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30 March 2011

K for Krispy Kreme



When Krispy Kreme opened here in the Philippines, I thought that I wouldn't fall in its grasp. But after hubby took me there, I got hooked!

My favorites would include of course the original glazed doughnut, but I also love their New york cheesecake! It's not too sweet and the taste is just - amazing!

But did you know:

* That Krispy Kreme's owner bought a recipe from a French chef in New Orleans in 1937.
* In the 1940s and 50s, Krispy Kreme automated the doughnut cutting process.
* During the 1960s and 70s, Krispy Kreme used the "Doughnut Theater" so that customers can watch how doughnuts are made from start to finish.
* That when the sign "Hot Now" it means that customers can buy and enjoy freshly made original glazed doughnuts.
* Today, Krispy Kreme has stores in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. This means that many people can now enjoy freshly made doughnuts around the world

SOURCE


Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

18 March 2011

English Breakfast

Nothing really special, but definitely worth the try to make.


What you'll need

Slices of bread
Grated parmesian cheese
Some sliced mozarella cheese
2 Eggs
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon basil
Lite Butter or Olive Oil

What to do:

In a pan heat olive oil or lite butter, crack the eggs in the pan, add one teaspoon of basil leaves and 1/4 cup of evaporated milk. Take the eggs out when it stilll quite wet (don't wait for it to dry up or else it will come out stiff and quite hard).

Pre heat your oven toaster while you are assembling the toast. Put some mozarella cheese on some of the slices of bread and parmesian on others. Sprinkle it with a little sugar (less than 1/4 of a teaspoon).

On the loaf - spread a little light butter,

Toast the bread until it becomes brown on the sides.

Serve it with the eggs, add some hash brown to it to make it a great brunch!

      

Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

17 March 2011

Razon's of Guagua

Razon's of Guagua, Araneta
81 Shopwise Center, Araneta Center
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines


(02) 912-6303


Opens from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm today.
•Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa

There are two branches of Razon's in Araneta Center, one at the Food Court of the new Gateway Mall and the other one at Shopwise (the former Fiesta Carnival).

We were hungry and it was a hot afternoon, with a low budget in mind, hubby and I decided to go to Razon's. The reason for the decision, the halo-halo, they have the best in town! Since it was also lunch time, we decided to eat lunch there before we delve into a tall glass of halo-halo.

Here's what we had:

Hubby ordered the beef tapa. His opinion, it was good, but the serving was quite small. I was wondering why he said that it was good, I mean, come on, beef tapa - quite ordinary. I decided to have a piece of the tapa and my thinking changed in a snap. It was good! The beef was tender, but it wasn't rubbery. It tasted good even without any condiments - vinegar, atchara (pickled papaya), etc. If there's one thing that we can request, it could be make the serving a little bigger.


I had their chicken-pork asado. When it was placed on the table in front of me, the first thing that came out of my mouth was - How in the world am I going to finish all this? The serving was huge! The pork slice was about an inch thick and about two inches in diameter. Then there was one serving of I think was half the thigh area of a chicken on the plate as well.

Let's break it down, shall we?

The pork part - even with its thickness, the pork was tender and juicy (juicy being the closest word I can use to describe the texture - not dry, not hard, not too soft to the point that it was disintegrating on its own on the plate). It was easy to eat, you don't need a knife to slice through the serving.

The taste - two words DELICIOUSLY YUMMY. (redundant I know, but that's how good it really was!)

I was able to finish my one cup of rice with just the slice of pork. And since hubby was still hungry, he decided to order another cup of rice and eat the chicken with me.

Going to the chicken, the meat was separating from the bones but again, it was not disintegrating. And hubby agreed that it is one of the best tasting meals that we have ever had. It was superb!


What Razon's experience would be complete without a glass of halo-halo?

In my personal opinion, what really makes the halo-halo is the shaved ice that they use. It is so fine and soft. From our experiences, the ice never hardens even if you eat your main meal and let the halo-halo sit on the table for a few minutes.

Some would say that Razon's halo-halo is quite expensive, considering that it only uses basically five ingredients - macapuno, leche flan, sweetened bananas, the finely shaved ice and milk. My take, I'd take those five basic ingredients over a glass of halo-halo that has all the fixings but when you bite into those ingredients, there's a possibility of losing your teeth.

How would I rate it then?

Service - was quite fast and efficient.
Food - Superb!
Price - very easy on the budget. For the whole meal, beef tapa (Php120), asado (Php170), halo-halo (Php90), 1 extra rice, 2 glasses of iced tea and some more extra sweets (tarts, pastillas de leche) (Php50 - 5 pieces @ Php10 each), we paid more or less Php600.

Would we go back there? The answer would be, MOST DEFINITELY!


Brightest Blessings!

Halie

Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

16 March 2011

I is for Ice Cream

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It's summer here in the Philippines and the weather is making me crave for ICE CREAM! The soft and creamy texture of this wonderful sweet treat is so inviting. Irresistable temptation, that's what I call it.

Here are some fun facts about that soft, yummy and cold treat, extending its cold invitation to those who see it.

It takes about 50 licks to lick away one scoop of ice cream!
Of all the days of the week, most ice cream is bought on Sunday!
Kids aged 2-12 and adults over 45 eat the most ice cream!
The largest ice cream scoop pyramid was made of 3,894 scoops and weighed 1,005 pounds. Carvel Ice Cream Company made it live on the CBS Early Show on August 20, 2002. It took 58 minutes to complete.
It takes 12 pounds of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream!
Between -5 and 0 degrees F is the best temperature for storing ice cream!
Between 6 and 10 degrees F is the best temperature for serving ice cream!
Air is an important ingredient in ice cream - it keeps the ice cream from freezing solid!

For more fun facts, visit the source of this trivia.


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Brightest Blessings!

Halie

14 March 2011

Foodie 365 - Week 10

It's the tenth week of my Foodie 365 project and I'm happy that I can take photos of the food that I eat every single day.

Without the need for long introductions, let me tease your palate with these food items that I ate last week.


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64/365 - Halo-halo from Razon's


Summer is rearing its head and on some days, the temperature shoots up the sky. March 5th was one hot day, which prompted hubby and I to go and eat halo-halo. This one is sooooooo yummy! Love it! Will have it again on Saturday. =)


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65/365 - Chicken Pineapple Menudo


After doing the grocery last Saturday, I decided to buy some chicken to make some chicken dishes at home. This is the first dish that I tried, chicken-pineapple menudo. It was different, but definitely worth it. I'd cook it again one of these days.


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66/365 - Voortman's Chocolate Chip Cookie


Our new favorite chocolate chip cookies. A pack of this costs around Php125.00 (roughly USD3.5). I know it's quite expensive, but with the number of cookies inside the pack, I'd say it's similar to buying a locally produced chocolate chip cookie pack worth over Php45.00.


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67/365 - My version of Karekareng Bagnet


Inspired by the Kare-kareng Bagnet from Pino Restobar, I decided to plunge into another kitchen experiment, making my own version of Kare-Kareng Bagnet. I wouldn't call the pork a real version of bagnet, but quite close enough. Don't worry, I had some shrimp paste (bagoong) on the side to make this dish really tasty. Hubby loved it, I loved it and it's one more recipe that I can put in my vault of recipes.

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68/365 - Hotdogs


We had some leftover hotdogs from the time I made the chicken-pineapple menudo. What hubby did the night before we cooked these jumbo hotdogs was to buy pan de sal, the following day, he fried the hotdogs in lite butter and we enjoyed eating those tender juicy things with the soft pan de sal that he brought home.

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69/365 - Chicken Caldereta


One more chicken dish that I love a lot. Chicken caldereta. I guess I can't express it enough that I love spicy food. =)

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70/365 - Fried fish with tomatoes and salted egg


Something simple, yet really tasty - crispy fried galunggong with some tomatoes and salted egg. What more can a girl ask for?





Brightest Blessings!

Halie

13 March 2011

Ice Scramble

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One of my most favorite things to eat when I was a kid was the ice scramble sold by those guys riding a bike or pushing a cart and shouting to the top of their lungs.

What I remember the most about this is that, mom would always scold me for buying ice scramble from the streets. She had a hard time convincing me that they are not good, so what she did was she bought some shaveed ice, melted it with strawberry syrup and a little water, drizzled some brown cow on top and of course she put some itsy-bitsy marshmallows on it too.

I'd say that hers was way better than what I bought those days.

Today, I see some ice scramble stands in the mall, perfect for the summer season. But, what really made me remember this story is the road side ice scramble sold by one of our neighbors here at home.

If you have some memories about a recipe or something that you eat, please share it with us and link up






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Brightest Blessings!

Halie

10 March 2011

Beef Salpicao


This is one easy to prepare and cook dish, fit for any dining emergencies!

What you'll need:

1K of beef cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cloves of crushed garlic (add more if you wish)
1 and a half teaspoon of soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste

What you need to do:

Season the beef strips with salt and pepper. Let it stand for about 15 minutes.

In a pan, toast the garlic in olive oil. Remove the garlic from the pan. Then stir fry the beef in the same oil used.

When the beef is about half-cooked, add soy sauce and stir fry the beef to your taste (medium rare, etc).

Put the beef on a plate and top with toasted garlic, serve with rice.

             
 
 
 


Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

09 March 2011

H for Halo-Halo

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Halo is the vernacular term for mix. This popular Filipino dessert is usually available during the summer season. However, one restaurant serves this cold treat all year round.

Some fun facts about halo-halo

It  popular Filipino dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served in a tall glass or bowl.

Halo-halo was featured as a Quickfire Challenge dish in the seventh episode of the fourth season of the American reality television series Top Chef.
The halo-halo, which featured avocado, mango, kiwi and nuts, was prepared by Filipino-American contestant Dale Talde and named as one of the top three Quickfire Challenge dishes by guest judge Johnny Iuzzini of Jean-Georges.

It is mentioned in the TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation in the Season 7 episode "We Got the Beat" when Jay is eating dinner at Manny's house and Manny's mom asks "More halo-halo, Jay?"

Fun trivia sourced from Wikipedia
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07 March 2011

Foodie 365 - Week 9

I love eating just as much as I love cooking. For this week though, my entry is a combination of something that I made and something that I bought.

Let's get the dough, I mean ball rolling, shall we?


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57/365 - Footlong


Last week Saturday, hubby requested that we eat some snacks that we can buy from the snack "bars" found inside our village. He decided that we eat some congee and divide a footlong in half. It was good, but definitely not Smokey's, gawd I miss that hotdog shop!

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58/365 - Big Better Burgers' Quarter Pounder Burger with Cheese


A cheaper alternative to Brother's Burger and Wendy's and a better choice instead of the regular burgers. Last February 27th, we decided to try Big Better Burgers. Grilled burger patties, juicy meat, french fries made from real potatoes, what more can one ask for? We now have a cheaper alternative to Brother's Burger during those times that we're concious with our budget.

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59/365 - Tuna Spaghetti


My hubby's specialty, tuna pasta with toasted garlic, caramelized onions and tomato bits! That's one pasta that I can actually eat everyday!

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60/365 - Power Pops


My curiosity was piqued by this champorado bar. It's made from rice krispies and it's quite good. Not too sweet, but it does have that champorado taste, but it's crunchy.

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61/365 - Tocino


Rarely do we eat processed meat, but when I crave for something, I gotta have it. That's a serving of tocino (sweetened pork) and a cup of rice for lunch.

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62/365 - Chicken Tonkatsu with Rosemary


Chicken-katsu, something that we buy on a not so regular basis from the supermarket. The best thing about this though is that you don't need to slice the chicken thinly and cover it in bread crumbs since it's already pre-prepared for consumers.

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63/365 - Sinigang na Baboy


Friday, we had some sinigang that we bought from the neighbor selling pre-cooked meals. It's not how we like our sinigang, but it's more than enough to warm up and fill our hungry bellies.

That's how my food week went. How about you guys, how was your foodie week?

06 March 2011

Sitsirya - Sweets from Bulacan

Hubby and I have been buying our groceries from SM City Cubao since the time it opened last December 2009. A few months ago, we have noticed that there are different stalls outside of the grocery. These stalls sell different kinds of food and one of them is sitsirya (a vernacular term for junkfood).

The stall called Sitsirya sells different kinds of delicacies and these are the things that we bought from them:

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Pastillas de Leche is a type of soft candy made from carabao's milk and coated with sugar. I remember these candies used to be as big as an adult's thumb, but the ones inside the box are just about the size of a baby's thumb.

When I was a child, my brother's girlfriend used to bring home several boxes of this sweet treats when ever she goes to her hometown. I remember the smell, smoothness and the taste only too well. Sitsirya's version may not have it down to a tee, but I would say, it still tastes good.

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Another box of delicacy that got us hooked was the Barquiron de Casuy. It's made from toasted powdered milk with some cashew bits which are then put inside the thick wafer sticks. It's barquillos and polvoron rolled into one!

A box of this delectable barquiron sells for Php 100 (roughly $2.00). But with the 15 sticks of barquiron inside the box and the taste, I would say that it's all worth the money.

If you want to get your hands on some of their delicacies, you can shop at the following sites:

Sitsirya Website

or if you're not comfortable shopping online, you can drop by the following places

Tiendesitas - Delicacies Village
Ortigas Avenue cor C5, Pasig City

Festival Mall
3/F, near X-Site Amusement Center, Alabang

Robinson's Place Manila
Ground Floor, near M.Adriatico ent./exit and Mercury Drugstore
and at 2nd flr. Central walkway, near elevators

CIRCLE C MALL - Ground floor, beside the escalator, Congressional Ave., Q.C.
 
GREENHILLS SHOPPING CENTER - Center Mall Food Area, San Juan, Greenhills
 
MARKET! MARKET!-Fiesta Market, Front of Trellis Resto, Fort Bonifacio
 
You can also check them out at the following SM Branches
SM Cubao, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City (Fri, Sat, Sun)
SM Megamall Supermart, Mandaluyong (Fri,Sat,Sun)
SM Makati Supermart (Fri,Sat,Sun)
SM Mall of Asia Hypermart (Fri,Sat,Sun)
SM San Lazaro Supermart (Fri,Sat,Sun)
SM North EDSA, Dept. Store, Snack Exchange, (Daily)
SM MOA, Dept. Store, Snack Exchange, (Daily)
SM MOA, KULTURA, Food Section, (Daily)
 
Check out their products, it may just encourage you to go down memory lane as you savor the taste of the delicacies that has been familiar to you since childhood.
 
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Foodie Memories
 


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04 March 2011

Roasted Chicken with Mango Glaze

This dish was inspired by an entry in Food Magazine Special Recipe Collection 2003.

According to the magazine, this recipe was prepared and served by Chef restaurateur Nicky Camcam.


Here are the things that you'll need

1 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup pure olive oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped spring onions
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 and a half kilos of chicken
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 cloves of finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper
1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup mango juice
1 cup water

What you need to do

In a blender, pulse the orange juice, salt, olive oil, brown sugar, spring onions and soy sauce.

Clean the chicken and pat dry. In a baking dish, place the chicken and pour the blended marinade. Marinate the chicken overnight, turning it at least twice.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. (Although in my case, I used the oven toaster)

In a separate sauce pan, heat olive oil and saute chopped garlic over medium heat. Add thyme, mustard, salt, pepper, chopped mangoes, lemon juice and mango juice, simmer for 5 minutes and set aside to use for basting.

Put the chicken in a baking dish and pour water on the baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the chicken is tender. Baste the chicken at least 3 times or every 10 minutes with the mango mixture. (Same procedure applies even if you opt to use your oven toaster like I did.)

Remove the chicken from the oven. Transfer the liquid from the baking dish into a saucepan, bring to rapid boil. Simmer and then add the remaining mango mixture, simmer for another five minutes.

Serve the chicken with steamed rice and enjoy.

I served it with herbed steamed rice. After the rice cooked, I added some lite butter, basil leaves and a little bit of spring onions.






            


            



Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

My Thai - Eastwood Mall Branch

It took me a long time before I tried to eat at My Thai after I first heard it from a friend of mine. Two Saturdays ago, hubby and I decided that it's time to give it a try. We went to My Thai, Eastwood City Mall Branch in Eastwood Cit, Libis.

The restaurant can only be described as something that you can take from a Hello Kitty coloring book. There were splashes of color on one side of the restaurant and in the middle, there's a big column that looks like it has drawers to it. Poor planning, the column made the place look smaller than it actually is.

We called the waiter and placed our orders. The waiter was efficient, although he didn't give us a time frame as to when our food will be served (toink!).

After tasting Thai iced tea from Jatujak, I made a vow to myself that I would always try this drink when ever I go to a Thai restaurant. As of this writing, I have been to four different restaurants and I still vote the Thai Iced Tea from Mango Tree Bistro as the best.

The Thai iced tea from My Thai tasted like ordinary iced tea with a splash of milk added for color and taste. However, I only tasted water, a little bit of tea and very little of milk. The aroma of this tea that I got used to from Jatujak and Mango Tree Bistro was not there. Let's just say that on a scale of 1 to 5, this version of Thai Iced Tea got a score of negative five (-5).

Food on the table consisted of two main dishes and a bowl of rice. The crispy fried tilapia is something that you could easily make at home. The taste of the fish was lost in the breading that they used. It was crispy, yes, but it was also flaky. It had the taste of raw or undisolved flour to it. The dip that was served with the fish was also bland. I expect Thai dishes to have that spicy kick, but this one clearly lacked in that department.

Next to test our taste buds was the Chicken in Red Curry Sauce. This version of curry was quite new to me. It had tomatoes in it which gave it that "sinigang" sour taste. The sauce was very thin, like water with food coloring. We both tried to stir the curry before we got a small serving, but the sauce was stubborn and it stayed thin and bland all through out lunch. You also have to look for the chicken because it was cut into very small pieces which "drowned" in the watery sauce (broth is more like it).

To deviate a little from the usual Thai Bagoong Rice, we decided to order the crab fried rice. To summarize the taste, it's not as good as it looks. It was lacking the taste of crabs and there were no discernable pieces of crab in the rice either.

After the meal, hubby told me that what we had was the most expensive bland homecooked meal that we ever had. Sadly, I have to agree to his statement. The whole experience was a sham. The food was bland and everything on the table lacked flavor and taste of its main ingredients.

The verdict:

Price: We paid Php1,000 for the whole thing. (2 viands, 1 bowl of rice, 1 Thai Iced Tea and 1 canned soda). If I were to rate it, I have to give it half a star.

Food Quality: No stars

Service: Half a star.

If you want to eat good Thai food, I would have to recommend Mango Tree Bistro (we paid the same amount and we had 2 viands - chicken and shrimp, 2  glasses of iced tea, 2 regular cups of rice, and dessert).

For the more budget concious, I would have to give the thumbs up to Jatujak (2 viands, Thai bagoong rice, 2  glasses of iced tea for less than Php1,000)

If you are nearer the Pasig Ortigas area, Banana Leaf at the Podium does deserve a visit. (We paid the same amount for 1 plate of salad, 2 viands, 1 Thai Bagoong Rice and 2 glasses of iced tea)




Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.

02 March 2011

Eating Smart Quiz

I was browsing through different blogs today and I saw this quiz on Jenn's Food Blog. It's quite intriguing, since it helps one to evaluate their eating habits.

Eating Smart Quiz

    1. I eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits every day. (yes or no)
    2. I eat at least six servings of bread, rice, pasta, and cereal every day. (yes or no)
    3. I drink reduced-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt, and seldom eat high-fat cheeses (yes or no)
    4. I rarely eat high-fat meat like bacon, hotdogs, sausage, steak or ground beef. (yes or no)
    5. I take it easy on high-fat based goods such as pies, cakes, cookies, sweet rolls, and doughnuts. (yes or no)
    6. I rarely add butter, margarine, oil, sour cream, or mayonnaise to foods when I'm cooking or at the table. (yes or no)
    7. I rarely (less than twice a week) eat fried foods. (yes or no)
    8. I drink six to eight glasses of water a day. (yes or no)
    9. I try to maintain a healthy weight at all times. (yes or no)
    10. I am physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. (yes or no)
    11. I usually take the stairs instead of waiting for an elevator. (yes or no)
    12. I try to spend most of my free time being active, instead of watching television or sitting at the computer. (yes or no)
    13. I never, or only occasionally, drink alcohol.

20 February 2011_Cabbage and Smoked Fish


And here's what I found out about my eating habits:
Eating Smart Quiz

1. I eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits every day. (yes or no)
  • No. Since the market is quite far from where I live, we usually buy groceries for a whole week or sometimes two. We don't get to buy, cook and much less eat vegetables everyday.
2. I eat at least six servings of bread, rice, pasta, and cereal every day. (yes or no)
  • Yes, I eat more than three small meals a day. We recently got into the habit of substituting cereals for chips and junkfood.
3. I drink reduced-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt, and seldom eat high-fat cheeses (yes or no)
  • Yes. I avoid eating those tempting ice creams when hubby and I go out. When we buy milk in the grocery, we always go for the non-fat milk variety.
4. I rarely eat high-fat meat like bacon, hotdogs, sausage, steak or ground beef. (yes or no)
  • Although the store bought bacon strips have a lot of flavor into them, I am now into making my own bacon strips (usually made out of lean cut meat - not much of a bacon, right?). When we go to the grocery, we buy lean ground meat (pork) or chicken breast fillet for our main dishes. So, I could, with confidence answer Yes to this question.
5. I take it easy on high-fat based goods such as pies, cakes, cookies, sweet rolls, and doughnuts. (yes or no)
  • One of my guilty pleasures is dessert. I would love to have cake and cookies all the time, but with me watching my weight, I would say that I only have my treats twice a month. As for my sugar fix, I just eat pop tarts, some whole grain biscuits and granola bars. This is another victory for me, so I have to say, YES.
6. I rarely add butter, margarine, oil, sour cream, or mayonnaise to foods when I'm cooking or at the table. (yes or no)
  • This one is quite tricky for me. Butter, I use lite butter (the spreadable type), then olive oil as much as I can - even when frying food. Mayonnaise, I also use the one that's labeled lite mayonnaise - which unfortunately tastes quite different from the regular mayo. However, I eat/use mayonnaise sparingly and rarely. Come to think of it, I haven't eaten anything with mayonnaise for about a month and a half now! Another YES for me then.
7. I rarely (less than twice a week) eat fried foods. (yes or no)
  • Discovering the joys of using the oven toaster to "roast" our food made me lessen the time I cook, serve and eat fried food. These days, I know it can be expensive, but I either use olive oil or soy bean oil  when I fry even a simple egg. I have to say, YES to this one as well.
8. I drink six to eight glasses of water a day. (yes or no)
  • Ooooppps, I have to say no to this one. I drink about a liter or two of iced tea a day. Then the rest is water. This is a habit that I need to change.
9. I try to maintain a healthy weight at all times. (yes or no)
  • I'm still in the process of losing the extra pounds that I've gained over the years. But today, I'm happy to report that my goal of fitting into my size 30 tactical pants is a success. Sometime last year, I tried on two pairs of tailor made tactical pants, sad to say during those times, I was not able to fit into them. I set a goal for myself that come the 1st of January, I would be able to fit into them again. December 2010, I tried both pants and they fit! January 1st, both were more comfortable to wear and as of this writing (2 months after I wore those pants again), I'm happy to say that they both fit a little better. I think I should give myself a YES for this one
10. I am physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. (yes or no)
  • Like what I mentioned, I'm in the process of losing the extra pounds. In order for me to do this, I work out at home using three of my fitness CDs (yoga, taebo and dancing) and the exercises are about an hour long each. The answer would be a YES.
11. I usually take the stairs instead of waiting for an elevator. (yes or no)
  • When I was working away from home - uhmm, NO. Our office is located at the 30th floor and taking the stairs all the way up would not be wise and healthy.
12. I try to spend most of my free time being active, instead of watching television or sitting at the computer. (yes or no)
  • For this question, I have to answer NO.
13. I never, or only occasionally, drink alcohol.
  • Very rare, so I have to say YES to this.
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So, how did I do?

0 - 4 Yes answers: Diet alert! Your diet is probably too high in fat and too low in plant foods like vegetables, fruits, and grains. You may want to take a look at your eating habits and find ways to make some changes.
5 - 8 Yes answers: Not bad! You're halfway there! Look at your "no" answers to help you decide which areas of your diet need to be improved, or whether your physical activity level should be increased.
9 - 13 Yes answers: Good for you! You're eating smart. Keep up the good habits and keep looking for ways to improve
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Yipee!!! I got 9 YES answers which means I'm eating quite smartly. This makes me happy because I know that what I do for myself, I also do for my husband. Meaning, I'm preparing healthy meals for him and that I'm doing some things right for myself.

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Personal Note:

Thanks Jenn, for posting this and encouraging your readers to answer these questions.
To those who drop by this blog, try answering these questions and find out if you're on your way to eating smart.

G for Gamberetti


Gamberetto - an Italian word for shrimp. (p. gambaretti)

Gamberetti or shrimps are so delicious and my favorite way of preparing it is with spicy marinara sauce and with some mushrooms.

Did you know that:

Over 1 billion pounds of shrimp is consumed each year in the U.S., almost 90% of it from Asia and Central America. (Food Arts, 6/2009)

About 80% of shrimp consumed in the United States each year is eaten in restaurants.

Some 40% of the shrimp eaten in the U.S. is farmed raised shrimp from Asia and South America.

World shrimp production is over 5 billion pounds a year, about 20 % of which is farmed.


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Update: 07 July 2017: Sorry for the missing photos. My images used to be hosted on Photobucket and Now I can't download them to transfer them to another site so I can show them again here.