Meet & greet Belle of Beauty & the Beast!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Belle of Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney princesses.  I am very very excited for this chance to meet and greet her this coming Saturday!

Tomorrow and on Thursday, Belle will be gracing Cebu!

Belle will visit Manila on Saturday and Sunday!

Then, on the 14th and 15th - Belle will be in Davao!



Below is Belle's schedule.

Be sure to catch this once in a lifetime chance.

Thank you to Toy Kingdom for inviting Belle to visit our country.
Thank you for giving the Filipino children a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Belle in person!

See you there!


A Disney Beauty and the Beast Christmas

Mechanics:
1.    Event is open to the general public.
2.   First come, first serve policy applies.
3.   Participants must be at the event venue at least 30 minutes before the scheduled session.
4.   No food, drinks, strollers and sharp & pointed objects are allowed in the event area.
5.   Entertainment subject to change without prior notice.

Dates and Venues:
December 7 & 8 – SM City Cebu
1:15 – 2:00pm
3:00 – 3:45pm
4:45 – 5:30pm
6:30 – 7:15pm
8:15 – 9:00pm

December 10 to 12 – SM Megamall
3:00 – 3:34pm
4:45 – 5:30pm
6:30 – 7:15pm
8:00 to 9:00pm

December 14 & 15 – SM Lanang
1:15 – 2:00pm
3:00 – 3:45pm
4:45 – 5:30pm
6:30 – 7:15pm
8:15 – 9:00pm

Follow Toy Kingdom online. Visit our online store at www.toykingdom.ph
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Cooking with Contadina: Pesto Pork & Chicken Roll Up with Linquini in Olive Oil

Monday, December 05, 2016

Having been introduced to the products of Contadina, I must say that it has made my cooking a LOT easier.  I really like how Contadina pastas are easy to make, their sauces are very good too!  I so love the flavor and aroma of the Contadina Olive Oils.

So when I was invited to so a supermarket run, I didn't pass up the chance.  I am not one to plan a meal - unless, I have this bugging idea in my head for a long time.  More often than not, I just wing it.  I look at my fridge and pantry, and then think what I can do with those ingredients.  I start from there.  I don't usually follow a recipe to a T, unless it's really something I want to try for the first time.  So while on the supermarket run, I picked up the Contadina products that I thought would help me cook an easy yet very tasty dish.  As much as I wanted to research on what to prepare, I thought to myself - well, that's really not my style.  Hahahaha!!


After picking up the Contadina products, I proceeded to the meat section.  I am a fan of chicken, I really like chicken.  I know, I'm boring - but I feel that chicken is very versatile and forgiving.  So I picked up a pack of thigh fillets.  Then I saw pork tenderloins that were cut thinly!  I got this idea of doing a chicken parm with pork in it.  So I got about 6 pieces of the pork.  I then raced to look for bread crumbs but found only panko bread crumbs - as I said, I'd wing it so I got that too.

It took me a while to prepare the dish - but when I did, it was quite fast.  I was amazed how fast I was able to whip it all up - but I did!  My yayas were also surprised how fast the dish was prepared.  So, tada!!!!!



Pesto Pork and Chicken Roll Up with Linguini in Olive Oil

1 piece of Chicken Thigh Fillet (Pounded flat)
1 piece of thin sliced Pork Tenderloin
Contadina Pesto Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
Tooth picks (to hold the roll together)
1 Egg (beaten)
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
Contadina Linguine Pasta 
Contadina Extra Virgin Olive Oil (for the pasta)
Contadina Pure Olive Oil (for cooking/frying)

1.  Pound the Chicken Thigh Fillets


 2.  On a cutting board (or any clean surface) season the pork and chicken with a bit of salt and pepper.  Then first lay out the pork - spread some Pesto Sauce (not to much!) and then lay on top of it, the pounded chicken.  Spread some Pesto Sauce on the chicken too.


3.  Now, here's the tricky part.  Rolling up the pork and chicken.  You will need toothpicks to hold them in place.  So, roll them up and insert toothpicks.  (Don't roll up the meat too thick or else you'll have a hard time cooking the insides)

4.  Dip the rolled up meat into the egg and then on a plate (spread the Panko or any bread crumbs) roll the egg dipped meat into the panko (or bread crumbs) and coat very well.

5.  Pan fry over medium heat the rolled meat with panko until golden brown. 

6.  On a separate pan, cook the Linquini.  I learned from a friend to make the water as salty as sea water.  I cook my pasta noodles on a shallow pan, it cooks faster - I learned this on a video in Facebook.  Hahaha!! :)

7.  When the meat is already golden brown, set it aside and slice it the same way in the picture (so you can see the roll)  Twirl a fork through the pasta (I learned this from Chef Jayps) and place on a plate.  Don't forget to drizzle the Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the linguini!

There you have it!  My Contadina Pesto Pork and Chicken Roll Up with Linguini in Olive Oil.

Here's a brief background on Contadina:

With Filipinos fast becoming global citizens evident in the evolving local culinary scene, Del Monte Philippines brings in Contadina, a brand of authentic ingredients that feeds every foodie’s passion of re-creating flavours from their travel and food adventures.
Contadina is an Italian word meaning woman of the fields”, which has come to symbolise the care and the quality that women of old poured into the making of savoury dishes. The brand was born in 1914 by three Italian immigrant families in the US.
Originally owned by Del Monte Foods Inc., a company based in California, USA, Contadina is only distributed in the United States and Latin America where it is seen as a high-quality, authentic Italian brand. In these territories, the portfolio is focused on tomato products such as canned tomatoes, tomato sauces & pastes, and pizza sauces. When Del Monte Pacific Limited, Del Monte Philippine’s parent company, bought the US business in 2014, they fell in love with the Contadina brand and decided to bring it to the Philippines whilst extending its portfolio of products.
The Contadina line now consists of an array of Mediterranean cuisine essentials - olive oils, canned tomatoes, pasta and pasta sauces, all made of the finest quality, sourced from the world’s best-producing regions to deliver truly, authentic flavors.
    •      Olive Oils (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pure Olive Oil)
Made from the fine olives grown in Andalucia, Spain. The aroma is very distinct; one can really smell the notes of freshly-cut greens and fruits. The taste of olives is very pleasant and enhances the flavour of any recipe without overpowering the other ingredients.

    •      Pasta (Spaghetti, Linguini, Penne)
Made from 100% Canadian Durum Wheat Semolina known for its fine texture and ability to create firm pasta with the right bounciness and golden, creamy color.

    •      Pasta Sauces (Formaggio, Napoletana, Arrabbiata, Aglio Arrostito, Pesto Alla Genovese)
From Italy, very fresh and flavourful, like they were bottled yesterday use authentic Grana Padano cheese and fresh Italian herbs.

    •      Canned Tomatoes (Diced Tomatoes, Crushed Tomatoes, Diced Tomatoes with Italian Herbs, Stewed Tomatoes Italian Recipe) 
From California, known for producing Roma Tomatoes with juicy and meaty flesh. The cuts, particularly for the Diced and Stewed variants, are very clean and the shape is preserved even after cooking. 


Del Monte Philippines Inc. is one of the largest food and beverage brands in the Philippines. We are market leaders in most of the categories we play in - pineapple Juice, Tomato Sauce, Spaghetti Sauce, and Pineapple Solids. The brand and its products are widely known for theirs quality and is a staple in both everyday meals and special occasions. 



Enjoy Paradise Dynasty at S Maison at the Conrad

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Friends and food.  That's what happened two days ago when we tried Paradise Dynasty.  I was with mommy bloggers (turned real life friends) and we had such a wonderful time together eating and laughing.  It was as if we planned it as a day off (together), because that two hour break felt like it was a day off.  We laughed, ate a lot of #XiaoLongBao, tried new dishes and enjoyed one another's company.

Special thanks to Marj for arranging this - I can't thank you enough because I really enjoyed the taste test with friends.


Okay, so Paradise Dynasty.  I honestly knew about this restaurant when I went to Singapore early this year.  It was recommended by a friend, but we never got to try it there.  I was very happy to learn that they've opened a branch here in Manila!  Paradise Dynasty is located at the 2nd level of S Maison, the mall connected with the Conrad Hotel.  We were greeted by warm smiles and led to the main dining area - it had such a nice view of Manila Bay.

Before I go on with my *kwento* here are the food that we were served:


Drunken Chicken
This is a cold steamed chicken dish.  I liked it because I really tasted the alcohol.
I wish though that the serving was a bit bigger, but when I thought about it, it's an appetizer - so the size is *justified*


Lettuce Wraps
This is by far the prettiest presentation of lettuce - EVER!
If all salads were presented like this - I would eat and eat and eat them forever!! 


Paradise Dynasty Signature Xiao Long Bao
 Colorful and unique, each has it's own signature flavor.  You can order this to try each flavor, then when you come back - you can order all 8 pieces of the same flavor you fancy.  They are color coded as:  White (the one in the center) - orginal flavor, Green is Ginseng, Brown is Foie Gras, Black is Truffle, Yellow is Cheese, Orange is Crab Roe, Gray is Garlic, and Red is Szechuan. 

Here's my version of a flatlay.
What do you think? 


Scrambled Egg White with Fish and Conpoy
I'm a fan of any egg white anything, so this was a hit for me too!
Apparently, conpoy is a form of dried scallop.  Yummeh. 


Beef with Scallions
I soooo loved the scallions.  And the stir fry of this dish was really good.  Beef was really tender and sliced thinly but not so thin that you can't bite into it.  I swear, I almost felt I was in a different country when I tasted this dish.  I can tell by the taste of a stir fry (naks!  Yabang!) but seriously, stir fry is different here in Manila as compared to Hong Kong and Singapore.  It may be the wok, or the oil, or the chef.  Hahaha!! 


Steamed Glutinous Rice stuffed in Red Dates 
I was so surprised with this dish - this is an appetizer.  Just by looking at it, I must say - this is not something I would order.  But when Rowena said it was good, I believed her and took the plunge and tried it.  It was sooo good!  It was warm and sweet and chewy.  I loved the combination of the sweet and the chewy texture.  I had four (4) pieces of this, I had to control myself since I was with friends and they needed to have a taste.  I swear, on my next visit - I shall order one whole plate to myself.
Bwahahahahaha!!

This is the dessert spread.  We decided to order one of each dessert so we can try them all.
That's what I love about friends - we take one another's opinion and we think about our friends too.
There are three desserts missing in this image - but they all tasted lovely.  We were all full but you know what - there's always ALWAYS room for dessert!


Marj, I have to say this event is one of the most memorable I've attended this year.  It was filled with food, laughter and a most wonderful company of mommy blogger friends.  You arranged it pretty well in my book.  Good job!

Thank you Paradise Dynasty Philippines for inviting us!  Thank you for hosting our impromptu get together!  I truly enjoyed my afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of work and family life.  The view is fantastic, the food was wonderful and I think the company I was with made it more memorable.

If you're in the MOA area, do visit Paradise Dynasty, it's located at the 2nd level of S Maison at the Conrad.  Tickle your tastebuds with their special xiao long bao and enjoy the view.  

Hope to bump into you there!

So, back to my kwento.  Hahahaha!!  I invited Kaye to be my +1 for this event as my Panget said he was still at work.  Kaye, Cai and I have been meeting up often and I thought, it would be perfect to bring Kaye along.  Kaye was soooo nice to have driven us to Conrad.  I love youuuuuu, Kaye - forever and ever.  Tina hitched with us to S Maison - the travel was nice as Kaye and I were chatting, I think Tina might have been bothered by the noise, just kidding!  When we got to S Maison, the mall was fairly new - it reminded me of Pacific Place in Hong Kong.  It was spacious and very well lit, and the aircon was cold - and if you ask me, pasado!  It's just that - it's quite far.  I realized that when I am put in a situation when I cannot avoid going to MOA - I've found a place I'd like to kill time in - S Maison!

Before entering the restaurant, we met up with Cai and her friend Grace.  When we entered Paradise Dynasty, we were greeted by the staff and led to the main dining room where we met Mish!  It was such a delight to see her, since its been too long.  Shortly after, Rowena and Jackie arrived.  The table we planned to sit at was too small already, so we switched to the bigger round table.  Since everyone knew everyone - we felt really comfortable so we just sat at random seats.  I failed to introduce Kaye to our host Marj and when I did, she wondered why we weren't seated beside one another, I told Marj that the whole group already knew Kaye.  It was sort of like an impromptu get together.

We ate, we laughed, we took pictures, we ate again, laughed and took more pictures.  I had such a fun time really.  It was was de-stressing spending time with this group.  Thank you again Marj, hahahaha!! :)



Domex: 1 Million Clean Toilets

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I remember during my half a year stay in Beijing, I would constantly dread going to the bathroom during school hours.  Not only are most of the toilets there on the floor but they stink so bad even if there were cleaners every so often.

One time, the attendant saw my facial reaction when I entered the bathroom.  She brazenly said out loud in Mandarin (thinking I couldn't understand what she was saying) *Where do you find a toilet that is not stinky?* since I understood what she was saying I said out loud *In my house in the Philippines!* She looked surprised.  

Having an OC mom, you can say that I have set certain standards when it comes to a clean bathrooms.  Yes, I confess that I use a multiple of products for cleaning the bathroom.  Mind you, I know how to clean a bathroom.  There was a class in ICA that taught us how to clean the whole house.  Let's just say that I was very attentive then and I've kept those learnings with me until now.



I confess that I have never used #DomexPH before.  I know the brand and see it in my supermarket run.  I have held them in my hands and almost put it in my cart, but I hesitate and return it on the shelf.  I am what you call a *creature of habit*.  I like using products that I have tried and tested - I rarely try a new product just for kicks, yeah - that's me.  So with me, a sample really means a lot - it can make or break me with a *love* of a product.




Last week, I learned something new and that is that #DomexPH is already three products in one.  It's a thick bleach that does the work of three different products that I buy individually.  It's a toilet cleaner, an all around cleanser, and a bleach!



 I also learned about #DomexPH's *1 million Clean Toilets* campaign.  It totally makes sense to clean toilets - because let's face it - it's not the cleanest part of the house.  It's nice too to be able to start in our homes - to make our family members aware that proper sanitation starts at home, with us!





REUSABLE Bags for SALE!!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Years ago - 2013 to be exact.  I won a prize - and the prize were two (2) pieces of this #BagsGoReusable bags - I won it via Tita K's Live Love Lolz.  It made such a good impression on me that I brought it with me to Tokyo (which I gave to my friend She).  Since I was left with a lone piece, I decided to contact the brand to buy more - and I did.  Since I soooo love the product, I think after a couple of months, I bought another batch - and even gave it to my friends for Christmas.  



I have at least one piece with me in my bag.  I've instructed my yayas to keep one in their bags when we go out.  I bring ALL my #BagsGoReusable bags whenever I travel (local and international).  It has been Kailee's diaper bag since we started bringing her along whenever we travel (that was in 2013!)  So imagine the YEARS I have been using this product.

Two things that I love about this bag:
First - you can fold it FLAT - you don't need to roll it in a certain manner.  All you need is to fold it and put it in your bag - it saves a LOT of space - BELIEVE ME.

Second - the material is the one used in parachutes.  So unlike the non woven material of most *eco* bags, this does NOT easily tear when used often.  It's DURABLE.

I used to think that paying around P240.00 for a piece was quite hefty - but you know what - I've been using my #BagsGoResusable bags since 2013 - and till now, they're still very strong and reliable.  Now, that's the kind of quality I believe in.



Last Friday, I saw a post of the distributor online.  She was doing a mega SALE on the bags - now, she's selling off her stocks at an unbelievable price of only P150.00 - I swear, it was such a steal that I immediately decided that I wanted to get 15 pieces more to myself.  Yes, that's how much I believe in the product that I am willing to buy fifteen - yes you read that right - 15 MORE pieces to keep for myself.

Since I believe in the product and personally use it on a daily basis - I thought, why not help my friend sell a product that I have so much belief in.



So here I am - pitching to you guys to buy this reusable bag.  They cost Php150.00 and I swear, they're the best kind out there.  It's washable and doesn't tear.  Imagine how tough a parachute is - that's how touch the bag is!!

You can order through me, there is NO MINIMUM quantity as long as you can pick up in Quezon City.  Colors are all available.  Shipping charges apply depending on the area.

Please do send me an email ( candishhh@gmail.com )with your name and contact number if you're interested, I'll do my very best to get in touch with you as soon as I can.

I hope you can support my friend.

Thanks again for reading and I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Merry Christmas!