Irene's Ube Cheesecake

Friday, December 27, 2013

If you ask me about cheesecakes, there is only one direction that I will point you to.  And that is Indulgence by Irene.  Last 2011, my Panget and I were introduced to this wonderfully made Queso de Bola Cheesecake that left me haunted with wanting more.  Ask Irene and Richard, how many I ordered to give away and to consume, personally!  It was that good.

Last week, Irene mentioned that she was making an Ube (purple yam) version of her cheesecake, it was apparently a collaboration with Chona's Homemade Treasures - my ulitmate FAVORITE ensaimada (Chona makes a rockstar of an ube jam, by the way) Of course, I was excited!  I mean - something from Irene and Chona - gosh, that would be delicious.

So, there - the pristine purple cheesecake was staring at me.  I honestly didn't want to touch it as it looked, so perfect!  But I had to take a bite, so I sliced a piece and had one bite.

And it was pure bliss..

What I tasted brought on so many memories of my childhood.  It was an ube - exactly how I remembered it to be - really good, with the soft smooth texture.  The taste, how shall I explain - I don't know if any of you would still recall - those ice creams sold with the brand Sorbetero?  The ones that used to come in white tubs with a purple drawing on the sides with jeepneys and people?  Well, the Ube flavor was my Angkong's favorite and they had it in their freezers all the time.  It was that exact same taste - it was that exact same memory.  What that first bite brought on was a memory that was long forgotten - the taste, the texture and the smell of the ube.  It was that Sorbetero brand that I fondly remember and pitted every brand against and nothing ever compared - well, except for this cheesecake!  Hahaha!!  Funny that the the ice cream flavor that I so fondly remember has been unearth via a cheesecake!

I have found something special (and memorable) in a cheesecake.  Irene and Chona, I need to say THANK YOU for this.  This is indeed a wonderful collaboration - good food made more wonderful because of a memory that was long forgotten.  My taste buds went back in time and enjoyed every bite of this Ube Cheesecake.  I can't believe you captured the exact taste of the Sorbetero ube ice cream.  I am in awe........

Try it to believe!  

Prices are P1,200.00 for the big cheesecake and P250.00 for the mini cheesecake.

Indulgence by Irene

Winner.. Winners! Kalikhasan Ho-Ho-Holiday Package

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


I just concluded Kalihasan's Ho-Ho-Holiday Package giveaway!

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Merry Christmas and THANKS for joining the Kalikhasan giveaway!! :)


NBC: The Sing Off

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Okay, I can't hide my excitement on this show I just discovered last week!

Its - The Sing Off

Apparently, I'm a late bloomer as it has been around for a long time now. NBC just picked it up again! I am sooooo glad though, that I started watching - Thanks to Mindy!! :)

Here is why I am loving this show so much!

Watch their performance. Note that - those are ALL vocals. There are NO musical instrument backing them up. All VOICES!! :)

Hope you enjoy this!!

Winner! Winners! Starbucks Goodies

Monday, December 16, 2013

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CONGRATULATIONS and Merry Christmas!

THANK YOU so very much for supporting my blog all these years!

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Jessica T, just sent me an email that she won't be able to pick up her prize, thus she suggested (God Bless her!) that I give it to someone else!  Thus, I went to rafflecopter and it picked a new winner!

Jessica - God Bless you and your generosity.  You are truly a blessing.  It warms my heart so much that you are so generous!  THANK YOU!!

The FilHarmonic of The Sing Off

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I'm a sucker for singing shows, movies - name it.  Anything that involves singing - I like!  I used to love American Idol (but when they lost Simon Cowell, well - it wasn't the same for me), I also used to like Glee - but kinda lost the urge to watch it.  I'm a huge huge fan of the High School Musical series and oh, my FAVORITE - The Sound of Music!

So on my feed the other day, I saw that my TV guru Mindy was talking about this show called The Sing Off.  How she was glad that it was back on after being cancelled a few years ago.  But what caught my attention was the mention that there was a Pinoy group in the competition.  We all know that Pinoys are one of the BEST singers in the world and so I was curious.  Thank goodness for Dropbox - because it automatically downloaded on my mac and so last night - I finally knew what the fuss was all about.

I watched the show without any background on it - I just wanted to see what it was all about.  The show started with all the groups singing one after another - and I was floored.  They all sounded soooo very good!  What I didn't know was that - The Sing Off is an a capella singing competition.  I was amazed because it sounded as if there were instruments or musical accompaniment while everyone was singing.  This floored me honestly, and gosh - I have to say, I was impressed.

I have a favorite - obviously, its the FilHarmonic!  Why?  Because they're just sooo very good!  I guess I'm a sucker for boy bands, but look at how they move!  Hahaha!!  They remind me so much of the music that I listened to while growing up - the sound and the dance moves?  Ah!  Shows my age, hahaha!!  But seriously - listen to them and see their showmanship - they're brilliant!

I took a clip on YouTube on their performance.  I am posting this particular clip because this is what impressed me the most.

So, to the FilHarmonic - you have a new fan in ME!  I am supporting you guys all the way!!  Mabuhay kayong lahat!! :)  You make us all proud!! :)  And I so love the fact that you are so proud of your heritage!

I just followed them on Twitter - every single one of them!
The FilHarmonic -

You can follow them individually too!!

Orphan Black

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My Panget and I are obsessed with foreign TV shows.  I say foreign because its not only American shows that we watch, we also watch Canadian and British shows.  I like certain genres and he has his own preferences - but somehow - being married to him, well - his preferences have rubbed off on me.  One of the influences that I got from his is the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre.  I'm now a fan of Firefly, the whole Stargate series, Continuum, Strike Back and some other else.

So every year - he has these certain shows that he downloads.  He tells me to check them out, and when I do - I get hooked!

Our most recent discovery is Orphan Black.

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I have to admit, I saw the pilot and right there and then I knew that he would like it.  And two weeks ago, we finally started watching it and YES, it was great.  My Panget has been declaring that the lead actress should win an Emmy for her performance because she's playing multiple roles!  Well, maybe next year - when the show's created more buzz.

In the recent days - I have been noticing that Orphan Black has been included in the must see TV shows of 2013 - and I totally agree with that.  Orphan Black is a Canadian show that is being aired in BBC America and in a nutshell - the show is mainly about clones and cloning.  The show discusses issues surrounding cloning - a sci-fi nut will definitely enjoy this.

The lead actress is amazing !  I mean she could shift from one accent to another and the characters that she plays - well, they're not at all similar in any way!  The personalities are so extreme that I'm sure viewers will be impressed.  I swear, she's so versatile!  Most of the time, I forget that it's a single actress portraying a number of roles.  I swear, it's really impressive.  I mean - imagine a single actor playing a twin - that's doable right?  But what about playing at least four (4) yes - 4 freaking characters!  That's a whole different ballgame altogether!  I won't go into the details of the show (so you'll watch it) - but I swear, please do see it if you have time.

I promise, it's worth it.

Hanamaruken Ramen in Trinoma

Monday, December 09, 2013

Ramen restaurants have been sprouting here and there in the recent years.  Unfortunately, not enough mushrooming in the Quezon City area.  Those that are currently open in the are are all locally made versions of the ramen, meaning they are Pinoy versions made to suit the Pinoy palate.

 The first ever ramen place that I know of is Shinjuku.  But the most popular ramen joint that I know of is Ukkokei Ramen Ron along Pasay Road.  I know it's been open for a long time now, even before the 'ramen craze' - but up to this day, I still haven't tried that place yet.  It's still on my wishlist and friends still say - its still the best one in the Metro.

So, when I saw on my Twitter and IG feed that a Japanese franchise was opening in Trinoma, I was excited - I mean, finally!  Hahaha!  Yesterday, while at the mall with the kids and my Panget, we were looking for a place to have lunch.  When I asked the mall's guard if there was a new ramen place - he led us to Hanamaruken saying that it was on soft opening.  Lucky us!

Hanamaruken is where Ramen X used to be.  It's also by the same owners of Ramen X and Ramen Bar.  This though, is a franchise from Osaka and so my expectations were quite high.  The newly designed space is really nice and fascinating.  There's one wall that is an image of a Japanese ramen place's facade.  The place is very well lit and I like the communal table with a bench.  We were told by Peter our server that they have been open for two weeks now.  He was very attentive, helpful and informative.  I suggest you look for him when you go, as he will definitely make your dining experience special!

We ordered the house specialty - Signature Happiness Ramen and the recommendation of Peter, our server which was the Salary Man Ramen.  Unfortunately, the karaage and gyoza were not available at that time, and so we just ordered the Happiness Rice Bowl for the Yayas and for Kailee.

I must say that it was love at first taste of the Salary Man Ramen's broth - it was so flavorful.  The noodles were just the right bite and the sliced pork was good.  I shared my noodles with Kailee and she finished them immediately (she calls ramen and all noodle soups as Super Noodles).

Salary Man Ramen (P280.00)

My Panget's Signature Happiness Bowl did not disappoint either.  It impressed us so much because of the large portion of the slow cooked pork rib and the taste of the broth.  The pork rib was so tender and soft that you'd want to keep on munching away.  My Panget had to alternate the noodles and the pork, so as to balance his ramen experience.  I think maybe two people can split this ramen, but for me and my Panget - well, we're selfish that way - one bowl, each!  Hahaha..

Signature Happiness Ramen (P480.00)

I'm so happy that a Japanese ramen franchise has finally opened in Trinoma.  That means that I don't need to drive all the way to Ortigas Center and Makati to get my ramen fix.  So so happy about this!  Yey!  So, if you happen to be in Trinoma or in Quezon City and is craving for ramen, well - head on to Hanamaruken and enjoy their dishes!

Level 2
Trinoma Mall, Quezon City

P.S.  I'm just so glad, talaga, as in!  Hahaha...

Merry Christmas from Kalikhasan!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

When I was still a grade schooler - I would remember our science subject discussing the topic of the greenhouse effect and Global Warming.  My alma matter I think was trying to make us more conscious of our environment.  I know for sure that we were being informed on the effects, so that when we get older, we would become more aware of taking care of our environment.

I'm glad to see that in the recent years, there have been so many 'natural' alternatives to certain chemicals that we use in our homes and on our selves.  People have been joining the eco-friendly movement and trying their best to take care of nature by using and supporting earth friendly products.  

Kalikhasan has made an effort to showcase that there is an eco-friendly alternative to chemical based cleaning solutions.  Whats great about Kalikhasan is that it is environmentally friendly, organic and most importantly 100% Filipino!

This Christmas, Kalikhasan is offering their Ho-Ho-Holiday Packages!  Visit their page to see what they have to offer.  They can deliver for a minimum order of P1,000.00.  You may place your orders through PM (Private Message) in their FB Page or through text or Viber at this number 0917-8356235.

Thank you Malou!  For sharing to us this wonderful advocacy.  We can be entrepreneurs and still be environmentally responsible.

And since its the season for sharing - Kalikhasan was so very generous to host a giveaway to my readers!  We are giving away three (3), yes - THREE packages of Kalikhasan products! :)

Joining is easy, just follow the Rafflecopter Mechanics below and I will pick one winner for each package.  Just make sure to follow the mechanics and read the Terms and Conditions part.  This giveway will end on December 23, 2013!

Have a Merry Merry Christmas!

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Nuts about BRONUTS!

Monday, December 02, 2013

I first saw Bronuts on my friend Mindy's and Patty's IG feed.  Apparently my online achie - Achie Paowie's brother makes them.  Achie Pao graciously gave me a piece to try, and it was good!  So when Bronuts started their Baker's Dozen run at the Power Plant Mall, I asked Achie Pao to buy a box for me.

And it was love at first taste.

The first taste and first love is the Belgian Chocolate.  Yes, for a person who used to not like chocolates, likes them now.  This is my favorite Bronut flavor.  I pop it in the toaster oven and let the chocolates melt and voilaz - such a perfect breakfast, merienda and/or dessert!

(Top to Bottom - PMS, Bacon & Cream Cheese, Pylones)

Last week, Bronuts introduced a new flavor - their tie up with Pylones.  I was given a sample and it was too love at first taste.  Hahaha!  So yesterday, I made it a point to purchase the Pylones and the Belgian Chocolate - and in turn I was given a PMS Bronut.  

This morning, I put it in the oven and while it was still hot - had a bite, and then another and then another and then another.  I finished it immediately.  It was so good - such a perfect Bronut for PMS-ing.  Hahaha!  Yes, we women who are PMS-ing deserve this!

If you haven't tried Bronuts - make sure you do!  Its so good, that you'll want more and more!

Catch them this week at the following venues:
December 8 - Ronac Art Center, Greenhills

All Fridays - Sundays of December - SM Aura Premier (near Bono Gelato)

December 7 - 8 - Port88 Bazaar, Megatent, Libis

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