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Birthday celebration in Tagaytay

It’s been a while since my mom and her siblings got together. For my mom’s birthday, Tita Ruth took us to Tagaytay. We spent the night at Tagaytay Higlands, then went around exploring various shops, restaurants and places.

Family food trip
As always, it seemed like one big family food trip. We had lunch at Akasaka, a Japanese restaurant located the Highland’s clubhouse. We had appetizers of various sushi platters, while main course was a dish for the each of us. I stuck with the usual rice meal, while everyone tried something new. Dessert was at Geraldine’s a 50’s themed diner inside Highland’s (too bad the jukebox didn’t work anymore).

Dinner was at the Highland’s Peak, where we had shabu-shabu to warm us up. The band there serenaded us and even sang “Happy Birthday” for Mama, culminating with some dancing and singing. We even had our picture taken for the Highland’s magazine haha.

Breakfast the next day was a variety of cold cuts, sausages and Tito Del’s longganisa. Lunch was at RSM, with coffee at Cafe Breton then back to Geraldine’s for some dessert (although some people had sandwiches. Di pa ba kayo busog? Hehe).

Exploring
Tagaytay has always been one of the family’s destinations for weekend outings when I was growing up, since it was near Manila, allowing for a “balikan” trip instead of overnight. We went around mostly in Highlands, then a few places outside. We went to Ilog Maria (where my parents met and chatted with the owner, who is originally from Zambales), then to Maryridge/Good Shepherd, where we got to tour the retreat house. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful place. We even tried going to a pottery shop but it was closed for the weekend, so we sort of did a trek for nothing, except for a few laughs.

It was a great weekend. Many thanks to Tita Ruth and her family for accommodating us. 🙂

Family Food trip: August edition

Sunday late afternoon the matriarchial side of the family once again gathered for a few hours of good food and great company. My aunt (who also happens to be my ninang had just arrived from a trip to Germany, and as it had become the custom in the last year, she invited us over for a bit of German-inspired eats.

Only Nunik and I were able to go to represent our contingent, while the usual suspects of my mom’s siblings and their families were there. First course of the night: cheese and wine. Tita Ruth prepared the cheeses she got in Germany and served it with some homemade pita bread and Asti Cinzano.

I am not normally a wine drinker but I loved the taste of Asti.

Rather than just be a guest, I decided to give a small hand in helping my cousins prepare one of the dishes, spätzle. Ideally, it is soft dough that is rubbed through a slotted plate to form small pieces of pasta then cooked in water. Somehow, the mixture went wrong so we just rolled them to little round pieces and cooked them like macaroni and cheese. The rest of the pasta was cut into long noodles, which we then jokingly called “lomi”.

While eating the cheese, Tita Ruth told us of their misadventure and we had a good time laughing at it. Dinner was roast chicken, lemon chicken, beef stew, steamed vegetables, spätzle and grilled tuna jaw (pangga that was so good, I didn’t bother with eating chicked). We also had salmon sashimi as a pre-dinner, post-appetiser er, appetiser. I didn’t eat rice at all but I was so full.

After more stories, a demonstration of the handy dandy fruit cutter, we got some pasalubong. Nunik and I took a ride with Tita Rose. Tiring, but enjoyable.

September naman! 😀

Note: Pictures to follow later. It’s hard to upload them on this connection.

Family Cookout: June edition

On the second Sunday of June, we once again gathered for a food trip. This time, we decided to try our hand at cooking our own dishes.

The fare’s pretty simple. Tita Rose prepared pancit, Todel did cream dori. I made some pesto for pasta while Miel, Lee and Dan made grilled burgers and liempo. Rice was courtesy of my mom and siblings.

It was a great night. Food was great, company even more so. We stayed up until 4 AM, just chatting and drinking. I was so tired that I had to skip out on meeting Drew the next day in favor of staying longer in bed. Hana’s takoyaki will just have to wait.