Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Figaro Lenten Goodness

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Catholics (like me). During the Lenten Season, Catholics practices control in eating - especially meat, and when food establishments weren't that much, I could only remember looking forward to that Shrimp Burger a fast food is offering during Lent.

Of course, as time passed by, many establishments have been offering something for Lent, and Figaro's one of those which you can drop by if you want to eat something that doesn't have meat (pork, chicken, beef) in it.

Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza. Personalized pizza topped with fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Believe it or not, this was my first Margherita Pizza - maybe because I found it so simple (compared to the topping-packed Supreme Pizza) that I didn't really give it much attention whenever I see this on the menu. I already knew tomato and cheese make a good pairing, but when I had my first bite of the Margherita Pizza, I sort of wondered why I waited so long before I tasted it. It may be simple, but it's just so good!

Spagnolo Pizza

Spagnolo Pizza. Personalized pizza topped with Spanish sardines, green bell pepper, black olives, fresh tomatoes, pizza cheese and mozzarella cheese. Another revelation for me. It was just recently that I found my love for eating seafood pasta, and now I just had my very first seafood pizza. I admit tasting this made me double guess if I'd like it or not, and while this didn't have the impact Margherita Pizza gave me, it was still something worthy to try.

What I loved the most from both pizzas was that they used a different kind of pizza dough / crust. I am not sure what, but it seemed like it was made from Whole Wheat or something. Whatever it was, it sure gave the pizza a different texture and taste. Both are thin crust, but it wasn't so crunchy - just right to give that slight crisp and chewy texture.

Aglio Olio

Aglio Olio. Linguini pasta, garlic and olive oil with the addition of dried chili flakes, garnished with finely chopped parsley and parmesan cheese. Another very simple, yet very tasty dish. Aglio Olio proves that pasta can be flavorful even without the fancy ingredients. Although, this one's quite spicy, so if you're not into spicy dishes, you might just have to go with a different pasta. I personally love spicy dishes, so this one receives a thumbs up from me.

I find it nice that restaurants and food establishments are now offering these kinds of choices. Whether you're a Catholic who would like to refrain from eating meat dishes this season, or simply someone who want to eat light and healthy, this is something perfect for you. Indulge without having to feel guilty about it.

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Jenn, the Foodie

I come from a family who loves cooking and eating. I never had any formal training in cooking and that I taught myself how to cook based on the handed down recipes, but I could say that I can cook good food. In 2008, I started documenting my food trips for my travel blog, and since I have quite enough to start a food blog, might as well put all those food trips in one location. Thus, a food blog is born - thanks to the new Friendster Blogs. However, due to several problems, I was left with no choice but to pack bags again and move here instead. Here's the permanent address, promise! Enough talk, let the food trippin' begin! {Know More About Me}