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30 May 2011

Double Dutch Ice Cream

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What better way to cool down on a weekend than sharing a tub of ice cream with the person whom you love the most.

Last weekend, hubby and I decided to just do nothing, as in nothing at all. We bought some new DVDs, got a family pack of Selecta's Double Dutch Ice Cream, ate it while watching horror flicks! Love the weekend!

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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27 May 2011

Chicken Pineapple Menudo

It's been a while since I last shared a recipe and I dearly miss it.

Here's a simple, yet yummy treat for you guys! I got the base recipe from Food Magazine's insert about Del Monte Products. And I decided to make this just to give the ordinary pork menudo a twist.

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What you need:

1K chicken breast (or any part of your choice) fillet
1 small can of pineapple tidbits
100g of hotdog, sliced
100g potato, cut into cubes and fried
100g carrots, cut into cubes and fried
1 250g pouch of tomato sauce
1 pc each of green and red bell peppers, cut into cubes and fried
cooking oil
1/4 cup of water
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Saute chicken in oil for 3 minutes. Add hotdogs, potatoes and carrots. Saute for another 3 minutes, then add the pineapple syrup. Cover, simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add the tomato sauce, water, salt and pepper, simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pineapple tidbits and the bell peppers, then simmer for another 5 minutes.

Preparation and cooking time between 30 and 45minutes.

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Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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25 May 2011

Spaghetti Trivia

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But did you know

Spaghetti is made of semolina or flour and water. Italian dried spaghetti is made from durum wheat semolina, but outside of Italy it may be made with other kinds of flour.

Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning "thin string" or "twine."

In the United States around the end of the 19th century, spaghetti was offered in restaurants as Spaghetti Italienne (which likely consisted of extremely soggy noodles and a tomato sauce diluted with broth) and it wasn't until decades later that it came to be prepared with garlic or peppers.

The world record for largest bowl of spaghetti was set in March 2009 and reset in March 2010 when a restaurant in Garden Grove, Buca di Beppo, outside of Los Angeles successfully filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds (6,251 kg) of pasta.

SOURCE: Wikipedia


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Brightest Blessings!

Halie




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23 May 2011

Menu Planning




It's my first time to hop over to Menu Plan Monday and here's my share for this week's plans:

Today (Monday) - Soft tacos, chicken filling and homemade chunky salsa

Tuesday - Spicy Buffalo Wings

Wednesday - Spaghetti (lean meat)

Thursday - Hotdog sandwiches with some veggies

Friday - Sweetened Pork


Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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Weekend Feast @ Dulcinea

Last Saturday it was time to go to the grocery and run errands again. Hubby and I decided to have lunch at Dulcinea.

Here's what I had last Saturday:

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Dulcinea's Favoritos - Ala King. It was creamy goodness but I do prefer to have my Ala King in French Baker.

The nice thing about the meal, it was cheap and it came with some goodies for only Php150.00 (details to follow).

I remembered something when we ate there, I remembered that my sister used to buy a log cake from Dulcinea, it was like Brazo de Mercedes, only better. I can't remember the exact name, but I remember the smooth, fluffy and soft texture of that cake. It wasn't sweet and the custard center was like leche flan. Loved it!

Yesterday, I made some Veggies and here's how it looked like

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Brightest Blessings!
Halie


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20 May 2011

Sbarro's

I'd like to apologize for the delay of the posting of this review. Blogger had to undergo maintenace last Friday (at least according to them), thus the delay.

Hubby and I love Italian food and since our bellies were complaining when we went to SM Megamall two weeks ago, we decided to go to the first restaurant that we saw that serves pizza and pasta. Sbarro seemed to be the most logical choice that time.

Here's what we had:

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Lasagna, I think y'all know by now that I love lasagna. This serving was so huge that hubby and I had to share in order to finish it.

The taste, it was with the right amount of the sour tomato taste that we love.

The downside, there was just not enough meat in it. The first bites were all filled with the sauce and pasta, but we were looking for the meat.


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Hubby had a slice of their meaty pizza. I had a bite or two of it and it was good. Cheesy with the right amount of gooey-ness to it.


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My choice of pizza - Hawaiian. I got full from this slice so I wasn't able to eat much of the lasagna. But I didn't regret it. The thin, chewy crust of this pizza made the whole thing easy to eat.

Pros of Sbarro

* Quite affordable (we paid less than Php500 for the meal which included two large glasses of ice tea)

* Big servings

* Delicious food

Cons

* When we placed our order for the pizza, the server asked us if we want to have our pizza with mozarella cheese. We said, "Of course we do." When we saw our bill, we saw an extra charge for the cheese on our pizza.

I don't agree with this style of upselling. The staff of Sbarro are ill trained with bad business practice. They were trained to suggest things to the customers WITHOUT informing them that they would be charged for it. (This is actually the second time we experienced this. The first time this happened was when we went to Sbarro in Ali Mall, the staff there asked me about my preference for my lasagna, would it be meatballs, tomato sauce, etc. They also asked us for our preferred cheese on our pizza - mozarella, etc. What we didn't know was that they were actually putting EXTRA stuff on our food and that we would be charged for it. I complained to the manager of the restaurant and it seems like management didn't listen.)

Sbarro should really change this very bad practice. People eat in their restaurant because of their food, but I for one DO NOT want to be fooled by false advertising or upselling techniques. If I want something extra on my food, I'll order it myself. I don't need someone suggesting something to me and then CHARGE me for it.

Upselling should be a suggestion but is it too hard to ask the customer if they want "EXTRA" something on their food. The mere fact that one is asked for additional or extra whatever would give the message that they would be charged for it.

The food may be good, but if this restaurant keeps on doing this to their customers, I would NOT be surprised if first time customers would not go back again.

My suggestion, if you eat at Sbarro and someone asks you if you want something, if you say yes, please be prepared to see an extra charge on your receipt. If  you're not willing to pay for a suggestion, please say no.

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Brightest Blessings!

Halie



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18 May 2011

Rice Trivia

One of the food items that usually makes its way to the table

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But did you know that:


  • Arkansas is the largest producer of rice in the U.S. accounting for about 46% of U.S. rice production.
  • California is the second largest rice producing state, growing about 17.7% of the U.S. rice crop on more than 500,000 acres.
  • September is National Rice Month.
  • Rice is the first food a new bride in India offers to her husband and the first food offered to newborn babies.
  • Rice is the main dietary staple for more than 1/2 of the world's population.
  • One seed of rice yields more than 3,000 grains. It is the highest yielding cereal grain and can grow in many kinds of environments and soils, which is why it is grown everywhere.
  • According to Shinto belief, the Emperor of Japan is the living embodiment of the god of the ripened rice plant, Ninigo-no-mikoto.
  • Americans eat a little more than 24 pounds of rice per person each year. Asians eat as much as 300 pounds per person each year, while in the United Arab Emirates it is about 450 pounds, and in France about 10 pounds.

SOURCE: Food Reference




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Brightest Blessings!

Halie





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16 May 2011

Pizza's Smile for Weekend Feast of Memories

Last week was about my craving for Italian food. This past weekend was the same.

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Sbarro is quite expensive so we can't really afford to buy a slice of their heavenly pizza whenever we want to, but hey, we were craving for some slice of pizza.

Fortunately for us there is a Pizza's Smile branch at the market near our home. We went to the market, bought raw ingredients for our week's food supply and then we went to Pizza Smile and grabbed a box of their Ham and Cheese Pizza. And for a pizza that was enough to fill our bellies (hubby's and mine), it was quite okay. We only paid Php120 for an 8in sized serving.

One thing I could say about it is that it reminded me of the old 3M Pizza, those stalls that sold pizza slices for about 2 or 3 pesos that time. Good old memories!

If you have any fond foodie memories, you may want to share it with us. Link up using the comment luv form and maybe this coming June, I'll open up a linky party for all our foodie memories.

Have a great week!



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Brightest Blessings!
Halie




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