|The White Hat yogurts|
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I suppose we all love bacon. Those thin strips of pork fat could easily make you salivate, right? But then, we need to take care of our health. Easier said than done? Seeing Marty's Baconette strips in its crunchy goodness was like heaven sent. Just like the first Marty's--the vegetarian pork rind (chicharon) version Oishi made with vegetarian and health-conscious in mind, Baconette is addicting. You'll keep coming back for more. What's more? It looks exactly like the real thing, only crispier. However, I do hope Oishi will make a smaller pack of Baconette. Or perhaps a trial size, for those who would like to taste it and haven't tried it yet. But for Baconette-addicts like me, I'd like the huge package better so that i can share it with friends.
Oishi Marty's Baconette is available in all leading supermarkets nationwide.
Bacon Mushroom Vegetable Fusilli Pasta
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Food aficionados, rejoice! Summit Media's Yummy Magazine invites all foodie lovers out there to come and join them as they hold cooking demos in three different venues in the metro. Learn new Christmas recipes from Chef Katherine Jao as she dishes out new delicious recipes for your family's Noche Buena.
Here's the schedule:
December 11 (Saturday)--Market! Market!
December 12 (Sunday)--Shopwise Cubao
December 18 (Saturday)--Robinson's Metro East
All cooking demos will be at 3PM.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
It's the newest craze to hit the market today...Yes, potato chips lovers, we have a reason to rejoice! I have recently stumbled upon one of the many Twistix Potato kiosks when I met with my sister at the Gateway Mall's Food Express last week. I saw the long lines for that particular booth and I got curious. Then, I saw the thinly sliced twisted potatoes in a stick. I decided I really had to try this new food craze. I was surprised to learn later that Twistix potatoes are available in different flavors: cheese, barbecue, sour cream, pizza, ketsup, and sweet and spicy.
I asked my sister if she wanted to try Twistix too, she told me she was already full, but later on decided to try a few bites of the chips. While waiting for my turn to order, I had just one problem...I forgot to bring my digicam as I really didn't think I'd be staying at Food Express for so long. But seeing Twistix for the first time, I regret not bringing my digicam with me so that I could take photos of Twistix myself. The ones I posted here were simply taken from the Twistix Facebook account. Anyway, enough of my desire to blog the chips.
|Even TV personality and Eat Bulaga Mainstay Brazillian model Daiana Meneses is a Twistix fan.|
When it was my time to order, my order was twisted in front of me. I saw how things were done and I'd have to say it was amazing. It was like seeing a flower bud bloom. I don't know, I've never seen anything like it before. Then, they had my potatoes deep fried. When it was done, they asked what flavor do I want. i love cheese but my sister likes barbecue, we asked the staff if we could have both flavors on one stick, they said it was okay. It was crunchy and tasty. I've always loved potato chips and fries. This is one heavenly snack I'd love to bring to the movies. It felt like eating barbecue sticks, except that it's honest-to-goodness potato chips you're snacking on.
Twistix caters to all ages, sizes and genders. It's for the entire family. A small order will only cost P45, for regular order P55 and a large order is only P70. That's value for money considering you can share a single stick with almost everyone.
|Twistix in cheese and Barbecue flavors.|
Before leaving the Gateway Food Express that night, I no longer wonder why Twistix had become a craze. Customers flock to its food kiosks because they want to grab a bite of the chips and be entertained by how potatoes are twisted right infront of them. With such unique way of presenting potatoes, Kebab-style--I bet it will soon have its cult following. I vow to try on other flavors soon...
Twistix has 25 branches in Metro Manila. You may visit them at SM Fairview, Alabang Town Center, Gateway Mall among other branches. Grab a bite of chips at a branch near you.
Special thanks to Twistix Facebook administrator for the photos. Like them on Facebook and be a fan.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Every evening, from December 1-10, 2010 from 6PM up to 9PM, you can indulge your cravings for a Big Brothers Burgers after work. So go ahead and treat your friends out to the best burger in town, or bring some home to your family.
Participating stores: Megamall, Marquee, Convergys, Nuvali, Tomas Morato, Malate and Capitol Hills only.
This offer is valid for both dine-in and take out orders only.
|Mouth-watering burger from Brothers Burgers.|
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Geez, I don't even know what to cook. I guess this is my karmic debts as I had previously enlisted my mom along with a friend to join a cook-off some months ago. So it's pay-back time for my Mom with the help of my aunt this time. We should be done in 15 minutes, we need a dish, something that's for the Christmas season. I had no idea what to do. A friend of mine suggested I do a vegetable pasta mixture because it's really very colorful and would surely enliven any Christmas banquet. It seemed like a nice idea except that we need to incorporate the sponsors to our list of ingredients. Hmmm, sounds pretty easy right? Nah! If you're on my shoes you'd know what I'm talking about.
With two oldies who aren't exactly kitchen experts, I had to do everything else from researching the recipe to actually training the two prior to the contest proper. And I had to think for its presentation as well. My Aunt never goes beyond the "frying and boiling" stage. At her age, (she's about early 50's), her expertise includes hotdogs, omelet (never sunny side up) and reheating of cooked foodies. My Mom knows a little, she's good in pinakbet and fried lumpiang shanghai. But more than that, I don't know...
Guys, please wish me luck. I do not intend to win this game, but I will try. What I had in mind is to get this thing over and done with, because I just can't stand to join a contest if I knew little of it. I do hope that they have at least a consolation prize to look forward to. Wish me luck, and please pray for me...
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
|The Reyes Barbecue branch in Bonifacio Stopover in 31st Street, Global City|
I had been invited recently to a bloggers event at the Reyes Barbecue Bonifacio Stopover branch in Bonifacio Global City. I had made prior commitments that morning so I told Ms. Amity Young (a blogger herself who was then celebrating her birthday)that I would be coming late for the said event. It was really somewhat "dyahe" on my part to arrived late, especially since I'm not that type. Friends and relatives know that if I've been invited to an event, I'd surely be one of the first ones to show up. Anyway, it was a good thing that Amity and Ms. Peachy Reyes welcomed us and made us feel at home the minute we arrived. Ms. Reyes showed us the difference between their regular sized pork barbecue and their latest addition to their menu, the party-sized pork barbecue. The new pork barbecue party size is available at P250 per 10 sticks.
|Mouth-watering Reyes Barbecue in new party sized with sauce on the side.|
|See the difference between the regular sized BBQ and the new party size?|
|Bloggers group: (Left to right:) Bedalyn Aguas, Jenny Roxas, Janese Halaboso and Marlyn Borje.|
|Bloggers Mr. Jayson Biadog and Ms. Amity Young both enjoyed their iced teas.|
|Bloggers group: (L-to-R:) Moi, Jenny Roxas, Janese Halaboso, and Marlyn Borje.|
|Reyes Barbecue's newest offering, Creamy Chicken Fettuccine.|
As for their Creamy Chicken Fettuccine, I'd say it may look simple but I'd definitely give it a two thumbs up. These are the type of foods I've been talking about a while ago, that they may look simple on the way they're presented but once you get a spoonful, you're instantly hooked. As the name implies, it was indeed creamy, and it tasted good. But I'd suggest if they could serve this creamy chicken fettuccine with a garlic bread or any crunchy bread, then an order of this menu is even better. Creamy Chicken Fettuccine costs only P85 per serving. Not bad, considering you can even share this with friends. Mommy, Kyle and I shared one order because of its large serving.
|Blogger FPJ with his super cute bag that holds his digicam.|
|Take it from the blogging expert and pioneer, Mr. Nomnom himself, Sir Jonel Uy.|
Capping off the event was a brief talk by blogging expert, Mr. Jonel Uy, named as one of the most influential bloggers and founder of Nomnom Club and Letsgosago.net among the many others he created. He discussed blogging how to's and blogging ethics.He also answered questions thrown in by neophyte bloggers. Reyes Barbecue 's Ms. Peachy Reyes even held a blogging contest, they'll be giving a special prize to the first blogger who will post this event to his or her blog. And since, I am not after the prize, I am doing this blog just now.
Reyes Barbecue delivers 2any1, for orders, dial 212-12-12
Special thanks to Ms. Amity Young, Ms. Peachy Reyes and Bedalyn Aguas (for taking my pic with the group)
|Puto Bumbong flavored donuts and Bibingka flavored donut.|
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
|Pizza Lechon for Christmas Season.|
Get it at the nearest Pizza Hut branch near you.
|A portrait of the Man who started it all. Mr. Ma Mon Luk himself.|
In high school, my good friend Jamie and I had something in common--we both loved food. Unfortunately, she must have been lucky and blessed because what she put in her stomach can't be visible with her waif like figure unlike me who looks exactly like a drum or a 1.5 soda bottle.
Several years after we finished high school, we would still meet up for the very same reasons, to go on a food trip eventhough we went in different schools and colleges. And who would've thought, that even now as professionals, we'd still have time to satisfy our cravings? It wasn't really a planned one, it just simply happened. This morning we were both online using Facebook, she was supposed to go to Baguio and she had already taken her leave from the office. But something came up, so she did not made it to Baguio and chose to rest at home instead surfing the net.
|Jamie and I taking a break from eating our meal.|
|The counter lady with their anitique cash register.|
|Up to this day, customers still flock the Ma Mon Luk branch in Quezon Avenue.|
|My friend showing us the menu.|
|My good friend Jamie, taking a bite of the huge siopao.|
|Ma Mon Luk's signature dish--hot bowl of Beef Mami Noodles.|
|The best pair: Beef Mami and large special siopao.|
Monday, November 22, 2010
|Two new flavors available only this Christmas.|
I've always been a fan of choclate mints. Each year, I look forward to Starbucks' signature Christmas offer Peppermint Mocha and Dairy Queen's Strawberry Ice Cream with Peppermint candies. But now, for a change, I tried KFC's newest Ice Krushers Flavors; Choco Peppermint and Black Forest. I got so excited...
First sip, and I'm in heaven. I looove Choco Peppermint to the max! It tasted soooo good. The pepperminty flavor slowly entered my mouth, and I love the chewy choco bits on top of it. With the Black Forest flavor, I'm not really a fan of the cake version so I thought I'm not going to be a fan of this drink as well. But I was wrong. The minute my tastebuds felt the goodness of chocolates and cherries, I knew right away I had made a mistake. This one, tasted even better than Zagu's take on Black Forest drink.
Try it while you can. It's limited, only available this Christmas Season. So before you complain why I had not written about the Double Down yet, that's because I have not been fortunate enough to find one. It's so hard to find a KFc store that has it. It's sold out around the metro. Good thing, I was able to try KFC Krushers because it had made my hot tempered mind to cool down upon knowing I couldn't try the Double Down.
What are you waiting for? Head on to the nearest KFC branch near you....before they're gone.
Friday, November 19, 2010
|The smalles size of ice scramble|
The first thing I've noticed were the toppings...it was indeed loaded with toppings galore. This palabok was also oozing with sauce and lots of it. But what surprised me the most was the crunchiness of the chicharon (crunchy pork flakes) after it had to be traveled from Taguig to Cubao in Quezon City.
|The styrofoam take out package that my sister had to carry.|
|See the oozing sauce and the toppings overload of this Palabok?|
The noodles used were the pancit luglog kind and not the vermicelli noodles some pancit palabok makers use. My verdict? It didn't had the original taste of Malabon's Pancit palabok, but its got its unique taste on its own. It tasted just right, not too salty, not too bland—just right. It had the Pancit palabok taste without going overboard. Some tasted with too much tinapa flavor, but not this palabok. The juicy flavors of pork, chicharon flakes, calamansi and the secret orange sauce made all the difference. I'm not even sure if it had tinapa flakes at all. It's so easy to know if there's fishy tinapa on any food, right?
I'd say I'd give this pancit palabok three and a half thumbs up in a scale of 1 to 5, and making 5 as the highest. Why three and a half? It would've probably been a four if I did not had it in take-out styrofoams. Perhaps if I had this pancit palabok as dine-in, eating it when it's served piping hot and fresh, things would've been a little different. So I guess, I would not want to suggest this foodie to be taken out especially if you live as far as Quezon City. It's still best to travel to Taguig or to its other branch in Lower Bicutan (Arrgh, it's still far down South!).
As for Lakay, I would suggest you should make a branch for people living in the north, say Makati or Quezon City. This way, we don't have to travel far and wide just to get your oozing pancit palabok each time we crave for such. And thanks for presenting our Filipino favorite pancit palabok in a different way and for making it overload with toppings.
For orders and inquiries,
Lakay's Pancit Palabok
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Nothing can stop me from craving Bacolod's chicken inasal. It's something that makes me want to travel to Bacolod because the ones available in Manila can't be compared to the original inasal in Bacolod. I may try to get used to its Manila-taste, but in Bacolod, you can have as many sinamak as you want. Here in Manila, you just either dip them in vinegar or calamansi and soy sauce or atsuete colored oils. I wonder which would you prefer?
And I also have cravings of Vjandep's Camiguin pastel in original flavor. For those of you who have not had the chance to try it, it actually tastes heavenly. Imagine a small bun served hot with gooey, chewy, yummy sweet filling of yema inside each bun. Wow, makes me want to salivate....Too bad, they're really expensive here in Manila. But I'd be willing to spend moolah just to give in to my Pastel cravings because I assure you, it's all worth it. Pastel is available at Shopwise and Rustan's Supermarket for a box of six buns.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
He exchanges secrets and techniques with chefs and cooks who share his passion for street food and gourmet cuisine and cooks with as many different people as he can meet on the way.
The episodes: “Cooking the World: India—Spicy Food and Festivities,” will be on November 15 at 2PM; “Cooking the World: Morocco—The Culinary Colors of Morocco,” Nov. 22, 2PM; “Cooking the World: Japan—There’s more to Japan than just Sushi and Sumo,” Nov. 29, 2PM.
The minute it was served on a plate, I didn’t really liked what I saw. I even came to regret I had not ordered my usual favorite—the Original KFC chicken. Imagine your KFC fried chicken served with a few dash of orange-colored flavored powder on top of it. That’s exactly how my Chili Lime chicken looked like. It seemed as if I had ordered a Fun Shots or flavored fries instead. But as they say, you can’t just judge a food by its appearance.
It was love at first bite. The moment my taste buds had that fiery flavor of KFC’s Chili Lime chicken, I knew instantly I was hooked. True to its tagline, KFC Chili Lime chicken is a burst of chili and lime in every refreshing bite! I’m a big fan of roasted chicken, especially the ones that are sold with lemongrass inside it. And I’d have to say that KFC’s take on Chili Lime is like a mixture of taste between roasted and fried chicken. Yes, it’s got that lemony goodness of your rotisserie and at the same time crispiness of KFC’s Hot and Crispy fried chicken. It’s got its tangy taste of lime and mildly hot as chili. KFC’s Chili Lime chicken is sold at P87 for a one-piece chicken with rice and drinks meal, and P135 for two pieces chicken with rice and drink value meal, available in all Kentucky Fried Chicken branches.
Oh, by the way, the newest baby in the KFC menu is the KFC Double Down—No bun, it’s all meat. It’s got pork bacon and cheese in mayo sandwiched between two KFC chicken fillets. I hope to try it out soon, but for now, allow me to enjoy my KFC chili lime chicken first.
Friday, November 12, 2010
The most difficult part in making cupcakes and pastries are those that involve sculpting and fondant molding. If your hands are somewhat shaky or what we call "pasmado", then doing this may be extra difficult for you. But with patience and creativity, eventually it will turn out to be the most interesting cakes. Rio also makes sure that her cupcakes--replete with all the little details that make them so life-like. Her designs are definitely unconventional and end up being conversation pieces.
I always think that there is something about Rio not being a "schooled" baker/cake artist that makes her a bit more adventurous about her designs. Rio graduated with a degree in BS Food Technology at the University of Sto. Tomas, but she had never studied baking; it was simpy something that came out naturally. I'd like to believe it was her exposure to baking that got her into this whole thing. She had started making cupcakes for her family and friends' special occasions. But then, as they say, the rest is history. Her cupcakes had been known to spread by words of friends and referrals.
There are three things that make a good cake: taste, design and color. And Tasty Cups had all these and more. It's got its uniqueness. For one, you can choose your own embellishments such as chocolate pebbles, sugar pearls, sprinkles, and colored sugars. If you happen to have theme parties, and you have made a design on your own, Rio can also do that for you.
Personally speaking, I have three top baking rules: Know your lead times. With personalized cakes, there is no way to determine how long a new design will take. Make everything you can ahead of time. Second, pay attention to details. Small details spell the difference between mediocrity and something that is totally awesome! Third, be open, be adventuruous and don't set limits on a cake design that you've never even tried. At the same time, I think you should be open enough to accept that there are some designs that are just not doable.
The best part in baking pastries and cute cupcakes? I'ts probably when you see the happy smiles painted on each little kids' faces. It compensates all the effort spent in making intricate designs in cupcakes.
Halloween cupcakes and rectangular cake
Each Tasty Cups Cupcake is truly a masterpiece--entice your sweet buds with these sweets from heaven. Go ahead, indulge because no matter how simple a cupcake may appear, it will never be an ordinary cupcake when it is made by Rio Azul. Try and see for yourself.