Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lumpia Cooking Made Special with Jolly Claro



When it comes to frying, I take scrupulous care in the kind of oil I use.  For one, most commercial oils are derived from a lot of processing and at times are laden with Omega-6 fatty acid. Too much omega-6 fatty acids can cause inflammation, clogged arteries, heart disease and an increased risk of cancer.  So I make sure that the cooking oil I use has the right balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3.  Omega-3s, on the other hand, are essential fatty acids that play important roles in your body and may provide a number of health benefits.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Resorts World Manila Marks First Decade with Everything Grand



Last night, together with many other guests, I have experienced a grand spectacle of treats announced for Resorts World enthusiasts and clients. Considering how fast they have expanded, there's no reqson why we can't get excited.

We took some time to look back in 2009, were we, Filipinos, experienced a new kind of thrill as Resorts World Manila (RWM) introduced the new concept of integrated resorts in the country. This August, RWM marks its first decade milestone in the industry with a grand celebration across all its world-class segments.  It was attended by the top officials of the different hotels that make up RWM community, media and other VIP's were also amongst the crowd.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Instant Pot Monggo Curry


Our family loves curry dishes, in all sorts, may it be Japanese, Filipino style or the strong and pungent Indian type.  That said we also love beans of all sorts, lentils, white and black kidney beans and of course mongo or "munggo" in Filiipino (also mung beans).

I've been meaning to put my Instant Pot to test with cooking mongo beans the easiest way.  My  mother-in-law cooks her mongo in the pressure cooker, setting cooking time half the usual.  Typically, when cooking mongo like any other beans, you have to soak it overnight, then cook it in the pot, before adding to the dish.

7-Eleven launches its first ever City Blends Café in Bonifacio Global City

7-Eleven celebrated the #711Day with the grand opening of its first ever City Blends Café in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City

This rainy season calls for a steaming cup of your favorite brew or ice-cold blend, so sit back at your new favorite spot...

Last July 11, 7-Eleven celebrated #711Day with the grand opening of its first ever City Blends Café in Bonifacio Technology Center in BGC. The store is the first home of the newest Nitro Coffee and Nitro Tea that will surely be part of your 7-Eleven roster of favorites!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

#QuakerDeliciousMornings Giveaway + A Coffee Date in BGC


I'm really into connecting with  my followers and learning how to be more of help to anyone who might need some information about something, for instance, about making mornings delish and healthy.

Do check out my previous post on that.

https://www.gastronomybyjoy.com/2019/07/quakerdeliciousmornings-with-alex.html

So, I will be giving away more items I've been getting from blogging.

In this particular #Giveaway, one lucky follower (blog, IG, FB) will receive a special gift pack from #QuakerOatsPhilippines and will get to meet me over a coffee date at my my favorite Japanese coffee shop in Serendra - Motto Motto.  Date of the coffee meet up will be upon my discretion.

Here's what you will be getting:

1 800g Quick-Cooking Oatmeal
1 500g Instant Oat in Banana and Honey Flavor

Plus a special  secret prize. (GC)

To win these, enter the Rafflecopter below and follow what it suggests you to do.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good luck!

Monday, July 15, 2019

#QuakerDeliciousMornings with Alex Gonzaga


Quaker Instant Oatmeal have been known to make our mornings easy and hassle-free with their line of flavored oatmeal (or the original unflavored).  When days needed to be attended too so quickly as if time is not enough to fulfill every to-do list, comes Quaker to the rescue.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Dive into Harbour City’s interactive Toy StoryTakeover Until August 4



Excited for Toy Story 4? Experience the return of your favorite characters in a whole new way as Harbour City brings the beloved franchise to life between June 29 and August 4, 2019.

Harbour City Hong Kong is the perfect place to celebrate the release of Toy Story 4, with plenty of space to explore and enjoy the immersive experience. It is home to a wide array of unique and exclusive finds, from fashion and beauty to art and special interest stores.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Hakata Ton-Ichi Dishes Up Affordable Yet #EssentialRamen


On certain occasion, slurping your food is encouraged, even when the tita in you says listen to your values teacher when she says eat quietly, lady-like, so no slurping.  Japanese slurps their noodles like it's a must.  According to ramen chefs, when you slurp, you inhale the aroma of the soup and noodles while the taste explodes in your mouth. This is because humans detect taste not just on the taste buds but also through sense of smell, hence, slurping.  It is the best way to combine these two, especially when one feasts on bowls of ramen.


Let the ramen-slurping begin!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Of Recreation and Fete at Sariwon's 7th Anniversary Plus A New Premium Beef Barbecue Menu

Photo by Shiela Catilo

One of the best thing that happened to our family last year was a tour around the famous places in Seoul, South Korea.  The highlight of that tour was for all six of us to wear Hanbok, so I did put my husband and eldest son up to the challenge, for they too had donned the traditional Korean clothes which we rented out from one of the stores in Bukchon Village.

Hanbok-wearing is part of the cultural experience when visiting Korea.  It is worn by Koreans during special occasions and holidays.  So I made sure we get that ticked off on our must-try list.  It was a dream come true for me and my three girls to walk along the alleys of Bukchon Village and Gyeongbokgung Palace sporting the colorful clothes, however, what we missed was to dine over Korean BBQ on them.

Till Sariwon's 7th Anniversary.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Barbeque


I found a new love affair.  The kinda affair that my husband would approve. HaHaHa.

At first I thought I was going to curse myself for falling into this allowing myself be awed and astounded. To be honest, I was afraid to try it but I gave in. And even though many told me that it's gonna cost me, I didn't listen to them.
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So, YES, I wasn't sorry that I tried it and I can't wait for our next engagement.

Okay, Okay, I'm not into some sort of adulterous affair, I'm writing about how I feel with the first time I used my Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt.

I've had it for a long time, but I was sure scared I might not be able to understand how to use it, coz well, it's nifty high-tech.  It's not like your typical rice cooker with just one button to push.  Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt is a 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer, built in with digital buttons up front for the different cooking features.


Why wouldn't I fall in love with it, can you see how beautifully it sits on my kitchen counter top?

 I've seen the raves over Instant Pot® in the US and many home-cooks would attest to it's usefulness and practicality.  Imagine having a smart pressure cooker, a cooker where you can make porridge, cakes and even yogurt.

For my first dish cooked in my new thyngamajig therefore is something I hardly cook as it would take me two to three hours to slow cook- bbq baby back ribs.