Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Let's Join Chef Lau's Dinner Party!

Hold on to your pots and pans, people.  This is going to be a men-who-cook-are-hawt post!

Everybody knows Chef Rolando Laudico.  Celebrity Chef de Cuisine of the Chef Laudico Group, the genius behind Bistro Filipino, and the host for the upcoming exclusive Colgate Pro-Relief Chef's Dinner Party.

Now, a handful (give or take) knows Jing.  Head cook and owner of Bulalo Mismo, loving husband to moi, and a huge fan of culinary masters around the world.

The common denominator between the two:  They both love soups.  They both love to please others gastronomically.  And, they both love to cook because they both love to eat.  My husband once said, 'If you don't love to eat, then you can't put love in what you cook.'

In the same way that Chef Lau said, “Food is my life, my love, it’s what fuels me and inspires me. I enjoy eating everything and anything! As long as it's cooked well with a lot of love. “

Sadly though, another thing they both share is sensitive teeth. It's that piercing pain that spreads to the brain like wildfire, and keeps them from their simplest joy:  Food.  For two men whose passion lies in the kitchen, this is cruel, cruel irony.

Good thing Chef Lau discovered Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief.  It's as potent as the paste used by dentists but with a delightful fresh taste.  Its Pro-Argin Formula tackles the root cause of the sensitivity, making it twice more effective than other brands.  In fact, rubbing it on your affected tooth relieves the pain almost instantly.  Since then, Chef Lau goes on cooking and tasting his spectacular creations hardly feeling any sensitivity at all. 
My husband agrees.  He's been using and thanking Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief for quite some time, too.

So why must my husband and I be invited to Chef Lau's Dinner Party?  Pure and simple.  I bet these two food lovers have a lot to talk about and share with each other  --while enjoying Chef Lau's signature Bistro Filipino delectables, without the slightest tinge of teeth sensitivity.  THAT would be phenomenal!
Me?  I'd eat to that. :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill

Woohoo, book review!

Tita Annie gives the coolest gifts.  Like this one she got for Miro.  Whoop-bam on that title, baby! Penned by Michael Spradlin and inked by Jeff Weigel, Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill is definitely the book for the zombie-loving freakazoid that is our family.  Even better, it presents these zombies as nursery rhyme characters --to feed the Grimm-loving freakazoid that is our family.

I can almost see you wrinkling your nose in disapproval. 
And this is me chuckling in retort.  :D
If you appreciate artistry in irony and irreverence... if you believe humor doesn't only come in shades of pink and baby blue... then this book is for you.  If not, your taste for old school will be respected.

However, for those who dare, bedtime stories will never be the same again. 
Sweet and sour dreams!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Imagination, Live!

Do you ever see your kids doodling unfamiliar characters on paper or on your living room walls?  Do you ever ask them who these characters are?  Do you ever gasp and clap in awe upon learning that your children actually invented original characters straight out of the mad, unbridled workings of their imagination?

Well, here's a cool parenting tip:  Bring your children's imagination to life!

Ok, tall order.  Bring your children's imagination to something more tangible than lead markings on paper.  Bring them to the 3D-ness of papier mache sculpture!
There... that's workable.

You know me.  I'm a papier mache advocate beyond control.  And my boys have imagination bursting at the seams, too.  This calls for a great collaboration! 

And so it began when Kenji thought, "What if Super Mario went to Hogwarts...?"  Questioned answered just like that.

Miro mused, "Penguins don't have to be cute all the time.  I think they can be powerful warlords!"  And now they are.

My husband said, "It would be nice if my little eatery had a mascot."  So be it, Kitchen Jedi.

I just had to pipe in, "Can my other blog have an action figure, too?"  My boys agreed.  Yay!

Our imagination in 3D!  How cool is that!

We had the most fun sculpting, slathering glue, and painting this batch of papier mache sculptures. There's that extra fulfilled feeling when you see your thoughts coming to, well, life. :)  Try it!