A Fathers Day Surprise Dinner

Friday 6 pm EST, 18 June 2010 – my wife asked me to go out to buy dinner because we were not able to prepare anything for that night. Little did I know that she and the kids have planned of going out for dinner.

I was supposed to have a meeting that evening with a prospective client/JV partner thru Skype and we set the meet at around 7 pm. I told myself that since we’ll only buy take-out, I have plenty more time to make it back at the house.

Alas, when we got to Memories of Japan, our favorite Japanese restaurant – I was surprised to find a table ready for us! I told them that I thought we’re just buying take-out and that I have a business meet at 7. They convinced me to just explain the situation to the person I was supposed to meet. I ask why and they replied – it’s Fathers Day!

I said, Fathers Day is on the 20th – why have the dinner tonight? My wife said that she doesn’t want to go with the crowd because she knows that the restaurant gets so busy whenever there’s an occassion. And besides, they might not let on reservations on the day of the occassion because it’s becoming a norm for a lot of Toronto area restaurants to discourage reservations.

Oh well. Since we’re there already, I might as well enjoy the night with my family. Another thing is, I miss my favorite order at this restaurant, so I just started to think of what to say to the person I’m meeting. It’s a good thing it’s just on Skype.

Happy Fathers Day to all dads!

Memories Of Japan
900 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON
(416) 449-3773

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Cheap Breakfast For Two Pinoy Style

Wanna know what a cheap Filipino food breakfast consist of? Would you believe it only cost $3.50 (157 pesos) and is good for two already?

Well, I’ve tried it when I was in the Philippines with JP and I still can’t believe I’d had a very good but cheap breakfast!

To get the best for cheap, we went to the nearest public market to buy everything that we’ll need, and because I’m craving for fish, I asked JP to get us fish for breakfast – for Filipinos, fish for breakfast means dried fish, usually. This cheap Filipino breakfast consists of:

1) Binusang dilis (anchovies)

2) Tomatoes mixed with itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs)

3) Two small pop

4) Bukayo (sorry, I don’t know it’s English name)

5) Longanisang Tagalog (Filipino sausage)

6) Halayang ube (Purple Yum) for dessert

7) 3 cups of rice

I know that not everyone would like what we prepared, but my point here is, in the Philippines it’s possible to live on $300 a month – accomodation and food included. You don’t even need a fridge to eat fresh food (just go the public market everyday), but you’ll need it (fridge) to store your left over food for later consumption. Doing that, brings down your food expenses even lower. In this instance, we just bought cooked rice. If you cook your own rice (rice is about 30 pesos a kilo), you can save even more because 1 kilo, when cooked, is a lot!

Here’s the video of the complete concoction of a cheap Filipino breakfast:



And the photo of the complete meal:


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Cheap and yummy, what more can I ask for?