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The myths and truths about INSTANT NOODLES… (Part 1 of 2)

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Instant noodles are now recognized as staples in the Filipinos' dining table. With the enormous line of products available in the commercial food shelves right now, who else is not yet serving instant noodles to their family or have not tried at all? If you’re one of them, you’ve probably heard of the myths and hoaxes that roamed around for some time – 1) that noodles is the cause of “bangungot” (nightmare), 2) that instant noodles and its Styro container has wax and 3) that MSG in noodles became toxic when cooked. All these and more are nothing but misleading information. Instant noodles in the Philippines although growing is still at its infant stage relative to our other neighboring asian countries. Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Malaysia are far more large consumers of this product than the Philippines. Their noodle industry has grown full blown! Yet, none of these countries reported a single incident related to any of those “questionable claims”. Thus, we all ought to k…

It's not just PANCAKES

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Here's the 3rd entry to our Breakfast Avenue - PANCAKE HOUSE! Those who have tried it may notice that the restaurant's repertoire goes beyond its name. In fact, it's home to most Filipino Favorite breakfast meals. Bangus Bonoan, Tocino, Native Longganisa, Adobo... make your good pick! Although this breakfast house is more popular for its pancake, it also boasts of a huge selection of good, filling morning meals. If you don't feel like going for an extraordinary nor any adventure and you don't want to stress yourself thinking where to go for that morning treat, Pancake house might be the place to visit. Although, we still feel that some foods here are overly priced thus, you have to make sure you order that, which will satisfy you best. For an added value, it's best to try their Tagaytay branch. The ambiance will give some lift to your dining experience.





CAFE MEDITERRANEAN... Sounds Greek to me Food

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Got tired of always trying the usual and familiar, excited we feast at Cafe Mediterranean of Sounds Greek To Me Food Corp. Isn't the company name interesting already?, so was the food actually. We would like to try their pizza and sandwiches because they've got real appealing assortment however, it was already dinner time so we opted for the "Gyro Plates". We preferred the buttered rice over pilaf. Tastewise, all is consumed with much gusto. The blend of spices is delightful. What's surprising is the food is also affordable. With the taste and the serving size, we think it is fairly priced. And because of that this deserves another visit from us.

Moussaka with Buttered Rice (P175); the butter mildly flavored the rice giving it a subtle twist and not overpowering. The moussaka is a typical eggplant lasagna, creamy and tasty but also too filling.




Grilled Chicken with Buttered Rice (P160); this is the most preferred dish of the family. The chicken is deliciously spice…

A poignant goodbye to the luminous wizard of the imaginary and the real world

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The most sought after story of all time, the brilliant modern day epic… the LIFE that became part of everybody’s - young and adults alike, Harry Potter came to its final halt.

Earnestly desired to finish the book within 24 hours or a little more, I failed way too much of my target. Three days of reading the final instalment is reminiscent of the ten years of waiting for the story to be told completely. With all the reviews and “pre-spoilers” thrown left and right through all forms of writing, all the more that I wanted to be over with the book. Perhaps, I have over estimated myself. Concealed by the longing to know the destiny of the boy wizard and his friends; whom I all learned to love and grow with, I have sloppily discounted the fact that there are other knotty roles that I have to take – work, home, kids, etc. that will challenge me in pursuing this goal. At any rate, I reached the 759th page of the “Deathly Hollows” a minute past 2300 hrs of Tuesday. True to what JK Rowling has t…

MOMMy, I am Sick... But it's You who needs my Doctor very Quick!

Pinoy Moms Network! - the network of blogging mothers, underwent a complete overhaul. It aims to be the e-zine rich in parenting resources online. I encourage all dear Moms to check it out and learn more. This is my first post in the blogsite: Rainy season strikes again!! What I personally find abhorring about this type of weather aside from the “gloomy atmosphere” it somehow elicits relative to the more festive summer, is the proliferation of all types of viruses that bring a lot of illnesses. Guess who are the front liners in the danger zone? No less than our little ones!... (read more here)

Brain Foods: The Smart Way to EAT!

Here's an interesting and informative article on Brain Foods written by Shawn McKee (eDiets Staff Writer), which is more than worth to share. Thanks to Gessa for forwarding me a copy. Similarly, we hope you'll find relevance in reading it to reward your brain with a real smart eat!
"Brain Foods: The Smart Way to Eat!
By Shawn McKee
eDiets Staff Writer
Food for Thought
Fish is particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the essential fats that ensure healthy functioning of the cells in the brain.

Nuts and Seeds are rich in selenium, vitamin E and phytochemicals, nuts and seeds protect against brain aging. Their plant sources of omega-3 fats also contribute to healthy brain cells.

A cup of green or black tea provides polyphenols, special plant compounds that keep brain neurons healthy and blood vessels elastic so that nutrients can flow to the brain. Choose green tea to enhance memory and alertness and improve attention span.

Whole grains supply the brain with its preferred source o…

My so called Culinary Journey...

If I’ll take a trip down memory lane, my book of “career dreams” will unfold that of being a Lawyer or Journalist to being an IT Professional or Psychologist. But becoming a Food Technologist? It did not even cross my mind in my youngster years. Even though I was surrounded by the culinary skills of my father’s clan and the “must be inherited” recipes of my grandmother, I would rather see myself in a trial court defending a case or out in the field doing media report than immersing myself in the science of food.
Back in my high school days, I can recall vividly how much I enjoyed practicing my rebuttals for a school debate with my grandfather. But the aroma of my grandmother’s delicacies and the influence of my mother’s craving for the cooking shows (especially that of Wok with Yan), reined supreme. At the age of eleven, my grandmother honed me with an early training to Food Entrepreneurship. While my grade school classmates spend their summer vacations playing, I got myself busy putti…

For One More Day

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Have you checked the latest book from Mitch Albom - FOR ONE MORE DAY? It's another "heart warming - reality check" story. Truly, he never fails his reader to wonder and reflect. I appreciate my being a mom all the more. It's a must family read kind of book. Highly recommended for parents out there. Grab your copy now!

The Improving DON HENRICO'S

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Summer Salad (P198), light, healthy and truly appetizing. There's no better way to start a good meal. Thanks to Don Henrico's for continuously improving their menu. It's enough reason to always come back. There was a time, that we got satiated with their salads because we already tasted everything and we're really craving for something new. It's nice to know they're putting some innovations to keep their customers. I guess it's a must for any type of business. Also, they now offer lunch buffets on tuesdays and wednesdays. This is sure-fire, crowd inviting promo! All that we savoured here, we haven't tried yet. Luckily, every bite matched to our liking.


Beef & Spinach Pasta (P220), creamy and mild without the satiating effect Philly Steak Cheese Pizza (P275), sooooo cheesy and creamy




Who says a good pose is not possible while eating? :-)




Peek A Boo! Where's the other half of the pizza?

Must be scrummy, got wiped out easily


Don Henricos
2nd Level Fes…

Brunch @ SEATTLE'S BEST

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Seattle's Best probably sits only next to the most popular coffee shops in town like Starbucks and Figaro. But it lives to its advantage of offering breakfast and light meals best consumed with its own coffee and other beverages. Hence, it also competes against Delifrance and Pancake House in this category. Seattle's got quite a number of choices but relatively more expensive than the later mentioned restos. The meal does not come as a set so you have to order your drinks separately. At any rate, it's still intriguing to try the other options in the menu. Thus, we'll put it in our list of what we called "Our Breakfast Avenue".





Here are your choices...






Clubhouse P140 (best seller in the house); good enough to fill your brunch but not any better to Delifrance's version




Pancake (P88); it's a triple treat giving you enough carbo to start your day




Vanilla Milk Shake (P135) & Brewed Iced Tea (P100)

Seattle's Best Coffee Caltex, SLEX

TRIO MEAT MACARONI SPAGHETTI

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Do you want to put some twist on your regular macaroni spaghetti? Are you looking for a kid friendly pasta recipe? This might be IT! I usually serve this pasta either as breakfast or snacks. My son loves this so much probably because it has the three "most requested" and kid loving meat ingredients - hotdogs, ham and longganisa. You can never go wrong with any of these in enticing your kids to eat.



Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 6 - 8
Ingredients:
500 g elbow macaroni 750 g Italian spaghetti sauce 5 cloves garlic, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 cup hotdogs, cut in rounds 1 cup cooked ham, cut in squares 2 cups native longganisa, cut in rounds
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated 1 tbsp butter salt and pepper to taste 1 cup water 2 tbsp canola oil
Procedure:
1. Add butter on a heated pan. Stir fry ham and hotdogs. Set aside.
2. Heat the canola oil on the same pan. Saute onion, garlic and longganisa for 2 - 3 minutes. Add the spaghetti sauce, water, salt and pepper to t…

An Island that grills - GUILLY'S

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Restaurant Grills have started to grow in the Philippines. The popular ones are Dencio's, Gerry's and Gilligan's to name a few. The newest addition to this growing segment that is also gaining popularity is Guilly's Island. Sta. Rosa City is fortunate enough to have one of their branches which, is specifically located in another booming community of Paseo de Sta. Rosa 3. Basically, this resto offers delicious foods at very affordable prices. We just paid a total bill of P600++ inclusive of taxes and service charge. This is already our second time to dine here, and tastewise we can rate it 4 out of 5 spoons. They also serve quite fast! Other than that, the food is not only limited to grilled, sizzling and fried, they have pastas and salads too. Overall, this island is really up and ready for the competition.



We normally order 3 -4 types of dishes on the average in sampling a restaurant (just enough for our tummy to carry). Here we sampled - Bulalo (bone marrow soup), Sot…

EAT ALL YOU CAN! WHERE????

A former colleague is generous enough to forward this essential list of restaurants offering an eat all you can experience (Thanks much Chiqui! and to whoever is the originator; this is truly helpful to the foodies out there). Likewise, I would like to share it with our readers since it's so attuned to the theme of this blog. I just took those that are interesting though. When you get the chance to sample any of them, send us an e-mail and we'll give you an opportunity to be featured in this blog. Happy EATING! 1. GREENWICH('til Oct 20 only) EAT-ALL-YOU-CAN-PIZZA promo 2. SOMETHING FISHY Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City breakfast time (12 am -10am) 3. KAMAY KAINAN Market Market, Taguig with bottomless iced tea @ P295/head 4. CHINATOWN Banawe, Quezon City full Meal; P400/head 5. SAISAKI/DADS/KAMAYAN P500/head 6. DRAGON PRINCE BF Homes, Parañaque lunch Buffet, P180/head 7. CABALEN All branches p275/head 8. RCBC PLAZA FOOD CENTER Makati City breakfast - P95/head; snacks - P65/head 9. BLUE BAY Quirino …

Awesome Twosome - Fruits & Vegetable Salad

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Who would not want to go healthy nowadays? Try this fruits and vegetable salad! It's so easy to prepare. Just a few cut, dice, mix, toss and voila! A luscious appetizer or dessert in your plate. To some, specially those who are on a diet, this might even be a complete meal.




Preparation time: 15 mins
Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

1 med carrots, blanched and diced
1 med cucumber, seeded and diced
5 pcs cooked ham, cut in small squares
1 small can of crushed pineapple, drained
1 small can of pineapple tid bits, drained
1 med apple, diced, unpeeled
1/4 - 1/2 cup cashew nuts
2 - 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
salt, pepper and sugar to taste

Procedure:
1. Completely drain pineapple; soak the diced ingredients in the syrup.
2. Combine mayonnaise, pepper, sugar and salt. Adjust to taste.
3. Fold in the crushed pineapple evenly. Add the diced ingredients and toss.
4. Top with cashew nuts and ham.


Cooking Tips:
Soaking the fruits in the pineapple syrup will prevent oxidation. This is what's causing the discoloration or brow…

Good Morning @ DELIFRANCE

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I really missed having breakfast at Delifrance. I used to spend my saturday morning meal at their branch in RCBC Makati when I was still having my MBA in DLSU RCBC Campus. You get to enjoy yummy food along with a book or newspaper on hand, how good is that huh?!. Their wide array of baked products is a great selling point. Giving customers variety prevents satiation. I also look forward to their clubhouse, salads and pasta, some are simply irresistible. Now, I'm enjoying their coffee bun (P35/pc). It may only be next to Kopi Roti in terms of taste but it's a good alternative when your craving for one. For a filling and delicious breakfast meal, or for any other meal occasions, Delifrance should surely be in the list. Ham & Cheese Omellette





4 seasons juice



Delifrance South Expressway
Mamplasan, Binan, Laguna

An Italian Feast @ CARLOS PIZZA

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We did not have a very good "first time" experience with this resto in Tagaytay back in 2005. Aside from the quite slow service, their pizza did not satisfy our expectation. Hence, trying it out again is really a risk for us. On the other hand, we gave it a second thought on the premise that some improvements would have probably been made considering the 2 years that have passed. So, off we risked last sunday. Surprisingly, it's a lot better the second time around. Service is significantly improved, more accomodating and real fast even though their packed with customers at almost dinner time. The recommended best sellers in the house did not fail us at least for the pizza and pasta. They still have to do some works on their salad though. Overall, we enjoyed a real Italian Feast. We'll rate it 4 out of 5 spoons.



Riley showing Carlo's artistic and inviting interior

Sofie near the oven area and dough preparation counter


Chicken Ceasar Salad - P185
The Salad dressing…