Surprise Mom with El Real Pasta Recipes

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Give your mom the best gift this Mother’s day by cooking up these sumptuous pasta dishes, courtesy of El Real Pasta. These El Real Pasta recipes can be added to your roster of dishes to cook for mom.

Your mother will surely feel your love when she tastes the creamy goodness of Elbow Macaroni with Chicken and Wild Mushrooms, and Flat Spaghetti with Creamy Sausage and Chicken, made more satisfying with the “yumayakap ang sarap” goodness of El Real Elbow Macaroni and El Real Flat Spaghetti.

Elbow Macaroni with Chicken & Wild Mushrooms


250 g. El Real Elbow Macaroni
1/4 cup salted butter or margarine
1/2 cup thinly sliced white onions
1 tbsp. crushed garlic
250 g. chicken breast fillet – cut into 1-inch-long thin strips
4 pcs. fresh or canned oyster mushroom, thinly sliced
8 pcs. shitake mushrooms –  soak in 3/4 cup water (15 minutes). Save mushroom water.
Remove stems. Slice thinly.
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh or canned button mushrooms
1 cup frozen peas – thawed
1 cup all-purpose cream
1 tbsp. rock salt or 1 tsp. fine salt
1/2 tsp. white pepper
1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
1/4 cup chopped red bell peppers


First, cook the El Real Elbow Macaroni according to package directions, drain under faucet water and set aside. In a 12-inch skillet, melt the butter and sauté onions and garlic. Add chicken and cook until it changes color. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Add peas, salt and pepper. Stir until boiling. Add cream and simmer. Top with bell peppers. Turn off fire and toss in the macaroni. Serves 4-6.

Flat Spaghetti with Creamy Sausage and Chicken


250 g. El Real Flat Spaghetti
1/4 cup salted butter or margarine
1/4 cup minced white onion
1 cup Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped chicken breast fillet
1 tsp. fine salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
3 tbsp. Continental All-Purpose Flour
2 cups fresh or full cream milk
10 fresh or frozen broccoli flowerettes


Cook the El Real Flat Spaghetti according to package directions, drain under faucet water and set aside. Cook 10 fresh or frozen broccoli flowerettes in boiling pasta water for 10 minutes, drain and set aside. In a 12-inch skillet, put butter and sauté onions until soft. Add sausage, chicken, salt and pepper. Stir until half cooked. Then add Continental All-Purpose Flour and mix well. Lastly, add milk, stir and simmer. Place pasta on a serving platter, top with sauce and garnish with broccoli flowerettes. Serves 4-6.

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Freshen Up with Old Orchard Cranberry Summer Cooler Recipes

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With summer’s scorching heat around, there’s nothing more delightful than sipping something cold and fruity. However, when you’re after a refreshing drink with the right balance of sweetness-and-tartness, Old Orchard Cranberry Juice is the answer. This thirst quenching drink can complement any meal and can serve as a base for easy-to-prepare mocktails. Whether you’re at home, on a vacation-out-of-town, or at a get-together party, these delightful non-alcoholic infusions would surely be a good company and help bring along the fun!

Non-Alcoholic Sangria


1 bottle Old Orchard Cranberry 64 oz.
1.5 liter lemon soda
1 orange
1 lemon
24 pieces of grapes


  1. Combine chilled Old Orchard Cranberry  and chilled soda in a punch bowl.
  2. Wash fruit. Halve grapes and place in the bunch bowl.
  3. Cut the orange and lemon into wedges.
  4. Place the orange and lemon slices into the punch bowl. Stir and enjoy.

Summertime Kiddie Cocktail

1 cup Old Orchard Cranberry Juice  
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water 330ml
Fresh strawberries for garnish


  1. Mix all liquids together
  2. Pour in a tall glass over ice
  3. Garnish with fresh strawberries

Cranberry Mocktail

1/2 cup Old Orchard Cranberry
½ cup ginger ale
Fruit for garnish


  1. Pour Old Orchard Cranberry in a large glass over ice.
  2. Slowly add ginger ale.
  3. Garnish with a fruit slice, if desired.
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ASEAN Food Festival Ayala Malls Vertis North

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Ayala Malls Vertis North hosts the ASEAN Food Festival from May 11-14. Dishes from neighboring Asian countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar and our very own the Philippines. The food festival features top notch chefs, local delicacies as well as exotic dishes from ASEAN countries, and indie performances.

Vertis North is the newest development in Quezon City and is a short walk from Trinoma. The food festival is held in the north parking and housed in a giant white tent. It was very spacious, relaxed and well ventilated. A key point for me when it comes to events like this.

Entrance to the event is only Php50 which includes a free beverage.

May 11-12: 5pm-2am | May 13-14: 4pm-2am | May 14: 4pm-12am

Local chefs reinterpret the best dishes from ASEAN’s Southeast Asian partners. Chef Genen Gonzales whips up dishes from Myanmar and Laos while Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou brings Singaporean flair. Chef Rob Pengson lends a hand to create savory dishes from Cambodia and Brunei. Restaurants Wild Ginger brought Thailand and Vietnam and Berjaya Hotel presented authentic dishes from Malaysia.

Lobster and Scallops Balls –  a popular dish at the festival

Pinoy chefs Chef Gene Gonzales, Chef Claude Tayag and Chef Vincent Garcia give a taste of Pinoy favorites and Kapampangan dishes. Regional delicaices such as Laoag Empanada, Sulipan by Cafe Ysabel, Duck Ham from EDL Farms, Alavar Crabs, pasalubong products from Region IVB and Pancit Lucban from Buddy’s by Chef Vince Veluz.

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The food festival kicks off with performances by indie faves, Reese Lansangan and Franco.

The ASEAN Food Festival was the perfect place for a catch up with my friends Rose and Arthur.

#ASEANFoodFestival #FeelItLoveIt

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