Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Starbucks Coffee introduces newest drinks this Summer!

The temperature outside has been rising at such lightning speed! Almost everyday, we would complain of how hot it is outside and to cool down, all the more I start craving for ice cream, shakes and I've been entertaining thoughts of going for a nice relaxing swim at the pool or in the beach (I miss you Boracay!)

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It's THAT time of the year wherein I'd happily swap my staple Caramel Macchiato with a tall cup of Frappuccino any given time of the day. That's exactly what Paul and I did over the weekend when we had our regular coffee date. Instead of going for our usual orders (CM for me, Caramel Hot Chocolate for him), we tried Starbucks Coffee's newest drinks -- the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino and the Banana Mango Frappuccino. Don't they just look so yummy and refreshing?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chef's Noodle lands in Singapore

Over the past few weeks, my social media walls have been filled with photos of beautiful Korea where most of my friends and even some of my relatives went to for a nice vacation. These made me remember how much fun Paul and I had went we went to Seoul for a 5 day long trip two years ago. Almost everyday, we would have our favorite kimbap, Korean fried chicken and of course, beef bulgogi. Korean food is one cuisine that I don't think I'll ever get tired of having. I love it just as much as I love Chinese and Japanese food too.

Since there's a small chance that we will go back to Seoul this year, we decided to just treat ourselves to a Korean dinner at the newly opened Chef's Noodle at Harbourfront Centre one evening. I've heard of Chef's Noodle back in Manila as they have a branch along Annapolis Street in Greenhills and they have expanded since then even tapping a couple of celebrities as endorsers. It's actually rare to have a restaurant open first in Manila before Singapore as it has always been the other way around most of the time.

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Chef's Noodle is a South Korean brand with its menu specially created by celebrity Chef Choi. As the name suggests it, the restaurant specializes in noodles but since Paul and I wanted to have rice that evening we went for the Daehan Deopbap (S$14.90). This is somewhat like a Dolsot Bibimbap only it's served in a wooden tub and the rice is topped with a generous serving of Bulgogi Beef, silver sprouts, kimchi, marinated chives, Chef's Noodle's signature egg roll, seafood wanja (meat patty) and deep-fried Gochu. Similar to the Dolsot Bibimbap, you mix everything together and add some chili paste depending on your taste. It was pretty good although I do miss the addition of sunny side up egg to make it even richer and creamier. Maybe I'll try to ask if the chef can add this in for me next time.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hot Cross Buns from Cedele Bakery Cafe

I'm back from my short Lenten hiatus and it surely was a good 3-day well spent organizing, getting artsy and creative as well as enjoying my life offline. How about you? I'm pretty sure a number of you are on your way back from an amazing vacation! Tell me about it below, okay?

Anyway, do you remember the old nursery rhyme that goes like this:

Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, Two a penny, Hot cross buns!

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In some countries, it's a tradition to have a Hot Cross Bun during Good Friday. Well, it was my first time to see a real Hot Cross Bun up close and the moment I saw it, I got every single flavor there is in Cedele Bakery Cafe. We then had this at home for breakfast last Good Friday and it was fun doing a little taste-testing on which flavor is the best.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Taking a Break

In the observance of lent, Frannywanny.com will be taking a break from all social media sites.

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p.s. For those who are travelling around the Philippines, to Singapore or beyond (!) : do refer to my tabs found here, here and here.

Going offline in 5....4.....3....2..... *poof*

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pack and Go with Crumpler Philippines

For most of you in Manila, I'm pretty sure that you're really excited for the day to end as it will officially mark the start of your four-day weekend! Awww you lucky lucky people! I have an extra work day to go and I'm off for that much-awaited 3 day break that I've been looking forward to since February!

Who agrees with me that while traveling is really fun, packing your bags and luggage can sometimes be a chore. Despite my OCD tendencies, I really do not like packing before a trip as it means making sure that I bring the right clothes in the right quantity and to make it all fit things inside my luggage without packing in too much weight too. Paul is an pro in packing light so it really has been his frustration that his wife (a.k.a. me) always has the tendency to bring the entire closet if not the house with her. I really couldn't help it! The worst thing is to get to your destination and you realize you left something at home. I'm learning though...let's take it one baby step at a time.

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I think choosing the right bag or luggage is key to being able to maximize the space and weight of your baggage. The first step is to check the weight. Imagine the horror of using a really heavy luggage or bag which will probably cover one-third of the allowable weight. That could really be such a hassle, agree? Let me tell you about our all-time brand of choice when it comes to our travel bags -- Crumpler! I guess you've noticed that I've been blogging about Crumpler multiple times in the past (here and here).

Well, Crumpler bags are guaranteed to be very light and easy to store away anytime. Here are some of their newest products in the market:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Authentic Filipino Cuisine : Mesa Filipino Moderne

Lately it has been extremely hot outside. Too hot that I have been avoiding all reasons to go out for lunch and instead would happily eat my homemade sandwich in the comforts of my air-conditioned office. Oh what I'd give to have a tall glass of Halo-Halo right now.

This year, someone predicted that the Filipino cuisine will be the next big thing. I'm really excited for this to happen as I honestly feel there's so much for the world to taste and to appreciate about our local dishes. Set aside the famous adobo, we got our laing, pinakbet, the really comforting sinigang, our wake-me-upper silogs and of course, all our pork dishes from crispy pata down to sisig. The Filipino cuisine will surely take the gastronomic world by storm, don't you think?

Having said that, I really miss Filipino food at the moment. Despite the many restaurants available, if you ask my Mom about her favorite Filipino restaurants, she will probably name 2-3 in a snap. One of these is Mesa Filipino Moderne. Ever since she dined here years ago, this has been her go-to place whenever someone in the family wants Filipino food or we have balikbayan relatives in town.

It was pretty much a no-brainer that Mommy would of course take her balikbayan daughter and son-in-law out for lunch to Mesa Filipino Moderne as well. No complains though and in fact, both Paul and I were very excited for this particular lunch as we can't wait to have our Pinoy favorites again.

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Our meal began with some Tinapa Roll Wrapped in Lettuce which we enjoyed although it was a bit too oily that we could only have a few pieces each. I love anything with Tinapa and this one was even mixed with tomatoes, onions and salted egg. Dipped in vinegar, the best way to enjoy this is to wrap it inside a piece of fresh lettuce the way you'd have some Korean Bulgogi. So, it's basically a roll inside a wrap!

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My husband Paul is a huge fan of Sisig. Must be the true blue Cabalen in him that made him appreciate this sizzling pork dish starting at such a young age. In Mesa though, they served it quite differently. We tried the Sisig in a Pouch where the chopped pork sisig was wrapped inside a wanton wrapper and deep-fried to perfection. Somehow though, we couldn't pinpoint the sisig flavor and were quite disappointed with this. We should have just ordered the regular kind.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Discovering Concetto by Saveur at The Cathay

There's something about discovering a new eating place that never fails to excite me. Must be the fact that it's something new... or the uncertainty of what surprises could greet you. What makes it more fun is that we're surrounded with friends who shares the same intense love for food and who are just as excited as we are whenever a new promising restaurant has opened in the neighborhood.

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Well, Concetto by Saveur isn't exactly located in OUR neighborhood but for food, we definitely will go the distance. 

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Located at the ground floor of The Cathay building, Paul and cousin J decided to have dinner here a few nights ago. Silly me, I assumed that the restaurant must be big enough to sit everyone so there was no need to make a reservation. Well, look what greeted me at the front door. An automated reservation machine wherein I had to key in how big our party was together with my mobile number. It then sent an SMS to my phone giving me my reservation number. This was also my cue to go around the mall and wait until they call to tell me that our table is ready. Apparently, a lot of customers made a reservation so they were able to quickly get their table. As for us, we had to wait for 30 minutes until I got a recorded call telling me that our table was ready and to press "1" to confirm. As soon as I did, I was given 5 minutes to get to the restaurant or our table will be given to the next person in line. How high-tech! 

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