Classic Pinoy Eats

The mere sight of these dishes makes me drool incessantly. These pics were captured when I brought a friend for the first time to a Pinoy resto so she can try the cuisine.

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

guiradelco

This weekend, I need to satisfy this craving or else I’ll go insane. These classic Pinoy fare haven’t been devoured by yours truly and I think it’s time to go to the nearest Pinoy resto.

Last weekend, my husband surprised me and brought home some food from the Lumpia Shack (a new Pinoy resto in the West Village). I have to say that the food was delicious but they’re not the authentic Pinoy food. There’s a twist in every dish, so to speak.

I was not that thrilled. Not that I’m being cheap, but I found them overpriced.

It Was One Of Those Days

Stress makes us crave for food… a lot of food. Instead of making our usual breakfast at home that weekend, we decided we wanted something else so we found ourselves for brunch at the Parkview. Nothing fancy, nothing out of the ordinary. We very well know the food and service is great in this resto. It satisfied our palates and that was it.
parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

When dinner time came, we chose China Buffet King in Long Island and boy, did we regret our choice. On our way to the restaurant, a couple warned us that it may not be a good choice. The adventurous people that we are, we took our chances and yes, the food was not that great. It’s a bit puzzling for us however why people are flocking the place. Maybe, we’re just too choosy and critical?

Considering that this is dinner buffet, we barely touched the food. As of press time, I still have yet to find the exact words to politely describe and find the right adjective to properly talk about the food. The service was great though. But come on, it’s buffet so all the staff did was clear the plates from our table.

china buffet king

china buffet king

china buffet king

china buffet king

china buffet king

Crepe Cafe

My love for crepe didn’t develop overnight. It was during those trips to France that got me hooked into them, both sweet and savory crepes. However, it’s always been a culinary challenge for me so much so that I refuse to make them at home. Call me insecure, and maybe I really am but I won’t go into a territory that can put me into the failing zone (lol).

Sometime in Spring this year, husband and I ran into Crepe Cafe in Manhattan and I just had to have crepe that day by hook or by crook (even if my belly was full).

The place is not that large but it is tastefully decorated. Service was good, our crepes were served in no time and although they were delicious,  something was amiss. I guess, nothing compares to French-made crepes :-)

crepe cafe

crepe cafe

crepe cafe

crepe cafe

crepe cafe

crepe cafe

crepe cafe

crepe cafe

Front Street Station

We needed to grab a bite. Although we were really not that hungry because we had munched on a lot of stuff over the long drive, we figured it was best to serve our tummies what they deserve.

No place would have been more perfect than the Front Street Station Restaurant in the Village of Greenport on Long Island. As they claim to be, there’s nothing fancy, everything is just plain good which my husband and I can firmly attest to. We enjoyed our dining experience in this resto. The food was  delicious, service was great and the waitstaff were so awesome.

front street station greenport long island

front street station greenport long island

front street station greenport long island

front street station greenport long island

front street station greenport long island

front street station greenport long island

Craving For Hearty Soup

Our summer has been really weird. It’s been so mild that a few days ago, I started craving for soup. Yes, soup in the middle of the summer! Just like these soup (chicken noodle soup and lentil soup) in the pics below.

I believe that when we dined out at this restaurant, it was in the middle of winter (the date says so, in fact it was Valentine’s day). Now, I can’t even recall why we dined out on a Thursday which means, my husband must have been off from work.

pizza d' amore

pizza d' amore

The eggplant parmigiana on a hero bread is always a must-eat for me at Pizza D’ Amore. The other plate was my husband’s but for some reason I can’t recall what was on it.

pizza d' amore

pizza d' amore

Chocolates For A Cause

The fact that there are two chocoholics in the house, it is unheard of that I control the inventory of chocolates in the pantry. However, when buying chocolates for a cause comes into play, I go for it and the restriction is lifted.

The nearby church that we go to had a fundraising a few months ago, so we did what we could to support their initiative.

The candy bars were decent. Nothing fancy, but it satisfied the palate. All for a good cause, I was game for it.

fundraising choco bar

fundraising choco bar

fundraising choco bar

Looking Back

I grew up in a musically inclined family where playing music and reading musical notes was the norm. My dad was a real big music enthusiast. During his heydays, I remember him wanting to upgrade our stereo system whenever a new brand and model came out in the market.

Fast forward to today, if he was still with us, I’m sure he’d go for the latest stereo system right here and right now. While he may have been shocked to see all the newfangled things and gadgets that sprout in the market every so often, I’m sure he would have been thrilled to try and experiment.

It’s so nice to remember all those good old days when our family was still complete. Our home was always filled with music and laughter. But such is life, the children leave home and we all go on to lead our own lives. I’m sure whenever we, the children get together once again, the air will be filled with the same music and harmony just like the ones we grew up listening to. The only question now is – when?