Weddings & Babies

Tim & I celebrated our first wedding anniversary last month. It’s still quite shocking that it has already been a year since that lovely day. Cheesy as it may sound, I think my wedding is the best — for me at least. So many things went wrong or were changed last minute due to unforeseen circumstances but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

To celebrate, we just went to my favorite local cafe in Taytay, The Bang Cafe. Had a lovely conversation over brunch and some quiet time till late in the afternoon.

We’re really not that big fans of fancy celebrations. In fact, looking back to our wedding, have I had my way I would marry Tim in the city hall. I don’t really have a dream wedding. Something I often repeated in my earlier posts in this blog. But the wedding that we had made me believe that it was so much better than just eloping in the city hall or something. I know a lot of people didn’t like the wedding, I’ve heard a word or two. It was a little disappointing to know that even the people who were there cannot be happy for that milestone we chose to share with them.

But it has been a little over a year, and when I look back to it all, I don’t see the flaws people pointed out. I no longer hear certain people comparing my wedding to their dream wedding or to the wedding they thought we should have had. All I see now is that Tim & I made it and we were able to pull it off in such a short amount of time.

I’m proud of us for working hard together to sew a wedding we did not even think we could have. So it was a lot easier to let go of the negativity and just laugh about it all now. It’s just really funny though, the ones who didn’t like our wedding are the ones who 1.) got married in a mass-wedding and 2.) doesn’t even have a chance of getting proposed to anytime soon.

Anyway, we’re happier now. Struggling together about so many things, mostly about my pregnancy and the brand new level of anxiety that comes along with it. LOL Honestly, it isn’t easy, although it has gotten better compared to my first trimester I’m still constantly finding it difficult. But looking back to the year that we have had, we just know that everything is going to be worth it.

Greenfield Weekend Market

Photo by Kevin Resurreccion

Late last month, I was given an exciting opportunity to visit the Greenfield Weekend Market with my husband Tim, and my good friend Kevin. It was a gastronomical experience, that Tim and I will surely remember for a great deal of time.

Personally, I remember going to Greenfield District almost every night a few years ago while I was still working in Ortigas. Since it was so difficult to hail a ride home (it still is), Greenfield offered me a place to walk off my heavy dinner from work. It served as my exercise place for a few months, so it kinda has a special place in my heart.

Going back to experience their weekend market after several years was such an extraordinary comeback for me. Also, I took this chance to finally meet up with my good friend Kevin, whom I haven’t seen in a few years. I was finally able to introduce Tim to him personally, too.

We loved how the entire space was wide enough that people aren’t bumping into each other on the way to their seats or to get themselves food, and personally having a distilled water refilling stations on all four corners of the field was such a big relief especially to us who try our best to not buy bottled water.

The night we were there was during Greenfield’s celebration of Earth Hour, we were lucky enough to experience their jazz band, but even luckier because we were able to watch Color It Red play an acoustic session when the lights went out at around 8 pm that evening.

Prior to that, Tim, Kevin, and I were able to walk around to a seemingly endless number of gastronomical choices, and a couple of eco-friendly, low/zero-waste stalls. The food choices were highly diverse, it could be overwhelming, but Tim and I found that the trick is to first look at everything they have to offer, and then just go back to the ones you really feel like eating. It can be quite exhausting given the size of the field, but I’m telling you, it’s worth every step.

Tim and I had a long day prior to this event. We first went to the National Swap Meet 3 in SM Megamall, which I will write about in my next post. After that, we had a flat tire and had to leave our vehicle in Shangri-La Plaza. Such a hassle, so we opted for comfort foods when we got to the Greenfield Weekend Market.

We got ourselves a Spam-silog, then Tim went for a Brisket and rice from another stall, then we bought a Yakult lemonade, and for dessert, Tim opted for a mango float sundae which, by the way, gives their customers a wooden spoon instead of a plastic one. I mean they still serve their floats on a plastic cup but at least they’ve tried to lessen it. I also wanted to try the Carabao’s milk ice cream, but instead, I bought us a stock of shampoo bar and organic soap from Ecolohika.

Shortly after dinner, the lights went off and the Earth Hour began. I honestly don’t know which I love best about the Greenfield Weekend Market, the fact that they are hosting an earth hour event, their selection of sustainable stalls, the cool and breezy environment despite the hustle and bustle of traffic not too far away (which cannot be heard by the way), or their wide range of food options.

But I guess what takes it home is that all of our food purchases cost us less than 600php in total that I even have extra for the shampoo bar and the soap. Normally, Tim and I would spend a minimum of 800php on a date, but I guess the food stalls in Greenfield Weekend Market are really affordable. I am so happy that Tim and I were given an opportunity to experience the Greenfield Weekend Market that we decided to go back there again, soon.

If you want to visit the Greenfield Weekend Market, they are located at Greenfield District, ESDA Central Avenue, Mandaluyong and they open every Saturday, from 4AM – 12PM. You can also check out their Facebook and Instagram pages so you can get updated on their latest events.

What about you guys, mahilig ba kayo sa mga banchetto type of places?

How I Made My (Easy) Cold Brew Coffee

I am an avid coffee drinker since I was in the fourth grade. But I haven’t actually cared much about my coffee until I was in college when I learned about the glorious taste of brewed coffee. LOL Kidding aside, I have been drinking coffee for as long as I can remember, and though I am not an expert, I can be very keen on how my coffee taste like.

Over the years, I have also tried different types of instant coffees as well as various blends and roasts. Although most of the time I stick with what McDonald’s or 7/11 have to offer, cause my poor ass can’t always afford coffee beans that are ground to perfection. But mainly also because my mom took my coffee maker away because she thought I have a (coffee) drinking problem on top of my actual (slight) drinking problem. LOL

I am not proud of it, but over the last five or six years, coffee wasn’t the only beverage I crave for on the daily. And although I am well past that phase of my life now, I still haven’t gotten over drinking coffee. Which brings us to the cold brew coffee I made recently.

But first, what is cold brew coffee, exactly?

It’s nothing special really. It’s just cold coffee, basically. Similar to how one would prepare a regular cup of joe, making cold brew is just the same but has a slight difference in terms of temperature and steeping time.

Cold brew is for people, who, like me, enjoy their coffee cold or over ice, and since cold brew is made from cold water, its taste is not as strong as a regular hot cup of coffee would. Even when steeped for 24 hours.

So, without further ado here is how I made my cold brew coffee as seen on my Instagram and Facebook post:

Ingredients:

  • Coarse ground coffee beans
  • Water
  • Love and tons of patience

Instructions:

1. Prepare your ingredients. Grind your coffee beans.

2. Put the coarse ground coffee beans in a container, and add half a cup of hot water. Stir. Then let it sit for about 4-5 minutes.

3. Fill the container with water, then stir it well.

4. Put the lid on and pop it in the fridge for about 12 to 24 hours.

There you have it. People usually start drinking it after 12 hours for a milder brew, but I got mine out after 24 hours which made the coffee taste a little stronger, which I love. I usually put cream or milk on my coffee, sometimes a little sugar, too. But I can drink it as it is and still enjoy it. Haha.

It’s actually so easy to do at home. This isn’t professionally made, but it’s just as delicious. It’s actually better than pouring hot coffee on ice, in my opinion. LOL

Kayo, anong bet ninyong timpla ng kape?

Art Capital Cafe, Angono

With so much going on in our lives lately, mostly with work (lol) Tim and I found ourselves rotting at home for days on end. Don’t get me wrong, we love staying indoors as much as we love going out, but it has been months since we last went to Tanay to have breakfast, and it has been weeks since we ate out — yes, our late-night McDonald’s runs are not considered as quick dates lol.

We realized that we haven’t gone too far from our house for a long time. So a few weeks ago, we decided to break out of our cocoons and headed to Angono, Rizal. Upon realizing that we haven’t gone out on a date in ages, I immediately searched for nearby cafe’s that we could check out, one of those cafes is Art Capital Cafe.

They open at 12 noon, and we got there shortly before 1 PM. It was scorching hot and we realized the real reason why we haven’t been going out as much. It was starting to feel like mid-summer already. Thank God that the cafe had strong air conditioning and their staff immediately gave us water almost as soon as we got in.

The place was pretty quiet and empty, but then again it was high noon on a Tuesday, but we loved that we had the cafe all to ourselves that day. It was a great time to admire all the paintings hanging from the walls. We loved how quaint and cozy the place was, and they even have quite a big outdoor dining area that showcases more paintings.

Their menu was pretty good as well, and in terms of price, they’re on the cheaper side, cafe-wise. Their food selection ranges from 75php to 230php at the most, and the 230php I was talking about was just their pizza. The rest are all under 190php. Their beverages start from 40php to 109php, though they did have a 315php bottle of Dragon Fruit wine. But overall, a couple could spend a minimum of 400-500php in this cafe.

In our case, however, I ordered their Macadamia Nut flavored latte (85php) and Tim had the Milo Nitro frappe (109php). We also ordered their chicken pesto pasta (135php), their potato wedges (95php), chicken fingers (135php), the clubhouse sandwich (125php), and a serving of their crispy pork belly rice meal (155). We paid for 839php in total. Okay, please don’t judge us hahaha in our defense it was a brunch for us. LOL. We literally just got out of bed, brushed our teeth, got dressed and headed out. LOL

I honestly think that the food was not bad, I liked their beverages. I thought they were exceptional for their price, especially the Macadamia Nut flavored coffee that I ordered. I was expecting something too overwhelmingly sweet but it was the opposite. It was strong, but the macadamia nut flavor was there, and the sweetness level is just right.

The food, however, was nothing too impressive but surely worth every penny. They weren’t lacking in flavor, except maybe for the potato wedges which needs a little more salt. I am a huge fan of their chicken pesto though, I thought that the flavors in that dish came together really well, it was well seasoned, and the chicken wasn’t dry as with most commercial chicken pesto pasta that I have tried. Tim loved their Milo Nitro that he finished it almost as soon as we were served our food.

Overall, Tim and I were satisfied with not only their food but also their fast and polite service. It only took them about 8 minutes, perhaps 10 minutes tops to serve all our orders and their wait staff was really attentive and accommodating. Art Capital Cafe is one of the few places that we plan to visit again in the near future.

Kayo, mahilig din ba kayo mag stay sa bahay? Or mas bet ninyo mag gala?

Martessem, Tanay

I had a very complicated work schedule last December. For the first two weeks, I have to work from 1AM to 4AM which means I don’t get to sleep till like around 7AM. People are starting to think that it was a problem and that I’m working too hard, but Tim and I view this opportunity differently. We saw this as an opportunity to actually go on a quick ride to Tanay to have coffee in a sea of clouds and that’s exactly what we did, one December morning.

We have been meaning to have breakfast in Tanay for months but since we’re no longer early risers since we moved to our apartment, we thought that having breakfast in a sea of clouds is just a dream. LOL Okay, that sounded overdramatic, but you get the point. So when we finally had the chance to do it, we just did amidst the freezing morning breeze in Antipolo. It was worth it though, as we get to witness the sun rise again after a long time.

We went to his place called Martessem in Tanay. It’s a few more minutes away from Cafe Katerina, Tim, and I’s favorite road trip stop. I have actually been to Martessem once last year with my entire family but we didn’t eat there, we just admired the view and took a few pictures.

So I was excited to finally have breakfast there with Tim but it was disappointing. They are quite pricey but it’s understandable, given that they’re technically a resort so I cannot complain about their pricing.

However, their food selection was too common and oh did the food taste so bad. We ordered their Tapsilog, Cornsilog, their (supposed to be) sizzling sisig, and two coffees. Which were all served cold except for the coffee. You can imagine how disgusting the sisig was knowing they even put a raw egg on a cold sizzling plate. The rice tasted funny also, it was a little moist. Tim’s theory was the food was pre-made and was just sitting on their kitchen counter covered in clean wrap waiting to be served. That or could be something else, bottom line was the food wasn’t good at all. Didn’t even know it was possible to mess up a Cornsilog but well, there it was.

Also, they claimed that their coffee was brewed when it clearly tasted and smelled like your typical Nescafe classic. I’ve been drinking coffee my entire life, I know instant when I smell one. I felt really salty typing that haha but I’m not really sorry.

Overall, the place was not bad at all, it was just the food. In fact, we don’t recommend the food but we do assure you that Martessem is a nice place to visit if you’re looking for a great view of the mountains with a sea of clouds, and if you’re up for certain activities like horseback riding, fishing, and riding a 4×4. We did not inquire how much those cost exactly, but I’m pretty sure they can range from 500php above based on the first time I went there with my family.

P.S. Sorry about how we looked in the photos, haha I haven’t slept yet and Tim literally just got up and go.

Kayo ba, anong favorite ninyong almusalin?