Friday, October 29, 2010

Balikbayan Goodies!!!

We have so much Filipino goodies/food at home, we can start our own "tindahan" or store lol. Just wanted to show you guys all the food my mom brought back from the Philippines. She recently went home with my grandma to attend and finish some personal business and of course I made sure she brought back a lot of goodies. All I asked was for her to bring back food/snacks. All kinds of Filipino food that are difficult to find in the U.S. like canned food, instant noodles, garlic corn nuts, pastries and etc. Sometimes they would be available in some Filipino grocery stores but they are so expensive!

We had 2 big boxes filled with nothing but food and It was extremely exciting. My mom brought some old favorites like "Intant Pancit Canton" or Instant Chowmein in all kinds of flavor, "Boy Bawang" or Garlic corn nuts and "Chocnut" or Peanut Milk Chocolate and other new stuff that I've never tried before. I love how Filipinos always come up with some weird snacks lol. I love it.

My mom also brought these Ensaymada by Mulach.

They are tiny bread with butter, sugar and cheese on top, sooo yummy! I could eat 4 of these in one sitting. They're good cold right out of the fridge or lightly toasted in the oven ^_^

I made this arrangement so I could take a photo lol. These were just some of it. There were more in the boxes!

I feel pretty happy right now with all this food and snacks! I'm already having fun eating them lol ^_^

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Korean Festival 2010

In the beginning of October, my friends and I went to the 37th Annual Korean Festival in L.A. It's a 4 day event with more than 200 food booths, a parade, beauty pageant, traditional performances, lots of Korean people and other fun stuff lol. I mainly went for the food. I was looking forward to some really good Korean BBQ, bulgogi or kalbi and a Kimchi overdose while my friends went because I forced them to jk. Even my bestfriend Monica who's the world's most picky eater went lol. I told her there won't be any tortillas there hehe...

We started our night by checking out all the food booths and sampling the food. I made Monica taste a lot of weird things. She asked "what's that?" and I said, "just eat it, it's chicken lol". I'm evil but it worked lol. As long as I didn't make her taste pork because she's allergic..supposedly allergic! I tasted a lot of crazy Kimchi. I say crazy because they weren't your typical pickled cabbage that I'm used to. I didn't know what they were called but some hasd really strong and pungent taste that stayed in my mouth for a good while lol. But I didn't mind since they were all good.

This guy in the photo below was hardcore. He was cooking a beef and veggie mixed with red spicy sauce and the lady next to him was cooking some fish on a stick with broth. I wanted to try them but the line for this booth was super long so we had to move on.

The Huli-Huli Chicken had their own booth. We smelled it from a distance and we knew it wasn't Korean bbq. It's a Hawaiian style rotisserie cooked in an open flame. I've seen their restaurant in China Town but I've never tired it before. Monica, got excited when she saw this. Finally, something she could eat lol.

This is the DeliManjoo booth (photo below). There was huge line for these little twinkie looking things so we head over to check it out. They had this machine that cooked these tiny twinkies. Once they're done, the man took them out and stuffed them with a custard filling. It was entertaining to watch how it was made. But we didn't get to taste them because the line was way too long...we had to move on O_o

 We were looking for Korean BBQ but we couldn't find it anywhere. We went to all the booths and we didn't find a single booth that had some kind of korean bbq. Heck, there was even a KFC booth and no Korean bbq? Weird! We probably missed it but I don't know...

We had chicken and pork gyozas and they were so delicious. They were only 4 for a $1. Then I had this weird pasta looking thing (photo below). I forgot what this was called but I call it a Korean pasta lol. Those fat finger looking things were made out of rice. They were soft and very chewy and didn't taste anything at all. You get the flavor from the red orange sauce they poured on top which was sweet and spicy. I liked it but after a while I got tired of chewing. Also, this was a 10 dollar plate. I thought it was pretty expensive but then again they gave me a huge portion so I didn't mind.

Mon and Manuel had the Hulu-Huli chicken plate with rice and salad. I got a piece of the chicken and it was delicious. It was very tender and juicy like OMG! This also was a 10 dollar plate.

I also got this 3 dollar fried shrimp and fries. Nothing special about them but they're pretty good.

On our way back to the car we spotted this super cool food truck called Tornado Potato. I've seen them around many times and I got excited when I saw them parked across from the Festival. All they sell are potatoes. An entire potato spiral-cut on a stick, dipped lightly in batter then fried. Sounds cool right? They are available in with an array of powder toppings like cheddar cheese, ranch, bbq, cinnamon and sugar and many more. Sounds kind of weird but they're really delicious.

Mon and I share a regular with cinnamon and sugar. I didn't think sugar would work with potato but it did and it was the bomb! I could have eaten more but I was already full O_o. I have to stalk them next time to try other flavors.

Overall, it was a fun experience. I was a little disappointed that I didn't get my Korean bbq fixed but then I did get my Kimchie overdose and tasted lots of different things so I couldn't complain. I can't wait for next year!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

How to Vamp Up your Instant Noodles ^_^

I eat instant noodles a lot more than I realize. It's an easy fix to my hunger whenever there is nothing to eat at home or I'm lazy to make my lunch to work. I like those cup-o-noodles you get at the dollar store and some Filipino and Korean brand instant noodles. Instant noodles has gone way beyond your regular chicken and beef flavor. Now they come in soooo many different flavors you can imagine. My favorites are the Korean and Filipino brands. Koreans makes the most ridiculously spiciest noodles while Filipino brand makes instant noodles after traditional Filipino dishes. They're all tasty!

But if you're not into all that stuff and you'd rather stay safe with your a beef or chicken instant noodles, I have a simple and very easy way on how to Vamp it Up! I'm not sure if everyone will like this but so far I've shown this to a lot of my friends and they like it.

Here's how:
1. Pick your favorite instant noodles. I like Lucky Me Bulalo (Bone Marrow soup) flavor. It has an intense yummy artificial beef flavor lol

It comes with a flavor packet and sometimes a small pack of dehydrated meat and vegetables.

2. Cook it as directed on the back of the package/
3. Add one beaten egg into pot at the end and beat lightly with a fork to separate the egg as it cooks.
4. Serve and enjoy! ( you can even add fresh green onions too)

Try it!!! It's delicious ^_^

Filipino Comfort Food: Pork Lumpia and Ginataang Lanka at Baboy sa Bagoong.

On Sunday morning, I woke up to the smell of coconut milk and anchovy paste and had a smile on my face lol. I knew my mom was making something  good in the kitchen. The air smelled sweet and fishy lol. Ewwww..I know it sounds disgusting but I'm used to those weird smell of my mom's cooking. Every Sunday she gets down and dirty with her cooking where she wakes up early in the morning to prep and cook. She's pretty hardcore!

She made Ginataang Lanka at Baboy sa Bagoong or Jackfruit and Pork in Coconut milk and Anchovy Paste and Pork Lumpia  or Pork Eggrolls.  Both Filipino dishes are a little time consuming but my mom knows how to manage her time in the kitchen where she was able to cook both at the same time and food was ready by 11:00 am for brunch.

This light pink looking thing may not look appetizing, but trust me, its delicious, especially when paired with steamed white rice. The taste is a balance of a little sweet and salty. You get sweetness from Coconut milk and Jack fruit and saltiness from those little pink flecks which are the tiny anchovies. Also, the anchovies helps cut back the creaminess of the dish so you won't get easily tired from eating it...if that makes any sense lol.

My mom's lumpia mixture is made with ground pork, shredded carrots, shredded celery, minced onions, salt and pepper. It's usually made with ground shrimp too but my mom choose not to include it.

Make sure you roll and tuck the mixture in the lumpia wrapper very well^_^

 Deep fry in hot Canola oil until golden brown

 Let it drain and cool down in paper towel and enjoy. We like to dip it in a store bought sweet and sour sauce or Banana ketchup!

I ate so much that I was in a food coma for a while. You know that feeling when you're eating something so good, that you just can't stop eating even if you feel full? That's what happened to me. It was that good. I also ate these lumpias through out the day as a snack ugh! Omg I'm such a fatty lol. For sure my mom will make something delicious again next Sunday ^_^ I will keep everyone updated.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Current Comfort Food: Turkey Sandwich.

When I'm on a craving high, I just feel like I want to eat everything lol. I get off from work, and my mind is going nuts because I can't decide on what I want to eat. My poor Kiko suffers from my annoying behavior especially when we are out on a date because it takes me forever to decide lol.

But Recently, there's only one food that I crave the most, especially when I'm tired or feeling low. It is a freshly made hand carvedTurkey Sandwich from Maries'. It's located on 7th and Hope st. in Downtown L.A. accross from Macy's Plaza. It's a small mom and pop sandwich place owned by this really nice Asian couple. They have all kinds of sandwiches to choose from, but the one that I always get is their Pesto Turkey sandwich on Rye bread with Avocado. It makes me feel happy, satisfied and energized!

 As you can see in the photo, it's layers of Pesto, creamy Avocado, Provolone cheese, sliced white Turkey breast, Tomatoes, cool Lettuce and more Pesto. It looks so simple yet so delicious.They are all familiar ingredients in a sandwich and nothing is complicated here, and that's what I like. It's the clean, cool and simple taste that always hits the spot. I make weird sounds in every bite no joke!

what about you,
What is your current comfort food?

Marie's Deli and Cafe
733 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Neighborhood: Downtown
213) 622-5283

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cheesecake Factory

 Kiko and I had a nice quiet evening at The Grove the other night.We like going to The Grove because it's not ghetto and it's clean lol. I have to say that a lot of the "richie" people go there and some celebrities at at times and it can get a little expensive with parking but it's cool. We never mind because we rather pay a little more for a nice environment ^_^.  We had an early dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Kiko likes it there!

They start you off with complimentary Sour Dough and Molasses bread with butter. I like the Molasses bread because it has a hint of sweetness to it.

Kiko had their Wild Mushroom Burger . A medium well beef with sauteed Mushrooms, Onions, covered in Swiss and Fontina cheese. Yup, another burger as always lol ^_^. He was pretty happy with it and he even ate all his fries. Wow, really? Mr. Healthy  never eats his fries and I usually finishes it for him lol.

I got the Evelyn's Favorite. Penne pasta tossed in oven dried tomatoes, Broccoli, Kalamata Olives, Roasted Eggplant, Parmesan, Garlic and Pinenuts. Yeah, there was no meat in this dish and no heavy sauce.I wanted something light yet delicious and satisfy me. They were generous with the vegetables and, I love the huge Kalamata Olives in it.

 After dinner, we hung out on the bench by the water fountain. I was mad craving for something sweet so we went back to Cheesecake again and got this Tiramisu Cheesecake with fresh whipped cream on the side. It was sinfully delicious. It was creamy and silky. Kiko only had a small bit and I ate the rest lol.

 I know this post is pretty boring but I just wanted to share what we had. Have you been to the Cheesecake Factory? What do you usually get?


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