HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ‘BLIZZARD’ ICE CREAM

I love the Dairy Queen Blizzard Ice Cream. I saw this “make your own Blizzard-like ‘ice cream'” in Pinterest. I decided to share it with all you as well.

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  • vanilla extract
  • peanut butter
  • honey
  • yogurt
  • chocolate chips

You can make your own measurements depending you. I had 8oz of creamy yogurt. I love the Thick & Creamy yogurt and used the Classic Vanilla flavour. I scooped 2-3 tablespoon of chunky peanut butter into the yogurt . I used the Jif Extra Crunchy peanut butter. I added 2 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 3 teaspoon of chocolate chips.Then mix all together. Then you freeze until hard.

Here is the finish product:

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make your own ice cream

It is definitely yum. Let me know if you tried making one…

 

DOVA BRUNCH CAFE

There are not much of brunch restos in Iloilo. The last time I went home in Iloilo for my maternity leave, so happy to discover that Lapaz now have a cute brunch place, DOVA. It is owned and managed by the same family that started Afriques and Escas in Iloilo, the Cordovas, hence, I guess why its called Dova. The chef is still of course, the talented Mr. Miguel Cordova.

My brother, sister-in-law, my nephew and I decided to give the place a try. We were surprised the place was packed and we have to wait to be seated. But it didn’t take long for us to get our table.

The place kind reminds me of a little mature Milky & Sunny in Pasig. It was a nice brunch place in the morning and can perfectly transform into a chill-out place to drink at night.

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With the popularity of the show, The Legal Wife, we can help but zeroed in the Querida Burger (P245). It is a big fat beef patty between brioche buns. It also contains bacons and fried egg. It also have baked potatoes and salad on the side. Just like any querida, this one is very tempting, bad for your waist and heart. But then again, this will be only querida, I will ever allow my husband to eat. I totally approved: yummy & filling.

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Since this is a brunch place, we have to have pancakes and waffles.  You can get it as Bare Naked (P145) – 2 pancakes/1waffle with whipped cream & maple syrup, Strawberries & Banana (P155) -2 pancakes /1 waffle with strawberries, banana, whipped butter, whipped cream and maple syrup or the Bacon & Sausage (P245) -2 pancakes /1 waffle with bacons and Greek sausage, whipped butter and maple syrup. Since we are such meatlovers, we got the Bacon and Sausage in both pancakes and waffle. I prefer the waffle though than the pancake. The bacon was a bit too small but I love love the sausage.

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My sister-in-law is into salad these days so she tried the Shiitake and Egg Mushroom (P225). 

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Okay, I tasted a bit of this salad but I would take my sister-in-law’s word for it that its good. She was very happy munching on all the greens and mushrooms.

Dova is a great addition to one of the trendy restaurants in Iloilo. Congratulations to the Cordovas for another successful business venture.

Dova Brunch Cafe
122 Javellana Street, Lapaz, Iloilo City
Tel. No. (033) 503-3242
Opens daily from 9am to 9pm

CILANTRO: VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT IN ILOILO

 

In our trip to Vietnam, one of the reasons why we enjoyed our vacation was the food. It was nice to know that Iloilo now has a Vietnamese restaurant. Of course, my foodie sister and I have to check it out to test its authenticity and see if it will pass our eager tastebuds.

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Cilantro is a small restaurant almost hidden in Jalandoni Street. You can easy missed it if you don’t look closer. I like the minimalist but chic interiors of the restaurant. I like the use of red as the subtle pop of colour in the restaurant and adding few Asian pieces to stay true with the theme.

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Here is what we ordered:

COCO CRABMEAT

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138pesos

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This dish is a shredded crabmeat simmered in coconut milk. I quite like this soup. I would soak my rice with this.  It wasn’t spicy and the coconut milk wasn’t too overpowering

PAD THAI

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128 pesos

I  didn’t know Vietnam has pad thai too. I thought pad thai is exclusively a Thai food, hence the “thai”, hehe. But it tasted a bit different from the Thailand’s Pad Thai though the ingredients are pretty much the same:  stir-fried noodles with egg, tofu, peanuts, chicken , bean sprouts, chili powder and lime.

SPRING ROLLS

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I love the Chinese lumpia so it not a surprise if I love Vietnamese spring rolls. I like the spring rolls with ground pork/beef in it than those with shredded cabbage and bean sprouts. It is perfectly crisp, not soggy and best dipped in their sweet chili sauce.

BU LOC LAC

BU LOC LAC

280pesos

This is one of the bestsellers in Cilantro: marinated stir-fry beef with white onions. It is sweet-tasting and a definite crowd favourite.

 

VIETNAMESE COFFEE

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It looked promising when it was served. It was served just like in Vietnam. And later you mix it all yourself.

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Unfortunately, we weren’t impressed since we have tasted the real thing. It tasted bland like they scrimped on the coffee beans. Though, we enjoyed the food a lot but the coffee which is something that Vietnamese are known for, needs more improvement. But we are definitely coming back for more of their yummy food.

Cilantro

Brgy. Hipodromo, Jalandoni Street

City Proper, Iloilo City

+63-33-337182

MISS SAIGON 25th ANNIVERSARY GALA

I grew up witnessing how Lea Salonga rise up and became a star on the West End. She wowed the world when she played the young Kim in “MISS SAIGON“. Miss Saigon is a story of a young innocent Vietnamese prostitute name Kim who had fallen in love with a GI during the war. Lea Salonga brought pride to the Filipinos. She later played roles as Eponine in Les Miserables. She won Tony Awards for both her role in Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. She played  Oona in the Little Tramp. She lend her voice to Disney Princess, Jasmine of Alladin and Mulan.

In my elementary years when Miss Saigon was getting popular in Broadway, I too was busy with solo singing parts  and roles in school shows/plays partly because Lea Salonga was every girl idol. If I didn’t purse my medical career, I would have struggled to try my luck in Broadway.

Now, Rachelle Ann Go, another Pinoy, is again is making waves in Broadway and making Filipino proud as she played the feisty prostitute, Gigi.

Recently, Miss Saigon celebrated their 25th Anniversary. Watch the awesome performances as the original and recent actors of the show merge on stage and sang the songs of Miss Saigon. I am particularly spellbound when Lea Salonga and Rachelle Ann Go sang “Movie in my Mind”. I was also giddy with excitement when Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman sang “The Last Night of the World” and later joined by the new Kim and John. Watch as Lea Salonga shared tender kisses with both original and new John. Enjoy!

 

BALAY NA BATO

Iloilo is not short of well-preseved old Spanish-era houses. One example is the old Avancena house called Camina Balay na Bato. My sister who working in Manila went home to Iloilo after I give birth to Naj. It was timely that her Manila workmates are  also visiting Iloilo for a quick vacay. So my sister decided to play tourist to her Tagalog friends. Since that time, I just got out of the hospital  after giving birth while our little one  was still left at the NICU. My husband and I together with my niece and nephew decided to tag along with the tour group.

The Balay na Bato visit consists of a guided-tour of the house and a served meal of a popular Ilonggo dish, Pancit Molo and tsokolate (hot chocolate). This tour cost 200pesos per person.

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balay na bato

balay na bato

balay na bato

balay na bato

my sister- the tour facilitator

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my nephew “making” the tsokolate

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TSOKOLATE

balay na bato pancit molo

PANCIT MOLO

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balay na bato

The authentic Pancit Molo is so yummy. It was raining that day so it was just perfect dish together with the hot tsokolate. It is definitely worth the trip to visit this charming heritage house of the Melocoton-Avancena clan, both for Ilonggo who doesn’t know about this  little gem in our city as well as tourists who can experience first hand of how charming our city is.

Camiña Balay nga Bato c. 1865

20 Osmena Street, Villa De Arevalo

Iloilo City, Philippines 5000

(033) 336-3858 / (033) 396-1927 /Fax: (033) 336 5075

5 BEAUTIFUL TATTOOED MEN

My husband is currently watching this reality contest “INK MASTER”. Talented tattoo artists from the United States are fighting for the tempting price and the title as “Ink Master”. Gone were the days when tattoos are viewed as dirty and associated with prisoners. Tattoos now are regard as an art and way of artistic expression.

I never would have guessed when I was younger that I would be married to a tattooed man. But getting a glimpse of the ink-on-skin world made me respect the artists and these beautiful inked humans. It is so true what they say, sometimes tattooed people are the most kind people you’d ever know compared to those who goes to church everyday. We should stop being judgmental and discriminating.

There are few men that are beautifully inked. Here are my five favourites:

1. DAVID BECKHAM

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His tattoos are perfectly placed and neatly done. He have interesting clean sleeves. My favourite is the tattoo placed on his left pecs. Victoria Beckham is one lucky girl.

2. ADAM LEVINE

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His tattoos are making him more sexy than he already is. You could see some animals reference and lots  of symbolism on his skin. It is definitely art on skin.

3. DEREK RAMSEY

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I am not really a fan of Derek Ramsey but I like the placement his tattoos. He also have several tattoos on his back.

4. MICHAEL SCOFIELD

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I know he is a fictional character and his tattoos are fake. But Michael Scofield’s tattoos from the TV Show Prison Break are just brilliant. Imagine covering his  whole upper body with tattoos as a blue print to help his brother escape prison. Isn’t that genius?

5. MY HUBBY

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Last but not the least, my hubby! He have this beautifully pigmented Samurai cover-up sleeve and what make it special is behind his inner arm is a portrait of me, hehe.  He also have a Greek tattoo on his waist that has special meaning for both of us.This guy is my favourite among the five.

Are you a beautifully inked human too? Share your favourite tattooed men and women in the comment box below.

WHO WANTS TO WIN $188 SLIMMING VOUCHER FROM SLIMMING 101?

I went for the last of my three sessions of Duo- Advanced Body Define session in Slimming 101.

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I was feeling more and more curvy in the right places. We did the same procedure: yummy herbal tea before the session, weighing & measurements then the sono-therapy. While I am having a massage-like fat-burning therapy, I was enjoying watching Korean telenovela.

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Then when its done, they did the last measurements on me. I lost 4 cm off my post-preggy waist! Hurray!

Another good news came my way. There was a contest among bloggers who attended the press-conference of Slimming 101 that whoever gets the most LIKES on their featured press-conference blog post wins. Guess who the winner is? ME!!!

The great thing about that, dear readers in Singapore, is that YOU get in also a $188 slimming voucher from Slimming 101. Yes, YOU!!! Who wants???

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You get easily win this by following 3 easy steps:

1. LIKE the Facebook page of Slimming 101 here.

2. LIKE the Little Miss Honey Blog Facebook page here.

3. Email me your name, address and contact number at littlemisshoneyblog@gmail.com

Deadline of submission would be on October 29, 2014. I will be picking the lucky winner through random.org and announcing it on October 30, 2014. Goodluck!

Slimming 101

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109 N Bridge Rd

+65 6336 8327

This is part of a series of posts sponsored by Slimming 101. I am part of the Slimming 101 Slim 9 Challenge.

 

5 BENEFITS OF BABYWEARING

I am  such a fan of babywearing. Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying a baby in a sling or in another form of carrier. I can’t stop singing praises for this practice of attachment parenting. Let me tell you why…

1. IT INCREASES BOND WITH MOTHER AND BABY
The physical contact of mother with baby increases oxytocin, also known as the “bonding hormone”. This will lead more intimate bonding between mother and baby. Good news for dads is that they can also practice baby wearing and promote bonding with baby.

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2. IT CAN ALLOW MOMMY TO BE HANDSFREE

I can do a lot when I babywear. I am handsfree! I can do my makeup, clean the room, blog or read book while drinking my morning drink. My husband and I can go for a dinner date because my baby is sleeping soundly in my carrier.

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3. IT CAN INCREASE BREASTMILK PRODUCTION AND EASY TO BREASTFEED IN PUBLIC

Since baby wearing can stimulate the release of oxytocin, this bondng hormone  is responsible in increasing breastmilk production. So for low-supply mommies, this practice of baby wearing can help you. Plus using this type of carrier can make me breastfeed in public discreetly. I have done it numerous times without anyone noticing.

4. IT CAN HIDE MOMMY’S  POSTPARTUM TUMMY

All mommies know that it would take some time for a postpartum to return to its normal size (if it will ever). To avoid that awkward question by innocent inquisitive people, the “how far along are you?”, you get to showcase the product of the bulging belly while concealing the bulge.

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5. IT GETS BABY TO SLEEP SOUNDLY

I notice when I put my baby in my carrier, in a few minutes, he is fast asleep. He hears my heart beat and it is his lullaby. The act of baby wearing simulates the time when baby was inside mommy’s womb — warm and safe.

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There are still so many benefits of baby wearing.  These are based on Dr. William Sears, the founder of attachment parenting taken from Wikipedia.org.

The Benefits of Babywearing include:

  • In the wearing of newborns in particular, the mothers’ oxytocin levels are increased through the physical contact with the infant, leading to a more intimate maternal bond, easier breastfeeding and better care, thus lowering the incidence of postpartum depression and psychosomatic illness in the mother;[2] similarly, the father carrying the baby has benefits for the paternal bond.
  • Infants who are carried are generally calmer because all of their primal/survival need are met. The caregiver can be seen, heard, smelled, touched, tasted, provide feeding and the motion necessary for continuing neural development, gastrointestinal and respiratory health and to establish balance (inner ear development) and muscle tone is constant.[3]
  • Infants are more organized. Parental rhythms (walking, heartbeat, etc.) can have balancing and soothing effects on infants.
  • Infants are “humanized” earlier by developing socially. Babies are closer to people and can study facial expressions, learn languages faster and be familiar with body language.[4]
  • Independence is established earlier.[3]
  • Attachment between child and caregiver is more secure.[5]
  • Decreases risk of positional plagiocephaly (“flat head syndrome”) caused by extended time spent in a car seat and by sleeping on the back. Sleeping on the back is recommended to decrease the risk of SIDS. Cranial distortion resulting from non-vehicular time in car seats has shown to be more severe than in children who develop plagiocephaly from back-lying on a mattress.[6] Concern over plagiocephaly has also led the American Academy of Pediatrics to recommend that infants “should spend minimal time in car seats (when not a passenger in a vehicle) or other seating that maintains supine positioning.”[7] None of the babywearing positions require infants to lie supine while being carried. Infants can even be worn while they sleep, also decreasing sleeping time spent in a supine position.

Of course it is also important to get a good carrier. I love my KTan carrier. Another good wrap carriers are Moby and Boba. If you want something that is of good-quality and proudly Pinoy product, Saya Baby carrier is the way to go.

Babywearing has all  these benefits and I get to hold my son so close as long as he wants me to….

BOOK REVIEW: ATTACHMENTS

There is a new kid in the block that is making waves in the fiction department. She is no other than Rainbow Rowell, the bestselling author of Eleanor & Park. But before I read Eleanor & Park, I grabbed another book of hers, Attachments and I did not regret it.

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It is about a hot, awkward, nerdy IT guy Lincoln who lives with his mom and plays dungeons & dragon during the weekend. He works in company which allows him to snoop into the employees’ emails. He came across email conversations of two women, Jennifer and Beth. After weeks of monitoring their email convo, Lincoln started to fall for Beth.

The plot sound so simple like a close-ended question. Rainbow Rowell managed to expand the story by creating the characters of Jennifer and Beth to be entertaining. It was interesting how Beth and Lincoln get to conclude this weird, stalker-ish love story. This book reminds me of crushes, unrequited love and falling in love unexpectedly. It been a long time since I read a book that made my toes curl from sheer giddiness.And this book made my toes curl for a very long time…. I became Rainbow Rowell’s instant fan.

SLIMMING 101: NO MORE FATS

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I was back again last week for my session in Slimming 101. One of the many great things about Slimming 101 is before starting a treatment, you get to taste their yummy herbal tea. It is unlike the usual herbal tea you’ve tasted because it doesn’t taste bitter at all and it has just a hint of the ‘herbally’ smell.

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I am ready now for my treatment!

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The session concentrated more on firing those nasty fat cells to tone my post-ceasarian section tummy. The therapist used the sono feature of this pretty machine. No heat was used for this session.

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She used this transparent gel for this session.

 

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Figure of 8 motion was applied on my tummy, waist and hips to blasts those fat cells and reveal a curvier waist until the machine beep to stop. A couple more centimetre was subtracted from my waist line after my session. No more fats! Bye! Bye!

It was a relaxing treatment and made my curvier during the process… Its like hitting two birds with one stone. Isn’t that fantastic?

Slimming 101

Funan Digitalife Mall

#04-07

109 N Bridge Rd

+65 6336 8327

This is part of a series of posts sponsored by Slimming 101. I am part of the Slimming 101 Slim 9 Challenge.