I have my more than the usual dose of things to be happy about today which goes back to my friend's (and Maid of Honor) wedding. We go back around 8 years back during our MBA days in Ateneo.
Mama Sita's has been expanding its product line for quite some time now. And they're doing a great job in dishing out good tasting products.
I was passing by the tomato sauce section of Rustan's when this item caught my eye. My first thought was that it's a smart move to use a yellow packaging since the usual colors are red, green, and white. When I went to grab a pack, I was surprised to see that it's a Mama Sita's brand. "Kiddie Spaghetti Sauce" it says. That's a good way of making itself standout from the bandwagon who went for "Filipino Style." Made me think that sweet spaghetti sauce is associated more to kids as I do not agree with calling the sweet sauce as Filipino blend because I am Filipino and I don't like my spaghetti sauce sweet.
Anyway, when trying out spaghetti sauces, I would use it without adding anything else except cooked pasta. Oftentimes, the sauce would fail me and I had to make adjustments to it to make it acceptable to my taste. With Mama Sita's Kiddie Spaghetti Sauce, I didn't had to add anything to it!
For photo purposes though, I did add some sliced button mushrooms (which have no taste and just absorbs the taste of the sauce), parsley and grated cheese for garnishing. And here's how it looks like -
Just add some sliced hotdogs and we have ourselves a sure fire kiddie treat!
Group purchase sites have sprouted the Philippine web population like a plague. Oftentimes offering food or vanity deals, I don't end up jumping on every offer. Its going to be offered again anyway, if not a better offer would come along in the future. SO, I try to look out more for the ones that are hard to come by.
With beer being cheaper than fuel prices nowadays, Deal Dozen has managed to snatch a GREAT deal from Caltex. In celebration of its 75 years of existence, Caltex is offering 40% discount on fuel. You read it right...40%!
The coupon is worth Php1,000 and is being sold online for only Php600. Here are the other details of the deal:
- each Deal Dozen user account can purchase only one (1) coupon
- a valid ID must be presented when presenting the coupon to the gas station where you intend to claim the fuel. The name on the coupon must match the one on the ID
- redemption of coupons are from 1 Sept - 31 Oct 2011
- only the following Caltex branches shall honor the coupon:
1. EDSA-Boni (Southbound) Station (click map here)
2. EDSA-Harvard (Northbound) Station (click map here)
3. C5-Bagong Ilog (Northbound) Station (click map here)
4. C5-Valle Verde (Southbound) Station (click map here)
5. Wilson St. cor. Ortigas Ave. Station (click map here)
6. Malugay cor. Buendia Station (click map here)
7. Roces St. Station - near T. Morato (click map here)
8. NLEX Valenzuela (Southbound) Station (click map here)
9. Felix Ave. Cainta Station (click map here)
10. Quirino cor. Mabini Station (click map here)
11. Filinvest Station (click map here)
12. Mindanao cor. Congressional Aves. Station (click map here)
Although the claiming period is still in September, it's still a good deal. By the way, I am not connected with either Deal Dozen or Caltex. I'm merely sharing a useful and timely information.
There is, however, one thing that sucks with this deal - you need to purchase at least one of the other deals being currently offered on the site. So far, the one from Chicken Charlie seems OK considering one can use the voucher for up to 4 visits. Good thing they have a branch in Wilson, so it's near our area. I'm considering the offer from Frazzled Cook because the vailidity period of the voucher falls on the dates where we can celebrate my mom and sister's birthday. Their birthdays are just a day away from each other, plus Frazzled Cook is just near our place also.
I used to eat lunch in Seryna when I was still working in Makati. It's a cozy Izakaya in Little Tokyo, located at the side of Plaza Fair in Pasong Tamo.
I heard about Seryna when a Japanese stranger started talking to me at the gym one time. That was actually the first and last time that I saw him there as I don't really hit the gym often. He seemed very particular about the quality of the seafood he consumes. He even gave me a tip to eat there during lunch time because the lunch sets are relatively cheap as compared to their dinner rates as they only serve ala carte in the evenings.
A and I had dinner with our geomancer. We had to take him to some place that offers quality food because he gave Wee Nam Kee in Ayala Triangle a BIG, THUMBS DOWN! Bringing him to a place that serves seafood is suicidal, but I'm confident to present Seryna.
japanese wine selection
dining area (with our geomancer pouring green tea on the foreground)
condiment containers that look like beehives
They serve two types of service teas - green tea (served hot) and barley tea (cold drink). I don't like the taste of cold barley tea, so I always request for it to be served hot.. Even the quality of the tea is different there. A and our geomancer noticed it easily since they're both picky tea drinkers. I just want mine served hot that time.
Here are some photos of our meal:
We also had Nuta (Php135) and Miso Soup (Php135), but I wasn't able to take photos because we were really hungry when we got there (it was past 10PM since I got off late from a meeting). I didn't appreciate the taste of Nuta only because it had wasabi infused in it. Not a fan of wasabi, but the 2 guys finished it off quickly.
Every time food was brought to our table, the first thing our geomancer notices is how fresh it looks. Food, when served fresh and prepared correctly, tastes a lot different. Most people won't be able to notice the difference, but the presence of these and the manner of how the dish was presented justifies the price of Seryna's menu. Having said that, Seryna's a success with our geomancer. As far as A and I are concerned, we're just happy to be back!
The journey of Mr. Potter ended tonight. It was easy to drag A into watching it with me since the movie's filled with British actors. A favors their acting technique much better as compared to American ones.A and I watched it in 3D as a way of giving the group a proper send-off. I didn't really notice how long the 3D portions of the film were. I guess I was more of just watching the whole thing end though I never really liked the ending inclusion of them 19 years later. It just made things look so Disney-sy...must show happy ending. Other than that, it's a bittersweet thing to watch the final installment to an 8-part film.
Now to wait for an HD version and do an HP marathon!
I don't stay long in the canteen when I eat. I usually go there with just the purpose of eating. Since I get to do that almost everyday, I still get to explore the different flavors that the world has to offer at a shorter period of stay. Our canteen offers a diverse selection of dishes. Some are as inexpensive as the dishes in carinderias.
I ended up buying our home meals here for a number of reasons:
1. During the weekdays, I don't have much time to cook
2. Cooking for 2 is more expensive than buying ready to eat meals
3. Authentic international dishes below restaurant price - beat that group purchase sites!
It's like taking A and Snuz to the restaurant everyday =)
Another venue for eating foods from other culture is the presence of people bringing pasalubongs from their overseas trips. Take this bag of assorted snacks from Beijing:
I have no idea what the pack says. Well, if you can't read it, eat it! How else would I know what it contains? Of course, there's that risk of not liking the taste or have some form of intestinal problems later in the day. And since my desk if the official depository of munchies, people tend to ask me what they are before they try one for themselves. So that sort of makes me the unofficial taste tester.
Now I know how it feels to eat Bertie Bott's every flavour beans =P
This is the last time I'm going to buy a Harry Potter movie ticket. I've watched them grow. Now I'll see them end an era. So, I thought of giving them a proper send off by watching it in 3D. They will be missed.
I don't get to cook squid much. The easiest dish I could come up with is adobong pusit, but I didn't want to make that tonight. So, I thought I'd try to make it more interesting by adding a Greek touch to it by cooking it in olive oil and adding bell peppers and lemon juice to it. It turned out pretty good! A and Snuz finished off the first serving rather quickly. A was requesting for seconds, unfortunately, I didn't cook a lot of it since it was an experimental dish.
Well, at least now I have another squid dish in my recipe list =)
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