Salvatore Cuomo & Bar

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If you’ve been following me on social media, then you know how much I love the Baby Barangay (aka Patty Laurel-Filart, Bianca Santiago-Reinoso, Nicole Hernandez-de los Angeles, Cat Juan-Ledesma and myself). This mommy support group has been my lifeline from my preggy days to the crazy fourth trimester (the first three-months after giving birth), handling Tristan’s first year to approaching the terrible twos. It has been such a blessing to be able to work with them, as it is always fun, relaxed and easy (it doesn’t feel like work at all). That’s why I couldn’t think of a better group of people to spend Valentine’s Day with–seriously, these girls mean the world to me.

We were invited by Tim Yap to dine at Salvatore Cuomo & Bar for Valentine’s Day, but decided to go the day after to avoid the crazy traffic (we are such moms). What an amazing dinner it was! We had a wonderful Italian feast paired with equally excellent wine. The stylish interiors and warm service are also noteworthy, and are great reasons to come back. This was one for the books–the Baby Barangay really enjoyed our time here. The food was excellent!

Now, a little backgrounder on the restaurant: Salvatore Cuomo is a premium casual Italian restaurant with Japanese influences (this explains the pizza, pasta and yakitori on the menu). Chef Salvatore Cuomo is actually Italian-Japanese, and his specialty is Neapolitan pizza (which is so delicious, by the way).

img_1567One of the best things about this restaurant (apart from its food, of course) is the stylish but relaxed interiors. I especially loved the long tables that can accommodate big groups like ours.

img_3266The open kitchen is another unique characteristic of this restaurant. I am a fan of open kitchens–these awesome chefs make cooking look so easy.

img_7918Love this chandelier–it is so pretty.

img_2996Catching up with these girls is always so much fun.

img_6861To start, we had Caprese con Mozzarella di Bufala (P750). This simple dish is a great appetizer–it is served with Buffalo Mozzarella and super sweet tomatoes.

img_0641Another yummy appetizer: Assorted 5 kinds of Yakitori (5 pieces/P550). This was Patty’s favorite!

img_9209Next up, PIZZA! Their Quattro Formaggi (P770) is just out of this world. It is served with 4 kinds of cheese and topped with truffle honey. Gaaaaaah! So delicious!

img_3111 The best Valentine’s dinner! ❤

img_0722Another must-order: the Sole Meuniere (P950). This is sautéed flounder with mushroom and caper sauce paired with mashed potatoes. Very light and tasty.

img_3857Someone was obviously very happy with the dinner.

img_5162This was Tristan’s favorite: Spaghetti al Funghi e Salmone Affumicato (P490). It is spaghetti served with smoked salmon, mushrooms and olive oil–simple but delicious. I think my son ate half of this plate!

img_5319Tristan loved the food!

img_3655Cant leave home without this guy.

img_7848This was not on the menu, but was oh so delicious. This leg of lamb was so soft, it just fell off the bone. Amazing dish!

img_5294 Our forever dates. ❤

img_4539The fully stocked bar.              img_7584            Cat and Carl.

img_7153My loves. The Baby Barangay moms.

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Salvatore Cuomo & Bar is located at:

Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

(02) 946 30 72 / (02) 946 30 73

Travel Diary: Amsterdam

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What a gorgeous city! My little family and I definitely enjoyed our week-long stay in Amsterdam. Everything about it appealed to us–the windy weather, luxurious canal houses, picturesque bridges and canals, cool biking culture, and rich art and history. We didn’t follow a strict itinerary because we brought Tristan with us, but we enjoyed exploring the city nonetheless, and loved walking everywhere. Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip. ❤

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doTERRA Essential Oils

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I was recently invited to attend a workshop on essential oils (hosted by doTERRA), along with Baby Barangay moms Cat Juan-Ledesma, Bianca Santiago-Reinoso and Patty Laurel-Filart. All I can say is WOW, I had no idea how amazing essential oils are and how many health benefits they deliver when used correctly. 

Before this, my knowledge of essential oils was limited to aromatherapy via room scents (using burners or air purifiers). I did not know essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications (as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on the user) that include aromatic, topical and internal methods. These can actually be used as a natural alternative to traditional medicine and have proven to elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses.

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Admittedly, this was all hard to believe at first. Until I tried it at home and saw for myself how effective they are. Now, I don’t think I can live without it and I am ready to try other essential oils to treat common ailments.

The best example I can think of is how effective lavender essential oil has been for putting my son Tristan to sleep. So okay, one thing about my son is that he likes to sleep late. He is usually most active at night, and my husband and I have tried so many things to change this, including waking him up in the morning, changing his nap time, and tiring him out so he is asleep by 10pm. Nothing has worked (our little guy fights sleep no matter how tried he is) and just when we were ready to give up, we tried using lavender essential oil. We applied it on Tristan’s neck and feet, and it worked like magic. Seriously, all we needed was a drop and he went straight to bed.

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Now, I need to make it clear that the lavender I used is a therapeutic-grade essential oil from doTERRA. The US-based company has been selling essential oils since 2008 and is one of the first to standardize only the highest quality essential oils from around the world as Certified Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). I need to clarify this because before the workshop I though all essential oils are pretty much the same thing. They are not. The efficacy will depend on how potent the essential oil is and of course, how trustworthy the brand is.

I am definitely no expert here (there is still so much for me to learn), but I feel like this is too good not to share. So, here’s what I learned from this amazing workshop by doTERRA–scroll down to read all about the health benefits of essential oils.

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1.) Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect thru aromatic application.

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2.) You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply. Other ways to use essential oils is by applying oil to a cotton ball and placing it in the air vents of your vehicle, mixing oils in a spray bottle with water and misting over furniture, carpet or linens, adding oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets, and using it in household surface cleaners.

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3.) Another effective method for applying essential oils is by topical application. Because essential oils have low molecular weight and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.

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4.) Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage with increase blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

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5.) It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status. Other effective methods of topical application include adding a few drops of oil to a warm bath, making a hot or cold compress by soaking a tower or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area, and adding oil to a moisturizer and then applying to skin.

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6.) Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.

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7.) When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted. You actually use oils in recipes for cooking and baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices (it is best to start with a very small amount—a tip is to use the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food rather than using a dropper), add essentials oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, etc.       img_8730

To know more about doTERRA essential oils, click on to http://www.doterra.com and follow @doterraTHERAPY on Instagram.

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Off the shoulder

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I absolutely love how easy this outfit is. ❤ It is dressy enough to take me to events and meetings, yet it is super comfortable. Both top and pants are from Details, the leather block heels are from SM Parisian, and earrings are from SEPA (follow them on IG: @sepacebu). ❤

Our Airbnb flat in Amsterdam

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This Airbnb flat is too pretty not to share. We absolutely loved our stay in Amsterdam because our apartment was stylish, spacious and cozy. The location was ideal as well, as it was away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close to a metro stop that immediately connected us all the places we wanted to visit. We especially enjoyed the nearby restaurants and parks and just walking around the neighborhood. We really hit the jackpot with this one, which is why I am such a fan of Airbnb.

My wish is for everyone to have the same positive experience with Airbnb, which is why I am giving you a discount for your next booking. All you have to do is use my link: www.airbnb.com/c/kmisafernandez. This works when you register with Airbnb for the first time.