Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sabroso Lechon

"If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories..."

That is what welcomed us upon entering the small Sabroso Lechon restaurant near Tomas Morato in Quezon City. I have known of Sabroso lechon for quite a while. I also have regularly passed their store and mini restaurant for the last two years. But I never really had the chance to enter its premises until now.

Sabroso Lechon is known for its yummy lechon or roasted pigs. They use free range native pigs, fill it up with fresh herbs then cooked to perfection.  


Their restaurant is really quite small with about 5 tables only. I guess this is because they cater more to take away and delivery orders of their lechon.

There were also very few dine-in choices - Lechon (of course!), Lechon Paksiw, Giniling na Bopis, Lechon Sisig and Dinuguan. 

 The Menu

Lechon Meal with Tea P120

Since I was a first-timer, I had the Lechon Meal with Tea for P120. It includes rice, chopped lechon meat with a few strips of crispy pig skin, a small bowl of soup and a glass of iced tea. It was good! Love the crispy skin! It was sinfully delicious!

I also liked the ice tea. It tasted like the Enchantea drink that I usually buy in the Human Heart Nature Main branch in Commonwealth Ave. When I asked one of the staff what was in their iced tea, she told me it was tanglad or lemongrass. It may not be Enchantea, but they do have the same ingredients. 

Sabroso Lechon
1237 E. Rodriguez Ave.,
Corner Tomas Morato,
Brgy. Kristong Hari,
Quezon City

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sabroso.lechon
Official Multiply Page: http://lechonsabroso.multiply.com/
Official Twitter Account: http://twitter.com/#!/sabrosolechon

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sound Trippin' of a Blockhead

A trip down NKOTB memory lane as I count down the days to their Manila concert.

 

 Album Name: Hangin' Tough (1988)


Hangin' Tough

I'll Be Loving You (Forever)

Please Don't Go Girl


You Got It (The Right Stuff)

Album Name: Merry, Merry Christmas (1989)


This One's For the Children

Album Name: Step by Step (1990)

Step by Step

Call It What You Want

Tonight

Album Name: Face the Music (1994)

Dirty Dawg

Never Let You Go

If You Go Away

Concert tickets are available at all SM Tickets outlets:
See ya' at the concert Blockheads!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

There was a time, many years ago, when I dabbled in rhymes and meters. I was in high school and tried to create poems about anything I could think of. One of my creations was this poem I made for my mom for that year's Mother's Day. I remember writing it in a beautiful stationery and handing it to her on the morning of that special day. I watched her as she read it and as she was nearing the end, tears were falling from her eyes. She was touched.

I could never forget that moment. I was expecting a smile and some words of appreciation. It was an amateur poem after all. But I got more than that.

I realized right there and then that mothers are really simple persons. They do not need expensive gifts (Though I'm sure they will appreciate it. I know I will.) They just want to be appreciated. My poem may be amateurish but was made from the heart. She felt it as she read it, hence, the tears.

This year, I thought of digging up that amateur poem and posting it here. I am now a mother myself but I will always be my mother's daughter.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10474197@N06/
My Mother
A wonderful woman in her own right
Does everything with all her might
She wakes up before the break of dawn
And her whole system starts to function. 

She has the strength to do almost everything
From cooking to washing to cleaning
Plus she takes care of her children 
Who, sometimes, are a real pain in the neck.

Problems may come in a row
But she has her own way to work it out somehow
She's a super tough lady
For she manages everything so easily.

And on this year's Mother's Day
The 13th* day of May
This poem of mine I offer you
To take away all your blues.

I want to make you see
That you mean the whole wide world to me
You're like a candle in the night
For you made my life so shining bright.

Having you as my mother
Makes me the happiest girl in the universe
You're just next to perfect
And I'll always cherish you like a jewel in a treasure chest. 

*Changed to 2012 Mother's Day date

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fish and Chips at Chuck's Grubs

Fish and chips is a popular snack in the UK and other British and ex-British colonies like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It consists of deep fried fish and strips of potato. FYI, "chips" to the Brits is what we commonly refer to as "french fries". So do not expect potato chips (ala-Lays or Ruffles) to be served with your fish and chips order.
   
Chuck's Grub Trinoma

Chuck's Grub is the newest addition to the group of food stalls in the Food Choices section of the Trinoma mall. They serve 4 types of beer battered fish - dory, snapper, cobbler and halibut, with minimum order of 2 pieces of fish. Sauce comes in good old vinegar, garlic mayo and tartare.  
 
4-pc Dory with Chips P200


We had the 4-pc Dory with chips and Garlic and Mayo sauce. It was good. The fish was tasty enough. But I'm not too crazy about it. My son enjoyed it though. He finished two of the 4 fish servings.  


Chuck's Grub Fish & Chips
-  Food Choices, Level 2, Trinoma
-  Rustan's Supermarket, Power Plant Mall

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chucks-Grub-Fish-Chips/207652545955059

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ramen X: Ramen for Everyone


I honestly do not know anything about ramen except that it is a soup with noodles that resembles the mami. So I was quite lost as what to order when we tried the new Ramen X Japanese restaurant in Trinoma last weekend.

Ramen X - Trinoma

 The Menu Board

It is a fast food type restaurant so ordering and paying is done at the counter. The Menu Board was well lighted and clearly presented.


 The interiors include one long table in the middle (good for big groups) and cute Japanese drawings etched on the mirrors on one side of the room.  


Ebi Tempura Rice Bowl P109

Our little boy enjoyed his Ebi Tempura Rice Bowl which consisted of 3 shrimp tempura and rice. 

Miso Ramen P129

After much deliberation, hubby and I agreed to have the Miso Ramen. Remember I am quite clueless about ramen. And since I love the Japanese miso soup, I figured I would like this too. 

It was a nice soup. Nothing to really rave about. I liked the pork strip, though. It tasted like bacon. Yummy.  


Katsudon P99

I really liked the Katsudon. I love the sauce and the pork was well-cooked. I could definitely have this again. 

Overall, we had a nice Ramen X experience. We should definitely try the other dishes in the menu on our next visit. 

Ramen X
Official Website: http://www.ramen.ph
Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/iloveramenx

2/F, Trinoma Mall, North Ave cor Mindanao Ave
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 628-1603

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Of Magic Lands and Queer-Looking Folks

I was recently reminded of these children's books that I adored as a kid in grade school. These were among the first novels that I read and fell in love with that I borrowed them from the school library again and again and again. One of my sisters even thought that the book was ours because she always sees it at our place. 


The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree were actually the second and third books in a 4-book series written by Enid Blyton. I didn't know it at that time and I didn't really care because the novel stood on its own. The series included The Enchanted Wood, The Folk of the Faraway Tree and Up the Faraway Tree.

Both books tells the adventures of 3 siblings (Jo, Bessie and Fanny) in the Enchanted Wood. There they came across an enormous magic tree where queer-looking, yet friendly, folks live such as:
  • Moon-Face - the rounded faced guy who also lives in a round house with round furniture
  • Saucepan Man - as his name suggests, he always carries a bunch of saucepan and kettles in this body.
  • Silky - the silky golden haired fairy
  • Dame Washalot - this character washes clothes all the time. Residents and guests of the Magic Faraway Tree walking up and down the tree should be alert for any sound of dirty water being thrown down the tree to be able to go under cover to prevent getting wet.
  • Mr. Watzisname - the guy who do not know his name.
What's more is that magic lands rests at the top of the tree every once in a while where the main characters meet more curious folks. One time there was the Land of Topsy Turvy where everyone were standing on their hands. Then there was also a Land of Spells where you can find various magic spells from making a cat sing to making things bigger or smaller.

I truly enjoyed reading these novels. It surely made my imagination run wild. And if I knew how to draw, I would have put my imagination in paper. But unfortunately, I am not really gifted in that area.

It would be nice if I could find paperback copies of these books that I can share with my boy when he's ready for this type of stories. I hope he enjoys it as much as I did.   

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Golden Egg Salted Duck Eggs


This golden salted duck egg was my late lunch today. Late because I attended a Human Heart Nature Magalogue Turnover session at 11am and I did not get home until 2pm. I was supposed to have a lunch date with my sister at the Enchanted Cafe but due to some unfortunate events, she was not able to make it. So instead of dining alone, I just bought a half dozen Golden Egg Salted Duck Eggs and went home.


Once I arrived home, I picked out one of my salted eggs, opened it, scooped it and mixed it with sliced tomato. I put a little bit of water so it won't be too dry. Just the right amount of saltiness with yummy tomatoes - delicioso!

 

This Golden Egg Salted Duck Eggs is not really new to me and my family. I discovered it in November last year when I attended the Human Heart Nature 2nd Annual Summit held in Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan. It was a pretty hard-to-find item at that time because except from the farm, I do not know where else to get it. Fortunately, this is now available in the Human Heart Nature Head Office as well as the newly opened Enchanted Farm Cafe, both in Commonwealth Quezon City. 

So what makes it different from the other salted duck eggs?

Well, one distinct difference is that it is colored yellow instead of the usual red. This is because instead of food coloring, this eggs get their golden color naturally by being soaked in turmeric or yellow ginger.

Also, these eggs organically produced by Golden Egg Chain, Inc., one of the many social enterprises* situated in the GK Enchanted Farm in Bulacan.  


If you want to try these healthy salted eggs, they are available at the Human Heart Nature Store and the Enchanted Farm Cafe at Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City.

 
Human Heart Nature Flagship Store
460 Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
Monday - Friday: 9:00am-6:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm

  
2nd Floor, Human Nature Building, 
460 Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City. 
Monday - Saturday: 8:30am-6:00pm



* Wikipedia Definition of Social Enterprise: A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximising profits for external shareholders.


Steamed Chicken with Ginger and Garlic Sauce

Here is another way of cooking chicken - steaming. This recipe was inspired by a steamed chicken recipe from the food blog Casa Veneracion. I just modified some of the ingredients because I simply could not find it! What I came up with was still a good one which my two boys enjoyed.

Steamed Chicken

Ginger and Garlic Sauce

Ingredients:
  • Chicken
  • Oregano, crushed
  • Salt and Pepper 
       Sauce:
  • 4 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 2 thumb-sized pieces of fresh ginger, grated
  • Wansuy, chopped 
  • Sesame oil

Procedure:
  1. Rub the chicken with crushed oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. Place in a steamer with boiling water for about 45 minutes.
      Sauce
  1. Place the grated ginger and garlic in a bowl.
  2. Pour in about half a cup of sesame oil.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir in chopped wansuy.
  5. Wait for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to seep in.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Deconstructed Shawarma

I accompanied Miguel to his 2-hour summer class at Kolisko this morning. After class, we had lunch at World Class Persian Kabab, our quick fix when we are craving for some affordable Persian/ Mediterranean food.

Today, we had 2 servings of deconstructed shawarma - one with chicken and one with beef. I say it is deconstructed because instead of the usual rolled up pita bread with fillings inside, it is served in a plate with rice. Combine it with their sauce and it's the bomb!

Beef Shawarma with Jasmine Rice P95

Chicken Shawarma with Jasmine Rice P95

Yummy Sauce

World Class Persian Kabab (Persian & Mediterranean Cuisine) Branches
E. Rodriguez Ave. cor. Tomas Morato
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 497-6273

96 Quezon Ave., Paligsahan
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 481-6420

95 West Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 481-6244

Santolan Ave., Ortigas
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 570-7498