Month: August 2017

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Sea Breeze Café, Boracay, Philippines

Definition of buffet: Let loose.

Check out my review on Sea Breeze Café.

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Maybe you would like to read about my other blogs about Boracay?

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines – Relax, Shop, Enjoy.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Heaven On Earth.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Love To Eat.

 

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Aria Cucina Italiana, Boracay, Philippines

Italian food with beach life. Vacation complete.

Check out my review on Aria Cucina Italiana

Click here:  Yelp |  Google Maps  | Tripadvisor

Maybe you would like to read about my other blogs about Boracay?

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines – Relax, Shop, Enjoy.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Heaven On Earth.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Love To Eat.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Ti Braz Creperie & French Bistro, Boracay, Philippines

Crepes and the beach life. Perfect combination.

Check out my review on Ti Braz Creperie & French Bistro

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Watch how they make their crepes here!

Part 1: Crepe Making at Ti Braz  | Part 2: Crepe Making At Ti Braz

Maybe you would like to read about my other blogs about Boracay?

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines – Relax, Shop, Enjoy.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Heaven On Earth.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Love To Eat.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Love To Eat.

One of the best parts of beach life is to surrender to all the delicacies and cuisines that surrounds you. I am always looking for the type of food I can hold in my hand while walking around or even sit by the beach and sip on something cool and refreshing.

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The beach life. It’s like no other feeling. I realize now that I make every effort to visit Boracay for one or some of several reasons. You may have some of your own perhaps.

You worked hard for that beach body.

You had a stressful year and need to unwind.

You haven’t been to the beach for the longest time.

You just need to get away. Period.

For me, it’s not just the beach life but it’s for the food with the beach life. So I say to myself, “Throw everything out the window and let my appetite take it’s course because this is my vacation and I earned it.”

This is how I feel when I’m in Boracay. I want to explore. I want to enjoy. I don’t want anything to hold me back. Well, as long as I’m not overdoing it.

I start off with a little bit of coffee in the morning. Beach view. Clear mind. Calm weather. Bright. Beautiful.

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After a few sips and staring out into the view, I completely lose track of time. Some time later my breakfast arrives. I’m not even thinking about how hungry I am until I look down at the most appetizing meal. A cup of garlic rice, marinated pork tocino, sunny-side up egg, with a little garnish of lettuce and cherry tomatoes. Delicious!

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As the morning passes on slowly, there are a few places I frequently visit every time I travel here. The first place I usually hit is a place called “Aria Cucina Italiana”. Like most places that have a beach view, I prefer to eat indoors because people like to sit around the outside seating area and smoke vigorously. I love the food here! Pastas and pizzas are such comfort food at the beach.

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Aglio Olio
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Al Fume
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Gnocci
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Margherita Pizza

Soon after our fulfilling meal, we walk on over next door to “Aria Gelato” for some cold, refreshing, yup-you-guessed-it, GELATO.

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We like to switch up the afternoon snack between a couple of places. There is this small café called “Ti Braz” that had gone through some renovations. They specialized in serving light breakfast and snacks but now added power shakes and alcohol drinks to their two other businesses just inside their café. I highly recommend choosing any of their crepes. Any type of fruit inside a heated pastry then topped with a scoop of ice cream makes for an amazing afternoon snack.

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Take a look at how this delicious crepe was made by clicking on both links below. I can watch this all day.

Part 1: Crepe Making in Boracay, Philippines

Part 2: Crepe Making in Boracay, Philippines

During our last visit to Boracay we decided to try a place called Halowich.  They make fruit sundaes and chilled desserts. It is so refreshing to have a cold dessert melt in my mouth! Tropical fruits mix so well in a dessert. If you don’t believe me, look at the size of the bowl that some kids next to us ordered. Stuffed with loads of mangoes and papaya. It was bigger than my hand!

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At night, there are so many choices where to eat. You can eat at one of your favourite restaurants and sit alongside the walkway closer to the beach side. Sip on a cool drink while looking at the breathtaking night views.

Sometimes we ate indoors and enjoyed the convenience of air conditioning with less chances of being bothered by beach vendors and insects.

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To be honest with you, I enjoyed eating both indoors and outdoors.

Taking part in the foodie life is such a wonderful experience. If you ever find your way into Boracay, you must have a taste of every type of food it has to offer. Writing this food blog now is making me daydream about my next trip to Boracay. When I find more things to eat there, I will definitely blog about it.

Check out my other blogs on visiting Boracay, Philippines.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines – Relax, Shop, Enjoy.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation

RECIPE REVIEW: Weber’s Korean Beef Barbeque “Kalbi”

I give a lot of credit to WEBER’S WAY TO GRILL for providing the public with a very famous Korean BBQ recipe: Kalbi. It actually comes with quite a few other recipes but this particular one caught my eye.

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This is one of my all-time favourite dishes. Hot off the grill and served with some side dishes becomes a great meal for your family and friends. My dad would always buy pre-marinated Kalbi at the Korean grocery store and grilled it up on our own barbeque. I started to realize that it can get a little expensive so Weber’s recipe made it easy for me to try in my own home.

This is the recipe how it came straight out of the book. After this part, I have revised and included what I did differently on materials and instructions for all of you to compare on which method you might like to try. Obviously, I like mine!

WEBER’S KALBI RECIPE
  • Serves: 4 – 6
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 2-4 hours
  • Way To Grill: Direct high heat (450F to 550F)
MARINADE
  • 1     asian pear (baseball size), peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
  • 3     scallions, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 6     large garlic cloves
  • 2     cups water
  • 3/4  cup soy sauce
  • 1/3  cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4  cup rice vinegar

  • 12   flanken-style beef ribs, about 4 pounds total and ½ inch thick
  • 2     tablespoons toasted sesame seed
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In the bowl of a food process, finely chop the pear, scallions, and garlic, Add the remaining marinade ingredients. Process until well combined.
  2. Put the ribs in a large bowl and pour in the marinade. Mix well to coat the ribs evenly. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours
  3. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat.
  4. Brush the cooking grates clean. One at a time, lift the ribs and let the liquid and solid bits fall back into the bowl. Discard the marinade. Grill the ribs over direct high heat, with the lid open, until they are nicely charred on both sides and cooked to a medium or medium-rare doneness, 3 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from the grill and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
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Pat Dry Beef Short Ribs
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MY VERSION
  • Serves: Between 2 – 3
  • Prep Time: 15 – 20 minutes
  • Marinating Time: At least 4 hours
  • Way To Grill: Direct high heat (400F)
MARINADE
  • 1     asian pear (baseball size), peeled
  • 3     scallions, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 6     large garlic cloves (use a garlic press)
  • 1/4  cup water
  • 1/2  cup soy sauce
  • 1/3  cup brown sugar
  • 1/4  cup mirin (Buy at an Asian grocery store or specialty grocery store that sells Asian ingredients

  • 2     pounds Beef chuck short ribs and ½ inch thick
  • tablespoons toasted sesame seed (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Clean beef short ribs thoroughly under cold water especially around the bones to remove and small shavings. Pat dry to remove and excess water. Place into a large 9” x 13” glass container (not metal or plastic). Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, use a large grater (easier to clean) or mandolin slicer for the pear first. Discard the core. Then add all the remaining marinade ingredients. Quickly mix with a fork until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Pour the marinade into the glass container. Mix well to coat the ribs evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  4. Prepare the grill for direct cooking at 400F.
  5. Brush the cooking grates clean. One at a time, lift the ribs and let the liquid and solid bits fall back into the bowl. Discard the marinade. Grill the ribs over 400F, with the lid closed as much as possible. Keep a close watch so that the flames do not burn the beef. Turning 1 or 2 times only, 3 to 5 minutes per side, until they are nicely charred (not burnt) on both sides and cooked to a medium doneness. Remove from the grill and sprinkle with the sesame seeds if you like.
TIPS
  1. You can purchase beef short ribs at several Asian grocery stores. Start small with purchasing them pre-packaged. Try to get as close to 2 pounds if possible. You can also buy one slab and request to have it cut to ½” slices but it will be much more than 2 pounds.
  2. If buying a slab and having it cut, make sure you instruct the butcher ½” slices. Too thin will burn in the grill and too thick will take forever.
  3. Cleaning the beef short ribs is very important. I have bitten into small shards of bones so take the time to properly clean.
  4. You can use toasted sesame seeds as they do in the restaurants. Personally I don’t use it because it comes in a small bottle that will take a long time to use up.
  5. My method takes a little longer only because I take the time to wash and pat dry the beef short ribs.
  6. Serve with rice, kimchi, or other types of small side dishes that can be purchased at the Asian grocery store.
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Kalbi With Rice And Kimchi

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we do! It is a real meal and party winner in our books!

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Joey Sherway – Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.

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On your way to Sherway Gardens? Say hi to Joey!

Check out my review on Joey Sherway.

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TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Heaven On Earth.

After enjoying the sunset, the walkway and D’Mall became full of tourists. It was so crowded that it was difficult to even find a place to eat. Happy hour started as early as 4pm so there would be a party crowd as early as 8pm. Drinks are fairly cheap even if you purchased canned beer at the local convenience store.

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I never really enjoyed partying and consuming large quantities of alcohol so I like to turn in early and try to catch some of the early morning sun. It’s pretty cold around 6am so there aren’t too many people around but I do happen to catch some moments that answers why I liked to wake up so early. As soon as my feet touched the sand, I know that I have reached Heaven On Earth.

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After walking around the beach for a while, I like to retreat back a little to see the view behind the trees. It feels as if I’m looking threw a picture frame with the sky and water within arm’s reach. It’s also an outlook of how the morning succeeded from the night before.

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About 30 minutes walking distance along the white beach, we found a small island that is frequently visited by tourists. It sits just meters away from the beach shore. With the water up to our knees, we had to walk into the water to reach the first climb of steps.

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Just above the first landing was a small grotto that held a statue of The Virgin Mary. I would see some people clutch their rosaries and say a few prayers as they passed by.

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We would walk around the small island and snap photos. Out of the hundreds of photos I took, I think I liked this one the most.

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Walking back, we happened to see a beachside resort setting up a small wedding and reception. We were so happy to catch this moment. How wonderful it was to see that a happy couple would exchange their wedding vows and celebrate their special day with family and friends by the beach!

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As the day slowly turned into evening, we walked along the beach with slippers in hand, taking photos. The heat quickly moves on and a slight cool breeze set in. We would watch people enjoying the last minutes of the sun before it snuck underneath the horizon.

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We would sit and watch the colour of the sun change colour from a large yellow-ish ball to a tiny orange no bigger than a thumbnail. I still remember how much I became so hypnotized with the reflection of the light off the water. I could sit and watch the sunset in Boracay every night and not even look at my watch. Time doesn’t mean anything when it feels like you’re in heaven – except when you realize it’s time to go back to reality.

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