Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Been so fast, been so good.

        I'd like to say hi to everyone out there, hello I'm already 19, I dunno if  the addition of 365 more days in my life would practically sound awesome or could sound scary.

Photo by Ryan Araneta


        So today is the day that I have to start cherishing the remaining 365 days of my teenage years, Happy Ninetieth year to me! (Insert fireworks and balloons right here). It’s been 6939 beautiful days, there had been countless moments that took my breath away and numerous people that made me happy made me sad and just everything in between, all those things just made the biggest impact to my life. 19 years ago, I was no one, and I don’t even know anything about life. 19 years had passed and now I’m a big grown girl, not the type who is settled like trains on tracks but the one who has an open mind and of course a kind whose always open for adventure.









        Another year to face, bunch of memories to make, and more people to meet! I’d been so grateful and so thankful for the people that have never left me had always been there whatever pulls and push, ups and downs I have to face. To God who had been my strength to do all the things I have to do and also for giving me the people that I love, to my family especially to my mom who had been my kryptonite in getting up every day and for sending me to a good school. She never stopped loving, teaching and supporting me tho lately I’d been a naughty one, thanks mom for every single thing you had allotted me. To my friends who had been the energy-giver and inspiration to me thank you guys! Thank you thank you thank you! Damn, I sound like a broken record. 




“Because of tears, woman is invincible” 

     

        I'd like to thank Ryan Araneta  for this wonderful shoot. Thank you master, finally I looked like a real person in these awesome pictures, hopefully, more projects to work with you (crossing my fingers, meheee) God bless you and your family! :) To my ever dearly beloved best friend Ashley Chan, thank you bebz for everything (friendship, food, T nights and for so many things :*) More bottles to tumba? what ya say? :) 

April 8, 2014 it is. 

xx

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Flavors by Tanny

           Good food and good ambiance, the first two things we consider in choosing the place to go when we eat out together with our families and or with friends. There are numerous Filipino restaurants here in Cebu but only a few can be considered authentic. Most of these restaurants are not only bringing culture and heritage to our plates but also brings back the genuine time wherein our ancestors were playful enough to come up with the common Filipino dishes we have right now. I’m grateful that there are Filipinos who are likely creative to fuse Filipino dishes with other cuisines, like how Mr. Constantine Tan-Chan brings Flavors by Tanny which offers  upscale, healthy yet affordable and good Filipino-Fused dishes to us here in Cebu. Flavors by Tanny opened last December and they will have their grand launching on the 15th of March 2014 wherein they will be raffling Ipad minis on that day (and I guess you don’t wanna miss it!)! You can get one raffle ticket for every 500 pesos accumulated in dining at The Flavors. You still have the time! 


Mr Constantine, proudly tells you that Flavors serves not only good but also satisfying organic dishes with the Filipino touch. He promises the freshness and quality of the ingredients being used in every dish to make more dining here in Flavors warming and enjoyable. 


Stepping in Flavors I was welcomed by the bright, airy and inviting atmosphere of the place, I loved the simplicity of the interior cause it makes the place wholesome and so natural. I’m a simple person so I’m easily pleased with simple things. Vivid colors, brown and green were comfort to the eyes and the set up was perfectly fit for the people who wants to have quality time with their families and friends. 







Wide array of dishes were served for us to devour, to start we had The Tanny’s Organic Salad which is a fresh mix of garden greens topped with Alfalfa sprouts with spicy roe dressing. The greens were really fresh and the dressing bit amazed my palate, combination of sweet and spicy all together brushing with the creaminess gave a wonderful start to my eating adventure for that day




Tanny’s Organic Salad 



The “Pho” Chero was the combination of our “Pochero” and Vietnamese rice noodles, this was a pot of gold which had the key to a full belly, beef was so tender (very slow cooked) and the noodles were so firm. You just have to get them together to fully enjoy it. This serves 3-4 hungry bellies! 



“Pho” Chero


Those crispy Spring Rolls with Sweet chilli sauce also appealed my palate, carrots, celery and corn were wrapped and deep fried (I love their “lumpia”/ spring roll wrapper because they were not that salty) Hey, man! Don’t cut the guilt! Even if it’s deep fried, there are vegetables in it! So what? To wrap it up, outside is crispy but it’s not dry on the inside (Still, don’t judge a book by its cover!) and It was also kind of sweet on the inside. (I guess it’s because of the vegetable juices and the kind of oil used

Spring Rolls with Sweet chilli sauce



Another exciting dish was the “Chichaprawns” these are Prawns breaded with “Chicharon” or salted pork cracklings; Oh my, the toothsome combination, this dish was just simply incredible! The two great things I love, Prawns and Chicharon joined their forces to make an extraordinary dish. I can still remember how crunchy, and crispy and lustily good this dish was (I actually had two pieces with this, cause I usually limit myself with one because its breaded and deep fried). This dish by Flavors is a good reward after the workloads I had to do for school; I deserved the “Chichaprawns”! (Oh boy! I’m craving for more) Zhequia agrees with me in this! The chicharon had the delightful relationship with the mayonnaise so I have to cut it from here from here.

“Chichaprawns”


           The Flavors Ginger Chicken Stew, was similar to our “Chicken Adobo”, it just had ginger in it. (heeee common sense for me hahaha). The chicken was tender and carried the gingery flavour, (for rice eaters like me) this dish will cost you another round of rice (don’t cut the guilt!). The mix was not new to me because my mum, loves to put Ginger in her home cooked “Chicken Adobo”, she loved it that way tho. 


Flavors Ginger Chicken Stew


Next dish was the Flavors Kaldereta Special (Goat stew). The sauce was a bit tangy and sweet for me, but its good in a way and I have to say that it’s better than the ones  from Rex’s Kandingan sa SRP (you can check my post about it right here) because meat was fork tender and it didn’t have the not-so-good-goat-smell that we usually notice in goat dishes.


Flavors Kaldereta Special


To make room for the Carbs (CHO), Truffle Carbonara was laid next; I didn’t find anything special from the dish, like an ordinary Carbonara, it was creamy and sweet. The noodles were also firm but a small portion of it was enough for me..


Truffle Carbonara


Someone’s craving for Steak was fixed in here; USDA tenderloin steak with Flavors’ touch was served in a platter of happiness accompanied with veggies and mashed potato. Hmmm! I’ve been meaning for a medium rare steak for the longest and here, I met you my darling! This is 8 out of 10. This platter serves 3-4 heads, so good for sharing!


Steak Baby!

Zhequia and I both agreed that their mashed potatoes is one of the best Mashed Potatoes in town, this was smooth and not that creamy and this was peppery too (I’ kinda don’t like those creamy mashed ones cause they’re just so commercialized),

For our drinks, Z had the Mango Basil Shake while I had the Pineapple Kale Shake, the combination of Pineapple and Kale was beatific and so healthy indeed, you can't really taste the Kale cause the Pineapple was there to fill the whole drink. Z loves Basil so she had the Mango Basil, for me the Basil was overpowering but surprisingly, the combination was wonderful. 

Mango Basil Shake

Pineapple Kale Shake
Hi 5 healthy drinks!
So, if you’re on a lookout for a perfect dinner venue, Flavors by Tanny is one great place for you, good healthy food and good ambiance joined together to offer a great dining experience to us Cebuanos. 

For a happy belly: 
"Tanny's Organic Salad with spicy Roe dressing"- P 180.00
" 'Pho' Chero"- P 495.00
"Flavors Spring Rolls"- P 110.00
"ChichaPrawns"- P 190.00
"Flavors Ginger Chicken Stew"- P 240.00
"Flavors Kaldereta Stew"- P320.00
"Truffle Carbonara"-P 220.00
"USDA Steak"- P 550.00 (Solo), P 990.00 (for 3-4 pax)
"Mango Basil Shake"- P 110.00
"Pineapple Kale Shake"- P 95.00

The Flavors by Tanny
Parkmall 168 Ouano Ave. Mandaue City


Open every single day,
11:00 am - 11:00 pm


For reservations:

Tel. no. (032) 422-8686


Cash √
Credit card √
Take outs √
Good for groups √
Parking √
Very friendly staffs √
Good food √


End.
Till next time! xx


Thursday, February 6, 2014

WaterBoy: Alkaline water from the air


Fact: Only 1 percent of the water on earth is drinkable and it is shared by billions of people.
 
So, we should stop buying water and START making it.

 
This is where; WaterBoy goes “into” the scene. I should start with the question, “What is a WaterBoy?”A WaterBoyis a machine that turns air into alkaline water which is absolutely safe for human consumption. One unit (that holds up to 30 litres per day) would likely cost you 110,000 thousand pesos but the machine itself has an expected life span up to 15+ years.
 
“How does WaterBoy work?”

 
 By gathering air from the back of the machine air filter, the gathered air strikes the cooling coils which create a “Dew Point”. This means that the water in the air changes from hot to cold which causes a rain-like effect inside of the machine. This water is then collected in the sub-tank which passes through a series of four (4) filters: (1) pre-carbon, (2) post-carbon, (3) ultrafine and (4) UV Filter. All four stages ensure the cleanest, purest, alkaline water safe for anyone and everyone to drink.

 
Once after the filtration is completed, the water is then pumped up to the holding tank which can hold up to 13.5 liters of water.

 
The machine sends the water back through the four filters every 5 minutes to maintain optimal freshness and alkalinity of the product.

 
 The water produced has a pH of 7.9, the range which most medical professionals claim to be ideal for human consumption and health.

 
“Does WaterBoyhave minerals in it?”

 
 No, it is pure, clean, fresh, alkaline water with no mineral traces in it.

 
“Why should I buy a WaterBoy?”

 
The WaterBoyt akes you completely off the “Grid dependency”. This means you no longer depend on water from any other source.

 
The WaterBoy maintains pH levels ensuring you are drinking alkaline water unlike bottled water that loses its pH value in 24 to 48 hours of not drinking it.

 
This also means that you are getting the healthiest water on earth, that you can make in a controlled environment for about 1/10th the cost of buying 1L of alkaline water.

 
The WaterBoy also cleans the air in your home acting as a dehumidifier it reduces mildew, mold and allergens creating a healthier home environment.

 
This is very efficient with home owners and offices reporting energy costs as low as P600 per month. Trade low energy cost for security and the best water money can buy.

 
Specifications:
Output: Produces up to 30 liters per day,
Dimensions: (WxDXH): 37 cm x 48cm x 52 cm
Weight: 39.5 kg
Total water storage: 13.5 liters
Power costs: Water as low as P4 per liter OR less than the cost of one monthly modest lunch or dinner.
Refrigerant: R-134a (environment friendly)
 
Filter system and Safety controls:
-Auto humidity and temperature control
-Filter exchange detector
-Drainage system and automatic overload detector
 
 
Superior Design Features:
-Unique technology in Air-to-water systems for generating the best in pure and clean water available to homes and offices.
-Unique water temperature control design.
-Efficient design using fewer parts and internal connections for low maintenance.
-One low cost filter pack with reminder notices that tell you when to change the filters.
-Built in auto shut down.
-Very low maintenance ensuring little to no service requirements. 10-15+ years expected life span.
For more information and of course if you want to order one log on to
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waterboy@greenFocusinc.com

Thursday, November 28, 2013

MTL going delicious for the Best Cebu Blogs 2013

I don't really know how to start this one, but I know I have to. Hello world, I'm a food-blogger and nice to meet you :) Greetings from the Queen city of the south, Cebu city Philippines, and My tasteful life is nominated for the Best Cebu blogs 2013. Oh gosh, that was just so straight.




With my blog, I've destroyed all the walls and built bridges to bunch of people around the globe. The love for food brought me here! I love my blog, and it's been a great mate to me too. My blog understands if I can't check it every day and it'll always understand if "I got no time for ya today baby" because "there are school stuffs to work" .

My two year old blog, had brought me to become one of the "Top ten most famous blogs" in Cebu for last year's BCBA (that sounded so damn cool huh) and now I'm crossing my heart and my fingers for this year’s BCBA that'll be happening on December 7, 2013 at Avalon Bldg. Cebu business park.


Thank you BCBA for making things possible for bloggers like me, it's a great honour to be one of the finalists for this year's BCBA. And I'd also like to thank the sponsors for this year’s awarding too because they made this most awaited event for bloggers from Cebu much much much much more exciting!


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And to my fellow finalists, see you there guys! :) I'd also wanna thank my readers, friends and my dear family! Love you all :* Thank you for the support for this one :)


"With my blog, I know I won't be forgotten, and with my blog people would always remember me"

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Surfin Ribs ••• To glut the appetite


Topmost, I'd like to thank my friend Steve (Hooooo steveeeyyy!!)  for the treat, Man! Sorry for insulting you sometimes,.  expect, I won't do those things again. :P

I've been meaning to visit (again) Surfin Ribs to do a review about the place, but a hungry and super duper poor foodie can't execute her mission (thanks Steve for coming my way). The Surfin Ribs, in Escario opened mid last year (the spot where Flame it used to be) and I was able to try a month after their grand opening to celebrate a close friend 's natal day and came back last December for another adventure with some friends. But still, no pictures were taken and no job to do. Maybe because 1. I was kind of disappointed about the service of the place, and 2. tho the food was good, we ended up not enjoying it because the place was packed with people and it got really humid inside cause they didn't have an AC. 




The place: 

I ended seeing myself in Surfin Ribs Paseo Arcenas branch in Banawa, which was a total opposite from the Escario branch. Two story shop with amazing, amiable and very friendly crews. We all settled (17 heads all in all) upstairs and actually occupied the whole second floor. (Just in case you wondered how Surfin ribs accommodated noisy and joking kids like us, you better ask them!) 



Outside,  egzotiteddd to Surf with the Ribs! 


What the! 



The place was hippy and bright, the wash area was decorated with cute signage's that were really eye catching, washing your hands while reading is much expected. The radiant orange color seems to dominate the place and the couch was so damn cool, gosh I love couches! Tho, their chairs didn't have a backrest, (and that sounds uncomfortable if you stay too long) I still enjoyed my food that much.





The food:

We started off with the Shrimps platter, the presentation was simple yet I came here for the flavor (and for the treat too!). The garlicky and buttery flavor twisted my tongue around; I thought they were spicy like the Shrimps I've been dreaming from a TV show I watched a month ago, but no. The Shrimps from Surfin Ribs was a sure hitting ball to your bellies just like The Claw served in a bucket, Oh foodies, you could have seen my face nibbling the two dishes, having the shrimps and the claw (I love saying "the claw" with a lil sarcastic+funny like a boss accent) will surely make you put the spoon and fork off and get your hands in the battle.



Shrimps platter



Skinning the Shrimp and getting the crab meat out from the shell (they provided a cracker for "The claw" which I classified out like a pair of pliers) with all the sauces dripping was the most enjoyable part. This is a place where to get the real mess, don't ya worry they provide you bibs (real bibs! just like babies!) like this one! (Pardon our faces, too excited for the food) to protect your clothes from getting stained




Friend Jillian, Friend Natasha and author! 

The Chili wings were tasty as it looks, it's deep fried wings coated with some sweet and spicy and hot sauce. Admirably, the spiciness and the sweetness was well balanced and the hot attack was pleasant and not the "it's sooooo daaaammmnnn hooootttttt!" but "yeah crispy, and yummy!" a blue cheese dip stands as a great company to the dish, but I even without the dip, I liked how simple and delectable it was.




We had the Pete's ribs too! (That is stupid going to Surfin Ribs and forget about their ribs, MAAAN! it’s their specialty!!) You can choose from a spicy or original and you can pair it with mashed potatoes too!






Sorry for the pictures, was I that excited for the food that I din't care about my pictures? Damn -_- (Improve !improve! improve!) I needed my best friend right here for the pictures; she had those "photography skills" I lack. Oh well, There's room for improvement tho (if only I had a DSLR they could have been better) 

So the ribs, obviously occupied almost half of the plate, its massive man! massive (I was thinking of a more intense word than huge, so reprieve the "massive") the sauce suited my preference; this was the adverse of the ones from Duz grill, the sauce from Surfin ribs was the sweet BBQ and a lil tangy one. The sauce was thick and the meat was tender and succulent. Oh boy, I could like finish the whole thing!


Friend #3 's pic

Last dish served to us was the Crispy Pata, I've tasted the best crispy pata in Cebu from Alejandro's nothing beats Alejandro's tho the ones from Surfin ribs were tender too! I loved the suppleness and the crispiness of the skin, the serving was ample too! Now I'm craving for one from Alejandro's to compare and contrast it with the ones from Surfin Ribs, It's been a long time since I had you Alejandro! :) 





So you might be wondering how much my friend Steveyyy spent to feed 17 bellies (including himself, and me who had 10x a normal girl 's appetite) naaaaahhh, let's keep that a secret, he doens't want other people to know Hahaha. I wanna go back for their "Pulutuan" platter laid with a bucket of beer, hopefully soon baby! :)


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For a happy belly: 
"Pete's ribs"- P 169.00 (w/ rice) P 179.00 (w/ mashed potatoes) 
"The Claw"- P 120.00
"Shrimps platter"- P 159.00
"Crispy Pata"- P 269.00
'Chili Wings"- P 135.00


Surfin Ribs
Barbecue restaurant
Paseo Arcenas, Banawa Cebu city (near Convergy's) 

Open every single day,
lunch-- 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
dinner-- 5:00pm- 12:00am 

Cash √
Credit card √
Take outs √
Good for groups √
Parking √
Very friendly staffs √

For reservations 

0906-399-6613 or 032- 239-6131

Like them on Facebook! 


See that great crowd? All hungry waiting for the ordersss! :)


AFTER MATH 
Foodie, Foodie friend #1 and foodie friend #2



xxx
to Steve, Jorgiee, Natasha, Jillian, Art, Carl, Rick, Trixiee, Jods, Lica, Dian, Claster, Rhaisa, Hannah, Leah and Kristel! Love you guys! :) 
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