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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

5 Must-Know Tips on Preparing a Safer and Healthier Baon


With the easing of quarantine protocols in many parts of the country, employees are starting to adapt to the new normal and return to work. However, things aren't quite back to how they used to be. For instance, many restaurants are still closed, or are open but with limited capacity which, among other important issues, limits the food choices for Filipino workers during break time.

To help with this, Solane, the country's leading LPG brand, offers some tips on safely preparing healthy baon that you can bring to work.


Clean your cooking space. Prior to cooking, make sure to clean every kitchen surface and equipment that your food will come into contact with to stop bacteria from spreading. This includes the countertops, cutting boards, pans, dishes, and even utensils. Wash or wipe them down with warm, soapy water and dry them with a clean cloth or paper towel. Also, do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Cook with fresh ingredients. Now more than ever, preparing a healthy meal is essential, and cooking at home enables you to do so. Avoid canned or processed food. Instead, buy fresh and high-quality ingredients. Fresh food can really improve your health since it retains more nutrients. Also, you can enjoy a tastier meal because you get the most flavor possible from fresh ingredients. Try supporting local businesses and buy your groceries from them. Many reputable sellers are on social media and offer delivery.

Use insulated containers. Using an insulated lunch box and containers is the best option for packing your meals. Consider investing in them if you haven’t yet. They can keep your food warm and help minimize bacterial contamination and growth. Another advantage of having insulated containers is that they are reusable, eco-friendly, and may be safer. Single-use plastic containers and food wraps may carry a higher risk of cross-contamination.

Store food properly. To avoid rushing to cook your lunch in the morning, it's a good idea to prepare your meal the night before, or even days ahead. When prepping ahead of time, it’s also advisable to know how to store your food properly to maintain its quality. If you’re storing freshly cooked food, let your food cool first for a few minutes before putting it in your fridge to avoid spoilage. Cook a big batch, then divide it into small portions and put in separate containers for each day of the workweek. Also, always check the shelf life of the meals you make.

Turn off all heat sources. After you are done preparing your meals, make sure to turn off all the cooking equipment that you used, especially the gas stove and the LPG cylinder. Moreover, it is best to cook with a trusted liquefied petroleum gas brand like Solane to help ensure safety in the kitchen.
 


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Landers Central Brings a Taste of New York to your Home

If you want to have an authentic New York-style dining experience, you are in luck! Flavors from the Big Apple are now within reach with Landers Central which brings some of New York's all-time favorites right at your doorsteps.  Located within Landers Superstore, the fastest growing membeship shopping in the country,  Landers Central's must-try items are truly worth checking out:

Pizza. New York is known for its own style of pizza. With Landers Central's N.Y. Cheese Deluxe, you get the same soft dough, tasty tomato sauce, and gooey cheese that will leave you wanting for more. They’ve also got other flavors like Manhattan Supreme, Bronx Pepperoni, and Brooklyn Bomber to satisfy whatever you are craving for.

Hotdogs. The streets of New York will not be the same without its iconic hotdogs. Landers Central's U.S. Famous Beef Hotdog will make you feel like you are walking along Central Park with its flavor-packed sausage and complimentary toppings. They also have the U.S. Beef Jalapeno Cheese Hotdog for those who want to spice things up.




Chicken. You can never go wrong with fried chicken. Another street food staple in the Big Apple, Landers Central's fried chicken is a sure treat made for sharing or for indulging by yourself. You can get it in solo meals or in an 8-piece bucket.
Burgers. Landers Central is all about lip-smacking all-American flavors and its U.S. Angus Beef Burger is one of their must-try items. With its perfect combination of fresh buns, tasty sauces and veggies, and a juicy patty, the U.S. Angus Beef Burger is a comforting meal that you can also pair with some fries and soda.

Now available for delivery via Central Delivery, you can get a taste of all these New York favorites and more from Landers Central at home. Just visit  www.centraldelivery.com to place your order. You may also follow @LandersPH on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates. 06/23/2020 (Bits of Rocks)


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Friday, June 5, 2020

Tips for Economical Cooking at Home

One of the best things that came about during the lockdown is the onslaught of online cooking videos found across all social media platforms. More and more people are honing their culinary skills by experimenting and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. While this is great, it’s always good to keep a few important things in mind, most especially conserving energy and avoiding food waste when preparing meals for the family. 

Here are some useful tips from  Solane, one of the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, on saving energy, time and ingredients in the kitchen:


Get your ingredients ready. Some people tend to prepare the ingredients in the middle of the cooking session while the cooking gas is on. Not only is this a waste of time but also an unnecessary waste of gas. Be sure to prepare all the ingredients ahead of cooking time and put them within your reach as you cook. That way, you don’t need to run around the kitchen to hunt for ingredients, making your cooking time shorter. This will also help you  save cooking gas.

Defrost before cooking. Some of us are probably using our microwave to defrost our frozen food. Doing this consumes a lot of electricity, when our aim is to save money on our bills. Instead of using a microwave, take out frozen ingredients ahead of cooking time, place them on the counter and thaw at room temperature. 

Use low heat as much as possible. If you’re cooking or tenderizing meat by boiling, make sure to cover the pot with the lid and lower the heat as soon as it starts to boil. Leave it simmering until soft and tender. You are making the most of your cooking fuel by doing this.

Choose your burner. The bigger the burner, the more energy or cooking gas is used. When you’re using a small pan to cook, use a smaller burner. But If you have only one burner or your burners are of the same size, turn down the flame as soon as food starts to boil to maximize cooking gas.

Keep your LPG well-maintained. Keep your household safe by turning off the LPG cylinder valves when not in use. Do a regular maintenance check on your stove and LPG tank such as checking if your burners, regulators and hose are clean and functioning well and that the LPG tank is in good working condition. Regular inspection of your stove and  LPG is a good safety and energy-saving practice.  

Cooking at home is great but remember to be practical and smart about it. Save your time, money and maximize your cooking gas by following these easy hacks from Solane. For more information, visit www.solane.com.ph. 06/05/2020 (Bits of Rocks)



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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pinoy Comfort Food for Rainy Days

A warm bowl of soup is sure to bring you comfort and warmth on a gloomy day. So beat the blues on a rainy day with a piping hot Pinoy favorite Sinigang na Salmon at Isla Sugbu Seafood City.

With fresh and chunky salmon cuts, Sinigang na Salmon, one of Isla Sugbu Seafood City’s Sugbu Specials, may be enjoyed any time of day. 


You may also want to try other delectable Sugbu Specials. The Salt and Pepper Calamari, smothered in slices of chives and red and green bell peppers, is a nice way to start your meal. Vegetable lovers may want to try the Scallop Broccoli with garden-fresh cauliflower and broccoli, crisp carrot slices and steamed scallops.

The Sugbu Specials are included in the Paluto-all-you-can offer available for only P848 per person (lunch) and P888 (dinner) at the Venice Grand Canal in McKinley Hills, Taguig City; or P797 per person (lunch) and P848 (dinner) at the Cebu branch.

To know more, visit www.seafoodcity.ph or follow them on Facebook and Instagram at @islasugbuseafoodcity. 11/21/2019 (Bits of Rocks)


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Revisiting the Culinary Treasures of Luzon

From the savory sisig to the spicy Bicol Express, Luzon is a trove filled with culinary treasures. Hence, six chefs from the island group were able to explore the gastronomic delights of their hometowns through Solane Kitchen Hero: Chefs' Edition, a nationwide cooking competition which aims to recognize a new generation of local talented chefs.

These chefs simply revisited their roots and took inspiration from their provinces’ staple to create their winning masterpieces. Now, all of them are a step closer to winning the grand prizes at the national round which are P100,000 cash and a culinary trip to Japan.

Smoked duck and arroz valenciana arancini with sampaloc sauce and spicy apple chutney

Dinakdakan with ensalada, roasted shallots, and candied calamansi

A unique twist on Igado was rustled up by Chef Xavier Mercado during the Ilocos leg. Igado is a famous Ilocano stew made of pork and liver braised in soy sauce-vinegar mixture and Mercado decided to amp up his version of the traditional dish by adding local fruits such as guava and grapes.

Another famous Ilocano dish, Dinakdakan, helped Chef Jan Daryl Doculan from Nueva Vizcaya prevail in his regional competition. A dish traditionally made of pig ears, head, brain, and vegetables, Doculan’s Dinakdakan was served with assorted achara, ensalada, toasted shallot, and candied calamansi.

Igadobas Ti La Union

Smoked Duck Arroz Valenciana Arancini was the star of the competition during the regional leg in Central Luzon. Chef Marlon Manuel from Nueva Ecija wowed the judges with his dish which he served with Sampaloc Sauce and Spicy Apple Chutney for added flavor.

Bistek, a Filipino favorite, was prepared by Chef Roberto Roldan Jr. during the fourth leg. Roldan improved Bistek’s salty and savory flavors with herbs and cashews, a puree of squash, green pea coulis, sago and calamansi kropek, and crispy shallots.

A famous Bikolano dish, Laing or spicy taro leaves with creamy coconut sauce, was also highlighted thanks to Chef Rommel Abion. Proving that Bicolanos have a penchant for spicy food, Abion cooked the traditional Laing and enhanced it by adding in steamed sweet potatoes and shrimp.

Steamed sweet potato stuffed in spicy taro leaves with creamy coconut sauce

Herbs and cashew nut-crusted beef tenderloin in Bistek sauce, puree of squash, green pea coulis, sago and kalamansi kropek and crispy shallot

Ginataang lamang dagat with Salinas curry sauce, seafood custard and shrimp bisque froth

Ginataang lamang dagat was prepared by Chef Mcrhyan Rodrigo during the last regional leg in Luzon. He served his winning dish with salinas curry sauce, seafood custard, and shrimp bisque broth.

These chefs from Luzon, together with the regional winners from Visayas and Mindanao, will go head-to-head in the highly anticipated grand finals wherein the next culinary master in the country will finally be named.

Solane Kitchen Hero: Chefs' Edition is sponsored by Midea, Jolly, Jolly Heartmate Canola Oil, Dona Elena Olive Oil, Dona Elena Al Dente Pasta, Masflex Cookware, Ajinomoto, King Sue, Anvil Publishing, Philtranco, Fastcat, and Chef Plus.

To know more about Solane Kitchen Hero: Chefs' Edition, visit Solane’s website www.solane.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/solane.ph/. 09/10/2019 (Bits of Rocks)


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Food Bits: Tasting the 'Sweetness' of J Cuppacakes

Who love some sweet treats? How about cupcakes of different forms? Well, count me in 'coz I love to taste them all!

During our food trip event at the SM Jazz Mall in Makati Tuesday night of May 7, 2019, we visited once of the 'sweetest' resto in the place, the cupcake shop called the J Cuppacakes. Yeah, they were serving different types of cupcakes everyone loves. All the flavors in your hand.

Sweetest Treats

Joining the Food Bloggers' Trip

Here are more of the photos of the cupcakes in varying flavors:   







What do we love more about their cupcakes is the fact that their cupcakes were made of all organic ingredients, no preservatives! So if you're in a healthy lifestyle, definitely this one's for you!

The term 'sweet' didn't only describes the cupcakes they were serving. Sweet also reflects to their service to the customers. Staffs were all approachable and accommodating.

And the ambiance of the place is very cool and relaxing. It looks like a kinder-garden nursery. Check out some of the spots around the place below:






And this coming Mothers' Day this Sunday, you may treat your mother here. We you spend a total of Php1,500, you mother is FREE! Yes, she may order everything for FREE! This is truly a sweetest treat to our beloved mother!

Meanwhile aside from the cupcakes, J Cuppacakes also serve snacks and pasta. They were also offering sandwiches and burgers. And yes I love their brewed coffee.

So if you want to treat yourself and your love ones with some sweet goodies, bring them here at the J Cuppacakes. 05/09/2019 (Bits of Rocks)


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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Food Bits: Tasting Gringo's Mexican Grill

It was my first time to try the special dishes here at the Gringo's Makati when our team decided to have a team building dinner. The food they served truly satisfied my cravings since I'm a seafood and Mexican food lover!

Yes, Gringo's offers a combination of Mexican dishes and grilled goodness.

So without further talks, let me share with you some of the food I've tried during our dinner. These are the dishes on our table:

Grilled Squid in a Mango Sauce

The Mexican Rice

Grilled Chicken

A Garlic Mushroom

Taco Con Carne

Gringo's is open 24 hours. Aside from grilled and Mexican food, they also offer party drinks and juices. Oh by the way, I love their house blend iced tea and lemonade. Their house blend iced tea is thick and taste like my favorite 'milk tea.' Meanwhile, the lemonade is made of fresh fruits - lemon and calamnasi combining a sweet sour taste. This is their drink I love the most!

Definitely, we will be coming back here for more! The Mexican rice, the grilled squid in a mango sauce, and the lemonade marked my senses! 

Have you also tried Gringo's? Which of their menus you love the most?! 03/09/2019 (Bits of Rocks)


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