Authentic Vietnamese casual dining at Annam Noodle Bar

The portal to a Vietnamese casual dining experience is in Metro Manila. Located in the Eastwood area, Annam Noodle Bar (Annam, for short) is right in the hustle and bustle of the residential and commercial area.


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McCormick introduces its noodle and seasoning mixes

Every time I hear the word “McCormick”, what comes to my mind are the rows upon rows of green spice bottles in the supermarket and in our kitchen. We grew up with McCormick’s different spices which my Mom always bought. So…..being invited to a McCormick event got me excited….

Yes!!! McCormick launched a new product (and it wasn’t a new spice!). Can you guess what?

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An intimate lunch with Mega Creations Premium Sardines

My kids may be carnivores but when it comes to seafood, we are a heavy sardine-eating family. It is something that everyone looks forward to especially during breakfast and we take it in different ways – with pan de sal or with eggs and rice. So how could I say no when Mega Creations invited me to an intimate lunch with its owners and team to try its premium sardines product? Besides, it’s always a pleasure to return to Pio’s Kitchen, knowing how good Chef Chin’s specialty paella (regular and negra) is.

Four sardine variants
The four Mega Creations Premium Sardines

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Starbucks’ 2016 Summer Offerings are Here!

It’s summer and what a hot, hot summer it is! That’s why as I’m writing this, I am sitting comfortably in one of the armchairs at a Starbucks outlet, drinking one of the summer offerings of Starbucks – the Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino. Yay! I loved this the first time it came out and now I’m sooooo glad it’s back. But there’s not just one, but two, summer beverages.

Starbucks Summer_April 19

The Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino is one that will easily evoke images of summer outings with family and friends at the beach. It is made of roasted marshmallows, sandwiched with chocolate between graham crackers. The Summer Berry Panna Cotta, on the other hand, combines Panna Cotta with different types of berries to create a layered frappuccino beverage topped with whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle.

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The Starbucks Art of Macchiato + new Starbucks cards

Macchiato (pronounced mah-kee-ah-to) comes from an Italian word meaning “marked” or “stained” (Wikipedia). Wikipedia continues by saying it usually describes two distinctive drinks:
* Caffe machiato – espresso with a little milk
* Latte machiato – steamed milk with a little expresso

Starbucks is bringing macchiato drinks into their menu from February 23 to April 18, 2016 and it looks they will be offering both the caffe and latte variants in 3 beverages: 2 hot, 1 cold.


Chocolate Hazelnut Macchiato
Chocolate Hazelnut Macchiato

The Chocolate Hazelnut Macchiato has layer upon layer of chocolate and hazelnut flavors are combined with the espresso Starbucks is known for.

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Meet the latest Nescafe Dolce Gusto masterpiece

It’s fascinating how coffee machines evolve over time. At a recent Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machines I saw the entire lineup of their coffee machines since 2011. From manual machines like the Piccolo, Circolo, and Oblo, the machines have now become automatic machines like the Genio, Melody 3 and Mini Me.

The one thing though that stands out across all the Nescafe Dolce Gusto machines is its convenience. Pop in a coffee capsule, choose a desired level, and out drips your coffee…ready to drink.

Recently, we were introduced to the latest Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine and it is inspired by the coffee droplet — the NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Drop.

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Homemade layered coffee is now easy with Nescafe Red Mug Machine

Most of the time, when I’m in a cafe, I order cappuccino or a latte. I love the froth and the creamy mix of the coffee. At home, however, I almost always have to make do with 3-in-1 coffee because I do not know how to replicate the cappuccino or latte.

Not anymore!!!

I have my very own Nescafe Red Mug Machine that now allows me to prepare my very own, homemade foamy cappuccino, layered Latte, and more!!! I can make myself a Mocha, an Americano, and create other coffee creations using soluble coffee and Nescafe’s Coffee-Mate, of course.

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Wellness goodness from Mott’s Apple Juice

In an attempt to keep making healthy choices, I consciously try to stay away from artificial beverages. This means ordering fresh fruit juices most of the time instead of powdered drinks or carbonated beverages.

And yet, when it came to fresh fruit juices, I always had this image of fresh fruits being blended right there and then. I never really thought of real fruit as coming from a bottle. But then, I got invited to the Mott’s Apple Juice event and my good friend, Janice Villanueva, founder of Mommy Mundo, happened to be its brand ambassador. Of course, I know and trust Janice’s good judgment and know that all she wants for her family is the best by making her own healthy choices.

My mommy blogger friends with Janice Villanueva (in yellow)

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Knorr’s Lutong Nanay Nutrition Program helps moms prepare more nutritious food for their families

There are at least 5 million malnourished children in the Philippines. 

That was a statistic from the Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the DOST. Considering we are a population of about 100 million people, that is a scary 5% of the population that is not getting enough of the right nutrition. With children, malnutrition is especially critical because their brains and bodies are still developing and to lack the proper nutrients at this stage means they miss a very crucial window in their lives to develop to their full potential.

So it was quite inspiring to find out that Knorr was launching a Lutong Nanay Nutrition Program that aimed to make nutritious meals accessible for every child. The program is a 3-step model of Feed Teach and Make It Last.

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