Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tutti Fruity Wednesday - A Royal Diet Day

The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton is fast approaching. Royal mail has just arrived. I know I have to prepare for that big day one month from today. I've been thinking what to wear on this very special occasion but I'm having a hard time deciding. I been trying all of my suits in my closet but nothing seems to fit anymore. I admit, I been eating too much and can't give up the greasy meal and sweet desserts. I've been trying to call a well known fashion designer to no avail or maybe I've dialed wrong International Numbers. Well, I have decided to go on a diet, I have ample of time. I started earlier at lunch, I had a "fruitful" lunch in an undisclosed location.

The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton are just around the corner. And yes, I am NOT invited. I was just daydreaming. I've realized, I can’t give up a sumptuous meal over fame and riches. But a day of diet with fruits wasn’t painful as I’ve figured. In fact I feel lighter and refreshed Perhaps I need to prepare a heavy lunch tomorrow. I’m thinking of Crispy Pata and Leche Flan for dessert. Sweet, I can’t wait for tomorrow’s lunch.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sun, Sand and Sea at CaliforniaBerry

Summer Season is here once again. I have listed possible activities this summer and I have plenty of ‘em.  Honestly, I’m having a hard time deciding what to enjoy.  Unlike the usual, I want to sign up for a culinary class, volunteer in environmental clean up, watch the movies I’ve missed, and learn how to sew. Majority of us, summer means Sun, Sand and Sea.  Something to be expected in my summer activities is to bath in a less crowded beach with a shadowy palm grove. 

Strawberry syrup flavored shaved Ice Ice Baby (PhP 65)

Do you have summer plans already?  If none, here are some activities I would like to suggest. Gather up a few friends and have a picnic in your backyard, go on a walk and take pictures of trees, flowers, and dogs, go window-shopping with a friend, and make cold treats in your freezer. Whatever your plans are make sure to have fun because summer is plenty of fun. One thing you shouldn’t miss though is to try the CaliforniaBerry’s Ice Ice, Baby!

Mango Tango (PhP 95.00)

Last Sunday, The Cuisineuer fell in love with froyo once more, this time with CaliforniaBerry, known for its certified 100% non-fat, authentic, and flavorful froyo. Bloggers were teased with their Fresh Fruit Blends. I had Mango Tango made with Mango, Banana and Peach. Other variants are Banana Rama, Double Berry, and FluShot. Customers could choose from 3 fruit variants of Mango, Kiwi, Peach, Orange, Banana, Blueberry, and Strawberry.

The Sun

Cheesy Lasagna (Php 145), Spaghetti Bolognese (PhP 125), Seafood Alfredo (PhP 145)

Just Like the bright rays of the Sun, my face brightened when the pasta were served. The Spaghetti is rich and stuffy. The Lasagna is sweet and cheesy, I think kiddos will definitely liked it. Seafood Alfredo is tangy and creamy.

The Sand

Ice Ice Baby topped with condensed milk drizzle and choco rings (PhP 65)

Yo! Ice is back with their brand new invention: shaved ice with flavored syrup (strawberry, Melon, Original, and a lot more). Plus, wide range of toppings to choose from. I imagine myself seating on the sand of a beautiful beach cooling myself with the Ice Ice Baby!

The Sea

Organic Coffee (PhP 85.00)

I am a self-confessed coffee addict. Sipping this cup of Organic Coffee is happiness.  My choice of coffee is strong, I don't like decaf or organic. But when I tried this, hey! Organic Coffee isn't bad afterall. I secretly wish that the sea is made of organic coffee. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Good Times at Tower Lounge in One Tagaytay Place

Green Minded, Apple Punch, Margarita,Vodka Sprite and Rum Coke

Indulge and eat whatever I want to eat, pamper myself with a sensual massage, listen to calm and sweet music, read good book, or go to a place I never been before are some of my ideas of good times. Most of  my time were spent browsing the internet playing and visiting websites. Occasionally, I drink cocktails and alcoholic beverages while socializing and catching up  with friends to fill the gaps between. One thing I learned about drinking when we were at One Tagaytay Place was: Don't hang out with people who doesn't drink. 

I've gulped three of the free drinks on the first picture because my cousins Peachy, Anney, Tess, Nyds and my nieces don't drink. The Free of charge cocktails were part of  One Tagaytay Place accommodation package we have availed when Sissy Peachy celebrated her birthday here last year. I was numb, dead drunk  when we got back in our hotel room. I forgot how I was able to climb the hotel's penthouse where we were billeted. The following morning sissy told me that I made funny noises while sleeping. I had a hangover, my head ached, and I was drowsy all day.  Gee, lesson learned.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

2nd Philippine Culinary Tourism Expo (PCTEX 2011)

I was browsing the Department of Tourim Website while looking for my next destination this summer when something caught my attention. I've noticed one of the DOT's campaigns, the exposition of Philippine cuisine dedicated to promote the Philippines not only a travel but a culinary destination. Wow! this was a brilliant idea. The Expo will showcase the Philippine cuisine, Regional dishes, local delicacies, local food products and One Town One Product (OTOP – Foods and Beverages). I never knew that this year will be the second time they'll be having this kind of event. The Cuisineuer is very excited to attend this exposition. 

The PCTEX 2011 will be on July 29-31, 2011 and will be held at Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall Bldg. B, Mandaluyong City, Organized by Philippine Culinary Tourism. You may want to check out various tentative program on their website (click here). 


Tel. No: (02) 687-4812; 687-4906;
Fax No: (02) 687-3690

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cebu's Delight

Should I decided not to go in Cebu last December, I wouldn't experience a delightful cuisine. Heres another food I found in Cebu. My apology, I forgot the name. If you know what it is please limme know or better yet, send me one hehehe.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Where to Eat in Cebu - Larsian sa Fuente

Pork Barbecue PhP 5.00 per Stick

The Cuisineuer's visayan culinary experience never ends. This time we went to Larsian. Larsian is synonymous to barbecue. It is a barbeque or grill place the locals always head to when craving for grilled foodies. It has many different stalls selling the same foods: grilled chicken, fish, pork, beef etc. This street food arcade opens from 2 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning. Located at the uptown area near Fuente OsmeƱa and Chong Hua Hospital opposite Robinson’s Cybergate

Puso ( rice cooked in bunch of heart-shaped containers )

What captured me was the Puso. A rice cooked in bunch of heart-shaped containers, woven from coconut palm leaves.  I want my rice sticky. I found puso to be a bit hard compared to boiled or steamed rice, but there are those who just love this type of preparation.

The place is crowded with hundreds of stalls. Competition is stiff. When we came in, vendors screamed at us just to get our attention and convince us to eat at their stall. I thought they just want my autograph. Lol.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lumpia ala Dalaguete ( heart of palm spring rolls )

The deep fried Lumpiang Ubod above was made by Majal's aunt for our lunch.  Made  from coconut julienne or heart of palm, a vegetable extensively used in the Visayas. In fact, they even serve it as punch called ensalda. Normally, a Lumpiang Ubod was wrapped in egg, crepe-like spring roll wrappers with peanut sauce. Tita used the lumpiang shanghai wrapper and dip it in egg before fryng. She also prepared sweet and sour sauce instead of peanut sauce.

Its kinda weird, I thought. But when I tried it, bliss. A lumpiang ubod with a twist of crisp wrapper I would say. Nevertheless, nothing is more tastier than the utmost hospitality of the Cebuanos.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Combi de Cuisineuer - Suman at Tsokolate ( Hot Chocolate and Glutinous Rice Cake )

My delightful culinary experience in Cebu City continues. This time, we had a perfect match of Tsokolate at Suman ( Hot Chocolate and Glutinous Rice Cake ) for breakfast. Another Filipino favorite duo for breakfast I would say.

The hot, thick, steaming and  rich chocolate  was made from the cocoa mass shown above. It was personally made by Majal's Aunt where we spend the night before. They have grown cacao trees at their farmville, made the cocoa mass and saved it for their visitors like us. Majal's aunt was very accommodating and sweet. Always taking care of us. The cocoa mass was cooked in a pot on this humble, homemade stove.

On the other hand, the Suman or the Glutinous Rice Cake wrapped in banana leaves were bought from the Suman maker. We saw how it was prepared when we passed by going to the San Guillermo de Aquitana Church the night before.

 I am very grateful to experience not just a superb cuisine but personalized or shall I say, cebuano's way of hospitality. Indeed, Cebuanos are very hospitable people. Thank you tita for accommodating and feeding us.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Amici - Super Moon

Freeze! Limme take a break on blogging about my Cebu's culinary experience. Today, I met one of my friends in EXL services, Gladys. She went out on her way just to meet and treat me at Amici. Very thoughtful, I was pleased.

Frutti de Mare (PhP 295)

Amici serves Italian food. Gladys chose Frutti De Mare, a mixed seafood pizza, good for 2- 4 people. I love the seafood on the thin crust, freshly cooked pizza. I will give them an A+

Linguine al Salmone Cremoso (PhP 260.00)

We also ordered Linguine al Salmone Cremoso. Creamy white sauce pasta with parmesan and smoked salmon served with focaccia bread. I liked it. If  I'll be putting up a restaurant, maybe I will be having a version of this pasta with more parmesan. A++.

I think I swallowed the super moon thats why it was a no show last night. hahahaha. It was a great experience bonding and catching up with old sincere friends whom i missed so dearly. Thank you Gladys! When is the next client coming? Im just a text away. Lol.

SM Megamall Atrium
Atrium, 3rd Level, SM Megamall, SM Megamall
Edsa cor. Julia Vargas Ave.
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: (63 2) 636-1341

Saturday, March 19, 2011

CnT Lechon (Roasted Pig) - Cebu's Best

In Cebu City, It is a must for every tourist or visitor to experience a  superb meal with a tasteful lechon cebu. So after conquering Cebu last December, all of us agreed that  our visit to Cebu wont be perfect if we didn't had a taste of authentic and tastiest Lechon Cebu. Although we didn't had itinerary to follow, feasting on this famed Lechon was on our top list to do before flying to the queen city of the south. Problem was, we don't know what restaurant serves an authentic lechon cebu. So we asked around. Cebuanos are very helpful they directed us to go to CNT Lechon near SM Cebu. It is a popular restaurant specializing in lechon.

CnT's Best Tasting Lechon (PhP 340.00 per kilo)

The line was long when we arrived. We were given a number because a lot of people are waiting for their turn. After almost an hour, we were able to secure our order, to lessen the greasy aftertaste of lechon, we also ordered atchara (papaya pickles) . I have to admit their lechon goes beyond my expectations. The long wait was paved away by the delish, famed roasted pig. The finest roasted pig I had tasted. 

Atchara ( Papaya Pickles)

Cebu's cuisine is very diversified from seafood to meat to vegetables. I'll keep you posted with my Cebu's culinary experience.

The certified Cuisineuers, taking "yosi break" after a grease-ful meal 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Summer Refreshment

It's gettin' hot in here. So take off all your thoughts and worry no more. Have a break. Relax and indulge yourself in this cool summer refreshment courtesy of my sissy Anney.

Here's what you need: Dalandan Juice, ice cube, lemon and strawberry to garnish. Cool! Simply but extraordinary summer refreshment. Have a Happy Day to y'all!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Where to Eat in Cebu City - Espresso Ebay Cebu City

It's my first time to visit Cebu City, the queen city of the south. My officemates and I  stayed in Cebu Pensione Plaza. Beside the pension house is the Espresso Ebay Cafe where we ate breakfast. Breakfast meals are affordable and freshly cooked. I loved the Hungarian sausage, I don't have any idea on what style of cooking they did on it, it was crispy outside but tender and juicy when I bit it.

Hungarian Sausage, Sunny side up egg and Rice

My morning was in perfect harmony with hot, rich, steaming,  brewed, coffee. Breakfast at Espresso Ebay Cafe is free of charge if you'll stay on the pension house. Breakfast rate ranges from PhP 80-100.

Jim had "tapsilog" (beef  tapa, fried rice, and sunny side up egg). A Filipino favorite breakfast. This one has nothing special, boring. I thought, it would be better if they have put some spices on it to create a brand of their own of this famous breakfast.

Beef tapa, sunny side up egg and rice

They also serve different blended coffee beverages. Cold or iced coffee topped with whipped cream are the the top sellers.

Jen chose another Filipino favorite breakfast, Longganisang Lucban. A sausage native to Quezon Province, originated in the Municipality of Lucban. Nice, you can have a taste of Luzon in the Visayan region.

I liked the coffee table where we dine in. I dream of having my own set of dinning table like the one above. Oh, not to forget the hot chocolate taste, creamy and chocolatey, a good way to start a sweet morning.

Original breakfast menu from the cafe is the homemade Bangus flakes in oil. Tastes so good and very flavorful. Ingredients and the way it was cooked is the cafe's best kept secret.

Outside the cafe is a small area selling siomai. Jelaine bought some and shared it with us. You might think it is  odd to be eaten for breakfast. Thats what I thought too but I was not in the possession to say no to the savory siomai. Siomai is one of my favorite food. Though I'm full, I just cant resist.

Cafe's relax and cool ambiance, decorated with bubbly Christmas lanterns (it was December 2010 when we visited Cebu) 

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