Mar Y Tierra Restaurant

My husband and I together with family, headed to Island Park in Long Island one Saturday evening and dined at the exquisite and authentic Spanish resto on this side of town. The resto is one of those little and quaint kind comparable to a mom and pop store, but they serve real good Spanish cuisine.

These drinks are called horchata. They are the typical drink from El Salvador made from the jicaro seeds ground with rice and spices such as ground cocoa, cinnamon, sesame seeds, nutmeg, tigernuts and vanilla. Other nuts that may also be used include peanuts, almonds and cashews. Because of these ingredients, the horchata is usually strained before serving. They were delicious but a tad too sweet for me.

mar y tierra restaurant

Let me tell you, I have been so remiss on updating my blogs that I’m not ashamed to admit that we dined there a year ago. Which is why I can no longer remember the names of the dishes that we ate. The drinks is an exception because they stood out to me and of course, my all time Spanish dish favorite : tamales.

So please bear with me and just be content on looking at the photographs. All I can say is, if you want authentic Spanish cuisine, this place won’t disappoint you.

mar y tierra restaurant

mar y tierra restaurant

mar y tierra restaurant

mar y tierra restaurant

These tamales was indeed so delicious!
mar y tierra restaurant

mar y tierra restaurant

Exploring And Shopping

Virginia Beach is one of the places that I would want to visit one day. It’s been an ongoing conversation between me and my husband that we should really try to see all the places we want to see in the East Coast before our eventual move.

Having said that, I can imagine that one of the places we would for sure check out is the guitar center va beach. I’m hoping that whenever we have the chance, I will get the chance to really explore the store so I can also jump start my shopping for my stash of gifts for the holidays for the musically inclined people in my gift list. I have already mastered the art of shopping year round for holiday gifts and so far it has been working for me.

It’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays. Call me crazy but that’s the way it has been for me the past few years.

Dining At Panera Bread For The First Time

When you’re in a rush and you’re really starving and there’s not much choice available to dine in, you would go for the most decent place in the lot. This happened to us in the winter of last year.

So… it had to happen.This was our first time to dine at Panera Bread. As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is not too keen on dining at chain restos. But this one was an exception. Besides, we had to fill our starving bellies.

panera bread

So how did Panera Bread fare? Like I said, the food is decent, it served our purpose. Or maybe, just maybe we were also pressed for time to place our order as it was really later at night. Maybe we will try it again in the future.

panera bread

panera bread

panera bread

panera bread

Deals And More Deals

Surfing the web is always a given when I have nothing much to do. It’s my way of clearing my mind, and clicking and or tapping brings me to a lot of websites that I would never have known had I not have the time to surf.

Lately, I came across a portal for music lovers and they have such a thing called: musicians friend stupid deal of the hour. That for sure stood out and made me browse even deeper into the site. If only all online portal offers real deep deals then I’m sure everyone will  be enticed all the more to linger and browse.

Indeed this is the computer age. Gadgets abound and everyone seem to be in tune. I’m for sure not an exception so let’s keep browsing!

Pinoy Food In My Mind

* this is a re-post. I’m badly missing Pinoy food

The mere sight of these dishes makes me drool incessantly. These pics were captured when I brought a friend for the first time to a Pinoy resto so she can try the cuisine.

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

This weekend, I need to satisfy this craving or else I’ll go insane. These classic Pinoy fare haven’t been devoured by yours truly and I think it’s time to go to the nearest Pinoy resto.

Last weekend, my husband surprised me and brought home some food from the Lumpia Shack (a new Pinoy resto in the West Village). I have to say that the food was delicious but they’re not the authentic Pinoy food. There’s a twist in every dish, so to speak.

I was not that thrilled. Not that I’m being cheap, but I found them overpriced.

Parties And Good Music

The merriest season of the year is finally here. That spells the start of endless parties, get-togethers or what have yous. It’s also the biggest time for travel, as families and friends want to come together and be around each other during this time of the year.

Aside from food, all of us also love good music. After all, what’s a party or get together without music, right? But for some, they not only gravitate towards good music. They also love to sing as the party is coming along. I should know, I come from a family who loves to sing. It’s too bad that we never considered recording any of the songs we belt out during parties. I know for a fact however that it can be easily achieved with the use of mixcraft 5.

So let the party begin. I can imagine a lot of merry making taking place in the next few days. But I have a reminder however. We should never ever forget the reason for the season.

Once In A Decade Is Not ThatBad

I say, food taste even better when it gets cooler. That’s why most people gain weight during the colder months. Here in New York, the weather has been pretty erratic lately. It’s been very unsettled, as it swings from unseasonable cool temps to the extreme, to the point that even the plants are confused.

A few days ago, when it was significantly cooler, we found ourselves dining at an old standby dining destination which we have been going to for years. It never disappoints.

Soup for starter means it was really cold. Matzo ball soup and Chicken noodle soup to be exact. I bet you know which was mine, as the rest of the dishes that you see in these photos.

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parkview

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parkview

parkview

Then, we skipped dessert but we went for ‘broke’ (spell tons of calories) by ordering milk shake. That was a lot of calories. I couldn’t believe that I went for it. Needless to say, I had regrets. I hadn’t had milkshake in maybe a decade at the very least. But I must say, that was really satisfying (lol).

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Music Is A Must

That time of year where parties and get-togethers is right around the bend, good music is always part of the celebration. It’s been one of the magic formula in the creation of a good party atmosphere. During these times, I’m pretty sure that if everyone has the provision for having an electric keyboard in-house with a good musician to boot, that would be really awesome.

But it may not be a realistic expectation for most. Thus, we succumb to the usual run  of the mill music that serves the purpose.

What matters most during parties and get-togethers is the camaraderie and being around people who matters the most and enjoying every minute of it.

Taste Of ‘Home’

So recently, I seriously craved for Pinoy food. What’s the next best thing to do? Head out to Long Island and got my quick fix by dining at Guiradelco. Going to Queens would have been a better option (for more restaurant) but I just couldn’t get myself to deal with traffic and the street parking situation.

These dishes definitely satisfied my cravings. In fact, my husband and I ordered more food-to-go which we excitedly shared for another dinner.

There’s nothing better than the authentic Pinoy home cooking. And that, I will get whenever I head home. Whenever that may be, I shall wait for and hope that the trip back home will happen sooner than later.

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

Food I Can’t Have Enough Of

Okay, the fact that yours truly is Asian makes me veer towards Asian food all the time. Can you blame me? However, I also devour every single cuisine for as long as they agree with my palate. My husband and I don’t discriminate when it comes to food. For as long as they are wholesome, I eat almost everything except for meat and poultry.

Not too long ago, we headed to Pho Hoai, the Vietnamese restaurant that we go to whenever we crave for Vietnamese food. And the creature of habit that we are,  we always find ourselves ordering the same dish over and over again. They are time tested so it’s understandable.

After the hearty meal, we headed to Starbucks for that much needed espresso fix for my husband. Needless to say, we were belly-full after.

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks