Saturday, October 29, 2011

Switching to NET 10 this Holiday Season

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More Halloween Party Foods: Burger Patty Mummies and Ghost Hot dogs

Burger Patty Mummies

Happy Wednesday!

Are you all set for your little kids Halloween Party?
I guess, your little princess and pirates are very excited.

If you are still looking for Halloween party food ideas

These Burger Patty Ninjas Mummies are cheesy and healthy with just few ingredients.

and the ten-minutes Octodog Ghost Hot dogs are very easy to prepare.

Ghost Hot dogs

Ghost Hot Dogs


Jumbo Hotdogs
Cooking Oil

Cut the hotdogs into two and cut 1/2 inch in the middle of each hotdogs to stand.

In a frying pan, pour your oil. Fry hotdogs  in a low heat until cook. 

Let it cool.

Draw ghost faces  using your mayonnaise.

Arrange in a plate. Serve.

Burger Patty Mummies

Burger Patties
Butter or Cooking Oil
Black Candy or Olive for the eyes.

In a frying pan, pour your cooking oil and fry the burger patties. 

If you wanna use butter, it will take longer  because you have to do it on low heat since the buter will scorch.

While waiting for the patties to cool down,

Cut strips of cheese and lay across the pizza for the mummy wrappings

Put a small piece of olive slices or any black/brown candies for the mummy eyes.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Party Foods: Ghost Milk Shooter and Pretzel Spiderweb

Everyone is so excited

for the upcoming Halloween

Mommies are busy getting a nice Halloween costume  

for their kids

and planning what Halloween foods to prepare on the party.

Here are some affordable and cute Halloween party food for you, party planner.

If you are lazy,

but want to prepare healthy foods for the kids,

these Halloween Party Foods are easy to prepare.

Ghost Milk Shooter

What you need are:

Tall Shot Glasses
Orange Sprinkles
Melted Dark Chocolate
White Chocolate Spread

Dip the rims of your shot glasses to a white chocolate spread, followed by the orange Halloween sprinkles.

Draw little ghost faces on your shot glasses using melted dark chocolate.

Pour in the milk and serve them up to your little ghosts with the Pretzel Spiderweb below.

Pretzel Spiderweb

What you need are;

Pretzel Sticks
Melted Dark Chocolate

Arrange the pretzel sticks, radiating out in a circular pattern. 

Starting from the center, slowly draw a spiral onto the pretzels, gradually working your way out to the edges of the pretzel sticks. The spiral of melted dark chocolate should  look like a spider web.

Draw the spider in the center of the web or put a non-toxic, lead free, spider toy.

Refrigerate the web for about 10 minutes and serve with Ghost Milk Shooter above.

Thank you, Blog ni Ako for the sprinkles, plate, place mats, and pumpkin toys.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Dole a Day, an Apple Gadgets Everyday!

Do you want a MacBook Pro, iPad 2, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano for FREE?

Well, I have good news for you!

Dole Philippines is giving everyone the chance to take home their own Apple products!

Here's how:

Register your mobile numbers by texting DOLE REG name/ region (GMA/Luzon/VisMin)/ gender/ age to 2948 for Smart, Globe, and Sun subscribers for free;

Purchase a specially marked Dole products. ( Dole Pineapple Slices, Chunks, Titbits, Crushed, Dole Tropical Fruit Cocktail, Dole Fruit Juices, Dole Fruit Jars, and the NEW Dole Fruit Bowls. )

Look for the special promo code found on the label and text DOLE <code> to 2948, standard texting rates apply – one promo code is considered as one raffle entry.


Winners will be randomly selected on 6 raffle dates; 21 winners will be selected for the first 5 weeks and 36 for the final week – winners per week will be equally selected from Greater Manila Area, Luzon, and Visayas-Mindanao regions. Open to all residents of the Philippines.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Good Times at Pancake House

Blueberry Pancakes 
 Serving choices: 2pcs. PhP 147.00 ( $ 3.39 )
3pcs. PhP 173.00 ( $4.00 )
I know

you are all waiting  for our traditional Saturday brunch.

Me too.

So, here it is.

After a week-long argument  and assuring satisfaction to Gemma

who, by the way,

for some undisclosed reasons,

doesn't want to dine at any Pancake House Restaurant.

Finally, she agreed.

"just once", she said

We thought of but escaped the Ayala Gardens

because most of the restaurants are opening very late.

At the Pancake House in Salcedo, we went.

My Ayala Triangle Project is still waiting

in vain, I thought.   


The fruity and fluffy blueberry pancakes

were delicious

with its golden brown crusts,

light and spongy texture,

and its rich and tangy flavor

with the sweetness of the real blueberries filled in.

Perfect for a cup of

rich, thick, and dark brewed coffee.

That was Tanty's choice.

Beef Tapa, PhP 196.00 ( $ 4.53 )


who celebrated her 30th birthday that day,

who prefer to munch over savory than sweet food

ordered Beef Tapa (Cured Beef)

served with  garlic rice,

fried egg ,

and atchara,

she didn't like it because its sweet.

I ate half of it and I double liked it!

Classic Pan Chicken, PhP 215.00 ( $ 4.97 )

Gemma and I chose the Classic Pan Chicken

served with 2pcs. deep fried, pan chicken 

with the welcome taste of homemade gravy, 

tuna macaroni salad, 

buttered toast and iced tea.

My perennial favorite, 

every time I visit Pancake House.

House Specials Set, PhP 215.00 ( $ 4.97 )

The delicious mix specialties of the house,

House Special Set,

was Cy's choice.

with 1pc. pan chicken,

spaghetti with garlic bread,

taco  and iced tea.

She seemed so happy and fulfilled

when she finished.

She headed to the restroom quickly, lol!

L-R: Nathalie, Gemma, Cy, Tanty, and Rome


that was another Saturday full of different flavors.

with great food, funny gossip, and laughter.

that's a good time.


Nothing beats our traditional Saturday brunch.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Banapple's Best Birthday Cake: Blueberry Chessecake

The secret of staying young

is to live honestly,

eat slowly,

........and lie about your age.

Like when you thought that this cake is just beautiful

and it doesn't taste good.

What I tasted was otherwise.


The cake was undecorated with candles

nor adorned with pink sugar flowers.

So we put on some M & M's

to celebrate Nathalie's 30th year milestone

like the way she wanted.

Php 950  ( $ 21.94 )

Among the birthday foods

Birthday cake is another reason

why I love celebrating birthdays

because birthday cake 

is the only food you can blow on (lol)

everybody rushes to get a piece.


your birthday

is the day the earth was graced with your presence!

Happy Burfffday!

“Time and Tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty. “ -Robert Frost

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Catching Up with Josh at T.G.I. Fridays, Trinoma

Mushroom Chicken and Mushrooms 
Regular, Php 395 ( $ 9.12 )
To share, Php 595 ( $ 13.74 )

At T.G.I. Fridays, al fresco area in Trinoma,

the best place to catch up with friends

over a deep fried, boneless chicken, 

topped with mushrooms and mozzarella cheese,

I had the opportunity to meet up with an old friend, 


That was her treat 

because she arrived late

like she always does.

I pushed her to treat me

that was my punishment. Har har har.

Served with corn on a cob and our choice of rice. 

This dish is a must try according to their menu.

So we chose it

I agree. 

The dish was exceptional.

Mocha Mud Pie, Php 285 ( $ 6.58 )

In between puff of our cigarettes

between every bite of our dessert

made in rich chocolate-almond mousse and coffee ice cream 

frozen in a chocolate crumb crust

topped with hot fudge and toasted almond slices

the Mocha Mud Pie

We had the opportunity to spend a few hours together

to catch up with what’s going on in one another’s lives. 

That was a night well-spent.

I enjoy all my friends’ company

It is always great to get outside with friends

It takes little stints like this to remind me 

how out-of-touch I’ve become with even my closest friends.  

I realized, I can begin taking steps to correct that.

Thank you for the treat, Josh!

lets do this more often

and be late!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Auring's: A Taste of Authentic Pancit Malabon

Php 70 per serving ($1.61)

Pancit Malabon, a stir-fried noodle dish with the freshest seafood ingredients originated of course in Malabon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Its toppings draw heavily from the fresh seafood that is available in the area and may include smoked fish flakes (tinapa flakes), fresh shrimp, squid, oysters, and hard-boiled duck or hen eggs, as well as pork. It has a yellow-orange color due to a sauce that includes patis (fish sauce) and alegue (crab fat).

Auring's Pancit Malabon seems like a complete seafood sampler. It is because of the restaurant's proximity to the major fish markets. The quaint restaurant is just a few steps away from the huge fish ports of Navotas City. "21 taon na kami (we're 21 years already) ", owner said when I asked how long they were serving Pancit Malabon. "Authentic Pancit Malabon consists of fresh cashew fruit", she added.

Php 10/each (0.23)

Pancit Malbon has a pleasing combination with puto (steamed rice cakes) or  pitsi-pitsi (steamed cassava cake) . I love their, soft and savory puto. I guess it's Puto Mamon. I think, the best tea that would compliment this dish is the Christmas tea. Speaking of tea, I'm planning to purchase Christmas tea gift set this coming holiday season, hmmm, I'm so excited!

Unlike dull and tasteless commercial Pancit Malabon, this is the real deal, the authentic and ancient Pancit Malabon of Auring's.

Auring's Special Pancit Malabon
Tel 282 1681 -7104029

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Antojo's Chicken Stofado: The Best in Salcedo Market

Have you experience to shop organic, fresh produce and dine al fresco in Salcedo Market to replace your slow and lazy Saturday morning? How many times you've done that? Among a myriad of culinary pleasures it offers, what's your number one favorite?

Salcedo Market is just a stone's throw away from where I work. Prior to my Ayala Triangle Project, Salcedo Market was our usual weekender. Those Saturday mornings were the sweetest Saturdays after a week-load of work, it paves away the stress and pressures. "The Canadians" revisited Salcedo Market last Saturday and I had my prevalent dish.

PhP 200 per order ( $ 4.59 )

A Filipino version of a classic dish featuring chicken, slow cooked in secret sauces and herbs for 3 hours, the savory and pungently flavorful Chicken Stofado of Antojos stands out among the foods that I've tried in Salcedo Market. Definitely my utmost favorite! I'm really a fan, I told the approachable owner, Narda Miranda.

The world is like big Salcedo Market, there's a lot of food to choose from, you'll never know what to get. But the next time you visit Salcedo Market, you know what is the right choice.


Ike & Narda Miranda
Salcedo Market Saturday 7am to 2pm

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Creamy Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Shells

"Get me out of this plate", the Creamy Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Shells that I've made today whispered. Although I'm on low carb, meatless diet, I couldn't say no to the heavenly creamy and cheesy goodness of chicken stuffed inside al dente pasta shell. Hmmm, today is my cheat day, I decided. Do you know that  I'm a big fan of cheese of whatever kind? I'm crazy with cheesy food. Among my favorites are Breadtalk's Cheese Floss and Ruffles Cheddar Cheese. I discovered that the stringiness and creaminess of cheese compliment the sweetness of my fresh apple, be it for breakfast or snack. My taste buds are weird, they say.

I have an obsession with color white. White is pristine and it looks cleaner. With food, I think it's just to appease the market. When something is white, you can see at a glance it's not 'dirty'. Next month, I'll be hosting white themed tea party with my nieces and cousins. This recipe will definitely be my entry.


8 pieces pasta shells, cooked according to package directions
1 tbsp butter
1 small clove of garlic, minced
3/4 cup cream sauce
pinch of  salt
300 g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
Goat Cheese, diced
dried basil leaves
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Here's how to make them;

1.) With a medium heat start to melt the butter in a frying pan, but do not allow it to burn. 
2.) Chicken goes in first, saute for a couple of minutes on one side, then flip and add your garlic.
3.) Pour in your cream sauce. Grind over some black pepper and sprinkle some salt according to your liking. let it simmer until the sauce has thickened.
4.) Let the mixture cool a bit, put it into a small bowl then stuff your cooked pasta shells. Align the shells on a serving platter, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and basil leaves.
5.) Serve with hot or iced tea for afternoon snack while you play free bingo.

You could bake this dish for a tastier, creamier Chicken  Stuffed Shells.

Monday, October 3, 2011

123 Years of Culinary Ideas from Lee Kum Kee

Chicken Wings with Lee Kum Kee Chili Garlic Sauce

Should I never attended the invite from Lee Kum Kee's cooking extravaganza in Market! Market! last week, I wouldn't experience a brand new taste of my well love home made recipes. Lee Kum Kee, the leader in Authentic Chinese sauces is celebrating 123 years of giving quality products to every home around the world and I'm pleased to share the goodness of their dips and sauces.

Chef Ernest Reynoso Gala

To celebrate their 123rd year anniversary, culinary master Chef Ernest Reynoso Gala shared his culinary expertise. Like App Developers, he specially concocted Lee Kum Kee Recipes for last weekend's cooking festival. He demonstrated three mouthwatering dishes while sharing his tips and kitchen secrets along the way. He showed us how to cook Chicken Wings with Lee Kum Kee Chili Garlic Sauce, Chinese Fried Rice with Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce,  and Sizzling Chinese Beefsteak with Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce.

Chinese Fried Rice with Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce

Two separate kitchen areas were set up complete with all of the ingrdients and Lee Kum Kee products. Lucky audience members of the cooking demonstration also got to show  their skills in the kitchen.

Chef guided the participants in step by step process of the recipes as they cook with the masters. Attendees of the cooking festival also had a lot of fun as they participated in various activities.

Sizzling Chinese Beefsteak with Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce

Honestly, that was the first time I tasted food with Lee Kum Kee's products and it tasted beyond my expectation. At home, we are using products available in the nearby convenience store which I think is boring. Now that I've tasted dishes with Lee Kum Kee products, I bid goodbye to my usual soy sauce.

Did you know?

Lee Kum Kee is the inventor of Oyster Sauce using real oyster extract
It has a stringent system to ensure quality products
It was appointed as an official F&B supplier during 2008 Beijing Olympics

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Philippine Culinary Festivities for the 4th Quarter of 2011

Apart form genuine hospitality and sincere smiles, the joyful Filipinos are known for different festivals to celebrate our unique, diversified, and rich culture. Focusing on culinary feasts, here are the list of Philippine Culinary Festivities (Kulinarya Festivals) that you might wanna visit and experience for the next three months. Do not miss your chance to learn more about the traditional lifestyle and cuisine of the friendly Filipinos.


A grand event in Surigao City showcasing different styles in preparing a "kinilaw" (raw fish delicacy). It also features the variety of fish, seafood and other marine products in the locality.

Date             : October 2, 2011
Organizer    : DOT-Region XIII
                      Tel. # (085) 341-8413/225-5712/


LUBI-LUBI FESTIVAL is a dance festival, extolling the many uses of the coconut in homage to Sta. Catalina de Alexandria. The Lubi-Lubi sa Glan Festival shows that there is more to the coconut than just copra.

Venue           :Glan, Sarangani Province
Date             :October 8 
Organizer     :DOT-Region XII
                      Tel. # (064) 421-1110/7868

                     Mr. Larry Asparin
                     Provincial Tourism Office
                     Tel. # (083) 508-2195
                     October 23-25


An annual thanksgiving celebration for Camiguin Island's bountiful harvest. The town of Mambajao holds the feast during the third week of October, in time for the season of the tropical fruit lanzones. Locals and tourists enjoy this weeklong celebration with a line-up of activities showcasing agro-industrial products, cultural presentations highlighted by street dancing competitions and lanzones picking.

Venue         :Camiguin Island
Date           :October 23-25
Organizer   :DOT-Region X
                    Tel. # (08822) 726-394/723-696

                    Mr. Catalino Chan III
                    Camiguin Tourism Officer
                    Tel. # (088) 387-1079


A thanksgiving celebration giving tribute to the town's main product - RICE, the municipality being the rice bowl of Southern Mindanao.

Venue          :Banaybanay, Davao Oriental
Date           :October 26-28
Organizer   :DOT-Region XI
                    Tel. # (082) 221-0070


Part of the San Diego de Alcala Feast Day is one of the unique food festival in the country featuring the famous Putong Polo, a small but classy "kakanin" which was originally created in the town of Polo, Valenzuela. Polo is the old name of Valenzuela when it was still part of Bulacan. Highlighted by a parade of different artistic creation using the Putong Polo as the medium for designing and building the creations.

Venue          :Polo, Valenzuela City
Date           :November 12
Organizer   :DOT-NCR
                    Tel. # 525-7082/524-8311

                   Mr. Barcelito de Sotto
                   Valenzuela City Aultural Affairs & Tourism Development Office
                   Tel. # 443-2729/291-0672


A celebration of the Earth its primary product - 'rice'. Pototan, as the rice granary of Western Visayas, considers the Parayan Festival as their supreme gesture of thanksgiving for what Mother Earth has bestowed upon their fertile soils.    This harvest festival also honors the hardworking rice farmers as one of our economy's unsung heroes. The celebration aims to represent the colorful Pototan way of life and the town's dedication to a prosperous harvest.

Venue       :Pototan, Iloilo
Date        :Every 2nd weekend of December
Organizer   :DOT-Region VI
             Tel. # (033) 337-5411/509/3550

             Parayan Festival Secretariat
             Tel. # (033) 529-8716


The coffee festival was conceived to showcase the long reign of Lipa as the coffee granary of the Philippines. Highlighting trade fair and tiange,'Karera ng Tiburin', search for Barako ng Bayan, and parlor games.

Venue          :Lipa City
Date            :December 11-16
Organizer   :DOT-Region IV
                   Tel. # 524-1969/1528

                  Lipa City Tourism Council
                 Tel. # (043) 312-1399/312-0360


The festival gives emphasis to this native delicacy made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar and salt. It features the biggest Bod-bod that would weigh as much as eighty kilos and requires ten persons to prepare the delicacy, and the smallest Bod-bod that would come served inside a matchbox. Bod-bod making contest gives the Tanjayanons the chance to show their natural expertise on the art of making the delicacy. While Bod-bod eating contest will give the town's visitors the real treat of their lives when they outdo each one in consuming a winnow (nigo) of the delicacy.

Venue          :Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
Date           :December 14-16
Organizer   :DOT-Region VII
                    Tel. # (032) 254-6077/6650/3534


Celebration of the town's major produce, rice cake (puto). Some of the highlights are Best Puto design contest. Best ways to present puto, street dancing and cultural performances. s.
Venue          :Calasiao, Pangasinan
Date            :December 26-28
Organizer   :DOT-Region I
                    Tel. # (072) 888-2411/700-5780

                    Mayor's Office

Well, I think aside from interesting Posicionamiento SEO, I'll visit coffee festival in Batangas.

source: Department of Tourism
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