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.

A MAC ‘N’ Cheese Recipe for Busy Bees Cuptivating Meal by Tupperware

No matter how old you are, mac ‘n’ cheese will always be the food of the gods. Savory, creamy, cheesy, and chewy, macaroni and cheese is a comforting dish that brings out the kid in us. Surprisingly satisfying, given how little time and money it takes to make, mac ‘n’ cheese powder from store-bought boxes and recipes can get old and isn’t the healthiest option.

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Ingredients:
1/3 cup pasta
½ cup water
¼ cup milk
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (option: mix Swiss and parmesan cheese as well)
Optional: ½ tablespoon butter or margarine

Procedure:
1. Combine pasta and water in a Tupperware Jumbo Mug
2. Microwave pasta in 1-minute intervals, stirring after each minute to check noodle consistency. The water should be absorbed and the noodles should be soft after about 4 minutes of this
3. Add cheese and milk, and stir. (Optional: add melted butter here to make your mac ‘n’ cheese creamier)
4. Put pasta back in microwave for 1 minute, stir thoroughly, and enjoy!

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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

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