Thursday, April 17, 2014

Peppermill Restaurant and Mixology Bar in Katipunan Extension: Peppermill Caterer's Best Menu

If you've heard of Peppermill Caterers, a catering business which started in 2007 which became popular among celebrities and politicians, then you'd be glad to hear that Vince Rodriguez, its Chef and Owner, opened his own restaurant last March 2014 along Katipuan Ave. extension in Quezon City - Peppermill Restaurant and Mixology Bar.

This new restaurant in Katipunan Ave. extension boasts of dishes with flavorful home cooking which Vince hesistantly labels as new American - a mixture of Mexican and old traditional American. Some of their offerings my family and I have tried are their Fried Mac & Cheese - macaroni, cheddar cheese, mozzarella, peppermill dressing with an option to have bolognese as add on.

Fried Mac & Cheese

I would also recommend their Fire Cracker - California roll with U.S. scallops, shrimp and kani.

Fire Cracker California roll

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: "No Cape Required" by Kirsten Parrish

This 52-day devotional which is appropriate for children, teens and fun adults, “No Cape Required: 52 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Hero”, is well loved by my eight-year-old son. Each daily devotional cites a hero from a popular movie as an example for the character trait and the Bible passage to be read. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Drum Basics for My Son

I am so proud of my son for so many reasons. He is gifted with keen ears for music and rhythm. Ever since I have tried playing the guitar to accompany him, he has always sang along in the right pitch. For not being tone deaf, I am already amazed. In fact, we, together with my wife, have done a recording of the song "In Me" by Casting Crowns and he didn't have a problem with singing his parts

All these have encouraged me to expose him to music more and more. We have had him go through piano and voice lessons. I have also bought him a junior guitar so I can get a chance to get him interested with it. Sometimes, we even play rhythmic drum patterns with him while at the dinner table or while doing household chores. One of my hopes is to be able to invest in a drum set with hammerax cymbals from guitar center or even with ordinary cymbal sets available locally so I can start to teach him basics of drums playing. I think his interest with rhythm has been awakened and I would want to take advantage of that while it's there.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Renewal of Vows Preparations

As my wife and I approach our 13th year of marriage this coming December, we are plan to have a renewal of vows ceremony. We haven't set a final date yet but we have both agreed to have the celebration this year. Having it on the same day of our wedding is ideal but we've already booked our flight to and from Singapore as part of our yearly wedding anniversary plans. 

Part of the planning is looking for a venue for the celebration and ceremony. Like our wedding in 2001, we both agree that we should have both the ceremony and the reception in one place. Another part of the preparation is looking for a new design for a new set of wedding bands. We hope that renewal of vows will keep our marriage and relationship fresh.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Look at Group D in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brasil

Two special teams stand out for me in Group D of the FIFA World Cup. Italy and England. With the higher level of football program and active football leagues from these two countries, it will not be a surprise if these two teams make it on top of their group and through to the next stage.

However, I don't necessarily predict a finals appearance for both teams so I don't think that there will be musical instruments playing italia at musicians friend or hooligans cheering their national teams during the finals of the World Cup 2014 Brasil.  I just wanted to single them out and say that in this group, it is pretty much clear who will get through the group stage (no offense to Uruguay and Costa Rica) based on World Cup history statistics. But, as they say, the ball is round, so there's no telling what might happen.