... but then I realized that I consumed enough calories that night to last me 2 days, so instead i opted to wash my dinner down with some latte.
Regular latte 12 oz - P100

Next time I will definitely try the marshmallow and grandma's cake. They come highly recommended. They also have other pizzas, pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches, rice meals and even roast chicken and pan seared cream dory. We will definitely try them when we come back, and we will definitely be coming back...
By the way, let me just mention that the restrooms were very clean too, therefore adding to the wonderful dining experience.
Again, do come and visit Cafe Lidia, it is definitely a place where good italian food, reasonable prices and relaxed atmosphere converge.
here is a map to Cafe Lidia:
Cafe Lidia
64 Calderon St. Calumpang Marikina City
Tel No. 647-7606


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