strawberry ice cream? nope. it’s actually chili flavored ice cream, using small native chili peppers/ wild chili that packs a lot of heat. it’s stunning– sweet and spicy and hot and cold… it’ll make your tastebuds go crazy. 🙂 a surprisingly good twist 🙂
Happy Holidays! 🙂 I’m spending more time with my family. I hope you are too. ^^
Make teatime (if that’s your thing) a regular activity with your loved ones, especially the older folks.
I like afternoon tea cos it gives us time for longer talks or longer silences– whichever we prefer.
I like how my granny grunts with disapproval at how tiny the sandwiches are.
I like that I get to eat all the cakes cos my grandmother can’t have too much sweets anyway.
I like that we get a senior citizen discount. lol
Last week, I went to granny’s house and brought a box of Korean red ginseng tea. So this is something you can do at home.
I bet you want to give your loved ones a gift that’s sentimental, something that screams ‘thoughtful’ and ‘sweet’ and ‘sincere’… Something that won’t depreciate over the years or turn to rubbish when the latest model comes out… Something unique… Something that’s gonna stay with them forever…. Something that’s not gonna burn a massive hole in your pocket…
Stop stressing yourself out. Spend time with them. Simple.
Time is really the best present that you can give your loved ones. And I’m not trying to get all mushy on you. Just sayin’. 🙂
And in case I don’t get to say this on the 25th, MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. 🙂 🙂 🙂 xoxoxo
dark oral pleasures
dripping sweet satisfied sighs
lover’s luscious offerings
pouring in my mouth
I have one obsession this summer… HALO- HALO!
halo-halo from max’s
halo-halo from Biggs Diner
halohalo from chowking
‘Halo’ is a Tagalog word that means mix. And one can easily see why this favorite Filipino summer dessert was named as such ^^ Usually served in a bowl or in a tall glass, halo-halo consists of a mixture of shaved ice, evaporated milk, ube (purple yam) and leche flan. It contains a colorful blend of preserved fruits (nata de coco, sugar palm fruit, macapuno) and fresh fruits (bananas, jackfruit), and sweet beans (kidney beans, garbanzos, red beans). It also has gulaman, tapioca, and of course, a scoop or two (or three) of ice cream on top. It is sprinkled with fragrant pinipig (crushed young rice) and sugar, sometimes even shredded cheese.
Halo-halo is widely available in most restaurants here in the Philippines, even in fast food chains. Summers here are sweltering so they’re everywhere. Matter of fact, you can even get a cheaper version of Halo-halo from street vendors that use different ingredients such as thin slices of ripe mango and gulaman on shaved ice. It’s also pretty easy to make halo-halo at home. ^^ All you have to do is purchase some milk, ice cream and jars of dried fruits, sweet beans, etc from the grocery store. That way, you‘re able to control the portions.
When I was a kid, I’d make my own halo-halo filled with lotsa kaong, macapuno, and nata de coco – all my favorites – so I kinda end up having a snowy white halo-halo instead of the typically colorful one ^^
Tagged Q ~ Quench the Thirst
your words of kindness
the sun and rain that nourish
a budding poet
Happy Birthday Kristjaan and thank you, dear Carpe Diem haiku poets
I’m now on my Day 6 entry for this cool iPhoneography challenge ^^ I’m obviously loving it. Yesterday, Frizz ( and L is also for Lunch ^^ ) made a comment on my Ox tongue post about a recipe for Ox tail. That seriously made me crave for one!! So I went to one of the must-visit local restaurants. It offers a wide variety of Filipino and international dishes… and cakes, they have cakes! ^^ Anyway, one of my favorite native dishes ever is the Kare Kare — a stew made of beef, ox tail and ox tripe and vegetables in peanut sauce. For the love of blogging, and because I’m really a glutton, I decided to go all out.lol We also ordered a couple of sandwiches: beef burger and a beef steak sub. There’s grilled squid and for dessert, a mango crepe and an apple muffin. But if there’s one dish that I keep coming back for, it’s the Crispy Beef Riblets. That’s exactly how beef is supposed to be cooked, plain and simple, and you can really taste all the yumminess oozing from the beef fat! It’s served with coleslaw and sweet potato fries. I also love their chicken potato salad but we skipped that ^^
Kare Kare – dish of ox tail and ox tripe
Crispy Beef Riblets
I have a feeling this week’s theme just made me fat. Hope you had a fabulous lunch! xo ^^
*for day 7, I went back to the local diner an took some actual food photos ^^ view my posts here
I’m taking the Weekly Photo Challenge pretty seriously lol ^^ Today I had lunch with my brother at a local diner. This place has been around since I was a kid. Other kids grew up eating Jolibee or McDonalds – I grew up eating at this diner. ^^ I was FAMISHED so an empty plate is what you get LOL Sorry. I had a classic cheeseburger, creamy macaroni salad and rock ‘n’ roll iced tea. My brother had Salisbury steak with java rice and mashed potatoes. Took my iPhone out a little too late so I decided to take some photos of the place instead. It’s pretty nice. You’ll see James Dean, Elvis and Marilyn and Audrey EVERYWHERE even on their ketchup bottles ^^ there are vintage telephones, cars, Coca-Cola bottles.. etc
Update! For Day 7 of my posts for this week’s theme, I went back to the diner and took some actual food photos ^^
I feel really inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge in iPhoneography ^^ And I haven’t been living up to the “Foodie” part of my blog. So this week, I’ve decided to feature at least 3 restaurants that I love dining in. Today, we’re having Thai and if you happen to be in Manila, there’s no better place to get it than at People’s Palace at Greenbelt 3, Makati. Their food and service has been consistently good and you can see by how the place is jammed during lunchtime!
Thom Yum Goong, Prawn, Pomelo and Coconut Salad Chicken, Mixed Vegetables, Larp Gai, Aromatic Chicken Curry, Phad Thai, Red Curry of Prawn and Roast Pumpkin
Of course, that last photo right there is dessert. Serious question, have you ever tried J.Co donuts? Well you have to! They’re so damn good. It’s not so shocking that the queue on their stalls is usually sooooo long! KK has nothing on these donuts! Sorry Krispy Kreme lovers — I used to be one too ^^ lol
PS not affiliated with any of these places. lol just another glutton :p Have a hearty lunch! ^^
The theme for Weekly Photo Challenge is great coz it’s been a while since I posted about food or restaurants. ^^ Yup, I happen to be one of those people who sometimes takes photos of their food before even touching it 🙂 lol When I’m at home, I try to eat only grass-fed beef but when dining out, it’s really not that easy. ^^ Here’s what I’d always call a “once-in-a-while” thing ^^
RACKS can be found at GF Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia
Of course, lunch won’t be complete without dessert. ^^ Also at the ground floor of MOA, you’ll find this cool kiosk that sells Japanese Mochi. They’re really yummy! I had the red bean mochi which is my fave and boyfie had durian flavored mochi -ewww…I’m not a fan of durian but he likes it ><
D IS FOR DESSERT — and lord knows i love it ^^
And when I’m simply down, sometimes a doughnut will do ^^
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