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Recipe: Cheesecake Cups

Yesterday, I went back early from work. It was a Sunday so my list of tasks were not as many as my usual day would go. You see my week is usually taxing on time, I often go back late and by the time I get home, I would be too tired to do anything else.

I often have these realizations that I am not cooking enough or making enough for my family so my brain started whirring on what ingredients I have at home and what can I make. First I wanted to make some sugar cookies. Like the pretty ones that I stalk in Instagram, however, I feel it is too intimidating to do on a normal work day, so I settled with what I think is easier. Cheesecake.

This is the only the second time I am making a cheesecake. I remember the first time I did it, I had a lot of doubts because the recipe called for a very long baking time as well as conflicting information from the web. That was around 5 or 6 years ago, and I never did it again after. For this attempt, to lower the baking time, I figured I will just do it in cups, like in cupcake style. This way, I will be able to better manage the baking time.



  • 1 pack of Digestive Cookies (I probably had a left over of 4-5 pieces)
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted and melted
  • 500g cream cheese
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven for 180 degrees.
  • Put digestive cookies in a ziplock bag and crush until it is reduced to fine crumbs. Set aside
  • Melt butter in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds. Once completely melted, mix with the cookie crumb. Set aside.
  • Prepare the cream cheese frosting. Put together cream cheese and sugar and mix using a mixer until the texture is creamy.
  • Add eggs one at a time into the cream cheese mix.
  • Once the eggs are incorporated, add the vanilla. Continue mixing for another 2-3 minutes. Once the sugar is fully absorbed into the mix, it should be good to go.
  • Prepare the cupcake liners and put about 1 spoonful of the cookie mix. Flatten with a spoon as this will serve as the crust.
  • Add the cream cheese mix on top of the cookie crust. The mix should be enough to cover the liner.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes and cool before you serve.


The first batch of cheesecake that I made somehow came down in the middle. I have not figured it out yet, but if anyone has a suggestion/tip, it is welcome 🙂

The taste was not too sweet even though I used 2 cups of sugar, but I feel it will still turn out okay even if you use another half cup less.

My son thought it was a hit, he had 4 in one sitting while waiting for the cakes to cool, so I know I had the taste part right. LOL!

Yellow Brick Road – Team Hustlers’ Holiday Feast

The morning team had it’s monthly team huddle last Wednesday at the Yellow Brick Road, a cafe in Bukit Damansara. It’s near our office, one can walk, but it will probably be a 15-20 minute walk. We carpooled to the location and settled ourselves in their dining area on the second floor.


Yellow Brick Road, located in Bukit Damansara


The Impasta Returns! (25RM) Aglio Olio with chicken Cha Siu


Seafood Tapenade Spaghetti (28RM) Spaghetti with tapenade paste (made of olives, capers and achovies) and seafood


La Bomba (28RM) Mildly spicy and flavourful seafood broth served with foccacia bread


The Breakfast Pancake (22RM) Pancakes served with granola, creamed yoghurt, topped with dried fruits


The Sawadi Crab burger (29RM) Charcoal buns with soft served crab and sweet potato on the sides


General Pappardelle (26RM) Pappardelle pasta with home pulled beef


Hooked (28RM) Seasonal battered fish fillet with roasted potato and tartar sauce


Big Breakfast Bash (30RM) Eggs, turkey ham, beans, toast, sausage, hash browns, and etc

We also exchanged gifts. We picked a name a month prior and the deal was that we had to be the guardian angel for the person we picked. I picked Jenner’s name, a fellow Filipino.


Team Hustlers

Overall, the food was good, the service is nice, the ambiance of the restaurant is also good. I just did not get the chance to take a photo of the place since my phone camera sucks. It was an afternoon of fun and I am looking forward to more activities like this in the future.

Happy Holidays team Hustlers!

My Ramen Bar Experience

When Babe was still here, we would often talk about the places we want to go as well as the restaurants where we want to eat. Most of them ended as “plans” that did not push through due to the changes we went through recently.

So, last payday, I was in the mood for ramen, and my cravings were solved by the Ramen Bar. This is the only restaurant that I know of in Eastwood that serves ramen, thus, I went ahead and ordered a serving. It was also the most opportune time, the weather being cold and wet.

There were several people inside the restaurant when I came, and I had to wait a few minutes (less than 5 minutes) as they cleared a table for me. The menu is a simple and one page piece of paper that also serves as the placemat (?). The seat is comfortable though from where I sat, I was directly in the way of the air conditioning unit. Tables are for sharing especially if you are dining alone, however, they will only make you share if there really is no other vacancy.

The servers were also pleasant and nice as they answered my questions being my first time to try the ramen. Seriously, I have no idea which to try (I did read the reviews prior but I wanted recommendations as to what is the most appropriate for me).

RBS was the server’s recommendation but I ended up ordering the Spicy Chicken Karaage Ramen just because I don’t want to be overwhelmed with all the toppings he mentioned. SCK is spicy Shoyu (soy based) ramen with chicken cutlets (Php 280). I asked how spicy it was and the server suggested that we stick to the basic broth and will give me a separate chili oil so that I can adjust the level of spicy to my liking. I was told that the food will be ready in 20 minutes., which was the usual when ordering something that was to be cooked.

As I was waiting for my ramen, I contemplated if I should get one of the appetizers. It was a good thing that I decided against it as the ramen bowl was HUGE!

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The ramen was really delicious, something that I would go back for in the near future. I was so full that I was not able to finish my bowl and asked for it to be wrapped so I can eat it at home. Come morning, I’m pleased to report that the noodle stayed firm, the broth still yummy, overall, it was really a pleasant dining (and to-go) experience for me!

Ramen Bar Eastwood

G/F 1880 bldg
Right beside Slappy cakes and Cookbook Kitchen
Across Project Pie (near the church)
(02) 570-9457

Recipe: Oatmeal Scotchies

I received a cookie cookbook from my aunt a couple of months ago. This weekend, I decided to browse through it again and check if there was something easy to try. I found this sort of healthy treat and tweaked the recipe a bit since I was short on all purpose flour (APF) and brown sugar. I also added a bit of nutmeg for the kick I wanted in cookies. Enjoy!


Oatmeal Scotchies


1 cup cake flour (original recipe called for 1 1/4 cup APF)
1 cup granulated sugar (original recipe called for 3/4 white and 3/4 brown sugar)
1 cup butter
1 tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cups quick cook oats
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 tsp salt


1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla until mixed well.
2. In smaller bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
3. Combine the butter and flour mixture and mix until blended.
4. Put the oatmeal and butterscotch chips last and mix until fully incorporated.
5. Roll cookie mixture into spoon size balls and place into cookie sheet 2 inches apart from each other
5. Bake in preheated oven (375°) for 7 minutes (chewy) and 10 minutes (for crispy).
6. Cool in rack and transfer to an air tight container. 🙂

Recipe: Beef in Hoisin Sauce

So it was pacham Monday in our home the other day because we only have are the beef strips and potato. You see, one of the many challenges of being the CEO of the household is to decide what to cook and serve each and every single day. I have this cook book from Mama Sita’s for reference as well as some Yummy magazines, however, with limitations such as missing ingredients and fear of buying it from the market when it is scorching hot outside, I had to improvise. Presenting, pacham ulam: beef in hoisin sauce!



  • 1/2 kl beef strips
  • 3 small potatoes (cut in strips)
  • 1 small bell pepper (cut in strips)
  • ginger (cut in strips but could be minced if you don’t want to mistake it for potatoes), onion and garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • A few sprinkle of worcestershire sauce


  1. Mix the beef, cornstarch, and salt on a bowl until blended well.
  2. Heat pan with oil and saute garlic, onion and ginger until the onion is light in color.
  3. Add the beef mixture and mix. Add soy sauce and put the cover on for 10 minutes.
  4. Once the beef is half cooked, add the bell pepper and hoisin sauce and cover again for 5 minutes.
  5. Add potatoes and add water if you find the dish too thick (because of the cornstarch) and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the potatoes have cooked.
  7. Serve with a smile 🙂

Our Yabu: the House of Katsu Experience

As we were about to leave the house one day, Babe received a call from his agency. He was asked to bring in his passport that day so that they could proceed to the next steps. We spent about 2 hours for the whole process to finish and left, only to find out that they forgot to ask for his pictures to be included on the document. We went back to submit the necessary requirements and decided to eat first since we were already running late. We both called in for a “half day” that day (lol).

Since we were already in Ortigas, I asked to have our meal in Megamall instead. At the back of my mind, I really wanted to try something new, thus I convinced Babe to try Yabu: the House of Katsu that day. Guess what, we were not disappointed at all. In fact, we both found the experience fun and satisfying. Something that we are already looking forward to eating the next time.

I knew about Yabu: the House of Katsu through the bloggers that I normally stalk. I was really curious to try it, however, I was also intimidated at the prices as it usually starts at P300 and above (I know, we are kuripot like that!).

Anyway, since it was an off peak hour, we were immediately seated and was given the menu. We both decided to play it safe and ordered pork. Babe had the Hire 180g set while I had the Rosu 100g set (both were 1 inch thick cut). I think the standard set usually includes the salad, japanese rice, pickles, miso soup, and a fruit bowl. Here is what my order looked like:


The serving was huge, with unlimited cabbage and rice!

For the price itself, you get your money’s worth. The pork was really tender, the rice was delicious and the cabbage salad was really light, I can eat it all day. Unlike the regular miso soup that I have tasted before, Yabu’s was really tasty and flavorful. Really really worth every peso that we paid for it.

As for the service, it was above and beyond we have experienced so far. The place was not jampacked as most would describe the place to be, maybe because it was a weekday and we went during off peak hours. We were seated right away and all the servers were friendly, accommodating, and attentive to our needs. Even the manager took the time to talk to us and ask if we needed anything else, or if we wanted more rice and cabbage! I know this post sounds a bit exaggerated, but this was actually the first time we were really treated as VIPs. Maybe this is a sign that we should eat out in establishments such as Yabu.

Are we going back? Definitely! When we return, I would go for the seafood set. Lol!

Happy tummies!

Happy tummies!

Week 19 – Nom nom

I am thankful that Geoff is healthy and has a big appetite most of the time. Though I am guilty that he eats junk food, we still make sure that what we buy outside or cook at home will compensate the unhealthy stuff. Anyway, here is Geoff’s “very magana” picture when we ate at Savory last payday.


Supposedly, susubuan ko lang. Kaso he claimed the plate in front of him and demanded some noodles as well 🙂

A Graduation Treat – Crisostomo in Fairview Terraces

Our little family trooped to Fairview yesterday because it was Cyv’s elementary graduation. Cyv is Babe’s nephew, and since we are a pretty small family, including my sisters in law’s families, it is quite easy to call for a mini reunion.

Anyway, we celebrated in Crisostomo, a Filipino restaurant in the newly opened Fairview Terraces. Since this was a treat, I figured I might as well enjoy it (lol!). Here are the dishes that we ordered last night. Please take note that these images are not from us, and are lifted off the internet.

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Geoff’s favorite! bam-i guisado, a combination of bihon and canton with lechon kawali top! picture lifted from


Binagoongan ni pia. This was crispy liempo on a bed of eggplant and bagoong. Image lifted at


sisig linares – This was the classic sisig and Cyv’s favorite. Image lifted from


sinigang gomez – this is your classic sinigang na baboy in a ceramic palayok. I liked it because it achieved the “asim” that I am looking for in a sinigang. Image lifted from

Overall, everything we ordered tasted good, and for me are considered comfort food, them being Filipino dishes. The prices are a bit on the expensive side, and when I asked the waiter how big the servings were, he said it was good for sharing (2-3 persons). When the dishes came, it turned out that the sharing portion is indeed good for 2-3 persons, who have very small appetites (LOL!). Service wise, it wasn’t exceptionally good, pretty fair or what you would expect from a restaurant. The space being small, they only have 1 high chair to accommodate babies, and we had to wait our turn.

By the way, Crisostomo has this treat for graduates. Anytime you dine with them, you get to have a slice of cake (ube or caramel), a glass of Sangria and an appetizer (Beaterio or Setas Salpicao). You just have to meet the minimum purchase of Php1,800 and present any proof of graduation such as Diploma, school ID, or Certificate of graduation).

Side kwento: Ate was already paying when I asked the waiter about their promo. The waiter then explained the mechanics. Unfortunately, they left the certificate in their car, all the while budging the good kuya waiter for the freebie (asking if the ceremony picture was ok, or if the graduate would suffice). Nakulitan na lang si Kuya, he decided to give us an ube cake instead (Haha!) Moral lesson, always comply with the mechanics of the promo, pero try your luck minsan din 🙂

Congratulations again Cyv! Do well in high school, ok?