Thursday, September 13, 2012

To all the food I've loved before

Working for TV5's Good Morning Club makes me feel like I'm like I'm livin' a teenage dream (I learned to love Katy Perry when my amiga Chia Hollman sang her version in Eat They make me try & do all sorts of things plus they give me romantic dates to conjure and FOOD segments (!!!) to cover every now and then.

I was raised in a household of HE experts, hence my exposure to good food (on a tight budget). My Lola (maternal grandmother), mom & my aunts (Ninang Chuchit& Tita Diane) are all proud graduates of the College of Home Economics.

As a toddler I was taught how to appreciate food and discern proper preparation techniques. For merienda, it was common for me to help roll cheese sticks, turon & lumpia.  I learned how to separate the egg yolk for leche flan & peel apples for the Christmas salad even before I was even ready for kindergarten. I remember I even attempted to help cook Karekare while standing on a high stool (but I spilled the achuete seeds all over & got scolded for 200years).

As a teenager their expectations were quite high; I was often criticized  for my cooking abilities.  The marinade was either too salty, too sour or too bland, the vegetables were sliced inefficiently & were often either over or undercooked (iba-iba hiwa mo! Paano maluluto yan nang sabay-sabay?), I peeled too slowly (the apples & potatoes shouldn't turn brown!) & I couldn't manage to fillet the fish without hurting myself first... the list goes on and on of the things I can't do properly.

HE used to be my favorite subject but my mom discouraged me from joining the homemakers club & from taking a course from the College of Home Economics later on in the university (magastos lang..mag-aral ka na lang ng iba). I was never commendable in handling constructive criticism and I guess I wasn't passionate enough about it so I followed her advice. I don't cook at home anymore these days especially now that my younger sister Catie discovered she has the talent for it.

But my love for good food never stopped. I can give up everything in life except that luxury.

Tita Diane & Ninang exposed me to various types of cuisine every chance they get when I was younger. I'm truly grateful; I became more open minded as my flavor vocabulary widened. I'm adventurous in that sense.

Now I'm listing 10 food items I've tried over the past year which I really enjoyed:
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Ristra’s Wet Burrito - the chunkier the meat, the better. It’s huge… I can share it with 2-3 people & it’s cool you have so many options what to wrap in…but you have to keep on coming back to discover what suits you best
Perfect partner: Tamarind Iced Tea
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Mushroom Burger’s Royal Burger- reminiscent of college days & Tagaytay retreats. They now have it in Katipunan! Everything’s better with mushroom & egg! Yey!
Perfect partner: Sago’t gulaman
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Offbeat Burger- never thought glazed doughnuts can be this HEAVENLY with meat and veggies (you shouldn’t count the calories while eating this though..:p)
Perfect partner: fries (unbeatable)
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Hizon’s cheesy ensaymada- no wonder it’s the late Comedy King’s favourite. So soft & chewy, it melts in your mouth with every bite. The shaved quezo de bola is evenly distributed so the flavour explosion is consistent til your last bite.
Perfect partner: home brewed iced tea (gotta try the creamy chocolate cake too!)

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Hizon’s juicy turkey- need I say more? They say it's healthier than chicken...
Perfect partner: mashed potatoes & veggies

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CafĂ© Adriatico’s(Malate) Sopa de Marisco-simply the heartiest soup I’ve ever tried. It’s tomato based with shellfish (but it’s so creamy & tasty. Soup pa lang, ulam na)
Perfect partner: crusty bread

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Uncle Chefy’s panizza- I like all the flavors! It’s fun you get to roll it up with alfalfa! (I’m also partial to Chef’s Quarters’ version)
Perfect partner: order more ribs!

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Lyndon’s Worst Ribs (Davao)- it’s so bad, you just can’t resist!
Perfect partner: soup of the day (order more sisig!:))

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Komrad Mao’s (Hunan and Sichuan Kitchen) shrimps- Kung Pao Shrimp balls, skewered shrimp, fried rice with shrimp, hakao… anything with shrimp in this restaurant is irresistibly hot (it glides in your mouth with inexplicable creaminess & you can enjoy this with or without the chilies)
Perfect partner: tea (in any form!)

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Roxas City’s seafood- OMG try their prawns &scallops…you’ll glorify God’s name all the more
Perfect partner: rice, rice & more rice…

I’ll remember to take more food pictures next time so I can describe the memory in greater detail. Au revoir!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Blog Born Free

The Curse of Boredom: 

overcoming the unfathomable lethargy 

I often catch myself wasting time, neglecting the fact that every moment of our lives and every molecule of oxygen we consume is precious in this dimension. I perfected the craft of hibernating like a bear in winter, procrastinating like a boa constrictor, and whining like an old dog (I refuse to say bitch). I can come up with various reasons to justify this behaviour; but it only sums up to my total lack of purpose.

Like cancer, early detection is the key to increase a patient’s survival rate coupled by research and lifestyle modification.  To aid me in my quest to cure this fast creeping illness, ta-dah!!! (cymbals clashing...) I’ve decided to finally revive my writing “career” (fyi I used to have my own column in a showbiz magazine; I declare to the forces of the universe that my ego will not be affected by readers’ potential ignorance to this feat :p)! This is quite timely now that there are rumors that Multiply’s blogsite would soon be part of ancient history (fyi, I posted some of my articles there from the said showbiz magazine. Again I declare to the forces of the universe that my ego’s current state shall not be further shattered by reader’s potential unawareness of this fact)

To start off, I would like to come up with a decent blog name:
Pachot’s world: a dose of hotness in every pack!;) (pac-hot: that's how my former boss David Swales would say my

Weeeh! I enjoy tremendous bouts of joy when I don’t have to be restricted by modesty. It’s quite liberating actually :p Now back to Maria Clara mode…toink

But egocentric as I am, I wish to veer away from talking too much about myself.  I want to write about my exploits instead…ulk. Egoooocentric…

Coming from a middle class family where travel isn’t really a top priority, I’ve always dreamed of great adventures “when I grow up.”  Now that I am quite grown, I often catch myself mildly depressed when I somehow fail to rise to my high expectations of myself as a child.

To combat this, I remind myself of 10childhood dreams I’ve already fulfilled (thank God!):

1.  I’m now allowed to grow my hair long (I had a mop to cover my skull in my past life) & I can now afford to buy my own shampoo!(but of course I still dream of being a shampoo endorser so I will have an annual supply. Imbibe the spirit of Anne Curtis...magkahawig nman kami ng eyebags) 
2.  I can eat hamburgers& fries whenever I want (I wasn’t allowed to do this prior to Bb Pilipinas 2008. Burgers used to haunt my dreams at night..) & I have a food segment for Good Morning Club! (unti unting mararating kalangitan at bitwin..:p)
3.  I can now afford to order pizza everytime I crave for it *once a week & I don’t have to use my imagination to attain this..
4.  I now work for TV (yey! But Trish Roque is still my idol..A B C D E F G!)
5.    I get to travel every now& then
6.   I now have the time to read novels even when I read too slowly(my mom still thinks it’s a waste of time,space,paper&money)
7.     I now have loving sisters (I prayed for 7yrs just to have I have 2!God is sooo kind)
8.   I get to put as many stuffed toys as I want in the car to comfort me (Stitch is my undisputed favorite!)
9.  I have amazing friends (& they ridicule my mode of dressing less nowadays. I've learned a lot from my beloved celebrity stylists Ram de Vera & Joyce Custodio..)
10. I can now attend VTRs & castings on my own (I don’t have to be scolded by my mother everytime I attempt to do so)

Of course I have a zillion more reasons to be happy...thank God for happiness, hope, and love!!! Combat boredom & depression! That's my mission!

“      I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
― Audrey Hepburn