Monday, November 9, 2015

Black Olive Restaurant at Estancia

Please feast on the photos first. review will follow! Sorry foodies, still a little bit busy with work!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Gift Of Sweetness

If you're looking for a gift for the holiday season, a birthday or another special occasion, consider gourmet dark chocolate. You can combine this kind of chocolate with other kinds as most people enjoy eating the sweet treat. There are a few different creative ways that you can give the gift of chocolate whether it's for a relative or friend. 

A basket is one of the easiest ways that you can give someone chocolate. Add tins in the boxes of various kinds of the treat, or create a display that is relevant to the reason for the gift. If it's Christmas, then consider arranging the chocolate to look like a tree. Add plastic wrap around the basket, tie a bow on the top of the plastic, and deliver the sweet gift. 

Another way to give the gift of chocolate is to get something that is made to look like a hobby or special interest that the person enjoys. It could be chocolate that is made to look like an animal or a purse for someone who likes to go shopping. Items that are made of chocolate often have intricate details so that they appear realistic, but they are edible. Personalized gifts are another idea. You can get a bag of chocolate with the name of the person on the label as well as some basic facts to make the bag stand out. Pictures can be added to the bag as well as a warm message. A face sculpture is an idea if the treat is for an employer or a person of importance. Add a small plaque to the front of the sculpture that gives a few details about the person. 

Almost anything that is covered in chocolate is a good gift. There are strawberries, blueberries, bananas and cookies. Get a few different items that are covered in chocolate, arrange them in a box or on a tray, and give a gift of chocolate bliss that can be enjoyed at any time. One option that some might not consider is drinkable chocolate. Some companies offer a type of wine that has chocolate blended with the drink. This is ideal for an anniversary or an engagement party.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

AjiPanda™: Your Best Friend in the Kitchen

Are you up for a new campaign from Aji-no-moto?

AjiPanda™ is a cute panda icon that conveys someone shy, caring, happy and loyal. It personifies how a humble pack or bottle of AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning fills the role of “Your Best Friend in the Kitchen” by offering an ever-reliable way of bringing out the natural goodness of

Ajinomoto’s new campaign, which also features teen queen Kathryn Bernardo, presents the benefits of its dependable brand of seasoning to a new generation of cooks and food lovers.

AJI-NO-MOTO® comes from sugar cane, corn or cassava and is manufactured through the natural process of fermentation. This product is safe, convenient and effective in making food taste delicious.
This is because it is simply free glutamate, the most common among amino acids (the building blocks of protein). It provides the taste of umami to food in the same way that sugar adds sweet taste or salt adds salty taste to food. 

But what is umami? Umami, is the fifth basic taste alongside sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. It is the savory, rich and full taste we often experience in meat, seafood, cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Consider the delightful composition of chicken, green papaya and malunggay in tinola or the medley of cheese, ham, pepperoni, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers on top of a pizza. The combinations and layers of these glutamate-rich ingredients make dishes very delicious and enjoyable. 

Remember that AjiPanda™, your best friend in the kitchen, will help work wonders in your cooking so that you can share many happy meals with your family.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Simple Cleaning and Organizing Tips for Your Kitchen

Cleaning and organizing the kitchen is one big challenge for many us. The kitchen is the busiest part of the kitchen and for many it is also the most cluttered and unorganized place. To help you keep up with your culinary expression, here are some simple tips to keep everything nice, clean and organized. A movable counter can be a saving grace for small kitchen. It can be composed of a trolley with several tiers and a chopping board on top. You get extra work space and even more space for storage. Don’t forget to organize your ingredients and your kitchen tools such as canisters, knives and condiments. Keep them off your counter so you can move freely while you cook.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Enjoying Great Food

As the world continues to become interconnected, more goods and services are available that have not been available in the past. The result is that people can experience foods and tastes that were not available before. There are a number of food options that are available for local restaurants and homeowners who love to cook.

Organic and Ready
There has been a push within the last decade to have food from farmers and individuals who grow produce organically. While people may debate the definition of the term organic, the fact remains that there is a growing market for organic food that looks and tastes delicious. Culinary chefs and people who cook at home can immediately tell a difference when they eat organic produce that is combined with other food in a dish or meal. As technology has improved, farmers and individuals have a better idea as to how to grow more food that is organic and have it available for the masses. People who grow organic produce are able to ship such produce to various areas around the country as well as to other countries and places that want quality produce that is organic and tasty. 

Real and Wild
While the need for organic food has increased over the years, there is also been an increase for the demand of having meat products that are real, fresh and wild caught. In an age where some animals are injected with various hormones in order to provide a larger animal in which to eat, the reality is that taste can easily be sacrificed. Furthermore, some people question as to whether animals that are being raised in certain living conditions are truly healthy and safe. Therefore, there is focus that is on chickens, cows, pigs and animals that each one is raised humanely and fed with appropriate food in order for it to grow appropriately. After all, people want real food that is fresh. When circumstances allow, people want food that is caught in the wild, such as fish, deer and other animals that are in the great outdoors. Fortunately, there are websites where people can purchase real game at decent prices and can Order Fresh Fish Online. 

Each year, chefs and people at home create culinary masterpieces that are amazing. Fresh ingredients can make all the difference. The result is that people can enjoy a delicious meal each day. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Essential Herbs Every Kitchen Must Have

Herbs and spices adds a great deal of flavor and excitement to every meal. They are inexpensive and can be grown in small containers in your kitchen window sill. Among the long list of herbs and spices, having the basics such as the basil, which is a favorite of most french chef, ginger, which is a basic ingredient in most Asian cuisine, cinnamon, curry, nutmeg and paprika should also be available in your kitchen. These little wonders does not only give that extra tang in your meal, the aroma that it gives off also has amazing health benefits! Next time you go to the supermarket, consider having more than just salt and pepper for seasoning, try getting one or two herbs for a change.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

For the Love of Coffee

You've got big dreams and they all begin with something as simple as a cup of coffee. As an entrepreneur who is ready to take the plunge into business, you plan on dipping your toe in with something small. Coffee carts from All Star Carts offer you opportunities to get started. Start with one and find out how far you can go. You can always add on more carts and employees as your business expands. You'll be ready to roll with your first cart and the rest is up to you.

Everything You Need in Small Package

Coffee is a pleasure and a passion for so many. That's why a coffee cart is a great vehicle for a business. When you order form All Star Carts, you'll have everything you need to get started. Your attractive cart has plenty of storage space. It also comes with two dispensers, providing you with the opportunity to offer two types of coffee. If you want to have more choices for your customers, you can always order additional dispensers. A display case is an added bonus, making it possible for you to offer baked goods to complement popular, hot beverages. Complete the package with an umbrella and your cart is ready to go, no matter what kind of weather is headed your way.

Make it Your Own

The only way that your coffee cart can truly be yours is when you personalize it. Opt for a cart from All Star Carts and you can complete the package with graphics that fit your vision. When you have your preferred colors and a logo, you are ready to open for business. The great part about a coffee cart is its versatility. It's portable and can go anyplace that you want to go. Choose a busy part of town or a special event to roll out a hot beverage that will draw customers your way. Give them a chance to warm up or perk up, topped off with a sweet treat. You'll make smiles grow when you serve a hot cup of Joe.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cookies and Cream Frappe with my Mini-Me

While my two boys were busy playing Xbox, my daughter and I were both enjoying our girl-talk. After her cookies and cream frappe and coffee for me, I went to a nearby salon for my foot spa. 

Pardon our selfie pics.. but Alexa wanted to have her photo taken while sipping her fave drink.

Reducing Food Waste means Saving More Money

Many people today do not seem to be affected by the amount of food that go to waste every day. Throwing leftover food not only is wasting money but it also badly affects the environment. Rotten food that has accumulated in landfills generates greenhouse gases such as methane which is very harmful to living organism. Greenhouse gases from food waste also add to the global warming. To lessen the food that goes to landfills and garbage dumps, it is advisable to check your grocery needs before going out to buy. Some people throw away food because they buy or cook food that is more than the amount that they can consume. Check on best ways to store your staples and be sure to consume food that are perishable before they expire.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Craving for Hot Pandesal

I just had dinner but now craving for hot pandesal.  What's going on with me? Something is wrong here.. 

Instead of thinking how to lose weight, all I can think of is this hot pandesal!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bulalohan at Agdao Market Davao

I visit Davao City once in a while, and every time, I never fail to eat at the famous bulalo-han in Agdao Market. Why not, aside from its taste which is so addicting (best for me), the price is reasonable as well. But don't expect that you'll visit a fancy restaurant, as I've said - its a market! I hope you're not maarte!

Some of the local delicacies are also available like the balbacua, kinilaw and other seafood. I love this place!

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