• Location: Mr. Ramyun, Aurora Blvd.

    I was having a bad case of colds yesterday and felt a little feverish. Although a jeepney ride away from home, I immediately thought of going to Mr. Ramyun for their spicy Korean noodles. Something spicy and hot was what I needed to declog my sinuses.

    (Read my earlier Mr. Ramyun review)

    The spicy noodles topped with beef (P39 only since it's a half serving) was exactly what I needed. :) I immediately felt better after the first spoonful. Since I asked for the mild version (something too spicy will leave me with a runny nose), adding kimchi into the noodles helps a lot. Yum!

    I decided to buy a couple of their instant spicy noodles so I can make some at home. I also have kimchi at home so I won't need to eat out for a while.

  • Saw this article the other day. What can you say about this?

    Dubai landlords turning down Pinoys over 'smelly food?'
    January 19, 2012 6:00pm

    Some Filipinos in Dubai are claiming that certain real estate agents there are refusing to rent out apartments to them, partly because of the odor of a Filipino dried fish delicacy.
    According to a report of Gulf News on Thursday, watchmen in two buildings informed a Filipino couple— Rey and Cynthia Alfonso — about an unwritten "no-leasing-to-Filipinos" rule by landlords.
    The couple also said landlords are not happy with the Filipinos' tendency to overcrowd rental units.
    However, the couple said "it's a false generalization. In reality, no one wants to live in an overcrowded place."
    Gulf News said unrelated people may share a flat. However, the Dubai Municipality strictly enforces the one-family-one-villa rule. Violators can be fined Dh1,000 to Dh50,000, it said.
    Foul-smelling food
    Gulf News quoted Indian real estate agent Kumar as saying, "There's this one particular dried fish Filipino delicacy. I cannot blame them if they cook it and it's one of their favorite dishes. Even we Indians have some food that other people can't bear. But my landlord says this is one reason why Filipinos are not welcome in his building."
    Kumar said "tuyo" (dried fish) fouls up rooms in centrally-cooled buildings.

    Indian watchman Bagharam said a two-bedroom unit in their building is usualy rented out for Dh60,000 but is offered at Dh80,000 for Filipinos and Arabs.

    Gulf News also quoted property agent Saeed as saying the building owner gave him specific orders not to take Filipinos, Chinese and Vietnamese as tenants. - VVP, GMA News

  • Always on the lookout for great food deals, my officemates/friends and I invaded Tomato Kick yesterday to check out their Bring a Friend to Lunch promo.

    Beef with Mushroom (P160). This I loved... Tender and tasty,
    it was my favorite dish
    The promo is only valid from 12nn to 4pm. We arrived just before 1pm. I was expecting a lot of people (because of the promo) but it turned out that we're the only customers at the time. Well, Tomato Kick is mostly known as a watering hole...I was actually surprised that they were open during the day.

  • CNN Go came up with a nice article enumerating the "50 foods that define the Philippines."

    Never forget puto and other kakanin
    Here's a run-down of the list:

    1. Adobo (read about the real history of adobo)
    2. Lechon
    3. Sisig (find out where you can find yummy crispy sisig)
    4. Crispy Pata
    5. Chicken Inasal
    6. Taba ng talangka
    7. Pancit Palabok (we actually had 5 diff. kinds of pancit at this party)
    8. Bulalo (you have to taste this - the best bulalo steak)
    9. Arroz Caldo (arroz caldo in the US)
    10. Fish Tinola
    11. Kare-kare
    12. Kamaro
    13. Ilocos Empanada
    14. Sinigang
    15. Tapa
    16. Dinuguan at Puto (among our must-have fiesta food)

    Lumpiang shanghai is not really from the Philippines
    (probably why it didn't make the list) but it's a party staple
    17. Betute
    18. Laing
    19. Pinakbet
    20. Sinugno
    21. Bagnet (bagnet from Vigan!)
    22. Pancit Habhab
    23. Pork Barbecue (among our must-have fiesta food)
    24. Longaniza
    25. Lumpiang Ubod
    26. Bicol Express
    27. Relyenong Alimango
    28. Balut
    29. Inihaw na panga ng tuna
    30. Fish kinilaw
    31. Kuhol sa gata
    32. Sinanglay
    33. Inihaw na liempo
    34. Empanada de kaliskis
    35. Tinolang tugac
    36. Camaron rebosado
    37. Bibingka
    38. Suman at manga
    Yummy bulalo steak!
    39. Champorado
    40. Halo-halo
    41. Buko pie (among our must-have fiesta food)
    42. Ensaymada at tsokolate
    43. Pastillas de leche
    44. Puto bumbong
    45. Turon
    46. Pan de sal
    47. Taho
    48. Tablea tsokolate
    49. Halayang ube
    50. Leche flan

    Actually, some commented (in the CNN article) that their favorite Filipino food was not included. How about you? What is your favorite Filipino food?
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