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Food spam mode! Why does eating always make me happy? *sobs* I haven't posted food spam in three months, I think, so I've got quite a bit (even after sifting through it a little.) Maybe you might want to scroll down really quickly if you're super hungry? This post is gonna get pretty hateful if read on an empty stomach. Don't say I didn't warn you! :D

Everything that follows is the reason why I'm going nuts busting my guts at the barre (Plana Forma), studio (yoga), and courts (tennis). Sadly, there's always a price to pay. Love food = must exercise.

It's worth it, though!

Breakfast of champions: tuna, cherry tomato, pomelo salad with Yakult and a tall glass of water! (and National Geographic for some idle morning reading)

The best, the best, and I mean the best, halo-halo on the planet from Razon's, scrumptious Hayashi burger steak with rice and gratin from UCC (Nino, I see you salivating!) Also, wine platter from Barcino (Chorizo Bilbao, Jamon Serrano, Fuct Extra Manchego Queso, Ensadilla Rusa, Chorizo Pamplona = YUM!)

Burger from some stand in Mercato (which had peanut butter, and seriously, why don't people put peanut butter in burgers more often? It was sensational,) pesto fries from Mercato as well

CASA MARCOS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS, EVER. Manila people, do me a favor and dine there, please. You won't regret it. The restaurant is pretty well-known in food circles for their Castillan fare, and it's not surprising, because they have had a loyal following since 1945. What can I say, great, heartfelt food never goes out of style (or business, for that matter.)

They serve unlimited pandesal, and man, they're good. They always serve it piping hot; it's crusty outside and so soft on the inside! They also have the best gambas in town. Also, you can't go wrong with their steak and their paella. HEAVEN ON EARTH.

Cyma's home-brewed iced tea, one of my favorite salads (fresh arugula, chopped Romaine lettuce, sun dried tomatoes, candied walnuts, served with shaved Parmesan in traditional Greek vinaigrette *slobbering right now*), and their godly paidakia, which is tender char-grilled lamb ribs served with rice-stuffed peppers.

Seafood fettucini ala diablo and adobo at Krazy Garlic. Reasonably good food, ugly interiors. The interiors bothered me too much, though. (And because I'm finicky like that, the name as well. Krazy? Ugh.)

Miso ramen and okonomiyaki (super yummy!) at Jipan

I can't tell you guys just how much love I have for Army Navy. Great, greasy food for cheap. Love! Iced tea, cheese quesadilla, Freedom fries, steak burrito.

Had dessert at Dirty Yogart. Had plain yogurt with Chocnut bits, mmm. Really good, but I couldn't help but think of it as a glorified McFlurry, lol

Oldies but goodies: Shakey's! Haven't had Shakey's in years. Mushroom soup, fried chicken and mojos (still super good!), and a shrimp/mushroom thin-crust pizza. Caramel machiato and iced black tea afterwards.

The restaurant that will never go away in my food spams: Cibo! Iced tea (I think I'm in an iced tea phase, yikes), crema di zucca with pancetta (summer squash, cream, bacon = trilogy of greatness), my go-to sandwich: verdure tartufate (arugula, zucchini, fontina, and mushroom-truffle paste), spinaci zola dip, and as always, extra order of chips!

Happy hour at Dillingers. Their cheese omelette with hash browns are super good.

Random dinner at New Orleans. Mountain Dew, squash soup, fresh oysters, black and gold oyster pasta (which tasted really weird on top of garlic overload.) The only thing I loved was the red velvet cake for dessert.

Sunday lunch at Sonya's Garden. Freshly-squeezed dalandan juice, all-you-can-eat salad (just from that, I'm sold! I love salads; the more rabbit food-esque, the better.) The pasta and rosemary chicken were so-so, but I loved their tea. They serve tarragon tea after lunch and oh god, I was in heaven. I was so delighted to find out that they grow their own tarragon and they sell it as well!

Burger at Bugsy's with potato wedges. But the tastier part were the countless Patron XO Cafe shots we had through the night. You know what they say: God bless the women who can hold their Patron! :D (But seriously, XO is super yummy, coffee + Agave tequila is a glorious, glorious combination.) It was a fun night, which surely showed up in our bill, but whatever. Like my friend said, don't do drugs, do XO. HAHA

Cheapo dinner at Marina. Crispy crablets, baked scallops, baked oysters, and chicharon bulaklak. My poor heart is raging against all that cheese and deep-fried goodness, but what can I say? So yummy!

Last night's damage: Linguine Al Tris di Formaggio Salsa Tartufata at Cibo, then __ rounds of Tanqueray with Red Bull. Mmmm!

Also, leaving this track here because it's just too damn smooth and so awesome for cruising down the streets. Haven't stopped listening to it for a month (was on a 'Underneath The Pine' withdrawal!) Chillwave or not, fuck it; good music transcends genres, anyway. Along with Best Coast, Toro y Moi is probably the definitive music act of my 2010 and 2011. Chaz Bundick's music is just so now and resonates with me, probably because we're around the same age. It's that feeling of "holy shit, YES, this is my generation's groove."

Or at least, it feels that way to me and my friends. lol

I like Meikyuu Love song too, just saying. Especially that "always with you, tatoeba" part. Arashi's still my happy pill! (Also, Kageyama, but that's a whole new other post. Next time?)

Date: 2011-11-13 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh god. :O Love meaaaat and fries and everything unhealthy and fattening. <3
And how is National Geographic "idle morning reading"?!

Date: 2011-11-15 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Unhealthy and fattening = glorious food

Maybe because I'm a nerd who's been a subscriber of NG since I was 8? Hahaha. I love all the diagrams and the maps and the pictures ♥


Date: 2011-11-13 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh Lord, I just started running again yesterday (to failtastic results) and this reminds me how that'll all go to crap once I go home. But then, that's why I'm slimming down in the first place. I'm looking at these pictures with a slack jaw, Homer Simpson-style, like "Aaaaaaaaaah..."

The best, the best, and I mean the best, halo-halo on the planet from Razon's

DAMN RIGHT THE BEST HALO-HALO PLANET IS FROM RAZON'S. The first time I read through this I didn't see the name of the place and I was like, "feh, I bet Razon's is better" and then when I looked at it again I'm like OH LOL OF COURSE. /Guagua girl

foreals, I got so much pride for my family's hometown that my gay friends/the trannies at this one bar call me "Lady Guagua" lmao


Date: 2011-11-15 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Running? Omigod good for you. I seriously can't stand running, no matter how many times I try (and how many pairs of shoes I buy!) Girl be ready for the gastronomic onslaught that is your vacation!


Date: 2011-11-13 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

My one regret is that we left the Philippines when I was so young that I did not get to experience all these awesome food. Before I die, I want to eat some good paella. When I'm old, I'm going back to the Philippines and eat my way through the country! :)

It's so funny to see and hear about a restaurant called New Orleans. That's where I live, yo! :)

Amennnnnnn, Arashi is my one true happy place! *highfives*

Date: 2011-11-15 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Come back and visit! You (and your tummy) won't regret it! :)

Lol. Just goes to show you how some people have zero creativity when it comes to naming restaurants. We have a fastfood Japanese chain called Tokyo, Tokyo, for crying out loud. Err.

Arashi is always the answer! ♥

Date: 2011-11-13 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
~grooves~ yooo this song is awesome!! yay new artist discovery. thank u!! any other recs from toro y moi?

Date: 2011-11-15 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Isn't it? Well, I'd recommend pretty much his whole discography, but I'd start with the album Causers Of This, which has awesome tracks like 'Blessa' and 'Talamak'. It's a little more electronic-ish than the song I posted (which is one of his more recent releases) but it's smooth as hell too. Then if you want more of an organic yet lounge-ready sound the album Underneath The Pine is the one to get.


Date: 2011-11-13 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
because it's going 2am here and i'm not getting food till in another 5 hours time so i'm skipping the photos first but~ yakult in the morning?! whao. my taste buds cant take it. i'll comment properly after slogging in hell(work-.-) and with a satisfied stomach:D

"always with you, tatoeba" i love that part! and i can actually sing along to that(which means alot in aina's music logXP) i like wanna be too, very catching esp the guitar parts! i keepy humming it^^

Date: 2011-11-14 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i've just came back from being in work(hell..) for 12 hours and have eaten dinner. but. BUT gosh, the photos are making me hungry and lengthening my list of cravings! thank goodness, payday is coming. XP

i got to say other than the liquors, seafood and coffee. we pretty much love the same kind of food:D i am forever in the iced tea phrase. the typical asian that loves iced lemon teaXP and the song is nice~

Date: 2011-11-15 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I guess you can say I'm pretty much obsessed with Yakult. If possible, I drink it everyday! ♥

Isn't that "always with you tatoeba" part just...well, I don't know how to describe it exactly. It's sweet (maybe because it's Arashi singing it lol) yet defining and it's definitely the climax of the song. I always sing along too haha!

Do you love carbs too? Because that is my ultimate weakness. But then again, I don't say no to a lot of food haha. And yeah, typical Asian with the iced lemon tea lol! :p But it's really weird because I'm a Coke person, I guess I'm just taking a break from all fizziness haha. :D

Date: 2011-11-17 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i love yakult too but i dont drink it everyday XP i dont like how small it is and before you know it, you finished it alrd.

i LOVE carbs!:D though i think i'm more of the bread and potato type since i dont like eating plain white rice.

Date: 2011-11-13 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This post is amazing!

I adore Meikyuu Love Song, especially the PV! Arashi ♥

Date: 2011-11-15 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I like to stare at it. Lol

It's so typical Arashi and that's exactly why I love it ♥ What a grower!

Date: 2011-11-14 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can almost taste them XD

Unfortunately these days I have to start skipping lunch and buy the cheapest thing at the cafetaria for breakfast every day, because I'm saving for something important T_T

And, and, and - "We Will Become Silhouettes" is one of my favourite songs!

Date: 2011-11-15 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Oh yikes, that's a bummer. Splurge on a good meal after you buy that important something?

The Postal Service reminds me so much of high school and I can't let it go! Especially this song. It's so relaxing and feel-good in this subtle way. :)


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