Spazzio Restaurant and Bar

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon when I headed to UP Village to have late lunch with friends Kim and Knoy. The road is surprisingly clear for me to reach UP Village in less than 30 minutes from my house in Manila. Here’s what we had:)

Pan Fried Fish
Pan Fried Fish

It’s not your usual fried Dory fish, With thin coating of flour and secret spices topped with special butter sauce and served with vegetable siding. Single Serving with rice is for only P120 while the the Platter which is good for 2-3 persons is also available for only P220. (more…)

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Easy Chocolate Macarons Recipe from The Maya Kitchen

Who doesnt love this sweet confectionery called Macarons. This meringue-based desserts name is derived from an Italian word “maccarone” or “maccherone”. Its not that popular in the country but this is one of the most popular dessert in Europe and North America.

Chocolate Macarons Recipe
Chocolate Macarons Recipe

Makes about fifteen cookies

Macaron Batter
1 cup (100 gr) powdered sugar
½ cup powdered almonds (about 2 ounces, 50 gr, sliced almonds, pulverized)
3 tablespoons (25 gr) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
5 tablespoons (65 gr) granulated sugar (more…)

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Excellent Ensaymada

Guest Post by Leona Nepomuceno

Trips to Cebu would mean shopping for dried mangoes, chicharon, otap and for the extremist lechon Cebu as pasalubong. This time, I wanted to be innovative in my choice of pasalubong . I thought of an ensaymada which I tasted and bought as pasalubong for my (late) mother and I remember fondly that she liked it very much. This was several years back.

Best Ensaymada in Cebu
Best Ensaymada in Cebu

The ensaymada was from Kaffee Alde, a bread shop located in Mabolo , Cebu City.  So, in between my business functions in Cebu City, I asked for a break and requested that I be dropped –off at Kaffee Alde. (more…)

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Share your Best Food Photos and Get a Chance to Win Starbucks 2011 Planners!!

Are you a Starbucks Planner collector like me? Do you want to win one of the three Philippine Starbucks 2011 Planner?

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2011 Starbucks Planners

This years version are available in three designs with each cover representing elements found in Philippine Starbucks stores: Maroon Velvet Fabric, Cool Clean Stainless Steel and Stained Dark Wood Panels. (more…)

Easy Cupcake and Frosting Recipes

Most newbie bakers think that cupcakes are actually made of the same ingredients, It is actually not the case. Cupcakes comes in different varieties and in this post, I included some of the easy to follow recipes that I got from The Maya Kitchen during the Cupcake Baking and Decorating demo.

Frosted Banana Cupcakes
Frosted Banana Cupcakes

Since Cupcakes are bite sized, they should have overwhelming flavors and perfectly decorated to please not only the palate but also the consumers, wether you prepared it for friends or maybe your regular clients.

If you really love baking and decorating cupcakes, then here are some of the cupcake recipes you can’t afford to pass up. (more…)

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Cupcake Baking Demo & Recipes by Nikko Buendia @ The Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center

Two weeks ago, I had a pleasure of joining fellow bakers in a Cupcake Baking Demo held at The Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center. Nowadays, more and more people are getting interested in baking cupcakes for gifts, personal consumption and for business. Why? Because its simple-to-make, easy-to-frost and relatively easy to decorate dessert and all you need to have is a short training and easy to follow recipes.

Cupcake Baking Class @ The Maya Kitchen
Cupcake Baking Class @ The Maya Kitchen

What is a cupcake? A cupcake, also known as a fairy cake (British and Irish term and a fanciful description of its size), is a small cake designed to serve one person, usually made in a small paper cup container. It is commonly topped with frostings and decorated with sprinkles.

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Where to buy Christmas Cookies?

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas holiday gift? Noel Christmas Cookies from Colombia may be your best choice as a personal gift or corporate giveaway.

Noel Small Octagonal
Noel Small Octagonal

Manufactured by Compania de Galletas Noel SAS (from Colombia’s biggest food company), Noel Christmas Cookies come in various flavours and festive containers. It is made with the finest ingredients and the same dedication that has made the brand a standout since 1916. Choose from assorted cookies in Happy Holiday Box, Noche Buena Box, Small Octagonal Tin, Large Octagonal Tin, Oval Tin and Square Tin. (more…)

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