A Week in Instagram

With so many forms of social media around it’s confusing for someone in my generation. I recently got more proficient with Instagram which I found interesting and entertaining. With one post on Instagram I can also share my pictures on Twitter and Facebook. I also discovered several fascinating people sharing their talents and artistry.  Here are some of the pictures I took last week.

 I’m sharing with you pictures of what I’ve eaten, discovered and made.  I wasn’t going to blog about these anymore but since some of the food I’ve eaten were really amazing I decided to share them on this blog for the benefit those of who don’t have Instagram or Twitter.

Every couple of weeks I go to Northeast Square on Connecticut St. in Greenhills to have my nails done at Nail Spa Lounge by Ellabell then have a late lunch at Deliboys. I’ve tried some of their cold sandwiches before but my favorite is their roast beef sandwich with caramelized onions, mushroom & cheddar cheese in between toasted ciabatta.  I don’t need to say much since the picture speaks for itself.  Drool worthy indeed.

DeliBoys roast beef sandwich

Deliboys roast beef sandwich P240

 

An encounter with Jollibee wouldn’t be complete without a selfie.

Jollibee and me

selfie

 

After seeing Jollibee I had a strong craving for my all-time favorite Jollibee palabok.

Jollibee palabok

Jollibee palabok

 

When I’m bored I take pictures of my dachshund Coffee who thinks my bed is her domain. 

my dog Coffee

my dog Coffee

 

I bought this mooncake filled with nuts, ham and an egg yolk in Hong Kong. They also have similar mooncakes in DEC along Wilson st. and Shangri-La hotel also sells their version with nuts & Yunnan ham.  It’s a nice change from the usual lotus cream or monggo filling. 

Chinese ham & egg yolk mooncake

Chinese ham & egg yolk mooncake

 

Muji in BCG had these Brownie Chips. Joining the new crunchy brownie craze too Muji?

Muji brownie chips

Muji brownie chips

 

S&R Fort has new stock of the original Sheila G’s brownie brittle. I just walked away and miraculously didn’t buy a bag. I really, really wanted to though.

Sheila G's Brownie Brittle

Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle P549.95

 

My friend gave me a small pack of Tim Tam choco orange flavor. Too bad you can only buy this in Australia and New Zealand. I wish the local importers of Tim Tam would bring this variant to Manila. 

Tim Tam orange

Tim Tam orange

 

I never understood the Speculoos craze since it wasn’t to my liking. I’d rather eat Ovomaltine cruncy cream which I call “Nutella on steroids” because of the abundant crunchy bits of Ovaltine amidst the chocolatey spread. To order from my friend Frannywanny click here.  

Ovomaltine crunchy cream

Ovomaltine crunchy cream on whole wheat baguette P495

 

My friend Arlene gave me a container of cookies her friend Mabelle’s son, William made. What made it unique was that William is a high school student who bakes when he has time and he’s very patient testing recipes until he gets the taste he wants. I never thought I would enjoy gooey marshmallow on top of a cookie but I do! It reminded me of choco mallows but only better. If you want to try this you can text his mom at +63917-800-4781.

marshmallow fluff choco chip cookies

marshmallow fluff choco chip cookies

 

Dinner one night was my favorite breakfast combination of Delimondo’s corned beef, brown rice topped with crunchy garlic in chili oil and a fried egg. Comfort food any time of the day is a good thing. 

corned beef & rice

breakfast for dinner

 

I bought a bag of LSA in New Zealand without really knowing it’s benefits until I Googled it.

LSA is a rich source of protein, which enables it to help keep your blood sugar levels balanced, while also curbing naughty sugar cravings. It contains a healthy does of omega-3 fats to help promote a healthy heart and brain function, and boosts bone and skin health thanks to its many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, E, D and B, calcium, zinc and magnesium. source

LSA

LSA – ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds

 

I started thinking how to use LSA with my breakfast yogurt. The finely ground LSA added a nice texture and flavor to my Rizal Farms low fat Greek yogurt. Here are some ideas you can use.

dried cranberry, LSA, low fat Greek yogurt

dried cranberry, LSA, low fat Greek yogurt

 

A dollop of Stonewall Kitchen’s orange cranberry marmalade was a yummy way to add sweetness and fruit flavor to my yogurt.

low fat Greek yogurt, LSA, orange cranberry marmalade

low fat Greek yogurt, LSA, orange cranberry marmalade

 

I love anything matcha or green tea flavored so I made my own matcha yogurt. I diluted a teaspoon or so of matcha powder in a little hot water and added it to the yogurt until I got the flavor just right. For sweetness I added a The Fruit Garden’s Abra honey. I will make this again and again!!! You can buy green tea powder in Unimart, Konbini, New Hatchin or other Japanese groceries in town. 

Matcha yogurt

Matcha yogurt

 

Double shot of Nespresso Arpeggio topped with Mr. Moo’s carabao milk reminded me of the wonderful strong flat whites I had in Melbourne and New Zealand. It’s a good thing Mr. Moo finally opened a branch in SM Megamall. Their carabao milk tasted really good with espresso. 

Nespresso latte

Nespresso latte

 

I’ve seen several posts of this detox drink on Facebook so I made it. Slice 1 cucumber, 2 oranges, 1 lemon, 2 limes and a bunch of mint and add to a big container and add 12 cups or 2.83 liters of water. I think you’re supposed to drink all this in a day. I’m trying my best. I don’t really know the effect but since it tastes good I’ll keep on drinking it.

Lemons: Help in the absorption of sugars and calcium and cuts down your cravings for sweets.

Cucumbers act as a diuretic and flush fat cells. It is alkalizing to the body (if you have an alkaline body, no diseases can live there), and increase your energy levels.

Limes promote a healthy digestive tract.

Mint is a natural appetite suppressant that also aids in digestion.

detox drink

body flush and detox water

 

I just posted Amici’s new products and vowed to try more and these were what I tried. The rosemary sausage spaghetti was good because of all the garlic in the sauce but I couldn’t really taste the rosemary. I still like the chorizo spaghetti more. 

rosemary sausage spaghetti

rosemary sausage spaghetti P295

 

On the other hand the Walnuts, Arugula and Parmesan pizza blew me away. I expected a few pieces of walnuts instead a rich walnut puree covered the pizza and provided an amazing taste that I’ve never had before. The few slivers of Parmesan cheese were quite potent too. When heated the next day the crust was very soggy but I didn’t mind since I just love the flavor of the walnut puree. It didn’t taste nutty like peanut butter but it was just very aromatic and savory. You MUST try this!!! So simple yet flavor packed. 

Amici's walnut, arugula & Parmesan pizza

Amici’s walnut, arugula & Parmesan pizza P398

 

I’ve eaten at Peking Garden the past two Sundays and another time a week before. All the usual dishes were ordered until yesterday when I got to try new wonderful dishes which I want to share with you.

A staple for us is this thinly sliced fish fried to a crunch and glazed with a sweet and sour sauce.

butterfly fish

butterfly fish

 

Still the best and leanest Peking Duck in town.

Peking Duck

Peking Duck

 

The first new dish was this gorgeous fried lapu lapu (grouper) fillet covered with a mango sauce with celery and mango cubes. The fish was fresh and firm yet succulent and the sauce was rich yet the sweetness from fresh mango puree cut the richness from the mayonnaise. It was a novel way to serve fish and I ate 3 pieces. I wanted more but so did everyone else.

lapu lapu in mango sauce

lapu lapu in mango sauce

 

When the clams first came out I thought there was a piece of squid on top. The manager told me this was called elephant clams and they came from Zamboanga. They don’t have it all the time so be sure to ask first. The super tender clams were simply steamed with a ton of garlic and flavored with a soy based sauce that highlighted the clams. The texture of the clams were more similar to squid than with regular clams. 

steamed elephant shells with garlic

steamed elephant shells with garlic

 

You take a sesame bread pocket and fill it up with super crisp pork. Enough said.

crispy pork in sesame pocket

crispy pork in sesame pocket

 

Chinese meals usually end with noodles or fried rice in case the guests are not sufficiently full. In this case we were all full but I still tried the noodles. The sauce was so good and it made the e-fu noodles almost irresistible.

seafood noodles

seafood noodles

almond jelly

almond jelly

 

Hope you enjoyed this long post with lots of tempting goodies which I hope you will try. Let me know which ones interested you! 

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Deliboys

Unit 206 North East Square Connecticut Street, San Juan, Quezon, Philippines
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Comments

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  • JF Chua

    I love all your Instagram pictures. They all look so vibrant and alive, like I want to grab and eat them!!! I love your Jollibee selfie picture the best because you’re in it! Thanks for covering the new dishes in Peking Garden. That will be useful to me.

    • alapez

      agree, love your selfie with jollibee :)

  • Mae

    Hi Ms. Leslie. Where in HK did you buy the mooncake with a ham & egg filling? Thanks!