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How to Collect Stickers for Starbucks 2018 Planners + Giveaway!

These are fast facts on the Starbucks 2018 Planner mechanics. Please read this carefully to make sure you earn stickers to redeem the 2018 Starbucks Planner.

Starbucks fans can start collecting stickers to get Starbucks 2018 Planners. Ask for a Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card for FREE starting today, November 2 until January 8, 2018 only. The promo card is where you’ll collect your stickers which can be earned with each purchase of Starbucks handcrafted holiday beverages.

How many stickers to collect for a Starbucks 2018 Planner? A total of eighteen (18) stickers is required to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner. This consists of 9 featured beverage + 9 core beverage.

Which beverages should you buy to earn the 9 featured beverage stickers?  Stickers can only be earned by ordering any of the three holiday featured beverages. These are the following:

1. Christmas Tree Peppermint Dark Mocha – Decadent dark mocha is topped with green tea whipped cream and finished with glittering sprinkles of green and red candies, just like a Christmas tree when lit up.

2. Vanilla Nougat Latte – Inspired by the classic nougat confection, this beverage is delicious with the rich taste of French vanilla (custard-like and slightly floral) and nougat notes.

3. Toffee Nut Crunch Latte – Toffee nut syrup is combined with velvety steamed milk, espresso shots and topped with whipped cream and
crunchy toffee nut crunch toppings.

What are the menu prices of the featured holiday beverage? All three share the same price: Short – ₱160, Tall – ₱ 170, Grande ₱185, Venti– ₱200

IMPORTANT NOTE: Should all three (3) holiday featured beverage not be available, only then can customers substitute with any espresso-based or Frappuccino® blended beverage of their choice! This means you can’t just order any drink, it really has to be the holiday featured beverage to complete the 9 featured beverage stickers. Luckily, all three of them taste great and look so festive!

Which are core beverages to earn the 9 core beverage stickers? You can choose any drink from Starbucks’ Espresso Beverages, Frappuccino® Blended Coffee Beverages, Brewed Coffee, Frappuccino® Blended Cream Beverages, Hot Chocolate Beverages, Bottled Drinks, and Tea Lattes. In short, almost any other beverage in the Starbucks menu. Core beverage stickers are the easiest to earn by enjoying your favorite Starbucks drinks.

How many stickers can you get for each Starbucks drink? You get 1 sticker for each Starbucks drink.

What’s the fastest way to get a Starbucks 2018 Planner? Buy Starbucks food and other retail items worth at least P7,000 to get one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner! This should be a single-receipt transaction. Combination of receipts is not allowed.

How to claim your planner once you completed all 18 stickers? Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner starts November 2, 2017 up to March 8, 2018, at Starbucks stores. Just submit your completed Starbucks® Christmas Traditions Promo Card.

What are the available designs to choose from? The Starbucks 2018 Planner has two designs. Choose from the blue and green hues planner or the warm pigments orange planner.  All planners are encased in leather sleeves. Planners are available in regular and mini sizes.

What are other surprises/freebies inside the Starbucks 2018 Planner? Each planner comes with a Starbucks card (not yet activated), Starbucks stencil ruler and a cleverly-designed Starbucks calendar for your desk!

When is the deadline for redeeming Starbucks 2018 Planner? Redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2018 Planner starts November 2, 2017 up to March 8, 2018 only.

Starbucks 2018 Planner Giveaway from Mommy Lace

Here’s another way to beat other Starbucks fans in getting the Starbucks 2018 Planner! One (1) Lucky reader will win a Starbucks 2018 Planner from Mommy Lace. Entries will be drawn electronically and prize will be shipped to your address. I’ll also draw a runner-up to win a special Starbucks treat!

1. Answer this question: What’s your personal tip in collecting Starbucks stickers? Post your answer via comments below!

2. Make sure you are already following Mommy Lace on Facebook and Mommy Lace on Instagram.

Contest ends November 10, winners will be announced via Facebook.

 

Merry Christmas everybody!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Rackshack: Fun Barbecue Experience at SM Aura

Rackshack answers modern barbecue cravings with their innovative barbecue concept. Rackshack is located at Level 5, The Sky Park of SM Aura Premier. It is the newest place to enjoy authentic and high quality barbecue and comforting side dishes with friends or family.

Created with millenials in mind, Rackshack offers an exciting, comfortable place for barbecue lovers to enjoy. It’s not just about their signature barbecue pork ribs which actually stems from Rackshacks’ more established brother, Racks’. Rackshack keeps in mind the low attention span we all have these days and provides fun card and board games like Uno, Pie Face showdown (which I recommend you play with their signature Smores!), foosball, and beer pong.

Rackshack’s vibe is an energizing one in that upon entering, you know you’ll have a good time here without ever sacrificing food quality. Let’s face it, there are plenty of themed restaurants out there targeting millenials. They offer the same concept of board games, maybe costumes, or hobby inspired food but there’s also a lot of feedback about food quality and taste being the least of these restaurants’ priorities. Rackshack has an advantage with the many years of established food service experience behind its back.

Rackshack’s Exciting Menu Includes Signature Pork Ribs and Tastefully Curated Appetizers, Sides

Rackshack’s menu offers a variety of globally influenced dishes that can easily become your new favorites. These include Rackshack’s Street Corn Salad, Carnitas Plate, Harajuku Potato Salad, Creole Garlic Shrimp, Fish and Chips.

What to Order at Rackshack PH:

Ridiculous Nachos and Fries P365

As for me, their Ridiculous Nachos and Fries was a super memorable appetizer. It’s a bowl of comfort that’s great to start your Rackshack experience with. The bowl is good to share and has nachos, fries, sausages, jalapenos and crispy onion rings all drizzled in special white and cheesy dip.

Double Signature Pork Ribs P515

Make sure to go on your cheat day so you can enjoy this double signature pork ribs. Actually, cheat day or not – everyone needs their protein and you’ve got to make it worth it. Rackshack’s signature pork ribs are the real deal. The meat is so flavorful and tender, I can’t even remember if they’re boneless or not. All I know is I savored every bite of their glorious barbecue and was too busy mixing and matching each bites with Rackshack’s wide range of house sauces. Also, barbecue sauce in Rackshack is UNLIMITED.

Solo Rib Version served with two sides

Choose from the famous Mother Sauce which is Rackshack’s signature house blend, Spicy Mother Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, Carolina Gold, and Kansas Sauce.

I highly recommend getting a small plate where you can put all your sauces in, it’s highly useful in your quest to discover your favorite Rackshack sauce. Mine would be a combination of Mother Sauce and Spicy Mother Sauce.

Brownie S’mores P195

Rackshack’s got you covered from appetizers to desserts. Just like their Brownie S’more that’s not just Instagram #foodgoals but taste equally delicious. The slightly toasted / burnt marshmallow will bring you back to younger days. It can make you forget problems like your diet! Still, Rackshack’s dessert item is worth it and is even big enough to share – just like the traditional campfire s’mores that gets better when shared.

Rackshack SM Aura Menu

It’s easy to over indulge and spend more time at Rackshack. Food items compliment each other and the dining ambiance, setup, and service all hit the right notes at a fair price suitable for the younger barbecue lovers. At Rackshack, barbecue is a unique social and interactive experience that has no boundaries. No rules, no pretensions, just honest to goodness great place and awesome barbecue.

Here’s their menu for your Rackshack visit:

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What do you think? My mouth is watering just writing this blog post and can’t wait to visit Rackshack again this week! This time, I’d like to bring my son who I know will enjoy the food, games, and family-friendly ambiance at Rackshack SM Aura.

Enjoy your barbecue Mommy, Daddy, and Kids!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

RACKS Philippines Launches Smoked Chipotle Ribs!

Racks has released their newest ribs innovation, the Smoked Chipotle Ribs. Their classic pork ribs that is tender and meaty slapped with the rich and spicy flavor of Chipotle barbecue sauce. Served with steamed rice and a choice of your favorite side dish.

RACKS Philippines Chipotle Ribs Menu + Price

Quarter P435
1pc rib, 1 rice and 1 regular side

Half P875
2pcs. rib, 2 rice and 1 large side

Full P1730
4pcs. rib, 4 rice and 1 large side

Chipotle is a smoked hot chili pepper used especially in Mexican cooking. Chipotle adds depth and a kick to meats and these days, chipotle ribs have risen in popularity (just check #RACKSChipotleRibs in Instagram).

RACKS bring Chipotle Ribs in the Philippines

Rich, dark-glazed, smoky ribs—they are the kind of dish that you don’t mind getting messy for. And when one thinks of ribs here in Manila, there is just one place that comes to mind: Racks. And they aren’t called the #BestRibsinTown for no reason. With their reliable heavy slabs that are sure to satisfy, Racks is known for their classic formula—the same one they’ve been using since 1992. And while they have a much-loved hit on their hands, they sure don’t mind flipping the script and trying something new.

A full order is great for sharing! It comes with four cups of steamed rice and one large side

Racks’ innovation takes things to a new level of smoky and spicy: Smoked Chipotle Ribs. Using the classic “falls off the bone” pork ribs that is tender on the bone with hefts of meat in between, Racks slaps on the rich flavor of chipotle barbecue sauce, a flavor best known for its smoke and spicy kick. And you can order this limited edition dish with steamed rice and your favorite side.

This dish will only be available from September 15 to November 5, 2017, so hurry on out to one of the nearest Racks Restaurants near you and grab some of RACKS Chipotle Ribs.

It’s something new to look forward to and enjoy with your favorite people. We all deserve this rib experience don’t we?

 

 

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Top 5 Must-Try at Sofitel Spiral’s Flavors of India | September 11-17

Sofitel Philippine Plaza gives patrons the best reason to keep dining at Spiral through Flavors of the World. Flavors of the World is a culinary celebration that highlights exotic flavors from the culinary world. This means that at least every quarter, patrons can always expect new gastronomic adventures and experience at the Spiral buffet.

This September, the French luxury hotel celebrates the exciting flavors of India. From September 11-17, Spiral’s Indian Master Chef Halim Ali Khan enhances his sumptuous selection at the North Indian Atelier (Indian food section at Spiral). Chef Halim adds more dishes that originate from different regions of India from Mumbai to Kashmir.

Top 5 Must-Try Indian Food at Spiral’s Incredible India | Flavors of the World

1. Start your incredible Indian food journey with Sev Puri

Sev is a popular Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles. It is made from chickpea flour paste, seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and deep-fried in oil. 2-3 pieces of Sev Puri is enough to whet your appetite for other distinct Indian flavors and fare. Pair it with any of the featured Indian beverage such as their blended mango-yogurt drink.

2. Satisfy your Indian Rice craving with Kashmiri Pulao

Kashmiri pulao is a very popular Kashmiri rice dish. It is prepared with dry fruits, nuts, and fresh fruits that level-up our rice experience. It is far from our Filipino plain rice and is simply exploding with sweet, fresh, nutty, and citrus flavors. This is the best rice to pair your next Indian dishes with.

Other Indian rice dishes include Prawns Masala Rice and Yahkni Pulao.

3. Enjoy authentic Gosht Rogan Josh from Chef Halim

Rogan josh is a popular Indian dish that Indian food lovers like myself typically order from Indian restaurants such as New Bombay. It’s a different experience here at Spiral, scooping your own lamb pieces and gravy to your heart’s content. Chef Halim’s rogan josh satisfies any craving for Indian flavors and hits the right spots with the dish’s distinct aroma, Indian spices, and superbly tendered lamb.

Pair it with Palak Paneer for a creamier experience of fresh cheese combined with pureed spinach, garam masala, and other Indian flavors and spices.

4. Buttered Chicken Tikka Masala is perfect for Indian Food “would-be” lovers

Chicken tikka masala is another popular dish. While others can consider it mainstream, it is still the perfect lure for those who’re just trying to love Indian Food for the first time. Say you want to bring a friend or partner to Spiral’s Incredible India feast, then this is a must-recommend Indian dish.

Chef Halim’s Tikka Masala is juicy, tender, creamy, with just the right amount of spice and Indian flavors. It’s a heavenly experience to scoop and enjoy as much masala gravy as you want.

For the more adventurous option, try the Chicken Vindaloo that is mixed with cubed potatoes and is said to have more intense flavors than a traditional Chicken Tikka Masala.

5. Indian desserts to complete your culinary journey

Indian desserts are close to the Filipino’s taste for sweet and starchy treats. At Spiral’s Incredible India celebration, go for Indian desserts like Gajar Halwa. Gajar Halwa is a sweet carrot pudding, like carrot bread but with so much more freshness with real carrot shreds and spices like cinnamon. Don’t let its “vegetable” looks deceive you.

There’s also the vegetable samosa that’s also close to our empanada but of course, Indian Samosa has a distinct spice and flavor that an authentic Indian master chef perfectly combines. Semiyan Kheer is also a dessert that we don’t see often, it is an Indian dessert that’s made with milk and vermicelli strands. A very interesting combination indeed.

Flavors of India at Spiral | Rates for Lunch and Dinner

Sofitel Manila’s Spiral Indian Masterchef, Chef Halim Ali Khan

Flavors of India at Spiral runs from September 11-17. Lunch buffet is at P2,600 and P3,100  for dinner buffet. Book your table at http://www.spiralmanila.com/and follow Spiral Manila on Facebook for more updates on promos.

Other Flavors of India events are:

Cooking Class featuring Chef Halim Ali Khan | 12 September 2017 | 4 PM | Davao – Boracay Show Kitchen

Chef Halim presents a featured culinary workshop with selected recipes. Rate is set at Php1,500nett. Kindly book your participation early to guarantee your slot.

Chef’s Table | 14 September 2017 | 11:30 AM | Davao – Boracay Show Kitchen

Be part of an exclusive dining engagement for discerning gourmands as Chef Halim Ali Khan presents a specially-curated menu showcasing the wonderful flavors of India. Rate is set at Php2,600nett per person.

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Easy Camaron Recipe with Grande Rice Bran Oil

Camaron is the Philippines’ version of Japanese Tempura. It is one of the top Pinoy dishes present in family gatherings and social events. It’s easy to think Camaron is a difficult recipe but is actually very easy and simple to cook! You just need the right preparation and good quality oil for deep frying.

For this recipe, I use Grande Rice Bran Oil. Rice Bran Oil is new to me but I’ve heard and read about its health benefits. Rice bran oil is extracted from the rice bran, which contains naturally present anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E, Phytosterols and Gamma-oryzanol. This brand I’m using called Grand Rice Bran Oil is physically refined. This means that nutrients are not lost during its processing and I’ve learned how nutrients is very important in keeping our body fit and well.

Rice bran oil is the top choice for deep frying Camaron and other recipes that require this frying method. As you can see in this photo, Grande Rice Bran Oil keeps its clear, golden appearance even after a long time of frying.  With Grande Rice Bran Oil, you can cook at higher temperatures without it starting to smoke and break down. Now let’s cook!

Easy & Crispy Camaron Rebosado Recipe by Mommy Lace

INGREDIENTS for Camaron Rebosado

  • 500 grams jumbo shrimp – I use Pacific Bay Seafood’s frozen fresh shrimp that’s ready to cook, peeled and deveined. You can do this yourself in advance
  • 6-10 pieces of Calamansi
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • Grande Rice Bran Oil for deep frying

PROCEDURE for cooking Camaron Rebosado

1. Marinate shrimps in calamansi. Use a ziploc bag to do this. Put the peeled shrimps in the bag, squeeze calamansi directly on them. Sprinkle salt to taste. Leave for 30 minutes.

2. Prepare the batter – in a bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, milk, egg. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Prepare the oil – in low heat, heat Grande Rice Bran Oil. Use 2-3 cups for deep frying in a deep pan.

Deep Frying Camaron

1. Place 3-4 shrimps in batter. Coat well.

2. Test if the oil is ready by placing 1 shrimp or a drop of the batter mix. If it sizzles, it is ready.

3. Deep fry battered shrimp. Place 3-4 pieces one at a time only. When the shrimp floats and has a golden brown color, your Camaron is ready.

4. Place cooked Camaron on top of paper towels to drain excess oil.

5. Serve with sweet chili sauce or ketchup.

The cooking oil plays a big factor in making your Camaron crispy. Rice bran oil is really suitable for deep frying and does not burn. It has a clean taste and the camaron is very tasty but not too oily or tasting like oil. You’ll be proud to serve this to your family and friends.

Happy cooking Mommy!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

#PambansangManok: Chicken Cooking Tips

Magnolia Chicken proclaimed itself as the “Pambansang Manok” or National Chicken. Did you know? The trademark brand, Magnolia Chicken started way back in 1973, when most of us millennial moms were not yet born. Of course, I first knew about Magnolia through my mother who was an excellent home cook. Now it’s my time to cook for my own family and chicken is my primary choice of meat. Cooking is like a crown passed from one generation to the next.

WATCH: Magnolia Chicken TV Commercial

Over the years, I’ve picked up chicken cooking techniques and tricks. Some from my mother and aunt, others from cooking shows, and these days from the Internet! Here are some Chicken Cooking Tips I’d like to share with you.

Top 5 Chicken Cooking Tips by Mommy Lace

#1 Choose Fresh, Healthy Looking Chicken Meat – you may be attracted by promos like Buy 1 Take 1 whole chicken, but before putting them in your basket – check mo muna. While you can save a few pesos, low quality chicken that’s  been frozen for a long time, have traveled long and far, may not be the best for your taste and budget. Low quality chicken meat often come in poor packaging, look rock frozen, and have pale color. They may not last very long once cooked or have weird taste once served.

Magnolia Chicken is:

• Free from anitibitotic promotants
• Rich in Omega-3
• Free from hormones and sterioids
• Grown in stress-free environments

#2 Store Your Chicken Meat Properly – whether you buy your chicken whole or in parts, make sure that they are wrapped and sealed in their own packaging. If in doubt, wash them and transfer to a ziploc bag. Chicken must be stored in the freezer to avoid bacteria growth. If your chicken smells funny, it should not be served and must be discarded.

#3 Prepare Your Chicken Meat for Cooking - are you guilty of taking your chicken meat out of the freezer at the last minute? How about cooking your chicken meat while it’s still frozen or have ice crystals? Thaw your chicken in advance. I am not a food expert but what I do at home is to transfer the chicken meat from the freezer to the chiller or refrigerator the night before I cook it. This makes it easier for me to prepare, cut, and cook the chicken the next day. This also prevents you from thawing the chicken on the sink which may be dangerous for cross contamination.

If you need to marinade your chicken, also do it overnight and use a liter Ziploc bag which is hygienic, saves your marinating sauce, and seals in all the flavors into the chicken meat.

#4 Extend Your Chicken Meat! – buying whole chicken can save you money. Different chicken parts offer different cooking options. Here’s what I do with a whole chicken and how I extend it to more meals:

– Chicken Thighs & Legs (4 pcs.) – Fried Chicken

– Chicken Breast & Back – Tinola, Chicken Chorizo, Pininyahang Manok

– Chicken Wings – I collect them until I have 6 pieces and make honey chicken wings

Of course, if you want to extend more just go for soupy dishes. Leftover chicken from roast chicken can be used for Chicken Sopas, Chicken Macaroni Salad, Chicken Sotanghon, Pancit, and Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry.

#5 Cooking Chicken Evenly - when I was just starting to cook simple things like Fried Chicken and Turbo Chicken, there were times when I was embarrassed at the table when family slice the chicken and see the inside is not yet done. Just imagine. Here are tips to make sure your chicken is done inside and out:

– Follow my tip on thawing chicken in advance
– Get the oil, oven, or broiler to the correct temperature before cooking your chicken in them
– Cook the chicken in low heat, low temperature
– Use a timer, follow the recipe that you’re doing

I hope these tips allow you to enjoy the #PambansangManok even more. Chicken is every budget mom’s best friend, it is easily available, healthy, flexible, and all of us like it!

Do you have Chicken Cooking Tips too? Leave a comment below and share with other mommies!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.