Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Festivities

Hello interwebs, I’m back! My favorite holiday is now officially over (boo!) and my holiday eating-habits have been put on pause until we have to welcome 2015 in a few hours. But before I even attempt to say good riddance to 2014 and attempt to sort out my diet, let me just throwback to last week and remember all the good food and company I partook in.

Our first stop of the day was at Grandma’s Little Bakery down at Alexandria. I visited this restaurant once before for my nephew’s baptism brunch and basically fell in love with their entire breakfast buffet (which sadly wasn’t available that day). The first time I was there, I didn’t really get to see much of the main dining area of Grandma’s Little Bakery as their buffet is sort-of blended into the garage/parking/office area of the warehouse space this restaurant occupies. So it can be quite tight (space-wise) and very busy when the buffet is open. wpid-2014-12-24-04.19.16-1.jpg.jpeg


(L-R) Myself, Rius (my sister-in-law’s older brother) and Julia (my niece)


Fam and food 🙂

The main dining hall has a really homey feel to it, which I really love. I feel like this place would be perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch or a I-need-to-get-rid-of-this-hangover-if-I-can-be-bothered-to-get-out-of-bed meal. I would describe their decor as mostly shabby-chic and I say mostly because it does have a bit of an industrial vibe to it.

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Grandma’s Little Bakery is best known for their Shakshukas. My family ordered it in three variants and I believe the following photo is of their Beef Shakshuka. Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of this because I’m not really into anything that has a lot of egg in it (don’t ask me why, I don’t really know either). But it does taste very good and the portions are excellent.
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I went for the Grandma’s Haya Spinach and Feta borekas and a Lemonade (I’m attempting to live up to my blog name if you couldn’t already tell lol). I liked the flavour of the borekas, but I did find that the pastry was a bit dry. I suspect this is because they prepare them beforehand and heat them up again when someone orders it. Squeezing lemon does help it a bit, but I would have enjoyed this more if it were less dry. wpid-2014-12-24-10.40.03-1.jpg.jpeg wpid-2014-12-24-10.39.56-1.jpg.jpeg

Later in the day my brother started prepping for our yearly noche buena (If you don’t know what it is, it’s a traditional meal that we eat on Christmas eve particularly at midnight. I think it’s a celebratory/welcoming feast. I’m not a hundred percent sure of its origins but we Filipinos practice it and possibly some other cultures too.) We had some roasted lamb and a bit of salad, it was really simple but very delicious. wpid-2014-12-25-12.39.20-1.jpg.jpeg wpid-2014-12-25-12.39.15-1.jpg.jpeg wpid-2014-12-25-12.39.19-1.jpg.jpegWell, that’s pretty much it for now. I hope you enjoy whats left of the holidays and I wish everyone a hangover free January the 2nd. Let me know in the comments how you spent your holidays and what traditions you have. Till next year!


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