Despite 2013 being an exciting year for foodies, with Filipino food in the spotlight and all the trends coming around, I haven’t been too active as far as my food writing is concerned. That’s because I had very little time to work on the blog since I was quite preoccupied with a lot of things, like straight hours at work, household chores, and battling Asgardians, among others.
Admittedly, life for me has been “work first, errands afterwards” for the past few months. I’m lucky enough to be able to spend some time during weekend afternoons for my blog, though lately, I‘ve devoted more time to the books I’m writing.
1. Dimsum Break – This place at SM City North EDSA Annex became the source of my quick fix for my dimsum cravings. My favorites were the spiced eggs and the various steamed dumplings. I’m interested in the fact that dimsum is now being marketed not only as a side dish or an accompaniment to wine, but as a main course. Unfortunately, I got too busy that I forgot.
2. Shawarma Snack Center – One of the favorite Middle-Eastern cuisine restaurants in the Malate area, Shawarma Snack Center (which opened in 1985) claims to be the first to introduce the shawarma to the Filipino market. I’ve tried only the shawarma, but I hope to dine there again and try their other dishes, if I can figure out how to make time to go to Manila first.
3. Mister Kebab – This is where I had my first encounter with Persian food. I frequently ordered the lamb biryani. Unfortunately, something happened (I came and went and nobody bothered to give me a menu for over fifteen minutes) and I stopped eating there until recently. Again, I will need more time to work on this post.
6. Yumi’s Taiyaki – This would be the first time I would try taiyaki, that fish-shaped Japanese sweet snack. At P40 a piece, it’s quite filling (I got three of them).
7. Roku – Discovering this restaurant was accidental too. I was visiting Gelene, an online friend and fellow writer, when I spotted it. She sort of recommended the place, so off we went to have dinner there. I ordered their basic signature miso ramen, while she got a katsudon. I promised her that I’ll be back for a second raid, but driving from Novaliches to Diliman had become too strenuous for me.