• 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.

Look at the layers

Marisa’s Sansrival

In this obsession of mine to find Sansrival, I ended up going around the mall to look for one. My default buy was Goldilock’s, the local bakery chain but to MY HORROR, I discovered that the store has temporarily closed and is now running on a kiosk that barely had anything! (They have a restaurant … Continue reading

Thai Style Pork Binagoongan

I have made pork and chicken binagoongan before and just pork too. But this was mainly Filipino style. And after making the Thai tom yum, I wanted thisto have a Thai flair. I checked recipes online and went my instincts after. I used tomatoes as a base, I added kaffir lime leaves. The techniques I … Continue reading

Primo Pepperoni Salami

Who doesn’t love freebies? And who doesn’t love getting freebies that are expensive and that you actually like? My last foray into cold cuts at my breakfast in Sofitel and besides my usual parma ham favorite, I did really end up liking the salami. The fatty salty salami. Well, I did like all of them, … Continue reading



Ever since Ara made makis for her birthday, I ended up craving for some. I did “celebrate” her birthday (with  my mom) by going to lunch in Sambokojin and indulging myself with their makis. But up to now, I am still feeling that craving every now and then. So after slowly gathering my ingredients over … Continue reading


Tom Yum Gai with Noodles

I have made tom yum before, after taking up cooking classes in Bangkok. I was looking for that flavor again. I had to make my tom yum paste first and that took a good 40 minutes already. But it is always worth it, I think. :) So what I do this time? I added noodles. … Continue reading

Truffle Scrambled Eggs

No wonder I couldn’t figure out why I was lacking posts from last week! I wasn’t able to write this one down :( But it’s okay. This week isn’t too late. I was craving for some more truffle items (artificial truffle flavored items, yes) after my last dinner in Mamou. I did make some pasta … Continue reading

Without the soup and garlic and mushroom yet

Pork Noodle Soup

Mie Keriting with Babi Sop. Pork noodle soup, simply put. It is copied from old post of chicken noodle soup, Indonesian style. But since Indonesia is a Muslim country, referring to the pork soup in Bahasa seems wrong, hence the English title of this post. The thing is, I only made this pork because I … Continue reading

More chocolate

Chocolate Truffles

Surprisingly, I have never made real chocolate truffles. I made nutella ones, which were good, but not the regular ones. When we stayed overnight in Sofitel before, we ended up watching Masterchef on TV and they were making truffles. Some looked ridiculous, some apparently tasted good. But before I get there, I have to make … Continue reading

Instant laksa

Maggi Laksa Noodles (from Singapore)

I was in Singapore recently and ended raiding Cold Storage for random grocery items that I saw or wanted to cook with. One thing that looked promising was the Maggie Instant Noodles Laksa flavor. I can easily make laksa, and I have done so repeatedly. But sometimes, you just want to eat it without having … Continue reading

Still looks good

Burger Machine’s Sansrival

I read about the sansrival of Burger Machine from Pepper and I was definitely curious. It doesn’t help that I have never tried a burger from there. But on one hot sunny day, on my way home, I decided to try it. Reading it from a friend’s Facebook thread was the final push. What is … Continue reading


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