Jul 30, 2015

Foodstagram: Midyear Cooking!

 Midyear classes are from Mon to Fri so I only have my time off during weekends. Most of the time I'm stressed because everything's fast-paced and what we like to do whenever we are stressed? Eat!!! Well in my case I have to cook my meal haha! So I introduce to you now my Midyear cooking diary! Most of them are pasta dishes as I'm experimenting on sauces and I had borrowed a pasta book from my friend.

I'm posting my dishes over my Instagram and if you want to get the recipes of these don't be shy to ask on the comments below!

 1. Spaghetti with Red Wine and Tomato Basil Sauce

Cooking notes: Basically I bought a 500g pasta and used like 300g for this, 3/4kilo of fresh tomatoes and other essentials for making a tomato sauce, dried basil,  plus hint of red wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon for more savoury finish. I like the combination of the red wine and tomato sauce because they go very well and you'll love the "kick" in the end. No-meat! Only used 3/4 of a can of Shiitake mushrooms on this!

2. Spaghetti with Peanuts, Garlic and Cream Cheese Sauce

Cooking notes: As I said on the caption, this is a no-cook white sauce! You just have to put all purpose cream, grated cheese, one clove of garlic, peanuts, milk, salt and pepper in a blender until smooth. You should leave some crushed peanuts for the topping. It should be creamy, garlic-y with crunchy peanut bits. It's addicting, I swear.

3. Penne with Spinach and Mushrooms in Three Cheese Sauce

Cooking notes: I found a pasta and sauce promo pack. It includes a 500g Penne rigatoni and 1kg of Three Cheese sauce for a whooping 100php (around $2.20)! I just used 300g of Penne for this dish. Bought one bunch of spinach for 5php (next time I'll use two bunches) and used my leftover Shiitake mushrooms from my first dish. This already fed a family of four for dinner! See, you don't have to spend a lot for a great dinner!

4. Baked Penne with Three Cheese and Mornay Sauce

Cooking notes: I used the remaining Penne, Three Cheese sauce and made my Mornay sauce from scratch. Mornay sauce is basically milk and cheese white sauce! First I cooked the pasta then I put it in a microwave safe container, cooked the red sauce with hotdog bits. Then I mixed the sauce with the pasta in the container. Next I cooked the Mornay sauce then poured it on top of the pasta. Pop it in the microwave oven for few minutes and you're good!

5. Choco Mousse

Cooking notes: After those savoury dishes, we need to end this with a dessert! I made a Choco Mousse for my last day of midyear class. Shared it with my friends too! It's made of crushed graham base. For the filling, you just have to heat up sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder and water. Top with cream and chocolate chips!
Such a sweet ending!

Hope you'll be inspired to whip your own dishes! Promise it's so fun and (ful)filling! Haha!
To keep updated with my food adventures and designs, follow me on Instagram at @itsmoriela!

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Jun 6, 2015

Project Runway Philippines Season 4

The prestigious search for the next Filipino fashion designer is back with new set of contestants, new guest judge and new power!

Are you excited for Project Runway Philippines Season 4?

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Jun 3, 2015

Styles Studio Salon & Spa in Banawe St.

Let's face it. We are in constant search of a salon we can really swear by. A one-stop place for our pampering needs, a hair stylist that knows the best cuts and color for our hair, applying quality products, and affordable.
Looks like I might have found one.
Read on girls, Styles Studio Salon and Spa might be your next relaxing retreat.

Styles Studio Salon & Spa is located at Antonia Mansion, #690 Banawe St., Brgy. Siena, Quezon City. It's beside BPI Amoranto branch and in front of North Park.
 We had a couple of turns around the area just to find the place, but once you found it. You're in for a treat!

First off, they have nice interiors. It looks clean and organized. You can feel the studio theme.
Reception area
The place is not too big, just enough for a handful of customers. So I suggest that you go there early or set a schedule. Plus, parking might be a problem.

Hair services area

 This is my fave area. The foot spa couches! Other salons just have this little chairs and washbasins. Here the sink is attached to the floor, you have enough room for your things while watching TV and having your foot spa.

Foot Spa area

Products they use
Colorful nail polishes and swatches!

A blogger invited me to try out their services at a P500 discount. I'm with my family that time since I have a fashion event later that day too, so they also tried their services. We all had Styles Studio Signature Foot Spa and Pedi (P349), then for my hair, Hair Color Loreal (P799) , my mom had Hair Color Ordinary (P499).

It was my first time to get my hair colored so I was bit scared of how I'll look like after. But I was really excited to see the results!

Okay that's my BEFORE look. Remember. You'll be surprised later. HAHA.

I just wanted a natural looking color to start, so I chose only among the brown shades. My choices was the Dark Brown Intensive or the Medium Brown Intensive. I chose the latter (like Jessica Alba's) but the stylist told me that my hair is so black and if I want to achieve the Medium Brown Intensive, I should pick the Light Brown Intensive instead.
 At first I hesitated, since I think it's like brown-blonde, then I realized that he surely knows about it so I agreed.

 He also offers to have my hair cut. Again, I hesitated since I'm not really into changing my hair style, then I agreed, but HONESTLY, he really did cut my hair... and I didn't notice the change and lived up his promise of just "styling" or "trimming" my hair!! So happy!
Seriously, how many hair stylist just broke that "trimming"promise before, right?

My mom getting her pedi and haircut.
 Contrary to my mom, she really wanted a short cut. But we were in a hurry that time so she didn't had the chance to have it cut shorter after the coloring. But my mom and my dad loved their foot spa. Hmmm it's my turn to see why!

Well they have multiple steps in their signature foot spa, aside from foot soak and sole scrubbing, they use lots of products on your foot (in which we don't complain because they smell so nice). They have foot scrub and a foot mask, where they put it and cling wrap your leg and your leg will feel cool! Then they'll but a hot towel that relaxes your leg. Oooh. That's our fave part!

Then they'll put moisturizers which smells like bubble gum. (IT'S SO NICE!!) And starts the pedi. I picked Tahiti Brown for my nails.
After the treatment, our feet really felt soft and supple!
My parents told me that they enjoyed it too
, considering the price, it was all worth it since they really took care of your feet and put lots of products. They even said "hindi sila nagtitipid sa ginagamit nila". 
Plus, the people there are friendly, that once they knew that I have an event to attend, they were asking what color I'll be wearing so they could suggest a nail polish.

Tadah! Happy feet! I'll recommend their foot spa! A MUST-TRY!!!

Now for my hair, behold, look first at my BEFORE photo.

Okay here's my AFTER look.

When I saw it I blurted out, " my hair is so sexy, like sexier than me!!".  And the stylist was right about the hair color, and he even made sure that the color will stick to my hair.
It's a good first hair color and it feels like natural!

The verdict:
Styles Studio Salon & Spa 's services are worth every peso, not to mention they are more affordable compared to other salons in town. I could say that because I've tried other competitive and famous salons, discounted or not, and we left like we just achieved half of what we paid.
Styles Studio might be a little far from us (I'm from Pasig, BTW), but my mom and I are sure to return to this salon soon, since we could really feel the quality products and service are almost the same or even more and we get our money's worth and the pampering we like to achieve.

To know more about Styles Studio Salon & Spa, visit their Facebook Page at facebook.com/stylesstudiosalonandspa

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Jun 1, 2015

OutKast Paradigm X M Barretto Capsule Collection

Streetwear fashion gets more exciting and challenging now that numerous brands are getting in the hype. Creating unique designs that suits the young professionals, who wants to feel comfortable and edgy is what OutKast Paradigm brings to you by collaborating with renowned menswear designer M Barretto.

Last May 27, they presented their capsule collection among members of the press, celebrities, fashion enthusiasts, designers and models at Soma Space in Green Sun.

Nothing screams street fashion but wall graffiti

OutKast Paradigm’s founders, Lito Trinidad, Benj Bolivar, and Cris Lomotan, are long standing members of the fashion industry who have come together to encourage the importance of claiming your own style and fashion identity, as the
name OutKast Paradigm implies. After a 2-year hiatus, M Barretto joins them to create dynamic styles.

The "Anonymous" shirt

One thing I liked about their collection is the simple yet statement pieces and the comeback of jumpers and overalls. Since their target market is mostly male, but apparently some of their designs could be worn by females, those who like to have masculine streetwear in their closet should surely go visit their shop.

Currently they have 8 physical stores and online shop thru Facebook and Instagram (@outkastparadigm), where you can also view their collections and celebrities that wear their clothing such as Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford, James Reid and many more!

After all, they only have limited stocks for each designs, (around 15 pieces based from their IG account) that ensures you that you won't be passing the street terrified of having a double.

The model just gave us an idea what to wear when all your clothes are on laundry and you got nothing but a jacket! HAHA! But with a simple tank top you can really pull this off!

It's nice that they promote self-identity by wearing their brand. They encourage everyone to be different in their own way. As they say " It's OK to be different, it's OK to stand out. Be an OutKast!"
After all, we sometimes need a break from the trends!

Founders/Designers: M Barretto, , Benj Bolivar, Cris Lomotan and Lito
For more information and
updates follow OutKast Paradigm on Facebook (www.facebook.com/outkastparadigm) and Instagram

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May 28, 2015

#NoLimitWithInipit: Truffula Tree Potted Dessert

If you're a fan of Martha Stewart, maybe you've seen her "Potted Choco pudding with Mint sprigs" dessert. It's one of the inspirations of this but here I decided to play with an animated movie and/or a children's story to make it more fun looking!

Does the Truffula tree sound familiar? It's from the movie, The Lorax!
Remember that soft and fluffy tree that the Once-ler used for making a thneed?
Photo credit here
With that inspiration, plus cotton candy on wafer stick, and couple of Lemon Square's Inipit cakes, I was able to make this Truffula tree potted dessert!

Truffula Tree Potted Dessert Recipe
For the Chocolate Pudding

1 tbsp of clear, unflavored gelatin
2 tbsp cold water
2 tbsp boiling water

1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. In a bowl, sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over cold water for 1 minute.

2. While waiting, mix in another bowl the sugar and cocoa powder.
3. Pour boiling water over the gelatin mixture. Mix until the gelatin is dissolved.
4. Incorporate the sugar and cocoa mixture to the gelatin mixture. Add vanilla extract.
You can also put 1 tbsp of milk for creamier texture.
5. Cool down a bit. Put in a clear glass then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

So while you're cooling the pudding, we'll prepare the layers of Inipit cakes!

I can still remember well when this product was launched way back in 2003, I was in Grade Three and we were given free samples of Inipit cakes during one of our breaks. There were only 2 flavors of Inipit back then, the custard flavor and the chocolate flavor, and my classmates were getting the chocolate of course. The samples are being passed front to back and since I was seated at the back before, I got the custard one.

Until now my mom still buys Inipit cakes for my little brother for school (which is incoming Grade Three this year! What a coincidence!). And now it has variety of flavors, but never loses the same quality and texture that the kids love!

In this recipe I used their chocolate flavor for the "dirt" and the pandan flavor for the "grass".

After the gelatin solidified, all you have to do is to crumble the chocolate cake first, then layer it to the pudding then crumble the pandan cake and put it on top of the chocolate cake. I used one pack only for each cakes.

Look at those layers! Cute!

Now to get that Truffula tree topper, you must search the whole city for the cotton candy man or you can buy the packed cotton candy in supermarkets.
I know. I just figured out that that exist. What a relief!
However, it's not as pink as the one's from the machine. So I suggest you start the quest for that cotton candy man!

Once you got your cotton candy, make sure that your hands are dry since they are hydrophilic (they love water so much), then get a wafer stick and form a ball on top. Then carefully "tease" the ball of cotton candy,...like pinch it outwards, to create the volume/ fluffy effect. So it is better if you put more cotton candy then "remove" by pinching to create that effect.
I hope you understood me guys!

When you got your desired fluffiness of the cotton candy, poke the cake-pudding at the center with the wafer stick with cotton candy to make it look like a plant.

Truffula tree potted dessert!
It looks so fluffy!!!!!

Few notes:
  •  You can put other "plants" like candy flowers, marshmallow flowers in toothpicks , gummy worms etc. for that garden theme.
  • How cute this is for a themed birthday or event but cotton candy won't last too long since it will melt due to the humidity and being hydrophilic. In fact, mine just collapsed after this photoshoot. So my brother has an excuse to eat it right away. Haha.
  • How to eat: Well, one way is to eat the cotton candy first or with the wafer stick, then the cake-pudding. Or you could mix all of them. Kids will surely have no trouble with that.

Making it made me feel like I'm being a kid again,... the children story, the cute plant thing, and Inipit cakes!
Sarap maging kid with Inipit!
With Inipit cakes, you can be more creative and do more because there's #NoLimitWithInipit

Can you make great desserts too using Inipit cakes?
You can join this contest too!
Love lots,

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