Veldensteiner, A German Brewery sets its flag in PH Market


Germany celebrated 500 years of the beer purity law last April and we would like to take this opportunity to introduce our company and the products we have. Stammtisch Trading Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Kaiser Brau and Veldensteiner beer in the Philippines.

Kaiser Brau is the largest private brewery in Nuremberg in the state of Bavaria where the beer purity law started. It uses the latest technology but follows the German tradition of brewing beer in the medieval town of Veldenstein. Under the German beer purity law, only four ingredients can be used in brewing beer—hops, barley, yeast, and water. Even with such strict limitations, Kaiser Brau offers a wide variety of beer and its beers have been awarded the gold medal by the DLG–an organization that tests food and beverages in Germany.

Kaiser Brau is distributed mainly in Northern Bavaria but it has extended its reach to Italy, France, the US, the UK, Poland, Croatia, China, and Thailand.

You can reach them at contact numbers +63 9212746345 or

+63 9972751906 or 029942915

GOOD JOHANN-MORNING! 


Let’s welcome 2017 with a bang! Get a chance to win the JOHANN DAWN CARD 2017 and get FREE JOHANN beverage of your choice, everyday, for the whole year of 2017. 

That’s 365 cups of awesomeness for our 8 lucky winners.

Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1:

FOLLOW our official IG account: @johanncoffeebev

Step 2:

LIKE our official FB page: Johann Coffee and Beverages. 

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SHARE, on IG and FB, your most creative and unique photo with your favorite JOHANN coffee or beverage with the hashtag #365DaysOfJOHANN

Step 4:
Review and Rate us on our official FB page.

NOTE:
• failure to follow any of the steps will forfeit your chance of winning.

• more LIKEs on your photo will increase your odds of winning.

• winners will be announced via IG and FB on December 28, 2016

• winners will receive their JOHANN DAWN CARD 2017 via courier on or before JANUARY 1, 2017

A guide to making great Prime Rib at home

A guide to making great Prime Rib at home (a.k.a. how to be the hero of noche buena).
Should you be given roasting duties this holiday season, here’s my guide to making a great Prime Rib at home. It’s quite easy and is pretty much fool-proof, even a non-cook can do this. The method is a bit unorthodox, but it is what I’ve found to be easiest and works best.

The most important part in making a great roast is the preparation. Also, make sure you have a meat thermometer handy and allocate around half a day for the task.

Since you will be investing a lot of time in this, you might as well invest in some quality meat.

1. BUY

Care more about the grading than the breed of cattle. A 7-kilo slab that is USDA Choice grade is a good start. Bone-in would make things more flavorful. You can even splurge and opt for Prime grade if you’re feeling decadent. Make sure you’re purchasing meat that’s in vacuum-sealed packaging.

2. THAW

Keep the meat in its vacuum packaging and take at least 3 days to a week to thaw the frozen slab in the chiller. Slow thawing is very very essential. I cannot stress this enough.

The next step is to bring the slab to room temperature. At least 2 hours before cooking, take the slab out of the chiller and remove the plastic packaging. Then leave it out on a roasting pan.

3. RUB

When you’re ready to cook, pat the meat dry with a paper towel and apply a simple dry rub. Key and basic ingredients would be a liberal amount of coarse sea salt and pepper. You can make things interesting by adding herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary, etc. add some garlic salt and dijon mustard to the rub.

4. ROAST

Go slow and low. There’s no need to preheat the oven, just place the slab into the oven and then turn the temp to a very low setting (around 93°C/200°F would be good).

DO NOT use a countdown timer. Instead, use a meat thermometer to know when to stop roasting. Expect 4-5 hours for a 7-kilo slab.

Insert the thermometer to reach the center of the slab to measure the internal temperature of the roast. When it reaches 49-52°C/120-125°F, pull it out of the oven and allow it to rest.

5. REST

Right out of the oven, the slab is actually still cooking, and so the internal temperature will rise a bit more and will reach medium rare (60°C-63°C/140°F-145°F). 

Place the slab on a rack or a wooden board and lightly cover it with aluminum foil. I like to give the roast at least 30 minutes of rest.

If you want to rest it longer, you can. Just place it back in the oven while it is off, but make sure the oven has cooled down significantly.

7. MAKE AU JUS
Collect all the drippings from the roasting pan to make au jus. There are many recipes online, just go with whatever catches your fancy.

8. SEAR

The slab has already been cooked, so searing is simply for enhanced appearance and added texture. 

Prepare the oven for the searing by preheating it to its maximum temp for at least 20-30 minutes.

Remove the foil, and place the slab back into the preheated oven. The extreme heat will crisp the outer side of the slab.

Pull the meat out when you see it’s browned enough, Around 8 minutes should be sufficient to achieve this. 

9. SERVE

Since the roast is already rested, you can slice and serve immediately. Get a properly-sharp carving knife and slice on demand (don’t pre-slice the meat!). Some of your guests may prefer elegant thin slices, while others may want the “yabadabadoo” cut with the bone intact.

You can serve your masterpiece with whatever side dishes you want, just make sure the au jus is piping hot.

10. ENJOY!

Note that resting (the time between roasting and searing) can be stretched. In fact, in our experience, the longer the rest time, the better the meat tastes. Resting can even be for a few hours. This means you can start roasting at lunch time (if you’re serving for dinner). Just allocate around 40 minutes before serving, so you can preheat the oven for 30 minutes and sear for another 8 minutes.

Oh, if you have guests who do not like to see pink meat, have a cast iron skillet handy for browning. Otherwise, offer them the chicken.

Last tip: if there’s any meat left, wrap the leftover roast in cling wrap and store in the chiller so that you can make fantastic cold roast beef sandwiches for the rest of the week.

Stay Healthy During The Holiday Season

Do you want to stay in control of your healthy diet? Studies show that eating smaller portions multiple times a day helps to keep your metabolism burning & to regulate your blood sugars. The key here is planning ahead so the drive thru doesn’t look so appealing! 
Planning your meals & snacks, making a shopping list & taking some time to prep for the week, will set you up for a healthy successful week. Keeping grab & go treats in your fridge means you’ll always have a healthy treat to snack on & hold you over until the next meal. If you’re not starving at meal time, you won’t have the urge to overeat. 

30 Years of Mekeni


“A person’s measurement of success is not by how much money he has but by how much the same success affects other people. You cannot only look at your own success but also see that others around you succeed too. Then you can say that you have succeeded in life.” These are the words of Tatay Felix Garcia, founder of Mekeni Food Corporation. Thanks  Continue reading »

WELCOMING THE WELLNESS MOMS MOVEMENT

 Procter & Gamble and Robinsons Supermarket Join Forces with Mothers to Further Strengthen Their Advocacy of Wellnes

 What happens when mothers come together to celebrate their personal advocacy of wellness? A Wellness Moms Movement emerges- a movement of change by mothers rallying as one for a better and healthier lifestyle.

?Celebrity mothers and special guests were present during the official launch of Wellness Moms by Procter & Gamble and Robinsons Supermarket held recently at Marco Polo Ortigas, where different aspects of motherhood—Baby, Family/Household, and Personal Wellness—were openly discussed by celebrity mom guests Denise Laurel, Nikka Martinez-Garcia, and host Issa Litton during the talk show that highlighted as well P&G’s own wellness products and how they fit into one’s life.

?For example, Mom’s son returns home after playing outside, washing his hands with Safeguard for 99.9% germ protection before eating dinner. After mealtime, Mom can now easily wash away the grease of the dirty dishes with Joy Antibac, as well as any stains on her son’s clothes with Ariel Power Gel. Night time arrives and her baby daughter needs to sleep, so Mom soothes baby with Vicks Baby Rub, putting on her Pampers for a dry, peaceful sleep, covering her in a soft, comfy blankie, thanks to Downy Baby Gentle. These wellness products and their home benefits were presented in the Mealtime Tips and Bedtime Tips Wellness videos released online.

?Moms shared their personal tips and bytes of advice to one another, talking about how Wellness Mom products have helped make their life at home an easier, safer, healthier and happier one. Also, to further showcase the unity of this movement, a special Moms for Wellness mosaic wall made up of photos of different moms around the country was also revealed.

?Aside from P&G, Robinsons Supermarket, who has always supported the wellness movement, has proven that two is better than one when it comes to progress and change. This mutual undertaking paved the way for a solid partnership, which was also officially revealed last Thursday through the Wellness Moms promo! From now on, whenever one buys three of the participating Wellness Moms products (Safeguard, Joy Antibac, Ariel Power Gel, Downy Baby Gentle, Oral-B, Pampers, or Vicks Baby Rub) at any Robinsons Supermarket, he/she will instantly receive Robinsons Supermarket GC’s worth 50 pesos!

?The media launch of the new Wellness Moms movement was not only an informative event, but also a fun gathering of moms who only want what’s best for their families. With games, new knowledge, and special P&G and Robinsons Supermarket giveaways, moms made their way home with an extra push of encouragement and motivation to continue living the Wellness Moms life.

Last minute Christmas shopping tips  

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No matter how prepared people are with their shopping list, being caught in the Christmas rush is quite inevitable. People usually have very long lists of items that need to be ticked off and obviously only very little time to do all the shopping because doing it after work only gives just a few hours of mall time.  Also, thinking of what to give to relatives and friends could pose a challenge, because of their varied tastes. To avoid giving similar gifts from the past year, even giving the same thing all over again is one of the most challenging tasks while coming down on one’s list too.

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Mr Kabab Fisher Mall

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They first started with only one branch (West Ave) which is an open air restaurant and now have several branches around the metro. Love the place, the ambience, the design, the interiors and even the floor tiles. Love it! The place was big and spacious.  My friends and I tried the branch in Fishermall

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Appetizer Platter (P420.00) which consists of spinach with egg, eggplant with whey sauce, eggplant with egg, etc. (Choose any 4 appetizer) served with pita bread.

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Couscous’ (P120.00) –  This salad bears some resemblance to tabbouleh, but it’s heavier on the grains and has even more fresh vegetables. Tomatoes, olives and fresh coriander are so refreshing.

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Shorba’ (P120.00) – Chunky Tarragon infused vegetable soup served with an egg.

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Shrimp Korma’ (P200.00) – a dish of mildly spiced meat or seafood marinated or braised in yogurt or curds, cream, nut or seed paste.

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Beef Chelo Kabab’ served with ‘Biryani Rice’ (P170.00) – The classic and popular favorite.

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Bhaglava’ or ‘Bhaklava’= This a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.
The food, hmm, don’t get me started with the food. The food was yum-mazing!! Expect lots of flavor in their dishes. From their hummus to kabab. We tried the staples are the keema (with and without eggplant, shish kabab sandwich, and beef kabab. It feels like your in a different country. They put a butter beside or on top the rice and it’s up to you to mix it with the rice. Rice itself tasted so good and smells so good mixed with the butter. The kabab tasted good with its garlic sauce on top. I really liked how the liver dish tasted. I also love their tahini and hummus (yum!). The food was very satisfying.

They usually have a lot of servers in their branches. Attendants were attentive and the food are delivered to your table quickly Great service. The servers were very accommodating and patient with us, even the manager herself.

Mr. Kabab branches and operating hours:

31 West Avenue, Del Monte, Q. C. (open 24 hours)

2nd floor Fisher Mall, Del Monte, Q.C. (open during mall hours)

2nd floor Pearl Plaza, Pearl Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City (10am to 12mn)

Manhattan Parkview, Cubao, Q. C. (10am to 10pm)

2nd floor UP Ayala Technohub, Commonwealth Ave,. Q.C. (10am to 10pm)

Upper Ground floor, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Maligaya Road, Fairview, Q.C. (open during mall hours)

The Strip at SMDC Shell residences, EDSA corner Sunrise Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City (10am to 10pm)

SM Mezza Residences, Aurora Blvd. corner Araneta Ave., Sta. Mesa, Q.C. (10am to 10pm)

The taste of their dishes will definitely give your money’s worth. Prices range from 100-300pesos only. If you are a rice person, you might be surprised of the price of a cup. Haha. Better enjoy your food with their pita instead. Which I think is better paired with any middle easter food.

Credits to Sire Arevalo of urmajestysire.wordpress.com for the photos.