Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Casa Verde at The Walk, I.T Park

I am so amazed of how the culinary scene of Cebu has evolved. there are just endless choices of restaurants new and old. Just like The Walk in I.T Park, Lahug...there is a wide array of restaurants available to cater all types of people. Mexican, Korean, American, Italian, Filipino, you name it..they all have it there. My friend Aisha, with her husband and I went to this restaurant called Casa Verde. It's an American Restaurant which serves one of the best steaks in town.

Southwest creamy and yummy!

battered fillet chicken breast with super delicious mashed potatoes...

Jon Jay's ultimate fave...i had my steak medium well...a must try!

this is what's up in their ceiling...pretty cool, huh?

Ceasar's salad served with bread and chicken fillet...really yummy dressing!

Victoria's Secret pasta

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rica's Cafe

my good friends jenny and van gave me a visit on my second day at my new crib. after hanging out for awhile we decided to go out and have a late dinner. Jenny suggested we go to Rica's Cafe, it is located along Maria Luisa Drive in Banilad. The place has very good ambiance...of course the food was great too! Although a bit pricey but so worth it. It's a great place for having intimate dinner with your special someone.^^

spinach creamy!

josh also came along with us..the attendant was kind enough to gave josh coloring book and crayons while waiting for our food.

gambas with a very rich and flavorful yummy!

pink lemonade...

it's never a meal without trying this pasta...

this is what we had for's an ice cream's super good!

it was a light meal. we enjoyed our food with a glass of wine. All in all we payed for 1800,00.
that's for 3 dishes, 1 dessert, 2 glasses of wine and 2 glasses of pink lemonade.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

chikaan sa cebu

Chikaan sa Cebu is one of the pioneer restaurants here serving all time Filipino food. Great ambiance,service and most especially superb food. We usually call ahead to make reservations since the place is always packed. It is located at I.T Park, Lahug, Cebu City.
my friends mitzie, jenny, aisha and clyde
we couldn't wait to dig in at this delectable Filipino dishes!

kare-kare, soup made of ox tail with veges in peanut butter sauce...served with bagoong.

baked scallop...oh so yummy!

Filipino beef steak~this is a definite must-try dish in this restaurant!

crab meat...minced crab meat dipped in egg and deep fried!

chicharon of their signature dishes...this is made of pork intestines...seasoned and deep fried until crispy.

crispy pata with atchara...soooooooooooooo good!

grilled pork belly!

grilled tuna belly!

kinilaw...raw fish in coconut milk and vinegar.

dessert...banana-langka turon with latik...this is what Filipino food is all about...and more!

spicy tuna linguine in mushroom sauce

it's been quite awhile since my last post...i've been so busy with moving into a new home, new place and totally new life for me. it's been a hell of a week but i have finally settled down and got the chance to do what i! my friend and i have been out the whole day and when we got home she requested that i make pasta so this is what i did...spicy tuna linguine in creamy oozing goodness mushroom sauce...

Saute minced onions and garlic in butter and olive oil. Add the spicy tuna. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cream of mushroom. Blend well. Add in the minced basil and shredded paramesan cheese. Adjust seasoning. Toss in the pasta. Serve hot.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

bistek~beef steak..filipino style!

bistek~is a Filipino slang for beefsteak. an all-time fave among Filipinos served especially in breakfast with garlic rice~super delish...

First, marinate the beef slices (half kilo) with half a cup of soy sauce,10 pcs kalamansi ( lemon or lime) and black peppercors for an hour or longer. Saute onions and garlic (i used 2 heads of garlic). Add the marinated beef. Stir fry for 15 minutes...add a sprinkle of sugar and 1 tbsp of oyster sauce. Cook until tender.

i just loved the citrusy taste of the kalamansi in the beef with a hint of black Filipino!

my bro's grilled pork tenderloin

my brother made this really flavorful grilled pork tenderloin. he marinated the pork in cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ground oregano, dried marjoram and dried sage with melted butter for an hour. Grill both sides around 5 minutes on each side depending on the size. served with grilled asparagus and hoisen sauce...paired with a good glass of wine...ahh... so perfect!

lengua de sarsa

i went to the wet market today. i wanted to buy pork belly since i'm craving for kimchi chigae. however, since today is All Soul's Day...a very big holiday here in the Philippines in commemoration of our families, relatives and friends who have passed away. it's a time for gathering of families to visit the graves of our loved ones. naturally, where there is gathering, there is always lots of food...somehow, most of the meat were sold out already...darn it! i got this pig's tongue instead and envisioned something to do with it...

Slice the pig's tongue into bite-size pieces. Saute onions and garlic in canola oil. Stir fry the pig's tongue. Add 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the liver spread. Blend well. Add 1 cup of sarsa (i used Mang Tomas, however, you can still make this dish without it). Add a dash of sugar. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Cook until the meat becomes tender. Garnish with tarragon leaves. yummy! my dad super loves it! even the sauce alone would just be enough...really a MUST TRY recipe..*wink*

goat's meat in coconut milk and asparagus

Everytime we have goat's meat, there is only 1 dish that we knew how to make of..that is..Kaldereta. since i wanted to be creative and to go out of the usual..i decided to make this's something like a curry dish but not really so much of it...

First, wash the goat's meat well. Drain. Squeeze 5 kalamansi (lemon or lime) to get rid of smell. Saute onion, garlic and ginger in canola oil (or just whatever that you have around). Stir fry the goat's meat for 10 minutes till the juices comes out and the flavors of the spices blends in the meat. Add 1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce, season with salt and black peppercorns. Add 1 cup of soda to tenderize the meat. After 30 minutes add the coconut milk..about 3 cups. Simmer for another 30 minutes then add 2 tbsp turmeric. Simmer under medium fire until the meat gets tender. Adjust seasoning. Add the asparagus a minute or two before you turn off the heat.

i loved it! it's spicy with the rich flavor of the coconut milk...just so damn good! and the asparagus?...couldn't have taste better!

yummy spaghetti with bacon and creamy sauce!

ahh..the smell of pasta..the oozing richness of it's sauce...i don't know why but making pastas gets me so excited no matter how simple it is...this pasta is just plain simple spaghetti but i added a different variation to it.
Justify Fullboil the spaghetti in enough water... al dente! heat pan with olive oil and butter. saute onions and garlic, add the ground beef. stir fry for 10 minutes and add the minced bacon, season with salt and pepper. add the all purpose cream. blend well before adding the spaghetti sauce. simmer for another 10 minutes. add a dash of dried thyme and basil. adjust seasoning. serve over hot spaghetti...

this has a really rich and creamy flavor. the combination of beef and bacon is just too fantabulous...and the sauce sooo creamy you don't need to add cheese anymore!!! yummy-licious! i strongly recommend this variation...hope you love it too!

crabs in garlic and peanut butter sauce

it's been quite awhile that i've made a post...i admit i have been lazy and restless these days...and i misplaced my card reader( good excuse, huh?!)...but finally found it last anyway, this dish was made earlier this week. i bought these crabs for just 150.00 with almost 2 kls in all..not bad, right?

i was told that these kind of crabs are female (male crabs are bluish in color)...and it is usually these female crabs have a higher chance of having much fat...(i love crab fat!)...

the usual way of cooking crab in our household is just to put these crabs in a pot with salt and soda...then let it cook in medium simple. however, i wanted to try something after washing the crabs...i asked my brother to cut in half...

then i heat the pan with olive oil and 4 tbsp of butter. sauteed the minced onions and lots (2 heads) of minced garlic before adding the crabs...toss the whole thing...season with enough salt and pepper...finally add the peanut butter (5 tbsp was good for me)...after 5 minutes..add 1 cup of soda (i used 7-up). simmer until done...

i just loved the peanut butter taste with garlic..delish!!!