Category: Food


Dear Diary,

What does Philippines and Thailand (or a lot of other countries) have in common?   They have a lot of  Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants.  In fact there’s one near our work place.  So one day after lunch.  My Thai co-worker and I, decided to have some fun with our cups.

🙂 Find other posts about Cups around the world here:    Travel theme: World Cups

 

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

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Pattaya in Valentine’s Day

Dear Diary,

Weekends are the best time to get away.  Two days are short and need to be well spent.  It’s amazing that Valentine’s Day in Thailand is a holiday.  Of course, it’s not Valentine’s that they celebrate but Makha Bucha (Magha Puja) – a Budhist festival.  So a long weekend entails a trip  out of the city.

Just 1-3 hours away (depending on traffic) from Bangkok.  We stayed at Cape Dara and got a room with a view of the beach.  I swear this hotel was made for me because they’re color is teal and I just love that color! The beach may not be the best to swim in but the view is just breathtaking.  After resting (because 2 hours in a van needs recuperation time…), we had lunch at the hotel restaurant and had some time to look around the amenities.

In the evening, we went to see a cabaret show of an all-lady-boys cast at the Tiffany;s Show.  The women were fantastic, they lip-synced to popular songs and the dance numbers were breathtaking.

For dinner, we took a taxi to Patayannis Greek Taverna, a small restaurant that serves the best slow cooked lamb (cooked for 7 hours!) that I’ve ever had.  If you find yourself somewhere in Pattaya, make sure you pass by this place!  The host is just amazing as he likes to go around and tell stories to the customers.  We even had a chance to see him play some music for us.

In Pattaya, they have this place called the Walking Street.  This place is seriously DEPRESSING (unless you’re a guy who likes to buy your girls…)  We walked through the street and you could see women (young and old) just standing around, leaning on trees or sitting and waiting for men to make them an offer. 😦

But aside from seeing the sad life that some women have to live, the rest of the trip was very relaxing.  But I did have some trouble with my migraine at the time we were heading home which also prevented me from enjoying the dim sum buffet we were having at that time.  But getting back to Bangkok at around 5PM was enough time to get over my migraine and ready for Monday again.

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Healthy Juicing

Dear Diary,

Do you have a problem eating your veggies?  Well, why not drink it then? 🙂 That’s right, sometime long ago, I made and drank organic veggie and fruit juice…  Why did I stop?  Well, 1) I no longer have a juicer (the first one wasn’t mine to begin with… 2)  Organic veggies are expensive here…

But anyway, this is what’s inside the juice I used to make:

  1. Kale
  2. Carrots
  3. Celery
  4. Beets
  5. Apple
  6. 1 tbsp of Flaxseed Oil

Doesn’t taste like veggies at all. 🙂 The carrots make it taste sweet with a leafy aftertaste.  And I hear there are lots of benefits to juicing. 🙂

Love lots,

AvA_Martini

 

I Want S’more!

Dear Diary,

Last Christmas break, my cousins stayed overnight at our house and I decided to make s’mores for them. And one of them asks, “What are those?” So my eyes widen, my jaw drops and I’m speechless… How can they not know what s’mores are??? And then I remember where I first ate them, it was in 5th grade at a sleepover at my friend’s house when we still lived in Saipan. I found out about s’mores from my American friends and it made sense that it might not actually be something kids in the Philippines grew up with.

It’s very very very very easy to make. All you need are the following ingredients:

1. Graham Crackers

2. Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (you can change this to whatever kind of chocolate you prefer but this is the best kind!)

3. Marshmallows

See. Just 3 things. Technically, it’s just a sandwich of graham crackers with marshmallow and chocolate in the middle. Now you can either do it the traditional way and build a campfire and toast your marshmallows there or do what I did and made use of our microwave oven… 1 minute and 30 seconds and the marshmallow gooeyness is just divine! hehe

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S’mores at the Minnesota State Fair

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Gooeylicious!

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And yes, the name s’more is a contraction for “Some More”. You can’t just have one… You’ll want to have s’more!

KJSO

Zuppa Toscana

Dear Diary,

I knew that getting married might require me to learn how to cook.  I know how to do the basic things like cook rice, boil and fry and microwave stuff.  But I didn’t know much about experimenting and I never thought it would actually be easy to follow the steps from cooking recipes…  Our trip to Minneapolis last year has taught me a lot about cooking.  One of the recipes I learned during that trip was Zuppa Toscana.  In all my 29 years on earth, that was the first time I’d heard of it.  I even thought it was Soupa Tuscana ’till I searched it on the internet…

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (16 ounce) package smoked sausage (or whatever alternative that is similar to this)
  • 2 potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices (hubby did it because I haven’t mastered the skill of slicing and dicing)
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups kale – washed, dried, and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 quart water
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup Evaporated Milk


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Hubby chops up the Kale

STEPS

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).  Bake sausage for 25 minutes and chop it up.

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2.  Place the sausage into a large pot after cutting it up.

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2. Add onions and garlic and cook for 1 minute or until onions look almost clear.

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3. Add chicken stock, water and potatoes, simmer for 15 minutes

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4. Add kale, milk and cream. Simmer for 4 minutes and serve.

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Happy Eating! 🙂

KJSO

Binalot – Filipino Food

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime – It’s phonoegraphy month, and what do we love to photograph with our cameraphones? Food. So why fight it? This week’s theme is “lunchtime.”

Binalot in Filipino means, “To Wrap”.  And that’s exactly the description of how this food is prepared.  It is wrapped in banana leaf.  I’ve always loved eating on banana leaf.  It’s my favorite way to eat, because it feels so Filipino.  Traditionally, this is supposed to be eaten without using utensils.  But I have this thing with my hands, where I don’t like to get them dirty and sticky and I spray them with hand sanitizer, occasionally. Ok, I spray them often…  

There are tons of “binalot” restaurants in the Philippines.  We ate at Binalot Fiesta Foods, which my sister recommended.  She asked why I was taking a picture of my food, and I said it’s for my blog.  And she laughed and rolled her eyes.  Taking pictures of what you’re eating can get a little weird sometimes.  But I like doing it because food is so beautiful and delicious.  Although, I am aware that taking a picture of a person taking a picture of food is funnier, as seen here in this site:  http://picsofaznstakingpicsoffood.tumblr.com/

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Dahon is Filipino for “Leaf”

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I had Vivo Tocino Meal. Like most binalot meals, this includes salted egg and tomatoes. Tocino is a Spanish word for “bacon”. It has a sweet and salty taste and is my favorite of all the types of binalot meals.

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My sister had Tapa Rap Sarap.
Tapa is dried or cured beef, mutton or venison, although other meat or even fish may be used. Filipinos prepare thin slices of meat and cure it with salt and spices as a method of preserving it. Tapa is best fried or grilled, often served with rice, fried egg and achara (pickled papaya strips). (Source: Wikipedia)

For Filipinos in another country, I know you probably miss this type of food…  I know I did when I was working in Singapore.

KJSO

Dear Diary,

There are a lot of things I’m happy about in my life. But being big isn’t one of them… You’d think that after being on the heavy side for more than 20 years, I’d have accepted it already.

I love to eat and my job requires me to sit in front of the computer for at least eight hours a day… So therefore, I’m doomed…

My husband loves me just as I am and reminds me often. But it doesn’t help that he eats as much as I do but weighs half as much as me.

The only time my diet really worked was a year before I met my husband… I guess you could say, I was trying to catch my fish.

This “issue” is entirely my fault. I won’t blame time because I have a lot of that. I’m just not disciplined enough to lose weight.

Why the sudden rant about weight loss? Well, in 2 weeks we’re going island hopping in Caramoan which means I’ll need to get into my swimsuit. @_@

And this Almond Magnum Ice Cream, that I have in my hand sure isn’t helping me at all…  My guilty pleasure, deserves an abstract photo… Extreme close up of my bite mark with added filter from the Pixlr-O-Matic iPhone app. 🙂

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Sigh,

KJSO

Weekly Writing Challenge: Abstraction

Cucumber Salad with Honey and Vinegar

Dear Diary,

My hubby and I don’t often eat food with lots of vegetables…  So to compensate I make a cucumber salad that we can eat with fried food.  I’m not a chef or someone who went to cooking school so I won’t really be able to give you exact measurements or what the process is called.  So, don’t start hating me because I used “simmer” incorrectly… hehe

Google is my efficient alternative to a cookbook which usually leads me to the site: http://allrecipes.com/, should that fail to give me what I need, a text to my mom usually solves that problem.

Anyway without further ado, I’ll list the ingredients and the process on how to make this salad.

Ingredients:

1 or 2 Cucumbers (depending on the size)

1 red/purple onion (I have no idea what it’s really called, but that’s the color)

2-3 tomatoes (depending on the size)

*you can probably add more vegies to this if you want

1 cup of vinegar (or more)

2 tablespoons of honey

Salt and pepper to taste

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What to Do:

  1. Well first you have to wash the vegies…
  2. Peel and cut the cucumber into thin slices.
  3. Cut the tomatoes and take out the seeds (some people like tomato seeds, personally, I don’t and I think that it’ll cause appendicitis because that’s what my mom always says…)
  4. Cut the onion and mix your vegies together.
  5. Pour the vinegar and honey and mix until honey is no longer visible.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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And that’s it!

KJSO

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