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31 January 2016

3 Nutella Cocktails


After enjoying Nutella liqueur (Nutellino) on the rocks and in shot glasses, you won't settle on getting limited to them. There is a whole world of other cocktails that you can easily create with your bottle of Homemade Nutella Liqueur (Nutellino) chilling in the refrigerator. By using what you probably already have in your cupboards, you can make different kinds of luscious Nutella cocktails without taking as much effort and time. With Irish whiskey, you can create that pleasant oak flavor, a little bit of Amaretto liqueur creates a lovely almond hint plus some espresso, Oreo cookies, marshmallows, cinnamon and yes, whipped cream to top them with. Get ready for a blast with Nutella cocktails!

29 January 2016

El Filete Ruso Restaurant in Barcelona, Spain


There's no other hamburguesa or hamburger place like El Filete Ruso (and La Burg, another hamburguesa owned by the same owners) where you can get food with high quality standard because when you think of burgers, you just think of a quick meal with meat, some vegetables and condiments sandwiched in between the buns. You eat and go. At El Filete Ruso you can get gourmet burgers (and then some) that uses quality ingredients that embrace the philosophy of the Slow Food Movement and Kilometer Zero.

28 January 2016

Rosemary and Lemon Herbal Tea


Also known as tisane, herbal tea is a beverage made from the infusion of spices, herbs or non-toxic plants (leaves, rind, etc.) in hot water. Going back to the ancient times in Greece and China, it has a medicinal value but it is enjoyed nowadays for its flavors. It can be served hot or cold and it usually doesn't contain caffeine. Do not confuse it with tea because tea uses cured leaves of tea plant Camellia Sinensis. There is a wide variety of plants that can be used for herbal teas but one thing that we have to watch out for is that some can have different effects from one person to another. Pregnant women are not advised to drink any. Also, a relatively safe plant can give harmful effects if taken in large doses. So do check first before you start infusing anything. Wikipedia has valuable information about this topic.

27 January 2016

Baked Chicken Rollatini with Spinach


Involtini, roll-ups, pinwheels - they come in different names but there's only one thing that makes us love them. They are delicious! If you have any thinly-sliced flat ingredients like aubergines, zucchini, ham, fish or any kind of meat, spread anything on it then roll. Fry, bake or sautè them then smother them with sauce. Flavors depend on the ingredients that you choose of course and when you choose well, you will hit the jackpot.

26 January 2016

Make Your Food Photos Look Professional


I didn't choose to be a food photographer. It chose me. I just remember getting my beginner DSLR five years ago and take pictures of the artsy dishes I was preparing for my picky eating 5-year old son then my photography progressed to the dishes that I was preparing for my whole family. My friends asked for more pictures and with what zero knowledge I had about food photography, I embarked on an adventure to the blogosphere with just one thing on my back. Passion.

25 January 2016

Why Bulgaria is Your Next Travel Destination


Bulgaria is in the southeast of Europe, sandwiched between Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Romania and Serbia with a good portion of it facing the Black Sea. They've got everything, from the mountains to the seas. It's an amazing country that's rich in history and culture. It goes all the way back from the Neolithic period to the Thracians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and the Soviet Union. And from the 20th-century, it has been free and taking out its wings. It's one of the newest members of the EU and it is rapidly developing into another European destination to get acquainted to.

23 January 2016

Zlaten Rozhen Winery & Hotel: Wineries of Bulgaria (5 of 7)


Zlaten Rozhen, a winery, hotel and restaurant built in 2012, is tucked in the small village of Rozhen Village. It is our Press Group's fifth winery in Bulgaria (fourth in the Struma River Valley viticultural region). After a visit to Villa Melnik Winery and Orbelus Winery, we arrived  at Zlaten Rozhen for wine tasting, dinner and a night's accommodation at their typical Bulgarian rooms.

21 January 2016

Orbelus Winery: Wineries of Bulgaria (4 of 7)


Just a few minutes away from Villa Melnik Winery, in the village of Kromidovo is Orbelus Winery. We made our way to Orbelus in the darkening sky with a beautiful yellow full moon guiding us. As soon as we approached the winery, we were all mesmerized by its peculiar shape. Right in the middle of a stretch of green hills popped out the winery shaped like a colossal barrel half-buried in the soil. It was an unexpected but aptly shaped architecture. Orbelus Winery will easily strike your memory because there is no other winery shaped like it.

20 January 2016

Homemade Nutella Liqueur (Nutellino)


Nutella is the magic word for the lovers of this sweet hazelnut spread. Popularity wise, it beats so many kinds of food. People just can't deny themselves the happiness of licking the spoon after dipping it in the jar and that also includes my daughter who considers the spoon dipping the grand finalè (and the best part) of her Nutella breakfasts and snacks. Like most kitchens, I also have a jar in the kitchen cupboard waiting for the Nutella lovers in the house to dig in.

13 January 2016

Asparagus Fries


When you are looking for the crunch of french fries but you don't want to deal with the load of unwanted calories, worry not because I have the perfect solution for that craving. Do you like asparagus? If you do, then we are on the right track. These asparagus fries are incredibly addictive just like their potato cousin but the good news is that you can have as much as you want (without looking at the price tag so much) and stay healthy. I am not kidding, there are healthy fries after all.

09 January 2016

Stazione di Posta Ristorante in Rome, Italy


Right on cue, the rain poured down in torrents as my husband and I parked the car in Testaccio. We were not prepared for it as the morning had been sunny and beautiful. Looking up, there was a big mass of an angry black cloud looming on top of us. This will take a while so I settled comfortably in the car and prepared to speak about the rione or district of Testaccio known as the old slaughterhouse of Rome. Interestingly, the Testaccio Hill is also known as Monte dei Cocci because it is artificially made with a mountainous pile of broken clay vessels or amphorae because during the Roman times, it was an important venue of trading in the Tiber River. Whereas in modern age, it was a working class neighborhood that gave in to gentrification and became the hip and dynamic area for mushrooming chic restaurants and bars. In summer, you live it outdoors and enjoy the vibrant music scene while sipping on drinks.

08 January 2016

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad


When you want a winning bowl of salad full of nutrients, then this is the one. Put together butternut squash, cranberries, quinoa, walnuts, basil and extra virgin olive oil, the vitamins and minerals you are getting are sky-high. Between the quinoa, butternut squash and the cranberries, the trio make a potent combination of an extremely nutrient-rich salad. Quinoa fills up the salad with heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acid, manganese, copper and a lot more nutrients while the butternut squash provides vitamin C, fibers, potassium and the cranberries contain proanthocyanidins that help prevent urinary tract infections.

07 January 2016

One-Pot Thai Shrimp Spicy Noodle Soup


It's been gray, wet and cold since the day after New Year. Once or twice the sun showed itself but for just a mere fraction of time. Like everyone, the weather affects my moods. I can't help feeling low after looking out the window and gaze at the somber sky. How I look forward for that beautiful blue sky to come out again and feel its heat when I walk outside. Knock on my window when it's time to draw the curtains again and enjoy the view. For the meantime, I am hibernating indoors in the warmth of the house with my two antsy kids and dog waiting for the sun to shine again.

04 January 2016

Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal


Relax, looking at it won't make you fat. It doesn't have the power to transfer unwanted calories through the screen. But hey, guess what? It's not as fattening as you think because even if it looks so good and the name is Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal, I used the ingredients that are actually good and healthy as possible. There are fresh blueberries, shaved almonds, oatmeal, mint (for garnish and for additional taste), cream cheese (you can use low-fat), graham cookies and blueberry jam (use sugar-free or better yet, make your own like what I do).

Fresh Bruschetta Salad


It's officially 2016, exactly 4 days after the eve we all celebrated with an unimaginable amount of food and sparkling wines. And I am thinking that it is not only that because prior to Christmas, we have all been eating much more than we should have. Right? I know that I am guilty of overeating the past days and one of my resolutions was that as soon as I wake up on the first day of 2016, I would make that weighing scale lose a few kilos.

03 January 2016

Baked Garlic Tofu with Tomatoes


Mediterranean, that's what got me going in this amazing tofu recipe. When going meatless on Mondays at She Knows, it is always a pleasure to be able to put together something for vegetarians and vegans.Vegetarian dishes are always healthy and fat-free (or low-fat) that make our bodies grateful for the natural nutrients that we get from the vegetables. Tofu is low in calories and high in protein making it a very important part of a vegetarian and vegan's diet in replacing meat.

Villa Melnik in the Struma Valley: Wineries of Bulgaria (3 of 7)


Villa Melnik is not just a winery that makes good Bulgarian wines. It is not just another wine bottle that you open, pour in a glass and enjoy. It has something unique that makes every single drop special because behind that bottle is sheer dedication by the winemakers Nikola Zikatanov, his wife Lyubka and daughter Militza in making that wine an excellent expression of the Bulgarian terroir, in the Struma River Valley (Southwest Bulgaria).