PANCIT CANTON
Pancit is my favorite merienda.  I think you can call it a phase in a person's life when you like to eat only one dish day after day. Yes, folks, there was a time, when I ate nothing but pandesal and pancit canton. 
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McDonalds: Pinoys' Love Affair with the World Famous Fries
        
Crisp on the outside and tender in the inside – one can never say no to the perfectly cooked McDonald’s World Famous French Fries. Customers can’t help but feast on this yummy McDonald’s favorite every chance they get. Either have it with your favorite McFloat, enjoy it with any McDonald’s meals or as a snack on its own - this World Famous Fries has gained a special spot in the hearts and tummies of Filipinos.

Sourcing the best potatoes, the strict cooking and preparation process have made McDonald’s French Fries a favorite in several countries for many years making it world famous. Certainly, the naturally foodie Pinoys have made it their favorite as well and they can tell the distinct McDonald’s World Famous Fries apart from other French fries. Each batch produced and served in the Philippines comes only from the best quality potatoes from US suppliers-the Russet Burbank, Russet Rangers and Shepody varieties—cooked in zero trans-fat Palm Olein Oil for that golden perfection and prepared carefully to keep its nutritional value, McDonald’s has truly set the standards higher than any other quick service restaurant chain in producing top quality French Fries. And this is what makes the signature taste of McDonald’s French Fries, anywhere in the world. 


With the McDonald’s World Famous Fries available 24/7, Pinoys always find themselves wanting to satisfy their craving for that hot, fresh out of the kitchen and seasoned to perfection potato goodness any time of the day. Whether you have it with a meal, a snack to be shared with someone or even to be enjoyed alone, one can never go wrong with McDonald’s World Famous Fries.

So give in to that craving, head to the McDonald’s nearest you or have it delivered via 8-6236 or mcdelivery.com.ph and help yourselves to a generous serving of McDonald’s World Famous Fries.

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Yummy Foods to Bring Along with You During a Picnic  
                           
Picnics are so much fun when spring time arrives, aren’t they? If you want your next picnic to be extra special and delicious it’s time to think about some special desserts to bring along! In fact, if you are planning a group picnic or are having a wedding, for example, packing the perfect treats will surely satisfy your guests. Or, if it’s just you who loves desserts and you want to treat yourself well, think about new desserts to try that will taste divine. Here are some desserts that you should most definitely consider taking with you and then devouring during your next picnic excursion.

Cupcakes in a Cupcake Container

Most people love having cupcakes as a dessert and they’re actually quite easy to pack them in your picnic baskets if you find the right containers for them. Since cupcakes became such a hot commodity in years past many companies ended up developing cupcake containers that keep the bottom part of the cupcake intact and also does not smear the frosting on top. If you’re able to find cupcake holders at a reasonable price you can buy enough for your entire family and enough for you to wash a reuse again and again for future picnics to come!

Mason Jar Dessert for Safe Keeping

Another great idea is to pack desserts in a mason jar, which is relatively easy to pack and will keep the dessert fresh and ready to eat. You can make a dessert that makes an upcoming holiday fun, for example, such as the 4th of July. For a patriotic dessert combine angel food cake, blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream for a patriotic dessert that will be both yummy and colorful!

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Cookies are always the perfect dessert to bring along during a picnic. Light weight and delicious, you won’t have to worry if they accidentally get a little smashed because they will get eaten right away. Since spring is just around the corner consider making pink lemonade cookies with sprinkles on top. They will taste delicious and will also fit into your picnic basket perfectly. Gather up your entire family and go on a picnic with delicious desserts – they will be begging you to do this again very soon!

Sierra is a freelance writer who loves going on a picnic while bringing a delicious dessert. 
WATAMI:Japanese Dinner with Friends

Last year, my friends and I dined at the 160-seater Watami located at at the second level of Veranda/Bayside, Mall of Asia. The then, newly opened restaurant  was the talk of the town because it offers delicious authentic Japanese cuisine from sushi, sashimi ramen, hot pots to meat and seafood dishes, crafted with utmost care using fresh ingredients.




Acknowledged as No. 1 in its category in Japan, where the concept started in 1984. Through the years, its phenomenal growth resulted in worldwide expansion and the opening of over 700 stores in different locations including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Taiwan, Shanghai, Singapore , Guangzhou, Malaysia and now the Philippines.

It keeps the traditional Japanese taste in its dishes. I really like the interiors that depict a modern Japanese lifestyle. Watami prides itself on the “Ishokuya” concept, which features a balance of three elements: 

  1. delicious food
  2. great ambience 
  3. good service 







Note: This is not a sponsored review. We paid for our meal.
THE BAG WITH A TASK:BagsGo Reusable Bags
Let’s face it: we’re all scared of losing the only planet we have. Slowly, we are becoming more eco-aware, and we’re doing whatever small thing we can to save the Earth. 
 
This is exactly what this new, revolutionary reusable bag is trying to do: HELP YOU HELP SAVE THE EARTH.

The bag with a task, that’s BagsGo. Created with lightweight RIPSTOP fabric used to make parachutes, tear and water resistant, completely washable and durable, and most importantly, 100% REUSABLE: BagsGo Reusable bags are the perfect alternative to plastic bags, and can be used in various ways. And for every BagsGo sold, a percentage goes to a foundation that supports ethical stewardship of the environment. So not only are you helping to save the Earth, you are also funding an organization to continue doing the same.



So the next time you use one of BagsGo reusable bags, you become part of the mission. You are the person with a task, and you make it happen with your bag. Grab one now at the nearest Fully Booked outlet, Sesou Nature stores, or order online at zalora.com.


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TANG GALING CLUB: Brings Out the Hero in Every Pinoy Kids
This year, we celebrated the 27th year anniversary of the EDSA Revolution that brings out the heroism in every Pinoy. Today, Tang is calling out to kids everywhere to make a difference in the lives of others and to contribute in their own ways to making the Philippines the best it can be. This advocacy from Tang was launched at the Mind Museum with young talent Arkin Magalona hosting the celebration of “ kiddies heroes “ headlined by the 2012 “ Tang Galing Mo Kid” Awardee. 
The seven kid heroes were cited for their efforts in making the world a better place for their communities despite challenging circumstances. 
The Tang Galing Mo Kid is being supported by the launch of Tang’s ritual “Handa-Inom-Gawa” which refreshes the hero in each and every kid, and encourage them to do good for their communities. Tang is a product of Kraft of Foods Philippines (KFP), part of the Mondelez International family of Companies.

Tang presented to media friends, seven kids who in one way or another help their communities, environment and other kids as well. These kids were hand picked from hundreds of nominations. The number of nominees only proves that there are more kids out there with a mind and hearth for others. In no paticular order: U Maalam Wisely, Trubador Wisely, Dannah Suaze, Raynold de la Cruz, Kesz Valdez with Arkin Magalona 
Tang Category Marketing Manager Alex Dan Tacderas "The Tang Galing Club is certainly comitted to provide such opportunities to bring out and celebrate the heroes in our kids"
Facilitating this call to empower kids is an online site, www.TangGalingclub.com and a partner Facebook site- www.facebook.com/TangGalingMoKid.

 
CAFFE' BENE: Taste the Bene Difference
Caffé Bene (카페베네), Korea's leading Caffe brand, is now here in Manila! I would like to thank Kris Lim for inviting me to Caffé Bene's Bloggers Night held at Book Cafe', Caffé Bene, Eastwood Citywalk 2 tonight (February 26, 2013). I got to taste the difference and experience the goodness and walk into the lavish Bene space of Freedom. If you ever watch Korean soap operas then you already know how Caffé Bene looks like- wooden bookshelves, proprietary wooden seats - those are Caffé Bene trademarks that are standard in all its shops. They're a lovely touch to the cafe, making the place feel more cozy, more inviting and more intimate. Koreanovela fanatics like me might also recognize the café from the kilig-inducing “crème kiss” scene in the romance/drama “Secret Garden” where the male lead kisses the cappuccino foam off his lady love’s lip. 
Desmond Chua, president of Citicup Corp. which is the franchisee of Caffé Bene in the Philippines, taught the bloggers the art of cupping. Yes, folks. We got the chance to try coffee "cupping" or tasting. Cupping is the procedure used to evaluate the aroma and taste of a sample of coffee beans. The coffee is judged on the following: 1) fragrance; 2) aroma; 3) taste; and 4) aftertaste. 

We were told that Caffé Bene offers barista course consisting of five days of intensive training in the art of coffee brewing and pastry making, Caffé Bene style, for which you'll be given a certificate. One can also have options for “further studies.”

On each table, we were provided with a kettle and then asked to boil water. Afterwards, we were asked to pour water up to the rim on each cup that contains different coffee beans. In the picture above, the lightest one is Caffé Bene's while the other two are from the two top cafe in the Philippines today. Then we were told to cut, then remove the foam, then slurp, swirl and spit each coffee very much like wine tasting. Whew. That was my first taste of Caffé Bene signature medium-roast coffee which is less bitter than other brands.  I love the less bitter taste of Caffé Bene's Coffee. It makes a whole lot of difference and provides light acidity in the tummy.

Note : On February 27, 2013, miracle of all miracles, I was able to have a good night of sleep even if I drank Caffé Bene's coffee last night. That is so cool. In the past, I used to be awake until the wee hours of the morning whenever I had coffee the night before. From its Specialty Caffé are freshly-made Waffle, Italian Gelato and so much more. Everything at Caffé Bene is a must-try! Caffé Bene truly has a variety that can soothe and pamper your taste buds. 
Caffé Bene has a great selection of coffee/tea and treats such as waffles and honey bread. I particularly like its fantastic Garlic and Cheese Bread. So yummy! Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. Hmmm, I want more, ha ha ha!  The Caffé Bene's Caramel Banana Cream Waffle (please see topmost picture) is also a must-try! One can taste the fresh Banana goodness. Ma pa pa Ahh ka sa sarap!!! And don't you dare leave Caffé Bene without trying its incredible, dense and crispy Belgian-style blueberry liege waffles. For me, they are unbelievably delicious!
For dessert, we were served with a huge mouth-watering Strawberry Bingsu ( Iced Parfait). Very delicious indeed!
Caffé Bene's European-style interior is in warm earth tones with wooden furniture and soft yellow lighting. Bookshelves that are strategically placed inside the Caffé enhance the homey feel. It makes you feel like you’re just hanging out in a friend’s place. I learned from one of the owners, Derrick Chua, that Caffé Bene’s flagship store in Eastwood just opened last Nov. 29, 2012, while a compact Caffé Bene in SMX officially opened January of this year.
Opening of a Caffé Bene's branch in Makati CBD (Central Business District) is in the works. Its future plans include opening four (4) more stores for 2013. It is currently coordinating with FRANCORP to open Caffé Bene for local franchise.
The place has a charm of its own. The interior is decorated very nicely. . . Nice seats, decorations, exposed brick walls and a library of books Belle would be jealous of. Oh, Caffé Bene has free Wi-Fi, too. 

Caffé Bene's cozy atmosphere actually invites you to relax and stay awhile rather than hurry up and leave. A very ideal place for study sessions and business meetings indeed.
Korea, coffee and great conversations make me look forward to keep on coming back to Caffé Bene. 
Fruit Carving
I really love photography though I don't even have the basic photography knowledge. I hope someday I can attend photography classes so I can hone my skills.
ABENSON:Offers Nokia Lumia 620 820 and 920 Latest Gadgets at 0%


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Nokia Lumia 620


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CHEF ROBBY GOCO:  Porchetta at The Orange Truck at MFWF
 
Oh la la! My saliva can't stop from dripping, dreaming about Chef Robby Goco's Porchetta ever since I tried it. He gives a new meaning to street food. Are you wondering why I said that?

You see, Chef Robby Goco will be participating at the first ever Food Truck War in Philippine history, wherein six Filipino celebrity chefs will be pitted against each other in the kick-off event of the first Manila Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) to be held on February 22-25, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia complex. This is the first cooking event of such kind. This event will showcase not only Filipino food but also the world class talent of our own local chefs. The celebrity chefs will battle it out at the MOA open grounds on February 22, 2013 starting at 5 p.m. The chefs will board their own color-coded trucks equipped with state-of-the-art kitchen. 

Each competing chef has been assigned a team color. Chef Robby Goco was assigned in the orange truck.The friendly competition will showcase the culinary prowess and serving flair of celebrity chef Robby Goco (He owns my favorite Cyma Restaurant, Charlie’s Grind & Grill and Achiote Taqueria) together with five other chefs. But forget about the the other chefs! Go straight to the Orange truck and try Chef Robby Goco's delicious Porchetta.
 
Each master chef must come up with an appropriate food truck meal of choice that will be sold to event guests, foodies, or anyone willing to try their concoction. The chef who comes up with the most orders (online at www.mfwf.ph, or through onsite sales which will only cost you Php 250.00) will be declared the cook-off champion and will win prizes. The champion will also be determined by a series of challenges like for example, the first to serve 250 meals, most online sales, most onsite sales and most meals served, etc.”
 
For his competing dish, Chef Robby Goco, who started baking and selling goodies at age six, goes back to the roots of Pinoy festivities to serve his own rendition of the popular lechon.
  
“I will serve Porchetta, a traditional pork lechon roll from central Italy,” says Chef Robby Goco. 

What is Porchetta?

It is pork belly seasoned with garlic, rosemary, fennel, and other herbs stuffed with pork loin, then rolled and roasted to a crisp.
I was one of the lucky ones who were given a preview on what a Porchetta is. Chef Robby Goco served his very own version of Porchetta in a traditional way in an Italian inspired bread popularly called ciabatta roll, which is crisp outside, very soft and slightly sour inside. It’s topped with fresh wild arugula and onion marmalade. To make the experience better, Chef Robby Goco served the Porchetta with four sauces:

The good chef offered us four types of sauces. I experimented with three. Mix and match it is for me. Ha ha ha! I had aioli (garlic mayonnaise)
 
 Which I mixed with salsa verde (herb sauce).
To give it a little kick ( anghang), I put a little ajvar (east Mediterranean eggplant and pimiento sauce). The result is a mind-boggling super delicious experience. I almost do a cartwheel right in the middle of the room!
 
For those with classic taste, try the classic liver sauce. 

These sauces, Goco adds, will give the porchetta a brand-new dimension. It will be served with roasted sea-salt potatoes on the side. “Truly a perfect street food for a great food truck experience,” he says.
Even without the sauces, Chef Robby Goco's Porchetta tastes like heaven! You ought to try Chef Robby Goco's Porchetta, it is simply very innovative! An art in itself. No wonder even kids love his creations. 

So, who said that street foods must only mean fried fish balls, hotdogs or dimsum? Go and try Chef Robby Goco's Porchetta at the Orange Truck on February 22, 2013 and I bet, you too will be saying that Chef Goco has given a new meaning to street food! Hurry, buy your tickets now online to save about a hundred pesos. At the event itself, tickets will be sold at Php 350.00 each whereas if you buy online at groupon, for example, you only pay Php 250.00. Wow! That's a cool deal for Chef Robby Goco's Porchetta! Remember, go straight to the Orange truck!

Chef Robby Goco will not earn anything from this event. All proceeds from the MFWF 2013 will be forwarded to a scholarship fund that will help 500 poor but deserving students earn a degree in culinary education.