Chicken Tinola with Spinach

Tinolang Manok (Chicken Tinola) is a very well known Filipino comfort food. It is pinoy’s very own version of chicken soup. You won’t find any noodle in this delicious soup. With the chicken and the ginger being the constant ingredient in this soup, some of the ingredients can actually be interchanged or substituted. For example, green papaya or chayote (sayote in Filipino). Or between moringa leaves (malunggay) or chili leaves. Some would say the recipe or ingredients added are based on taste. But in truth, majority would say that it’s based on availability – it’s what’s available growing in the backyard.

Living in the US, it’s hard to find moringa leaves. I was able to plant one eventually in our backyard, but it’s still not ready for harvest soon. I can also try to ask some of my Filipino friends at church for some, but I’m shy to ask sometimes. An elder at church once actually advised me that I can use spinach instead of moringa leaves. I was skeptic at first. Until she cooked my husband and I a whole pot of chicken tinola. She had told us that she had put in spinach. It tasted really good. Ever since that day, we started making chicken tinola with spinach.

We just recently made some with chayote and spinach, and it was delicious and comforting, as always.

ASL 06.25.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Just received my Hello Kitty pen!

I have just received my Hello Kitty pentel energel pen.  I ordered this back on June 24th, and it just arrived today, July 5th.  It was actually estimated to be delivered on July 9th.  So I think it actually arrived early.  However, I’m truly used to getting it within 2 days. Why?  It’s because I ordered this from Amazon.  But the item is coming from Japan.

So far I like my pen.  I have yet to see if I can refill it with an actual pentel energel pen refill.  I truly like this pen because it’s cute, but not too childish.

If you’re planning to buy this pen, you better buy it soon as they only have limited availability.

Amazon:  Sanrio Hello Kitty Energel Ballpoint pen  (as of 07/05/19 there are only 3 left)

ASL 07.05.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Lobster Ravioli (Babymoon Cafe)

On our quick lunch run before our flight back to Tampa, we ended going to Babymoon Cafe.  I ordered something that I’ve never eaten before and I am so happy I did!

I ordered Lobster Ravioli and it was delicious!  I finished my whole plate.  The sauce was creamy and the lobster was cooked just right.

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Babymoon Cafe is only less than 10 minutes away from Raleigh-Durham International
Airport.  So if you have about a few hours of lay over at this airport and need a delicious meal, then I would recommend to try out this place.  If I’m ever in the area again, I will sure to eat at this place again.

ASL 05.24.2019 (Raleigh, NC)

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Babymoon Cafe
Website:   Babymoon Cafe
Address: 100 Jerusalem Dr #106, Morrisville, NC 27560 

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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Aloha To Go
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Website:   Aloha To Go
Address:   19711A Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785