Monday, September 26, 2011

The Ayala Triangle Project: Banapple

Baked Creamy Cheese Penne, Php 185.00 ($ 4.23)


The corps d'elite of IBM Global Process Services, "The Canadians", went to the Ayala Triangle Gardens for our traditional Saturday brunch. Highly anticipated since Wednesday last week, we agreed to review a friendly bakery cafe that serves freshly-baked pies, cheesecakes and desserts, as well as delectable food and coffee, Banapple. As per Banapple's facebook page, its name came from their two best sellers Banoffee Pie, and Apple Caramel Crumble.


Herbed Chicken Rolls with Basil Cream Sauce, PhP 185.00 ($ 4.23)


We arrived around 8 - 8:30 AM and have to wait in line just to order because the restaurant was crowded, could be a testament of good eats, I thought. The place can only accommodate a few people inside and the al fresco area didn't help much in accommodating the number of customers coming in. So, I wont recommend to eat there especially during those times. The good thing is that the crew are very courteous, attentive and fast, they put us on waitlist when we arrived. We waited for another 30 minutes to get a table for three. Once seated, we have to order our food in the counter like fast food and minutes later our food were served fresh.


Hickory Smoked Barbecued Country Ribs,  PhP 185.00 ($ 4.23)


We already decided what to order days before, I chose Herbed Chicken Rolls with Basil Cream Sauce, herb crusted chicken breast, stuffed with cheese and ham strips, and smothered with their rich basil white sauce; served with glazed carrots. Gemma had Hickory Smoked Barbecued Country Ribs, extra tender country ribs grilled in hickory smoke, glazed with their homemade hickory barbecue sauce, served with corn relish and seasoned garlic rice. Nath tried Baked Creamy Cheese Penne, a luscious white cheese sauce and meaty tomato sauce, with al dente penne pasta and sauteed Hungarian sausage, served with pesto bread. We had a Blueberry Cheesecake for dessert. Their servings are for sharing, they really have big servings for the dishes. Plus, it was presented according to its value.



Blueberry Cheesecake Slice,  Php 100.00  ($ 2.29)


So, here's our ratings;

Food Quality   :  5
Ambiance        :  4
Service            :  5
Cost/Prices      : 4


The project's criteria are; Food Quality, Ambiance, Service, and Cost/Prices, where  Five (5)  - 3.3333333333333333333333333333  indicates "Exceptional Experience", Four (4)  - 3.3333333333333333333333333333 indicates a place "worth a come back", three (3)  - 3.3333333333333333333333333333 means "a casual place to eat", two (2)  - 3.3333333333333333333333333333  means "acceptable", and one (1))  - 3.3333333333333333333333333333  means "poor".


photo taken from where I stood while waiting in line.

The dishes that we tried were above average and the prices were reasonable. Our only complain is the long wait. I hope they would open as early as 6:00 AM and/or a 24 hours delivery service. Regardless, Banapple is definitely worth a come back.


Please note that we are non-professional critiques and we are just doing this for fun. We hope that our non-expert reviews help you decide where to dine-in if you happen to check out the restaurants in Ayala Triangle Gardens.

Banapple
Ayala Triangle Gardens
Ayala Ave, Ayala Triangle
Makati
(02) 756-2675 


The Ayala Triangle Project:

Amici and Caramia Gelateria
Chef Laudico's Bfast
Kanin Club 
Golden Spoon 

Omakase
Poco Deli

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pork Giniling (Cheesy Ground Pork in Dole Tomato Sauce)



Hi folks! How's Wednesday treating you so far?

Monday-Tuesday: Did you do anything fun?  just another plain workdays? or  unspeakably mundane?

Perhaps you have big plans for the weekend, or maybe hot? or private?

As for me, Wednesday is driving me just fine. Not too fast nor too slow, it is treating me just right. It's wonderful and fantastic I would say.

Perfect indeed, for another  recipe adapted from The Peach Kitchen.

The stillness of this day made me think of a comfortable brunch. So, I added quick melt cheese.

Of course, I wouldn't keep this moment secret.

Come here, join me....




Ingredients:

500 grams ground pork
100 grams Magnolia quick melt cheese
2 potato, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 cup raisins
2 cups Dole tomato sauce
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup water
3 pcs hard-boiled egg, peeled
salt and pepper to taste


Directions:

1) In a wok, heat 2 tbsp cooking oil, fry potatoes and carrots for 10-15 minutes, set aside.

2) Sauté garlic and onions in the remaining cooking oil until onion become translucent.

3) Put in ground pork and cook around five minutes, allowing the meat to turn a little brown and bring out the oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste

4)Pour in tomato sauce and water, add the raisin. Bring to a boil and simmer for 25 minutes. Mix well.

5)Add potatoes, carrots and Magnolia quick melt cheese. Simmer for another 10 minutes until cheese melts.
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6)Add hard-boiled eggs and simmer for another 30 seconds. Turn-off heat.
   

Serve with steamed rice.



Monday, September 19, 2011

Dulce de Leche Apples



As y'all knew, me and my cousins are alternately hosting themed tea party every month. This month's tea party  was hosted by Peachy her chosen theme was "Fall". My entry last Sunday was Dulce de Leche Apples ,  inspired by The Peach Kitchen's Caramel Apples. I chose this recipe because it is apple season and  I noticed that fresh apples are abundant in the market with very low prices for just PhP 10 each. Its cheap, just like the tungsten jewelry online that I browsed recently.




Here are the ingredients;

5 small, fresh, crunchy apples
1 c alaska condensed milk
25 grams butter
100 grams brown sugar
lollipop sticks or wooden sticks or whatever stick you like
Chocolate syrup to garnish

Directions

1) Wash apples thoroughly, dry with clean cloth, push lollipop sticks or wooden sticks into the core of the apple.

2) In a small pot, heat butter and brown sugar until tiny bubbles start forming, just before the simmer. 

3) Pour in Alaska condensed milk, bring mixture into a boil, stir constantly with a wooden spoon until thick or about 20-30 minutes until mixture reaches 255-260°F.

4) Let the mixture cool a bit, put it into a small bowl then dip the apple in the mixture until it’s coated.

5) Garnish your Dulce de Leche Apples with chocolate syrup, let it cool and set.



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rich

Chocolate, men, coffee: some things are better rich....



A taste of Starbucks' creme brulee frapuccino stands tall above all. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Ayala Triangle Project: Chef Laudico's Bfast

 Bangus Belly Paksiw, PhP 158.00   ($ 3.66)


Last year, when I was working somewhere in The Fort, I planned to review all the restaurants in Serendra. However when I was about to begin, something great came up in my career. I need to move in to a better company located in Makati, more good news when I found a different location, the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Folks, I and my new set of colleagues will review restaurants located in Ayala Triangle and we'll call this The Ayala Triangle Project.



Angus Tapa, PhP 168.00   ($ 3.89)


The project's criteria are; Food Quality, Ambiance, Service, and Cost/Prices. We will add Overall impression and suggestions afterwards. Five (5) indicates "Exceptional Experience", Four (4) indicates a place "worth a come back", three (3)  - 2.3333333333333333333333333333 means "a casual place to eat", two (2) means "acceptable", and one (1)means "poor". Please note that we are non-professional critiques and we are just doing this for fun. In some other way, perhaps, our non-expert reviews help you decide where to dine-in if you happen to check out the restaurants in Ayala Triangle Gardens.


 Special Beef Stew, PhP 168.00  ($ 3.89) Braised beef in meat sauce topped with garlic mushrooms


Food Quality : 3
Ambiance      : 4
Service          : 3
Cost/Prices    : 2


 Angus Tocino, PhP 168.00  ($ 3.89)


Overall Impression:

The taste of food were good but the presentation was poor. Except for the Special Beef Stew and Bangus Belly Paksiw , our food were served in plastic plates. I hate eating in plastic plate and drinking in a plastic, oily cup. We asked for drinking straw but the crew politely said that drinking straw was out of stock. We waited more than 20 minutes but our food were served cold. The ambiance was great, we dine al fresco, surrounded by the most prestigious office towers in the Philippines.


Chef Laudico's BFAST
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati Ave. Bel-Air
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
Telephone No.(02) 621-6100 


The Ayala Triangle Project

Amici and Caramia Gelateria
Banapple
Kanin Club 
Golden Spoon
Omakase
Poco Deli
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Monday, September 12, 2011

"My Spa Diet" is All About Me and You!



Tons of work load and deadline for the upcoming quarter end consumed my "me" time to rejuvenate, to relax and to do some round of exercises. Eating processed and junk foods became my food-on-the-go. Finding enough time to exercise and go on healthy diet was my least priority apart from the fact that I'm too lazy to exercise to keep in good shape. These are some of the issues that are holding me back  to lose these raising extra pounds and visceral fat. I found the perfect response that commensurate my lifestyle last Saturday when I was introduced to My Spa Diet at the cozy 1771 Cafe located in El Pueblo Real de Manila, Ortigas Center, and I'm pleased to share it with you dear followers.




We were welcomed with a good, delish, ready-to- drink, easy pha-max Wheatgrass which I occasionally consume and purchase at 7-eleven stores. We took inner body scan to find out our Body mass index (BMI), it is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. I was happy to find out that BMI result was normal but on the threshold of danger for just one point.




We had a healthy starter, clear mushroom soup....





Fresh, crisp and healthy green salad were served with a good fat dressing on the side afterwards. The salad was made of romaine lettuce, bread crumbs, bits of bacon and house vinaigrette.






We were introduced to the University of the Philippines - Diliman graduate in BS Community Nutrition, Cheshire Que. She is also a USA registered dietitian, registered nutritionist-dietitian in the Philippines, a registered nurse, and an Australian certified emergency first response instructor for Asia-Pacific. 




A trusted name when it comes to nutrition related service. One of her most recent achievements is pioneering of the first online diet tool in the country, the www.myspadiet.com. Realistic and holistic approach to wellness, it offers an individualized approach to lifestyle and weight management in preventing onset of lifestyle related diseases through weight loss, behavior modification, and lifestyle change. Cheshire has worked with elite level of individual clients and is a current consultant for prestigious companies such as Pfizer and Easy Pha-max. A notable dietitian, she is also regularly approached for comment by the media on all areas of diet and nutrition.




I had Spanish Paprika Chicken for the main course made of  grilled chicken breast rubbed with pimenton, turmeric and olive oil, and tomato rice. Cheshire talked about the newest and practical approach into losing weight: My Spa Diet. Collaborating with registered nutritionist, it is the first online weight management program in the country that emphasizes a customized diet plan fit for a person’s lifestyle. The diet plan includes life giving foods, teaches smart eating habits and applicable exercise guidelines that considers four phases, same concept of a spa: cleansing, detoxifying, rejuvenating, and balance. “It disciplines the body on smart eating, including the importance of hydration in the diet”, Cheshire added.What interests me is the application of the psychology of nutrition and the consideration of social aspects involved in losing weight. 


Lemon Tart with whipped cream on the side

At $11.99 or about P500.00 monthly My Spa Diet subscription, it teaches clients to incorporate practical tips for gradual and sustainable weight loss that curbs craving for high-fat and high-sugar foods using the different tools and widgets on your account like accurate BMI calculator, portion serving sizes, Fiber tool, Hydration Tracker, Food Wheel Application, and the you could plan your meals ahead your schedule using the Grocery list application which I think is very applicable with my lifestyle.  With detailed tracking of your everyday progress, you get to see how much you need by viewing easy to understand illustrations.


To contact lifestyle and weight management consultant /US registered dietitian Cheshire Que, RND, RN, RD call or text 0916-2743944 or (632) 724-1875. Medical City: (632) 6341327; The Natural Spa (632) 4269156. Email: cheshireque@gmail.com or visit www.myspadiet.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Adobo Bruschetta and Adobo Baguette

What is up today?

Today is a big day. It is The Cuisineuer's first "blogversary", so i'm pleased to announce that I'm giving away....love,love,love! 

To celebrate, I made Adobo Bruschetta and Adobo Baguette for y'all. Actually, the dish below was my entry to our monthly themed party. We had Garden Tea Party with my nieces and cousins last Sunday hosted by the eventologist, Sissy Anney of Blog ni Ako.  Bruschetta for the kiddies and baguette for the grown ups. Since kids doesn't like veggies, I hid the tomato, he he he.


Adobo Bruschetta


This is not your typical Bruschetta with tomato, basil and olive oil recipe. I would say its my original concept, a Filipino version using leftover Chicken Adobo on top of your french bread, this dish is very easy to prepare,  here are the ingredients; 

500 grams left over chicken adobo made to flakes
1 baguette French bread or similar Italian bread
2 eggs
2 large, ripe tomatoes
fresh lettuce ( for Adobo Baguette )


Adobo Baguette


Procedure for Adobo Bruschetta:

1) Boil the Eggs. A friend told me that the perfect boiled eggs is 8 minutes in boiling temperature, and it's true!

2) Prepare the tomatoes and lettuce while waiting for your perfect hard boiled eggs.

3) Slice the baguette on a diagonal about 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on a cooking pan. Place a slice of tomato, chicken adobo flakes on top of each slice. You might want to toast them in the top rack in your oven, so you may need to do these in batches depending on the size of your oven. Once the oven has reached 450°F, place a tray of bread slices in the oven on the top rack. Toast for 5-6 minutes, until the bread just begins to turn golden brown.

4) While waiting, slice the hard boiled egg.

5) Align the bread on a serving platter and place sliced hard boiled egg on top of each bread.

6) Serve while its hot. Cottage cheese on the side is recommended but not required.



Procedure for Adobo Baguette:

The procedure is the same, the only difference is that I put in some lettuce. My mistake was when I toasted the bread with lettuce in it. Burnt lettuce doesn't taste good but its okay, lesson learned.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Celebration at North Park

Boneless Honey Lemon Chicken, Php 213 ( $5.05)


"The Canadians" budget for traditional Saturday brunch has been saved because it was TJ's blowout at North Park. What was the occasion?. It's another tradition in our team that whoever gets a salary increase, promotion, and or regularization should celebrate with good food.


Yang Chow Fried Rice Php 158 ($ 3.74)


As early as Wednesday last week, we already searching for a good restaurant in the vicinity of Makati offering buffet breakfast but there was none. Most of the Restaurant were located outside Makati City or closed until 10 AM. The celebrant, TJ, chose North Park along the Philippine wall street, Ayala Avenue.


Shanghai Chicken, half  PhP 243 ($ 5.75)


The Chinese restaurant opens at 7:00 AM and it's just  10 minutes walk from the office. North Park was still closed when we arrived but I'll give the crew a plus because they let us in and welcomed us with complimentary hot tea while we were waiting.


Salted Garlic Squid PhP 198 ($ 4.69)


We don't wait too long to decide on what to order because Gem searched the internet prior to that day. The only complain that she had was that the North park website was not that helpful. She wanted a picture of every dish not just the name and prices. "Also, a description of each dish would be very helpful to us, customers", she said.


Stir Fry beef with Broccoli Flower PhP 258 ($ 6.10)


Among the foods, I liked the tender Shanghai chicken and Lechon Macau. Overall, the food were great and the crews were pleasant.


Lechon Macau PhP 238 ($ 5.64)


North Park
G/F Convergy's Bldg., Ayala Ave.
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 73737

Friday, September 2, 2011

Buffet Breakfast at Grills & Sizzles Steakhouse

Pork Adobo, Pork Longganisa and Sausages


I think "The Canadians" Saturday breakfast will be a saga that you'll expect every week and perhaps something to look forward to. This time, "The Canadians" went to Grills & Sizzles Steakhouse in West Triangle with "The Boss",  not to dine in with steaks but to try their affordable all-you-can-eat Filipino breakfast, all expense paid by "The Boss".

 Champorado and Lugaw (chocolate and salted rice porridge) with Filipino condiments


The small and crowded steak house is located at #52 Times St. cor. Examiner St., West Triangle Quezon City, Metro Manila. From our office in Makati, we took a hassle-free Jeepney ride, a 20 minutes MRT trip, and a disastrous taxi experience (that's another story).



Buffet Breakfast starts at at 6:30am and ends at 10:30am. For Php 139.00 ( USD 3.29) per person,  inclusive of value added tax, and service charge.



If you're on a diet and just  want a light breakfast i suggest to choose from these three option; 1) pandesal, scrammbled eggs and butter, 2) tuyo (dried fish) with chocolate porridge, and 3) salted eggs with salted rice porridge.



For us, heavy eaters, we ate anything edible, lol! I liked the greasy and oily adobo. We've  tried everything on the buffet table. This time, Gem and Nath liked the Filipino style fried eggs. I had two plates of these foods....




The dessert was pleasing to the eye. We had fruit jellies, churos and maja blanca. I love the taste and the presentation of churos, I downed 6 servings.


Fruit Jelly


 Maja Blanca


 Churos


The whole culinary experience was good but nothing spectacular. I would like to suggest free COFFEE servings during breakfast, it is one of the essentials of a perfect breakfast.




52 Times St. cor. Examiner St., West Triangle
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines

Phone Numbers: (63 2) 410 5345, (63 2) 925-8453
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