Sweeter Singapore at Toast Box

I was able to try Toast Box here in the Philippines but I wanted to try the Original too! Yes, we see franchised items but nothing beats trying the REAL one right?

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Peanut Butter toast.Toast Box1 The Kaya Toast! I liked it though I feel the fattening butter going inside my body but really it’s a thumbs up and it gave me that “bitin” factor.

Toast Box2 It also comes with soft-boiled egg. People like adding salt or soya sauce but I like it plain. I grew up eating these every time I am going to have a math or science periodical test in high school. I don’t know what does this egg do but my mom just gives me those haha!

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This is my mother’s horlics!!

Toast Box4 Additional order: Milo Dinosaur. well, the powdered milo sprinkled on top just went inside my gums haha! Well, again not a fan of chocolates maybe I’d like this with some cream cheese and berries!Toast Box5This is my teh tarik from what I remember that means nai cha.  I love because it’s because of the condensed milk but don’t forget to drink lots of water because you might just get a sore throat! But if you have a sweet tooth, oh my this is to die for! it is “sippin'” lickin good!Toast Box6

My eggToast Box7 with their more viscous soy sauce. Gave it a try for experience! :

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Definitely going back to Toast Box Philippines!

❤ Sweetness Overload!

However, I think I’ll just finish my late posts and you’ll see less of desserts because my sore throat won’t heal since last summer. Sad to say, I have to stay away from them.

” You always have a choice to be happy”

Kats

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December 16, 2013 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Daniel Boulud at The Marina Bay Sands Resorts and Casino

I really pushed my sisters and mother to dine at one of the celebrity restaurants at  Marina Bay Sands! I know it is quite pricey but this is definitely once in a lifetime experience haha! To be honest, I am not familiar with chefs. I just know Gordon Ramsey, Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver. I am also not familiar with celebrities unless they are really famous in my world haha! I just watch them on tv but I am never familiar with their names unless I am introduced to them by a friend or found their food or show interesting.

So we were supposed to dine at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant but there were no people dining so we moved looking for other restaurants. I then was more familiar with Chef Guy Savoy but the restaurant was only until 2 pm for lunch. So our last choice we went to Daniel Boulud’s american mixed with french cuisine.
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Daniel Boulud is known for his 3-michelin star restaurant in New York, Daniel.I was also amazed to see him vist Amber of Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong since one of my batchmates had his internship there!

Some of his restaurants include :  Café Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne, Bar Boulud, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, and Boulud Sud 

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This is their bread basket. I like how it had a crust and that is what the French bread are known for. Crusty oueter layer with a soft inner layer.

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The condiments for their DB Burger ( something that I could not really remember I think it was cocktail sauce then aioli and ketchup) I like how they had introduced the customers with different condiments from the usual mayonaise and ketchup.

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THE ORIGINAL db BURGER
Sirloin Burger
Filled with Braised Short Ribs & Foie Gras
Served on a Parmesan Bun
$42

You would have 3 different textures when you bite into this one! Really Juicy! It was just hard to eat it though. I think that is the challenge for chefs is to create a good tasting burger with height but easy to it. But the joy would always come when you are making some mess right?Daniel Boulud5

BRUSSELS SPROUTS & BACON $12

The bacon was really BACON! I think it was more of a ham because of the cut. The bacon in the Philippines are all thin unlike this one, it’s chunky!

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Creamy Mushrooms
Sautéed Spinach, Cheese
$22

I liked it personally and the wet egg yolk added to the creamy texture of the mushroom, spinach and cheese! Satisfying but I guess it’s better to have it shared that have it solo flight.
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SAFFRON TAGLIOLINI
Fresh Spanner Crab, Tomatoes
Italian Parsley, Lemon & Olive Oil
$25

My sister loved this! Well, she’s really a fan of olive oil, tomato based pastas! I hope she’d be able to try the other restaurants in Singapore since she’s working there and share it to me when she gets back haha!

I am really bad with names so I hope people could help me know these well-known and talented chefs and celebrities! I believe I saw them once in my life on tv but they just don’t register in my brain. Oh! I am also bad in memorizing lyrics. I just know the beat then hum in all the way haha!

Visit these websites for more information!

http://www.danielboulud.com/

http://www.dbbistro.com/singapore/

2 Bayfront Avenue

at Marina Bay Sands

Singapore, 018956

Tel: 65.6688.8525

“You always have a choice to be happy”

Kats

Please visit my new blog at http://www.katshappyfood.com

December 9, 2013 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Shop at The Gourmet Grocer, Singapore

My sister who is no a food addict brings me to one of her foodie finds in Singapore! Pricey but you’ll see new and interesting things here 🙂

Here are some photos of The Gourmet Grocer, SingaporeThe Gourmet Grocer

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Actually after I graduate, I’d also want to try to work in Singapore given these ingredients! To be honest, I want to try living abroad and try cooking using their ingredients, I think that would give me more knowledge in this career. I think the food abroad has a different kind of freshness but I am still proud of what the Philippines can produce!

Look at some of these products from Enchanted Farm!

http://gk1world.com/gk-enchanted-farm

One thing that I’ve been wanting to try was the gourmet keso but I wasn’t able to buy one because it was out of stock during that time.

http://socialbusinesssummit.net/venue/enchanted-farm-social-businesses/gourmet-keso.html

Here’s a link to their cafe! I shall try it soon 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedFarmCafe

“You always have a choice to be happy”

Kats

December 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

Relaxing food at Bawais, White Plains

Bawais Vietnamese Kitchen is located along White Plains but their main branch is actually in Tagaytay. Actually the restaurant is quite  hidden but it is below the building of Flaming Wings. As you go through the place, you will see a house surrounded by a pool of Koi and nature.
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Definitely, a nice place to go for lunch time. The view would be a nice accompaniment to the food they are offering. Very fresh, light and earthy!

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We had the Bawais Salad (P335) Fresh coconut sprouts with herbs, glazed pork and steamed shrimps. To be honest, I did not expect it to be purely coconut meat. For my preference, I’d like it better to be mixed with some greens but the dressing is good! Plus, I liked the nuts that added texture to the dish.

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Com Suong Cha (P420) Grilled Pork Liempo with mushroom egg pie and greens. I totally forgot about the mushroom egg pie and the greens and went straight to the star which was the pork liempo! I loved how it was salty in the sense that it was good with plain jasmine fragrant rice! I love the liempo because it was tender and maybe adding some Filipino twist, I’d like to dip it in vinegar haha! I was TRYING to be healthy but this is just good.Bawais 4

Bum Tom (P320) Sauteed Prawns on dry noodles with fresh and pickled vegetables topped with roasted nuts. I liked the noodles because it was thin. I never really like thick fat noodles, I’d usually prefer the ones with a shape like bow tie, ribbon, penne or the thin noodles like angel hair. I think the sauce is similar to the dressing of the salad on my first and second photo! It was sweet and from what I remembered when I attended a cooking class in Vietnam, their signature dressing would include some fish sauce, sugar, chopped chili, water and lime juice.

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Something lacking about this blog post is dessert because we were so full already. My sister could not take extra sugar and I just can’t really finish my own food as well. I always tell myself that if I got some beverages, I won’t order a dessert and if I will order a dessert, I won’t have a drink. Sadly this time, I didn’t get any.

“You always have a choice to be happy”

Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen
79 Katipunan Avenue, Bellitudo,
White Plains, Quezon City
Tel. (+632) 442.8874, (+63.917) 885.1445

Like them on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/BawaiManila

Kats

Please visit my new blog at http://www.katshappyfood.com

December 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm Leave a comment

Imagine.Create and Enjoy at Project Pie

Project Pie has been on my instagram feed for so long already and yey I was able to try it with my mom and sister last time! Project Pie is a create-your-own pizza place. At first, it had something to do with pies but no it’s all about pizzas!

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I like their wall design because it is filled with inspirational quotes. Ever since, I was already a big fan of quotes because I used to stick it in letters and scrapbooks upon giving to my teachers or friends. I love quotes and I love sticking them anywhere especially when I am making a surprise for someone! I like personalizing each gift that I will give with a simple quote that would describe that person. One day, I wish to open a store like this too filled with inspirational quotes!
Project  Pie 1 So here’s the list of toppings that you can choose from. They also have pre-made flavors for you but nothing beats your own personalized pizza!Project Pie 2

They would first get a piece of dough formed into a ball then it would pass by a machine. They would flatten it and boom your pizza is ready to be loaded with cheese and toppings! You always need some sort of mozzarella cheese as a base before adding some of the cheeses because they use it as a glue for the toppings.
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And because I could not decide and I did not want to have a normal tasting pizza. I’ve decided to put ALL the toppings on my pizza hehe!

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My sister’s pizza had pepperoni, grilled chicken, canadian bacon, mushrooms caramelized onions, black olives, feta cheese, pineapple, pesto, chopped basil and rosemary. [White pizza]

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My mom had crumbled meatballs, grilled chicken, caramelized onions, feta cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic as her toppings!Project Pie9 Look at this overloaded pizza! It’s good but the crust became soggy in the end because of too much toppings. Maybe I’ll make my own combo next time and stick with the classics or play around with their toppings.Project Pie 11 This was the pizza flavor that I kept on seeing on my instagram feed and I think they could have spread the nutella over the pizza dough instead of drizzling it. Plus, I guess it’s better if they don’t add cinnamon because it was just a distraction to the banana-nutella goodness!Project Pie 12

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And yes, I was able to finish my overloaded pizza pie haha!

Project  Pie 12 If you want to become one of their happy team, just e-mail them with your resume online 🙂

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Suggested Combinations

1. The nicoise salad type of pizza: anchovies,green bell peppers, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, black olives [red sauce]

2. Deadly Cheese Pizza : Feta, gorgonzola, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella,garlic, fresh chopped basil [ white pizza]

3. Philly Cheeseballs: Crumbled Meatballs, green bell peppers, caramlized onions, mozzarella [ white pizza]

4. Chicken Pesto: Grilled Chicken, Bacon, green bell peppers, tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto [ red sauce]

5. Chicken Carbonara: Grilled Chicken, Mushrooms, green bell peppers, garlic,caramelized onions, mozzarella, feta, ricotta [ white pizza]

6. Meaty BBQ: Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs, grilled chicken, green bell peppers, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, gorgonzola,mozzarella, garlic,  BBQ sauce [ red sauce]

7: Diet mode: Green bell peppers, caramelized onion.mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, black olives,roasted red peppers, pineapple, mozzarella, garlic, fresh chopped basil [red sauce]

8. Random: Pepperoni, Grilled Chicken, Canadian Bacon, Prosciutto, caramelized onions, roasted red pepper, green bell pepper, ricotta, feta, mozzarella, gorgonzola, garlic [ red sauce]

Try  some of these combinations and tell me what you think about it 🙂

PROJECT PIE PHILIPPINES
515 Shaw, 1555 Laurel Street corner Shaw Blvd, Wack Wack, Mandaluyong

Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm daily

Telephone: (+63 2) 650-0925

Websitewww.projectpie.com

“You always have a choice to be happy”

Kats

Please visit my new blog at http://www.katshappyfood.com

November 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

Old Chang Kee, Singapore

Everytime I go abroad, my main agenda is to eat street food because I believe street food can show much of their culture. In street food, you will see what they usually eat because these are quick snacks like the fish balls and dirty ice cream we have here in the Philippines. In Singapore, you will notice that they are fond of curry puffs and like the Filipinos, they have different kinds of balls.The difference is that they have different kinds of seafood nuggets and they use a real deep fryer to fry their nuggets and balls on stick. Well, I am a proud pinoy and I like mine on the road where you poke your own ball or kikiam then dip it on my sweet and chili sauce.
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I tried the curry puff and yes it was good but I was worrying about the calories because it was filled with potatoes too! I like it but I ate this when it’s about dinner time already haha!Old Chang Kee2 I also tried their fried squid. It had that wok flavor and a bit salty but it was good! The squid was not rubbery so meaning it is not overcooked!

Old Chang Kee3I want to end my blog post with something or a saying maybe I’ll use my declaration in my world history class for now 🙂

“You always have a choice to be happy”

Kats

November 24, 2013 at 4:48 am Leave a comment

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats

A treat for me after my first week from school. We delivered an order of blueberry cheesecake along Buendia and we decided to have lunch at Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats at Glorietta 5. They are actually on their soft opening as of now. We had a hard time finding it because it was a little hidden but they have a sign that would lead you to their store.

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We sat near the window to have nice shots of the food based on my sister. My sister is a photographer helps me with the angles and lighting and I do the editing in the end.  Since we were sitting by the window,I saw Intercontinental Manila once again. Ohh the memories during my internship last summer!

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I wanted to have the steak once again because I was able to try it before when my sister gave it as a “pasalubong” to me before with fish fillet. I wanted to try it fresh and warm but I decided to try the Lumberjack Half (P225), grilled steak sandwich with cream mushroom sauce and green medley. When I saw it, it reminded me of a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich because it had caramelized onions and green pepper on top! I like that they were using beef strips and not sukiyaki cut of beef. You can bite into that chunk of beef in your sandwich. I was just wondering maybe next time they could ask for the doneness of the steak but mine was perfectly tender! I am guessing that the beef chunks in my sandwich are medium -medium well.  I like the cheesy pepper sauce and I used my last bite to wipe off the drippings of the cheese on my plate! Mad Mark's Creamery and Good Eats 3

My sister had her usual order of their Signature Steak 200g with BootStrap Steak Sauce (P285) with Smashed Potato and Bacon Potato Salad. My sister said that in the Kapitolyo branch, the steak was a full slab and not divided into 2. Also, I found that one part was cooked medium and the other was cooked medium well to well done already. I guess this is a big slab cut into 4 parts because the guest before us said to cook their steak “well done well done”.  my sister loved her potato side dishes! The sauce on top of the smashed potato was like the sauce on top of my sandwich and I like how they kept the peel of the potatoes for their bacon potato salad meaning more fiber haha! Mad Mark's Creamery and Good Eats 4 I always always tell myself that when I see a dirty ice cream stall, I’d try it with bread but until now, I’ve never did it because usually they don’t have it. Finally! Mad Mark’s was able to serve me this Madagascar ice cream sandwiched into 2 chewy hot buns! I thought it was like a cookie type of ice cream sandwich but no it’ served on warm chewy bread with generous amount of Nutella and Cookie Butter! I enjoy contrasting happenings in my mouth including hot and cold temperatures of this ice cream sandwich. I like the vanilla bean ice cream because it tastes like vanilla bean and not vanilla flavoring or the usual vanilla found in supermarkets.

Mad Mark's Creamery and Good Eats 5 Try the Rolling Dutchman (P150), only available at Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats Makati Branch! By the way, you can have either nutella or cookie butter  on your bread but I told them both haha!Mad Mark's Creamery and Good EatsAnd don’t worry if you are on a diet, they have the healthy steak which only weighs 150g and you can pair it with their house salad! Their prices are surprisingly cheap given that you are eating STEAK!

Definitely coming back to try their ribs and have my own hot steak soon! 🙂

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madmarkscreamery?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/MAD-Marks-Restaurant/184066395012873?fref=ts

Makati Branch

2/F Glorietta 5Office Dr Ayala Center, Makati

Kapitolyo Branch

Unit 1 23 East Capitol Drive, brgy. Kapitolyo Pasig City, 1603 Pasig

Kats

Please visit my new blog at http://www.katshappyfood.com

November 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

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