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“Munch” (to chew or eat audibly or with pleasure) and “Gulps” (to swallow rapidly in large amounts). A blog that sprung out of two sisters' passion for food. A compilation of food trips, food finds, recipes and other information akin to food. Be it high end or street food. Be it home-cooked or chef-made. Be it eaten hot or cold. Be it eaten cooked or raw. Let’s list and hunt for ingredients..let’s chop, slice, dice, mince, julliene..let’s boil, marinate, poach, bland..let’s stir-fry, barbecue, deep fry, bake..let’s plate and decorate..let’s mix, blend, squeeze and concoct. Let’s share recipes and other food information. Let’s Munch and Gulp..Bon Appetit and Cheers! =]

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Greenwhich launches 2 new Overloaded Bigatin Pizzas—the Hungarian Sausage & Bacon Overload and Shrimp & Garlic Overload plus Greenwhich Pizza Cookie

Greenwich celebrated International Friendship Day (celebrated every first day of August) by introducing the Greenwich Bigatin Friends and launching 2 new Overloaded Bigatin Pizzas—the Hungarian Sausage & Bacon Overload and Shrimp & Garlic Overload.

The Hungarian Sausage has twice the usual amount of Hungarian sausage and crispy bacon strips topped with 100% mozzarella cheese. The Shrimp & Garlic Overload, on the other hand (my favorite!), boasts of generous servings 1/3 pound of juicy grilled shrimp, complemented with roasted garlic, onions and fresh green bell peppers—all packed atop a thick bed of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.

Aside from the two new pizza flavors, a new dessert was also introduced—the Greenwich Pizza Cookie. A flavorful dessert of Butterfinger chocolate-stuffed cookie topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with rich chocolate syrup, and sprinkled with crushed Butterfinger chocolate.

*For more information, log on to www.greenwich.com.ph

Jollibee recently launched the Transformers Animated Jollibee Kids Party

Jollibee recently launched the Transformers Animated Jollibee Kids Party, thrilling young and young-at-heart fans of the popular alien robots.

The larger-than-life presence of Autobot heroes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Brawn and Prowl excited everyone at the media launch held in Jollibee Ortigas Roosevelt last August 7. Guests experienced what birthday celebrants can look forward to when the popular Transformers characters and the country’s leading fast food chain team up on their special day.

A sumptuous Jollibee merienda, treating attendees to the staple langhap-sarap party fare – Chickenjoy, Chicken Barbecue, Jollibee Spaghetti and desserts like Chocolate Sundae and Jolly Krunchy Twirl. And since no birthday party would be complete without a cake, guests also sampled the Transformers Animated birthday cake specially designed by Red Ribbon.

You can choose from exciting party themes like Jollitown, MyScene and Transformers Animated. Visit your nearest Jollibee store or www.jollibeekidsparty.com or call 898-7777 for details.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Namaste Authentic Indian Cuisine: Part 2 (Kulfi,Masala Chai,Buttered Naan and Gulab Jamun)

*left to right: Pistachio Kulfi; Masala Chai; Buttered Naan; Gulab Jamun

Now here are great endings to cap an authentic Indian feast! These featured desserts certainly deserve a separate post. Each is uniquely Indian and not your ordinary dessert fare. Namaste!

Pistachio Kulfi P125 - a flavored frozen dessert made from milk which originated in India similar to ice cream in taste, texture and preparation; takes longer to melt than ice cream; a fitting dessert to after a spicy meal with its creamy consistency and nutty pistachio bits - heaven!

Masala Chai P80 -"spiced tea"; beverage from the Indian subcontinent made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs; a perfect alternative to coffee

Buttered Naan P70 - a generic term for various flat-breads from different parts of the world, the name stems from (New) Persian; a typical naan recipe involves mixing white flour with salt, a yeast culture, and enough yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough; not exactly a dessert fare but its great to munch on even after a meal because of its buttery flavor

Gulab Jamun P80 - Milkballs in Sweet Syrup also known as "waffle balls," is a popular dessert in countries of the Indian Subcontinent such as India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh from Persian; from gulab, "rosewater" referring to the rosewater-scented syrup, and"Syzygium jambolanum" , a South Asian fruit with a similar size and shape; for the sweet tooth this wonderful dessert is served comes in four packed "waffle balls" best coupled with Masala Chai


Namaste India
Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m
Unit 1A Kensington Place, 1st Ave. corner 29th St.
Burgos Circle, Crescent Part West,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
(02) 403-6088

Namaste Authentic Indian Cuisine Part 1 (Lassi, Kebab, Pullow and Masala)

Their interior is very sleek and modern but with touches of Indian culture particularly with their interesting wall decors. I fancy the subtle details of their napkin holders, sugar and cream container and water glass tray (3rd and 4th photos above) all silver and with intricate designs. A table for four or eight are available ergonomically spaced and very comfortable. The ambience is laid back, enjoying good food while watching the latest Indian music videos on their telly. They are available for private functions it and can fit approximately 30-50 people easily. Oh and as stated above they are Halal-certified and vegetarian friendly.

*left to right: Strawberry (Sweet) Lassi; Chicken Seekh Kebab;Fish Tikka;Golden Cauliflower;Prawn Pullow;Chicken Reshmi Kebab;Machi Masala;Kashmiri Pullow

Namaste is a common spoken greeting or salutation which simply means "I bow to you", accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. A few weeks ago the privilege to feast on authentic Indian and Halal certified food here in the Metro is now noted as a remarkable gustatory experience!

Strawberry (Sweet) Lassi P80 - is a popular and traditional Punjabi yogurt-based drink of India and Pakistan; this is sweet lassi, blended with sugar or fruits (strawberry) instead of spices; served refreshingly cold; also great to cleanse one's palate after a spicy dish

Chicken Seekh Kebab P140 - chicken mixed with traditional herbs and seasonings; served sans skewers

Fish Tikka P200 - fish coated in Tikka paste and then grilled/barbecued

Golden Cauliflower P160 - yellow cauliflower deep fried until it turns to a golden crisp; surprisingly not oily due to Namaste's technique and a best bet for vegetarians; yellow cauliflower tastes almost the same as white cauliflower but definitely looks more enticing

Prawn Pullow P245 - rice cooked with prawns, spices and onions; a light fragrant dish perfect to accompany kebab dishes

Chicken Reshmi Kebab P140 - chicken mixed with Reshmi Masala; served sans skewers

Machchi Masala P225 - medium sized grouper fish fillets mixed with salt and Turmeric powder fried until golden brown then coconut milk, ground Masala and Tamarind juice; perfect with rice

Kashmiri Pullow P180 - rice cooked with nuts, aromatic spices and fruits; perfect accompaniment to any main dish

Glossary of Terms:

*Sweet lassi - a form of lassi flavored with sugar, rosewater and/or lemon, strawberry or other fruit juices

*Kebab - the traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and taboos, it may now be beef, goat, chicken, pork; fish and seafood; or even vegetarian foods like tofu; served on the skewer or döner kebab served wrapped in bread with a salad and a dressing

*Tikka - a piece of meat, such as a cutlet, and the popular dish chicken tikka is made of chicken cutlets in a marinade; made from a mixture of aromatic spices and dahi (the Indian word for plain yoghurt)

*Pullow - (Basmati- a variety of long grain rice grown in India and Pakistan, notable for its fragrance and delicate, nuanced flavor); rice cooked with spices and onions

*Reshmi - a traditional Muglai dish prepared in India. It gets its name from the succulence of the meat after prolonged marinating and light braising

*Machi Masala - fish curry cooked in various spices

*Masala - can either be a combination of dried (and usually dry roasted) spices, or a paste (such as vindaloo masala) made from a mixture of spices and other ingredients—often garlic, ginger, and onions. It is used extensively in Indian cooking to add spice and flavor

Namaste indeed! I can't wait to go back with my family and savor their authentic Indian fare again!

*Namaste Authentic Indian Cuisine
Open Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m
Unit 1A Kensington Place, 1st Ave. corner 29th St.
Burgos Circle, Crescent Part West,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

(02) 403-6088

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dads, Saisaki and Kamayan: Eat All You Can One Day Only (Aug. 26)

Eat tempura to your heart's content for only P330 served with soup, rice and iced tea. Its VAT inclusive and no service charge. One day only on Aug. 26, 2010!

My Taste of Heaven

Heaven launched a promo entitled "My Taste of Heaven". For promo details and mechanics just click here: "My Taste of Heaven"

Make Your Cheeseburger Count at McDonald's

McDonald's Philippines "Make Your Cheeseburger Count"hand in hand with Bright Minds Read (BMR) and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

Monday, August 9, 2010

Real Leaf Tea: It’s what green tea should be!

real leaf

If you wanting to cleanse and detoxify nothing beats a cup of green tea. But with a busy lifestyle one can’t help but grab for just a bottle of iced green tea rather than brew it. The market abounds with almost all of the tea combination out there especially the green tea drink variants or iced green tea labeled with real leaf. Studies have shown that green tea benefits aside from vitamins, its also full of anti-oxidants and theanine (an amino acid only found in tea plants).

Real Leaf has three delightful flavors: Honey Apple, Honey Lemon and Honey Lychee, all equally and deliciously reviving - its real tea, real honey better than C2 if or any other brand in the market today.

Their brewing process follows only world-class standards based on years of experience and expertise of The Coca-Cola System. Not to mention that green tea leaves used are sourced all the way from the Zhejiang region of China, the country that produces more than 70% of the total green tea output in the world.

Add honey, that has low calorie level, is an excellent substitute for sugar in drinks and food. It contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids and can even help prevent your seasonal allergies and is a good source of antioxidants.

So grab a bottle of Real Leaf Green Tea..it’s what green tea should be!

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Jimm's 7 in 1 Coffee Mix is now out in the market!

The difference is that Jimm’s 7in1 coffee mix has Ginseng, Mushroom, Spirulina, & Reishi:

SPIRULINA (Arthospira platensis) is the most extensively researched food microalgae. Many people use Spirulina in their own self-care strategy for more energy, nutritional insurance, weight control and cleansing. Perfect in between or before meals for good nutrition without the heaviness of bulky food. There are no known side effects and few developed allergic reactions.

REISHI (Ganoderma lucidium) is considered one of the most important herbs in Asian healing. It is believed to heal physical ailments, also it said to bring about a peaceful state of mine and to increase spiritual potency energy.

MUSHROOM (Agaricus blazei) contains a large amount of polysaccharide, which is believed to enhance immunity. It does not only bolster immunity but reduces excessive immuno reactions to maintain a balance. Of all fungi, ABM mushroom is particularly strong results in treating and preventing cancer.

GINSENG (Panax) is known as the root of life or root of longevity. It is also known as “the elixir of life” or “king of oriental herbs medicine”. It is used as an herbal supplement, natural tonic and health food. Today, ginseng is widely demanded all over the world because its efficacy is being proven and rediscovered by modern scientific research. Unlike synthetic food and drugs which can produce harmful side effects, ginseng relives the stress and strain of life without any side effects and overdoses. As an herbal extraordinary efficacy, ginseng has successfully maintained its supreme position over other herbal products.

Jimm’s 7in1 coffee mix drink is available in all groceries, drugstore, supermarkets and Mercury drug outlets nationwide.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Angel's Pizza

After an event we got an invite for Angel's Pizza! We trooped down to their Makati branch excited to try everything..and boy, they did let us taste everything!

Top favorites are their Shrimp Pesto Pizza (thin crust) and their Double Cheesy Melt (P599.00)


Shrimp Pesto Pizza (thin crust)


Double Cheesy Melt, like a stuffed pizza oozing with goodness! (P599.00/Family Prize)

Angel's Pizzas have three sizes: Medium Php249.00 - Php315.00; Family Php339.00 - Php435.00 and Big Family Php399.00 - Php555.00. They also have Pasta and Desserts which are all equally delicious! But don't fret if you have those midnight cravings because they have eight branches here in the Metro Manila and one in Dagupan City and they are open 'til the wee hours.