Samalamig at iba pa sa BoTan Bubble Tea & Café

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Abril 7th, 2012


Di ko akalaing may maiiwan pang bukas na kainan (liban sa fastfood) sa Mahal na Araw. Buti na lang at nasabihan ako ng aking kaibigang bukas ang BoTan Bubble Tea & Café sa basement ng West of Ayala sa Buendia (malapit sa kanto ng Pasong Tamo).



Makailang-ulit makikita itong bulaklaking telang ginamit ng BoTan para sa kanilang etiketa.



Una kong napansin pagpasok (pagkababa ng hagdan) sa loob ang estante sa may pinto at ang mga lamparang nakasabit.



Galing pang Taiwan ang mga paninda (gawa rin sa florals).



Di lang stuffed toy, mayroon pang table runner.



Ang mala-hawla (o electric fan) na lampara.



Matapos mausisa ang loob ng kapihan (may sofa, pero pang dalawang grupo lang), doon ko lang naisip humingi ng menu. (May WiFi!)



Dahil saksakan ng init kaninang umaga at hapon (medyo ok na ngayong gabi), umorder ako ng passion fruit slush na saksakan rin namang sarap. Nagustuhan ko dahil maraming buo-buong prutas at pino ang pagkaka-grate ng yelo.




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 Ang magic ramen ng Wabi-Sabi

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Septiembre 28th, 2011


Matagal ko nang naririnig ang tungkol sa Wabi-Sabi, isang Vietnamese noodle house sa The Collective, Makati.



Madalas ko na rin itong nadaraanan, tuwing pupunta ako ng Ritual o dadalo sa iba’t ibang event. Tamang-tama lang at gutom ako nang huli akong nakabisita. (Akala ko noong una, nakaparada lang yung bisikleta sa harap. Display pala.)



Simple lang ang menu ng Wabi-Sabi.



Tsaa, siopao, siomai, sandwich, cracklings, at ramen.




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 Brunch sa Mercato

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Julio 25th, 2011


Alam ko para sa mga beteranong foodie hindi na bago ang tambalang Mercato Centrale (sa umaga) at Midnight Mercato (gabi hanggang madaling araw), pero para pa rin akong batang pinakawalan sa grocery nang una akong pumunta sa sikat na food market sa Fort, Taguig.



Syempre sa dami ng nadatnan ko doong food stall, kinailangan ko munang ikutin lahat bago punuin ang kumukulo kong tiyan (alas diyes na noon nang umaga). Eto ang ilang putahe para sa Mongolian Grill.



Stuffed tomatoes na mukhang laruan.



Patatas na may bacon!




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 Sinangag Express, open 24 hours

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Julio 4th, 2011


Pangalawang beses ko pa lang kumain sa Sinangag Express, at sa parehong branch malapit sa De La Salle University sa Taft.



Kahit tanghali na ako dumating, galing sa gym, dinayo ko pa rin para sa almusal na uso nang hinahain kahit tanghali at gabi.



Nagulat ako dati nang biglang sinabi ng isang kaibigan na “gusto niya ng sex”. Ano raw? Yun pala SEx ang ibig niyang sabihin, o Sinangag Express na pinaikli. Tatanungin ko sana kung alin ba ang mas masarap, pero gutom na rin ako nun.




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 Moonleaf Tea Shop, Diliman, QC

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Junio 13th, 2011


Meron akong bagong paboritong tambayan. Lampas isang oras ang biyahe galing bahay, pero limang beses na akong nakapunta sa Moonleaf Tea Shop sa Maginhawa Street, UP Teacher’s Village.



Ilang araw pa lang bukas ang bagong branch ng Moonleaf (mas maliit ang naunang branch), alam ko nang mabilis siyang sisikat.



Malapit ko na atang matikman ang buong menu.




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 Bagsak-presyo sa Quiapo

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Junio 7th, 2011


Nakapagkuwento na ako dati tungkol sa aking pamamasyal sa Divisoria, ang puntahan para sa murang kagamitan, pagkain, damit, at kung ano-ano pa. Ngayon, gusto ko naman ipakita kung ano ang ibinibenta sa mga kalye ng Quiapo, kung saan ako pumupunta para bumili ng iba’t ibang klase ng abubot.



Bagsak-presyo sa Quiapo ang prutas, gulay, at isda.



Wala na yatang palengkeng makatatalo sa presyong Quiapo.



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 Meet you at the Sunday market

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Mayo 18th, 2010

Every Sunday, the parking lot of Legaspi Park (in Legaspi Village, Makati) gets filled with stalls that sell almost every imaginable thing. I’ve been there several times already, am familiar with most of the items, but I still get lost since I find myself absorbed with all the colors, smells, and textures of the weekly market.

It is a meeting place of large scale concessionaires, traditional cottage industry businesses, eco-activists, mom-and-pop store owners, florists, bible school evangelists, orphanage benefits, artists, and collectors. And that is just one half of the populace.

These sellers get to know as regulars not just the residents of the surrounding villages, but people who have just come from early-morning marathons, dog lovers, families, groups of friends who pass by before going to the mall, churchgoers, foodies, and fellow members of creative communities.

I usually go before lunch, with friends or family. Though it is not hard to be immediately drawn to the Spanish, French, and Filipino dishes served – not to mention the fresh seafood and produce that can be brought home for personalized recipes – my first stop is always the dry goods section.

There I find leather articles like bags and sandals, antiques, exotic jewelry with beads and stones from Cambodia to Tibet, trinkets, and lucky charms. For homebodies, there are organic soaps, scents, and fragrances, jars, vases, wind chimes, and other sundry things.

Mostly I look for interesting items, such as ethnic figurines made by the tribes of the northern Cordillera provinces. These are sold with foreboding ritual statues used for harvests and burials.

Of course, once I wander into the wine selections and bottled mushroom and fish, my stomach would be grumbling. I would then head to either the pasta stalls for puttanesca or to the Spanish section for lengua. Especially during the dry season, no meal would be complete without ice-cold sugarcane juice or shakes and smoothies from the wide variety of fruits available.

If I would decide to browse again after lunch, I would conclude my visit with dessert, which ranges from baklava pastries to sweet rice cakes (steamed peanuts if I just want something to nibble on).

El Bosquejo


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 Sweet, sweet rice!

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Mayo 15th, 2010

If only every day were marked with fiestas, or if it were that easy to go home to the province every week, then my sweet tooth wouldn’t look for any other confection than those coming from the kitchen of my very own grandmothers.

They seem ordinary, these desserts called “kakanin”, named after their main ingredient (cooked rice or “kanin”) and “kain”, which plainly means “to eat”. With most types made with a few elementary ingredients – glutinous rice, water, sugar, derivatives of coconut, butter, and sesame seeds (with other ingredients such as egg, cassava, and potato added according to local spin) – then wrapped in the same banana or palm leaves, the varieties of kakanin appear to be cloyingly redundant and uninteresting. But the nuances in measurements and proportions, the type of rice, the way the rice is ground, the way coconut milk is extracted, and how it is finally cooked gives the native delicacy an infinite number of enjoyable possibilities.


The most popular in the kakanin family is “puto” or steamed rice cake, which appears white in its traditional form, to be topped with butter. Additions of ube and pandan change its color and flavor. Salted egg is also used as topping. Varieties of puto include “puto bumbong”, which uses a special type of glutinous rice (“pirurutong”) that gives it a distinctly purple color. It is topped with shredded coconut curd mixed with panocha (from muscovado sugar) .


“Puto lanson”, from Iloilo, is made with grafted cassava, while “puto mejia” uses ginger juice. “Puto malcohido” differentiates itself with the use of plantain leaves in the cooking process. Puto has also undergone its own hybridization with “puto mamon”, made with milk, flour, and eggs, and “puto pao”, which is a cross with the popular sweetmeat siopao.


The kakanin that usually accompanies puto in fiestas and other special occasions is “kutsinta” (cochinta), a sticky-chewy brown rice cake that incorporates cassava and uses lye water. It is likewise topped with shredded coconut curds.


Popularly served during Misa de Gallo (Midnight Mass) – a tradition where Catholic devotees attend early morning masses from December 16 to 24 – is “bibingka”, joined by the puto variety of “puto bumbong”. “BIbingka”, a type of pudding, is also common in Goan cuisine. Baked in clay ovens, this fluffy rice cake is also topped with butter and grated coconut curds. Both dishes are keenly associated with the cool early morning weather of December that coincides with the warm anticipation for Christmas.

Suman and Tuping

Another rice delicacy with many known variants is “suman”. It is either steamed like puto or toasted, but is always comprised of glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk. It is said that there are as many variants of suman as there are provinces, but here are some of the most famous. “Suman sa ibus” (sticky rice in palm leaves) is probably the most widely known, with its nipa leaf wrapping that turns yellow when cooked. “Suman sa lihiya”, my particular favorite, is waxy rice soaked in lye and boiled with its banana leaf covering. Both are served with sugar and freshly grated coconut curds. While “suman sa lihiya” is usually shaped in flat tubes, “suman sa latik”, which is made of the same material, is shaped in triangles and is served with “latik” or cooked coconut milk residue. Cooked without the banana leaf wrapping, it is called “suman sa inantala”; integrated wth a uniquely balmy, minty flavor, it is called “suman sa binuo”. Finally we get to “tupig”, which is ground glutinous rice pre-mixed with sugar and grated coconut curd before it is wrapped in banana leaves and roasted. This final variant I can eat one after the other just like potato chips!


“Pichi-pichi”, a filling merienda staple, is not made of rice, but the grated cassava that is used for it gives it its gelatine-like quality. It is covered in coconut curd in the same way munchkins are rolled in sugar and other toppings.


Another delicacy that can serve as a snack is the delightful “espasol”. It is really nothing but finely ground glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk and rolled in cylinders and covered with powdered sugar. This is what family and friends usually bring when they come from the province of Laguna. Each time, I obligingly accept their gift like a child receives candy.


“Palitaw” is even simpler than “espasol”. Sticky rice is washed, soaked, then ground, then scoops of the resulting batter are dropped into boiling water. They then rise (“litaw” in the local language) to the surface in soft, flat discs. The process itself sounds childish, which is precisely why I loved watching our nursery cook prepare this for our everyday merienda. To me it looked like magic, especially after I dip a few discs in sugar, sesame seeds, and coconut curd before I joyfully consume them.


Also made from sticky rice, but with coconut milk and brown sugar, is “biko”, a rice cake that I would like to think is the Philippine’s (one of two) sweet version of pizza. But unlike the Italian dish, this only needs toasted coconut curd as topping.

Maja blanca, maja mais and maja mais panna cotta

If you want to skip the rice in biko and just retain the coconut milk, you need only add cornstarch and sugar and you get “maja blanca”. This has been modified to include corn and milk to make “maja mais”. A further innovation – fusing “maja mais” and panna cotta-produces “maja mais panna cotta”, which replaces the Italian dessert’s gelatin poweder and cream with the local coconut milk and cornstarch.

The most frivolous of the kakanin delicacies, which now and then reminds me of the color wheel and is the second of the country’s sweet pizzas, is the blancmange “sapin-sapin” (“sapin” meaning layer or patch) [cover photo]. It is made with glutinous rice or rice flour soaked into a paste, combined with coconut milk, water, sugar, and food coloring. Each concentric layer comes in a different hue, usually ranging from purple, yellow, and white. Even if they all taste alike, there is always something fun in taking bits from each layer – just to make sure they really do have the same flavor.

Unlike most food in the Philippines, which has its roots in Chinese, Spanish or even American cuisine, the humble kakanin has predated outside settlers and colonizers. It is one type of dish – in all its subtle variety – that can proudly be called native to the country.

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