Viaje del Sol

Quezon Culinary Series 6: Quezon Sidetrips

There were a few sidetrips along the entire tour which are worth noting:

Pahiyas Samut Sari, Lucban
Buying pahiyas inspired products is perfect during offseason. We bought a weaved pandan throw pillow worth P120.


Graceland Estates & Country Club, Tayabas, Quezon
It’s has a nice clubhouse, sports facilities and amenities plus the main attraction of man made lagoon. All in the heart of Tayabas, Quezon.


Earth Keeper’s Garden, Tiaong, Quezon
Nice and cozy country feel ambiance. Worth noting is the dining area amidst the forest — really nice.

Anton

Viaje del Sol

Quezon Culinary Series 5: Kamay ni Hesus better than Field of Faith?

This one is really really awesome healing church and rosary hill!

This is one of the places that I would surely go back. This shot is taken while it is raining outside so we did not have a chance to savor the beauty of the place. When we are approaching Kamay ni Jesus, we just saw Jesus Christ statue on top of the mountain. Later we realized that it was a rosary garden where you have to climb 200+ steps as you pray the different rosary mysteries. As you can see in the bottom, there is the last supper and on top, the crucifixion. The Field of Faith never came close to the beauty of this rosary hill.

Kamay ni Hesus features a healing church with Fr. Joey Faller giving a healing mass every Monday and Saturday 9.30am. Approximately the place is just around for a year but there have been some pilgrimage already to this place. When we arrive there are still alot of construction going on in the parking lot. This is still in Lucban and would definitely be in our next itinerary when visiting Lucban.

Anton

#Restaurants

A Fresh Resto in Glorietta — Heaven & Eggs!

Not something to rave about but at least a new resto in Glorietta !

When I was passing by for lunch to Modern China in Glorietta yesterday, I happen to pass by and see heaven & eggs opened already. I guess it is opened for just a week and this is the 2nd branch of this resto chain by the same owner of the Red Crab chain. The 1st branch is in Tomas Morato and there are always alot of people lining up similar to this Glorietta branch during lunch time (located beside bread talk)

Fortunately today, the IDS team had a scheduled birthday treat for me 🙂 Its been a tradition that the bday boy is treated (for free) during lunch time by the team to a resto of his choice. So this was a chance to check out this interesting resto. The reason I wanted to eat here is that I missed Country Waffle’s Angus Tapa and I know that Heaven & Eggs serves this kind of food as well.

Upon entering the resto, you are welcomed with winged waiters, wall of clouds and these swinging chairs similar to Herrick’s. The menu really feels like country waffles where in fact, they serve small pancakes as complimentary. The star in the menu is the P230 Angus Tapa or the P205 Angus Burger which I ordered. After the meal, I did a quick poll if the food is worth raving about or if it really taste anything special — consistently, it is just OK. I’m expecting alot more given the price but looking for a killer taste for their Angus. (But I guess my expectations where a lot higher) But I’m glad that it was a bday treat where I enjoyed my Angus for free 😀

Thank you very much for all my office mates who joined for the lunch treat: Noel, Chris, Carlo, Susan, Zandro, Daniel, Kats, Candy, Andie, Meann, Karen, Jayan, Christian 🙂 Thanks alot guys!!

Anton

Viaje del Sol

Quezon Culinary Series 4: The secrets of Kiping & Longganisa Luban

Now I know how to make it…

After breakfast, we went on the culinary demo by Milada Dealo Valde (Ka Mila), owner of the koffee klatch and head of the Quezon provincial tourism council. Did you know that Kiping is made from Rice Galapong and can be eaten like kropek? Yes, it can be fried or grilled and perfect with a vinegar dip (see yellow kiping below). We liked the grilled one alot better 🙂 As you can see my focus is still food and not really how to make it. I guess I have admitted to myself that I don’t like cooking so I leave it up to my wife and her friends to figure out how to make it. BTW, kiping is the popular decoration they used during the pahiyas festival and almost all the houses in lucban knows how to do it.

The next demo was about the longganisa lucban or according to Mila, shortanissa because I began to be shorter than they used to make it. She stressed on using no preservative, using oregano, and making sure that it is air dried. Also, according to her, a longganisa without fats would be dry and that it why they still used pork with fats normally the neck part of a pig. My wife had a chance to pack a longganisa and it’s not an easy task — you need to have patience 🙂

Special for my blog readers, I have the recipes for making both so just email me at [email protected].

Anton

Awesome Festivals

The Eye of Hurricane Katrina


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Originally uploaded by mysterious chicken.

“Nature’s Hidden Beauty Inside the Fury”

“How can something so beautiful be so destructive?”

“This is an amazing shot. So impressive. It’s hard to believe something so beautiful has caused so much sorrow..”

These are some of the reactions to this beautiful picture of the Katrina’s eye. This is not a picture out of your tornado movie but an actual shot of the eye of the hurricane. Check out this photo set from myterious chicken.

Anton

Viaje del Sol

Quezon Culinary Series 3: Lucban Longganisa Breakfast!

Addicting Longganisa Lucban 🙂

After 3 hours of driving, we finally arrive in our first stop in Quezon. Now, this would be the start of our degustation. By this time, we are hungry from the trip because we only had snacks along the way in the interest of time. I’ve been to Quezon during Pahiyas and I should say it is worth visiting lucban not during the fiesta season on May 15. Also, you would have the time in the world, to savor what lucban has to offer.

Our breakfast was in Dealo’s Koffee Klatch and our breakfast consists of Pansit Lucban or popularly known as pancit habhab, Longganisa Lucban and broas. My son Aidan was very jolly and at this point of time we were taking photo shoot of Aidan.

The longganisa lucban is very addicting because it is made of natural ingredients (no preservatives) and lots of oregano. Although for some who are expecting a sweet longganisa, it is not. I think people will be offended if you look for a sweet taste and they would say go to Pampanga. For me, I think it is perfect with the vinegar sauce — really yummy! Also the pancit habhab, was delicious. According to Tina, you would know the pansit is special if it has lechon kawali as an ingredient. BTW, it is called habhab because you would normally eat it in banana leaves and just use your mouth to eat it.The broas was not as good as the one in Sariaya so stay tuned for that.

Anton

Awesome Filipinos

Goodluck Romi on your Mt. Cho Oyu Climb!!

Last June 10, I’ve blogged about my good friend Romi’s next climb. He invited me to join at least the short trek at the slopes of Nepal during the first part of his climb but my schedule and finance does not permit it. I’m glad Ching was able to join and I’ll expect very nice pictures from their trip. Good Luck Romi on your Mt. Cho Oyu climb! For those who wants to contribute here and know more information about this noble cause, here are some links:

>> Read more on Cartwheel Foundation press release.
>> Romi’s Mt. Cho Oyu Blog

Anton

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