Halo Halo ^^

I have one obsession this summer… HALO- HALO!

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halo-halo from max’s

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halo-halo from Biggs Diner

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halohalo from chowking

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‘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 ^^

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Tagged Q ~ Quench the Thirst

Tagged L / Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime Day 6: Ox Tail and more ^^

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 ^^

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Kare Kare – dish of ox tail and ox tripe

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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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime Day 5: Comebacks

There’s a new restaurant in town… Well, sort of. ^^ Its actually an old local restaurant, one of my fave restaurants disappeared for awhile, opened up a few more branches in the country and this March, it came back home. Happy it did ^^ The restaurant brings back plenty of memories… I’m just sooo crazy about their Jurassic Ribs and their Paella Valenciana. Now I noticed they have a whole new menu and some old favorites like the Paella are no longer available 😦 but I’m so glad that my ultimate fave ribs is still on the menu ^^ So I ordered that, and boyfie had the Korean Beef Stew, new item on the list. Both were served with rice and both were pretty damn good.

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Boyfie got this gift certificate from Starbucks so we decided we should use it. Our dessert, strawberry cheesecake and a chocolate eclair. I didn’t wanna order coffee coz there was only one drink I was craving for and that’s boyfie’s homemade Mexican hot chocolate, which we had afterwards. ^^

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I may live in a small town but you’ll certainly never run out of great places to dine in here. What’d I tell ya? Perfect blend of rustic and modern ^^ Gawd I love it here. That’s my day 5 of Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime ^^ xo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime Day 3 & 7: Local Diner

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

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Update! For Day 7 of my posts for this week’s theme, I went back to the diner and took some actual food photos ^^

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime Day 2: Craving Thai

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! ^^