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Of Oysters and Other Wonderful Dishes

When we arrived in LV, my mom and sister decided to take us grocery shopping. Luckily these were available. *a great big hug for my sis who bought the box*

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November 20, 2009 Posted by | Affair to remember, Gastronomic experience | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Cafe Juanita Celebration

we were celebrating a couple of days ago, both my victory and the fact that the next day, our cook would be back *jump for joy! no more half cooked fried chicken!!* and i decided cafe juanita would be a great place to go.

because it was a saturday evening and it was a spur of the moment decision, we did not have reservations.  i was a bit skeptical about getting in knowing how cafe juanita is a favorite dining place, but because i was too happy, my enthusiasm took over.

at the door, we were greeted by a waiter who ushered us to the reception where they looked over the list of reservations, as i suspected, they were fully booked.

we arrived pretty early and there was a 1 hour window period between our arrival and one of the reserved diners.  they asked if we would be interested in indulging withing the limited time and because we had no plan B, we agreed the limited dining period would be alright so they gave us the table.

weve dined at cafe juanita a couple of times before and we were pretty much satisfied on each occasion.  not only is the place uniquely appealing with changing decors, all of which have prices on them for interested collectors, but the food is wonderfully good!

now that hubby has a new found interest in lights and shadows, this place is a haven for this new strobist.

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we were seated beside this lamp with feathered boa and i absolutely thought it was lovely.

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i even found our table lamp very chic!

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behind me camouflaged in various antiques, i spied an espresso machine…coffee…yuum!

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after a thorough look over of the menu, we decided to go with familiar dishes.

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we started with fresh spring rolls

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i wish the wrapping of this dish was less gooey but the gingery peanut sauce made up for the disappointment.

we also ordered our favorite tom yum

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what i love about this place is after the chef cooks up your soup, a waiter brings you a small cup to taste so that you could adjust the spiciness to your liking.  when our taste test came, it was perfect for me!  of course hubby opted to spice his soup up a bit more.

our main dish was our favorite crispy pata which we paired with yang chow and crab rice.

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we absolutely love the crispy pata in cafe juanita.  i dont think weve found another place with such a good crispy pata!  the texture is perfect with the most crispy skin and very tender meat.  the flavor is delicious too especially when paired with the soy ginger sauce!

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i had wanted to dally and order coffee and dessert but i didnt want to hassle the generous crew if the diners who originaly reserved the table we occupied arrived, so we decided to just forego the treat this time.

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as usual, we enjoyed our dining experience at cafe juanita.  thank you so much for accommodating us!  we would definitely be back soon!

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , | 1 Comment

hungry dragons welcome the ox

early sunday morning i braved the market and bought the contents of our fruit basket which are now displayed on our dining table.  its a pretty sight similar to that we had last january 1.  i like having a lot of fruits at home!  i might just fill our fruit basket more often than just to welcome the new year!

i read somewhere that having pig’s leg for the chinese new year would bring good luck & since i was craving for something crunchy (& cholesterol laden) i suggested to hubby that we eat out for dinner. he wanted to eat at cafe juanita but i suggested we eat at rockwell since i did not really feel like eating too near home

so a reservation was made at C2 for 6pm and after shopping for a few items we took our seat at our requested table by the window and ordered.

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C2 is one of the few filipino restaurants hubby will eat in without saying its like eating at home.

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its probably because the pinoy dishes here are served with an interesting twist.

our pandan iced tea came first

carafe of pandan iced tea

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because my dining partner does not drink water, i had to give up my “drink only water philosphy” and share the pandan iced tea … actually it didnt really take a lot of convincing! hehehe!

for starters we got lumpiang lucena

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this was made of longanisa bits, beansprouts, coconut strips and carrots.  the wrapper wasnt as crunchy as we expected but it was a good twist from the usual spring rolls.

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we were debating whether to get this or the sisig rice but since we were already getting porky for our main dish, we thought we’d go sea food for our rice.  we love this version because the aligue gives the rice just a hint of flavor, not too suffocating or salty, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

and of course, because i was craving for a crunchy bit of pork leg we ordered the boneless crispy pata

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if you check munch punch, this dish is not included in their menu but surprisingly, they serve it.  maybe its a little secret…well, not anymore!

this boneless crispy pata was very tasty, and the garlic infused soy sauce was a delight but i wish the meat was more tender, the crumble on touch kind.  the rind was satisfactorily crunchy but i wish there was more to munch on, after all, its the crunchy fatty part i was craving for!!!  the dish was good but not the best we’ve tasted.

the dinner ended with suman and chocolate

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now we all know i love chocolate and the bitter kind is the best kind for me.  so when this dish arrived at our table i was delighted to see how the coco looked.

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it was dark and it looked pure.  but surprisingly it wasnt as chocolaty as i hoped it would be.

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but hey, who am i kidding, we left with an empty dessert dish (and extra gazillion calories on our waistlines)!!

with full tummies, the two satiated dragons headed for home and fell into dreamland with promises not to stuff themselves silly again, only to wake up this morning to tikoy!

so much for promises made in our dreams…

kung hei fat choi!

January 26, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment