Chinese Resto Dinner with a Twist

We celebrated the birthday of my MIL at Choi Garden in Greenhills.  Before the day of the celebration, i decided to take a look at the room that was reserved for us to see if it needed some decorating.
And it did!  The room’s walls were all black and it was small.  Literally one table for 12 and a small cake table in one corner.  The rest of the space was enough for ONE person to walk around the table.
Anyway, here I am again being the “frustrated decorator” trying to make a place look a bit livelier with simple things.  Nothing extravagant.  Mostly DIY stuff.

Things I did:
1.  Chose a theme…Royal birthday. Decors/designs were colored pink and purple and a crown drawing.

2. Got 10 five-inch & 8 eleven-inch balloons with currling ribbons. Only pink and purple.

3. Made a happy bday banner, cupcake toppers, drink labels, and welcome sign.

4. Ordered a small fondant cake for blowing and a bigger strawberry shortcake to serve.

Mission accomplished.  It really looked better!

Behind the scenes in making the birthday banner, drink labels, and cupcake toppers.
Balloons taped on the black walls, Birthday Banner up, and Welcome sign on the door.  Can you imagine how small the room given to us was?
The crown for the “Queen of the night”. And our Royal drink for the night (aka Sola iced tea hehe)
Cakes: Bunny Baker themed cake, Baby Yulo’s Strawberry Shortcake (810-8078), Estrels Caramel Cake (372-2965), and Caramia cake with jello on top (sorry I forgot what the name was). Then mini and super mini cupcakes (Red Velvet and Moist Chocolate) by Roan Ang-Ngo.

My mother-in-law said it wasn’t really normal for chinese families to have something like this as they just go to the restaurant, sit down, eat, then go home.  No wonder all the waiters and managers were all peeking inside the room and smiling.  Maybe wondering what’s this crazy pregnant lady doing!?  Some even went inside the room and really looked at every detail.  The manager even thought I made the “royal drink” myself not knowing it was just Sola iced tea, lol!

Anyway, MIL was happy she felt like a kid again during the dinner with all the decors (well, at least that’s what she said …hehe).  She got shocked when she arrived and even asked my brother-in-law why the room looked different from the outside and even left and looked for another room hahaha!  Actually, I got shocked coz she was there early!  I wasn’t done with the decorating, so I din’t let them go in and closed the door 🙂     Then the bunny baker delivery was supposed to be at the venue by 6pm, but my MIL was already there and still no fondant cake which was supposed to be the centerpiece!  …Good thing MIL went to the bathroom, then when she came back, the cake was there. (note to self: always ask suppliers to deliver 1.5hrs in advance).

This also made my kids enjoy the dinner…and I quote “Mommy, I’m enjoying the party coz it looks so pretty!”.  That coming from my 3 year old 🙂   I’m nowhere near an event stylist but I enjoy doing these little things especially if it’s for people close to me.

Cravings: Florentines Cookies. Pizza Hut + Rootbeer

Yesterday, I ended up buying florentines from Fleur de Lys Patisserie in Tomas Morato, QC.  A friend of mine was eating it late last year and I just woke up thinking about it.  I guess it was really meant for me to buy some coz Rick sent the driver on an errand in Q.C.  Then I also had some stuff to pick up from a supplier near Tomas Morato.  So talk about hitting 2 birds with one stone.

These are what florentines look like. They’re really thin cookies. The bottom portion is covered in chocolate. Yummm! It costs P160 for 15pcs. I think they also have 25 pcs. for more or less P250.

I ended up buying 2 canisters!  Then by night time, only a few pieces in the first canister was left!  Uh oh!


Then today, the craving was Pizza Hut with a stuffed crust of cheese.  Of course, if there’s pizza, there has to be some soda.  Good thing I had a can of A&W in the ref.  So this was my afternoon snack.

This pizza was actually for my daughter coz she wanted to eat the crust of the pizza. But then she chose to sleep when the pizza arrived. I ended up eating 2 slices, after which I had to take the box far away from me or else that would’ve been 4 slices!


What about you, what were your cravings lately?  🙂



Fleur de Lys Patiserrie
Ground Level, FLP Bldg., 305 Tomas Morato Ext., 
South Triangle, Quezon City,Tomas Morato
Phone: (63 2) 372-0631



Midnight Snack

While Rick was having a few drinks with his friend at Chili’s, I had my own version of relaxing.

Getting my midnight snack while listening to their conversation.

I was happy just drinking my decaf latte and eating my Chocolate Belgian Waffle.  

Nothing to think about just eating and drinking my way through the night.  Comfort Food!  Try it!


Mangga’t Bagoong

Just one laid back afternoon.

Thought of what I could eat while watching some of the TV series we downloaded.

As I was looking for something to eat in the kitchen, I saw the green mangos sitting there waiting to turn yellow.

And there it was…my snack for the day!  Some people eat green mangoes with salt or soysauce, but I love dipping it in fish paste (bagoong).

Green Mango and Fish Paste (Mangga't Bagoong)

Every so often I eat this just to get a kick out of it!

Don’t let the summer pass without eating some!