3/4/14

Mrs. Graham's S'more Macaron

Inside-Out S'more Macaron PHP 50

It wasn't just love at first sight, it was love at first bite. French macarons have got to be one of my favorite desserts in the world and bakeries are really bringing up their game by introducing more and more unique flavors to the market. Who would've thought of combining a macaron and a s'more? Mrs. Graham's did! You experience all the flavors of a s'more but in a completely different way.

Mrs. Graham's has a ton of exciting flavors you never that you'd taste in a macaron like the Inside-Out S'more (in the photo above), Pancake with Maple Buttercream, French Toast with Peanut Buttercream, Tiramisu, Baileys and more. Check out the rest of the macaron flavors and their prices here!

Mrs. Graham's 
Address: 51C, Scout Rallos St., Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City
Instagram: @mrsgrahamscafe
Email: mrsgrahamsbakery@gmail.com
Mobile No.: (0915) 812-2662

3/3/14

Diet Diva

First Day
Breakfast: 2 slices of bread and a hotdog (I'm guessing it's a cheesedog!)
Lunch: fish and veggies
Dinner: chicken with red rice and cucumber slices
Snacks: Lipton tea and an orange

Second Day
Breakfast: fish and rice with half a salted egg and tomato
Lunch: breaded chicken curry with veggies and brown rice
Dinner: sardine fettuccine pasta
Snacks: Lipton tea and 'saba'

Third Day
Breakfast: instant oatmeal
Lunch: beef with mushrooms and brown rice
Dinner: chicken with sweet potatoes
Snacks: Lipton tea, wheat crackers and a hard boiled egg

Fourth Day
Breakfast: fried rice with minced chicken, carrots and peas
Lunch: "rellenong bangus' with red rice and cucumber slices
Dinner: pesto pasta with minced chicken
Snacks: Lipton tea, an orange, apple and a banana
*they gave me extra fruit to compensate for the wheat crackers on the third day

Fifth Day
Breakfast: pastrami and tomato sandwich
Lunch: chicken with brown rice
Dinner: chicken with broccoli and red rice
Snacks: orange flavored Fit 'n Right and an apple

Diet Diva is a five-day diet delivery service wherein they send you food everyday that are supposed to be under 1,200 calories. I came across their Instagram account and saw some of the meals they prepared for their clients, which looked pretty good for diet food. The portions looked just right that it seemed like I wouldn't get hungry or deprived, so I decided to give it a go.

The idea of a diet delivery service wasn't new to me as I knew some friends who tried different ones previously. I've always wanted to try something like this but the unreasonable price was what always held me back. Although when I heard about Diet Diva and their program of PHP 1,800 for five days I couldn't resist. I contacted them almost immediately and deposited a total of PHP 1,900, which included 100 pesos for delivery charge to Ortigas everyday for five days.

The people behind Diet Diva are really friendly and punctual. Being a college student, I requested my food for the day to be delivered by 8 am everyday, and they always made sure that it was at my doorstep by 7:30. I think the quality of the food is very reasonable for the price I paid which is a total of PHP 360 a day - three meals and a snack. Nowadays that amount of money can't buy you three meals in a restaurant, maybe not even one. The only problem I encountered with them was that on the third day, my wheat crackers had tiny holes in the packaging and was invaded with ants. Thankfully everything else was edible and they were very quick to apologize for what happened, they also added an extra fruit to my delivery the next day. 

Unfortunately, the diet didn't really make me lose much weight, I lost a pound or two at the most which I quickly gained back the following weekend. I guess for someone with a normal BMI, 1200 calories a day isn't gonna cut it if I wanna shed some weight. My favorite day has to be the second, favorite meal the sardine fettuccine and the meal I couldn't care for the most would be the chicken and sweet potatoes.

Have you ever been on a Diet Delivery Service?

Diet Diva
Instagram: @dietdivaph
Mobile No.: (0917) 703-3483
Telephone No.: 434-3482
*cut off is every Friday

12/28/13

Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm Haul

It doesn't get any more natural and unprocessed than this. Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm has been around for at least thirty years now producing honey, propolis, pollen, royal jelly and beeswax; further creating other natural handmade bee products like soap, shampoo, candles and more for affordable prices. By visiting their farm you can see how simple and honest their philosophy is, behind the store I witnessed three ladies sitting by the window making and packaging their soaps. All receipts were hand written and they only accept cash. They even limit their Virgin Honey to one per customer!

I recommend giving them a visit and even booking a tour on their website, which I now regret not doing. My family and other family friends were in Tagaytay for vacation so it was a spontaneous trip to the farm. Although if you are interested in purchasing some of their products and won't be able to make it to Tagaytay, you may also order online and have it shipped to Manila.

I have only tried the lip balm so far and I'm really liking it, it's similar to Burt's Bees but I like this one better. We were so overwhelmed with all the products that we ended up hoarding (this doesn't include the pasalubong we bought) but for once we weren't guilty because of the affordability. 

"Propolis is better for coughs, colds, flu, fevers, asthma and boosting immune system."

"Made from beemilk or royal jelly, honey, beeswax, propolis, & natural flower, herb and seed oils. Can be used as a make up remover or moisturizer."

"Calming hand soap with green tea oil."

"Made from beemilk or royal jelly, honey, beeswax, propolis, & natural flower, herb and seed oils. Quenches dry and scaly skin to make it supple and smooth. Excellent for cold climates, and for alleviation of dry rashes."

"An aromatic blend of essential oils of herbs, flowers, fruit and nut oils with honey and bee propolis. Our massage oils do not leave a sticky feeling."

"Made from honey for conditioning and hair growth; propolis for scalp infections, dandruff, falling and graying hair; and natural oils like palm kernel, castor and coconut oil for a gentle cleanse."

"Made from virgin honey, beeswax, oatmeal, pollen, and royal jelly. Good for cleansing, moisturizing and softening."

"Good for eczema, ringworm, pimples and all types of skin infections. Stimulates blood circulation to ease muscular pains, powerful skin cleanser and excellent stain remover."

"Soothes and relaxes tired muscles, calms away stress, exhaustion, fatigue, and nervous tention. Promotes restful sleep."

"Beeswax, honey and propolis with sandalwood oil that is soothing, healing and relaxing."

"Proppolis gold is anti fungal, antibacterial and antiviral action."

"Breath freshener, bacteriostatic throat and mouth spray. Prevents colds, coughs, even fever / flu, if taken immediately after feeling an itchy throat. Made form virgin honey, propolis gold, and peppermint / spearmint oils."

"For skin irritations and infections. Good for relief of persistent skin rashes, skin itches, insect bites, infected wounds and burns, and acne. Made from propolis gold and beeswax in an olive oil base. Scented with eucalyptus oil for its added anti-microbial effect."

"Made from refined beeswax, propolis gold, virgin honey and a medley of fruit oils."

Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm
Address: 47 Aguinaldo Highway, Lalaan 1, Muncipality of Silang
Email: info@ilogmaria.com
*Operating Hours: 8 pm to 5 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays and some holidays)