Saturday, February 8, 2014

Street and Traditional Filipino Foods Night Market - The Philippines

Picture below shows a street vendor cooking rice rolls with different fillings, like cheese sticks, sauteed assorted vegetables, sauteed ground meat (chicken, beef and pork) 

Assorted kinds of Filipino dishes sold starting at 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon until about 9:00 in the evening or until the last customers have eaten or bough what they want. Starting at 5:00 in the afternoon in the Philippines is the time  when most employees are going out of their work and go home and in San Pablo City, Laguna, Philipppines, this is the right place to be  to enjoy different kinds of Filipino traditional foods and street foods. This is a good place to eat afternoon snacks or buy cooked food for  bringing  home for dinner for a cheap price.

Here is one of the biggest makeshift food stores selling traditional Filipino foods, like Adobo, Sinigang (meat and seafoods), Ginataan (seafood, vegetables), Mechado, Menudo, and many more. So many choices to make and all I can say is that, they cooked them all very good and hygienic. 

Once you make a choice, the foods are packed in plastic containers. Price varies depending on the ingredients, but all foods are sold in cheap prices, ranging from 30 pesos for a vegetable dish and up to 50 pesos for meat dish. All priced reasonably. 

You can not ask for more!!!!! All I can say is that, there is really like home. This is something I cant experience everyday in Germany where I presently live. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Absent Blogger - Travels from 2012 to 2013

It has been  so long since I write new articles. I have been absent for almost 2 years. From 2012 to 2013, I have been travelling a lot to visit more countries and I stayed longer - 6 months  in my home country, the Philippines to be able to enjoy my vacation  with my son and my siblings (my oldest sister and 3 younger brothers) after more than 3 years of living in Germany and also enjoy the sunny weather during the summer months.

I was also very fortunate to visit my family for the first time in the U.S.A. particularly, Houston, San Antonio and Sugarland, Texas and my dream vacation place which is India, particularly the States of Tamil Nadu (Chennai) and around Kerala. I was able to visit, too three (3) countries in Europe near Germany : Denmark (Copenhagen), The Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Sweden (Malmö).

My last 2 years, particularly 2012 and 2013, were good years for me. I was able to meet my mother, my son and all my siblings (3 sisters and 4 brothers), and some cousins  in the U.S.A and the Philippines and also in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

My trip to South of India, was a different one, I was able to meet there some good friends and was able to indulged in my passion for food and by learning a bit  about Indian culture, particularly about their cuisine, I was  able to learn how to cook some of their foods which were taught to me by simple housewives and not from a cooking school.

During those trips, I made a lot of photos and I want now to share them to you thru my blog. I hope you join me as I reminisce all my happy moments in these trips.

In Amsterdam, I am lining up for freshly baked bread.

My first cousin in Amsterdam, cooking Filipino food for midnight dinner while waiting for 2013 New Year.

Copenhagen canal while waiting for the boat for our Amsterdam Canal Tour.

Gebhardt Refried Beans, great find!!!!

My mom and my 3 siblings in Houston for Chinese Dinner with my 2 nephews

Fresh produce from the sea, in Alappuzha (Allepey) , Kerala, India. Given free by fishermen to town people after big fishes and seafoods are already sold

Some will be made into seafood curry and some will be dried under the sun

One of the funniest things I made in Amsterdam, go to a studio , wear traditional Dutch costume with my first cousin whom I have not seen for almost 20 years.

Food from the South of India called Sambar, one of their best vegetarian foods.