Friday, February 12, 2016

Our romantic dinner at The Peacock Garden at Bohol

Ahhhh, romance! Since Valentine's Day is just a couple of sleeps away (that's how my kids count the days, by counting their "sleeps"), I'm brought back to the last romantic dinner Vince and I had. And it happened eight months ago!

I knoooooow. With three little kids who want us to eat dinner with them, brush their teeth, tell them bedtime stories, and tuck them in bed, anything romantic doesn't happen after 6pm! So thank you so much to The Peacock Garden at Bohol for preparing such a lovely dinner for us.
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The Peacock Garden has a special package called the Love Package (but of course) which include the following:
  • Accommodation for two (2) nights
  • Complimentary upgrade to the Premier Room
  • Daily a la carte breakfast at Old Heidelberg for two (2)
  • Romantic four-course dinner at Old Heidelberg
  • 90-minutes body massage
  • Whole-day countryside tour with lunch at Loboc River
  • Return airport/seaport transfers

Vince and I had that romantic dinner and it was amazing. AMAZING! And you already know how we feel about the food served oh so lovingly at The Old Heidelberg. (Click here for that story)

Since we had the kids with us, The Peacock Garden very kindly offered their nannies to watch over the kids. Yes, there are childminders! You just have to set an appointment with them a few hours beforehand. Then they arrive at your room in crisp uniforms, clean, fresh, and armed with books and toys!

With the kids in good hands, Vince and I sat down to this magnificent feast!

Salad
Fresh Garden Greens with Grilled Tandoori Chicken Breast,
Pineapples and Peppers in Yoghurt Dill Dressing
Homemade Salmon Pasta Salad with Fresh Garden Greens
and Grilled Prawns in Sesame Dressing

Soup
Chicken Bouillon with Duck Ravioli
Beef Consommé with Pancake Strips and Herbs

Main course
Grilled US Beef Tenderloin Steak with Black Peppercorn Sauce,
Sautéed Green Beans, Grilled Tomato and Gratin Potatoes
Poached Norwegian Salmon Fillet with Saffron Cream Sauce with
Pechay, Asparagus and Sundried Tomato Pappardelle
Dessert
Homemade ube ice cream
Creme Brûlée

Oh my, Old Heidelberg, you have outdone yourself! We enjoyed the food and each other so much, we lingered too long and so our kids came looking for us!


We will be back, we will be back, The Peacock Garden! Thank you for spoiling us silly with your amazing food, incredible service, and gorgeous resort!

To know more about The Peacock Garden and to book a stay at this exquisite place, click here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

3 mindful tips from Glad® ClingWrap on how to save food

This post is brought to you by Glad® ClingWrap.

I'm happy to say that Glad®, a line of food protection products, sent me and some of my mommy friends their products. We all love Glad®! When Glad® asked us if we wanted to try their products, we all said, "Matagal na naming ginagamit ang Glad®!" But of course we wanted more!

Many Pinoy moms really are Glad® fans. And I'm personally glad (heehee) about that. I read a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization [http://business.inquirer.net/204890/cost-of-food-waste-reaches-2-6tyr-says-fao] which said that USD 2.6 trillion worth of all food produced in the world gets wasted. Trillion. I can't even imagine trillion. I can believe it, though. In my own home, I regret to say there have been many times we've thrown away food because it wasn't stored well so it lost its freshness, or the texture became weird, or the taste went bad. Sobrang sayang talaga.


Keeping food safe from spoilage... and little hands! Glad ClingWrap FTW! 😄


So I started using storage containers from Glad®, like freezer bags for meat in the freezer, sandwich bags for leftover cereal, chocolate bars, and, well, sandwiches. But the easiest way to store food properly is to just use ClingWrap. Simply wrapping the fresh fruit or vegetable, or even the plate with leftover food in it seals in moisture, helps keep bacteria out, and prevents smells from other food in the fridge to affect each other. Properly packaged food in ClingWrap keeps fresh food in peak condition!

Here are three tips from Glad® ClingWrap on how to save food:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Family fun dining at The Peacock Garden in Bohol

Tonight, at bedtime, my second son, Iñigo, was in a chatty mood. "Mama, I want a house that flies. I want it red." I asked, "And why do you want a red flying house?" "So I can go to Bohol all by myself!"

It's been eight months since our trip to Bohol and my kids still ask me to go back. Like, all the time! Thank you so much to The Peacock Garden and to Paint It Red for bringing my family there. The trip was unforgettable. Literally. My boys won't let me forget about The Peacock Garden and Bohol! They talk about it constantly. I'm like, "Life has moved on. Can you guys move on? Maybe let's get excited for Legoland or Disneyland maybe?" Nope. They are obsessed with Bohol.

Let's listen to Iñigo's chatter tonight:

"In Bohol, there's a big garden. Big! And beautiful! I like that garden, Mama."
"In Bohol, the cempede is bigger. The biggest cempede I ever see!"
"In Bohol, the ants are papa ants cause they're SO BIG!"
"In Bohol, the flowers are bigger and more white."
"In Bohol, the swim pool is bigger. Our pool is not nice."
"In Bohol, the bees are so big! I want to see those bees again so Vito will cry!"
"In Bohol, the food is yummy. They're my favorite. I want to eat there again."

Ah yes, the food in The Peacock Garden's The Old Heidelberg restaurant. Soooooo gooooood! Let me give you a tour of the place first:
The Old Heidelberg has a big dining room! Heavy wooden furniture dominate. It's surprising at first since I'm so used to seeing modern styles but the decor quickly grew on me. Very family, homey, comfortable and solid—perfect for little boys!

The restaurant is presided by large chandelier and a heavy table made of marble and wood.

The chairs are made of carved wood and embossed leather. Seriously elicited oohs and aaahs from me!

I fell in love with that high chair.

Anyway! Let's go to the food. Oh, the food! I still dream of the food! Moms and dads, the food at The Old Heidelberg is seriously worth flying to. Here are a few of the dishes we ate:

I didn't order this (Vince did) so I don't know if this is the Beef Brisket (served with seasonal vegetables and parsley potatoes), the Beef Stroganoff (served with homemade Pappardelle), or the Grilled Beef Fillet Steak (served with red wine sauce, bacon beans and baked potatoes). The beef looks like it's the Grilled Beef Fillet Steak but the side dishes look like it's the Brisket. Whatever it is, Vince loved it because he didn't talk to me while he gobbled this all up!

Oh my, this Spicy Pork Tenderloin Salad was refreshing and hot at the same time! Light and yet filling. The contradictions in this dish!

The Club Sandwich is a grilled tender chicken breast with crispy bacon and molten cheddar cheese on toasted Foccacia bread. I need this right now.

This is called Strammer Max. Does this look like plain old ham and eggs? Maybe, maybe. But it's not. Well, yes, it's Black Forest ham and fried eggs on rye bread but it is unforgettable. If I can eat this every morning for the rest of my life, I will be completely content!

Oh, this Deep Fried Camembert! When people found out we were at The Peacock Garden, everyone said, "Try the camembert!!!" Crunchy outside, soft inside, the cheese is served with seasonal berries, cashew nuts and honey. Soooo good!

Ahhhh, the food at The Peacock Garden is exquisite, delicious and unforgettable. And they even sneak it up on you while you're in the pool! We came out of our refreshing dip in the pool to find these fresh juices and moist pastry bars waiting for us! Oh, The Peacock Garden, we will be back for another delightful stay! 

To know more about The Peacock Garden and to book a stay at this exquisite place, click here.