Dine and relax at Unit 8 Cafe
Friday, 7 August 2009

Fried Lasagna Rolls
Fried Lasagna Rolls by kutitots, on Flickr

Situated in a little nook by the bay, Unit 8 Cafe is a new hang-out place oldies and yuppies alike will enjoy. I’ll tell you why further into this review, because first and foremost, Unit 8 Cafe is a restaurant—serving a new, delectable and refreshing menu that you wouldn’t want to miss.

A couple of weeks ago, Marc and I were fortunate to be invited to try out Unit 8 Cafe and see (and taste) for ourselves what it has to offer. The travel from Antipolo to the Mall of Asia took its toll on me, and I was already a bit cranky (not to mention, hungry) when we got there a little after 1pm. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was certainly hoping that the food was worth it.

I wasn’t disappointed. Read more…

A healthy dinner of Ginataang Kalabasa and Tilapia
Monday, 27 July 2009

Ginataang Kalabasa, Tilapia fish and brown rice
Ginataang Kalabasa, Tilapia fish and brown rice by kutitots, on Flickr

Recently, my husband and I have been trying to adapt a healthy lifestyle. See the emphasis on “trying”—because really, it’s hard to eat “healthy” when you’ve got the whole wide world of yummy food. Luckily, you can have both: yummy and healthy at the same time!

How? Well, let me share with you one of my mom’s “healthier” recipes: a great combination of Ginataang Kalabasa paired with Tilapia and brown rice. Read more…

House of Polvoron: Reinventing an old-time favorite
Monday, 27 July 2009

Pinipig polvoron
Pinipig polvoron by kutitots, on Flickr

My sister is an avid fan of polvoron. Back in elementary, she and her tutor used to make loads of polvoron during their breaks. And me, being the elder sister with no patience for cooking at that time (lucky for my husband, it’s the other way around now!), just enjoyed eating whatever she and her tutor came up with. We used to put an entire bite-size piece into our mouths, then threaten our babysitter of talking with our mouths full of polvoron—and get a telling off from our parents if they caught us.

Every now and then I still crave for that home-made polvoron—the recipe of which my sister forgot to take note of—so you can just imagine how excited I was when House of Polvoron (HOP) approached me to try out their specialty polvoron! Read more…

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Breakfast at 1771 Sentro
Monday, 13 July 2009

Dried Beef Sirloin Tapa
Dried Beef Sirloin Tapa by kutitots, on Flickr

I was never keen eating at The Fort. Marc and I would only make an effort going there if we had a meeting or a meet-up with friends, but The Fort really isn’t one of the usual places where we have our weekly dates. Other than being cheapskates, we aren’t really the type who would try expensive food that we aren’t even sure we would enjoy. So when we received an invite for a complimentary breakfast at 1771 Sentro, we figured it was a good opportunity to try out something new without feeling so bad if we happen not to like it. Besides, Marc and I signed up to join a fun run to be held at The Fort this July—we were looking for a good place to gorge ourselves after the event.

Well, off-hand I can say that waking up to try breakfast at 1771 Sentro was worth it. Let me tell you why… Read more…

Pork and labanos guisado
Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Pork and Labanos Guisado
Pork and Labanos Guisado by kutitots, on Flickr

When I was a kid, my parents used to have a difficult time trying to make me eat vegetables. I didn’t inherit my mom’s natural love for veggies—as an Ilokana, she was used to having a healthful bowl of vegetable-rich Diningding every day when she was young. My mom can eat any kind of veggie, but me, I’m quite picky.

It took my mom a while to make me like vegetables, though up until now, I still can’t tolerate okra. Aside from the sinigang that most kids like, my mom also introduced me to love another dish: pork and labanos (white raddish) guisado. Read more…