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Mommy Treats: More Than Just Milk And Cookies

Mommy’s milk and lactation cookies, that is.

I already gave you guys a preview of the lactation cookies that Paola Loot sent me last December:

Some of you even went ahead and ordered some!

In bullet points, here’s what I thought of them:

  • Not too crumbly, not too chewy.
  • There’s a slightly bitter aftertaste that comes from brewer’s yeast. Be aware of it. It’s not bad, just present. Very tolerable.
  • The white chocolate versions and the ones with the raisins are better at masking the bitter aftertaste. The milk chocolate, not so.
  • They were effective. Oatmeal, fenugreek, brewer’s yeast – what else in galactogogues do you want?

I gave Paola my feedback and told her it would be nice if she could incorporate nuts. I love nuts (especially walnuts) in baked goodies.

And then today I got another treat from Paola:

No. Way. M..M..M..MUFFINS????

Banana oatmeal, banana walnut, and carrot walnut muffin bites! I quickly opened one pack. Ha! You thought the cookies were good? Paolo told me the muffin bites contain even more brewer’s yeast and fenugreek, but guess what? No aftertaste whatsoever!!!

Perfection.

Thanks Paola. You definitely made my day.

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Packages Are L-O-V-E

A few days before Christmas, I got a package from Paula Loot.

Basti's Bear and Paola's Package

In it were the most wonderful lactation cookies. They’re filled with “love, flaxseed, fenugreek, oats, and brewer’s yeast”!

Yum yum!

I’ll blog more about Paola’s yummy (and effective!!) lactation cookies on another post.

Today, I got this from Mr. 2Go.

Good morning Mr. 2Go! (yawn)

And I peek inside… Oooooh…

Gasp! Could it be???

After 10 million years, it’s here.

It’s about time mommy had a new toy to play with.

The Ramen Bar and the Eastwood Breastfeeding Room

I promised I would treat the family to dinner sometime, and so I did last night. We decided to try out The Ramen Bar, opened by a fellow PhilMUGger and birthing class classmate, Charlie Paw. I also wanted to see the Eastwood breastfeeding room.

Simple menu, with just a handful of appetizers, ramen varieties, and just one each of a rice bowl and dessert. If they are planning to expand the menu in the future, I think what they currently have is a good way to introduce themselves. I will not claim to be a ramen expert (or a food expert, for that matter) but I do know what I like. I have a chef for a brother; does that make me any more credible or just makes it more obvious that my family loves to eat?

Good ramen.

Supposed to be good for 1-2 people. Uh, good for one Eliza only.

I couldn’t take a picture of the pork buns because they were gone before I could snap a shot. Okay I admit, I ate them up. Fast.

My sister approves.

Yapi likes

To this day we need to figure out how my sister became part-Japanese.

Here’s the Eastwood breastfeeding station.

Comfy chairs, changing area, dedicated airconditioning and breastfeeding information on the walls. Great job L.A.T.C.H. and Eastwood Mall!

I also have a new thing on my I Want Need This List that I saw at Babyland:

Lassig Shoulder Diaper Bag

I wonder if The Painter will indulge me?

Gimme Mah Caveman and Yeti!!!!

The day started out as a regular art supply run. The only reason I ever find myself at SM City North Edsa is to visit Deovir for The Painter’s art supplies. I haven’t been there since I gave birth and I was pleasantly surprised to find the 3rd level of the Main Mall totally renovated. One shop caught my attention:

With a name like Caveman and Yeti, it’s pretty hard to miss. At first I thought it was yet another frozen yogurt shop, but no!! They serve one of my favorite things in the world – SHAVED ICE!! In a country where temperatures hit 90 degrees all the time, wouldn’t shaved ice be on top of your refreshments list too?

So we took a peek at the menu:

And we decided to try the a couple of the Caveman Creations to save on brain cells. Here’s the unnecessary, but irresistible Basti Pic of the Day:

We decided on the Mais Con Hielo with Cornflakes, and the Strawberry with Graham Crackers.

Mais con Hielo

Strawberry

We also ordered a Mochi Bun. It was served warm and was oozing with chocolate syrup.

Both of the orders were set on vanilla-flavored ice. We ordered the regular sized cups so we wouldn’t be overloaded with orders, right? WRONG. I have two simple words for ya:

ANG SARAAAAAAAP. The ice is perfectly shaved. It’s feather-light and the flavor stands out. I should’ve ordered the “Sharing” size because I think I could’ve finished it. Without sharing.

Between the two, I liked the strawberry more. The mais con hielo is a familiar taste, and would be a good choice if you’re looking for comfort and cool on a hot day. But strawberry won the flavor contest.

Because I am naturally chikadora, I engaged the owner, Dazzle (chika ng name!!) and she treated me to a couple of samplers.

How they prepare the ice is fascinating. They pull out a huge chunk of ice (it looks like a giant Twin Popsie) and the machine does the rest.

Dazzle gave me a taste of the peanut butter and ube ice dishes. The peanut butter is drizzled with chocolate syrup and served with crumbled Choc-Nut.

The ube is served with chunks of halaya and ube pastillas.

Both were really good, but I already fixated on the strawberry. I loved how the vanilla ice (ice, baby – sorry couldn’t resist) meshed perfectly with the strawberry and graham.

Dazzle says they’re looking to open more branches and hopefully, franchise soon. So for now, one guess on who’s a willing volunteer to go for an art supply run?

Caveman & Yeti

3/F SM City North Edsa Main Mall