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I guess we're lucky when it comes to food, vegetables, fruits because most of them are just within reach, and easy to get. I mean, there's a vegetable, meat, fish, fruit seller a few steps away from our house and same with my daughter's school also. So I need not go to the market from time to time nor the grocery. But luckily, our house is also near the market (about 5 minutes away) and there are two groceries (5 minutes away also).

So whenever there's a corn craving, we just buy it fresh from the seller. Aside from being a yummy snack, I also save the corn-silk for future use. I boil it in about 2-3 cups of water and drink the tea. It's good for arthritis, gout, kidney stones and removes other toxins in the body.

Choco-late de Batirol

This secret garden-type restaurant is a must-visit place if you happen to be in Baguio. It is located somewhere near Camp John Hay area. The place is very relaxing and the sound of birds and insects can be heard. However, since the place is full of plants, be sure to wear jeans and a jacket since there are mosquitoes even in broad daylight.




French Beans

There are times when these beans are really, really expensive but when they're not, I buy them almost every week. I'm not really sure if it tastes nice when steamed because the only cooking method I've tried is stir-fry it in olive oil and garlic. Oh wait- I used them once when I cooked pinakbet- hehehe.


Dutch Dinner At Italianni's

Dinner date with my Aunt W and Dutch uncle, and Aunt B and cousins- L and L, and daughter at Italianni's in Greenbelt. I love family dinners!

Pomodoro. Comfort food at its best! Daughter and I shared this while waiting for her fish. I'm on a diet-mode tonight because I'm looking forward to dessert! :D



Chocolate Crinkles by Cakeland

The shop's a bit far if you're in Manila but those in Cabanatuan City are blessed to have this shop in their midst.






Lunch At Casa Roces

I've been wanting to dine again at Casa Roces since hubby celebrated his birthday there two weeks ago. There's still lots on the menu that I haven't tried so I need to satisfy my cravings. Luckily, my daughter's ninang happened to visit today so we happily went to Casa Roces.

As always, the restos interiors and the friendliness of the staff did not disappoint. And we got to seat (again) at our favorite table.

Ninang ordered the humba and daughter ordered the chicken inasal. I just ordered additional rice since based from my previous dining experience there, the servings are good for two people.



Humba. This is a popular Batangas dish that is usually made from pork legs and with banana flowers. Their version was made from pork belly, which was very delicious and tender. Melts in your mouth goodness. The meat was delish but the sauce was a bit thick and overpowering. A bit salty also but my friend said that it is because of the "tausi" or black beans. The meat t…
Green Tea Yogurt Ice-Cream From Kozui and Takoyaki Balls

We haven't been to Kozui for quite some time now and was a bit apprehensive that the food might not satisfy us anymore. But we were wrong. The food that we remembered still tastes the same. My daughter was just a bit disappointed though because they changed the interiors and brought the circular couch upstairs.



Green Tea Yogurt Ice-cream. Need I say more? This is a must on a very hot day. A conversational piece. Not too sweet, either. Perfect!




Now this is a huge serving of Takoyaki balls. Doesn't tastes like flour and there's really an octopus piece in the middle.

食べましょう!

Breakfast At Lam Tin

I have to thank my foodie-mate because if not for her, I wouldn't be able to discover this Chinese Restaurant. This is similar to Wai-ying in Binondo except that it is located in Banawe (think car parts and accessories). Also, it is was one the few resto in the area that's open before 8am.

First photo is a very nice luscious-looking hakaw. This is good but I still think that Wai-ying's hakaw is better. It is still filling, though.



Sharksfin siomai. It's not really made from sharks fin so there's no animal-cruelty involved unless one is a vegetarian. And this is G O O D and I am not really fond of siomai but this one is so so G O O D. See? G O O D.



Congee with century egg. Like siomai, congee is not something I will order unless someone forced me to. I usually associate congee with fever (visualize a sick child who can't swallow anything but congee/porridge). And surprise, surprise. I liked it. Very flavorful and filling. It warms not only the tummy but the hea…
Anime?Ask kids who happen to be hooked on animes, mangas and cos-plays about pichi-pichi and they'll answer you that it's a manga series.Actually, pichi-pichi is a wonderful tasting kakanin in the Philippines. Made from sticky glutinous powdered rice, sugar and grated coconut. Best eaten cold (for me) or paired with tea.

My first recollection of pichi-pichi was a light green-hued one (dunno why they color it) from Amber's years and years ago. Instead of coconut, it was topped with cheese. And being young (that time, of course), I love the combination of the sweet pichi-pichi against the saltiness of the cheese. But now, my taste buds doesn't agree with the past anymore. I've become more discriminating and choosy if I'm the one buying the food or pichi-pichi for this matter. Luckily, I was with my foodie-mate today and was making a quick tour of Dapitan Arcade (not food-related but blog-worthy nonetheless) and I happen to remember Brown Derby. I got to taste its …

Winter Garden At The China Palace

One fine Saturday, the family (including a balikbayan aunt and a Dutch uncle) found ourselves in the highlands. The travel was really uneventful especially for me- I slept the whole nine yards. Then there's the picture-taking session with Taal Volcano as the backdrop. The ducks were missing from the pond. Did we just ordered roast duck?! Hehehe.

These are what we ate and some others ...




Roast Chicken. The kids love the kropek! ;) Well, the chicken was delicious but still, kropek is kropek especially if there are kids around.

source: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/42863/best-vegetarian-dishes

Best vegetarian dishes
By: Vangie Baga-Reyes

Wild Rice Vegetarian Risotto

Come-on: A mix of Canadian wild (black) rice combined with brown rice and packed with vegetables that are predominantly shiitake and button mushrooms. An array of healthy stuff makes it more attractive and flavorful: celery, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, leeks and cashew, among others. Chef extraordinaire Jessie Sincioco says the veggies are first sautéed in olive oil before adding them to the rice and baked. And, right before serving, she adds a dollop of butter to make the dish creamier and richer. “It’s a totally different eating experience with many textures playing in the mouth,” Sincioco adds.

For vegans, the butter is replaced with olive oil. For non-vegetarians, either prawns or chicken cubes are added to the wild risotto.

Sincioco also serves other vegetarian food fare, such as Baked Mushroom in Phyllo Pastry, Vegetable Cutlets an…

Birthday Dinner at Casa Roces Part I

Hubby celebrated his birthday recently and since he heard me raving about Casa Roces, he wanted to mark the special occassion there. And these are what we ordered:




Halo-Halo Shake. A new twist to the halo-halo. Actually, I find this better because the "halo" are mixed already. Tastes good especially the chocolate ice-cream.




Buko Pandan Shake. Tastes ok but when it comes to buko pandan I am partial to Nathaniel's.




Salmon Caviar Dip. We ran out of melba toast so I guess it means we love the dip. Extra order of melba toast please!




Artichoke Salad. Teeny-tiny artichoke bits. Good!

Chef's Bistro

Conveniently located near Tomas Morato (94 Sct. Gandia), Chef's  Bistro is a nice place to hang-out not only on a Friday night. There are also some nights wherein a live band performs. They have nice private rooms on the second level for intimate dinners, parties or even meetings. Food also tastes great. No complaints here. :)




Casa Roces

Casa Roces is an old house in Malacanang district that was converted into a restaurant. The interiors was a combination of old and new. It opened to the public late last year (2011).













I was with my three mommy-mates so we ordered a dish each. I wasn't able to eat breakfast so I ordered the beef tapa (3rd photo from top) or tapsilog in carinderia term. The beef was flavorful and tender. I don't like my eggs runny so the sunny side-up didn't meet my expectation but since I didn't tell the waiter that I wanted it well-done, I'm at fault.
Over all verdict--- excellent!