Sugar, spice, and a pinch of GLAM

Oyster Bay

03.27.14:  Greek Week

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 It’s almost Mother’s Day in the Philippines and I am so heartbroken that I am going to miss another one, to date I think I’ve already spent 4 Mother’s Day away from my Mom. Each weekend has been crazy busy and very exciting! I never thought I would look forward to Mondays this MUCH. I celebrated my first 7 Mondays here with a cocktail in one hand, laughing when I hear the #selfie song and hoping that I won’t scream #yolo by the end of the night. Now, reality came my way and now I am enjoying my weekends doing what I love to do — #kitchenlife.

P.S. I get a little too crazy with hashtags — #AsYouCanSee x #DontEvenGetMeStarted 

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with my Greek ❤

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For this year’s Greek Week, A and I were not able to go to more than one Greek restaurant because of his schedule. I was looking forward to going to at least one with him but #kitchenlife comes first in times like this. Luckily, I was able to go to Yasou with Lovely a few days before this so it was a good Greek week for me still 🙂

I am so happy that we were finally able to go to Oyster Bay Grille! I remember being too excited about that night because of 2 reasons — first, their Greek Week menu,and second, I get to see one of the best mentors I’ve had!

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Working in the kitchen is tough. Sacrifices has to be made and you spend pretty much your entire day in the kitchen on your feet hustling like a crazy person. I can’t even enumerate the many things that we have to go through because of this job — it is beautiful…hard…and I love it!

I am very lucky that I got to work with one of the most talented Chefs that I’ve met. Being under his supervision for a year was an amazing opportunity for me. I can’t express how grateful I am of the things that I learned from, cause without all the knowledge that I procured during my time with Chef Chris, I wouldn’t be able to do the things that I am doing now.

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So how can I pass up to see a beautiful plate like this? I was too excited to sit down and enjoy his food like a real diner, and not just take bits and nibbles of it because I have to know the taste for dinner service.

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A is crazy about charcuterie, when it is on the menu he will surely get it!

He also likes making charcuterie stuff, which I am very proud of! The patience and knowledge that him and Chef Chris has when it comes to charcuterie are just admirable.

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Duck Rilettes, Smoked Duck Breast, Porchetta Di Testa, Head Cheese, and Tasso Ham

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For my first course, I chose to get the Greek salad

Cause salad makes me happy and they toss it in their house made oregano vinaigrette 🙂

A had the Avgolemono soup — an interesting Greek soup made with rice, chicken, lemon, aromatic vegetables and egg

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My entree was Sauteed Shrimp and Octopus with lemon-caper cream, tomato feta orzo  and wilted garlic spinach

Everything about this dish was top notch!! OMG (seriously) shrimp and octopus? As soon as I saw this on the menu I was already set on getting this! Octopus and shrimp were perfectly cooked and I love love love the lemon-caper cream sauce (it took me back to the days when I was working with Chef Chris!) and uhhh the tomato feta orzo was just perfect for Greek Week and to serve it with spinach was just beyond perfect! I feel like this dish was made for me. LOL

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A;s Lamb Osso Bucco with Tomato Fennel Sauce , Lemon Roasted Potatoes, and Stewed Green Beans

Lamb was cooked perfectly! Very tender and flavorful. I am a sucker for potatoes so yeah, I finished A’s lemon roasted potatoes :))

 

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Dessert Time!!

 

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Baklava

My favorite Greek dessert! I love chilled Baklava and this was perfect! Served with chocolate? Yes please! Heavenly indeed.

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Bread Pudding

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March 2014 here in Baltimore was still pretty cold and I remember being annoyed cause it snowed a few times when it was supposed to be spring already

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Most of the time,when it’s cold, I just want to feel comfortable and wear leggings so I pulled out one of my comfiest sweaters,paired it with the skirt that my sister gave me and wore my favorite leggings

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Sweater: Forever21

 

 

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Shielding myself from  the cold with my favorite scarf and jacket

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Another amazing date night with my forever date! 🙂

xx

r ❤

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