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Cookbook Kitchen: A Cookbook Come To Life

Catching up on post backlogs now, yay! This one is a couple of months overdue, as Lianne‘s birthday was way back in April and it was then when we trekked to Mandaluyong to celebrate with nommies and good cheer. I say “trekked” because a Southerner like me hardly ever gets to hang out that far north unless there’s an event or a celebration or any combination of the two.

This trip was about a cookbook come to life in a real live kitchen. I don’t know about you, but my cookbooks end up like magazines, I leaf through the beautiful pages skipping one beautiful recipe after another just because it seems too complex or the ingredients are far too many for a cooking noob like me. Then after a while, the books end up stacked in a shelf, sad and unused.

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CBK's famous appetizers

At Cookbook Kitchen, you can stop salivating at pictures and wishing you can whip up an intricate recipe without burning down the kitchen. You simply order a dish you can never hope to make in 15 minutes and voila! Instant tummy gratification!

We started the gluttony meal with the recommended appetizers and they were super good. The CBK Italian toast is a signature appetizer of bread topped with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese. Theres a reason why it’s a favorite. It’s simple but wonderful, with all the ingredients complementing each other combining for an irresistible opener/. Another recommended appetizer is the Champignons with Caramelized Onions, which we also tried, of course. Now this came as a surprise. I’m not much of a mushroom fan, but these button mushrooms sautéed in butter mixed with sweetened onions hit the right spot with me. It’s actually something I’d want to try making on my own (as soon as I find a simple enough recipe).

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Clockwise, from upper left: Temecula Ribs, Parmesan Crusted White Fish, CBK Chicken, Pasta Al Adobo

Their menu had a good selection of entrees per food group, it’s not easy to trim down from all the lovely choices. Because the prices aren’t exorbitant, having a little variety wasn’t too much of a problem. We settled on a spread of beef, chicken, fish, and pasta (practically all the categories on the menu ><). Here’s a rundown of what we ordered- the Temecula Ribs were a little too saucy and fatty for my liking, but the meat was very tender and nearly fell off the bone, the baked Parmesan Crusted White fish was creamy and easy to eat, the CBK Chicken was healthy enough even though it was stuffed with ham, cheese, and basil, and the Pasta Al Adobo gave a very Filipino twist to an Italian dish.

While we were full by the time the main course rolled off, the biggest (literally) highlight of the night weren’t the main dishes, as can be seen from our expressions of wonder in this photo- 20120626-085402.jpg

Yes, we were staring in earnest at our dessert. For an almost unacceptable amount of time too, because the waiters started looking at us like we were nuts (they weren’t wrong). This giant pile of ice cream is called the Avalanche, rightfully so. If you say it isn’t so big, you need to hold your hand in an L-shape, and double that height to understand just how humongous this thing was. If you’re still unconvinced, try and picture about fifteen scoops of ice cream all in one plate. That’s how huge it was.

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An Avalanche it is!

Scoops and scoops, and even more scoops of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream were piled on top of the other until it resembled a small mountain and topped with frozen strawberries and chocolate syrup. There was so much ice cream that after many spoonfuls, the magic ice cream plate still looked full. It was a whole lot of fun digging through it one spoonful at a time and putting it down before it put us down. We didn’t give up on it and eventually, we conquered the entire avalanche!

Cookbook Kitchen is located at 8 Socorro Fernandez Street, Mandaluyong City. If you want to contact them, you can call them at 724-35-95 or 381-59-35 or maybe send them a message on their Facebook page or website.

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[UPDATE] Unlimited Crispy Pata at C2

[UPDATE] We now have more details of this heart-stopping promo! Check the details below from their Facebook page.

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for! (July 4, 2012)

It’s a CRISPY PARTY!

It doesn’t matter if you walk in style, as long as you bring your best smile!

Be sure to join in the fun at C2 Greenhills. Let’s parteeey!

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UNLIMITED CRISPY PATA MECHANICS:
1. Promo runs from 12:00 – 3:00 PM and 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Sun-Thurs; 12:00 – 3:00 PM and 5:00 – 9:00 PM on Fri-Sat
2. For dine-in only; not valid in conjunction with other promo or discount
3. Strictly no sharing
4. No leftovers; Double pay for leftovers
5. Unlimited Portions of Crispy Pata.
6. Replenishment can only be requested upon absence of leftover
7. Valid at C2 Greenhills only

For more details, call 723-2347

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Noms alert, all pork-loving Pinoys! C2 dropped this news bomb today, an exciting teaser for an upcoming gastronomic delight/disaster (depending on your cholesterol reading). Unlimited Crispy Pata is as exciting as it is unhealthy but who cares? It’s a nom-all-you-can promo of the Pinoy pork dish that we all know and love (and sometimes hate).

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We don’t have much news yet. All we know is that there’ll be tons of the heart-clogging Crispy Pata at C2 very, very soon. Keep watching C2’s official Facebook page or check back here every so often. We’ll update this post as soon as we know more about this exciting promo!

Travel

Croque Madame at the Louvre

Nah, we’re not here to talk about a French fortuneteller who hangs out at possibly the most celebrated museum in the world. We’re here to talk about the common French snack called such, particularly the one served at Cafe Marly at the Louvre. If you’re going to Paris, you shouldn’t pass up the Louvre. Next to the Eiffel tower, the Louvre museum is Paris’ top destination.

The gorgeous view you get while dining at Cafe Marly

There’s but one restaurant inside the perimeter of the Louvre square (or at least just the one that we found) and Cafe Marly is it. They serve mostly traditional French food and have an excellent view of the Louvre pyramid. The view alone should be reason enough to convince you to dine at this cafe if you’re at the Louvre. Sipping wine facing the iconic Louvre pyramid is a fine way to soak in the beauty of the place. Another reason is of course, the nomz.

Croque Madame at Cafe Marly

A Croque Madame, is a typical snack food in France served everywhere where noms are required- fastfoods, parties, restaurants, picnics, lunches, even in McDonald’s. The snack is generally a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, with folds of thinly sliced ham between the bread slices, loads of Emmental or Gruyere cheese on top, and a poached or fried egg on top of all that gooey goodness. Yum! Easy enough to make too, even at home (We’ll give it a go one of these days. If successful, we’ll put up the BaconTunaMelt recipe for a croque madame).

The Louvre
Prices are a bit high, the view is definitely worth it.

A more common variation of it is called the Croque Monsieur, which is the same sandwich minus the egg (IKR?!). I would also like to note that although the direct translation of ‘croque’ is ‘undertaker’ *cue giggles*, Croque Madame can be loosely translated to “a crunchy mistress.” *cue louder giggles* Don’t look at me, I didn’t make up these names and translations.

But really, if you’re in the area to have a look-see at the Mona Lisa and other equally great art, do take a timeout at Cafe Marly. Go grab a Croque Monsieur or a Croque Madame depending on your gender preference (LULZ, I keed), get a glass of wine, and soak in the lovely sights at the Louvre.