Thursday, February 21, 2008

Oreo Cheesecake Recipe! YUM!

Cheesecake Factory's Oreo Cheesecake =)


1 1/2 cups. Oreo Cookie Crumbs (about 23 Oreo cookies finely
2 tablespoons. Melted Butter
9" Spring Form Pan (buttered on bottom and sides)

1 1/2 lbs. Cream Cheese
1 cup Sugar
5 Large Eggs
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 cup Flour
8 oz Sour Cream
5 Oreo Cookies (coarsely chopped for the batter)
10 Coarsely Chopped Oreo Cookies for the Top of Cheese Cake


Mix melted butter with Oreo crumbs and press in spring pan cover the bottom and 1 1/2" up the sides with crumbs, set aside.

>All Ingredients need to be at room temperature before beginning.
>Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.
>Keep mixer on a low setting during the mixing and beating process.
>Add sugar gradually and continue beating cream cheese until mixed through.
>Add eggs one at a time and continue to beat until blended.

>Measure the vanilla, salt and flour, pour into cream cheese and egg mixture and beat until smooth.
>Add the sour cream and beat well.
>Turn off the mixer and stir in the coarsely chopped oreo cookies with a spoon.

>Pour cream cheese into the spring pan and place the nine coarsely chopped Oreo Cookies on to of the cream mixture.
>Place pan on the top rack and in the middle of a preheated oven at 325 degrees and bake for one hour and 15 minutes.
>When time is up prop the oven door open and let the cheese cake stay in the oven for one hour.
>Remove from oven and let cool enough to place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

24 hours?? It is worth the wait! Promise! =) A cheese cake should season. The flavor ripens and becomes enriched.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

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Monday, February 11, 2008

AVENIDA got all my faves!

Talk about getting lucky.. My girlfriend who runs this blog was able to snag two spots in the 8th leg of the Davao Food Trip series organized by Blogie Robillo before registration was closed. The 8th food trip was in AVENIDA, a restaurant in the ground floor of Lispher Inn in Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City. We haven't heard of it yet so we were quite excited to try their food. And I grew more excited when my gf mentioned Avenida will serve their famous Beef Misono. And I must say I LOVE BEEF in all forms!

The presentation of their Beef Misono was simple (just served in a bowl like a rice topping; see photo below) but it was delicious! The beef was very tender and flavorful, and I was able to demolish my share in about 5 minutes. Hehe! There was no hint of a distinct Japanese taste though. Avenida's version must have been "filipinized" for the Pinoy taste buds..

Beef is my #1 favorite food, and bangus belly is a close second. And who would have thought that Avenida will serve that too?? As I said, I got lucky! Hehe! The bangus recipe was just plainly named Bangus Belly. The belly wasn't visible as it was topped with sauteed (??) kangkong leaves. The rest of the dish was composed of cucumber, tomatoes and onions. Given its plain name, I didn't thought it will have an Italian taste. Surprise suprise! I think the (fresh, sundried or marinated?) tomatoes had a lot to do with the Italian taste. Needless to say, I ate lots of belly, and never minded the bangus meat which was boneless (I think).

The last dish Avenida served was Sizzling Squid. And yes, squid is another favorite. Hehe! How lucky can I get?? My first food trip and I'm eating all my faves =) Unfortunately, my gf wasn't able to take a picture of the squid dish on the sizzling plate since steam is coming off it (it's a sizzling dish after all!) and keeps messing up the camera lens. Tsk! Anyway, the squid meat was diced and mixed with the usual trio of vegetables (carrot, peas, corn). The sauce was yellow but there was nothing distinct in its smell or taste (no saffron) so I don't know why it's yellow.. Still, it was yummy and was perfect with the tender diced squid meat. Below is a picture of the Sizzling Squid on the plate of my gf. The reddish-blaskish blob on the background is a piece of Bangus Belly. Looks all yummy to me!

ALL photos in this blog post were taken by Melissa Solito (my gf who runs this food blog) and I used them with permission -- of course! Hehe! ALL are unedited that's why there's no watermark of her name (she's procrastinating in editing, arghh) so if you use it, kindly link back or give her credit. Her "food review" on Avenida will be on this blog: Issa's Dollar Earners. Go check it out!

For those with short-term memory, AVENIDA is located in the ground floor of Lispher Inn in Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City. Contact number: (6382) 299-1610. You can also check them out at

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

wanna make an iSSa?? =)

LOL! Got this super fun "recipe" from Chikai. Thanks for sharing gurl! =)

The Recipe For iSSa

3 parts Charisma
2 parts Impishness
1 part Kindness

Splash of Desire

Finish off with whipped cream

What's the Recipe for Your Personality?