Tuesday, February 26, 2008
My favorite seafood is prawn and paprika is my favorite spice. Combining those two elements I came up with something easy to prepare but very flavorful. The paprika prawn skewers with thai chili sauce. The overnight marination of salt, pepper, paprika and lime in my prawns gave my recipe a different kick. Paprika is a mild spice, adding salt and pepper balanced the taste and the lime as the kicker. Everyone should try this and grill the skewers in butter for added flavor. Everyone can cook most specially a simple recipe like this. Appetizer to all the beer drinkers and pica-pica lovers!
Posted by Joanie at 11:35
Thursday, February 21, 2008
After my first TV appearance last year in ABC 5's Island Flavors (hosted by Gigi Angkaw), here's another one to check out! On February 25, 2008, Monday 10-11pm watch out for "THE BEAT" on QTV 11, Hosted by Miriam Quiambao and Ivan Mayrina. Correspondent Tonypet Gaba of Art Angel will be the one to interview me. Since its ARTS month this February they will feature Chefs that also have talents in the ARTS. Aside from my cooking THE BEAT will also showcase my paintings. Please watch!
Posted by Joanie at 10:23
Friday, February 15, 2008
This was the "Sister Act" dinner. My customer Ia Kalaw reserved a dinner as a gift to her sister Mayei, who came all the way from London with her husband Dennis. They're British citizens and they're familiar with with my favorite chef–Jamie Oliver. Mayei said she doesn't like Jamie that much and I told her that according to London's websites, newspapers and TV–you either love him or hate him. As for me, I LOVE HIM! We talked about a lot of things in Jamie's life. It was a very interesting conversation that I did not want to end. I can be very talkative when it comes to certain topics. Mayei and Dennis, I had a great time!
How can I forget to give credit to Ia who also went there that night with her special friend Miguel to bring her Ate Mayei to my place. She gave me a special little something. She told me that it's her Christmas present for me. I'm touched. I also gave her Strawberry Wine from La Trinidad, Benguet as my way of thanking her.
Posted by Joanie at 09:51
Monday, February 11, 2008
A few more days and yes it's Valentine's Day already! I bet most couples will have their special date with their special someone on that day. And for the single ladies out there, I am quite sure that most of you are dying to have a date like Piolo Pascual! And who wouldn't?
Well just want people to know that aside from The Artist Chef that happens every Sunday of my life, advertising is my real bread and butter. Let me just share a short story: last year I had this photo shoot for a print ad with the most popular hunk in show business which happens to be BDO's endorser–Piolo Pascual. BDO is one of the big brands I am handling in the ad agency I am working with now. One of the tasks of an Art Director is to attend the photo shoot and work with the photographer. Our photographer that time was Raymond Isaac and has this studio house with a very cozy interior somewhere in Makati. I love being an Art Director but sometimes I get tired and how I wish I can do The Artist Chef everyday. In cooking there's no boss to please and no client to make you feel stressed–I am both the master and the servant.
Posted by Joanie at 14:42
Friday, February 08, 2008
A former TV news correspondent based in Japan dined at my place. Marian has been married for almost a year and now works in the same industry as her husband. As a newly wed couple, they shared with me their experiences during their wedding venue research. They said that it's quite hard to choose the right venue to match your budget. Most of their research was about Tagaytay. Hmmm… I am somehow leaning towards the same direction. They came across Antonio's Hideaway, Hacienda Isabel, Sonya's Garden, Ville Sommet, Nurture Spa, Balai Inday and Tagatay Highlands. But they ended up celebrating their big day at Ponderosa Club House. Actually it's not really a wedding venue that anyone can rent. They are lucky to know someone who owns a house in Ponderosa that's why they were able to rent the clubhouse at a very cheap rate. They described the garden as majestic and picturesque. For them it's the perfect wedding venue. Would you believe that my conversation with them lasted for more than an hour and they stayed at my place for almost four hours? The conversation was all worth it.
I was surprised that both of them are very sweet and not shy about showing their feelings for each other.
Posted by Joanie at 10:06
Friday, February 01, 2008
Introducing the most fashionable customer I've ever had--Ms. Ia Alano, who works as a Marketing Officer in Rustan's. Her date that night was Miguel, whom I can say is equally good looking as Ia. They were very sweet to each other so I have no doubt that they will end up in a relationship soon. Ia was the first to experience the Special Christmas Dinner I prepared during the holiday. A special menu for a very special occasion.
The take home goodies I gave for the month of December:
Cupcakes which I ordered from Yumi Castrillo.
Cupcakes which I ordered from Yumi Castrillo.
Thank you so much Ia!
Posted by Joanie at 16:29