Monday, November 29, 2010

What's for dinner?

Tofu, Mushrooms and greens and Cauliflower cake

Veggie galore

A dishful of veggies cooked in a variety of ways. And I thought these won't be enough for four adults. Well, I only had a spoonful of each. Any more than that and I would start palpitating, drag myself to the floor and then pass out due to veggie overload. It's my Kryptonite. Arggghhhhh!!!

Veggie Pizzas

Veggie pizza

Lazy Monday

Anna requested to be off today since we're supposed to go to the zoo. But we didn't have enough time to finish all the things to do since we still have to return some of the stuff that we bought last Black Friday sale, buy some more "pasalubong" and take care of some papers/documents to name a few.

Cabazon Outlet


My dad is leaving in a few days. He stayed a bit longer this time-- 10 days. It seems like he had fun even if most of our plan for his stay didn't pushed through. It's been really cold outside that's why I couldn't think of places to go. We've been to most of the malls and outlets. Museums and landmarks doesn't strike his fancy.

Barona Buffet


But he loves to eat so we've also been to most of the restaurants and buffets that SD has to offer. Ive cooked a dozen meals and bought all sorts of food from the grocery. Right now, I've ran out of ideas to do.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A feast with no turkey?

It's Thanksgiving. I have a full course meal laid out for the whole day.

Longanisa and salted eggs


Baked Sea Bass
Grilled Bacon wrap scallops

Sea Bass

Grilled Red grouper
Fish heads in Miso soup base
Baked mussels

Baked Mussels

We went shopping the day before, and we did get a whole bunch of good deals. Books and CD's from Borders with a 50% coupon. And from the 99 cents per pound Sea Bass at Seafood City to our newest find of fresh seafood from Catalina Offshores.

Scallops and bacon

Catalina Offshores is a treasure trove that we found out from a co worker. It's some sort of a fish warehouse here in San Diego that gets their fish fresh everyday. The nice part about this place is that it's open to the public.


We were new and didn't know what to expect so when we got there, this guy Tommy came up to us and asked "What fish are you looking for?". Of course we were clueless and basically said we're looking for something we can grill. He then walked us towards the back end.

We went around about a couple of office cubicles then went through a door to the back side of the warehouse. We then went to one of the freezers (not your typical freezers coz these were as big as a two car garage) and showed us a couple of fishes. They had piles of scallops in five-pound bags ready to be shipped, fillets of tuna, swordfish, sea bass, halibuts to name a few. Since we wanted our fish grilled we need to be looking for meaty and thicker fish so he then recommended getting the red grouper-- cheaper, meaty and yummy.


Obviously Tommy knows how to work with Filipinos. The moment he asked us what fish we want and how we wanted it cooked and saw that look on my face that I had no idea what fish was good, he then said "You probably want your fish whole and with the head on, right?". Why of course. A fish is not a fish without the head!

Anyways, we ended up getting four pounds of the red grouper (the head was free), three pounds of scallops, and five pounds of the yellow tail tuna for the price of (get ready for this...) $52. I don't know if that was a steal but it seems like it.


My dad wanted to get a few tuna bellies but Tommy said we probably wouldn't want it since each pound would cost us $40. See, I like Tommy's brutal honesty and add to that each time we made requests, he'd answer back with "I'll see what I can do" which always translated to request granted in the end. Now if you ask me, that is good customer service.

I guess we're all set for Thanksgiving. It's a huge feast more than enough for four adults and a baby minus the turkey. Why have it when nobody at home eats it?!

Friday, November 19, 2010

papa's back

Happy & Mommy

Mommy & Happy

Woohooo!!! It's a Friday, and two days from now my dad is back. We're so excited and we have a full list of places to go to.



And Thanksgiving is a week from now and Black Friday sale is not too far off. We have a list of things to buy, but there's probably hundreds of people eying on my wish list too.

Happy & Papa

Papa & Happy

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's for lunch?



Whenever I'm off from work, I always make it a point to make Anna her breakfast and lunch. I love waking up early too in the weekends to make breakfast. But recently I haven't done that since we've been eating brown rice, it doesn't really turns out right when I make it to fried rice.

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

One of the things I loved making is pasta. And one chicken marsala popped inside my head. When we were having dinner @ Cheesecake Factory way back, this was one particular dish that caught my palate.

T-bone steak


...and of course the manly man steak. Can never go wrong with that.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pacman's big night

Saturday night, and we're at home waiting for the big fight.


You better win Pacman. We'd hate to rant that we paid $60+ for this pay per view.