January 25, 2016


The Home of Swiss Cuisine in Antipolo City

Vieux Chalet, Antipolo City's Gem
Swiss-German descent Tony S. Hassig lived in various parts of the globe, paraded the streets with high-end vehicles like Jaguar, Harley Davies and Ferrari. Then he traded his high-profile life when he fell in love to a Filipina named Susan. Their loved blossomed that led to the opening of Vieux Chalet in 1984 in the area of Villa Cristina in Antipolo, then after three years they moved to its present location.

If the creation of Vieux Chalet was romantic, the view in this new location is breathtaking especially at night when the city lights are aglow, where you can see the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the skyline of Makati, the happening place at The Fort and even the towers of TV networks in Quezon City, all seen in a 180 degree sweeping motion.

January 18, 2016


Nutty Shrimp Lettuce Boats

Do you love Shrimp? Don’t you just go nuts when you head to seafood markets and see an array of fresh shrimp all for the taking?!

Most often, when I shop for food, the first thing I would check is the availability of seafood. Though I have a list of menu planned, Shrimp and Prawns will always take the front seat if they are fresh. I’m like a child offered a bowl of candies the moment I see shrimp and prawns. I am sure all of you food lovers feel the same way whenever you see your favorite ingredient!

I am a nut lover too! Whenever I am so stressed and tired with my day job, I snack on some nuts (mostly with chocolates) and the stress seems to be manageable. I get to relax, think, and overcome stressful situations (and people – LOL). Thinking happy thoughts does not hurt too and I open Instagram to look at hilarious (and may I say adorable) photos of bears, panda and chow chow (yes to simple joys!).

January 11, 2016


Grape Bruschetta
Are you a fan of Bruschetta? How about a fruit lover? Since the time I prepared Mango Bruschetta for my family, I started creating this delicious and easy to prepare snack or light meal with more and more fruit varieties.

What’s interesting about Bruschetta is that it is so versatile, quick to create and quite filling. You can opt for the original tomato topping or go crazy with numerous toppings.

January 4, 2016


Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti, a Pinoy food recipe
Are you a fan of spaghetti?

I love Spaghetti! It’s my favorite dish next to fried chicken. My mom cooks spaghetti the sweet style. Filipino-style that is, sweet sauce with ground meat and tons of sliced hotdogs! When I was a kid, she (in her early 70s now) has never heard of oregano, basil, mozzarella and parmesan that make any pasta dish more aromatic and flavorful.

So when I was growing up, I would only be familiar with the kind of spaghetti she prepares, until I got to taste various pasta dishes served in restaurants and those I’ve seen in numerous international cooking shows. This Pinoy food recipe is a combination of what my mom used to cook with some tweaks I have made since cooking this spaghetti dish several years back.

Since January 4 celebrates National Spaghetti Day, allow me to share with you what brings warm childhood memories and a definite comfort food for me and any Pinoy who grew up accustomed to an easy Pinoy food recipe – Pinoy Sweet-Style Spaghetti.