Monday, March 20, 2017

RedRing Treasures Cutlet Noodles in Wisma Atria

Lately I've been craving for fried chicken. Deep-fried, crispy chicken with rice! It doesn't matter if it's the kind that comes in a bucket or the one that's served on a plate, de-boned and ready to eat. The worst thing about it is my cravings come at the middle of the night keeping me wide awake as I nurse my growling tummy. Gah!

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Then, I suddenly I remembered that dinner that we had at Wisma Atria's Food Republic where Paul and I got to try RedRing Treasures. It was upon an invitation from Roy and his father David to try their specialty -- deep-fried chicken cutlet served with your choice of noodles or rice. If there's one thing that everyone should know about food courts, be prepared to stumble upon great and yummy things in there. Roy is based in the US as he's finishing his studies there, so we got to sit down and chat with Mr. David who told us the story of how RedRing Treasures came to be. Apparently, they started in Holland Drive where Mr David and his wife carefully perfected their chicken cutlet recipe as well as the sauces used for their noodles.

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The secret lies in the careful and precise preparation of each dish. They actually have a system for everything so each cutlet is timed to ensure consistency, the recipe is kept top secret within the family members and they personally see through the operations of their stalls on a daily basis. Talk about dedication! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#FrannyCooks : Abalone Miso Butter Pasta

My goodness! Where did the time go? Can you believe that we're already halfway through March and this means, the 1st quarter of the year is almost over! What's more shocking is the fact that I haven't shared a single #Frannycooks recipe with you all this 2017. I seriously have to start catching up!

To make up for the delay, here's sharing with you one of my favorite creations as of late. Since watching the Travis Family on YouTube for more than a year now, one thing that I look forward to is seeing the Dad, Benji, cook up a storm in their beautiful kitchen. He's an amazing cook! So amazing that I make it a point never to watch the vlog late at night just in case he cooks something so mouthwatering and I'd end up so hungry. One thing that he loves to make is Sweet Potato with Miso Scallion Butter. I've never had this before nor had I ever paid much attention to sweet potatoes before learning about this. Luckily, I was able to buy a bottle of Organic White Miso from Nature's Glory and I tried my first ever Sweet Potato with Miso Scallion Butter by using a recipe I just got from the internet. It was delicious! No wonder, Benji's family loves it so much. Now, with a full bottle of miso, I can't keep on making sweet potatoes right? I gotta get creative!

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So over the CNY long weekend, I took charge of cooking our meals since luckily both Paul and I got a couple of days off from work. Since abalone (鲍鱼) is known to symbolize the golden nugget, then this ingredient surely plays a big role in all Chinese New Year celebrations and gatherings. Since I'm no Chinese master chef, I prepared this recipe using the best way I know how. PASTA!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei opens at Peck Seah Street #hamburgkeisuke

There's a new kid in town today! After treating our taste buds to all sorts of delicious ramen creations and some to-die-for gyozas too, Chef Keisuke Takeda is back with a brand new concept and this time burger or beef lovers will surely rejoice!

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Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei offers two set meals only and even with just these two, it will really be hard to choose which one to go for. The restaurant will specialize on freshly ground and formed a la minute US Prime Beef Patties served with a piece of deliciously deep-fried ebi fry, grilled tofu, miso soup, rice and the best part -- an unlimited trip to the salad bar plus the egg station!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Back at Eric Kayser Philippines (Giveaway coming SOON!)

While I'm admittedly a rice fan, I still can't pass up any opportunity to enjoy a good loaf of bread. A few years back, Pan brought be to Eric Kayser in Greenhills Promenade for brunch and I can still remember swooning over their yummy flavored breads. It's quite sad though that this particular branch no longer is in operation today but at least they still got their flagship outlet at the Powerplant Mall.

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The shop is not that big but it sure is eye-catching! I love the clean white and orange interiors where the shelves are lined with all these huge bread baskets. I peeked into each one of them as I made my choice of what to bring home this time.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Barrio by Mex Out at 313 Somerset

I don't know about you but there's something truly comforting about eating Mexican food. I just love having a bowl of fully loaded nachos, burritos and tacos and most especially adding guacamole anywhere possible. Do you agree with me?

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Mexican has been our go-to whenever we want something more laid back. Back in Manila, we'd even pair our Mexican feast with a glass of beer with lime but since alcohol is quite pricey here in the Lion City..then a glass of soda would do. Haha! Kidding aside, we're just so lucky to have discovered quite a number of good Mexican spots that never fails to satisfy our cravings whenever it happens.

Recently, we got to try Barrio by Mex Out at 313 Somerset. It has actually been there since middle of 2016 but since we rarely get to frequent Orchard Road during the weekend, it was when we agreed to meet up with cousin J for an impromptu dinner out that we decided to check the restaurant out.

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We started our meal with Loaded Nachos (S$13.60) which was the BOMB! I love how generous the serving of guacamole was. That's one big fat scoop of creamy mashed avocado on top of a bed of crunchy tortilla chips, smokey chili con carne, cheese and sour cream. So yummy! You can really tell that the tortilla chips were freshly cooked as opposed to those that came out of a box.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Lunch for the Queen : Tapenade at Discovery Primea in Makati City

January flew by so fast for me. With three quick trips to Manila, the entire month went by like a blur but it was a fun and eventful one, I must say. The last trip was my favorite though as I was able to spend every waking hour with family. After all, it was to celebrate Mommy's birthday and we made sure to shower her with all the love that she deserved for days.

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On her actual birthday, we took her to her favorite restaurant -- Tapenade at Discovery Primea. Mommy can be a very picky eater and for her to rave about a particular restaurant for months on end definitely means something. She first told me about Tapenade last October but since we had a very hectic schedule then, we were not able to push through with our family dinner at Tapenade. Then, the December holiday came and went, again another failed attempt to visit Tapenade. So, on her birthday, Pan and I made sure that we push through with it and while we miss Paul and my brother in law E who were both busy at work, it was a nice family lunch just like old times. Of course, this time, we have my beautiful niece A joining us.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Shrimp Fiesta at Choobi Choobi in Panay Avenue, Quezon City

After my Afternoon Tea date with D here in Singapore, we promised each other to meet up once again in Manila over the Christmas break. Given how everyone is normally busy during this time of the year, I was so touched to receive a message from D as soon as we landed in Manila asking when can we meet up for lunch. She surely kept her promise! Isn't she just so amazing?

We agreed to meet up after Christmas Day and she told me that fellow bloggers K and C will be joining us too. I've never met K and C in person despite knowing of them and following them on social media for years. I always love meeting new friends so I was so excited for this particular lunch date. D suggested we go to Choobi Choobi in Panay Avenue which is one of her favorite restaurants at the moment. I've never heard of Choobi Choobi and after a quick search, I learned that this restaurant originated from Cebu and they're known for their bags of shrimps. Hooray!

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Guess we were just so excited that Paul and I were the first ones to arrive for lunch that day. D arrived shortly after followed by K, C and K's son R. We left the ordering to them as they really seemed like pros. Imagine, they didn't have to browse the menu to know what they wanted to get. I wonder how often have these ladies been frequenting the restaurant? The first thing that D ordered were the bags (yes PLURAL) of shrimps. For 6 people, we had 3 1 pound bags of shrimps (Php. 395)! I initially thought that was a bit too much but after taking my first spoonful of rice with the sauce, I knew that 3 bags are just right but in reality, I think we can easily manage to have our own bags too haha.

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