Gluttonous, Glutinous, Guilty!
Tully's! Newly opened in Binondo.
How's that for global food? Of course there won't be tikoy at Tully's!
Fruit ,too (still completing eight kinds).
Also time to read up on predictions, signs and cures. Wouldn't hurt to ensure a good year.
I made it through Christmas and New Year not eating out or in (much) -except for regular Holiday food. It's "regular" when it consists of grilled meats, ham and bread. We didn't go for fancy cooking, as you can tell from my last posts. My friends were in hibernation, too, so except for two reunions where I only got to pig out in one (our host is in an expansive mood: plenty of food, catered and there's only a bunch of us so no sense wasting the bounty) and daintily shared lunch with body conscious forty somethings. One of the gang touts Amway products and the rest just had to know which ones answer our (ehem) particular needs to keep slim, maintain good skin and ward off anything that screams "aging". You know, degenerating eye sight, flab, jiggly arms, aches and pains, and the subject (new to us) of "maintenance" meds. It was a very looong, noisy lunch.
I was also busy working on some projects and my twin nephews on vacay meant cooking something on the fly when they drop by. It was fairly easy cooking - reheats, pasta with different sauces, cream dory fried with parmessan, or breaded fillets or Asian style (steamed with ginger and soy sauce), fried ham, and sinangag (fried rice with leftovers). It was how often people eat that made me feel like I am running a restaurant or catering - the dishes pile up so.
I wouldn't buy soda - we stock up during the Holidays so I couldn't avoid having some. Ah me of weaker will!
Mall fast food is a lot more interesting and global these days. If I do eat something more substantial I'd go for Mr. Kimbob's bibimbob (their brandname but its really bibimbap) . It's my low budget answer to a Korea Garden (in Jupiter St., Makati) craving. These days the craving is triggered by table scenes in all those Koreanovelas my mom watches. Looks like food and family mealtime is just as important - the characters are always eating and commenting on how good the kimchi was this year or how highly prized are abalones and ginseng.
Anyway! A Korean Garden spread is pricier so fast food bibimbap would do in a pinch.
There's more rice and sides of bean sprouts, julienned carrots, kangkong (swamp cabbage), cabbage and kimchi than meat but the sizzling plate it's on and the way it singes veggies and meat at the edges for a slight crisp, the tongue burning sriracha like pepper sauce makes you appreciate the rice and the fried egg on top. Dials down the heat a bit. Tip: don't have soda with spicy food, water is more soothing.
My friend Joy got time off between travels and was my eating buddy throughout, except we seem to want "plainer" food - Taco Bell, hole in the wall pasta and sandwiches at Cubao Expo and my favorite place Friuli Trattoria. I didn't like the pictures I took. If you don't have a good camera with you, low light, pale walls, brown meat and tomato sauce-d food does not make a good picture. The obsessive compulsive me cringe at the thought.
Thin and crispy and more blue-cheesy! Joy didn't like smelly cheese but ended up taking home the rest of the pizza hehe. I wistfully let her have it, since she saved me from gorging again, my law of compensation hehe. Besides, even days after I ate at Cyma (Greek Taverna), I am still feeling the Bifteka - wagyu burger with a thick slab of feta cheese on top! I finished the whole thing, along with several forkfuls of moussaka and a tiny bowl of lentil soup (too hearty for me). And I had those after a virtuous Roka Salata (salad). As if!
All these indulgence without exercise, sigh. My littlest toe got in the way of a plummeting (and full) Pepsi Max bottle. I was reaching for one in the case, not seeing another rolling along, getting caught in the soda case' molded plastic top and thumped my poor toe black and blue. Hurt real bad I couldn't put my weight on it.
So now I have to make up big time. But I don't resolve to, no. Pressure will make me stress eat! So I am biding my time. I managed two UP Sunday walks thus far (foot feeling better), taking along Puck the dog who now begs me to go more often. I thought Puck would lead me a merry pace, but led me on a chase instead. We stopped to enjoy live music for free via the Himigsikan but he was fidgety. I managed to sit him down for a whole set.
P.s. Puck and Finn loved the plain tikoy. Mom said I shouldn't feed them the egg dipped, fried and sugared slices.
We did the best we can cleaning some more before the Chinese New Year comes this weekend. I did some of the rituals on New Year's Eve, including setting out a prosperity plate of sorts with rice, salt and ginger. Here's a funny thing - the ginger shrivelled up and grew a shoot! That's great right? Do I plant it already or leave it on the plate. Any suggestions?