HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOODIES OF THE WORLD!!!
Friday, December 31, 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOODIES OF THE WORLD!!!
There is a Lugang craze going on in the Philippines, but because I live far, far down south, I’ve never gotten the chance or the urge to drive all the way to Greenhills to try the Shanghainese franchise. That is, until now. Thanks to Auntie Beth, I can finally say I am “in” again.
Taiwanese Omelette with Preserved Turnip Bits – this is one of my favorite Taiwanese dishes, I ate this almost everyday in Taipei from age 3-7, and 21-26.
Lugang’s version is just okay, not bad but lacks that oomph factor.
Fish Head Steamed with Pickled Red Pepper – now this is the one dish I’d come back for.
The fish head is perfectly cooked and the sweetness of the peppers complements the
delicate flavors. Just be warned that this dish is HUGE!
Lugang Café: 116 Connecticut Street, Northeast Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines. Tel: +632-721-9100, +632-570-9011
“Did you just burp?”
“Uh huh,” I reply timidly, my cheeks starting to burn.
He rolls down the car window to let out the garlic-stained air.
“Please, God,” I pray silently, “Make the earth open up and swallow me now!”
Oh, Maritess, I curse you. It’s all your fault!
Clawdaddy: Level 6, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Tel: +632-636-5679
One of my favorite places to raid in the world is my Auntie Baby’s home. While all of the houses out there have a pantry, the Soriano residence, on the other hand, is a pantry with living spaces for people.
Since I just came from Riley’s christening and a 2-piece-chicken-java-rice-kare-kare-dinuguan-pinakbet lunch at Alex III, today’s raid will be an all-dessert raid.
And the attack begins.
Gigi Gaerlan Custaroon Poppers
Mister & Missus Ice Cream - Matcha Made in Heaven (green tea and red bean),
and Smooth Criminal (peanut butter and jelly). There’s also the Malts in Your Mouth (malted milk) but it’s so good Felisse gives me a small teaspoonful only so sorry, no photo!
Dezato Mochi Ice Cream (Thank you, Hans and Kathy, on behalf of Auntie Baby! Hihihi!)
We rarely get together nowadays.
We used to be carefree college students at UA&P, seeing each other everyday and taking it for granted, too. Now Wendy is a supermom, juggling work and her notyetoneyearold, basketballplayergonnabe baby Royce (we just know it!), and Jodie is already the Program Director of the Master of Science in Management and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management at our alma mater (can you believe she kept the news from us? We had to find out from another friend!) Congratulations, Wends and Jods!
As for me, I am still a bum.
Before the year ends, we manage to take some time off our busy schedules (yeah I’m busy, too, shut up) to lunch and catch up.
We order 3 dishes to share.
Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli – stuffed with roasted garlic and mashed pumpkin, sprinkled with walnuts, cranberries and basil puree. I always admire creativity in food,
but I have to say, this is some weird-funky-tasting stuff.
I read good things about their BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and Banana Amaretto French Toast. Guess I’ll have to go back soon.
Borough: Ground Floor, The Podium Mall, 12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines. Tel: +632-5708906
Just Forget It.
Obviously, we skip dessert.
Just Thai: Forbes Town Road, Burgos Circle, Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Tel: +632-403-8718
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
OMG. My stomach. It’s killing me.
It hurts from too much laughter. Please, Heidi, stop!
Heidi, until now she is still a clown, making jokes about our high school batchmates (ya, batch ‘96, she’s mean like that) and unforgivingly making fun of our younger, dorkier selves (ya, because we’re silly like that).
I realize I haven’t laughed like this in ages. Really, girls, we should do this more often.
US Choice Entrecote Steak with Special Secret Herb Butter Sauce and Fries
My medium rare steak is soft BUT chewy. Their medium well steaks, I hear, are hard AND chewy. 20 ingredients make up the special secret sauce (whoa!!!) which I think is good, but not mind-blowing. Love the fries.
Please, do yourselves a favor and skip dessert here. Go have ice cream at Bar Dolci.
L'Entrecote's Rasperry and Walnut Iced Vacherin Cake
Nobody likes this but me. It’s actually not great, but it’s the best among the four.
So grand to know some things never change.
L’Entrecote: Unit A, Bellagio 2, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines. Tel: +632-856-4858