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27 January 2017

Pasta Arrabbiata




What You'll Need:

1K pasta cooked according to package directions, drained and set aside

3 tablespoons of olive oil
5 cloves of minced garlic
1 medium onion chopped
5 tomatoes, diced
2 packs of Clara Ole Three Cheese Spaghetti Sauce
3 pieces jalapeno peppers, sliced thinly
1/2K lean ground meat
6 pieces of black olives thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

In a saucepan, place olive oil, garlic, onion.
When the onions caramelize, add the ground meat and cook
Add the olives, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, salt, pepper and simmer for about 3 minutes
Add the Spaghetti Sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes

To serve:

In the saucepan, mix the cooked pasta noodles and toss until it is evenly coated
Serve with grated parmesian cheese and enjoy

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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25 January 2017

Spicy Bacon Mushroom Pasta



What you'll need:

500 grams of pasta cooked according to package directions, drained and set aside
250 grams of bacon, chopped finely
1 can of mushroom pieces and stems
3 pieces jalapeno peppers sliced thinly
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of pomace olive oil
1 pack Three Cheese spaghetti sauce (I used Clara Ole)
Salt and Pepper to taste
What to do:
In a pan, place olive oil and heat over medium flame
Once the pan is heated, fry bacon until brown
Then add the garlic and onion, saute until onion is caramelized
Add the mushroom and jalapeno peppers, simmer for about 3 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked
Add the Spaghetti sauce, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes
In a separate pot over low heat, place the cooked sauce and add the pasta. Mix together until the pasta is evenly coated with the sauce. Serve with grated parmesian cheese and enjoy. (you can add more or use less jalapeno peppers depending on your tolerance for spicy food.)


Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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16 January 2017

Papa John's Pizza

Since we were not satisfied with our lunch, we decided to have dinner at the mall and went to Papa John's.

What we had was their set meal for two which came with two pasta dishes, a 9' inch classic pizza of your choice and 2 glasses of iced tea. Since we were still quite hungry we decided to order a side of bread cheese sticks.

Here's what we ate:




His choice: Bacon and Cheese pasta in Red Sauce. Honestly, it was good. Simplicity at its finest. It had the right amount of sourness that you would expect from a classic tomato-based pasta. 


My choice: Spicy Mushroom pasta. It was no disappointment to me. It had the right amount of spiciness that didn't overpower the taste of the mushrooms. The herbs on top which were there for presentation and flavor did give it the extra layer of flavor.

The Pepperoni Pizza


And the Cheese Bread Sticks


Food wise, the only criticism we have is that the pepperoni were sliced so thinly that it started to taste like chicharon or bacon. 

Service wise, the biggest thing that we noticed was that when they served the food, they served one pasta dish ahead of everything else. Now, when there are two or more people seated at the table, the food should be served at the same time. 

Hubby's pasta was a getting a little cold when my pasta arrived. That's the only let down, the rest of the experience was quite pleasant.

Brightest Blessings!

Halie


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15 January 2017

Taco Vengo!

Since our favorite Mexican place closed some of their branches, we have been looking for something similar to it to satisfy our craving for burritos, nachos, tacos and the like. We found this place in SM Megamall called Taco Vengo! From the name, sounds Mexican, Curiosity led us to its doors and here's what I think of the experience.

Upon going in, the first thing I noticed is a very small, narrow walkway that led to the main dining area. The narrow path had some tables/bar style counters and some chairs. Now, if there were any customers sitting there when we decided to eat in the establishment, it would have been very difficult for people to maneuver in the area. Bad planning.

As soon as we sat down, a staff approached us to give us their menu.


It was nothing more than a clipboard with some pages of printed material that listed down their offerings. Okay, not really a good start.

The staff were courteous, they offered us water and glasses with ice. When she returned we placed our orders. While waiting, I decided to take a snap of the interior of the place.

I don't know what look they were aiming to achieve. I think they were trying to be rustic, homey, industrial, and everything else in between. Oh, by the way, we weren't drinking anything alcoholic. That bottle you see is their container for the water. Plus points on recycling. Now, back to the interior. If you look at one wall, it looks like it was covered by nice looking wood. However, on the other side of the wall, it looks like we were inside a clean bathroom. Clean, yes, but a bathroom still. Plain white tiles that look like the ones we have in our home bathroom. Not appetizing even for empty, hungry stomachs.

Finally the food came in:

For one, the server said it was a hot plate, but really it was not. It looked like one but it wasn't even warm when it got to the table. The food, mediocre. The nachos on top stayed crispy, but as we got in deeper, the bottom chips were soggy because they absorbed all the cheese, mayo and what ever else they put on it. Not impressive at all. Before I forget, their nachos came with an uncooked egg that you were supposed to mix into the sauce. But like what I said, the plate wasn't hot enough to cook it with the sauce. They should really be careful with this one since raw eggs can pose certain health risks. 

The next things that we had on our table were tacos or what they call to be tacos.

From the presentation alone, you would think it was unimpressive. I would have to agree with you. When I saw it, I was immediately put off by the fact that it was served on a stainless steel plate. Understood, less contamination. However, it made us feel that the food was served on a doggy plate instead of something made for people. Aside from that, the open taco shell was quite difficult to fold. It was small (5 inches in diameter) which made for a lesser area to hold the filling together. When I ate my food, the sauce dripped from the taco to my fingers in no time. I was a mess! Good thing they had an area where you can at least wash and sanitize your hands.

The crispy chicken taco was also unimpressive. According to my hubby, "just because you put at taco shell with it doesn't make it a taco."

Overall, the experience was more than disappointing. They should rethink their menu and presentation. Even when that time comes, I still would not even think of returning to the establishment. 


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.

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03 January 2017

Pork Adobo Pasta



What you'll need:
1. 1K of adobo cut pork or kasim
2. 1 whole garlic head, minced
3. 1 whole white onion, minced
4. 2 cups water
5. 1 small pack Oyster Sauce
6. 1/4 cup soy sauce
7. 1/4 cup vinegar
8. pepper to taste
9. chili powder (optional)
10. sugar to taste
11. herbs like basil and oregano to taste
12. 500g pasta cooked according to package directions
What to do:
1. Boil pork in water until tender
2. When it's done, add garlic, onion, Oyster Sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper, and herbs of choice. Bring to a boil.
3. Add chili powder if desired and sugar according to taste
Options:
1. Shred pork and fry it until crispy to add as pasta toppings
2. Chop hard boiled egg and top on pasta with fried pork
To serve
Put pasta on plate and top with sauce
or
Put the shredded pork back in the pot with sauce. Add pasta and coat evenly. Serve with fried adobo flakes and chopped hard boiled egg.

Brightest Blessings!


Halie

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