Monday, February 21, 2011

Bohol Food Trip: Jo's Chicken Inato

Jo's Chicken Inato
Carlos P. Garcia East corner Matig-a Street
Tagbilaran City
Date of visit: February 13, 2011

We had our lunch at Jo's Chicken Inato before going to my father's hometown in Loay, Bohol.

It was a bad hair day for me, literally. From Dumaluan Beach Resort in Panglao where we stayed for 4D/3N, we rode a habal-habal (the ever reliable mode of transpo in Panglao, folks!) to the waiting shed, waited for almost 20 minutes for an old baby bus which brought us to Tagbilaran City, rode the jampacked baby bus (and finally met Spiderman - but that's another story) to the city and rode a tricycle to finally savor this much-talked about chicken meal!

Yes, a very long ride with fresh rural air. Forget the hair dryer.

The resto reminds me of the old houses in Bohol during my childhood days. Now, all you see are mansions, er, big concrete houses along the main road.

In lieu of those substandard napkins

Chicken inato meal for me

Kangkong to share

And chicken inato for my fiancé (yes, that's right!)

Buko pandan delight to cap our delicious chicken meal

Then off to sunny Loay we went!

Bohol Food Trip: DBR Grill

DBR Grill
Dumaluan Beach Resort
Panglao, Bohol

DBR Grill is most jampacked during dinner time. Why? It's the most convenient and affordable eating places in the heart of Bolod Beach - where two of the most popular beach resorts in Panglao is located, namely, Dumaluan Beach Resort and Bohol Beach Club. If you want the Boracay ambiance, then the most obvious choice would be Alona Beach. But if you want privacy and less noisy crowd, then head to Bolod Beach.

We spent our dinner here for three nights in a row. Oh, for the love of grilled Pinoy food.  

Foreign tourists usually troop to DBR Grill for seafood platter and some cold beer. Obviously, they came from the nearby Bohol Beach Club. On the other hand, Pinoy tourists (mostly DBR guests) go to DBR Grill for dinner. That simple.

Note that DBR Grill is right in front of the Bolod Beach. It's unpretentious dining amidst the sound of waves and cold night breeze. Below are the food we ate.

Sinigang na hipon, grilled pork belly and teeny-tiny chorizo and RICE!!! An order of sinigang na hipon can feed 3 to 4 persons and hey, they don't scrimp on the shrimps!


Kinilaw na tuna, pork barbecue and grilled pork belly and RICE!!! Their kinilaw is to die for. So, on the...

... we got kinilaw again, inihaw na pusit (which, BTW, is too expensive for Php 280) and kinamatisang bulad (or dried fish cooked with lots of tomatoes) and RICE!!! It's a mortal sin not to try kinamatisang bulad because it's very delish!

And it's also a mortal sin if you miss their fruit platter. A healthy dessert indeed.

Bohol Food Trip: The Buzzz

The Buzzz
G/F, Island City Mall
Tagbilaran City
Date of visit: February 12, 2011

No need to buzz in

What's the buzzz?

Lemongrass and mango shakes and complimentary camote bread and homemade mango & pesto spreads

Herbed rice, honey cured ham and fried egg

Spareribs, organic rice (with camote slice) and fruits

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bohol Food Trip: Kan-anan Restaurant & Bar, Dumaluan Beach Resort

Kan-anan Restaurant & Bar
Dumaluan Beach Resort
Panglao, Bohol
February 12, 2011

After checking in to our seemingly pricey room at DBR (we booked a couple of weeks before HVD, that's why), we got hungry. So we decided to check out the in-house resto of this resort and the menu was more than enough to whet my appetite.

The menu with all the superlatives (to make you crave and order more, duh)

Fresh flowers and nice big jars

Grilled veggies (tomato, onion, eggplant, green bell pepper and zucchini)

Seafood pasta drenched in rich crab fat (sorry, forgot the dish name)

This dish is called "DBR Special". It's made of sweet ripe bananas wrapped in fatty bacon then deep fried and topped with hard-boiled eggs. Yummy!

Bohol Food Trip: The Prawn Farm

The Prawn Farm
G/F Island City Mall
Dampas District
Tagbilaran City
February 15, 2011

Before our flight to Manila, we dropped by at the Island City Mall for a quickie lunch. Since we didn't want to waste one precious minute...

... we flipped hurriedly through this haggard menu and told the wait staff in Cebuano (with my trying hard Boholano accent to complete my pleading) that we're in a hurry.

Hmmm.. Yes, my guess was right. This ain't a quickie lunch.

Drinks first. Four seasons for me and green mango shake for my fiancé

Clear beef broth to start with...

... and peanuts to make us wait and wait.

Finally, the main dishes arrived.

Grilled squid for fiancé

Grilled prawns for me. Hey, it's THE Prawn Farm after all. Yummy as in fresh & buttery.

Mango maja blanca to end our so-called quickie lunch.

Bohol Food Trip: Bohol Bee Farm

Bohol Bee Farm
Brgy. Dao, Dauis
Panglao, Bohol
February 14, 2011

For the greatest V-day ever in our lives, we decided to go to Bohol Bee Farm. Two major reasons kept me giddy happy en route to this famous farm in Panglao: (1) I just got engaged and (2) it's Happy Hearts Day! Although my Canon Ixus gave up on me 2 hours prior to our V-day lunch, I mustered enough guts to just let my worries be swept by the wind. Big, big effort on my part!

And a big, big effort to make this a candid shot.

Cabcab with pesto & mozzarella dip

Spicy ginger-mango & peanut butter-mango shakes

Just got engaged

Organic garden salad that made BBF famous & lasagna for me. Two thumbs up for the lasagna.

Grilled fish, organic red rice with camote and organic garden salad for fiance

I love the honey mustard dressing

Malunggay ice cream to end our HVD lunch

One and only downside is you have to endure a rocky ride (Panglao tourism people, hello!) before you immerse yourselves in this lovely farm.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Booksale Loot 4

February 5, 2011
Booksale Shopwise Cubao

Clockwise from left: The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares, Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout, and Strand of a Thousand Pearls by Dorit Rabinyan

Booksale Loot 3

February 2, 2011
Booksale Shopwise Cubao

2011 so far has underwhelmed me, but February always underwhelms me. Or I'm just overreacting/too excited to worry/bored. Good thing KHFC and HVD are just around the corner to keep me excited. But boredom really sets in once in a while. And that's when Booksale comes into play to fill the gaps of boredom. 


Friday Food Trip @ SM Makati Food Court

February 4, 2011
SM Makati Food Court

I made two violations yesterday both in my so-called corporate refugee life and in my cleansing diet: (1) I exceeded the 45-minute "legal" break; and (2) I had nata de coco in my drink and ate sour mangoes with bagoong (shrimp paste, dahlings). Thank God, the corporate "elites" were no longer in sight and my tummy did not make a protest, not even a hint.

One of my favorite malling must-haves - super taro ice (Php 70)
from Quickly

My eyes literally wandered in silence at the food court until I saw this interesting food stall. Aha! Mango with bagoong in a food court? Talk about street food level-up!

 Craving taste buds, be still!

After choosing the spicy and salty levels of your bagoong and the chopping galore, here they are...

Singkamas with bagoong (Php 10) and mangga with bagoong (Php 20)

Random food trips are always the best, don't you think?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Booksale Loot 2

February 1, 2011
Booksale Shopwise Arcade

They surely add variety to my book collection. Weeeeeeeeee!


Want Some Butterscotch Tikoy?

Home sweet home
February 1, 2010

This was my little contribution in attracting good luck and prosperity in the Year of the Metal Rabbit.

Butterscotch tikoy (Php 140) we bought in Eng Bee Tin - Quentin Paredes branch

A whiff of butterscotch filled my nostrils as I lifted this glutinous rice cake from the box. Then I started chopping it to small slices. Hmmm. If only I could omit the egg from this process, I would. I'm not a big fan of egg-coated tikoy.

Beat it, baby, then dip!

Tell me, will this help me attract good luck? Hope so.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

President Tea House

President Tea House
Salazar Street
Binondo, Manila
January 30, 2011

What better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year but to have a taste of authentic Chinese food at Chinatown? 

The menu and the camera flash (darn)

Bird's eye dumplings


Milk teas

Sauteed shrimps and vegetables with steamed rice

Seafood pancit canton

Yum yum

Yes, that's my name minus the "E".