Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Galletas de Patatas

Galletas de Patatas

When I found out that it's going to be about squares this week, I already asked my sister to buy me some diced hopia over Baker's Fair (it's my favorite), but later on told her I'd just buy some galletas de patatas (egg cracklets). However, towards the end of the week, I completely forgot to drop by the supermarket! I was really convinced that I'd pass up this week's LaPiS theme, but then something great happened.

Mom came home with some bags of cookies, one of which was a bag of these galletas de patatas! How cool was that? As soon as I saw it, the first thing that came out of my mouth was "Yey, may LaPiS na ako!" =)

These were my favorite childhood cookies. I remember one time, one my classmate's mom went to the school and served some of these and I put a whole lot of cookies in both my pockets aside from the ones in my hands. Hahahaha. Kids will always be kids.

*** Jenn ***

Monday, March 30, 2009

Desserts at Chocolate Kiss


weekend snapshots

I met up with new friends last Saturday, and after eating a very heavy lunch at Mang Jimmy's, we went to eat desserts at Chocolate Kiss, located at the Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman.

My original choice was the Devil's Food Cake, but the staff said that only one slice was available at the moment. I then chose their cake sampler, but all servings were reserved already. I was given the choice between the Quezo Chiffon Cake and the Kahlua Chocolate Cake. Initially, what we four friends planned to do was to have different cakes so we can share it all, but I am not a big fan of the chiffon cake, so I had the Kahlua Chocolate Cake instead.

Ryan had the blueberry cheesecake, and Kei had the last serving of the Devil's Food Cake... and of the three cakes I have tasted, the best has got to be the Devil's Food Cake. If given the chance, will eat cake there again, and this time, I will sure to get the Devil's Food Cake.

*** Jenn ***

Friday, March 27, 2009

Longganiza Meal


This was what I had for breakfast in Cebu on my second day there. I was with my brother and our co-SFC Members and before we went to the Gawad Kalinga Village in Talamban, we all went to the nearest Jollibee branch to have breakfast.

I have three favorite breakfast meals in Jollibee, but this is my most favorite of the three. I actually loved eating breakfast in Jollibee because their garlic rice is delicious, and the yolk in the sunny side up eggs are cooked well. However, lately I feel they are now using a different kind of longganiza for it doesn't taste like the same as the ones I used to eat.

Still, a great breakfast...especially with a cup of hot chocolate.

*** Jenn ***

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

J = Jay-J's


Where We Ate

Where We Ate


It's a common thing for the family to celebrate birthdays three times. One with the celebrant's circle of friends, one with the family eating out, and one at home - a simple candle blowing. And when sister celebrated her 20th birthday, we decided to eat at a new place - Jay-J's.

We had their good for five meal composed of: Pancit Canton, Sisig, Chicken Inasal, Grilled Pork Belly, Wanton Soup, and Turon. Very heavy meal for us, but we just loved the food! My favorite was the grilled pork belly, but I loved all the foods. Since the meal was good for five people, we had to take home some.

I will be the next person in the family who will celebrate the birthday, and I really would like us to eat here again. Their food is just awesome... and it wasn't really expensive at all!

*** Jenn ***

Monday, March 23, 2009

C' Italian Dining

In one of the blog memes I did, there was a question - "What makes dining fine?" I answered, "If chef Gordon Ramsay cooked my meal, then that's fine dining." So when this became the theme for LaPiS, I stopped and think if there was something in my file that would equal to fine dining. Well, for sure I don't have something Gordon Ramsay related, but I have this.

Late Lunch, Early Dinner

April of 2008, me and my scrapbooking friends Lee and Candy went to Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac to turn over the donations we collected for the Carmelite Nuns. Along the way, we talked about food among others, and Lee asked if we were in the mood to eat Italian. So after the visit to the nuns, we went to C' Italian Dining located in Angeles, Pampanga.

One of the nice things about this restaurant was that its owner/executive chef Chris Locher took time to mingle with his customers. He was a nice person to talk to, and he even gave a girl a tour inside the kitchen and taught her how to make pasta! In one of his chit-chats with the customer (I wasn't eavesdropping, they were speaking loud) that the reason why he chose Angeles, Pampanga as the location of his restaurant was because if he opened this in Metro Manila, there will be a lot of competition, and if he opened it in Baguio City (where he got most of the vegetables), it would be far already. Very sensible reason. Well, it might be a little far from Metro Manila, but I do tell you, it was worth the travel!

Dining Area

Outside Dining Area

At the time we visited, the main dining area was a bit small, but they have a much bigger dining area at the back. I think nowadays the restaurant is already big since they were expanding and construction was on the way just next to the location.

We had three dishes on that day:



Paolo Miguel Panizza (parma ham slices, artichokes and mushroom served with arugula and alfalfa) - This one was so heavenly! I am not into thin crust pizza, and this one seemed to be related to the thin crust pizza, but when paired with the bitter arugula lettuce, it proved to be a great, great dish. The bitterness of the arugula and the saltiness / sourness of the panizza was a match made in heaven. It was also served with alfalfa sprouts, but I still prefer the arugula because I felt eating alfalfa is like chewing on freshly uprooted turnips - with the soil still on!

Salmon Pasta

Spaghetti Frutti di Mare (salmon, mahimahi, prawns, and mussels sauteed in olive oil with garlic, olives, and capers enticed with a hint of fresh pomodore) - I still am not a big fan of seafood pasta as well as olives, but I still loved eating this pasta. I guess the love for oil based pasta made up for it. One thing to commend was the fish. I can taste the sea as I chew on it, and it was a great indication that the fish was really fresh.

Mozzarella en Caroza

Mozzarella in Carozza (golden fried mozzarella slices, served on pomodore sauce topped with fresh mushroom slices) - What makes dining fine? I guess by now I could say that it's fine dining when you asked the chef for something and he delivered it to you with gusto. This dish wasn't really part of the menu already, but Lee considers this one as her favorite dish from here, so when Lee showed sadness that the dish wasn't part of the menu, chef Chris just went, "I could serve it to you if you want." Indeed, it was so great! The cheese and the tomato sauce and the mushroom just complemented each other.

Eating here surely was wallet straining, but then again, given the great service and the great food, I am sure no one would mind the cost anymore.

*** Jenn ***

ps - By the way, I already blogged about this in my very first blog, I just changed the wordings and the delivery. Please don't be confused if you get to see the original blog post somewhere.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Late Lunch, Early Dinner

Now that I have finished sharing all the foods I have eaten during my 10 day holiday with my friend K, I am moving on to another set of vacation foods, this time from my Cebu - Negros Oriental trip with my brother.

We reached Cebu City at around 3PM, and when we noticed that the hotel room had no drinking water, so we decided to go to a mall, eat lunch and do some grocery shopping. The three of us (brother, 'te Malou, and I) were so hungry at that time because we only had one ensaymada for lunch (which we ate during the flight), so entering the food court of Robinson's Place Cebu, we decided to just eat there.

I had the grilled chicken from Casa Ilonga. I love the taste of this chicken - the marinade was so good.

Brother ordered kilawin, also in Casa Ilonga. He was a bit intrigued with the cucumbers and tomatoes, and since he likes to eat kilawin, he got himself a serving.

'te Marilou ordered these dishes, but I forgot from where. She bought the stuffed crabs and the lumpiang shanghai for the three of us to share, but of course we all shared our foods.

And because we got to eat a lot, we didn't eat dinner anymore.

*** Jenn ***

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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}