Spaghetti Bolognese, My Way

I am cooking from Manila, Philippines. Well, from one of the cities of Greater Manila Area, in Taguig City. The way I cook and of course what I cook is greatly influenced by what is available. This is still, a third world country. Spaghetti Bolognese is Italian in origin. So I cannot make it the authentic way. I have the recipe though.

This is done my way, using ingredients from the supermarkets, the downtown regular wet market and gourmet delis.

My Spaghetti Bolognese

I will make this a couple of more times before sharing the recipe. I hope to lighten it still and go the healthy way using whole grain pasta and organic tomatoes.

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The Jamba Juice Experience

I was on the YM with a friend and we were discussing healthy living. He mentioned that he needed to drink fruit shakes and head down to Jamba Juice. I said “there is one here in Manila that has just opened but I haven’t gone yet, though some friends were at the opening several weeks ago”.  He said, “its a good juice bar” and that I should check it out. Well, I did and here is my Jamba Juice experience.

BHS

Bonifacio High Street, the main street retail complex in The Fort has expanded. It is called BHS Central.

Central

BHS Extension

Urban Amphitheater

It is double the size of BHS and has 4 buildings of creative office suits, retail spaces, chef-based dining outlets plus avant garde/fashion forward boutiques. All within a picturesque greenery and open park. It has an urban amphitheater, interactive water plaza, play  fountain and water curtain cascades.

You can be sure there will be a lot of special events scheduled here next year.

C2 Building

Even before this structure is fully operational, you will see on the ground floor tables with bright yellow umbrellas standing prominently.

Jamba Juice

You are not in Starbucks, folks. Welcome to Jamba Juice.

First Outlet in SE Asia

LOGO

Let’s see what they have.

On The Wall

What To Do

Sizes are

16 oz.    Small

22 oz.    Medium

30 oz     Large

The board

Classic Smoothies are whole fruits and juices blended with nonfat frozen yogurt and sherbet.

STRAWBERRY WILD

BANANA BERRY

PEACH PLEASURE

CARIBBEAN PASSIOIN

ALOHA PINEAPPLE

STRAWBERRY SURF RIDER

RAZZMATAZZ

ACAI SUPERCHARGER

THE COLDBUSTER

PROTEIN BERRY WORKOUT

Nonfat Yogurt

Frozen Fruits and Juice

Bullet-sized Ice

Blend

My Smoothie

Strawberry Wild

My first smoothie is this pale pink Strawberry Wild made with strawberries, bananas, apple-strawberry juice and frozen yogurt. Super.

All Fruit and Creamy Smoothies are just fruit and juice.

STRAWBERRY WHIRL

FIVE FRUIT FRENZY

PEACH PERFECTION

MEGA MANGO

Mixed Berry Juice, Peaches and Bananas

Strawberries

Blueberries

and Mangoes

Ice

She blended it

Five Fruit Frenzy

My Five Fruit Frenzy. Crimson color is what you get when you mix the  blueberries and strawberries.

Boosts & Shots

For each blended drink, they make your smoothie work harder. They give you 1 complimentary boost.

ENERGY

IMMUNITY

DAILY VITAMIN

SOY PROTEIN

Super Boosts

ANTIOXIDANT POWER

FLAX AND FIBER

WHEY PROTEIN

You can  extra orders of any of the powders.

They have food

Wraps and Pretzels

Hot Breakfast Wraps and Flatbread

SPINACH ‘N CHEESE

SPICY CHORIZO ON WHEAT

CHERRY TOMATO TWISTS

CINNAMON AND PARMESAN PRETZELS

SMOKEHOUSE CHICKEN FLATBREAD

What I want to try next,

OATMEAL, they have organic steel-cut oats, slow-cooked with soymilk and topped with brown sugar crumble and fruit topping of

FRESH BANANAS

APPLE CINNAMON

BLUEBERRY 7 BLACKBERRY

Really a lot of choices anytime of the day.

Other Stuff

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

MANGO PEACH PARFAIT

BERRY PARFAIT

CHUNKY STRAWBERRY PARFAIT

Service Line

From the looks of this long line, Jamba Juice is a hit.

BHS CENTRAL

7TH AVE COR. 29TH STREET SOUTH

BGC, TAGUIG CITY

 

http://fortbonifaciorent.com/

 

It’s Not Happening

A month has passed by. I still have cough with phlegm. This is taking a while. I did the course of antibiotic, again. That has sailed.

I don’t have the full energy I need to train for running or other sports.

I am eating healthier though. This is the Christmas season, with a lot of parties going on, special cooking, and food shopping. I still have to eat a slice of ham, and its ok. I skipped most of the season’s pastries, high-calorie pasta dishes and chocolates.

I find myself eating more fruits, drinking coconut water almost every other day and taking supplements.

I bought a 600-mg bottle of over-the-counter cough syrup. It’s only gonna last for 34 hours. I am taking it every few hours, hopefully it helps.

Regarding my other goals, its slow moving. Rather than ask why, I remain open and optimistic that things will happen for me. I trust the universe to  work its real magic in my life. I am grateful for what I have and am doing my best for the things I have to do.

Putting Today In Order

Monday, October 31, 2011

We remember our departed loved ones every November 1, it is All Saints’ Day. This year it falls on a Tuesday, so we are having a long weekend of holiday. Time goes by so fast as those precious days are half over and soon we will be back to doing the everyday grind.

I am doing a lot of packing as I am about to move to a new condo. I think I am half done, and with a helper for tomorrow, I think it won’t be too difficult.  I have a lot of personal things to sort out but I wanted to start the day strong and with a sense of self. Exercise usually does that for me. I woke up at 5 am and ready for a brisk walk around the compound. After some warm-ups, I clocked in at 5:34 am, getting into a steady pace, together with the other runners and wanna be runners like me. LOL.

If I finish my walk/run before the sun rises, I feel I have accomplished something.

Sunlight

Like a lot of filipinas, we don’t like the sunlight on our skin. So by 6:35am, I am done.

But I feel like I am just getting into it. Oh well, I will do some more  stretches and yoga later in the day. I still have a few more minutes before the sun is really up so I can go to the market and see what’s for today’s meal.

In one of the stalls near the wet market, I ordered Filipino Congee or Lugaw and had that with some fried cut-up tofu with soya sauce. The vendor has this getting ready for the stove.

Fish Soup

It’s fish (Alumahan) soup with tomatoes, onion, and ginger.

Soured with Kalamansi,

And topped with Malunggay leaves.

I see it starting to cook really good.

Next, she is preparing pork pieces for her version of Caldereta.

Hmm, too bad I couldn’t stay for any of those. My boxes await to be filled and sealed.

At the fruit stand, I buy a couple of green ponkan.Never had them before, so I will have a taste.

Tuna

Fresh tuna!

That is a tuna belly.

And that is Tuna Panga, wonderful when grilled with soy sauce and Kalamansi juice.

I bought a slice off that belly and a tuna steak, for lunch.

I AM OWNING MY DAY

I am making a deal with myself to own this day. I think I did pretty well with the past couple of hours. I have paperwork to do, a meeting at 2pm and a late afternoon date with the mat and yoga dvds. The boxes will be filled somewhere in between those and into the night.

I won’t think past the next 19 hours. I have this first to go through and I am gonna like it.

This is my way of keeping the anxiety disorder in check. Changing the landscape of my apartment by putting away my things have been emotional, even if I know I am off to move to a better place. Going through them also bring back memories that I have dealt with already. Now I get to ask, I was this upset? I really bothered with these? Or the one I like, wow, I didn’t know this before? Pertaining to a book topic that I spent a thousand pesos to get enlightened with.

I have outgrown some, while I see some things I have to relearn again. Overall, they need to go to the box and get stacked up. I will deal with them again (to give away) when I unpack them.

Hello world!

This is a very personal blog.

For sometime, as a domestic violence survivor, I had been stuck in the past. It was horrific, life stopping and a totally draining experience. But I came out of it with nothing but my broken self that I knew  I would piece together again  one day. The time it took to grieve  and accept the loss is exactly what is needed, and I am not about to question that.

I am now in the present. I know that the moment I am, I will  make an effort of connecting to myself this way.

This blog is born at a time that the chaos in my life is about making the changes about me. There is no one else involved. It is my personal time. I can do anything I want, go anywhere it suits me and just live it up. I do have a lot of lofty pursuits lined up.

But I start where I am and with what I’ve got. I have to be patient and let the process unfold.

Stay with me.

(Jupiter Image)