Food Adventure Archives
I used to work on a graveyard shift. Me and the team loves to eat breakfast after work hours and we fancy 24/7 restaurants or the one that opens too early. It’s so much nicer to end our day right and it has to be our quality time together – to spend more time with friends with the same passion which is… taadaa eating hahaha!
Last week, despite that the planned dinner with my friends was cancelled, I still didn’t waste the opportunity of going out. Simply because going out for me is a rare opportunity (lol). I just took a stroll at SM Fairview instead of wasting my outfit.
That time, I don’t know why, I’m not hungry. So, I just walked around and opted to look for something interesting.
I then stumbled with this eye-popping stall that features brownies. Since, I love brownies, I easily gave in.
The name of the stall is Brownies Unlimited. Aside from brownies, there are also cupcakes and other pasties available.
Juggling blogger works, being an online teacher, a father to two ADHD labrador retrievers and aspiring successful entrepreneur-netrepreneur is never easy. It’s quite exhausting and frustrating. However, I found it rewarding as the seeds I’ve planted years ago are all starting to bear fruits. My adsense and other promoted earning opportunity websites are now starting to give a substantial amount of earning despite I don’t update my blogs on Sundays; I use to receive gifts from my Korean students; and, whenever I’m down my very adorable dogs never failed to make me feel better.
When things started to become tougher and wanting to give up, I just pause and look for something that can help me relax. Of course, my favorite, YOGURTSS!
One time, after talking to a client at Eton Centris, Quezon Avenue, I took a walk and saw the Tutti Frutti Store. Good thing, that time, I have my camera with me. I then excitedly went inside, aimed and shot.
My mom claims that she looked for “green mangoes on stick” when she got pregnant to me. She said that she always wanted to munch on those very sour treats and will only going to buy them to a single vendor. Well, true enough, my appetite for such little-crazy-mouth-watering fellow is just undeniable. I can munch more than five (5) of those in just one order and will still look for more.
There are actually two popular variety of green or unripe mangoes here. The Indian mango which is more common to the Urban communities and probably, most consumed and the “Manggang Kalabaw” which more preferred as ripe. Indian mango are those mangoes that are small, stout, and looks like a heart, while the “Manggang Kalabaw” is longer one.
This blog post will concentrate on the unripe or green “Mangang Kalabaw”. So, keep that tissue to catch waters coming out your mouth. And, for those who are abroad and misses this cheap thrill, forgive me for torturing you guys. lol..
The small, fancy breads that Filipinos loved to munch down, usually during morning is the Pandesal. Every streets or alleys here in the Philippines has a bakery catering these tummy-fillers. Obviously showing that Filipinos can’t get enough. Me, I am also the chowders of the breads, and I am lucky enough that there is a small bakery selling them near our house.
- Pinoy Pandesal – The Everywhere Available Bread – Pandesal is one of the most popular bread in the Philippines, this is best eaten during breakfast. For me, the best way to eat this is plain only, but paired with a steaming hot coffee. Many also loved it with spread like mayonnaise, jam, peanut butter, scrambled eggs and many more.
Despite I love them as is, there are also some spreads, and ways that I love when eating them.
Here are some:
Pandesal Dipped in Coffee
Filipinos are very resourceful (maparaan), pandesal are little bland, and in order to add flavors we used to dip these breads in our coffee and will chow even when the coffee is still dripping from the bread. We love to do this when the coffee is still hot.
To be honest, I am not a fan of Chinese products. They are affordable, but they will not last for a long time. And, I am saying this, because of my experience. Way back my high school and college years, due to my cheapness, I have been buying some Chinese wallet that comes cheap, but in return, I always change it.
My sister, Riza and her daughter Zoe with Hetty and Twirlie
I have mentioned in my review on Jollibee Sundae Mix-ins Milo Blast Review that I went to Jollibee Regalado to book my niece’s birthday party.
Last April 29th, the celebration of my niece, Zoe Audrienne’s birthday began and for me the birthday party was successful. But, allow me to use this blog to review the whole birthday package from booking up to the end of the party.
The St.James Beach Resort at Ilog Malino near Patar Beach
From April 29 to May 1, as a celebration for my sister and niece’s birthday we all decided to take a vacation in Pangasinan. This time, we choose to go to Bolinao. We actually didn’t plan anything, we just went there and look for a resort that will shelter us. This vacation is quite memorable, because the sibling were all complete including the one who is working in Singapore. Plus all my four nieces.
We started our trip 11 pm of April 29. Along with our hired drivers and jeepney, the journey begins.
Our first stop is somewhere in Tarlac. I don’t bother going down to the place as I am really tired working as the photographer on my niece’s Jollibee birthday (earlier celebration).
Last April 6 to 8 me and my siblings took a vacation in Dasol Pangasinan. While travelling we came up with seafood stalls in Labrador, Pangasinan and shopped there. To view my blog post about the food stall in Labrador, Pangasinan click here.
One of the weirdest fish that caught our attention was the Sinungay Fish. It is internationally known as Unicorn Fish because of its horn. Because of it’s devil like appearance, I called it “Lady Gaga Fish”.
Last April 6-8 we took our vacation in the very wonderful, yet unexplored place – The Villa Balinmanok. For my review about this resort click here.
I have posted our Pangasinan food adventure here and a part of my post featured the seafood bazaar in Labrador, Pangasinan where we shop sea foods for our meals for our vacation. Now, I will going to have a separate post as I am really astonished by the place.
From Manila to Labrador Pangasinan will be a 4-hour drive. Actually, we didn’t know about this place. We just passed by and asked our drivers to pull-over so we can buy some stuffs for our meals. Since I am a seafood lover, I found this as heaven. There are about 20-30 stalls catering different types of sea foods like fishes, shell fishes, seaweeds and many more.
It is the first time on my 24-years of existence I saw a shrimp bigger than my open hand. There were actually two big shrimps (the one was smaller) sold and the seller bargained them for P150 for two pieces.
The gigantic shrimp bigger than my hand
We actually didn’t buy the two big shrimps, because we found it a little expensive. But, we bought a kilo of their medium shrimp for P300.00. Actually, it’s more than a kilo as the lady added more.
Top view of Villa Balinmanok at Dasol, Pangasinan
If you notice, I haven’t updated this blog for 2 days. This is because me and my siblings went on a vacation last April 6 and 7. We all decided to bond at the Villa Balinmanok in Dasol, Pangasinan.
We started travelling at 12:00 am of April 6. With our hired jeepney and drivers our trip starts.
PUP, Sta. Mesa campus. Photo credit to PUP Official Fanpage
2008 is the year where I graduated from Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Sta. Mesa. And, being the guy who had a wonderful college life, until now, I still can’t get over my “Sintang Paaralan”. Here in PUP, I really experienced the true hardship of studying. Here, I also met people who literally, have teleserye like situations who have to work their a*ses out in order to provide money for their studies.
Along with one of my best college buddies, Hermie, we went back to PUP and reminisce. We first enter the campus and noticed there were lots of changes. The lagoon was not open anymore and there were walls similar to those in “Intramuros”, the offices of different deans and chairpersons were now in the second floor and many more…