Korean Fine Dining at Kiwa Korean Grill

Korean cuisine is close to my heart. A late good friend introduced me to the taste of Korean barbecue and cuisine two years ago. I admit I was skeptical at first thinking everything will be just spicy. Let me tell you, when I tasted my first spoonful of Korean food, it was love at first bite. Since then, I have been a fan.

If you are like me, who is a big fan of Korean cuisine, then I have good news for you. A new Korean restaurant has opened and it’s not just any other Korean restaurant. It is the first fine dining Korean barbecue restaurant in South East Asia.

Kiwa Korean Grill and Dining is now in one of Manila’s prestigious hotels and casinos, Solaire. Since December 24, 2015, it has been serving its guests a taste of authentic Korean dishes in a beautifully restaurant that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Korea. Kiwa, according their executives, means a traditional roof tile, the ones used for Korean homes. As a restaurant, they want a shelter, a place that provides a comfortable environment for relaxation and leisure.

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The Restaurant

I have fallen in love with Kiwa’s interiors the moment I stepped in the main restaurant. I love how natural and traditional it feels inside but modern and chic.

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The interiors were designed by a Korean firm. Most of the materials and furniture in the restaurant were from Korea even the chairs, tables and stones.

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You can have a intimate party with family or friends in one of Kiwa’s private rooms. The rooms are spacious yet cozy.

Kiwa uses the freshest ingredients and you can really taste it in the food. Everything tasted fresh, clean and refreshing. Each dish is artfully plated. For those who like to take photos of their food before eating it, everything that was served in Kiwa was Instagramable.  It was a feast for the eyes and the mouth. Planning for the menu was headed by Chef Gi Won Park.

Head Chef Gi Won Park

Chef Gi Won Park of Kiwa

The Appetizers

I was overwhelmed with the spread of appetizers served but what surprised me is how everything seem to compliment each other. There was balance among the dishes that made me realize how well-thought of the menu was.

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Tomato-Yangsangchu Salad

Tomato-Yangsangchu Salad. This is seasoned seafood in a whole tomato salad. It’s a fast-growing favorite in the menu.

Gobachi

One of my personal favorites: Gobachi –Platter of scallop sashimi, steamed shrimp, salmon sashimi, steamed octopus and marinated tomato. The seafood tasted so fresh and tender. The octopus, in particular was so tender. The marinated tomato was a pleasant surprise. It was a burst of juicy, sweet and savory savory flavors. It was such a joy eating this platter.

Japchae

Japchae — Seasoned soy sauce based pan fried noodles with beef and assorted vegetables. The noodles were not oily unlike the ones I have tried in other restaurants. There was a good  balance of sweet, salty, savory taste that is quite unique. CEO Ed Reyes explained that this is how authentic Japchae should taste: light and not overpowering with the other dishes.

 

Pumpkin Salad

Pumpkin Salad — Mashed pumpkin with assorted nuts with assorted seasonal vegetable with sesame seed dressing. Some of the appetizers and dipping sauces were a little spicy. The pumpkin salad is a good break from the heat. What I love most about this dish is the texture. You have the sweet and creamy mashed pumpkin but there are still some whole pieces to chew on. The sweet Korean pear was a nice touch to the dish too.

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Pyunchae Mari — Thinly-sliced sweet and sour radish roll with beef or seafood and vegetable. Again, the seafood tasted fresh and I love how it was presented. Too pretty to eat! But I ate it anyways haha!

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Baebaek Kimchi – Rolled white kimchi inside a whole Korean pear. This is another one of my favorites. I never had white kimchi before. This is a milder version and not spicy. I love how it goes well with the sweet, crunchy pear. (At this point I was wondering where can I buy that pear. I was really loving it.)

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Haemul Pajeon — Pancake mixed with seafood, spring onion and assorted vegetable with spicy soy sauce with sesame oil on the side. This is my absolute favorite from the appetizer spread. I love the crunchy vegetables with the sweet seafood and soft pancake. I also like that the sauce was served separately so we can control the spiciness of the dish. My mouth is watering just typing the description. Gah!

The Barbecue

The barbecue is the star of the meal. It is, after all, a Korean barbecue restaurant. Kiwa uses grade A+ beef. Korean beef cannot be exported but they use Wagyu and USDA meats. Still the best that is available.

Premium beef without marination, uncooked

Look at the beautiful marbling on that beef!

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Yang Nyeom Gal Bi — Grilled marinated beef with Kiwa’s special sauce. The beef was so tender and flavorful!

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Grilled Samgyeopsal or seasoned pork belly

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Mouth-watering, right?

Saenggalbi+ Sangchu-Ssam + radish sesame leaf

The barbecue courses would include this set. Traditionally, rice is served after the barbecue but Kiwa understands that Filipinos would like to eat meat with rice so they have also included rice in the meal. That was a good idea because the barbecue went perfectly well with steamed white rice. #sopinoy

Dessert

To cap off the wonderful meal were equally delicious Korean desserts.

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A traditional Korean dessert of shaved ice with sweet red beans and milk. It’s similar to our own halo halo and to be eaten the same way: mix everything together and enjoy every spoonful.

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Cold plum tea that cleanses the palate after a savory meal and helps in digestion.

Kiwa also offers other Korean favorites like bulgogi, bibimbap, galbitang bansang (stew) and even lunch sets.

Service was excellent. The staff were courteous, knowledgeable of the dishes, and efficient. They were even the ones who did the grilling of meat for us and we were served with perfectly-cooked barbecue. Service was nothing short of a five-star hotel standard.

You’d think that with the beautiful interiors, superb food and excellent service, there wouldn’t be anything that can surprise me. Well, surprise! Kiwa uses state-of-the-art exhaust system under the restaurant so all the smoke goes under. This means your hair or clothes will not smell like smoke after eating in Kiwa.

If you want to experience Korean barbecue at its finest, I highly recommend Kiwa. It has opened its doors since December 24th but I encourage you to join in the festivities of their Grand Launch on January 28, 2016.

  • Address: Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City
  • Phone number: +632 888 8888
  • Website: http://www.kiwa.com.ph
  • Facebook: Kiwa Korean Grill
  • Twitter: @kiwakoreangrill
  • Instagram: @kiwakoreangrill

 

 

New Year Musings

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Happy new year!

I finally had the chance to sit down and write a post. It’s been ages since I last wrote one (last year, in fact lol). It’s been a crazy December and I have a lot of things to share with you including some learning from 2015, my very first cookie swap, our holidays, a sudden yaya exodus, and what kept me busy during the holidays.

Before I do all the backtracking, I’d like to start my blogging year with a gratitude post. It is a new year and I am full of gratitude for the past year. I have to be honest, 2015 has been a challenging year for me in many aspects: family, health, finances, self. It was a very interesting year BUT it was a year that brought me so many gifts despite the challenges. Before the year ended, I found myself feeling grateful for these gifts and all the lessons I learned from the challenges.

Last year, one of the most precious gifts I received was Marcus. He was the most welcome addition to our little family. I learned to be a mom again with him especially that I am now staying at home. I literally saw him grow up from a tiny infant to a toddler-wannabe. I learned to be a mom of two. I learned to be a mom of a jealous preschooler and manage it. I learned to be a mom of a clingy, baby. I love it.  My breastfeeding goal with Marcus is a success. Marcus is 11 months now and we are still happily breastfeeding.

Mike and I also had new opportunities last year. I am grateful for spending each day with my kids. I love bringing Lucas to school and picking him up. Our talk during the daily trips are some of the most precious ones. We received a great gift towards the end of 2015 that helped us in our finances.

Although the first half of the year made me miss my colleagues and friends at work, I also developed new friendships with like-minded people as well as stay-at-home and work-at-home moms like me.

It’s great that we have also started establishing our small business. My skills in baking and decorating have improved and before the year ended, we were able to offer our cookies to a lot of customers (who are not just friends! Yey!)

2015 humbled me with both the challenges and successes we experienced. It made my faith stronger and my relationship with my husband, kids and mom stronger.

I would normally feel sad every time the year ends because I tend to focus much on the unmet goals. This year, I focused my energy to all the blessings we received and it made me excited for 2016! My mantra for this year is to stay positive. There will always be something to look forward to: building the business more, family activities and vacations, events to plan, focusing on our health through a new regimen, and resurrecting the blog. Yes, I am positive that this year you will see some changes in the blog. I promise myself that!

Cheers to 2016! It’s going to be a great year if we make it!

Mothers Who Brunch Spooky Edition

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Photo by Jay Santos

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Photo by Jay Santos; styling by Boqueria Lifestyle Market

Wow. It’s already the 9th of November! Now before we all get into the Christmas groove, let me share with you the Mother’s Who Brunch event I attended last month because the where theme was Halloween. It was once again held at the Viking Range Showroom in Alabang. This is my second time to attend Mother’s Who Brunch (read about the first MWB that I attended here) and I’m always excited to join for several reasons:

1. The hostesses are brilliant! Mish of Momma n Manila and Sab of Sinfully Sabrina come up with fun themes and activities for the mommy guests. Last month the theme was spooky Halloween. It was a different kind of MWB because what would normally be a gathering of mommies having brunch together was made more fun when we were asked to bring our eldest kids with us! Fun, right?

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Sab and Mish welcoming their guests to Mothers Who Brunch in the Viking Range Kitchen

 

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Loving the pumpkin patch and the little boy’s smile

 

2. I get to meet new mommies with similar interests as I . Whether it’s the love for cooking, food, or mommyhood wins and woes, it’s always nice to meet lovely moms who share their experiences and passion.

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Photo by Jay Santos

3. The food is always delicious. Mish and Sab, both great cooks, always whip up yummy dishes for the moms and better yet, they share the recipes with us. Look at the delicious spread during the Mother’s Who Brunch Spooky Edition. Uh-mazing!

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Coffin Sandwiches. Photo by Jay Santos

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Photo by Jay Santos

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Love these Kale Chips by Mish. Great alternative when I’m craving for chips. Photo by Jay Santos

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Mac and Cheese. Photo by Jay Santos

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Popcorn balls. Photo by Jay Santos

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This is my favorite. Graveyard Taco Dip. Photo by Jay Santos

4. They always have activities for the guests. Yes, I get to learn something new. Last month I sewed a Halloween loot bag for Lucas. The materials were provided by Ant’s Pocket. Ok, I confess, I am not too fond of sewing but with the guidance of Ann of Ant’s Pocket I successfully finished the bag with no injuries. Win!

They even had an activity prepared for the kids. They invited Engineering for Kids and taught them how to make ice cream. My lil one wasn’t too fond of ice cream so he joined me in our sewing session.

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Sew, sew, sew! Photo by Jay Santos

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Engineering for kids teaching the kids how to make ice cream. Photo by Jay Santos before Lucas went down to join me.

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Photo by Jay Santos

5. They have a professional photographer to document the event. The event is documented by Jay Santos and he takes beautiful shots! I like taking pictures with my cam but sometimes when I am having so much fun (like during this event), I forget to take pictures. Most the time I am not in my shots as well, for obvious reasons. So it’s nice to receive an email from the hostesses with beautiful photos of the event and with me in it! The last MWB portrait shots were more special because Lucas was with me.

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Photo by Jay Santos

6. The loot bags. Oh my, the lootbags they give away to their guests are the best! Pangkabuhayan showcase! Haha. They have the most generous sponsors. Last MWB loot bags had something for the kids too.

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7. The event is awe-inspiring. To tell you the truth, before I had kids, Halloween didn’t mean a lot to me. I guess growing up in a Filipino household, October 31st would mean preparing for a day in the memorial park the following day and coming up with ideas not to bore myself to death. No pun intended. After the MWB Spooky edition, I was so inspired to prepare our own Halloween party that I immediately texted my sister-in-law about it. Too bad we had to cancel our plans because our schedules didn’t meet. Mish and Sab make their MWB’s beautiful and encouraging for moms like me who finds hosting an event challenging.

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Thanks again, ladies!

Now…on to the Christmas spirit! (No pun intended again) :)

Mom-me Quiet Time and Blissful Mornings

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I don’t usually wait for Lucas in school. I would just bring him and yaya to school and come back for them during dismissal. In between, I do other mom duties for the littlest one. Yesterday was different. I decided to let yaya stay at home and look after Marcus with my mom and I waited for Kuya. It gave me three hours of waiting time. Three hours of me time. A break from my usual crazy mornings.

Like most people, my  mornings are hectic. It includes coaxing the preschooler to wake up and get ready for school. In between, I also feed and bathe the littlest. Then I bring Lucas to school, go home for more mommy duties and pick up Lucas. That’s my daily grind. My mornings move in a haze until we get to school where I intentionally slow down to spend some fun time with Lucas before he runs up for class. Then everything moves fast again.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my hectic mornings. I enjoy every minute with my boys. Sometimes though, and just like everyone else, a mom needs a breather. The daily grind can be exhausting physically and emotionally so I needed a break from the usual. That’s what I did yesterday (without abandoning my responsibilities of course).

A three hour me time is a welcome change to my daily grind where I am with my kids 24/7. After I brought Lucas to school, I went to a nearby coffee shop to catch up on my reading (and finally finished the book!), enjoy a cup of coffee and a warm brownie. It felt good to have that alone time. I had time to collect my thoughts and write them down. I thought about life, the blessings we are receiving and felt good about it. The time may have been short, and I may not be doing it everyday but this will be something I will do regularly because I felt more relaxed and happier after the three-hour break.

Whether you are working or a stay-at-home mom, having a quiet time is highly recommended. When I was a trainer and I felt my creative juices have dried out of seeped out of my brain, I remember taking a 15-minute break, going to an empty training room and I would just stare out of the window. After the short break, I would be able to squeeze out more creative juices to finish my work. Quiet time is a short retreat that rejuvenates the body and mind. It organizes your thoughts and refines your actions and decisions.

Quiet time could be a few minutes alone in a room, a short walk in the city, a couple of hours in a coffee shop of spa, or a bookstore, a couple of precious minutes in a bath or a few hours with your book, remember to take a breather. You will be surprised how much happier and more relaxed you will feel. Happier you = a better you.

Encouraging Our Kids to Express Themselves Better

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It’s been a while since I posted about my eldest. I was back tracking my posts when I started this blog and I realized I blogged about him like every week. My Little Jedi is doing fine but he has gone through a lot of adjustment of being an older brother too. He has probably been experiencing emotions that he never knew before like jealousy. He probably doesn’t know how to deal with it too. I can imagine the confusion and possible stress his four-year-old body is experiencing when since we had the newest member of the family join us. Honestly, I can feel it has been tough for him. He has been acting extra loud and sometimes naughty but I am convinced that he is trying to get our attention. My poor Little Jedi.

He is also showing some changes in behavior even in school. He would easily cry especially if there’s something he doesn’t like to do. Good thing his teacher is very supportive and patient with him. She gives me daily updates about his behavior in class. She said my son maybe experiencing some challenges expressing his feelings. He talks a lot when he’s in the mood but when he gets emotional, all he can say is “no”. I am so glad that his teacher and I have silently made a partnership to help him express himself better and support him during these critical changes in his life.

His teacher talks to him more. She gets his attention when he’s crying. I observe her do it and I do the same at home. Slowly, he is able to express his emotions better.

I ask him a lot of questions when we are together. Somehow this helps him understand his feelings better. Here is a great article from parent.co that one of his teachers shared with me. This is
 to encourage our young ones to express themselves better.

30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of “How was Your Day?”

  1. What did you eat for lunch?
  2. Did you catch anyone picking their nose?
  3. What games did you play at recess?
  4. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  5. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
  6. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  7. Who made you smile today?
  8. Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
  9. What new fact did you learn today?
  10. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?
  11. What challenged you today?
  12. If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?
  13. What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?
  14. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
  15. If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
  16. Did anyone push your buttons today?
  17. Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
  18. What is your teacher’s most important rule?
  19. What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
  20. Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
  21. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
  22. If aliens came to school and beamed up 3 kids, who do you wish they would take? Why?
  23. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
  24. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
  25. What rule was the hardest to follow today?
  26. What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?
  27. Which person in your class is your exact opposite?
  28. Which area of your school is the most fun?
  29. Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?
  30. Does anyone in your class have a hard time following the rules?

Mothers Who Brunch Goes Asian

I received an invitation from Mish of Momma N’ Manila a couple of weeks ago to join them and other moms for Mothers Who Brunch in Alabang. I immediately said yes for several reasons: 1. It was an invitation from Mish, a fellow TLA mom and who has given me so much inspiration from her blog, 2. The venue was at the Viking Showroom in Alabang, which is like a couple of somersaults away from our place, 3. It’s been a while since I have been out to meet new people, especially moms, since I gave birth to Marcus. I thought this would be a opportunity to meet and hang out with wonderful ladies, 4. It’s brunch. If there’s anything I like more than breakfast, it’s brunch. Um, who doesn’t? Hahaha.

Mothers Who Brunch is a brainchild of Michelle and Sabrina of Sinfully Sabrina. They collaborated to invite moms to an intimate, yet casual gathering where we learn new things, relax and get inspired to be better moms and wives. The theme for the brunch is Asian and our hosts prepared a beautiful spread of Asian dishes for us.

Since the theme was Asian, I finally had the chance to wear this Kurtis that I got from India last year.

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Photo by Jay Santos

While waiting for the guests, we were served with Asian appetizers. I love the peanut sauce for the spring rolls.

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Yummy satay – pic by Jay Santos

Look at the beautiful styling by Boquiera Lifestyle Market. How cute are these fans? I’m so glad we got to take them home.

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Our hosts prepared an activity for the guests too. We had a mini Ikebana class.

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Learning and clicking away – photo by Jay Santos

I am loving these vases from L’Indochine.

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I didn’t realize doing Ikebana could be so relaxing. One of the important things you need to remember when you are arranging flowers is to cut the stem diagonally and to immediately put them in water. Once the ends start to dry up, it means that the pores have already closed and water may not be absorbed well by the flower/plant causing it to wilt faster.

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Ikebana is relaxing pala – photo by Jay Santos

When watering flowers, just add water to the vase or the floral foam which holds the plants. Putting water on the petals of the plant may cause bacteria to seep in and wilt the petals faster. Aha!

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Ta-daaa! My finished work! Not bad for a first timer I must say.

After the Ikebana class, we watched Chef Arnold Bernardo of Pastry Armoire cook Gourmet Tinapa Rice using Deep Dips’ Spicy Tinapa in tomato sauce. This. Was. So. Good. I posted a photo on Instagram and wished that there was a scratch and smell feature on IG because the whole kitchen smelled so good when he was cooking the rice. It went well with the rest of the Asian menu we had that morning.

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This was prepared for us for brunch:

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Chef Arnold’s Gourmet Tinapa Rice

 

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Cedar plank Asian salmon

 

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To.Die.For Spicy lechon belly

Dessert was taken care of by Chef Anna Chua of Pastry Armoire. My favorite was a no-brainer. I love Matcha so the matcha blondies were my top pick. It must be my day because after enjoying the dessert we were given The Perfect Match-a by Up in the Clouds.

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Matcha blondies, Kashi Maki, Kaffir Lime tarts by Chef Anna Chua

 

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The Perfect Matcha by Up in the Clouds

After lunch Mish told us that the food were all prepared right there at the Viking Kitchen. She gave us a quick tour around the showroom to showed us the different Viking products. Honestly, when I saw the Viking products, it was how I imagined my dream kitchen would be like.

- Viking Showroom's Working Kitchen

I wouldn’t mind staying at the kitchen the whole day if it’s like this

- VIKING Showroom 2nd floor

My favorite is this Viking oven.

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As a home baker, any appliance that will make baking quick and easy is welcome in my kitchen. The oven distributes heat evenly which means there is no risk for hot spots. Hot spots can cause one part of your roast chicken darker while the other part is still pale. Hot spots also cause uneven tops on cakes and cupcakes. Normally, I would have to turn the baking pan 180 degrees mid-way through the baking to ensure even tops but with this oven, I wouldn’t need to do that. Brilliant.

It also has a self-cleaning feature. SELF-CLEANING. What mom (or dad) wouldn’t want that? The oven turns the temperature up to 800 degrees Farenheit and burns all drippings, spills, or splatters in the oven until it turns. All you need to do is wipe the ash afterwards. The best part about this feature is once you turn on the self-clean knob, the oven will automatically lock and it cannot be opened until it is safe to do so. No need to worry about little hands getting burned or accidentally opening the oven door.

I am also loving the fridge! I’ve always wanted one with a French door bottom freezer.

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Two things that I like about it is that it has adjustable Cold Zone drawer. It allows me to adjust the temperature at the freezer area depending on the food stored there. It also has air purification system. Purified air keeps fresh produce fresh longer. That means I don’t have to buy fruits and especially vegetable every other day.

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Michelle explaining the features of the Viking range

I am most impressed with Viking’s safety features. For a mom like me with a preschooler who always tags along with me wherever in the house, I want to make sure that everywhere, even the kitchen, is safe. I mentioned about the self-locking feature of the oven while it cleans itself. It also has heat proof surface which means there is minimal heat when you touch the surface of the oven. Another safety feature that had me in awe is with the Viking range. When a gust of wind blows off the fire from the range, the Viking range automatically turns the fire on again. Amazing! I won’t have to sniff around for gas leaks and get stressed out.

Over-all I really enjoyed the few hours that I spent meeting new moms, chatting, learning new things, enjoying and appreciating great food. It was a welcome change for this full-time mom.

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But wait, there’s more! We also got to take home a bagful of goodies from the event’s sponsors.

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SponsorCards

…and this raffle prize that I won. Thanks, Philosophy!

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Thank you Mish and Sabrina for inviting me and all the recipes and goodies that we were able to take home. Thanks to Viking for hosting the event and to all the sponsors that made us feel great and well, very full and satisfied. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with wonderful women. Here’s hoping for more! Cheers!

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Mami’s Fun Finds: MOA Edition

Last Sunday, we were at the Mall of Asia. Honestly, I am not a fan of MOA. Yes, I am a self-confessed mall-rat but I find it too big for my short patience and legs. I never liked having to “hunt” for the store that I want to go to. It was an exhausting mall for me so unless we have a specific reason for going there (we went bowling yesterday), I would opt to spend my time in a smaller mall with all the stores I want to visit. So since there was a reason to go there yesterday, I had no choice but to spend a few (exhausting!) hours there and do what I do best: find fun stuff around.

Wait, before that lemme just say how much my son loved playing bowling. He had his first bowling experience last May and never forgot about it. The SM MOA bowling has guide rails and stands for little kids to use. I was also surprised that they have bowling shoes for kids as young as Lucas. Here are some photos at the bowling alley.

Matchy-matchy with Dadi at the bowling alley! (uy it rhymes! lol)

Okay, back to my fun finds, MOA edition.

These cute items are from Forever 21

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Pretty ceramic jewelry holders

 

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iPhone 5/5S phone case – Php 585

 

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Cute owl lip balms

Mike saw this herb pot in Gourdo’s for Php 500. This is great especially if your worried of bugs eating your fresh herbs.

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Daphne Oseña, one of my favorite style icons, launched a line of stationery this year but I never got to see these up close. When I passed by National Bookstore and saw the Daphne brand kiosk and I love everything in it! I am a pen hoarder and these pens are love!

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Check out the other Daphne stationery products in her blog.

I also discovered fun foodie finds at MOA.

My husband has been talking about this food baby called custaroons by Custaroonery. These are coconut macaroons on top of a sweet, creamy custard. I found it right outside National Bookstore at the ground floor of MOA. They sell 15 mini custaroons or six regular sized custaroons for Pho 265 per box.

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These were so gooood. The custard is so smooth and creamy it’s like biting into a really good leche flan. It’s not too sweet so you won’t get tired eating it. I personally prefer the bit-sized custaroons for that perfect one-bite goodness…and then you’d catch yourself eating two or three or more. That’s okay. Haha.

This is the perfect pasalubong or gift if you got tired of giving cakes or doughnuts. The boxes are so pretty and so far, all my friends who have tried it have never been disappointed. So good! Wait…let me get one from the fridge.

Alright, last fun foodie find is Pie Face.

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You can find this small cozy cafe at the North Wing of SM MOA, beside Sbarro, across the hypermarket. They sell savory and sweet pies. I tried the savory pies while my sister, who apparently is already a fan, bought some of their dessert pies. I liked the pulled pork pie with the spicy barbecue sauce. Too bad they didn’t have the classic Aussie Mince mini pie. I didn’t want to try the large pie because I might end up not liking it. The meat pies are sold for Php 45 for the mini pies, while the regular sized ones start at Php 115.

My sister loved the dessert pies but I find it too sweet for my liking. These are Php 45 each.

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Watch out for more fun finds from this mall-rat mommy!