Gayuma ni Maria

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About few weeks ago, my colleagues and I decided to dine at BannApple bakeshop along Katipunan. However, when we arrived at the bakeshop it was still close. We would have to wait for 45 minutes more until the store opens. Vic suggested that we eat instead at Gayuma ni Maria restaurant. If my recollection is correct, it is located along Anonas Ave. I have not heard of the restaurant’s name before, but Vic assured Rhein and me that we’ll like the food. He said that Top Brands awarded the said resto as to have the best tasting meringue cakes. He also mentioned that we need to read the description of each dish because its name is not just like in any other restaurant.

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We arrived five minutes earlier before the resto opens, but the crew allowed us to get it. It is a small restaurant but the place is very relaxing. When the waitress handed us their menu, I was really surprised on how each dish is named! :) Vic was right; we needed to read each dish details before we decided what to order. When the thorough reading is done, I decided to go for a chicken strips dish called “Holding Hands Walking Pa-Sway Sway pa” and a chocolate cake dessert called “Beats Sex Anyday!” :) I was really laughing when I told the waitress my order. :)

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“Holding Hands While Walking Pa-Sway Sway Pa”

The restaurant offers board games, magazines and books that their customers can borrow while waiting for the food to be served. I went to the nearby bookshelf and found different books about spells. I took the book on our table and went through its pages. It was an interesting book! There were several spells that I would like to take note of but the ingredients to do it are quite hard to find. In fact, some of those are never heard. :) So, I just decided to read the books until our food is served.

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Beats Sex Anyday Chocolate Cake!

The verdict??? Well, I was charmed by Maria! :) The food really tastes good! The three of us shared with each others meal and we really enjoyed it. I learned that the chicken they used is not the regular 45-day chicken that most restaurants served. They used the small native chicken which I cannot remember the name. :) But I have seen that breed when I was in Quezon. The dessert?? Well it will definitely beats sex everyday! Hehehe! I love chocolate and that’s a plus, but so far that dessert is the tastiest chocolate cake I ever ate. :) The price may look expensive but the food is really worth it! :)

I would definitely come back there soon. :)

Ciao! :)

A Piece of Cake

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In my previous post, I mentioned that Sam’s aunt, Che-Che cooked the food and baked her cake. As far as know, baking delicious cakes and pastries is her bread and butter! I love her brownies so much as well as her pineapple cake. If only she lives here in Manila, I would ask her to bake a birthday cake for my daughter. She has done many beautiful and delicious cakes already. She also cooks well! How lucky her husband would be. Eating the delicious foods and cakes that Che makes, is like taking any hgh human growth hormone! :)

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Che lives in Albay. Lucky are those who live near her place! If you are interested of her cakes, let me know and I’ll give you her contact information. :)

Take care!

Ciao! :)

Bad Experience @ Chowking

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I have always loved Chinese food. When, ney was here, we would always go to Binondo to eat some Chinese food. When we’re at the mall, aside from the Jollibee, KFC and McDonald, we always love to it at Chowking. Chowking has a lot of food to offer. But in spite of the food choices, I believe that the quality and the cleanliness of food should matters.

Chowking like other food chains, have different branches in the Philippines. Different branches, have their own manager and people who maintains the quality of food they serve and the customer service they offer to the customers.

In this article I do not want brand bash, Chowking. But I would want to get the owners attention, that whether a certain branch is just a franchise or a company run, the store still holds the name, Chowking.

About two weeks ago, Ate Ness told me her story about her Chowking experience. Like me one of her favorite food shops is Chowking. She was very disappointed when she and her brother Renee, dined at Chowking in Hidalgo St. in Quiapo Manila. She said that they ordered for a noodle soup and was dismayed when she found cockroach eggs from her food. Eewwww!!! She was served with another one, but she didn’t take it anymore. She was not sure, whether the staff took the cockroach eggs only but it was still the same soup.

Another bad experience she had with Chowking was in their branch in SM Taytay. She said that the staff served them with soft drinks with floating fly. :(

I had my own bad experience with Chowking. This happened in Chowking Eastwood City branch. I ordered for my favorite soup noodles. I was eating with my colleague Judy. When the food was served, I found a fly hidden within the noodles. I called one of the waiters’ attentions and showed them what I found. The store manager went to us and apologized for what happened. My food was replaced and to my dismay, I found a small fly floating near the soup’s veggie. My friend got up and went to the store’s kitchen. She asked them to show her how to prepare the noodles they serve. Finally, I was able to eat a good one.

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Well, I believe that not all Chowking branches are like the ones I have mentioned. In fairness to Chowking, so far, their branch at Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas is the best branch I have dined in.

My intention in this post is to call the attention of the big bosses of the store managers of Chowking in Hidalgo in Quiapo, in SM Taytay and in Eastwood City. Not all people will understand that incidents like these, happened in certain Chowking branch only. Not all people who would know about these things, may not stereotype Chowking.

I still love to eat at Chowking that’s why I believe that certain actions are needed to address these things.

Ciao! :)

Taking a Break at Tapa King

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It’s been a long today. As always office work gave me a lot of work. What more irritating was I wasn’t able to sell any support package! :( I was really frustrated. The news about the additional item in our kpi made me more eager to look for another company. Hopefully, Bro will bless me and my colleagues. That He will listen to our heart’s desire.

Anyway, Julius and I waited for Des to arrive from our company’s other building. We let our other colleagues, Ramir and Allan to walk ahead of us. I will really miss Ramir’s kakulitan and craziness when I leave. :)

When Des arrived, we asked Julius to treat us to Starbucks but he refused. Des was didn’t give in asking Julius to treat us and so we landed on Tapa King in Libis. I told Des that I am still full because I ate lunch. Well, it was Julius lunch actually. :) He was still full with the spaghetti treat of Dadi Kamo. It is his birthday today. I ate enough spag for breakfast that’s why I was hungry during lunch time.

Anyway, since I am not that hungry yet, I ordered Onions and Buffalo wings. I like the Onion rings and its dipping very much! :) The buffalo wings is good but not that chilly, so I enjoyed it!

Buffalo wings

Julius ordered Danggit and fruit shake. While Des settled with tapa king meal. I bet she was hungry! :)

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We chatted and really had a nice time. Thanks to Julius for making our day! :)

Caio! :)

Nine Mornings

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Christmas will never be complete for Filipinos if we will not participate in the 9-day Novena mass in preparation for Christmas day. Simbang Gabi as we call it here in the Philippines. Though, the mass is being celebrated usually at around 4AM, we still call it Simbang Gabi or MIsa de Gallo in Spanish. The word “gallo“ comes from a Spanish word called rooster.  

The 9-day novena mass starts on December 16 up to December 24. They said that if you will be able to complete the 9-day novena, whatever it is that you pray for will be granted.

When I was young, I really see to it that I will complete the 9-day simbang gabi. I would really felt bad if I miss a day, especially when I am praying for something that I really wanted to have. Due to work reasons, I can no longer complete my simbang gabi. But, I still participate in the mass if I can.

In our parish church, we have 3 schedules for simbang gabi. That is really cool. Everybody will have the time to attend mass, without making work reason as an excuse. Well, that really hit me.. :(   The first schedule is 9:30PM which starts from Dec. 15-23. And, 3:30 AM and 5:00 AM which starts on Dec. 16-24. 

The sacrifice of waking up early and to hear mass will then be benefited by a seasonal Filipino delicacies, Bibingka and Puto Bumbong. Although, these two kakanins are being served from some stores all year round, it is still great to enjoy these kinds of food during the holidays.

bibingka

Bibingka

puto bumbong

Puto Bumbong

As of this writing, it is just about 6 days to go before Christmas. I still have time to attend Simbang Gabi and enjoy bibingka and puto bumbong.. :)

The COOK in me!

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My mom noticed that I have not been busy on my blog lately. Well, I have been busy doing some “tekki stuff” in the past few days that’s why I have not worked on my blog as dedicated as before. Anyway, just to make up with the days I have not updated my journal, I want to share something specially to those “aspirant cooks” out there.

I can cook but not as good as my mother. My mom trusts me in cooking chicken afritada, pork caldereta, bangus relyeno(which I can say my expertise :)  ), shanghai rolls and meat balls. I can also cook other “saute” based recipes. I used to use Ajinomoto(i hope I spelled it correctly) Ginisa Flavor Mix to add flavor. Then, I have also tried Knorr Meaty Pang-gisa which is quite good as well. Then, I tried Maggi Magic Sarap. Oh well, it really does “magic” in my recipes!

Even my sisters who are not satisfied with my cooking before are really impressed. I have been cooking dinner for the last 4 days and even a simple meal like Sauted Egglant with ground pork and tofu would really taste delicious.

You bet I am really working on my cooking career :)

Fruited Angel Cake

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Being a member of Del Monte Kitchenomics(www.kitchenomics.com) they never fail to send me a birthday card and some delicious recipes that they suggest for me to serve my birthday guest. Well, it isn’t my birthday today, I just wanted to share this recipe which actually a good dessert to be served in the coming holidays. It is called, Fruited Angel Cake.

You will need:

2 Cans (130g each) Del Monte Classic Fruit Express, chopped and drained
1 cup Cake Flour
1 ½ cups + 2 tbsp sugar
12 pcs (1 ½ cups) egg whites
1 ½ tsp cream of tartar
¼ tsp iodized salt
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract

Frosting (optional):
1 cup all-purpose cream, chilled
2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar

Here’s How:
1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Sift together flour and half of sugar. Set aside.
2. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until foamy. Gradually add remaining sugar, 2 tbsp at a time, beating on high speed until glossy, stiff peaks form. Fold in vanilla and almond extracts.
3. Sprinkle and fold in flour mixture, ¼ cup at a time over egg white mixture. Fold in del Monte Fiesta Fruit Cocktail. Spoon into an ungreased 10” x 4” tube pan.
4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Invert tube pan on cake rack to cool. If desired, frost sides and top of cake.
5. Frosting: Beat cream until double in volume. Fold in sugar.

This recipe makes 20 servings. It has riboflavin which is essential for production of red blood cells

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