Has it really been three weeks already? Yes, I did the unimaginable again and abandoned the hubby in the dead of winter to go traipsing in a warmer part of the globe – the Philippines.
Thanks to the Iphone 4’s great camera resolution I was able to capture more pictures this time than simply relying on my point and shoot alone.
My food tripping actually began at my Japan stop over. I couldn’t resist a bowl of ramen from the airport’s fast food. I’m sure this is not in anyway a yardstick of Japan’s great ramen-yas, but hey it IS still ramen in Japan.
Uhm, hours later, at around midnight in the Philippines, I appear to have noodle on the brain again…
After a few hours of sleep, not sure what I did for breakfast, my brother suggested we have lunch at Fely J‘s in Greenbelt 5, Makati Manila, where I had the best sisig (sizzling pig’s ears) ever.
Ensalada is a Filipino side dish consisting mostly of boiled vegetables, green mangoes, tomatoes and salted eggs. It always comes with bagoong (shrimp paste) or vinegar.
Adobo is Philippine’s national dish. It is usually chicken or pork cooked with soy, vinegar and garlic. Fely J’s version has whole garlic cloves strewn around the dish.
We also had kare-kare (braised oxtail in peanut sauce), but the picture didn’t look very appetizing so I decided to omit it from this post.
For meryenda (afternoon snack), my first choice would always be the mango crepe at Cafe Breton.
It would be a relief for everyone to know that I wasn’t hungry at dinner time. With jet lag kicking in and a full belly all I wanted to do was sleep. But then there was that evening drive back to Baguio – a 5 hour trip.
I spent but a day in Baguio before I had to pack again for an overnight trip to Thunderbird resort in La Union.
Thunderbird is a mediterranean-style resort and the menu reflects this influences. The resort’s restaurant is famous for its braised lamb shank, but I decided to go with lighter fare – pan-fried chicken thighs.
Of course my virtuous eating habit did not last very long as our group decided for a little jaunt into town and into Max’s restaurant where fried chicken and crispy pata were ordered for all.
And I had no qualms of digging my grubby little fingers into it once everyone else had their fill.
This is how it should be eaten. Show that thing who the boss is!
There’s nothing like a healthy dose of collagen.
Though, I didn’t care much for the Max’s giant halo-halo, I’ll give it points for shock value.
That’s all for now. And now I leave you a serene scene of the sunset…