Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It’s my favorite hero’s day today. Aside from remembering what he has done for our country, we also welcome the midweek rest. Today was a typical holiday for us – woke up late, had a late breakfast, went to the store to check on things, bought some stuff for the house, bought some food then went home. Watched TV, had a nap then watched TV again. So, I decided to shake things up a little. I asked MB to go to Mang Inasal and get takeout for dinner then go to 7-11 to get some Slurpees as MB has never had a Slurpee in his entire life! Can you believe that?? I know, right?

So we had a nice evening stroll. It’s great when your house is walking distance to Mang Inasal, McDo, Jollibee, Shakey’s, Chowking, KFC, Shopwise, Goldilocks, 7-11, Mini Stop. Right Kitten? Unfortunately, all my orders were not available. So we settled for dark meat which I don’t like but a girl’s got to eat.

We went to the nearest 7-11 to buy the Slurpees but the machine was out of order so we had to walk all the way to the other side. Fortunately, the machine was working and they had Mountain Dew Slurpee (Mountain Dew is one of MB’s favorite sodas). And no, I didn’t get the Twilight cup, thank you very much.

The walk back home is not too great as it was hot. It suddenly became too dry outside. No wind whatsoever and the Slurpees were melting.

Nevertheless, we had a good dinner while watching RED on HBO (which I’ve already seen like a hundred times)

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The soup wasn’t salty enough, the chicken was ok while the rice was too soft, like lugaw. The Slurpee was good, just like how I remember it to be. Of course, it’s been years since I last had a Slurpee as I’m not allowed to drink sodas. But the good thing about the old Slurpees is that they don’t melt fast. The ones we got tonight melted as soon as we were out the door.

This isn’t a food review. I just had a great time tonight and thought that I should share it with you. Food should always make you feel like that. It should bring people together and remind us of good memories. This is just to remind myself and everyone that food shouldn’t be thought of/out too much as if it were a science. It should be simple, healthy and good and something that everybody would enjoy. And to leave you with more happy thoughts, here’s MB’s first Slurpee:

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Note: This post was inspired by Kitten’s wonderful, feel-good posts. Thanks sis!
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Of course, the name suggests that this place serves Korean food. Kim N’ Chi is located at Food Choices Glorietta 4. It’s been open for a few weeks. The first time we ate there was on their opening week. I wasn’t able to take photos because I was famished. Today, rather yesterday, seeing as it’s already 12:02 AM, (Happy Birthday MB!) MB and I wanted to eat at Go Greek but seeing that their prices skyrocketed, we opted to go to its neighbor Kim N’ Chi.

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At first I wanted to try the Seafood Omu-Rice but changed my mind at the last minute because of the gigantic proportions of this dish. Well, almost everything is served in gigantic portions in this semi-fast food place. I say semi because they prepare your food after you order. Then, they give you these black disks (just like at the tea shop at Landmark) that buzz and light up when your order is ready. Expect to wait around 5-10 minutes for your order to be served.

Here’s a quick look at the food display:

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Sorry, no close-ups as I was too lazy to get up from my seat. If you think that that’s just advertising, think again. Wait until you see your actual order.

Speaking of orders, here’s ours:

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MB’s Seafood Ramyon (Php119)
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My Beef Stew Bento (Php119)
I ordered the same thing again. I was really hungry and I wanted to be sure of my food.

Let’s tackle MB’s Seafood Ramyon first. You must know that MB is not a huge fan of noodles. I am the noodle freak so I was surprised that he ordered this. The soup is wonderful. The flavor of the seafood (without the langsa) was great. The sweetness of the seafood combined with the spices make this a very hearty dish. You can choose between Mild and Spicy. I told MB to order mild because spicy Korean noodle dishes tend to conflict with our digestive systems. MB finished the soup to the last drop. The noodles are firm, which is number one on my noodle checklist. The seafood was glorious! 4 pieces of shrimps, tons of mussels and squid! All that for only Php119 pesos! This is truly a super sulit dish.

Now while I only have praises for the Ramyon, I have mixed feelings about my bento. The beef stew was good although the first one I tasted was better. The first one also had more beef in it and the meat was more tender. This serving had a lot of litid in it. I gave up on the big portion as it was tough to separate the meat from the litid. The side dishes (egg roll and kani on sticks) were still bad. They are cold and bland. The extra soup tasted like water. The beansprouts were better the first time around. The chapchae was worse. It was ok the  first time we ate there. Nothing special but for it to be served cold, well….. The dilis was still delicious. I think this serving is better than the first one because the first bento was too overwhelming. There was so much going on that I don’t know where to start. The portions are smaller which is good because it encourages healthy eating and allows the customer to finish his/her order. For Php119, this is also another sulit dish.

Will we come back to Kim N’ Chi? Sure! We still have to conquer the Omu-Rice dishes!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hectic days, hectic nights. That’s all I’ve been having for months now. We’ve been eating out and taking out and I don’t like it. I want to go back to my kitchen and cook meals that we enjoy and appreciate. So last night, I decided to go home early and let my team take over the store and cook.

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(Photo taken using my phone)

Of course I had to make something simple.. and fast! MB was getting cranky because he was hungry.

You will need:
cold rice
butter
Baguio beans
chopped bacon
mushrooms
chopped scrambled eggs
chopped spring onions
S&P

Fry the bacon until crispy. Remove some of the oil (not all of it! you want the flavor to infuse with the rice) and add the chopped Baguio beans and chopped mushrooms. Meanwhile, on another pan, add the cold rice then some butter. Put just enough to give the rice a little color. Add this rice to your bacon and veggie mixture and mix gently. Don’t overmix because you don’t want the starch from the rice make your dish all mushed up. Season with salt and pepper. Finally, top your dish with some chopped scrambled eggs and spring onions. Enjoy with a cold beverage.

For dessert, we had some fruit salad. Yep, that’s homemade too!
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