#frugalfashionista: Filipina food finds 

A Philippines getaway vacation with the boyfriend coming up and a little bit of longing for home I was in search of a Filipino restaurant. I had done the Google search and came upon one single find in the area. The search landed me with JnJ Turo Turo in Quincy, MA. So Friday after work I threw the suggestion to Todd who joined me in this mini quest. 

As we approached the restaurant our faces slowly began to take on disappointment. The place was dark with the white and red sign in the window glaring at is with their “closed” status. I couldn’t believe it, it was only 7:45pm and wasn’t due to close for at least another 15 minutes. But we parked anyway, adjusting our quest to check out the Filipino grocery store we thought we saw next door. 

The shelves of this grocery store were filled with childhood nostalgia. There were treats my parents had made, treats relatives would bring back from trips to the “homeland.” I reached for my favorites and a cheesy Tagalog drama. Though we were bummed about missing the restaurant we made do with the grocery trip. In fact I was quite pleased with the grocery discovery. 

It was worth while mini adventure that ended in pleasant discovery. 

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#frugalfashionista : frugal fine dining

I was out at dinner with the rest of my design team and one of our vendor teams. We were at Cameron Mitchell’s “Ocean Club,” which serves up a reputation of wonderful dishes. One of the other designers and I ordered this fantastic $30+ plate of teriyaki salmon. I was so pleased with it I wanted to try the recipe for myself.

While I am absolutely no professional culinary artist, I looked up a recipe and decided to give it a shot. I found this one on cookingclassy.com. While my plate at ocean club was a little more than $30, it only cost me about $30 to make two entrees, mussels for appetizer, and maybe another $10 for our Pinot Grigio.

The sauce was almost as good as I remember it being from the restaurant. My boyfriend certainly had no opposition to the plate, he loved it.

With valentines day around the corner, this plate might be for you too! Give it a shot. Tell me what you think! I’ve included the recipe below.

Much love – MA

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