Unlimited Grub Grabs, Year 2~

I am the soul of the gourmand.
Good food fuels my body, and good wine burns my blood.
I have tasted hundreds of dishes
Regardless of cuisine yet mindful of the price.
I seek great-tasting food and drinks.
My heart will only be satisfied by the best.
And so I invite you to my UNLIMITED GRUB GRABS.

Happy second anniversary, yay!
Seriously, much has happened since I started my adventures as a food writer. It’s good to be able to eat so much, travel much, and write about them. This year was quite different.
I’ve visited so many places throughout the year that I couldn’t write about all of them so quickly. At the same time, I’ve continued researching on more places to visit, including those that are already well known, and those interesting finds that more people should know about.
Recently, I’ve become more confident when it comes to food raids. A long time ago, I was afraid that I’d run out of money while dining, eat a bad dish or something I don’t understand. Not so much nowadays. Dining out has become more pleasurable and educational. Being prepared is a good thing.
On the other hand, certain food raids can get difficult. Many of the places I’ve been to are too expensive. Some were just too far away to come back to, and others I could not visit because of more pressing matters (such as work or family). I have to admit, there was also a point when I felt too lazy to work on my blog.  Maybe it’s because I got too busy and I couldn’t go anywhere. My health condition is another story.
The biggest milestone for me was that I’ve started working out again. Now having a regular exercise routine and eating out may be counterproductive to each other, but I’ve found a way to reconcile those two. All I had to do was eat just what I need, burn more calories, and choose what would nourish me. Bonus points for having a program to follow while working out. Also, less rice and/or potatoes, or more of one than the other. I’ll tackle this in a later post. (By the way, I also started attending yoga classes. You can really work up a sweat with yoga.)
Buddha Power

Just several weeks ago, I joined the Sooo Pinoy Ultimate Blogger contest. The winner will have the chance to go on a food tour around the country for 30 days. More pigging out, and all to promote the Philippines and Filipino cuisine. It’s rather farfetched, given by blogging situation, but I hope I win.

I’m looking forward to visiting more food places (and writing more), trying out new dishes, losing more weight, and becoming a healthier, happier food blogger. It’s rather farfetched but I’ll get there.
Here’s to another year of Unlimited Grub Grabs!

Ramen, anyone?”

Eat your way through the Philippines!

Cafe by the Ruins (Baguio City)

Ever tried eating “pinuneg”? Pinuneg is Igorot blood sausage, with a funky, raw, bloody taste. This is usually served during cañaos in the Cordilleras, with red rice and pork roasted and boiled in a salty broth. Also, brace yourself for pinikpikan, gingery chicken stew prepared in a manner that will make animal rights activists cry.

Rose-flavored Ice Cream (Baguio City)
Further north is the Ilocos bagnet, deep-fried, crunchy, juicy pork similar to lechon kawali. If you have bagnet for lunch, order with it the soupy eggplant dish called poqui-poqui, scandalous name notwithstanding.
Buffet (Boracay)

Dagupan, Pangasinan is the place to be for boneless bangus. Over at Pampanga is their miracle dish sisig, pork bits fried and served on a sizzling plate. Egg with your sisig? Chili, soy sauce, calamansi, or chilimansi? Your call.
Kainan sa Dalampasigan (Nasugbu, Batangas)

Drop by Batangas for a taste of binakol, chicken simmered inside a bamboo tube with coconut and spices. Bicol Express? Visit the Bicol Region and experience the dish the way the Bicolanos intended it to be.
Zubuchon (Cebu)

Craving for lechon? Choose between Lechon La Loma and Lechon Cebu. Dining on seafood in Boracay is a good idea, though surely nothing beats Davao’s grilled tuna jaw. Eating batchoy in its hometown, La Paz, Iloilo, would be an adventure too.
Sizzling Bulalo (Smoke Resto, Boracay)
For dessert, there’s halo-halo, pastillas, pichi-pichi, or leche flan. Laguna’s buko pie looks promising, but heavy on the belly. Rose-flavored ice cream? There’s a bar in Baguio that serves that. Let’s not forget about that sweet, soft, but smelly fruit durian.
I started food writing because I love food and the act of dining itself. Most importantly, I love discovering places where there’s great food. This inspired me to visit a lot of provinces in the Philippines, and learn about their specialties and the best places to dine. It’s a great way to know about Filipino cuisine.
Ma Mon Luk Special Mami and Siopao (Ma Mon Luk, Quezon City)
Thing is, why is Filipino cuisine so underrated? It’s partly our fault. We dine on our native dishes all the time that we tend to treat it as normal food and forget to give it the exposure it deserves.

(Also, balut.)
This is why I joined the search for the first Sooo Pinoy Ultimate Food Blogger. I hope to contribute to Sooo Pinoy‘s campaign to promote the Philippines through Filipino cuisine. There’s so much about our food that can be shared to Filipino and foreign tourists alike.
Big Binondo Food Wok with Ivan Man Dy (Binondo, Manila)
Lola Ising’s Adobo Rice (Cafe Adriatico, Manila)
The Philippines has a rich food database; so rich that we can turn this country into a culinary capital. I believe that we can learn about a nation through its food. Each province’s delicacy can tell us what its residents eat, their livelihood and lifestyle. Food is a central part of Filipino culture, as shown by the variety of dishes around the country.
Lunch at the Floating Restaurant (Bohol)
Pizza Hanna (Pizza Volante, Baguio City)
Buffet breakfast at Shangri-La Mactan (Cebu)
Lydia’s Lechon
I hope I’ll be given the chance to be Sooo Pinoy’s Ultimate Food Blogger. This campaign jives with my search for great food, and the drive to personally tell everyone how great Filipino food is. 

At Century Tsukiji (Century Park Hotel, Manila)

Aikyatchi: Mabuhay Germany!

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry presents “Mabuhay Germany,” a three-day exhibition celebrating the friendship of the Philippines and Germany. Now on its third year, the event gives visitors the chance to know more about Germany through its people, industry, and culture.

Mabuhay Germany’s theme this year is about “Winning Moments,” where exhibitors are invited to show their their so-called finest hour in any endeavor, from sports to business and from politics to technology.

The event features German products, services, and snippets of its culture and lifestyle. There will also be a job fair, culinary demos, movies, live music from Filipino and German musicians, and other activities for the family. And yes, there will be beer and sausages. Should I remind you that Germany is already celebrating Oktoberfest?

Visit the Mabuhay Germany Festival from Oct. 7 to 9 at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more information, please visit the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry website or its Facebook page..