Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Five 02: Books



This is my bookshelf. It was lovingly made by Jowell. This is not my entire book collection. What is shown is only half of what I have. I still have books in my in-laws house in Malabon. For today's Friday Five, let me share with you five random books from my shelf. Enjoy.
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
I've started reading it a few months ago, but has not read again ever since. It bored me. Sorry, Jodi. Your previous books were a hit with me, but this one, didn't bring home the bacon.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Juvenile for my age, but I love young adult books. I only bought this because I thought the ebook copy I had was bitin pero dun pala talaga natapos yung story. Ngayon, OC na ako to buy the complete series. I've read the entire series on ebook already.

The Litigators by John Grisham
I'm a huge Grisham fan and every time a new book of his comes out, I make sure I grab a copy. However, I'm disappointed. His newer books are not as ganda as his older books. Wala na yung suspense ng The Firm.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Before this, I was reading Anne Rice. I was 12 or 13. In my 30's, now I'm reading/read this. Go, team Jacob! Hahaha.

Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
I love his work especially the Murder Club series. I've read the 1st to 11th. The Alex Cross series is also good kaya lang parang bawat book iba-iba love interest nya.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Yummy Sunday: Takoyaki at Mezza Norte

 

I've been eating takoyaki since I was kid. Probably back in the 80's. Samurai pa lang ang uso noon and I immediately fell in love. For those who are not familiar with takoyaki, according to Wikipedia it "is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion. Takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce, a sauce similar to Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise. The takoyaki is then sprinkled with green laver (aonori) and shavings of dried bonito (katsuobushi). There are many variations to the takoyaki recipe. For example, ponzu i.e. soy sauce with dashi and citrus vinegar, goma-dare i.e. sesame-and-vinegar sauce or vinegared dashi." Sounds complicated, but it's really not. And if complicated tastes this good, I'd take complicated any time.

Takoyaki at Mezza Norte.


And oh, I'd rather have octopus than balut.






Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Five 01: Bags


Five random bags from my bag hanger:

Top: Guess black, leather shoulder bag; Mango brown shoulder bag
Bottom: Ayla light purple shoulder bag; Baby Phat greyish shoulder bag; classic Dooney and Bourke dark brown shoulder bag

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Food Trip A-Z: Cafe by the Ruins

23 Chuntug St.
  Baguio City, Benguet  
(074) 442-4010

Cafe By The Ruins was our last stop before we head back to Manila. My sister, Chelly, for some reason really wanted to eat here. Ako naman is OK lang if we get to eat here or not. Not really on my top list pero since we're in Baguio na din nga naman, might as well try it.

The Corpuz's while waiting for the food.
With Aline - our official Baguio tour guide.
What we ordered:

The descriptions of the food are from munchpunch.com. None of it are mine.


 
 Spicy Bangus
Boneless fillet of milkfish, spice-cured and baked in olive oil
Strawberry Shake
Fresh cows milk blended with real strawberries
Shrimp and Mango Curry (This became my instant favorite!)
Prawns in coconut milk curry, served with 7 condiments: hard boiled egg, grated coconut, fried onions, chili, chutney, papadums, and peanuts. Served with rice.

Pinikpikan (No, thank you!)
Cordillera ritual chicken soup with etag (salted pork) and ginger

Strawberry Soda
Cafe strawberry syrup with soda water

Baguio Bounty Salad (Sarap din!!!)
Their classic: shrimp, poached chicken, strawberries, watercress, lettuce with strawberry vinaigrette dressing. For many years now, friends have feasted on this salad.


Baguio Bagnet (The one from Ilocos is always the best.)
A typical Ilocano meal: double fried pork belly - first it is tenderized in lard, then re-fried to a crisp. Condiments are Podas bagoong and tomato relish. Accompanied with Dinengdeng soup.
Impression:
Although I instantly fell in-love with their Shrimp and Mango Curry, I've had better and more impressive lunches than this. For such a well-known restaurant I was a wee disappointed. There were some items on their menu that we're not available and service was mabagal. While we were seated naman agad-agad, antagal before our orders were taken. It was a busy hour lang talaga siguro. It was a full house. If the number of guests is an indication of how good their food and service are, patok talaga sila.
Would I come back?  Yes, if only for the Shrimp and Mango Curry. Mas babalik pa ko sa Cafe Will.
Our Baguio adventure was short and sweet. It was spur of the moment. We had fun and one day I'll go back again with my husband and the kids. Until then, Baguio. See you soon.
Full and ready to go home.

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