Viaje del Sol

Quezon Culinary Series 2: Enroute to Quezon

The culinary tour would start in Lucban, Quezon and there are two ways to go there either via Los Banos — Pagsanjan route or via the Nagcarlan — Liliw route in Laguna. I asked Tina if our schedule permits to pass by latter route, and I’m glad I did. Our call time was at 6am at Caltex Starmart in Buendia near Pasong Tamo. But knowing my friends they would be late specially on a Sunday. We left Manila at 7am and arrived in Lucban at around 10am. One of the things I love about long drives, is driving along virgin paths where it is thrilling to see new places and roads.

Underground Cementary in Nagcarlan, Laguna. Along this mountainous route, there are two points of interest: The Underground Cementary in Nagcarlan, Laguna and Tsinelas street in Liliw, Laguna. In the morning, the facade and the clouds at the cementary is photogenic that any pictures that you take would be stunning. This spot is really a photographic interest and nothing really much to check out in the basement of the cementary. Besides, no photography is allowed inside. Below is the story of this cementary (in Filipino):

Liliw, Laguna. It’s been a while since I wanted to visit this famous tsinelas street in Liliw. I’m glad I had the opportunity first hand to see what’s the fuss about in this place. I would say that you need to lower your expectations. Some of the slippers are already made in China but there are still some produced in Liliw. I think it is overated because my wife and her friends was not raving about it soo much after seeing the goods.

There were a few churches that we stopped by particularly the one in Majayjay, Laguna but nothing beats the Paete Church in terms of its antiqueness and the old paintings inside the church. So, when you go on this route, no need to stop by the churches except that it has been my rule to pass by one to pray for safe travel and a chance to pray for 3 wishes 🙂

Anton

Viaje del Sol

Quezon Culinary Series 1: The Beginning

Tina Decal’s best culinary tour of Quezon :)

This is the beginning of a 10 part blog series of our culinary adventure in Quezon. Carlos Celdran started to rave about Lady Laguna Ms. Tina Decal last July which I guess when he joined the inaugural culinary tour of Quezon supported by the Department of Tourism. The looks could be deceiving when you first meet ms. Tina Decal, and we have to take a leap of faith by gathering friends who share the same interest. At the start, it was very difficult to come up with a group of 8 for a tour price of P1,200/person (bring your own transpo). Specially, if nobody have been on the tour yet, not alot of people raved about it, and you need to find a group that has photography and eating as an interest.

I love travelling in the Philippines! We had the time of our life last Sunday from exploring secret pottery gardens in Tiaong to the Kamay ni Jesus healing church in Lucban. There’s alot to rave about and there are some things that you need to be cautious also. Just to tease my blog readers, can you guess where are these places:

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Keep tuned into the Quezon Culinary series to get detailed information about this culinary tour.

Anton

#Restaurants

Fantastic Italian Cuisine @ Cantinetta


This is a clear winner when it comes to Italian Food!

This italian resto have been in existence for more than a year already and I’ve heard about this place from people raving about it. Last night, after hearing mass in Don Bosco, we went to Cantinetta at the end of pasong tamo extension.If you can see the empty tables above, all these tables are reserved for dinner. We are glad that they can still setup a table for 3 for walk-in guests like us in the non-smoking section of the resto.

According to the menu, Cantinetta is a small wine cellar, where the typical italian family store their wine for private consumption. Over time, the cantinetta turned into a small shop, selling from it the family’s wine label. Since my wife and I are the only ones dining with my son Aidan and yaya, we can only order two meals:

Quattro Formaggi. (P360) Popularly known as four cheese composed of Parmesan, Gorgozola, Ricotta, and Mozzarella served on a thin crust. We like it but it is at par with CPK.

Tagliatelle Tartufo. (P440) Egg made pasta with truffle, parmesan in white cream sauce. This pasta reminded us of our favorite pasta in Cafe Maestro. Both are expensive but both also serves the best italian pasta. We simply loved that mushroom taste of this pasta and this one was easily wiped out!

Cantinetta is located at:
Karrivin Plaza A
2316 Pasong Tamo Ext. Makati City
Tel# 892-9873 (better reserve specially the non-smoking area)
[email protected]

Anton

Food

Who’s the healthiest of them all?

Healthy Nuts that I have been looking for :)

My friend Tanya introduced me again to this healthy low fat nut snack. Introducing Wheat nuts! This is very timely because on Sunday we will be going on a culinary tour of Quezon and these nuts would keep me awake when driving. This is really perfect for me because I loved nuts — I craved for it but with my recent blood exam, my uric acid is way above the acceptable limits. Also, I know that nuts is fattening and I’m trying to lose weight. So these wheat nuts are perfect 🙂 Thanks, Tanya!

These wheat nuts grows on you but it is not like nuts/junkfood where the more you eat, the more it gets addicting. These nuts would somehow be able to tell your brain that you’re eating too much and be satisfied already. These healthy nuts are available in Aisle 48 of Landmark supermarket. Get yours until supply lasts.

Anton

#Restaurants

Swing Chairs of Herrick’s

Swinging Chairs that compensates for its ordinary food.

If you haven’t been here, this is a nice place to hang out with friends and family while swinging away. Herrick’s swinging chairs are very unique and you should try this when you are in the Magallanes area. I normally passed by magallanes because my son’s pediatrician holds clinic at the 4th floor of the same building. The dining experience would have been perfect already if not for the ordinary food that they are serving. I particularly like the tea served in a nice pot. A garden tea is pricey and would costs at a P110! Try it out for experience sake but be choiceful on the food that you would buy.

Herricks Tea & Coffee
101 Oakridge plaza.
Paseo de Magallanes Makati
Tel# 854 3199

Anton

Blogging

WordPress.com Invite, Google Talk, and Coconet

There are alot of buzz among bloggers lately about google talk, wordpress.com invites, and Coconet nominations in the World Challenge. Here are the links:

1. new voip service –> talk.google.com
Try out google talk specially if you are a google fanatic like me. Chat/Talk to me at [email protected]

2. crazy over wordpress.com invites
Sign up for an invite for this free blog service and you might still get your name like anton.wordpress.com for FREE! I’m still waiting for an invite but if you can’t wait it sells for $25 in ebay.

3. Vote Coconet in the www.theworldchallenge.co.uk
Please please vote for the Philippines “Coconet” among the 12 finalists in the BBC and newsweek world challenge. Lets support the Philippines’ innovations…

” The World Challenge, brought to you by BBC World & Newsweek, in association with Shell, is a competition aimed at finding individuals or groups from around the world who have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. This competition is all about finding entrepreneurs whose projects are making a difference to communities.”

Anton

Awesome Filipinos

A Glimpse of Raymund’s Isaac Artistic Brilliance

I always have fun watching how artist/ photographers interpret a concept and bring it to life. I’m amazed at how it is being done, and I was fortunate to witness how Raymund Isaac brings the concept of “Essence of Wellness” to life. All elements of the visual are handled with excellence — from the projection of professional models, to the perfect make-up, to the artistic props/setup, and and choreography of the visual scene. Really amazing and just sharing with you the glimpse of the fun shoot below:

–> The use of a huge glass can do wonders for the shot either infront or behind the glass.

–> It’s fun when even the rest of Raymund’s team would pose or act out in the scene.

–> This shot calls for a hand of a person that has the same skin tone as the model. In this particular case, Raymund’s hands were the closest in tone so he decided to be the aloe vera hand props. BTW the aloe vera smells like bad odor — yuck.

>> MORE: Essence of Wellness Photoset


Anton

All Photos were shot in Raymund’s Studio in Makati..

#Restaurants

Awesome Bday Dinner @ Terry’s Gourmet

My new favorite :)

I was contemplating whether to eat in a gourmet restaurant or in a sumptous buffet of Seven Corners to celebrate my birthday. I’m glad that I chose Terry’s Gourmet and get to taste all the spanish dishes @ P500/head only! ( Alot better than the Zoovenir experience almost at the same price 🙂 This is the kind of place to enjoy the company of friends and family while exploring the various delicious food in its menu. When eating in a new restaurant, we always try their best sellers as a criteria and then check out their selection of healthy food. Here are the food that we loved:

Castellana de Ajo. (P170) Their best soup according to the menu and their not kidding. It is a clear soup with slices of fried garlic bread, poached free range egg (I’m not sure what the heck is this), and the secret ingredient (I think) — the jamon Serrano. These hams are simply addiciting and after a few sips, you wanted the whole bowl to yourself. We also tried the cold soup and the consumme with garlic rice (both highly recommended) which taste like congee spanish style.

Suspiros de Santona. (P260) When this salad was served, it looked like century tuna over fresh tomato with mayonaise on top seasoned with olive oil. However, all of us loved it no matter how simple it looked. Since I was the birthday boy among our group of five (5), I get to have two of the suspiros. This is a runaway winner and will try to replicate this at home 🙂

Lengua Sevillana. (P320) We tried three main courses among which the Lengua was the best. The black spaghetti we thought that it would be cooked in squid black ink, but apparently it is just literally a black one. While the tuna steak, with its delicious fresh basil provencale sauce, was overcooked — too bad. Try the lengua with a glass of Rose wine and it would be the best food you’ve tasted the whole night. The Rose house wine costs P375/bottle versus the per glass rate of P120.

Tarta Imperial Rusa. (P140) It’s a must to end your dinner with this traditional Sans Rival dessert!

>> More photos here of Terry’s Gourmet Dining Experience

Anton

#Restaurants

Manila’s best kept Gourmet Restaurant secret

I love this gourmet resto!

This restaurant has escaped my radar because I have not heard about this either from my usual sources of inquirer lifestyle, sunday dose of F, or from manila bloggers. They have been opened since September of last year. I’m glad my friend Diwat was raving about it and introduced me to this restaurant Terry Selection – Gourmet Store located @ Basement 1, Podium Mall. This is actually a gourmet store ran by Juan Carlos de Terry (Ph. D. in Oenology) similar to Santis but this one appears to be authentic spanish stuff with authentic spanish cooking. This is actually a perfect gourmet restaurant to celebrate my 31st Birthday! I’ll share the dining experience in the next post.

Apparently, they have two locations now and the other one located in Pasong Tamo Extension. Here are their addresses:

Gourmet and Wine Experts, Inc.
2316 Pasong Tamo Extension Karrivin Plaza Bldg. Unit 2, Makati City
Tel# 843-8897, 843-8907, Mobile# 0917-835 0681

Terry Selection. Gourmet Store.
The Podium. Lower Ground Floor, 18 ADB Ave. Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Tel# 638-5725 to 26

Anton

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