Munch and Gulps

April 24, 2009

Mister Donut Coffee House Blend

Filed under: Beverages, Coffee, hot beverages — Tags: , , , — munchandgulps @ 8:50 pm

Moi sister purchased a bag of Mister Donut’s Coffee House Blend last year and surprized me the next morning. Hits the right spot and keeps you up and about like you’ve chewed coffee beans.


Its like you’re having a carefree cup of java at your own Mr. Donut franchise hehe! So grab a bag now and whip up a nice warm cup at home.

Bon Appett and Cheers! =]


Fried Shark’s Fin Siomai and Beef Noodles

Filed under: food court finds, Food Trips, quick meals — Tags: , , , , — munchandgulps @ 8:30 pm

Whenever in a foodcourt trip or a tight budget these two dishes are best bets. Lines queue up long and fast not only because it is quite filling but suits Filipino taste buds.


Fried Shark’s Fin Siomai costs less than Php. 40.00 served with Garlic rice and the Beef Noodles costs a little above Php. 60.00


For variations the Crab or Prawn balls are equally yummy and Pandan rice is also available. For the noodles there is also Chicken, Wanton or a combination of Beef and Wanton served hot with some Bokchoy.

*available at: Paotsin and Chowking respectively

Bon Appetit and Cheers! =]

Fran’s Chocolates

Filed under: Chocolates, Desserts, Food Trips — Tags: , , , — munchandgulps @ 8:02 pm

Fran's chocolate box with card

Fran’s Chocolates Ltd. is made from the finest, fresh and all natural ingredients.

fran's chocoltaes with a bite

A box may contain one or more of the following sweet concoctions:

Dark Truffles (Pure Dark, Raspberry, Pyre Bittersweet, Orange, Oolong Tea, Single Malt Whiskey, Dark Chocolate Espresso and Dark Chocolate Caramel),;

Milk Chocolate Truffles (Pure Milk, Hazelnut Crunch, Milk Chocolate Espresso and Dark Chocolate Caramel);

White Chocolates (Pure White and Bittersweet in White);

Caramels (Gray Salt, Smoked Salt, Classic Dark and Classic Milk);

Nuts (Tas de Noiz, Almonds and Hazelnuts); and

Fruits (Figs, Apricots, Ginger and Orange Peel)

fran's chocolates card and bite

Bellevue: 10036 Main Street Bellevue, WA 98004

Seatte: 2626 N E University Village Street Seattle, WA 98105

Mail order:


Bon Appetit and Cheers! =]

April 14, 2009

Banchetto Food Bazaar

Filed under: Food Trips, Pasta, Street Food, Vegetables — Tags: , , , — munchandgulps @ 6:52 pm

Banchetto is an italian word meaning “a feast.”

What better way to start the weekend than a Saturday early morning Street Fiesta which starts from 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m.

Curacha Crabs and California MakiCuracha Crabs and Maki

From delectable Asian food (maki, tempura, takoyaki, etc.), home-cooked fares (pasta, noodles and packed rice meals), and even fresh fruits, meat and seafoods.


Various Seafood and Pasta DishesVarious Seafood and Pasta Dishes

There is also an array of Filipino dishes and not to forget the yummy desserts comprised of cakes and other pastries.

Lechon KawaliLechon Kawali

Brazo de MercedesBrazo de Mercedes

Or if you fancy the Filipino street foodstaples (isaw, adidas, fishballs, squidballs, siomai, lumpia, etc.), they are also there to experience and are cooked right before your eyes.

Dumplinga and WrapsDumplings and Wraps

It was primarily organized for the purpose of promoting tourism in Ortigas Center. Funky Princess Marketing Specialists was directly commissioned by Ortigas Center Association (an association of building owners around Ortigas Center) through their Ortigas Center Tourism Council, to organize, plan and manage it.

Fresh Lumpia and MorconFresh Lumpia and Morcon

I definitely shall return and Banchetto my heart out!

Bon AppetitĀ  and Cheers! =]

Should you want to join as one of their Vendors please contact: 655-0590 or (0922) 880-0861.

April 13, 2009

Aubergine in Sauteed Shrimp paste

Filed under: Recipes, side dish, Vegetables — Tags: , , , — munchandgulps @ 6:53 pm

Aubergine in Sauteed Shrimp Paste

This is a very simple but delicious Filipino side dish mostly paired with fried fish. Shrimp paste or Bagoong is a common dip or sauce in the Philippines with a myriad of versions (using shrimp, fish or even shellfsh) from different provinces.


3 tbsps. olive oil

1 onion, sliced

1 aubergine (eggplant), cubed

2 cloves garlic, crushed

shrimp paste or Bagoong

freshly ground black pepper


Heat the olive oil in a preheated wok. Add the garlic and shrimp/fish paste to the wok and stir for 3 minutes. Add the onion and aubergine to the wok and stir fry for 5 minutes, or until the aubergine is a bit tender. Season with freshly ground black pepper.


If you want to serve this as a vegetarian main meal, add cubed tofu (bean curd) to the wok.

*Serves 4

Bon Appetit and Cheers! =]

Creamy Noodle Pasta

Filed under: Pasta, Recipes — Tags: , — munchandgulps @ 6:24 pm

Creamy Noodle Pasta

I’ll start off with a quick and simple dish. If you ran out of your regular pasta and all that’s left is for chicken noodle soup don’t fret. Here’s a quick and yummy option for your pasta cravings or for an instant snack. (shown above is not the baked version)


225 g/8oz. noodle pasta

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

175 g/6 oz. of sausages, sliced and/or

400g/14 oz. tuna in brine, drained and flaked

2 tbsp. cornflour (cornstarch)

425 ml/15 fl. oz./ 13/4 cups skimmed milk

*(If you want to bake it in the oven):

4 medium tomatoes, sliced thinly

25 g/1 oz. fresh breadcrumbs

25 g/1 oz. reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, grated

salt and pepper


The Pasta:

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. Bring a large pan of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Drain well.

The Sauce:

Heat the oil in a frying pan (skillet) and fry all of the sausages, until a bit done. Place the cooked pasta in a bowl and mix in the sausages and/or tuna. Set aside. Blend the cornflour (cornstarch) with a little milk to make a paste. Pour the remaining milk into a saucepan and stir in the paste. Heat, stirring, until the sauce begins to thicken. Season well. Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture and stir until well-combined.

*If you want to bake it:

Transfer to the base of an ovenproof gratin dish and place on a baking sheet (cookie sheet). Arrange the tomato slices over the pasta and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

*Serves four

Bon Appetit and Cheers! =]

Munch and Gulps..Bon Appetit and Cheers! =]

Filed under: Uncategorized — munchandgulps @ 5:00 pm

“Munch” (to chew or eat audibly or with pleasure) and “Gulps” (to swallow rapidly in large amounts).

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