Bagoong (shrimp paste)

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After dinner and shopping at the Gateway Mall last Saturday, we proceeded to Tiendesitas at the kids’ prodding. Despite the heat, and ventillation at Tiendesitas is just terrible, I didn’t object. I could buy the smoked bangus (milkfish) pate from the Sanctuario food stall which I haven’t been able to find … »

Duck Duck China Gourmet

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We were at the Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City, last Saturday evening with friends. The plan was to have dinner at one of the numerous restaurants there and to go shopping if there’s anything interesting. By the time we got there, shopping was the farthest thing from my mind. We were all very hungry. One of our … »

Fresh pineapples

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Like most tropical countries, fresh fruits flood the market during the hot summer months. While there are fruits that are abundant all year round, pineapples, melons, watermelons and mangoes are traditional summer harvests. There are a lot of horticulture projects aimed at making them all-season fruits but before and after … »

Ostrich chop suey

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Ostrich meat is not common in the Philippines. I'm sure that cost is a significant factor. It used to sell at PhP 600.00+ per kilo and only Shopwise in Libis, Quezon City, had it. It was a surprise to find ostrich meat at the Antipolo branch of Shopwise. The price had gone down too to PhP 423.75 per kilo. Not bad since … »

An ethnic Filipino graduation

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The school that my kids attend is an advocate of environmentalism. This year's graduation theme was Ang Kabataan: sugo ng kalikasan. Halina't sagipin ang ating likas-yaman (Youth, the ambassador of nature. Come, let's save our natural resources--thank you, Ederic, for the translation). The songs, dances and plays echoed the … »

Exhibit of images of saints

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Last Friday, I walked around the main commercial district of Antipolo carrying my camera. I went to the Antipolo Cathedral to take more photos of the interior but my attention was diverted. There was an exhibit of images of saints in an outbuilding and I was curious. I wasn't sure if I could take photos because there was an … »

Lasang Pinoy 8: mocha latte and choco latte

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I know I'm done posting my entry for Lasang Pinoy 8 but my kids took turns making mocha latte and choco latte earlier tonight and... why waste such a wonderful story? Because it really was quite a story--I ended up drinking one tall glass of mocha latte and two short glasses of choco latte. How could I say no after all … »

Cooking with kids

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Lasang Pinoy is an ongoing project of Filipino food bloggers. I wrote about it before but, in case you didn’t catch that column, Filipino food bloggers from all over the world post entries on a common topic every month. Lasang Pinoy 8, hosted by Beijing-based Iska Montero (http://iska.ai3ds.com/edx), is Kusinang bulilit, … »

Lasang Pinoy 8 : Creative cookery with children

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My entry for Lasang Pinoy 8, published in the April 6, 2006 edition of the Manila Standard Today.Creative cookery with childrenLasang Pinoy is an ongoing project of Filipino food bloggers. I wrote about it before but, in case you didn't catch that column, Filipino food bloggers from all over the world post entries on a … »