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Tuesday, August 28

Mochiko: Not your ordinary Ice Cream


I have been seeing this kind of ice cream on malls for months but I didn’t give it a try not until I went to Tagaytay last week. I don’t really know what got into me but I just really felt like gobbling up ice cream while staring at the refreshing view of the greens and the Taal Volcano. At that point in time, I was torn by choosing either Frogurt (Frozen yogurt), FIC (Fruits in ice cream) or these.  Obviously, I went for Mochi since I wanted to know how Japanese ice cream tastes like (I just didn’t know if it’s authentic); not to mention that I was intrigued by how it was served.  Here’s what I got:

Green Tea

Strawberry Yogurt

There is an array of flavors to choose ranging from the common flavors like Mango, Chocolate, Strawberry to the bizarre ones like Black sesame, Green tea and Azuki (red bean). I opted to try the Green Tea since am a fan of tea ever since summer of this year began. I also devoured  Strawberry Yogurt which i also found scrumptious. 



If you will be visiting Tagaytay anytime soon, try to hang-out at the Cliffhouse. There are a number of good restaurants within its compound that will definitely satisfy not only the cravings palate but your eyes as well.





Mochi is a Japanese confection made of glutinous rice flour or Mochiko. It is usually filled with a sweet center such as anko or red bean paste and eaten as a snack




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Tuesday, August 21

TAGAYTAY: Temporary Escape


For me, Tagaytay isn’t much of a tourist destination. But if you are craving for relaxation outside a busy city  without going much too far, this could be the perfect getaway. A mere 2 to 3 hours drive from Manila brought me to this cool city in Cavite. I took the bus in Pasay en route to Batangas and asked the driver to drop me off at Olivarez. It cost me around 78php.

fog/clouds obscuring the view

That day, the weather isn’t that cooperative as there are constant rain showers all over Luzon. But who cares, i still pushed through with my travel plan. I took it on the bright side; at least I got the chance to really feel the cool and cold winds of Tagaytay. The only downside is that I didn’t got the chance to visit several attractions within the vicinity. I was not able to visit the people's park, palace in the sky and Tagaytay zoo: but am not that bitter. I know that there are a lot of places where I can get a good view of the Taal volcano and its lake; that’s what I am looking for after all.


Cliffhouse viewdeck


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Thursday, August 16

Aglio Olio: A complicated name for a simple dish


I decided to test my kitchen skills by making out a simple pasta dish. Honestly, am trying to save up for something so I decided to cook my own food instead of dining-out tonight.  I actually haven’t done this before but I have no doubt that I can make it; and I wasn’t wrong.

Aglio Olio (pronounced as ahl-yo oal-yo) is an italian phrase which means “Garlic and Oil”  

I didn’t know much about its ingredients and I am to lazy to browse the net for some recipe. I just gathered and mixed every item my palate could remember.

Here’s my simple Aglio Olio recipe

Ingredients:

Olive oil, Garlic cloves, Fresh parsley, Pasta noodles, 
Salt and ground black pepper to taste, Cashew nuts (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

Boil  pasta noodles on a saucepan of salted water. Stir well and boil until the pasta is al dente.  Drain and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a sauce pan, add in chopped garlic and minced parsley. Saute the garlic until it turns light golden brown. Cook over low heat for 3-5 minutes to allow the oil to absorb all the flavors.

Add cooked pasta, 3-4 tbsp pasta water and cashew nuts to the garlic & oil mixture.  Mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately. 


Try this one and let me know how it went. ^_^


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Tuesday, August 14

A Folk Dance Presentation by Kultura FILIPINO


It has been a long time since I made my last post and am sorry for being lazy. Honestly, there are a lot of things that I want to share with; including this nice video I got from SM Makati.

I was on my way home when I overheard a commotion somewhere near the 2nd floor escalator. I am not a tattler, I rushed into the hall because I knew that it was different; it sounded like someone was performing and I wasn’t wrong. Here’s what I saw:

I apologize for the poor video quality


  video
The staffs of a local brand (KULTURA FILIPINO) dancing on a traditional folk song
 
It’s great to watch folk dances every now and then. Kudos! to the team behind the idea, aside from it promotes the brand, it also uplifts the Filipino spirit of its viewers.


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