Saturday, October 19, 2013

B.I.H.O.N. Noodle BAR, Angeles City

Eating pancit or some noodles during ones birthday is said to prolong life. Silly lie, don't you think? But that's what Pinoys always say to a birthday celebrant maybe just to give a nudge for a little birthday celebration. If only the belief is true, then people who typically eat noodles everyday, not only during their birthdays, would live for hundred years.

I was thinking of eating some ramen the other night when the evening air was colder than the usual--proof that December is coming. I was eyeing for B.I.H.O.N. Noodle BAR to try what they have to offer. I ended up ordering a rice bowl. I realized that I was craving for rice too because of self-deprivation, not because of some sort of diet but I was busy the entire day that I never had the chance to cook for myself and eat.


B.I.H.O.N. Noodle BAR gives that homey and relaxing ambiance. It's a place you would love to bring your friends and family for some casual talks. It's orange motif is quite pleasant and cool to the eyes.

You can choose to dine inside or, if my eyes were not deceiving me, you can have an al fresco dining. At first, I thought it was a mirror reflection I see in the glass wall. I laughed at myself when I realize that it was not. B.I.H.O.N Noodle Bar, Angeles City B.I.H.O.N Noodle Bar, Angeles City

Friday, October 4, 2013

Marks & Spencer Food Fair: Cooking Time with Chef Luigi Muhlach

With host Sam Oh, Marks & Spencer presented the Cooking Time with Chef Luigi Muhlach as part of the food tasting activities at the Eastwood Mall last September 29. The cooking demo showcase the wide selection of M&S food products and ingredients. The demo lasted for an hour as Chef Luigi cooked 6 recipes to our delight. M&S served the food to bloggers, press and guests who where there.

Let me share the recipes I got. These are easy to prepare, perfect for busy people. You may purchase the ingredients from the nearest Marks & Spencer store.

Crab Cakes

  • 1 can Marks & Spencer crab meat
  • 1 pack Marks & Spencer ultimate mash
  • Marks & Spencer roasted garlic mayo
  • salt 
  • pepper
  1. Put all your ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Shape into patties and fry.
  3. Serve with garlic mayo.

Ham Sandwich

  • 1 can Marks & Spencer chopped ham
  • 1 Marks & Spencer raspberry conserve
  • 1 pack square cheddar cheese
  • 1 pack arugula
  • 1 pack alfalfa/tomato
  • bread
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Spread raspberry preserve on one side of the bread.
  2. On the other slice, place the chopped ham, cheddar cheese arugula, alfalfa and tomato.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and top with the slice of the bread with raspberry preserve.

Duck Spring Rolls

  • 1 pack Marks & Spencer duck spring rolls
  • 1 hoissin sauce
  • 2 small pieces ginger
  • rice wine
  • cilantro
  • brown sugar
  1. Bake/deep fry spring rolls
  2. Extract the juice of the ginger and mix with the hoissin sauce, red wine, cilantro and brown sugar.

Creamy Pomodoro

  • Marks & Spencer Green pesto
  • Marks & Spencer Puttanesca ssauce
  • Marks & SPencer Pappardelle
  • Marks & Spencer Honey cured am
  • cream
  • salt 
  • pepper
  1. Cook pasta
  2. In a hot pan, cook chopped honey cured ham and pour in some green pesto, puttanesca sauce and cream.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.

Vegetable Curry and Bagoong Rice

  • Marks & Spencer vegetable curry
  • 1 cupl plain rice
  • 2 tsb cooked bagoong
  • onions
  • garlic
  • green mangoes (sliced)
  • 1 egg (scrambled)
  1. In a hot pan drizzle oit, and onions, garlic, bagoong and rice.
  2. Saute and top with green mangoes and scrambled eggs.

Mango Cheesecake

  • Marks & Spencer New York Cheesecake
  • Ripe mangoes
  • rum
  • butter
  1. Flambe mangoes in rum and butter.
  2. Cool down the mango flambe.
  3. Top the mango flambe on the cheesecake.

My favorite are the duck spring rolls and the creamy pomodoro.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Marks & Spencer Food Fair at Eastwood Mall

Marks & Spencer is not just a popular brand for fashion lovers but it is making its way to our kitchen as a familiar label to our food and snacks. If you are not too familiar with M&S product lines, the food fair last September 29 (Sunday) at the Eastwood Mall Atrium introduced the wide variety of food products being carried by the M&S brand. Marks & Spencer Marks & Spencer Marks & Spencer

M&S offers biscuits, chocolates, groceries, frozen food, wines, tea & coffee, and savory snacks. The prices are made affordable for the middle-class and working Filipinos who also crave for some gourmet meal and imported snacks. Marks & Spencer Marks & Spencer

It was truly awesome to join Marks & Spencer on that extravagant food fair with fellow bloggers, the press, and some guests. I was munching and drinking whatever was laid on the table. I started with a cup of coffee and pastries at around 2pm. Then, it seems the food was just overflowing. They served confectioneries, and then biscuits and tea later. The sweet treats gave me that extra energy boost I needed. Marks & Spencer Marks & Spencer

The beautiful and bubbly Sam Oh hosted the cooking demo by Chef Luigi Muhlach. Chef Luigi used M&S ingredients to cook various dishes. He cooked crab cakes, ham sandwich, duck spring rolls, creamy pomodoro, vegetable curry and bagoong rice, and mango cheesecake. I will be posting the recipe in the second part of this blog entry.  My fave was the duck spring rolls and the creamy pomodoro. Marks & Spencer Marks & Spencer

After the cooking demo, wine connoisseur Chie Gatchalian cheerfully discussed about wine pairing.

Wine drinking or pairing is not really a common household thing here in the Philippines. Being an expert, Chie advocates that food be paired with the right wine. Pairing your food with wine that overpowers it can break the entire meal. Marks & Spencer

I enjoyed the M&S Food Fair. I love the food. Two thumbs up guys. Thanks Nuffnang for inviting me.

Want to know more about M&S delectable treats and other food products? Visit their Marks & Spencer's website and like their Facebook page.