Coco Hut Fried Chicken & Fish by Army Navy

When we were invited recently by Army Navy to sample new items in their menu, Pearl – the bubbly head for marketing – told us about their new restaurant called Coco Hut. This is supposed to be the healthier chain of the Army Navy group since there’s a predominance of fish & vegetables on the menu. My interest was so piqued that I decided to check it out on my own this weekend.

Coco Hut only has three branches at the moment (Alabang, Ortigas & UP Town Center) but five more are going to open this year. The ambiance at their Commercenter outlet was so welcoming. When placing your order at the counter, you can also see the action in the open kitchen.

Coco Hut

Presumably, the store’s name and overall theme were inspired by the use of the humble coconut in the food prep.Coco Hut gives diners a refreshing new take on Filipino comfort food in a quick service resto setting by including the well-loved laing and ginataang langka (both P69). Both are excellently interpreted, and I actually prefer the latter… so tasty. I just wished they removed pork in the two dishes to also cater to vegetarians.

Laing & coco langka

Fried chicken is Coco Hut’s flagship dish and it doesn’t disappoint. You order it by piece (from P90 to P110 each, depending on the part.) You also have the choice of the classic or the Hut chicken, which is tossed in its special hot sauce. Beware, both versions – served with pepper gravy – are addicting.

Hut chicken

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Free battery pack when buying Samsung Galaxy E series

Only for the weekend: get a free Samsung 3,100 MAH battery pack with every purchase of any product in Samsung’s newest line of mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy E series.

Galaxy E Series

The Samsung Galaxy E5 boasts of an extra bright Super AMOLED Display on a large 5-inch screen. Suggested retail price is P12,990. Its 5 megapixel front-facing camera lets you get a high from taking selfies while the 8 mp rear camera lets you take videos and amazing still photos too. The Hybrid Dual Active feature lets you enjoy a maximized multi-network connection while 1.5gb of RAM and up to 16gb of expandable storage space is for exploring as many apps as you can manage.

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#RediscoverReeses: win 1 of 5 gift packs!

The kids were certainly over the moon when I received chocolate gift boxes from Reese’s last December. Thanks to an angel who remembered me, hehe. My first love is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Bar, but then again, who can also resist the good ol’ Peanut Butter Cups? It’s so versatile. If you’re tired of enjoying it on its own, you can chop it up to pieces and add to your pancakes and cookies. That’s right…instant goodness!

Reese's

Over here in my little space, we’d like to spread the happiness so am giving away 5 gift packs to 5 lucky readers. Joining is simple just follow the steps via Rafflecopter and share this photo across your social networks using our official hashtag #RediscoverReeses. To be qualified, you must come from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces (Calabarzon, Bulacan etc.) because I will only ship to these areas.

Reese's promo

The full mechanics after the jump:

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Product alert: Dentiste Toothpaste

Dentiste’ is an oral care brand that I’ve seen in other countries in Asia so I was relieved to know they’re now being marketed fully in the Philippines. Their claim to fame is that they’re the First Nighttime Toothpaste. Know what this means? When you brush with Dentiste before sleeping at night, you’re supposed to wake up with fresher smelling breath. An age-old problem that hasn’t been solved… until now. Hehe. Way to go!

Lucky me received the Travel Essentials pack from Dentiste recently..giving me enough reason to roadtest this brand. In photo: Dentiste Plus White toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss and breath spray. Not shown is the oral rinse.

dentiste

The toothpaste has a mint green color when pumped. I’ve been using this for several days now. When I wake up, my mouth seems to be drier than usual but I have to admit, it doesn’t taste icky too.LOL. People like us who practice good dental hygiene don’t really suffer from an extreme case of morning bad breath (!!) but maybe using a specialty toothpaste like Dentiste which works overnight can further improve things :)

Dentiste

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Army Navy Burger + Burrito: new dishes to try

We were in Army Navy BF Homes this Chinese New Year holiday and my five-year old says: “I want pancakes mommyyyy!”

Clueless Me replies: “There are no pancakes here. Let’s transfer to…”

And Lucia retorts: “There are pancakes here. Just look at the board!” (points to menu)

And this is how she got her classic pancakes (P80) at 6pm while the rest of us were having dinner :)

Pancake

My impression of Army Navy Burger + Burrito was that it has always been a Mexican place, albeit proudly Made in the Philippines. The whole military concept is just superb. What’s even better is thatthey have expanded their line-up to include all kinds of comfort food – from sumptuous all-day breakfasts like tapsilog to their Fearless Fried Chicken and sinful desserts like this Freedom Toast…egg-dipped bread (actually brioche) which is topped with a heaping of blueberries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Only P65.

Freedom Toast

Perfect for the coming Lenten season (or those abstaining from meat) is the Querida Mia Verde (P215), a rolled quesadilla with guacamole, sour cream, jalapeno, green bell pepper, onions, duo of cheeses (cheddar & mozzarella) and special querida sauce. Sinfully tasty yet healthy.

Querida mia verde

The Starving Sailor (P240) was a revelation. This sandwich is an old hand in the menu but it certainly packs a wallop with thin slices of beef cut Philly-style, cheese, caramelized onions and green bell pepper. The filling sits on an 8-inch sourdough bread which was very good and of high quality.

Starving Sailor

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Healthy black & brown rice recipes

Something changed in my life last year: I started eating brown rice instead of white. I had a hard time getting used to it at first but I was trying to lose weight and of course, most experts say it’s the healthier alternative. Brown rice is reputed to contain more fiber and other essential nutrients. Now that I’m accustomed to brown grains, I’ve lost all taste for white rice except when am eating in a Chinese restaurant because yang chow goodness is something I can’t resist. Haha.

When I say brown rice, I also mean the red rice available in the market.There are also ‘violet’ and ‘black’ rice varieties and experts even say that the darker the rice, the better it is since it contains more antioxidants.

Anyway, a pack of black rice arrived in my doorstep this week from Sunnywood Superfoods Corp. and I was glad to be apprised of these recipes made specially by the husband-and-wife team of top chefs Rolando and Jac Laudico. Apparently, we can make something special out of black/brown rice other than just cooking them plain. So we’re sharing them here. Photos courtesy of Sunnywood.

Seafood Black Rice Paella

Seafood Black Rice Paella

Ingredients:

2 cups Jordan Farms Black Rice
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 tbsp garlic minced
1 cup onion small diced
1 cup tomatoes large diced
1 piece chorizo large diced
6 cups chicken stock or broth
2 cups clams (boiled in 1 cup water)
1 cup boiled clam juice (reserve liquid)
1 cup squid rings
1 cup prawns 
1 cup fish fillet (cubes)
2 pieces crabs (boiled, halved)
Salt and Pepper to taste

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Family day at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers Shang-ri La Plaza

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers of Hawaii has opened its second branch in the Philippines at the Shang-ri La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City. We love the interiors. It’s brighter and more airy than the maiden branch in Greenbelt.

Teddy's

Teddy's

A young lady dressed in Hawaiian costume is ready to welcome you at the door.

Teddy's

The invitation was for us to bring the family so I brought along my mini-me’s with the BIG appetite :)

Teddy's

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Audition for MasterChef Asia until March 5!

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Calling all amateur cooks. Now’s your time to shine and be part of MasterChef Asia, a 15-episode reality cooking show which will film in Singapore under the stewardship of Endemol Southeast Asia and debut in the Lifetime Channel later this year.

Who are eligible: individuals at least 18 years old with a passion for cooking, with no prior culinary professional or teaching experience. Applicants are encouraged to submit a five minute audition video and upload this in public mode on Youtube. Just log on to masterchefasia.com for the full details or email masterchefasia@aenetworks.com

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La Cabrera Argentinian resto in Manila

This is a rather late post on my first time to dine in La Cabrera Grillado and Bar in Makati last November. I figured that since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, people would be looking for cozy places to have a date or eat in.

Just from the homey ambiance alone, La Cabrera is highly recommended. It is quite spacious, perfect for a fun gathering with friends.There are a lot of interesting bric-a-bracs scattered around the place which make conversation pieces in themselves.

La Cabrera Manila

La Cabrera

La Cabrera is a franchise of the famous steakhouse in Buenos Aires. Let’s just say you don’t need to fly all the way to South America to taste grilled meat the way Argentinians like it. Since they drink a lot of wine out there, the curvy, elongated bar is one of the highlights of La Cabrera Manila, with those signed chopping boards from happy customers on display too.

La Cabrera bar

La Cabrera

Judging from the house specialties, La Cabrera is a carnivore’s delight. And when you think about it, the price isn’t too bad since some of the top items on the menu are good for sharing. Examples are the Ojo de Bife (rib eye steak) which is P2,680 for 500 grams and the Bife de Chorizo (striploin) – P1,880 for 500g.

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Search for Winners Against Asthma launched

ASTHMA is a debilitating disease that affects a lot of people. The young ones especially are prone to school absences, emergency visits and hospitalizations because of their condition.

Just to show how serious asthma is, here are the results of one study: ” 53% of asthma patients regularly use rescue medication at least once per day to cope with their symptoms. In Asia Pacific, which includes the Philippines, activity limitation caused by asthma was considerable. A mean of 44.7% of respondents reported that normal physical activity was compromised, and 37.9% believed that their choice of job or career was limited. A total of 52.7% of respondents said that sports and recreation were affected, and 37.6% believed their lifestyle was restricted. Almost 50% reported sleep disturbances.”

That is why it is laudable to know that some notable achievers like actress Kim Chiu, musical frontman Arnel Pineda and champion figure skater Michael Christian Martinez all suffered from asthma in their life but somehow managed to overcome the situation.

In the case of Martinez, he summoned all his energies to overcome the negative despite suffering from asthmatic bronchitis as early as when he was two months old.

He recalls being in the hospital frequently and says the cold rink actually helped improve his health. “Year after year my health keeps improving, so my mother fully supported me to continue skating saying it’s better to spend the money on skating than in the hospital.”

Search for Winners against Asthma

Taking the cue from Martinez, Kim Chiu and Arnel Pineda, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has launched the Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 to recognize 10 young asthmatic achievers from different walks of life. Simply put, this is a nationwide campaign for young asthmatic achievers aged 30 years and below who are outstanding in their respective fields despite having asthma.

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