Because it is my birthday, I am conquering my shyness and introverted-ness by lunching with a group of people I’ve never met. I’ve never met them but I already “know” a few of them, what they look like, what they do, who the wife is, the names of the kids… okay, I’ll stop now before people start calling me a freakin’ stalker on my birthday.
Turns out to be a bouquet of popcorn. Toink. Okay lang, at least this tastes better than roses.
Dee’s Gourmet Popcorn in Spicy Buffalo Wings flavor.
Lunch is at Pino, a resto bar that serves FiliPINO fare. There’s Pipino upstairs, but we
all agree we’re allergic to the vegetable, plus there is just no way you can make me eat
healthy vegan food on my birthday. No. Way. Even if my life depended on it.
Okay, maybe I’ll have just a little bit of Pipino’s portobello. The sexy Tina Vitas inspires me to eat healthier, but I’ll do that tomorrow.
Baby steps. Baby steps.
That’s Anton of Our Awesome Planet doing his stuff
And now, the REAL food:
Mini Sisig Tacos – surprisingly, the bits of meat are not fatty at all, and pairing it with sweetish Mama Sita sauce actually works. I have a helluva time stuffing these little pockets of porkjoy into my mouth.
Kare-Kareng Bagnet – Pino’s house specialty, authentic Ilokano crispy pork belly in
annatto-peanut sauce. The menu doesn’t say it, but it is actually pork belly confit, meaning the pork belly is cooked in its very own fat. Wickeeeddddd!!! And because it is
my birthday, I am allowed to deconstruct the bagnet and take only my favorite parts –
the top 3 layers consisting of the crunchy and crackling skin, that sticky white gelatinous layer of fat, and a little lean meat.
Okay, maybe another layer of fat.
Red Wine Adobong Tadyang – this reminds me so much of Korean galbi. The meat could be more tender, but the sauce hits the spot. It is the culprit behind my broken promise of going rice-less. I kinda finish Spanky’s leftover rice, too.
Laing-Stuffed Crispy Pata – because it is my birthday and because I love laing and crispy pata, the group, after darting outrageous are-you-out-of-your-brains looks at me, gives in to my request of ordering this. Sadly, the dish disappoints. The knuckle is over-fried and the laing completely dried out, kinda similar to how I feel at age 32.
See??? See??? Hihihi!
Delicious Pili Pie from Tourne, pretty candles from Tina V,
and photo of me swindled from Spanky’s fb page. Thank you, thank you!
Our food bill came up to P3,xxx, Chef Ed says we ate waaayyyy too much for a group of 5.
Now, now, quit looking at me.
And this is us on Pino’s wall. Anton, the reserved and bashful gentleman;
Spanky who goes wild over my birthday margarita; Tina V, the sexy and feisty babe;
Me, the fat and shapeless eating machine; and, last but not the least,
Tina P, the angelic, very demure, very soft-spoken epitome of tweetum-ity.
Check out Anton’s post: Pino and the Girl Who Loves to Eat :)
YAY!!! I am now officially a celebrity! Hahaha!