Monthly Archives: February 2014

Choosing To Eat Healthier This Year

food musings, healthy eating

I have always tried to have a healthier eating habit by including a lot of vegetables, fish and fruits into my diet, but this year I really aspire to lead a healthier lifestyle and finally lose some unwanted pounds that is why I am really bent on eating less meat and more fresh produce. It is also the reason why I was so thrilled to find out that the recently-opened Robinsons Place Malolos actually have some sort of a salad bar in their supermarket. I was a huge fan of their fresh fruits salad at the other local branch, so I really cannot wait to give this one a try. Also, what is more exciting is that apart from the sliced fruits you can readily buy per gram depending on how much you can consume, and in recyclable containers to boot, they also added fresh salads, a bevy of toppings and a number of dips and dressings, as well as an assortment of other salads, including my instant favorite, baby potato salad. The first time I visited, I bought a big tub of it and I really liked it!

This salad bar is perfect for those who want to go on a diet, or eat healthier, even when they do not know a lot of healthy dishes to prepare at home. A big tub of potato salad is perfect for dinner, when you do not want to eat anything heavy or when you are just too lazy to prepare a dish. I know I will keep coming back to this part of the mall. Consuming more salad and more greens is a surefire way for me to shed these unsightly fats. I just hope these food items will also inspire me to get up and spend time on my mat soon!

I know I will be frequenting this side of the mall and I will make sure to stop by the salad bar whenever possible. Besides, Robinsons is my go-to place whenever I need to shop for the little man’s milk as each box of Enfagrow A+ Kid comes with a Php100 gift certificate. 🙂

The Big Winners At the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge 2014

announcement, food press, foodie events

Year after year since 2009, the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) gathers the Philippines’ most creative and innovative culinarians. The event is now one of the country’s biggest intercollegiate culinary competitions. This year, Ajinomoto® UCC attracted thousands of visitors and hundreds of HRM and Nutrition students from 51 Universities and Colleges, not just coming from Metro Manila and nearby provinces, but as far back as Ilocos, CAR and Visayas. Distinguished judges during the event included culinary experts Chef Bruce Lim, Chef Dino Datu, Chef Sau del Rosario, Chef Rosebud Benitez and nutrition experts Dr. Veritas Luna, Dr. Zenaida Narciso and Ms. Joan Sumpio to name a few.

Ms. Kathryn Bernardo, teen sensation and AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning Endorser kicked off the event’s most anticipated Awarding Ceremony. The University of Santo Tomas (UST) bagged the coveted Umami Bowl Award and a kitchen classroom showcase after receiving the highest overall score in major competition categories including Best Filipino Umami Dish-Luzon, My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate and My Own Umami Creation.

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The University of Santo Tomas is the Umami Bowl Champion of the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge

La Consolacion College – Manila shared the spotlight and received double recognition after winning first place in Luzon for the Best Filipino Umami Dish competition category and outdoing Hercor College from Capiz in the National Cooking Showdown for the same category. Other winning teams came from the University of Perpetual Help System- Biñan and Calamba, Manila Tytana College, Rogationist College, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas, Saint Michael’s College of Laguna and Colegio de San Lorenzo.

First place winners for each of the four (4) categories received gold medals and PhP 10,000 in cash, second place winners won silver medals and PhP 8,000 pesos and third place winners received bronze medals and PhP 5,000 pesos. The Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge is presented by AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION and sponsored by La Germania, Solane, Masflex KitchenPro, Nature’s Spring and Business Mirror.

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