International Conference in Abu Dhabi 


P.F. Chang’s

   Special sauces.

 Mongolian Beef.
   Sweet and Sour Chicken.

 P.F. Chang’s Fried Rice
 Banana Spring Roll  


Ikea Cakes


Furnishing shop IKEA has a restaurant inside, and after eating our favorite rice and chicken combo, we had some cakes for dessert. Their cakes are delicious.



Kutsinta or kuchinta or even brown rice cake is a type of “kakanin” that uses lye water as an ingredient. Kutsinta is somewhat sticky yet chewey (thats what lye water does) at the same time and is best eaten with grated coconut on top.

This kutsinta recipe requires minimum effort and the procedures are so easy to follow. If your thinking of making something for merienda, this would be a very good recipe worth trying. Kutsinta is best served with grated coconut on top.

In addition, this is one of the most popular Filipino desserts to date.

Kutsinta Recipe
Author: Vanjo Merano
  • 1½ cup glutinous rice flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1½ tsp lye water
  • 2 tsp anatto seeds
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients starting from the rice flour, all-purpose flour, and brown sugar then mix all the ingredients.
  2. While mixing, add water gradually and continue to mix until all ingredients are completely distributed.
  3. Add lye water and anatto water (soak the anatto seed in 3 tbsp water) then continue mixing.
  4. Place the mixture into individual molds and steam for 40 minutes to an hour.
  5. Serve with grated or shredder coconut on top. Share and Enjoy!

Media Noche 2015

As a tradition, Filipino families gather around the dining table before midnight of the 31st of December to welcome the new year.

This is how our dining table looked like last night.





Let’s check out the stars of the feast.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0661.jpgdouble-glazed beef back ribs.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0629.jpgspanish spaghetti.


/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0630.jpgkare kare.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0628.jpg embotido.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0635.jpg hamon de bola.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0631.jpg fiesta chicken chopped salad.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0634.jpg leche plan.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0627.jpgbrazo de mercedes.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0633.jpg macaroni salad.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0620.jpg chocolate cupcakes.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0614.jpg fruits.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0636.jpg. Drinks.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/337/38279603/files/2015/01/img_0684.jpg. Welcome 2015!


Pinoy Kakanin Galore

I am in the Philippines at the moment and I am enjoying the delicious home-made Filipino desserts!




Palitaw also


Suman ube


Sapin sapin

Le Brioche



Fruit pie and cupcakes by Le Brioche Restaurant. Thanks to bro-in-law Bok.