Weekend Story: Christmas 2021

Last Christmas weekend was a blast. Because baby NJ’s a toddler now, she was more interactive and fun to be with this Christmas as compared to her first Christmas experience last year when she was still literally a baby. As usual, we spent our Christmas with my side of the family (a.k.a the house next door). While waiting for Noche Buena, we hung out at the living room and watched in awe as our beloved toddler opened her gifts one by one. It was such a delight to witness as she was more responsive and talkative now.

Christmas always brings out the sentimental in me. I’m just so grateful to the one above my family is doing fine. It’s never been easy to spend the last two years being limited by the pandemic with our physical movements and plans in life in general, but just the same, may we continue to hope relentlessly, give generously, and love unconditionally.

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Cooking with Edel: Baked Lapu-lapu

This Baked Lapu-Lapu (or grouper in English) is inspired by the restaurant La Cocina de Tita Moning’s Baked Lapu-lapu Cooked with Olive Oil and Garlic. (I work there part-time so I’m unabashedly promoting it here on the blog, haha.) Proof to that is the use of bread crumbs to cover the top part of the fish. This tasty and flavorful fish dish will make you feel like a domestic diva. It’s so easy to make yet it is classy enough to be served during special occasions.


500g lapu-lapu
10 pcs. calamansi (or 1 lemon)
olive oil
¼ cup soy sauce (optional)
bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
toasted garlic bits (prepared beforehand)
hot water
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Latest Food Trips

If you were following this blog, you would have known I love making lists. One of them is the list of restaurants I’d like to try. This list is already long and yet, I’ve only visited a couple of them. What I do is I cross out the restaurant once I’ve tried it. Recently, I’ve crossed out two: Crazy Katsu and Holdak.

Crazy Katsu is located at the popular foodie destination called Maginahawa St. (Teacher’s Village in UP Diliman) while Holdak is housed at Mezza Residences in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Both are fast casual restaurants that serve good food at very affordable prices.

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A Crab Feast

Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of joining a group of food bloggers in a crab feast. Our gracious host, The Red Crab Alimango House – Lucky Chinatown Branch, was more than happy to send us to crab heaven by serving us with not just one nor two but a total of 24 crab dishes for dinner!

It was raining hard outside but that didn’t stop our tummies from having a party complete with unlimited rice, free-flowing drinks and contemporary music played through surround speakers. Yes, seriously. Add to that the good conversations and even better company and we all went home super satisfied.

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January is My Food Trip Month

Oh how time flies! Before I knew it, a month has ended and a new month has arrived. If there’s one thing that could sum up the month of January for me, it has to be food trips! January has been all about eating for this proactive soul.

It all started with the New Year where I cooked several simple but hearty dishes for our Media Noche. I indulged in glorious, fatty food that time. Two weeks later, Superfriend Nice and I got invited to a seafood feast thru Marriott Hotel’s Ocean Surf Buffet. This luxury hotel is housed inside the huge Resorts World Manila Complex in Pasay City (fronting NAIA 3). Once more, I ate to my heart’s content but this time, I feasted on fresh bounties from the sea and a lot more.

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Thanksgiving Dinner and My Surplus Haul

Office work has been pretty slack the past weeks. When the clock struck five, my officemates and I finally pushed thru our plan to eat at Sincerity Café and Restaurant. I call it our second Binondo food trip because the branch we visited was located in the said place. Actually, it was sort of a thanksgiving dinner for our having kept our jobs following the change in administration that had taken place in June.

After having a fantastic dinner at the restaurant, the boyfriend and I went straight to SM Manila. He bought a new Samsung phone with dual sim capability while I did some impulsive shopping at Surplus. I was proud of myself because I saw a lot of nice items but stuck to the essentials. By essentials, I meant a cream cardigan, a white tank top and a pair of funky sneakers.

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