Thursday, February 18, 2021

Kirk Ngo of Fet Boys makes the best artisanal handmade gourmet cookies online


Prettier than Pink Cookies by Kirk Ngo of Fet Boys

Singapore-based chef Kirk Ngo of Fet Boys, makers of the widely popular "Too Much Chocolate Chip Cookies from the South" probably offers the best online gourmet cookies, freshly-baked, beautifully-packaged and can be delivered anywhere in the Philippines and even across Asian countries too. I have tried their cookies myself and even wrote about them so I know exactly what I'm talking about. 

One thing I noticed is that they keep getting better. I would see developments and improvements on their product--be it with their packaging, or introducing a new flavor etc. Last year, they even came out with a special Christmas packaging that comes in a cute box and a gift card.

Then, Kirk introduced a new flavor in his Coffee Butterscotch cookie (which I have yet to try.) As if that wasn't enough, he's now launching another creation via the flavor called Prettier than Pink Cookies. Derived from Ruby Chocolate, Prettier than Pink cookie is the first of its kind. Ruby Chocolate is the 4th type of Chocolate that is widely accepted as "real chocolate" and it's made from Ruby Cacao beans which gives its natural pink color. 

Prettier than Pink Cookies is another creation by Kirk Ngo of Fet Boys

Ruby Chocolate had fruity notes and naturally pink in color. After Dark, Milk, and White Chocolate, Ruby is the latest chocolate trend to hit the market these days.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Spend Heart's Day at The Most Romantic Room in Manila and other gift ideas for Valentine's Day


On Valentine’s Day, eating out is the perfect evening activity to release your romantic side and let your appetite roam free. In a restaurant that perfectly sets the scene for spontaneity, adventure, and romance, be inspired to present your special someone with the ultimate declaration of love at The Champagne Room. The destination of choice for top-tier dining, The Manila Hotel reopens its signature French restaurant exclusively for the heart’s day.

Touted as the most romantic room in Manila, Champagne Room offers guests warmth and intimacy, an impeccable wine selection, and expertly cooked fresh produce. Escape to France with your love in their specially curated Valentine’s set dinner which kicks off with a Pan Seared Foie Gras and Lobster on melon gazpacho, followed by decadent entrees including Roasted Pigeon Consomme with Aged-Sherry, stuffed morsels, sous vide-poached quail egg, Sweetpea Mascarpone Agnoloti (butter-parmesan emulsion with prosciutto) and a choice of generous Chilean Sea Bass in creamy balsamic-pomegranate sauce, Oriental risotto, and fresh market vegetables or marvel at our signature Beef Tenderloin on wild mushroom puree, Anna potato, and market vegetables. End your night by lingering over dessert (a must for any romantic occasion) with Raspberry Delight on pistachio shortbread and a Valentine Praline. Enjoy the freshness of our Raspberry Sorbet in prosecco float. Lady diners will be given one long-stemmed Ecuadorian rose. Combine all of this with the chic French ambiance and plenty of tables tucked away in cozy nooks and your Valentine’s Day will be complete.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Maya Kitchen Workshop Classes goes Virtual!


Baking in your kitchen is not just a fad for the ones with extra time at hand. It can be a great therapeutic activity for people who love cooking. It has been shown that in activities like baking, the learning curve proves to be quite therapeutic effects on an individual. Baking had also became helpful for our mental health especially during the quarantine and lockdown in this pandemic we're all facing. 

While most of us may not necessarily become an expert, at least, we keep ourselves busy and our hands productive. I have good news for you if you're totally clueless on baking and cooking--as The Maya Kitchen workshops are now back and better as it now goes virtual, thereby giving everyone a chance to learn how to cook and bake right in the comfort of your own home. And guess what? These classes will all be conducted live via Zoom, so you can be assured that the instructor will be there to assist you and guide you step-by-step. The chef instructor shall also provide you with the necessary skills the easiest and fun way so you won't feel intimidated at all. 

When you register for a virtual workshop, The Maya Kitchen will be sending you a course outline, a recipe card and preparation sheet with the shopping list, rundown of required equipment and other useful tips. When your Zoom classes begins, you're all ready! During the virtual class, the chef instructor will walk you through the recipe steps and cook or bake along with you. You can also ask questions to the instructor and he or she will be glad to answer them for you. 

You may attend the class on your own, with a partner or as a big group but only one device will be allowed to dial in. All classes are also designed specifically for adults unless stated otherwise. Students below 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult to join the workshop. 

The virtual workshops scheduled this month will be conducted by in-house instructor Chef Dan Wilford B. Libunao and guest instructors Chef Heart Cadiente and Chef Carla Asence.

In-house instructor Chef Dan Libunao is a Food Technologist and Culinary Arts graduate. He handles The Maya Kitchen's basic culinary certificate classes as well as some culinary lifestyle classes. He's also one of the recipe researchers for some of the Maya cookbooks. Chef Heart on the other hand, is a Registered Nutritionist Dietician and former Research and Demonstrator at The Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center. Now she's busy pursuing her own dream of having her baking ingredients and supplies shop while also juggling a made-to-order cakes and pastry business. Chef Carla has been with The Maya Kitchen for almost five years and is known to handle the kids' classes and family cooking and baking classes. A graduate of Center for Culinary Arts, she's also an entrepreneur with her home business, Carla Kusinera, which offers made-to-order-cakes and food trays. 

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