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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Datu Puti Takes Adobo to the Next Level with the new Adobo Series!


There is no doubt that adobo is at the top of the list when you think of Filipino food. In fact, the Adobo Movement was launched two years ago pushing Adobo to become our national dish. 

In celebration of Adobo, there was an event last year when 14 finalists presented their own version of adobo. 

Adobo is a dish where each region in the Philippines has its own version. And I myself am excited to try what each region has to offer. 



Datu Puti Adobo Series is an array of perfectly blended adobo sauces that allows you to whip up a variety of regional adobo dishes for family and friends to enjoy: from the sweet Humba of Bisaya and Pininyahan of Luzon to the fiery-hot Spicy Adobo and to the delectably creamy Adobo sa Gata of Bicol.

Cooking your favorite adobo dish has never been easier with Datu Puti Adobo Series. Just simmer in a pan your preferred meat with a cup of water and your chosen Datu Puti Adobo Series sauce. Each pack is good for 1 kilogram of meat and can serve four to five people.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bay Area Eats: In-N-Out!

When I was planning my trip to Bay Area in California, I only had two places I needed to go to, no matter what it takes.

Those are:


The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

AND



IN-N-OUT!

In-N-Out Burger is a fastfood chain in the US with locations in the west coast, and a few branches in Texas. I really didn't know what the fuss is about, so I did a little research. 

In-N-Out is a fully family-owned restaurant, which means that all locations are owned by the company, with no franchises until now. In-N-Out is also known for its "secret menu", which can be found on their website. Another thing that In-N-Out is known for is its food quality. I actually saw potatoes being peeled in the store to be made into fries.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Home Cooking 101: Slow Cooker Oxtail Kare-Kare


Having a slow cooker is a game changer for me. I was never keen on using the pressure cooker for safety purposes (among other things), but I didn't have to worry about these things with my slow cooker. 

I use the slow cooker for beef stew, nilagang baka and even chicken adobo (so I wouldn't have to shred the chicken to flakes. LOL). I have recently made my all-time favorite Filipino dish: Kare-Kare. Note that I did not use any recipe mixes for this so all the ingredients are estimated.



Ingredients:

1.5 to 2 lbs (around 1 kg) Oxtail
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
1 onion, sliced
32 oz beef broth
2 to 3 stalks bok choy or pechay
1/2 to 1 cup green beans or sitaw
1/2 eggplant, sliced
annatto powder, diluted in water
cornstarch, diluted in water
water
oil
Bagoong or shrimp paste

Thursday, August 3, 2017

BadWolf Public House: Not Just for the Beer Drinkers


Another place in Old Town Manassas that we love visiting over and over is the newly-opened BadWolf Public House. This place is our go-to spot for dinner most of the time because it's open until late night. 

BadWolf Public House by the same owners as Bad Wolf Brewing Company and CJ Finz Raw Bar & Grille, so if you love beer, this is the place you should visit. But more than the beer, this restaurant serves food from brunch to dinner. 

For appetizers, we have tried the Poutine ($10) and the Mediterranean Board ($9).

Poutine
Mediterranean Board 

Poutine is hand cut fries with cheddar cheese curds and beef gravy, while the Mediterranean Board is homemade hummus served with marinated olives, artichokes, roasted red peppers, and warm naan. I'm partial to Poutine since I'm a fries junkie, however, the Mediterranean Board isn't bad either. I'd just rather go to Katerina's for hummus. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bay Area Eats: Cupertino

Apologies for the lack of posts the past few months. Trying my best to get back to blogging. Will
be posting an alternate of backlogs and recent experience more often. I promise!

This took a while, but I cannot not share the area in the US the I liked most (so far): Bay Area in California. :)

Here are the awesome places we have tried and enjoyed during our stay in Cupertino area. I tried my best to remember all the names of the dishes, but my memory failed me. Sorry. :p

1. Parkview Kitchen and Spirits

Located inside Juniper Hotel Cupertino, Parkview Kitchen & Spirits serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, to dinner. This place is also perfect for happy hours. 

We ordered Joe's Special ($15), a salad and a soup for brunch. 

Joe's Special


Joe's Special has ground chuck, baby spinach, cheddar, and onions, served with Parmesan bread and toasted Juniper butter. The food and service were amazing, but it's somewhere you'd want to go if you want to spend a bit more. 

2. Aqui 

Aqui is a California Mexican restaurant that serves delicious Mexican-inspired dishes and industrial strength margaritas.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Father's Day Gift Ideas from Gifts Less Ordinary!


Father's Day is almost here!

In case you haven't got anything for your dads (and granddads) yet, here are my gift suggestions from Gifts Less Ordinary. What's awesome is you can personalize these gifts too!

1. Personalized Watch Box (for 3 watches)

This watch box is perfect for watch-loving dads. You may also add a watch (or two) along with this item. ;)



This cocktail shaker is perfect for making solo cocktails. Your dad will have fun making his own drinks at home. 



Does your daddy always forgets his charger? Mine does. :P This item is a classy gift that he can use easier than the regular chargers. Works for selected phones only.



If your dad loves coffee, he'll definitely love this! You can add coffee beans and coffee cups, if you want. :)

Gifts Less Ordinary currently ships to Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Check out the website for more gift ideas for any occasion. 

All photos are from Gifts Less Ordinary. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Press Release: Old Orchard Cranberry’s Summer Cooler Recipes


With summer’s scorching heat around, there’s nothing more delightful than sipping something cold and fruity. However, when you’re after a refreshing drink with the right balance of sweetness-and-tartness, Old Orchard Cranberry Juice is the answer. 

This thirst quenching drink can complement any meal and can serve as a base for easy-to-prepare mocktails. So whether you’re at home, on a vacation-out-of-town, or at a get-together party, these delightful non-alcoholic infusions would surely be a good company and help bring along the fun!

Non-Alcoholic Sangria



Ingredients: 
1 bottle Old Orchard Cranberry 64 oz.
1.5 liter lemon soda
1 orange
1 lemon
24 pieces of grapes

Directions:
1. Combine chilled Old Orchard Cranberry  and chilled soda in a punch bowl. 
2. Wash fruit. Halve grapes and place in the bunch bowl. 
3. Cut the orange and lemon into wedges. 
4. Place the orange and lemon slices into the punch bowl. Stir and enjoy. 

Summertime Kiddie Cocktail


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