Dare to “Go Black”

“Take care of yourself first, you can’t pour from an empty cup.”

Fortunately, I have friends who encourage me to do good or eat healthy, quit smoking or don’t sleep late, exercise, be positive, keep my faith, etc. I have vegan friends too making me experience the best dishes out there without any meat and didn’t disappoint me on it’s being equally delicious. I’m lucky to have friends who practice what they preach. And they’re so encouraging. It teaches me to be conscious. Well, I am. I freaked if I gain a few pounds and will do things to bring my back my original weight.

However, there are just some stuff I can’t get over with yet but believe me I’m trying. I stopped drinking soft drinks (I have nothing against those who do) for 3 years now.

After giving birth, I got addicted to instant noodles, they are easy to prepare, and tasty too. Though thanks to friends again who made me aware of some facts: that they are low in nutrients and the MSG (Monosodium glutamate), TBHQ (Tertiary-butylhydroquinone: its’ reputation being a threat to my health if consumed regularly) and the high sodium contents may literally have a negative effect on my health like increasing heart disease, stomach cancer and metabolic syndrome. So I refrained from eating instant noodles. I prepare my own, home-made ones if I want noodles, and I make sure there’s plenty of vegetables. Reference:https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ramen-noodles

I limited consumption of fats when during younger years, I eat most of the fat especially in pork sinigang (tamarind soup). I also lessened my “patis” (fish sauce) consumption to be a little kinder to my kidneys. I was doing all these changes to encourage my late mother too, per her doctor’s advise.

However, there’s a lot more that I need to do and not do. And thanks to products like “Go Black”. It is a delicious drink that gets rid of the body’s toxins or anything unhealthy that we’ve consume all our lives. It’s a great way to drink and detoxify at the same time.

I encountered these bottles for the first time some years ago and since then, a lot have been drinking them since, they now have several shops where their products can be found and they sell on-line too.

My all-time favorite! =)

The process is unique, it is from 100% food-grade activated charcoal which came from pure and organic coco shells. Not the regular charcoal that we know of, they burn the coconut shells at high heat and zero oxygen allowing the steam and gases to open up millions of pores making each tiny grain a potent detox magnet that can carry 1,000x its own weight.

It comes in powder that doesn’t have an expiration. While for the drinks: Lavender tea and Minty mansi will last up to 2 1/2 months while Honey lemon can last for a month. My favorite variant is the Lavender tea which is the one that caught my eye the first time I saw their booth.

Just in case you haven’t tried it, by the way, it is not a laxative, not only it is a very refreshing drink when chilled, it is definitely healthy and I consider it as one of the best way to detox. =)

The following are their known declared benefits: bloat buster, digestive detox, good for hangover too, cure to indigestion, acid reflux relief, upset stomach solution, skin detox and you would be surprised, it can whiten our teeth too.

Price might have changed already.

Grab them at the following partner locations: Real food – Molito Alabang, Ultra Super green – Katipunan, Healthy edge – Shangri-la plaza/ Shopwise, Cubao/ V-mall Greenhills, The Good seed – Brixton Kapitolyo, Earth origins – Westgate Alabang, One Poke – Greenbelt 1

To buy them online: beautymnl, honestbeeph, kartonph
and soon: goblackdetox.com

Stay healthy and keep glowing! =)

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Balay Dako by Antonio’s…

Balay Dako by Antonio’s

“Family is like music, some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.”

I’m so glad to have brought my family to dine at Balay Dako… It just occurred to me that when they planned going to Tagaytay, I instantly thought of bringing them nowhere else but at Balay Dako.

And because me, my son and her girlfriend were outnumbered by oldies, what we ordered were those that are a little “healthier”, even if I wanted a lot from the menu to try for myself, please take a look:

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Gela just enjoyed nibbling on these dessert from Ilo-ilo: Piyaya.

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While I enjoyed the ube turon

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I was quite disappointed with the halo-halo, I think they lack some of the ingredients.

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The oldies wanted fish, so we had sweet and sour fish for them.

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My son opted for the salt & pepper spare ribs.

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We ordered for the green mango salad too

I actually can’t figure out what matches it. We just had the beef shanks soup (“Bulalo” in Filipino), and normally green mango salad fits best with fried food.

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Their paella.

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Mama and nanay (her yaya) about to start on their fresh lumpia when I asked them to smile first. =)

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Their lumpiang sariwa.

I still want to try more from their menu, I’ll come back soon. =)

 

Menu Photos courtesy of: http://antoniosrestaurant.ph/balay-dako/#menu-section

I’ve tried most of their desserts, so we can always go out and find another, there’s a lot of places in Tagaytay where you can find a good one to get your sweet cravings. So it’s like hopping from one place to another, besides Tagaytay is a very beautiful place. You wouldn’t mind just looking around.

 

 

 

I love yo – gurt! <3 <3 <3

I love Yo-gurt!

I love yo – gurt! Especially frozen ones.  I smoke and aint proud of it. I do it away by taking anti-oxidant supplements and consume as much greens that I can. And maybe soon I’ll juice too like everyone is doing nowadays.

One of my favorite anti-oxidants which is fortunately like a sweet treat for me too are frozen yogurts. Not a week will pass without me having it. From the time I learned of it my cravings for ice cream diminished. I eat froyos like ice cream. It is one of my happy food. =)

Lucky me that there’s a lot in my country. Here are they:

BTIC

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Yo swirls by BITC…

Courtesy of:

http://bticfrozenyogurt.com/yoswirls.html

Better than ice cream was already there while I was still a collegiala (that is like more than 2 decades ago!). It was only 10 years later when the trend returned to return to the basics and more people learned to appreciate their wellness be it in the food that they consume or the place they go to, due to being aware of it. Advertising agencies highlighted the advantages of it so consumers will be aware. Literally yogurts are truly better than ice cream!

RED MANGO

When soul sis discovered that frozen yogurt has become a favorite of mine, she introduced to me 2 shops in Greenbelt that offers frozen yogurt. Red mango for one and the other is Golden spoon where you will dispense your own froyo that comes in different flavors and toppings. It is truly an enjoyable experience to have such a dessert, interactive after a hefty meal.

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Had this too at Red Mango!

WHITE HAT

White hat for me is synonymous to the word “favorite”. Among all stores selling frozen yogurt in the Philippines, White hat was closest to my heart and literally closest to where I live because of their branch in Alabang. Since the first time I had it maybe I have ordered more than a dozen already with blueberry cheesecake and almonds and cereals as toppings. It is always that. =)

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My favorite! ❤

I LOVE YO

I love yo is in BF Paranaque. There’s this street in BF where all kinds of cuisines you will find and it was a relief to have a froyo just around the corner if you can afford to be away from cakes for the meantime. They also allow you to dispense your frozen yogurt from the machine. And choose your toppings.

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Discovered by a friend of mine! Went there after a few days it opened! ❤

TUTTI FRUTTI

I learned of Tutti frutti in Alabang as I was passing by civic drive coming from Alabang Town Center. Their store is on a corner and their colorful logo is very visible to everyone especially during the night. Their concept is interactive too you will dispense the yogurt and the toppings as well and bring it to the counter to bill out. They have the nicest interiors which gives me the feeling that I’m in a different country.

PINK BERRY

This shop is in festival mall near Chef’s avenue. What I get from them? Still is blueberry jam and cheesecake.

GOLDEN SPOON

Golden spoon allows you too to dispense your own yogurt. Though I guess they have a few toppings to choose from though when it comes to flavored yogurt they have a lot. Golden spoon is located in Shangri-la mall.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Froyo in Coffee bean and tea leaf is not that attractive. It is just flavored and comes without any toppings. I just love its’ color.

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Blurd! =(

PANCAKE HAUS

Loving their menu since college days, that is pan chicken and roast beef with the best gravy I’ve ever tasted, I loved them more to include in their dessert list specially made frozen yogurt with well loved toppings. I just hope all branches offers this dessert.

KENNY ROGERS

KRR has put up with the demand for a healthy dessert. Though again there are no toppings. They just make do with chunks of brownies to go with it. Not bad. =)

FLING

This one is in Tagaytay. Inside Cliff house. Something to top as dessert whatever you consumed since if you’re a foodie, there’s a lot to consume in Tagaytay. =)

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Fling in Tagaytay!

FROYOS FROM ABROAD

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Menchie’s from Cali, USA

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Yogurt land!

http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/frozen-yogurt/

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Looks like Selecta by Uniliver from another country…

http://www.dailybri.com/2013/07/21/packaging-yogo-yogurt-ice-cream/

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Sour Sally…definitely fat-free…

http://www.dsgnxdvlp.com/category/flash/

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Wooberry…

http://www.atranphoto.com/post/11093880760/wooberry-frozen-yogurt-with-blueberries-and-kiwi

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Menchie’s…

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2014/01/menchies_to_open_first_self-se.php

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Sweet monkey…

http://www.pennysaverusa.com/businesses/merchandise/food-dining/snacks-candy/ice-cream-frozen-yogurt/usa/georgia/forsyth/cumming/30041/sweet-monkey-frozen-yogurt-cupcakes-155549661bc.html

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Goa yogurt – one the most elegant packaging I’ve seen.

http://trndmonitor.com/packaging-spotlight-goa-healthy-yogurt/

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Lick …new packaging…

 

http://www.packagingoftheworld.com/2014/03/lick-frozen-yogurt-redesigned.html

Fling frozen yogurt is kinda sour for me though it still is my favorite frozen dessert especially if topped with blueberries.

All in all wherever I get my froyo, it is such a good feeling to satisfy my cravings for sweets without the fear of accumulating additional weight because it is literally a healthy treat.