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My New Blog Is Up!

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Hi everyone! Please check my blog’s new address

Go! Jackie Go!.

Will be updating through this site from now on.

Also join my blog give away here:

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This will be my last post in this blog. Goodbye My Nocturnal Journal! Thank you for the love ūüėÄ

And thank you everyone for sticking around!

See you in my new blog ūüėČ

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My New Baby Is Almost Ready!

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My new baby is almost ready! But no, it’s not human. It’s my blog’s new home (domain). Yipeeeee!

oh baby!

3 more days til you get to see my new site. Well, nothing much will change except for my new domain and blog name. Easier to remember and very me. Go! Jackie Go! Because I’m just like that :p

So please, while you’re here, go check my new site¬†Go! Jackie Go!¬†¬†Go to http://gojackiego.com

Whole Foods

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The popularity of natural & organic foods has been inevitable these days mainly because people want to have a healthier lifestyle. According to OrganicFoodee.com, organic foods are more expensive than intensively farmed foods because they receive no subsidies at all compared to the latter.

Another crucial reason why organic food is more expensive to buy than intensively- farmed food is that agro chemicals are designed to make food cheaper to produce. Agro chemicals were not developed with nutrition, taste or the ecology in mind. The chemical designers’ remit was to make mass production of food cheaper. End of story.  Source: OrganicFoodee.com

Yes, there is a market for it and that market is growing over time. I myself am not getting any younger, being in the mid-20s can really make you paranoid about how the world is filled with anything & everything synthetic & chemically exposed thus being cautious with what you eat and how you eat can just be your best bet in living healthier and longer.

I, for one don’t really care much about exactly what kind of food I eat (meaning how it was processed) but after trying on a few organic & naturally grown produce, I could really tell there’s a HUGE difference. It’s tastier and more flavorful. Given that as a mother, I only want what’s best for my family (and with our impending move to our own place) it is only necessary that I open up to the idea of sticking back to what is more natural and healthier.

As what I tweeted few days ago ¬†before (yes, too obvious this is one of my back posts!), it is harder to live a healthy life if healthy food isn’t optional and worse more expensive than conventional food. So upon checking¬†Whole Foods Market¬†online, I was really inspired to prepare, cook & hunt for these organic & healthy foods.

spell freshness!

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where all things good & green

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juice-y goodness!

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Dear businessmen in the Philippines, please bring  Whole Foods here if not I dare you conceptualize a market like this.  Kthanksbye.

This rainy day makes me think of food even more! And with the earthquake that hit Metro Manila plus the few road accidents that has happened today due to Typhoon Juaning, I hope everyone stay safe tonight. Prayers for those who were affected by Typhoon Juaning and praying for an earthquake-free night tonight.

P.S.

Please be alert! Charge all your necessary paraphernalia in case the storm cuts out the electricity. Get your emergency kits ready as well and keep your keys & phones on your bedside table for emergency (yes, this is my OC motherly instinct writing!).

*virtual hugs to everyone*

Yang Chow Restaurant

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As you all know, Sunday is family day and I love to call it as Sunday’s Best. Food always brings people closer and it is one of the most practical & fun way to bond especially with your family. Of all the cuisines the world has to offer, I have always shown my love for American & Japanese cuisines ¬†but if I’d have to say which one I always eat, it would have to be Chinese cuisine. Our love affair for siomai & siopao is evident and so are the thousands of Filipinos who line up at Chinese restaurants who show proof of their love for dimsums & dumplings.

One chinese restaurant that we’ve come to love is Yang Chow. Strategically located below a supermarket, one cannot resists the smell of congee & tofu steak as he passes by after doing his grocery.

the staff were very busy, too many orders eh?

If on an ordinary day, serving can take less than 15 minutes but if you plan on having dinner there on Sundays or even Saturdays I suggest you head there 15-30 minutes earlier so that you can get a good table.

check out their menu

They offer house tea (for free) and their entrées are usually good for 2-3 persons. Their prices are affordable and I can say there is value for your money.

Here’s what we ordered:

Yang Chow Fried Rice

Two things that make a good fried rice: the quality of the rice itself and the amount of ingredients in each serving. Yang Chow’s fried rice indeed is a good one, it deserves the name for itself.

Dimsum Platter

Like their fried rice, Yang Chow’s dimsum platter is filling and each one ¬†full flavor. (kumbaga, hindi tinipid sa sahog :p)

Broccoli & Abalone

Broccoli cooked just right & the abalone tender & chewable.

Sweet & Sour Fish Fillet

The typical sweet & sour fish fillet, but the good thing about Yang Chow’s version is that the fish fillet is still crispy (freshly fried).

Hot Prawn Salad

 Their hot prawn salad is my favorite. There is enough shrimp in it and less of the fruits which gives value for your money.

P.S.

I’ve seen other reviews stating that they’ve been hassled by Yang Chow’s Manager (and staff) being rude. I for one have encountered their “no food & drinks allowed” policy and I happily obliged to it. Other than that I have not yet encountered direct rudeness from their staff nor the said manager. If that ever happens, I would update this post or create a new one, but I hope that won’t happen.

P.P.S.

To the owners of Yang Chow Restaurant, please be very mindful in training your staff. Service is just as important as the quality of food. So if you have poor service, no matter how good your food is people won’t go back for it. Thanks.

Yang Chow Restaurant is located at:

G/F Shopwise Center, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Bagumbayan

Quezon City, Metro Manila

Philippines

(02) 470-1251

Let the countdown begin!

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Hi everyone! I am very much excited for August!

Mainly because it is my birth month! Yipeeeee! and with that said, I am gifting myself with a new & improved blog! Will be launching my new domain on August 1, 2011. Please watch out for it! I’m excited to share it with you all. Plus, a lucky reader might just win a goodie bag! ūüėČ Join me in the countdown! ūüėÄ


Bonchon Chicken in Manila

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With the hype of the crispy chicken invading Manila, I was more than eager to try all of them. So far I’ve already tried two restaurants whose concept was created solely because of this different approach to crispy chicken. But when the buzz was going on about a particular chicken franchise invading Manila, I thought it was just another chicken restaurant and me being a chicken lover wouldn’t wanna get all excited just to be disappointed eventually. But somehow my urge to try their spicy chicken persisted, my curiosity became a craving that lasted for weeks!

Finally! After weeks of craving for Bonchon, I was finally able to satisfy my craving! Luckily, Bonchon recently opened in Megamall.

Spot the people waiting to get their hands on Bonchon's famous chicken.

I, along these people didn’t really mind waiting in line to taste Bonchon’s famous chicken.

Bonchon's menu

Their pricing is fair enough, given they have set meals that can satisfy your hunger. I like that they used LCD screens instead of the usual sintra boards for their menu.

the process

I like how swiftly the staff managed the people, everyone was efficient and our orders was asked before we reached the cashier making it easier and faster for everyone.

(left) Soy Garlic Chicken (right) Spicy Soy Garlic Chicken

Okay let me be honest, as a chicken and chili (spicy) lover I really have to commend on¬†Bonchon‘s Spicy Soy Garlic chicken particularly, its crispy skin and how spicy it is. Indeed it is super yummy! ¬†The chicken meat was tender (although there was a bit blood on the bone & on some meat),I didn’t really mind that because I was so hungry & having it replaced would be a total hassle. Somehow I was ¬†a bit disappointed on how bland the meat was compared to how flavorful the skin is. I was hoping the spicy soy flavor would seep right into the meat, given I’ve come to love friend chicken with either gravy or ketchup so I was expecting more flavor since this chicken didn’t come with any sauce.

Nonetheless my Bonchon experience was good. I would come back & try their other dishes.

Visit Bonchon Chicken in any of their branches:

AYALA TRIANGLE GARDENS
10am to 10pm daily

GREENBELT 1
Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 10pm
Friday to Saturday: 10am to 11pm

MEGAMALL
Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 9pm
Friday to Saturday: 10am to 10pm

LIBIS (ACROPOLIS)
10am to 10pm daily

Bloggers Buffet at Carol’s Texan 5

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I was one of the lucky bloggers who got invited to attend the first ever Bloggers Buffet¬†held last June 23, 2011 at¬†Carol’s Texan 5.¬†Despite the rain storm Falcon brought that night, the event pushed through. Again, I am a newbie in the blogging world and this is officially my first event as a blogger. It was really a fun experience to meet fellow bloggers. Here’s a look at what transpired that evening.

what greeted me

Before the event started I was eager enough to take pictures & look around. This menu stand greeted me as I entered the function room of ¬†Carol’s¬†Texan 5, clearly I was starting to get hungry just by looking.

The Wanted wall

While other bloggers enjoyed having their pictures taken at “The Wanted” wall.

pretty personalized & motivating

A series of framed motivational words & personalized drawings can be found displayed at the function room. This gives a homey feel of the place despite its cowboy theme.

the menu

The dishes are all originally crafted by Carol herself. Check out how affordable the prices are as well.

Tristan of Ten Minutes, Tops!

 Meet Tristan Mirasol the host of the event and the founder of Ten Minutes, Tops! and Club Travel NOW! (the organizers of the event). The program started off with a getting-to-know portion, wherein all bloggers get to say a little something about themselves followed by a meet and greet with Carol herself.

Carol of Carol's Texan 5

Carol started cooking for her brother and family,eventually everyone was raving about her food. This motivated her with the idea of making her dishes available to public. She then started out delivering food to call center companies and with the good feedback from her customers she decided to put up her own restaurant. Now her famous ribs & wings can be enjoyed by everyone.

Carol and I

We belong! We have the same color scheme heehee. Anyway, it was really nice meeting Carol.

3 of the 5 famous dishes

(left to right) Tomato Basil Pasta, Ultimate Texan Ribs and Dynamite Ribs

Tomato Basil Pasta

A flavorful tomato based pasta infused with herbs. Pasta noodles is al dente and amount of sauce is just right.

Ultimate Texan Ribs

This dish is indeed my favorite (as well as the many customers of Carol’s Texan 5). Its super flavorful and the meat is very tender! Unlike other ribs, Carol’s Texan 5’s Ultimate Texan Ribs has bigger slobs one can actually satisfy you. Will definitely come back for this.

Dynamite Wings

For a spicy lover like me anything that spells chili is love. This dish is just that. Crispy fried on the outside, soft meat on the inside. Don’t forget to smother it with its tartar sauce for some awesome goodness.

Goodies

After a sumptuous meal, goody bags & prizes were given away thanks to the sponsors!

early bird winners

Carol w/ the boys

The First Bloggers Buffet

¬†Again, it was a lovely night. I sure had fun! A memorable and fun night, great company and delicious food. What more can you ask for? ūüôā

Thanks again¬†Carol’s Texan 5¬†,¬†Ten Minutes, Tops!¬†and¬†Club Travel NOW!