Vintage dishes



I haven’t mentioned anything much about my kitchen renovations. We are done. Completely! And it’s beautiful. I can’t wait to show you. The only problem is, when we tried to turn on the appliances, something went wrong. So we are dealing with these details again. Patience truly is a virtue.

The kitchen is inspired by a farm house – or rather, a farm house sink specifically. It went well with our house because truthfully our house is like a real wooden cottage. It’s your Lola’s house in the province. So having some vintage-inspired treatments wasn’t too far out. Besides, I love vintage cookware and stuff.


My parents sent a box full of goodies on the slow boat to the East. By the time it got here after Christmas, we were so delighted to receive surprises. This is a vintage Pyrex mixing bowl that originally came in a set with green, blue and red bowls. Just beautiful.


It belonged to my brother-in-law’s grand mother. They lived in Toronto. And I’m so honoured to be the keeper of the vintage Pyrex bowl. These were first made in the 1940’s. And apparently the ones from the 1950’s onwards are numbered at the bottom. I don’t see any number in this yellow bowl, so maybe this is really old from the 1940’s.


Vintage Pyrex ad
Check out this classic ad for Pyrex. These bowls were made from 1940 to 1970’s.


There are more lovely vintage finds in our old kitchen storage – cake plates, milk glass, carnival glass. This little pitcher is from my mom. She sent it to me knowing how much I love old things. They just don’t make things like they used to. The jar of Choco Mallows is new. I just placed it there for size reference.


Our everyday dish gets a lot of reaction every time it makes an appearance in Instagram. It’s got a lovely relief pattern of flowers on its rim. The glass is hefty. It hardly ever chips. But sadly, many pieces have been broken. (I don’t want to get into that… sigh).


I don’t know much about Vitrock. After googling I found out it dates back to 1934 – 1937. OMG. They’re called Depression Glass. I’ve found some resellers online. I don’t really know if I’ll acquire more pieces of this. My mother-in-law had a lot – we have the sugar bowls, serving dishes etc. Plus I’m actually looking forward to using my own set of china from our wedding.


So yes, I’ve turned into a little old lady talking about china and bakeware. But like I said, it’s the quality of these old products that I love so much. Back then everything was built to last. And design was full of integrity.

Here are some vintage-inspired items I’m loving on the net.


Collage Vintage


01 Bar cart from Serena and Lily. Bar carts are the new black. This design is inspired by a mid-century antique and pays homage to the textural beauty of handwoven rattan.

02 Trina Turk ice bucket. The decorative palm design and gold hardware bring me back to backyard barbecues and the imaginary Palm Beach parties in the 60’s.

03 Reiss Lunata poppy dress. There’s something about the cut and print of this dress that evokes classic glamour even though it’s such a casual dress.

04 Sweater Pup Cookie Jar from Anthropologie. This doesn’t necessarily give a vintage vibe but because I grew up with a couple of dachshunds, I tend to equate these little dogs with the past. Plus, the idea of a cookie jar isn’t really too common these days with everyone eating everything on the go. That, or buying instant cookies wherever and whenever we feel snacky.

05 Kelly Wearstler sugar pot. Inspired by nature and organic lines evocative of marine florals from the 1920s, this Hillcrest sugar pot is quite the splurge at $300. It is part of a complete set.

06 Patisserie Baking Set from Anthropologie. This is so adorable, it comes with everything a little gourmand needs for “baking”. Each kit has an oven mitt, rolling pin, whisk, pastry cutter, cake tin, muffin tin, biscuit cutters, apron and French-language recipe book.



Vanilla Cupcake Bakery



I’ve been getting tagged on Twitter and Instagram by people who’ve seen the DAPHNE® Chairs at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. The photos all looked so adorable that I had to see the place for myself. Over Christmas, I made arrangements with the owner to visit the Glorietta branch. It is located on the second floor of the new part of Glorietta near the walkway to SM. The place stood out in all its cuteness.


This was three days before Christmas. Patrick, the girls and I did some last minute shopping. Soph and Lily were so happy to take a break from the mad rush.


Vanilla Cupcake Bakery had the most adorable and feminine kitchen. We were here to see the decor and use of DAPHNE Chairs as much as to taste the cupcakes. Neither disappointed.


The place was decorated like a playhouse version of grandma’s kitchen. There were tea and baking paraphernalia.


The girls loved all the details. Sophia said, “This is so me! A little bit Cath Kidston with DAPHNE chairs.” She went on about her love for vintage and feminine decor.


I was so giddy to see many DAPHNE Chairs in one space, all being used.


A lot of my Twitter and Instagram followers have mentioned that all my chairs had the logo plaque — a sign of authenticity (because yes, these have been faked and copied. Tsk!).


All the DAPHNE Chairs in Vanilla Cupcake Bakery are authentic. The owner bought them in Dimensione.


I wish I had this many of my chairs in my own home.


I love the mix of different chairs and sofas.


An orange one from the 2012 collection.


We weren’t able to get a seat, the irony. And we didn’t really have the time to sit around. So I don’t have detailed photos of the cupcakes.


But let me tell you, they’re all good – moist, soft, smooth.


The owner gifted me with a beautiful box of 12 cupcakes. The girls chose their cupcakes based on colour and design.


Lily fell in love with the place. And the cupcakes. So did I… and I don’t usually like sweets.


Vanilla Cupcake Bakery is located at Glorietta and Trinoma. Other branches will be opening soon.



Organic beef



New Year’s Eve is coming up soon. What are your plans? We always stay home. I think I did the big new year’s eve glamour bash a bit too much too soon. After all those overpriced countdowns, by my mid-20’s all I wanted to do was stay home and do new year’s eve quietly with my family. This year will be the same.

If you’re like me – and you don’t have a real kitchen (that’s a diff story) – and you’re good at sourcing caterers and food sources, you’d appreciate this. The Farm Organics has some good ideas this season. You have til Dec 31st to shop for these at the meat section of The Landmark Supermarket Makati and Trinoma.


For those who want to cook their own roast, we have a Ready-to-Cook Rib Eye Roast also available in our Landmark outlets, which retails at P1300/kilo


The Farm Organics Ready-to-Eat Roast Beef is available the meat section of The Landmark Supermarket Makati and Trinoma until Dec 31. Only P495 per pack, which includes mushroom gravy. Just heat and eat!


Here’s what the ready-to-eat roast beef looks like once it’s heated and plated. The beef remains sooooo tender!


For more info on The Farm Organics, like them on Facebook.



Paper Chic



Lily, decorating cupcakes
Once in a while I get to do mommy-daughter baking activities with the kids. I have some decorative cupcake holders and sprinkles on standby. Nothing fancy or Pinterest-able.


Snack box for 7th birthday
For simple school birthdays, I’ve made snack kits. Nothing major.


Of all the party favours I put together, this is my favourite. I bought hand-made and hand-painted bird houses in Tagaytay and packaged them pretty velvet ribbons and bird seeds. We made this for Stella’s first birthday.


I’ve had moments of panic like when I had to buy a regular mocha cake and print out my own Fancy Nancy character just so Lily could have the cake of her dreams at her school party. I also had to comb through a few branches of Goldilocks just to buy decorative flowers because they limit each purchase to 10. I don’t know why they care if people buy 10 or 50 flowers.


I was able to make it up to her with a Marta Matute cake at her house party. After this I stopped the business of having two celebrations. Haha.


With this new discovery, I don’t think I’ll ever have to panic again. I can host parties for my girls with or without fancy cakes or bird houses. This little Manila-based online shop has all the beautiful paper products we only used to see on Pinterest! And the prices are so friendly! The site is called Paper Chic Studio and true to its name their products are very chic!


Baking Cups, box of 24 P160


I’m going nuts over these paper straws!


Finally! Paper straws in the cutest patterns – stripes and dots. These are biodegradable.


Candy cups, set of 20, P150.


paper chic bakers twine
Bakers twine, 100 yards P220. Photo from Paper Chic Studio.

Order Paper Chic Studio products through Facebook or email them at




Alicia Sy’s Eat Out Now



Around this time last year, I got a call from Alicia Sy inviting me to brunch. I’d met Alicia a few years ago through my good friend Katherine. Most of our interactions had been about mommy stuff and occasional dinner celebrations. I had always noticed her attention to detail and fine taste. Really fine taste. At brunch, she told me of her decision to get into writing and the publishing industry full time. That was less than 12 months ago.

Now she is Town & Country Philippines’ Lifestyle Editor and a regular contributor at Elle Decoration Philippines, Yummy and Women’s Health. She just launched  her own blog at and she just released her first restaurant guide book – Eat Out Now. Whoa! All that! And I’m glad we were able to find time to have brunch with Katherine yesterday before picking up our daughters from school.


Here’s Alicia preparing salad for our dinner, with friends Sasa and Katherine. Contrary to her column and book, we were actually Eating In.


Alicia’s kitchen is the happiest place on earth. I want her to adopt me.


Like I said, attention to detail. This salad – everything was perfect.


Eat Out Now! 115 Manila Restaurants We Love


The guide book contains essays from other food experts – JJ Yulo, Joel Binamara, Erwan Heussaf, Cyrene de la Rosa, Sanjeeb Gopaldas and Noel Ermitano.


Eat Out Now! is a great guide to the best places to dine in Manila. It is organized well – categories, price points, location – and includes hole-in-the-wall eateries as well as chichi fancy restaurants.


Eat Out Now! 115 Manila Restaurants We Love, available at newsstands and bookstores for P250 through Summit Media.