Thursday, February 24, 2011

Going Away to Torture Myself


I don’t know why I do this to myself, but I said yes to a 4-day hiking trip.

It’s gonna be hardcore and I am dreading it.

I am extremely unfit. I don’t know if the legs can take it.

Please pray that I’ll survive.

Or that there’ll be a lot of good food to take away the pain.


batadPhoto grabbed from Roving Light Travel Photography


See you all next week.

IF I make it back alive.

Chef’s Table ♥ ♥


Although I miss the more personalized service and cooking show-theatre dining experience at the old Chef’s Table, there are many things I like about Chef Bruce’s new place.


chef's table manilaLike this pencil. I wish I took it home.


chef's table open kitchenAnd the bigger and sleeker open kitchen with more Chef Bruce shaolins than ever.  
I wish I took all of them baldies home, but then Mom would freak out.


chef bruce limAnd Chef Bruce in shorts. This guy used to play golf with my dad before he gave up the fairways for the kitchen. Best decision ever. (Dad says hi, too!)


IMG_8045Chef’s Table Iced Tea and Dalandan Spirit


IMG_8035Cebuana Chili Chicken Wings – nice and spicy


IMG_8038Crab Cakes – there are bits of crab shells in them and the aioli needs more sampaloc flavor


IMG_8041Hot Rock Pusit – a new take on squid, but can’t say I am a fan


IMG_8048Dinuguan – the creativity rocks but the pork is also as tough as rock Sad smile


IMG_8051Chicken Sat on Salt – tender and silky, can use more flavor


IMG_8061Chill-A-Fino – except for the ube, I find this quite ordinary


IMG_8068Salted Eggs and Minced Pork – ok lah


IMG_8055Aligue Rice and Chicken Rice – need crab fat and chicken flavors, desperately


And here are the dishes I’ll come back again and again for:

IMG_8053Prawn Aligue My Way – I don’t care that my cholesterol now exceeds 200. I am forever in love with anything crab fat.


IMG_8066Kare-Kare – melt-in-your-mouth ox tail tenderness. Ask for bagoong for the ultimate experience.


IMG_8062Kalderetang Lamb – super tender and full of that richness and gaminess I love in lamb


IMG_8056Binagoongang Baboy – now this devil is responsible for my carb overloading. It is bursting with flavors I just couldn’t stop. Hands down my favorite dish of the night.


IMG_8072Oh, I like this doggie bag, too. And this one I AM taking home.


Jen with Little Reign, Sherylou, Vic, Irwin, Sheryl, Me and Elisa with Kylie asleep on her lap


IMG_8075Mini versions of my friends: Kaizer (Irwin), Reign (Jen), and Alecis (Vic)


Chef’s Table: Unit 106, The Infinity Tower, 26th Street, The Fort Global City, Taguig, Philippines. Tel: +632-399-1888

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

jin loves to eat at home, February 14-20, 2011


Look what I found in the fridge during one of my midnight raids.

IMG_8451“Jamie’s cake. Don’t finish, jinlovestoeat.”


Ahhh… Sisterly love.


February 14, 12:54pm

IMG_8418Milkfish belly with garlic, Chinese cabbage with XO sauce, mustard greens, rice

IMG_8422Pomelo, orange, dragon fruit


February 14, 8:51pm

IMG_8429Barley drink. Yes, this is my Valentines dinner. SHUT. UP.

IMG_8436Brownie a la Mode. Thank you, Monica! Smile


February 15, 12:39pm

IMG_8431Steamed lapu-lapu, Chinese cabbage with XO sauce, radish, broccoli, rice

IMG_8433Banana, dragon fruit, pomelo, orange


February 16, 12:48pm

IMG_8454Steamed lapu-lapu, mushrooms, ampalaya, pork with pickled vegetables, rice

IMG_8455Orange, dragon fruit, cantaloupe, pear, banana, pomelo

IMG_8457Fresh watermelon juice


February 17, 10:02am

IMG_8464Glutinous rice ball with peanut filling. Thank you, Auntie Vicky! Smile

IMG_8458Dragon fruit, pear, persimmon, pomelo, orange

IMG_8460Fresh OJ


February 18, 10:07am

IMG_8497Orange, guava, apple, pear, cherries, persimmon, dragon fruit


February 19, 9:58am

IMG_8543Pork chop, pork and beans, crabsticks, Chinese cabbage, assorted mushrooms, rice

IMG_8544Orange, cherries, star apple, persimmon, guava, pear, dragon fruit


February 20, 12:47pm

IMG_8575Braised pork knuckles and mushrooms, Chinese pechay, rice

IMG_8577Orange, pomelo, persimmon, pear, guava, dragon fruit

IMG_8578Fresh OJ


I end up eating half of the cheesecake.

IMG_8495Anyway, she said “Don’t finish,” not “Don’t eat.” Smile with tongue out

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Romulo Café ♥


romulo cafe


And finally, after more than a year since the restaurant opened, I get to try the famed Romulo Café.

Already more than a year in business, it is still drawing crowds.

Must be good.

I walk in with high expectations.


romulo cafeI like the modern and clean lines, but the place is small and hungry people are abundant. Warning: Not for the claustrophobic.


And luckily, I possess the talent of amusing myself with edible things put in front of me, because my eating partner for the day is extremely busy texting and calling and talking and texting.

And calling and talking and texting and talking.

Good thing there’s enough food to keep me busy.


buko shakeBuko Shake – could be less sweet


IMG_8471Pinoy Nachos – kamote and taro chips drizzled with melted kesong puti, keso de bola and tomato. Needs more cheese. (And maybe some crispy lechon bits, too, hehe)


IMG_8477Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan – the skin is nice and crunchy, but the meat is also fried to death it’s so exhausting to chew!


fried tilapiaFlying Tilapia with 3 Sauces: sweet chili garlic, honey bagoong, soy vinegar.
I love the honey bagoong, but not very much the fish.


IMG_8484Laing with Adobo Flakes – a bit on the salty side, but nothing a bowl of rice can’t fix.
My favorite dish of the meal. Yum. Hey waiter, bring on the rice!


longganisa fried riceVigan Longganisa Fried Rice – oilinesssssss


IMG_8491See what I mean about the calling and talking?
I don’t think he even notices how oily his plate is. Tsk.


Romulo Café: 32 Scout Tuazon corner Scout Lazcano, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines. Tel: +632-332-7275

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