Six reasons to visit this family-oriented restaurant

By Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Choosing a place to have a meal is always a daunting task. Making sure everyone enjoys is an even hard feat to achieve. Moms & Babies interviews father-of-two Ian Palabyab, Marketing Manager why you can bring the whole family to Dohtonbori Philippines:

1. Food is served warm and fresh.

“We encourage families to bond over cooking or having the food cooked in front of them. For us family bonding in our shops is important.”

2. Kids rule

“We love children! When they come over, they are given coloring materials, or if allowed by the parents taught how to cook some food on the Teppan Grill.”

3. Experience different Japanese vibes.

“Each Dohtonbori outlet has a different feel. Our shop in 8 Missouri has the post Dagashiya which is like a mini mart war era feel. The one in UP Town Center (in Katipunan) has the streets of Japan, Megamall is patterned after the docks of Japan and MOA is Fushimi inari is like being in the temples of Japan that leads to a Golden room. Our Fairview and North Edsa branches are similar to our MOA shop.”

4. Spot the sleeping cat

“Each one also has a ‘sleeping cat’ that serves as the house pet of Dohtonbori Philippines.”


Kristelle Bechayda

Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio’s easy-to-prepare garlic bread

By Kristelle Bechayda

Cooking has always been a fun and memorable experience among moms and their kids. Whether or not it’s a typical occurrence at home, fun bonding moments can be gleaned from making comfort food or whipping up a new recipe

Former actress and mom Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio recently posted on Facebook how she tried making a simple garlic bread. As someone who isn’t really familiar with how the kitchen works, Rica admits enjoying the process.

“I learned how to make finely chopped parsley and the best way to do the garlic (I couldn’t manage the fine grater well so I chopped it, too!). I followed the cookbook we used as it says to open the foil and expose the garlic bread for an extra 5 minutes to make it extra toasty, extra crispy.” she shares.

Her son Philip, on the other hand, is showing to have some culinary skills as he was able to unskin the garlic cloves by using a simple knife technique that he learned from his dad.

“Then he happily ate our creation!” Rica exclaims.

The actress ends her post by recommending the cookbook she used, Kid Chef by Melina Hammer. “(It) is a good one for those who want to cook with kids, and also, for moms who never cooked in their lives but would like to get into it.

Kristelle Bechayda

This mom believes that healthy eating should be the norm

By Angela Casco

The first 1,000 days of a baby’s life is the most crucial period of growth and development. It is often called the “golden window of opportunity” or the perfect time to prevent stunting due to undernutrition.

It’s a fight that Corner Tree Cafe owner Chiqui Mabanta identifies with, as she is caring for an infant herself. Moms and Babies met her at the launch of the Restaurants Against Hunger campaign, a fundraising initiative that involves restaurateurs. Her vegetarian/vegan cafe is joining the campaign’s run this year. The event marks her third straight year as a participating restaurant.

Tips for parents

While Mabanta never gave birth to kids herself, she is currently fostering an 18-month-old baby named Ghera. She says her mindset taking on this duty is to “do things the right way.” By that, she means going—as she likes to put it—as “hippie” as possible.

“I suggest delaying gadget use as much as possible. Just zero phone or television so that they stay curious about the world,” she says. Letting kids listen to music is just as important as delaying toxic, processed food.

If you think your kids are smart when they start reading or writing at an early age, Mabanta begs to differ. “Crowding your kids with too much information stunts their creativity,” she explains. “Save it for later. They’ll know all of it anyway.”

Why go “hippie”

Mabanta shares that every time she brings Ghera to the hospital for regular check-ups,

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Feeding difficulties

By Dr. Celeste Gomez

Q: Dear Doc Celeste,

I have two toddlers who are very very picky when it comes to eating meals.  They love to eat snacks like cookies and love to drink  milk, however when it comes to mealtime, they just don’t eat.  How do I handle this? —Concerned Mommy

A: Dear Concerned Mommy,

Feeding children, especially toddlers require the magical powers of discipline, routine, and the power to say “no” when you have to. Dr. Irene Chatoor’s “Guidelines for Hard to Feed Children” by the American Academy of Pediatrics, discussed the most common issues and guidelines on how to address them.

  • Regular Feeding Time: We would like our toddler to feel the signal for “hunger” and also feel the internal feeling of fullness. Allowing them to snack per demand or eat little bits of food anytime they want prevents them from having a routine and consequently do not develop a sense of proper hunger for mealtime. To help your child feel hungry, feed your child at regular times. It is best to space meals—including snack time—three to four hours apart. Do not give snacks, juices, and milk in between a scheduled meal time. If they get thirsty, give only water.
  • Start with small portions: Sometimes, children can get overwhelmed by the portions of the food placed on their plate by their parents or caregivers.
Allyza Quirante