So Swiss: Eat Fondue & Raclette

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La fondue crée la bonne humeur.
Fondue isch guet und git e gueti Luune (figugegl).
‘fondue creates a good mood’
– a promotional slogan created for Swiss cheese fondue

Cheese fondue is more popular as a national dish of Switzerland. I’ve been here for more than a year so I would commit a crime only if I haven’t had a taste of it.  Yet fortunately enough, it’s also at this month last year when I enjoyed not only cheese fondue but also raclette, for the first time.

Fondue and raclette are both Swiss and French dishes. Nonetheless cheese fondue in particular, is claimed to be as a Swiss national food during the 1930s by the league of Swiss cheesemakers as a way to increase cheese consumption in the country. Read more

10 Things I’m Loving Now – soup-ah!

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Soup is liquid comfort.  ~Author Unknown

Especially at this time of the year, when the weather gets chilly and the skies dark, I crave for something hot to keep me warm. For the past days I’ve been eating noodle soup for lunch. Last weekend I had cheese fondue for dinner. On special request, I had goto  (a Filipino version of rice porridge) last Tuesday night. It’s just very appropriate to enjoy all these during the cold seasons in Switzerland. But even under the tropical heat in Pinas I don’t give it up. I remember I celebrated my birthday two years ago (in the summer month of April) in a Japanese restaurant, serving myself an extra large bowl of ramen. Prior to that, I had been hopping from one ramen resto to another because I was terribly craving for it. Read more

Beef Teriyaki Steak & Mini Beef Samosas

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I’m no expert in cooking but I love good food. Now it’s time to stay longer in the kitchen and see if the magic WOKS with me, one recipe at a time.

It is supposedly a full-course Asian meal but I just ended up making two dishes from the original menu (Asian salad and ginger edameme rice were crossed out); simply because I realized that I’d be improvising them in the end. Well I just really did that, so I felt compelled to rename the two dishes – Beef Teriyaki and Mini Samosas.

It’s beef teriyaki on a gloomy Sunday. Forgive me on this photo, I brightened it up. It really was gloomy that day.

To be exact I call it Mini Beef Samosas, which is supposed to be Egg Rolls but since I couldn’t find these egg roll wrappers I chose to buy samosa wrappers instead. Read more

Cooking Diaries: Cooking skills in a measuring cup

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I’m no expert in cooking but I love good food. Now it’s time to stay longer in the kitchen and see if the magic WOKS with me, one recipe at a time.

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” – Julia Child

Yes, I’m unleashing the Julia Child in me. Admittedly I am equally inspired by the movie, Julie & Julia, that yes partly, I’ll start writing about my learning experience in cooking.  Yet perhaps unlike Julie, I won’t turn this way of expressing my passion for food into an obsession or a dragging chore.  I’m an IT professional by day, an avid food lover by night.  But I’m too fixated to enjoying other things, too occupied with getting over the daily hurdles and challenges, and too crazy for anything else.  365 days for 536 recipes as a goal is way too much for me. Whew, thanks but no thanks! It’s just going to be one recipe at a time, s’il vous plait? Read more

Galaera Diaries: My Birthday Ice Cream at Gelatone

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Friends at Gelatone

After having dinner at a quaint Japanese resto, my friends and I decided to take a long walk not only to burn off the calories, but also to relish a delicious dessert. Yes, we’re just taking the calories back into our systems.

Without the blatant talking to each other (again), we went straight all the way up to the second floor of Greenbelt 2 and stopped by at Gelatone. Apparently, this was our first time being together in this yummy store. I do drop by once in awhile for my sweet tooth.

Bacchus: A Premium Go for Wine this Holiday Season

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We are all expecting another round of merrymaking that equally encapsulates all the good things that happened in our lives this year. Apart from creating large food buffets, wines and spirits are definitely not discarded on the shopping list.

A search for the best wine in the metro seems to entail tough luck nowadays. Yet in case you are yearning for such a “Holy Grail” that does not only suit your palate but also expresses your chosen mood or personality, perhaps Bacchus can bestow what you truly seek for.

We’ve Come From the East in Search for Great Wines

Bacchus is truly proud of its 10-year legacy in providing high-quality, highly valuable wines. It only has three branches in the country situated at some of Shangri-la’s hotel chains. From a starting collection 2,000 bottles, wine-passionate Alex Lichaytoo, the owner of Bacchus, now manages a full warehouse of around 300 labels and types of wines both coming from the Old World and the New World. To be exact, Bacchus imports wine directly from classic vineyards in France and Italy and from new players such as Napa Valley in California, Chile and Argentina, New Zealand and Australia, and South Africa. Read more