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Oven Toaster Recipes: Instant Pinoy Bibingkinitan
Feeling oddly industrious last Saturday morning, I rummaged our kitchen shelves for something easy to busy myself with (besides playing with the cutest dog ever). Shortly after, I had a small box of Maya Oven Toaster Bibingka cake mix in my hands and I was raring to make my own homemade bibingka.
Ingredients for homemade bibingka
The recipe on the box seemed easy enough. Aside from the mix, I only needed 1 chicken egg, 1 red egg/salted duck egg (optional), 2 tablespoons of melted butter, half a cup of water, and some grated cheese (optional). Easy! All those can be found in my fridge on any given day.

 

It’s an oven toaster mix, of course you’d need an oven toaster and also a regular baking pan. I opted to use a cupcake pan to end up with mini-bibingkas (like those you can get from food courts) instead of just one chunk of bibngka. Luckily, I still had some cupcake paper cups from last week’s two minute microwave cupcakes.
My uncooked bibingkinitan

What to do:

First, crack open the red egg and chop them up into small cubes (you can also opt to just slice them thinly, chopping is much easier) and set it aside. Grate some cheese (I love cheese so I used lots) and then set that aside.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix the bibingka mix, water, butter, and some of the grated cheese for good measure. Place the paper cupcake cups in the cupcake pans and distribute the mixture equally. Sprinkle the chopped up red eggs and grated cheese (the more the merrier!) on top of each cup. And then put the pan inside your oven toaster and set it to cook for five minutes.
Fresh off the oven: Warm, fluffy, and tasty homemade bibingkinitan
Then you can do a quick clean up of the mess you made and as soon as you’re done, your bibingkas will be ready to go. Fresh off the oven are your fluffy and delightful homemade bibingkinitans. They are surprisingly fluffly (much fluffier than the microwave cupcakes) and actually taste like those heartwarming bibingkas you can only get during Christmas season. I will definitely be doing this again.
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

List of stuff you need:

  • 1 Maya Bibingka cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 itlog na maalat
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • cheese
  • cupcake cups
  • cupcake pan
  • oven toaster
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Contest Update: Bacon, Rockers, and Zombies
UPDATE (05/05/11): THE CONTEST IS EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 14, 2011. Hurry, you stil have time to join! 🙂

Hi guys! How’d your Easter holidays go? Mine was pretty uneventful, but that doesn’t really mean it wasn’t fun. Do you remember last week’s contest about winning a rocking party night at RedBox by simply submitting a photo of you in your most rockin’ rocker outfit while holding a weapon against zombies?

(photo from here)
Counting today, you still have six days left to join the zombie-rockstar contest! It’s now much easier to join. Plus, you get to win a super special prize from BaconTunaMelt!

HERE’S HOW:
  1. Like the Comicology Facebook Page;
  2. Put up your photo entry/entries on the wall (but you can still email it to comicology@i.ph if you’re shy);
  3. Say that you found out about the contest on BaconTunaMelt, so you get to win a super special prize.

What’s this super special prize, you ask? Well, here at BaconTunaMelt, we have a lifelong love affair with bacon. We sure hope you like bacon too, because as the super special prize, we’re giving away 1 KILO OF (uncooked) BACON if your photo entry is one of the top 3 winners (if you indicated that you read about the contest on this blog).

PRIZES AT STAKE:

  • GRAND PRIZE: 5 hour videoke party for 5 rockers!
  • 2nd Place: 5 hour videoke party for 3 rockers!
  • 3rd Place: 5 hour videoke party for 2 rockers!
  • Comicology Special Prize: Choice between the Thor movie Mjolnir or a katana!
  • BaconTunaMelt Special Prize: 1 whopping kilo of bacon!

That’s a boatload of prizes (and a whole lotta bacon!). Hurry, join now! Don’t forget to tell them you heard about it from BaconTunaMelt. 🙂

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Bread & Bean PWNS All Other Coffeeshops
Happy almost-Easter everybody! This is probably my favorite holiday of the year (well, next to Christmas). One of the best things about it is that because everyone’s out of town to enjoy the long weekend, the city streets are clear as day and I can drive from Alabang to Quezon City with no sweat. Which brings me to today’s topic.
Bread & Bean is coffeeshop, bakeshop, and restaurant all in one.
Living in the South, I am usually hesitant to travel further than Makati for recreation (by that I mean eating out). Ortigas, San Juan, and Quezon City are places I usually pass up because of the hellish amount of traffic that can be expected along EDSA. To make things easier, I just stay within fifteen kilometers of my house.
But there are some exceptions. Bread & Bean is one of the few (another one is Everything at Steak). This little coffeeshop along Jose Abad Santos street in San Juan is of those places that I’d gladly and willingly go back to, traffic or no traffic.
L-R: Classic Hot Chocolate (p80), Choco Peppermint Fredoccino (p100),
Capuccino (p80), Dark Choco Fredoccino (p100)
Even though there are so many coffee shop chains close the South, Bread & Bean gives you a different experience. The area is laid back, with warm wood decor and, comfy chairs, and friendly personnel. But those just the extras. Besides the general homey feel, they also serve excellent coffee, breads and cakes.

My all time favorite is the Choco Peppermint Fredoccino, a cool and refreshing frappuccino blended in with minty chocolate bits and topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.

The mango cake slice is lovely.
They also have a selection of mouth-watering cakes (pictures as proof!), all reasonably priced at 60-80 per slice. Another Bread & Bean feature is that their breads are baked fresh daily. The very tasty (and my favorite) ham and cheese loaf is a treat. Sorry, I don’t have a photo of the bread section, just head over and try their fresh breads yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
FACEBOOK PROMO:
Look at what I saw posted on their wall-
Like and share the Bread & Bean fanpage (link below) and get a cake when you visit, absoulutely free. Just tell them your name when you get there (won’t hurt to tell them you heard about them from BaconTunaMelt).  Pretty sweet deal, imo.
Bread & Bean Cafe
Location: Unit 3, Citiplace Building Jose Abad Santos Street, San Juan
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Be a Rockstar and Win a RedBox Party
Do you like belting out your favorite song in the company of adoring fans your  friends? I know I do (frustrated singer in da house). Spending a Friday night in a videoke bar has become one of the easiest ways to destress after a long week at work.

If you’re a rockstar, you don’t want to stretch your vocal chords in just any room with a videoke machine and a mic, you would want to do it in style. Where’s a better place to rock the night away than at the hip and snazzy RedBox over at GB3?

You can rock your night here!
Here’s what. RedBox, in cooperation with Comicology, is giving away passes at RedBox for you and your friends. All you have to do is to be in true rockstar form. Deck out in an awesome rockstar costume, take a picture, and send it over. 
Wait, there’s a catch. Because we’re all in fear of an impending zombie apocalypse, we’d like to get your ideas of what you think is the best weapon to ward off those damn zombies. While in your rockstar costume. (don’t blame me, I didn’t make up the rules)
Something like this (photo from here)
Get a breadknife, a pitchfork, a bat, or whatever you think is the best weapon against zombies and take your fiercest photo. Be creative, the more creative, the better. Best photo wins FIVE full hours at Red Box for FIVE people (I’ll help judge, hrhr).

Here’s the list of what you can win:

  • GRAND PRIZE: 5 hour videoke party for 5 rockers!
  • 2nd Place: 5 hour videoke party for 3 rockers!
  • 3rd Place: 5 hour videoke party for 2 rockers!
  • Special Prize: Winner’s choice between the new Thor movie Mjolnir or a katana.
If you know you’ve got a little bit of rockstar in you, go take that photo and send it to comicology@i.ph. Tell them you heard about it from BaconTunaMelt and you’ll get a different special prize (TBD). The contest will run only until April 30, 2011, so hurry and send in your entries soon!
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Chic-Boy Gives Us a Taste of Cebu for Cheap
All set to nom on Chinese food at Lutong Macau last Friday, we were disappointed to find out that the restaurant was closed for a private party. Instead, we ended up having an excellent Pinoy dinner only a few paces away at Chic-Boy, a 24-hour grill that serves chicken and baboy cooked the Cebuano way.
Part of what I love about restaurants in Jupiter street is the free parking provided for diners by most restaurants in the area, Chic-Boy was no exception. We had no trouble finding room to park in front of the restaurant.
I’m happy to say that for a fast food grill house, the place was fairly roomy and cozy. The restaurant was divided into two sections, the airconditioned non-smoking dining area and the open smoking area. We opted to stay indoors (it was a bit warm outside) and proceeded to order.
From top- left, clockwise: Ginisang Kangkong sa Bawang (p30), Ensaladang Mangga (p25), Inihaw na Talong with Bagoong (p25)
For appetizers, we ordered a bit more than usual. We ordered the Ginisang Kangkong sa Bawang, Ensaladang Mangga, and Inihaw na Talong with Bagoong, your regular Pinoy side dishes. Chic-Boy didn’t really offer anything new or unusual to the dishes, but they were good (althought the bagoong could be better) and very, very affordable.
Cebu Lechon Liempo (p160)
One of their baboy specialties is the Cebu Lechon Liempo. For one hundred sixty bucks, you get a plateful of the classic Pinoy grilled pork belly seasoned ala Cebu lechon. Mind you, it doesn’t taste like your typical liempo, the meat is juicier than normal and it has the flavor of the famous lechon from Cebu. One order is good for sharing. My only complaint is that it had too much fat and a little less lean meat than I would have liked.
Sinigang na Bangus (p48)
To warm up, we had an order of their Sinigang na Bangus (no, that price is not a typo, it’s really that cheap). Comforting sinigang soup together with a good few pieces of bangus and a handful of vegetables are served in a medium sized cup at Chic-Boy. Like the appetizers, there’s also nothing very new in this order (if you’re used to Filipino cooking) but it still satisfies you in more ways than one. The order can be good for sharing too, especially if you have other orders.
Cebu Lechon Manok Half (p120)
The chicken specialty at Chic-Boy is their Cebu Lechon Manok. Half a chicken can be had for only one hundred and twenty bucks whileas a whole chicken is two hundred ten bucks. Not bad at all. The chicken is so tender that pieces of meat would fall off if you try to bite a chunk. Like the Cebu Lechon Liempo, it also has the distinct taste of Cebu lechon. It was pretty good (and cheap too!).
Turones con Leche (p30)
This is my (current) absolute favorite from Chic-Boy. Turones con Leche is just like the mini version of your everyday turon. It’s smaller and isn’t fried with brown sugar. The best part about it is that it comes with a not-too-sweet caramel sauce for dipping. Because they have no additional sweeteners, your caramel dip (which is divine) will act as sweetener. Great combo.

Considering that Jupiter street is home to several fancy restaurants and Chic-Boy had a classy fast-food feel to it, we were pleasantly surprised at the cheap price. Everything that was ordered amounted to just two hundred bucks (or so) per person. And that included a (very) full meal, complete with appetizers, soup, dessert, bottomless drinks and a couple bottles of beer. ‘Twas a good night.

Chic-Boy Chicken at Baboy
Location:112 Jupiter Street, Makat
Contact info: (02) 659-4762

Other details: Chic-Boy Chicken at Baboy Website; Chic-Boy Facebook Page
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Microwave Recipes: Two Minute Cupcakes
Happy Monday everyone! It’s going to be a busy week ahead but for now we’ll talk about the weekend that was. As you may have noticed, the blog has gone through some aesthetic changes (do you guys like it? I’m still on the fence). I’m kind of working the changes based on our new logo, care of Mr. Awesome.

 

Besides tinkering with the blog, the weekend also had me spending some time in the kitchen (surprise, surprise). Remember when I made those yummy, fudgy, microwave brownies? This time, I made something similar, but from scratch (woot woot)! It ended up like this-
Ain’t that a thing of beauty?
My friend Jill (creator of the mouth-watering Chocolate Chip Cookie Surprise) sent over a recipe for quick and easy microwave mug cake. I used the recipe she sent over, but with a few modifications. Basically, I just upped each measurement because I think one egg is too much for such a small mixture.

Here’s the recipe I used (my notes in parenthesis):

Microwave Mug Cake

  • 4 tbsp flour (made it 5 tablespoons)
  • 4 tbsp sugar (5 tbsps)
  • 4 tbsp cocoa (I couldn’t find cocoa powder so I used Ovaltine. Yes.)
  • (a small pinch of salt)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp milk (4 tbsps)
  • 3 tbsp oil (3 1/2 tbsps)
  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips (4-5 tbsp, the more the merrier)
  • a small splash of vanilla extract (I don’t have this so I ticked it off the list)
  • large coffee mugs
  • (several large cupcake cups)

Instructions:


Add dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips and mix again. Place cupcake cups inside the mugs (for form only), pour in the mixture until cupcake cup is about 3/4 filled (so there’s room when it rises), and sprinkle some chocolate chips on top. Place the mugs inside the microwave and cook for 2-3 minutes on high.
I (a.k.a. kitchen noob) made these!
And as soon as you hear the bell on the oven, you’re done! You now have freshly “baked” chocolate cupcakes ready for serving. Best eaten hot off the oven, or with ice cream, or with chocolate syrup (you know, from the Hershey’s squeeze bottle you most likely have in your kitchen cupboard).

 

The entire mixture is enough for 3 large cupcakes, if you want more, just double all the ingredients. They’re so easy to make and perfect for those days you want a warm and gooey chocolate sweet treat but have only a few minutes to spare. (Next time, imma try mixing in Nutella!)
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Name That Chocolate!
Here’s a picture of twenty of the world’s most famous chocolates unmarked. Can you name them all? To make things easier, we’ll assign numbers to them. Left to right and then top to bottom. I’ll try to guess too. Let’s go!

1. ?
2. Snickers
3. Butterfinger
4. Butterfinger Crisp

5. ?
6. ?
7. ?
8. Cadbury Fruit & Nut

9. ?
10. 3 Musketeers
11. ?
12. Mars

13. ?
14. ?
15. Cadbury Caramel
16. ?

17. ?
18. ?
19. ?
20. ?

Okay. After about 15 minutes of Googling, I only guessed 7 out of 20! Geez. If you can help me name all of them correctly (answer via comments), I promise to give you one chocolate bar of your choice (that’s available here of course).
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The Bad Thing About Kitchen..
..is that there aren’t enough branches in the country. That’s about the only bad thing I can come up with.  Everything else about Kitchen is hands down wonderful. 

The combination of fabulous nomz at generous servings, swift service, classy yet modern ambiance, and fair prices leave me happy and contented after each visit. I’ve never gone to Kitchen and left the restaurant feeling disappointed or cheated (like I feel after nomming at a fancy schmancy resto with mediocre fare).

Lazy Oaf (p195)
Here’s last week’s happy food. The Lazy Oaf is half an herbed chicken chillaxing on top of a bed of soft white rice. It’s a simple, easy, clean, and neat meal that you can’t go wrong with.

 

The bf‘s all time favorite order is the Undercover. Chunky chicken fillets enveloped in pandan leaves together with a generous serving of pandan rice can satisfy an appetite bigger than average. The chicken is quite tasty and the pandan-laced rice complements the pandan-flavored meat perfectly.
Undercover (p200)
Another all-time favorite is the bottomless Pandan Iced Tea. Free flowing iced tea with the distinct taste of pandan can be had for only sixty bucks. The pomelo shake is a refreshing fruit shake topped with actual fruit.
Bottomless Pandan Iced Tea
Pomelo Shake
Although it’s a (slightly) pricier place, the prices are more than justifiable. The nomz are not only excellent, but the servings are also generous. The service too, I just want to say it again, is topnotch.  The server is always available without being overbearing (like some persistent ones in other restaurants). Kitchen should really start opening up branches everywhere (Bonifacio Global City please).

Kitchen
Location: 1/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
Contact number: (02) 757-4565 to 66
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