Clean Slate featured!


What a great week for Clean Slate! It was very productive and many new opportunities presented themselves. I also met so many great people.  Clean Slate was present all week at Glorietta for the Negros Trade Fair, and in Rockwell Baker’s Dozen for the weekend.
The Negros Trade Fair in Glorietta provided a ton of exposure to new customers for Clean Slate, and it looks like the Kettle Chips really are a hit!
ABS – CBN television station did a full write up on the What to look for at the Negros Trade Fair, and featured my Clean Slate Items together with The Sweet Life Ange.

Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for
Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for

The number two travel blog in the world as ranked by, Our Awesome Planet, also did a write up on The 29th Negros Trade Fair 2014: Smile Beyond Borders. Our Awesome Planet is operated by a gentleman named Anton Diaz, a really great person, very kind and easy going.





On Saturday the 27th Our Awesome Planet  he held The Ultimate Taste Test. This was a large gathering of many small food-based businesses and gave them an opportunity to sample their wares to customers, who could then vote on what their favorites were.


After pigging out on every savory selection in the large hall, I heard an announcement over the loudspeaker that there would be a cooking competition. The contest would be in between two groups of two people. Rustan’s Market provided all of the items, and we had 10 minutes to prepare a meal for judges out of mystery ingredients. For some reason I decided to do it, and ended up being paired with a very shy partner, my girlfriend Ange. We were brought onto the stage and there was a large bag of ingredients, an electric hotplate, one large pot, a cutting board, a chefs knife, a spatula, pair of tongs and a large plastic spoon. The competition started, we were told we had to use one featured item, Delimondo’s “ranch style corn beef” in our dish and we were allowed to look in the bag.


There were many random items inside the bag. Everything from potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, olive oil, Edam cheese, mustard, butter, salt and pepper, smoked bacon, eggs, pineapple, a loaf of white bread, garlic, onion, and red bell pepper. .. That’s from memory but I think its everything :). We were given a few minutes to pick what ingredients we would use and Ange and I decided we would make a breakfast sandwich. We put the cabbage, potatoes, pineapple and the red bell pepper back into the bag. We were given two minutes to prepare our ingredients so Ange and I peeled and minced garlic, peeled and finely sliced the onion, buttered the bread , and sliced our tomato. We opened the can of corned beef and any packages that needed to be opened. We turned on our hotplate and were told to start. The toughest part was that we are working out of one pot and with the featured ingredient being corned beef there was a lot of moisture involved in the cooking process. The 10 minutes went by in the blink of an eye. We started with a little olive oil in the hot pan, next was bacon, garlic and onion. I seasoned this with salt-and-pepper and then added the can of corned beef. I helped this get good and crisp as possible during the brief amount of time over the smoking hot electric burner by draining all the excess liquid into the only bowl we were given. I pushed the meats to the side of the pot and added two eggs seasoned with salt and pepper and then placed two pieces of buttered bread inside to toast. With all the moisture in the pot the bread got soggy very fast so I scrapped it, and added two more pieces. By this time the eggs was done so we removed it from the pan onto the plating dish. We then removed the corn beef bacon mixture onto the same plate, ( our last dish to use) and I finished toasting the  second set of bread with more success. I then added some butter and cheese to the pot to make a quick cheesy sauce. We put mustard on one side of the toast, next went the egg, then the tomato, the bacon, and finally the corn beef. I spread the cheese sauce onto the top slice of bread and cut it in half. I hadn’t looked up the entire time when I glanced over at our opponents plate. They had what looked like an egg and corned beef omelet patty with toast  and garnished with sliced red bell pepper. Thank goodness Ange had used the scrap bread from my first soggy attempt to soak up and clean the plate before we presented :).



Next began a very nervous waiting period for the judges taste and score our dishes. Of course our judges would be two extremely prominent bloggers (Richie of The Pickiest Eater, and Yen of The Tummy Traveler), the assistant vice president for Rustan’s Marketplace who donated the produce for the competition, and a member of the Rockwell Team Family, the venue where the event took place.


When they announced the winner I couldn’t believe it but we won! We were awarded 6000 Pesos to spend at Rustan’s and four complimentary dishes from California Pizza Kitchen!

So all in all a pretty great week for me and for a Clean Slate! I just wanted to keep everyone posted. 🙂


Clean Slate products for sale all week in Glorietta!


Hey everyone, I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the week long celebration of food and hand-crafted goods called the Negros Trade Fair.

Clean Slate Kettle Chips, Pickles, BBQ Sauce, Seasoning Blends and Spice Rubs will be available from September 23rd until Sunday the 28th during Glorietta mall hours. Look for my products or Ange’s delicious desserts at The Sweet Life by Ange booth across from McDonalds in the Glorietta activity center.  I look forward to seeing you there!

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Kettle Chips at Rockwell this weekend, while supplies last!

Clean Slate Kettle Chips

This weekend in Power Plant Mall at Rockwell, Clean Slate will be offering Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. Available flavors are Spicy Cajun, Garlic, and Original Sea Salt. You can find them at the Sweet Life by Ange booth in the Baker’s dozen on the concourse level. Clean Slate’s homemade spicy pickles, barbecue sauce, and several of our signature spice blends will also be available. Thanks again!



Leftovers Makeover: Sausage Marinara Sandwich

Sausage and Chorizo Marinara Sandwich, Topped with a Truffle and White Wine Cheese Sauce, on Buttered Garlic Baguette

Sausage Marinara Sandwich
Sometimes the best part of the meal can be the leftovers.

I love Italian food, every single classic dish. I am not Italian, but it was my mom’s version of homemade spaghetti and meatballs that created my love for the cuisine and culture of Italy. My mothers deliciously famous recipe for spaghetti and meatballs, to this day,  remains to be my favorite meal ever. The dark red sauce dense with chopped onions, whole tomatoes, and bite sized meatballs, make it hard to put down your fork. I have tried many a plate of what has been proclaimed “the best spaghetti”, but no one can ever come close to matching the savoury magic of her recipe, including myself. I have decided it’s some secret ingredient she never let anyone see her using.

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What the heck are Kettle Chips?!?


Crispy Thick Kettle Chips
Crispy Thick Kettle Fried Potato Chips
Hot and fresh, ready to be seasoned!
Hot and fresh, ready to be seasoned!

As you may or may not know, I have recently been offering different goodies for sale. This weekend I unvieled my latest creation, and it has received the best feedback by far. Homemade Kettle Fried Potato Chips.  Since coming to the Philippines it may be hard for some of you to believe, but the snack isle at the local grocery store is much much different than one you would find in the United States. I have an addiction to most junk food, any fried bread, and all things carb.  There has been this tingly spot deep in my belly that needs good potato chips, and it’s going on nine months of craving my favorite snack. Long story short instead of fighting the urges any longer I whipped up a batch of greasy, thick, and crispy potato chips, just the way I like it. I mixed together a batch of my Clean Slate Cajun Seasoning along with a few extra secret ingredients and pow, the only Cajun Kettle Chips around that I’ve seen so far. And they are good, let me tell you.

There are actually three types being offered:

  1. Orignal – Don’t call them plain, because they are seasoned with Sea Salt, and may be the best of them all.
  2. Garlic –  A whole head of crispy fried garlic pieces goes into each one of these bags, infusing the chips with flavor.
  3. Spicy Cajun – A little bit sweet, a little bit savoury, with a nice spicy kick to finish it off. My personal favorite.


This weekend I sold out basically. Several people here apparently have never had a nice thick cut, crispy potato chip. A few even asked me what kettle chips were. And thats great, these are questions I love to answer! Well for starters, kettle is not the vegetable they are made of 🙂 The kettle is the big metal pot they are traditionally cooked in. The potato is cleaned and with the skin left on they are sliced thick. Each slice is double fried at two different temperatures to create an extremely crispy chip.

So, if you want to try them out there are two ways of doing it:

  1. You can call or message me and I will just make you some.
    • My contact info is:
      • Cell: +63 916 618 5443
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  2. Or, you can wait until next week for Friday and pick up a bag at The Sweet Life by Ange booth. It is located in the Bakers Dozen on the concourse level of the Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, and will be there until Sunday 🙂


Any idea the constitution it takes to make bags and bags of fresh chips without eating them ALL?
Any idea the constitution it takes to make bags and bags of fresh chips without eating them ALL?

Seared Scallop Sandwich with Lemongrass Infused Fresh Coconut and Dill Slaw with a Tamarind Turmeric Gravy

It's pronounced "sandwish"
It’s pronounced “sandwish”

Seared Scallop Sandwich with Lemongrass Infused Fresh Coconut and Dill Slaw with a Tamarind Turmeric Gravy

I was inspired by a fantastic Instagram post of a fried scallop sandwich with purple cabbage slaw. So today for lunch I decided to make my interpretation, with just a little South Asian flair.

I really went outside the comfort zone on today’s lunch recipe by only buying  raw from scratch ingredients instead of anything canned or pre-made.

I love the unique condiments I came up with for todays lunch.
I love the unique flavor profile of these homemade condiments.

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Sushi Night!

Chirashi BowlWhen I was a kid I wasn’t afraid to try new varieties of food.  I  loved me some  raw vegetables: broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spinach. I liked to shock other kids by eating what they were picky about. As I think back to this adventurous exploration of food, nothing left such an impression on me as my first time trying sushi. Since then, I was hooked, and Japanese food has been one of my favorite cuisines. I could literally eat it every single day (if given the choice).

Angled Chirashi

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