A Love Affair with Indian/South Asian Breads

Our first encounter with authentic Indian cuisine came during a trip to the Middle East some 25 years ago. A few years later we became part of the Southeast Asia office of our former organization headed by an Indian national. This was the time that Nina learned to prepare Indian dishes from our team leader’s wife.

Waterfall Chasing in Amadeo, Dining in Silang

Leo’s continuing recovery and physical therapy means we won’t be able to do those arduous treks that some of the more spectacular cascades here normally require. But our itch to visit these attractions overcame whatever trepidations we might have.

Rainy Season Al Fresco Dampa Dining

When friends that we haven’t seen for over a year asked to dine out recently we predictably suggested a dinner al fresco date. Friends Boi and Tess proposed we head over to the Seascape Village Bay Market along Manila Bay in Pasay City. This dining destination prides itself as an upscale dampa.

Sating on Thai Cuisine

Thailand used to be one of our most-visited Asian countries during the late 1990s to early 2000s, traveling there a number of times each year as part of our former work. One of the things we appreciate about the country is its cuisine. It’s one of the major reasons why we always look forward to a visit to the Land of Smiles.

A Time of Convalescing

Finally, after seven months of silence, we’re back into blogging. Maybe not as prolific as before due to some limitations but we’re definitely chomping at the bit to share some of our experiences. Nina had a mild case of Covid-19 late April which healed in no time. Leo’s infection, however, became critical and he ended up staying for almost 4 months in the hospital and almost lost his life in the process.

Our Vietnamese Food Encounters

These days you don’t have to travel to Vietnam to enjoy authentic Vietnamese food. Vietnamese immigrants have opened restaurants and food stalls in various parts of the world to cater to lovers of Vietnamese cuisine. However, our many visits to Vietnam dating to as far back as 22 years ago allowed us to appreciate its culture and most specially its food more.

Bizarre Foods: It’s in the Eye of the Beholder

Several years ago an American colleague narrated a culinary encounter in one of the countries where our organization was operating. Over dinner he told our local counterparts how he would eat shrimp by severing its head and sucking the juices out. The locals looked at him in utter disgust. And all the while they were feasting. On boiled grasshoppers. A dish that even the late great Anthony Bourdain couldn’t swallow.

Time Travel with Bag of Beans

At home for more than a month now, with the National Capital Region here in the Philippines in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we sorely miss dining at a place closer to nature but just outside Metro Manila. Invariably, one such location that comes to mind is a café nestled in the highlands of... Continue Reading →

San Juan: La Union’s Surfing and Food Place

Bauang, La Union, used to be a magnet for beach goers in the 1970s but with the discovery of white sand beaches all over the country, beach combers have flocked to other destinations over the years. But beginning sometime in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, visitors started flocking to another town further up north: San Juan. Their primary motive: surfing.

Dining at Liliw

The town of Liliw sits along the foot of Mount Banahaw, tucked away in a remote corner of the province of Laguna. Despite becoming famous in recent years for its footwear-making industry, it remains a small and charming town situated quite a distance from the major highways of Southern Luzon. It was no small surprise... Continue Reading →

Persian Dining… in Manila

Having traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East and South Asia several years ago as part of our work, we’ve been exposed to these regions’ various cuisines. So when several restaurants offering fare from these countries began mushrooming in Metro Manila a few years back we could easily satisfy our cravings whenever we miss... Continue Reading →

Food Tripping in Dumaguete

In a previous post we mentioned Dumaguete as having one of the densest concentrations of cafes and restaurants in the country. This ranges from hole-in the-wall types and small food stalls to diners, local cafes, restaurant chains and fancy dining places. Our only problem was choosing which place to go with our limited time in... Continue Reading →

Real Seafood… in Real, Quezon

A visit to the roadside seafood market of Tignoan in Real, Quezon province reminded us about a similar trip to a market in Bantayan Island, Cebu years ago. The various fish, crustaceans and other marine animals for sale here seemed better fit for an aquarium than for the dinner table. At Real, you can buy... Continue Reading →

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