Showing posts from September, 2007

OFF to Thailand for a week

I'll be leaving this weekend for Thailand for official business. If I can, I'll find time for some interesting subjects for my future posts. Expect for a feature on authentic Thai Cuisine of course hmmm..., can't wait for that one. The picture above (courtesy of this site) is included in my itinerary for this trip. It's been 4 years since my last visit to this country. That was a year before Phuket was devastated by the tsunami, (we were lucky we've seen it's natural beauty prior to that incident). So it'll be interesting to find out what are the new offerings from this fascinating country. I'll make sure I'll bring some interesting posts when I get back, so stay tuned for now.

Blogging History told

Sixty three posts in 4 months and 8 days for a blog entitled Our Taste of Life. This is pretty much good already but I would still consider myself new in this world of blogging and this blog I'm maintaining, still at its infant stage. Am I enjoying it? Well, the fact that this post was created need I answer more? The question now really is where is this blog taking me? Yes, writing for a blog is sometimes tiring, taxing, time consuming what more for a working mom like me? It's like having another baby and another work to take care of. It needs to be fed frequently at most daily. It needs to be nourished and loved at the same time.
But how was Our Taste of Life created? It all started with a simple online search for some things our family loves: new foods to try; best restaurant for a special occasion; nice places to visit; great recipes to cook and so on and so forth. Sometimes, I get lucky I find exactly what I needed but more often than not it's just an exhausting page-…

CHOCOLATE (what we ought to know about it)

In a poll on what food people will likely indulge into, perhaps it will be Chocolate that will win the ballot. Don’t you think so? It’s considered the single most eaten food in the whole world in all stages of life. It is loved by a lot of people for so many reasons. Foremost to that is because we find pleasure in eating it. In fact, the book on Industrial Chocolate Manufacture and Use by C. NUTTALL stated that "through taste and texture there is probably no other product that gives so much enjoyment to so many individuals in so many countries except for Chocolate. Generally, Chocolate and sweets bring color and excitement into everyday lives and throughout adult life continues to symbolize gaiety, festivity and goodwill." Although it's hardly eaten on mealtimes, chocolate may provide an immediate source of energy anytime we need it. It can be the quickest and convenient alternative due to its small pack size, it's handy, can be eaten everywhere and any time at all. …

Exploring LAGUNA (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second part of our LAGUNA Trek. Part 1 of this post showed the bounty and fullness of 9 municipalities, from Calamba to Lumban. Hence, without further a do let me share with you the other half of our journey.
Heading straight from Lumban, the next town that welcomed us is KALAYAAN. This is the place for the well-known "EXOTIK" Restaurant. Incidentally, it was awarded as the cleanest and best landscaped restaurant in the whole province of Laguna. As the name implies, real exotic cuisine is offered here. Probably, the Pampanga of the south if one may call it. If you're a more daring foodie, you should not miss this resto. However, if you want a cooler ambiance, Caliraya Lake is waiting up in the mountain of CAVINTI. This is another nice place for a picnic. Fill that picnic basket with your own foods, rent a picnic table for P200, and presto! you're on to a great lunch! After that, you can hire a boat for a tour of the lake, otherwise there are other recreat…

Exploring LAGUNA (Part 1 of 2)

Do you have a day to unwind? How would you like breathing some fresh air while enjoying sceneries of lush greens? How about savoring some of the best delicacies in the country? They all sound great! So, drive down south and experience these wonders and gifts only in LAGUNA! My family just did last weekend! Laguna is my hometown and I take pride in our province's richness and beauty. So read on, let me tour you around...
From South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), our first stop is the home town of our National Hero, CALAMBA CITY. Apart from being the home town of Dr. Jose Rizal, this town is also famous for its numerous hot springs and resorts. The road of Barangay Pansol normally creates huge traffic at summer time (March - April). Some good finds that you may see along the national road are wooden furnitures, little nipa hut (kubo) that's perfect for a garden, potted flowers and plants.

Next town to Calamba is LOS BAÑOS. When we hear about Los Baños, perhaps the best thing that comes …

CROCS & HAVAIANAS - are they really WORTH the purchase?

If there's one craze invading the Philippine Market for footwear and fashion these days, it's about that all purpose shoes, CROCS and that stylish flip flops called HAVAIANAS. What exactly are in these footwears that a lot of Filipinos are willing to spend more than the usual for a simple "tsinelas" (thong) and rubber clogs?! According to Croc's website, "originally, Crocs™ Shoes were intended as a boating/outdoor shoe because of its slip-resistant, non-marking sole." In their history page, Crocs manufacturer stated that "despite our rapid success, we will still stand behind the core values of Crocs™ Footwear. We are committed to making a lightweight, comfortable, slip-resistant, fashionable and functional shoe, which can be produced quickly and at an affordable price to our customers." In the Philippines, we know that more than a thousand bucks is not an affordable sum. That's why, there must be more to this product for a customer to patr…

Presto Pasta Night 28 - Creamy Spaghetti Noodle Soup

For this week's Presto Pasta Night, I prepared a very simple, family favorite pasta recipe. This is a very popular Filipino noodle soup locally known as "Sopas". It normally frequents Birthday Party tables. If you go to one Filipino household to another, you'll find many different versions of it. It's really interesting how this simple dish had evolved through time. Now, it comes with many different twists. In this version, I used spaghetti instead of the typical macaroni noodles. Thus, the name Creamy Spaghetti Noodle Soup. I also added hard boiled eggs and chicken liver to enhance the creaminess and round the meat taste. I hope you'll love this as much as our family enjoys it! Oh, and of course this comes with some trivia. I have to say that this recipe was inspired by a colleague's own kind. Again, I just made some modifications to suit our own palate :-)
Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Serves 8
Ingredients: 1/2 of 250 g pack spaghetti nood…

Weekend Herb Blogging # 99 - Scallions and Mushroom

Whenever we dine at a Chinese Restaurant, one of the most preferred soups to order is Hot & Sour Soup. It never fails to start a good meal. But due to its inherent sourness, liking this soup may be very selective. Even so, since sour is deemed as another important taste driver for Filipino Cuisine it’s also likely that this soup will entice many. What I particularly love about this soup is that it has two of my favorite culinary herbs - scallions and shitake mushrooms. It does sound good to be an entry for this week's WHB. Hosting the 99th Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB) is Katie from Thyme for Cooking, the Blog. Tonight's food to savor on our humble dining table is Fried Tilapia (the most popular farmed fish locally). So I thought of complementing it with a soup and instantly our pot started steaming with this recipe.
Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 15 mins Serves 8

Ingredients: 4 cups chicken broth or any meat stock 250 g pork, cut into strips 1/2 cup vinegar 1/3 cup soy s…

CheeseCake Cafe

After attending the AFEX 2007 in its opening day, an industry colleague invited us for a snack at the nearby Mall of Asia (MOA). As most Mall enthusiasts know, MOA boasts of vast food establishments that it's simply difficult to decide where to dine at any given time. What more with our already aching feet due to more than 4 hours of roaming around booths in the Food Expo? Thus, we just decided on the closest resto that our eyes have spotted. So Cheesecake Cafe,it was!
Being a part of the Cheesecake etc. company, without a doubt this is the place to be for cheesecake indulgence. But wait, this resto is up for more. Since it's a Cafe it has extended its repertoire to pasta, salad and coffee drinks among others. It has a typical ambiance of a cafe with an accomodating service. However, I've got mixed reviews of their food. Sadly, the pastas are plain so-so. Just acceptable, okay to try but not something you will order again the next time you visit. The salad is something you …