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Little Italy


There are certain days when our tummies crave for italian food (think pasta and pizza) and since daughter and I have been honing our culinary skills, we always end up with something creative - thanks to the food stuff available in the fridge or pantry.




Pasta with sausage, ground pork, steak bits. Added some sliced black olives, onion, garlic and olive oil. This is so good! However, I'm not sure if I can replicate this dish again, hahaha.




Herbed pumpkin soup and cheese puffs.



Tiny pizzas three-cheese pizza with black olives and garlic and basil. The cheese we used are cheddar, quesong puti and monterey jack.

Breakfast At Honeycomb Inn

Prior to our trip to Dumaguete this year, I searched online for the nicest hotel located along the famous Rizal Boulevard. You see, I was fortunate enough to have been part of the Siliman National Writers Workshop years ago and I fell in love with Rizal Boulevard. And I wanted my daughter to experience what I felt in Dumaguete. Luckily, I stumbled upon the lovely Honeycomb Inn.


RECIPE: TKG's Chicken Confit

This is a kitchen experiment. Hubby loves olives and I love anything with tomatoes and olive oil. Daughter loves to eat chicken once in a while.


An Arabian Lunch at Ziggurat

Lunch With Princess Jasmin Kidding aside, once you enter Ziggurat, you'll be transported in a harem-like setting. You can't find any chairs here so attire should be comfy and be prepared to sit on the floor- with cushions, of course. The restaurant is located near Makati Avenue (Shakey's). I just forgot the name of the street.




Carabao's Milk at Its Best


I love Mr. Moo
Hubby loves Mr. Moo
Daughter loves Mr. Moo

Whenever we happen to be in Tagaytay, Mr. Moo is our default pit-stop. I don't know why it is only now that I'm blogging about Mr. Moo when in fact, we've been patronizing it since 2007. I guess I just don't want to share the secret- hahaha.





Aside from a selection of cow, carabao and goat's milk in plain, chocolate, strawberry  and ube flavors. Mr. Moo also sells quesong puti (so good!), pastillas (haven't tried this one yet), and goat's milk soap. I've tried the soap once but I can't remember if I like it or not. But I know it smells nice.
Barcelo Cafe


Conveniently located in Mendiola, Manila, Barcelo Cafe is the Culinary Kitchen of La Consolacion College. This is where the future chefs learn their trade. On most days, especially when there's regular classes (between June to March), Barcelo Cafe is brimming with people. Mostly students and faculty members of the school dine there, then there's the Malacanan employees and other students from nearby schools. The resto has a homey feel about it and the waiters are nice. Also, this is the place where one can eat without being too guilty on the allowance. A meal costs P90, drinks at P30. How cool is that?




Lechon Kawali. A big slice of liempo fried to perfection served with adobong kangkong. Uhhmmm, not that crunchy for me but tasted delish nonetheless.



Spanish Chicken. Don't ask why its called Spanish Chicken. I would've thought its a Filipino Chicken. This is a sizzling dish with some minced sayote with a generous gravy. I mean, swimming in gravy. Tastes goo…
Pan-Grilled Chicken Inasal



Chicken Inasal reminds one ...
Who Doesn't Love M&Ms???


This is a current family favorite. Available (only) at Rustan's Supermarket (I think). Costs P143.00. Yum!



It's chocolate ice-cream with tiny m&ms and candy sprinkles. Yummy!!!

Bistro Saratoga Part 2

Dining here relaxes not only the mind but the soul. Hidden in Tagaytay Highlands, Bistro Saratoga boasts of the freshest organic dishes since their garden is just a few steps away from the kitchen.

Strawberry-pineapple shake . Very refreshing. Cool color also.



Bistro Saratoga Part 1

This is a haven for organic-food lovers. Even if you eat a lot of veggies, your body still feels light. And yes, eating veggies is healthy. So there! Also, the relaxing view of lush greens refreshes the soul.



Homemade Pizza


We've been making our own pizza at home for quite some time now. I believe that it's not only healthy but it is a great bonding activity for me and my daughter as well. Toppings are what we usually find in the fridge. From leftover food to cheeses.





We used cheddar, milk cheese and kesong puti to make this yummy pizza. I added some dried basil as added flavoring. Bon appetit!
Happy Mommy's Day

I'm happy because I didn't received any books from daughter and hubby (I have so many books. Besides, they buy me books even if its not Mom's Day). Happy that we watched Dark Shadows. Happy to have received a box of Bitter Nama's.


Royce Chocolate
Vegetarian Bopis


I grew up in a home where we eat vegetarian and non-vegetarian food every meal. My father was a vegetarian, that's why at an early age, I learned not to be discriminating when it comes to food.



source: http://opinion.inquirer.net/28461/‘hitong-imelda’-vs-‘hitong-candaba’‘Hitong Imelda’ vs ‘hitong Candaba’
By: Ambeth R. OcampoThere is a growing appreciation these days for traditional food and cooking. Palates grown stale and lazy because of “fast food” now look forward to “slow food.” In time, I hope, Filipinos will rediscover their roots from the food they eat.

For me, growing up Kapampangan meant Sunday reunions for a family that had never heard of birth control. My paternal grandparents produced 10 live children, and perhaps one or two who didn’t survive to adulthood. Eight of the 10 married and spawned 76 children, providing me many playmates and a loving extended family essential to my self-esteem. The eldest in the family had four successive daughters whose names began with C, D, E, and F because my uncle reserved A and B for sons that never materialized. My father took the cue and had three children whose names all began with A. Then my aunt, who was the 10th child, marr…
Korean Dining In A Foodcourt

I've been hearing about Mr. Kimbob since late last year and saw it first in a foodcourt in Makati. However, it took me several months before I was able to taste it. Actually, I was craving for something different and was about to eat at a vegetarian resto when I saw Mr. Kimbob. I'm glad I saw it. I'm glad it tastes good. I'm glad it is reasonably priced.



Bibimbob or Bibimbap (beef). P99.00




Curry Rice. P85.00

I plan to try the gimbap or gimbob next time :)

Fruit Platter at The Edsa Shangri-La

I love fruits but I don't like the "peeling" part unless its a banana (easy to peel). Hubby and daughter loves fruits so they peel it for me- hahaha.


This one's from Edsa Shangrila Hotel.





Other fruit platters ---

From Taalena Restaurant in Tagaytay

RECIPE: TKG's Aligue Fried Rice

This is so easy to make. Fry tons of garlic (to lessen the guilt from eating aligue or crab fat, maybe) in butter (yes, not olive oil or corn oil) and when the garlic begins to smell (garlicky!), add some shrimps (optional) then the aligue. Cook for a minute or two before adding your rice. Then garnish with strips of fresh basil (optional).


RECIPE: TKG's Pork Nilaga

Sometimes, one needs to be creative when it comes to cooking nilaga (same with sinigang, menudo and adobo) because this is a typical Filipino dish. However, there is the "sawa" and "umay" factor if one will stick to the same ingredients over and over again.




Pre-Mother's Day Celebration at Gloria Maris Part III

Fish in Soy Sauce




Scary!!!!!!!!! Hahaha. Hubby was the one who suggest the photo composition.




Fish-Lip Soup. Its okay but I don't want my imagination to run wild. :P





Chicken. Hands-off for me and daughter. Still eating pig and shrimps.




Now this is L-O-V-E. I don't usually eat and like buchi BUT the ones from Gloria Maris changed my mind.

Pre-Mother's Day Celebration At Gloria Maris Part II

Here's what we ate:


Evil Pig! Look at those scary red eyes. On the other hand, this suckling pig is so GOOD. Crunchy and melts in the mouth skin. I'm drooling now!

Pre-Mother's Day Celebration At Gloria Maris Part I

Had another family celebration at Gloria Maris. Its a joint Mother's Day celebration for Tita B and the rest of the married female cousins including me. Of course the rest of the family are present- nephews and niece. Daughter's the lone niece/granddaughter on my side of the family that time.




Hakaw. Good and bursting!





Jellyfish! Yum yum. I can eat the whole platter. Yes, including the platter- hahaha.  




Pork Siomai. Its good but I try to avoid pork when there's shrimp. So that means I ate a lot of shrimps. ;)




Beef Balls. Didn't taste this. But seeing the empty container afterwards, I guess its delish!




Steamed Shrimps. Guilty!  I think daughter and I ate almost half of it. Yikes!

Breakfast Date At Banapple

I love unplanned outings because the tummy gets creative with the food choices.




Baked Fish. Delicious. Good for two if you are on a diet! ;)




Beef Tapa. The beef was tender and flavorful.




Bannofee Pie. Its good. I think I can finish a whole box. Yikes!


Monchen Gladbach

German sounding donuts!

Got this as a pasalubong from a cousin who just came from Japan.

This is not the usual donut with a hole. In fact, it greatly resembles an eclair with ridges. If I am not mistaken, this is a Japanese brand that doesn't sound Japan-ish! The pastry shop also serves cakes and other yummy goodies.

At first bite- heaven came to mind.











website: http://www.edelweiss.co.jp/monchengladbach-japan/index_top.html

RECIPE: TKG's Pan-Grilled Maya-Maya With Calamansi Butter Sauce

I chanced upon some fresh-looking Maya-Maya being sold near my daughter's school today so I bought some. I don't really have a dish in mind when I bought it. Maybe fried, sinigang ... And upon checking the fridge and pantry (no more olive oil), I decided to marinate the fish in calamansi to remove the fishy taste. I pan-grilled the fish being careful not to burn it. Then I minced some garlic, cooked it in butter, added some salt and poured the sauce on top of the fish. And its ready to eat. And oh, I also steamed some cauliflower as a side-dish. Bon appetit!




Mayo Uno At Yutaka Izakaya

Even if we've already dined here on more than several occassions, I'd still eat here than dine at the Japanese-inspired restos inside the malls. I recommended this restaurant to the first gathering of Astro Foodies. Also, the food here is not that expensive and is authentic Japanese. In fact, if I remember correctly, this resto is owned by a Japanese guy and his Filipina wife.
We ordered tons of food since we're a big group and here are some of the photos.






source: http://ph.she.yahoo.com/photos/top-foods-to-keep-you-young-slideshow/green-ta-photo-1335757910.html

Top foods to keep you young

Green tea: There is no end to the benefits of this super drink; green tea boasts a wealth of benefits that earns it the top spot in our anti-aging food list. Green tea is believed to help regulate blood pressure, lower blood sugar, boost the immune system, lower cholesterol and studies have even shown that green tea can be effective at preventing cancer. That's as close to the elixir of life as you can get

Leafy greens: Whilst eating spinach won't be enough to turn you into Popeye, it's certainly excellent for boosting the body's immunity from illness. Spinach and other leafy foods like kale and collard are high in folate which is vital in preventing DNA and blood vessel damage. If you can maintain a healthy circulatory system you are reducing your risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease …
Dinner!



I apologize for the crappy photo. I was in a hurry because, well- we're all hungry.
The citrus roast chicken turned out excellent. No need for gravy, ketchup & other whatnots.

ingredients:

1 whole chicken
orange or ponkan or kiat-kiat
1 clove garlic
calamansi
salt & pepper

wash the chicken and pat it dry with towels. rub salt & pepper all over including the crevices. then squeeze the calamansi all over the chicken and gently massage it. yes- massage. not the shiatsu-type though. when you feel that the chicken is already relaxed and happy, slice the orange (in this recipe, i used kiat-kiat since that's available in the fridge) in quarters and stick it inside the chicken. pound the garlic a bit so let out the flavor and stick it in also. if you feel that there's still space, add more orange.

then roast it in the broiler (much more healthier that way ... i think)