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For the first time in Forever: Hi Melbourne

August 3, 2014 Leave a comment

I am starting my blogpost with a big SORRY!!! I was suppose to update you guys when I went back to the Philippines last March. But due to my netbook being dysfunctional and me procrastinating, I haven’t really got any update on my beloved blog. (I might blog about my summer vacation in the Philippines some other time. I mean I can make a travel/location post about those anyway.)

Whenever some thing new happens into my life, that is when I begin to post again.

So here I am again in a new place and back to University to study. After almost 3 months of vacation in the Philippines, I pushed through my plan on going back to Australia. But now, I moved to a new city, Melbourne, Victoria.

Unlike in Bunbury, I didn’t know anyone there which made my first few months hard and lonely. A few years back, I tried to contact my childhood classmate, Vincent, whom I knew moved to New Zealand. To my surprise, their family moved to Melbourne.We started messaging each other when I decided that I wanted to come back and this time in Melbourne.

On July 17, I finally arrived. He offered to pick me up from the airport and was so kind to let me stay in their place for a few days.

I had no expectations towards the city. I just came here to work and study. Saturday, we decided to go to the city. Since I’m not a fan of shopping malls, I told him to bring me to places wherein we can also shoot (photo).

Starting the day with Brunch at Trotters in Lygon street. Every bite of Gnocchi Beef Ragu is a spoonful.

And because we’re both photo enthusiasts, he decided to bring me into a camera museum in Michael’s

Overwhelmed with cameras. haha (Photo by Vincent)

One of the most photographed place in the city

Federation Square. Sometimes, performers are here

Degraves street

I think the highlight of our tour/shoot that day is the Graffiti walls:

Im so happy in this photo. Hosier Lane (Photo by Vincent)

We went to Union Lane and Hosier Lane. I think these graffiti changes everytime.

After a long day, Chicken Curry (forgot where we ate. Too hungry and tired.lol)

Melbourne Central (Mall) has this old train station look.

After a day of walking, talking and shooting, Vincent decided to take me to Brunetti to try something.

“His Tiramisu and Her Cheesecake”

I will have a separate post about Brunetti and their Tiramisu in Heaven. lol

This was a great start for me. I haven’t felt this rush in a long time. I even said that I thought I was still dreaming.Β I really can’t find the right words to describe everything in one post so I will try my best to post as much info next time. I think I’m too overwhelmed of everything until now.haha

**Hopefully, my next posts will have better photo quality and more informative. haha.

To see more about Melbourne, check out this link.

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Cooking at home : Chicken and Vegetable Enchilada

October 2, 2013 1 comment

The month of October just started and come to think of it, I haven’t posted a lot of food related entries here. The fact that I can post anything about it anytime because I majored in Culinary Arts, I worked as a cook in the Philippines and now I am a Chef Intern here in Australia.

Upon coming here in a foreign country, I became independent especially on cooking my food. I noticed that since I came here, I begun cooking more creatively. I started to try out new recipes and even invent my own. So now, I decided to create a topic here on my blog about my home cooked recipes. There are lots of recipe variations all over the internet but I just wanted to share how I prepared and cooked mine.

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I love spices and flavours. So I asked my mom’s friend if she wanted to have Enchilada for Lunch.

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Chicken and Vegetable Enchilada

Chicken and Vegetable Enchilada

Serves 3-6

Ingredients:

1pc Chicken Breast/ Thigh Fillet, sliced into strips

1pc Zucchini, thinly sliced

1pc Eggplant, thinly sliced

150-200g Tomato Paste

1pc small Onion, chopped

2-3 cloves Garlic, Minced

2-3pc medium Tomato, seeded and cubed

*Red Kidney Beans (Optional)

*1-3tsp Ground Cumin

*2-3tsp Coriander paste (or fresh)

*1-2 tsp Cloves

*1/2 to 1tsp Chili Paste (or fresh chilli/chilli flakes/chilli powder)

1tsp Vinegar

*Water

*Salt and Pepper, to taste

Soft Taco

*Cheese, grated (quickmelt / cheddar is best used)

*Sourcream (optional)

*Guacamole (optional)

* add/ lessen to your liking

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 150C. Line a baking tray

2. In a saucepan, sautee Onion, garlic and tomato in a little oil. Then add tomato paste, water (to thin out the sauce). Add Vinegar, Coriander, cumin, cloves and chilli to your liking. Season with salt and pepper. Stir. Set aside.

3. Pan fry chicken in a separate pan. Set aside.

4. Assemble: Β (Vegetable) Soft Taco, Spread sauce evenly, layer Zucchini and Eggplant topped with sauce and cheese. Then close taco.

(Chicken) Soft Taco, Spread sauce evenly, put chicken strips, top sauce and cheese. Then close taco.

(Chicken and Veg) Soft taco, Spread sauce evenly, layer Zucchini, eggplant and chicken with sauce and cheese.

5. Bake for 15minutes or until cooked. Serve with Sourcream (Sourcream + Coriander) or Guacamole (Avocado, Onion, Tomato, Coriander, s&p) on the side.

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Leave a comment or anything here. Tell me how yours tasted and your suggestions.

EK x Soderno Escape

June 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Last May 25,2012 my friends and I should be skating, but due to reasons, we decided to finally go to Enchanted Kingdom (theme park in Laguna). We were planning this for such a while but we haven’t taken this seriously most of the time. Despite a short notice, we just continued to go there.

Finally, a day to spend for enjoyment. It was on my third year in high school when I last went there. That time, I didn’t enjoy much of the rides. After riding the Space Shuttle (Roller Coaster), the rest of the day was such a pain in the head. I felt nauseated and felt like vomiting. oh well.

Space shuttle (Marc photo bombing.lol)

It was a big mistake for us to ride Jungle Log Jam. We somehow got wet. Then we continued to ride Rio Grande. It was a mistake for me to wear shoes that day. I should’ve worn slippers due to those rides like these two which will make me wet. After the ride took off, I also took off my shoes and socks even though the Ride operator told me not to. haha. Because I easily get colds, I changed shirt afterwards.

We ate Chimichanga from a Mexican food stall near the foodcourt. Yeah it’s awesome. Sumptuous. Then we rode other rides such as Bump car, Anchor’s away (which made me scream so much) and Ferry’s Wheel. Because of boredom, we made a Lip Synch-ing Boston (Augustana) video up there:


I can’t believe that I was convinced to ride Space Shuttle. But I thought, “Most things are once in a lifetime experience. Why let it pass if you can try even for once.” I like the adrenaline rush it gave me. But after riding that, I felt the same as before, nauseated and vomiting. So we went to the First Aid area and asked for an ointment. We also ate frozen bananas. My bad feeling of vomiting was gone. Yey.

We decided to try Lazer Tag. It was a Lazer Maze where you must get to the buttons and push them. Fortunately, Candice came in second place.

Here is her Video. hehe. (Peace Candice) πŸ™‚

Our last stop before going home was the Horror house. Heck We don’t know if we’re going to be scared or laugh. It was sort of scary at first but we laughed at ourselves. haha. The last person at the exit won’t let us out. We actually said Abracadabra, Alacazam, Open Sesame. I said the chant for levitation (in Harry Potter) and then he let us out. He was a Harry Potter fan I think.lol.

The Magic stays with you

And I forgot to tell you that I bought a Jester hat and wore it the entire time. πŸ™‚

Me doing the ‘Candice Pose’

After EK, we had to eat atleast something. We decided to go to Soderno (Night Food Market at Alabang). Food choices were limited that night but we found a craving, Street food ‘ihaw’.

Pork, Chicken Innards, Corn, Barbeque, Quail Eggs

When and where are we heading next? Find out on my future posts. πŸ™‚

**All photos and Lip- Synch-ing video are taken using LUMIX LX3

**Video Frogcour c/o Marc

Wicked Roadtrip (New Bombay, The Avengers, Gourmet, Qoola Yogurt & A GanTea)

May 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Recently, I’ve been watching TLC (The Lifestyle Channel). Most of the shows there talks about travel and food, but mostly food. Since I’m a Culinary Arts major, it is a must for me to know the latest trends in the industry and also know different cultures as well.

Most of the time, I eat out with a friend (Marc Mondelo). I love eating with her because she’s the one who taught me to be open and adventurous towards food. I also found out that my good friend Candice is like this. We also eat differently everytime.

One time, we talked about Indian food, its aroma and taste, and decided to have a foodtrip the next time.

Last May 05,2012 Candice, MC and I met to try Indian food. Candice recommended New Bombay since she have tried it. We also decided to watch The Avengers.

Candice said that the price is higher in the Restaurant than in the foodcourt (Foodcourt = 150-200php/dish, Restaurant = 250+php/ sharing dish), but I insisted on eating in the Restaurant for an authentic feel. We tried two of their best sellers.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Mutton Rogan Josh

We ordered Chapatti (bread) and Vegetable Samosa (with mint coriander and tamarind chutney sauce). Both Chicken Tikka Masala and Mutton Rogan Josh are Curry. But they taste different.

Chicken Tikka Masala is Tender pieces of boneless grilled chicken cooked in rich tomato sauce with exotic masala (indian spice) and in a thick gravy. Mutton Rogan Josh is an aromatic gourmet curry dish in India, its unique styleΒ  of cooking and the perfect blend of spices garnished with nuts. (As described in their menu)

The Sauce of the Mutton is thicker than the Chicken. The Mutton sauce can be compared to Filipino Caldereta/ Mechado but better and spicier. Between the two, I prefer the Chicken.

Vegetable Samosa

We also like to order their Paneer (Cottage cheese) but because MC and I are Lactos intolerant, we decided not to order this. πŸ˜›

Left to right: Candice, MC and I

Taste wise, I don’t have a problem. Or maybe just that it leaves a foul smell (Bad breath). lol. Seeing the Restaurant and the people eating there (mostly Middle Eastern, I think) is intimidating. It’s as if people will stare at us Filipinos for eating there. Anyhow, I told my friends that those people don’t know us so might as well eat and try the food. πŸ™‚ Ambiance is nice and the servers are friendly. Value for food is okay considering that the dish is for sharing.

Okay I had fun eating! enough said. (I even spilled some sauce on my shirt.haha)

After eating an early dinner, we searched for a sweet dessert that can counteract with the after taste of Indian Spices. We passed by Gourmet which sells French Macaroons for 35php. Taste is okay but I like Bizu’s more.

Mc, Hannah, Candice (I can’t remember what we ordered though)

After going to the wash room, we still had time to search for a real dessert.

Mc ordered yoghurt while Candice and I ordered Fruit Tea

We went to Greenbelt and tried Qoola Yogurt and A Gantea. We hurried so we’ll be on time for the Avengers. (Okay I won’t insert a review on Avengers here. )

After the movie, I suggested that we take a photo in the photobooth at Timezone. Due to circumstance, it doesn’t have a Bluetooth thingy.. But I have the Hardcopy. πŸ™‚

In the end, We had a lot of fun. I was with my Highschool friends, we did get to watch the Avengers and We enjoyed our foodtrip at New Bombay. πŸ™‚

NEW BOMBAY: 5 Thumbs Up.. πŸ™‚

*All photos are taken by Hannah Nacis (Me) with Lumix LX3

Pan de Amerikana (Marikina)

March 29, 2012 2 comments

As promised, I will be blogging about Pan de Amerikana. My friends and I decided to have breakfast here and stay upto 10 am. My bestfriend (Leslie) suggested this as our first stopover eversince we planned the sleepover to her house.

Just a jeepney ride away from her house, we saw it’s Native like exterior.

photo from Pan de Amerikana site

It really does look dreamy even from the outside.

Photo taken using Android app

Upon entering, I was surprised of how spacious it was. The first part that you’ll see is their ordering station and the menu. Their menu caters from breakfast to dinner. With a reasonable price of 50php above, anyone can enjoy a sumptuous meal. Here’s an excerpt of their menu from their site:

If you want to taste authentic 1950’s PAN DE SAL (mega sized wheat P5.50, giant Pandesal Pan Amerikano P55, mega-sized ensaymada P10), MARIKINA DISHES (everlasting and waknatoy), FILIPINO DISHES (ILOKANO-longganisa-papaitan-igado,dinakdakan, pinakbet,sarabasab,dinengdeng, steamed okra,dinuguan BICOLANO-express-laing, tinomok, bicol callos, pinangat, CEBUANO-sinugba, KAPAMPANGAN-sisig bangus-sisig rice-sisig pork, BATANGENO-tawilis), STEAKS (T-bone and Porterhouse), SEAFOODS-plapla bawang, bangus belly, PASTA (carbonara,spaghetti, bolognese, baked macaroni ), BREWED COFFEE , ICED TEA , FILIPINO BREAKFAST MEAL (Daing, Longganiza, Tocino, Tapa), CHINESE (chopsuey, lumpiang shanghai) MUSHROOM delicacies(crispy mushroom)

Nowadays, their Pandesal is 6php. It is still a reasonable price. It is actually a wheat (flour) Pandesal. Their Ensaymada is now 12php and it is also wheat made. THUMBS UP for the price, size and taste!

”]We didn’t think that the Bangus is served in that size. Awesome!

Leslie told us that we should try Everlasting. We just ordered a small one. I even wondered why it was named like that. I was telling them that maybe it has powers like giving a youthful lifetime (lol) or even an unlimited order of that (haha). Kidding aside, based on my readings, it was named like that because it was made and stored for a period of time before it is served and eaten. Pan de Amerikana’s description of it was:

Everlasting – looks like an “embutido” placed in a “Llanera” and is garnished with pickles and carrots. It was called such because it is the food that is “ever present” in almost all the fiestas and gatherings in Marikina.

It does resemble Embutido. Thumbs up for its youthful powers (lolz)

Panoramic view of Pan de Amerikana (photo by Kristel)

The ambiance was homey and comfortable. With its garden like setting, you can have a more relaxing vibe. PDA excerpt:

If you want to dine in a garden setting (waterfalls, treehouse, rope bridge, koi pond, traviesa benches, old antique wood tables, batibot chairs and tables, tropical rain forest plants, wishing well, Italian colonnade European ruins)

photo by Kristel

It is also known for its jumbo sized chess

photo by kristel

What more can I ask for? Nothing. Ask them if they have Wi-Fi? They have. Awesome right!

Before I forget, They also have Tai chi sessions and Art sessions too. ( I just saw the sign at the entrance).

PAN DE AMERIKANA: 5 THUMBS UP

*Β The restaurant Marikina branch is considered as the ONE OF THE FIVE CHESS THEMED RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD Pan de Amerikana bakeshop Main office is at 92 ordonez street Concepcion dos MARIKINA (tel. 475-2398) and now has branches located at Katipunan Avenue Quezon City (tel. 421-1966) and another at Wilson street GREENHILLS San Juan(tel.384-6741). The third branch is located at MAKATI AVENUE corner constellation st. beside Savory.

http://pandeamerikana.multiply.com/

*We also went to their Katipunan branch which is the UPSIDE DOWN RESTAURANT. It’s smaller than in Marikina Branch though.

A moment with Chicken Adobo

May 10, 2011 Leave a comment

oh my.. you won’t believe it. I cooked Chicken Adobo for lunch and it was my first time (as always).

I asked my friend for their recipe days before, but because I forgot it, I searched for a video in youtube. I used to remember a friend who told me about this..

Hearing this, it may seem to be funny, but anyhow, it did help me cook. My friend replied on my text and told me other procedure to make the adobo. Her mom said that it is better to add vinegar first then the soy sauce. Maybe in my future posts, I can elaborate on recipes. But now, all I want is to share my experience.

I really felt like Julia in the movie. It’s as if every moment that I’m cooking something new, I would share my excitement to others as well as the mishaps I encountered. Maybe in the future I would do a Julie/ Julia project kind of thing. πŸ™‚

Chicken Adobo: Β 4 thumbs up (almost close to perfection.really.lol)

First attempt on Home cooked meals

May 5, 2011 1 comment

It wasn’t long enough since I became a Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) student. It really didn’t occur to me that I will be choosing to major in Culinary Arts.Β One thing I considered when I chose to shift to HRM is to cook food for my family. Somehow, I am not cooking everytime I’m at home..lol I also remembered a saying, “A way to a man’s heart is though his stomach.” hehe.

Anyway, just this week, I’m not sure what really made up my mind to try something. Something that I am not fond of and not well known of. Majoring in Culinary Arts, you may know that I might be good in cooking or so. Well, there’s one secret to tell, I may be good in baking and other dishes but there’s one thing I don’t know, that is home cooked meals. But this week, I tried to cook so. hehe

Thankfully, my dad taught me how to cook rice. Some examples of Home cooked meals are Sinigang (Sour soup fish), Menudo (Pork in tomato sauce), Kaldereta(beef), Tinola,etc.. Honestly, I haven’t tried cooking anything of sorts. It may seem to be funny, but for me, I don’t think so.

I had all my first attempt in cooking Menudo, Puchero and Sinigang. It was almost a week since our ‘kasambahay’ left. Every morning, I wake up and haven’t eaten anything because no food is left in the table. Over the weekend, my mother went to Dagupan for a trip, because of that, my brothers woke me up in my sleep to cook for them. So I decided to cook Menudo. Eventhough I told you that I haven’t cooked any home meals, I think I know how to cook them. I tried to cook. Day after day, everytime our mother is not at home, my brothers would ask me to cook for them. Anyhow, I like to cook and have interest in it especially everytime nobody’s home (or atleast mom and our homebuddy is not around).

I really gave myself a nice pat on the back for cooking home cooked meals. Good work for me. πŸ™‚

Tonight, I remembered a movie entitled Julie & Julia. I haven’t started it but I did get a chance to watch it. Now I know how Julia felt every time she cooks.lol. The movie is a nice one for those who wants entertainment as well as tips on cooking and life.

Brief summary of Julie & Julia:

Julia Child’s story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first book.(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1135503/)

Menudo: 3 thumbs up (no tomato paste next time)

Puchero: 4 thumbs up (nice try. I tried remembering its taste from one restaurant where I’ve eaten it)

Sinigang: 5 thumbs up (I’m not exagerrating, but I think my sinigang tasted somehow that of my dad’s-he cooks the best sinigang I’ve ever tasted)

Julie & Julia: 4 thumbs up

PS: I don’t think it would be likeable if I posted photos of my work.. hehe. post a comment if anything comes up to mind after reading this post. πŸ™‚