Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Block Party Jams this weekend!

Didn't I just say I enjoyed the last Block Party in Makiling Park? 

Needless to say, I'm excited about this next one.

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Take a chill pill from the hectic holiday season and enjoy an artsy crafty, family bonding, music-filled weekend at the year’s third Block Party installment. Make your way to Makiling Park, Ayala Alabang Village this November 7 and 8 and jam with us!
Block Party Jams is a celebration of art, music, and Filipino talent with the usuals Block Party can’t do without: awesome food and local handmade buys along with activities and workshops for the whole family.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Brazil Brazil Thanksgiving Promo

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If you missed Brazil Brazil's October Food Fest, don't fret. Brazil Brazil is offering their Brazilian churrasco dinner at 40% off this November. At Php345, still a great deal for eat-all-you-can churrasco.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

CBTL's Holiday Drinks and The Giving Journal

It's that time of the year again for collecting stamps for Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's the Giving Journal.

In case you haven't been getting this planner for the past few years like I have, every  eligible drink you buy from CBTL entitles you to one stamp. You fill your Giving Journal booklet with these stamps (12 total) and you get the planner for free. As a  bonus, CBTL will be giving out extra stamps for every purchase of their holiday drinks, Toffee Nut Ice Blended and Winter Dream Tea Late on November 9.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Milk Bottles

These are so pretty. I found them in SM Makati and couldn't resist buying them. A set of 3 glass bottles for Php300, I thought it was a good deal. Although, it is partly nostalgia.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Halloween Dog Party in ATC!

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If you love dogs and/or you have one and you love Halloween, then head on over to Alabang Town Center on October 24, 2015 and be a part of Barks! To make things even more interesting, why not join your fur baby in the dog costume show or obedience competition?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Singapore Food and the 2015 Formula 1 Night Race

Hainanese Chicken Rice
Found myself in Singapore again this year, this time for the Singapore Grand Prix. It is a wonderful experience, and a proper bucket list item, I believe. The event is so well-managed, the venue definitely scenic, and the entertainment lineup is megawatt-powerhouse awesome: Pharrell, Spandau Ballet, Maroon 5, and Bon Jovi. It is an F1 race and a music festival all rolled into one. That is why, despite my squeamishness about air travel, I am so glad I agreed to go. Also, I am quite smitten by the Singapore food scene.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sprung Onion

Look at what sprouted in my plant box!

Been flexing my light green thumb. I got a plastic plant box, a pair of plastic pots, and some organic soil. Then I bought some plants from the local plant nursery. I bought a fruiting kalamansi plant and stuck it in one of the pots and the other pot housed a lemon seedling that I got from my brother. The plant box is where I put my Japanese Peace Lily. My inspiration for the peace lily is Hot Fuzz. If you don't get the connection, look up the movie Hot Fuzz and you'll see. A pair of white flowering plants whose name I've already forgotten flank the lily on both sides of the plant box.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Mixed Espetada Royale at Don Limone

Mixed Espetada Royale
Serves 4-5
My friends, Gen, Pepper, and Faye wanted to go on a little road trip to Tagaytay for quite some time so finally last Sunday, we went. Gen, probably because I talked about it a lot, suggested we sup at Don Limone. I said absolutely, of course.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kani Fried Rice

Kani Fried Rice
This happened when I wanted to make traditional Japanese fried rice and I did not have the rest of the ingredients on hand. It has since been a family favorite.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Some Retail Therapy and Dinner in a Food Court

Simply Lemon Lemonade
22 oz.

Today, I did some shopping. I found this pair of high-waist flared-bottom jeans that I've been pining for, at Mango no less, and I couldn't believe it cost less than a thousand pesos. Special price, the cashier tells me when she recognized the disbelief in my face as I paid for the jeans. That is just perfect, I tell her, and she hands over what is perhaps my 87th pair of jeans. After Mango, I meandered over to Zara. I aimlessly browsed through the racks and picked up a few pieces to try on, you know, as part of my retail therapy. (Yes, it's a thing.)

Peri-Peri Chicken by Nando's

Peri-Peri Chicken
That night when we were in CBTL Starmall Prima, mother and I came from Rustan's Supermarket - Evia. We did some grocery shopping and this interesting bottle of peri-peri sauce caught my eye. I've always enjoyed peri-peri chicken in that restaurant in Greenhills - Promenade and I thought, wouldn't it be nice if I could make that at home? That is why I didn't think twice about getting a bottle of Nando's Peri-Peri Sauce (in Garlic), even if it might be a bit pricey for the size- Php200 for 125 grams of sauce.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Don Limone Special Menu for October

Sem break season is here. Time to experience Mediterranean Spain through the region's classic cuisine.

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Don't worry, you don't need to travel to Barcelona for this. Don Limone Grill is just in Tagaytay City, Cavite. Although, the restaurant does look like a beautiful Mediterranean villa.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Scenes from the Summer Send Off Block Party 2015

Block Party Summer Send Off 2015

I had a great time at the 2015 Summer Send Off Block Party in Ayala Alabang Village last June with my pals, Gen and Jeff. There were lots of unique and quirky knickknacks on sale and yummy food (those Kashi Maki from Pink Wasabi were divine!) and drink options strewn about Makiling Park. Also, there were myriad activities that both kids and kids at heart could really get into. (There was even a little petting zoo where you get to pet a sheep. Understand, in a tropical country, seeing a sheep is like seeing a unicorn.)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

CBTL at Starmall Prima

Finally got to visit the new Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Starmall Prima, Daang Hari. Not to drive through but to actually sit there and have tea with my mother. There are quite a few things to love about the new CBTL branch.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mitsuyado Sei-Men Fix

Miso Tsukemen
Php280, regular
Mitsuyado Sei-Men The House of Tsukemen is my go to restaurant of late. My mom loves it here, too, as she particularly loves the hot service tea. Addicted is the word she used. My lil ol' mother is addicted to Mitsuyado's hot tea.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Brazil! Brazil! October Food Fest

Brazil! Brazil! is the restaurant that introduced me to one of my favorite dining experiences of all time: Brazilian Churrasco. There used to be branches of this restaurant in Powerplant Mall and in Serendra. Just recently, I learned that they have since relocated to Greenfield District in Mandaluyong. A bit far from where I live, but I think the trek will be worth it, especially with their promo, October Food Fest.

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BPI Real Thrills: Jollibee Shop Anywhere Promo

Many times I have been saved by this promo from starving.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Party Summer Away Down South

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Here's how to get there:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Beef Brisket Crowd Pleaser

There's nothing like a big hunk of roasted beef to inspire awe in a hungry crowd.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Lovely Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

I recently bought a fluted bundt pan. I've always wanted one but for some reason whenever I'd go to the store thinking to get one I always ended up a mini bundt pan (I have two). Now I have one full-sized bundt pan. Well, 9.33 inches to be exact. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Heart of a Coconut Tree

Ubod is the fleshy edible heart of a coconut tree. Flavor and texture-wise, it kind of reminds me of singkamas. When it is available in the market, my mom would get a sizable chunk of it and we would have Lumpiang Ubod at home. It is usually the fresh version that makes an appearance on the dining table but it is also delicious fried. Fried, in fact, is my favorite version.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bottled Dulce De Leche

I spied this classic decadent sweet on the shelf at S&R and I could not stop getting one for myself.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Some kind of adobo

Adobong sitaw makes me feel healthy, like I gave my stomach a much needed break. When I feel I've eaten too much the day before I would ask my mom to prepare adobong sitaw for lunch. It makes for a light meal but is satisfying enough to tide me over until dinner.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tahong, simply.

When they are in season, we will have tahong to our hearts' content. The green mussel is such a lovely shellfish. Its colors are so vivid- from its ombre-like brown to bright green shell to its peach and carmine flesh- if I didn't know better I would think it's poisonous.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Not So Instant Pancit Canton

Here's an old family recipe for Pancit Canton that really lets you get in there and work your inner domestic diva. You know, for when you're feeling too fancy for instant pancit canton and a bilao of pancit canton ordered from your favorite panciteria just does not seem to cut it.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mabuhay Germany 2015: See you there!

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“We know that Filipinos love to eat, and this certain passion for food is a trait shared by Germans as well. In Mabuhay Germany 2015, we are introducing German cuisine to more Filipinos, allowing them to experience the country’s culture one bite at a time. Since there will be no entrance fee, everyone can come freely and have a slice of German food and culture for the whole weekend,” 
--Nadine Fund, GPCCI General Manager

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Finding The Girl + The Bull

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Available only every friday + saturday, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
A few days ago, my friend booked us a table at The Girl + The Bull in BF Paranaque. She tells me she's heard some pretty good reviews about the restaurant and I too have read about it online so I was pretty stoked about finally getting to try the food there.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cheat Day Worthy Breakfast

I almost forgot about this. Last Independence Day roadtrip, before we ever got to Marcia Adams' Restaurant, our first stop was Breakfast at Antonio's, where we had, you guessed it-- breakfast. I had a lot of memorable meals here and my heart sank when it closed a while back. Fortunately, it has since reopened its doors and with it a refreshed look and a new menu.

Friday, February 6, 2015

German Food Galore: A Mabuhay Germany Preview

Fraulein's Sausages
I attended a food tasting yesterday for the Mabuhay Germany event this coming February. The food tasting event was held at the Doehle Haus building in Makati. Before anything else, let me just say that that building was one of the reasons why I was so excited about the invitation. Everytime I pass by Buendia, I could not help but marvel at this handsome deep red building. I find it so extraordinary and imposing compared to most buildings I see in the Metro. So when I got the opportunity to see it from the inside, I snatched it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Fish Too Pretty to Eat

One of the dishes that make frequent appearances on our dining table is paksiw na bisugo. When I was a little girl I remember thinking what a waste to cook such a pretty fish, this bisugo. Baby pink and a bright yellow streak running along its underbelly, how can that be not pretty? Why are we not keeping it in an aquarium instead? For some reason, I found it more acceptable to eat the gray-colored ones. Gray fish is for eating. Pink fish, no.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rosalie's Suman Pinipig with Buko

Rosalie's Suman Pinipig with Buko is the bane of my recent existence. See after the holiday food binge, I try my darnedest to go on a diet like any normal human being. My idea of diet though only goes so far as cutting down on rice or not having any if I can avoid it.

Monday, February 2, 2015

One Fine Lunch at Marcia Adams' Restaurant

Pasta Ai Funghi
That time when you and your friends just felt like running away for a weekend.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chopseuy with patola anyone?

We have a trellis in the backyard where a healthy vine of patola (luffa) grows. It's a seasonal plant I think, because one day it will fruit like crazy and before you know it, the vine withers and dies.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Piniritong Lumpiang Gulay

Ever since I can remember, in our house, we normally have lumpiang gulay the day after we have lumpiang hubad for lunch. Lumpiang hubad (naked springroll) is just your lumpia filling (sauteed vegetables really) plain and simple. So the next day, all that needs to be done is to roll up the leftover filling in lumpia wrappers.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Softdrink Replacement

I've heard about the lemon detox and all the buzz around it. How it helps you lose weight. How it makes your skin glow. How it boosts your immunity and metabolism. All the good stuff. Not to be confused with a diet, the lemon detox is really more of a cleanse I guess, a way to kick-start your actual diet. Whatever the lemon detox is, I was sold on it. Partially. Partially sold on it. See, I am not a big diet person or one to fast (Have you seen the stuff I eat?) but somehow drinking a lot of lemon juice appeals to me. I love lemons. When life give you lemons, I say let it.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fat and Happy at Banzai!

Banzai is a Japanese-themed buffet at the By the Bay area of SM Mall of Asia. It's located, rather relevantly if I may say so myself, in between two other famous all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants, La Fiesta and Buffet 101.
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