I'm sure you guys may already be getting tired of me and my family's "traditions" since it has somewhat became a byword in my blogposts. But guess what? Here comes a new one! Every birthday, the family and I would ALWAYS eat at GLORIA MARIS after mass. I know it may be very trivial to some but I suggest you all to try it because nothing is more comforting than having a cupful of hot congee after thanking the Lord for all of our blessings.
Well... THAT and my hugs. I doubt though you'll get the latter UNLESS you give me and the Chinese Adonis GC's to SPIRAL buffet all year round. HA!
Our GLORIA MARIS birthday breakfast tradition was accidental really because it's not like we decided to eat there since it was somebody's birthday. We just noticed though that every time after we attended a birthday mass (for somebody in the family) and my Dad would ask the celebrant where he/she wanted to eat, the choice would always be GLORIA MARIS probably because we always had dimsum and congee for Sunday breakfasts growing up, and it was so near our church.
And so it started. Without really expecting something else, the answer to the birthday question would now always be GLORIA MARIS. Great thing, we all wouldn't have it any other way.
Except with MY warm hugs though (tee hee... like Olaf!) So sorry you all won't get to experience that!
Even though our family's birthdays fall on a work week, we all take half day leaves so that we could all be together.
Except for my eldest brother though. He lives in the mountains. Joke! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
I love GLORIA MARIS interiors because of its high ceilings with subtle touches of Asian elegance.
GLORIA MARIS is a Chinese restaurant that is fancy for special occasions but still had that casual vibe to have a fun dining experience.
Here we are!
My mom, the special celebrant that day, and my Dad in GLORIA MARIS!
My older sister! She's the exact replica of my Mom!
My kuya Jon and Daddy's assistant Edwin!
Ate Jojit started ordering for everybody in GLORIA MARIS.
First on the table was a small plate of GLORIA MARIS Pork Buns (P175.00). These were actually quite good! Of course, what they served in TIM HO WAN was much better but this was still a worthy order in GLORIA MARIS. Just remember to have it heated.
We ordered a big piping hot bowl of GLORIA MARIS fish congee (P195.00) to share. We also ordered an extra plain one (P90.00) since my Dad was not really into fillings.
We cannot NOT eat in a Chinese restaurant and NOT order pork siomai (P170.00). Of course, in true GLORIA MARIS style, this was plump, juicy, and so full of dimsum awesomeness!
My Mom's favorite is GLORIA MARIS' beancurd roll (P170.00). Now this was normally very delicious but for some reason, what we got that morning was a tad rubbery to the bite. Such a disappointment.
We finished it anyway. HA HA HA HA HA HA!
I got an order of GLORIA MARIS Shrimp Hakaw (P175.00) since it was Mati's favorite.
FYI though, he was not with with us that breakfast morning because he had school. I'm just ordering and eating this for him! Tee hee!
Another favorite of the celebrant is GLORIA MARIS Shrimp Vegetable Dumpling (P175.00) so we ordered it and gave her 1 piece. BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Kidding.
GLORIA MARIS Chicken Feet (P175.00)!
Our GLORIA MARIS grub!
ERICJAZ FOODIES with family in GLORIA MARIS!
Yes, I still included Yub in the name because again, I ATE FOR HIM!
The lookalikes digging in to all the dimsum in GLORIA MARIS!
My plate!!! My very simple but delicious GLORIA MARIS plate!
Here's how I always eat my GLORIA MARIS congee: I put in some chicken feet sauce plus chili garlic oil, and fried wanton chips!!!
Our GLORIA MARIS bill!
Happy Birthday to a very special lady who is loved by all!!! Our breakfast at GLORIA MARIS marks the start of your many celebrations!
A picture of my mom with her most beautiful and favorite daughter. HA!
Good thing my sis doesn't read my blogs. Ha ha ha ha ha!
Me and my very anti-camera family. Ha ha ha ha ha! Unlike me and the Yub (he doesn't have a choice though), my family doesn't like to have their pictures taken. Good thing I had an excuse that morning since it was my Mom's birthday! He he he he!
After that traditional AND delicious birthday breakfast at GLORIA MARIS, my family had some coffee at Cinnabon.
I asked for another picture with my Mommy!!! Doesn't she look very pretty? She's also VERY beautiful inside and out. The epitome of a true lady she is!
Let me share what happened when we got home!
We also had a mouth watering birthday lunch for my Mommy! We always cook pancit bihon for long life...
Plus, we kill a live chicken because we believe in "palit buhay". My mom has been doing it for us and everyone in the household who is celebrating his/her birthdays. Of course, we will be doing the same for her.
Usually the "sacrificial" chicken is cooked in 2 batches:
The white meat of the chicken is whipped up into a very tasty tinola!
While the dark meat is fried into crispy chicken!!!
The little lords were early that day because it was their periodic exams. After he dressed up, Andrei excitedly took a pinch to taste the Fried Chicken's crunchy skin.
I told him that the Fried Chicken in front of him is his 1 year old pet.
BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!
My little lord nervously ran to the garage and checked out his chicken!!!
Tee hee! Gotcha Andrei! Your white chicken still lives!!!
Remember how some children would ask their parents to buy colored birds that are sold on streets? With Andrei, if you buy him one, he'll really take care of it. I'm so thankful that my parents are supportive of his love for animals that they had a cage constructed for Andrei's birds.
This white chicken here is a givaway from my mareng Perlie's birthday party. She's Chinese and would always have live "pet" tokens. Ha ha ha ha ha!
Just to be clear though. We buy our "sacrificial" live chickens in our nearby wet market. Yup you could do that! We just have it "terminated" by our trusted assistants at home. He he he he he!
We NEVER cook Andrei or anyone's pets for that matter. We just love joking about it! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Before eating Mommy's birthday lunch, Andrei went up to his lola and showed the letter he made for her.
My mom read it out loud for all of us.
Could you understand his writing? Isn't Andrei sweet? Check out the stick drawings!
Could you understand Andrei's penmanship and spelling? What he wrote here is so funny if you could decipher it. So cute!
My Mommy loved it! She was so touched with Andrei's thoughtfulness and appreciation of her caring.
Time to dig in!!!
The little lords still get a "pingot" when they're naughty though. KIDDING! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha!
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