11.04.2013

Lemongrass Cocktail


Lemongrass is widely used in Asian cooking.  But have you ever thought of drinking lemongrass?   Well, lemongrass can be a natural tea because of its soft and lemony flavor - perfect to beat the warm Fall afternoon.

It has been really warm here in Southern California so I fixed myself with a glass of refreshing lemongrass cocktail.  I love sweet and tropical cocktails and this is one  I must say hit the mark.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Ingredients

1 stick of lemon grass, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 part Vodka
7-Up
sprig of mint

Lemongrass infusion
1.  Boil lemongrass into 2 cups of water add sugar, bring to boil for 5 minutes
2.  Let it cool

Cocktail
Ice cubes into the cocktail glass,  pour Vodka, add 3 parts of lemongrass water, a splash of 7-Up   garnish with mint.  Enjoy!



10.30.2013

Macarons VS. Cupcakes

It's much harder than asking me "shoes or purses"!  Macarons are so delicate and insanely delicious!  So tiny that I can easily pop em' in my mouth.  I accidentally found this macaron shop when I was window shopping.  The moment I stepped in at 'Lette store - I felt like I was in France again.  Lots of flavors to choose from and my eyes lit up when I saw violet macaron in Cassis flavor.  It was a piece of heaven!

Cupcake is my first love!  My favorite is the Chocolate Marshmallow from Sprinkles Cupcakes.  Rich chocolate top, melting marshmallow filling and moist cake....  oh boy I am in cloud 9! 

So if you would ask me - macarons or cupcakes? 

Macarons could be the new craze but I am not ready to give up my cupcakes just yet.  But because they are both lovely and divine, I can eat both in one sitting! :-)

How about you - macarons or cupcakes?



10.13.2013

Red Wine Favorites

I have to admit that my taste buds have changed since I came back from France.  I've been searching for French products when I go to the store and specially the wines.  But I love being in California and most definitely there are lots of good stuff out here that I haven't had the chance to try.  For the next few weeks, I will be posting easy recipes featuring products that I tend to ignore at the grocery store.

But for now, I want to share to you my new favorite wines.  I am not a wine expert but these 2 wines from California are surprisingly good and both are under $10.  The Merlot  from Ménage à Trois is luscious, dark and sweet while the Cabernet Sauvignon from Cellar No. 8 is supple and fruity with mild oak notes.

Merlot: Ménage à Trois | Cabernet Sauvignon: Cellar No. 8 | Cheese Board: C Wonder
















10.04.2013

We did it!

My diploma from the culinary school arrived the other day and I couldn't believe that I did it.  Going to culinary school was my dream 17 years ago.  Now I can finally say Yes, I did it!  I can finally scratch this off from my "I SHOULD'VE DONE IT BEFORE" list.  I have a lot  of "I should haves" but at least I am slowly correcting them.  I also believe that timing is everything.  If I went to culinary 17 years ago as a teenager, it would have been different.  I wouldn't have seen France.

Last year was the hardest year.  I joggled my work, school, personal life and lots of crazy things in between.  When someone asks me "how do you do it?"  I'd say "I don't know".  But definitely my classmates, friends, relatives, my mom and my sisters  made it easier for me.  I have a great support team and I am dedicating my success to them.

Thank you all!  We did it!  Until the next adventure! 

"The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that is actually possible." - Joel Brown



9.30.2013

Take Me Back

Yesterday my girl friend and I met up for a late lunch.  I haven't seen her since I came back from France. We talked about my experiences in France and my stories took me back again in Provence.  
I have more than 5 thousand pictures and each one just makes me smile.
Hope my pictures would somehow take you to the land of charm.

Happy Monday!

9.27.2013

La vie en Provence

 Just browsing all my pictures in France and reminiscing sweet memories.  
It has been a month since I came back to California.
Yup, I do miss Provence. 
I had such an AMAZING experience over there.  Hopefully one day I can go back to visit.

Bon weekend!


9.24.2013

Life's a beach

I still can't believe that I work by the beach now.   
Last year, I went home to the Philippines.  My mom, 2 sisters and I went to Bohol island about an hour away from Manila by air.  It was our first time to go there.  From our home town we took the bus, plane and ferry boat and we finally arrived in Bohol 20 hours later.  The whole trip was worth it.  Bohol was very calm and sweet island.  

And this is where I felt that I was not living my best life.  Bohol reminded me yet again that life is beautiful and that I should be doing the things I enjoy.
My culinary adventure started 2 months after I came back from the Philippines.  My little culinary adventure took me to France and now I find my self here by the beach. 

First Day at Work - Laguna Beach 2013
Bohol, Philippines 2012