Chef Gene Gutierrez’s Imus Longganisa and Kangkong pasta

Chef Gene Gutierrez was among the resource speakers at the recent Cavite Food and Culinary Expo 2019 and one of the proprietor of Big Ben’s Imus longganisa and kitchen.

Chef Gene Gutierrez of Big Ben’s kitchen and Imus longganisa

He was the speaker during the last day of the event held last July 28 Sunday. His fusili pasta ( 100 grams) which use Big Ben’s longganisa ( 1 longganisa per 100 grams of fusili pasta), kangkong ( water spinach ), chopped onion, chopped garlic, ground pepper corns ,ham bits, cooking oil and tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce ( depending on one’s preference)

Ingredients

Kangkung

kangkong / kangkung/ water spinach / water morning glory/ swamp cabbage

He believe that adding kangkong ( Ipomea aquatica) can add some nutritional value and fiber to the pasta. It is also not hard to find kangkong  which is common in market.

The fusili pasta was pre-cooked ahead of time. He then heated the oil in the pan then sauteed the chopped onions, minced garlic, ham bits, Big Ben’s longganisa, spaghetti sauce and kankong mixing with fusili pasta.

It just took few minutes and everyone at the convention center had tasted this yummy pasta at the Isla Event Center in Imus, Cavite province.

Pizza and Pasta at Sbarro, Trinoma branch

Sbarro is one of the leading pizza and pasta in the United States . There are some branches in the country. Although this is not my first time eating at this place. We are regular customers at this branch , since it opened.

SBARRO, Trinoma branch

The restaurant had a sitting capacity of at least 50 to 85 at any given time . Good lightning and very simple interior .

 

My friend ordered a value meal chicken with rice and i ordered a sliced of pizza with pasta .

Stuffed Pizza Chicago White and Chicago Everything , Stromboli ham and cheese and Stromboli ham, pineapple and pepperoni 

The pizza was still hot since it was just cooked when the restaurant opened. I think that we are also the first customers.

blueberry cheesecake is also a delight

There is an active Sbarro Philippines FB page where customers can look at the promos and other announcement .

 

 

A Taste of Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria

Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria is the newest restaurant from the owners of Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen. The First branch was at BF Homes,  Parañaque . This restaurant is synonymous to great food , rustic interior and tasty Italian dishes.

cashier and pantry area

The restaurant was surprisingly jam-packed with a lot of customers , despite it was a weekday . We also liked the light bulbs within the restaurant premises . The complimentary cold water had a lemon zest , thereby intensifying its taste .

exterior 

The interior had a sitting capacity of about 50 to 60 persons at any given time , The outdoor area have another 50 to 60 sitting capacity .

menu board

I must also recommend their freshly squeezed juice – Among the top favorites were Apple Carrot Juice , Apple Juice , Orange Juice and Nonna’s Lemonade. Bottomless ice tea cost Php 85.00

Here are some of the dishes served:

mushroom chicharon with vinaigrette

Crispy Fried Oyster Mushroom with Vinaigrette  – We first thought it was fried chicken skin or fish when a staff told us that this was fried mushroom . The oyster mushrooms were grown in Silang, Cavite and is freshly delivered and cooked.  MUST TRY – This can be shared between 4 to 5 persons Php 160 per order.

puffed potato balls with pomodoro sauce

 This is deep fried best accompanied with pomodoro sauce .Php 175 per order

grandma’s meatballs

Homemade meatballs baked in pomodoro, pesto and alfredo sauce .Php 195 per order

Margherita pizza

Margherita is a classic thin crusted pizza with pomodoro , fior de latte and topped with fresh basil leaves . Ideal sharing between 4 to 5 . Php 295 per order

Spinach and Goat Cheese pizza

Spinach and Goat Cheese pizza serve with alfredo sauce, creamed spinach , goat’s cheese . Ideal sharing between 3 to 5 person. MUST TRY Php 365 per oder

Vesuvio penne

 Vesuvius penne topped with tomato, cream and pesto. This was named after a famous volcano in Italy – mountain of rigatoni, stuffed with mozzarella ricotta is served standing up ( which looked like a strata volcano with the red and white sauces just seeping into tubular pasta which resembles a molten lava  or eruption , flowing into the bowl )  fennel sausage  . Ideal for twin sharing Php 495

Dessert

pizzaockie

Pizzaockie -This is a cool dessert that one MUST TRY when you are planning to visit the restaurant , This is a combination of hot and cold delights. Moist and fresh from the oven , cookie topped  marshmallows with vanilla flavored ice cream . Ideal between 1 to 2 people sharing.  Php 225.00 per serving.

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We had a great time and had a privilege to have eaten at this restaurant .

Full Disclosure : The author was invited to have an honest review of the restaurant after an event held at the Nuvali Lights and Sound Show and is not connected with the management .

Prices posted at this blogsite are subject to change by the management of the restaurant .

Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria

Address : GFF-1, Ayala Malls Solenad, Nuvali, City of Santa Rosa, Laguna

Contact Details: 0949 889 8959

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nonnasPH/

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Qaldi : Coffee and Pasta Restaurant in Alabang , Muntinlupa City

facade of the restaurant

Qaldi – ( Pronouced as ” Kal-dee” ) which came from the word ” KALDI”

Kaldi was an Ethiopian who discovered the coffee beans according to popular legend. Kaldi, noticing that when his flock nibbled on the bright red berries of a certain bush they became more energetic (jumping goats), chewed on the fruit himself. His exhilaration prompted him to bring the berries to an Islamic monk in a nearby monastery, but the monk disapproved of their use and threw them into a fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed.

Arizona ice tea with different flavors

The roasted beans were quickly raked from the embers, ground up, and dissolved in hot water, yielding the world’s first cup of coffee.

dilmah tea

This restaurant also takes pride in their coffee which is at par or even better compared to the more established coffee shops in Metro Manila. It also had a wide selection of teas from Sri Lanka, India and other parts of the globe.

Website: http://www.dilmahtea.com/

the outdoor patio area can accommodate up to 25 people

How did the Coffee and Restaurant Started ?

Inspired by the story , Mr. Joon Tianzon and his partners decided to name their budding coffee shop as Qaldi Coffee Bar and Cyber Cafe’s. The restaurant opened its doors last November 2013 and its  ultimate goal is to let everyone feel energized lively , inspired and refresh every time they visit the place. The ground floor area can accommodate up to 50 people at any given occasion and the coffee restaurant had 2 function areas ( left side ) and ( right side)  at the second floor which can be turned into a small meeting place, board meetings or team building .

stylish interior

everyone loves the stylish atmosphere, good lighting  and spacious area of the cafe.

Berry sensation tea

Berry Sensation Tea– is one of the “Best Sellers” of the restaurant . The red tea is imported from Sri Lanka . The tea is mildly favored and the scent is therapeutic. It can be compared with the ( Lipps ) red candy which is very popular among students and teenagers because it can make your lips colored-RED !  It is not that expensive Php95 per order . The tea can be shared with 2 to 3 people !

 blue berry cheesecake, black forest and  lava cake

The restaurant also takes pride of their mini-cakes , ideal for sharing . The ingredients are fresh and  creamy, sweet texture and soft !

egg and cheese wheat bread with potato chips

I must say that the egg and cheese wheat bread blend perfectly , it is not salty and the wheat bread is finely made with garlic and herbs. The potato chips is not your commercially available chips which is quite salty. This is a complete meal and perfect for twin sharing ! Php 95

tuna sandwich

I must also recommend the tuna sandwich , The sandwich is made from wheat bread , tuna spread ala Qaldi style , fresh lettuce leaves, topped with pickled cucumber and with potato chips . Php 165 per serving

chicken clubhouse sandwich

Chicken clubhouse sandwich is made from wheat bread,  chicken breast bits with mayonnaise, scrambled egg , ham topped with lettuce leaves, cucumber with potato chips . Pretty classic sandwich though.  Php 165 per serving

reuben clubhouse sandwich

Reuben clubhouse sandwich had wheat bread , cheese, corn-beef , lettuce leaves, ham and egg with potato chips .  Ideal for 2 to 3 people sharing . I liked the way they mixed all the ingredients ham and corn beef .  Php 165 per order.

sweet tomato pasta

Sweet style tomato pasta is ideal for children and people with sweet taste. It had hotdogs, sweet tomato sauce and sprinkled with cheese. The pasta had 2 slices of  wheat bread in garlic and herbs ! Php 170 per serving . Ideal for  1 to 2 people.

seafood marinara pasta

Seafood Marinara Pasta with shrimp , slices of bell pepper , tomatoes, with meat and topped with Parmesan cheese.and 2 slices of  wheat bread in garlic and herbs ! Highly Recommended

carbonara pesto

I also like their carbonara pesto . The pesto is creamy and thick , i liked the bits of tomatoes , sliced- button mushrooms, ham . Php 170 per servings . The pasta is ideal for 1 to 2 people. Highly Recommended

classic pesto

Classic pesto is good made from the choices ingredients , herbs , mixed them with olive oil , topped with Parmesan cheese.  The pesto is of good quality and the olive oil is not the usual commercial olive oil that are found in the local market . We suggested that they can sell bottled pesto . Highly Recommended

fish fillet meal

Aside from the yummy pasta, cakes and drinks, one must also try their lunch meal packages . The fish fillet meal is cream dory fillet and deep fried.  There is also side dish of vegetables which consist of fresh lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes and cucumber with a doze of mayonnaise. Php 140 per order .

 

five spice beef

Five Spice Beef – The beef is tender and had been marinated with 5 essential spices. The beef is carefully cooked to its perfection and is a must try if you want to eat at the restaurant. Php 150 per serving

spicy chicken with special qaldi sauce

Spicy chicken with special qaldi sauce . The spicy chicken is marinated with chili powder and with mixed vegetables like carrots, corn and green peas and with special sauce.  This is a complete meal with side garnish of fresh lettuce leaves, sliced tomato and cucumber.

Greek pork with oregano and special herbs

This pork is tender and the pork is marinated in oregano with special sauce and herbs. The meat is tender and with oregano and  had a distinct aroma. Php 110 per serving

grilled chicken breast

Grilled chicken breast is healthy and it was grilled , it does not have the smoky flavor which characterized most of the grilled chicken . the meat is tender . Php 130 per serving

qaldi caffe special frappe

Qaldi is also known for their cold , hot coffee and frappe . A taste of their famous frappe is a must if you are visiting their establishment . I hope to come back and savor their other meals and smoothies !!!!  The company also accepts reservations and catering !

I must recommend foodies and people especially living in the south particularly Ayala-Alabang- Muntinlupa ,  San Pedro and Binan  in Laguna to try this place. For the ambiance, food, service and quality of the food, I will give 8.90 out of 10 !

 Note: I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Kathy Kenny -Ngo and Mr. Joon Tianzon for the warm accommodation extended to the group .

Life is Kulayful.com : http://www.lifeiskulayful.com/

Address:

Qaldi Coffee Bar and Cyber Cafe , Barangay Putatan , Muntinlupa City 1772 Muntinlupa City

Contact :0915 -472 -2126

Store Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00am Monday to Sunday

How to Get There:

There are many ways on how to commute :

1.) From Star Mall ( Metropolis Alabang station)   –  Take jeepney route which ply Alabang ( National Road) – Katarungan village, Binan – National Hi-way  , then get-off at PureGold – Agro or Max’s restaurant .  It is just Php 8.00 minimum fare.

2.) From South Terminal : Take Alabang jeep which ply City-hall . Minimum fare Php 8.00

Please try to visit and LIKE their page:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/letsgoqaldi

 

10 Must Have Items for COVID 2019

During the past few weeks, groceries, supermarkets and pharmacies in many parts of the country have low inventory on certain items. Some of which were the consequences of panic buying, stockpiling or hoarding of certain goods or items. This is a peculiar effects in the face of a crisis that can drive up prices and take essential goods out of the hands of people who need them most like the elderly, indigent or people with disabilities.

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In fact, This happened last during the few days after the Taal Volcano eruption last January 2020 in which surgical mask were almost wiped out even in wholesale stores like those in Bambang or Tayuman in Manila.

10 Must Have Items

10.) Cash– Try to withdraw a small amount of cash. Cash on hand during an epidemic is a must. There’s a high probability that banks may take a long break as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Not all establishments accepts credit/debit cards nor E-cash.

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9.) Farm produce (perishable foods)– Meats, fishes, root crops, vegetables and raw fruits- Buy your fresh farm produce like eggs, vegetables, meats and fruits now, as they wont last long without refrigeration. The current power interruptions may actually lead to brownouts or even blackouts if manpower (maintenance) dwindles.

8.) (Disposable) Gears- Masks, gloves and raincoats/suits – These will somehow provide “some” protection to you and other people around you. When you cough or sneezes while wearing a mask, it will somehow prevent the droplets of your saliva to spray further to other surfaces or people. (plastic) Gloves, can come in handy when cleaning and touching possible infected items. Wear raincoats if you are walking below high-rise structures. This will protect you from possible “droplets” (people spitting from buildings) falling on to your head.

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7.) Communication and “Juice” – Batteries, Power banks, solar/rechargeable radio, flashlights, emergency lights- In case of power outages, It is good to have a fully charged stockpile of power banks and a couple of batteries. Having some kind of a solar charging device is also more advantageous than just having batteries. We need electricity to charge everything from cellphones, lights and other devices. Don’t forget to buy spare LPG/propane tanks for cooking and for those with deep pockets, solar energy (or hybrid with wind power) is the best option.

6.) Tissue papers, Table napkins,Paper towels, Wet wipes,–  Tissue paper’s purpose is not just limited to wiping butts. Tissues can be use for cleaning surfaces, When used properly while sneezing, they can help reduce the travel distance of sprayed saliva droplets. It is also an excellent “brown matter” in your compost bin. Cheaper and “greener” version of “paper towels”  because they deteriorate easily.

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Also, keep in mind that almost all “wet wipes” brands are not biodegradable. They will just end up in our landfill and stay there for a very long time.

5.) Alcohol, Hand sanitizers, cleaning agents- disinfectants, deodorants, soaps and bleach– This is for killing germs and viruses. Helps prevent or minimize the spread of harmful bacteria.

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4.) Medicines, vitamins and supplements – Having enough vitamins or supplements to help boost the immune system of the body is a must. Other people with maintenance medicines like diabetes and heart ailments, have at least 1 month stockpile of your prescriptions . Some pharmacy might have limited stocks of some medicines.

3.)  (Dry goods-Food)  Rice, instant noodles , coffee, milk (powdered), pasta, beans, dried fish etc. – Rice is is the main staple food in the country, many Filipinos cannot live without “eating” rice. The reason why we ranked rice in #3 is because “rice” needs water and it needs to be cooked. All of the dry goods (mentioned above) needs boiling water or fire to be edible. We need fire to cook.

If things go south, we might ran out of propane/Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) in cities many use electricity too. All these basic stuff may all ran out.

2.) (Ready to eat )  Canned goods, instant foods, honey, biscuits /crackers, nuts.

As i mentioned above, having “ready to eat” foods is and will always be the best survival food. You can be mobile while filling your stomach. We don’t even have to waste energy in starting  fire and cooking. One can also save water because we can skip the use of pots and pans.

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1.)Water– Water is Life! We can’t survive without drinking water for 3 days!

These are just the basic necessities needed in order to survive a pandemic or natural calamities.