Asian Salads: The Book Review

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People who are into salads specifically of the Asian variant would definitely treat this book a treasure to behold, Asian Salads by Maki Watanabe provides 72 inspired recipes from Vietnam, China, Korea, Thailand, and India. What makes these recipes so inviting to try is their simplicity in preparation. What with all those shortcut and substitute tips given in the instructions. It would be difficult to go wrong.

The book is comprised of 6 Chapters including:
  • Marinated and Pickled Salads
  • Light and Refreshing Salads
  • Seafood Salads
  • Salads with Meat and Chicken
  • Salads with Fritters, Spring Rolls and Other Fried Snacks
  • Stir-Fried Salads and Vegetables
But before you even get to the first chapter, you are given a fitting introduction by familiarizing you with common Asian seasonings and pantry items as well as basic Asian cooking terms. You will even get some suggestions for drinks you can enjoy with these salads.

Several Asian dressings are featured that you can use according to your preference depending on what flavor you would like to revel in for a particular dining experience. You can choose to complete the experience by using authentic kitchen and tableware pieces from around Asia. The choice is really all up to you and that is the best part. You get to eat healthy without sacrificing food aesthetics and flavor.

It is my view that Tuttle Publishing did right in publishing this book. It is something that will not overwhelm neophyte cooks nor bore seasoned ones. The author's passion for Asian salads shines through in every page and that is something every reader can start on.

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The Knott's Berry Farm Signature Collection Raspberry Shortbread

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In 1920,  Walter and Cordelia  Knott  began selling fresh produce, berries, home-made jams  made with real puréed fruit, jellies and preserves that have chunks of luscious fruit in each spoonful, from a roadside berry stand in Buena Park, California.

Their family business earned a place in history in 1932 when Walter Knott cultivated a luscious new fruit; a cross between a raspberry, a loganberry and a blackberry - the boysenberry.  The farm that started it all became a family amusement park that delights millions.     

Today the Knott family is pleased to extend their tradition of quality, using  the tried and tested recipes and farm-fresh fruits that made the name "Knott's Berry Farm" famous to include premium  shortbread cookies.  Richly flavorful, these classic favorites are prepared using popular Knott's Berry Farm fruit fillings made with sun-ripened fruit, grown and harvested from the best places on earth. .  

Besides the Raspberry Shortbread, you should also try the Knott's Berry Farm Premium Bite-size cookies: Strawberry Shortbread.  

My wife's brother sent us these all-so great tasting cookies and boy everyone loved it.  The moment the packaged arrived, everyone stopped whatever we are doing and started munching these delicious cookies.  

STEAKOUT: An evening of Heineken Beer and Premium Steak At Pan Pacific Manila

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Pan Pacific Manila in partnership with Heineken Philippines will showcase an indulgent pairing of steak and beer at STEAKOUT at Pacific Lounge on Saturday, July 27, 2019 for only Php 1,500 net per person.

The highlight of the dinner buffet is our carving of Slow Roast US Prime Rib with Mini Yorkshire Pudding, Baked Potatoes and condiments served with Peppercorn Sauce and Au Jus. The culinary team also prepares steakhouse classics such as Herb Marinated Beef Tenderloin Medallion, Flank Steak, Flat Iron Steak, Strip Steak, and BBQ Baby Back Ribs to be complemented with delicious Spanish tapas including Lengua de Buey y Pinchos de Ajo (braised ox tongue skewers with pickled garlic), Chorizo a la Jillo Banderillas (mini chorizo and chili skewers), Chicharrones de Cadiz con Papaya en Escabeche (crispy herbed pork cracklings with pickled papaya), Terrina de Calabaza y Espinacas (pumpkin and spinach terrine) and more.

Epicurean diners will experience the “signature Heineken pour” with unlimited Heineken draught beer served from their signature Heineken blade.

Pacific Lounge is located on the 21st floor, Pan Pacific Manila, M. Adriatico cor. Gen Malvar Sts. Malate. For reservations, please contact (02) 318 0788 or email Price is subject to change without prior notice.

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About Pan Pacific Manila

The first and finest Butler hotel in the Philippines – ranked among the recommended hotel at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Forbes Travel Guide, named one of the best places to stay in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award, and also recognised among the Philippines’ Leading Business Hotels at the World Travel Awards, is conveniently located at the heart of the historical and cultural district of Malate in the Manila Bay area. Pan Pacific Manila is a short drive to the city’s convention, exhibition and business centres and a walk away from shopping, food and entertainment establishments. A business hotel, designed to offer a comfortable abode to business and leisure travellers with its excellent facilities and service, the hotel has 236 all-executive rooms and suites and 7 spacious function rooms.

About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts

With hotels, resorts and serviced suites across Asia, Oceania and North America, Pan Pacific provides a safe harbour in an ever-changing world. Places with less to worry about because, when you stay with us, rest assured that all will be taken care of. For this is where you will find your balance.

About Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Pan Pacific Hotels Group is a wholly-owned hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, one of Asia’s most established hotel and property companies with an outstanding portfolio of investment and development properties.

Based in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels Group owns and/or managers more than 40 hotels, resorts and serviced suites including those under development in 24 cities across Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe.
Voted “Best Regional Hotel Chain” by readers in Asia in 2017 and 2018, Pan Pacific Hotels Group comprises two acclaimed brands: its signature brand, Pan Pacific and its deluxe brand, PARKROYAL.

Sincerity is the hallmark of Pan Pacific Hotels Group. The Group is known to its guest’s partners, associates and owners for its sincerity in people and the sense of confidence which alleviates the stresses of today’s complex world.