Friday, September 24, 2010

We still need more winners for The Emporium/240 Baon giveaway! Click here for details.
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Since I'm too busy and stressed out, MB and I decided to go out for dinner tonight. He wanted to eat at Mesa Greenbelt 5 so we went there. We checked if there were available seats first. There were a lot of empty seats with no "Reserved" sign so we thought that was good. There was a couple who entered the restaurant ahead of us. They wanted 10 seats. We asked the server for a seat for 2. She said to wait for the receptionist. The receptionist came and immediately accommodated the couple ahead of us. No problem with that, they came in first.  They were looking for a place to seat 10 people. She asked if they wanted to sit outside. The couple said they wanted to sit inside but the receptionist answered that there were "no more available" seats inside so they went outside. Before they left, I asked the receptionist for a table for two. She ignored me. So we were just standing there for about 5 minutes or so with all the staff just passing us back and forth and the other staff making chismis in the cashier's corner. I couldn't take it anymore and asked one of the staff for a table for two. She said, "ma'am wait lang" and called the receptionist. Finally the receptionist came and I asked her again for a table. She said, ma'am there's a waiting list. Aaaargh!! I told her that she should have said that already the first time I asked her and not make us wait while everybody else was ignoring us. I was really hungry and I really snapped at her. She's an idiot. I'm sorry but she is. Or maybe she's one of those people who discriminate according to the clothes you wear. We were wearing very simple clothing (and slippers, not Havaianas) when we went out earlier and the couple had branded clothes on them. I just don't like the way she treated us and she even got annoyed when I snapped at her. So much for service, Senator Pangilinan. I hope you train your people better and please don't hire idiots. 

So because I was so pissed, we went to Oody's instead. I've had satisfactory experiences at Oody's Greenbelt before but we went there anyways because I wanted to treat MB to a special dinner. It's been a while since we last ate at a more upscale restaurant.  Well, well, well. I was in a for a surprise. The staff were very accommodating. We were immediately seated because the restaurant was not full. Our server was Ulyses and  can I just say that he is a rock star server? He is. He was very good, very attentive and very observant. Our food arrived quickly and take note, in order from appetizer to salad and soup then to entrees. We didn't have to call him for water refills. It was automatic. When our glasses were half full, he would immediately go to us and refill the glasses. He gave extra napkins and toothpicks without us asking. He cleared the table of any unwanted clutter (chopstick plastic, etc). He would check on us from time to time without being annoying. He was very subtle about it. He would pass by the table, take a quick look at our food, glasses, etc. then leave. If he saw something that needed attention, he was there ora mismo. I called his manager to commend his work and his attitude. All throughout, he was smiling and very polite. His manager said that he was one of his best employees. I tell you, we had a wonderful dinner at Oody's even though I had a hard time digesting the food. (I always have a hard time digesting Thai food). Even the Koreans on the other table seemed to enjoy their dinner.

We only eat at Oody's once a month but I think this experience would take us there more often. Would I go back to Mesa? Maybe, if the service improves and when they have a new hostess. Right now, I'm too pissed to go back there even with all the good food reviews. 
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

What’s your favorite homemade childhood sweet? I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I like eating homemade desserts and sweets. My grandmother would make polvoron, yema, pastillas and other desserts that the whole family can enjoy. Christmases and birthdays are favorite affairs to whip up these desserts.

Fast forward to the future where everything is fast paced, we no longer have the luxury of making these sweets at home instead, we just buy them from commercial bake shops. But if you’re like me, nothing beats homemade desserts. It just doesn’t taste the same.

The Emporium stays true to that ideal. Homemade desserts such as polvoron and pastillas are freshly made when you order. These sweets are very addictive and customers swear that a dozen polvoron and pastillas is just not enough. You have to order more!

pastillas from the emporium The Emporium Pastillas

the emporium pastillas Yum!

polvoron from the emporium 
Ready for delivery!

the emporium polvoron
Nom. Nom. Nom.

You can visit their Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/ilovetheemporium to learn more about prices, check out the photos and read their client testimonials. The polvoron comes in plain, pinipig and cookies and cream flavors. They deliver to Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Now comes the exciting part!  The Emporium is giving away 3 packs of polvoron and 5 packs of pastillas to 240 Baon readers! Here are the mechanics:

1. You have to be a follower of 240baon
2. You have to be a fan of The Emporium Facebook page
3. First 3 commenters will win a pack of polvoron each. The next 5 will win a pack of pastillas each. Answer this question: What’s your favorite childhood dessert?
4. This is open to Philippine readers only.
5. State that you’re a follower, an FB fan and your email address in your comment to win! I will get in touch with the winners so wait for my email!
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I miss cooking real food. I’ve been very busy lately and all I cook are quick, no-brainer dishes. I want to get creative in the kitchen again. Because of this, I scour the supermarkets for great finds to help me through tough days. One of those trips yielded this:


chocolate orange sticks, by 240baon

I have to apologize though, I can’t remember the brand of this chocolate.

choco orange sticks, by 240baon

I don’t have a sweet tooth but I appreciate a good after dinner dessert once in a while, especially when it’s light. The sticks are perfect for me as I can control how much I eat. The size and thickness are just right. This is pure chocolate, by the way. It doesn’t have a biscuit or something inside. Fruit and chocolate combinations are a real big hit with me that’s why I like these choco-orange sticks. If you don’t like fruits in your chocolate, I suggest you skip this product as you can really taste the orange flavor in each bite.

The sticks don’t melt right away but they do melt once you hold them (of course) but not enough to cover your hands in chocolate, haha! I love eating them cold. There are two trays in one box and this lasted a long time. A few sticks can satisfy your craving for sweets.

One box costs around Php96 and this is available at The Landmark Supermarket. It comes in plain and mint flavors too! I haven’t seen this for a while though so the other flavors must be good too.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I love salpicao whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I like it with lots of garlic. But the thing is, I suck at cooking salpicao until I found this recipe. It’s so easy to prepare, easy to cook and of course, easy to eat!

easy salpicao , by 240baon Easy Salpicao

Marinate beef strips or sukiyaki-cut beef in 1 Maggi Magic Sarap Sachet, 2t Worcestershire sauce and 3T Maggi Savor Classic for about 15 minutes. In a pan, eyeball some EVOO and cook the beef on high heat. Be sure to remove the beef immediately when it has reached your desired doneness otherwise it will toughen up. Sprinkle with garlic chips and serve hot.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

This is a slamdunk dish in my opinion. MB, my mom and sister loved it too!

tomato shrimps and turmeric rice, by 240baon Tomato Shrimps and Turmeric Rice

Another plus is it’s very easy and very fast to cook. For the rice, all you need is freshly cooked rice then sprinkle some turmeric powder all over then mix well. I also added a few dashes of Maggi Savor Classic. You can also use crushed sea salt.

For the tomato shrimps, shell and devein the shrimps, keeping tails intact. In a pan, eyeball some EVOO then add chopped tomatoes. It’s better to use the soft, ripe ones as they are juicier. They make up for the sauce. Cook until wilted then add the shrimps. Season with sea salt and pepper. I also added a few shakes of Maggi Savor Classic. Serve the shrimps on top of the turmeric rice. Wonderful! The subtle taste of the turmeric rice was very well complemented by the flavors of the tomato shrimps.

I wouldn’t recommend this for baon though. You have to eat it freshly cooked and hot. Nuking will ruin the dish.
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Monday, September 6, 2010

I’m so sorry for the very long hiatus. I’ve been very busy.

It’s so much fun to experiment with food (especially when I have the time). You all know the cheeseburger soup that I made a few weeks back. This time, my star ingredient is Coke! I used it for this Cola Chicken:


Cola Chicken, by 240baon Cola Chicken Wings
This is great for dinner or baon.

Whatchunid:
  • about 3/4 of 1 can of Coke
  • calamansi juice (about 20 pieces calamansi)
  • 2T brown sugar
  • dried chili flakes
  • chicken wings
  • sea salt
  • black pepper


To Do:

Mix all ingredients and marinate the chicken wings overnight or 24 hours. Fry in oil. You can also bake this but be sure to keep the marinade so that you can brush the chicken wings with it every now and then. It’s better to reheat this in an oven than a microwave.
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