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Top Grocer Picks: Delimondo Corned Beef

2 Oct

I am not so fond of corned beef, but I have to make an exception just for this one. I know processed food is not so healthy, but sometimes when I have cravings for something salty, I reach for DeliMondo Corned Beef from the grocery shelf. This has become my go-to comfort food. It only comes in two variants: Ranch Style, and Garlic and Chili. I personally like the Garlic and Chili because it is tastier, more flavorful, and just because I’m Bicolana, I really want the ZING!

 

 

What makes it so different from our all-time favorite Purefoods? I like the long shreds and big chunks of beef. And yes, it has that distinctive flavor that’s really unique to DeliMondo. The meat is juicier and tastier. The quality is really more premium and not commercial, therefore, price is also on the higher end. Per 380g can costs around P153. You can come across DeliMondo in Rustan’s branches, Metro Gaisano Supermarket, and S&R. This has been the brainchild of Katrina Ponce-Enrile, yes, of JPE clan.

 

I specially have it prepared by my cook/chef Yaya Tess with either sauteeing it in red or white onions depending on the taste I like for that day. I just have to pair it with tuyo, daing (Bisugo variety) and brown red rice. You can either have it with your fried or steamed white rice (I’m sure it is even more delicious and hearty), with crackers, wheat or white bread, or better yet, your hot pandesal!

So, go ahead… crave some today. You’ll get addicted, just like me! Enjoy…

 

Life is Amazing!

Leny

 

Kenji Tei: Why Do I Love Thee?

18 Aug

                  

In my quest for a great Japanese restaurant that serves everything that my family like, we were led to this full house of a restaurant in Greenbelt 5 last month. We do not really go to the third floor anymore as most of the shopping finds are in the first two floors. One of our secrets in finding great restaurants is seeing people line up for a table. This is definitely a hot pick!

Kenji Tei restaurant is an authentic Japanese Ramen House serving not just the most flavorful ramen but also the best tasting crrrunchy California Maki in town! We love the resto’s swanky architecture, too!

Why do we keep coming back?

Let me count 10 ways:

1. Salmon sashimi

I love their version of this fresh salmon dish. It is super fresh, very pink, eight big slices of tender and soft meat. My youngest son Jaime’s favorite!

2. Crunchy California Maki

Our favorite dish. We just have to order 2 of these! It is served with the crrrunchiest breading. My eldest son Miguel’s favorite.

3. Yakisoba

This stir fried noodles and vegetables dish is also packed with a generous helping of stir fried pork. Yum!

4. Chahan

This is my own favorite. It is a Japanese fried rice like no other. Very tasty and generous helping of so many ingredients. You can eat this as a complete meal. My ultimate guilty pleasure is the Gomoku Cha han, a seafood fried rice delight!

5. Crispy Chicken Teriyaki

This grilled crispy chicken glazed with teriyaki sauce is guaranteed to let you keep coming back for more. My husband Gerard’s favorite.

6. Ebi Tempura

ebi tempura

The biggest crunchiest ebi tempura we have ever tasted. We always order the 5 pieces. My daughter Andrea’s favorite. Thankfully, it is NOT all batter, but the prawns are big too!

7. Shoyu Ramen

One of the best tasting ramen I have ever tasted is this soy-based ramen with 2 pieces of chasu. Never fails to warm my tummy.

8. Yasai Itame

This stir fried vegetables, seafood and pork combination is not too oily. Just the right mix of vegetables, too.

 

9. Gyudon

Although I would have preferred it served mixed in already with the bowl of rice, my eldest son Miguel still gobbled it all up in just a few. The tender beef and onions are simmered very slowly, flavored in dashi, soy sauce, and mirin.

10. Tofu Steak

 

 

Breaded tofu with mushroom and pork topping. You can eat a bowlful of rice just with the sauce alone. Just the right saltiness!

You may need to call for reservations as the line can get really long.

For our Japanese food fix, this is definitely at the top of our list.

Life is Amazing!
LENY

Blogger’s Note: For table reservations, contact Kenji Tei:

(+632 ) 754 – 3098

3/F Greenbelt 5, Makati

Cronuts 101: Manila’s Most Viral Dessert

31 Jul

cronuts ansel

Described by many as a half croissant, half doughnut — this pastry hybrid invented by New York’s Dominique Ansel is taking the world by storm. After its launch last May 2013, Cronut fans spanned the whole world, making it the most viral dessert item to date.

This doughnut-meets-croissant treat is an over-the-top pastry made of flaky croissant dough that is deep fried, then injected with cream or jam and topped with icing. Copycats have already been spotted and are riding with the wave here in Metro Manila.

Here are three I have recently discovered:

1. Wildflour

cronuts wildflour

My three kids and I trooped to this high-end Manila bakery cafe, Wildflour, in Podium to have a taste of this wonder dessert. I was not prepared for the long queue that met us. As I was lining up, I was really thinking out loud: “This better be worth it!” We were rewarded with the yummy waft of aroma as the freshly baked batch was delivered to our table. Wildflour has their own four version: Dulce de Leche, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Berry. My personal favorite is Chocolate, only because I’m a big fan of dark chocolate. Because of limited production, which comes only at 330pm, each customer is limited to 2 pieces. I let my eldest son, Miguel, line up with me so we can taste the 4 available variants. It retails at P120 each.

My verdict: too sweet and creamy for my taste.

2. Le Couer de France

cronuts le coeur de france

Pancake House Group, Le Couer de France, is also riding with this trend. I snatched up three of their amazing “croughnuts”: Double Belgian, Mixed Berries, and Parmesan Cheese. It retails at P89 a piece.

My verdict: flaky and chewy, but surprisingly good!

3. Cha Time

cronuts cha time

Cha time’s version is a little bit smaller than its Manila counterparts. It has 4 flavors: Sugar Raised, Dark Chocolate, White Milk Chocolate, and Glazed. It retails at P55 each.

My verdict: flaky but not chewy, manageable size.

Here are some important things you need to know with our lovable dessert:

1. You MUST eat these immediately as they have a short shelf life.

2. And if you do cut, please use a serrated knife, so as not to crush the layers.

3. Never refrigerate these treats as the humidity from the refrigerator will cause them to go stale and soggy.

4. Since Cronuts are filled with cream, I do not recommend serving them warm.

Try to snatch up a few before they sell out! Enjoy!

Life is Amazing!

LENY

 

Top Rated Food Quotes

11 Jul

Here’s my collection of favorite quotes about food. Some are funny, witty, and some are downright thoughtful. Some are from celebrities, from actors to playwright, and from wise proverbs. Enjoy!

miss piggy

1. “Never eat more than what you can lift.” – Miss Piggy

2. “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” – Julia Child

3.  “I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food.” – Erma Bombeck4

4. “People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

5. “There is no sincerer love than the love for food.” George Bernard Shaw

6. “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

7. “My weaknesses have always been food and men – and in that order.” – Dolly Parton

8. “An empty belly is the best cook.” – Estonian Proverb

9. “The more you eat, the less flavor. The less you eat, the more flavor.” – Chinese Proverb

10. “When a man’s stomach is full, it makes no difference whether he’s rich or poor.” – Euripedes

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11. “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.” – Ernestine Ulmer

12. “Shake the hands that feed you.” – Michael Pollan

13. “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria.” – David Auerbach 

14. “Age and glasses of wine should never be counted.” – Italian Quote

15. “The belly rules the mind.” – Spanish Proverb

16. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump

17. “Hunger is the best sauce in the world.” – Cervantes

18. “Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg until it gets broken.” – MFK Fisher

19. “Fish, to taste right, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.” – Polish Proverb

20. “C is for cookie, it’s good enough for me, oh cookie cookie cookie starts with C!” – Cookie Monster

If you have some of your own favorites that you might want to share, please add away in the comments box and leave a reply. I will add some of yours in this post! 

Life is Amazing!

LENY

10 Things I Enjoyed in Stockholm

7 Jul

I visited Stockholm in July when my eldest son, Miguel, toured Europe for his soccer tournament, the Gothia Cup, a World Youth Cup. We savoured all of Stockholm’s 14 islands spread through its archipelago and connected by bridges!

Here are 20 things I enjoyed while staying in this busiest Scandinavian capital:

1. Historic tour of medieval Old Town, the Gamla Stan.

Gamla Stan

Colorful buildings with different necks! We managed to meander through the maze of winding alleyways, cobblestoned streets, small squares and ancient churches. We found local taverns and yummy traditional restaurants in this ancient city.

od town

Sometimes the alleyways can get crowded so watch out for those shops or you’ll miss those wonderful Swedish design-ware shops!

2. Enjoy the different waffles and ice cream, called Glas, with your friends!

waffles in Gamla Stan Treating ourselves with ice cream with our friends, Eliza, Billy and kids after our cultural tour.

waffle bar

A Glas shop (ice cream shop)

waffle conesDifferent varieties of waffle cones to choose from, from plain waffle to almond/chocolate crusted ones.

ice cream in stockholm

Stockholm is home to the most delicious waffles and waffle cones and the best tasting ice cream in the world. Taste one or two flavors everyday!

3. Visit the Vasa Museet (Museum).

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This is Sweden’s most prized heirloom which was salvaged from the murky deep waters of the Baltic Sea in 1961. This 69-meter long 380-year old Viking warship VASA sank just 20 minutes from its maiden voyage in 1628.

Viking warship

 Climb aboard for a lesson into Swedish history!

 4. Taste the goodness of smorgasbord of Northern delights in Ostermalms Saluhall, the world’s best food hall.

smorebrot

Have a sampling of smorebrod or open faced sandwich at the bar.

saluhall 2

One can smell the varying smell and goodness of fresh produce…

tasty bread

…To delicious pastries!

salad

…And the freshest of salads.

5. Catch a ferry and take the Island Canal tour with 14 islands to visit and be wowed with Swede’s architecture.

island canal tour

Joining a throng of tourists and enjoying the sights of the 14 islands.

Sweden architecture

Colorful architecture by the canal.

6. Visit Swedish royalty in the Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace, and see how the kings and queens live.

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Drottningholm Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, the official residence of the Swedish Royalty.

7. Try a Swedish traditional meal in an authentic Viking restaurant.

trad Viking resto

Aifur, a restaurant dedicated to the gastronomic heritage from the Viking Age.

Viking interior

Traditional interiors, with hats, armors and even cutlery is reminiscent of the Viking Age.

  moose

With traditional meal: a sampling of moose meat

 Viking meal

Delectable lamb chops!

 dwarfed chicken

 (Not so) dwarfed chicken, good for sharing.

8. Treat yourself to a Michelin starred restaurant.

sheratons 360 degree

Sheraton Hotel’s 360 Degrees is a 3 star Michelin Restaurant.

meat balls

Most famous Swedish meatballs “kottbullar”

 sea bass

…and delicious Sea bass with ravioli pasta.

steak

Tenderloin steak grilled to perfection! Superb dining for a tiring day.

9. Join the Nobelity! Take a peek at the Nobel House.

nobel museum

The Nobel Museet (Museum) proudly displays its eminent laureates and their achievements.

10. Take out a pair of Borgs! Buy souvenirs to take home to friends and family.

borgs

Check out Bjorn’s collection at the mall.

 Swedish souvenirs

Lovin’ those Viking hats, too!

Life is Amazing!

LENY

The Cookie Butter War: Trader Joe’s Speculoos vs Lotus Biscoff

28 Jun

I have read the hoopla about this wonderful alternative to peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut spread. Geez, I have also heard about my friends complaining that it was a hard to find item! Some supermarkets and some entrepreneurs distribute these brands but they just easily run out of stocks. Seriously???!!!

 So lo and behold, I suddenly have access to these two head-to-head competing cookie butter brands: Trader Joe’s Speculoos and Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter Spread. 

The Cookie Butter War: Trader Joe’s Speculoos vs Lotus Biscoff Spread


 Both spreads have the same calorie content: 90 calories in just one tablespoon! Yes, it is definitely packed. But let me tell you, it’s all worth it!

 Here are some interesting facts about these cookie butter spreads. 

“Biscoff” is a combination of biscuit and coffee; it is Europe’s favorite cookie with coffee, thus the name. Speculoos is a generic name for traditional crispy spiced cookies in Belgium. Biscoff cookies are speculoos cookies.

Lotus Bakeries and culinary enthusiast, Els Scheppers, worked together and started producing this wonder spread in Lembeke Plant in Belgium in 2007. The spread is made from 57% of the spiced brown sugar cookies crushed into a fine powder and mixed with different magical ingredients, like wheat and soy. No nuts. Very vegan. Looks a lot like peanut butter in color and consistency.All natural, no preservatives, no artificial colors,  no artificial flavors.

Here’s my lowdown on these two brands:

First off, my criteria: 

1. Consistency/texture, 

2. sweetness, 

3. portioning of ingredients, 

4. play on taste, and 

5. preference/popularity in my household

Brand Name: Speculoos Cookie Butter by Trader Joe’s

Variety: Creamy and Crunchy

Comments for Creamy variety: Not oily on top when you first open the jar, sweeter, good consistency.

Comments for Crunchy variety: less biscuit crunch, sweeter 

My husband’s favorite: Creamy variety

Rating: 4/5 

Brand Name: Lotus Biscoff Spread

Variety: Creamy and Crunchy

Comments for Creamy variety: Has a bit of oil on top when you first open the jar, slides easily, good consistency, creamier!

Comments for Crunchy variety: Generous portions of biscuit, more crunchiness of biscuit, more taste of the cookie butter 

My kids’ and my favorite: Crunchy

Rating: 5/5

Hands down, my kids love and enjoy the Biscoff Spread more.

Here are the many ways to enjoy this magic spread:

1. Add it in vanilla or double dutch ice cream. Think more of cold rock.

2. Spread it in crackers, biscuits, toast, or bread.

3. Top it on pancakes or waffles.

4. Use it as dip for pretzels, bread sticks, or veggies.

5. Or just enjoy it straight from the jar. My kids can consume spoonfuls!

My new choice and alternative to peanut butter and to Nutella is definitely the BISCOFF! 

 How about you? Have you tasted the Biscoff or TJ’s yet? Enjoy a bit of heaven here on earth!

Having difficulty finding these spreads?

You may place your order to Joy Hervas-Mapa via Mobile: +63 918 908 – 1355, +63 922 800 – 1355  or you may buy from Speedcourt in Valle Verde 1 near the Basketball Court/Clubhouse. Price is P400 per jar. Discounts for volume orders.

LIFE IS AMAZING! 

LENY

 

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