Monday, February 6, 2023

So you’re looking for the sweetest valentine? SM Supermalls’ gotchu!

 



Whether you’re single but not going solo, in a committed relationship, or just happy and in love with the fam, SM Supermalls will give you the sweetest Valentine’s Day ever! 


SM Supermalls has got a slew of activities coming up for you from February 1 to 14. So if you are looking for ways to celebrate the sweetest valentine, look no further because SM Supermalls’ gotchu! 


Keep the love burning with the sweetest dining deals

They say food is the way to a man’s heart. So why not treat your SO to a sumptuous dining experience? With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, SM got lotsa lovin’ vibe to share and the sweetest dining deals to offer. Plus, there are very cute dining spots and IG-worthy outdoor hubs to dine into. But if you want a more romantic ambiance, there are also alfresco spots available for you!


Self-love is the best kind of love

Experience the euphoria of self-love at your favorite SM mall when you gift yourself with a few pampering items. From skin care packages and discounts on fashion items to solo dining promos, SM will definitely shower you with tons of sweet self-love deals to enjoy a love-filled month.


Sweets for your sweet at the Sweet A-fair

What’s Valentine’s Day without a  Sweet A-fair? If you’re looking for the sweetest Valentine’s gifts, there’s no need to scour far and wide just to get them. Check out SM Supermalls’ pop-up bazaar and get your hands on sweet items like chocolates, cakes, and other treats to spoil your loved ones.


Dance to sweet beats and retro nights

This season of love, give your fangirl/fanboy self a sweet reward at the mini-concert held every weekend from February 1 to 14. Your favorite DJs and Tiktok artists will play beats from the 1980s to the 2000s so be there and catch their one-of-a-kind performances.


Make room for Sweet Vibes only!

Everyone deserves a special someone who can take good IG photos. But if you don’t have one, it’s A-ok. You can grab your friends and capture the love at the Sweet Beats Stage or at the V-day installations that will surely make this year's heart's day extra memorable for you.


Kiss and Treat at the furry kissing booth

Let your furry friends sashay away in Valentine’s Day-inspired costumes at the activity center and get a chance to win amazing prizes.


Or, if you don’t have pets to flex, you can still experience sweet puppy love. Check out SM Supermalls’ cutest and sweetest Kissing Booth featuring trained dogs. And the best part is, it’s absolutely free!


Nothing says "sweet valentine's day" like shopping, dining, and getting entertained at SM Supermalls. So come and celebrate the sweetest Valentine’s at your favorite SM mall!


For more sweet V-day ideas, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow @smsupermalls on social media.




Thursday, February 2, 2023

February

We are already in February, the second month of the year, and January just flew by! 

In addition to being the shortest month of the year by one day or more according to the lunar calendar, February is one of the loveliest months of the year in my opinion.

image from Canva free poster


February is also known as the month of hearts because Valentine's Day is celebrated as grandly and festively in some parts of the world as Christmas and New Year's. 

February is a special month for me because it marks our parents' wedding anniversary. Even though our father is no longer with us, we strive to make that day memorable. Everything began on that memorable day! 



I'm starting the month off right and bright. As the rest of the family left for school and work, I made myself a simple breakfast. 

Coffee, walnut bread toast, and my most recent favorite spread—garlic confit! Check out the recipe and instructions here. 

The sun was shining brightly, and a gentle breeze blew in through the window, making it the ideal morning to begin simple, fresh, and calm. The kind of mornings I wish everyone could have and experience. We deserve calm and peaceful mornings!

Saturday, January 28, 2023

HOW TO MAKE GARLIC CONFIT in EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

 



Meats are confit-cooked in fat for a prolonged period of time at relatively low temperature. The French word confit means "preserved." As a result, tough cuts like duck legs become softer and survive all winter long when kept in duck fat and a chilly environment.





What about garlic confit? 


Instead of using meat, garlic can be confited. 

To confit garlic, I prefer olive oil, but you can use any oil you like. I like to use extra virgin olive oil because the oil's natural flavor is preserved and then gradually infused with the delicate garlic flavor as the cloves cook.


Instructions

  1. Peel garlic cloves, place in a small casserole. 
  2. Submerge the garlic in extra virgin olive oil. 
  3. To flavor your garlic confit, add any herbs you like. 
  4. Set the pot to low heat and keep an eye on it to ensure the garlic does not overcook. 
  5. Allow cooling in a glass jar with a lid.


Refrigerate immediately after transferring the garlic confit and cooking oil to a clean heatproof container. The garlic confit can be refrigerated in its oil for up to 2 weeks. 


Sauces and soups can benefit from garlic confit. Break down the cloves with the back of a fork to make a paste. To make a creamy garlic dip or condiment, combine the garlic paste with plain Greek yogurt or ricotta. If desired, add fresh herbs to the mixture or drizzle with good olive oil or chili oil on top.