September 13, 2021

Curried Split Pea Soup with Chicken Recipe- Hearty and Healthy with US Pulses

Hello September! The -ber months are here again, and what better way to embrace this cold and chilly season than with a hearty and healthy bowl of soup. Today, we spice up the classic U.S. Split Pea Soup by adding a touch of curry.

U.S. Split Peas are such versatile ingredients, especially for those sticking to protein-rich diets. With the current growth and popularity of plant-based diets around the world, this recipe is a quick and easy way to kickstart your plan to shift to a healthier and heartier lifestyle.

Dry beans, lentils, dry peas, and chickpeas (garbanzos), are some of the most popular U.S. Pulses worldwide. U.S. Dry Peas come in yellow and green, which are both widely used as fried snacks or side dishes. 

Health benefits of U.S. Pulses:
- High in Protein
- High in Dietary Fiber
- High in Antioxidants and Micronutrients
- Gluten-Free
- Non-GMO
- Non-allergen
- Lower Glycemic Index Score compared to cereals

Now, let's whip up this quick and easy Curried Split Pea Soup with Chicken recipe that's both heart-healthy and halal-friendly.

August 9, 2021

Saigon Corner PH Tomas Morato- A Taste of Vietnam in Quezon City

Miss traveling? Miss eating out? Miss your favorite local and international dishes? The past year truly has changed the way we live our lives. One day you are free to go anywhere you want, then the next day, you see yourself restricted to the four corners of your home. 

Thankfully though, the quarantine season has introduced me to a world full of gastronomic delights.-home chefs and bakers showcasing their culinary skills and local food establishments offering their well-loved dishes for us to enjoy in the comforts of our home. 

One restaurant I discovered during the ECQ is Saigon Corner in Sgt. Esguerra Ave. near Tomas Morato. 

Saigon Corner specializes in authentic Vietnamese cuisine such as Bahn Mi, Pho, and rolls carefully prepared by Chef Trung. I had the chance to try some of Saigon Corner's best-selling dishes, and it was such a refreshing yet filling meal. 

Hong Kong Little Kitchen- A Taste of Legendary HK Roasts in New Manila

Chanced upon Hong Kong Little Kitchen in Sonema Square while sourcing fabric for our new bed. The restaurant occupies a small space that can accommodate at least 20-30 guests. Their menu is quite simple and revolves around five kinds of roast- HK Roasted Duck, Crispy Lechon HK, Roasted HK Barbecue, HK Soy Chicken, and HK White Chicken.

January 8, 2021

Foreo UFO Review: Revolutionary Smart Mask Treatment at Home in 90 Seconds!

I'll admit, I am very much a low-maintenance skincare kind of girl. I rarely go to facial spa centers, and I don't own a lot of skin care products. For me, an effective skin care routine should be simple, convenient, and most importantly, sustainable- a routine you can religiously follow and stick to. 

As far as my skin care routine goes, cleanse, tone and moisturize are my bare-minimum. I want something quick and manageable, but at the same time successful in keeping my skin clear, bright and hydrated. 

Good thing I came across UFO by Swedish  brand Foreo. UFO is a complete smart mask treatment that combines a dynamic innovation of dermal technologies with exclusive Korean mask formulas in one revolutionary device. 

Imagine having one sophisticated device that can give you a refreshing and luxurious spa-like facial treatment in seconds, and being able to enjoy it from the comfort of your very own home! 

First, let's talk about the physical features of the UFO. The UFO by Foreo comes in a palm-size circular device that functions as a personal facial spa you can bring anytime, anywhere. 

May 15, 2020

Where to get your Ube Cheese Pandesal while on Enhanced Community Quarantine

People seem to have more time on their hands during this enhanced community quarantine and a lot are starting to explore their skills and talents be it in business, arts, crafts, cooking and baking. A popular trend is the rise of home-bakers offering their own version of the much talked about Ube Cheese Pandesal.

The classic pandesal made special by adding two ingredients most of us Pinoys love- UBE & CHEESE.

While not everyone have the resources and skills to bake their own breads at home, you'd be happy to know that a lot of online sellers and home-bakers are just around your neighborhood offering these warm and pillowy-soft ube cheese pandesal. 

Here's a list on where to get your Ube Cheese Pandesal fix (for every budget) during this ECQ.

January 28, 2020

Center for Asian Culinary Studies- A Simple Japanese Meal w/ Chef Gene Gonzalez

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS) to attend a recreational hands-on cooking class with Chef Gene Gonzalez. I've stopped attending events last year since I've been busy with wedding preps and moving into a new home. It was a period of adjustment especially now that we have to do things on our own- cleaning the house, cooking meals, washing the dishes, doing the laundry etc. It's quite enjoyable actually because we get to do stuff like these together now. Plus, since it's just the two of us, chores are very minimal. The best thing though is that I get to practice my cooking skills and cook for the husband everyday. So when I told him about the invitation I got, he got more excited than I was and asked me attend. 

The theme for that day was "A Simple Japanese Meal" and learning the secrets to making restaurant standard Japanese dishes like tempura, sushi and sukiyaki. 

It was exciting to experience the cooking class in a fully-equipped kitchen where top chef-consultants hold their classes, and aspiring culinary students learn everything they need about the culinary world. 

It was a fun-filled afternoon with fellow bloggers, and Chef Gene Gonzalez himself as our instructor. 

fellow bloggers with Chef Gene Gonzalez