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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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

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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