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Food-filled Summer Activities

I can’t believe that summer time is over and both kids will be starting school in just a few days! Here I am reminiscing about our food-filled summer activities that I hope will be etched in my kids’ memory banks.

No-Fuss Picnic

We wanted to have a leisurely breakfast, so we a got a mat, any food we fancied and sat down for almost 2 hours! No planning involved. Both Z and Y enjoyed and got to try different kinds of food.

#BakeOutoftheBox with Flour Plan

Like me, Z has a sweet tooth and a weakness for Crinkles (See my #CrinklesChronicles on Instagram). I chanced upon Flour Plan online and I thought it would be a great activity for us. Flour Plan makes baking easy for us moms because all the materials you need are included in the box (except for perishable items like egg and milk). The ingredients are pre-measured so you’ll just have to follow the cooking procedure. The steps were easy to follow, even non-bakers can make it! We made A LOT of crinkles to share with every one in the house!

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DIY Pizza

I think kids are more open to trying out new food items when they’ve played with it. Such was the case when we made our own pizzas! Z and Y devoured the mushrooms, ham, onions, and cheese – even before the pizza got cooked!

Colored Bread

Here are the ingredients you need to make colored bread:

  • White Bread
  • Milk
  • Food Color
  • Sugar

Follow these steps:

  1. Divide the milk into different containers, depending on the colors you want to make.
  2. We experimented with the number of drops per food color and made cute combinations.
  3. You may use a brush or dropper to put the milk into the bread. Just make sure it won’t get soggy.
  4. Sprinkle a little bit of sugar to taste before toasting it.
  5. Serve with a little butter on the side and enjoy!

Food proves to be a common interest in my kids and I like that! I look forward to more foodventures with Z and Y 🙂

What were your memorable activities this summer?!

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#ToastingToGoodBites at Toast Asian Kitchen and Tasting Room

Toast Asian Kitchen and Tasting Room is one of the new concept restaurants that opened at Ayala Malls The 30th in Pasig City.

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They describe their menu as playful Asian fusion, giving our well-loved comfort food tasty twists. But, before I share what we had for lunch that day, here’s a gallery of the restaurant. It had a rustic vibe with its brick walls, black metal light fixtures and mismatched chairs. The aesthetics gave off that “let’s drink” kinda feels but no, we went there for lunch and I had my kids with me so no drinky-drinky for this momma (soon though!)

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Michelle and I were tempted to drink!
Michelle and I were tempted to drink!

Fortunately, the food was delicious so I forgot about not being able to have a sip of alcohol! We were 5 in the table who finished the food good for 8!

Roasted Corn Soup P159 Roasted sweet corn veloute topped with sriracha-spiked cream
Roasted Corn Soup P159
Roasted sweet corn veloute topped with sriracha-spiked cream
Chicken Poppers with French Fries P175
Chicken Poppers with French Fries P175
Crispy Beef Rice Bowl P249 Dirty Fried Rice topped with cripy beef strips in hoisin sauce
Crispy Beef Rice Bowl P249
Dirty Fried Rice topped with cripy beef strips in hoisin sauce
Bahn Mini P250 Vietnamese meatloaf sandwiched between Brioche buns
Bahn Mini P250
Vietnamese meatloaf with pickled vegetables sandwiched between Brioche buns

These were the food items I ordered for Bry, Z and Y before Michelle and Ro came. I was just disappointed because Z told the server he wanted burgers, so she suggested the Bahn Mini. We asked to put the pickled vegetables on the side since the kid will just remove it. However, she didn’t inform us that it also had sriracha-mayo so when Z bit into it, he spit it out! So, I had to order the Chicken Poppers and Fries from their Kids’ Menu but he liked his Dad’s Crispy Beef Rice Bowl better maybe because of its sweet taste. Y almost finished her Roasted Corn Soup before dozing off!

Yakitori Chicken Wings P49 Wagyu Cubes P119 Pork Belly P45 Served with your choice of Soy Baste or Teriyaki Sauce. Additional garlic or sweet & spicy P15
Yakitori
Chicken Wings P49
Wagyu Cubes P119
Pork Belly P45
Served with your choice of Soy Baste or Teriyaki Sauce.
Additional garlic or sweet & spicy P15
Thai Basil Chicken Poppers P228 Bite-size chicken pieces deep friend and tossed in nuoc nam sauce and fresh basil for a sweet and savory finish.
Thai Basil Chicken Poppers P228
Bite-size chicken pieces deep friend and tossed in nuoc nam sauce and fresh basil for a sweet and savory finish.
Blacksa Laksa with squid ink
Blacksa
Laksa with squid ink
Tom Yum Meatballs P249 Pork meatballs seasoned with tom yum spices smothered in tom yum sauce and melted cheddar cheese
Tom Yum Meatballs P249
Pork meatballs seasoned with tom yum spices smothered in tom yum sauce and melted cheddar cheese
Longganisa Pasta P349 Fusili pasta with fried longganisa cooked in a tomato cream sauce served with a slice of focacia bread
Longganisa Pasta P349
Fusili pasta with fried longganisa cooked in a tomato cream sauce served with a slice of focacia bread
KFC Rice Bowl P288 Dirty Fried Rice topped with deep fried battered chicken tossed in gochuang sauce. Salmon Belly Teriyaki Rice Bowl P248 Dirty Fried Rice topped with mouthwatering salmon belly pieces drowsed in delicious teriyaki sauce.
KFC Rice Bowl P288
Dirty Fried Rice topped with deep fried battered chicken tossed in gochuang sauce.
Salmon Belly Teriyaki Rice Bowl P248
Dirty Fried Rice topped with mouthwatering salmon belly pieces drowsed in delicious teriyaki sauce.
Twice-cooked Pork with Salted Egg Fried Rice P475 Braised and seared pork belly tossed in honey and garlic served on top of salted egg fried rice.
Twice-cooked Pork with Salted Egg Fried Rice P475
Braised and seared pork belly tossed in honey and garlic served on top of salted egg fried rice.

The dishes served to us really lived up to being playful and comforting. I especially liked the Blacksa (which is debuting today!) with a lot of seafood good enough for sharing and the broth just had a bit of spice without losing its taste! I would also go back for the Salmon Belly Teriyaki Rice Bowl because anything I can scoop and eat without the need for the other hand (moms will relate to this!) gets a big check in my book. Do take note that Rice Bowls are available from 11 am to 2 pm only. And if you’re thinking of unwinding with a bottle of wine or beer since they have a wide selection of liquors and cocktails, the Wagyu Cubes Yakitori and Thai Basil Chicken Poppers will make the perfect match!

Tapioca and Mango Trifle P108 Tapioca layered with mango and broas.
Tapioca and Mango Trifle P108
Tapioca layered with mango and broas.
Chocnut Creme Caramel P105  Sweet chocnut flan with sugar and roasted peanuts.
Chocnut Creme Caramel P105
Sweet chocnut flan with sugar and roasted peanuts.
Dark Chocolate Mousse P128 Batangas tablea chocolate mousse with cream
Dark Chocolate Mousse P128
Batangas tablea chocolate mousse with cream

Michelle and Ro both liked the Tapioca and Mango Trifle and Z finished the Dark Chocolate Mousse while I didn’t fancy any of the desserts.

We will visit this resto again because:

  • the other items in the menu seem worth a try like the Gyozig and Slow-cooked Pork Buns.
  • the servings are good for 2 persons with generous amount of meat gives value for your money.
  • they have high chairs and a kids’ menu (but they can put a little more effort in the presentation so that the kids will enjoy!)
  • restrooms are available inside so you don’t need to go outside of the restaurant.
Thanks for having us!
Thanks for having us!
Z approved!
Z approved!
TOAST ASIAN KITCHEN & TASTING ROOM
For reservations and inquiries, call: (632) 6224312 or +63917-3203338
G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
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Breakfast with the Mommas at Toast Manila

A long, leisurely breakfast is already a treat to most moms.

A long, leisurely breakfast prepared in a restaurant shared among mommy friends is a luxury!

Most often than not, breakfast is rushed or at worse, skipped. This might be the underlying reason why my mommy friends and I formed a “breakfast group”, sampling the breakfast places sprouting in our area. And I was so happy when we got invited to Toast Manila!

Michelle, me with Y, Amber, Cai and Riz, one of the owners of Toast Manila.
Michelle, me with Y, Amber, Cai and Riz, one of the owners of Toast Manila.

I’ve been really curious about this place ever since a friend posted a picture of smoked salmon atop a brioche on her feed. From there I learned that their menu is based on breakfasts from around the world.

Breakfast from around the world! America, Philippines and Norway!
Breakfast from around the world! America, Philippines and Norway!

If breakfast always looked this good, then I swear, I will have no complains for the rest of the day! Just look at those servings and presentation. Yup, I was one happy momma that morning, even if my little Y was fussy!

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American: sunny side up egg in bagel with herbed cream cheese and bacon strips P350
Filipino: beef tapa, garlic rice, atchara and eggs P365
Filipino: beef tapa, garlic rice, atchara and eggs P250
Norwegian: poached eggs wrapped in smoked salmon on toasted brioche P365
Norwegian: poached eggs wrapped in smoked salmon on toasted brioche P365

Everything was drool-worthy! But I’ll probably go back for the Norwegian because it’s salmon haha! And their homemade hollandaise sauce was smooth and not overpowering. I also liked that the tapa was in the sweet side, making me reach for more rice!

Of course, when you’ve had savory dishes, desserts are bound to follow!

Baked Bread Pudding: mangoes, salted caramel sauce, cinnamon sugar P150
Baked Bread Pudding: mangoes, salted caramel sauce, cinnamon sugar P150
Champorado: made with Malagos tablea, gourmet tuyo and kesong puti P195
Champorado: made with Malagos tablea, gourmet tuyo and kesong puti P195

Because I’m not too fond of mangoes, I went for the Champorado. The kesong puti gave it a surprising salty taste, though they can add a little bit more since the Malagos tablea made the Champorado thick. It was chocolate-y and comforting, perfect for a rainy morning! They also have specialty chocolate drinks that can pass of as dessert, like this S’mores Iced Chocolate which my husband ordered:

P150
P150

 It was a very filling breakfast that none of us had lunch anymore! Speaking of lunch, Toast Manila also has a lunch menu which developed from customers’ suggestions. And soon, they’ll be offering steak! Can’t wait to go back as the ambiance is perfect for a chill date night (while you get your car washed at the garage next door)

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My little foodie approves!
My little foodie approves!

Here’s their menu:

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Toast Manila

135 Hoover Street corner Argonne Street, Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan del Monte
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