All About Hostess Gift

We were invited and went to a backyard barbecue this past 4th of July and we had a blast. It’s been a long time since we went to one and it felt good to finally indulge in real charcoal grilled feast.

The whole gang was present and along with the sumptuous meal there was also an overflow of drinks from alcoholic to non alcoholic which was really good because the children and gals like me who preferred non alcoholic drinks was also catered to.

I’m sure this is not the only invite for this year’s barbecue season. Something hit me with regards to hostess gift. For this invite we brought a bouquet of peonies and a cake. I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate that time but looking back, I don’t know if the flowers was a good choice because it made the hostess scramble for a vase which was kind of a distraction since she was busy entertaining guests. As far as the cake was concerned, I think it was fine because other guests also brought desserts and it made way for more dessert option.

Having that realization, for the next invitation provided we get the invite early enough, a couple of custom beer glasses by Glass with a Twist will be a better choice for hostess gift. I think it’s unique and utilitarian.

Hangover Helper Pilsner Glass

What do you think?

Lobster Dinner

It’s been ages since we last dined at Red Lobster. Truth be told, the only reason why we don’t frequent chain restaurants is the fact that my husband has his preference for smaller, locally managed restos.

Since it was me who pushed for us to dine here almost a month ago, I was just glad that I did not hear any complaints from my husband. To say that he was pleased is an understatement. I have to admit however that the decision to stop by and dine here was because we were really starving and add to that the unsettled weather that day. We were lucky that we didn’t have to wait that long to be seated. It was an advantage that we were just a party of two.

Service was really good and the food was what we’ve come to expect and know about Red Lobster. Of course it was not a Red Lobster dinner without lobster so we both sprang for lobster tails in each of the dishes that we ordered.

red lobster

red lobster

red lobster

red lobster

red lobster

red lobster

red lobster

red lobster

With our fear of hitting congestion on the parkways head on, we had to forgo dessert but since Saturday nights is not complete without my husband’s espresso fix, we decided to drop by Starbucks drive thru. The barista was nice enough to give me the extra Java Chip Frap so I gladly took it. Lesson learned however – opting for the drive thru was not a good idea. My husband’s espresso was no longer that hot when we arrived home. So a drive thru is only good when you’re willing to gulp your drink while driving :-)

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

Top Thai

So what else is new? Yes, Asian cuisine rules! Hence, last Saturday, we tried Top Thai Restaurant for the first time. This quaint, hole in the wall Thai restaurant packs in a lot of stars. Don’t let the unassuming, tiny space deter you from dining in because you will surely miss a good Thai resto.

I failed to take a picture of the resto itself. Maybe next time.

We started with Somtum salad (green papaya,tomato, peanuts and chili in Thai-style lime dressing) and it was good.

top thai

Thai iced tea, anyone? Surprisingly, it agreed with my palate despite the warning from the waitress that it may be too sweet for my taste.

top thai

These Crispy Veggie Spring rolls with plum sauce was another good pick.

top thai

Long green beans with shrimp and mussels in Thai basil brown sauce was a nice addition to the meal.
top thai

top thai

And, what’s Thai dinner without Pad Thai? So, we just had to have it too.

top thai

Starbucks rounded up our Saturday night date. This time, I opted for shaken iced tea lemonade while my husband went for 5 shots of espresso, as usual. Lately, I’m drawn to their cake pops. I figured, it must be less calories because of their diminutive size. I’ve gained quite a few pounds lately so I need to start counting calories…..

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

Deep Fried Crispy Fish Craving

Two Saturdays ago, going back to dine at Pho Hoai was a very predictable move. Why? Because my husband’s cravings for fried fish had to be satisfied sooner than later. He’s been wanting to try their fried fish at this restaurant but I’ve always swayed him to order other dishes primarily because I try to shy away from fried food as much as possible. Since I couldn’t prolong it any further, fried fish it was! Served with the typical Vietnamese sauce, it was awesome!

Service was impeccable as always.

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

And what’s the best way to end our dinner? Starbucks! I think it has become an addiction.

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

A Breather

It’s been a relatively stress-free and easy day for me today. I haven’t had too many days like this one lately so I’m just happy that I finally have it.

I have piles and piles of magazine subscription that I haven’t laid my eyes upon. There are books on the bookshelves that have been waiting for me just the same. Sometimes when I look at them I can’t believe that I allowed these things to pile up on me.

But today, I’m determined to just spend this day doing tasks that I consider to be ‘no-brainer’.   And that includes browsing the net till my eyes can’t take it any longer. In fact, I have already chanced upon this website that’s load full of cute and utilitarian stuff for kids.

I better get off from here and enjoy what’s left of this day. Not too long from now, I will have to attend to the kitchen and see what I can whip up for dinner.

Another Visual And Gastronomic Feast

It was another gastronomic feast as always every time we dine at Parkview. We were seated immediately as soon as we got there but not long after that the restaurant became crowded. We weren’t in a rush to leave however, so we still took our usual pace and we lingered for a little more than two hours.

As regular diners at this resto, we pretty much know what to order. With the vast choice of dishes in their menu, there is something for everyone. But for people like us with ‘repetitive disorder’ (lol) we have not even scratched the surface of the menu option. We just stick to what we are used to. We venture out of the norm once in a while but not a lot of the time.

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

There was no need for my husband and I to go to the nearest coffee place. He agreed to get his espresso fix right there and then so we matched it with a lusciously decadent Blackout Cake. How sinful!

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

Nagoya Sushi

It was time to break the Vietnamese food Saturday habit. This time switching to Japanese cuisine was in order. It was our first time to dine at Nagoya Sushi and we were more than satisfied.

The restaurant is not that big. Typical of a Japanese resto, the ambience is nothing out of the ordinary and we liked it that way. Service was really good. Our waitress was very attentive and was able to explain and answer all the questions of my ever inquisitive husband.

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

Food was really good.
nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

This bowl of sashimi was super fresh and we devoured it.

nagoya sushi

And yes, the carcass of the fish was there. It made for a very visually appealing presentation, although it may not be for some who are squeamish. My husband who is now oriented to the way Asians eat fish was really fascinated with the eye of the fish.

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

Starbucks was our dessert destination. My husband can’t skip his Saturday espresso fix and this time, it was 5 shots.

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks