Monday, April 30, 2012

Li Li with my Ate

I just had an enjoyable lunch with my Ate at Li Li, Hyatt Hotel, our favorite place for dim sum.

We ordered the usual suspects......


Har Gao, Steamed Dumpling with Bamboo Pith

Sio Mai, Steamed Pork Dumpling with Dried Scallop

Steamed Pork Dumpling "Shanghai" Style

Steamed Chicken Feet in Abalone Sauce

Deep-fried Bean Curd Sheet Rolls with Shrimps

Deep-fried Taro Dumplings with Assorted Seafood

Stir-fried Radish Cake

Baked Barbecued Pastry Puff with Apple

YUMMMMM 200%!!!  Super Flaky crust!

Deep-fried Bicho_Bicho with Shrimp in Wasabi-Mayonnaise Sauce

Barbecued Pork Belly

Mustard dip

We had to order another platter because one was not enough for us.

Soup of the day - Corn Soup

Fried Rice with Pork and Veggies

Stir-fried Vegetables in Garlic

White Chocolate Masachi (1 for me and 4 for Ate)

Almond Jelly with Mixed Fruit

Steamed Malay Cake with Egg Custard Cream

Whew!!!! What a long long list!!!!  And we ate all of it!!!!

And to think .... Ate and I are on a diet!!!!  Hahahahahaha!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ebun Buro - Salted Duck Ice Cream

I went to Metro Supermarket today in Market!Market!, Bonifacio Global City.  As I was about to enter the the grocery, I saw a small freezer and there was a sign which says they were selling native Ice Cream!

That caught my attention.  I am always on the lookout for new food to tantalize my palate.

A few years back, Corry was telling me about this very good Salted Egg ice cream from a store on Wilson St., Greenhills but I was never able to try because parking was always a problem.

So I was excited to try this new flavor.

I sent  text messages to my friends about it.  Mariger and Jing said: EEEWWWW!!!!

Hahahahaha I thought they would be excited  but they were not.

The ice cream has a light consistency... more like a dirty ice cream type with bits of salted duck eggs!

The taste did not bother me ... if I did not know any better ... I would have thought I was eating a cone of cheese ice cream.

Would I buy again?  Yes!!!!!  I am trying to capture the taste of the salted duck eggs ... maybe if I eat it one more time .... I will be able to say ... I AM eating ice cream with salted duck eggs!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bounty From The Sea

Sherman and Jing celebrated their birthday (belated) last night and treated us to a sumptuous dinner at Dampa on Macapacal Ave. 

Lots of bounty from the sea!!!!

Several platters each of.....

Chili Crabs

Butter-Garlic Shrimps

Inihaw na Liempo



Grilled tuna Belly

Halaan soup

Green Mango Salad

Eggplant Salad

I could not give justice to all the food.  I just got a little of everything.

I have recently developed a sensitivity to shellfish.  I told Jing I can only eat grilled fish and liempo.... but of course I cheated a little.

Being the sour grape that I am .....

I told them I will do the marketing and will buy shrimps with soft skin!  It means, when you cook it, the skin will stick to the meat.  I also told them will get them crabs that are about to die LOL and that means... the meat is not sweet and when you crack them open ... you can barely pick the meat.  Hahahahahaha!

But they were smarter than me..... especially Mariger!!!  They did the marketing before I arrived!!!!

I was busy buying a cute little summer skirt in SM MOA.

We missed Celina though, she left for the US the other day.  She loves crab!!!!

Corry, Mona and Tita Cena brought cake from Contis... it is their new product, Chocolate Almond Sans Rival.

Thank you Jing and Sherman for letting us enjoy the bounty from the sea!!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

How did I lose 10 lbs. in one month?

I have been spending my days lately at Makati Medical Center, waiting an average of 6-7 hours per visit.  Just the other day, I went home at 2:00 a.m., YES... you got it right ... 2:00 am. By the time Dr. Eileen Manalo saw me, it was already 1:00 a.m.!!!  Then last week, I had to wait 7 hours for my allergy shots by Dr. Manuel Canlas.

Today, it was not too bad 2- 8 pm, at least I was able to go to 2 doctors.  I went to my diabetes doctor, Gia Wassmer and to Dr Manalo again.  I was weighed by the secretaries and ....they could not believe it!!! 

I lost 10 lbs. in one month!!!

How did that happen?  I really cannot recall what I did, what I ate ....  I checked my blog postings and discovered ......

I have been sick for the past couple of months... bad case of sore throat ... I could not swallow!!!!

Hahahahaha ... so the secret of losing 10 lbs. in one month is.....

NOT to eat at all!!!!

RJ Bulalohan

RJ Bulalohan is a very popular place very near the Mandaluyong circle.  I first heard of it years ago from Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino.  Since then, I have always wanted to try their Bulalo soup.  I could not find it before... then saw  it was just beside Petron Gas Station.

When I got there ... well ... I am a bit squeamish so I opted to take out my BULALITO.  It is their smallest order of the soup. 

I let the broth boil again at home, it filled my soup pot! 

And the serving was really generous for a small order, big chunks of meat. 

I added boiled corn to the soup.  I wanted to put vegetables but there was none in my fridge.

The broth had a little funky taste... I am used to buying from the grocery... the broth tasted like the meat came from the market.  Maybe it was just me but in the restaurant ... I saw a lot of pictures and posters with the signatures of celebrities.

Since the serving was really huge.... I cooked the leftovers the next day another way.

It was my version of Sizzling Bulalo.  I just used a serving dish because I do not have a sizzling platter.

Sizzling Bulalo

1 k. beef shanks, boiled until tender
2 T. butter
2 T. Olive oil
1 can sliced button mushroom
1 can Mushroom soup
1 C. water
Salt and Pepper to taste
Knorr Seasoning
a little butter and olive oil for browning the beef

Heat butter and olive oil in  the cooking pan.  Brown the garlic, then set aside.

Saute the mushrooms, then add the mushroom soup and water.  Season with salt, pepper and Knorr seasoning.  Stir until thick and set aside.

On a  non stick pan, heat butter and olive oil.  Brown the beef shanks, then pour the mushroom sauce.  Let it sizzle until big bubbles appear.  Transfer onto a sizzling platter or serving dish. Top with the fried garlic and serve with boiled corn.

At least, I was able to recycle the leftover bulalo!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Summer Get Together with Friends

Mona and Corry hosted our annual summer get together at their house in Alabang Hills yesterday.

Of course, the most important thing was the food!!!

Our group really loves to eat .... hahahaha ... it is very obvious in our sexy figures.... NOT!

Corry requested for my Kare-Kare from scratch.

Tita Cena made Lengua with white sauce!

Really tender and the sauce was YUM! Normally, I would not eat food with white sauce, but her lengua dish was the exception.

Mona ordered fresh lumpiang ubod.

Jing and Sherman who just arrived from Korea the other night brought pork bbq from Ambers.

Mariger cooked fresh shrimps with garlic, butter, olive oil, Tang orange juice and grated quickmelt cheese!

Another delicious dish.

Mayette cooked her famous Adobo.

She also made green mango salsa. Jon, her husband, loves green mangoes with bagoong.

Tita Letty, the mom of Mayette brought Arce Calamansi sherbet.

It was perfect in cleansing our palette.

Corry was in charge of the drinks, chips and dip!

 Celina brought Buko pie


Sans Rival from San Pablo.  She said Kiko Pangilinan would order hundreds to give away as Christmas presents.

My plate....

Mon treated us for dinner at Seaside in Alabang.  He wanted us to taste the Salt and Pepper Crab at Aling Tonya.

Sooooo delish!!!!!!!  Loved it! Especially the jumbo crab claws!!!!

 We also ordered Sinigang na Ulo ng Maya-Maya sa Miso.

Adobong Kangkong

Ensaladang mangga.

One would think with all the food we had for lunch we would have a hard time finishing what we ordered at Seaside.... but ... ohhh ... no..... not us, sexy, healthy people!!!

I am glad the group was complete at out get together.

I am blessed with wonderful friends who are also foodies like me!!!

Hahahahaha in other words ....  Matakaw!