Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Grilled Cheese Diaries...Pimiento Grilled Cheese


There is this certain cheese spread that I've been eating since I was a kid that I really like called cheese pimiento. I love the combination of the two so I decided to make my own version in the form of a grilled cheese sandwich.  For this recipe I decided to use two cheeses: cheddar and monterey jack. And I also added in some roasted garlic to bring the flavor up a notch. The result was absolutely delicious! I mean how can you not love an ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich right? Read the captions on each photo to see how I made this!

Ingredients: Cheddar Cheese, Pimiento, Sliced bread, Garlic Cloves

Put the garlic in a roasting pan or oven proof dish and slather some olive oil all over it.

Roast or broil the garlic for a few minutes, until they turn golden.

Start assembling the sandwich. The two cheeses first and then the pimiento on top.

Once the garlic is done roasting, mash it and put on the sandwich.

Add another layer of cheese on top of the garlic.

Grill the sandwich, about two minutes per side or until it is golden brown and cheeses are melted.

And voila! An ooey gooey yummy pimiento-garlic grilled cheese sandwich!

Eat it with your favorite hot beverage!

What do you guys think? 

Check out my other posts for The Grilled Cheese Diaries here and here 

Hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Would You Wear Wednesdays...Romwe Face Top

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I stumbled upon this really cool top from Romwe the other day. I've seen faces put on shoes but I haven't seen faces put on tops that I Kind of sorta liked. this top has a great structure, loving how one side is longer than the other and loving the two toned color. The face is also a pretty cool touch. Would you guys wear this top?

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Find this top HERE.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Outfit Ideas

It is finally the weekend! Here are some looks I put together to give you guys some suggestions on what to wear.

Friday Night Out

I decided to go with a fun sweater like these then balance it out with some sexiness of the bandage miniskirt. Add in a cool pair of shoes that's sure to be comfy given the block heel. Dancing the night away should be no problem. Accessorize with a clutch and some fierce red lips.


Miniskirt: BCBG Max Azria
Clutch: Asos

Saturday Museum Hop

Do something different today and explore your own city's many cultural gems. Museum hopping does not mean you dress boring : wear this gorgeous patterned dress and keep makeup and accessories to a minimum. Classic gold jewelry complement this whole look, while a swipe of eyeliner and pretty pink lipstick round up the whole easy breezy but pretty vibe.



Eyeliner: Avon
Lipstick: NARS
Dress: Romwe
Flat Thong Sandals : Sala Chaussures
Earrings: River Island
Watch: Michael Kors

Sunday Brunch

Rehash the previous' nights events with your best girlfriends in a casual but glam outfit. Tailored shorts and a colorful but also tailored top does the trick. Add in some heels and oversized sunnies and you're good to go. Pale pink lip gloss and a neutral eye are best for a nice casual touch.


Lipgloss: Revlon
Eye Palette:  Bobbi Brown
Top: Kule
Shorts: Forte Forte
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney

What's everyone wearing this weekend?

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Grilled Cheese Diaries : Almond Crusted Sandwich

I was inspired to make this by one recipe I randomly found online (sorry I can't find it anymore!) . The recipe I found used walnuts to coat the outer sides of the bread to make a delicious crust plus an assortment of cheese inside. I decided to make my own version and used almonds instead for the crust. Read on to see how I made it. It's so good!

Almond Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Ingredients: Olive oil with truffle, honey, slivered almonds, monterey jack cheese, goat's cheese and sliced bread

Mix the Olive Oil with truffle together with the honey in a bowl.

Chop or grind up the almonds so that they will be in small pieces like this.

Brush one side of each bread with the truffle olive oil and honey mixture.

Put the almond crumbs all over the outer side of the bread. The oil and honey mixture should make the crumbs stick and stay in place to form a crust for the sandwich.


Meanwhile, on the inside part of the bread, layer both cheeses. Put in as much (or as little) as you want.

Brush some more of the liquid mixture on the cheeses to put more flavoring.

The whole sandwich must have almond crumbs on both sides. This is ready to grill!

Put sandwiches on grill pan, press down and cook until cheeses melt and till outer crust browns.




 For a grilled cheese sandwich, It's a bit tedious to make, especially since some of the almonds fall out and make such a mess. The end product is so worth it though. It's so delicious! The Goat's cheese tastes great with the honey and truffle olive oil mixture. In every grilled cheese sandwich I make, I always make sure I put in a cheese that melts beautifully. The Monterey Jack does just that and it complements really well with almost any other kind of cheese that I pair it with in my grilled cheese sandwiches.

What do you guys think?

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bookmarks of the Week

Here are my favorite bookmarks/links of the week. Lots of interesting stuff out there!


1.) "My 8 Entertaining Tips" by Cupcakes and Cashmere. So helpful especially if you're not used to entertaining at home.

2.) "Look Put Together Everyday" Another helpful post by From B to C. Practical tips for girls on the go and still want to look fabulous.

3.) "Best EDM Songs of 2014 so far" Okay this isn't exactly an article but I love EDM music and the songs in the list are pretty awesome!

4.) "5 Provinces in the Philippines You Should Visit" I'm from the Philippines and I'm ashamed to say I haven't been to a single one of the places mentioned. New on my bucket list!

5.) "Authentic Homemade Mexican Chorizo" by Honest Cooking. Never tried Mexican chorizo so I'm excited to try making this!

6.) "X-men Movie Timeline" I love X-men and I was talking about how the timeline was getting confusing with the latest movie so one of my friends emailed me this article. Apparently some guy painstakingly picked out details and bits from every X-men movie made and came up with this timeline. Great read if you're a Marvel fan!

7.) "The 50 Secret Travel Locations In Europe" More places to add to my bucket list! I love visiting places that are off the usual paths traveled.

What were your favorite links this week?

Enjoy reading mine and Have a Fab Sunday!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Destination Outfits

I think that most of us, especially myself can say that they love traveling. Every time I travel, my sister and I would discuss at length the outfits and looks before our trips. I know it sounds shallow and I know that comfort should be the foremost concern on our minds when we travel but planning ahead is very helpful and a huge time saver! Also what's the harm in looking good in your trips? Especially if you take lots of photos? There is always a way to marry both comfort and style, so dressing sloppily on trips is not an excuse anymore.

Some recent trips I took this year inspired me to write this post and to come up with outfits that are both appropriate and not stuffy for each destination. I've picked out 5 places/activities that one may go/do in a country, whether it's to a safari or a beach resort.

City Tour

Exploring cities in new countries are so exciting. Looking at popular sights, eating at restaurants, museum shopping - you can never run out of places to go to. You have to take into consideration though that you will most definitely be doing a LOT of walking so comfy shoes are vital.


Cape: {Balenciaga} Satchel: {Time Arrow} Top: {T by Alexander Wang} Shorts: {Miu Miu} Sunglasses: {Illesteva} Camera: {fujifilm} Shoes: {Geox}

I've picked a cute and casual outfit of shorts and a top. I also threw in a stylish cape in case it gets gold. The flats are really comfy yet stylish and these particular ones go with a lot of other outfits. I also decided on a satchel bag so that it's big enough to fit all your things and also the sling part is practical when you don't have hands to carry it while taking photos. Speaking of photos, I've picked this fujifilm as it's not too bulky to carry all over the place. 

Resort Wear/Beach Chic

What could be more fabulous than a beach trip? There's also nothing wrong with looking super glam while lounging by the water!


Hat: {Athleta} Caftan: {Thakoon} Sandals: {Sala Chaussures} Sunglasses: {Stella McCartney} One-Piece Suit: {Tomas Maier} Camera: {Panasonic Lumix}

Sun Hats and Sun glasses are a must, as well as a water proof camera! You wouldn't want to miss out on great opportunities of you and your friends splashing around in the water or fabulous underwater photos of gorgeous sea life.

River Cruise

One activity I noticed that's always included in tours and in cities or picturesque towns are river cruises. There will surely be a lot of photo opportunities so a fab outfit - and a great camera are essential!


Camera: {Canon} Top: {Dora Landa} Jeans: {Chic nova} Scarf: {Jcrew} Cuff: {Lisa Freede) Booties: {Born}


Safari

I think the most cliche safari outfit would have to be the all khaki/olive green look and that ubiquitous safari hat. I went on a safari for the first time in Sri Lanka last year and did my best not to look like a typical safari tourist. Although I did throw in some elements of it! 


Hat: {Wesley} Top: {John and Jenn} Sunglasses: {Rayban} Jeans: {Frame} Camera: {Nikon} Sneakers: {Keds}


Temple/Church Hopping

Another activity you should be considering is church/temple/monastery/mosque hopping. Majority of these sites are usually on the conservative side so you have to consider and respect their culture. Just make sure arms and legs are covered. Maxi skirts and a cool non-sleeveless shirt are good to go. Some of these places might also require you to take your shoes off so wearing a pair that you can slip in and out off easily is also advisable.


T-shirt: {Iris and Ink} Camera: {Nikon} Sandals: {Ancient Greek} Maxi Skirt: {Joie} Sunglasses: {Asos} Sling Bag: {Fossil}

There you have it. I hope these tips and outfit ideas help you guys out in some way.

So where is everybody's next trip and what are you wearing?
I would love to know, drop me a comment below!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bechamel Sauce: Mistakes, Regrets and Lessons Learned.

When I first tried making Bechamel sauce from scratch, it almost always turned out to be a big sloppy mess. It was either too lumpy, too yellow or just not cooked well. I had a hard time achieving that perfect white creamy mixture that Bechamel sauce is known for. Well after researching online on exactly how to make it PLUS having several trial and errors, I think I can safely say that I can make a pretty decent one. This post is all about mistakes that I learned to correct and regrets and lessons learned while making the sauce. Hope this post helps all those out there who are frustrated with making this delicious and basic sauce!


Ingredients: 2 tbsps of butter, 2 tbsps of flour, 1 cup of milk, nutmeg
---> this is the ideal measurements for a basic bechamel sauce. The flour and butter usually have the same measurements. Two tbps of each is to one cup of milk. It would also be great to use fresh nutmeg, but if you can't find any then the ground up ones will do.


Tip#1: I've discovered that making the sauce in a smaller pan is so much more ideal than a bigger pan. With a bigger pan it's harder to incorporate all the ingredients together and I find that I always end up with a lumpy mess. If you're cooking using the measurements above, then the small pan is better. Unless you're planning to make a really huge batch, a big pan isn't necessary.



Step1: Put the butter on the pan.
Tip#2: Do not wait for the pan to heat up. Put the butter right when you put the pan on the stove and right when you turn on the heat. Trust me, I've tried this before. I would heat up the pan first (because my electric stove takes quite a while to heat up) and I would end up burning the butter. Just be patient, butter melts up reaaaally quick.



Step 2: Melt the butter until there are no lumps.


Step3: Add in the flour little by little and whisk with the butter. Do not dump the flour all at once.


Tip#3: To avoid a lumpy texture, you must whisk the flour and butter together really fast. If you don't, you could end up with big yellow lumps.


---> If you see the outer part of the mixture, it has a smooth yellow texture. That's how the butter and flour mixture should look like.


---> This is how it looks when it gets too lumpy and if you do not mix properly.


Step4: Add in the milk. Ideally you should heat the milk first. Whisk it with the butter and flour mixture.
---> You must not also dump in all the milk at once. Add it in batches.


Tip#4: If in the butter and flour mixture, you mix it fast, then when adding the milk you must whisk it slowly. If you mix it in too fast it becomes lumpy again like in the photo above.


---> The mixture should have a really smooth and creamy texture.The reason why you don't put in all the milk at once is that the texture might become to watery and liquid. Add in the milk slowly. If you feel that the mixture is getting to be more fluid and less creamy, then you don't have to finish the whole cup of milk.



Step#5: Grate some nutmeg all over and stir in.



That's it! I hope you found all my tips helpful. Bechamel sauce is great for croque monsieurs, gratins and pasta. If you have previously found the sauce challenging to make, then I really hope this post helped you out in some way and that you will go and make some delicious recipes that involve this.

Have a fabulous week ahead!


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