Just because it’s Friday: new ways to cook with monggo



Somebody told me: monggo (mung beans) is the new superfood. But unlike quinoa, chia, flax seeds and other nutrient boosters, monggo doesn’t have the fancy price. It is very affordable and readily available in your neighborhood stores and markets. In the Philippines, tradition dictates that we have at least a monggo dish every Friday to pair with fish or meat….

Where to eat, what we ate in Naga City


Love sign - Naga

It’s a given: I love going to the Visayas for its beaches, the North for its mixture of landscapes and Bicol…I would always come back for its food. They happen to have my favorite cuisine in the Philippines Way back in 2012, I wrote about ‘What we ate in Bicol‘…it was kinda bitin because that was just Legaspi City. So…

Tea time at Chateau 1771: free vouchers on Mother’s Day


Chateau 1771 Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea at Chateau 1771 is to be savored amid the genteel surroundings of Greenbelt 5. They serve only the finest La Maison du Thé Tea or Vittoria French press coffee.But the best part is the set menu which rotates daily and presents a delightful surprise each time. They do this depending on what fresh ingredients are available for the…

Italian vegetarian recipes from Chef Nesi of L’Opera Manila


There is more to Italian food than pizza and pasta.When you get to discover it, Italian cuisine is to be loved for the simplicity of its cooking method, rendering the flavors pure & authentic. All the more I get to appreciate the healthy side of eating Italian with the use of olive oil or just roasting the meat and vegetables….

Food and fun at the first #ClaraOlePotluck foodfest!


Clara Ole potluck

The Clara Ole Potluck foodfest was my ‘biggest’ event last week. I say biggest because am the first Manila blogger to host it…whoa! It was quite unnerving to send invites to my friends, shop for ingredients and cook some of the dishes, all at the same time! But am glad we were able to pull it off with nary a…

Pinoy chefs are ready for Madrid Fusion Manila 2015!

Munchin' People

JP Anglo, Bruce Ricketts, Claude Tayag & Rob Pengson

With international, Michelin-starred chefs in attendance, Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 is the biggest gastronomic event to happen in the country this year. And guess what? It’s happening in six days…April 24-26, 2015 to be exact! Since the much-awaited event will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, SM Supermalls presented to the media a few of the…

Make easy to cook dishes at home with Clara Ole!


Tuna Mallorca using Filipino Style Pasta Sauce

I’ve used Clara Ole products ever since I can remember. For example, there’s a nice hack of my favorite CPK Kung Pao Spaghetti you can make using Clara Ole’s kung pao pasta sauce. Just open a packet, mix in a few ingredients like chili peppers and shrimp or chicken, and you have a gourmet dish in an instant. Clara Ole…

Food fest @iloveayalamalls to celebrate Madrid Fusion 2015



History’s in the making as Madrid Fusion 2015 unfolds in Manila on April 24-26. To celebrate this culinary milestone, Ayala Malls – in collaboration with the Department of Tourism – holds a Gastronomy Festival featuring the creations of the Philippines’ top chefs from April 10 to 26. Highlights are tasting menus in select restaurants, food trucks, a foodie film festival…

Ramen Daisho in Shaw Blvd. hits the spot


tasting the noodles at Ramen Daisho

We were just in Manila staying in a hotel for the Easter break and am glad I finally found the time to try Ramen Daisho in Liberty Center along Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City. Way back in 2014, there was a list of Manila’s best ramen restos drawn up by a Japanese and Ramen Daisho held the No. 2 spot. After…

Fish recipe for Lent : sinanglay


Sinanglay fish recipe from Bicol

Sinanglay is a dish normally made of tilapia and pechay (leafy greens). Its origin is the Philippines’ Bicol region which is known for the spiciness of their food and using a lot of coconut milk in their dishes. Anyway, I first saw a photo of sinanglay in Appetite magazine and proceeded to recreate it in my kitchen. I couldn’t find…

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