I had my very first trip to Hongkong when I was just about 10 years old. It was a family trip, and of course, for everybody else’s, it was outright and absolute shopping and feasting-no questions asked. The trip was … Continue reading Braised Beef Noodle Soup (Tendons)
“For this month’s theme, let’s focus on traditional Filipino foods served as portable bites, like the food trucks offer.” – Louie of East and West.
I decided to live in the city just because I hated the slow pace in the suburbs. Moreover, people in the city were more mature and disciplined. I’d take the transit to and from work everyday, and I’d encounter a vast number of crazy people along the way, but the kids in the ‘burbs’ just blew my top off… Continue reading Ay, Monay!
I just stormed out of the kitchen last Saturday out of anger and frustration. I was hesitant to do it, but knowing that the same situation would repeat itself; I walked out and left without any hopes of returning. It … Continue reading Honey Lemon Chicken with Rice & Beans
I would stop-by the liquor store every now and then, and wander around the aisles looking for a good sale. I always end up buying a 6-pack. Nonetheless, the liquor store, much like the meat aisle of a grocery store, … Continue reading Pork & Beer Stew
When I was in Grade 5, my friend and I would usually have lunch at the school’s cafeteria for just Php 5.00. For that amount, we bought ourselves 2 cups of rice, a little bowl of soup, and probably about … Continue reading Orange Glazed Porkchops
I stopped eating fastfood when I discovered how French fries were deep-fried in oil about a month old. The fries turned out so dark and soggy and was totally disgusting despite the high temperature it was deep fried upon. And, … Continue reading Spaghetti Al Pomodoro
My ‘Amstel Light’ went down smoothly and calmed my nerves down. I was on high-gear for about fourteen hours today. That was not bad. It went up to sixteen yesterday and when I arrived home, and I was dead-tired. Work … Continue reading RATATOUILLE
I have been logging in about fifty or so hours a week from working two jobs for the last month now. Spring has sprung, and so have my hours. I’ve had begun missing again those slow, quiet weekend afternoon, but … Continue reading Pan Seared Rib-Eye on a Bed of Garlic Mashed Potato and Buttered Broccoli Florets
Back in the fall of 1992, I had an opportunity to visit my uncle and cousins living in Davao City. I just finished University and this opportunity was probably my last official summer vacation before my parents would finally release … Continue reading CEVICHE
I stopped shopping in Chinatown for almost three months just to avoid a rat poison scare in food shelves in the area. This occurred when Toronto banned the sale of Shark’s Fins, and I was not taking any chances. I … Continue reading 140/280
PWEDE MAKIKAIN? I could not sleep. My adrenaline from today’s rush shot up to the roof, and I couldn’t seem to shake it off. Today was unexpectedly bad! My agency asked me to cover a kitchen with no ‘Chef’ in … Continue reading Sancocho
LIGA I was a ‘Makati’ boy. I grew up and studied in a private school where “Conyos” were almost always front and centre. It was probably with their ‘good’ looks or their Spanish style, ‘Rafael Nadal’ charm that made an … Continue reading Sisig QC ala-Erwin
Working the weekends for almost two decades made me unaware of how a real weekend felt like. Now that I just passed a major personal turning point in my life, and my short-lived marriage has been finally adjudged, it was … Continue reading Arriba! Arriba!
“I had several hours to kill before proceeding to my second, and not exactly, pleasant job. It is during this quiet time in the food court that I plan and think what’s next in my totally repetitive and routinary kitchen work life… ” – Erwin Continue reading Oyakudon
While growing up, I vividly remember eating adobo almost three times a week. It was the most common dish the household helpers cooked, even during special occasions. Continue reading Food Friday: U-Turn – The Adobo