Dinner at Outback Steakhouse

It was April 7, 2012. My family and I went to Makati Shangri-La hotel  for my sister’s birthday and for our vacation. We ate lunch at Dad’s and after that we went shopping and went back to the hotel.

We went swimming and we were there for about an hour or more. We took a bath, rested and went out to look for a place to eat dinner.

The Place

Australia

We   dropped by at Outback Steakhouse at Glorietta 4, Ayala Center for Zia’s birthday dinner.

At first I thought it was a bar but when we went upstairs I was surprised to see a   big restaurant  .  We sat at  the window   in front of the S.M. food court.

Australia

Outback Steakhouse has a wonderful theme and great pictures. The outback is a home land for many Australian animals like dingoes and wombats.  Kangaroos and dingoes hide in the bushes to rest  when the weather is really hot.

Australia

There are also birds who fly at the crack of dawn. Snakes and other reptiles bask in the sun .

The pictures on the wall show road  signs  , animals, and geography   of Australia.

The bathroom doors had “Blokes” and “Shielas” on them rather than Men and Ladies. The toilets were really clean and smelled good.

Toilet

The waiters and waitresses also wore hats, vest and shorts used in the Australian outback.

The Food

Bushman's bread

Combo Appetizer

First, we ordered appetizer and water. They gave us Bushman’s bread , which is made with wheat and honey. It’s  brown and served with butter. The inside is soft and the outside is crunchy.

We ordered the Combination Appetizer, which includes  Kookabura Wings, Aussie Cheese Fries and Crispy Calamari.

Kookabura Wings tasted like buffalo wings. It  is deep-fried and crunchy. My little sister found it too spicy but I didn’t think so. The fries had cheese and bacon, and tasted like it was homemade .The calamari is crunchy  and tasted fresh.   The combination platter also had four slices of celery, which was  as fresh as if it was only plucked from the ground the same night.

Alice Springs Chicken

The Baby back ribs

Grilled Chicken and Swiss sandwich

Fish sandwich

Garlic rib eye steak

Next, we ordered our main dishes. I ordered  Alice Springs chicken.

The Alice Springs chicken is a flame grilled chicken breast that has  mushrooms, bacon, Monterey jack and Cheddar. It also has honey mustard sauce.  It’s cheesy, flavorful and cooked properly.

Mom ordered 1/2 slab of Baby Back Ribs . My mom was surprised and happy  because the serving was bigger than she thought it would be.  There were about 5 ribs on the half slab, but it had lots of meat.  Knowing that I love ribs too, my mom gave me a piece so I could describe its taste. The ribs are  tender.  I could taste the smoky flavor on the barbecue sauce and ribs.

My sister got the Grilled Chicken and Swiss Sandwich. I had a piece too because mom wanted me to taste everything. It’s made of chicken breast, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato, and buns.

It also came with fries. It wasn’t very tasty , but I think you’re supposed to add some salt when you eat it.

My younger sister ordered the Fish Sandwich .  It had breaded fish and cheese, with tartar sauce  , lettuce, tomato and burger buns.  Like the Grilled Chicken sandwich, it , too needs a little more salt  and pepper. The bread is soft and crunchy. The vegetables are fresh and still crunchy.

Papa ordered the Garlic Rib Eye steak, which also came with vegetables and baked potato. Papa  said it was cooked perfectly and tasted really good.

The servings were generous and we were all full.  Right after dinner, the crew burst out of the kitchen, singing Happy Birthday to my sister, Zia. They brought her a serving of ice cream with chocolate drizzle and a candle on top.

This surprised us but made us and Zia happy.

The food is worth the price because it’s delicious and the servings were more than enough.

The Service

The place was kid friendly. When we arrived, we were given coloring papers and crayons to keep us busy. They had high chairs for little kids. The waiters and waitresses also talked to us.

Say CHEESE!

The service crew are very friendly and were very helpful all the time. They are smiling every time they came to our table. We always got water refills once our water run out.

It was great that they remembered when my mom mentioned it was my sister’s birthday so that they sang her happy birthday after our meal.

Outback Restaurant is a great place. I wish we’d go back there again.

Here are my ratings (5 is the highest):

5 stars for the food
5 stars for the place
5 stars for the kid friendliness
5 stars for the service

See you all next time! Adios!

Stuffed Chicken

Me and the Chicken Galantina

This recipe is inspired by a dish I learned from  Sylvia Reynoso Gala Culinary Arts school.

It is a good recipe for Christmas dinners.  But I changed it  a bit .   I put almonds and berries in it because my father wanted it.  I also removed some ingredients that we did not have.

Stuffed Chicken

  1. Serves :12
  2. Preparation: 10 minutes
  3. Total time: 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Equipment:
  1. Deboning knife
  2. Butcher’s knife
  3. Twine
  4. Foil
  5. Large bowl
  6. Food processor (optional)
  7. Roasting pan
  8. Chopping board
  9. Measuring cups
  10. Measuring spoons

Equipment

Ingredients:

1 1/2 k deboned chicken

Filling:

  • 1 cup roasted bell pepper
  • 1/4 k ground beef
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (or cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup carrot
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh milk
  • 1/2 cup violet onion
  • 1 can of 8 pieces Vienna sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pieces bread torn into bits
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

For the marinade:

1/4 cup Soy sauce
1/4 cup Sugar
1 Tsp black Pepper
2 Tbsp Calamansi

Procedure:
  1. In a bowl , mix together 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of calamansi juice, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp of black pepper.
  2. Marinade the deboned chicken for 5 minutes.

Marinade for 5 minutes

For the filling:
  1. Chop the bread in a food processor. Soak in fresh milk.
  2. Chop the vienna sausage, blueberries (cranberries), almonds, violet onions, carrot, bell pepper and cheese .
  3.  Mix all the ingredients with the ground beef and eggs.

Mix all the ingredients together

Stuffing:
  1. Remove the deboned chicken from the marinade.
  2. Stuff the filling inside the chicken cavity.

Stuff the chicken

Cooking time:

1. Pre heat oven for 15 minutes 350F or 175C. Tie the chickens legs together using a twine.

2. Wrap the chicken with foil then tie the add another layer of foil and tie again.

3. Put in pre heated oven and roast for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

4. If you want it crunchy add cooking oil on top of chicken after it’s roasted then open it and cook for 45 more minutes.

5. Serve with hot rice.

That’s it for today everyone! Have a very good and delicious Christmas. This is the Junior Chef Signing out.

How to Debone a Chicken

My deboned chicken

My deboned chicken

How to Debone Chicken Video- click here

I learned this recipe from Sylvia Reynoso Gala Culinary Arts school. You can use this for steamed chicken, roasted chicken or stuffed chicken.

I’ll post the Stuffed Chicken on my next entry.

  1. Make sure the chicken you’re using has yellow skin.
  2. Remove the top ass and the fat.
  3. Chop off the neck and the skin.
  4. Cut the joints on the shoulders.
  5. Pull down the breasts and take it off .
  6. Pull down the skin until it reaches the chickens ass.
  7. Lift the drumsticks and cut at the joint.
  8. Debone the drumstick but leave the tip of the bones.
  9. Lay down the chicken on a chopping board and remove everything around the ass.
  10. Use the flesh for patching.
My deboned chicken

My deboned chicken

That’s it for today guys! Have a wonderful ChristmasThis is the Junior Chef signing out.

Helping children

I never stayed  hungry in my entire life – NEVER, I tell you. When I eat a very delicious mouth watering and finger licking food in a buffet in Diamond Hotel or in Yakimix, I never think about children or adults who live in poor communities who have nothing but air on their plates.

Sometimes when  I cook  food and  I mix the ingredients, it falls to the table and it ends up as the dog’s meal. What a waste!

When my mother told me we’re going to feed some children, I felt happy because I like helping children. “That’s a good idea- you would learn why you shouldn’t waste food,” my father said.

So on August 12, 2011, me and my whole family woke up at 5:00 a.m. so we could start making sandwiches early.  I like waking up early because I could do a lot of stuff like reading cook books, cooking breakfast with my father and watching television.   We prepared the ingredients for a chicken-egg sandwich:

Chicken-Egg sandwich

Ingredients:
6  bread  loaves
1 bunch of celery
4 carrots
4 cucumbersCucumbers for the sandwiches.

chickenBoiled chicken

eggsOver cooked boiled eggs

onionsMe chopping onions.
pepper

mayonnaise

We peeled the carrots and onions. Then sliced the celery.Chopped carrots and celery.

Then we boiled chicken. We put all ingredients in a food processor.

We peeled the hard boiled eggs,

Us peeling the boiled eggs.

cucumber. Then we mixed the

mayonnaise,  carrots,

My sister peeling carrots.

celery, eggs, onions and chicken.

Next, we made sandwiches with cucumbers as garnish.

The chicken spread we made.

Finally, we packed the sandwiches in sandwich bags and we put it all in 1 big ice box . We also packed the bananas in 3 plastic bags.

Then we ate bacon and egg for breakfastMe and my family eating breakfast..

Next, we took a bath and we called a taxi. We went to Holy Spirit Elementary School in Artillery Drive , Bgy. Holy Spirit.

The name of the principal is Principal Dorotea Eseller.Me my brother and sisters and the school principal.

We fed 2 batches of kids in 2nd grade. These are the classes of Mrs.Garcia,  Mrs. Daus and Mrs. Bartolay.

My brother giving sandwiches to the kidsMe and my sister giving bananas to the kidsMy family feeding the children

The principal told her students that we’re here to feed them and the food is free.

The principal speaking to her students

We didn’t wait to long to feed the kids we only took for about 20 min. I told myself that I’m going to do this again next week because I like helping children.

I think next time we’re going to cook Macaroni and cheese

My brother also has a blog. It’s called The Healthy Kidd:

http://thehealthykidd.wordpress.com/

My sister also has a blog. It’s called The Cake Designer:

http://theladycakedesigner.wordpress.com/

We have a charity called The Healthy Kidchen.

Have fun reading my blog and my brother’s and sister’s blogs. This  is The Junior Chef signing out 😀