Thursday, November 10, 2016

Goldilocks gaming app is the sweetest game around

Got a sweet tooth for cake and mobile games? Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop who has not only established themselves as a premier food establishment, has just penetrated the gaming market with their new gaming app named “Sweet Attack”!

This app was created to celebrate Goldilocks’ 50th year anniversary by using revolutionary augmented reality software which makes use of your phone’s camera for an added gaming experience.

The mechanics are simple: you somply need to download and open the app, click yes during the sign up prompt, fill in the necessary information, and you’re good to go! Scan the Goldilocks 50th Anniversary logo featured on in-store posters, which will then become an actual cake on your phone. You then need to defend your cake against ants that want to take a piece from it. The game is not only fun and addictive, it also gives you the opportunity to get Goldilocks’ rewards in real life based on your high score.

The Sweet Attack app and promo will be available on both IOS and Google Play Store from November 7th to December 4th, 2016. For more information on Sweet Attack, follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Live Life: where Vegetables take the Limelight

There is a three-year old vegan restaurant tucked away behind Cancio Furnitures along Chino Roces, Makati City. It is owned Sylvia Cancio, a health advocate and Nutritionist,  to promote wellness and organic dishes  for vegetarians.  "Live Life" is where she used to experiment with vegetarian and organic dishes and a meet up place for  her colleagues to gather and try out her organic fares.

Live Life Restaurant  is a collective venue for health conscious individuals  looking for a big menu selection. It is  a vegan comfort place to indulge in without that pang of remorse after. Their menu is robust in variety  despite the fact that it is one of the few strictly vegan locations in the area that serves no meat, no dairy and no fish in the menu.  Nothing in the menu comes from animals.

Live Life Restaurant serves healthy food everyday without sacrificing taste. Live love is for vegetarians as well as curious carnivores, who'd like to have a taste of delectable, vegan food.

I got to try out several of their vegan offerings in a Saturday lunch buffet.  For merely P 350, patrons can enjoy a wide variety of appetizers, viands and desserts made from vegetables, tofu and fruits.

Tofu Patties

Tofu Patties (P 200) are patties made with tofu-oats combination. It is served with catsup made from sundried tomatoes.

Tofu Bravas

Tofu Bravas (P 220) are fried Tofu with Spanish paprika giving its tomato-based sauce a kick.  These hot bravas are an addictive bite.

Vegetable Lasagne (P 260) is a mix of fresh vegetables layered with cashew cheese.

Chili con Tofu
Chili con Tofu (P 250) is a mildly-spiced stew with Red Beans and Tofu

Vegan Kare-Kare

Live Life is  a  lacto vegetarian restaurant that serves no meat, no fish, and no eggs.  With tofu  as the main component, Live Life  provides healthy and wholesome foods that are still tasteful.

Vegetable Lasagne (P 260) is a mix of fresh vegetables layered with cashew cheese.

There's plenty of  dishes at Live Life. Go dine in and see why it draws  everyone  to make better food choices by eating right.

Live Life
2240 Chino Roces Avenue, Bangkal, Makati City
Phone (02)478-6310


Monday, November 7, 2016

Authentic Farm Experience at the Costales Nature Farms

Our last leg of the 7th Bloggers' Event for Organic Agriculture tour was Costales Nature Farms. It is a 5-hectare land that is a few minutes away from the Majayjay Falls and sits at the foot of Mount Banahaw. I was glad to finally had the chance to go and visit the first Organic Farm by certified by NICERT (Negros Island Certification) making it an idea destination for agri-tourism in the country.

Costales Nature Farms was established in 2005 as a leisure farm to grow organic produce for family consumption. It gradually came to be known for its  healthy, organic vegetables as the Costales  family acquired additional land area. Costales Nature Farm eventually began its commercial operations in 2009.

Now, Costales Nature Farms hold workshops on sustainable organic farming and farm tourism being an accredited private extension service provider for the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Tourism (DOT).

Agri-Tourism at its Finest

Tourists have been staying at Costales Nature Farms  in order to  sample the day-to-day lifestyle of the people who tend the crops and livestock there.  Like any other agriculture-oriented property, relaxing at CNF is a  unique vacation that fosters a deeper understanding of organic farming through education and hands-on experience.  Visitors can try their hand at planting or fishing,

At the site, they have nipa huts or "Kubo" to accommodate tourists who want to spend the night at the farm.  These huts are built on the farm's high grounds to provide scenic views of Mount Banahaw and a hilltop view of the  green landscapes below it.

They also have villas  for bigger family accommodations  that can accommodate up to 8 people.  Each villa is equipped with  a master's bedroom for privacy plus 1 restroom. The simple amenities at each hut or villa is a reminder of  the beauty and serenity of farm living.

CNF gets over  4,000 visitors each month.  A day tour at the farm stars at P 260 pesos and above for individuals who'd like to taste the organic farm's produce and food specialties.  Guests can gorge on bottomless servings of chemical-free vegetables, fresh seafood and organic meat options.

Their organic salads, and organic juice/tea concoctions are a must-try!

Urban Organic Farming Techniques

Costales Nature Farms is a testimony that sustainable agriculture is possible using economically viable, farming practices.  They make us of  eco-living as a way to make their outdoor space  more plant-friendly and  biologically diverse. They even practice zero waste management to cut down on waste and  put the brakes on climate change.

Everything in the farm is integrated because they not only grow plants. They also raise and nurture animals (pigs, chickens, rabbits, buffalos), fish and worms (for composting). They also practice a Zero Waste Policy. When done properly, Zero Waste resource management results in zero greenhouse emissions.

Costales Nature Farm harvests  several organic produce  on a a daily basis. These include naturally grown and pesticide-free vegetables, edible flowers, herbs and spices.  They grow high-value crops like as Aruguia, Lettuce, Chinese Upland kangkong, Radish Sprout, Baby Carrots, Spinach, Cabbage, Pak Choi, Celery, Brocolli, Cauliflower, Sweet pepper, Zuchinni, French Beans,  Alfalfa Sprout and Fresh Oyster mushroom.  Moreover, they sow oregano, thyme, sage, basil, rosemary, spearmint and other aromatic plants.

And in every harvest they make, the  excess  harvests and rejects are fed back to the livestock.  It was amazing to learn that CNF feeds its fowls, fishes (tilapia / cream dory), rabbits and pigs with  lettuce and fermented organic feeds.

Vermicomposting is also an integral part of Costales Nature Farm.  They utilize earthworms  in horticulture and agriculture to enhance crop yield.  Aside from the important role of  Vermiculture  in improving  soil nutrients, I also learned that it is vital in  turning various residuals into beneficial composts. Worm  manure makes a viable organic fertilizer.

They also have fruit-bearing trees and shrubs like Cherries, Dragon Ftuit, Lanzones, Calamansi and Star Fruit,

Their livestock makes use of the Japanese agriculture technology called EM probiotic (Effective Microorganisms, which makes their set-up smell-free despite having the highest hog production.
Their free-range chickens and birds produce tastier white meats since they have  a lot of room to wander in their cages.

CNF raises rabbits to generate  manure that is used as a fertilizer.  Rabbit manure has been known to have the highest nitrogen content needed to replenish depleted ans eroding soils.

Bring your family over for a day of  relaxation at the farm. Getting to know the farmers behind the food that we eat is a good way to jumpstart your children to switch to healthy, organic food.   Our group had so much fun at CNF and I'm sure you will enjoy it too.

Costales Nature Farms
Bgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Chef Vicky Pacheco at The Maya Kitchen

I joined in the live cooking demo with Chef Vicky Pacheco at the The Maya's Kitchen last Saturday. Guest Chef Vicky Pacheco is Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants’ Executive Chef and Chief Operating Officer and I just couldn't pass up on the opportunity of learning to cook Flatiron Brisket 6 and other Flatiton 1771 specialties from Chef Vicky herself.

Flatiron Brisket 6 has been slow cooked for 6 hours, hence the reason for the number 6 in its name. Flatiron is their newest restaurant at Uptoen Place Mall that uses the cast iron griddle in preparing the house specialty called 'Flatiron Brisket 6'.

I always wanted to cook like a pro but the kitchen proved to be a nut for me to crack. This is the reason why I always look forward to learning a few dishes from the professional chefs themselves.  Attending such culinary classes is one way for me to whipped up delectable dishes for my family.

Flatiron is their newest restaurant at Uptoen Place Mall that uses the cast iron griddle in preparing the house specialty called 'Flatiron Brisket 6. '.it on August 31, Saturday, Learning is fun at The Maya Kitchen.

Learning is fun at The Maya Kitchen and I learned a few things from Chef Vicky Pacheco.   Choosing the right ingredients  helps. She shared that many professional chefs like her mixes dark and light soy to benefit from best soy flavor combination. Basically, the light soy is saltier and thinner, while dark soy has a that sweet  flavor component.  You can use dark soy in cooking to make dark sauces.  On the other hand a light brown sauce use a lighter color soy, or a smaller quantity of a dark soy. while using a small amount of soy.

A cooking demonstration is  really a good opportunity for a budding chefs and cooking enthusiasts to learn how disparate flavors will interact. I also learned how to use the right tools and gears that will make dinner preparation a breeze.

Enjoy and learn the fundamentals of nutritional cooking and baking at The Maya Kitchen!  The Maya Kitchen gives any startup cook  an edge with its up-to-date  courses that  meet global standards.

Do visit  or follow them on Twitter @themayakitchen for more information and course schedules.

The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center
8/F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue
Makati City
Phone (02) 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108

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