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Paella Negra

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Some purist would argue that this is really arros negre since it is not paella in a traditional sense. It is similar to a seafood paella in preparation but cuttlefish ink or squid ink is added to give it its black color. I have been making traditional paella for many years now but I was somewhat intimidated to make this. After getting my hands on a bottle of cuttlefish ink, I was challenged to finally make it this weekend for special send off dinner. I have compared several recipes online…read more

Pollo Tropical

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Pollo Tropical is a fast food chain that started in Miami, Florida. It specializes in Caribbean cuisine and is known for its flame grilled marinated chicken, beans and rice. They opened a location is New Jersey sometime in 2009 and our family fell in love with its food. It’s our go to restaurant on lazy weekends. Sadly they closed down in 2012. When we went to Florida for a short vacation over the holidays we made it a point to visit a location. It was actually our first stop. We…read more

Pork Ribs Sinigang

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Sinigang na “baboy” (pork) is one of the most beloved Filipino dish. I would say that sipping a bowl is like a cure to homesickness since it would surely evoke memories of family dinners. Pork is the favored meat for sinigang in most households. Pork belly in particular is the popular choice. I on the other hand like to use pork ribs since it gives a more flavorful broth that is less greasy or fatty. To make, place 1 medium chopped onion, 2-3 chopped roma tomatoes and 1.5 – 2…read more

Leaky Cauldron – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

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We just came back from a trip to Universal Orlando to visit the new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. The place was simply amazing, it was like stepping into the world of Harry Potter. Anyway, I’m here to talk about our dining experience there, we chose to eat at Leaky Cauldron. Leaky Cauldron serves traditional British fare. A menu board is placed on both sides of the entrance, inside there are roped lines leading to the register where you place your order. After your…read more

Pork Sarciado in a Pretzel Bread Bowl

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After dining at Leaky Cauldron in Universal Studios and having their beef and lamb stew, I was inspired to make this dish. I wanted to make a Filipino version so I subsituted Sarciado for the stew. Sarciado in tagalog literally means sauced or any dish with a thick sauce. My sarciado is a recipe of my grandma which she passed down to me. I usually use beef to make sarciado but I didn’t have the right cut of beef in my freezer so I used pork instead. To make, saute…read more

Prime Rib Tapa

Posted by in Beef, Brunch

I served prime rib for our Christmas eve dinner and sure enough we had leftovers. So for Christmas day brunch I decided to make “tapa” from it. Tapa in tagalog is dried/cured meat which is then fried or grilled before serving. I didn’t exactly cure my meat but just quickly marinated it in a bit soy sauce, pepper and garlic powder. These are the seasonings that I use to make beef tapa. Then pan fried it in a little oil until both sides are seared and crisp at the edges….read more

Tendon Hannosuke

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One of the reasons we love going to Mituswa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ is their foodcourt. They have a number of restaurants that offer quality and authentic Japanese food. One of these is Tendon Hannosuke. This is not our first time to dine at this outlet. We just didn’t realize that this is part of the famous “Kaneko Hannosuke Restaurant in Nihonbashi.” It is a known fact that this restaurant has the longest queue in Tokyo. Customers would wait for an hour just to be seated. It just dawned on…read more

Lengua (Beef Tongue) with Mushroom Gravy

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Our local Sam’s club now carries beef tongue. It costs around 20 dollars for a 3 lb one. I consider lengua as a sort of a delicacy because of the time and effort that goes with it’s preparation. Offal or organ meats is widely used and consumed in the Philippines and most countries in Asia for that matter. This is my first attempt at making this dish. After consulting my mom and several recipes online this is what I came up with. First, rinse or wash your beef tongue really…read more

Hot Dog, Egg and Rice

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Comfort food is nostalgia, memories that reminds us of home cooked meals served at our parents house, snacks we used to eat as children, food that we used to hate but seem to long for now. Hot Dog and Rice is food nostalgia for me. In the Philippines and some parts of Asia, almost anything is eaten with rice and hot dogs are no exception. As a child we don’t eat hot dogs for lunch , we eat it for breakfast or snack. It is always served with white rice…read more

Frankenstein Bento

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Because it’s Halloween eve, it’s just fitting to create a bento with this theme in mind. I ran out of decofuri seasoning to color my rice green, so I used mashed peas instead. I boiled about a quarter cup of peas until really soft and mashed it real well. I then added this to about 1/2 cup of cooked white rice (make sure its warmed up a bit) and mixed it until well combined. I shaped the face of frankenstein using a plastic wrap. Then cut up some nori to…read more