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    Aside from the larger ice cream companies that have been around forever, Manila is now experiencing a surge of smaller scale ice cream businesses with flavors that will blow your mind, and your tastebuds. Since they are catering more to individual tastes more than the mass market, you can bet that you will find something to satisfy your sweet tooth, whether it craves chocolate or a more fruity taste.

    Related: How to make your ice cream last longer

    Here are a few delicious treats to cool you off in our still scorching weather:

    Pinkerton Red Velvet Ice Cream:  Imagine a thick, creamy vanilla packed with red velvet cake chunks--it's every dessert lovers dream! Owner Alexandra Rocha can even collaborate with you to get your perfect flavor. Visit their Facebook page.

    Mochiko Avocado Mochi:  A personal favorite, this little ball of goodness has all the flavor and creaminess of real avocado, wrapped in a sticky rice flour sheet. They also have fun flavors such as Chocnut and their newest

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  • As much as we would like to use fresh ingredients for our meals, there are times when we simply do not have the time to prepare something from scratch. (Or, admit it or not, the canned stuff can actually be really good!)  All you need to do to spruce up your “de lata” are a few extra ingredients to turn something simple into a gourmet meal.

    Bangus in Oil.  While this is already good eaten straight out of the can with hot rice, turn it into something you can serve at a dinner party.
    ·        Sauté garlic and onions.
    ·        And add your bangus fillets with some of the oil it comes with.
    ·        Flake your fish while cooking and fry until completely flaked and crispy.
    ·        Set aside.

    SERVING SUGGESTION: Use for finger food such as crackers with cream cheese topped with crispy bangus. Or, add to pasta with either homemade or store bought pesto.

    Corned Beef.  Yummy sautéed or hashed, corned beef also makes great tacos.
    ·        Cook corned beef until toasted.
    ·        Fill your taco shells

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  • Food is the center of the Christmas season in the Philippines, with people giving and receiving delicious presents from the start of December onwards. The Noche Buena table on Christmas Eve is the height of the food-focused season. While what we serve is often dictated by nostalgia and tradition (Christmas ham, anyone?), it would be good this holiday season to mix things up a bit by adding one or two new dishes to your repertoire. Here are a few suggestions:

    Candied Chestnuts. Also known as marrons glacé in French, these babies take a bit of time to make, but not a lot of effort, and the results are definitely worth it.

    ·        Boil water, sugar and vanilla extract down to a syrup.
    ·        Toss peeled chestnuts in the syrup several times in the course of about 2 or 3 days.
    ·        After the chestnuts have fully absorbed the syrup, put them in the oven for about an hour to dry and firm up.
    ·        Serve as is, as an alternative to plain, roasted chestnuts, or use them as ice cream or

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  • Soup is one of the easiest things to make. If you choose the right ingredients, it can even be a full meal in itself.
    Aside from the fact that you need very little time to make soup, you can also make it in larges batches and freeze for those days when you don't feel like cooking or the weather is just asking for you to comfort yourself with a big bowl of broth.
    Here are a few soup ideas anyone can make.

    1. Malunggay and Chicken Soup

    This one stop meal provides the heft that you need for a full meal and the nutrients from the super healthy and reasonably priced malunggay. Just sautee malunggay in garlic and onions and puree. Add chicken stock and coconut milk and top of with shredded chicken breast. A yummy addition would be a sprinkling of fried garlic!

    2. Tomato and Cilantro Soup

    Instead of tomato cream soup, change it up a bit by adding a Mexican twist. Sautee onions and garlic and add a can of diced or whole tomatoes. Add a bit of stock and bring to the boil. Add a teaspoon each of

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  • In this country, the Christmas season officially starts when the “ber” months do. This is evident in all the décor that suddenly pops up in department stores, the frequent sales and piped in Christmas carols everywhere you go. While some people start Christmas shopping early, it's never too late to, at the very least, purchase present for the important people in your life. Here are a few ideas for your foodie friends and family:

    CCA's Pastry Essentials course. Give yourself the gift of giving! This short pastry course by CCA will teach you how to make everyone's favorite pastries such as oatmeal raisin cookies, red velvet cupcakes and even macarons. They will also give gift wrapping ideas for a very deliciously sweet Christmas. For course schedule and rates, call Center for Culinary Arts Podium at 5093466 or 5025651, or visit www.cca-manila.com

    Villa del Conte chocolate.
    This 75 year old Italian chocolate maker prides itself in handpicking its own cocoa beans for all their deliciousRead More »from Foodie Christmas gift ideas