Sunday, September 16, 2012

Q.C. Brunch Pick #1: Stacy's at Capitol Greenstreet

I'm currently having a resto-crush on Stacy's, it's a heavenly 50's diner themed place tucked sweetly amidst the trees and slopes of Capitol Golf Course, just off U.P Diliman. We planned on having brunch and woke up  at around 8:00 a.m, started moving at about 9:00 a.m and went out the door at around uhhhm eleven-ish?! 

Since we picked the auspicious day of  the ACET, the typhoon and our 150th monthsary, (yup, that's how we roll!) our supposedly 15 minute drive doubled into 30 minutes along Katipunan Ave. We had to weave along the throng of cars of Blue Eagle hopefuls. Still, we can call it brunch since nobody except Sofie had breakfast yet and besides the place served all day breakfast. Yey!

We finally got there a little past noon, Sofie thought the restaurant was closed since the place was pretty much empty. I blame it on the typhoon and the ACET. Stacy's feels very much like walking into a Stepford grandmama's house, its quaint, sweet and makes you feel like wearing a little girl petticoat and sipping tea. Here's what welcomed us as soon as we were seated;

 Free Stacy's Merry Mix 

Hubby ordered the Irish Beef 'N Taters (205php), it was basically corned beef chunks cooked in malted beer and sauteed with lots of onions. It was juicy, tender and salted just right, yumyum! It was served with two perfectly poached eggs, golden steak fries and a choice of bread or rice. Of course my manly man chose rice and was shocked to see it heart shaped ;-)

The serving looked quite small  but really it was more than enough!


Sofie had the classic Stacy's Spaghetti and Meatballs (185php), it was cooked Italian style rather than Filipino which was probably why the little girl did not enjoy it as much. Or maybe because she finished the merry mix all by herself, along with my potato chips. It was good though and I loved the meatballs, which I had to finish sine the little girl does not eat much meat.


I was torn with all of the breakfast choices and finally settled for a Croque Madame (230php/215php w/o egg), it was a french toast ham and cheese sandwich topped with poached egg, served with potato chips, sour cream and strawberry jam. I had my egg on the side which the staff were very happy to accommodate. The meal was hefty and delicious, the strawberry jam was something they could improve on though. It would have been better if it was more like Good Shepherd and a little less like those little packets often served with hotel breakfast toast. Still, the poached eggs, I tell you if you have a hankering for poached eggs this is the place to go.



The only damper in our little brunch was that they did not have coffee. They have it on the menu but for some reason the coffee machine broke down earlier today. Bummer, huh?

Remember, I said the place was quite empty when we got there? In my experience,  it is never a good sign since that means A) the food is not that good B) Service sucks and C) Chances are, the food you'll be eating has already served it's jolly time in the resto freezer. NONE of these things apply to Stacy's, it turns out we were lucky we got there before the lunch crowd. By the time we started with our meal the place was packed and as much as we wanted to linger, we took pity at a couple of grandpa's sitting patiently at the kiddie table.

Over all we loved the food, the ambiance, the service and it's very kid friendly. Surely we would come back again and again and again!

Perks of having a 4-year old, we have a photographer in tow ;-)
She loved the place so much she said "Oh, YOU'RE going?" when we called her from the kiddie corner.





Stacy's
Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center,
1 Capitol Hills Drive, Quezon City
Mobile:  +63 927 326-2244 | +63 933 442-7661 | +63 917 847-2229
Facebook: Stacy's Resto
Twitter: @Stacysresto



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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Almonds


This recipe is soooooh easy even a 4 year old can do it. We found this blondie recipe from a Taste of Home and changed it up a bit to make it a little less sweet and a bit more crunchy. I've been teaching Sofie how to do small things in the kitchen to practice her fine motor skills. We incorporate our Math lessons there too, apparently she likes to bake and there's a lot of measuring and counting involved. This is her 2nd time to bake her masterpiece it so good we can hardly wait for it to cool down before we devour it.

WhatYahNeed

1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Belgian chocolate chunks 
1 cup sliced toasted almonds

WhatYahGottaDo!



1. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and mix until well blended  or until preschooler is ready to move to the next step.




2. In another  bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. 



3.Make a well and pour the brown sugar mixture. Mix well until blended.



4.Stir in chocolate chunks and sliced almonds. At this point the adult-pretending-to-be-in-charge can continue mixing as it can get hard and to make sure the ingredients are all blended well. 


4. Divide the batter in half and spread into two greased 11" by 7" baking pans. Bake each at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. If you can wait, cool on a wire rack then cut into bars. If not, it's best eaten with Mcdonald's Ice Cream Sundae ;-)
Makes 32 bars. 


Preschool Baking Tips



Tasting is always equivalent to grazing so make sure you have extra ingredients ;-)


It's a good time to take embarrassing photos to show future suitors ;-) 



Always make enough to share with friends and family,
here's my girl writing a note for her little cousin ;-)


For a happy and safe baking experience always practice caution, parents should be the ones to operate the oven or handle hot surfaces at all times. 


***Please note we are using a convection oven and you may need to adjust timing depending on the type of oven you will use.


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SCAM ME NOT: Platehead Scam/Spam Email

Thank God for my procrastination in checking my emails. Thank God for distracting me with my pregnancy hormones and for my new found addiction to GMANewsTV, CNN, FOXNews and Bandila. Thank God to Sen. Tito Sotto for entertaining me with his antics as a comedian-turned-Senator-turned-comedian!

It took a couple of weeks before I got to read this email, looking for a web content writer and since I am currently not looking for new work, I was able to concentrate more on the email and not get sucked in. It's one of those trying to be legit, fast-easy-money schemes that can really do you in if you are not careful.

What clued me in about this cheap, revolting scam? Apart from the horrendous grammar and composition, here are some things I noted:


  • It was asking for a free sample of my work  
  • The email promised money but did not include the currency. 
  • I Googled  their site and the domain already expired as of August 25, 2012. The email was sent to me August 7, 2012. 
  • Other bloggers who also wrote about Platehead.com that confirmed my suspicions.  Thank you guys!


Here's an email I got from Platehead.com, mom-bloggers please beware;-)
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Hello XXXXXXXX



We are looking for committed individuals to add to our team as internet marketing assistants/Virtual Assistants/Web content writers/copywriters


Job description:

You will be given a wide array of internet marketing related tasks and projects, especially search engine optimization work.
Tasks would include writing blog posts, publishing articles, web development, creating joint ventures with other websites, etc.

Skills required:

You must be fluent in written and conversant in the English language
You must be proficient with web-mailing, browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.
Experience with building/managing websites and HTML,CSS,PHP, etc. are preferred.
Internet marketing experience preferred, but not required.
College degree preferred, but not required.
"Willingness to learn new skills useful for Internet marketing"




Pay:


13000-14000 per month starting pay.

How to apply:

Please submit atleast 1 article about "Information Security & Techonology" to writers@platehead.com

This job is 3 hours a day and 5 days a week we offer high compensation for qualified employees.


Thanks

Yeah, sure pull a fast one on my why don't you!
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