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Thursday, July 23, 2020

 So it's been like this. Preferring to eat at home just because you won't know if it's safe to eat out. With COVID cases in the thousands, it would make sense to eat at home. At least, you're sure of the stuff that you get. One of the things that I was lucky enough to try out would be PACIFIC WEST SEAFOOD. It's a known brand that has ready to cook frozen meals. To be specific, they got very good restaurant quality seafood. 
They sent on over a number of easy to cook frozen seafood. I like how you don't need to be a great chef to have restaurant grade dishes. For today, I was able to try 4 of their special dishes. From Dusted Baby Squid, Lemon Pepper Squid Chunks, Popcorn Shrimps, and Cheesy Fish Fillet.
 Cooking them is pretty easy. No need to thaw, just heat up a pan with oil. Then, deep fry for roughly 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
 Whoever did the RND on the Cheesy Fish Fillet is a genius. The breading kept the cheese inside. It didn't leak and destroy the dish. This actually reminded me of a seafood restaurant that shall not be named but it's really that good. Partner this with some aoili sauce or lemon and butter plus some chips or fries and you're good to go.
 I was actually thinking how to differentiate the two types of squid that was sent over. The dusted one is a little darker in color because of the breading. It was also more formed compared to the chunks. In contrast, the chunks are a like small balls made with breading and cut up pieces of squid. The popcorn shrimp though would be perfect with some cocktail sauce. My goodness, everything in this seafood platter is pretty good.
These and a lot more from Pacific West Seafood is available from @afcphils or Alternative Food Corp ( for delivery and online order. They're also available in Rustans Supermarket, Shopwise, Fishermall, Best Value Factory Outlet (Eastwood), and in other major supermarkets.

Disclaimer:These items were sent on over. I wrote this based on my experience and opinions.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

This is not your ordinary munchin. It looks normal from the outside but these donuts are different. MILKY DUST DONUTS is extraordinary. A brainchild of Twinkle Lacsamana, this is her labor of love.
Sprinkled with sugar dusting, different small balls of fun would surprise customers. Each has a filling that would make you want to eat more.
Mocha would definitely be our favorite. The mixture found inside makes it a perfect one for coffee lovers.
Chocolate tastes a bit traditional for me. The bread is soft and moist. They're pretty good as a snack on the go.
There's also a milky vanilla flavor and ube cheese. The vanilla is a little too sweet for me. The ube has a familiar cheese flavor inside it. Maybe next time, I'll ask her not to add sugar coatings so that I can eat some more.
You could check them out in instagram @milkydustdonuts . They're based in Edsa, Pasay. They currently have 4 flavors. Dark Mocha, Ube Cheese, Vanilla Milk, and Pure Chocolate.

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. I ordered and paid for some of these donuts but where also given some as a treat.
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Friday, May 29, 2020
TAKING CARE OF YOUR GUT: World Digestive Health Day 2020

 As a foodie, I tend to go overboard with food. Who wouldn't right? With food present left and right, it's a bit too much sometimes. Especially now that Metro Manila is in a quarantine, we tend to create dishes and eat as long as we want to. One thing I realized early on is that we need to take care of our gut. 
Today is WORLD DIGESTIVE HEALTH DAY 2020. Today, it's all about taking care of our tummy. It's something that we need to do to keep up with everything that's happening around us.
 Stress, oily dishes, and not eating on time could lead to problems for our stomach. It's better to have a preventive approach when it comes to this. Eat healthy dishes like veggies. Go for high fiber intake. Don't forget to take in tons of fluids. Exercise is also the best way to go.
 Just in case, you might need some medications that could help you out. When, there's pain involved, there's a decrease in the way we move about. It's best to take care of it asap. If we're having loose bowel, we need to take care of it just so that we don't get dehydrated. On the flipside, having constipation is also bad for us. It's all about balance.  Sanofi Philippines sent on over some samples of their dependable meds. As always, please consult your healthcare provider before taking any of these.
 If you're feeling constipated, DULCOLAX will be your best bet. It's best to take it before you sleep just so that when you wake up, you'll have an easier bowel movement. Best to drink it with a full glass of water.
On the other hand, when you have loose bowel movement, ERCEFLORA is a great medication when you're trying to restore the normal balance in your tummy. It's basically a probiotic to help your gut return to normal. They now offer these for kid as well in the form of Probi Bears.
 Essentiale Forte P is something for your liver. It helps protect and promote liver health especially when you have a chronic liver disease. So, it's best for you to take alcoholic drinks in moderation and never go overboard.
BUSCOPAN is a great antispasmodic medication to help you with abdominal pain. They now offer one that's targeting cramps for our female friends with the Buscopan Venus. These would help decrease stomach spasms and help us get through the day.

SANOFI is encouraging everyone to talk about their gut feelings. They're using the hashtags #WDHD and #LetsTalkAboutGutFeelings. Maybe you could share your stories too. Cheers.

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. These sample medications were care of Sanofi Philippines. As always, please consult a doctor before taking any of these medications. There are contraindications and also severe reactions that may occur to some when taking in these medications.
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Monday, May 25, 2020

 Ever since Metro Manila has been in a lockdown, people are craving for sushi and sashimi and even rolls. The fact that raw dishes are quite easy to contaminate, my family and I would only get outside food that we could reheat before eating. Just to be safe. A dish that came in handy during the lockdown would be SUSHI BAKE.
 It's basically a make your own california maki. It's quite easy to make. Ingredients are easy to find especially if you're near a Japanese market store. Sometimes, Korean shops have these items too.
 To start off, you will need a lb of imitation crab or kani sticks, nori or seaweeds, 3/4 cups japanese mayo like kewpie, 3 cups of cooked rice, furikake for seasoning, 1/2 cup sour cream, and sriracha (optional). You could also have some extra seaweeds or nori wrappers and sweet mango slices. If you want it to be more special, add some ebiko or those little orange eggs that you see.
 Mix together the crab, japanese mayo, sour cream, and some furikake. In a casserole dish or baking pan, spread a layer of cooked rice up to a little below the halfway mark. Don't over do it because you could get really full easy. Add furikake on top and a sheet of nori just to cover it up. Then, spread the mixture that you just mixed. Add the ebiko on top. Broil for a few minutes until the topping is browned. Once done, you could serve it as is or get a little bit then place it in a nori wrapper. Add mangoes and dip into soy sauce. Here, you have your very own SUSHI BAKE. For sure, you can mix and match different toppings as well. I'm thinking of adding some uni to the mix too and maybe cheese.  
Here's an extra. If you have tons of kani or imitation crab sticks, just egg wash them and put some panko breadings. Add nori or seaweed in the middle then deep fry. You then got your very own KANI FRY. Easy.

Disclaimer: Wrote this based on my experience. Bought and made such.
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Monday, May 18, 2020

 It has been a roller coaster ride for the past few weeks. Metro Manila is one of the worst hit in the Philippines. Places were placed on lockdown and one could not go out of their houses without the right reasons. For health and safety wise, this was a good idea. Although, mass testing would be a key part of helping the community. Anyways, I'm here to get off the couch and write about the things that I bought or received that might tickle your fancy. During this quarantine, you can't really go to a restaurant and eat there. The best solution is to either cook or have your food delivered. Here are some of the things I ate during this metro manila freeze.
For my sweet tooth, I went for some TAZA PLATITO's everything but the kitchen sink cookies. From marshmallows to pretzels, and nuts and chocolate. These are really good and would certainly help your appetite. Sometimes in the middle of the night, I would sneak off to the cookie jar and get some of these babies. You can read more about taza platito here.
 For some afternoon snacks, one could go for MERASHIAN'S chicken pie. These empanada like pies are really good. The crust are just right. The filling wasn't dry. It actually reminded me of those red ribbon snacks. Just put them in the toaster and they should be fine. Thank you very much Mitch and Mikee for this.
 I'm no longer a house of bao virgin. That's what I told myself yesterday. As I tried it, the smell and taste reminded me of my travels to Taipei. These little munchins from HOUSE OF BAO were moist and just right. There are actually 3 flavors to choose from. Chicken, vegetarian, and the pork. If I was going to order again, it would be all pork. Reheating them on a pan with little oil and water works well as it gives you a toasty bottom.
 One of the most easiest transaction I have ever made during this quarantine period would be with FALAFEL YO. You just need to go to their website and they will handle everything. From ordering, payment via credit card, and even delivery. The falafels hit the spot. Ever since I have tasted them a few years back, I realized that I actually like these little balls. Deep fried, they are sandwiched in pita bread. Add a little bit of hummus and even fries and everything would be fine. This is comfort food at its finest.
 See that popsicle stick? Yes, it's from that restaurant. LIVESTOCK is known for having crunchy skin crispy pata with moist and delicious meat inside. Ever since I tried Livestock, I have tried them a number of times. From deliveries to takeouts, and even dine in, this place has a lot of fond memories. Aside from crispy pata, they're also known for other Filipino dishes. You can read more about livestock here.

For people craving for ramen, one place that now has a take home packet would be RAMEN NAGI. Since a couple of weeks back, they started piloting ramen boxes. These small boxes have a lot of ingredients for you to take home and reheat. From there, you got your own bowl of ramen. Aside from ramen, they also offer other dishes like karaage. You can read about ramen nagi here.
 One of the first restaurants to stay open in UP TOWN KATIPUNAN would be MAMA LOUS. They were the first restaurant I tried out when Metro Manila was in lockdown. The food was okay but it was a little bit of hassle coordinating pick up. I understand that during this time we need to be a little more patient. Aside from some ordered items missing and being late when the pickup time was confirmed, the food was okay. It was good enough to heed my cravings.

 During this time, I hope everybody could keep safe and sound. Remember that our rights are synonymous to respecting others as well. When going out, please wear the proper PPE and do social distancing. Stop touching your mask and moving it around. Stay safe.

Disclaimer: bought all of these food except for the merashian chicken pie as they were given as a gift.
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Sunday, April 5, 2020
Ways to Earn Money Chasing Your Foodie Dreams While Traveling the World

We've all heard the word "foodie" before... But Have you ever wondered what exactly gives someone the right to call themselves a "foodie"? The term is used so loosely that it's hard to tell if someone is really a true foodie or not. 

By definition, a foodie is someone with a deep interest in food, in both cooking and eating. But there has to be more to it than that, right? Or else why would certain people get upset at other people calling themselves foodies? That basic definition of the term practically describes everyone who enjoys food for sustenance and taste. 
Our taste buds are designed to automatically ignite an interest in food, especially when it tastes goo, so that definition alone, isn't enough to explain what a true foodie is. In fact, true foodies will argue you down over what a foodie truly is! So before you go and label yourself as a foodie around other foodies, recommends you, 

BE able to recommend a restaurant while providing several menu options
BE knowledgeable on various cooking styles
BE able to pick out flavors and ingredients in various dishes

Those are just a few recommendations that will save you a scolding and embarrassment from real foodies. To settle the score on what a foodie really is, it's safe to say that a foodie is someone who is extremely passionate about food and all its facets. It's also safe to say that a foodie will travel the world just to pursue their food passion. 


It's no secret that travel and tourism were designed with the foodie in mind. Although the term is still fairly new, the love of food isn't. There are food festivals, cooking TV shows, and food tours all over the world that people enjoy but only a true foodie lives, eats, and breathes food. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that foodies travel the world just to satisfy their foodie desires. 
But traveling the world just to satisy your foodie desires isn't a realistic way of life... You still have a lofe outside of food, right? You at least have to work! Well, of course, but the thing about some foodies is that they love food so much that they've made being a foodie a complete lifestyle! And you can too if you're as passionate about food as you think you are!
The great news is that you can take your passion for food, travel all over the world, and make money while fulfilling your passion!

If you consider yourself a foodie and want to explore the lifestyle of a traveling foodie, here are some of the best ways to earn income with jobs involving food, all while fulfilling your passion for food. 


Food Photographer
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In many cultures, it's a sacred and religious tradition to pray before you eat your food... Well, in the world of foodie-ism, it's a sacred tradition to take pictures of your food before you eat! There's just something about when your food is brought out to you, the smell, the presentation of the food, and the overall vibe of the dining location just makes you want to share your experience with the entire world! And there's nothing wrong with that... In fact, there's a whole business that focuses on it. 

There are lots of entrepreneurs who have started their own online business with the sole focus of selling food photography. The amazing thing about selling food photography is that it doesn't just have to be pictures of meals. Food Photography can come in the form of:
  • Pictures of spices and ingredients
  • Pictures of food vendors from all over the world
  • Pictures of the restaurant staff (cooks, chefs, servers, managers, etc)
  • Pictures of customers enjoying their meals

If you can follow the simple steps to build your online storefront, you'll be able to post your pictures on your site and vloggers, bloggers, and fellow foodies will be able to purchase the photos you had the peasure of taking and utilize them for their own personal use. 

You can even sell various ingredients and spices you've taken pictures of through your site if you wanted. With an online store, you can sell practically anything!

Food Truck Owner
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Being a food truck owner, you literally embody the definition of "meals on wheels"... but being a food truck owner also gives you the ability to travel the world and make money doing it ! Maybe you are a connoisseur of all things involving a hot dog... You could take your hot dog skills and share your delicious dogs with the whole world!
It's amazing the places you will find yourself on four wheels.

Food Stylist
Stylists have always been though of as people working in the makeup, hair, and fashion industries... little do most people know that stylists run deep in the food industry as well! Just think about it... those bacon, avocado-ranch burgers don't just come off the grill looking that tasty... It takes a food stylist to make them look that good for restaurant menus. 
If you consider yourself as someone who has a knack for putting things together and who personally, always makes your own homecooked meals look delicious, a career in food styling might be an avenue for you to travel down. 

Food Critic
As a foodie, you've probably experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly of food, and in those food experiences, isn't it your duty to inform the world of your dining experiences? If you're a foodie who feels that type of social responsibility, then you're going to love working as a food critic. 

Maybe you had a great experience at Friends and Family in BGC   and wanted to share your experience with your online audience... That's a great way to not only inform the public but to also enhance your critiquing skills. As a food critic, you're not only providing helpful information on the food but also on the overall experience. 
Everything from the food and service to the cleanliness of the environment and overall vibe of the dining establishment, all paints a picture for those reading. Details are everything!

Disclaimer:this is a sponsored post.
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