Monthly Archives: October 2013

How to Have a Healthy, Glowing Skin

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Glowing, gorgeous, glistening beautiful skin can be the perfect accessory to anyones style. Like what skin experts always say, youve got only one skin so it always pays to give it our utmost care.

Sure, we could always run to the nearest shop that sells beauty and skin care products, but how do we do skin care naturally? Here are a few tips.


Cleanse your  skin  twice a day: once in the morning and once at night before going to bed. It is important to cleanse your skin every night to remove make-up, impurities, dead skin cells, and excess oil. But a morning cleansing is also beneficial, as it removes any toxins  the skin eliminates during the night and refreshes the skin, preparing it for make-up application

Get a right amount of sleep

Sleep can make you look younger. You cannot wake up early as fresh as daisy when you do not plan to sleep early. Not sleeping early, could hinder in the body repair process. The body itself repairs the daily damages caused to skin by stress, ultraviolet rays and other unsafe exposures.

Choose the right food

You are what you eat, and what you eat has a major effect on the condition of your skin. Fatty and greasy food  arent going to leave you with gorgeous, glowing skin. Most experts say eating a balanced diet is the best way to get your share of good food for healthy skin. Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods that you consume, the better your skin will look.

Drink a plenty of water

Claims have been made that drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, younger- looking complexion. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

Dont smoke

Smoking causes wrinkles by narrowing blood vessels in the outer layers of skin.This causes less blood flow and reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that can get to the skin. Smoking  also damages important connective fibers like collagen and elastin, causing permanent wrinkles. If you want to have a glowing skin, then quit smoking!


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Guest Post| Two Simple Dessert Recipes

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There is nothing as perfect as finishing off a meal with friends or family with a scrumptious desert, though many desert recipes are far too complicated and involve far too much time in the kitchen. Here are two desert recipes that are not only delicious, they are simple to prepare. You can do most of the preparation in advance allowing you more time to spend with your guests. The first of these is an excellent tiramisu and the second is everybody’s favourite, an apple and vanilla tart. Making confectionery at home isnt as hard as it sounds with the right ingredients. CotswoldFayre have a great selection of ingredients no matter how creative you want to get, but they deal in wholesale.



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Tiramisu is an Italian desert that almost begs to be eaten; in fact the word tiramisu is Italian for pick me up. It is said that the dish was first created in honour of  Cosimo III, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, during the seventeenth century, which is a little snippet of information to entertain your guests.

You will need a medium sized tub (about 500g) of double cream, a small tub (around 250g) of mascarpone cheese; a packet of sponge fingers; about 5 tablespoons of golden castor sugar; two teaspoonfuls of cocoa powder; a bar (about 25 g) of dark chocolate (around 70%);a cup of strong coffee (filtered or instant, though filtered is best); and a glass of Marsala (you can just buy a miniature bottle if you wish).


1)     Blend together the Marsala, the cream, the mascarpone, and the sugar.

2)     Dip half the sponge fingers in the coffee so that they are coated but not too much; you don’t want them to go soggy. After you have dipped each one place it in a shallow dish to form a single layer.

3)     Spoon over about half of the blended ingredients.

4)     Using a coarse grater, grate about three quarters of the chocolate evenly over the top.

5)     Dip the rest of the sponge fingers in the coffee and use these to build a second layer.

6)     Spoon the remainder of the blended ingredients over the top, and leave the dish in the fridge until just before you want to serve it.

7)     Remove from the fridge, dust with the cocoa powder, grate the rest of the chocolate on top, and serve.


Apple and Vanilla Tart


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Apple tarts and apple pies are nearly as old as the hills. The oldest known apple tart recipe “Tartys in Applis” dates back to the fourteenth century, though our recipe is a more modern take on this traditional desert.

The secret of an excellent apple tart lies in the apples that you use. You don’t want apples that are two sweet or those that become mushy when cooked. You need an apple that remains firm and keeps its favour, which should be slightly tart.  Tastes vary, but some of the best are Arthur Turner; Blenheim Orange; Bramley Seedling; Charles Ross; Grenadier; along with the more common Elstar;  Coxs and Russets

You will need: 5 large apples of one of the varieties listed above; a packet of puff pastry (alternatively you could make your own, but nowadays pre-made pastry is excellent), a squozen lemon, about 25 g of butter diced; a tablespoon of caster sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract; three tablespoons of apricot conserve.


1)     Roll the pastry out and trim into a circle with a diameter of about 35 cm and place it on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper

2)     Core the apples and peel them then slice them thinly. Put them in a bowl and toss them in the lemon juice

3)     Spread the apples over the pastry leaving a rim of around 2 cm which should be turned up

4)     Sprinkle the top with the diced butter, sprinkle with the vanilla, and finaly with the caster sugar.

5)     Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220 C (fan 200 C) for about 20 minutes.

6)     Serve with vanilla ice cream, double or clotted cream or crème fraîche totally scrumptious.

Restaurante Pia Y Damaso

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Last week our friends treated us for lunch at Fely J Restaurant at Greenbelt 5, Makati.   I was too shy to take out my camera and take photos of our lunch which was really a shame because  I must say it was one of my most memorable dining experiences ever. The food was great!

We went to Restaurante Pia Y Damaso for dessert and coffee this time I had the guts to tell my friends that  I have a food blog and if they didnt mind, Id like to take photos of our dessert and coffee before wed indulge!  Of course they said yes and asked me why I did not take photos of our lunch as well.

So I was like tsk, yeah :)

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Cheesecake with ripe mangoes on top


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Ube with macapuno cake

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Of course, theres coffee!


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Restaurante Pia Y Damaso


I greatly enjoyed coffee with those sweets there.  Restaurante Pia Y Damaso is not just a coffee shop.  They also take pride in their Filipino dishes which are actually gaining popularity.  For food choices, you can check out their website here.

Restaurante Pia Y Damaso is located at 2/F Greenbelt 5Legaspi St

Legazpi Village, Makati City

Telephone number: (02) 729-5511