Sustainability: Easter Reflections on growing your own food

“Why wait to die to experience heaven when we can create mini heavens here on earth.”

That quote was a thought years ago. Besides, in the Christian religion, Jesus died to save us, so why are some people still suffering? There are many factors.. but some of these problems have solutions.. it may not be easy at first, or it may require a long time but it can be done.

Easy to say.. In my case.. Easy to write.

The Philippines is a tropical paradise where plants grow 24/7.. It’s not like winter where everything freezes and plants die if they don’t get proper insulation.. well we don’t have winter alright, we just have typhoons and floods xD.. that’s another problem that needs another solution.

Going back to growing your own food, this is a very good example of how a family who lives in a small area can be self sustainable.



Do you know other communities who are self sustainable? Once I start that long journey, I might visit them too.. These are places that are mini heavens and delivers the promise of salvation so that people will not go hungry. Food security then is solved.

Where to eat in Cebu: Not just your ordinary eateries in Cebu

Where to eat in Cebu: Not just your ordinary eateries in Cebu

Lechon is the first thing that comes into mind for many people who visit Cebu. So I will not feature them already.. ^_^

I’ll aim to showcase the authentic (and sometimes underground) local eateries and dishes in the area. So sorry if you are looking for posh places to eat around Cebu, these are for people with strong stomach only ^_^

 

1. Pungko pungko

I always thought that in the Filipino tradition, we eat food using our bare hands inside the house or in informal gatherings only.. That is why in India and Indonesia, I was surprised when people are eating with their hands even in posh restaurants.. like KFC.

Apparently, I was wrong when I say we only eat with our hands only inside the house. In this part of the country, people do enjoy eating with their hands in public places. Pungko pungko anyone? ^_^

For those interested, there are lots of pungko pungo places in Cebu. But we ate somewhere around Fuente, Juana Osmena street right after Fuente Pension House before HP Diagnostics.


pungko pungko in Cebu

2. Kabayoan

I know I’m trying to be a vegetarian.. in fact, I eat more veggies than meat nowadays. But for the curious who want to try out something different, visit the place below. Although for me, I think that will be the last time I will get to eat a horse. I’d rather have it as a pet than have it for my dinner.


More details at http://grasya.com/2014/06/where-to-eat-horse-in-cebu/

3. Larsian

Most tourists come here so this place is kinda popular. It’s like a carinderia where all eateries are beside each other. And you can eat with your hands too. Check out their barbecues and their rice wrapped in leaves. For digital nomads, check out the free wifi too.


rice wrapped in leaves
Larsian is located at Fuente Osmena, Cebu City. Here’s my aunt when she first came to Cebu.


larsian in Cebu

4. Part Ebelle

I have eaten Tanigue/Tanguingue or spanish mackerel in this place. It’s kinda awesome for me because the fish servings are big. Visit them at Mabolo Proper Juan Luna Extension, North Reclamation Area

It’s actually walking distance near SM Cebu, check it out if you are near the area.


yellow finn

5. Ekit Food Haus

Ok, to be honest, not sure why the place is very famous, it’s even featured in a newspaper..


ekit food hause in cebu
Ekit food haus is located at Tandang Sora, Kasambagan, Mabolo, Cebu City. From the outside, it looks like just any ordinary house in the street. But once you found yourself inside, there are actually lots of people eating. My cousin says he hangs out with his law schoolmates here.. Order pochero if you fancy. And don’t forget to ask for their version of bagoong.

pochero in Ekit Food Haus, Cebu


So those are interesting eateries that I found in Cebu. Price range for these eateries is very affordable and ranges from 50-100 pesos per person. The catch is that these eateries are not for weaklings errrr I mean, those who are meticulous about their food. Not everyone gets to eat food with sometimes flies around and not get sick after.

Anyway, have you found another interesting authentic culture filled eateries worth visiting? Share them away so I can visit them too next time I’m in Cebu ^_^

Want more? Check out Miss Eat section for more of my foodie finds.

What to eat in Hong Kong

For those celebrating, Happy Chinese New Year!

Sorry this is late posting because for the life of me I felt that the food that I’ve eaten in Hong Kong are very similar to the Chinese food in the Philippines… Example, Pancit, Taho, and Fishballs :D… yes that’s my friend, Enoch, who have visited me in Antique last year and ate all our coconuts and now it’s payback time for him to introduce me to Hong Kong streetfood.


fishball in Hong Kong
Well, there’s a slight difference from Fishballs in Hong Kong because they are not fried in oil but they are boiled instead.. and the sauce is spicy.

I tasted their very spicy noodles, I ate their rice and braised pork, even went as far as tasting their snake soup.. You know what I found? The food that I have tasted are like same same.. I’m such a lousy food blogger :))


hong kong food

But I knew there’s more to Hong Kong food than the usual HK Chinese food that we eat in Chinese restaurants.. I just need to dig in deeper into the culture.. Too bad my friend went to visit when I was about to leave already.. but lo and behold, the universe sent me someone online and she knows the culture very well! On my next visit, I hope Sarah will still be in Hong Kong, would love to hang out with her and see the authentic culture of the place. So what else is there to do and eat in Hong Kong? Check this out:


Click here on related articles about what to do in Hong Kong. Have fun!

10 Kinds of Food to Eat when in Colombia

10 Kinds of Food to Eat when in Colombia

Colombia is known for its coffee, emeralds, football and even its beautiful women, but this country has way more to offer than just that. How much do you know about its cuisine, for example? Here are some dishes that are worth mentioning, and definitively worth trying, while you are in this beautiful country.

1. Empanadas


empanadas
Whether it is empanada de carne, de pollo, mixta, de queso or de pipián, this is a little snack that you should absolutely try. An empanada is like a little pocket of dough that is filled with different things depending on the region where it is made. In the central regions of Colombia it is filled mostly with rice, meat or chicken (or both) and potatoes.
If you go for the empanada de pipián, which comes from the south-west region of Cauca, you should definitively add some ají de maní (peanut hot sauce) and drink a cold lulada (a beverage made of lulo and piñuela) to make this culinary experience even better!

2. Patacón con hogao


Patacón con hogao

Have you heard of the banana that is not a banana and you should cook before eating? Yes, that’s it! Plantain is the main ingredient of this delicious dish. After being squashed and fried, the patacón is served with a sauce made of onions and tomatoes (hogao) or sometimes with suero costeño, a sort of sour cream which is an important ingredient of many dishes in the Atlantic coast of the country.

3. Arepa


arepa
Just like the empanadas, there are many kinds of arepas. The ones you should definitively not miss are, however, the arepa con queso and the arepa de choclo. Made with corn flour, this delicious food can accompany your breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is also one of the important components of the Bandeja Paisa.

4. Bandeja Paisa


bandeja paisa
Paisa is an adjective used to describe the people from Antioquia, the region where this dish comes from. It is served in a big plate or tray (bandeja) where you find rice, red beans, grinded meat, a slice of avocado, a couple of chorizos, plantain and one or two small arepas. Can you believe paisas eat this for breakfast sometimes?

5. Ajiaco


Ajiaco
This chicken soup typical from Bogotá and its surroundings has a unique taste to it. Made with different kinds of potatoes, swiss chards, capers and milk cream, this dish makes for a perfect lunch in the Sabana.

6. Lechona

lechona
Do not freak out if you see the whole pig in front of you! Filled with yellow rice, peas, onions and spices, this pig is cooked for about 10 hours in a brick oven before it gets to your table.

7. Cuy

If you do not feel like eating your pet when trying out this guinea pig, you will definitively enjoy it. Cuy is a typical dish from the south region of Colombia, as well as other countries like Ecuador and Perú.

8. Hormigas Culonas

If you are feeling more adventurous, try the Hormigas Culonas. These nutritious ants are collected in the region of Santander, where only the queens are picked out. Their legs and wings are stripped before the ants are soaked in salty water and roasted. Up for the challenge?

9. Manjar blanco


manjar blanco
It is very similar to arequipe (something like caramel) and made of the same ingredients: sugar and milk. However, the consistency of the manjar blanco is a little bit harder. It is great to eat with buñuelos or cheese, but it is just as good if you simply deep your spoon in the totuma and have it without anything else!

10. Cocadas


cocadas
A typical dessert of the Colombian coast, this dish is made of a delicious mix of arequipe and shredded coconut.

Feel free to add more if you like. Be sure to bookmark this so you know what foods to eat when in Columbia.


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Author Bio: Maria Lucia Venegas Otoya is the latest contributor of this blog. This girl from Colombia spent many months traveling around the Philippines. She is currently in Cambodia and is set to travel the world.

Where and what to eat in Antique Part 2

Where and what to eat in Antique Part 2

Fresh fruits. This part of the Philippines is filled with natural resources. It also means this part is also filled with fresh fruits too. You can trek in the mountains and eat fruits for free. Or you can just simply ask your friendly neighbour for some guavas, atis, coconuts, duhat, etc.. I remember when I was in the Ati tribe, I just asked for an atis fruit and they simply gave it to me.. We gave them jollibee in return :D

If you don’t feel like asking, just go to the market and buy yourself some fresh foods.


atis fruit

Chao Long – At last! I don’t need to go to Palawan or Vietnam to get a taste of delicious Vietnamese Chao Long dish. The favorite soup is now in Antique. Well done entrepreneurial souls! This motivates me to re-open my coffee shop again. Anyway, for those who wants to taste the vietnamese dish in Antique, go to San Jose, then ride a tricycle and tell them you want to go this restaurant that serves Chao Long in Dalipe.


chao long in Antique

Shells – This is considered exotic to many including me.. Until I found out it’s a normal dish in the province. You can buy them at the market and let your homestay host cook it for you. It can really be challenging to eat one mind you.. have lots of patience.

shells in Antique

The interesting part is, if you live near the sea, you can eat shells for free.. just get it in the beach side..

Getting food in the beachside. Antique, Philippines

The shells there looks like this. So have you seen sea shells by the sea shore lately? :D Aren’t they yummy?

shell

This is part 2 of of the food trip series in Antique. For part 1, please go to http://grasya.com/2012/11/where-and-what-to-eat-in-antique/

There are also different kinds of fishes and varieties of kakanin, guess this topic needs a part 3.