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Banana Bread baked just like Banana Muffins

Happy Sunday Everyone! Today, I sharing with you all my Banana Bread. Yes! It’s Banana Bread baked using the muffins baking pan. The nice thing with baking, you can be more creative just like I did today. However, if you’re ever diverting from the original recipe or baking instructions, you’d need to be more careful…

Fluffy Sweet Buns

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since my last post. Happy Spring to you all. I just want to share with you this fresh fluffy sweet buns. Are you ready for your morning coffee? Have some everyone, just spread some butter and voila!

Las Vegas, Nevada USA

One of my favorite places in the world. I travel to Las Vegas at least twice a year for fun and to visit my dearest friends. Aside from enjoying the company of my friends, I also enjoy Las Vegas itself. I love the lights and of course entertainment and food…

Newport, California

Finally, after two years of Covid lockdown, I mananged to travel internationally. So far, majority in the US are no longer wearing masks. However, it’s really your choice and there are still a few who chose to wear masks. Tourists and locals are more relaxed now…

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Apple Pie

This apple pie is made with flaky crust ever. I will be sharing the recipe very soon!

Air frying Pork Belly and Chicken Breast

Hi Everyone, Just want to share with you all my air fried Pork Belly and Chicken Breast. Pork Belly is amazingly crispy and yummy. Chicken Breast is perfectly done. Both came out very soft and moist. Highly recommended 👍

What a productive weekend!

Hi folks, Such a very cold weekend here in Toronto sitting at -29C temperature with winchill factor… Nevertheless, more reasons to stay home, cuddle and just bake! Here’s what’s going on at my kitchen this weekend: Baked Apple Pie, Banana Bread and made Puto Ube with Cheese ( Taro Rice Cake) and Cuchinta ❤

Food for thought: Whole Wheat Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread is my last on my Bread Bucket List. I began my baking journey last year, April, 2020 just right after when lockdown started. I had to come back two weeks earlier from my trip to Philippines, New Zealand and Australia. After two weeks on lockdown, I had to find something to do to…

Food for thought: Sourdough Bread

My sourdough starter paid off! Cruella… Finally, here’s my very first official Sourdough Bread and of course a product of my own sourdough starter. I am very excited with baking sourdough bread and of course I am still feeding “Cruella” everyday. My children are telling me that I am addicted to baking already and getting…

Food for thought: Honey Garlic Chicken

Yes! It is the famous Honey Garlic Chicken and most children’s favorite food everywhere especially at any mall food court. So, I am sharing this today with you all. Definitely, it is easy to make and delicious. The trick to have crispy fried chicken is to fry them twice. INGREDIENTS: 2 large chicken breasts cut…

Food for thought: Sourdough Ciabatta Bread

Hello Everyone, As promised, I just want to share with you all my first sourdough bread which is the fruit of my patience and labor. What I really meant, on this recipe, I used the Sourdough Starter that I made last week. I am very happy of the outcome of the Sourdough Ciabatta Bread. The…

Food for thought: Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta is an Italian bread which main ingredients are flour, yeast and water. Ciabatta word means slipper. The bread is good for sandwiches or can be eaten with olive oil or butter. Today, I am sharing the recipe for Ciabatta bread. Again, when you are passed the beginner stage of baking, you can make all…

Food for thought: Japanese Ramen Noodles

Ramen Noodles is easy to make and delicious. I love my noodles medium soft and chewy. I normally make the broth or soup a day early since I cook the broth for hours. It is tastier and more flavorful that way. I either use chicken broth or pork. I make 2-3 big jars of broth…

Food for thought: Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tart)

Hello Everyone, I have been baking the Pasteis de Nata for about two weeks now and every time I do it, it’s getting better and easier. The dough preparation is quite a challenge but it’s worth the while. Pasteis de Nata is the famous Portuguese Custard Tart. What I love about is the crunchy crust!…

Food for thought: Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki is a famous Korean dish. It’s main ingredient is the rice cake. The dish is spicy and sweet and very filling. What I love about Tteokbokki, the taste is very enticing and of course it definitely increases your appetite. The first time, my children ordered it at Korean restaurant, I thought it was like…

Destination: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Hola! May is normally my travel month with my daughter as we celebrate our birthdays together. However, due to Covid19 this past 2020 and 2021 we sadly missed it. Since it’s May, all our travel memories are coming back everyday and I sometimes feel sad and at the same time happy as we are so…

For for thought: Japchae (Korean Dish)

Japchae is Glass Noodles with Stir Fried Vegetables. Glass noodles are made from sweet potato starch. I made this Korean dish today and it’s really delicious. Everyone enjoyed it. It’s very easy to make and yet very filling. INGREDIENTS: 300 g glass noodles200 g sirloin beef thinly sliced6 pcs white mushrooms cut6 pcs shitake mushrooms…

Destination: Grand Cayman Islands

Just looking back my trip with my daughter to Grand Cayman Islands, in May 2017. I missed travelling and am sure you all too. Regardless where’s the destination, could be local or international, the fact that it is not safe to travel yet… that makes most of us sad. Still, we don’t know until when…

Food for thought: Honeysoft Buns

I got the recipe from Savor Easy on Youtube. The buns are amazingly soft and tasty. The rising time is at least two hours, one hour each time after you knead the dough. I recommend for this to knead manually instead of using the mixer. First attempt, I used my stand mixer but the result…

Food for thought: Japanese Cuisine

Today, for dinner I made some Vegetable Tempura, Fried Salmon Skin and Sushi. At home, I make sushi once a week. It’s actually one of my family’s favorite and of course everyone at home loves Salmon. Preparation is very simple and quick. On my previous posting “Sushi”, the ingredients were posted there. For Vegetable Tempura,…

Food for thought: Sushi

Who love sushi? One of my family’s favorite Japanese food are sushi and sashimi. Today, I am sharing with you all how to make sushi. It is very easy and simple. A pound of salmon fillet makes about 20-24 pieces. When making sushi, make sure that the salmon is fresh. When serving sushi, you can…

Baker’s Corner: All About Bagels

Traditional Bagels VS Regular Baked Bagels Traditional or Classic Bagels are more filling, tasty and chewy as they are boiled before baking. They are boiled between 30 to 60 seconds on each side. Otherwise, if you want your bagels chewier and thicker, boil it 2 minutes on each side. The longer you boil the dough,…

Winter in Spring…

What a wonderful day! I do remember sometimes in 1993, around May when it was snowing and we had lots lots of snow. Today is just another beautiful day here in Toronto. See beautiful trees with snow on. Cherry Blossoms are definitely gorgeous! Priceless… So, why not embrace our beautiful crazy weather in Toronto? Let’s…

Stay Well and Safe. Protect yourselves. Get your Vaccine!

Hello Everyone, Covid19 has been the world challenge for at least 16 months now and who knows until when we will be facing it? A few of us are still deciding whether to get it or not. Totally understandable! I spoke to some of my friends and they’re still undecided about getting the vaccines due…

Food for thought: Everyday Meals Ideas

Hi Everyone, I just want to share with you all some lunch or dinner ideas. I’ve learned to be more creative with meal preparations during lockdown. My children are home all day and with our current challenges, I have refrained from ordering food for delivery or take out. These meals are easy to prepare and…

Food for thought: New York Style Cheesecake

Hello Everyone, Do you love cheesecake? I am sure most of us love cheesecake. My favorite one is the New York Style Cheesecake. It is larger, thicker, richer, super creamy and of course more indulgent than the traditional or classic cheesecake. With the New York Style Cheesecake, it has more eggs and cheese. Regardless if…

Food for thought: Bunuelos

Hi Everyone, Today, I am sharing you the recipe for Bunuelos. It’s a Spanish delicacy which is very similar to our timbits or doughnut holes. They are also famous around the world. They are sweet donuts and famously served in Spain during special occasions like Christmas for instance. Bunuelos can be made with fillings like…

Food for thought: Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas served with tortillas and garden salad. Simple and easy. For Chicken Enchiladas recipe, please check Recipes section. I have posted this recipe before.

Food for thought: Rye Bread

Rye bread is one of my family’s favorite. It’s healthy, light and tasty. The preparation is very simple and just under 1.5 hours. I normally bake two loaves at a time and save one for another week or two. It can stay in the freezer for a month or two and still good after. This…

Food for thought: Ube Pandesal

Ube Pandesal is one of the famous Filipino Breads and mostly eaten for breakfast or merienda. Pandesal can be plain or flavored like ube/taro or matcha or pandan flavor. You can also find Pandesal with fillings like Ube Cheese Pandesal. It is very soft and tasty with just a pat of butter and I recommend…

A Passion for Baking

Hello Everyone, I know that it has been awhile since I last posted baking recipes on my blog and I should have. Once you’ve learned the basics of baking bread, you can bake any type of bread with a little twist of one specific recipe. That’s what happened to me for the last months and…

Looking forward to travel again…

Hello Everyone, Hope all is well for you all. It’s been a year since my last travel to Australia, New Zealand and Philippines. I can’t wait to travel once again and I am sure most of you too. Having to look back those days before Covid19, all the awesome and wonderful travel memories, I am…

Food for thought: Dried Pork Adobo

Hello Everyone, Today, what I am about to share with you is a recipe from a friend, Gerry Daymiel. It is the famous Filipino Pork Adobo but with a twist! He called it as Dried Pork Adobo (Pinatuyong Pork Adobo). I myself, just learned recently how to cook a perfect pork adobo. Thanks again to…

For for thought: Gourmet Tuna Frittatas

Hello Everyone, My apology, I was on the sidetrack for a month and was not blogging. But I am here now with my New Year recipe, my simple creation: Gourmet Tuna Frittatas 😉 Voila! This recipe is very easy to prepare for breakfast. My daughter loves it very much. Actually, I started with just a…

Welcome 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I wish you all the very best of 2021. I hope that this year will bring us all good health, peace and joy and a much better year… The year 2020 was a bumpy ride for all for us and yet, I am still grateful that we all survived 2020 inspite…

Food for thought: Baked Salmon

Today, I am sharing a very easy and quick dinner recipe. I normally use the oven toaster for this. I like my baked salmon very simple with just sprinkle of my favorite spices, himalayan salt and top with some honey garlic barbecue sauce or mayonnaise. For barbecue sauce, I used Diana sauce. Ingredients: Slices of…

Food for thought: Halo-halo

Happy Thanksgiving Canada! Hi Everyone, I hope and wish you all in Canada a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! Today, I will talk about Halo-halo which is the famous Filipino all year round treat. Halo-halo means “mixed” in Philippines. Basically, it’s all mixed fruits, sweetened treats like leche flan, ube halaya, sweetened bananas, sweet corn, pinipig…

Food for thought: Cassava Cake

Hello Everyone, today I will be sharing with you the recipe of one of the Filipino famous desserts, the Cassava Cake. If you have some Filipino friends or coworkers or have attended parties or gatherings hosted by Filipinos, for sure you have tasted this type of delicacy. Together with other of your favorite Filipino foods…

Food for thought: Chicken Enchiladas

Hola a todos! Enchiladas are one of the famous Mexican food and also originated in Mexico. Enchilada are made by rolling tortillas around food. Traditionally, corn tortillas are folded or rolled to wrap around fresh small fish caught by natives in the lake areas in the valley of Mexico way back the Mayan or Aztec…

Food for thought: Raisins Bread

Hello everyone! How’s your weekend coming by? I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer as we enter Fall season officially this Tuesday, September 22nd. For most of us, it seems that we kind of skipped Spring and Summer and definitely I feel you since I myself totally missed Spring and Summer. Hopefully…

Food for thought: Pizza

Hello everyone, I hope all is well for you all. For those who have children who are going back to school, I thought that I would share the pizza dough recipe for you all mommies and maybe to some daddies too. And of course to everyone… To most parents, sending children back to school is…

Destination: Hong Kong

Today, I would like to take you all to see a glimpse of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong in particular. Probably most of you have visited the beautiful Hong Kong already. Again, just before we start our virtual trip, a friendly reminder folks about safety awareness as the world is still battling against Covid19 and there’s…

Food for thought: Pandesal

What is Pandesal? Pandesal is a Filipino famous bread. Although these days, there are different flavors available like ube cheese, pandan, cheese and the original plain pandesal. Whatever is the flavor, I guarantee you’ll love it. What I am going to share is the original plain recipe. Pandesal is commonly eaten with pat of butter…

Food for thought: White Bread

Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your week as we approach the weekend. And we are almost done with August and seems the whole world is still not back to normal. It looks like that we are in for the long haul with this pandemic. Let’s continue to take extra precautions on what we…

Baker says: Invest on a good Stand Mixer

Hi Everyone, I didn’t realize that I’d be doing a lot of baking for my blog. At first, I thought I’d be blogging more about my travels since I travel a lot more than I bake. Actually, I started baking more when the global lockdown was implemented due to the pandemic and international travels was…

Destination: Wellington, New Zealand

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed our recent trip to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. Today, I will take you all to Wellington, New Zealand, the home of The Lord of the Rings. I am sure everyone is familiar with the movie, who would not be??? Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. At the…

Food for thought: Italian Bread

Hello everyone, I am sharing with you today how to make Italian Bread in less than 2 hours and in a very simple way. When I bake bread or cake, I always use vanilla extract. It’s optional but I love the smell of vanilla when baking. So, it’s up to you to add vanilla or…

Destination: Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

Just before I share my travel experience to Australia early this year, I just want you all to know that my purpose of starting my travel blog again is only to give you ideas of beautiful travel destinations in the future when it is totally safe to travel once again. However, I am not encouraging…

Food for thought: French Baguette

Today, I am sharing my French Baguette recipe. French Baguette is always great whether it is served fresh or after a day or two. What I normally do, I cut it diagonally, warm and serve with butter. It is actually one of my favorite type of bread. When I used to live in Paris, France…

Destination: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As most of us are wondering if it is safe to travel now or in a week or a month or sooner? Just like you or anyone, I am not really sure when is really safe to travel. All we can do is to continue to protect ourselves, stay safe and observe social distancing. However,…

Food for thought: Sweet Bread

Hello Everyone! It’s been awhile since my last blog. I have been busy trying some recipes for the last two weeks. So far, it’s getting there slowly. Once I perfected the recipe, I will share definitely with you all. At the moment, I am mastering one of the Filipino delicacies called Sapin-sapin. It’s made of…

Food for thought: Chewy Oatmeal Raisins/ Chocolate Chips Cookies

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful hot summer weather so far…. Today, I am sharing the Chewy Oatmeal Raisins and Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Cookies. What I normally do I make half raisins and half chocolate chips from the mixture. At home, we have different favorites when…

Food for thought: Canadian Style Bagels

Happy Thursday! As promised, I am sharing my recipe for Bagels today. By the way, how do you like your bagels? Chewy or not? I like my bagels chewy for sure. I really enjoy baking bagels because I can choose my own toppings and just be creative with them. I tried a few different bagel…

Food for thought: Banana Bread using Airfyer

Hi Everyone, Today I am very excited to share with you my success baking banana bread using my Cosori Airfyer. Indeed, it only took 20-25 min to bake the bread. Please note that the baking time may differ depending on the size and brand of your Airfryer. Regardless, you’ll save time when using the Airfryer.…

Food for thought: Asian Fusion Chicken Pasta

Welcome back to my blog! Today I am sharing with you my Asian Fusion Chicken Pasta recipe. I love my pasta cooked totally different from the normal way or say I want it to taste differently. Although I cook a lot of pasta in a traditional way for my children like spaghetti with ground beef,…

Cranberry/Raisins Bread Pudding

Hello everyone, after a few attempts I have finally perfected my own bread pudding recipe. I have used two different toppings: cranberries and raisins and two different methods to cook. The Cranberry Bread Pudding I used the rice cooker and the Raisins Bread Pudding, I used the oven. Personally, I like using my rice cooker…

Food for thought: Sweet Challah Bread

Today, I am sharing with you my family’s favorite Sweet Challah Bread Recipe. When baking bread, most of us are challenged with the preparation and baking time which could take 2-3 hours or more. Of course I feel the same way sometimes but when it comes to baking, don’t forget just like cooking… it’s all…

Food for thought…

Hello everyone, in a week or two, I’ll be posting some simple food recipes for easy lunch prep or quick prep home meal recipes. Most of us are working individuals who have very limited time to prepare for lunches or dinners and even for take work lunches. Easy food for work lunches prep are pasta…

Destination: Grand Canyon, Arizona and Hoover Dam, Nevada, USA

Today, we are going to explore the beautiful Grand Canyon of Arizona, USA. It is carved by the Colorado River with about 277 miles in length, 18 miles in width and over a mile in depth. The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited US National Parks and one of the Seven Natural Wonders…

Destination: Quintana Roo, Mexico

Good day everyone! As the world is starting to open up from its state of self isolation and of course, travel advisory is still on, it’s a great feeling of hope that one day, we can travel the world once again. It may not be very soon but just enough to looking forward of future…

Choco Chips Banana Bread

Good morning everyone! Today, I am sharing my family’s recipe for Chocolate Chips Banana Bread or simply plain Banana Bread. I bake banana bread once a week. Why? It’s the easiest and fastest type of bread to make. Unlike regular bread, it takes longer time to make due to longer preparation time needed since you…

Food for thought…

Happy Monday everyone! To most of us, who are still on continuous lockdown, I thought of adding another page on my travel blog. Aside from just posting travel photos on my blog, today I will be adding another page which I intend to publish my basic cooking and baking ideas. I am simply a mom…

Destination: Hawaii

Happy Thursday everyone! Our destination today is Hawaii. There are a few islands in Hawaii however, I will be taking you all to Oahu and Maui. Oahu is the third largest among the Hawaiian islands and my top favorite one . Oahu is sometimes called the “Gathering Place” or the “Heart of Hawaii”. It’s the…

Destination: Grand Cayman Island

Today, my magic carpet will take you to all to the beautiful Grand Cayman Island which is the largest island among the three Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. Grand Cayman Island, aside from it’s rich arts and culture, it is famous for beautiful coral reefs, turtles, colored iguanas, the incredible Stingray City or sandbar, underwater…

Destination: Caraga Region, Philippines

Surigao del Norte is where the famous surfing destination in the Philippines located, the Siargao Island. Siargao is known for its unique excellent surfing, beautiful deserted beaches, caves, warm water and sea foods. Aside from surfing, another famous activity is island hopping and explore the beautiful caves and sandy islets. While Surigao del Sur is…

Destination: Palawan, Philippines

Good day everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. These days, we share the same fight towards Covid19 and we all know that this situation is all temporary. We may not be able to travel sooner, but we can always see the world virtually and with my magic carpet let me take you to…

Isolation or lockdown…

Hi Everyone, My new travel blog is never to offend anyone. Someone may think the timing is off for my blog but for me it’s the perfect time to launch it. I truly understand our situation being on isolation or quarantine. We are on this together, definitely we continue to stay home and be safe.…

Boracay, Philippines

On our journey to Philippines, I pick Boracay Island as our first stop. Why? It is an amazing destination in the Philippines and a popular one. Philippines is made up of more than 7000 islands and it is divided in to three main islands: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Boracay is in Visayas, a beautiful island…

Good morning!

Today, I will be posting beautiful photos taken during my travels to Philippines. I am sure you will enjoy discovering Philippines and maybe you can add it to your bucketlist. Stay tune!

Destination: Philippines

Our first destination would be Philippines. I chose Philippines because I was born and raised there. Philippines is a beautiful country it’s not because I am from there but it’s the real thing. Aside from beautiful beaches, places and rich history, the people are indeed beautiful inside out. Filipinos are amazing hosts, very kind and…

looking forward…

As we continue to fight the Covid19 pandemic and continue to stay home to be safe, I will be posting photos from my previous travels. I would love to share them all with very shortly. So, stay tune folks…

First day…

Hi everyone, Welcome to my travel blog! My name is Grace and I am very excited to share with you my travels. I just retired and I am determined to live my life to love, laugh and travel. I love to travel to see the world, experience different food and cultures. I mostly travel with…

Welcome to my travel blog!

Hello Everyone, Hope all is well for you all. I welcome you to my Blog. I love to travel and explore the world. I have been to a few places in the world and I know I am so blessed to be able to do it. I started travelling when I was 24 and at…

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