Remembering Batanes food…

Stranded in Batanes with nothing else to do, Mr. Z and I found solace in food. This wasn’t really easy to do. Food in the Batanes is dependent on the weather, and supplies of staples in the island can also be affected if the flights don’t come in (!!)

Meat like pork and beef come from Batanes itself - reason for the beautiful scenery of those cows grazing in the undulating valleys and hills. Most of the vegetables and other supplies have to come from Manila or neighboring areas like Tuguegarao. There wasn’t really an abundant supply of seafood, as people like us expected. Everything, it seems, was seasonal.

Yellow Rice and picnic food

A picnic on the beach is a must when you’re doing the requisite Batanes tour. A local caterer comes with the package, and they often prepare must-try Batanes food to give you an idea of what the locals eat. Among these are their delectable yellow rice, their adobo or lunis, steamed coconut crabs, and oved (strips of banana heart mixed with ground meat then formed into balls).

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Ever heard of Killion?

Killion, Quiapo

I’ve gotten a lot of searches and inquiries on this site regarding Killion Merchandising in Quiapo. Killion is a very familiar name among people in the food service industry. However, the connection escapes me since I don’t go to this store much; however, I presume you’d have more affinity with Killion if you own a restaurant, baking or catering business. What is good, as I found out from my last visit, is that you can buy retail items here too - useful for when you’re just buying cookies for the family and not the whole banquet.

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Read at the end of this post for your free ’spiked’ coffee from Delifrance

Delifrance bloggers' night

Delifrance (Philippines) just hosted a cozy get-together with us, bloggers, at a branch in Salcedo Village, Makati. This cafe is quite familiar to me.. there is one across my present office in UN Avenue, Manila. Delifrance is not as common as its sister company Jollibee though… maybe because the prices are at least three times higher here?

I’ve always complained, why is Delifrance more expensive?

Answer: because the shrimps in Delifrance’s seafood marinara actually taste like.. real shrimps! Plump and juicy (tell me if this is not the case with yours)

Coffee is always freshly-brewed (or else, the barista gets the bar)

The flour in their baguette and croissant are imported from the largest milling company in France, Grand Moulins de Paris.

In keeping with their classy, French image, Delifrance isn’t likely to introduce any rice dishes soon (you have to go o Jollibee for that)…. although their Premiere Roast Beef Sandwich looks like it will fill me for at least mealtimes.

We found out that a must-try at Delifrance is their Chocolate Lava Cake, a flourless chocolate cake with a liquid center … greatness in every bite!

Chocolate Lava Cake

A highlight of our bloggers’ dinner was a chance to be in the same table with William Tan-Untiong, President of Delifrance Philippines. I was left in awe, considering that he’s younger brother of Jollibee’s legendary magnate Tony Tancaktiong. Mr. Tan-Untiong proved to be very down-to-earth and sporty.

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Here’s the transcript of our slum book-style interview him:

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Here’s why some people don’t want to “moderate their greed”

“Moderate their greed,” as said by Romulo Neri to Jun Lozada in the full-blown ZTE scam, is my favorite phrase of the year.

Of course, people say the scrapped deal was disadvantageous to the government and would further widen the gap between this country’s rich and poor. Hmm, what about the gap between the rich and the greedy rich?

Here are some reasons why the already-rich won’t “moderate their greed” and would like to be filthy rich by all means possible: (as quoted/adapted from an old article in the Sunday Times of London clipped by this blogger)

Rich is a house in the country; very rich is a house in another country.

Rich is having two cars; very rich is having two chauffeurs . (heck, five chauffeurs even!)

Rich is owning offshore investments; very rich is owning offshore islands.

Rich is being able to hire an accountant; very rich is being able to fire an accountant.

Rich is a eating a large steak in a top restaurant… in New York! ; very rich is a large stake in a top restaurant… in New York!

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