5 Years of Food Blogging & This Blog’s Top 5 Posts

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 5 years! I started this food blog during our 2nd year in Beijing. Funny how time flies. Last year, while we talked about our comfort food I also gave away some goodies to my readers. I planned to do the same this year but things got in the way and wasn’t able to prep for it. But you know how grateful I am to all of you who come and visit, not to mention I was in hiatus for about a couple of months. I can’t find any other way to say thank you … Continue reading 5 Years of Food Blogging & This Blog’s Top 5 Posts

ISKAndals.com turns 4!

I’m glad I chose the subject of comfort food for my little blogoversary blowout (click here for details). Our choices vary, all very interesting, though I admit I’m not a bit surprised to find such diversity. After all, it is about what soothes us during tough and trying times, or makes us feel good after a hard day’s work, or simply the craving synonymous with rainy days that make us reminisce on days long gone. Like ripping open a wrapped bar of chocolate, or cooking a pot of hearty soup the way our moms do it. So before we get … Continue reading ISKAndals.com turns 4!

Filipino Restaurant Menu – The People’s Choice

About a month ago, I asked my readers the question “What if you open a Filipino restaurant in a foreign country?” through few polls I ran simultaneously. Well, I am happy to share the results. Over 110 participated in the main poll! Woo hoo! Thanks heaps to all of you! Here are the poll results in full: Adobo is a no-brainer. Everyone loves this perfect blend of vinegar, garlic, soy sauce and spices. Even with non-pinoys, it is always a hit! I served adobong manok last week for a potluck dinner in our office and was quite proud to see … Continue reading Filipino Restaurant Menu – The People’s Choice

Foodie Musings

I believe 2 things influence the way I cook for my family and myself. Unang-una, Ilocano at Batanguena ang mga magulang ko. That fact triggers different kinds of comments from ridiculous to outrageous and hilarious. So just imagine the way I cook. Hahaha go figure. Seriously, both of them are wonderful cooks in their own special way. Dad, an accountant, is kind of meticulous while Mom is more adventurous with ingredients. They managed a carinderia for years, more of a hobby than an income-generating business venture. Don’t get surprised; there were times when I did the cooking. Having lived abroad … Continue reading Foodie Musings

What If You Open a Filipino Restaurant…

If you open a Filipino restaurant, what would be your menu? I know, I know. A lot have already been said about Filipino restaurants outside the motherland. If we miss pinoy food, go home and cook. There is no place like home. It could never be as good as the way mom cooks it. Why is Pinoy food not as popular as Thai or Vietnamese? Yada yada yada. But let’s not talk about the nitty-gritty details and make things much simpler. Think of this scenario. Say opening a restaurant that would cater to everybody, including non-Pinoy. A foreign country, a … Continue reading What If You Open a Filipino Restaurant…

LP#27: Aking Kompyuter

Eto ang aking kompyuter. Ang aking buhay sa bahay pag walang magawa.
Pag weekends at hindi lumabas ng bahay.
Pag tapos na magluto o maghugas ng pinggan o maglinis ng bahay.

Pag weekdays naman ay kaharap pa din pag-uwi ng bahay galing trabaho.
Pag walang lakad sa gabi. As usual, pagkatapos kumain ng hapunan.
Sa mga araw na hindi type ang palabas sa TV o walang bagong DVD na panonoorin.


(That’s how my page looks when you click the “pull” tag…)

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La.Pi.S07: A Birthday Cake

Oh yeah… Ces has announced to the whole blogging world it’s our birthday week! Woo hoo!

I could have waited till my day and blog about it but I remember my kid’s cake last January that I never had the time to show off…


When he’s sixteen, he could brag to his friends that while everybody else had their 7th birthday parties at McDonalds or Jollibee, he’s had his at Hooters! Complete with a birthday song and kisses from the ladies! You should see how happy he was!


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This Blog Turns 3!.. and More

wine.jpg That’s a bottle of wine I received as a gift from our lawyer clients just few hours ago during the opening celebration of my 1st completed project in New Zealand. A well-reviewed project matched with a pay rise in a little less than 6 months? Sabi nga ng mga Kiwi… “not bad aye?” Life is beautiful.

At tamang tama ang regalo hindi ba? Below is a glass of wine and a slice of cake… as this blog turns 3 today! Weeee! More than 2 years of blogging from Beijing and now from Auckland, NZ. What makes me go on? First and foremost, I still love to cook and ISKAndals is still my online recipe journal. But what really comes as a surprise delight is when I receive comments and emails of appreciation for my home-style recipes, how easy to follow they are, and how much they like my site. Isn’t it great?

Behold! Tis’ tiramisu adorned with a single red rose petal. Yum!


Just like the previous years, my simple way of saying thank you will be another compilation of selected recipes posted since June last year.

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