Tuesday, August 31, 2010

jin loves to eat at home, August 23-29, 2010

Currently reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.

It is such a powerful book.

“I tell her that I don’t need to see the menu but could she just bring me the best food possible because this is my first night in Sicily. She rubs her hands together in pleasure and yells something in Sicilian dialect to her even-more-elderly mother in the kitchen, and within the space of twenty minutes I am busily eating the hands-down most amazing meal I’ve eaten yet in all of Italy. It’s pasta, but a shape of pasta I’ve never before seen – big, fresh, sheets of pasta folded ravioli-like into the shape (if not exactly the size) of the pope’s hat, stuffed with a hot, aromatic puree of crustaceans and octopus and squid, served tossed like a hot salad with fresh cockles and strips of julienned vegetables, all swimming in an olivey, oceany broth. Followed by the rabbit, stewed in thyme…”


August 23, 12:40pm

IMG_8756 Shrimp with asparagus, radish, chicken and mushrooms, egg fried rice

IMG_8758 Dragon fruit, pomelo, kiwi, pear, apple

IMG_8761Fresh watermelon juice and a whole bag of Mauna Loa dark chocolate macadamia (read: PMS)


August 24, 10:43am

IMG_8790Pomelo, kiwi, dragon fruit, pear, apple

IMG_8792Fresh watermelon juice


August 25, 12:54pm

IMG_8826Milkfish belly, assorted mushrooms and celery, crabmeat egg fried rice

IMG_8829Apple, pomelo, dragon fruit, yellow and green kiwi, pear


August 25, 7:09pm

IMG_8831 Steamed halibut, radish, boiled eggplant and rice


August 26, 10:59am

IMG_8836 Garlic prawns, pan fried codfish, assorted mushrooms, watercress

IMG_8838 Cherries, dragon fruit, pear, pomelo


August 27, 12:40pm

IMG_8860 Fried fish fillet, black pepper prawns, pechay with corn and crabmeat, okra

IMG_8863 Kiwi, banana, dragon fruit, peach, pear


August 28, 12:14pm

IMG_8915 Unagi, chayote, celery and mushrooms

IMG_8917 Dragon fruit, pomelo, pear, mango, peach


August 29, 9:39am

IMG_9040 Savory chicken salad on wheat pandesal

IMG_9041 Mango, dragon fruit, pear, pomelo, banana


But Syracuse, the next day, is even better… Shyly, I ask the fisherman where I should eat tonight, and I leave our conversation clutching yet another little piece of paper, directing me to a little restaurant with no name, where – as soon as I sit down that night – the waiter brings me airy clouds of ricotta sprinkled with pistachio, bread chunks floating in aromatic oils, tiny plates of sliced meats and olives, a salad of chilled oranges tossed in a dressing of raw onion and parsley. This is before I even hear about the calamari house specialty…”

I am so booking my ticket to Italy!

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