My 10 Favorite Foods

Day 11.  I love to eat.  I think any stressed, overworked, Pinoy, working mom finds eating a good way to destress.  With all the deadlines at work, late night sleeps rearing for a 3-year old toddler, long travel from home to work and vice versa, I think I have all the reasons to eat the food that I love.

Cutting down my list of favourite foods to 10 is actually a struggle.  To make my life easier and list simpler, I just did a “top-of-mind” list of my 10 favourite foods:

1.  Adobo – Ever since I learned how to cook, this is one dish that I tried to learn and cook.  Aside from being one of my favourite dishes, I also find Adobo as very easy to cook and budget friendly (ingredients are very simple and you can re-heat the dish even until the next 2 days).

Photo taken by the blogger

Dish cooked and photo taken by the blogger

 

2.  Tofu – I think this is a very good alternative for meat, especially for those who are on a diet.  For me, tofu is a perfect light meal on a lazy weekend lunch.  Whether it’s a tofu in tausi sauce, tofu with swamp spinach, tofu with mixed veggies, or just plain fried tofu… I definitely love it!

Dish cooked and photo taken by the blogger

Dish cooked and photo taken by the blogger

 

3.  Tapsilog – Definitely my comfort food!  I could eat this combination of Tap (Tapa – fried marinated beef), Si (Sinangag or fried garlic rice), and Log (sunny-side up) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Dish cooked and photo taken by the blogger

Dish cooked and photo taken by the blogger

 

4.  Buro – Or fermented rice and fish, is definitely my favorite staple at home.  Due to its weird smell, I, sadly, cannot bring it in the office.  Buro is definitely my favorite pasalubong from my relatives in Nueva Ecija (a province in the Northern part of Luzon, Philippines).

Photo taken by the blogger from my buffet plate at Matam-ih Restaurant in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines

Photo taken by the blogger from my buffet plate at Matam-ih Restaurant in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines

 

5.  Pork Katsudon – I can no longer recall when I started to fall in love with this dish.  But ever since I tasted this, this has been my favourite meal when dining in a Japanese restaurant.

Photo taken by the blogger from a dish in Yoshinoya

Photo taken by the blogger from a dish in Yoshinoya

 

6.  Shakey’s Mojos – No matter how many times we attempted to copy this dish, we just cant!!!  But this is definitely a deli comfort food for me!

Photo taken by the blogger

Photo taken by the blogger from one of date nights with my hubby

 

7.  Pancit Palabok – This is one of my favorite dishes since time immemorial.  I could still remember the regular trips, with my mother, at this local restaurant in our place in Cavite.  Oh, those childhood memories attached to this yummy pancit palabok is definitely priceless!

Dish cooked by my mom and photo taken by the blogger

Dish cooked by my mom and photo taken by the blogger

 

8.  Kikiam – One of my favourite foods when I’m stressed and burned-out!  I don’t know why, maybe the joy of poking kikiam with that barbeque stick brings me inner peace.  🙂

Photo taken by the blogger from one of my just-got-out-of-the-office afternoon snack

Photo taken by the blogger from one of my just-got-out-of-the-office afternoon snack

 

9.  Ritz biscuits – One of my guilty pleasures that is sooooo hard to find where I leave.  So, whenever I see one in the supermarket, I always make it a point to buy!

Photo taken by the blogger

Photo taken by the blogger

 

10.  Ketchup Fries – When I first heard of this flavour of Pik-Nik, I thought, “Eiiiiiwwww!  I will definitely not try that.”  But many cans after, I will definitely say that this is worth the try!  It’s just so delicious!

Photo taken by the blogger while taking a midnight snack from a hotel room

Photo taken by the blogger while taking my midnight snack

 

As hungry as a bear,
Mumay

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Best Trip of Your Life

Day 10.  I love to travel.  I love to see new places and faces, experience new culture, and taste new food.  Given the time and money, I’d immediately pack my things and take a vacay.

But, of course, a vacay is not an “authentic” and happy vacay if it’s not shared with your loved ones.  (Sorry, I don’t count business-related travels as vacays!  😉 ) To this date, the best trip of my life so far is still in 2011 when we visited Bohol for the first time – 2 years before the magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the province.

At the Chocolate Hills viewing deck

At the Chocolate Hills viewing deck

It’s one out-of-town trip that will always make me proud as I did all the arrangements from flight booking, transfers, guided tours to hotel accommodations (yes! we stayed in two hotels to enjoy the scenic beauty of Panglao beach and the magnificent view on a hill top at the Bohol Bee Farm).

The vacation is also our son’s first out-of-town trip as I was 9 weeks pregnant when we went to Bohol.  I’m sure he’s grinning his usual naughty grin on that photo. 🙂

It was fun seeing the real Chocolate Hills which I used to see only in Nayong Filipino when I was younger and in text books in school.

It was definitely a wonderful learning experience for my sister who was still in elementary when we went there.

Our "exclusive" buffet lunch at the Loboc River

Our “exclusive” buffet lunch at the Loboc River

Since we spent a lot of time taking photos of various attractions in Bohol, it was already past lunch time when we arrived at the Loboc River.  So, we had an improptu “exclusive” lunch buffet.  See that smiles on the photo!  We’re hungry, yet happy!  🙂

And since we’re the only guests at that time, my father and sister enjoyed playing music with the locals who serenaded us with their beautiful music.  Of course, the enjoyment costs a bit of money to be placed on that green “donation box” at the left portion of photo. 🙂

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Partying with the locals 🙂

The man-made forest which you pass by on the way to the Chocolate Hills viewing deck is also breath-taking.  Yeah, literally break-taking!  It’s the cleanest inhale and exhale I have ever done in my entire life.  (No, I’m not exaggerating!) The trees were old and the air is completely smog-free.  I could live in that place forever.  🙂

That’s how beautiful Bohol is.  You get to experience their culture, appreciate nature’s beauty and meet kind-hearted people that you won’t feel like a “tourist” in your own country.  Boholanos didn’t charge much for their services and yet gave the best service every guest would dream of.

Photo taken by our tour guide/driver - Kuya Tatksy

Photo taken by our tour guide/driver – Kuya Tatksy

While browsing for photos to be used on this blog, I stumbled upon hubby’s photo at the Bohol Bee Farm.   The view here is just beyond words that you would instantly think that the photo was taken at Maldives, but it’s not!  😉

No, it's not in Maldives!  It's in Bohol!  :-)

No, it’s not in Maldives! It’s in Bohol! 🙂

Though the family vacay ended as a bit of a disaster because of our cancelled PAL flight going back to Manila because of their #epic reason – “sunset limitation,”  I would still say that it was one of the best trips I’ve ever had so far!  🙂

 

Looking forward to more family travels,
Mumay