Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lin's Kinilaw in Misamis Oriental: Back Riding and Boodle Fight Evening

Riding in the back of a pickup truck doesn't look glamorous and lady-like at all but what the heck, it's fun! Life feels less restricted and the rider more carefree. You can see the road at a different angle and you see everything in panorama. The heat of the sun licks your skin and the cool wind blows every strands of your being and mess your hair as the vehicle pick up speed. Ahh, it makes me feel young again and the world becomes my playground. But of course, I'll only do that in rural places where nature seems to thrive more than commerce such as Laguindingan in Misamis Oriental. my hometown.

Laguindingan is fortunate to be blessed by nature. Beaches, mountains and forests surrounds the area.

Five years from now, things will certainly change. For sure, when that time comes, no traces of the dusty, rustic and provincial life will be recognized. And the place would start to feel like Manila, a place that I love and hate at the same (I never thought it could be possible but it is). A back ride by then would sound danger than fun.

The photo above was taken while we were heading to a new restaurant called Lin's Kinilaw in Libertad, another municipality in Misamis Oriental.

We arrived at Lin's famished. It feels like a long ride from Laguindingan. We had to pass several municipalities and some road constructions. Nevertheless, the ride was worthwhile because the dinner was awesome. Thanks to Tito Dadoy, the incumbent Vice Mayor in Laguindingan, who scheduled it all and made this mini-reunion possible. He officially announced that he is running for mayorship.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Lin's Kinilaw, Misamis Oriental

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Missy Bon Bon: Cagayan de Oro's Homegrown Breadshop/Resto

Living in a Pampanga, known as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, for 18 years, I seems to have developed my taste buds for a strong liking on flavorful dishes. With that, I also seems to naturally develop the inclination to cook and the attitude of always on a look-out for a good place to eat and hang-out.

While staying in Cagayan de Oro, I get myself acquainted to the city and, at the same time, trying to discover for myself some nice homegrown restos that would make any Kagayanon proud.

I haven't read articles stating Cagayan de Oro as a food destination--travel destination, yes, but not food destination. But I always believe that in every place, there is something good to eat. And yeah, I am right. Food lovers--I am no exception--will always find their way to good food. I am happy that I find my way to Cagayan de Oro's pride and homegrown breadshop/resto: Missy Bon Bon.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Missy Bon Bon, Cagayan de Oro


I've been intrigued by the Missy Bon Bon kiosk at Ayala Centrio Mall. I always wanted to try something out from the store only to backed out because I don't know what to choose.

I came across Missy Bon Bon again through a delicious pancake photo by fashion blogger David Guison on Instagram. That prodded me to do a few research.

Missy Bon Bon is a sister company of Bigby's and Boy Zugba. These restos are operated by Bigby's Quality Foods Corporation.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Missy Bon Bon, Cagayan de Oro

Friday, March 6, 2015

Boodle Fight Experience in Cagayan de Oro

Boodle fight, as the urban dictionary explains, is a military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the "eating combat". With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Boodle Fight
messy boodle fight table in B&W

According to Choose Philippines website, boodle fight also uses newspapers instead of banana leaf. Though eating with bare hands is a Filipino custom, this way of eating was devised by cadets of the Philippine military Academy (PMA), and does not represent authentic Philippine culture, but instead symbolizes fraternity and equality among PMA members by their sharing the same food without regard to rank. 

Eating with our bare hands is common but sharing the food with everybody is different thing. To some, this may be repulsive. Of course, we can't blame them. It is not being maarte but the thought of sharing or getting something else aside from the food is quite gross.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gustav Cafe, Angeles City: Pasta Serena

Pasta noodles like rice is bland when eaten by itself. But when you mix it with the right stuff, you turn it into a good meal. And similar to rice, it can be addictive/

When I crave for some pasta dishes while in Angeles City, a great place to grab one is at Gustav Cafe. Their pasta serena is my personal fave. Using angel's hair pasta in red sauce, they topped it with generous amount of shrimp and mussels and mixed it with some olives and green bell pepper.

Unlike the sweet Filipino-style spaghetti, Gustav's pasta serena is a bit sour, which is what I love. You can really taste the tomatoes in it.

So, if you are into Italian-style pasta, this is a must-try.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Gustav Cafe
Pasta Serena

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Gustav Cafe

Check out my previous blog posts: Gustav Cafe, Angeles City

Gustav Cafe
- Balibago, Angeles City
- Nepo Quad
- Super 8, Santo Rosario St.