February Family Date x Lunch at Chili’s Alabang

A few weeks ago, my Little Troublemaker was confined because of a really bad asthma attack on New Year’s Eve. I’ve been very careful not to expose him to smoke or let him run around too much – anything that can trigger a cough, until he was done with his medication.

Because of this I couldn’t take him out or bring him to Fun Ranch, and though we always have fun just being at home, I missed spending weekends out with him and my husband. After he completed his medication his breathing improved drastically but he had to continue with his maintenance so that his respiratory system would not be prone to colds and cough after his recovery. But because he was already healthy enough to run about, my husband and I decided to take him out with us one Sunday – to hear Mass and enjoy a meal together.

We arrived too early for the Mass at St. Jerome Emiliani Parish, so we decided to take a stroll and try to get the Little Troublemaker to take a nap because he might get impatient at the Church.

We brought him to Alabang Town Center and had him go on some rides until he was sleepy, he usually takes a nap before lunch time.

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Our plan failed miserably, because this kid was too excited to take a nap! We ended up missing the Mass so we decided to have lunch instead.

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Lunch at Mati’s Meat and Bread

Yesterday, my husband and I finally found the time to go out for lunch and a movie. We decided to try out one of the new restaurants at Festival Mall’s River Park.

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The first restaurant that caught our eye was Mati’s Meat and Bread. We glanced at the menu displayed out front and decided to try their steak.

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Turbo Broiler Baking Experiment: Easy Mini Pancake Muffins

Before anything else, let me set your expectations that I am not a kitchen diva and I have never baked anything without the assistance of my brother who bakes cakes for a living. I love eating cakes, not making them. I used to say the same thing about cooking, but ever since I got married I took it upon myself to learn, otherwise we’d be eating corned beef and hotdogs for the rest of our lives!

Last October, I received a sweet stash of Maya Hotcake Mix from the Mommy Blogger Philippines Halloween Party. I LOVE PANCAKES! When I was pregnant with Ethan, I constantly craved them.

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Maya Hotcake Mix variants

Weeks passed and I realized that these boxes of pancake mix were still in my kitchen cupboard, untouched. I couldn’t find myself in the mood to cook pancakes, and if I did make some I was pretty sure we wouldn’t be able to finish them all, and they’d just go to waste. My husband is not a big fan of pancakes, and I can’t finish them all on my own.

Then a thought occurred to me. What if I baked them instead? Into muffins! It’s not an original idea, I know, but I thought it was a perfect way to use my pancake mix stash.

My brother told me it was possible, the only problem was that I had no oven to bake them in! Drat, I thought. Then I remembered that I have a turbo broiler, I mean, it’s technically an oven, right? So I asked my brother again, and he agreed that I could bake them in the turbo broiler but he wasn’t sure about the temperature and time. At this point, I just told myself that I had enough pancake mix to experiment with, so what was I waiting for?

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Mr. Park’s Bread and Cake

Yesterday, my mom and I headed out to run some bank errands. When we passed Molito (Alabang) I noticed Mr. Park’s Bread and Cafe and remembered a Facebook friend raving about their bread. I made pa-rinig to my mom and said “Ano kaya meron sa Mr. Parks na yun”, trying to send a message that we check the place out. At first she didn’t seem to notice, haha! But on the way back home I was surprised that my mom took a turn and headed to Molito.. turns out she did want to check out Mr. Parks Bread and Cake!My mom and brothers bake, and I like to eat bread! (I’d love to learn but I don’t have my own oven) So we were curious about what Mr. Parks had to offer.

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Mr. Parks has been around since 2013, but this branch opened in May of this year.
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Bibibons: The First 2 in 1 Baby Biscuit Nibbler and Cereal

A few days ago, I received a sweet little package in the mail from Rebisco.

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They sent me a box of Bibibons! This is the first time I’ve ever heard of the product so I was so excited to try it with Ethan (meaning I get to taste it too). We both love biscuits so I was pretty confident that he would end up liking it.

So, what are Bibibons anyway?

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