Saturday, December 8, 2018

Low-Carb, Low-sugar Peter Pan Peanut Butter Cookies Using Coconut Flour


I was finally able to use the coconut flour I bought last month at Healthy Options.

Apart from using almond flour and oat flour, I also have added coconut flour in my baking. YAY!

Friday, December 7, 2018

#FlavorYourFun with Conagra Brands at the Family Preview of Ralph Wrecks the Internet


What used to be a leisure to me had turned out into one crazy chore with my kids, and not to mention the cost I would be spending when my kids would join me.  I have my list, they, however don't but we'd end up buying more of  the things they want than buying all the things on my list.

Grocery shopping isn't just about crossing items off a to-do list, anymore, for me, it’s more of knowing what your family loves and spending delicious, memorable moments with them.  But of course making sure that they are made according to health standards I adhere to, and what sumptuous dishes I could create with them ingredients.

Good thing there's Conagra Brands.

You too can discover delectable ways to get creative and make memories with Conagra Brands’ roster of quality products the whole family is sure to love. One of North America's leading packaged food companies with beloved brands including Hunt’s tomato products, Libby’s Vienna sausage and corned beef, PAM cooking spray, Peter Pan peanut butter, Act II popcorn, Snack Pack pudding and gels, Reddi Wip whipped cream and Blue Bonnet margarine, Conagra Brands lets you #FlavorYourFun with ease and share it with the people you love whenever you’re together.

Conagra Brands sure had hit the warm spot that thugs the heart of every consumers.  At the media preview of Conagra Brands, they had invited celebrities, influencers and media representative to watch the private screen of Ralph Wrecks the Internet, all while indulging everyone with snack creations made from Conagra Brands.


In the media round off held at the movie screening of Ralph Wrecks the Internet last November 24, Saturday at Bonifacio High Street (BHS) Central Square Cinemas, the marketing arm of Conagra Brands showed us how we can take our favorites even further, coz they know specially with moms who are all about getting their family to spend time together in delicious ways.


The event was taken up further with fun- (and food-) loving kids and their doting parents who got to sample more of Conagra Brands’ flavorful and fun treats as the company showcased its flagship products and ambassadors at a special block screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet on .We all sampled unique and yummy movie-themed snacks before the film, got to meet Conagra Brands’ team of mom ambassadors who shared and showed off their inventive twists on their family’s food favorites.


Caught up with Ms. Danica Sotto Pingris.  She's an actress, host, and rising YouTube chef.  She finds that Conagra products are a worthy addition to her kitchen arsenal. As the mother of two school-age children, she is familiar with the task of preparing baon for them every day. “Since my kids love Libby’s Vienna Sausages, I cook it for their baon all the time! Libby’s Corned Beef makes a great and tasty breakfast too, it’s such a staple in our household.”



She also finds herself reaching for convenient and delicious Snack Packs to make lunchboxes both fun and healthy. “I love how Snack Pack gives me a way to feed my kids fruits. Since you can easily mix in fresh fruits to give the pudding some extra flavor, it’s a perfect baon treat that will give kids the nutrition they need!” she exclaims.


When it comes to preparing snacks and desserts for the family, Peter Pan peanut butter is another one of Danica’s favorites. “I love how versatile it is,” she gushes. “It’s always a hit when I spread it on pancakes, make it a dip for my homemade granola bars, or simply put it on my bananas! You can do many wonderful things with Peter Pan!”


As a model, food enthusiast, and host, Xandra Rocha Araneta’s busy schedule and energetic family keep her on her toes too, which is why she enjoys leisurely weekend brunch at home. “My go-to meal is always Libby’s Corned Beef,” she says. “I add in tons of onions and tomatoes. My husband likes it a little crunchy, so I let the corned beef crisp up in the pan before serving. We enjoy it with fluffy scrambled eggs and garlic fried rice!”





When she’s baking, Xandra loves how convenient it is to have products like PAM Cooking Spray handy. “Just a couple sprays of PAM on the pan, and my baking sessions are hassle-free!” she says. As a health-conscious foodie, she also finds that Conagra strikes the perfect balance between indulgence and nutrition.

She also found that using Blue Bonnet margarine makes for a great alternative to butter that’s still delicious!  Hence, I'm taking her word for it, as I haven't tried it with my baking.





With so many kitchen favorites to choose from, you’re sure to love making every moment more delicious thanks to Conagra Brands.


At the event, the guests, including yours truly were given chance to bring home some of the feautured products, and I'm just as excited to prepare good-tasting meals with these.



About Conagra Brands

Conagra Brands (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's leading packaged food companies with recognized brands such as Peter Pan®, Hunt's®, Reddi-wip®, ActII®, Healthy Choice®, Orville Redenbacher's®, PAM®, Snack Pack®, Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Wesson ®, and many other Conagra brands found in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. For more information, please visit us at www.Conagra.com.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

DOT Stirs up the Holidays with ‘Kain Na!’ Three Cities

Photo from the launch of Kain Na! in Bicol (read here)

Festive celebration of the richly-diverse Filipino culinary culture will stir up the Christmas spirit with the simultaneous staging of the Kain Na! Food & Travel Festival of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Davao City, Pampanga, and Laguna this coming Dec. 7-9.

DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Kain Na! will showcase the specialties of local cuisine in the food & travel-fest’s latest edition that will be held at Davao City Ayala Mall; the Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga; and at the Ayala Mall, Solenad, Laguna.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Enjoying Taiwanese Fare at Fat Fook's Newest Branch in BGC


"Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to."

Have you ever heard or read that statement?

This holds true to any travelers. To really know the real deal of certain cultures, you have to be there where it is supposed to be based, like when we talk about Taiwanese cuisine, eating their dishes off the streets gives you a sense of authenticity, when you start learning about tradition one bite at a time.  It is so different when you just read it in blogs or magazines, it's all about the sights, sound and taste.


The Peak Raises the Bar on Dining, Literally!


Have you ever  heard of a penthouse-living inspired restaurant?  It's when the top floor of a building is modified where one room flows to another, with the cozy ambiance of home while reveling at the scenic views of Manila skyline.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Happy Bee While Christmas Shopping with honestbee



Have you gotten your tinsel in a tangle already?

Just thinking about Christmas, the long list of the names that are supposed to receive gifts, Christmas decors to prepare, grocery items for the Noche Buena and Christmas Day family gatherings makes me stressed already.

Good thing there's an online app to save me from my misery.  Thanks honestbee!

Friday, November 16, 2018

With Kenny Rogers Roasters, We're All in this FEAST Together


A stress-free holiday feast? Every home-makers' dream when preparing for holiday feasting?

Oh! Yes, it is possible!

But we, Filipinos are more than ready for the Christmas season, once the 'ber' months ring win, we start planning for it, decorations are in tow and feasting budget is allotted.

We all know that delightful food is often the highlight of gatherings and the key to throwing a great feast is variety, so everyone can enjoy the holiday spread, whether you're a full-pledged meat lover, on a particular diet, a vegan, or starting to live healthier.  Hence. Kenny Rogers Roasters made it their task to offer more satisfying dishes for everyone's cravings.

Make way for the ALL IN FEAST!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

#Diversity: The Grand Wine Experience' Theme for 2018


Diversity in taste, origin, culture, technologies and every mystical philosophies surrounding every bottle of wine.  Because no wine is the same! There are many things to learn about wines, spirits and beers, and nothing can educate you dearly than experiencing each wine itself.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

How Our Family Got Korean Visa Despite NOT Having ITR's


Don't you just think airline companies has multi-faceted ways of luring you to buy flight tickets to one of the world destinations you have been dreaming off?

I've been sober from impulsive buying for a decade already, and being a learned frugal mom, I now know where to put our hard earned money.

Insurance investment and T-R-A-V-E-L.  Want me to spell it again?

"But traveling isn't cheap," as most would argue but it's one of the best investment you can gift yourself and your family.  Education should not be contained inside a four-walled room, kids will learn more through experience, culture and history.  History can be tangible and is not just written in textbooks.  My four kids would attest to that.

Let LG Keep Your Food for Longer



We’ve been witnessing an eating revolution over the last few years. More and more, modern recipes and cooking techniques have been emphasizing the importance of eating healthy and sourcing fresh ingredients in order to cook well-balanced meals from scratch. Cooking with fresh ingredients instead of processed or preserved food results in meals packed with more nutrients and flavor. Ingredients that don’t come out of a can or plastic packaging are also infinitely healthier.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Tis' the Season to Shop at Healthy Options for "A Christmas Story"


This year's peg for Healthy Options' Christmas Catalogue is all about healthy, dreamy gift packages that will definitely give you a good Christmas story worth sharing and giving.

I wouldn't mind getting a pack or just about anything from Healthy Options, as it is our go-to shop for organic food and non-food items as well as our family's vitamins and food supplements.  My diabetic daughter (15 years old buys her chocolates here) and it is the only store where we can buy specialty food supplements for diabetics such as chromium picolinate.

Every gift box was mindfully curated that is filled to the brim with nostalgic treats that are both healthy and wholesome that any receiver would surely cherish.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Order Your Favorite Resto Food in Honestbee



HONESTBEE is really growing, and reaching more and more food entrepreneurs.

Now, ordering your favorite food from IG's top food purveyor is just a click away.

Last Sept. 19, Honestbee introduced 4 new, homegrown food brands to some chosen media personalities.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Raintree and Restaurants Against Hunger


Malnourished children, hungry citizens of war, kids with stunted growth, poor drinking water access, roadblocks to living a decent child life...

These are words that break my heart every time, I read or hear about them. I can't bear it, to see my own kids or I, myself, even in that situation, when it is hope that you only cling on to, even if you don't know if you will have something to eat in the coming days or would those days be worth living.

Sometimes, as much as you'd want to help, things get in the way - being busy with our family, work or you can't just find time to extend the proper help needed, or maybe we just have way many excuses to be good Samaritans.

New Premium Filipino Dishes at Romulo Cafe


Palates were satisfied beyond expectation as Romulo Café unveiled its finest Filipino dishes on October 10, Wednesday, at 148 Jupiter St. corner Comet St., Bel-Air, Makati City.

Following the success of the Happy Hour event held last year, Romulo Café once again set the dining tables on fire to introduce by far the best of what they were keeping in their culinary closet.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Launch of Kain Na! at Ayala Mall, Legazpi


Food for me had always been a comfort and an adventure.  Where ever I go, or travel, my list would include what food to eat, where to get the best local food and what to bring home (or to buy as pasalubong) to extend the experience at home. It also is true in how I blog about my exploits, hence my blog name.  

Many share the same love, I believe, and I'm happy to work with them and be able to share what Filipino food is about, our food culture is so diverse it likens itself to the number of islands our country has.

Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018 Awarded Pinoy Chefs with Bronze


At the recently concluded Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge 2018, three Pinoy chefs, namely Chef Elmar Ruelo of Wangfu and Chef Joel Aroy of King Chef and Chef John Flores of Grand Convention Centre Cebu won bronze awards.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

One Central Hotel: Downtown Cebu City's Premiere Affordable Luxury Hotel


Economic growth had spurred in Cebu City which seemed to fuel  the need for more accommodations for businessmen and tourists who can't seem to get enough the city's historic community.  To celebrate Cebu's history, One Central Hotel was established and envisioned to be downtown Cebu City's premiere business hotel.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

You've Got to Love the Mild Cheesy Version of Cheez Whiz



Cheese spreads have always been a staple in most Filipino households, whether it be for a quick bite during breakfast or for fun snack times as baon to school or to play. For many moms, cheese spreads are the best go-to since kids love biting into that goeey, rich texture that the best cheese spreads in the market provide.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Tank up and Go on a Spree This October at Resorts World Manila


October had been set all over the world for Oktoberfest celebrations, and Resorts World Manila (RWM) made sure to be a part of it as the give the popular Bavarian occasion a Filipino touch with its first ever Beers and Thrills Festival.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

La Scala Museum Cafe



With 16 rooms to accommodate their guests at the BnB, La Scala Museum Cafe proved to be more than a breakfast place.

It's a place full of character, memories, and love.

Not too many know about this cafe disguised as a museum or is it the other way around.  Either ways, once you enter, you'll be instantly sucked into a world of intriguing yet remarkable past. More than this, what sets this cafe (together with the hotel) from the others is how it was built upon - "the simple joys of life," as how the owner's children would want it to be represented.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea, BGC


One thing I missed trying out in Taiwan when we went there last year was to have milk teas!

Duh!

I do know for a fact that the milk teas that first started out here in Manila was inspired from the owners visit to Taiwan.  The next thing we know everyday, a new milk tea place would pop up in one corner or a mall or even in our streets.

So when I heard of this specific brand that unbeknownst to us have just landed in Manila.  They probably have more than 3 branches to date or more as it became  a go to replacement for coffee.  When I went to Juifen, Taiwan, I was able to embrace their tea culture and Oolong black tea have been very famous to Taiwanese.  

Likewise, in Manila, the love for tea and milk teas have grown to an ecstatic heights, and welcome Yi Fang is never odd.

I love the store front of Yi Fang as if we were actually in Taiwan, add to that the Chinese who were also lined up before us.


Milk tea drinkers like me and my daughter just couldn't help but give in to this trend, so we drove to BGC before going to church and seeing just a couple of people lined up on a Sunday, made me jump up from the car and made way to the streets were Yi Fang is, my husband on the other hand, the driver had to go around to wait for us as parking is far from the area and why would we park for a short time of waiting for our first Yi Fang drinks.


Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea without the pearls

However, I found this mix a bit too sweet for me, even if I had it with only half of the sugar.  I can't find any signature notes to compare to other milk teas around.

Their pearl and other sinkers get to sold out easily too.


Yi Fang Signature Fruit Tea

What I love about this drink are the fruits that are mixed in the tea.  This one is the fruity tea infused with three or more kinds of fruits, I love the passion fruit so I just got to try it.


The teas were quite affordable concerning they claim authenticity.  They have a lot of choices and will make sure to try the other variants next time.

When buying prepare to wait for 15 minute upon your order is placed.  Bring an umbrella as you'll be qeueing along the pavement and it gets  hot or you know just in case it rains.  Bring your patience badge too!



Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea

Address:  Ground Floor, Wumaco Building, 
                Bonifacio High Street, 7th Avenue Corner Lane P,
                Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Win a Trip for Two to France at the Marketplace by Rustan's World of Wine Fair



It's time to uncork and unwind!

Marketplace by Rustan’s is curating the best in wine under one roof at the World of Wine Fair from September 28 to 30 at the Shangri-La Plaza Grand Atrium. Featuring premium wines sourced directly from estates and sold at exclusive rates, the event boasts selections from 8 different wine-making countries, including Italy, France, USA, Chile, Argentina, and more. Shoppers will also have the special opportunity to learn more about wine culture from 15 of the most respected international winemakers and wine experts in the business.

Soban K-Town's Mega Meat BBQ Set


Do you want to know how comforting a meal is at Soban K-Town Grill?  Or let me rephrase that, do you know how comforting it is to have a fun yet economical trendy Korean BBQ meal with the gang at Soban K-Town Grill?

Allow me to enlighten you then.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Poison


I've promised myself to be good to my self, to live a healthy lifestyle, to give up on stressful factors of life and to surrender all to my God. 

But...

I still succumb to poison.

Wait...

Lydia's Lechon Rolls Out Soon-to-be Family Fave Dishes


I could  still remember how the brown crystal-like skin of  pig crackled when hit by a butcher knife.  Would I fear either the browned pig with steam coming out of  the meat or the huge ugly guy murdering the pig?  That was my first encounter with lechon, and I still could remember how we strolled on the gutter of some streets in Baclaran with people offering us this piece of meat to try with an odd head of a brown pig with an apple crunched in its mouth.  But this I couldn't also forget, how we ended up in a karinderia with lechon paraded on the side of this joint.  I still don't know how to read properly at that time, but the place stuck in my memory bank forever, as it was my first time to eat a lechon.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Duty Free Philippines and TESDA Relaunched Kabuhayan Shopping Program for OFW/Balikbayan


Being an OFW daughter, I've grown accustomed to Duty Free-bought pasalubong and I've often disregarded the benefits of Duty Free or tax-free stores and have thought of it as like regular shopping stores, but with imported products and Balikbayans' are only qualified to shop.

My father have been working abroad since my youngest brother had been born, I could hardly do the math but it probably would be more than 30 years. My mom left for Italy since I was 12 and up until now, eventhough she is not working there anymore, she's still living there.  I could still remember how excited we would be if some relatives would come home from outside the country and would invite us to shop with them at Duty Free.

Woven Voyages: 8th LIKHANG HABI TEXTILE FAIR 2018


What does it mean when you buy something made locally? 

According to the author of the book Going Local, Michael H. Shuman, "when you buy local, it means you are nurturing locally owned businesses, which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Goto Believe, Stepping Up the Lugaw Game


I first knew about Goto Believe when I watched Pop Talk a couple of months ago.  After seeing how they managed to put more fun in their typical Goto, I asked my foodie partner slash IG husband to look for it and try them.  Goto, as comparable to Lugaw and Arroz Caldo, is a rice porridge (also known as congee) cooked with ox tripe.  It has that distinguishing meaty taste with a hint of beefy and garlicky flavor and may tend to be heavy on cholesterol, so, there, I warned you.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SM Hypermart's #AwesomeStreeFoodFest Is Back and It's the Biggest By Far


SM Hypermarket has brought back the biggest street food festival event for the third straight year, and of course, how can I resist the magnifique event.  It's a  grand showcase of the Philippines’ best brands, favorite street food, and hottest celebrities, the SM Street Food Festival is the perfect place for anyone looking for good food, great promos, and awesome experiences with friends, family, and the stars.

At this event, I found (and brought home my family's favorite food products, and newly-discovered food innovations.  Brought home food good for two days, for the three meals including snacks.  If I had a fridge with me, I'd bring home a lot! LOL!

Monday, September 17, 2018

On National Heroes Day, LG Honors the Injured Liberators of Marawi with a Donation to the AFP Health Service Command


On its 30th anniversary, LG donates air conditioners, washers, TVs and a refrigerator to benefit Marawi soldier casualties and other injured soldiers at the Victoriano Luna Medical Center.

In the spirit of National Heroes Day, LG Electronics reaffirmed its longstanding commitment to providing assistance to the community with a donation-in-kind to the Victoriano Luna Medical Center (VLMC), a government hospital that provides sanctuary and support to injured soldiers, including those who suffered casualties in the Marawi siege.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Taco Shack, A New Place in Tagaytay for Good Tacos and More


A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I drove all the way to Tagaytay just to have a little "us time," away from all parenting despondency.  It was the start of the long weekend with a Monday holiday so as expected, there was the horrendous traffic.  With a long weekend on the rise, people seemed to run to Tagaytay for a quick getaway from Manila. 

And well, we were two of those who exactly did it.

We stayed in Kasa Luntian for one night without any plans at all. We left home at 2 Pm and and got there at 5 Pm.  With check in a breeze, we decided to go out and have dinner outside.  To our surprise, it was hard to get seats to the restaurants we visited and parking was worst.  

You may check out these links below, for must-try Tagaytay restaurants and cafes:

Charito by Bag of Beans






Adding to the list of our favorites is Taco Shack, which is fairly new to us, or maybe we have not visited Tagaytay for quite some time mow.


We decided to dine here as it was easy to locate, just a stone throw away from the rotunda.  It was the only restaurant that had no cars lined up in the parking just in front of the resto, so we just crossed our fingers that the food here is good enough.  From the outside, Taco Shack looks nothing special.  Just another Tex-Mex joint trying to put off a good impression.  What was off to me was the huge menu board placed unpleasantly above the order window.

I mean, they could do way better, like putting to use better photos and nicely printed fonts, it however helped us to order.  Let me also add to that, the menu was cheaply made.

Talking about the menu, it's a mix of Tex-Mex, Filipino and Asian dishes.

Ordered the Sizzling Sisig (photo above) over the Lengua for the husband and had Mexican Beef Taco.


Was so excited about this beautiful bowl of Mexican Beef Nacho.

I was impressed by the serving size as equated to it's super affordable price of P 72.00.  I mean, how can you go wrong with the perfectly cooked crispy nacho bowl, nesting huge servings of Mexican Chili with loads of lettuce and tortilla chips all blanketed with a velvety melted mild cheese.

I love the flavor of the chili, btw, fancy enough for my palate and serving can be good for two persons.


Another gorgeous item on their menu is their Pizzadilla, a portmanteau of pizza and quesadilla.  It's thin enough to be the thinnest pizza with a punch.  I mean, i't heavy on the stomach and full of cheesy and buttery flavor, with a hint of garlic. Perfect for beer (I guess) or wine!

You have to eat it hot as it's a bit chewy when gotten cold.

I mean, I'd  go for this any day over chips! 

If asked if  I'd still go back here, I'd say YES!

The service is ok, the food didn't take that long to serve, fall short on ambiance though. Would love to try some other stuff and their Shabu-Shabu.  I heard this place also has a commanding view of the famous Taal Lake and Volcano over at the rooftop.  




TACO SHACK
Address: 2 Unit E
                Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., 
                Tagaytay City

Taco Shack Asian Taqueria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato