I’ve never considered myself an epicurean but I know good quality food when I taste them. And my Dad first introduced me to the Paella Valenciana at Dulcinea’s I was hooked. And thus sparked my interest in culinary arts. I always thought about the savory and fragrant rice and how the flavours would not overwhelm but made you want more.
A few years on, well after college, I took up a diploma course for culinary arts. Through cuts and burns and singed hairs, I never thought I could learn how to cook for the life of me. But my instructor egged us on and from the basics of cutlery to making sauteed cuttle fish en flambe in California sherry, I did. Before I knew it, I was filleting fish, de-boning chicken and making lamb shanks from scratch. But what really got me excited was that I get to learn a proper text book paella as part of the curriculum.
Alas, upon my first taste of my first Paella, I was a bit miffed that it tasted nothing like what I had tried on previous occasions, Though I remember Chef’s comments were that it was just that it needed a bit more salt for him. Though when I cooked next for my mum, she thought it was just right.
I swore to myself that this would be my signature dish and that I had to get it right. So I ended up trying Paella’s from different kitchens. From what I discovered in my endeavors, none of them actually followed what was in my culinary book. Sure they all had similar ingredients but there were ingredients that were substituted, added or completely left out from that in my text book. Then it hit me. Something one of my grade school teacher once told me. That a text book isn’t meant to be the end all/be all in facts. They were a guide. And that it was up to me to understand what was in those books.
Soon after I ditched the book and got the preparation of the Paella down to memory. But I am still looking for that characteristic flavor that would give me my version of a text book paella.
Here’s something for you Coca-Cola fans. If you’re off to grab a meal at McDonald’s, you’d might want to grab yourself one of these.
This won’t be the first time McDonald’s has offered Coca-Cola themed glasses. But this is the first time they’ve offered the glasses shaped like Coke cans.
Just add Php25 to any of the Extra Value meals on the menu and you can have your choice from one of 6 colors: Charcoal, Lime green, green, blue, pink, and violet.
Whenever I fly over to Hong Kong, one of the things I most look forward to is the food. And while there are places that certainly demand a good penny for a meal, if one knows where to go, a couple of bucks, HK$50 to be exact can take you a long way. A new show on goyeah.com will take you on an epicurean’s tour of Hong Kong. Showing you places to grab a grub from a quick bite to a filling dinner.
Read more : New show: Best Hong Kong food for under HK$50 | CNNGo.com
Last Monday, May 2, 2011, Starbucks branches around Metro Manila kicked off their Happy hour promo.
For 2 hours of everyday of the first week of May, Starbucks patrons get to have their Frappuccino’s of choice for half price. Also patrons, may only get 2 drinks at a time. Given how the promo is set up, bedlam ensued at every Starbucks branch during lunch.
The following events took place between 1pm and 2pm on May3rd, 2011. Continue reading
Attention hipsters!! Starbucks has their Earth day Promo going on again!! Get Php20 off for every drink you fill in your own tumbler. It started last April 16 and runs through til the 20th.
Here’s last year’s blurb about it.
Heads up Caffeine Junkies!
In celebration of Earth day, Starbucks branches around Metro Manila are offering a P40 ($0.95) discount for all their hot and cold drinks if you bring in your own tumbler. So, I suggest making a beeline for the nearest Starbucks and get your discounted caffeine fix without the reduced caffeine dose. I managed to pick up a 20oz cold cup which I recently topped up with my Green milk tea. Later this lunch I’m goin’ for seconds. I’ve asked them before if I could use my giant 3 foot tall Rocket tumbler for them to fill up with my drink; they never gave me an answer.
And as you can see, Marisa Kirisame approves of this promo.
“Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.” – David Letterman
This was breakfast today. Grilled ham and cheese, and a cup of oatmeal. This is what I’m having for breakfast for the next couple of… months or until I’ve finished paying for DD Saber Lily from Dollpa 24. With that out of the way, let’s move on to other news. Continue reading