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Monday, July 30, 2012

Halo-halo at Doc J's Stop Over and other Don Salvador's offerings to the palate


We stayed at Doc J's Stop-over located just about two kilometers from entry to the municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto (aka DSB and don sal) located at 37 Brgy. Pandanon, DSB, Negros Occidental. DSB is a cool place but we dared to have halo halo as it is the place's best offering to those who stop over to the place...

HALO HALO at DOC J's Stop Over,
37km Pandanon, Don Salvador Benedicto (DSB)

Doc J's Halo Halo has vanilla ice cream, ube halaya, bits of colored kaong,
sugared young buko or coconut shreds and sweetened with milk creamer
and honey with dissolved mascuvado sugar

LANZON (the yellow one) -- steamed grated cassava with young shredded coconut
LINUPAK NGA KAMOTE KAHOY -- pounded cassava with shredded coconut


arroz con caldo

passion fruit juice with buko shreds (young coconut)

Don Sal women sell their camote and banana chips
as well as their candied young coconut called BUKAYO. 

LINUPAK NGA SAGING -- pounded sab-a (plantain) banana with young coconut 

TUDLO SANG DALAGA -- lady's finger banana.... with sweet and fragrant pineapples
papaya and squash at the back. This coffeeshop is just steps away from the Lantawon (viewing deck) where the falls can be seen from above. Meters from this shop, there's a house where they also sell yacon and lettuce...
Doc J's offers COLD Sambag or Tamarind Juice
and HOT Tanglad or Lemongrass Tea

A PHOTO OP before we hopped on CERES bus liner and headed to the Viewing Deck
where the falls can be seen... 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Garlic and Olive oil Spaghetti (Aglio et Olio) with Smoked Tuna on top


Here is another way of enjoying spaghetti when one ran out of tomato sauce... The simple garlic and oil sauce. Just added a local canned tuna called Century Tuna Inasal flavor on top so as to interest the palate of my conventional eating pack at home.

A serving for Julie-Ann
1/2 kl spaghetti
9 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and ground pepper
dry basil leaves (if fresh herbs such as parsley or oregano are available, use them)
Century Tuna Inasal flavor (smoked)

How to:
Heat olive oil in pan. Add garlic slices and spread on the pan. Adjust heat to low until garlic turns medium brown. 
Add the spaghetti pasta and mix together. Put dashes of salt and ground pepper to taste. 
Add ample amount of dried basil leaves and mix. Remove from fire.
Place tuna on top and mix together just before serving.

The sliced (not minced) garlic

If you use the extra virgin olive oil, the better.

Aglio et olio

Century Tuna Inasal Flavor
The pasta mixture after removing from fire.

The awaited merienda with the tuna on top...

A serving of Garlic and Olive oil Spaghetti (Aglio et Olio) with Smoked Tuna on top.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Grilled Eggplant Spaghetti with Two kinds of Fries on the side


For Fries:
2 sweet potatoes, peeled cut lengthwise
1/8 of a medium squash, peeled and cut lengthwise
canola oil for deep fry
iodized salt for seasoning

Heat the oil. deep fry the sweet potatoes and the squash.
Serve with tomato ketchup.


For Grilled Eggplant, Pasta and sauce

5 pcs long eggplants, cut into half vertically and horizontally.
If too thick, slice vertically once more until desired thickness.
Tip: Not too thin as it will shrink after grilling.
Also, immerse in water to avoid discoloration. Just before grilling,
sprinkle with rock salt and dry or fresh basil leaves.
Pan grill but put a small amount of olive oil.

1kg spaghetti, cook as package direction

1T of olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Drain a 200g canned green peas
1/2 cup of slice black olives
Grilled eggplant
1kl Tomato Sauce (I used the sweet Filipino Style as my eaters are not accustomed to the three-cheeses and italian-style version and the advantage here is that I am no longer putting sugar to balance the acidity).
salt and pepper
basil leaves

Saute garlic in 1T of olive oil, add the peas and olive and simmer. Add beef broth, if using or directly pour the tomato sauce. Let simmer and taste. Adjust taste with salt and pepper and add basil leaves. Let boil slowly and add the grilled eggplants. Serve on top of spaghetti and garnish with cheese or another batch of basil.

Pan Grilled Eggplant drizzled with olive oil

A serving of the treat!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Food we partook in Hanoi, Sa Pa, Halong, and Tam Coc, Vietnam...


Eating is one of the highlights of every trip, next to photo shoots of course. And in vietnam, Pho is the mother of all meals...After a week of partaking Pho, we almost adapted to the no-salt taste and always-with-herbs mixture. In Tam Coc, a friend "luckily" picked a summer roll with lampunaya inside, we were all amused. My friends had their first taste of the abundant Dragon Fruit  there too. Meanwhile, I enjoyed their instant Pho on our last supper before heading to the airport; it tasted like the real thing. The instant hit among us was the deep fried dpring rolls and the beef/chicken with mushrooms and onions of Sa Pa Global hotel...

Fried chicken with stir fried bamboo shoot. Unlike the way we cook it, they do not blanch the shoot so that it taste and smells so wrong.

Fried chicken on top of fried rice.

PHO BO, or beef noodle soup.. we were accustomed to its almost no-salt taste after a week of having it...LOL

Condiments for the Pho... L_R Chili sauce which is deadly, lime and sliced chili which i prefer.

Here I was, enjoying Pho along Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Rice rolls with herbs

rice rolls... Banh bun or something. Some rice rolls has meat while this one is simply rice rolls. This is a treat from one of the hotel employee, Mai.

Chili-Fish sauce, nouc nam for the rice rolls.
Boiled eggs come with the "France" Breakfast, a complimentary of Little Hanoi Diamond Hotel

Banh mi, a french bread... and chicken sausage and ham. They refer this as the France bread.

Deep-fried rice rolls with vegetables inside.

The pack, all set for the Pho.

Beef Noodle Soup...

Instant noodles with stri-fried kangkong, spring roll, chicken, a piece of fried goat, tufo with egg, tomatoes and cucumber

At Pho 24 by the Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

fried pork ribs

fried squid

chicken with veges

shells inside

processed fish in tomato sauce


Pho with Lotus stem on top

just along the SAPA nightmarket stall: veges wrapped with beef strip, ready for grilling

just along the SAPA nightmarket stall: mushroom wrapped with beef strip, ready for grilling too!

processed food ready for grilling along the SAPA market stalls...

dried fish, seen along the market stall

Sayote leaves... while the othe rone must be watercress

chicken with mushroom.. and a bit spicy. We all love this.

stir fried chinese cabbage

fried spring rolls

fish soup with bamboo shoot, still with the wrong taste as the shoot was not blanched...

Sa Pa Global Hotel chef prep my Pho...


condiments for the Pho

Pho ingredients

Lacatan Banana inside a batter and deep fried... yummy 

Adorable chicken sandwich.. love the bread...