All set for Bakers Cup & Bakery Fair 2015!

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Are you a baker, a professional chef or working in the food or baking industry? Showcase your skills at the Bakery Fair 2015’s Bakers Cup competition happening from January 20-23 at the FCBAI Baking Center, 1967 Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

But first, you have to register and sign up at bakerscup.org before 2 pm of January 15, Thursday to reserve your slot in the competition. An orientation for the participants will happen on Jan. 17 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The annual Bakers Cup contest features two main categories, namely the Angel Yeast Steamed Bun Competition and the Puratos Bake-Off.Eliminations for the S500 Bread Baking Battle will be on January 20 from 9 am to 4 pm while the Carat Chocolate Showpiece Challenge will happen on Jan. 21 at 8 am to 4 pm. The Angel Yeast Steamed Bun eliminations will be held on Jan. 22 at 7 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm, while the Carat Chocolate Decoration Challenge will be on Jan. 13 at 1 pm to 4 pm. Finals for all categories will happen from January 30 to February 1 at the Bakery Fair trade show.

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Samsung Smart Oven giveaway! #annalyn10years

The Samsung Smart Oven is heaven-sent. It is a boon to busy moms who want to have an automated kitchen helper that’s efficient enough to save effort and time. With its yoghurt-making and Slim Fry features, it can very well aid one’s resolution to be healthy in 2015!

All right, I have this trusty Smart Oven at home and have done a few dishes with it. Because this is also a microwave oven, we’re always reheating daily extraordinary food like this liempo (pork belly) rolled & tied into an adobo :)

adobo

The baked chicken with marble potatoes & lots of garlic from last Christmas…

Baked chicken

Am also looking forward to making empanada, quesadilla, quiche and other great stuff in the Samsung Smart Oven, if only there’s more time (oh well, maybe during the long holiday)

But all these constraints is not preventing us from giving one Samsung Smart Oven (retail price: about P14,000) to a lucky reader!

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Hanamaruken ramen at The Grove by Rockwell

I always pass by The Grove Rockwell on my way to Eastwood. From the outside, it looks so quiet and cozy. Finally, one Sunday I managed to drive by and step inside. Who knew that this place has the most beautiful Starbucks layout in the city? You have to see it to admire it :)

Grove Rockwell

But I did not stop by to have coffee or munch on chicken wings at Sunrise Buckets. Somehow I was craving for ramen and finding Hanamaruken was perfect. I was curious to try this ramen joint since it was listed by a Japanese expert as one of the Top 10 ramen restos in Manila (other brands like Ippudo have been added since).

As expected, this Hanamaruken branch had Japanese-inspired interiors, but I swear I don’t know what the inscriptions on the wall mean…

Hanamaruken

I ordered the Signature Happiness Ramen which is the house specialty and the most expensive bowl at P480. The big chunk of pork (the house calls it pork bone rib) was what caught my attention. It looked so massive and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to finish it :)

Hanamaruken

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Souvenirs for the Pope Francis Jan. 15 to 19 2015 visit!

We all know that the forthcoming visit of His Holiness Pope Francis is the biggest thing to happen this year, and it’s unfolding in a few days! In line with this, Radyo Veritas – the 24 hour Roman Catholic AM station , has prepared an array of souvenirs to commemorate the special occasion. When you buy the items, it’s all for a good cause too since the proceeds will go to the Radyo Veritas Foundation for scholarships, livelihood programs and disaster management.

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Pope Francis Mug

The Pope Francis visit memorabilia includes rosary with box, P500; wall clock P500; t-shirts with 6 designs in white, yellow, gray and black, P200; handkerchief, P200; tumbler, P150; dual colored mugs, P100; necklace, P100; ID lace P100; wall calendar, P150; desk calendar, P80; tote bag, P100; sign pens, P50; ballpen P20; various bracelets (P20-P80); necklace, P100; fans (P30-P50); refrigerator magnet P25 and other items as well as books, Against the Tide, P50 and Open Mind and Faithful Hearth, P365; and Jamie Rivera’s CD entitled ‘We Are All God’s Children,’ the official theme song of the papal visit.

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Beauty experience at Skintology

Coverage and write-up by Angelique Misa

Most Filipinos have to deal with skin problems from time to time. But finding the right clinic or dermatologist to cater to your need depending on your skin type is a test, more like a trial and error. You might have tried out the services of a certain clinic and it might either be your worst or best treatment yet.

A couple of weeks ago, it was a privilege for me to try the services at Skintology Aesthetics Clinic, which is providing quality and special dermatological treatments to clients who seek distinct results.

The clinic was established by a group of friends just over a year ago. Shown in this photo are Dr. Maia Pega and Skintology Clinic Manager Dr. Bryan Uy Barretta.

Derma

“Our approach entails a general and holistic method of treatment aimed not only on the client’s concerns but also on their overall well-being”, says Dr. Uy Barretta. Skintology has a wide array of treatments that one can choose from depending on one’s need. From facial to body services; dermatological to non-invasive; whitening to slimming programs, they got it. Skintology offers a variety of services and dermatological procedures that are specifically crafted and chosen to cater to all client skincare necessities and requests.

Skintology

I was able to try Skintology’s Total Beauty Package with Nightingale Poo Mask priced at an affordable P1,200. Yes, that’s right, Nightingale Poo! Anyhoo, for first timers, it is recommended that you try the said facial service which is composed of six stages.

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L’Oreal Revitalift Laser X3 Night Cream Mask

Since I’ve vroomed-vroomed my way past past the exciting 30s, the search for the fountain of youth has become almost desperate. I do believe it’s more than just the quality of your genes. This is the time when previous behavior really comes to haunt you. Did you drink too much alcohol in your youth, smoked a lot, took drugs? Did you use sunblock? How is your diet and your sleep, your overall mental/emotional outlook? All these factors will somehow conspire to determine whether you look younger or older than your age.

And then of course, there’s skin care. When the time comes, I will tell my daughters to practice it well…the earlier, the better. At this stage in my life, skin rituals are non-negotiable. For instance, I can’t anymore sleep without moisturizing and using an eye cream! :)

That is why I was elated when I received this package last November: the L’Oreal Revitalift LASER X3 Night Cream Mask. Blogging is hard and sometimes demands so much of your time, but once in a while you get products that you really NEED and this was it.Haha.

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Gladly, I didn’t get an allergic reaction when I sampled this night cream and so have been using it since.It has a gelatin-like texture that blends naturally into the face when applied and really makes you feel hydrated and moisturized.

L'Oreal night cream mask

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City of Dreams Manila : a first look!

A lot of my friends and relatives always ask me what’s new in Manila. Am proud that my city is such a bustling, happening place these days, fueled by a very young population and a strong middle class. Anyway, here’s the grandest, newest place in town….City of Dreams Manila!!!

City of Dreams MNL

The fambam drove over to the complex yesterday to have a look. It’s only on a dry run and only a few stores/restos are open, but the casino is already operating. What can I say, it’s impressive.

COD MNL

From outside, here’s a view of the Crown Towers, a six-star property of 260 rooms which will open soon, along with the boutique Nobu Hotel where Robert de Niro is one of the owners.

Crown Towers COD Manila

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Eastwood Richmonde Hotel – loved the location!

Someone had given me a gift certificate for an overnight stay at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel and it made sense to use it for the long vacation. While the rest of humanity toiled in crowded airports, seaports and bus terminals, Manila after Christmas was paradise because of NO TRAFFIC…yahoo! We arrived from our homebase in the South to Eastwood, Quezon City in 30 minutes or less.

Eastwood Richmonde is a four-star hotel with 39 floors owned by the Philippines’ largest property developer Megaworld Corp. Its lobby was grand enough and loved that it was nicely decked out for Christmas.

Eastwood Richmonde

Eastwood Richmonde

The front desk & reception area where we checked in.

Eastwood Richmonde

Here’s the superior room which we occupied. It had a large, king-sized bed.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

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Baked chicken sinigang recipe with Knorr #LutongNanay

Happy New Year everyone!

The holidays came by in a whirl. It was all about shopping, attending parties, gift-giving, tinkering in the kitchen and of course, precious family bonding time!

Knorr goods

Anyway, one of the nicest gifts I received over Christmas was this large native bag filled with kitchen goodies from Knorr. About half of the contents were already stashed away by the time I took this photo. It was just very timely because I was wishing for a new non-stick pan and utensils. Of course, Knorr ready-made mixes like the ones used for sinigang, adobo, and menudo really are handy especially when it is just the trusty maid cooking for the household on busy weekdays. I have no issue with using flavored seasonings because they are are ultra-convenient and adds a kick to everyday dishes.

Here’s a precious cooking tip I’d like to share to busy moms out there. Intensify the flavor of your baked chicken by rubbing it all over with sinigang mix prior to putting in the oven. The packet also comes in handy when you don’t have lemon or herbs needed in the recipe. Over the holidays, I made our family recipe of baked chicken with garlic. It called for fresh thyme but I couldn’t seem to find any that day, so I made up for it by infusing the dish with Knorr sinigang mix.

Baked chicken

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Kanto Freestyle Breakfast … finally!!!

I’ve always been curious about Kanto Freestyle Breakfast. They serve stuff that the snooty, glitzy-patooty food blogs don’t write about, LOL. Think about blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict and croque monsieur served at dirt-cheap prices. Meaning….below one hundred pesos!

Fortunately, I was in Eastwood City a few days ago. Their branch at the Intrepid Plaza in C5-Libis is right before the entrance to Eastwood. I was happy as bee because finally, I was going to try something that my friends have been recommending to me for a long time (one of those instances where I fell behind in foodspotting, hehe).

The place was so nondescript you wouldn’t even notice it if you don’t look too closely. The view from where I sat: “Love My Six Pack So Much I Cover It With a Layer of Fat” :)

Kanto Eastwood

Everything that my daughters and I ordered cost P99, though the most expensive items on the menu were P115. Kanto’s appeal is how they inject the gourmet touch to the dishes, even while being affordably-priced.

The open-faced longganisa sandwich had lots of onions and generous drizzles of pesto and cheese sauce.

Longanisa sandwich

The three stacks of Goya Chocnut Ganache Pancakes were a treat, mostly because of the finger-lickin’ toppings. Couldn’t have enough of this. A must-order when you’re in Kanto.

pancake at Kanto

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