The other day, my NFF (New Found Friend) Jane, asked me if Gia might be interested in learning about a new cooking class that was being offered by a friend of hers. Her friend, Ut, has a bakery that is quite close to our homes called Manna.
Ut has had the bakery for more than a couple of years already, but really, her line of businesses that she owns are all different in nature. I was intrigued to learn about one such business that caters to Filipinos that are overseas and would like to send gifts to their friends and family back home.
Speed Regalo is a great click and pay website where you can order pretty much anything and everything to send for birthdays, anniversaries or just every day reminders to the family that is left behind when you required to go abroad for your careers.
But I digress from the title of the post…
Manna is a bakery, but differs from most other bakeries you may know of. Because of the location and crowd that is prevalent in the area, if you would like to enjoy their freshly baked goods that are delivered daily, it’s best to visit in the afternoon. Ut explained to us that all of the baked goods come from a bigger location where all the baking is done-deliveries are received when the bakery/cafe business picks up, which is about three or four in the afternoon.
Aside from offering cafe type food and baked goods, Ut invited Jane and I to her place so that we could learn more about a new service she is exploring. Together with Chef Dino, who is the Executive Chef at Brasserie Boheme, Manna will now offer cooking classes.
While the classes seemed a bit easy for my star student Gia, I know that it was more about the experience and making new friends with Jane and Jenna since this was our first Mom & Daughter date together.
The kids were able to make Nachos, Pizza, and sandwiches together. Chef Raymar Reyes led the workshop offering answers to the kids’ questions, and demonstrating the ease with which you can move around in the kitchen, IF you find it fun.
This was when I was sure to tell Gia to make sure that she was paying attention despite her knowledge of our making dough together at Casa Aventajado. We love having pizza parties with our very good friends, so Gia and I have enjoyed making fresh pizza dough at home. I have always stressed the fact (to my kids) that you can learn something new from someone else, despite your own understanding of the topic at hand.
See? Gia and I never knew that you could peel garlic with ease simply by letting it sit in water for a minute or two. It has always annoyed me to peel garlic (part of the reason why I let yaya peel the garlic beforehand) because the skin sticks to my fingers.
If you would like to learn more about Manna Bakery and Cafe and the summer classes that they are offering for kids, check out their Facebook page, follow them on Instagram or give them a call. (358-5271) This schedule might now be obsolete because it took a week for me to publish this, but you can get an idea of what is being offered, and inquire on available classes that are current.
Thanks Jane and Jenna, for including Gia and I on this cooking adventure!