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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

5 Effortless Romantic Dinners You Can Make at Home

Sitting in traffic for hours so that you can wait in line to get into that crowded, noisy restaurant can be the ultimate buzzkill for any date. So this Valentine’s Day, why not ditch tradition and surprise your special someone with a homemade dinner?  

Even if you have minimal skills in the kitchen, there are some easy meals you can make that will knock the socks off your date. A simple search on the Internet will turn up a hundred of these recipe ideas, but we’ve picked out five of our favorites to share with you!



1. Pesto chicken pasta

Pasta is simple enough to make and pretty foolproof, but when topped with a zesty pesto and slices of perfectly pan-seared or grilled chicken breasts, it makes an impressive and filling dish. 

The trick is twofold: splurge on good-quality, artisan bottled pesto, and make sure that your chicken breast fillets are not dried out or (the horror) raw inside. If you’re unsure in the kitchen, better pick a fresh-chilled fillet instead of frozen to take the guesswork out of cooking time.

Serve with your sweetie’s favorite bottle of wine and some citrus fruits, and you’re golden.    




2. Whole Roast Chicken

The beauty of this recipe is that not only are there a dozen variants you can adapt to your tastes, but also that you don’t necessarily need an oven to make it. If you can borrow a pressure cooker for the big day, then you’re all set. 

Start with the best ingredients. You’ll want to choose a fresh-chilled whole chicken instead of a frozen bird for a couple of reasons: first, defrosting can be tricky for a novice cook. Second, freezing and defrosting can destroy the meat’s cellular structure, so fresh-chilled meat is the better choice for a juicy and flavorful finished product.

The basics: some type of oil to brush on the skin, salt and pepper to taste (remember to salt the inside of the bird too), and herbs for flavor. You can stuff your chicken with garlic, thyme, rosemary, and lemons, and place in an oven or pressure cooker that’s been preheated to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 10-15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and keep cooking for 20 minutes per pound. Serve with roasted veggies and enjoy!

3. Baked oysters

Who doesn’t love the occasional serving of this popular aphrodisiac? Baked oysters are simple to prepare, and to customize the meal, you have a slew of toppings to choose from. Anything from a simple drizzle of salt and lemon to a complex blend of herbs and cheese will work well. Serve atop a bed of coarse sea salt with a side of chilled leafy salad and either wine or their favorite Tequila for a hot evening. 



4. Steak and potatoes 

Here’s a secret: you can now get premium Wagyu cubes at select sites around the metro, and they make an exceptionally easy, sexy meal. Toss them onto a hot grill or griddle, cook until done to the degree of doneness that you like your beef – for Wagyu medium rare is recommended- and then serve them with an assortment of dips and sides such as grilled Portobello and shitake mushrooms, leafy greens, pickles, baby potatoes, or an assortment of cheeses. 

A meal that can be done in under an hour, all it takes is a wide enough table, enough bowls for all your sides and dips, cute skewers, and a partner who likes their meals interactive.


5. Hainanese Chicken

This recipe for Hainanese is a little bit of a cheat, and needs a little more attention than most of our suggestions, but it’s definitely worth it!

Stuff a fresh-chilled chicken with lemongrass, ginger, kinchay, a bouillon cube,  and a quartered onion. If it’s a particularly large fowl, lay it on a bed of the same in a pot that’s large enough to hold the entire chicken underwater. Fill the pot with enough water to cover the bird and its dressings, and put on the stove on high. Once it boils, turn the heat down to low and wait until the chicken is cooked and tender. 

While you wait, prepare the sauce. Chop up green onions and grate young ginger finely, add salt to taste, and either gently sauté in sesame oil or pour heated sesame oil over the mix. Add a scoop of broth from the chicken once it’s done cooking, set aside. 

When the chicken is done, carve and plate it. Before serving, heat some sesame oil, drizzle salt over the chicken skin, and then carefully drizzle the hot oil over the chicken as lightly and evenly as you can. Serve with the ginger and onion sauce and a bowl of steamed white rice. 

These recipes are just the tip of the iceberg! There’s a whole world of easy romantic dinners you can find with a simple online search, but to make it truly special, you need to remember the basics: use the absolute best ingredients you can get your hands on, pay attention to your plating, and make sure you give some thought to how you’re going to eat dinner – the right cutlery, the right stemware, the right drinks. 

Follow these three simple rules and you’re well on your way to having a Valentine’s Day dinner to remember! 02/13/2018 (Bits of Rocks)



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Friday, February 10, 2017

Enjoying Another Barkada Pizza Night

The day of February 9 was dubbed as the "World's Pizza Day." It was the day wherein the biggest pizza company is offering an unlimited pizza to all of its client.

We didn't missed the celebration! Though we didn't had our group dinner in the said pizza resto offering the unlimited pizza due to time constraints, we had our celebration on the other pizza parlor!

And below is our group dinner photo:



Though we didn't avail the unlimited pizza, we still enjoyed the unlimited kulitan and chikahan with barkada  sharing different stories specially my revelations!

The said pizza night out also served as Eman's pre-final lunch out as he will leave our company. At the same time, this was also the soft launch of Team Runner Rocky's official team poster! 02/10/2017 (RCB)



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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Healthy Dinner with Team Herbalife

Herbalife is known for providing nutrients and food supplements to the community at the same time, encouraging many to have a healthy lifestyle. And yes, they even have a group of athletes called the Team Herbalife bringing more victories to the country in terms of sports and fitness.

Glad that we're part of the team, the blogging group in promoting the brand's campaign to a healthier and fitter lifestyle.

Check out our recent team's dinner below with lots of healthy stuffs:


Watch out for more of Herbalife's health activities specially in my sports, fitness, and marathons blog, the Runner Rocky. Let's stay fit and fab! (RCB)


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy Meal - A Food Trip for the Angry Birds

We're having another round of Barkada Food Trip. But this time, we spent our snack or light meal in McDonalds for the sake of collecting the Angry Birds toys.

Well, before I share with you my collection of the said kiddie toys, let me share with you first our Happy Meal moments:


During this night, I got my first Angry Bird toy which is the Light Up Red. I wil show it to you on my next post.

The toy is just a part of the thing that makes you happy. A simple dinner like this with good friends is already a huge thing that makes you happy... a moment to thank for! #HappyMeal :) (RCB)


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Korean Dinner at Dong Won


It was another food-filled Friday night with yours truly and with my friends at work. The four of us this time enjoyed a Korean dinner at the Korean resto named Dong Won.

Great to be back in this Korea restaurant after couples of months. The last time we've been here was last April 2015. 

Since 2013, this place seems to be a silent witness in the different events in my life. But, I don't wanna talk about those things anymore. Past is past! Let's foucus now on the present and prepare for the future. Here is my company of good people:


Okey, let the pictures now speak for themselves. 

Let me share with you first those unlimited appetizers that made us crave for more:


We enjoyed two different sets of barbeque - the crispy pork and the meaty beef:



And yes, even two sets of soups were also served to us - the spicy beef with bola-bola and the seafood with tofu:



This green letucce blended with fresh garlics is one of my favorites:


After the heavy dinner, we had a sweet cold dessert - the Korean ice cream! I admit, I really love these:



These were the food we ordered that Friday night. We were really, really full not only with good foods but with great kwentuhan and kulitan as well!

That was a night! Another memorable moment in this Korean restaurant! 


We'll be back again in this place soon trying other dishes! Two thumbs up Dong Won! (RCB)


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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Lechon De Ulo for Our Noche Buena!



We had just celebrated a joyful Christmas Eve with my family - my mom, my brother, and my aunties and cousins who visited our house. And for our Noche Buena, a big 'Lechon Ulo' was served! 

 My mother ordered this yummy lechon and put a big apple on its mouth. The pork head lechon became the star of our Noche Buena feast this 2012 Christmas eve.

A Huge Crispy Lechon De Ulo on our Table for Noche Buena! 

It was Served Together with a Big Apple on Its Mouth!
Joining this Lechon De Ulo as our foods for this Christmas eve were fried chicken, nilagang pata, pancit bihon, and sandwich with cheese spread. Then for desserts, they were ice cream served in cone and frozen buko salad with iced-cold softdrinks!  

These were our simple handa for this most important celebration of the year! We truly enjoyed it!

Our Noche Buena for this year also served as a family reunion. Exchange gift followed completing the night's celebration.  

Wishing you all a Merry, Merry Christmas! Let's all Enjoy and Be Thankful to all the Blessings we Received from God! (RCB)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Team Building Foods!

The saga continues...It's another story from our recently conducted Team Building in Pansol, Calamba Laguna. After the beautiful views and cool photos, it's now time to talk the matters for stomach! Yum-yum-yum! I know you'll love this...!

I have here with you the foods we have during the team building. On the above picture is the complete dishes we ate for an overnight get-together! Are you feeling hungry now? Well, let these photos of our good yummy foods serve as your appetizer. Choose among these foods you wish to eat! =)

The so-called 'Pork Inihaw'!

A Roasted Chicken!

Another Roast Unwrapped!

Hungry?! Want to taste some of them?! Hahaha...how I wish I still have some! =)

Many of the foods we shared in this team building were mainly roast. Roasted pork, roasted chicken, roasted fish! In Tagalog lay-man, "inihaw"! And our girl teammates roast those meats for us!

Chops of pork were roasted in a red hot coal. My teammates patiently fan to keep the fire burning! Aftwerward, a whole marinated chicken was roasted! The taste was similar to the one we always buy from Andoks or from Sr. Pedro! Then we also have a roasted fish on stick! Yup, big tilapias containing tomatoes, onions, peppers, spices, and other stuffs inside were freshly cooked! It was then deep in a spicy-sour tomato sauce! Yum-yum...!

Besides the roasted foods, we also have other dishes! Special menus were cooked for us. These were pork-chicken adobo, binaongonan, fish fillet, and kare-kare which were all served for dinner. Of course, a baked macaroni was our main dish for snack or merienda!

What more, a leche plan which tasted like pastillas was our dessert! Then softdrinks like Coke, Royal, and Sprite quench our thirst! We also have crackers, curls, and other potato chips for light snacks every other hour!

Then on the next day before we go home, slices of Gardenia bread, hotdogss, cup noodles, cheese spread, and a cup of coffee were served for our breakfast!

Hmmmm...I'm I forgot to mention other foods?! Well if yes, sorry I cannot anymore recall! They were too many! I just then hope to fulfill you with these bounty and plenty foods! More and more foods to come on our next outings! Or if not in the next outings, today and in any other day will do...!!! C",)

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