It’s too hard to lose weight with all this good food!

My biggest struggle on the road as a traveller is watching my weight. Especially when I’m blogging about the local cuisine, I’m usually eating all the rich, exotic foods that are rarely good for the waistline.

Lots of sugar, lots of fat and way to many carbs :(

And a traveller’s life involves lots of planes, trains and automobiles. I don’t do nearly enough walking and I never seem to run any more.

It’s a good thing that there are some cool weight loss supps on the market to help out though. I’ve tried a few and my fave at the moment is one called Adiphene. It’s cheap and readily available online. And it works too. I’m not snacking between meals anymore and I can feel my jeans getting a little looser. Bonus!

Now, where’s the ice cream?

Hollar!

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Personal Hygiene while travelling the world

You’ve just got to love the variety of culture, food, religion, lifestyle and experiences that are literally right on our doorsteps. For only a few hundred dollars, one of many low-cost airlines can whisk you away to some exotic location or a third world country where you can be instantly immersed in a completely new way of life.

I’m loving travilling through South-East Asia at the moment, just a $300 overnight flight from home in Australia. Now I’m learning new languages, meeting beautiful people and eating some of the most amazing food I’ve had in my life.

One thing that was a bit of a concern before heading here was health and hygiene, although now that I’m travelling around, I really think the concern isn’t necessary. I spent a fortune at the doctor on drugs for malaria, stomach bugs, antibiotics, etc. as well as personal extras such as zovirax for cold sores, stingose for mosquito and jellyfish stings, and wartrol for warts.

So far, I’ve needed none of it at all. The worst I’ve has is a slight throat infection, which I get back home all the time anyway! If anything, I feel heaps better as I’m living on fresh, locally sourced food. Nothing GM here!

Just be sensible, wash your hands just like you would at home, and enjoy your travels!

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Blogopolis: #IntoTheWILD

The biggest blogging event of the year is here once again brought to you byNuffnang Philippines – The World’s Leading Blog Advertising Community!

This year, Blogopolis: #IntoTheWILD will take you to the Information Jungle. This event is open to everyone – bloggers, social media influencers, students, digital marketing officers, and advertisers, and anyone who is interested in the world of digital, particularly social media.

When: November 16, 2013
Where: InterContinental Manila

Save the date!

Watch the video below:

Let’s Eat & Win!

Listen up, guys! SIX (6) Suzuki APV Vans to be given away by SM Foodcourt! Take note that this is TAX FREE!

PROMO DETAILS:

PROMO TITLE:
LET’S EAT & WIN!
PROMO PERIOD:
OCTOBER 18, 2013 – JANUARY 15, 2014 (90 DAYS)
RAFFLE DRAWS:
1st Draw – NOVEMBER 28, 2013 @ SM SOUTHMALL
2nd Draw – JANUARY 24, 2014 @ SM NORTH EDSA
PRIZE REDEMPTION:
1st Raffle Draw winners – NOVEMBER 28, 2013 to MARCH 31, 2014
2nd Raffle draw winners – JANUARY 24, 2014 to MARCH 31, 2014

Mechanics:
1. For every single receipt purchase of Php250.00 worth of food and Coca Cola products at the SM Foodcourt and SM Aura Food on Four entitles you to one (1) peel apart coupon and one (1) raffle coupon.
2. Promo starts on October 18 – January 15, 2014.

3. Extra bonus for dog trainers in attendance as we’ll have german shepherds in tow that need some dog obedience training. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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My Perfect Eggs!

My husband and kids are egg lovers. They want their eggs runny! You’ll see the look on their faces when they get a dry unattractive sunny side-up egg for breakfast. That’s why I handle their eggs with utmost care (That sounded weird! Haha!) But I’ve also learned how to make a yummy toasted sunny side-up egg. My mother-in-law used to brown her eggs on both sides. The edge of the egg is crunchy without the burnt taste. It’s actually like eating “rice crispies” and can be held like a slice of pizza pie – tastes really good, too!

And because my family are so into eggs, especially my husband, I have mastered how to make the perfect soft-boiled eggs! Pardon my boastfulness… it’s just that a perfect soft-boiled egg is quite difficult to make. Either the egg comes out undercooked with that slimy, stringy texture (close to eating it raw) or you end up with the usual hard-boiled version of it.

I’ve been getting a good number of inquiries about this ever since I posted my soft-boiled egg Instavideos. I honestly didn’t want to share it at first (Haha!). But I realized, I’m not making a profit out of it anyways, so I might as well share my knowledge.

So, here it is!

4-minute soft-boiled egg:

The outer part of the yolk is almost dry. My daughter prefers this kind.

Before submerging the egg, make sure the water is really boiling. Set your timer to your desired time. Once you hear the timer go off, immediately drain the water and place the egg under running water to stop the egg from cooking. Slowly crack the shell open, sprinkle a little salt and serve while warm.

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FREE Facebook To All Globe Subscribers!

Last Monday, Globe and Facebook announced their partnership – to offer FREE Facebook access for all their 36 million subscribers! Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe Telecom – Peter Bithos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Globe Telecom’s President & CEO – Ernest Cu.

​Setting another unprecedented milestone in Philippine telecommunications, Globe Telecom is giving the telco’s over 36 million subscribers free access to Facebook on mobile phones for an initial period of three (3) months. Globe worked closely with Facebook to enable customer experience innovations for the best free Facebook offer yet.

​Available to all Globe Prepaid, Postpaid, and TM subscribers using feature phones and smartphones* and accessing either through the mobile site of Facebook or the Facebook app, users can post, like, comment, chat, add friends, upload photos, share posts, and more on Facebook without the need for Wi-Fi.

Aside from offering Facebook at zero data charges, the collaboration between the two global companies has also paved the way for subscribers to enjoy first-of-its-kind customer experience innovations.

Working with Silicon Valley-based Facebook engineers, Globe has put together innovations that cover key milestones in the customer experience journey such as availability of access on feature phones and smartphones across all Facebook mobile platforms whether via the Facebook app or Facebook’s mobile site m.facebook.com; no billshock or “nakaw load” as customers will be notified if they will incur data charges once a link that leads out of Facebook is clicked; and one-click registration to the data plan of choice to continue browsing without having to leave the site. Recommended data plans consider a subscriber’s available prepaid balance and/or megabytes (MB) balance of existing data plan.

Moreover, customers with not enough prepaid load can “loan” a 10MB data plan for only P10 which will be deducted on their succeeding top-up so they can fully explore content outside Facebook, making the experience seamless and worry-free.

​“Once again, Globe has proven that it is the mobile data service provider of choice by industry and technology leaders around the world with this breakthrough partnership with Facebook to give our 36 million subscribers uninterrupted, seamless, and worry-free Free Facebook experience. This is collaboration at its peak, which has resulted in the best and most innovative Free Facebook experience yet,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe Telecom. “

Globe is progressively rolling-out availability of the Free Facebook service to cover all its subscribers by October 31, 2013.

​Bithos added, “Over the past months, the engineering, business development and marketing teams at both Globe and Facebook have worked together to plan and design the customer experience from scratch – which includes making the service available across all Facebook mobile platforms, rolling out a system that alerts users once they are about to click a link that will incur them data charges, paving the way for subscribers to easily subscribe to a data plan without having to leave Facebook, and allowing data access lending for subscribers who don’t have enough prepaid load to continue browsing links outside Facebook. This service testifies how Globe is transforming itself beyond just an access carrier. Globe is striving to be a leading digital brand catering to the needs of digital Filipinos who need to be connected to their social circles around the world.”

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,” said Chris Daniels, vice president of partnerships at Facebook. “Globe understands the opportunities giving people access to the Internet brings and we’re thrilled to be working with them to give Globe subscribers access to Facebook without data charges across our apps and mobile website.”

​Starting October 31, 2013, subscribers can dial *143# and select FREE FB to know more about Globe Free Facebook.

*Except BlackBerry. Free Facebook will soon be available to Nokia Xpress and Opera Mini users.

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Project Pie 2

Artisan – a worker who practices a trade or handicraft : craftsperson

In this case, you are the artisan. Your pizza is custom built by you. The freestyle approach in making your food is the way to go nowadays. You get to choose the ingredients that you only want and enjoy eating. That way, you blame only yourself if your food experiment tasted blah. Hahaha!

This is where Project Pie comes in! It is a fairly new pizza place along Shaw Blvd. situated at the old Laurel Mansion and in front of the old Cherry Foodarama (now S&R). It’s impossible to miss

During our visit, it was a good thing we arrived a little bit past lunch time. The crowd thinned out already. Normally, getting a decent parking space here is a struggle especially during peak hours. Not to mention the long queue inside the restaurant.

The entire restaurant has an industrial look, using pipes with an open ceiling that looked really pleasant.

They even have a wall full of wonderful quotes from famous personalities.

This’ll keep you (thankfully) preoccupied while waiting in line.

Since it was our first time to try Project Pie’s pizza, we took some time to check out their choices. There are (3) ways to order your pizza:
1. Order By Number – choose from the pre-set pizza flavors.

2. Build Your Own – Choose from a ton of toppings: pepperoni / italian sausage / crumbled meatballs / grilled chicken / canadian bacon / prosciutto / bacon / anchovies / red onions / green bell peppers / jalapeños / roasted red peppers / mushrooms / caramelized onions / cilantro / tomatoes / black olives / feta / gorgonzola / ricotta / parmesan / mozzarella / garlic / pesto / bbq sauce / pineapple / artichokes / fresh chopped basil / rosemary
*1 or 2 are priced at Php285.00

OR

3. Order the Classic Cheese Pie at Php245.00.

*You can opt to have a white pizza which is olive oil based or go for the usual red sauce.

I decided on ordering #7 which had prosciutto, caramelized onions, mozzarella and parmesan.

I really love Prosciutto and the saltiness it delightfully gives to a certain dish. I love the combination of flavors – sweet (because of the caramelized onions) and salty. I also like how the side of the crust was airy and crispy. Next time I come back, I will request for more mozzarella. Why? Because stringy cheese is twice the fun!

My husband, a meat lover on the other hand, opted for #2 with their signature red sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella, italian sausage and crumbled meatballs. It includes garlic but he asked to have it removed.

I didn’t try it but based on the look of his face, he seemed quite pleased.

We also sampled their Banana Nutella Pizza for dessert compliments of the house. A perfect way to end a flavor-filled lunch!

I looked up the price for this wonderful dessert pizza and found out that it was worth Php145.00. Other dessert pizza flavors are Peanut Butter Nutella, Strawberry Mango Nutella, Cinnamon Sugar with Icing and Parmesan & Garlic.

One advice though, make sure to eat your pizza while its still warm. The crust gets chewy as it gets colder.

For the health conscious, they have several salad selections as well. And for that much awaited nightcap, you can also order some booze – a selection of beers (ranging from local to imported ones), Perrier to Stella Artois, even Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in small bottles are available!

They serve bottomless soda and iced tea at Php65.00. Their iced tea tough is not the sweet type because they use China Mist Iced Tea.

Before going home, the kind staff of Project Pie allowed me to go behind the counter – the area where they prepare the pizza. They even lent me a cap to make me look like I’m part of the crew.
Thank you guys for a wonderful first time experience!

Trivia: Project Pie and Shakey’s Pizza Parlor are owned by the same company.

Contact Details

Address: 515 Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City
T: 650 – 0925
Business Hours:
Fri – Sun from 10AM to 12AM
Mon – Thu from 10AM to 11PM

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Paninis, desserts and more at The Cake Club, BGC!

The Cake Club’s assortment of yummy food and pastries are no longer limited to the confines of Diamond Hotel nor is their popular Diamond Ensaymada or Supermoist Cake. You can now enjoy all their mouthwatering and sumptous food at the BGC branch wherein they also have a few new offerings in store as well. If you haven’t been there yet, the place is fairly easy to find. The Cake Club is beside some of the notable restaurants at the East Superblock area of 7th Avenue.

The Cake Club serves a variety of delicious Paninis.

Parma Ham and Arugula (Php485.00)

I can eat this anytime of the day, any day of the week, because Parma ham (or Prosciutto) is one of my favorite cured meat. Just look how beautifully sliced the Parma ham is! It goes well with the organic arugula that has a slightly peppery flavor. Colorful, too… making it even more enjoyable to eat!

Grilled Chicken and Pesto (Php400.00)

This juicy chicken breast with grilled zucchini and Emmental cheese, even without any kind of spread, can stand alone. It has a clean yet very flavorful taste. But if you want a little more character to your panini, add some pesto-mayo spread. This is recommendable.

Smoked Salmon (Php405.00)

My husband and I love salmon especially if it has that milky taste. I also love anything that is smoked. So when this dish was served, it was happy happy joy joy for me! Norwegian salmon + red onion + capers and cream cheese! What a fabulous sandwich panini.

Grilled Vegetables from Tagaytay (Php315.00)

These are organic vegetables dressed with cheese and home-made balsamic dressing. This’ll make anyone’s afternoon snack a tad more pleasant especially if paired with your favorite tea or coffee.

If you want to try some of their food, I suggest you order some of my favorites.

Pinoy Eggs Benedict

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I can make the perfect soft boiled egg (Pardon the “yabang”! Heehee!). So, eating this particular dish conjures exclamations like, “OH.MY.GOOD.LORD.THIS.IS.SO.DELICIOUS!” The egg is obviously runny and I like that very much (well, second to a runny sunny side up actually!) filled with Beef Tapa that was really flavorful and tender on a soft Pan de Sal. Pinoy goodness!

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Love in a bowl! Creamy Mushroom Soup never fails to hit the spot!

Beef Lasagne

This one has “comfort food” written all over it. It has a simple, straighforward taste. Honest to goodness delicious food!

And of course The Cake Club’s ever famous Truffle Fries!

I am most confident that everybody will agree when I say that the Truffle Fries with Sea Salt Flakes sprinkled on top is one badass dish! I mean that in a very good way. Crispy, not greasy at all and worth all the calories! No further explanation is needed!

For that sweet ending, I make sure to at least follow the golden rule – “always leave room for dessert”. Note though, that as much as I love cake, I have no sweet tooth whatsoever. I don’t really indulge in sweet dishes. An ice cream scoop or a very small slice of cake is enough for me. But that all changed when I saw this beauty… Wild Pistachio Dome (Php250.00)

A sight to behold, huh? The taste is as good as it looks, too!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Macaron (Php50.00)

I just had to ask Chef Decker how this was made. According to the very gracious chef, they used EVOO filling instead of the usual butter cream. When you bite into it, the EVOO taste is there but it doesn’t overpower the whole flavor. It was surprisingly good!

These Raspberry and Lemon Macarons are also delicious!20131017-111507.jpg

The Cake Club has a Daily Lunch Set at Php800 nett per person. You can enjoy these delicious offerings from Monday to Saturday:

MONDAY
French Onion Soup with cheese croutons
Chicken Parmigiana
Super moist ice cream

TUESDAY
Organic mesclun on citrun-honey dressing
Beef salpicao with bell pepper rice and garlic baguette
Melon ice cream

WEDNESDAY
Tagaytay greens with crumbled feta cheese and croutons
Classic beef lasagne made with homemade fresh pasta
Baked cheesecake ice cream

THURSDAY
Classic Caesar salad
Grilled Frankfurter with German potato salad
Salted caramel ice cream

FRIDAY
Organic rocket salad, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan disc
Mentaiko spaghetti topped with shredded nori
Genmaicha ice cream

SATURDAY
Creamy mushroom soup with herbed croutons
Sweet and sour chicken
Le Royale ice cream

The Cake Club by Diamond Hotel has already made their name synonymous to delectable and mouthwatering dishes with absolutely impeccable service!

With the very accommodating Chef Decker!

Some of the foodies that I love to be with (especially Spanky)!

We were also joined by Diamond Hotel’s Public Relations Manager, Melanie Pallorina and Twinkle Lacsamana.

Contact Details:
UG/F Bonifacio High Street Central, East Superblock,
7th Ave. cor. 29th St. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
T: 621 – 3176

Operational Hours:
Monday to Thursday from 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Friday to Sunday from 9:00AM to 11:00PM

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Cheese-Filled Grilled Ensaymada

Over the weekend, “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” featured a local snack that every Pinoy loves eating – Ensaymada. But this was not just your typical ensaymada… This one in particular was grilled! Apparently, this recipe hails from Bacolod. Since my father-in-law, a native of Negros Occidental, was also watching with us, we decided to make our own homemade version, too!

Ingredients:

Ensaymada
Sliced cheddar cheese
White sugar

What you will be needing:

Sandwich presser
*Not the electric type. Just the simple aluminum type that you normally find at the local grocery. I got mine from Unimart.
Bread Knife

Procedure:

1. Slice each Ensaymada in the middle.

Since I was on “experiment” mode, I only bought several ensaymadas from the bakery. Obviously, it wasn’t moist but tasted ok. Ill get better ensaymadas for my next batch.

2. Slice some cheddar cheese and sandwich it inbetween the ensaymadas.

You can use the pre-cut cheddar cheese. Since I want mine oozing out with cheese when I slice into it, I opted to use the “block” ones so I can slice the cheese to my desired thickness.

3. Place the ensaymada at the center of the sandwich presser.

I already grilled an ensaymada prior to this. It got a bit burned hence, the brown color that you see in the presser.

4. Sprinkle some white sugar on top.

Don’t overdo it! The ensaymada is sweet as it is. We are just adding a little more to give it a beautiful caramel color and that added crunch when you bite or slice your grilled ensaymada. Place on top of your stove on low fire. Grill for about a minute on both sides. I grilled the bottom part first.

5. Transfer to a plate and serve right away.

I also made Tsokolate to partner it with. I used cocoa powder, some reduced fat milk (to aleast remove the guilt from eating too much sweets and carbs ) and presto!

A perfect afternoon snack on a rainy day or you can also serve it during Noche Buena. It’s budget friendly and very easy to do. Try it because for sure, you will love it!

Happy eating!

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Tummy Traveler “Crumpler” Giveaway!

Because of the success of my recent raffle, you all deserve another treat! My new prize is something everyone can surely use especially when travelling.

Courtesy of our good friends from Beyond The Box, I’ll be raffling off a really cool and very cute CRUMPLER Tote Bag!

CRUMPLER “Stow Away” TOTE BAG!

 

This CRUMPLER Stow Away Tote Bag can easily be packed into its own built-in mini bag for easy storage. It is very colorful and durable. Perfect for your travels and getaways.

WE HAVE A WINNER!
CONGRATULATIONS TO:
JELO MANONGSONG
(Please wait for my email on how you can claim your prize)

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Welcome

Travel and food.

Two things that almost always go together.

For Filipinos, no place is too near or too far as long as a scrumptious meal awaits… and I am not exempt to that fact.

The Philippines is a wonderful place filled with sights that will fill you with awe and amazement… and with each destination, dishes that are deliciously unique, influenced by culturally-diverse palettes are pleasantly discovered.

Perhaps my passion to travel and the desire to see new things has inspired me to finish a degree in Tourism. Similarly, growing up in a household with grandparents dedicated to perfecting home-cooked, nostalgic dishes, honed my skills in the kitchen.

Who doesn’t love to eat? Who doesn’t want to feast not just on food, but also on wondrous sights and astonishingly new places?

Allow me, through this food and travel blog, to help navigate you in and around the metropolis and beyond… exploring notable tourist spots and undiscovered locations alike. Join me as I indulge in popular cuisine specialties and bravely seek unusual delicacies.

I am “The Tummy Traveler”… and I will be your guide.

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