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My food diary, since Feb. 19, 2014 😊 Not a critic. Not a foodie. Not a blogger. Not an influencer. I just eat out a lot • Sony a6000 • Philippines

 The first time I ever got to taste

Cash & Carry Mall, Makati City

  • 22.01.2018 06:13
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The first time I ever got to taste "binalot" was decades ago, when I joined a team from a real estate company on their site visit to a golf course in Cavite, so I could write the copy for their brochure. On our way back to Manila, we stopped by this very unassuming stall by the road which served pork adobo, rice, a hard boiled egg, and a whole tomato, wrapped inside a banana leaf. Cavite was barely developed then, with grasslands spreading out as far as the eye can see, and eating that delicious meal in the middle of a field of green was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had up to that point. It was years later that @binalotfiesta opened and chose to capitalize on those delightful wrapped treats that I once again had an opportunity to relive those fond memories, and I've been patronizing them ever since. This is their Vivo Tocino meal: filled with pork tocino, rice, half a salted egg, and half a tomato. So delicious! Next time I'm definitely going to get more tomatoes, bitin kasi, hehehe... This was last Thursday's lunch at Binalot in Cash and Carry Mall, Makati. . . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #binalotph #filipinocuisine #tocino #almusal #tocilog #friedrice #alldaybreakfast #saltedegg #asianfusion

 I've said it before, I'll say it again: I just love Pinoy barbecue! An

Aristocrat Jupiter Branch

  • 19.01.2018 05:44
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I've said it before, I'll say it again: I just love Pinoy barbecue! And what has to be one of its finest examples is this Boneless Chicken Barbecue of Aristocrat Restaurant. Sweet, smoky, and savory, its flavors are further enhanced by that wonderful peanut sauce you see up yonder inside those aluminum sachets, hahaha... Perfect with their java rice. Despite what this rather basic and uninspired photo suggests (hahaha...), this was actually a fantastic treat. Part of last Wednesday's breakfast at @aristocrat_ph on Jupiter St., Makati. . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #aristocratph #meatshow #chickenbbq #bbqchicken #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #asiancuisine #almusal #grilledchicken

 I love lumpia in all its numerous marvelous incarnations, but what has

Muyhong

  • 18.01.2018 05:50
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I love lumpia in all its numerous marvelous incarnations, but what has to be one of life's most absolute joys (at least for me, hahaha) has to be the Fresh Amoy Lumpia (aka Fresh Chinese Lumpia) - filled with tons of veggies, minced meat, seafood, tofu, garlic, seaweed, peanuts, sugar, all trussed up inside a paper-thin wrapper, and doused with a healthy dose of rich, thick, velvety sauce. This slightly sweet and savory dish that's just bursting with umami has been a favorite of mine even when I was still a kid, an obsession that has remained even until this day. Ang sarap kasi e! hahaha... This was from last Sunday's lunch at Muy Hong along Banawe St. in QC. . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #muyhong #lumpia #freshlumpia #popiah #springroll #springrolls #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #chinesecuisine

 Unlimited US Scallops! Yes, you read right... all the large, plump, ju

Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant

  • 13.01.2018 04:44
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Unlimited US Scallops! Yes, you read right... all the large, plump, juicy, tasty scallops you can eat, cooked in tons of butter right in front of you at Yurakuen's Teppanyaki buffet. Ugh! I have died and gone to heaven! This was so good! If this doesn't make you want to rush to Manila Diamond Hotel this instant, then you are a far stronger person than I, hahaha... This was lunch at their fantastic Japanese restaurant last December 23, 2017. @diamondhotelph . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #yurakuen #japanesecuisine #japaneserestaurant #asiancuisine #asianfusion #eatallyoucan #pescetarian #pescatarian #scallops

 Pork Tocino (on tocino fried rice) - I looooove tocino! My simple, ped

Pasig City, Philippines

  • 12.01.2018 05:42
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Pork Tocino (on tocino fried rice) - I looooove tocino! My simple, pedestrian palate simply loves the taste of that processed, sweet-savory (and very red!) fried pork on top of my fried rice. I just wish I had some tomatoes and salted egg to go with today's breakfast, because that combination would have been ten times awesome! But even without that accompanying dish, this was still a very wonderful homecooked meal... the perfect start to this beautiful Friday morning. . . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #pinoy #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #filipinofood #asianfood #tocino #almusal #lutongbahay #friedrice

 I hadn't realized until recently that you can order a soup-sandwich-sa

Little Flour Café

  • 09.01.2018 02:39
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I hadn't realized until recently that you can order a soup-sandwich-salad (SSS? hahaha...) combination set from Little Flour. For P495, you already get a half sandwich of your choice (I got a Croque Madame - always a winner! substantial pa din kahit half lang), a hearty bowl of soup (I chose their Clam Chowder - hindi galing sa lata! sarap!), and a large serving of salad (pinili ko Mushroom and Arugula Salad - wonderful!). I think I'll be exploring their other options quite soon, since yesterday's breakfast was pretty amazing. @littleflourcafe . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #littleflour #croquemadame #croquemonsieur #clamchowder #arugula #yolkporn #sandwiches #sammich #eggporn

 One of the reasons why I love Christmas so much (aside from the usual

Pasig City, Philippines

  • 06.01.2018 02:32
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One of the reasons why I love Christmas so much (aside from the usual suspects, of course, hehehe...) is the wide availability of Purefoods' Fiesta Ham in the market. Having grown up in a family with very limited resources, my mother could only afford to buy a kilo of this to share between seven siblings for our Noche Buena. She'd cut them up real small and thin so that it would seem much more than it actually was, and insert each slice into some hot pandesal which had been slathered with Dari Creme. But no matter how minuscule the serving, I would relish every bite I took of that sandwich, which had since been imprinted in my mind as an inextricable part of our Christmas celebrations. Nowadays, I can already buy a whole ball just for myself (50% off na in a few days! woohoo!), and I can slice the ham as thick as I want (takaw! hahaha...), but the feeling of joyful festivity it brings remains the same. #therealme . . . . .. . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #purefoods #filipinofood #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #asiancuisine #asianfusion #nochebuena #pandesal

 Kwentong bangketa: I remember the times when I would go home from work

Kapasigan

  • 05.01.2018 05:42
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Kwentong bangketa: I remember the times when I would go home from work in the past, the jeepney I was riding in would stop right in front of this very store, I would alight, and head straight for their Tokneneng for my very, very late dinner. I didn't have much money, and this was all I could afford, but it was more than enough for my pedestrian tummy, which would thank me profusely for each and every bite I took of this delightful jewel of a streetfood. Inside the tempura-like orange coating is a hard boiled egg - traditionally duck egg (aka penoy), oftentimes chicken eggs - and, rarely, a balut. It was the latter one I would always get, since it offered more texture and flavor than the alternative. I usually got two balut toknenengs, which I would douse with their sweet-spicy sauce, the very same one used for fishballs and squidballs. When I had a little extra cash, I'd even get some of their lugaw (walang laman, pero pinapalagyan ko ng taba, para tipid, hahaha), and I would already be the happiest person on earth. Memories... #therealme . . . . . . #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #pinoy #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #asiancuisine #asianfusion #kwekkwek #tokneneng #eggporn #hawkerfood

 Palengke hits! Whenever I go to Pasig Mega Market to buy pork, beef, f

Pasig

  • 04.01.2018 00:57
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Palengke hits! Whenever I go to Pasig Mega Market to buy pork, beef, fish, etc. at 3am (yes! that early, para di ako maubusan ng liempo at kasim sa suki ko, hahaha), I always make it a point to pass by this karinderya there to buy Batangas Lomi (or is it Loming Batangas? help @cathiecarpio) for breakfast - thick egg noodles in a rich, dense, sticky soup, with sausages, liver, kikiam, and pork thrown in (no veggies! yey!), and tons and tons of chicharon on top. I crush those chilis and mix it in before eating (obviously to make it spicier, hehe), and add a few drops (okay, a lot of drops, hahaha) of liquid seasoning, plus some calamansi, to adjust the flavors to suit my pedestrian taste. I also buy some puto (rice cake) to accompany this dish. Yum! . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #pinoy #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #asiancuisine #asianfusion #lomi #almusal #pancit #chicharon

 House Specialty Black Gold Custard Buns - Delicious! Bread as black as

China Blue

  • 03.01.2018 14:35
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House Specialty Black Gold Custard Buns - Delicious! Bread as black as night, filled with a sinful, golden, salted egg custard inside. Probably one of the most photographed items in their menu, this fantastic treat served as our post-dinner dessert (well, one of them anyway, hehehe...) at China Blue in Conrad Manila last December 14, 2017. @conradmanila . . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #saltedegg #dumplings #dumpling #steamedbuns #chinesecuisine #chineserestaurant #asiancuisine #asianfusion #hautecuisines

 Wok-Fried US Beef Tenderloin Cubes, Asparagus, with Wild Hunan Pepper

China Blue

  • 03.01.2018 05:40
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Wok-Fried US Beef Tenderloin Cubes, Asparagus, with Wild Hunan Pepper - steak coated in the most amazing crushed peppercorns! I have died and gone to heaven! This was fantastic! The meat was absolutely tender and flavorful, and that peppery crust served as a sizzling punctuation to each and every bite. Superb! This was part of dinner at China Blue in Conrad Manila last December 14, 2017. @conradmanila . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #chinesecuisine #chineserestaurant #asiancuisine #asianfusion #carnivore #tenderloin #hautecuisines #peppersteak #steaklovers

 Wok Fried Scallops and Asparagus in Black Truffle Sauce - there is not

China Blue

  • 03.01.2018 02:36
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Wok Fried Scallops and Asparagus in Black Truffle Sauce - there is nothing, NOTHING, I do not love about this dish! Those large, plump, perfectly cooked scallops, those crisp, sweet, fresh, buttery asparagus spears, that luscious, sinful, earthy black truffle sauce... Sheer perfection! So good! This was part of dinner at China Blue in Conrad Manila last December 14, 2017. @conradmanila . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #conradmanila #chinesecuisine #chineserestaurant #asiancuisine #asianfusion #pescetarian #pescatarian #scallops #finedining

 Black Chicken Broth with Agaricus Mushrooms and Bamboo Pith - a weird

China Blue

  • 02.01.2018 05:35
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Black Chicken Broth with Agaricus Mushrooms and Bamboo Pith - a weird but wonderful soup to start off dinner at China Blue in Conrad Manila last December 14. Look at all those strange things floating around in it, hahaha... It tastes a bit medicinal (L'chaim! hahaha...), and is definitely an acquired taste for most, but I happen to like it (I'm weird, I know, hahaha...). Yum! @conradmanila . . . . . . #yelp #foodtrip #foodphotography #foodoftheday #EEEEEATS #foodstyling #fooddaily #foodvsco #feedfeed #f52grams #bestfoodworld #buzzfeedfood #savorfilipino #forkspoonmanila #gastropost #bonappetit #eaterph #foodph #manilaeatup #spotmyfood #finedining #hautecuisines #hautecuisine #chinesefood #asianfood #soup #mushroom #mushrooms #healthyfood #dietfood

 What a year this has been! Quite unlike any of the previous ones, I mu

Pasig City, Philippines

  • 31.12.2017 02:45
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What a year this has been! Quite unlike any of the previous ones, I must say. I have experienced being blind and have my vision restored. I have met many wonderful new friends, and strengthened the bonds of old ones. I have laughed heartily, I have cried bitterly, I have lost deeply, and I have loved profoundly. But, through it all, I know that I have been blessed abundantly. So as this old year passes and a new one takes its place, I pray the prayer that has always been in my heart since I was a child, and hope that I may remember this 2018 that I do not live for myself alone. . "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." Have a peaceful, joyful, and prosperous new year everyone! . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #2017bestnine #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #asiancuisine #asianfusion #lutongbahay #karekare #taho #lugaw

 My fourth Instagram Christmas. Happy holidays everyone! God bless!-P

Pasig City, Philippines

  • 25.12.2017 05:33
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My fourth Instagram Christmas. Happy holidays everyone! God bless! - Photo is detail of my Christmas tree, taken using my Sony Alpha 6000 with an E35mm/f1.8 OSS lens. . . . . . . #maligayangPasko #joyeuxnoël ##noël #happychristmas #holidayseason #itsthemostwonderfultimeoftheyear #seasonsgreetings #joytotheworld

 Beef Pares Stew - another beautiful marriage of two of my favorites: t

Locavore BGC

  • 19.12.2017 05:43
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Beef Pares Stew - another beautiful marriage of two of my favorites: the very Pinoy Beef Pares and Korea's Galbijjim (beef stew). These dishes are actually somewhat similar in flavor - slightly sweet and savory - but the use of the short ribs in the pares and the hint of star anise in the sauce is what made this creation unique. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed eating this, hehehe From lunch at @locavore.ph in BGC last December 8. . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #locavoreph #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #asianfusion #lutongbahay #beefstew #shortribs #beefribs #spareribs

 I'm always delighted at how Locavore puts a spin on traditional Filipi

Locavore BGC

  • 19.12.2017 00:35
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I'm always delighted at how Locavore puts a spin on traditional Filipino food, giving their creations a modern twist, and yet retaining the qualities we have grown to love in the original dishes. Take, for example, this Corned Bistek - fantastic house made corned beef (I love corned beef!) in a rich bistek gravy, topped with lots of onions, with green beans on the side. Everything just works together seamlessly! And that mayonnaise (or is that aioli?) just makes everything creamier. Perfection! From lunch at @locavore.ph in BGC last December 8. . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #locavoreph #bistek #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #asiancuisine #lutongbahay #beeftapa #beefsteak #cornedbeef

 Bicol Express Rice Bowl - ooohhh... spicy! And creamy, too, on account

Little Flour Café

  • 12.12.2017 02:48
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Bicol Express Rice Bowl - ooohhh... spicy! And creamy, too, on account of the coconut milk that infused everything that's in the bowl. And that crispy pork belly is just out of this world sinful. Some people may not like the garlic red rice so much, but I do, and think it's a wonderful partner to the meat and veggies. Delicious! From yesterday's breakfast at @littleflourcafe in BGC. . . . . . . #a6000 #bestinchamba #spotph #yummyph #gourmanila #gomanila #whattoeatph #thefoodcrawlers #pepperph #zomatoph #thefoodiestation #wheninmanila #discovermnl #yourfoodtographer #eater #bookymanila #eatsplorations #forkfeed #nationsbestbites #foodtrailph #filipinofoodmovement #littleflour #bicolexpress #spicyfood #pinoyfood #filipinocuisine #asiancuisine #lechon #lechonkawali #ricebowl