About Cafe Munchkin

Hello! I'm Munchkin Mommy and this is my nook in cyberspace where food takes center stage. I'm not an expert cook...but I am an expert eater. ;) What's on the menu? Mostly anything and everything about food: my kitchen triumphs and nightmares, restaurant explorations and discoveries, recipes, and so much more. Well, you'll find some non-food related entries as well. :D Feel free to hang out here and stay as long as you like. The cafe is open 24 hours! ;)


Happy Hour at Kona Grill

Posted By on March 23, 2012

I love happy hour, not for the drinks but for the half-priced bar chow. True, choices are limited, but that’s something I can live with. To be honest, I really couldn’t care less about the drinks. I’m an eater more than a drinker. I actually prefer to drink water  or unsweetened iced tea more than anything else. Oh, let’s not forget my coffee!

It was a good friend who introduced me to the beauty that is the Kona Grill happy hour. A good number of appetizers and sushi rolls can be enjoyed at only half their regular menu prices. So, when I am too lazy to cook, which lately, I almost always am, we time our visit to Kona Grill such that we’re there close to dinner time and just before the office crowd comes in.

We typically order 4 kinds of rolls (each order is 8 pieces) and for my daughter, the Kona Calamari.

She loves those crunchy deep fried battered squid rings, which is served with spicy aioli dipping sauce. As of our last visit, the price is around $5.  She also loves the Crab Crunch and California rolls.

For hubby and me, we almost always order the Spicy Salmon or the Spicy Tuna roll, rolls our daughter won’t touch just yet.  We love a little kick in our food. It’s a huge bonus that a little heat helps speed up metabolism. That’s something I learned from Dr. Oz, not from a Thyroid doctor austin.  The rolls are priced at around $3.50 during happy hour. I say that’s a bargain!

There are other interesting items on the happy hour menu, which we have yet to try. To think we’ve already been there a couple of times! Predictable people. That’s us! We can always try next time, or maybe not.

It’s Friday! Have a good one, y’all!

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Sweet Treats from Le Madeleine

Posted By on March 20, 2012

I have a confession to make. Hubby and I have never hired a sitter. And neither have most, if not all, of our closest friends. Don’t judge because that’s just how we are, tragic as it might sound to some. Hee hee. However, our little circle has devised what we’d like to think is a win win plan where everybody ends up happy.

So what’s the plan? We, the parents, schedule our dates around our kids’ play dates. It’s more like the other way around really. We schedule play dates around our occasional mommy and daddy only date.  And I tell you, it works like a charm. *wink*

And here’s how one of our couple friends thanked us for hosting a play date:

Yumm-eee! These were from Le Madeleine. It would have been unwise to be in one of ’em blood testing dallas labs the following day. Haha! We have the sweetest, most thoughtful friends. Promise!

Our small family shared most of the calories, from the oist and chocolatey Sacher Torte to the tiramisu and the  fruit tart and the Napoleons.

Didn’t I say it was a win win plan? *wink*

Cheers, y’all!

Candy Land – Themed Cake

Posted By on March 19, 2012

My daughter lost a tooth yesterday. She still hasn’t discovered the gift the Tooth Fairy left for her under the pillow. She’ll find it when she comes home from school today. Now, here’s a cake that the Tooth Fairy won’t be too thrilled about – a Candy Land cake. I made it last year for the double birthday celebration of two sweet girls.

This was a fun cake to make and decorate. I used a lot of real candies for decorations. I still made a good number of decorations out of fondant. Take for instance, Princess Lolly…

I found out just a few minutes ago that Princess Lolly, who resides in Lollypop Woods looks, just a tad different now. I guess the version we have of the Candy Land game is old.  It’s where I based this Princess Lolly topper from. Watch out, Princess Lolly! The Tooth Fairy is after you! Hee hee.

It was late September when I made this cake. No candy canes on sale yet! So I just made some, out of fondant, I mean. *wink*

Where are the cute lollipops when you need them? I probably just wasn’t looking hard enough. I like my pink and purple spiral lollipop.

Follow the signs!

And here’s the back of the cake! What a sad day for dentists! Hee hee.  That’s coming from someone with sweet teeth. I have more than a sweet tooth, you know!

Cheers, y’all!

Asia Cafe

Posted By on March 19, 2012

Who doesn’t love  generous servings of good food at reasonably good prices? For dinner yesterday, we had just that exactly, generous servings of authentic Asian fare at under $10 per order at a place called Asia Cafe.

At Asia Cafe, you are your own server.  You go to the counter, order your food and pay. You will then be handed a number. While waiting for your number to be called, you can grab some plates, bowls, silverware, napkins and cups and bring them to your table. When your number is finally called, you go back to the counter and claim your order.

My little girl had a big bowl of Mixed Seafood Noodle Soup.I take that back. It wasn’t big. It was huge!

The soup had  shrimps, scallops, squid and vegetables.

Hubby and I shared a bowl of Spicy Three  Seafood Delight Udon Noodle Soup.

It’s safe to say that this is the spicy version of my daughter’s noodle soup. It was hot (as in not cold) and hot (as in spicy). I loved it!  One has to be really really hungry to be able to finish the big bowl of  noodle soup.

We also had Eggplant with Garlic Sauce which my daughter liked so much.

The photo doesn’t do this saucy dish justice. This was supposed to be spicy, as denoted by the red chili mark next to the name of the dish on the menu. It wasn’t spicy at all, but I’m ok with it. My daughter would have probably liked it less if  it were spicy.

If you have a choice between dine-in and to-go, opt to dine in, if only so you’ll be sure you’ll enjoy the full portion/s of what you’re ordering. I can’t get over how competitive the prices are and how generously portioned. They have quite an extensive menu so there’s bound to be something for everybody. We’ll be back, that’s for sure!

Ah, Spring Break is over. Before you know it, you’ll be working your

pool blower and milking it for all it’s got.


Have a great week ahead, y’all! Mabuhay!


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Grand Piano Cake

Posted By on March 14, 2012

October last year, I made a grand piano cake for a smart and talented boy’s 11th birthday. It was his parents who asked me to make a cake. If the thoughtful birthday boy had his way, he wanted his Auntie Munchkin Mommy (me!) to just relax and have fun at his party and not worry about his cake. Didn’t I say he is sweet?

I made the mistake of thinking that this was going to be an easy cake to make. Well, for the most part, it was. It was the little details that took the most time to make. I was hoping for a more detailed grand piano. But it was not to be. Nonetheless, I am still very happy with how the cake turned out, smudges of cornstarch notwithstanding.

Go ahead and count the ivory and black keys. They are 88 all in all.

This is the closest I’ll allow you to see the cake. The black of the fondant looks a lot more pleasing at this distance.

As a young girl who played the piano, I dreamed of having my own baby grand piano. This is a baby-sized grand piano all right! How’s that for a dream come true? *wink*

I can only imagine how more challenging it would be to make a sculpted car cake complete with car title loans Wisconsin printed on edible paper for that added realism. It’s going to be interestingly fun to make. I know that for sure.

Cheers to beautiful music!