food photos: CAKE GALORE

I will always cherish my taste encounters with these cakes. And I really love having these slices of heaven over and over again for my dessert!

Mango Cake

Mango Cake

Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake

Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake

Oreo Cake

Oreo Cake

Mango Graham Cake

Mango Graham Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

Sans Rival Cake

Sans Rival

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Ube Cake

Ube Cake

Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake

Photos by: Sukito San

Other Photo Contributors: Jonelyn Santiago (Cheesecake & Mediterranean Strawberry Cheesecake), Entz Gomez (Strawberry Cake)

 

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food moment: CAKE AND DONUTS… A Halloween Treat!

halloween cake

donuts

Thank you for the cake and donuts that set the mood for our little Halloween treat!

Filipinos doesn’t usually celebrate Halloween in a party way. Instead, we spend it in a day of prayer for the loved ones who passed away and visiting the cemetery. But, as the time went by, pinoys tend to adopt the Western culture of celebrating the said holiday in a colorful and festive way wherein colorful and different costumes were worn by the party goers while spending it in a happy mood and not in a too much serious manner. Other subdivisions in town have organized a “Trick or Treat” event within their whole neighborhood.

halloween party

Anyway, in our part… our family used to do it the traditional way with prayers and the like. Yet, at the end the day… we chose to celebrate it in a festive mood. So, we’ve organized a Halloween party unexpectedly for the kids in our mini-family reunion. Since, we have no time in cooking extravagant dishes… we just bought a Halloween cake and lots of colorful donuts that will surely make the kids crave for it. It was such an instant and quickie party but it turned out to be a very enjoyable and memorable celebration that tightened our quality family bonding time with some fun games on the side.

Happy Halloween!

Photos by: Sukito San

food news: BIGGEST MOONCAKE in the PHILIPPINES

Mooncake

The biggest Mooncake in the Philippines is now ready to satisfy your cameras and cravings for real! Prepared by “Eng Bee Tin”, a Chinese Deli Store located at # 628 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila. The giant mooncake measures 75 inches in circumferencce, 24 inches in diameter, and 3 inches in thickness which can feed and be divided to more than fifty persons. This yummy delicacy is not only for display but 100% edible and made from natural ingredients. The presentation of the eye-catching mooncake was done by “Eng Bee Tin” in preparation for the Mid-Autumn Festival or popularly known as Mooncake Festival for the Filipino-Chinese Community held every September aside from giving-away mooncakes as part of the celebration.  It will be on display until September 22, 2013 at SM Mall of Asia… and will also be on display until September 30, 2013 at Eng Bee Tin’s Binondo branch. Foodtrippers and folks in all walks of life can have their photo taken with the largest mooncake for free and you can take home with you a free mooncake from the mentioned deli store if you had taken your picture with it at their main branch in Binondo.

Mooncakes are made out of mixed flour and sugar, then turned into dough and added with fillings and salted eggs afterwards. Its traditional flavors are ube, pandan, mixed nuts, lotus and mongo. But now, it comes with different taste like choco peanut butter, salted caramel truffle snowskin, and rum raisin truffle snowskin. Moreover, a mooncake is more than just a food but also a part of history as it was used to carry a message of revolution of the Chinese which is the salted egg as its filling during the Civil War.

Happy Mooncake Festival 🙂

Photo Credit: SM Mall of Asia Official Facebook Page

News Source: Bandila ( ABS CBN TV News Program)

food photos: FOOD FOR THE RAINY DAYS

Rainy season is best dealt with eating hot and warm food for comfort while listening to the cluttering sound of raindrops on the rooftop. Enjoy eating!

champorado

“Champorado”

ginataang halo-halo

“Ginataang Halo-Halo”

wanton mami soup

Wanton Mami Soup

sopas

“Sopas”

lugaw o goto

“Lugaw” or “Goto”

hot monay with coffee

Hot “Monay” with Coffee

dried fish with fried rice

“Daing” or Salted Dried Fish with Fried Rice and Vinegar Garlic Dip plus Fresh Tomatoes on the side

salabat

“Salabat”

food moment: UBE MACAPUNO ROLL

ube macapuno roll

I am not really into celebrating my birthday in an extravagant way. For me, It’s an enough gift that I’ll always see my family in good health and that we are all living harmoniously. I didn’t expect that my nephew named, Jai Jai, would surprise me by presenting his birthday present to me on my special day. He got near to me as I came home and showed me what’s on the table. It’s an “Ube Macapuno Roll” from Red Ribbon with a written birthday greeting on it and with six little lit candles on top of it plus six faces of smileys made of white icing which adds cuteness to the cake. Of course, he’s just the one who presented it to me. But, it’s actually his parent’s idea to give it to me.

cake blow

Another funny moment that goes along with that cake roll whenever I see one was that as my nephew presented the cake to me, he asked me that he wanted to be the one to blow it for me. By the way, my 5-year old nephew has this habit of blowing candles on any cake he sees. And yup, he did succeed of blowing the six candles on the cake! 

Photos by: Sukito San

food moment: MALANDI and MAYABANG Bread

     Whenever I am having these two breads, ‘Malandi” and  “Mayabang”, as merienda every afternoon or for breakfast with coffee or juice on the side, I can’t help myself but laugh a little and smile. It does not only take away my hunger but also removes my stress in down moments just by remembering the names of these pastries. It’s like you’re eating the most flirtatious and the most arrogant food in town. Although their aliases doesn’t necessarily speak for their tastes and characteristics. In fact, it presents itself  humbly which were being sold in small bakeries and not in extravagant stores.

     “Malandi” is a Filipino term for “Flirt” and “Mayabang” is a Filipino term for “Arrogant”. Actually, I have no idea if why these two local Pinoy breads where named that way. I see no connection aside from their distinctive colors. The “malandi” bread has this red color of spread in the middle while the “mayabang” bread has this bluish violet spread within it. These oval pastries which is as the size of any ordinary bread specifically the “pandesal” tastes sweet and yummy at the same time. They were sold in small bakeries in town and it can’t be seen in any branded or commercial bakeshop. You can buy them for the price of two pesos each (Php 2.00). Presently, their names have evolved and were seldom called this way anymore. Filipinos has really this weird, funny, and humorous ways of naming anything under the sun most especially with the native food found in our country. For me, this behavior of giving funny names only shows the happy side of being a Filipino despite its economic problems which is now in the process of recovery.

     The “Malandi” and “Mayabang” bread is definitely not only good tasting but fun tasting at the same time. It’s a classic pastry which will make you smile every bite. Happy eating 🙂

(Photos taken by: Sukito)

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