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Hibiscus juice, inspired by the Negros Museum Cafe

Our first afternoon in Negros Occidental found us at the Negros Museum. The suffocating heat left us feeling dehydrated, our parched mouths and throats led us to the Museum Cafe (or did our host suggest that we go there? I can't remember...) and we were introduced to a … [Read more...]

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Mojito!

In celebration of the birthday (name day to you, Game of Thrones fans) of my brother-in-law, Buddy, I am reposting this mojito recipe. May you have a great one, Bud, and may we all find a common time to actually down more than a few glasses of mojito soon. … [Read more...]

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Kiwi martini

Kiwi is short for kiwifruit. This luscious fruit with light green flesh wasn't always known by that name. It had many names in different countries (it still does, actually). It became "kiwifuit" in a branding attempt by New Zealand commercial exporters. You know, to … [Read more...]

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Soju and passionfruit cocktail

Soju is an alcoholic beverage traditionally made from rice. It is clear and colorless and it has often been described as a sweeter version of vodka. Soju's alcohol content varies from a timid 16% to an electrifying 45%.Korea is the primary producer of soju and Jinro is … [Read more...]

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What does natural lemonade look like?

When Sam mentioned that she needed a pretty bottle to take "product shots" of for a class, Speedy bought a bottle of Casino Limonade traditionelle.But that's not Sam's photo. I took all the photos in this post as the ones she took, she had to submit to her teacher and I … [Read more...]

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Purple Mask: the cocktail, the play and the movie

In 1905, a play called "The Scarlet Pimpernel" opened in England to negative reviews. The novel, based on the play, was published soon after and was a success. "The Scarlet Pimpernel" is a story about an aristocratic dandy, Sir Percy Blakeney, who led a double life as a … [Read more...]

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Watermelon punch

It's a cool day, the girls are back in their condo, it's time to unwind adult-style. Lunch was something that Speedy and I like (the girls tend to monopolize the choice of meals when they're home and I'm such an indulgent dolt, so...) -- stewed mongo (mung beans) and … [Read more...]

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Watermelon iced tea

It was Sam who gave us our first taste of watermelon iced tea. She cut seedless watermelon into small cubes, dropped them into glasses of iced tea, gave Speedy and me each a glass and, oh wow, were we wide-eyed with surprise! So simple, so basic, so very refreshing. How … [Read more...]

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Coctel Adelita

It kicks. Seriously. Five shots of tequila and one shot of Kahlua, and, well... it should kick. It's a good thing that I took photos before I downed the glass of Coctel Adelita. If I had insisted on sampling it before taking the photos, I might have had a serious case of … [Read more...]