• I'm an Urbanite with a dream of becoming utterly Domestic in the kitchen (I do need internet. And bathroom. Functioning bathrooms). I have lived in the city all of my life, but dream of farms, fresh produce and local ingredients. My forays into the culinary world are mostly experiential, which is the best.

    I try crazy cuisines, recreate instant or fast-food into slow-cooked food at home, and make instant noodles elegant. I hunt for ingredients in the most random places. I can live on one kind of food until I get sick of it. Then not eat it for months. I haven't found the recipe for the perfect brown puto which we used to have in Lucban, nor have I been able to start my own Kombucha tea. I like wine, but I like cocktails more.

    Besides all that, I travel. I am a frustrated artist and pianist. I like sports until I get tired.I dream of becoming an author. But nothing beats slaving in the kitchen for 4 hours and seeing your family and friends enjoy the food, while you are just too damn tired to even eat.


T-Bone Steak at Home :)

I have been pushing my friend into inviting her parents out for steak that at the supermarket, I ended up asking my mom to buy us some steak. Though we love steak, we are not heavy eaters of it actually. We bought a single porterhouse steak, about 500grams, to cook with at home. Simplicity is … Continue reading

The salad

Quick Eats: Pamana, Tagaytay

The last time I went to Tagaytay, I was broken hearted and was looking for an escape with friends. It’s always nice to recuperate from that crap surrounded by new surroundings and good friends. And with a second trip in the past few months, we are officially calling this Heartbreak Mountain. (NO, not my heart … Continue reading

Acrylic on canvas board
16" x 20"

The Not-so Starving Artist :)

I have a variety of interests besides cooking, but cooking requires the most expense simply because, you know, we eat everyday. With the push of some friends, I decided to fund my foodie interests through my paintings. Though I only have a few, I am thinking of selling this paintings. Honestly, I don’t know how … Continue reading

Chicken batchoy

Chicken Mami or Chicken Batchoy?

I don’t eat batchoy, I have never eaten one. Batchoy is just pork soup, but with innards in it too.I love pork, but not a fan of innards. I find the flavors too strong. But I do like soup, and noodles. So instead, I tried making chicken batchoy. This, “chicken batchoy,” is technically wrong, since … Continue reading

Bacalao, Cod

Smoked Cod Liver

I work in a supermarket and spend two of the five days I have actually inside the supermarket (the three other days I am slumped in a desk, like any other office job). I t can be our supermarket, our competitors, or even wet markets. So I generally know what is available where. :) I … Continue reading


Fried Radish Cake

Watching too many Iron Chef Japanese shows exposes me to a lot of things or ingredients that I usually wouldn’t try. One of these things is radish. Radish or labanos, from how we use it locally, is ever present in sinigang, and an ensalada (salad). These things are preparations I don’t fancy. The smell turns … Continue reading

Calamansi in my  hand


Dalandan is a citrus fruit, smallish in size, with green skin. It’s a local orange, like a ponkan, but not really. Actually, I don’t know the differences of these citrus fruits. But the green skinned ones, they smell fresher to me generally :) They look small, and almost looking like the calamansi, but a bit … Continue reading

Ready to eat

(Semi) Homemade Taho

The other weekend, I wanted taho. I heard the man selling it nearby (they do just literally shout “Tahooooo” on the streets) and I was ready with  money and glasses to put it in. But he skipped our street altogether though. :(  I ended up giving on it for a while. But hey, I cook. … Continue reading

Sesame Noodles

I have been looking into using sesame oil recently into a handful of my dishes but I have been curious about the Paldo Sesame Noodles. I have been trying to look for it recently in the supermarkets but haven’t found any. Copycat recipes of it didn’t bring me anything. And no, I don’t want the … Continue reading

Cocoa nibs and almonds

Cocoa Nibs

We were in Rockwell, I don’t even remember when, when I bought these. These are cocoa nibs. The nut of the cocoa fruit which is usually mashed to make tablea. It is very bitter on its own but tastes fabulous with sugar and milk. Hey, that is chocolate. The nibs I bought because I want … Continue reading


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