Being in the southern hemisphere, it is the beginning of fall in Auckland while it is the opposite in the northern hemisphere. Summer passed so quickly I donâ€™t even remember being out in a singlet without a backup jumper.Â Itâ€™s … Continue reading Tropical Ice Candy – Cool Summer Treat
Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 5 years! I started this food blog during our 2nd year in Beijing. Funny how time flies. Last year, while we talked about our comfort food I also gave away some goodies to my readers. I planned to do the same this year but things got in the way and wasn’t able to prep for it. But you know how grateful I am to all of you who come and visit, not to mention I was in hiatus for about a couple of months. I can’t find any other way to say thank you … Continue reading 5 Years of Food Blogging & This Blog’s Top 5 Posts
I’m glad I chose the subject of comfort food for my little blogoversary blowout (click here for details). Our choices vary, all very interesting, though I admit I’m not a bit surprised to find such diversity. After all, it is about what soothes us during tough and trying times, or makes us feel good after a hard day’s work, or simply the craving synonymous with rainy days that make us reminisce on days long gone. Like ripping open a wrapped bar of chocolate, or cooking a pot of hearty soup the way our moms do it. So before we get … Continue reading ISKAndals.com turns 4!
In less than a couple of months, this blog is turning 4! Funny how time flies. Celebrate with me and have fun! Continue reading Blogoversary Blowout!
About a month ago, I asked my readers the question “What if you open a Filipino restaurant in a foreign country?” through few polls I ran simultaneously. Well, I am happy to share the results. Over 110 participated in the main poll! Woo hoo! Thanks heaps to all of you! Here are the poll results in full: Adobo is a no-brainer. Everyone loves this perfect blend of vinegar, garlic, soy sauce and spices. Even with non-pinoys, it is always a hit! I served adobong manok last week for a potluck dinner in our office and was quite proud to see … Continue reading Filipino Restaurant Menu – The People’s Choice
I believe 2 things influence the way I cook for my family and myself. Unang-una, Ilocano at Batanguena ang mga magulang ko. That fact triggers different kinds of comments from ridiculous to outrageous and hilarious. So just imagine the way I cook. Hahaha go figure. Seriously, both of them are wonderful cooks in their own special way. Dad, an accountant, is kind of meticulous while Mom is more adventurous with ingredients. They managed a carinderia for years, more of a hobby than an income-generating business venture. Don’t get surprised; there were times when I did the cooking. Having lived abroad … Continue reading Foodie Musings
If you open a Filipino restaurant, what would be your menu? I know, I know. A lot have already been said about Filipino restaurants outside the motherland. If we miss pinoy food, go home and cook. There is no place like home. It could never be as good as the way mom cooks it. Why is Pinoy food not as popular as Thai or Vietnamese? Yada yada yada. But let’s not talk about the nitty-gritty details and make things much simpler. Think of this scenario. Say opening a restaurant that would cater to everybody, including non-Pinoy. A foreign country, a … Continue reading What If You Open a Filipino Restaurant…
Working in an upmarket environment, I find myself in the center of an amazing cafe culture. Despite free coffee, tea and hot choco at work, people still go out to grab coffee anytime of the day. There are lots of … Continue reading La.Pi.S: Cappuccino Musings
And look at what we had… Continue reading Merry Xmas!
Eto ang aking kompyuter. Ang aking buhay sa bahay pag walang magawa.
Pag weekends at hindi lumabas ng bahay.
Pag tapos na magluto o maghugas ng pinggan o maglinis ng bahay.
Pag weekdays naman ay kaharap pa din pag-uwi ng bahay galing trabaho.
Pag walang lakad sa gabi. As usual, pagkatapos kumain ng hapunan.
Sa mga araw na hindi type ang palabas sa TV o walang bagong DVD na panonoorin.
(That’s how my page looks when you click the “pull” tag…)
Malay’s nasi lemak? Or Singapore’s chicken rice? Or it may be a question of what you want your rice to be cooked with. Rice in nasi lemak, which literally means “rice in cream”, is steamed with coconut cream. It is … Continue reading Nasi Lemak or Chicken Rice?
Oh yeah… Ces has announced to the whole blogging world it’s our birthday week! Woo hoo!
I could have waited till my day and blog about it but I remember my kid’s cake last January that I never had the time to show off…
When he’s sixteen, he could brag to his friends that while everybody else had their 7th birthday parties at McDonalds or Jollibee, he’s had his at Hooters! Complete with a birthday song and kisses from the ladies! You should see how happy he was!
That’s a bottle of wine I received as a gift from our lawyer clients just few hours ago during the opening celebration of my 1st completed project in New Zealand. A well-reviewed project matched with a pay rise in a little less than 6 months? Sabi nga ng mga Kiwi… “not bad aye?” Life is beautiful.
At tamang tama ang regalo hindi ba? Below is a glass of wine and a slice of cake… as this blog turns 3 today! Weeee! More than 2 years of blogging from Beijing and now from Auckland, NZ. What makes me go on? First and foremost, I still love to cook and ISKAndals is still my online recipe journal. But what really comes as a surprise delight is when I receive comments and emails of appreciation for my home-style recipes, how easy to follow they are, and how much they like my site. Isn’t it great?
Behold! Tis’ tiramisu adorned with a single red rose petal. Yum!
Just like the previous years, my simple way of saying thank you will be another compilation of selected recipes posted since June last year.
Sorry for my semi-hiatus blogging but really, Ajay’s Bento theme for Lasang Pinoy excites me. Syempre, since back to being full-time career woman po ako ngayon, baon or binalot or bento now plays a major role in my life. That is, kung talagang gusto kong magtipid. So I hope you’ll join us for the 25th round and get creative. Continue reading Make Way for Bento!
That’s my plate with a mean-looking crayfish head staring at you – steamed by my friends E&T to perfection with just a dash of salt and pepper. Down under and further, crayfish is actually spiny lobster, also known as rock … Continue reading Steamed Crayfish