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new flavors at seattle’s best coffee

Published January 30, 2014 by ladyemelye

after all the holiday flavors, seattle’s best coffee released this week two new offerings: the pretzel macadamia and the caramel toffee.

new flavors! (taken from the sbc website)

new flavors! (taken from the sbc website)

these flavors can both be ordered as hot mocha or iced blended javakula.

since the sbc branch near my office was having a buy one take one offer, our team took advantage and bought some coffee before we had our weekly team meeting.

buy one, take one!

buy one, take one!

what i ordered was the pretzel macadamia javakula.  from their facebook post: “it’s deliciously infused with chocolate macadamia and caramel syrup than topped with whipped cream.  finally, it’s sprinkled with orange candy beads and comes with a pretzel candy!”

pretzel macadamia javakula

pretzel macadamia javakula

this is what i got at first.  when i asked the barista where is my pretzel, he apologized and told me that they ran out of the candy pretzels, but that i could choose another topping if i wanted to.  i chose brownies. 🙂

pretzel macadamia javakula with brownie toppings ;)

pretzel macadamia javakula with brownie toppings 😉

i liked the nutty flavor of this drink.  the caramel syrup gave the drink it’s sweetness, although at the end, the sweetness was a little bit overwhelming, maybe the drink was not mixed too well.

would i order this drink again? chances are very high.  but i think i like this as a javakula rather than a hot mocha.  hope i will get to try the caramel toffee next time.

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statigram: key metrics

Published January 22, 2014 by ladyemelye

over the year-end a lot of people were posting things regarding their instagram metrics.  because i was curious, i signed up at statigram.

what is statigram?  from their website it says that you will get key metrics from your instagram account.

Get your total number of likes received, your most liked photos ever, your average number of likes and comments per photo, your follower growth charts and more advanced analytics to share with your community.

after linking your instagram account, you can now get whatever metrics you want.  here are some of what i got:

instagram summary

instagram summary

ig birth certificate

ig birth certificate

ig first times

ig first times

ig likes

ig likes

most liked photos

most liked photos

what are your IG metrics? 🙂

 

playlist: the repeat

Published January 20, 2014 by ladyemelye

lea salonga is one of my favorite singers… ever.  i follow her on twitter and instagram.  so when she had playlist last december 2013, i was kind of sad that i would not be able to watch since the dates coincided with the celebration of my mom’s 60th birthday.

so when she posted in IG that there will be a repeat of the concert, i was very excited.  so excited that when i logged into ticketworld moments later, the tickets were not yet available online. 😉 i immediately texted my mom and uncle and invited them to watch the concert with me.

playlist: the repeat

playlist: the repeat

come concert day, we first had our dinner at the chicken rice shop at harbour square (will do another post on this) and then walked over to the picc plenary hall.

there was a large crowd and you can see people of all ages and type.  this will tell you that the appeal of lea is really global.

concert was supposed to start at 8pm, but it started at around 8:30pm.  the stage was simply designed.  the orchestra was at both sides of the stage, and a white “bridge” was in the middle.  there was also a chair, a table with glasses of water and a mic stand.  there are 8 mini projector screens hanging which either shows “PLAYLIST” or pictures or some random background whenever lea is singing.

at the venue

at the venue

the guests included mitoy yonting (the 1st winner of voice of the philippines – from team lea), rachelle ann go (she will be playing gigi on the new production of miss saigon), martin nievera and a surprise number for lea’s daughter nicole.

it was lea singing for most of the show except for the solo performances of the guests which she used to change her wardrobe.  after every song/set, lea chats with her audience giving a background on the song or just generally commenting on it.

so for 2 1/2 hours, it was just pure, simple, clear singing by lea.  the songs ranged from old classics to contemporary ones.  here is the list of the songs that she sang:

  • do you know where you’re going to
  • girl on fire
  • the climb
  • blurred lines
  • beautiful
  • opm medley (with mitoy yonting): don’t know what to do / i think i’m in love / hold on / til i met you / you
  • power of love (mitoy yonting)
  • chasing pavements
  • evergreen
  • medley: i’m every woman / i wanna dance with somebody/ no more tears / run to you / i will always love you
  • yesterday’s dream (nicole chien)
  • the morning after
  • love will keep us together
  • for good (with rachelle ann go)
  • part of your world (rachelle ann go)
  • movie in my mind (with rachelle ann go)
  • magbalik ka na, mahal
  • higher
  • back to before

encore:

  • people
  • after all (with martin nievera)
  • sana maulit muli
  • abba medley: mama mia / take a chance on me / dancing queen

i would say that the concert is worth every penny that we paid.  you can never go wrong in attending a lea salonga concert.  it really feels like you are just talking with a friend through the medium of songs.  even after the concert has been finished, lea’s clear voice still resonates in your mind.

there was a signing of autographs and “meet and greet” after the show.  unfortunately, we had to go home and could not stay.

i will definitely be on the lookout for the next concert.

 

wildflour: cronuts

Published January 19, 2014 by ladyemelye

when i moved to a new job, i was thrilled to know that plenty of the restaurants that i wanted to try out was within walking distance of my new office.

one of them was wildflour cafe + bakery.  since the cronuts will be saying their goodbyes this coming end of january, i will be posting about them first.  i will do another post regarding the meal that i had here.

i’ve always wanted to taste the “cronuts” from this bakery since they were the first ones who offered this here in the philippines.  so after i got my first paycheck, i bought a box of these treats.

wildflour cafe + bakery

wildflour cafe + bakery

cronuts!

cronuts!

the flavors i got were (clockwise from the top): mixed berries, strawberry, vanilla, salted caramel, bacon and chocolate-hazelnut.

at php 120.00 per piece, these goodies are priced a little to steep for the average joe.  i do not seeing myself buying these regularly.  but the size of the cronut somewhat compensates for its price.  each piece was around 1.5 inches thick (which made it a little hard to bite it 🙂 ).  there is a cream filling in between the layers of the pastry and topped with a glaze which gives it the flavor.  the cronuts are also rolled in sugar.

of the six cronuts pictured above, i only got to taste the mixed berries, strawberry and the salted caramel.  i liked the mixed berries since it had a hint of tang in it courtesy of the berries.  my son liked the chocolate-hazelnut and hubby said that the vanilla was pretty good too.

it was a bit messy to eat as pieces and crumbs were falling all over when i tried biting into it.  so what i did as cut it in half (horizontally) so that it would fit my bite.  the only downside is that the lower part did not have any glaze in it.

my verdict: it was good and i liked some of the flavors, but it is not something that i would fight someone with for the last piece left.  maybe i will try it one more time before they bid adieu.  i just hope that as i walk past by the shop, they are available.

 

Sidenote: wildflour’s proper term for this is croissant-donut, since apparently, the term cronut is copyrighted by dominique ansel.

2013 holiday cooking

Published January 18, 2014 by ladyemelye

i love cooking.  whenever there is an opportunity, i like to try out cooking new dishes especially during the holidays.  hubby asked me to do something different this year other than our usual carbonara and roast chicken dishes.  his request: lengua (ox tongue).  so i scoured the internet for a recipe that would be easy to do. 😉

lengua in mushroom sauce

lengua in mushroom sauce

we pre-ordered the lengua from the meat vendors in our local market.  it is a little bit pricey at around php 200.00 per kilo.  we had to reserve it early since there is only a limited number of tongue that they sell.  think about it, for one cow, there is only one tongue.  there is only so much that you can get for a day. 🙂

to tenderize the tongue, we had to boil it for a good 4-hours.  you can also use a pressure cooker if you have one.  after which we cleaned it to remove the “skin” and white film-like coating of the tongue.  it was then thinly sliced.  we also added salt to the boiling water during the latter part to flavor the meat.

i then pan-fried it in butter.  it was set aside for some time while i was making the sauce.  i just simply sauteed garlic, onions and button mushrooms in the oil that was used to fry the tongue.  then i added a can of cream of mushroom and evaporated milk and continuously stirred it until it had the right consistency.  it was seasoned with my tj’s everyday seasoning.  then i combined this with the fried lengua.  once the sauce was over the lengua, you would even guess that you are eating roast beef. 😀

chili

chili

our next dish was the chili.  i have been cooking this for some time now since hubby loves the chili soup served by the soup kitchen.  it was just a simple combination of ground beef, tomatoes, red beans and bell peppers.  spices like chili powder and turmeric are also added.  we like to top it with a lot of cheese.  this dish can be eaten as an appetizer, side dish, viand, dipping in chips or added to taco and hotdogs. 😉

i bake cupcakes and/or cookies during christmas day and new year’s eve (cause those are the only days i have time… hihi).  for this year i made calamansi muffins and cookie butter chocolate chip cookies.

calamansi muffin

calamansi muffin

cookie butter chocolate chip cookies

cookie butter chocolate chip cookies

i like the calamansi muffins which you get at the real coffee cafe at boracay.  so when i found a recipe like one from kitchen cow (which she got from pepper.ph), i decided to try it out.  you can see the recipe here: kitchen cow.

it was a good recipe for the calamansi muffin, although the original one had a little bit more zing from the calamansi flavor.  maybe the next time i do it, i will add a little bit more.  but that is for my own preference.  the other ones who tried the muffins said that they were good and flavored just fine.

i used the biscoff creamy cookie butter for my cookies (i prefer this over the tj speculoos).  the recipe was just a simple one that you do for chocolate chip cookies, cookie butter was just added to the batter.  the result were chewy cookies. 🙂  i used the regular cookie pan, and i also used muffin pans to bake them so we had cookies pretending to be muffins batches. 😉

i don’t know if these will become staple dishes in my menu, but i would like to learn more recipes in the coming months.  i will post whatever experiments in the kitchen i do come up with.

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