It has been weeks since summer officially descended on Philippine shores, the temperature degrees higher than normal. It’s hot. And we all know that’s an understatement. It’s more like scorching hot. And yet we love it. We really don’t know why we love the heat in some respects. Maybe we (uhm, they) need an excuse to show off our (ok, their) toned bodies. Or maybe we need an excuse to order our favorite summer cooler, the halo-halo. Continue reading Halo-Halo of Aristocrat Restaurant
It’s again that time of the year when we all love to frolic under the sun, on the beach of course, notwithstanding the scorching temperature. It’s summer. And it’s hot. Little wonder that cold comforts, particularly halo-halo, are selling like pancakes. It’s time to revisit old favorites or discover new halo-halo brands in the name of culinary exploration. The humidity drove us to discover Icebergs (the Harbour Square branch in Manila City) one fine weekend afternoon.
Along Tomas Morato Avenue, a popular food and entertainment venue in Quezon City, is an old flower shop. It doesn’t look much from outside. No fancy structures, just the name Annabel’s and an abundance of foliage that, for the uninitiated, hesitates to reveal a secret, spectacular beauty. It’s a popular place for meetings, press events, birthdays, weddings and special occasions. But you know we’re not going to talk about flowers and occasions, as betrayed by the title of this post. We’ll be reminiscing about great food at Annabel’s. Continue reading Great Food at Annabel’s (Tomas Morato, Quezon City)
We get real hungry after strenuous activities in seawater, like butanding (whale shark) watching. There’s no scientific basis for that, except that’s what I’ve noticed since childhood. Maybe that’s just be. Now, if we’ll be talking about food after all the swimming after whale sharks, I’d say there’s enough basis to say that the food at the Kawnkita Restaurant tastes good. Continue reading Kinunot at Kawnkita Restaurant (Donsol, Sorsogon)
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