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Monday, October 22, 2018
BIGFOOT BBQ: Better Than Your Backyard Brew

When I think about American food, BBQ is one of the first things that come into mind. Granted that their version is quite different from the Filipino kind, it is still very delicious and goes well with rice. (Un)fortunately for me, BIGFOOT BBQ, didn't have any rice on their menu. If that would have been the case, I would have ordered more than 1 serving.
BIGFOOT BBQ is a well known establishment in downtown Flagstaff. It's sort of an open secret between locals and visitors. It may take awhile for you to find it but it sure is worth a visit. Located on the basement of an arcade, you won't really know that there is a restaurant there.
Once you go down the stairs, make a uturn, and then you see this crafty place where you could get your belly full. Now, BBQ in America is different because of the way they cook it and also of the flavor. At BIGFOOT, they use hickory wood for their smokers. It gives a deep and smoky flavor to the meat that it cooks.
Ordering is quite simple. Head on over to the counter and take your pick. There are platters for groups and yes solo meals as well.
While waiting for your order, you could get some complimentary peanuts on the side.
You also get to pick which sauce you might want. There's the original, which is also served with your dish. Then there is the spicy version and something else. Best go and mix and match.
From what I understand, the menu boils down to 5 things. Sandwiches, Links, Ribs, Brisket/Pulled Pork and other meats, and sides. Now I maybe wrong, but BIGFOOT created different partnership between these items to make you a damn good meal. Plus, they also have happy hour with cocktails and even sides.
Personally, I would suggest that you order some alcohol with your meal. This one could pick up your mood and enhance the flavor of the dishes.
Now, most of their delicious creations are partnered  with a side. You take your pick from a list but the sweet potato fries are pretty good. The mac and cheese was just okay and the sweet potato mash has some cinnamon in it.
Moving on, there is this link (or sausage) that is smothered with burnt ends and tons of toppings. I forgot what it is called but heck, it was one amazing dog. (It's called the smokin bulldawg. A sausage topped with burnt ends, cheese, onions, and bbq sauce.)
Just looking at it up close makes my mouth water. I'm definitely drooling right now as I remember the juicy and tangy flavor of each bite.
If your're not a fan of links, they also have briskets and ribs as I had mentioned.
Remember though, also go for the BURNT END. This is the part of the meat that is a bit crunchy and juicy because as the name suggest, it's that good.
BIGFOOT BBQ is located in the Old Town Shops, 120 N Leroux St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Just head on over and go down the stairs.

Parking might be a problem as it's all on the streets and you have to pay for it. BIGFOOT is one of those establishments that gives you "an hour free parking" when you visit them. (Just ask and you get a d/c on your bill-haven't tried it yet). Cheers.

Disclaimer: paid for our meals. wrote this based on my experience and opinions.
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Monday, October 15, 2018
IKEA TEMPE: More Than Enough Reason To Visit

 After working hard and having a couple of sleepless nights, I figured a drive is in order. Granted that I haven't had any sleep yet, driving for almost 3 hours back and forth is a bad idea.
But, getting a view like this is the way to go. On the way down to Phoenix from Flagstaff, there's a rest area that gives you a glimpse into nature's beauty. You might want to visit SUNSET POINT when you're on the 17.
 Back to business, visiting IKEA is like going to the Phoenix Airport and a bit more. Just after it, you'll enter Tempe and that is where IKEA is located. Ever since I had my first taste of Ikea in Singapore (Link: IKEA I LOVE YOU.) more than 5 years ago, I have been craving their meatballs every time I get the chance. This was no exception.
 In true Ikea fashion, all of their stores are covered with yellow and blue. Each designed to be alike to one another. The restaurant is located on the second floor and it's the start of everything.
 Remember to get 3 trays and a trolley, just so that you could get everything and anything your heart's desire.
 Prices are also quite reasonable. That's why it's amazing and perfect to visit IKEA's restaurant.
 Now, different Ikea stores have different approaches to their menu but they are quite similar. Affordable and delicious. Just like this smoked salmon with vinaigrette. It hits the spot in every way.
 Unfortunately, not everything in the menu is great. The Chicken tender was just okay. Compared to the chicken dishes that I would always go for when in Malaysia and Singapore, the chicken here is coated and deep fried in true American fashion. The fries though were pretty good.
 And of course the main reason of my long drive. THIS MEATBALL DISH!!!!! It's moist and comforting. The sauce and the gravy are perfect with one another. It may not be for everyone but heck, it is so good. For vegetarians, they have those version as well.
 Dessert was spot on. We tried out the chocolate cake and the DEIM. A swedish almond cake, this one is covered with caramel and chocolate. So darn good.
Of course after eating, you could go for a walk around the place to make your visit worthwhile. You get to relax and burn the extra calories you've gained because of this meal.


2110 W Ikea Way, Tempe, AZ 85284

Disclaimer:Paid for our meals. Wrote this based on my experience.
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Just recently, I discovered that establishments in the food industry are using a “hack” to make their lives a bit easier. I believe that we too can use this in our everyday lives. I’m talking about US DEHYDRATED POTATOES.
Check out why US DEHY is the next best thing to ever happen and why we could use this in our everyday cooking.
1.     US DEHY is your amazing potatoes just without water. Made with premium potatoes from the US, they are processed under the stringent standards of the US Department of Agriculture to ensure food safety and quality.  Usually, they’re created from white-fleshed Russet potatoes that makes it creamier.
2. It's all about Storage. Since you've removed the water content, these babies are now lightweight and compact. Also, there's a long shelf life that's about 2 years.
3. It's a more convenient way of having your potatoes. You don't need to wash, peel, and boil. Plus, they have different variants all ready for you to use and pick up. It's simple.
4. It's healthy. All the nutrients that are found in potatoes are in there and are just waiting for you to utilize. Also, you get to stop food wastage. Since, you have the exact amount needed, there's no need to throw away the excess. Just store them up properly and you're good to go.
5. Bottom line is that it's definitely going to make you save money. Typically, one kilo could rehydrate to as much as five kilos, giving you a larger yield. You also don't have to worry about storage and space.
Using US DEHY is pretty easy. To create mashed potatoes, you just have to combine water, salt, and butter. Heat it up to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Add cold milk and gently stir in the US DEHY POTATO FLAKES or GRANULES. You could add more flakes depending on the texture you may want.
It’s pretty straightforward. As Filipinos, we could incorporate US DEHY into kaldereta, menudo, huma, and afritada. Basically everything and anything that needs potatoes. It will surprise you that you can also use US DEHY to make Halaya, many other baked goodies and hotdogs, yes, hotdogs!

Of course, you could also make potato pancakes, waffles, and event potato croquettes for snacks.

If you’re thinking about other ways of creating potato recipes, head on over to You could also check out US DEHY through their website

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Monday, October 1, 2018
IN-N-OUT Experience: West Coast Burger for the Win

 "You only live once." This line has always been in my mind whenever I visit a place for the first time. Just like a few days ago, I drove a little over 2 hours just to visit this burger place. Enter IN-N-OUT.
 Known for it's delicious yet affordable burgers, this place is a must visit whenever you're in town or out or just a few hours away (like me).
It was sunset hour and when we entered this In-N-Out location, this greeted us. It was just before the dinner rush and we were quite lucky to get seats. The menu is straightforward. Burger with or without cheese, the number of patties, plus fries, and shakes. Of course, there is a "secret menu" that you could go for. (GET THE ANIMAL FRIES).
 I had IN-N-OUT a few years back and the flavor is still the same. It's quite good. For the price, you can't really complain. I mean, where else can you get a decent burger meal under 10 USD.
 That night, I started off with a double double. Just because I thought it was enough for me. Unfortunately, IT WASN'T. I mean, I just came from a late lunch and some shopping a few hours ago, but I finished the little sucker in under 5 minutes. Maybe, it was because of the memories and the delicious moans I had with each bite.
 As any self respecting foodie would do, I ordered another. This time, I just had a cheeseburger and another one to go. This definitely made my day. Maybe next time, I'll just have a 3x3 to get it over with. I mean, the pattie and the bun ratio would be perfect. Plus having those onions added up with some of the peppers would really make a difference.
It was the afternoon of September 27, 2018, and I had my burger fill from IN-N-OUT. Note to self: Next time, go for the animal fries, neopolitan shake, and a 3x3.

2770 W Peoria Ave, 
Phoenix, AZ 85029

Disclaimer: Wrote this based on my experience. Paid for my meal.
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Friday, September 28, 2018
US POTATOES ARE A KID'S BEST FRIEND: Healthy Snacks That They Too Can Make

Everyone knows that potatoes is a versatile ingredient. You could do whatever and everything under the sun with it. You can boil, fry, bake, and even use it as a ball to play catch. Kidding aside, potatoes are great for young ones.

Given that it’s the rainy season and school keeps on getting suspended, you might have to spend an entire day with your kids without a plan. Meaning to say, it could be one of those unexpected long weekends or last minute cancelled classes. You could keep your kids busy and well fed by making delicious and healthy foods with U.S. potatoes. One of the things I like about potatoes is that it’s a useful tool to keep your busy bodies happy and definitely healthy.

How? Well you could do what Chef Kristine Lotilla did for some of the middle school students of The Raya School. Just a few days ago, chef helped channel these kids’ energy into creating some easy to do dishes with the glorious potato. Not only was it fun but these babies provide the energy, carbohydrates, and potatoes school kids would need throughout the day.

The first dish was the Broccoli Cheddar Potato Puffs. With easy to find ingredients, this one is a no brainer. I bet that you could make this in no time. After boiling the potatoes, you could mash them up. Mix the seasonings with egg, cheese, and broccoli. After making such, bake it in a 400 degree preheated oven.  After 30-35 minutes, you get your own little snack.

If you’re up for something sweet, you might want to go for the Chocolate Mashed Potato Truffles . Something that kids would enjoy making, hands are a big part of the recipe.

After gathering all the ingredients and fluffing up your mashed potatoes with milk and butter, you could add up some honey, cocoa, and vanilla. Form them into potato doughs by rolling them up. You could then melt your dark chocolate (or have caramel) and use this as a dip. Afterwards, add some nuts, raisins, coconut or whatever toppings you may want to roll it in. Then, you could freeze them in an airtight container just to make everything solid.

I’m sure you and your kids will have a great time making and eating these potato dishes. You could check out these links for additional information:  

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