Krispy Kreme: 1000 Shops Equal 1000 Doughnuts

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February 24, 2015 promises to be a very special day not only for Krispy Kreme but also for its loyal customers as well. The day marks the opening of Krispy Kreme's 1000th shop which is located at Kansas City, USA. The festive celebration will offer 1,000 free Original Glazed doughnuts to customers at every participating branch in the US and other locations around the world including the Philippines.

1000 Shops Equal 1000 Doughnuts

No purchase is necessary for customers to avail of a free doughnut. The first 1000 customers to visit the participating branches will get 1 free Original Glazed doughnut each. One doughnut per customer only to share the joy with as many people as possible. 

Here are the participating stores in the Philippines:

Customers can also get a free drink upsize. What you need to do is to get "spotted" with your favorite Original Glazed doughnut and pre-register at a participating store. Don't forget to tag @krispykremeph, use the hashtag #KrispyKremeAt1000  and make your photos public. Just show up at the branch on February 24 with your snapshot to get your free drink upsize.  

Hurry and get your free doughnut!

Valentine's Day at Max's Restaurant

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Valentine's Day always bring expectations that something special ought to happen. Whether among families, friends, or lovers, the day of love as well as the days that come before and after call for a celebration. What celebration is complete without food? 

Max's Restaurant is offering something special from February 13-15, 2015. With a minimum spend of PHP 1500, diners get to receive a box of yummy choco and caramel bites from Max's Corner Bakery, all for free.

But Max's extends the celebration far beyond these 3 days.

Meal For Two

Max's sets the romantic mood with its Meal For Two , an intimate meal perfect for couples who want to celebrate Valentine's Day enjoying their favorite classic dishes from Max's. Priced at PHP 529, it provides as much as PHP 191 savings and will be available until February 28, 2015.

The meal includes:

* regular half serving of Max's Sarap to the Bones Fried Chicken
* sizzling tofu OR adobong kangkong
* steaming white rice
* 2 glasses of iced tea OR any Pepsi softdrink
* delicious buko pandan

Max's Valentine Treats

Love Letter Cookies and Love Birds Cookies

White Chocolate Butter Cake 

For this year's Valentine's season, Max's makes available sweet and fun Valentine treats including Love Letter Cookies, Love Birds Cookies, and melt-in-your-mouth White Chocolate Butter Cake. 

Surprise your loved ones with any of these Max's delightful Valentine treats, available anywhere in the Philippines for the whole month of February.  These are available for dine-in, take-out and delivery. Create your most memorable Valentine's Day celebration yet by visiting your favorite Max's branch.

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The Adobo Road Cookbook Review

Adobo is so identified with Filipinos that it is almost always expected to be part of any welcome treat especially for foreign visitors. This instant association is probably one of the reasons why Marvin Gapultos, the author of The Adobo Road Cookbook chose to name it as such. This book promised to be a Filipino food journey and after reading through it, I understood why.

The Author's Personal Journey to Loving Filipino Food

What makes this cookbook particularly interesting is that it is written by a Filipino who grew up in the American ways. He tells stories of how he used to protest loudly as a kid when served with food like adobo, pinakbet, or sinigang, only to find himself missing them when he was off to college, able to have his fill of pizza, burritos, and hamburgers. The resolve to finally learn how to cook came when he got married.

He married a non-Filipino who he admits is a great cook. Still, he found himself craving for Filipino food thus the weekly trek to his parents' home just to satisfy his cravings. He realized soon enough that it would be better to learn to cook Filipino food on his own. Learning came though his mom, his grandmother, and aunties who turned out to have a treasure of recipes under their care. 

Marvin Gapultos documented his culinary trials and tribulations through his blog Burnt Lumpia in reference to his propensity to have at least one burnt spring roll when cooking a batch during his novice days. With experience comes confidence and so he opened The Manila Machine, a gourmet Filipino food truck serving people in Southern California. The Adobo Road Cookbook seeks to spark greater interest in Filipino food and culture.

The Adobo Road Cookbook

This cookbook does not go straight to recipes but rather provides the basics that will prepare an aspiring cook of Filipino food. Recommendations for the most useful tools to have as well as ingredients to have for a Filipino pantry are given. Even before the first chapter of recipes begin, recipes for basic condiments, sauces, and dips are presented to serve as foundation for all the cooking that is expected to follow.

In spite of its title, The Adobo Road Cookbook is not all about adobo. It has at least one chapter dedicated to the art of adobo but the rest of the chapters feature appetizers; vegetables and salads; soups, noodles, and rice; main dishes; Filipino finger food and cocktails; as well as desserts and sweet snacks. The recipes are provided in an easy-to-understand manner that will not intimidate even those who are trying them for the first time.

It is very evident in the way that the cookbook was written that the author is very much aware that he is catering to a wide audience in terms of nationality and ethnicity. He does not presume that anything is automatically understood and goes to great lengths to explain a terminology or a cooking method at every opportunity. He even shares his own twists to traditional Filipino recipes and that lends a more personal touch to this cookbook. 

I highly recommend this cookbook to everyone who may like to try their hand at Filipino cooking.