A Very Girly Lunch Out!



Sabroso Merienda

Zamboangeños really know how to eat.
Even for merienda (afternoon snack), we really go all the way.

Just the other day, I had these heavenly snacks.

Knicker Bocker — cold dessert of mixed fruits, gelatin, home-made strawberry ice cream and the secret “Melba sauce”.

Saging Rebusao — fried banana coated with brown sugar

If ever you’re in the city, be sure to not miss them!

Pho Adventures

Pho (/fʌ/; Vietnamese: phở pronounced [fəː˧˩˧]) is a Vietnamese dish consisting of broth, noodles made from rice, a few herbs, and meat.


There was not a day in Ho Chi Minh that we did not eat pho!
Everywhere we went, pho was being served.
In restaurants, in marketplaces, and even on the streets.


Just to challenge ourselves, we embarked on a quest to find the best pho in Saigon. We read somewhere that it’s a must to try Pho 24. So we used good ‘ol google maps and began our journey. After almost what seems to be an hour of walking and still no Pho 24 in sight, it’s time to admit defeat. We settled for this quaint little noodle shop on Pasteur street instead.




We were surprised. Of all the places we’ve eaten pho, this was actually the most homey, most flavorful, and has the most authentic-feeling of all. We found out later that day that there was a Pho 24 just on the street next to where we were staying. The noodles there was good but not as good as the ones served in Pho Hoa Pasteur.



I miss pho. I miss eating in Saigon.

See related post here.
(Photo credits to Tatia)

I miss Bangkok!

I miss the rides…

… pink taxis.

… free bus.

… the tuktuks.

I miss the food…

…street food!

…iced coffee!

…super iced sodas!

I miss the shopping…

…floating market!

…Chatuchak Weekend Market!


I miss the culture…


… Siam Niramit!

… palaces!


… buddha and temples!

I miss the life…

 … backpackers!

… foot and thai massage!


… signs I cannot understand!

Most of all, I miss the warm greetings…

“Sawaatdee Kah!”

No deliveries? Let’s have Brunch!

In our Miami  home, it’s recently a rare occasion when we are able to be able to prepare a meal together.  It’s because we have become so busy with work and with what little life we have. But today, Bianca, Rico, Tatia, and I were able (or forced?) to do this because of:
1. Lack of funds.
2. Leftover food from Jean.
3. Powerlessness to go outside.
We woke up around noon and decided to make our bellies shut up by cooking everything edible we have in the kitchen.

1st on the menu was Tatia’s Fried Rice!

Major Ingredients: leftover rice, leftover beef tapa, egg
Steps: Well, it’s pretty straight forward really… or so I thought!
Where I grew up, we make fried rice just by chopping all ingredients to desired size, fry them, and then mix the rice. And even if the rice is cold because it’s straight from the refrigerator, we just use it as is. But I was shocked when Tatia placed the rice in a container and started pouring water in it! Apparently, this practice is acceptable and also being done in Bacolod. They “clean” the already cooked rice before mixing it. Weird. Anyway, the unusual method had no negative effect to the final output because the fried rice was DELICIOSO! 😀

Next was Fried Bacon by Rico Marco!

Major Ingredient: lots and lots of bacon…
Steps: According to Rico Marco, first take the bacon out of the packaging. Then drop all the meat to a hot pan and just leave it there. Done! 😛

Last but not the least, Crab and Corn Soup by Bianca!

Major Ingredients: Knorr’s Instant Crab and Corn Soup, egg, 2 and 1/4 tazas water
Steps: Please see back of Knorr’s Instant Crab and Corn Soup package.
…and where was I amidst all this? Taking the pictures of course! hahaha
Well, I’m not totally useless… I was the one who chopped garlic for Tatia! That counts for something, right? :p

Till next brunch!