Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The #BIGatin that is - Jollibee Big Burger Steak

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When we still had a land phone, lazy days would sometimes mean calling the Jollibee Hotline to order lunch or dinner. Having our land phone cut two years ago meant no more Jollibee Delivery, but when my sister discovered the joys of ordering online, a thought entered her mind to try out the Jollibee Online Delivery service.


I allowed her to use the website - jollibeedelivery.com - and she said ordering through the website was easy than she first assumed. She did provide her phone number, but the confirmation of her order was sent thru the e-mail address she provided.



We were actually very impressed with the service! It took sometime for the confirmation e-mail to arrive, but upon receiving their e-mail, the delivery guy was knocking on our gate just 15 minutes after!

If you haven't tried ordering thru Jollibee Online Delivery service, the only tip I can share is for you to provide all necessary details. There is a space for the customer to indicate any notes, so utilize it to say everything you needed to say. When we ordered, we indicated our mother's Senior Citizen's ID Number and the amount of money we will pay, so the branch that will dispatch the order can adjust the amount (if you have SC or Disability ID) to be paid, as well as provide the rider with the exact amount of change.



I love Jollibee Chickenjoy, but ever since I had my wisdom tooth extracted nearly a month ago, I find it difficult to chew hard, crunchy food. Thankfully, there is the Jollibee Burger Steak, that is also one of my favorite Jollibee food.

One piece Jollibee Burger Steak is definitely not enough to satisfy my tummy, so I usually go for the two piece Jollibee Burger Steak, but I don't know what's the thing about numbers - if I go for two-piece it would seem as if I eat a lot! Hahahaha! I was happy when Jollibee offered the heavy meal because it can fully satisfy my burger steak cravings, but the thing is, I find the meal a little overwhelming - with the French Fries and Egg included in the meal. With the Jollibee Big Burger Steak, I felt it was just the right meal for me.


The Jollibee Big Burger Steak is as big and thick as the Jollibee Champ patty. The flavor is still the same Jollibee Burger Steak we all love - and something you can share... but I doubt that. :) For more pleasurable eating experience, I suggest you put drops of hot sauce. Yummy!!!

If you fancy something BIGatin without any added extras on the side, I definitely recommend you guys try out the Jollibee Big Burger Steak the next time you visit Jollibee, or call 8-7000 for delivery (if you don't feel like using their online delivery service.

The Jollibee Big Burger Steak can be enjoyed solo for only 89 pesos, or with a regular drink for only 95 pesos.

Have you tried this #BIGatin treat? Please follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram, and @JollibeePhilippines on Facebook, share your #BIGatin escapades with the new Jollibee Big Burger Steak.

*** Jenn ***


Monday, May 4, 2015

Recipe | Lemon Puffy Cookies

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I find baking cakes intimidating, so I usually go for cupcakes and other pastries. Lately, I am on a cookie craze, and one of the first cookie recipes I tried was the Lemon Puffy Cookies, which I first watched thru Kawaiisweetworld's page on YouTube.


Quite easy to make, right?

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp lemon zest (zest of about 2 lemons)
  • 4 T. lemon juice (about 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar to roll cookies before baking

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy in large bowl
  • Add in vanilla, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and mix until combined.
  • Mix in salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour until just combined.
  • Roll heaping tablespoons of dough in powdered sugar until coated. Place on parchment paper/Silpat lined baking sheet 3 inches apart and bake for 9-11 minutes.
  • Cool on wire rack before serving.

color match! dig in!

As what was said on the video tutorial, one can easily half the ingredients, so that was what I did, after all, this was just the first time for me to try the recipe. Our oven is small, so I was only able to make about 12 cookies per batch, using a tablespoon to scoop out cookie dough so the cookies will be uniform. The very first batch was the most pleasant looking as they are pale yellow in color. The second batch had a little brownish color on the outer part of the cookies.

The way I see it, if you wanna try to bake this, take out the cookies as soon as the time is up because the longer you leave the cookies inside, the more tough they will become. The brownish / toasty part will also contribute a different taste, so it is best to take the cookies out while they were still pale yellow in color and let the residual heat cook them thoroughly.

I love the taste of these cookies! It reminded me of the Lemon Revel Bars my sister baked before, sans the lemon curd. It was like eating soft yet chewy pie crust with a subtle hint of lemon. It was tarty, but not so much... it was sweet, but not so much either.  I will definitely bake this again.

*** Jenn ***


Friday, April 17, 2015

Mini Shabu-Shabu - SM Baguio

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Mini Shabu-Shabu
2nd Floor, SM City Baguio
Baguio City, Benguet
(074) 446-6853 to 54

Last March, my mother and I travelled to La Union to light a candle on daddy's grave on his 8th death anniversary, and because two days out of town wasn't enough, we decided to take a side trip to Baguio City, where we met sister. She wasn't able to come with us to La Union because of work, but she was able to take a weekend off, much to our delight.

Upon checking in at our chosen hotel, we went to SM Baguio to eat lunch - just a quick eat out at KFC - then we spent the afternoon roaming around Session Road, which was closed at the time to make way for different shops from all over the country.

The weather that time was very good - sunny in the afternoon, but the air still gave a much needed chill. However, my body cannot really cope up with chilly weather, so for dinner, the only request I had was to eat something soupy. Sister only had one thing in mind -- Mini Shabu-Shabu.

My early memories of eating shabu-shabu was way back when my father was still alive, us eating at a Chinese restaurant. I wasn't so impressed with that particular shabu-shabu, so it never became a "favorite." Years after, we were able to eat at a buffet allowing guests to cook their own shabu-shabu, which was okay, but maybe because my lack of shabu-shabu cooking skills had me eating a not-so-good pot of comfort goodness.


If I can compare the buffet set-up to this, I would say I was impressed because each seating guest has their own pot to cook their shabu-shabu. The items on their menu are good for one person, but because it was already about 8pm, we decided to just order two sets, which us three would share.


This set included beef strips and prawns. The other set we ordered was the simplest set - one with only the veggies, noodles, and balls. All sets have this basic plate, the others will just depend on the add-ons they prefer. Though we ordered two different sets, we decided to cut the beef and prawns in two, which gave us two pots of the same set.


My sister worked at a shabu-shabu restaurant before, so she knew how to prepare a pot of good shabu-shabu. First, she poured the egg whites into the simmering broth and placed the egg yolk in the bowl of dip. Then, she added the ingredients in the broth according to their size and cooking time. The secret, she said is proper timing.


After a few minutes, our hot pot is cooked!

I can now say that shabu-shabu is indeed a pot of comfort, but I realized one thing - I pretty much preferred the basic set, I wasn't so crazy about the beef and prawns, even if prawns is one of my favorite food. The next time we eat shabu-shabu, I will just go for the balls.

Although each set is good for one person, it is actually good for sharing. The basic set (if I remember correctly) was 390 pesos, while the set with beef and prawns is about 600 pesos. We didn't feel the need to buy drinks anymore (they offer drinking water, by the way), so the 900 pesos total bill was actually good for us, since we do spend something like that whenever we eat out.

If the Baguio weather is getting colder for you, do know that there is Mini Shabu-Shabu at SM City Baguio to warm and comfort you.

*** Jenn ***


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Jenn, the Foodie


I come from a family who loves cooking and eating. I never had any formal training in cooking and that I taught myself how to cook based on the handed down recipes, but I could say that I can cook good food. In 2008, I started documenting my food trips for my travel blog, and since I have quite enough to start a food blog, might as well put all those food trips in one location. Thus, a food blog is born - thanks to the new Friendster Blogs. However, due to several problems, I was left with no choice but to pack bags again and move here instead. Here's the permanent address, promise! Enough talk, let the food trippin' begin! {Know More About Me}