Archive for August, 2009

Bacon Explosion

Photo courtesy of my cousin Isa

Photo courtesy of my cousin Isa

The universe is trying to tell me something. It’s telling me that I need to hit the kitchen and try this new recipe that is all about pork awesomeness – the bacon explosion. I first came across this gastronomic wonder when my cousin posted pictures of her camping trip with this as one of their meals. I was instantly drawn to the thumbnail sized picture of what seemed to be woven bacon. What a concept.  What a brilliant concept. Just imagining the air filled with the heavenly scents of bacon made my skin tingle.

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bacon explosion smothered in barbeque sauce

Then as I checked Facebook this morning, what do I find again? Another post on this bacon feast. I know a sign when I see one and this was definitely divine pork intervention. I now have to get myself 2 pounds of bacon and 2 pounds of Italian pork sausage and a number of people to feed.  In the meantime, I will share the love by posting the recipe here.

Now don’t you just wish the internet had smell-a-vision?

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Break Muna

I was starting to lose it. The workload and the city were getting to me. So I went away and here I am.

taken with Photo Booth

Anilao through Photo Booth's eyes

Will post more (and better looking) photos when I get back.

Thank God for long weekends.

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Fat Michael’s Place (after 5 years)

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funny disclaimer

I first dined at Fat Michael’s Place, a quaint little restaurant in Bangkal, Makati about five years ago. I remembered the place to be very charming, cozy and worth visiting at least once. So when Mister M made plans for us to go to that area one Friday night, I quickly made reservations for us to have dinner at an old favorite.

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I actually wasn’t sure if Fat Michael’s Place was still open. You would think that after in operation for a while that a restaurant that has gained relative fame would either branch out or eventually meet it’s demise and close down.  Taking from the friendly voice I spoke to for my reservarions, it seemed like nothing had changed.

When we got there, I was actually pleased to find that the place was empty. I badly needed some peace and quiet after a long day’s work (and not to mention, the horrible traffic) and found this to be a pleasant surprise. The interiors of the place actually went through a few minor changes. What used to be a wall of books was replaced with frames that served as menus. I particularly missed the books and thought that this was part of the place’s appeal but also realized that it made the place look less cluttered.

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I carefully browsed their new menu and found that my old favorites were still there – Chicken Rosemary (P195) and the Fruit and Walnut Salad (P150), which we both ordered along with the Pan Seared Fillet in Olive Oil and Thyme (P220) and mashed potatoes on the side (P60). The food was simple and straightforward, just like I remembered. I loved that all the dishes were well seasoned and portioned perfectly.  We also ordered their kielbasa sausage (P275) to go with our beers and we were very happy to be served a very generous portion.

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chicken rosemary

Pan-Seared Dory

Pan-Seared Dory

As we paid the bill and said goodbye to Sacha (who is part of the family that runs the place), she delightedly said, “Napatagal ata kayo.” I think this was a clear indication that Mister M and I both enjoyed our visit to this lovely restaurant. I honestly can’t wait for the next time and hope that I won’t have to wait too long for that. Hint, hint. 🙂

Fat Michael’s Place

115-A Rodriguez Ave., cor. Gen. Lacuña Street
Bangkal
Makati City
Tel. 843-1953

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Julie and Julia

I bet all foodies everywhere are looking forward to seeing this movie. I know I am 🙂

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Corazon C. Aquino (1933-2009)

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As I write this, I listen to the live feed of President Cory Aquino’s burial on TV and try to remember what her significance in my life has been. I was born during the tail end of the 70’s and have no recollection of Martial Law during Marcos’ term. I do have vague memories of the 1986 People Power Revolution and remember my Dad constantly singing “Tie a Yellow Ribbon,” hearing him recount his experiences, and recall my parents wearing those yellow Ninoy shirts. Although my Dad was a huge Aquino supporter, I knew that he didn’t believe in Cory as much as he believed in Ninoy. His lack of enthusiasm for her leadership apparently rubbed off on me and I was never a big fan of President Cory Aquino.

It was only in the last few days that I really understood President Cory Aquino’s importance to our country. She led the Filipinos in a non-violent revolution which helped the country regain it’s democracy; how, as a wife, she supported her husband’s decisions; and how, as a mother, she raised five children practically on her own. After reading more on her and talking to people who did experience our country’s transition from a dictatorial government to a democratic one, I now understand why thousands of people flocked over to pay their last respects to the woman who symbolized Philippine democracy, faith and integrity. We did lose a great woman.

Now as the country mourned the loss of a former leader, my family also mourned the loss of my Dad’s brother, Tito Reg. I knew Tito Reg as a music lover (who enjoyed making mixed tapes and CDs for my Dad), coffee lover, prolific writer, loyal brother and doting father. My Dad always turned to him to discuss political issues and relied on him to write his campaign speeches. Tito Reg was one of my Dad’s closest siblings and it makes me smile to think that he and my Dad are now together, hamming it up in heaven.

These losses have inevitably made me miss my Dad even more. So it was quite serendipitous for me to find a picture of him as Icory_aquino_obit_06 was browsing one of Cory Aquino’s online albums. I think this was also one of my Dad’s ways of saying ‘”Hi.”

R.I.P President Cory Aquino.

I will miss you, Tito Reg. Give Daddy a big hug for me.

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Tuna Salad Nicoise

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I’ve finally found the time to blog! Everytime I would think of my blog, I would feel guilty for being so quiet and for not making time to even just write a short post. Work has just consumed all my time (in a very positive way) that I’ve completely ignored everything else. Perhaps I need a few lessons in time management?

But today, Sunday, I promised my sister that I’d cook lunch for her as part of her birthday celebration. Lunch was quite simple, consisting of one pasta dish, the usual roasted chicken and a salad. This time, I decided to make Tuna Salad Nicoise which I think is quite underrated. Caesar Salad always trumps everything else, right? So I was very happy to see that my version of this French salad was well-appreciated.

I used the normal recipe and put black olives, green beans, tomatoes, tuna, eggs and potatoes, except the potatoes that I used were roasted in the oven with the chicken. This gave the salad a very hearty and wonderful flavor which made it quite addicting.  The dressing that I made was also quite simple – lemon juice, olive oil and good dijon mustard.  Each bite of this salad was different, highlighting a different ingredient at every fork full, but I particularly liked mine to have more of the potatoes and the olives.  I would’ve been satisfied with just that as my lunch, but at our home, you can never just have salad.

P.S. This post will hopefull jump start the bloglines but if not, just bear with me 😛

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