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METRO MANILA Culinary Smorgasbord

Posted in Food Trips with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2008 by alroy

31 May 2008. I was excited when Annie Koh emailed to me a week before and requested to meet up for a food trip. A food trip?!? You gotta be serious! I don’t back out on matters of chowtime especially “my” desserts. If there’s a list of topnotchers for gluttony, I’m one of the gravest sinners amongst humankind.

Of course, I was thrilled by the idea of taking Annie and her friend Hizzie on a food trip. With the way Annie sounded on her emails, I knew that she’s a foodie but little did I know that she can eat like a wild boar on a leash. Her digestive system was an enormous shocker for a petite girl she’d make it to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

"Lord, why us?" -- Food

"Lord, why us?" -- Food

The day of the gluttons came. With a cellphone with zero balance plus my two companions without cellphones, it was almost passable as a miracle that we managed to meet up with the Korean girls Hizzie (McGuire) and Annie (the little orphan). My gratitude is likewise extended to Jason (Voorhees), Charles (Bronson), Julie (Bakeshop), Nick (Carter), Anjalie (Jolie), Paolo (Paraiso), Eric (Mabius), and Ryan (Reynolds).

Just a random thought – Ain’t Hizzy or Hizzie an urban slang for hoe? Hizzie, there’s no need to be enraged! *Puts on my halo*

SALCEDO MARKET, Makati City

We live to eat

We live to eat

Nothing can go wrong in that place. The food choices are too overwhelming it would normally make a typical “glutton” feel like life is at a crossroads. It takes a minimum of an hour for a decision alone. Deliberating on food and beverage selection is one thing, buying is another.

Salcedo Market

Salcedo Market

Jason, that looks like my Kindergarten uniform haha

Jason, that looks like my Kindergarten uniform haha

Gotta have 'em Galettes n' Crepes! God im craving for 'em now!!!

Gotta have 'em Galettes n' Crepes! God im craving for 'em now!!!

In shade we seek refuge...to eat

In shade we seek refuge...to eat

Wholly Cow!!!

Wholly Cow!!!

Wholly cute!!!

Wholly cute!!!

Want some ice cream?

Want some ice cream?

Jaq's Kitchen (try the dips! esp. adobong tahong)

Jaq's Kitchen (try the dips! esp. adobong tahong)

We found our spot and shared a table with fellow foodies. It was fun because we accidentally met Nick and Julie ordering their crepes at a French stall. Yum! What’s even more surprising was they too were planning to go to Chinatown right after. That was a pretty convenient meeting.

For our brunch we had Crabs, Sautéed eggplant, Squash with coconut milk, Caldereta, Pork with shrimp paste, Mini rice cake/muffins (puto), and Japanese Pancakes in cream cheese and strawberry plus cream cheese and ham, and Thai Milk Tea.

I couldn't even remember why I was so happy hihi

I couldn't even remember why I was so happy hihi

Pao and Anj, and a street kid at the back lol

Pao and Anj, and a street kid at the back lol

Charleeyyyy you bit meeh!

Charleeyyyy you bit meeh!

We spent a couple of hours sharing our food, stories, and of course, more food. I would like to broadcast to everyone I know, to you who came across this blog entry by will or by force, and to those who will be unfortunate enough to know me, that should you feel the strong urge to shut my blabber mouth up, you know what to offer me. It works 100% of the time.

But! Please refrain from offering me exotic dishes as I only have a limited tolerance for mythical creatures. I already ate frogs and crickets in Pampanga, and miniature spiders and creatures when I was asleep. But please, it’s scientifically proven that I am allergic to Balut – “the queen of the damned eggs”. If you want proof I can give to you our family physician’s contact numbers, even his email address.

Kidding aside, we truly commiserate with Annie and Hizzie because the day before, which was by the way their first day in the Philippines, they were fooled by “hospitable” strangers they met at a local market in Manila. They partied the day and night away only to be drugged and robbed of 95% of their cash. The hospitable strangers-cum-thieves even managed to delete their pictures from Annie’s digital camera to scrub out the evidence. Clever asses!

According to the girls, they were the nicest robbers on the face of the earth for not taking their other possessions. Yeah, right. We just welcomed that romanticized thought and faked our smiles we looked like a bunch of Mona Lisas. But God knows how much I wanted to drug those robbers with Dora rat killer. Wait, that’s poisoning! Erase, erase, erase.

Seriously, we’re just totally relieved they’re both safe. And seeing their predacious revenge done towards our innocent food, I was sure they’d be perfectly fine in no time.

Tip: When meeting strangers and eventually enjoying their company, always be cautious – especially with consuming “drinks”.

GREENBELT 3, Makati City

The next stop was at Time Zone at Greenbelt 3 Tropical Mall. We had to give our gastric acids enough time to digest the main culprit for our bloated tummies. At Timezone we consumed a couple of hours playing the quiz machine, dance revolution, boxing machine, LOTR pinball, and more. The games seriously had the kid in me spellbound that I forgot to take pictures of us whilst playing. Bummer!

Exhausted from Timezone-ing

Exhausted from Timezone-ing

Annie!!! Stop eating my Jappy pancakes! You just ate the fried chicken!

Annie!!! Stop eating my Jappy pancakes! You just ate the fried chicken!

Who am I?

Who am I?

Sieze the day!

Seize the day!

CHINATOWN, Manila City

Who would miss Chinatown when it comes to food talk? After several visits to this place to accompany my guests, I now feel panicky that Chinatown would ban me from entering soon. If that happens, I may just have to undergo plastic surgery all for the love of food.

Whilst Nick and Julie met up with Ryan at PRESIDENT’S, the rest of us had a glimpse of the Binondo Church. Was it to compromise with God for our day of gluttony?

Binondo Church 1

Binondo Church 1

Binondo Church 2

Binondo Church 2

Binondo Church 3

Binondo Church 3

San Lorenzo Ruiz - Filipino Saint

San Lorenzo Ruiz - Filipino Saint

Have you faith?

Have you faith?

Binondo Purple Fire Truck

Binondo Purple Fire Truck

I caught this dragonfly hihi (but I freed it okay?!?!)

I caught this dragonfly hihi (but I freed it okay?!?!)

At President’s we had Siomai, Dumplings, Chinese Pechay, Spinach in garlic sauce, Calamares, and a big serving of mixed meat, noodle, century eggs, and vegetables (I forgot its menu name). Also, Julie finished off the flavoursome Japanese pancakes in cream cheese and strawberry. We’re a bunch of ultimate gluttons and we’re damn proud of it.

Whoever took this photo clearly had ILL feelings towards RYAN (rightmost) BWAHAHAHA!

Whoever took this photo clearly had ILL feelings towards RYAN (rightmost) BWAHAHAHA!

Famished? hihi

Famished? hihi

"I ate all the food in our fridge before coming to the Philly"

Annie: "I ate all the food in our fridge before coming to the Philly"

Eric, why so happy?

Eric, why so happy?

I SIOMAI love to you

I SIOMAI love to you

Fresh dumplings

Fresh dumplings

Spinach in garlic sauce (yummm-meh!)

Spinach in garlic sauce (yummm-meh!)

I forgot what it's called...but it's sweet

I forgot what it's called...but it's sweet

Anyway, I planned for us to eat at DONG BEI’s after a long time of fruitless search for this “hole in the wall” and when I finally learned of it’s location along Yuchengco Street (thanks to Helen!), Ryan set the meeting at President’s Restaurant. Oh I so wanted to have him voodoo-ed for that. I’ll just reserve Dong Bei for next time.

QUIAPO CHURCH, QUIAPO MARKET, PLAZA MIRANDA – Manila City

We walked a long distance into the world of street markets. We passed by stalls that sold all kinds of stuff. From toys to do-it-yourself tools, to charms and amulets, to clothes and shoes, to pirated DVD’s, to nuclear cutting weapons, to fresh kidneys, to assassination service, to weird concoctions known as abortion syrups, love potions (gayuma) and more. That’s way too strange considering the fact that the historical and famous Quiapo Church is located at the heart of the place. The area was oozing with contradiction. And our existence there was a clear sign of adding insult to injury. hihi

We also witnessed the preparation for their local Santa Cruzan and were flocked by adorable and not-so adorable kids. After a few jump shots with the rowdy youngsters led by no other than Ryan, we felt it was time to proceed to the next stop for dinner before we get barred from entering even the most dirt-cheap of eateries due to our human-repellant smell.

CUBAO EXPO, Quezon City

It was a fun LRT-2 train ride from Recto station to Araneta Centre-Cubao station with all of us crazy passengers. We even had photos taken inside the train – which we later found out was forbidden.

Cubao in Quezon City is known to be overpopulated. It used to be the business district in the really really old days but the city-planners did not foresee the influx of people that led to what it is today. I am glad that the Ayalas are cooperating with the Aranetas to revive its lost charm with the Gateway Mall and the new complexes around the area, and the future landmarks of Cubao.

At Cubao Expo near the Gateway Mall, you will find interesting shops that most hippies and yuppies would love to hang out at. There are clothes shops, art shops, furniture shops, and my favourite, food shops. We had desserts and drinks at HALO’s cosy second floor where you can just sit on the cushioned floor with pillows and short-legged tables. Aaahh! The good life. I must say I loved the desserts – Space Brownies and the Rhum cake which to me was an oversized pancake. Hmmm! Guilty pleasure indeed.

@ HALO

@ HALO

Annie playing hide and seek with what's on the menu lol

Annie playing hide and seek with what's on the menu lol

"Let's order this, this, this, this, this"

Annie and Hizzie: "Let's order this, this, this, this, this"

"God, someone has to stop them"

Nick: "God, someone has to stop them"

After spending most of our evening at Halo, Annie and Hizzie had a shopping galore at a nearby shop, and we all went to visit a really cool antique shop. Charles’s energy went below zero so Jason and I had to leave and come home. After all, it was almost midnight – and it’s way past our bedtime.

The others proceeded to My Brother’s Moustache for some drinking. As to what happened to them? Go figure.

Kidding! Tee-hee!