Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I Can't Eat...


I have a lot of friends and i can definitely say that they are all considering me as their shoulder to cry on or at least someone they can talk to and listen to their emotional roller-coaster kinda love. Some says "I've been through a lot and by far this is the most challenging relationship i have ever had, I cannot function correctly, I cannot think straight, I think I'm gonna die, Its the end of the world!" Those are the statements I can understand because i said that myself, but there's this one statement that I don't know if its true. "I CAN'T EAT".

I love food (well that's why this blog is existing), I love making people happy with my food, I love satisfying the cravings of the people around me with my food, I like people appreciating the food I serve, I love exploring different cultures to help me be more exposed and knowledgeable and apply it on my recipes. That's why I don't know if i will ever say that 3 words.

In my 29 years of existence, I have been through a lot specially being with someone you love. There are happy moments and of course there are break ups. This past few weeks I've been emotional drained with whats happening with my life. There are a lot of things occurring at the same time and it really hits you hard (sagad to the bones). Its hard to wake up in the morning, lazy to go to work, do nothing in the office, cry all day, go home and stare at the walls then  YOU CANNOT EAT. There I said it "I CANNOT EAT".  Like what I mentioned, I don't understand this statement because it is hard to believe that you cannot eat the entire day. Your body needs fuel to go on with your life and daily routine but i experienced it myself. "Ganun pala ang feeling nun" you tried eating the food that you like, you tried ordering in your favorite restaurants, you tried going out with friends to help you get that appetite but there's no chance on finishing that food served to you. EVERYTHING tastes bitter, you cant even swallow it and there are times that you just wanna throw up and cry. You don't feel hungry at all even though that you haven't eaten anything yet, you don't feel hungry, you don't feel putting anything in your mouth (literally).

This is for the people who loved and who is loving someone so badly that they will give everything to make that person happy and were able to manage to get through the ups and downs of the relationship, I salute and commend you! It is hard, I know, you just have to experience this to help you become a stronger person and shape you as an individual to love unconditionally.



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Garlic Shrimp in Sun-dried Tomato

We scheduled another date, like what we used to do. I want this to be different since we are always looking for a restaurant to have a nice lunch or dinner. So i decided to surprise him. Early morning I went to the market to get something to prepare for him as a surprise. 

I don't know which one, I don't know what he might like. I just know that he really like shrimp, actually he likes prawns better but since I cant find any, I went for shrimp instead. 

So I planned on being safe to make sure he will like it. Grabbed the following:
  • Lots of Shrimp of course
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes (bottled)
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Pasta
I prepared the shrimp first while boiling the water for the pasta. Once done sauteed lots of garlic in olive oil until golden brown. Then took the bottle of sun-dried tomatoes and got like 5 pieces, i think per piece is a whole of 1 tomato. Cut it in to strips and sauteed it with the garlic, after few seconds I added the shrimp until its cooked. 

I found these new spices in the market, White Pepper Corn and Italian Herbs from All Natural, I find this great cos it comes with a grinder so you wont feel the dried leaves or pepper corns mixed with your pasta. I added these two with salt just to add flavors to the sauteed shrimp.

Here you go!



So I packed it and then he called. I cant help but tell him that I cooked something for him and he's too excited to try. Then we met, unexpectedly, he also cooked something for me. He prepared Igado! Been craving for that too. 

He liked the simplicity of the pasta yet very flavorful. I am glad he liked it. :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chicken Alfredo

Been wanting to replicate Yellow Cab's Chicken Alfredo pasta but I don't have the confidence to do it and never tried searching Google to help me out. Dunno why but I just don't feel like doing it for some odd reasons.

Then here comes the day that there is a special someone who loves Chicken Alfredo from the same food chain. No questions asked, went to google and read some blogs as to how they are doing it, Yellow Cab style.

Saw a lot of suggested ingredients and replacements but I trusted my own memory when i'm ordering this.

Went to the nearest supermarket, and grabbed the following (again based on my memory). :)

  • Pasta
  • Chicken Breast fillet
  • Black Olives
  • Spring Onions
  • White Pepper
  • Heavy Cream
  • Butter Butter Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • and the most important one... Garlic Powder!
Now the procedure:
  1. Marinate he cubed chicken breast with garlic powder, salt and white pepper for 30 mins.
  2. Heat the pan and sauté the marinated chicken in olive oil until the meat is tender.
  3. Add heavy cream and let it simmer for 10 minutes while stirring slowly. NOTE: don't over cook the cream as it will start to curdle.
  4. Put the grated Parmesan cheese and pleeeeease be generous with this. Let it simmer again for another 5 mins until the cheese and cream are well mixed. 
  5. Add half a stick of butter and continue stirring it until the butter is well melted. You can add more Garlic powder based on your liking. Then add the black olives.
  6. Of course, salt and WHITE pepper to taste.
Tadah!


Another tip is to make sure you serve this immediately cos for me, it doesnt taste good after 30 minutes. :)

That "Special Someone's" verdict....? hmmm not sure.... said it was good. I think I missed the chili flakes from Yellow Cab. lol

Next on my list is the very famous Charlie Chan also from Yellow Cab. :)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Buffalo Wild Wings



So it was a Saturday night and we have nowhere to go or nothing in mind. We decided to do "Tita's Night Out". Our friend just came from a food tasting from Pink Panda.

We went to Estancia Mall, Oranbo, Pasig City or most people knows this place as Capitol Commons. 

We tried the Buffalo Wild Wings. We saw this few times before, lots of customers and they're drinking. Seems like a cool place to hang out and just chill. 

Of course we tried their Buffalo Wings!


 
We ordered the small sized wings, about 10 pcs. You have an option if you want them to mix the sauce or just dip it once served. Because I want to try how their chicken wings taste like we opted to have it as a dip instead. They'll ask you to pick 2 dips of your choice from their list. 



(Not my picture)

We tried Lemon Pepper and the person who assisted us recommended the Honey BBQ. 




The Lemon Pepper is good. I like the saltiness and the citrus flavor of the lemon. The Honey BBQ sauce is the traditional BBQ sauce that is not spicy so you can still taste the flavor of the chicken wings itself. They will serve the wings with celery and Carrot sticks with this nice dip. Note that it's also good to dip the wings into the Blue Cheeze with the pinch of Lemon Pepper!




I first tried their Original Mojito (no picture). It was okay, I like the unlimited Mojito in Friday's better. Then I ordered the Bahama Mama. This is good! I recommend this drink all night! They serve local and imported beers too. 




Then to top the "Tita's Night Out" we ordered Chocolate Fudge Cake. This is heaven! The cake is so moist and sweetness level is not overwhelming. The vanilla ice cream balanced it all with the caramel sauce. 





Try to visit their website at http://www.buffalowildwings.com also check their happy hour offers  Monday to Thursday until 7PM, when beers (pale, light, brew kettle) is 55php only. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Quick Bite at Tiyo's

It's the end of my shift and we decided to have a quick bite. I asked my office mate if she knows any good restaurant in Marikina but I don't want it too expensive. She immediately suggested Tiyo's Cuisine by Chef and Brewer in Marikina.

It seems like it's an old house converted into a nice cozy restaurant. The inside is nice but for the "people like us" who smokes we prefer the patio part beside the parking space. Yes, they have their own parking space! Yay!

Here's their menu:


It's not that expensive and wait until they serve their pastas!

So first we ordered the Liver Bacon. It's chicken liver wrapped with bacon and deep fry it. They will serve it with this delicious vinegar (taste like Lucban Vinegar). 

It's nice but u can't finish 2 in a row. Lol. I wish there's a sauce that will make it more moist. It's kinda dry but it's interesting. I can probably make one at home. (wink)

Now the pastas!

I ordered the Seafood in Dry White Wine. It's HUGE! It seems like a couple can share it (assuming that this is a date, lol). 


It's delish! There's a good amount of prawns. They served it with this two slices of toasted bread but it could have been better if it was a garlic toast to compliment the Pasta. 

And my friend ordered the Pasta Longganiza:


Consistent with the servings. A lot of home made Longganiza (taste like Lucban Longganiza) and normal tomatoes and onions. 

Over all we are satisfied with the experience and most likely to go back and try the other dishes. 

Nice place + accommodating staff + good food = satisfied customers. 

Here are their details:

  1. San Roque 29 Almond Nut St., Marikina East Subdivision, San Roque. Marikina City, Philippines

https://m.facebook.com/tiyoscuisine?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&_rdr

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Triple O's Experience

We always try burger joints in the metro and compare the sizes, the tastes and how worth it each one has to offer. 

My friend mentioned about this new burger joint in Megamall called Triple O's. 




One weekend (as we always do FT, *wink*) we decided to try this since it's not an "American" burger it's "Canadian" and were near the place. I ordered Bacon Cheddar (Php 390 - with a regular drink and fries, Php 300 - burger only) as I am craving for Baconator from Wendy's that time. I did the à la carte and ordered the plain milk shake (been looking for a milk shake for weeks). The fries was not part of my meal, I just included it to make it Instagramable. lol



(sorry I accidentally deleted the unfiltered one) 

It was gooooooood! I can definitely suggest this. It's a must try Burger Joint and the staff talks in English (with accent) feels like you're in Starbucks! lol

What really impressed me is the pickle on top that's serves as an at atsara (pantanggal umay) and the milk shake! It's like sipping a vanilla ice cream!!! It's so thick but not too sweet. I wanna try the strawberry next time. 

It could have been better if they serve it on a plate with fork and knife cos it's kinda big and messy, not sure if you can request cos I didn't ask. 

Here are the menu:


They opened last June 20, 3/F SM Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Operating from 10AM to 9PM (Sunday to Thursday) and 10AMto 10PM (Friday to Saturday). 

Here are their official sites:
https://m2.facebook.com/tripleosph?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&_rdr

http://www.tripleos.com.ph/mobile/news/2014/06/20/spot-ph-eat-drink-what-s-new-new-restaurant-alert-triple-o-s-by-white-spot-at-sm-mega-atrium-mandaluyong-city

First try, forgive me!

Staying in a hotel with a kitchen and a nice stove will definitely push you to make something nice and kinda fancy (#paandar). So I decided to rush to SM Baguio to find something worth preparing and easy to cook. 

We went directly to the meat section and tried our luck to find a nice cut of beef for  steak. There's not much options so we decided to grab the rib eye cut. 


As we always watch Master Chef Australia, I always see them cooking steak and they made it sooo easy (apparently not) lol. 

So I seasoned my steak with salt and pepper (as usual) with garlic and pan fry it with vegetable oil. 

Looking at some guides online and remembering the things that Gordon did when he thought the contestants in Master Chef USA were easy, but it's really hard to say if its well done, medium rare etc. 

I saw this pictures online:

(http://www.beerandeats.com/2014/06/eats/use-the-finger-test-to-check-beef-steak-doneness/)









This how you test and identify beef steak doneness (I found these after I tried making one. Haha). 

Here are the ingredients I used for the side dishes. 




 
And here is the finish product... Tuhduh!

(without filter)

(with filter to make it Instagramable, haha)

Kinda tough. Now I know how to make it tender. Next time I'll post my second try and I'll make sure its way better than this.