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28 posts from July 2007

July 31, 2007

Food Styling: Confidential. Know the Shocking Truth About the Food Shots!

Food Photography Class - 15 
Q: What do these two photos of a salad and pasta have in common?
Food Photography Class - 11
A: These photos are used for a food styling class and it is NOT edible!

I was really shocked to know that 100% of the photos that you see in magazines like Yummy, Food, or Appetite, are NOT edible!  I recently attended a Food Styling and Food Photography Class by Jo Avila and Pixie Sevilla Santos, and all the bloggers in the group were shocked to see the behind-the-scenes of food photography.

The plates are cleaned with a glass cleaner to remove any trace of finger prints or any type of blemish on the plate that can show up in the photo. You would put drops of glycerine in the salad to show dew drops to communicate that it is fresh. Underneath the salad and pasta above are wet rolls of tissue paper to give the food some volume. Most of the ingredients are not cooked and usually handled by dirty hands.You cannot eat them period.

The goal of Food Styling is to entice the viewer to stop and look at the photo so that you can linger to read the text. Also,  it is used to educate the viewer about the subject. The goal of food photography is to enhance the food so that you are enticed to buy the food even if you get disappointed with the actual look of the food.   The food is treated as props and there are a lot of substitutes or fake ingredients (fake ice, fake charcoal, etc..) just to enhance the photo.  White paint is sometimes used as milk. There are a lot of tactics used just to produce that perfect photo.

I will NEVER be a food stylist. I cannot stand the lies that is captured in the food photos. I feel that I have a moral obligation to viewers/ readers to take actual photos of food that you can eat. I can't help it but look at photos in food magazines with disgust.

I'm proud to say that 100% of the photos you see in the blog (except for the ones above) are photos of food that you can actually eat. If there is one thing I learned in the P3,500 Food Photography Session, is that I will NEVER be a food stylist!

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July 29, 2007

Avenue Q-Manila: Is Manila ready for the Puppet's Full Frontal Nudity?

Avenue Q - Final Run June 2008. 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run!


Avenue Q, Broadway’s smash-hit 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, will soon be opening in Manila on September 7, 2007. I can't wait to see the great cast which includes Rachel Alejandro (dual role of Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut,), Frenchie Dy (as Christmas Eve) and Aiza Seguerra (as Gary Coleman). Chari Arespacochaga is co-directing Avenue Q with Bobby Garcia, so expect that this will be a world class show, similar to Rent.

What is AVENUE Q about?
" AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There's Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fianceé Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod -- a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building's superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life." (About Avenue Q the Musical)

Here is another fun fact:
"As it turns out, Avenue Q, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical that continues to run on Broadway, has Pinoy blood behind it. Bobby Lopez, who wrote the show with his collaborator Jeff Marx, is half-Filipino." (The Pinoy who wrote Avenue Q)

Start listening to songs such as "Schadenfreude", "The Internet is For Porn" and "It Sucks to be Me", etc.. So that you are not left out -- there is still time. Do you think Filipinos will be ready for the Puppet's full frontal nudity and explicit, vulgar lyrics? What's your Favorite Avenue Q song?

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P.S. 15 Sept 2007 3pm matinee performance
On the 15 Sept 2007 3pm matinee performance of Ave Q, P&G Employees are entitled to a 10% discount (yahoo!). Although the tickets for the 15 Sept 2007 3pm performance of Ave Q will be available mid-August, you can start reserving tickets for those interested. Ticket prices are (P&G employees are entitled to a 10% discount):

Balcony Php 500
Loge Php 1,000
Orchestra Php 1,250

Update 8/7/2007
FYI, Atlantis has decided that all the Saturday Matinee shows, including ours on 15 Sept 2007, will be moved from 3pm to 2pm.

We have decided as well to give Early Bird Discounts for Cash Purchases for the 15 Sept 2pm show:
10% Discount—Tickets bought from 06-19 August 2007
5% Discount—Tickets bought from 20-31 August 2007
5% Discount— On every 10 Tickets bought from 01-14 Sept 2007

They may only avail of the discounts if the tickets are bought directly from me. My contact details remain the same.

Contact Lorna Lopez for ticket reservations:
(Sun) 0922.3875729
(Globe) 0917.9256505
(email) llornalopez@gmail.com

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July 28, 2007

About Diabetes -- What You Should Know About Diabetes

One of my realization as a food blogger is that I should also be responsible for my health and the health of my readers. To celebrate the Diabetes Awareness Week (and for consuming a lot of gelato this week), I would like to share with you a free Diabetes book from the Ampalaya Plus team. All of us are in danger of this illness, and with all the desert and sweets I am consuming, I'm looking for preventive ways on how to avoid Diabetes.

What You Should Know About Diabetes

"What You Should Know About Diabetes" is a book written in English/Tagalog designed for easy understanding for the diabetic patient, its family members, caregiver, househelp, etc. The book includes a sample 1-week menu plan for a diabetic patient made by a registered diabetes dietician from UP PGH. The book was written by 3 doctors from the UP College of Medicine. In the face of dire predictions about diabetes incidence increasing in epidemic proportions worldwide (the Philippines will be among the top ten countries with the most number of diabetics by 2010), this book would help create a better understanding of the disease and help empower people to avoid or cope with this illness.

In addition to the book there is a Diabetes ID Wrist Band (DIWB) give away . The DIWB is for diabetics who are at risk of passing out or losing consciousness due to their condition. The DIWB gives critical information regarding the health condition of the wearer thereby saving valuable time for the diabetic patient.

The book and DIWB are being given free to the public. To get a free copy of the book, just send a self address stamped envelope (P45 for Metro Manila and P68 for Outside Metro Manila) enclosed with a box top label of Ampalaya Plus Capsule with your Name, Add, Bday, Email and Cellphone written on it. Send it to:

Ampalaya Plus Free Book ,
2/F No. 59 Betty Go Belmonte St.,
New Manila, Quezon City

For More information:
Visit the official website www.gonatural.com.ph or email ampalayaplus@gmail.com

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Angelati Italia Gelato- One of the Best Gelato in Manila.

Angelati Italia

If you love Amici de Don Bosco's Gelato, Angelati Italia Gelato are even better! We celebrated my Marathon run and mourned the La Salle loss by devouring Angelati Italia every night. An ordinary ice cream is no match for the gelato's smoothness, creaminess and freshness. The only thing that comes close to Angelati Italia would be Chef Maurizio's Gelatone.

We asked Aidan to taste test the gelato and consistent with his mom, they both love the Hazelnut. My personal favorite is the Healthy Green Tea Sweetened by Splenda for the guilt free gelato experience. It taste like ice tea with an aftertaste. My other favorite is the Pure Pistachio because you can taste the natural pistachio ingredient in the cream. I always order pistachio flavor for my ice cream/ gelato, and the Angelati version is the best I've ever tasted. If you want to buy a unique flavor to surprise your family and friends, you should try their killer premium flavor -- Mascarpone Crumble. Mascarpone is a triple-creme cheese, made from a generally low-fat (25%) content fresh cream. It is one of their best sellers so far. We love the crocante bits which is sweetened hazelnut brittle.

Perhaps, the only criticism that we can say about these gelato is that they don't use bits of ingredients to enhance the taste of the gelato. This is good in a sense because the cream is enough to bring the flavor to life. On the other hand, some people prefer eating chunks of the fruit/ ingredient for added texture and flavor. As for their lemon version, I find the Chef Maurizio's Gelatone to be even better because it is closer to the taste of lemon. Let me know what's your opinion about Angelati Italia once you've tried them.

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1438 Amadeo Street, Brgy. 678, Paco, Manila
Tel. no. (632) 562-2217; 559-0316
Email add.
dee.gwen@gmail.com, marilyn.dee@gmail.com

Thanks to Gemisis Artisan foods for producing these authentic, premium-quality and healthy Italian gelato. They use imported ingredients and machines from Italy and underwent training there too. According to them, a lot of foreigners, especially Italian chefs/consumers, who have tasted our gelato, have commended them for making really good quality gelato. Right now, they are supplying to some restaurants like Cantinetta Rockwell, Cantinetta Pasong Tamo, Caruso in Nicanor Garcia St Mkti, Gaster Deli in 6750, Prioes Cafe in Visayas Ave, Green Tomato in 6F Shangri-La Plaza, Nuccio's Pizzeria in Jupiter St., Prioes Cafe & Resto in Fernwood Garden, GreenTomato in 6F Shangri-La Plaza (half of their flavors only) , etc..

They now sell direct to consumers through orders for delivery in selected areas (Manila, North Greenhills, etc.) while others are for pick up at their Paco office. They have no plans to enter the supermarket but we can expect to see them soon in a kiosk in the malls. They recommend consuming the gelato 4 months from date of production to ensure the freshness and quality. There are 25 flavors so far which is a combination of all-time favorites, classic Italian favorites, and their own signature flavors.

Angelati Signature Flavors ( includes Lemon, Mango, Cappucino, Heavenly Tiramisu)
0.3 Gallon (1 Liter) - P450
1/2 Gallon (1.9 Liters) - P780

Angelati Premium Flavors (includes Mascarpone Crumble, Healthy Green Tea, Pure Pistachio, and Hazelnut)
0.3 Gallon (1 Liter) - P570
1/2 Gallon (1.9 Liters) - P1,005

La Salle-Ateneo. 67-67 Overtime Game

Ateneo vs. La Salle Game 1 Overtime

The Sea of Greens vs. the Army of Blues...
Go La Salle Go Go La Salle vs. One Big Fight...
La Salle Spelling 3x vs. Blue Eagles Spelling...
The Green Archer Waves vs. the Blue Eagle Waves in the gallery..
The Half Time Face-Off between La Salle Pep Squad vs. the Blue Babble Battalion...
The student, Franz Pumaren vs. The teacher, Norman Black...
Rico Maierhofer, JV Casio, Cholo Villanueva and TY Tang vs. Chris Tiu, Ford Arao, and Jai Reyes squad...

I love La Salle vs. Ateneo games! I've been watching it ever since college days, way back in 1991. I love the drama, the cheers, and the "kantiyawan" before and after the games. I love the sense of pride that comes with supporting your alma matter in good and bad times. I love watching it with fellow alumni and officemates who share the same pride and joy in watching these games.

For me, the game ended at 67-67 Overtime. It was a great Casio-time story that we will never forget. It hurts to admit that we lost 80-77 in Overtime because of Chris Tiu's 3 point shoot. I have to congratulate Norman Black and the Ateneo squad for their first win against La Salle under Norman Black as coach in 3 years. I can still feel the pain caused by text messages, SUSPENDED kantiyawans, and boastful voices of an Atenista. I hate it but Congratulations! Congratulations is also in order for the wonderful half time show by the Blue Babble Battalion and gang. ( I hate writing this post... Arghh...)

Ateneo vs. La Salle
We watched together with my IDS team in P&G. Ethel was the only Atenista in our team vs. Joyce / Men and the rest of the La Salle gang. I admire Ethel for seating in the La Salle gallery and good thing, Ateneo won.

Remember, we lost the battle but not the war.... See you in the 2nd Round of La Salle vs. Ateneo.

Animo La Salle!!

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