Food Trip

We bond over food. We love checking out new restaurants, just for the fun of it.
Like many of our generation, we click before we eat. Sometimes though, we’re too hungry to bother.
We are not prolific food critiques, we’re just normal people who know good food. :)

Between the two of us, it’s the husband who cooks at home. Maybe someday I will too. But until then, I wouldn’t likely be sharing recipes on the blog. :)

Finally you get to see the Truffles!

I’ve been munching on these a lot lately:

Yes, ever since watching the 7th Heaven marathon on Studio 23 during the Holy Week and the twins lured the others into telling them their secrets over cookies and milk. I also discovered Double Stuff Oreos during a rare errand to MiniStop and have found it difficult to resist grabbing a pack (or two) when I see the shelves restocked.

I was exceptionally happy then to see Bakerella’s recipe for the yummy truffles. As I posted on the 24th, I finally made them:

I love them – very much. It took a lot of willpower to resist eating every piece in this package that I brought with me to work. All I thought was that I brought them to share and that I had to make them last until morning when Alfred comes in and that helped curb my desire to gobble them up.

I’ll make more on Tuesday or Wednesday because one of my friends at work wants to bring some on his out of town trip. Mmmhmmm.

Remember Vonda Shepard singing that in the intro credits to Ally McBeal? I’m listening to her music as I surf through the net. I just love the soundtrack for that TV series. I got the two CDs they came out with but I can’t seem to find them. So I’m listening through Music Messenger. It makes me feel good to sing along to those tunes. Even the slow ones lift me up. I’m not sure why.

Truffles a la Bakerella

Yesterday after work, we took Zune to the vet for a checkup. He’s been weak and has not been eating much lately. They checked his temperature and found he had a slight fever, they tested his blood but didn’t find anything. He has some meds to take and he does seem to be a little better today. Thank God.

After Alfred left for work just as soon as we’ve had lunch, I set out to do the Oreo Truffles from the famous Bakerella. I’ve been wanting to make those in about 3 weeks and only got the time and the cream cheese yesterday. They are so easy to make (although my hand kinda hurt after all the crushing, a food processor would have really come in handy) and they turned out very very yummy. I took some to work last night and those who tasted it liked it 🙂

I took pictures, but I couldn’t find the cable for my camera so I’d have to delay posting those. I made 46 small round truffles and the choco coating wasn’t as smooth as Bakerella’s. I used Semi-sweet baking chocolate because that’s what’s available to me. I will make those again sometime soon. To give away or to sell even. 🙂

I didn’t coat all of the balls in chocolate last night because I had to go. I wanted to do them again this afternoon but something is off with my chocolate – it just wouldn’t melt to the right consistency! I think it’s most probably because I refrigerated the semi sweet choco chips last night, and I probably shouldn’t have. So I only managed to coat a few pieces today. I will bring them to work again tonight. Hehe. Then tomorrow is another day for truffles! 🙂

Bacolod Chicken Parilla

Note: I just changed the IM control tonight because Tracy tried it out earlier and mentioned that the screen was too small to read actual conversations. When you click on the current button (as long as it shows my username, it means I’m online), a conversation window will pop-up and we can continue to chat even after you navigate away from my blog, as long as you don’t close the pop-up.

After work on Monday night, boyfriend and I decided to have dinner at this new place along Scout Reyes called Bacolod Chicken Parilla (or something similar). It opened just a few months ago. I pass by it every night to work and I’ve found it intriguing that there’s always a lot of people there, even at 11pm. It was time we checked it out ourselves.

As you approach the restaurant, there’s a sense of familiarity – everyone seems to know each other. It feels like a hangout, really. Plus you’re greeted by the guy that I perceived was the owner, though I’m not sure about that.

The grill is outside but even you take a table there you won’t necessarily smell like barbecue. Since the location of Parilla is somewhat like an exclusive village with public roads, there are trees around and you won’t smell car fumes, so it’s really okay to stay outside. Alfred and I chose to dine indoors though.

Aside from the usual chicken inasal, which was great by the way, we ordered Salmon Head Sinigang, a soup dish. Heaven! We loved it! One order is just enough for two, though honestly I could have eaten it all since I didn’t have rice. 🙂 It was so good I couldn’t wait to tell my dad and the rest of the family (who know how to appreciate good food) right away. I’ve posted before about how much Alfred and I love to eat and we’d really go back to spots we’ve had good experiences in, or new places that had raving reviews by friends. Parilla folks will definitely see us again, and again, and again. 🙂

It doesn’t hurt that it’s just a few minutes walk home too. So after the filling dinner that didn’t cost us a fortune, we were able to walk off some of it on our way home!

Hap Chan – overeating!

In our 8 years of being together, we’ve spent a lot of time (not to mention money) dining out. There have been times that we’d dine out fewer times than usual or we’d go for cheaper options, when we find that we didn’t have much extra dough to spend. Those occasions, I must admit, are few and far between though. Alfred has always maintained that, sure, we needed to scrimp on some things, but never on nourishment. He really would go all out for good food. Of course, there were times when we’d come out of a restaurant dissatisfied and would feel that money was not well spent, but there are more times that have us leaving very (very) happy. Last night’s dinner was one of those of the latter.

Since it was my off, boyfriend and I decided to go out after his shift at 6pm. It wasn’t particularly so we could eat out, but so he could go shopping for a pair of jeans. I wasn’t in a particular mood to shop, but I wanted to buy some essentials so I agreed anyway. After making our purchases, we had to decide where to eat. There are now a lot of options in Cubao/Araneta Center. There’s our favorite Boodle meals at Seafood Island, fastfood joints, SM and Gateway food courts, and many others. We were on our way to try The Aristocrat, when I saw the Hap Chan sign. We were just talking about Hap Chan a few days back and so I asked boyf if he wanted to go there, which of course, he did.

It wasn’t difficult to pick what we’d have, though I must admit, we seem to have chosen standards, and we weren’t adventurous at all.

Yang chow rice, camaron rebusado (fried shrimps), Lemon chicken, and fried tofu. We could have done without the shrimps but I wanted to have some. Or we could have had more than just fried tofu. But we were very happy with everything we ordered. So happy, that though there were only two of us, we wiped out everything!Call us gluttonous, call us pigs, haha. 🙂 We just know how to appreciate good food!

Good luck to dieting…

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