Voortman Chocolate Chip Cookies

Voortman chocolate chip cookies was not the usual packed cookies. It was soft (not as hard as Chips Ahoy!) and not crumbly.  The chocolates chips were soft and sweet, and overall the cookies has mild sweetness. Dipping it into milk, the milk seeps right through the cookie. 😋

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Actually my sisters and I planned to bake chocolate chip cookies but we ended up buying instead 😅😆

You may find this in your local grocery stores. I bought it from Puregold.

Price: Around 150pesos

Rating: 5/5 sparkles – ✨✨✨✨✨

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Starbucks TEA-ramisu Frappuccino

3D40FAB2-A807-4429-8C96-EC07755C2802I’ve always loved green tea that’s why I decided to try Starbucks’ Tea-ramisu Frappuccino. The drink is a limited-edition offer by Starbucks for the summer season.

Here’s the description from Starbucks PH:

Starbucks® Tea-ramisu Frappuccino brings a new spin on the classic dessert ‘Tiramisu’ by combining the creamy taste of cheesecake with the earthy notes of Japanese matcha. To create this wonder, rich green tea is blended with whipped mascarpone cheese to create a beautiful marbled effect, finished with a swirl of whipped cream and sprinkle of green tea cookie crumble.

How was it?

I liked the green tea and cheescake combination. They blend well. At first sip, I got to taste the cheescake then green tea later on since it was placed at the bottom. The frappe was very sweet and I recommend it for those who have a sweet tooth. The green tea flavor wasn’t evident to the taste as I expected. 😦 If your palate is finding for a green tea drink, I suggest that you go straight for their Green Tea Frappe instead of Tea-ramisu. Also, I tried mixing Tea-ramisu frappe and it was not a good idea because the green tea flavor went missing! Nevertheless, Starbucks Tea-ramisu frappe was refreshing.

Sakura Unicorn Milkshake

Anything unicorn, rainbow and colorful catches my attention. That’s why I went gaga over Tokyo Bubble Tea’s Sakura Unicorn Milkshake!

(c) Tokyo Bubble Tea Facebook page

I ordered Taro at Tokyo Bubble Tea SM North EDSA. I loved the presentation of the sweet milkshake. It’s topped with ice cream and “unicorn horn” candy which made it really adorable! Plus, the sweet & salty bubble gum taste of the cotton candy cream added flavor to the drink. ❤️

So cute! 😊

 

Find your way to the nearest Tokyo Bubble Tea branch through this link that you too might taste the magic! 🦄🌈

Bona fide cooking: Chicken Adobo w/ baby potatoes

I’m not into cooking. Not really. One reason is I don’t have ‘that’ good sense of taste especially when judging a food if it’s the right amount of saltiness and stuff  and another reason is that I’m kind of lazy in preparing food. *hehe* But yesterday’s air was different! I made food for dinner! Not just a snack but real food called ‘Chicken Adobo’. 😀 Adobo’s one of my favorites and definitely in the list of most Filipinos. I tried cooking it because I was craving and luckily I found a stock of chicken, soy sauce and vinegar in our kitchen. And voila! I was hesitant at first since it was my first time preparing a meal, having to wait for the chicken to be cooked. What I mean is that cooking eggs or hotdogs are fine but when it’s about cooking chicken, fish or pork, that’s a totally different story.

Of course, as a starter, I searched on YouTube and read blogs for the recipe. Most Adobo recipes that appeared were easy to follow but I went with Panlasang Pinoy’s. Thank you to Panlasang Pinoy for helping me out 😉

How to Cook Chicken Adobo with Potatoes

 

Prep time -15 mins  |  Cook time -40 mins  |  Total time – 55 mins

 

Author: Manny
Recipe type: Chicken Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Serves: 6 to 8 servings

 

Ingredients
  • 1 kilo chicken, chop into serving pieces
  • 2 medium size potatoes, quartered
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Magic Sarap (or any granuled seasoning)
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt or patis (optional)
  • 1 pc laurel leaf
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. cooking oil

 

Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan and saute garlic and onion. After a minute add the chicken.
  2. Stir fry the chicken until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Add in ½ cup of water, soy sauce, vinegar, laurel leaf and black pepper.
  4. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes then add the potatoes.
  5. Simmer again for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
  6. Season with magic sarap, sugar and patis or salt (just in case the adobo lacks salt).
  7. Serve hot.

 

A recipe from panlasangpinoymeatrecipes.com

2nd recipe reference at http://panlasangpinoy.com/2009/03/09/filipino-food-chicken-adobo-recipe/

Marinating the chicken in soy sauce and garlic for 1-3 hours would make the chicken rich in flavor. What I didn’t put in the Adobo I made is Magic Sarap or any seasoning. It would still turn out delish with a right amount of salt and pepper. 🙂 Also, I skipped frying the chicken and went to simmering it instead.

How was it?

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Success! I mean not bad for a first timer like me! Yayyyyy XD My grandfather, elder sister and mom said it was good. (But actually they said it was ‘Okay’ and I take an ‘Okay’ for ‘good’. Haha) I also judged my own cooking, and with all fairness & justice, it was indeed a not-so-bad Chicken Adobo. For me it tasted just fine. What wasn’t fine was the chicken. It got over boiled so it became torn-up. My sister said I should’ve put a bit more salt. I don’t know but for me it was salty already XD Nevertheless, I should listen to her since she’s a much more better cook than me. Yes, she is.

I’m so happy I got to do this :DD

 

 

*credits to the owner of the Featured Image I used 🙂

Spacin’ out at Subspace Coffee House

Subspace Coffee House is a Korean-inspired cafe formerly maintained by two Filipino interior designers who works at Space Encounters. One of the two owners is fond of Kpop who apparently gave a touch of Korean design to the shop. Last year April 2015, the management of the shop was passed to a Japanese.

At the start, Subspace made basic, plain etchings on their coffee foam then eventually figured to try out something new and unique, something that’ll surprise people as their coffees are served. It turned out to be a success. People later liked it and they kept coming for their inviting coffee and attractive interior design.

The coffee house is mostly visited during summer and the month of July onwards by students. Workers around the place also meet there for meetings and gatherings. Every Saturday or Sunday, there are chances they conduct a film showing. Also, the place may be rented for photoshoots or gatherings.

(Information from one of their baristas, Michelle)

Since we’ve checked in to a hotel in Ortigas, my sister suggested for us to go to Subspace and better not miss it. It was thrilling to go because of their awesome latte art and captivating interior design!

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We tried their Salted Caramel Brownie, Sea Salt Caramel Stormie and their cutely named drink, Bae Bae Milkshake.

Salted Caramel Brownie – the chewy salted caramel on top makes it good

Sea Salt Caramel Brownie – My eldest sister was the one who ordered this because she likes salty food and for her the drink was way too salty. So we had to tell the barista to add water and milk to it to lessen the saltiness. It was still good though 🙂

Bae Bae Milkshake – tastes like Ube 👍

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Salted Caramel Brownie | Sea Salt Caramel Stormie  and Bae Bae Milkshake

As for me, I ordered Cookie Butter Milkshake. It was a good Speculoos-tasting drink. Loved the cookie taste ❤

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Cookie Butter Milkshake

For the Purple Potato Latte, the taste of coffee was strong and the latte art was brilliant. It was good but nothing too special with the taste itself.IMG_8192

 

 

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Subspace Menu (December 2015)

Bestsellers:

Coffee – Purple potato latte

Sweet and unique – Dark chocolate and Iced emon green tea

Milkshake – Cookie butter milkshake

Milk teas – Very berry

Stormies – Caramel-x and Double chocolate

…If you want a frappucino-like drink, order a milkshake or stormie.

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The cool-looking ‘Anti-gravity chairs’

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Monopoly time!

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Getting Monopoly lessons from my sister (left)

Subspace is a great, cozy and Instagram-worthy place where you can study, hang out or chill. The food is good too and the price is reasonable. Their latte art is surely to be tried and I admire their baristas who do this because they’re doing their best to achieve the design you want for your coffee. I definitely recommend this! 😀

 

 

 

4 out of 5 sparkles

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Address: Unit 103, GF Grand Emerald Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig Ciy, 1605 Metro Manila

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S’mooooooores!!!

November 2, 2012 | Thursday

We made delicious S’mores last night. Oh my gosh I was so happy because we made and ate some.

Where did I discovered S’mores? -‘To The Beautiful You’ (Korean Series)

Jae Hee (the lead girl) was telling her friend about S’mores and ate one so out of curiosity I searched on the internet about S’mores and finally thought of making one someday with my family because it’s cool and looked yummy. I didn’t thought the ‘S’mores day’ could be done yesterday! THANK YOU LORD! 😀

I love S’mores!

3 wonderful things you need in making S’mores:

  1. Graham Crackers
  2. Chocolate
  3. Marshmallows (Medium sized)

What we did is we roasted the marshmallow over a candle 🙂 waited for it to melt for a bit so that it’ll be softie-soft when putting it on the cracker. I thought making S’mores would be complicated but it’s very easy!

YUM YUM! 😀

Thank you ‘To The Beautiful You’ for giving me an idea about S’mores! SOME MORE!