Tag Archives: Food

15 Most Favorite Comfort Food: Philippine Travel Stories

There was a time when we must take a photo of our food before anybody even thinks of touching it. Those days are gone. These days, we rarely feature food, even in travel stories. We’re going to change all that. Let’s start with the Top 15 Favorite Comfort Food, through the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Continue reading 15 Most Favorite Comfort Food: Philippine Travel Stories

Food Trip: Philippine Travel Stories

We see a lot of food photographs in Instagram, but one particular photo grabbed our attention and made us realize that, hey, we don’t have enough food shots featured in our Philippine travel stories. It’s time to change all that. Tag us with your food photos in Instagram so we can update this post. Let’s start with these: Continue reading Food Trip: Philippine Travel Stories

Dining with a View in the Philippines: Photos of the Day

It’s amazing how food nowadays is enjoyed in two different levels — in the stomach and in social media. Admit it, you take a photo of your food before diving in. We also do that (in our defense, how can we post those lovely photos if we don’t snap a shot before the first bite?). Food can be an experience by itself or it can be a part of a bigger experience. Here are some of the photos we found, most tagged with #visitpinas in Instagram, of how food is enjoyed, with a view, on some random day in the Philippines. Continue reading Dining with a View in the Philippines: Photos of the Day

Food Tag and Philippine Destinations: Photo of the Day

We would love to feature all Instagram photos tagged with #visitpinas, if we only could, but limitations of time and space force us to pick a few. We’ve noticed a number of resorts, hotels, restaurants and other Philippine destinations tag #visitpinas in their Intagram posts, and we can’t go further without noticing them. These are really brave establishments — you don’t put yourself out there, given the immediate backlash of social media, unless you’re certain of the q uality of what you have to offer. We’ll probably do this on a regular basis. Let’s start with food, then expand to the beautiful sceneries posted by Philippine destinations. Continue reading Food Tag and Philippine Destinations: Photo of the Day

Boardgame Cafes: Snacks & Ladders, Ludo Boardgame Bar & Cafe, and Laruan Atbp Cafe

A relatively new development is giving us hope that mankind is not doomed to a world where people, even if sitting on the same table, are not talking to each other but are staring on their gadget screens. Ok, we may have stretched that too far. Too optimistic; we can’t really save mankind from doom. It’s more of the hope that kids will start enjoying games with actual physical interaction. No one knows what happens in the next generation, but at least there’s hope that we don’t grow couch potatoes. At least not too soon. We’re talking of boardgames, those games that don’t require electronics to run (the kind that the older generation used to enjoy). These boardgames are served, together with food, in cafes that have sprouted in the metro. Continue reading Boardgame Cafes: Snacks & Ladders, Ludo Boardgame Bar & Cafe, and Laruan Atbp Cafe

Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

Baler is in our travel bucket list for one simple reason — surfing and the good vibe that goes with this sport. We’re not surfers. We’re simply curious about the huge interest in Baler’s surfing scene. We’ve long resolved to cover Baler, almost eight years from the time we finally found the right time and the perfect reason — the perfect storm, if you will — to go there. It was a few days after a strong storm, Typhoon Lando, hit Baler. Here’s our trip itinerary and story (we’ve sandwiched the helpful information, tips and suggestions in the text of the article, just for fun). Continue reading Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

Vigan, Ilocos Sur: Philippine Heritage City

Postcard-perfect. That’s how I’ve always imagined Vigan would be. Kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) leisurely rolling through cobblestone roads, passing century-old houses that are witnesses to Vigan’s rich history. I thought it would feel like being brought back in time, walking through the past which we’d otherwise read only in books. Continue reading Vigan, Ilocos Sur: Philippine Heritage City

Halo-Halo Haven: Razon’s

The Filipino word “halo” means “mix” in English, so if we’re to be literal about it, “halo-halo” means “mix-mix”. But just like the interplay of the fully separate and completely distinguishable ingredients of halo-halo, it’s hardly possible to be literal about this food. The final product — the halo-halo — is way more than the sum of all its ingredients. It’s like carbon to diamond. Continue reading Halo-Halo Haven: Razon’s

Massimo (Tagaytay)

Tagaytay is not exactly near Metro Manila, specially considering the added traffic brought about by the South Luzon Expressway [re]construction, and anyone must have a darn good reason to go up there. When somebody invited us to try Massimo’s, saying this “hidden” restaurant serves great Italian food, I figured that it’s reason enough to go back to Tagaytay. Continue reading Massimo (Tagaytay)

Kinilaw

It’s probably one of the foods I’ve came to know after milk and infant food. In our place where the sea is just around the corner, kinilaw is usually present at the dining table, and no beach occasion or drinking session is complete without it. In “Kinilaw: a Philippine Cuisine of Freshness” (1991), Edilberto N. Alegre and Doreen G. Fernandez deliciously described kinilaw in this manner: Continue reading Kinilaw