Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

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Fresh fruits acting as fresh flowers.

**This post is in response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh.

A Workday Escape

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An immediate and easy escape from a long workday is a walk to Burgos Circle and a large Wintermelon Milk Tea of 25% sweetness and crystal sinkers from Serenitea. Easy Fix. 😉

(Taken using iPhone5 Panorama option @ Bonifacio Global City)

**This is in late response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape.

Happy Wednesday = Fresh Oysters!

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This, coupled with a bottle of beer and good friends…
Aaaah. Life is good.

(Taken using iPad Mini @ Claw Daddy’s, BGC)

A Hearty Meal!

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@ Stacy’s in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
**Taken using iPad Mini

The Transporter

Nothing transports me back to my past better than smelling something familiar.

A whiff of a former love/crush’s cologne.
A barbecue aroma in the center of my college quad.
A smoker’s breath after finishing a stick.

My memory is always strongly guided by my sense of smell, which in turn also heightens my sense of taste. This has been the culprit for me craving food occasionally from a certain fast food chain.

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Getting to smell Jollibee’s Chickenjoy (a meal consisting of fried chicken with rice and gravy) instantly transports me back to my childhood. And getting to finally taste it again will flood me with different stories to tell involving the family, major childhood events, and chickenjoy.

So, no matter how I seem to think I’m fed up of eating it, one smell and I’m already coming back for more. I know I’m not the only one alone in this. Ask Filipinos who were raised in the Philippines, girl or boy, rich or poor, we all have our own Jollibee and chickenjoy stories. And even kids today, they still continue to create their stories with the store and food.

**This post is not a paid ad or anything. This is in response to Daily Prompt: The Transporter.

Dimsum Wheel

Taken using Blackberry 9300.

Siomai, Hakaw, Shrimp and Spinach dumpling…
Lunch out with work mates at Crystal Jade, BGC Taguig City.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

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Monday lunch out at Zong with a good friend.
Spicy, salted squid and Yang Chow fried rice.
Oh, how food makes one so happy! 🙂

This post is in response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime.

Knicker Bocker

Knicker Bocker is a famous dessert in Zamboanga City, Philippines.
It is made up of mixed fruits, gelatin, home-made strawberry ice cream and a secret sauce based with milk (I guess).

This was made popular by the local restaurant, Palmeras. Now, different versions of the dessert is ubiquitous in the city. If ever you’re in town, this is definitely a must-try!

Craving for Pho

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Pho (/fʌ/; Vietnamese: phở pronounced [fəː˧˩˧]) is a Vietnamese dish consisting of broth, noodles made from rice, a few herbs, and meat.

This photo was taken at Pho Hoa Pasteur in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam last February 2012.

Seconds!

My most satisfying meal will probably include at least one of my favorite foods plus rice and coke! Below are the top three on my favorite foods list.

1. Beef Kulma

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This is beef in coconut milk with spices and peanut butter. My favorite version of this dish is by my father, which is super spicy. And since this dish is not known here in Manila (spicy or not), I only get to taste this every time I go home to Zamboanga. I always request my father to cook this dish for me and I am already satisfied with having only this and rice for days.

2. Spicy Eggplant

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I only made up the name of this dish because it doesn’t really have a name of its own. The recipe for this was only made up by one of my aunts who now lives (unfortunate for me, at first) in Alaska. Good thing, my dad and other aunt learned this dish. So now I only have to ask them (I only have to show my face to them, really) and they cook it for me. They know how much I love this food.

The way this tastes is similar with beef kulma only instead of beef, it’s eggplant.
So it also has coconut milk and different spices. Only difference, I think, is that it doesn’t have peanut butter in it.

I love spicy food, I love anything with coconut milk, and I love eggplant!
So this dish is really a win-win for me!

3. Chicken Wrappies

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This is another dish with a made up name but this time by one of my aunts. She also created the recipe for this and is now in the menu in one of the restaurants in Zamboanga. And every time we have a gathering, we pre-order this from the restaurant.

This is chicken with vegetables, cream cheese, mayonnaise, and other stuffs enveloped in lumpia wrapper. All I can think the first time I tasted this was: “OMG! This is heaven!”. So this has joined the foods I make sure to eat every time I go home.

This post is in response to Daily Prompt: Seconds!

Definitely, Vanilla!

Definitely, Vanilla!

Favorite dessert flavor: Vanilla.
I don’t like super sweet and complicated flavors for my dessert.
The simpler the better. Yum!

Side Note: Posting this made me miss Vanilla Coke. I got to get me some of that!