Showing posts from December, 2015

Latin Inspired Seafood at Sirena in San Diego

This time of year in my work as a school counselor, seniors are thinking ahead to college. Many are worried about leaving their friends behind when considering colleges and universities that are out of town or even out of state. With these worries, I always advise students that although it's nice to have lots of friends, the real important friends will still be your friends years after high school, whether or not they go away for college.

Fast forward 20 years, I find myself thinking back to when I was a senior in high school, having those same fears and worries about losing my friends. Today, I can count my closest friends on one hand. We try to schedule dinner dates every few months, most especially during birthdays and at the end of the year during the holidays. These dinner dates are special - we reminisce with funny stories growing up, we share mommy and wifey stories, and squeeze in a bit of innocent gossip here and there!

This past last week, we had the chance to visit Sire…

What to Expect at LA Cookie Con!

Who loves cookies, cakes, and all things sweet? I do!
My friend Joyce and I had so much fun at the Cupcake Fair and Expo a few months ago, we knew we had to check out LA Cookie Con!

What's the LA Cookie Con? It's only the West Coast's BIGGEST baking and pastry convention! I'm giddy with anticipation!
What can you expect to see, and eat, at LA Cookie Con?
Delicious Samples Celebrity AppearancesDecorating Competitions and RetailersKids ZoneBaking Workshops and Demos Here is a sample of the dozens of exhibitors:
Velvet Rope Bakeshop - bite-sized cake truffles and unforgettably delicious cookies.

Unbaked Bar: A Cookie Dough Bar
Sugar Hustle - Apparel and Accessories designs inspired by Chefs, Bakers, and Foodies alike
Last year, tickets were sold out! Buy your tickets today!
>>> Use code CHOCOLATE for a 10% off coupon! <<<
I'll see yo…

#FoodieFriday - Tender Greens Mission Valley >>> NOW OPEN

I've been a fan of Tender Greens since it's first location opened in San Diego in 2008. Back then, I was a new mom looking for healthy meals to help me lose my baby pounds. Tender Greens was a welcomed alternative to fast food!
Now that Tender Greens' 4th location in Mission Valley is now open, the fresh and healthy dishes are even more easily accessible!

My top five favorites at Tender Greens are:
1) The salted white chocolate cookies are addicting! The saltiness was a nice compliment to the sweetness of the cookies. 
2) The backyard marinated steak as a hot plate with the mashed potatoes and spinach salad is a nice hearty meal that satisfies when I'm really hungry. The steak is cooked medium rare and seasoned in an herb marinade that's perfect . The creamy mashed potatoes just melts in your mouth. 

3) The roasted tomato soup with ciabatta croutons and basil oil is great for a cold day. I always ask for extra toasted bread on the side to dip and soak up this delic…

Amazing Experience at the Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker!

Wide-eyed and at the front of our seats! My boys and I completely enjoyed our first experience watching the Nutcracker Ballet last night at the Copley Symphony Hall in Downtown San Diego. It was a treat to have this experience with the renowned Moscow Ballet! The entire performance was awesome!

As a young girl, I dreamed of being a ballerina as many do.  They were pretty, graceful, and had cute tutus to twirl around in. At the Moscow Ballet last night, I felt like a little girl again. I found myself at the front of my seat, smiling with delight at the dancers crossed the stage. I even caught myself a few times dancing a bit in my seat, mimicking the moves of the ballerinas. I have to admit, I was enjoying every moment!

The ballerinas were a sight to see. I was in awe at how graceful they were, how physically strong they have to be to hold their dance positions, and at their endurance to do repetitions of very physically demanding dance moves. The costumes were beautiful. I loved the s…

Tea Time at Tea Gallerie in San Diego

Friends and tea make a sweet combination! I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with my friends from the San Diego Filipino Blogger Network (SDFBN) to rediscover my love of tea and support a local, Filipino owned, small business 

Tea Gallerie, located in San Diego, California, carries teas from all over the world. They carry traditional teas and blends, but also offer unique and distinct teas to please any and all tea lovers, young and old.

Tea Gallerie really is a "gallery". They have wall-to-wall containers of all of teas where you can open them and smell the tea. The tea gallery is organized by type of tea. Oolong on one side, green, white, chai, and so on to the other side of the gallery. I found myself starting on one side and smelling my way over to the other side of the tea gallery.

During our tea tasting experience, Maria shared some tips on how to best enjoy your tea:

1) When choosing a tea, it's good to smell the tea. The smell of the tea parallels the tea…

Experience a Philippine Christmas in San Diego

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Come and experience a Filipino Christmas at PASACAT's annual Parol Festival right here in San Diego!

Enjoy a multi-generational event centered around the Parol Star Lantern. What is a 'parol'? It is an star-shaped Christmas lantern from the Philippines. It is traditionally made out of bamboo and paper and comes in various sizes and shapes, but most are made in a star pattern which symbolizes the Star Of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the manger of baby Jesus. It also symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and the Filipinos' hope and goodwill during the Christmas season.
Experience a taste of the Philippines with food, dance, music, and exhibits! Featuring performances by PASACAT, The Filharmonic, Mariachi Divinas, Marvin Calderon Jr., Teye Sa Thiosanne, Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society - Lion Dancers and more! It's fun for the entire family!
The 18th annual PASACAT Parol Festival will be on Decembe…

Long Hair Don't Care - No Frizz with Shielo Hair Products

Since I've been keeping my long, I have been trying different products to help minimize dryness and split ends. There are parts of my hair that easily tangle as well and finding products to help solve my hair problems has not been easy! All of the drug store products I've used haven't done the job and I'm too cheap to invest in a pricier product that "might" help.

I've finally found a product that works to me long, wavy hair: Shielo Hair's Restoration Oil. 

This premium hair oil has restored my hair from damage. The oil has added shine and smoothness to my wavy hair also. I love how it speeds up drying time by 40% and p from heat styling. . Because my hair is so thick, it takes a long time to dry, even with a hair dryer. Its color enhancement properties last long term, and it increases hair manageability and removes frizz. 
Shielo's Restoration Oil contains a unique combination of exotic oils from the amazon region in South America, including Brazi…

College T-Shirt Drive for Sweetwater High School

Hello all - An English teacher at the school I am working at is embarking on a grand task and she's asking for our assistance.

She is co-advisor for this year's freshman class (Class of 2019) and she would like to get a college t-shirt for every freshman that they could then wear for the next four years (or however long they last!). While we could do a fundraiser to get 400 shirts from San Diego State (our local university), we would really like to get shirts from a HUGE variety of colleges and universities around this great country.

So here is our plea: If you are so inclined could you please send a t-shirt from your alma mater to Kris Elam c/o Sweetwater High School 2900 Highland Avenue, National City, CA 91950. All sizes are welcome as these are 14 and 15 year olds, so many are "full grown" while others are still awaiting puberty's arrival. If you are ordering a new shirt and would also like to include a small pennant flag please feel free! We are posting them…