Sunday, January 31, 2010

Joyce's Rum Cake


Found this Butter Rum Cake last December at the Powerplant Baker's Dozen Fair. It's been awarded by Inquirer as one of its 24 Best Desserts for 2009. For good reason. Joyce's Butter Rum cake is moist, butterful, and delicately flavored with rum. If you think that's sinful, this rum cake also comes in chocolate. Prices are Php340 for a loaf pan with box, Php360 for a loaf pan with gift package, and Php780 for the large bundt size with gift package.

Aside from the rum cakes, Joyce also offers Chewy Butterscotch, and Oatmeal Crisps. On their more savory lineup, they have Dulong in Olive Oil & Garlic, Queso de Bola Spread, Portabello Mushroom Dip and Melba Toast.

Learn more about Joyce's all natural homemade foods at http://joycearagonfoods.multiply.com.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Express Mexican Food at Mexican Express

Mexican Express Menu

Mexican Express is the brainchild of my good friends, Paulette and PJ Carandang. We first visited the place last year and we've been going there every time we are in the area ever since. Robin became a big fan of their hard shell taco while I am taken in by their chimichanga.

Chimichanga

I also love their house blend iced tea. I like its raspberry flavor and the fact that it comes in a big glass. It's a great value at only Php30.

House Blend Iced Tea

For dessert, Mexican Express has on its offering, the ice cream wrap. The crunchy deep fried shell with the soft and cool vanilla ice cream is a great taste-and-texture contrast. I also appreciate its accents- the sprinkling of almond slivers and drizzle of chocolate sauce, its proverbial cherry on top. More than just garnish, they also add to the flavor of this concoction. It's quite a delightful way to end a meal.

Ice Cream Wrap

Recently, I broke tradition and ordered other stuff rather than the chimichanga. I am happy to report that their chicken burrito, cheese flauta, nacho beef and cheese sauce, and chicken quesadilla were good, too. Service is fast and the food is always served fresh and hot (Come to think of it, I always go home with a burnt tongue whenever I eat there). The place, while small is quite cozy with indoor and al fresco areas. And for those who's looking for a place to park their laptops and surf the net, they offer free wifi. Another great thing about Mexican Express is their reasonable prices.

Mexican Express is open daily from 11AM-10PM. It is located in Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City. For deliveries, call 435-5555.

Friday, January 29, 2010

4 Quart Pot by Mario Batali (The Italian Kitchen)

When I saw this pot at the Living Well store window, the first thing I thought was that it was one gorgeous piece of kitchen equipment. So I walked inside for a closer look. The next thought I had about it was- "Man, that's one heavy pot!"

This "4 quart Italian essentials pot" is enamel-coated cast iron, which pretty much explains its beauty and brawn charm. It is part of the Mario Batali Cast Iron Cookware which are "hand-cast from molten iron in individual sand molds and layered with three coats of high quality enamel. Each piece is then baked at extremely high temperatures to seal the enamel coating and create the high gloss finish." This process makes every single item in this cookware line unique.

While I have no doubts about this product's outstanding substantive qualities, I must confess I bought it mostly for its aesthetic ones. I seriously doubt this baby will ever leave the China cabinet. And while Mario Batali's signature color is orange, which color should have been the obvious choice had I wanted it to be a conversation piece, I picked mine in red.

Know more about The Italian Kitchen collection here. They are available in the Philippines at Living Well and Guordo's.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Gourmet Lunch at a Farm

Last December, my good friend, Mabel, came home from the US for a long overdue visit. We first met in a dorm in Katipunan, where I also met Leen. The three of us being the only ones doing post-graduate studies in a predominantly college dorm, it was no miracle that we would gravitate towards one another. We did a lot together- shop, have coffee, chat... The most memorable ones are those nights when we take the AV room hostage to watch The Amazing Race armed only with Coke and pizza. Good times.

Mabel has since moved back to the US to pursue her career and Leen went back home to help manage the family business. All of us busy doing our own thing, we heard from each other less and less. Which made December of 2009 a truly magical time. The three of us got to see each other again, and more than that, we got to go shopping and hang out with each other again. Even if it were just for a brief moment.

During her stay, Mabel had invited us to their farm in Amadeo, Cavite. We decided against eating in restaurants in Tagaytay, which is on the way to Amadeo, and did our own cooking ourselves. Why eat out when we have two accomplished chefs with us on the trip? Mabel did say they had a great kitchen there, after all.

Fish and Chips

True to her word, the kitchen at Mabel's farm house was quite impressive. We had a great time preparing our food and we took quite a while doing so. I think we had lunch at around 1PM. But it was worth it.



Dressing two ways: Honey Mustard and Garlic and Anchovy

Roast Beef with Pan Gravy and Mushroom Bacon Roll


P.S. Happy birthday, Mabel! (Or is it, Isabel?)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Meat and Pasta at Grassi's

Slow Cooked Lamb Shank Moroccan style with Vegetable Couscous (Php430)

We were at Grassi's a couple of dinners ago. I love the classy yet cozy ambiance of the place, from the comfortable chairs and fashionable decors to the pleasant lighting. The food was simply delightful- great flavors, creative plating, and substantial servings. I can't wait to dine there again and try more items from their menu.



Bucatini with Gorgonzola and Basil Sauce (Php280)

Grassi's is located at 2nd Level, Corte De Las Palmas, Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Road Muntinlupa.

For reservations and inquiries, contact Grassi's at (02)659-3514.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

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