Aloha To Go’s Spam Musubi

We love the spam musubi from Aloha to Go.  Even though it’s individually wrapped and looked like it’s prepacked.  They actually still make it when you order and then cling wrap it before serving it to you.

spam-2This was a to-go pick up order that we got and when Chris brought it home it was still warm.  The paper plate was something I already had at home.  So it usually comes in a plastic bag for their to-go.

Here’s my first bite!  The rest was history. I chowed all these down before I even got a chance to take a video.  They were delicious!

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Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated with Aloha To Go. They didn’t pay me or solicit me into posting this blog entry.

ASL 05.09.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Address:   19711A Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785

Mango Juice vs Mango Juice

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Let’s begin by saying, it’s going to be hard not to be a bit biased with this showdown as I’ve grown up drinking Gina Mango Nectar Juice.

I recently saw this brand at the oriental store during our regular weekly groceries – Philippine Brand Mango Juice Nectar.

The 2 are both delicious.  I would pick either one of these 2 brands anytime to get my mango juice.  However, if I have to pick 1 winner.

I will have to choose the Gina Mango Nectar Juice for the following reasons:

  1. It has a richer mango taste.
  2. The texture is a bit thicker and tastes like it’s almost like a blended mango smoothie but not quite.
  3. The sweetness is closer to what it would naturally tastes like when you’re eating a naturally ripen mango.

The Philippine Brand Mango Juice Nectar was just a little bit sweeter for my taste.  But I do want to say that I have my other favorite flavors from this brand.  I will post those soon!

But please do not take my word for it, in picking the mango juice that you would buy.  If you happen to get either one of these, then you can be sure that you are getting a really good mango juice from the Philippines.  You might also prefer one over the other.   If you do get both and prefer the one brand over the other, then please make sure to leave a comment to let me know.

ASL 04.28.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Hello Kitty Choco Treasure Quick Review

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Hello Kitty Choco Treasure (Chocolate + Toy Surprise) Quick Review:

  • Chocolate is on the plastic egg shell
  • It was enjoyable to unwrap the Hello Kitty wrapper
  • Chocolate taste was ok, nothing to be excited about.  I think kids would like it.
  • The prize is a roll of Hello Kitty stickers.

I don’t know if all prizes are stickers though.  I can tell you that I won’t buy another one to find out.  If I have a kid to give to, then I would reconsider.

ASL 03.15.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Hello Kitty Marshmallow Matcha Flavor

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Hello Kitty Matcha (Green Tea) Marshmallow

The marshmallow has a firmness to it.  The filling inside is the matcha (green tea).
This was a bit too sweet for my taste.  I only ate 3 of these and had to put them away.  It really tasted just purely sugar.  Kids would seem to like it because of it being so sweet.  I say skip this if you see it at your local oriental store.

ASL 03.15.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Useful Tips When Eating Crab Legs at Home

It’s usually messy to eat crab legs.  But that’s not the reason why I prefer eating it at home.  I love eating crabs. But I particularly like eating crabs with steamed rice.  Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of places in the area that serves crabs with rice.  Thus, eating at home is still the best option when eating crabs.

Hubby knows how much I love crabs.  But he also knows how much of a mess I make while eating crab legs.  So he usually sets up the table in a way that it will be quick and easy to clean after eating.  I wanted to share these useful tips if you ever decide having crab legs at home.

Useful tips when eating crabs or crab legs at home:  

  • Newspaper – Cover the table with about 2 layers of newspapers or packing paper
    • This will be helpful for any spillage and keeping the table underneath clean
  • Paper Plates – use of paper plates are useful and keep an extra plate for all the shells
    • Disposable paper plates make it easy to discard or to “dispose” after eating (pun intended! *wink*) 
  • Plastic Bag – collect all shells and anything part of the crabs that are not edible and to be thrown away in a bag that you can seal. Seal the waste inside a plastic bag before throwing it in the trash can, to ensure that the smell doesn’t leak out.  Another helpful way is to keep this sealed bag in the freezer until it’s close to the time when your garbage or trash will be collected by the garbage truck.  This will help with ensuring there won’t be any bad smell lingering inside or even outside your house.  

These are just some of the tips that we’ve learned from our own personal experience.  Let me know if you were able to use any of the tips. Or better yet, if you have some tips of your own, please feel free to share them.

There is one tip I do want to leave you with — make sure you wash your hands then make sure to eat your crabs with only your hands, with no utensils or silverware.  That includes eating rice with your hands too! *wink* It is more delicious to eat it that way! Mmm… sarap!

ASL 03.08.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Chicken BBQ Marinated in Sprite

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Chicken Barbeque (Filipino Style)

Before grilling, we marinated 4 chicken leg quarters with the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 lemon – squeeze all the juice out
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • a drizzle of salt
  • 1/4 cup banana ketchup (yes, banana not tomato)
  • 3 cups of sprite (yes, the soda!)

Let it sit overnight in the fridge then grill the following day.

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Eat with rice and dip in spicy soy sauce vinegar.

Spicy soy sauce and vinegar (dipping sauce):

  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon sugarcane vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chili pepper – or – use fresh chili pressed against into sauce using fork.

You can also drizzle the dripping sauce on the white rice.

ASL 03.04.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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First Bloom of 2019

The orchid is blooming.  This is the first bloom of the year.

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I am just in awe seeing just days ago that it had buds.  I didn’t expect to see it bloom today.

I got this orchid a year ago.  I thought I would eventually kill it.  Just like how I have killed so many other plants in the past. Yes, including a cactus, from over watering it.  So for this flower to survive and now blooming, is just amazing!

ASL 03.04.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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