12 FANTABULOUS FRUITY PIES




Do you love fruits? I love fruits! Fruits make me happy. PIES make me even happier. Was it just a coincidence that my mom named me Pie? I think not!

So this month of July as we continue to celebrate the 5th year of Life is Sweet here at Eat To Your Heart’s Content, I am sharing with you both of these delicious food that makes me happy.

It’s a happy month for me as I celebrate my birth month (and my mom too – our birthday is one week apart!), I wanted to spread the happiness. With the help of these amazing food bloggers around the globe, I give you 12 FANTABULOUS FRUITY PIES. Enjoy and be happy, always!


12 CHOCK-FULL CHOCOLATE PIES



Chocolate and pie lovers, you are in for a treat! Eat To Your Heart’s Content continues to celebrate the 5th year of Life is Sweet, we are sharing with you 12 deliriously delicious Chocolate Pies.

18 DELICIOUS DESSERTS AROUND THE PHILIPPINES


Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you prefer to end a hearty meal with a sweet ending? Does mealtime feels incomplete without a cone of sundae, a tall glass of milkshake, a piece of cupcake or a slice of cake to end with?


Well, if you are looking for some restaurants that offer delicious desserts after devouring a sumptuous platter, check out these 18 Delicious Desserts Around the Philippines. These are not dessert shops or cafés but restaurants offering delicious desserts in their menu.


So bookmark this on your mobile phones or tablets to keep it handy every time you have a decadent craving for a sweet ending.

FATHER’S DAY BOOZY TREATS


DISHES, DESSERTS AND DRINKS

This is a treat to the first man in our lives. The pillar of strength and the head of the family. The constant voice in our heads to do well, to be excellent in our every endeavour. The one and only man we compare to every boy or man that comes our way. This is a tribute to all fathers in a daughter’s life.

To show you how much we care, we prepare an all-day feast from sun up to sun down. Father’s Day Boozy Treats : Dishes, Desserts, Drinks - while on the booze, perhaps you will somehow forget all those moments your blood boil because of us, your daughters. Those moments when you disapproved of our life’s choices. Those moments when you wanted something else for us but we wanted another. The petty arguments and what not... Because today, is your special day. No matter what, you will always be our first love. Happy Father’s Day!

PINOY FOOD RECIPE : CHICKEN SOPAS



The heat has been excruciating from the months of March to May. To utter the words sweating like a pig is an understatement (though I wonder, do pigs sweat?). For me, I am frantic at the thought of the coming rainy months.


You see in this part of the globe, the months from June to November have been tagged as the rainy season. It can be difficult to travel with a slippery road, the thought of strong typhoons that can cause floods is unnerving particularly after the detrimental typhoon - Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) and the never-ending relief operations for typhoon stricken areas.


Looking on the brighter side of life, for a food lover, the rainy season only means that we can start preparing our favorite soup dishes and eat to our heart’s content.


This Pinoy Food Recipe is my family’s go-to soup dish. It can be a side dish for your dry meal or as a snack. Some locals even enjoy Chicken Sopas in the morning. Personally, what I love about this PINOY FOOD RECIPE : CHICKEN SOPAS is the addition of some vegetables. So let’s start to whip up this healthy and hearty soup dish.

RECIPE ROUND UP : MUST-TRY FILIPINO RECIPES



A COLLECTION OF PINOY RECIPES FROM FOOD BLOGGERS WORLDWIDE



The month of June is a historic time for the country once known as the Pearl of the Orient. June 12th marks the celebration of the Declaration of the Philippine Independence.


In recent years, the Philippine culinary industry has been joining the celebration with the commemoration of dishes served during the signing of the Declaration of Philippine Independence. Some establishments even introduced Dr. Jose Rizal’s favorite dishes to the younger generation. Dr. Jose Rizal is the country’s National Hero who pioneered the Philippine Revolution during the 400+ years of Spanish rule.


Here at Eat To Your Heart’s Content we are highlighting Filipino cuisine for the month of June. You might not be familiar with Pinoy food if you have not been to the Philippines. You may not have tasted Filipino food if you don’t know any Filipinos at all - which is unlikely to happen since so many Filipinos either migrated to another country or opted to work abroad). You might not have heard about Filipino dishes if you don’t watch Anthony Bourdain (who visited the country twice) and from Andrew Zimmern who predicted that Filipino food is the next best thing – more on that here. You may have not encountered some iconic Filipino dishes but there are many worthy to be tasted with gusto.


So why don’t you relax, have a cup of your favorite brew and scroll down for some delicious versions of MUST-TRY FILIPINO RECIPES you can create for your family. Who knows, Filipino food might just be something you can rave about too. Here is a collection of Pinoy recipes from fellow Pinoy food bloggers and versions of Pinoy dishes from some food bloggers worldwide.

RECIPE ROUND UP : 50 PLUS TEMPTING THIRST-QUENCHER



CREATIVE BLENDS TO BEAT THE HEAT


The last couple of weeks have been extremely hot, almost unbearable. My weather app registers a 99°F as of this writing, which is about 38°C with a body heat index of 42°C according to the national weather station.


When I am at home, I could not help but take a shower for about four to five times a day and drink several liters of ice-cold water. I refrain myself from drinking carbonated drinks and instant iced tea. I opt to prepare healthier beverages for my family.


In my search to whip up some creative blends to beat the heat, I have requested some amazing food bloggers to share their delicious cold drinks in this RECIPE ROUND UP : 50 PLUS TEMPTING THIRST-QUENCHER. 

PINOY FOOD RECIPE : ARROZ ALA CUBANA


PINOY FOOD RECIPE ARROZ ALA CUBANA
 

I could hardly recall that I would bring a lunch box during elementary & high school. My folks would hand me my school money, enough to last a day. We have a school cafeteria with a snack bar and only one catering vendor so the food choices were limited.


Back then, I do not mind the few choices since the owner of the caterer vendor was not only pleasant and very accommodating to us but she had some delicious dishes which became my favorites.


One favorite was her creation of Arroz ala Cubana. I look forward to the combination of this simple yet filling dish since it consists of ground meat, sunny side up egg and fried bananas. It was such a comfort food at that time.


Over the years, Arroz ala Cubana was one of the simple dishes I would whip whenever I had these main ingredients. This would usually be when I make my Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti.


Allow me to share with you this PINOY FOOD RECIPE : ARROZ ALA CUBANA with a few tweaks I made over the years. This recipe can be for one when you are hungry or for two for modest munching.

PINOY FOOD RECIPE : PORK MENUDO



When foreign traveler friends plan to visit the Philippines and ask me what Filipino dishes I would recommend, in a heartbeat, I would enumerate some of my favorites – Adobo, Bagnet, Sinigang, Kare-Kare and the celebratory Lechon.


As my mom and I were planning for our Sunday lunch it dawned on me, why haven’t I suggested the rich tomato-based pork dish that my family enjoy during weekend lunch at home? Trying to recall all the restaurants that I have been dining all throughout these years, I asked myself where I had this splendid dish in a restaurant. After several minutes of pondering, I could not remember where and that was probably the reason why I have not mentioned this to my travel friends. To think, this Filipino dish is so colorful and easy to make with vegetables to boot.


So if you are in search for some good ol’ Filipino dish whip up this PINOY FOOD RECIPE : PORK MENUDO. If you’re traveling around the Philippines and end up choosing a place with your own or a common kitchen, you know what to cook! Plus it is so much affordable instead of dining at restaurants.

CAVITE DELICACIES AND RESTAURANTS



A Collection of Coastal Dining Discoveries


The province of Cavite is a historic place. This is the monumental site for the Declaration of the Philippine Independence, celebrated annually on 12th of June.


When it comes to food, Cavite province has an abundance of seafood and a mélange of coastal cooking. Any true blue food lover of regional cuisines and culinary traveler will be astounded by the wealth of native dishes and Cavite delicacies abound even to this day.


Over the years, while preserving traditional Cavite cuisine, restaurant dining has evolved – Greek restaurants, European inspired dishes, Mediterranean cuisine, farm-to-table dining, by reservation dining, the list just keeps going. Cavite dining has never been so vibrant and worthy of a gastronomic sojourn.


Join me as we go on a virtual food trip, bookmark this collection of deliriously delicious coastal dining discoveries, and enjoy Cavite Delicacies and Restaurants.

RECIPE ROUND UP : STRAWBERRY LOVERS LANE



The northern part of the Philippines is Strawberry Country. Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, has an abundance of strawberry fields producing the juiciest strawberries perfect for pancakes with strawberries, strawberry salad and strawberry shortcake. In fact, Baguio City produces one of the great tasting strawberry jam you can find.


I remember one visit in Baguio City for a promotional tour for a TV reality show I was doing a few moons ago. We were time constrained, doing mall tours as we head to Baguio City and back to Manila. With a limited staff, a bunch of male contestants of the reality show and the numerous activities lined up, my only treat was the thought that I was going to buy tons of fresh strawberries. My heart was pounding in great anticipation as we headed to Strawberry Lovers Lane.

RECIPE ROUND UP : SHRIMP ALL-YOU-CAN

Growing up I know I have three favorite dishes – Pinoy Sweet Style Spaghetti which I truly love because my mom add tons of hotdogs, Sinigang na Baboy (Pork Sour Soup) and Fried Chicken.


My folks were also heavy meat eaters when they were younger. Mostly, they would prepare dishes like Menudo (diced pork with carrots and potatoes in a rich tomato sauce), Nilagang Baka (slow cooked Beef with lettuce, onions and potatoes) and Adobong Baboy (Pork Adobo cooked in a complimenting blend of soy sauce and vinegar with tons of garlic). Seafood such as mussels, squid, crabs, lapu-lapu, shrimp and prawns were prepared during special occasions.


As years went on and I took over the household and our daily menu, my food preference changed. I still love Pinoy Sweet Style Spaghetti, Sinigang na Baboy and Fried Chicken but seafood has greatly been added to our menu. Not only does it help with a better digestion as my parents get older, but it is healthier and easier to cook.


Shrimp is one of my favorite ingredients whenever I prepare my menu. Readers of this food blog know how much I adore shrimps and prawns. It is also one of the easiest seafood dishes to prepare. If you’re like me who juggles numerous hats, your priority is to feed your family with easy to cook dishes without suffering the taste and health benefits out of every meal.


Allow me to share with you my collection of shrimp recipes here at Eat To Your Heart’s Content. After all, May 10 is the National Shrimp Day. Let me help you celebrate with this RECIPE ROUND UP : SHRIMP ALL-YOU-CAN.

EASY RECIPE : CREAMY SHRIMP LINGUINE PASTA


 

Have you experienced an intense craving of a certain dish, dine at the nearest restaurant near your office or home and end up disappointed? Disappointed that you felt short-changed for paying a hefty price but the taste was not even near the vicinity of saying the dish was good.


Heck, you can’t even say it was okay!


I’ve had several occasions when I dine out, mostly to eat pasta dishes and end up disappointed. The promise of an authentic Italian cuisine, were all just a promise. Of all the many restaurants I have been to, I only have about five of my favorite restaurants offering good and I mean delicious pasta dishes but some that makes you go over your daily budget.


Now if I have a pasta craving and needs to stay on a budget, I whip up an easy to create pasta dish. Whether I will devour this with my family or bring home to work to share with my colleagues, it is comforting to know that the dish I created won’t fail me.


Allow me to share with you this Easy Recipe : Creamy Shrimp Linguine Pasta, using the freshest shrimp you can find, this delicious pasta recipe is a sure winner. No disappointments. No promises. Just simply delicious! 

RECIPE ROUND UP : GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH


A COLLECTION OF CHEESY GOODNESS
 
 Recipe Round Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich Eat To Your Heart's Content

Every day is a celebration of food. I am not just saying that because I LOVE food (isn’t it obvious?! Lol) Every day is practically a food day on a certain state, country or worldwide. There are also national food months. These food celebrations occur when an individual, a company or an organization chooses a certain food or ingredient and creates a campaign, which is then picked-up by others and goes viral. To make a food day or month official, certain laws on a particular country must be processed. Once everything is in order, a national food month or day is celebrated.


For the month of April, aside from the fact that we celebrate the National Food Month, it is also the National Pecan Month (and day on the 14th) and National Soft Pretzel Month (plus National Pretzel Day on the 26th). As for food days, National Sourdough Bread day celebrated last April 1, National Cheeseball Day on the 17th and National Blueberry Pie Day on the 28th.


Apart from those food days mentioned, two of my favorite food celebrations in April are the National Grilled Cheese Month and Grilled Cheese Day on the 12th. Yes cheese lovers, this is for us.


What is it with cheese that makes every dish so comforting? Don’t you just drool when you see melted cheese once you slice a perfectly grilled sandwich?


Allow me to heighten your cheese craving and make you drool even more as I share with you some downright delicious creations by fellow food bloggers and a bonus recipe (so don’t stop scrolling and reading okay?). Here’s a collection of cheesy goodness, RECIPE ROUND UP : GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH and let’s celebrate the National Grilled Cheese Month and devour them to your heart’s content. (Let’s do the happy tummy dance!)

CHILL TIME : BEAT THE HEAT AROUND THE PHILIPPINES



For the past few weeks, the temperature in this side of the globe has been extremely rising. My weather app has registered a whopping 96°F to 98°F. I have been gulping ice water – I keep my water bottle frozen over night which I bring to work and I am not even half way through the day, the frozen water is just ... water and not so cold anymore. That is how hot each day has been.


To beat the heat, I enjoy a variety of ways from a simple chocolate fudge sundae, smoothie, freshly made gelato, frozen yogurt, ice cream cake and the iconic Pinoy layered dessert Halo-Halo.


If you’re searching for summer indulgences to beat the heat, look no further. Stay glued, it’s Chill Time here at Eat To Your Heart’s Content.

EASY RECIPE : PRAWNS AND DILL


HALABOS NA SUGPO IN OLIVE OIL

 
If you live in an archipelago and you have an allergic reaction to seafood, that maybe the saddest act for you. I have a second-hand experience with someone who is allergic to seafood and mostly shrimp. His lips would turn extremely red and the outer lip area would swell. For a seafood lover, more so a Shrimp and Prawn lover myself, his pain is heaven for me! (wink)


I am not being heartless. It just happens that when I am with him, I get to devour more of the bounties of the seas. Surrounded with water, I get to taste a variety of seafood dishes whenever we travel across the country. When we visit other parts of the archipelago, the freshest of seafood abound and these are mostly prepared in a simple way.


Allow me to share with you a simple Shrimp & Prawns recipe, using two techniques -  Prawns and Dill : Halabos na Sugpo in Olive Oil.

EASY RECIPE : MAPO INSPIRED BREADED TOFU IN PASTA SAUCE


Mapo Inspired Breaded Tofu in Pasta Sauce
 

I am not a vegetarian – I love too much meat to be one (anyone in the same boat with me?). BUT (yes, it’s a BIG but), I do LOVE tofu!


Growing up, I only know two ways on how tofu is served. One, Taho – this delicious soy creation served with caramelized sugar and sago (much like tapioca) and the other, fried tofu with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce. The latter is what my mom used to make while the former is usually bought at a local street vendor who shouts “taho” in the morning. Oh my, this surely brings warm memories when I was a kid!


This dish is a combination of two inspirations. The first inspiration is a popular Chinese dish from Sichuan province known as Mapo Tofu (Mapo Doufu). The other is from a local restaurant I visited on a writing assignment in Laguna back in 2010. I had dinner at Chef Mau Luto ni Tatay sa Bungkol and happen to order a tofu dish that was not only so affordable (Php 50 or a little over US1 per order) and it was truly satisfyingly delicious. More on my gastronomic visit at Chef Mau Luto ni Tatay sa Bungkol here.


With these two inspirations, allow me to share with you a Tofu dish – Mapo Inspired Breaded Tofu in Pasta Sauce.

PINOY FOOD RECIPE : ADOBONG PUSIT (SQUID ADOBO)



Pinoy Food Adobong Pusit
 
For seafood lovers, squid is one of the most delicious and easy to cook ingredients available in the market. Squid is also quite affordable – where a kilo would only cost a fraction of a kilo of medium black prawns.


Before I even tasted Calamari (also known as Calamares, an appetizer in which Squid is dredged in flour then deep-fried to a crisp) there was only one squid dish I have been accustomed to eating – Adobong Pusit.


Adobong Pusit is the only squid dish my mom makes when I was a kid. She makes this Pinoy Food dish with the freshest of squid, cooked in its ink and seasoned with three main ingredients. This is called adobo since it uses the main ingredients when cooking Pork & Chicken Adobo, an iconic Philippine dish loved by many.


Inspired by my mom’s recipe but with a few tweaks I have added, allow me to share with you this easy to whip up Pinoy Food Recipe, Adobong Pusit (Squid Adobo).

TAGAYTAY CITY DINING FAVORITES


SOME GOOD OL’ RESTAURANTS IN A BUCOLIC RIDGE

TAGAYTAY CITY RESTAURANTS
Tagaytay City is known as the 2nd Summer Capital of the Philippines. Over the years, Tagaytay City has been the go-to place for a quick getaway from the concrete jungle. Being an hour and a half away from the metropolis, Tagaytay City has been a haven for anyone who needs a rejuvenating day or weekend.


Over the years, Tagaytay City’s landmark and pride is the stunning view of Taal Lake and Volcano. Being in a bucolic ridge, the air is crisp and chilly. With a panoramic sight and a relaxing environment, one thing made this vacation spot a hit – good food!


Today, numerous restaurants and dining-by-reservation have sprouted in Tagaytay City but there are some good ol’ Tagaytay City Dining Favorites that should not be missed.     

PINOY FOOD RECIPE : GINATAANG TILAPIA


Pinoy Food Recipe Ginataang Tilapia
Pinoy Food Recipe : Ginataang Tilapia

The Philippines, being an archipelago, has numerous regions with a variety of specialty ingredients and dishes. One region in the north is well known in producing deep-fried pork with a crackling skin, exotic dishes abound in central Luzon while ceviché is widely prepared in the southern most region.


In southern Luzon, the use of coconut milk and chillies are the highlight of their dishes. Bicol region is famous for two iconic coconut dishes – Laing and Bicol Express, both uses coconut milk and chillies.


So with a craving of anything with coconut milk, I am sharing with you this delicious recipe – Ginataang Tilapia (Tilapia with Coconut Milk).

TAGUM CITY’S BANANA BEACH RESORT


A JEWEL IN DAVAO REGION

Tagum City's Banana Beach Resort
I have visited Davao Region's Davao City a number of times and I am constantly captivated by its beauty and bounties. In my previous written works published in various food and travel magazines, I have even entertained the idea that Davao would be a good place in the event I relocate and felt the need for a better place after my overly stressful work in the field of television production.

PINOY FOOD RECIPE : GARLICKY PORK LIEMPO


Pinoy Food Recipe : Garlicky Pork Liempo

Majority of Filipinos are rice eaters. What’s the perfect partner for piping white rice? There are numerous Filipino dishes that would be perfect for hot white rice – Kare Kare, Sinigang na Baboy, Bulalo and the iconic Adobo. However, these are somewhat elaborate to make, so allow me to share with you an all-time hit that is super easy to create, Garlicky Pork Liempo (Garlicky Pork Belly).

EASY RECIPE : LUMPIANG SHANGHAI



Lumpiang Shanghai

My mom has always been the chief cook in our home. I remember when I was growing up, she would cook my favorites and I would be by her side in great anticipation, enjoying even the aromatic scent that swirls all-over the kitchen.

As I whip up my own creations, mostly inspired by the cooking shows I have produced and those that I have watched when I was a kid, I would not dabble into my mom’s own recipes. But over the recent years when I get to cook more and more dishes for her to savor, I have requested her to hand me her own recipes. In a heartbeat, she would enumerate the procedure!

So allow me to share with you one of our favorites, it’s another easy recipe – Lumpiang Shanghai (Pork Spring Rolls). I added a few tweaks but the main ingredients are what I have been accustomed to, as prepared by my mom.

DULCINEA


The Best Churros con Chocolate in Town

Dulcinea

Dulcinea was born in 1963. My mom and I have always enjoyed dining and their Glorietta branch is sort of a second home way back in college. When I have early morning meetings in Quezon City, I would have breakfast at Dulcinea whenever time permits. I enjoy their kiosk in SM MOA and for sometime, they even opened a kiosk in ABSCBN’s ELJ Building.

RECIPE ROUND UP : 8 EASY CHINESE RECIPES

A FEAST FOR THE LUNAR CHINESE NEW YEAR

The number 8 is the most auspicious number in the Chinese culture and believed to be one of the luckiest numbers in China, together with numbers 6 and 9. The number 8 means wealth and fortune, which is highly favorable to most Chinese businessmen and even among Filipinos who practice some Chinese traditions.

The coming Lunar Chinese New Year falls on February 8, 2016 and to start the Year of the Red Fire Monkey allow me to bring you luck as I have rounded up 8 deliriously delicious and easy Chinese recipes. These 8 Easy Chinese Recipes may not only bring you luck in the kitchen, but perhaps in your love life too. As the famous saying goes “The way through a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner too.

So if you have any craving for Chinese cuisine or would want to prepare some delicious Chinese dishes in the coming Chinese New Year, here are 8 Easy Chinese Recipes for you and your family to enjoy!

VIEUX CHALET


The Home of Swiss Cuisine in Antipolo City

Vieux Chalet, Antipolo City's Gem
Swiss-German descent Tony S. Hassig lived in various parts of the globe, paraded the streets with high-end vehicles like Jaguar, Harley Davies and Ferrari. Then he traded his high-profile life when he fell in love to a Filipina named Susan. Their loved blossomed that led to the opening of Vieux Chalet in 1984 in the area of Villa Cristina in Antipolo, then after three years they moved to its present location.


If the creation of Vieux Chalet was romantic, the view in this new location is breathtaking especially at night when the city lights are aglow, where you can see the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the skyline of Makati, the happening place at The Fort and even the towers of TV networks in Quezon City, all seen in a 180 degree sweeping motion.

EASY RECIPE : NUTTY SHRIMP LETTUCE BOATS



Nutty Shrimp Lettuce Boats

Do you love Shrimps? Don’t you just go nuts when you head to seafood markets and see an array of fresh shrimps all for the taking?!

Most often, when I shop for food, the first thing I would check is the availability of seafood. Though I have a list of menu planned, Shrimps and Prawns will always take the front seat if they are fresh. I’m like a child offered a bowl of candies the moment I see shrimps and prawns. I am sure all of you food lovers feel the same way whenever you see your favorite ingredient!


I am a nut lover too! Whenever I am so stressed and tired with my day job, I snack on some nuts (mostly with chocolates) and the stress seems to be manageable. I get to relax, think and overcome the stressful situation (and people – LOL). Thinking happy thoughts does not hurt too and I open Instagram to look at hilarious (and may I say adorable) photos of bears, panda and chow chow (yes to simple joys!).

EASY RECIPE : GRAPE BRUSCHETTA


Grape Bruschetta
Are you a fan of Bruschetta? How about a fruit lover? Since the time I prepared Mango Bruschetta for my family, I started creating this delicious and easy to prepare snack or light meal with more and more fruit varieties.


What’s interesting about Bruschetta is that it is so versatile, quick to create and quite filling. You can opt for the original tomato topping or go crazy with numerous toppings.

PINOY FOOD RECIPE : PINOY SWEET-STYLE SPAGHETTI

Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti, a Pinoy food recipe
Are you a fan of spaghetti?

I love Spaghetti! It’s my favorite dish next to fried chicken. My mom cooks spaghetti the sweet style. Filipino-style that is, sweet sauce with ground meat and tons of sliced hotdogs! When I was a kid, she (in her early 70s now) has never heard of oregano, basil, mozzarella and parmesan that make any pasta dish more aromatic and flavorful.


So when I was growing up, I would only be familiar with the kind of spaghetti she prepares, until I got to taste various pasta dishes served in restaurants and those I’ve seen in numerous international cooking shows. This Pinoy food recipe is a combination of what my mom used to cook with some tweaks I have made since cooking this spaghetti dish several years back.


Since January 4 celebrates National Spaghetti Day, allow me to share with you what brings warm childhood memories and a definite comfort food for me and any Pinoy who grew up accustomed to an easy Pinoy food recipe – Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti.