Mad About Food Blowout

I'm glad friendship knows no boundaries. In the eight years being far away from home I've kept in touch with my closest friends and forged new friendships online...from different parts of the world too!

Many of these friendships proved what Samuel Chamberlain once said "The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart." Yes, food is a common denominator to many of us. Barbs of  TheWeekendKusinera and Joy of MadAboutFood, both hail from Subic are two of my best food buddies. Barbs has been a buddy since college years so we got lots of chances to eat together back then. Be it street food, fast food, Chinese or Japanese cuisine we go; she introduced me to eating sinfully: sisig with egg and taba ng talangka (crab paste)! (Grateful, I am.) Though we're not able to eat out as much as before, we still manage to  meet up when I come back home. She's one of the very few who would go beyond over time at work and traffic jams just to see me.

(photo by Joy)

I've never dined with Joy personally yet. It's something I look forward too - but whenever I look at her photos and read her reviews and blogs, I feel like I'm there personally enjoying what she and her little princess had for lunch, dinner or snack. We love salmon sashimi and we both have a sweet tooth so chocolate is that one thing that makes us tick...bad or good days, rain or shine, storm and hail. :D I clearly recall her quote from one of her blog entries: "Es gibt nichts besseres als einen guten Freund au├čer einen guten Freund mit Schokolade." (There is nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.)

A friend back for vacation brought her Dubai's famous Patchi chocolates...this particular entry has always stuck with me when I think of Joy. That's why went I went back home last vacation, I saw to it that I could at least bring her Lindt chocolates. Unfortunately, she still needs to pick them up from a friend, hehe.

In celebration of one of the most influential food blogs out there, Joy, foodie; food photographer; stagemom; and bookaholic is giving out a blowout - 3 Reyes Barbecue meals worth P500 each for us foodies. All you need to do is comment on the page about your favorite food review, blog entry or photo album of MAF and state the reason why... I am writing this entry as a thanks to Joy and not particularly to win, I am not sure if I'd be home soon, but just in case, here it goes, hehe. ;-) Mahlzeit!


Unagi no Kabayaki

(Unagi no Kabayaki - Barbecued Eel)

Two weeks ago I got lost in the city for 3 consecutive days...I don't clearly recall where I was headed the first time lol...The 3rd time was when I was going to the University (19th district) and while inside the University to inquire about translation studies.  The second time was when I was looking for a certain Japanese foodshop (1st district) to buy sizzling plates.

I have been in that shop only once, found it by accident then and I promised myself that I'd definitely be back...I did after 2 years and going about lost in the streets for an hour. Also, I wasn't able to buy the sizzling plates since they were out of stock...I came home with some of the usual Japanese loot I need like mayonnaise, beni-shouga, wakame, nori, miso paste and tonkatsu sauce. Some rarity that can't be bought in the Asian store near our place would be Kamaboko slices, Pocky chocosticks, frozen Unagi  no kabayaki and a cute hello kitty bentou box. The little girl was surely happy when I gave it to her along with a pair of hoshi.

Well, I immediately thawed the eel so we can have it for dinner. I only need to cook rice and make some kabayaki sauce. For the recipe I followed this one here . The sauce is just like that of teriyaki only with less sugar. Given the circumstances, I would love to grill glazed eel  too but as I've always complained, where we are is far from where the fishes are so I'd just be thankful to that Japanese shop. I would go back as often as I can even if I get lost in the way...


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Men's ties

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Hubby changed to his former self...that of wearing casual clothes to wear. So what do you do with unused mens ties? Use them as inspiration in coloring eggs! lol. Kidding aside, I found this idea very creative. I bet there'd be a hundred more things I can find to paint aside from eggs.  I just need to find the time to actually look and do this project...


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