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When it Rains it Pours

Wow, those rain drops are certainly coming down like there’s no tomorrow!

tonight, after braving the grumpy weather, i came home to a tortang talong dinner (fried eggplant with ground beef). i love this with good old ketchup, much like i do most fried dishes. but tonight, hubby and i tried mixing our plain tomato ketchup with some chili sauce

we found this on the shelves of the Asian section of the grocery and hubby took an interest right away

it was as we expected, its the kind that you mix in soysauce when you want to dip you dimsum in something hot!  and it makes a delicious condiment mixed with your good old tomato ketchup!

When it rains it pours its good to eat something hot!

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June 4, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , | 5 Comments

Confessions of a Non-Cook

i truly love to eat and appreciate good dishes on the dining table, but i do confess, i never liked being in the kitchen very much.  that is why, the gods that i call those people with in white hats and aprons are definitely heaven sent!

hubby took me to a shabu-shabu in greenhills once when we were still not married and i thought, that was the last time it would happened.

it was the steam coming from the hot pot, yes, that was it, i said, it left my hair smelling like everything that we ate.

but honestly, i did not like the fact that you paid for your food to be served raw and for you to do the cooking: picking of ingredients, planning how long you want it in the boiling pot, and mixing your own bowl with spices and condiments until it was to your liking.  now, isnt that the chef’s job, i thought?!

hubby should have seen it as a sign that i was not going to be the kitchen-wife material.  but then again, he always knew that i never liked getting my hands dirty.

and so when i said i had wanted to try this new place in pasay which was no doubt a shabu-shabu, he got me in the car and we headed to King One with no ifs or buts.

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i read an article in Spot about this place and i was intrigued by its title, “… ups the ante in eat all you can dining”?!  hmmm, maybe i could give the steamy hot pot one more try.

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we got there a little before 10am and waited outside as the waiters readied the restaurant for a busy sunday lunch.  the view of the conveyor belt transporting various ingredients near majority of the tables through the big glass windows made me surprisingly excited.

when we were finally allowed to enter, we were ushered to our booth and presented with a couple of sheets of paper.  here you could choose which ingredients you wanted, the noodles and 2 soup bases into which you wanted to boil your food in.  we had picked a plain soup and of course a chili based one for hubby.

people started to file in a few minutes later and soon the place was packed.

we chose our ingredients starting with various seafood including crab claws (which tat loved!) and the cheese balls which came as a wonderful surprise.  caution though because the melted cheese inside the squid/fish (i think it was) ball is mighty hot!

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we also got several plates of the US fat beef along with other this and that which suddenly became just too good not to be drop into the boiling broth instantly, hence, no other pictures! hehehe!

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the thin strips of beef became my favorite, dipped into the boiling pot, just a second after it changed color.  it was not the melt in your mouth kind like that found in tsukiji but for less than P500 (for the beef and everything else!), it was a meat lover’s delight.

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you could actually see as the beef was being sliced as thin as bacon by this machine in the middle of the conveyor belt.  and as i was sitting in plain sight of the whole process, we just kept ordering for more plates of these fatty strips (waiting for high blood pressure to happen! mwahaha!)

when we were done and finally got our bill, we were served a plate of fruits to cap our scrumptious lunch.

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not bad i thought.

this time, my shabu-shabu experience was not as painful as the first.  yes the steam was still there leaving a faint scent on my hair, and yes, i still had to choose what to drop in the boiling broth and when to rescue it from the heat, and yes i still had to spice up my own bowl to my liking.  but because the choices looked and tasted really good (especially the beef fat! harharhar!), i sort of forgot i was actually “cooking” my own food.

with good food and just P499 per person and an additional P50 for bottomless drinks (on sundays and holidays that is, but on regular days the P499 is inclusive of drinks), this restaurant really does add to the standard of eat-all-you-can dining!

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March 31, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Treating the Mechanic

hubby has always been a DIY guy and it has definitely come in very handy for us and most of our relatives.  sometimes i just watch him in awe as he takes on a mechanical problem and ends up with a fixed gadget no matter how new the contraption may be.  i asked him once how he knew what to do and he simply said, “its logic.”  hmm, then that means the rest of the world and i have not very much logic …

Lima needed some tweaking and hubby gladly took to the dash and got engrossed with her wiring like a little kid with his science project.  i on the other hand, had no part in the process and just pondered on todays newspaper.  i didnt really mind because i dont really find interest in such things.

when all was well, we took to the road to reward my personal mechanic *grin*.

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the cibo in rockwell right outside the chapel always look like a happy place to be in. probably because the stores all around cater to children, thus you’re surrounded with giddy little toddlers running around as if the world was their playground. this is a far cry from the restaurant downstairs near starbucks which need some interior renovations.

as usual the place was full and we were fourth on the waiting list. after 15 minutes of resisting temptation from window shopping, we headed back and found our table being vacated.

a visit to cibo is never complete without their refreshing foamy iced tea
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and their delicious chicken liver pate dip

pate di fegato. crostini

pate di fegato. crostini

this luscious pate is one of the best ive ever had. the creamy mixture has just the right bitter sweet flavor that sends signals to your brain to release happy endorphins. it is that good! hubby and i are very happy with this dish because the serving is generous and often, we have left over pate to take home despite munching on the crostini lathered spread to our hearts content.

tonight i was not as hungry because i had a late lunch and finished my box of royce’ potato chip chocolate so i decided a panini would do. i had initially wanted the roast pork panini but they were out so second choice it was.

verdure tartufato

verdure tartufato

this panini is created with asparagus, zucchini, fontina and truffle paste sandwiched in slices of grilled tuscan whole wheat.

the bread was beautifully grilled

grilled tuscan whole wheat

grilled tuscan whole wheat

but i thought the filling was a little thin

asparagus, zucchini, fontina, truffle paste

asparagus, zucchini, fontina, truffle paste

however, upon sinking your teeth into the sandwich, you realize that the filling has just enough of each ingredient to blend into a mixture of wonderful flavors. sprinkle some rock salt onto your piece before popping into your mouth and …. yuuuuum!

the mechanic was his predictable self and got pasta.

linguine de valentino

linguine di valentino

the al dente pasta is drowned in crab meat, stewed tomatoes, chili peppers and cream. it was sooo good! nothing beats my blue cheese pasta in gourmand but this is definitely in the running.

satisfied with our dinner, we headed across to lulu belle to top of with dessert.

natural and strawberry yogurt swirl

natural and strawberry yogurt swirl

life is good!

(photos taken by my Omnia -we forgot our LX3 in the dry cabinet!!)

March 1, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments