Cookery: Double Cheese Baked Macaroni

>> Friday, October 29, 2010

Cheese is one of man's greatest achievement. It may not cure cancer though but it makes life seems a little better. I personally think that cheese is one intense component in a dish that beads of sweat comes down every time I see a food with cheese on it.

The Double Cheese Baked Macaroni is one of the sexiest baked macaroni that ever exist. It gives pleasure to cheese addicts and meat lovers alike. If the looks of the food could kill, the flavors will send your soul to thy kingdom come.

Double Cheese Baked Macaroni shows why cheese is better than margarine. I trust cows more than chemists.


• 1 400-gram pack macaroni

Meat filling:
• 1/4 cup oil
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 small onion, chopped
• 1 green bell pepper, diced
• ¼ kilo ground pork,
• ¼ kilo ground beef
• 1/4 kilo ham, cubed
• 2 cups tomato sauce
• 2 tablespoons catsup
• ¼ tsp dried oregano/ dried basil
• salt and pepper to taste

• 1/2 cup butter
• 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 big can avaporated milk
• 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
• 1 cup quickmelt cheese
• 225 grams cream cheese


1. Boil macaroni as directed in the package.
2. Drain then set aside.

Prepare Meat Filling:
3. In a skillet, heat oil.
4. Saute garlic and onions.
5. Add pepper and cook until tender.
6. Add ground beef, ground pork and ham and cook until browned.
7. Add tomato sauce, catsup, bay leaves and seasoning.
8. Bring to a boil, lower heat then allow to simmer for a few minutes.
9. If sauce get too thick, add a little water.
10. Add this mixture to the cooked macaroni.
11. Mix very well then transfer to an ovenproof glass dish. Set aside.

Prepare Sauce:
12. Melt butter then add flour.
13. Stir to remove lumps.
14. Add milk and chicken broth while stirring continuously.
15. Add the cheeses until smooth and thick.
16. Pour evenly over the macaroni in the dish.
17. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Chef Ryla is a graduate of Basic Culinary Arts and gained her Certificate on Commercial Cooking (National Certificate No. 10070202006587) in MOST Institute Cebu Campus.

For orders: 09325322100 or 09059132547


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

>> Friday, October 15, 2010

So you are single, have a great job, a good set of friends and a perfect life. Material things are not a problem either. You have a car, a nice flat and the newest iPad.

Then you realize that women are not interested in you.

That is the sad fact my friends. We cannot understand women. We do not know what they really like and what they really don't like. My best hint would be because of your looks. But that's okay, there is always the blind side of love. This is probably because to have a beautiful or a successful woman makes us the alpha male. Well, not if you married Kris Aquino.

One way to understand a woman is take her to a coffee shop. Engage in a relaxing atmosphere and talk while enjoying great coffee. Taking her to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf would be the greatest idea since deciding to finally throw your journal in the urinal and finally talk to a girl. Coffee Bean offers excellent coffee and great eats. The coffee shop that invented the ice blended coffee, Coffee Bean continues to treat us with quality products.

Ice Blended Double Chocolate

Their Ice Blended Double Chocolate makes the coffee nervous. Topped with cream, the richness of the chocolate blasts all over your mouth. If you are into cappuccinos, The Coffee Bean's cappuccino is as interesting as Sam Milby's gender. When you order their cappuccino, stirring is prohibited. This is because the cappuccino is made and handcrafted by putting the flavors layer by layer. Because of this, you need not to stir to fully enjoy the coffee.

If you are into the classic fresh brew, they serve the best coffee beans there is and will handcraft it personally for you. Their fresh brewed coffee can always soothe your day. It is black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel and sweet as love.

Chipotle Roast Chicken

Smoked Turkey & Melted Cheddar Cheese

No matter how beautiful your girl is, she still gets hungry. The Coffee Bean does not just serve the finest coffee but they also serve great meals. Their gourmet sandwich is a winner. Their Sandwiches are composed of fresh vegetables with a good amount of meat in it. Not just that, all sandwiches are served with a small side salad. Their Smoked Turkey & Melted Cheddar Cheese Sandwich is simply made of awesome. The meat of the turkey does not taste like rubber at all. The turkey is not heavily flavored to give way to the natural flavors of the meat. To seal the deal, the melted cheddar cheese is successful in giving character on the sandwich.

Chilled Spicy Chicken Salad

Coffee Bean's Classic Caesar Salad

What surprises me is that The Coffee Bean also serves salads. Give their salads the chance like how women give chances to their lovers. The difference is that their salads will never fail you. Just like how you found your wife, you never thought that on of the best caesar salad can be found at a coffee shop. The best thing about the Coffee Bean's Classic Caesar Salad is how the sauce is tossed to stick to the romaine leaves and garlic croutons. This is the salad that you need to take on seriously.

Roasted Chicken & Mushroom Fusilli

Men knows how they like their women. Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Coffee Bean also offers pasta for people who choose heavy meals. Their Spicy Tuna Linguine is not a dish to keep away from. This dish is playful. The spicy flavor of the dish does not set everything on fire and there is a distinctive hint of sourness on the sauce. They also serve Roast Chicken & Mushroom Fusilli. This dish is very tasty and creamy. I love how the light flavors leave the taste on your lips. The flavor stays long enough, it will make you busy while your girl is in the wash room.

Low Sugar Chocolate Mousse

Carrot Cake

If you are into sweets, Coffee Bean offers low sugar desserts without taking the sweetness away. From their Chocolate Mousse to their Toblerone Cheesecake, it is prepared with consistency on the art of confections. The little pinch of sourness from the cheesecake is there and the texture of the dessert is perfect. Coffee Bean's Carrot Cake is a surprise treat. You need to focus on this cake as the mixture and the balance of the sweetness is greatly accomplished. Perfect after a meal or partner it with coffee and share it with your love one.

Blueberry Cheesecake

Just like any other guy, I don't understand women. All I know is we need to pamper her because if she cries in court, the judge will wipe her tears with your checkbook. The guys who finally understand women are already married and is working to go to Honolulu - it's got everything. Sand for the children, sun for the wife and sharks for the wife's mother.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf not just offers great coffee and food. It proves that the richness of each ingredient will determine the quality of the product and that is what makes this coffee shop tick.

Chocolate, women, coffee - some things are better rich.

You can check out The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Robinson's Cybergate Mall, SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu and I2 AsiaTown IT Park, Lahug. Their pastas are at P169 - P229; Sandwiches at P199 - P289


All pictures are taken by Roland Faelnar. For more of his works, you may go to


Don Henrico's

>> Monday, October 4, 2010

Great food is like great sex. The difference is, you are not burning calories but building large foundations called legs. Foreplay happens when the chef is preparing the food and the sex happens when we eat it. Like sex, we look forward to eating. We always find time to prepare or plan what food to enjoy for the day. If you are a guy and the last time that you were inside of a woman was when you visited the Statue of Liberty, you need to pause for a bit from work and go to a fine restaurant.

Sex without food after is an empty experience. After all, you need to share something not just the bed. A good restaurant that knows great lovemaking of food is Don Henrico's. This Italian restaurant is one of the best places if you are craving for Italian food. They put so much love into every dish that you feel very special in every bite.

Quesadilla Mexicana and Home Style Onion Rings

Don Henrico's Home Style Onion Rings are such a turn on. You will really taste the sweetness of the fresh onion and the crispness is like a loud couple over the next room. It was the best onion ring I have ever had. Their Quesadilla Mexicana is a good substitute if you are not in the mood for pizza. The cheese and the meat is just right and the sweet sauce drizzled on top of the quesadilla makes everything perfect.

Classic Carbonara

Don Henrico's Spaghetti

The Don Henrico's Spaghetti is one of their forte. The sourness of the sauce is already a Visa for Italy. The aroma coming from the herbs and spices on the sauce comes out and the meat is not too much to handle. It is so good, it almost hurts. If you are into white sauces, I really suggest their Classic Carbonara. It is composed of fettuccini pasta with button mushrooms and smoked bacon with light parmesan cheese. The creaminess of the sauce holds on to the pasta like how Mariel Rodriguez tries to hold on to her career and reputation.

Supreme Pizza

If you love pizza, then get ready for the restaurant's own creation, the Don Henrico's Supreme Pizza! It is a pizza with the orgy of pepperoni, beef, ham, mushroom, pineapple tidbits, black olives and bell pepper. I like how each slice has all the ingredients and the taste of the dough is superb. Just the kind of pizza that we all love, less oil with a generous amount of cheese.

Buffalo Wings

Don Henrico's also owns a very interesting dish. This is the Don Henrico's Buffalo Wings/Chicken. As we all know, buffalo chicken originates in New York. What Don Henrico's did is to fuse it with italian flavors and because of that, the buffalo chicken's flavor is as interesting as an interracial love affair. This is composed of fleshy chicken cuts which is deep fried and tossed with a very special sauce and served with a creamy ranch dipping sauce. The strong flavors of the dish plays with your tongue and you will experience a pinch of sourness on it which makes everything perfect. Having this buffalo chicken is like having great sex. So good that even the neighbors had a cigarette.

There are a lot of dishes to be tasted in Don Henrico's. I would have read the menu more often but their menu is like a Playboy Magazine, it keeps my glasses steaming over. Great food and making love explains half the emotions of human life.

That is why some people are looking for meaningful one night stands.

Don Henrico's is located at the
2nd Level, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu. Price range is at P200 - P400 (depends on size of serving).

Special thanks to Roland Faelnar for the pictures. You may visit for more of his works.


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