New flavors made with #HeatToPerfection at 390 Degrees

Do you know what it takes to get a sumptuous meal of Western dishes that appeals to the Pinoy palate?

The answer is 390 Degrees.

That’s the name of the vibrant and well-appointed restaurant located at Sequoia Hotel in Aseana Business Park, Paranaque.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees
390 Degrees
390 Degrees

That’s also the temperature maintained in the restaurant’s signature charcoal brick oven which cooks all the viands it serves, all masterfully curated by Chef Mark Griffin.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Operated by the same team behind Ombu Kusina in Quezon City led by its owner, Edison Lo, a veteran in the Filipino F&B scene, and its Marketing Manager Tammy Lim, 390 Degrees brings imaginative takes on classic Western dishes, served in generous portions and in a luxurious setting.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

I had a sneak preview of its offerings in time for Valentine’s Day almost two years ago and was looking forward to its grand opening. However, the pandemic struck and 360 Degrees’ grand launch was postponed.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City
390 Degrees, Entertainment City

In the meantime, the restaurant set about making its signature dishes available to the dining public despite the lockdowns and restrictions on the restaurant industry by innovating on its offers. Thus, its much celebrated party trays and DIY Black Burger Kit made their way into many a foodie’s heart during the community quarantine.

390 Degrees DIY Black Burger Kit
390 Degrees DIY Black Burger Kit

A little under two years after its soft opening, 390 Degrees is finally ready to unveil its delicious signature dishes for dine-in, which include:

Tomato Soup with Ravioli (Php240). A comforting bowl of roasted and pureed local tomatoes topped with spinach-cheese raviolo.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Beef Brisket Sandwich (Php490). Tender slices of 5-star Angus beef topped with lettuce, tomato, crispy-fried onions, caramelized shallots and seasoned mustard served inside house-made charcoal activated buns.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Chicken Skewers (Php360). Flavorful and juicy grilled chicken pieces in house-made sauce served with buttered vegetables on thyme-infused rice pilaf.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Signature Iced Tea (Php120). House-brewed black tea infused with pineapple and lemon.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Thinking of having a get-together here with family and friends? You can reserve the place for exclusive private dining (with a sanitized set up) for three hours. The place can accommodate a maximum of thirty people (to be able to observe physical distancing and other safety measures) for a consumable food and drinks order of Php15,000.

Want to bring its delicious dishes to your home or office parties? Check out 390 Degrees’ party trays of charcoal grilled creations good for six to seven people.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Beef Brisket (Php880 ala carte | Php3,490 quarter slab | Php5,900 half slab | Php10,700 whole slab). Five-star Angus beef slab slow-roasted in 390 Degrees’ oven.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

BBQ Pork Ribs (Php1,370). Oven-roasted pork ribs dressed in house-made BBQ sauce.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Blackened Salmon (Php2,650). Oven-baked salmon fillet with creamy dill sauce.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

You can even bring home desserts from 390 Degrees’ Breads and Pastries line such as these decadent Chocolate Banoffee Pie (Php150 pie | Php575 box of four) and Mango Banoffee Pie (Php150 pie | Php575 box of four).

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Its grand opening may have been derailed by the pandemic, but with all its innovative and delicious offers, I still stand by my prediction that 390 Degrees is all set to be hottest foodie destination in the metro.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Many thanks to Edison, Tammy and Chef Griffin for a wonderful meal and a fun event that became a mini-reunion of foodies. Our group missed each other during the lockdowns and appreciated the opportunity to come together again.

390 Degrees

390 Degrees is is located at the Ground Floor, Sequioa Hotel Manila, Aseana City Business Park, Entertainment City, Paranaque, open daily from 10.30am to 8pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 82845110 or +63 921 2446502. It accepts safe and cashless payments via Alipay and WeChat Pay.

Taste real and authentic Thai dishes and the original noodle soup at RODDEEDED

Do you feel like going on a foodie adventure? How about giving Thai noodles a try?

It wouldn’t be too hard to indulge yourself in this new gustatory experience, especially now that Thailand’s best noodle shop for the past fifty years has finally branched out to the Philippines with its recently opened store in Mandaluyong City.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

Here at RODDEEDED, foodies in the metro can get a taste of authentic Thai dishes that showcase the intricate balance of sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy flavors, lightly prepared but with strong aromatic components.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

The restaurant started out in its native Thailand as a small and cozy eatery specializing in hand-crafted beef noodles, a hallmark menu item that is brought all the way to its Philippine branch along with a select curation of Thai food favorites.

Original Noodle Soup. This delicious journey begins by choosing the soup base (original or spicy), then the rice noodles (Sen Lek which are linguini-like or Sen Mee, the rice vermicelli, then the meat to go with the noodle soup such as meatball + beef slices (Php195), meatball + brisket (Php235), meatball + beef slices + brisket (Php265), meatball + brisket + tendon (Php295) or mixed (Php295). The original soup base is friendlier to the Pinoy palate but the spicy one is closer to the Thai preference.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

Stewed Brisket in Claypot (Php295). Tender beef slices stewed in a broth infused with lots of herbs and spices.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

Green Chicken Curry (Php265). Boneless chicken thighs stewed in coconut milk infused with Thai green curry paste.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

Chicken Pad Thai (Php275). Stir-fried rice noodles with chicken bits, peanuts, bean sprouts and other vegetables, beautifully encased in a net made of delicate scrambled eggs.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

With such tasty and exotic viands, one couldn’t help but wonder what else will go well with them. Well, the restaurants creamy house Thai Coffee (Php90) and Thai Milk Tea (Php90) are perfect companions to the Thai dishes and may also be enjoyed by themselves. A Pineapple and Passionfruit Sorbet (Php90) is a refreshing dessert that perfectly caps this Thai meal.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

So if you’re game for a change from your usual culinary scene, or have a hankering for Thai food, just drop by or call RODDEEDED.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

RODDEEDED is located at 126 Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 8.30pm for dine in, takeout and delivery.

For inquiries, reservations and orders, call +63 949 6734702.

For regular updates on its promos and offers, follow RODDEEDED on Facebook and Instagram.

Wake up to great mornings with Upgrounds Coffee

I have no problem admitting it: I don’t consider myself fully awake unless I’ve had my morning cup of coffee.

I love coffee in almost anything – from gourmet dishes to decadent desserts – but my favorite coffee experience remains starting my day with it.

When the aroma of coffee brewing begins tickle my nostrils, the smell beckons me to get up and face the day. As I sip from my coffee cup, I enjoy the flavors and full-bodied feel of it in my mouth .

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

Throughout the day, I would try to find little snippets of time in which to enjoy my favorite drink and the extra energy boost it gives me.

I know I’m not alone in my love for this drink.

Filipinos have a deep love for coffee, consuming 170,000 metric tons of the stuff in 2018, in fact. Sadly, a huge bulk of this consumption come from dried coffee beans imported Indonesia and Vietnam.

More’s the pity because 200 years ago, the Philippines was a powerhouse in coffee production, being the fourth largest coffee producer worldwide.

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

Coffee-loving startups like Upgrounds MNL seek to help in revitalizing the local coffee industry urge it back to a thriving level by bringing the best local coffee beans to Filipino homes for an upgraded coffee experience.

It started out by selling its coffee beans during weekend bazaars, showcasing coffee beans sourced from the Cordillera region.

Not only does this help in broadening the coffee-drinking public’s horizons regarding this beverage, it also supports local coffee farmers and gives a welcome boost to their rural economy.

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

Upgrounds’ coffee bean variants included:

  • Arabica (with bittersweet, nutty taste and a smooth finish; available in Dark or Medium roast)
  • Robusta (with strong, full-bodied taste and a smokey finish; available in Dark and Medium roast.
  • House Blend (blend of Arabica, Robusta, and Excelsa coffee beans; available in Dark or Medium roast)
  • Mountain Blend (blend of Robusta, and Excelsa coffee beans; available in Dark roast)
  • Hazelnut (mix of Dark Roast Arabica and Robusta beans infused with flavored Hazelnut oil)
  • Caramel (mix of Medium Roast Arabica and Robusta beans infused with flavored Caramel oil)

These coffee variants are conveniently packaged according to the coffee lovers’ various preferences: in 250g and 500g pouches, in 8g single drip packs with mug-attachable filter, in 125g packs as part of a coffee sampler set.

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

When the pandemic hit the country, Upgrounds saw the demand for coffee and coffee-making at home. It moved its business online, taking advantage of social media and e-commerce platforms to increase its reach and distribution while also expanding its product portfolio to include home coffee essentials such as premium and collectible coffee tumblers and mugs, coffee scooper and French press.

Coffee beans and accessories are also mixed and matched into gift sets which any coffee lover would be so happy to receive this holiday season.

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

I just love the coffee possibilities that Upgrounds brings.

If you’re a coffee lover like me, check out Upgrounds beans and coffee essentials at its website or Shopee page or follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature story.

How busy working moms can bid goodbye to dark skin spots

With all the responsibilities that we have on our plate – at home, at work and elsewhere – we working moms seldom commit resources to skincare. We may lack the funds to purchase the products we think are necessary or lack that pocket of free time to devote to what may seem like a tedious task. We may even think that doing so may be a bit self-indulgent.

Self-care leads to self-confidence.

Whatever the reason, by neglecting our skin, we are denying ourselves an important part of self-care. Beauty may only be skin-deep, but our skin is what we oftentimes present first to the world as we go about our daily tasks. It forms a significant part of what people base their first impressions of us on.

As a working mom, I meet and communicate with other people on a regular basis. While I know that my competence at my job is key to getting things done, having a lot confidence in how I present myself also plays a key role in my work life. Furthermore, even in the age of virtual meetings, appearing unkempt and not well put together can be seen as being unprofessional, which may hinder advancement in my career.

Outside of our work, we also need confidence to participate in social activities. Any lack of self-confidence arising from skin problems may get in the way of our enjoyment of the company of friends or of our participation in the pursuits we are passionate about.

The problem with Melasma

As Filipinas, one major skin care challenge is the appearance of dark spots on our skin, particularly on our face and neck. Called melasma, this condition is characterized by patches of skin discoloration in areas usually exposed to the sun.

Pynocare

Melasma may be caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (usually from sun exposure), or the presence of free radicals in our system caused by our lifestyle choices including exposure to pollution, not getting enough sleep, having an unbalanced diet with plenty of processed foods, smoking and dealing with stress. Hormonal changes and using harsh cosmetics may also contribute to this condition. These factors fire up the melanocytes – cells in our skin that produce melanin or the dark pigment that brings about dark skin color – resulting to dark patches in our face and neck.

The patches caused by melasma are darker than our actual skin color, making our appearance look uneven and not well cared for and making us feel self-conscious when we face other people. We Pinoys even have a name for it – pekas – which call to mind unsightly blemishes and an unpleasant appearance.

Given these factors and our reality as working moms, what actions can we take as treatment for melasma on face to regain our self-confidence and achieve what we set out to accomplish at work, at home and elsewhere?

Pynocare
Pynocare

Believe it or not, fellow mommies, the answer to this beauty question is not skin-deep.

#LetTheLightIn with PYNOCARE

Melasma is caused by factors that are already within our systems and must be addressed by more than just topical solutions.

Aside from dealing with whatever lifestyle choices have led to the condition, we also have to work on what’s inside our bodies.

Pynocare
Pynocare

PYNOCARE (Procyanidin + Ascorbic Acid + Betacarotene + d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate) is the first and only oral medicine that is clinically proven to reduce Melasma or dark spots formation in just eight weeks.

Unlike topical creams, lotions and gels, it works from the inside out. It has MSCC (MELASMA SKIN CLEAR COMPLEXION) Complex Actisome which fights the damaging free radicals in our system which cause melasma and normalizes the production of melanin in our skin cells.

Aside from Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin A (D. Salina Extract) and Vitamin E (D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate), MSCC also contains Procyanidin extracted from the bark of French Maritime Pine trees. This super anti-oxidant has been cited by studies throughout the world as very efficient in fighting free radicals.

Pynocare
Pynocare

Pynocare is also quickly absorbed into our body, thanks to its Actisome technology.

It is an over-the-counter drug that comes in a box of twenty soft-gel capsules priced at Php1,395. A capsule should be taken twice a day after a meal continuously for eight weeks, after which, effects should be apparent.

Some types of melasma may respond more quickly to treatment than others so PYNOCARE may be taken for longer periods. A capsule per day may even be taken regularly beyond the initial treatment period to prevent the recurrence of melasma, with the bonus effect of helping to delay natural skin aging.

Pynocare
Pynocare

This easy and stress-free routine can be easily worked into our busy schedule, right, mommies? With a more even and glowing skin tone waiting to emerge, the effort will surely be well worth it.

PYNOCARE is available at Mercury Drug, Watsons, Southstar Drug, Rose Drugstore, St. Joseph Pharmacy, and other leading drugstores nationwide.

To know more about PYNOCARE, visit its website – pynocare.ph – or follow it on Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature article.

Tea’s the season: Salamat, Shopee and Serenitea

You would think that things would be winding down by the end of the year, but for many, the holiday season can be a stressful time.

This is why we should grasp any moment of serenity we can get. It is that feeling of calm and peace that comes from having an untroubled mind.

For centuries, the soothing effects of tea have been celebrated as way to de-stress and achieve inner peace.

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ShopeeXSerenitea

Local tea brand Serenitea has made the achievement of inner peace central to its brand concept. As one of the tea pioneers on the country, it helped usher in tea drinking amongst a mostly coffee-drinking populace by brewing teas using an espresso machine and customizing drinks according to sweetness levels and by adding sinkers.

Thanks to its co-branded partnership with e-commerce giant Shopee, Serenitea offers up delicious moments of serenity to milk tea fans with exclusive promos leading to and during the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, accessible via the Shopee mobile app.

12% off on ALL Serenitea drinks

From November 26 to December 11, Shopee users can shop for milk tea drinks and enjoy a 12% discount.

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ShopeeXSerenitea

Milk tea lovers can take advantage of this amazing deal to order their favorites as well as discover new ones to enjoy, such as:

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Traditional Milk Tea
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Okinawa Milk Tea
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Malty Choco Milk Tea
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Taro Lover
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Thai Milk Tea
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Limited-edition co-branded cups

When milk tea fans purchase a large-sized Serenitea beverage during the same period, it will be served in a cute ShopeeXSerenitea cup. Scanning the QR code in the cup will allow the Shopee user to access exclusive offers such as Php1 Serenitea e-vouchers on Deals Near Me as well as more ShopeePay deals.

Buy 1 Get 1 on best sellers

On December 12, Shopee users can enjoy a Buy 1 Get 1 deal on Serenitea’s best-selling variants: Okinawa and Traditional Milk Tea. With this offer, the joy and sweetness can be shared with their someone special.

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ShopeeXSerenitea
ShopeeXSerenitea
ShopeeXSerenitea

Pay via ShopeePay

Shopee users can now enjoy a safe, convenient and cashless way to pay at selected Serenitea outlets: via ShopeePay! They can just scan the QR codes displayed at the counter to pay.

With these great offers from Shopee and Serenitea, tea’s the season to enjoy sweet moments of serenity.

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ShopeeXSerenitea

Check out all the #ShopeeXSerenitea offers via the Shopee mobile app at this page.

Check out my previous posts on Serenitea:

Midnight snackin’ with Burger Jack

With so many great reasons to stay up late nowadays, sometimes the only downside is the lack of snacking options when the witching hour approaches.

Well, here is where Kraver’s Kanteen comes to the rescue.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

This cloud kitchen partnered with several food brands to deliver a variety of mouthwatering food items practically at all hours to the metro’s hungry denizens.

One such brand is Burger Jack which prides itself on bringing a jacked-up burger experience to its customers from the classics all the way to insane burger ideas.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

When the fam felt the stirrings of hunger in the middle of our TV binge-watching session, it’s lucky we had our had these Burger Jack items to snack on:

Smashed Burger (Php179).

Burger patty smashed to enhance its beefy flavor, then slathered with Burger Jack’s secret sauce and topped with caramelized onions and placed in between golden brioche buns.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack

We loved the layers of flavors and textures with each bite!

For full burger enjoyment, a Jacked Smashed Burger Set (Php299) is a smashing choice. It includes a Smashed Burger, a serving of fries and house-blended insani-tea.

Brooklyn Dog (Php149).

A hotdog sandwich that calls to mind the good ole’ sandwiches from classic American diners. Large and juicy hotdogs are sandwiched in soft buns then topped with diced pickles and relish, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack

Filling, meaty with a bit of tanginess from the pickle and relish, this hotdog goes a long way towards satisfying anyone’s hunger pangs.

Kraver’s Insanitea (Php59 cup | Php170 liter).

Kraver’s Kanteen own house-blend iced tea, a fitting companion to the Burger Jack’s burgers and sandwiches.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

Whether you’re looking for a mid-day meal or midnight snack, or anything in between, Burger Jack’s got you covered!

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

Order now from Burger Jack through Kraver’s Kanteen’s website or via GrabFood.

Kraver’s Kanteen also houses Let’s Get Litson which specializes in litson baka. Read more about it here.

Other brands housed by Kraver’s Kanteen include:

  • Black Kimchi
  • Breakfast for 2
  • Century Tuna
  • Cloud Cakes and Shakes
  • El Nacho Libre
  • House of Rendang
  • Kyoto Sushi Bake
  • Osaka Cafe
  • Potatoville
  • Rico’s Lechon
  • Sheikh’s Kabab
  • Tokyo Don
  • Wicked Waffle

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature story.

Crowd faves from Ping Pong Diplomacy, now back and available for delivery

Do you remember the part in the movie Forrest Gump where, after recovering from battle injuries, our hero became proficient in table tennis, joined the US Army Team, and even competed against Chinese teams during a goodwill tour.

That exchange of ping pong players between the US and China in the 1970s is a depiction of ping pong diplomacy. This paved the way for normalizing relations between the two countries then at opposite ends of ideological spectrum – the US and the People’s Republic of China – and aided in the stabilization of global politics.

This historical snippet just goes to show that it’s oftentimes better to work together to achieve mutual benefit than to always oppose each other.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

In much the same way, Chinese and American cuisines found a way to work together with the return of Ping Pong Diplomacy as a cloud kitchen at The Grid Food Market.

It brought back crowd favorites from its previous store that are now served in aluminum trays good for sharing for two to three people (reheating instructions included!). These are great when enjoyed at home or wherever the adventurous foodie may be in the metro.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

These best-selling dishes include:

Dan Dan Rice (Php515). Japanese fried rice is stir-fried with the house Dan Dan paste and oil, along with squash, green peas, shiitake and ground pork, then served with two fried eggs, crispy chicken skin and crushed peanuts.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To reheat:

  • Option 1: Transfer to a microwavable container and heat in the microwave in high heat for one minute.
  • Option 2: Remove the egg and stir-fry the rice in a hot pan until heated through.

Simple Fried Egg (Php290). Four crispy deep-fried eggs topped with pork floss, hoisin sauce, crispy chicken skin, sauteed shallot, chili and spring onions.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To reheat:

  • Heat for three to five minutes in an oven or toaster pre-heated to 270 deg F (132 deg C).

Not Mapo Tofu (Php475). A new twist on the classic Mapo Tofu dish wherein steamed soy custard is covered in house mapo tofu sauce then topped with fried leeks, ground pork, sesame seeds and ground Szechuan peppercorns.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To reheat:

  • Option 1: Remove plastic lid and cover the tray with aluminum foil, then steam for 10-15 minutes until the tofu is warm.
  • Option 2: Partially submerge the container in hot water for ten minutes until the tofu is warm. Leave at least one inch from the top to avoid getting water on the tofu.

With local culinary greats like Chefs Him Uy de Baron and Noel Mauricio helming Ping Ping Diplomacy’s kitchen, food lovers can expect more of the exciting blend of Chinese and American flavors that they love from Ping Pong Diplomacy.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

Ping Pong Diplomacy is open for pickup and delivery at thegridfoodmarket.com or bit.ly/shop-ppd. It will also soon be available for dine-in at Stall 8 at The Grid Food Market, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To know more about its offers, follow Ping Pong Diplomacy on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.

Elevate your holiday treats with the latest in world-class cooking technology

La Germania shares 3 easy and irresistible dessert ideas to satisfy your sweet tooth and gift your loved ones this Christmas season

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner! It’s no secret the Philippines celebrates the earliest and longest Christmas season in the world, especially when this holiday commemorates the 3 things Pinoy families value the most: faith, family and food.

Approaching the holidays, the kitchen comes alive with the hustle and bustle of delicious meals sizzling on the stove and warming up in the oven, filling the house with mouth watering aromas that beg the curious question: “What are we having?”

However, although this is the most beloved holiday, it can also be the busiest and most stressful season for home cooks. Planning and preparing your Noche Buena meals and ordering gifts can not only be time-consuming, but costly as well.

This holiday season, consider going through the personalized route by baking up a storm and serving up some homemade treats that are handmade with love. These dessert recipes are sure to be the perfect gift for your loved ones, or satisfy their sweet tooths during your holiday feasts.

Christmas Cookies

La Germania Christmas Photos

Take a break from your usual chocolate-chip by making special Christmas cookies.

With your La Germania Table Oven, you can prepare these cute and quirky treats that celebrate the festive spirit! With its thermostat control and 60-minute timer, you can whip up the perfect batch to wow the crowd and experiment with a variety of different recipes even if you have a small kitchen space. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa Claus!

Ingredients:

FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. milk

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Food coloring

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set the mixture aside after.
  2. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add flour mixture gradually until totally combined.
  3. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for an hour.
  4. When ready to roll, preheat the oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out the dough until 1/8” thick. 
  5. Cut out shapes and transfer to prepared baking sheets. You can use cookie cutters for fun shapes. You can also make your own if you’re feeling creative. Freeze it for 10 minutes (so your shapes hold while baking).
  6. Meanwhile, make the frosting: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth, then add powdered sugar and beat until no lumps remain. Add cream, almond extract, and salt and beat until combined.
  7. Bake cookies until the edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. 
  8. Let cool, then frost and decorate as desired.

Dulce de Leche

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You can step up the sweetness this season by making your own Dulce de Leche.

Aside from enjoying it on its own, you can drizzle Dulce de leche on ice cream, add it to your usual brownies, or layer them in smores. There are so many ways to enjoy this versatile dessert, and it will be so easy to make at home with the help of an induction cooker! 

A staple in smaller homes, an induction cooker can do a lot of wonders. This heat-tempered glass worktop has a timer and child-lock, meaning you can cook dishes safely and precisely while you bond with your kids in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of whole milk
  • 2 to 2 ½ cups sugar (adjust based on your preference)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot over medium-low heat, stir until the sugar or panela is well dissolved. Reduce the heat to low.
  2. Continue cooking until the mixture is significantly reduced and starts to thicken while the color changes from a creamy beige to a caramel tone. It will take between 2 ½ hours to 3 hours for the dulce de leche to be done.
  3. During the first 1 ½ hours you will need to stir occasionally to prevent it from boiling over and sticking. During the last hour, it needs to be stirred more frequently and has to be watched very closely to keep it from burning – you can also decrease the heat to low. 
  4. Cook it until it has a dark amber or caramel tone and has a creamy consistency. Keep in mind that it will thicken more when it cools down.
  5. The final product can be served warm or cold and must be kept refrigerated.

Classic Bibingka

La Germania Christmas Photos

A Noche Buena spread is incomplete without the classic Filipino rice cake known as Bibingka.

With your 90cm oven, you can prepare this holiday favorite at home. With its five cooking functions, including a fan-assisted electric oven, you can cook up a storm. Plus, its enamel cavity finish is easy to clean, making the whole cooking process so much easier. Preparing this particular dish may look like a daunting task, but it’s actually pretty easy to make. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh milk
  • 1 piece salted duck egg sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 3 pieces raw eggs
  • Pre-cut banana leaf

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, combine rice flour, baking powder, and salt then mix well. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter then gradually put-in sugar while whisking. Then, add the eggs then whisk until every ingredient is well incorporated.
  3. Gradually add the rice flour, salt, and baking powder mixture then continue mixing.
  4. Pour in coconut milk and fresh milk then whisk some more for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Arrange the pre-cut banana leaf on a cake pan or baking pan.
  6. Pour the mixture on the pan, then bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven then top with sliced salted egg and grated cheese (do not turn the oven off).
  8. Put back in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the color of the top turns medium brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool. Brush the dish with butter and sprinkle some sugar on top once it cools. You can also top this with grated coconut.

These are only some of the mouthwatering holiday treats you can prepare with your La Germania kitchen appliances. Built according to the highest European standards in terms of construction and design, La Germania appliances allow you to prepare your Noche Buena extravaganza in an efficient and easy way. 

What’s more, as a special holiday treat, enjoy FREE aprons and cookware for a minimum spend of Php 5,000 when you shop on La Germania’s website during their 11.11 sale this November 11-30, 2021. With guaranteed durability and superior quality, they’re a good investment for you to channel your inner chef, and unleash your kitchen genius for all seasons to come!

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La Germania products are available online through La Germania’s official e-commerce website www.lagermaniaph.com and e-commerce platforms on Shopee and Lazada. For more information on La Germania and its products, you may follow the official Facebook and Instagram accounts of the trusted kitchen and appliance brand.

About La Germania

Italian-heritage brand La Germania has been the preferred kitchen companion of Filipino homemakers for 53 years and counting. Its wide array of ovens, cooktops, and stoves is made of high-grade materials and designed to stand the test of time and extensive use. La Germania’s current line of products continues to serve the cooking needs and lifestyle of this generation and the next.

Recipes and food images provided by La Germania in a recent press release.

Header photo Freepik.

Happy and healthy holidays with Sanlo Salabat

Sometimes, the wisdom of old folk medicine are proven right.

Especially now when we worry about the state of our health on a regular basis, we gravitate towards remedies that have been tried and tested by generations before us.

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Aside from its use as an ingredient in many tasty Pinoy dishes, ginger (or luya in Filipino) has been known to have powerful medicinal qualities which include:

  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
  • Treatment against nausea, especially morning sickness
  • Supporting weight loss
  • Reduction of pain from osteoarthritis
  • Lowering of blood sugars and cholesterol levels as well as improvement risk factors of heart disease
  • Promotion of gut health and chronic indigestion
  • Reduction of menstrual pain
  • Lowering the risk of infections

Ginger may also serve as an alternative treatment for some forms of cancer, as well as help in improving brain function and protecting against Alzheimer’s disease.

To take advantage of ginger‘s myriad health benefits, our forbears regularly consume salabat, the traditional ginger-based Filipino tea.

Sanlo Salabat
Sanlo Salabat

While our ancestors had to brew their go-to medicinal beverage the old fashioned way – boiling, slicing, boiling and straining ginger in water for minutes – we can save some time and effort with a sachet of Sanlo Premium Instant Salabat.

This ginger brew is made from the finest native ginger grown and harvested organically on the slopes of the mystical Banahaw. Upon harvesting, each ginger is meticulously selected, washed and sundried resulting in a cup of salabat that’s refreshing and irresistible flavor, as well as filled with health benefits.

Sanlo Salabat
Sanlo Salabat

Sanlo Premium Instant Salabat is produced by Prominex Ventures, Inc., which sources organically grown ginger from a rural cooperative composed of women and farmers, thereby promoting economic growth in the countryside.

Its Halal-certified product variants include:

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Sanlo Premium Instant Salabat Original (10 sachets per box, 7.5g per sachet). Ginger brew flavored with just enough sweetness to suit everyone’s taste.

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Sanlo Premium Instant Salabat Turmeric (10 sachets per box, 7.5g per sachet). The same premium quality ginger brew flavored with turmeric for a unique taste.

Other variants include Honey, Oregano and Malunggay.

To brew your own cup of salabat, empty the contents of a sachet into a cup with 150ml (2/3 cup) of water, then gently stir until the mix is fully dissolved. Enjoy your salabat hot or iced.

Sanlo Salabat
Sanlo Salabat

Sanlo’s invigorating and flavorful brew is great as a morning pick-me-up.

When I get nauseous or experience period cramps, it also provides some relief, so I can gamely get on with my day.

During this season of feasting, a cup after a meal can also help with digestion.

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Sanlo Salabat

With this amazing ginger brew in our pantry, health and comfort during this holiday season and beyond is never more than a few seconds away.

Stock up on Sanlo Premium Instant Salabat at Lazada and Shopee or at your nearest supermarket.

For more information, visit Sanlo Premium Instant Salabat’s website or follow it on Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.

Photo credit: Ginger photos by sentot setyasiswanto and  Julia Topp on Unsplash

HBO drama series The Gilded Age premieres January 25 exclusively on HBO and HBO GO

From creator Julian Fellowes, (“Downton Abbey”) HBO’s The Gilded Age debuts same time as the U.S. on Tuesday, January 25 at 10am exclusively on HBO GO and HBO, with a same day encore at 10pm on HBO. Written by Julian Fellowes and Sonja Warfield and directed by Michael Engler and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, the nine-episode drama series stars an ensemble cast of Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin, with Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.

The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. Against the backdrop of this transformation, HBO’s The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbours, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Spector) and Bertha Russell (Coon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?

The series also stars Ben Ahlers, Michael Cerveris, Kelley Curran, Claybourne Elder, Linda Emond, Katie Finneran, Amy Forsyth, Michel Gill, Ward Horton, Bill Irwin, Sullivan Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Kristine Nielsen, Kelli O’Hara, Patrick Page, Taylor Richardson, Douglas Sills, John Douglas Thompson, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Erin Wilhelmi.

Created, written and executive produced by Julian Fellowes, the series is also executive produced by Gareth Neame and David Crockett. Michael Engler and Salli Richardson-Whitfield are directors and executive producers while Sonja Warfield is a writer and co-executive producer. The Gilded Age is a co-production between HBO and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month.

SKYcable subscribers can activate HBO GO via Lazada

Not yet on SKYcable? Subscribe now. Get your priority pass.

Details, video and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

Embrace growth and make success happen with SKYBIZ

As more and more businesses have turned into home businesses, and currency has turned to digital currency, it’s important to grow with a reliable business partner like SKYBIZ. Aside from its reliable service, approachable team members and customized business packages, SKYBIZ also extends its expertise to its clients with exciting programs that can help budding entrepreneurs become more productive and successful in their endeavors!

Grow Together Webinars

As part of its Grow Together campaign, SKYBIZ partners with industry experts to share their expertise and secrets to successfully grow businesses. The first webinar is “How to Grow and Multiply Your Wealth,” with author and entrepreneur motivational speaker Bo Sanchez.

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Bo is also a micro-entrepreneur that firmly believes that one of the most important solutions to the country’s economic problems is growing more micro entrepreneurs. The webinar is on November 25, Thursday at 4:00pm and is for free. One just has to register on the link: bit.ly/3nxWbD5 or easily scan the QR to join the webinar.

It’s so easy and convenient to apply for a SKYBIZ account. Just scan the QR code with your phone and fill out the details on the application form. A SKYBIZ representative will get in touch and guide you through all the requirements.

Having SKYBIZ is just a QR Code away!

It’s so easy and convenient to apply for a SKYBIZ account. Just scan the QR code with your phone and fill out the details on the application form. A SKYBIZ representative will get in touch and guide you through all the requirements.

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SKYBIZ has True Fiber internet connection, personalized account management, and 24/7 technical support, so that any time of the day, you can expect someone to assist you of any problems with your connection.

Talk about personalized service. Successful applications for Fiber Direct and Fiber Connect get 50% OFF for the first three months. Take this as your first step in pushing your business to new heights.

So don’t fight the change. Embrace it, and make it a business essential that you can rely on. Everybody wins with SKYBIZ.

About SKYBIZ

SKYBIZ is the corporate arm of SKY Cable Corporation under the partnership between the Lopez Holdings Corp. and STTelemedia. SKYBIZ started in 2013 and has managed to become a 2-Billion business that serves major Hospitality, BPO, Banking, Real Estate and major Corporations in the country. For more information check out SKYBIZ’s official website.

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Harry Potter cast reunites for 20th anniversary: Return to Hogwarts premiering Jan 1 – first on HBO GO

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and many more of the iconic cast reunite for the first time ever in this retrospective special

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson join filmmaker Chris Columbus and other esteemed cast members across all eight Harry Potter films as they travel back to Hogwarts for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which premiered exactly 20 years ago.

The retrospective special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations, inviting fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time. The highly-anticipated retrospective streams first on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2022 on HBO GO.

Alumni of the film franchise will join the memorable tribute, including Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, and Ian Hart, among others. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will honour the magic behind the making of the films and the beautiful family created at Warner Bros. Studios London two decades ago. It will also celebrate the unparalleled legacy of the Harry Potter film franchise and its indelible impact on the hearts, minds, and imaginations of families and fans around the world.

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“It has been an incredible journey since the debut of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film, and witnessing how it has evolved into this remarkable interconnected universe has been magical to say the least,” said Tom Ascheim, President, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. “This retrospective is a tribute to everyone whose lives were touched by this cultural phenomenon—from the talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into this extraordinary film franchise to the passionate fans who continue to keep the Wizarding World spirit alive 20 years later.”

“There’s magic in the air here with this incredible cast, as they all return home to the original sets of Hogwarts, where they began 20 years ago. The excitement is palpable as they prepare to take their fans on a very special and personal journey, through the making of these incredible films,” said executive producer Casey Patterson.

Fans can jumpstart their Wizarding World celebration and gear up for the retrospective by checking out the 20th anniversary hub content on WizardingWorld.com. For more from the Wizarding World, watch a brand-new four-part competition event, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, which streams weekly from Monday, November 29, first on HBO GO.

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The bracket-style quiz competition, hosted by Helen Mirren, will feature fans competing to take home the Tournament of Houses championship trophy and will feature magical cameos by Harry Potter film alumni Tom Felton, Simon Fisher-Becker, Shirley Henderson and Luke Youngblood, as well as superfans Pete Davidson and Jay Leno.

In addition, stream all eight Harry Potter movies on HBO GO. And the first four of the Harry Potter 8-movie series on Cartoon Network on Saturdays at 8pm in November and December. The final four titles will debut on Cartoon Network in early 2022.

About Wizarding World

In the years since Harry Potter was whisked from King’s Cross Station onto Platform nine and three quarters, his incredible adventures have left a unique and lasting mark on popular culture. Eight blockbuster Harry Potter films based on the original stories by J.K. Rowling have brought the magical stories to life and today, the Wizarding World is recognised as one of the world’s best-loved brands.

Representing a vast interconnected universe, it also includes two epic Fantastic Beasts films, (the third releasing in 2022), Harry Potter and The Cursed Child–the multi-award-winning stage-play, state-of-the-art video and mobile games from Portkey Games, innovative consumer products, thrilling live entertainment (including four theme park lands) and insightful exhibitions.

This expanding portfolio of Warner Bros. owned Wizarding World experiences also includes Harry Potter New York –a brand new flagship store, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London –The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo, and the Platform 9 3⁄4 retail shops.

The Wizarding World continues to evolve to provide Harry Potter fans with fresh and exciting ways to engage. For the worldwide fan community, and for generations to come, it welcomes everyone in to explore and discover the magic for themselves.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month.

SKYcable subscribers can activate HBO GO via Lazada

Not yet on SKYcable? Subscribe now. Get your priority pass.

Details, video and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

The Jelly List: Order in for your holiday feast from these online food sellers

There’s no doubt that the holidays will be a very busy time.

With all the preparations and trips for gatherings (which, thankfully, we are now allowed to do) and family meals fit for a holiday spread, we moms sure could use all the help we can get to serve our loved ones a fabulous Christmas feast.

So why deny ourselves the convenience of simply tapping our phones to have mouthwatering dishes delivered right to our doorstep?

Check out these online food sellers to get the show-stopping dish on your holiday spread.

Chef Resty’s Roast Beef

If, like me, you’ve been missing the roast beef carving station in the hotel buffets you used to frequent, then Chef Resty’s is your best bet for tender, juicy and, oh so flavorful slices of roast beef for the fam!

Chef Resty’s Roast Beef are priced at:

  • half kilo (Php950): sliced only, serves four people
  • 1 kilo (Php1,700): whole or sliced, serves eight people
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Chef Resty’s Delivery

To order, send a text or Viber message to +63 917 4329953 or +63 919 0985448 with your name, mobile number, address (including barangay), date and time of delivery and order quantity.

More on Chef Resty’s here.

Fira’s Kitchen

Before, I thought the only way I can get another taste of Chicken Galantina is if I attended a party hosted by a very patient cook. I,m happy to discover that Fira’s Kitchen specializes in this dish.

Chicken Galantina is made with a deboned chicken stuffed with ground pork, hard-boiled egg and sausages with some pickle relish and spices which is then baked until cooked.

A whole Chicken Galantina with gravy can be ordered for Php850 while a Galantina Roll with gravy is priced at Php180.

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Fira’s Kitchen

To order, email firaskitchen29@gmail.com or text +63 927 5192810.

More on Fira’s Kitchen here.

The Happy Kitchen

Want the deliciousness of a good home-cooked meal without having to spend all day in the kitchen?

Call The Happy Kitchen and enjoy flavorful ulams you would be craving for again and again such as Beef Caldereta (Php650 half tray | Php1,100 whole tray) and Korean Chicken (Php520 half tray | Php880 whole tray).

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The Happy Kitchen
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To order, text +63 917 6510981 your name, contact number, your orders and your preferred delivery date, time and address or your preferred date and time of pickup.

More on The Happy Kitchen here.

Salmon HQ

Planning a party at home? Grab your centerpiece dish from Salmon HQ and make a lasting impression on your guests and family members.

Imagine serving up shrimps, scallops and salmon in soy butter glaze with a tray of Seafood Wafu Pasta (Php500 small | Php1,000 medium | Php1,200 large) or unveiling an impressive Salmon Sushi Cake (Php1,200) to your guests!

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Salmon Sushi Cake
Salmon HQ
Seafood Wafu Pasta

Text your orders to Salmon HQ via +63 922 8943679.

More on Salmon HQ here.

Heavenly Spiced

Comfort food elevated is what you can expect from Heavenly Spiced where Chef Edmond Dannug brings his considerable skills to bear in enhancing the flavors of his all-time favorite dishes.

A tray of Heavenly Spiced’s Hainanese Chicken (Php999) comes with wonderfully flavored Chicken Rice, as well as sweet soy, ginger and chili sauces, while its Bourbon BBQ Pork Ribs (Php1,599) consists of two whole slabs of grilled pork ribs along with umami fries. Both are good for four to five people.

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Heavenly Spiced
Bourbon BBQ Pork Ribs

To order, text +63 939 2373383 or Viber +63 929 4514998 your name, contact number, delivery address, list of orders, delivery date/time and mode of payment.

More on Heavenly Spiced here.

Kuki’s Fudtrip

While most pasta dishes are easy to whip up, lasagna may be a bit of a challenge.

Well, just get a tray of Lasagna Special (Php800) from Kuki’s Fudtrip and you’ll have a hearty and mouthwatering pasta dish for your holiday dinner with none of the hassle.

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Kuki’s Fudtrip

Text your orders to +63 906 4330991.

More on Kuki’s Fudtrip here.

Epic Cravings

Every great holiday meal should be capped with a sweet ending.

What sweeter way to end a lovely repast than with a box of Assorted Cream Puffs (Php230) from Epic Cravings. With such delectable flavors – Sugar Glazed, Powdered Sugar, Belgian Dark Chocolate, Butterscotch, Cookies ‘n Cream and Matcha – all family members can find their own special cream puff.

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Epic Cravings

Click here to order from Epic Cravings.

So, mommies, if you find yourself getting harried over your holiday feast preparations, know that help is just a few phone taps away!

Photo credit: Header image by Jed Owen on Unsplash

#QuarantineCookbook: Egg Pie

One of my favorite merienda items back when I was little was the egg pie.

I just love the creamy custard filling that’s perfectly complemented by a buttery and flaky crust.

To this day, I still find myself craving for it from time to time, especially during my coffee break.

While it is readily available in my neighborhood, whether via delivery apps or by dropping by a mom-and-pop bakery, I figured it was best to make it from scratch at home, especially since I got hold of this recipe which seems to easy to make.

Egg Pie Recipe
Egg Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 4 tbsp water
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Egg Pie Recipe

Filling

  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 300ml condensed milk
  • 1 370ml evaporated milk
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Egg Pie Recipe

Procedure:

To make the pie crust:

  • Combine flour, salt, sugar and butter in a bowl. Mix until fine crumbs form.
  • Add the water and mix until a dough is formed. Cover it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Roll out the dough on a flour-dusted board until it is 1/8-inch thick.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased 9-inc round pan. Trim the excess dough and press the tines of a fork against the edges to create a design, then set aside.
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Egg Pie Recipe

To make the filling:

  • In a bowl, whisk together three whole eggs and one egg yolk.
  • Add the vanilla, condensed milk and evaporated milk, then stir well until thoroughly combined.
  • Strain the mixture twice, then set aside.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg white until stiff peaks form, thrn gently fold into the filling mixture.

To bake the pie:

  • Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust.
  • Gently tap the pie pan against your work surface to get rid of air bubbles.
  • Bake the pie in a pre-heated 180-degree C oven for forty-five to fifty minutes pr until the top turns brown.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Egg Pie Recipe

The baking pie filled our home with the sweet scent of vanilla and custard and the fam could hardly wait for it to be fully cooked so we could all dig in.

We polished off the pan in no time at all!

I’ve made this pie for the fam several times already and it’s a hit every time.

Try this recipe yourself and let me know how it goes!

Gear up:

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La Germania Electric Thermostat Oven
La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven
La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven

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Antipolo Resto: Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Up in the suburbs of Antipolo is a refreshing and delicious escape from the urban jungle called Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen.

I discovered this when I took my parental units out on an Antipolo joyride (!) as my advanced birthday treat for my dad.

To be honest, I was supposed to take my parents to another cafe in Antipolo but had to make a last-minute change of plans upon finding out that the other cafe’s premises might not be suitable for seniors.

With only minutes to spare, I scanned my Facebook feed for a place where the parental units would be more comfortable and I came upon Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen.

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Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

So, together with my daughter #ExhibitA, I picked up the seniors and off we went to this Antipolo resto which is luckily a mere twenty-minute drive away from our homes in Pasig.

The cafe is a welcome surprise that will greet your eyes as you turn from the busy highway and take your pick among the available parking spaces around the bend. From outside, the lush greenery surrounding the glass-walled structure looks both picturesque and inviting.

Since the restaurant is operating only on a fraction of its original capacity, there is already a queue of people waiting to be seated by the time we got there, despite the considerable seating spaces in both the ground and upper floors, as well as in the al fresco area.

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Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

As I have seniors in my party, we were seated at the al fresco area on the other side of street from the main dining hall. While this dining space may be quite hot during the early afternoon of our visit, the discomfort is somewhat eased by the presence of plants artfully arranged around the place.

Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Our light and delicious afternoon repast included:

Potato Wedges (Php130). Thick, deep-fried wedges of potatoes lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.

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Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

YB Nachos (Php210). Crisp toasted nachos drizzled with melted cheese and topped with sauteed beef, tomatoes, green onions and parmesan.

Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Club Sandwich (Php195). Two layers of sliced ham and chicken, lettuce and tomato in creamy dressing in between slices of toasted homemade bread, and served with a side of YB Nachos.

Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Wagyu Cheeseburger (Php365). Thick grilled patty of Wagyu beef topped with melted cheese and sandwiched together with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and burger sauce in between lightly toasted and buttered homemade burger buns, served with a side of YB Nachos.

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Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Grandma’s Chocolate Cake (Php155). Decadent chocolatey treat made with chocolate sponge cake covered in rich milk chocolate icing and topped with dark chocolate shavings with thin layers of caramel filling inside.

Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Sans Rival (Php165). Alternating layers of buttercream, meringue and chopped cashews made even more special with the addition of white chocolate.

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Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Despite the nearing holiday season, it was quite a hot and humid afternoon, so we ordered these drinks to cool down.

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Jasmine Passion Fruit Tea (Php85)
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Mint Passion Fruit Tea (Php85)
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Iced Green Tea (Php125)
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Ice Blended Double Chocolate (Php165)

In between delicious bites, my daughter and I were able to catch up with the news from my mom and dad.

Dad also seemed happy with his birthday blowout!

Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

If you want to have a quick escape from the metro for a foodie adventure, do check this place out!

Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen is located at Lot 3 Blk 2, Mission Hills Blvd., Mission Hills Subd., San Roque, Antipolo, Rizal. It is open weekdays from 9am to 8pm and weekends from 7am to 8pm.

Call +63 925 7155287 for inquiries, and follow Yellow Bird on Facebook and Instagram to get updates.