Recipe: Corned Beef in Pork & Beans

When I was still a child, I could not cook complex dishes yet, so to start me with cooking my mother taught me how to cook Corned Beef in Pork & Beans since this was one of my favorite food.

It’s easy that even I, when I was still in elementary could cook it.

You can try it by following the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1 – 150g PureFoods Corned Beef
  • 1 – 230g Hunt’s Pork & Beans
  • 1 bulb Red Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • Small amount of oil

Instructions

  1. Chop onion and garlic to small pieces
  2. Heat the oil in a pan.
  3. Saute the chopped red onion and crushed garlic.
  4. Add the Corned Beef. Stir and fry until almost dry.
  5. Add the Pork & Beans. Stir until everythings hot.

Best served with rice.

Serves 2-3 persons.

This is not a paid post. I’ve tried using other brands but the combination of the two brands creates the best taste I’ve tried so far.

Itoy’s Coffe Haus in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

After we ate at Kinabuch’s Gill and Bar in Puerto Princesa City, we had to walk to NCCC to get to a computer shop as I have to print some test papers for my students. While on our way to the computer shop, we passed by Itoy’s Coffee Haus and my friend that it was the famous coffee place in Puerto Princesa and asked if she wanted to try it. She said yes, so we set our priorities first finish the printing and go back to Itoy’s Coffee House.

Itoy's Coffee (Cappuccino) at Itoy's Coffee Haus in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Itoy’s Coffee (Cappuccino)

Since we were still full from eating Tamilok and Crocodile Sisig, we both decided to have the usual Cappuccino or what they call in their menu Itoy’s Coffee for 65 Pesos a cup. And since I was craving for some dessert we ordered their Blueberry Cheesecake for 120 Pesos per slice.

From where I live in Palawan there’s really no place to get those good brewed coffee that’s why it’s always nice to visit Coffee places like Itoy’s Coffee in Puerto Princesa City. Though small, I liked the ambience inside as these features a mix of brown, bricks and glass. The sound inside were one where you could have a good cup of coffee while hearing clearly your friend. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long as someone took on the stage and began singing. The song was good, I just wished it was a little more quieter so I could hear clearly what my friend was saying. Still it was somewhat tolerable.

Our Cappuccino was served with steam-milk foam with cinnamon powder on top. It tasted like a good strong Cappuccino, the way it was supposed to be.

Blueberry Cheesecake at Itoy's Coffee Haus in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Blueberry Cheesecake

When the Blueberry Cheesecake arrived, since we were full from our dinner we did not eat it immediately though I admit it was deliciously looking. Since I ordered the Blueberry Cheesecake I get to have the first try. Let’s just say that it was just ordinary for me. I didn’t taste the cheese that much and the filling had a bit too much gelatine on it.

So would I ever go back to Itoy’s Coffee Haus?

Of course! You should try their Black Forest Smoothie as it’s one of my favorites there. 🙂

Itoy’s Coffee Haus Details

Location: Centro de Benito y Aliva Commercial Complex, Rizal Ave., Brgy. Maningning, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Contact number: (048) 434-9918

E-mail: itoyscoffeehaus@yahoo.com

How to get there

When you’re in the town proper of Puerto Princesa City, just ask the tricycle driver to take you to Itoy’s Coffee Haus in Rizal Avenue and they’ll know where to take you.

But if you’re somewhere in Rizal Avenue and you could see both Jollibee and Chowking, better ask around as Itoy’s Coffee Haus is just near.

Classic Roasted Chicken Solo B of Kenny Roger’s Roasters

Before I took off back to Palawan, we decided to have lunch first at NAIA 3’s Kenny Roger’s Roasters. I bought my usual favorite ever since Kenny Roger’s Roasters opened here in the Philippines, the Classic Roasted Chicken: Solo B.

Classic Roasted Chicken Solo B in Kenny Roger's Roasters
Classic Roasted Chicken Solo B

The picture above does not say it all as there’s also rice on the meal. The Ice Tea was just an additional.

For 225 Pesos, I had a 1/4 roasted chicken marinated in herbs and spices, a corn muffin, gravy, 1 cup of rice and two side dishes of my choice (sour cream & chives potato and macaroni & cheese).

It was great and tasted well but I do want my chicken not to be too dry. 🙁

Classic Roasted Chicken of Kenny Roger's Roasters
A closer look

Anyways, it was a good meal before I fly out of Manila.

Until next time my dear lovely Classic Roasted Chicken of Kenny Roger’s Roasters. 🙂

 

 

Cronuts at Wild Flour Café + Bakery

Since I was in Manila for a short visit for my college classmates wedding, I decided to meet other friends around Ortigas Center. One of them suggested that we meet at Wild Flour Café + Bakery inside the The Podium, Mandaluyong City and taste their Cronuts. It was the first time I’ve heard of Wild Flour and Cronuts, therefore I said yes immediately and we all set the date and time of meeting.

(Closer) Strawberry Cronut. (Farther) Mixed Berries Cronut at Wild Flour Cafe + Bakery
(Closer) Strawberry Cronut. (Farther) Mixed Berries Cronut.

Come September 9, 2013 we all met inside Wild Flour. Turns out that I’ve seen Wild Flour even before as I usually pass by the restaurant when I head to SM Megamall from the office.

I liked the design of their shop as it was a mix of glass, black, white and wood. Plus the acoustics of inside was conducive to conversations as there was little echo going around.

Then we called on one of their staff, we asked what’s their best selling cronuts and she told us that their Chocolate and Dulce De Leche Cronut was their best sellers and it was still available. I said quickly, I’ll take one Chocolate and Lyza took Dulce De Leche. We both requested her to kindly quickly get them. Unfortunately, she came back after 10 seconds and told us that both the Chocolate and Dulce De Leche Cronut just went sold out.

So we asked here again what other flavors were left and she answered “Strawberry, Mixed Berry and Vanilla”. I ordered Strawberry and Lyza ordered Mixed Berry. Fortunately, we now had them on our table.

When we were starting to eat two of our friends came, Ana and Krishna. Ana ordered the Vanilla and Krishna ordered Mixed Berries.

Vanilla Cronut at Wild Flour Cafe + Bakery
Vanilla Cronut

Just as I suspected, Cronut came from the words Croissant and Donut, as the the dough was that of the Croissant and it was fashioned like in a donut but it was crispier.

It had a cream filling inside that is tickles my sweet tooth and the flavors are very faint, enough for me to taste all the ingredients on my Cronut. The Strawberry Glazing on top, the sweet cream filling in the middle and the croissant dough.

Dissected Strawberry Cronut at Wild Flour Cafe + Bakery
Dissected Strawberry Cronut

Somehow the strong taste of the cream filling made the Strawberry, Mixed Berry and Vanilla monotonous as they all almost taste the same. Still they all tasted great.

Will I every try Wild Flour Café + Bakery Cronut again?

It’s a definite yes, but it has to wait again when I get back to Manila and somehow it’s not ordinarily priced for the common person as it costs around 120 Pesos a piece.

I just noticed that in our receipt the cronut was written as CroiDonut. I wonder if it’s because of the trademark name of the Cronut.

Blueberry Muffin of Midtown Bakery in El Nido, Palawan

We went to Midtown Bakery when were looking for a simple bread for our stay in our accommodation in El Nido, Palawan. We saw on their glass container that they have different sorts of baked goodies, from donuts, to egg pies, to pandesal, etc. but what really got my interest was the Blueberry Muffin. It was not in the usual bakery around the Philippines.

Last 8 pieces of Blueberry Muffin left at Midtown Bakery in El Nido, Palawan
Last 8 pieces of Blueberry Muffin left

So for variety we order 4 pieces of Blueberry Muffin at 15 Pesos each. It was only as big as the muffin in Kenny Roger’s Roasters and I could see myself finishing it with just 4 bites. So they packed what we ordered in a plastic bag and off we went to our lodge.

While working, I quickly took a bit of the Blueberry Muffin and to my surprise it was really good. It had the perfect mix of blueberry and dough. I could taste the blueberry and could feel its gooey texture. It was also a little bit chewy and a little bit moist, just the way I like my muffin to be.

Blueberry Muffin from Midtown Bakery in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Blueberry Muffin

Would I recommend it? YES! YES! YES! When we went back to Midtown Bakery the next day, there were only 8 pieces left and we were the ones who made the Blueberry Muffin sold out that time.

Midtown Bakery in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Midtown Bakery in El Nido, Palawan

Yakulit Shake of Bona’s Chaolong in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

When I first dined in Bona’s Chaolong I did not have a good time with their Yakult Shake. But circumstances lead me to order it again.

On my visit to Bona’s Chaolong last August 27, 2013 I was already full from our lodge’s breakfast, but when Jherson arrived we just had to bring him to Bona’s Chaolong before his flight our of Puerto Princesa. Along with Lai, we went almost immediately.

Yakult Shake of Bona's Chaolong in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Yakult Shake of Bona’s Chaolong

I did not want to order anything but since I do not want to be the one just sitting there while they both are munching and sipping food I had to order. I wanted a fruit smoothie but what they only have is the Yakult Shake. So I reluctantly ordered and paid 30 Pesos for it.

It was different from my first try of the drink. It now was inside a metal glass and it now had a texture of almost liquid but the ice was still there.

When I sipped it, now I could really taste the the Yakult! And it was great!

Perfect for the Tuna French Bread that Lai ordered. Yes, I took one. 😛

Yakult Shake of Bonas Chaolong in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines

I think the difference now is that they put on more Yakult. And I loved it’s texture, the almost liquid but the ice was still there. It was now perfect for the Chaolong Noodle Soup and the French Bread.

ADB Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I’m lucky to have a relative and friends who are working in Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Ortigas as I get to ask them sometimes (rarely) to buy me one of my favorite Choco Crinkles, and I shall call it the ADB Choco Crinkle Cookies.

ADB Choco Crinkles
The ADB Choco Crinkles

I first had this when my relative came to the house and brought this larger-than-average sized choco crinkles. I first thought of it as “You’re just like the other food that goes for the visual than the gastronomical”. But when I first tasted it, I was wrong and had to apologize the the ADB Choco Crinkle for judging it before trying it.

It had a deep dark chocolate that mixes perfectly both the bitter and the sweet within the chewy chocolate and the sugar powder complements the chocolatey goodness of the Chocolate Crinkle.

Ever since that day, I occasionally ask my friends and relative working in ADB to buy me one, two, three, four, five… and so on.

When I last had the ADB Choco Crinkles it was sold at 13 Pesos a piece.

ADB Chocolate Crinkle in half
ADB Chocolate Crinkle in half

Note: The cafeteria of ADB is not accessible to all but only to those who are working there. Even inside the ADB cafeteria a person can only buy 20 pieces of these in one buying. For bigger orders they have to pre-order.

Writing about it makes me want to eat the ADB Choco Crinkles again.

Meiji Coffee Beat

I was in Mercury Drug to buy some softdrinks for dinner here in Roxas, Palawan when I saw Meiji Coffee Beat. It flashed back memories of my college days when I would do regular late night studies while eating it.

Meiji Coffee Beat Tube Container
Meiji Coffee Beat Tube Container

It costs 42 Pesos per tube. Quite expensive if you ask me but I miss it’s taste. So I quickly took a tube gave it to the cashier, paid my financial obligation and quickly tried to forget the loss of weight in my pocket.

Meiji Coffeebeat
Meiji Coffeebeat

When I got to the house, I had to stop myself to devour it because I still had to take pictures. After taking pictures, I opened the tube up and there it was little bits of coffee seed looking coffee covered chocolate.

Meiji Coffeebeats
Meiji Coffeebeats

I took one piece in my mouth and after 3 minutes there was nothing left on the tube. It was a good snack while it lasted.

Now I want another Meiji Coffee Beat.

NOTE: The information in the tube packaging is all in Japanese. I may be eating a super human enhancement snack and might not know it.

Amy’s Fruit and Vegetable Cakes

It was the night of April 2013 when I met with friends. We were looking for a nice place where we could sit back and talk in Robinsons Pioneer when we ended up at the basement parking. There it was a small stall with 2 tables and 3 chairs that had the sign of Amy’s Fruit and Vegetable Cakes.

Amy's Fruit and Vegetable Cakes

I’ve usually associated cakes with a sinful sweet taste but the ones in Amy’s Fruit and Vegetable Cakes did not sound as evil as it used to be.

Here’s pictures of their different cakes that were on display.

Choco Ampalaya Delight Cake (90 Pesos/slice) at Amy's Fruit and Vegetable Cakes
Choco Ampalaya Delight Cake (90 Pesos/slice)
Pastillas Kalabasa Cake (70 Pesos/slice) at Amy's Fruit and Vegetable Cakes
Pastillas Kalabasa Cake (70 Pesos/slice)
Cheesy Malunggay Lemon Cake (80 Pesos/slice) at Amy's Fruit and Vegetable Cakes
Cheesy Malunggay Lemon Cake (80 Pesos/slice)

Since I was a fan of Chocolate Cakes, we ordered for a slice of Choco Ampalaya Delight Cake which we took out and ate somewhere else since there was not enough seats to accommodate us.

Slice of Choco Ampalaya Delight Cake
Slice of Choco Ampalaya Delight Cake

When I tasted the Choco Ampalaya Delight Cake, I could taste the chocolate and it had a different taste, maybe because of the ampalaya, but I could not find the taste of the ampalaya there. The truth is, it tasted healthy which means it was just okay for me. I wished I had ordered the Pastillas Kalabasa Cake, at least for that I did not have a high expectation such as the chocolate cake.

I’ll order the Pastillas Kalabasa Cake next time. 🙂

Amy’s Fruit and Vegetable Cakes Details

Location: Lower Ground Floor Forum Robinsons Mall (Pioneer), Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

Contact Number: 0916-221-8045

E-mail: amy_fruitnvegecakes@yahoo.com.ph

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amysfruitsnvegecakes

Their cakes

  • Pastillas Kalabasa Cake
  • Choco Ampalaya Delight Cake
  • Cheesy Malunggay Lemon Cake
  • White Choco Orange Burst Cake
  • Almond Pumpkin Melt Cake
  • Carrot Pineapple Crumble Cake
  • Banana Pineapple Moist Cake

Heavenly Desserts by Dorothy

I was walking randomly last week at the Town Proper of Puerto Princesa when I saw a series of tarpaulin with pictures of food in it. I saw the usual cakes and rice dishes but what really caught my attention was the Ube Cheesecake. I’ve never had an Ube Cheesecake before! So I looked where it was located and the tarps were saying Heavenly Desserts by Dorothy.

Excited as I was to try the Ube Cheesecake, I still had some stuff to do in Puerto Princesa so I had to put my priorities straight and remind my stomach to try it later.

Finally at around 7:00 PM I finally had time to taste my craving for an Ube Cheesecake. So I told the tricycle driver to take me to SSS in front of NCCC, paid him 8 Pesos for the ride, and walked straight to the glass doors of Heavenly Desserts by Dorothy.

Inside Heavenly Desserts by Dorothy

I went straight to the counter and looked for the Ube Cheesecake and there it was beside a small sign that says 85 Pesos. Seeing that I was a bit hungry that night I also ordered for a Moist Chocolate Cake for 65 Pesos. And since I’m trying to avoid caffeinated drinks for no reasonable reason, I ordered the Peppermint Tea for 40 Pesos. Continue reading Heavenly Desserts by Dorothy