Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Newest in Town: Bronze's Shabu Shabu , Samgyupsal @ Marikina!

I do have a soft spot when it comes to hole in a wall restaurants. Not only they offer relatively affordable rates, but they also offer the same comfort foods like others.
Bronze's Shabu Shabu and Samgyupsal is the newest food stop that you should visit when doing a Marikina Foodtrip!
When you are looking for affordable Korean Eats, better put this on your list!
Located in Bronze Street in SSS Village Marikina, it's actually pretty easy to spot on since it's in the nearest part of Bronze street. It's a quaint garage that was turned into a Shabu Shabu place.
Wooden interiors and DIY decors that was personally handmade by the owners.
You may noticed that the place is small but surprisingly, the place is comfortable and well ventilated.
Their place is a good "tambayan" area where you can simply bring your bike and park it inside together with your friends.
Another eye candy in the area is this tarpaulin that posters different university hymn and sayings. We were personally assisted by one of the owners Aya. She is very bubbly and fun to be with. I only wished that most of the customers can meet Aya. She'll make your stay a whole lot of fun!
They only have one all around server and he still managed to keep the surroundings in place. Their menu is simple and straight to the point. No frills and drills, and yet offering satisfying dishes that are pretty affordable.
Shabu Shabu (195 pesos) - A whole set of Shabu Shabu was composed of an assortment of veggies, meats, noodles, and seafood balls that was internationally sourced.
One serving is good for 3 persons already! You have the option to cook it by yourself, or they will cook it for you! If you don't know how to prepare these, then just ask for their assistance. :)
Each table is equipped with portable gas stove where you will cook your own shabu shabu. I actually pretty liked it since it gives us interaction with our foods.
In less than 10 minutes, your Shabu Shabu is ready to go! Mind you, this is very very filling!
Samgyupsalsal (195 pesos) Sliced Pork with fatty trimmings, served with kimchi, thinly sliced garlic, green chili, samjang, and sorta oil with sesame seeds.
I will appreciate more if the fatty trimmings were much softer. :)
All you have to do is wrap the pork on their greens, put some dippings then BAMMM!!!
And oh, it was also served with flavored "dilis". Some preferred it to put inside the wrap, while others opt to eat the dilis separately.
Shrimp by the Pound (245 pesos) There are two varieties of this one. The New Orleans Flavor, and Lemon Butter. Both of the shrimps were good. We initially thought that our votes will go to Lemon Butter but It was overcooked for a tiny bit.
 However, the New Orleans is simply irresistible. The sweet, and mildly spiced shrimps were really the bomb!
Baked Mussels (155 pesos) I was longing for some good 'ol mussels since I was terribly disappointed with Dampa sa Libis version, but here they do it really good. Huge and juicy mussels, generously top with melted cheese, garlic and butter.
 Heheh. Make sure to have photo op here! It's way better at night when the lights were turned on! :)
 Vietnamese Coffee (155 pesos) - And Oh! Make sure to order this one! Oh God, this is really addicting! For coffee lovers out there, YOU MUST NOT LEAVE THIS PLACE WITHOUT TRYING THIS ONE! #CapslockParaIntense You will surely not regret! (I wished it's available for take outs!) :(
Together with Aya's lovely kids, this place is surely a thumbs up! This place is surely a gem that needs to be noticed. Good food, affordable price, what more can you ask for? 

For more details check their page here

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cooking Workshop by Yummy x Kitchen Aid Philippines!

I love watching cooking shows. Not only because I am foodie, but I also have the passion in cooking. I can still remember when I used to watch TV Shopping networks over and over again every time there is a cooking show. 
That's why when boyfie and I received an invite to attend a Cooking Workshop last April 11,
 I didn't think twice for that moment!
With the help of these gorgeous Kitchen Aid tools, everyone can make a snack in just simple steps!
 Watermelon Fizz with the use of Kitchen Aid's hand blender..
 Mango Pearl Layers with the use of Kitchen Aid's Food Chopper..
Creamy Crab Stick Dip with the use of Kitchen Aid's Food Processor..
 The guests were given a chance to use these tools and create their own snack.
 I have personally tried making a Creamy Crab Stick Dip with the help of their Food Processor and it's really easy as 1-2-3!
 All you need to do is put the needed ingredients and press it. As simple as that!
 The Cooking workshop was attended by selected bloggers and some of the avid readers of Yummy Magazine!
 The renowned pastry chef Jackie Ang Po hosted the event and prepared us scrumptious treats.
 Grilled Watermelon and Mango Jicama Salad with Mango Vinaigrette is surely tasted good as it looks! I actually thought that this is the greatest salad I have ever tried so far. The mango mustard dressing is the BOMB!
 Osso Buco is the main entree we tried with the use of Slow Cooker. As per chef, the good thing about Slow Cooker is that you can leave it overnight and when you wake up, everything is good to go. 
This plate of Pralinut Puff is something that I wanted to bring home with me! HAHAH! The gorgeous layers of puff pastry, cream, and chocolates! HEAVEN! 

And of course, sharing with you these delicious recipes from Yummy Magazine 
and with the help of Kitchen Aid's badass tools!

Be sure to try these recipes and I can assure you that you'll also love it! :) For more details check Yummy Magazine's page here and Kitchen Aid's page here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bacon Fest Manila: Because Everything is Better with BACON!

Most of us Filipinos love BACON! I mean, who wouldn't like it anyway? But admit it, the majority of us enjoys bacon by just frying it on its own. Because well, it's easier! We are exposed to the classic way of eating fried bacon that can be paired with steamy fried rice, or bread. Unlike in other countries, they cook our beloved bacon in a completely different way, such as Bacon Wrapped Medallion, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Bacon Meatballs, Sushis, Bacon Ice Cream and lots of bacon dishes that will blow our minds away! 
That is why Bacon Fest Manila is here to show us different creative dishes that you can do
 with Bacon instead of settling for the ordinary fried bacon!
With partnership of Purefoods Thick Cut Bacon, every bacon dish will be elevated because of the thickness of their bacon designed to make every bacon bite meatier, tastier and truly memorable. Twice the thickness, twice the fun. Oh yeah! 
During this Bacon Fest, different line of restaurants will showcase their "Baconized Menu" 
specially made for this event ONLY. 

Last month when they pre-launch the event and attended by selected bloggers, we had the chance to try the "Baconized Menu" of The Quirky Bacon
Sad to say, my memory card got corrupted, that's why I can't show you the complete flow of the event, good thing that I had backup shots on my phone. Whew. Soooo. Let's start? :)
Chef's Salad - Made with Arugula and Romaine Salad, Kesong Puti, Warm Strawberry Vinaigrette and 
The 6 Minute boiled egg. The candied bacons bits is really addicting!
Bacon Medley Poutine - I honestly didn't expect that I will enjoy this dish that much, but it surely does. The sweet potato fries were loaded with bacon gravy, mozzarella cheese and ofcourse BACON! This is surprisingly heavy on the tummy too! 
Bacon Tempura - Battered thick strips of Purefoods bacon and soy glazed on top. Need I say more? 
Lacquered Slab Bacon - Applewood Smoked Slab of bacon served with java rice. I honestly expected a lot from this one. I'm not saying it's not good, but I guess making it a little more tender will help. But the brown sugar with chili on top is addicting! 
Pork Panalo Roll - Now this is what I'm talking about! Wrapped Pork tenderloin stuffed with Calumpit longganisa and glazed with guava labuyo glazed. I can't barely taste the guava flavor of the sauce but this dish is really good! It was served together with their Drop Dead Fried Rice. What's with the name? Because you'll fall drop dead upon tasting it as per Chef. haha! But seriously, the buttered Drop Dead Fried rice is a must try! Once in a while lang naman! haha!
Problem Child - This is their take on the our childhood favorite Champorado! (Chocolate Porridge). Different playful texture in your mouth since it was topped with crispy bacon bits, chocnut and 90's kids snack, Mik Mik chocolate and milk powder! Dust it on top, and BAAAM! 
But wait! There's more! haha! Did I catch your attention with the sample Bacon Dishes of Quirky Bacon? 
Now we're just getting started as Torch Restaurant will now introduce their very own "Baconized Menu".
Bacon Lovers on the Grand launching of Bacon Fest Manila. 
Ms. Joyce Pring is the event host during that day and introduced us the agenda of that event...
Little do I know that, there's a Cooking Show Contest that will be happening. :o
Competitive me is already familiarizing the ingredients and step for our chosen dish. CHOS! haha! 
Our team Bring Home The Bacon was assigned to cook a Bacon Crusted Pork Medallions with Apple Chutney. Whew! The name itself was pretty intense already...
But mind you the steps were really easy and it actually tasted REALLY good! Swear bear! We honestly can't believe that we were able to pull a great tasting dish like that. 
Even though we didn't get the winning dish, not bad right? I also get the recipe because I will surely make this dish at home. No doubt!
The winning dish--Bacon Wrapped Chicken Strips by Team Bacon! FTW! :)
Team BaconNet's Bacon Pancakes! Another classic favorite! 
Team Bae's Bacon and Chocolate. Because why not!!!

Now, moving on with the menu made by Torch Restaurant!
 A Bacon Salad as a starter for our meal. I wished they put more dressing on this one. 
But still, I managed to consume all of it. haha!
Boyfie and I gave our vote to this Bacon Roll as the dish of the day. Sesame rolls cream cheese and ofcourse BACON! Make sure to order this one!
Bacon and Cheese Pizza - A slice is larger than our whole face! A medley of savory flavors in every bite. Gooey cheese, bacon and ranch dressing on top. Nom!
Bacon Carbonara - Crowd's favorite! Creamy bacon carbonara sauce with mushroom and poached egg. 
Perfect anytime of the day! 
US Angus Bacon Wrapped Salpicao - Served on a stone grill to retain its consistency. Served with veggies on side and mashed potato. Rice please!
Bacon can also be a star on your desserts like this one. The caramelized bacon on top is the bomb!
Craving for bacon already? Wanna be Baconized and be in Bacon Haven? 
 Make sure to visit the participating restaurants and their particular branches given above.  
Because, Everything is Better with Bacon

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