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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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.

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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.

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The Shopping ‘Rush’ Starts Now

September came just like that. Once the ‘ber’ months roll in, colder temps is not far behind. And that also ushers in the big holidays of the year. Where did the time go? Before you know it, 2016 will be history.

Having said that, it’s never too early to start that holiday gift list. If you’re like me who tends to shy away from the crowds and the stress associated with last minute shopping, you will certainly understand where I stand. Leisurely selection and shopping for the people in my list is always the norm. I can hit the malls, research and search online until I get that perfect gift. I always make sure that I take into consideration the interests of each. Earlier online search showed many options for the musically inclined at www.musicians friend.com. I have been zeroing in on some beauty and household stuff for the ladies in my list. And the hard to buy for who has everything – they are the hardest to buy for and they are the ones that take time to pick for.  So the longer lead time I have, the better.

I’m not one to shy away from shopping, so let the good times roll in.

Thumbs Down For Red Mango / Nestle Toll House Cafe Hewlett, New York

I have meant to write about this as soon as it happened but I just haven’t had the time to sit down and blog away. And as you may imagine by now, even if I’m no longer as heated up, I’m still disappointed with how this whole scenario was handled. More so because, after I wrote about it on Red Mango’s Facebook page, I got a reply via FB Messenger and I was told that my information will be forwarded to their Customer Support team. That was it however… no more no less… no reaction… nada.

So that dismal day happened on July 3, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Mango Hewlett, New York. My husband and I went to pick up brownies. We saw that they were having a special deal so it was even better. If you buy two you get one free. We decided to buy four so we expected two free. But I would not have decided to buy the brownies had the girl behind the counter did not offer that they can frost all of them. They only had one brownie with frosting at that time. We paid for the purchase and we waited, and in a few minutes the girl who frosted the brownies proceeded to bag them.

I immediately saw what she did. She was sliding the freshly frosted brownies in a regular bag. I told my husband to request for a box but the girl said they do not have a box. As soon as she was done sliding the six brownies  in two bags (three each bag) she proceeded to drop them in another bag all together. Then when she attempted to hand the bag to me I said: can I just see how they look? I retrieved the two bags in the bag, slowly opened and saw the most disgusting looking brownies – all of the frosting got stuck in the paper bag. Who can stay calm seeing that? I said, you could have put them in the same bag loosely so the frosting stayed intact. She said that’s how they do it. At that point, I had to demonstrate how it could have been done to preserve the integrity of the frosting therefore they look more palatable and inviting. The argument got heated, I demanded a refund and won’t take any of them. They immediately said – no we don’t do refund. I said, no that’s not possible. I want to speak to your manager. They said, they have no manager in the premises. I said, I will not leave until you refund my money. Then one of them tried to reach someone on the phone. I had no idea who but there was no one on the other line. They processed my refund but refused to refund the whole amount because they claim that I touched one of the brownies when I did the demo. Truth is I did not, as I was holding the brownie with the bag in place.  The girls behind the counter were so mean that one of them had to say “you should have just baked your own brownie” in response to me when I said that I know how to navigate properly around baked goods because I used to bake a lot.

The staff at the Red Mango Hewlett, New York are ill trained. I have never came across two mean girls who have no regard that they are in fact representing the two brands (Red Mango and Nestle Toll House) that they are peddling inside the store. I hate to generalize, and when I say staff, I only mean the two girls who were left manning the counter at that specific moment when it happened. I wonder if customer service was part of their training, or if they had any training at all before they were tasked to man the counter.

Needless to say that Red Mango lost two patrons forever (I guess, they are too big that losing two will not mean anything to them). It was at the Hewlett branch where I started my love affair with Red Mango yogurt in 2013. That’s been three years of being a loyal patron. You bet, this one incident is not going to make me go back to Red Mango forever.

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And Just Like That…

In a couple of weeks it will be September. And you know, when the so called ber months start to roll in, the most joyous time of the year is not far behind. That means, the gifting season will soon be upon us.

As a matter of choice, I actually mastered the art of actively looking for gifts year round. That does not only include holiday presents but also birthday gifts for the people near and dear to us. I just dislike the stress associated with gift hunting so doing it whenever there is something that catches my fancy is the best way to go.

One website that I don’t fail to check every so often is guitarcenter.com. There’s quite a few people on my list that are highly musically inclined. As you may know, it’s not easy to look for stuff for them. But having this online portal on my bookmarks in my tablet, I can keep tabs on what’s currently being offered so a good opportunity won’t pass me by.

 

Mikado Japanese Bistro And Sushi Bar

One rare trek in Manhattan brought us to the doors of Mikado. It was our first time to dine in this resto. Good thing we were there much earlier than the weekend crowd because before we knew it the restaurant was full.
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If you follow this blog, you must be aware how my husband is a big time foodie. Instead of ordering for two, most of the time we order for four. But this particular dinner was different because he was kind of full as we also went to a crepe bar not too long before we headed to dinner. That was not the best move but we didn’t want to head home without having dinner.

In a nutshell, is Japanese resto delivered. I’m not that hard to please when it comes to Japanese food because it’s one of the cuisines that I really love.

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mikado japanese bistro & sushi bar

mikado japanese bistro & sushi bar

mikado japanese bistro & sushi bar

mikado japanese bistro & sushi bar

mikado japanese bistro & sushi bar

One Rare Night

As many of you know, my husband is a true blue foodie. It is very rare when we dine out and we order only a couple of entree. Here’s how our table looks like when we’re in a restaurant and we don’t feel like eating but we have to eat because it’s dinner time.

I reiterate, this is very rare. As you can see, he had his cold sake, I had green tea, we each had salad, soup and we shared a plate of combination sushi and sashimi and veggie tempura. Not a lot of food, right? Surprisingly, these was just what we needed that night. We skipped dessert too And we went home ‘belly happy’ just the same.

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