DAY #5: OUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH FOOD

Hi Friends,

Do not let my petite frame fool you.

Buffet tables are my kind of happy place. (Spell “rice”)

Oh no! :p

Okay, so let’s talk about food for a second.

Food can be our sweetest friend or our bitter enemy. Our biggest pleasure or our greatest struggle. Or both. For many of us, we have different views on food, our next meal, the dessert teasing in front of us. Each gastronomic experience can either end in a satisfied burp or to the toilet for the girl plagued with bulimia. No matter our foodie circumstance is, it is undeniable that there are certain dishes that will always elicit a resounding YES, a stamp of approval, sometimes, no matter how full we already are.

So today, I will be sharing with you the food that I couldn’t resist; I never for a single moment thought of denying myself from esp when offered.

Here they are…

1.. Lanzones (“langsat” in Thai) – Irresistible. I’m drooling already. I can eat a pail-full til I’m ‘impacho’ levels. I’m not kidding, okay? I can never overeat lanzones. There used to be displays in Carrefour a few weeks back but they have detected my cravings and decided to be out-of-stock each time we visit (which is like 2-3x a week). Please Carrefour, restock now okay!

 

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2. Sinabawang clams – Best when fresh and cooked by Kuya Roger, my brother-in-law. When their housemate Parikoy set out early to the beach and came back later with a net bag full of fresh (more…)

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LIQUOR

HOW TO APPLY FOR ALCOHOL LICENSE IN DUBAI

My version of a chill-out night is sitting on the bed, my back leaning against the wall absorbed in a really good book on one hand and a nice, little drink on the other. But should an inspection occur, I could get myself into trouble.

As an expat, it must be known that there are an existing regulations on alcohol consumption in the UAE; each emirate having its own specific rules. For instance, in Dubai you can’t setup a table outside your residence and start the booze with your friends (this is common in the Philippines). You can’t possess alcohol even in the privacy of your home without a license! That’s how strict it is. Many manage to get away from this because (more…)

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SMOOTHIE AFFAIR

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Cherry banana delight

In all likelihood, you must have your own version of healthy habits resolution this 2016. Mine translates to eating healthy, drinking a lot of water and sleeping earlier (this means before 12mn, if I’m a good girl probabaly before 11pm). It took me quite awhile to understand my body and until now I am still learning. I noticed that I am most productive (assuming a full dinner) at 8PM – 10PM; if I have nothing to do, my brain will be looking for something to do – something most of us do to pass time – scrolling on our Facebook feeds. (Not most helpful to Philippine economy)

I observe that it takes a lot of will power and effort and money to create and establish a healthy lifestyle not to mention strict self-discipline especially at the beginning. Ah…self-discipline – something I thoroughly lack I suppose because sleeping early is a constant battle for me. As for eating healthier, I took a step by making my first major purchase this 2016 – a Panasonic blender (I shall call her Panny from this day forward). She’s sleek and efficient and surprisingly easy to clean (this was something I dread while contemplating the purchase) and relatively affordable – I got her for AED79. (Not really bad 😉 ) (more…)

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WE ATE GREEK

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In the middle of last year, I made a mental note of an eating mission; to embark in a food adventure. The end of 2015 had come and it remained as a mental note. I was too lazy/busy that I just defaulted to known, tried and tested favorites.

On the occasion of our first year anniversary, I forced Roy to agree Roy and I agreed to try Eat Greek at Mall of the Emirates (MOE). I have long since heard positive reviews from acquaintances and magazine features so this was something I really looked forward to visit.  (more…)

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DINING AT THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY

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The Cheesecake Factory is best known for their to-die- for cheesecakes and big portions and quite a pricey menu. Here’s my take in our recent dining experience.

The Place

In three occasions I have visited the restaurant and the first thing that commands notice upon entrance is how spacious the entire place and organised the seats are. The staff are well groomed, friendly and courteous. Speed of service is commendable.

In Dubai, they have three branches – Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates (MOE) and Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR).

Situated beside Ski Dubai, the MOE branch is I think very strategically located. (more…)

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FAVORITE SHABU-SHABU

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Shabu-shabu classic…

No love is more sincere than the love for food.

There is this wonderful place in Dubai Marina where their shabu-shabu is the best. For this year, I’ve visited it thrice already. I’ve been bragging about it to my friends and I really wish I could bring my sister there. I’m sure she too will love it as much as I do. (more…)

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