Healthy cooking from The Maya Kitchen
Thursday, 1 September 2011

Last month, INOS Cookware showcased healthy, oil-less recipes at The Maya Kitchen. I’ve been trying to cook healthier dishes for the family — partly to stay fit and keep healthy, but at the same time, save a bit on grocery expenses — so I jumped at the chance when I got the invite through my friend Ryan of Kain Pinoy.

You see, I really like watching cooking shows. But this was the first time I ever attended a live cooking demo.

Oil-less Pancakes and Baked Macaroni

The dish you see above is good ‘ol pancakes and baked macaroni — minus the oil. This is probably my favorite. It’s healthy and simple, but at the same time, still very tasty! I’ve already cooked it here at home more than once. I’ll probably blog about it in a separate post, I’ve made some “modifications” to the original recipe to suit my taste ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some of the other dishes we were taught and tasted that day… Read more…

Guiltless snacking with Healthy Options
Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Part of my marathon training was to have a nutritionist to guide us participants in losing weight but still taking into consideration the grueling preparations for a 42.2km run. It was during that time I realized how important snacking was. I’ve always had this misconception that eating snacks in between meals can make you fat (or fatter for that matter), but lo and behold, it was actually the snacks that helped me lose around 20 pounds within six months. I became less prone to overeating during meals, which, most often than not, usually happened whenever I got too hungry before lunch or dinner.

Hold on though… When I say “snacks,” I don’t mean junk food and stuffing yourself like there’s no more tomorrow. As much as possible, I limit my snacks to healthy stuff: fruits, veggies, low-fat and low-sugar biscuits, and the like. But I’m no saint. Chocolate and chips will always be my weakness (I think this is pretty much evident in the previous post hehe).

I give in to the temptation every once in a while so I don’t crave for them too often. But what if you can have snacks and still be within the “healthy eating range”? Read more…

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Felicity Patisserie: Home-cooked food turned gourmet cuisine
Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The first time I read the invite to visit and review Felicity Patisserie, my initial reaction was, “oh no!” You see, I’ve been shying away from incredibly sinful treats for the past half year. The most I’ve eaten of pastries while on marathon training was a bite or two. Beyond that, no more. The “Patisserie” in name scared me — I felt as if I would be submitting myself to absolute sinning, a misconception that was eventually debunked as soon as learned more about it after some prodding from my husband Marc.

Choco Nirvana

Don’t let that absolutely tempting, diet-failing photo of a chocolate marvel above fool you. Felicity Patisserie is more than just about pastries — they serve succulent and healthy dishes too! Read more…

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Lunch date at Buon Giorno Ortigas
Saturday, 16 April 2011 lives once more! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be honest… I’ve been shying away from reviewing restaurants and blogging about food intentionally for the past few months. I was training for my first-ever 42.2km road race last March 20, and too much scrumptious food could pose a problem to my marathoner’s diet and training. The marathon’s done now, and though I’m about to embark on a new but less intensive running challenge, I’m already comfortable being around lots of food! I already developed the habit of eating healthy and in proper moderation, so I think I can now trust myself to talk about food once more ๐Ÿ™‚

Buon Giorno Ortigas

As I’ve already mentioned in my previous post, I just can’t say no to Italian food! Besides, healthy pasta had been a consistent part of my diet (specially during carbo-loading weeks) so it’s really not something that could raise my nutritionist’s eyebrows. When I received an invite to the opening of Boun Giorno in Ortigas, I just had to be there!

This wasn’t the first time I’ve had a taste of Buon Giorno’s cuisine — I’ve already tried the food from their branch in Tagaytay. I could recall how much I enjoyed my lunch there, and that’s quite something as the first time is usually a make or break for me: either I like the food enough to want to go back, or I’d loathe it so much I’d swear never to see the place again. I liked Boun Giorno — I liked it enough to go back not only once, but twice. Read more…

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Cheese, wine, and conversations at L’Incontro
Sunday, 4 July 2010

Ah. Nothing beats reviewing an Italian restaurant as my first post after a very long blog hiatus. You see, this food blog has been a constant temptation to my diet, and I really felt I needed to lose weight. It was only recently when I already got into the habit of running that I trusted myself to blog about food again. Besides, I just couldn’t say no to Italian food! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sicilian Scampi
Sicilian Scampi by kutitots, on Flickr

L’Incontro is a cozy Italian restaurant located along Reposo Street in Makati City. Tina Pamintuan, its new owner since March 2010, has refashioned the 10-year-old restaurant with a fusion of the old and the new. From the contemporary interiors to the fresh menu, L’Incontro now aims for their customers to have an authentic “Italian dining table experience.”

Since we’ve always lived far from Makati (Quezon City before, and now, Cainta), we haven’t had the chance to visit L’Incontro before the change of management. And, to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I first got the invite to review the restaurant and its new menu. I just know I liked Italian food — its spices and its use of tomatoes. The most I was expecting was having pizza and a variety of pasta and sauces, but I was pleasantly surprised with what Corporate Chef Tina Pamintuan had in store of us! Read more…