Saturday, December 24, 2011

Roasted Chicken with Lemongrass Stuffing

What are your plans for Noche Buena tonight?

I guess, your holiday meals are lavish,

smoked salmon, foie grass, oysters, stuffed turkey and sparkling wine.
I'd like to come, please invite me. lol!

Last week, my Tito (uncle) roasted chicken for my cousin.

'twas Kuya Meme's birthday.

With the easiest ingredients we could find from the wet market, 

we came up with  Roasted Chicken in Tanglad (Lemongrass).


Sharing this easy and affordable recipe for your Noche Buena.

Prepare your kitchen to mild fragrance and your appetite to utmost satisfaction.


1 whole roasting chicken, about 1 - 1.5 kilo
5 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
Garlic, 1 whole bud, (about 10 whole cloves) smashed and peeled
Lemon Grass, 2 stocks of  white to light green parts.
4 tsp brown sugar

1) Prepare the marinade. Mix Soy Sauce, salt, pepper, sugar and garlic.
2) Prepare your chicken. Place chicken in your roasting pan, and pour marinade over top. Using your hands, smother the chicken in the marinade. Leave in the refrigerator overnight or up to 3 hours
3) Stuff the cavity of the chicken with Lemon Grass. Rub the chicken all over with the marinade.
4.) Put in a greased roast pan, cover and roast at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Then, reduce temperature to 350 degrees and roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
5) Check the roast pan from time to time to make sure there is enough moisture in the bottom (add a little more water if it is becoming dry). While you have the chicken out, use a soup ladle to scoop up the juices from the bottom of the pan and pour over the chicken. Put back in the oven.
6) Serve your roasted chicken with steamed rice. 

For the side sauce, Mang Tomas was the perfect dip.

We also grilled Milfish with lots of tomato and onion stuffing. Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Reach Your Potential with Pizza Hut's Tuscani Pizza!

Supremo, Medium P 349, Super Family P 549

Everyday, there are many reasons to celebrate.

Be it simple or great.

Be it for love, career, family...

or perhaps for getting a new tattoo.

For ultimate achievements,

just like what my colleague, Bobby achieved,

who just recently signed up for his regularization,


the ultimate Tuscani pizza, was his best treat for us.

with 9 choice toppings of beef, black olives with garlic and olive oil roasted bell peppers, Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, onions, Parmesan, pepperoni, and smoked ham, on a bed of premium tomato sauce.

Gourmet BBQ Chicken, Medium P 319 Super Family P 499

Our Pizza party has been a tradition for the ones who'll be regularized from our group,

to celebrate one's milestone 

and mark his importance to our organization.

Bobby  surprised us with additional Gourmet BBQ Chicken.

BBQ Chicken is my favorite among  Pizza Hut's Tuscani Pizzas,

it has honey BBQ sauce, marinated chicken, olive oil roasted bell peppers and red onion.

 Premium All Meat , Medium P 319 Super Family P 499

To complete our celebration,

"The Boss"  ordered  Premium All Meat online.

The best ever all-meat pizza!

With lots of bacon, beef, Italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, and smoked ham on a layer of mozzarella and parmesan cheese and premium tomato sauce.

Our order came in with three family size pan pizza, FREE!

CONGRATULATIONS BOBBY! You and Pizza Hut are simply the best!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Xinwang Hongkong Cafe, SM Mall of Asia

Pork Chop Noodles in Papaya Soup

Welcome Xinwang Hongkong Cafe!

The restaurant that houses asian street food favorites such as of Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Singapore is now here in Manila.

Xinwang Hong Kong Cafe opened their first branch in the Philippines at SM Mall of Asia, next to the IMAX Theater last December 12.

As the name suggests, food was mainly Chinese,

from the recipes of the typical Hong Kong and Macau cafes,

to local Singapore favorites,

the menu line up has 200 dishes to choose from including some western choices despite it being a Hong Kong cafe.

Iced Hong Kong Milk Tea and Japanese Rice Mochi with Crushed Peanuts and White Sesame Seeds.

Some of the dishes includes rice, dim sum and tea-time snacks.

Iced Hong Kong Milk Tea served in a tin mug and Japanese  Rice Mochi with crushed peanuts and white sesame seeds were served when I arrived, became my instant favorite and is highly recommended.

Simple recipes of the typical Hong Kong and Macau cafes, home recipes we grew up on, are available that will surely tantalize your taste buds.

We've tried their char siew noodles and spicy stuff such as Dry Chilli Noodle with Filled Fishball, Meat Loaf, and chicken chop served with fried egg.

The sauce is light and not too oily, with a nice chilli flavor.

Pork Chop Noodles in Papaya Soup is a creamy broth, including corn on the cob and a hard boiled egg.

Crispy, hot, boneless and moderately spicy, their fried chicken is different because it has bagoong (shrimp/prawn paste).

Prawn Pasted Chicken

Filipinos will definitely love Black Pepper Pork Chop w/ Spaghetti, sweet and sour pork with Hong Kong style tomato based spaghetti.

Their version of Fish and Chips has a big slice of fish fillet, it was quite filling.

Black Pepper Pork Chop w/ Spaghetti. (top) and Fish and Chips 

Xinwang Hongkong Cafe
SM Mall of Asia beside IMAX Theater
Pasay City 1300,
Metro Manila

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Grand Lifestyle Event Invitation from One Hyundai Club Life in Style

I have a good news for y'all!

Something that will satisfy your taste buds in an endless array of flavors from the world's most popular cuisines.

But before that, 

I'd like to apologize for a week long of blog holiday, I been very busy with my Christmas shopping and looking for Properties for sale York.

Chicken Roulade and Stir-Fry Beef  with Broccoli and Oyster Sauce

After completing my 2 pages gift list,

I finally had the chance to say yes to an invite from Hyundai last Saturday.

The event was held on the  roof deck of  the the 4 storey, subtle Euro modern style, Hotel Celeste.

First, we had lunch at Celis Restaurant located at the ground floor of Hotel Celeste.

The foods were okay, I liked the Chicken Roulade.

Asparagus Spears Sautee with Pancetta and Seafood Medley

So, here's the real deal, 

Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the exclusive distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines,opens its doors for EVERYONE to experience how it feels to become a Hyundai Customer through the One Hyundai Club Life in Style Event. 

One Hyundai Club Life in Style
January 14, 2012
12:00 NN - 9:00 PM
Glorietta Activity Center
Glorietta Mall, Makati City

The event will highlight the launch of the One Hyundai Club Life in Style 2012 Journal; a premium lifestyle diary/planner that will serve as a chronicle of your daily experiences, and can also open a whole world of lifestyle options that cater to your tastes and interests. 

One Hyundai Club Life in Style 2012 Journal owners will be treated to inspiring articles written by renowned journalists and editors. Activities are especially prepared for all OHC members throughout 2012, and promos and freebies offered by a selection of over 100 best-in-class Hyundai partner merchants. 

The event will showcase Beauty and Wellness, Dinning, Shopping, Travel and Leisure such as; food tasting, beauty and fashion consultations, photo sessions, game stations, cooking demonstrations, indoor wall climbing, rappelling and art classes for your kids.

Here's how to join:  Login and register at their brand new website: for more details, and like Hyundai on Facebook.

Registration in the event’s microsite generates one (1) special event pass, which entitles the OHC member to a special passport upon presentation at the event proper. Participation in every activity at the event earns one passport stamp. Completion of the required number of passport stamps entitles the OHC members to participate in the Hourly and Grand Raffle draws.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holidays in High Spirits Exclusively at Marriott Hotel Manila

Happy Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us

which means a few months full of friends,



and family togetherness.

'ts the season to appreciate all the blessings that came our way throughout the year.

Yuletide season will be more festive with a feast filled with joy, thanksgiving, and of course...

Gourmet foods!

Join The Cuisineuer as I welcome the most festive season of the year with at taste of memorable luxury and class...

only at Marriott Hotel Manila.

Marriott Hotel Manila's Geaneral Manager  Richard Saul with Phoem Barranda and  Miss World First Princess 2011 Gwendolyn Ruais

Christmas tree lighting and silent auction over sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner buffet style was Marriott's fabulous and meaningful ways of welcoming the 2011 holiday season.

The event was hosted by Phoemala Barranda and was graced by the presence of  Miss World First Princess 2011 Gwendolyn Ruais who were very elegant that night.

My first stop was the Asian Station

the spread was filled with amazing selections of siomai, dumplings, and chicken soup.

Since it was time for Thanksgiving, gourmet style roasted turkey was the ultimate treat.

It comes with cranberry sauce, corn bread stuffing, and sauteed brussel sprouts with bacon.

Call in and allow 24 hours before pick up.

Turkey to fly is available at Marriott Hotel Manila from November 24 to December 26 prepared by no less than Executive Chef Meik Brammer. PhP 6,700.00

Prior to the Christmas tree lighting,

we were entertained with the world class performances of singing sensation Ralph Salazar

and Resorts World's Manila European Dancers!

What I liked most that night was the luscious and tempting desserts.

Not enough can be said about just how good it feels during the event but with these blissful desserts, Marriott Hotel Manila definitely celebrates holidays with bountiful gastronomical experience that warmed my heart.

On December 14, 11, and 18 at 11:30am to 3p:00PM, Marriott Café will hold sumptous buffets featuring rib eye steak, fresh prawns, laksa, grilled fish, Mongolian rice, blissful dessert choices, plus unlimited Western and Asian sections.

Indulge the whole family for only P2150 net per head from appetizer to dessert with free-flowing iced tea, soda, and sparkling wine. 

On Christmas and New Year's Eve, Try Cru Steakhouse’s 4-course set dinner at P4, 500 net per head.

Considered a house specialty when it comes to thick and meaty steaks, it also features inventive entrees and side dishes nestled in an ambiance conducive for intimate conversations.

Visit Java+ and take a look at the endless gift options from cookies, breads, cakes, and pralines.

For a limited time only, tis’ the season with some of these signature Christmas delicacies by pastry chef Fil Afable:

Hanzel and Gretel Ginger bread house (P320),

German Christmas fruit bread (P600),

 felchin dark and white chocolate Santa (P240),

and Buche de Noel cake  (P1,350). At P4, 250 net

or P2, 100 net, delight distinguished friends and folks with a hamper filled with home made breads, confectionery, prime carvings, and other unique, yummy snacks.

Pay your blessings forward!

Experience the joy of giving back while shopping for loved ones as Marriott Manila also launched its Bid and Build that night, a fund raising auction project with Habitat for Humanity.

Manila's elite and celebrities have donated their pre-loved pieces for the auction, here are some;

Connie Sison – Kate Middleton engagement replica ring.
Charice Pempengco – Louis Vuitton monogram Macassar canvas globe trotter sneakers (s6).
Shaira Luna – Offers free pictorial to a bid winner.
Daphne Osena – Hand carved kiln-dried mahogany wood with gold leaf chair.

To check out the full list of items for bidding, drop by at the hotel lobby from November 24 until December 25.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Starbucks' Rush - A Birthday Celebration

Classic Chocolate Cake, PhP 700.00

In a corporate world like ours,

everything is fast.

from the moment we log in until the rest of the day,

everyone is so busy,


beating the heavy traffic early in the morning,

hurrying to meet our deadlines,

eager to push our limit,

maximizing the limited eight hours.

taking coffee and sweets  to fill the gaps between,

There are three SB store around the office,

one in Salcedo at the back of the office,

another one in front,

and one in Insular building.

We normally start the day with a hot fix from SB (Starbucks)

Lunch is a piece of cake or a sandwich from Starbucks

we sealed a great day with a cold fix from Starbucks.

More often than not,

Special occasions that fall on a weekday will definitely be celebrated in Starbucks.

Last week,

one of my colleagues, Rush, celebrated her birthday at Starbucks in Insular.

She bought us deep dark, Classic Chocolate Cake from Starbucks

and a cup of coffee of our choice

I had my personal favorite,

cold fix of matcha tea

for me, it was a perfect match...

Like y'all,

I love Starbucks'  dark, moist,  chocolate filled, classic chocolate cake

I guess everyone wants that for their birthday

A sweet reminder of our existence.

Even sweeter if its free.

Happy Birthday, Rush!

Wishing you all the best in life!

and oh, thanks for the cake!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Totally Tasty at Tokyo Café, SM Mall of Asia

Chicken and Cheese Roll, PhP 260.00

What comes into your mind when you hear Tokyo Cafe?

Traditional Japanese food like Sushi...Sashimi....raw.

Same with you, I thought, it was purely Japanese. Perhaps, because of  its Japanese name.

I'm am not a big fan of  raw, uncooked food, except veggies and fruits.

So I never dare try this resto for years. Although I've always noticed that a lot of people were on "waiting" list everytime I pass by at their branch in SM North which means a lot of people love the foods they serve.

In all honesty, 'twas my first time to try Tokyo Café last Saturday when I was invited to have a taste test.

Only then that I've realized,

TOKYO CAFE is the only Japanese style family restaurant that offers Western dishes with distinct Japanese touch and prides itself with genuine Japanese hospitality and service.

 Café Au Lait, Php 95.00

The modern Japanese menu in this place was terrific!

From savory to sweet,

from coffee, to pasta and pizza,

to parfait and desserts....

It's all pretty good!

The dishes were artistically presented,

I've never been this in love with these foods...

Katsu-Ju, PhP 240

I came on the event straight from night shift,

I decided to have a bold and distinctive flavor of full-bodied cup of coffee to wake my half-asleep-mind up.

The real Japanese coffee Sumibiyaki was perfect for my taste with fresh, warm milk. 

Strong enough to awaken me throughout the day.

While we were waiting,

over casual introduction to fellow bloggers,

chicken fillet stuffed with mozzarella cheese, rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried to perfection was served.

It was warm and hmmmmm...... cheesy!

Oyaku-Ju, PhP 240.00 

We've sampled their set rice topping meals served in a Ju box,

Servings are pretty and big, some of them are good for two!

The sliced chicken braised in signature tempura sauce with onions and leeks mixed in egg on top of steamed white riceOyaku-Ju came in first with vegetable side dish.  

Ten-Ju, PhP 240.00

The golden, deep fried breaded pork chop, Katsu-Ju seasoned with signature tempura sauce, onions, leeks, and scrambled eggs on steamed rice was tender on the inside and crispy outside. 

The Deep fried shrimp Tempura with signature Tempura sauce on steamed rice definitely satisfied my shrimp cravings.

Unaju, PhP 373

Among their set rice topping meals Unaju is highly recommended because its very tasty.

It was made of pan fried eel fillets topped with caramelized soy sauce over rice.

Hamburg and Shrimp, Php 293.00

Double the goodness with these plateful of two juicy burger patties and breaded black tiger prawns and gravy. 

I think this is their finest dish.

This is really flavorful and highly recommended whenever you choose Tokyo Cafe to dine in during your stroll in the Mall of Asia.

Creamy Ebiko Pasta, PhP 270

Another Tokyo Cafe's signature dish that you will surely ask for more is the Creamy Ebiko Pasta.

This pasta was made of shrimp, karashi ebiko and cream sauce. 

This dish is extremely delicious!

Chicken in a Basket

Our half-full stomach was filled-in with these big Japanese style crispy fried chicken with french fries and gravy.

Prices are very reasonable; 

Chicken Trio (3pcs) PhP 198.00
Regular (5pcs) PhP 305.00
Family Pack (7 pcs) PhP 408.00

We had more than enough but beautiful experience will not be completed without beautiful ending. here are their artful desserts, starting with.....

Tokyo Affogato, PhP 185

Tokyo Affogato is Ice Cream in Espresso.

I don't need to elaborate,

coffee lovers like us understand that this is an ultimate dessert.

For dessert, there are many crepes, parfaits, cakes  to choose from with Japanese twist.

Tiramisu, PhP 145.00

The awesome Tiramisu is an exquisite blend of coffee liqueur in between layers of espresso soaked lady finger and Mascarpone cheese. 

 Japanese Cheesecake, PhP 125

The divine Japanese style cheesecake is soft, light and spongy.

perfect match to my iced, blended coffee.

Azuki Parfait, PhP 123

Y'all knew that I love matcha,

This  Azuki Parfait became my instant favorite.

This fabulous dessert is composed of sweet red azuki beans, vanilla & green tea ice cream topped with whipped cream.

Choco Banana Almond Parfait, PhP 130.00

The Choco Banana Almond Parfait was a stellar,

fabulously presented like a Japanese hand fan.

Layers of banana slices carefully plated with banana sauce, vanilla and chocolate ice cream topped with whipped cream and swirl of chocolate syrup.

Coffee Jelly Smogee, PhP 131

A good concoction of  hot and iced blended coffee and smoogees (coffee and non-coffee based) are available in all of their 7 branches.

Matcha Smoogees, PhP 130.00

Matcha Smoogee is my utmost favorite among the wide array of beverages.

My love for matcha tea doesn't end...

this one,  I knew is authentic.

 Milk Oreo, PhP 130

Crushed Oreo cookies loaded in a milkshake was ordered by my fellow blogger.
she said it was good.

Caramel Vienna, PhP 131.00

When I feel the need to intake sugar,

I chose Caramel-flavored latte Vienna,

This beverage is also recommended
Something that you cannot taste from Starbucks or any other fancy coffee shops.

Mango Smoogee, PhP 128.00

Mango smoogee topped with mango jellies was refreshing.


Serving water as soon as we sat down was an indication of a prompt service. Plus, the food crews were friendly and accommodating, the epitome of Japanese work ethic.

The whole experience was exceptional.

Foodie bloggers I've met on the event were fun to be with,

We've talked about anything, blogging, politics, zoloft birth defects, gadgets, anything...

I've enjoyed their company and I learned a lot from them.

I promised myself to go back again and again until I complete the rest in their menu.

and oh, I heard that Tokyo Cafe serves ‘TAPSILOG’ breakfast dishes at their GoHotel branch. Gotta hit that branch when I come back from Puerto Gallera next week.

Tokyo Café
SM Mall of Asia
South Ground Floor,
Main Mall Bldg.
(02) 556-0517
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