One typical Sunday afternoon, while both sipping our favorite Pearl Milk Teas somewhere in SM MOA right after spending a night at Manila Hotel, I was surprised when Frank suddenly had this idea to go to Tagaytay instead of going home, so we can visit his bestest ever friend Mitch! It seemed like your crazy Eats-a-Date tandem weren't ready to end the weekend yet, that they suddenly had the urge for more adventure.
Good thing we still had enough clothes good for an extra day, so we immediately decided to go on with our impromptu side trip.
Unplanned impromptu trips? Sounds like adventure to me! Go go go!!!
Next thing I realized, we were already freezing inside the bus bound to Nasugbu, but good thing it didn't take long for us to arrive and we were warmly welcomed by Mitch's family as always at Kampo Berde.
|Frank, Mitch and Me|
The next morning.....
Weekend family bondings won't be complete without a festive meal, so we all woke up early for market day!
We had no idea on what to prepare at first, but we didn't really worry for we knew we would find loads of ingredients once we got there. The local market may be relatively smaller compared to the ones we have here in the city, but I was relieved to find that they got spices and seasonings to aid in making dishes still tasty specially in times when you don't have the luxury of time to cook all day. Thank goodness, there's Maggi Magic Sarap to save the day!
Truthfully, we all know for a fact that nothing beats good old fashioned slow cooking to really release your ingredient's natural juices and flavors. I remember how I'd feel so impatient when making stocks and mirepoix (pronounced as Mi-Reh-Pwah) during culinary school days.
It was also during that time when I learned the value of patience and the idea that, the best things are achieved when they are patiently, passionately and lovingly done. You can't expect great food if you shock your ingredients with high heat and by rushing... it's a basic principle not only in cooking but life in general.
You may hate me for saying this, but I'm not really much of a powdered seasoning user (even if they are made with all natural ingredients like Maggi Magic Sarap) as I prefer cooking the old fashioned way. I don't mind spending extra hours in the kitchen nor spending extra gas and ingredients as long as I can assure that the quality of my food is of high standard.
For this occasion though, since we were pressed with time, far from the comforts of home and didn't have access to some vital ingredients, we needed the help of Maggi Magic Sarap to still achieve decent tasting dishes. Of course, Maggi Magic Sarap always delivers!
|For this weekend cook out, Maggi Magic Sarap completed our market list|
We had a long day ahead and of course, we didn't want to just be stuck in the kitchen and deprive ourselves from having fun! We also had a lot of dishes to cook and we can't wait to indulge!
Despite not having complete cookwares, tools and ingredients, it didn't hinder us from achieving decent tasting dishes. I guess this is why Maggi Magic Sarap has became a regular mainstay in the kitchen and in every grocery list of most households. With Maggi Magic Sarap, you can still enjoy a decent tasting dish even when you're always on the go. If you're on a tight budget and couldn't afford to buy meat, a sprinkle of Maggi Magic Sarap can turn simple ingredients into very satisfying dishes. Maggi Magic Sarap also allows consumers like us, to save on gas and electricity since we don't need to spend hours and hours of slow cooking time anymore. And with regards to saving time, you can definitely allot more time to bond with your loved ones instead of being stuck in the kitchen forever!
|with cooking genius Gyk!|
We had quite a number of Filipino favorites on our menu that day and it was great that it didn't take too long for us to prepare them all!
While we were cooking, we still had time to do our random silliness....
|While waiting for our fried chicken turn golden brown, Frank had time to check his fb and even meet Bruce the dog!|
|Frank was able to work on the garden until the inihaw was set! lols|
|... and while waiting for the beef to become tender for our Kare-Kare, we even had time to belt-out a few tunes... lols|
Just before our Kare Kare was set, we added a few sprinkles of Maggi Magic Sarap to it and VOALA! ALL IS SET!!
|Frank's bestest friend Mitch was super busy preparing her pasta!|
|our Sunday Magic Belly Filling Buffet!|
|Inihaw na Tilapia|
|My favorite Kare Kare!|
|feasting with the family is always the BEST!|
|my plate! I super love the Kare Kare which Gyk made! Panalo!|
After that festive Sunday family lunch, we all continued with our videoke activity until it was time to go home...
|selfie time during Frank's concert! lols|
|Mitch even prepared her signature nachos to serve as our pica pica while our videoke showdown! hihihihi|
Awwwwwww! Whatever kind of activity there is, may it be simple or grand, quality time that is well spent with your loved ones make life more beautiful and meaningful.
|Thank you Chak for these nice drawings of me and Tito Frank!|
With this, we are thankful once again for blessing us always with abundance not only in terms of food but also with people who never fail to show and express their love for us.
As we enter the last month of 2013, we hope you plan your activities well so you can fully enjoy the happiest season of all! As for us, we still dunno on what to do this December but I bet it will be as equally exciting as this week's impromptu trip!