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Pizza hut’s lechon pizza: Pizza on Crack

1 Dec

I sit here and I’m staring into space.
I just ate two slices of the pizza and I just want to lie here and stare into my empty plate or sleep, or both, if i could possibly manage it. hehe.

Where am I? Pizza Hut in Glorietta, blogging event. Iya’s at my right, no one’s at my left (or is it vice versa?)and pizza is in front of me.

Right.

My first slice was the leftovers of the first group that ate. I was asked if I wanted to eat a fresh/hot one. I said nay as I’ve always thought the mark of a great pizza is in it’s inherent ability (wow gawan ng powers ang pagkain) to be yummy straight out of the refrigerator, also known as eating it straight out of the ref.

The first slice was yummy, cold and all. The taste was different. Garlic bread/pizza with lechon cracklings and tasty meat. I tried it with lechon sauce—yummy! I tried it with hotsauce and the lechon sauce and I liked it more. I tried it with ketchup— it actually tasted like I was eating porkchops with ketchup.

In a nutshell, I was pretty darned happy with it.

Next up, a fresh pizza arrived and I got another slice—and that my friends was a mistake. Not the pizza, the getting of another slice.

You have to understand that I’ve been on a sort of dieting “journey” almost this whole year and certainly THIS is not diet food.

So halfway the slice, I realized I could not finish it, but I liked the pizza and i’m not a fan of food going to waste (hence the pants size) so I scraped off the toppings and ate it.

Now, I’m staring into space.
I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, but I am definitely full and I do want to go back and eat the pizza again. But next time, maybe with a salad on the side, and I’ll ask that the party slices be sliced to 16, that way I can get one slice while seemingly getting two servings. (hello dieting tip alert!)

Hehe.. And I’ll still order it with still my favorite kiwi iced tea. πŸ™‚

Now, the bloggers are taking pictures, the guy beside me is stopping at one slice. I understand him.

Like all good things in life, i believe that one sometimes should always partake…but not too much, then it just becomes bad.

Now, the bloggers are all taking pictures. Someone is on his 2nd slice, methinks someone will join me later….
staring into space with a stupefied grin on my face.

It is one of those things that you classify into, as the song by the strokes goes.. you only live once! πŸ™‚

Note: The pizza? It’s good. Get some while it’s still here. It’s like one of those things that you should totally try because you never know WHEN or IF it’ll be back, like that Watermelon Shampoo that was out during summer a while back. Things that you can’t find when the season ends.

Another note: i just found out someone actually had 4 slices. So it can be done. He’s still alive.

**some photos from Iya Santos from http://psychedelicaddictinsane.wordpress.com; some photos from the trusty blackberry

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Graceland’s Chocolate Cake Happyness

2 Aug

I have been mostly surfing and not really concentrating on what I’ve been eating these past few weeks, so I’ve been very very remiss in not posting anything here. My bad.

So here I give you, one of the best things in Daet besides the surf in Bagasbas, GRACELAND’S CHOCOLATE CAKE.


For 40 pesos, it’s a godsend to me!!! πŸ™‚

It’s covered in chocolate, topped with a dollop of cream, sprinkled with candy bits. The cake is chocolate (duh) moist, and not too sweet. The filling’s more chocolate ganache! It’s perfect after a filling meal of Bicol staples and a good emotional crutch when all you really want to do is bash a surfer’s head with a board for being a stupid idiot, but I digress, that belongs in a different blog! haha!

Graceland’s also a good place to eat for the usual bicol fare— bicol express, etc. But I go back for this cake. πŸ™‚

To find graceland: just ride a tricycle in Daet and say Graceland sa bayan. haha! πŸ™‚ I found it after buying meds in Mercury Drug, haha! πŸ™‚ It’s on the same street. I’m sorry for not being too specific. hang loose!

Sidenote: Don’t get me wrong, Daet and Bagasbas have other culinary eats, more on that, when I finally get the pictures and my writing hat finally on or if there is no surf and i’m landlocked for a helluva long time, whichever comes first or never, i’ll get to it–promise!

What’s coming up though? A friend’s treating me to Le Bistro Vert (did I even write/spell that right?) this week. The chef’s going to cook for us I hope, something like a chef’s table. And the chef’s Sau Del Rosario. Are you excited? I am!

Photo by Kathlene Mae Lo

7.22.09: UP!

22 Jul

After much delay, the foodcart is up. It’s in the Olivarez College Compound.I’m apprehensive about it to tell you the truth, but I want to be positive, and I will continue to be positive.

Foodwise, nothing much, although Kwe and I are gearing up for the Cuenca Bazaar. Here’s hoping we score big there, and we rock and roll!

I’m going to a dinner tomorrow night in IWC again, and I bet I’m the youngest again.

Made a bridal shower happen recently for a friend. Got cupcakes from BellySweet, a homebaker from Makati, penis cupcakes, haha! pictures, when the girls post!

All in all, it’s been pretty lay low in the food side of things, but I’m hoping the Cuenca thing does wonders.

Also, I had my 27th birthday yesterday. I am 27!

3 more years and I’m 30!!

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Haha!

7.5.09: Red Wine Calling

5 Jul

A bunch of us went to Embassy to celebrate a friends forray to “independence” yesterday, July 4 (yes, I know, how appropos right?)—the friend being Mia, and the bunch being Kwe, Kassy and moi.

We got there, and started the night with a free tequila shot, WOW. And proceeded to finish off two bottles of Red Wine. The wines were really nothing super special, but they did taste good and they did the trick.

The “trick” beingΒ  making us piss drunk as sailors in a port after 2 years (well in Kwe’s case.. 1 1/2 years) of no alcohol. Hahaha! The last time I was that drunk was last year—–my birthday (insert creepy flashbacks).

I wasn’t drunk that I couldn’t remember. I was just drunk enough to just laugh my heart out at every little thing, walk tipsy and say the most inane stuff, but I could still remember, which is good. Let’s just say, thank God, nobody was hurt or eherm.. molested.

Ohhhkay…

So we come back to wine. I remember screw-cap (which means less quality wine) and brands/winemakers like Penfolds and something something. I wanted red wine from Wolf Blass actually, but I think Kassy picked another. We had if I remember a Shiraz and a Cabernet Sauvignon, or maybe neither. I only remember some things clearly, haha! Like someone saying “what?” “what?” and a guy saying “are you with maya? and kwe going “what’s your name??”. HAHA!

To say it was a fun night, is a HUGE understatement.

But really the point of this entry is that wine makes me feel old, because I’ve always equated wine to being old.

Having said that… I want to get drunk again on wine soon.

Okay, not as drunk as last night, but I wantey a nice buzz.

And iya just called.. Barcino’s calling!

Yehba!

6.28.09: Getting Lucky @Makansutra

28 Jun

Yesterday after a really big comfort food happy lunch in Rufo’s in Makati and dessert in Fluke in A.Venue Mall. I found myself enroute to the south for work, then lo and behold! there was an invitation to go to a singaporean food thing with Kassy, Kwe, by her friend JR… and possibly Tamille and Chi (both of which I have not seen in ages btw)

I was really tired having only slept about 2 hours the night before, but Kassy said.. “I’ll pay for your food” Haha, as much as it pains me to say this, I cannot say no to Free Food and Singapore in the same sentence, so off we went.

So we went to Manila Ocean Park and we found ourselves in a really picturesque (think Traditional Asian interspersed with Modern elements) restaurant named Makansutra.

Makansutra is a south east asian restaurant that wants to give us foodies in Manila their unique take on hawker food ala Singapore. (You know the place in sing, where it’s like an open air thingie wherein you point at what you want and they cook it for you? Think Ihaw-ihaw but Satay instead of Adidas..har har!)

They gave us a tasting of 13 of their 14 dishes (haha, we’re due for another course next time we’re there). We were a table of 6 hungry people gorging on stuff we couldn’t pronounce, haha! that’s the long and short of it.

How did the food fare? Some were notable hits including that yummy omellete thing with the really tender fish, suprisingly loved the simple inihaw na bangus, and that egg noodle dish reminiscent of pad thai without the tamarind and much sweetness.

Drinks were on the guests, and we got different drinks each. I was lucky enough to have ordered a Lemon Barley Drink, which I loved and seriously will duplicate soon. How did my drink taste? Think rice “am” with floating bits of barley with lemon. I know it sounds weird, but the Barley was yummy I tell you! The rest had this rose drink (colored pink, tastes like something with rose water with a slight raspberry like tinge at the end, yes, think cough syrup but it was suprisingly a hit with the people who ordered it) and a michael jackson drink. (MJ = soymilk + gulaman, needed Syrup, but what the hey! healthy fiber and milk).

Dessert was a foreign version of halo-halo (to tell you the truth, I kinda like Razon’s way better) and a barley based dessert. Between the two, we liked the latter. It was barley water again with barley of course (duh!) syrup, longgans and a jelly-ish/gulaman thing with a unique texture.

Another highlight of the night besides the food was the raffle of which every member of our table won something including the grand prize worth 6,000 bucks. Har har! We were called the Lucky Table of the night for obvious reasons. har har!

Considering that I was invited last minute, I didn’t pay for anything (thanks Kas and JR!) , immensely enjoyed our table banter, and tried new eats that although I can’t pronounce do remember the taste of, last night was indeed lucky–it’s one of those–thank God I said yes nights which I am blessed to have ever so often.

Now if I only knew the names of the food and we could have taken pictures, this entry would have been better. πŸ™‚ (Note to Makansutra: when giving a tasting, give the guests a copy ofΒ  the menu. It would help us way much! πŸ™‚ )

Makansutra’s formally opens on July 4Β  in the Manila Ocean Park. If you want a unique experience with a wonderful view of Manila bay (date place anyone?) go do give them a visit!

And no, you don’t have to pay the Manila Ocean Park entrance fee to get in. Btw, I was suprised there’s a mall inside MOP already! πŸ™‚

6.22.09: Meeting up with a Mentor

22 Jun

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I saw my mentor last Saturday, Chef JunJun De Guzman.

A few years ago, I took up Culinary Arts and Pastry in the Center for Asian Culinary Studies. I initially didn’t think I would show any kind of talent in Pastry and I really did think of myself as a Culinary Arts/Cuisine type of person.

But then I was proved wrong by Chef Junjun, not only did I massively enjoy pastry classes, come graduation, I had gotten a higher level award in Pastry than in Cuisine.

Thanks to Chef Junjun, I had tremendously hamazing experiences like prepping in the USDA kitchen for a cooking demo, attending USDA cooking demos, prepping for various cooking demos in Manila, Malls, or outside of manila, learning about purchasing, magazine shoots, and having the opportunity to assist him in classes, most memorable of which were the classes with Juday (yes, that Juday) and company.

I was kind of shy that I could only just tell him little things about what I’ve been up to. I’d have loved to tell him that I’ve done this and that, and that I’m the pastry chef of this hotel/company/something. I would have loved to tell him that his training of me has not been in vain.Well, I’d like to believe that it has not been in vain. (although I did suck in the culinary department last year! such a wasted year. *sigh*)

So we’ve got to step up the ante in the food/culinary department.The food cart’s going to be up by July 6, and then we’ll see how it goes after that.

I really, really, really, really, really, really want a cake shop.

PS. He also told me I gained weight.Β  I have been thinnest when I’ve been involved in food. hmm.Damn. Gotta shape up!

Stephanie Won!!

9 Jul

I know—I’m late!
Finally, a WOMAN TOP CHEF!!!!

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Can’t wait to get my butt to ruins just to get me a copy of the complete season! I’m excited to see their finale dishes!!!

I can’t wait to get into a kitchen again and cook or bake! soon meyns. soon.

*crossposted to multiply