Although everyone’s back to work or whatever it is that fills up their days, the five-year-old in me still doesn’t want to admit that the holidays are over. It just blew by with me barely noticing it (my wallet did, though). So here I am, attempting to stretch what’s left of the Christmas season by remembering the year that was, in nomz.
In January, I was hopeful that 2014 could be the year when I started eating healthy-ish again. For a couple of years a long time ago, all I had for daily lunch was a homemade salad brought to work. How difficult could it be to do again? (Hint: Very.) I started out with S&R’s Chicken Caesar Salad. It’s got greens, tomatoes, bacon, chicken, croutons, and yummy honey mustard dressing. It’s not exactly the most healthy of salads but hey, it’s got greens. It’s a good way to start, right?
Then came February. The devil introduced me to Heaven. In this side of town, there’s a place called Heaven and they have bacon so good, it’s almost evil. I wrote about it back then- Yes, They Have Bacon In Heaven. First month in and the “eat healthy” resolution is down the drain. Owell.
By March, I had ignored that resolution completely. I found myself in Japan for a few days in 2014. Who was I to resist the call of ramen in the actual land of ramen? Ramen in Japan from Ichiran is super good it justifies breaking any sort of resolution. Read my post gushing about it here: Tokyo Eats: Ichiran’s Ramen Is The Answer To Life.
In April, my relatives from Davao all came to Manila and brought this priceless haul. A boxful of “marang”- organic, and freshly picked from the tree all for me to devour. (I shared some of it, don’t worry.)
May was the most memorable month in 2014. For one, it’s my birth month and I got to spend it in Tagaytay, my all-time favorite getaway. For another, I got engaged. *cue teasing* Here’s a picture minutes after being asked THE question, taking my time to fully absorb the fact that I’m to be married over Bag of Beans coffee and Apple Pie ala mode.
In June, I had no fridge or proper utensils yet. But the lure of Selecta’s Oreo Strawberry Cookies and Cream was too difficult to resist. I served them in small wine glasses (because I had no bowls). I had at least half a liter of ice cream juice the next day. No regrets!
Sometime in July, I met the Starbucks’ Sausage Roll. It has since become my go-to picker upper or quick lunch for when I don’t have a full hour to nom. It’s a cheesedog in a croissant and those are two of my favorite words ever, combined or not.
After several hits and misses, even trying complicated combinations and such, we finally found our favorite from Magnum Cafe- Death by Chocolate. One of the best-sellers, it’s a simple brownie-like chocolate cake topped with crunchy chocolate balls, and a stick of plain Magnum ice cream. De-lee-shoos.
Come September, a new place serving hot and fresh doughnuts popped up in McKinley Hill. These aren’t your typical round fluffy ones, instead, they’re small, bite-sized squares dusted with powdered sugar known in Louisiana as beignets and can be made better by sweet and/or savory dips. I wrote about them too- The Beignets of Louisiana Doughnuts & Co. McKinley Hill
In October, I had scored me jars of dulce de leche and did a quick and easy hack of Slice’s Choco Yema cupcakes for my cousin’s eleventh birthday. I wasn’t patient enough to try and copy the Choco Yema’s intricate design of tiny yema roses for dozens of cupcakes so I did a simplified version, it turned out well enough. I’m scoring this hack an 8 out of 10. (naks!)
In October, Bim and I signed up for a class with Maya Kitchen to learn to make baked goods and pastries. It was a super fun (and tiring) weekend activity where we got tips and tricks to make eclairs, cream puffs, and churros con choco! As soon as we got out of the class, we tried making our very own cream puffs at home but ended up with globs of barely edible flour things.
And finally, in December, what with the hustle and bustle of the holidays and various other events, there was barely any time to document all of the glorious Christmas food. But, what I did have time for is to take a quick snap of this happy little bottle of liquid gold.
In retrospect, 2014 was pretty good to me. Fun times were had, milestones were marked, and life decisions were made. May 2015 be even better, for all of us. Let’s drink to that? Y!
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