Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Something new at Dolce Vita Restaurant, Singapore

“Change is good”, they always say. While my OC-self tends to squirm at the thought of dealing with any change in my routine more so a change in my comfort zone, I can’t help but agree. With change, come new discoveries and opportunities, after all. I also believe that change helps us grow in life. We deal with new challenges; we conquer bigger obstacles which leads to a more fulfilling reward at the end of it all. We come out a winner after every change.

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So one big change happened to one of my favourite Italian restaurant here in the Lion City. Dolce Vita Restaurant's head chef, Chef Marco Manocchio, who has been with the restaurant since 2015 recently launched a new menu featuring some of his personal specialties. How's that for a good change?

I was one of the lucky ones (thank you my lucky stars!) to be invited to try a simple repertoire of Chef Marco’s new dishes. Let me share them with you!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Chef du Partie (CDP) Global Table at the Powerplant Mall, Makati

For the past 4 years, I’ve kept this growing list of restaurants that I’d love to try whenever I get to fly home to Manila. Of course, given that I am only home for a very short period of time and our schedules are normally filled to the brim with errands, family meals and reunions, more often than not, I only get to cross out an average of 5 restaurants during every visit and this is definitely not enough to keep up with the never-ending growth of new restaurants opening in the metro alone.

CDP Global Table at the Powerplant Mall has been part of my list since my first year here in the Lion City. Thankfully, I finally got to cross it out from my list last December when I met up with my best friends T and E for our annual Christmas gathering. With everyone’s tight schedules, we agreed to meet up exactly a day before Christmas Eve. Talk about cutting it real close!

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T was able to make reservations, which I think was a good move given how packed the restaurant was that night. This is also being operated and managed by the same group running Mamou so we all have high expectations on their steak as this is one of our Mamou must-have dishes. Mamou is known to have two sittings per night so I had a feeling CDP implements the same rule but this wasn’t mentioned to T when she made the reservation. Anyway, we all ensured to get there on time to avoid losing our table. For starters, we had Pig’s Ear Fries (Php. 295) which caught my eye as I thought it sounded very interesting. We love pig ears found in sisig so I thought it might be the same. What came was a bowl of crunchy, deep-fried fries-like pig ears. It was yummy and quite addicting especially when dipped in the anchovy vinaigrette served with it. After a while though, the flavor felt too much and luckily, we had another starter to balance it out.

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.

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