In Tagaytay: Cafe Amacena by Chef Luigi Muhlach

We were in Tagaytay over the weekend and I was giddy with excitement because the family hasn't been here in ages!!! The bad news was that the weather was hot instead of chilly; in fact, no different from Manila. The good news is that we were able to discover new, cool haunts and one of these is Cafe Amacena in One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites (formerly Azalea Restaurant). I wouldn't have known about this place if I didn't see the sign board along Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road. It's just a small, rectangular resto seating about 30 to 40. Ambiance is business-like but ... Continue Reading...

Another lechon or roasted pork belly recipe to try

Looking at the two recipes I have shared so far in this blog, I realized there are different ways of preparing the popular lechon belly or roasted pork belly we see being sold in stores.I guess cooks or chefs just have different methods or techniques of doing it. They vary in terms of the stuffing used and some even resort to a brining solution to tenderize the meat. Anyway, I announced here the cooking class conducted recently by chef Michael Giovan Sarthou III at the Maya Kitchen. In the class, Chef Tatung shared his recipe for roasted pork belly or lechon liempo ... Continue Reading...

Crazy for pho at Annam Noodle Bar Eastwood City

Top restaurateurs Raymond Magdaluyo (of the Red Crab group), Erwan Heusaff and a few other partners have opened Annam Noodle Bar to a full house crowd in Eastwood City. It's actually an incarnation of the Namnam Noodle Bar found in Singapore & Indonesia and founded by chef Nam Quoc Nguyen. It was dinner time when we visited and found the place filled with foodies eager to sample what Annam has to offer. I immediately liked the classy interiors bathed in Oriental colors. Annam Noodle Bar has two specialties: piping hot pho and the traditional Vietnamese ... Continue Reading...

Soothe & Protect : the new baby range by Oilatum

Oilatum is a brand that has established itself as a premier name in skin care, specifically for the young ones. Oilatum soap was one of their first products I used. I just can't keep on using it 'cause it was priced at P214 per bar at Watsons the last time I checked, lol. But as a parent, price is really no object as long as it is for our precious kids. More so when any of our children suffer from persistent skin conditions like dryness and eczema. Just imagine how uncomfortable these can be. Dermatologists recommend Oilatum to moisturize the skin and keep away ... Continue Reading...

Journey towards fair, white skin with Kojiesan

Beauty products are big business and one of the most popular categories is the field of whitening. I don't know if it's part of our colonial mentality, specifically our adoration for mestizas and the flawless Koreans, but most Filipinas would simply do anything to have fair, white skin! Problem: the market is saturated enough with whitening products. We gotta watch where our money goes and so it's important to choose the best one. But the whole process can be rather confusing. Here's some proven tips we can share before buying skin products. One is look at the ... Continue Reading...