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Consing Carinderia

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In every town around the world, there are always an array of lunch options. On many occasions, especially when travelling, it can be a particularly special experience finding a small local spot. In Bacolod City’s Central Market, there are many dining establishments, called carinderias, offering a variety of dining options at very low cost.

Consing Carinderia, in the midst of the “Masa Mart” section of Central Market, provides an assortment of entrees, expected to be enjoyed alongside an order of rice. Vegetable dishes cost ₱15 (37¢) and meat entrees are ₱30 (74¢). A lunch including four entrees and three orders of rice comes to around ₱99 ($2.44).

This photo features a dish called Ginat-an in the foreground; a popular dish prepared with coconut milk, a selection of vegetables, and shrimp.

This photo features a dish called Ginat-an in the foreground; a popular dish prepared with coconut milk, a selection of vegetables, and shrimp.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

January 16, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Saint Pedro Calungsod

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Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, Pedro Calungsod travelled the South Pacific with Spanish missionaries as a teenager. He was known to be a very well-versed catechist.

Calungsod was martyred on a pilgrimage to Guam when he encountered locals who held anti-Christian beliefs after rumors spread that the baptismal water he and his fellow missionaries used was poisonous. He was killed under, what the Catholic church calls, In Odium Fidei; suffering religious persecurion.

He was 17 at the time of his death.

This image of Saint Pedro Calungsod was on display outside Bacolod City’s San Sebastian Cathedral.

This image of Saint Pedro Calungsod was on display outside Bacolod City’s San Sebastian Cathedral.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 15, 2013 at 4:37 AM

Buko Pie

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Coconut Pie in the Philippines greatly differs from traditional Coconut Pie in the United States. In the United States, typically, the pie is made up of coconut meringue or custard as the filling for a Coconut Cream Pie. In the Philippines, Buko (young coconut) is the primary component and instead of baking it in a cream form, stacks of sliced coconut are mixed with condensed milk for the pie’s filling.

It is said to be healthier than Coconut Cream Pie.

The featured Buko Pie is actually an individual-sized version from Merci Pasalubong, a local bakery chain based in Bacolod City, Philippines.

The featured Buko Pie is actually an individual-sized version from Merci Pasalubong, a local bakery chain based in Bacolod City, Philippines.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 11, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Balut

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Common streetfood throughout Southeast Asia, the phenomenon has made itself known throughout the world as one of the most interesting delicacies. A popular spectacle for reality TV shows, most people, in places like the Philippines, don’t think twice at the sight of a fertilized duck embryo in their hand.

Prepared by boiling, the cooked balut is enjoyed like the traditional hard-boiled chicken egg. Upon cracking open the shell, there is a tasty broth that surrounds the duck embryo. Add a little salt and the contents of the balut can be consumed — at times, the white of the egg may get tough and is left behind.

Balut

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 8, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Posted in Food, Philippines, Travel

Bo’s Coffee

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Today, consumers are inundated with choices to fulfill their coffee craving (sometimes addiction). In the Philippines, like many places in the world, the selection of coffee venues is innumerable.

One such venue is Bo’s Coffee, an establishment dreamt up by Steve D. Benitez, President and CEO. He hoped to bring his experiences of coffee establishments from outside the Philippines and make it “local.” Opening the first Bo’s Coffee on June 28, 1996 in Cebu’s Ayala Center, the company now operates 58 shops throughout the Philippines.

The company’s website outlines the role they play as a “premier specialty coffee bar:”

Our role is to provide that perfect cup of coffee, which has become the ideal medium to enjoy life together with others or in the comfort of one’s solitude, and deliver it with warm and friendly customer service. It’s all about human experience with Bo’s Coffee being a big part of it.

Coffee Centrale, The Bean Co., Inc. is the parent company of Bo's Coffee.

Coffee Centrale, The Bean Co., Inc. is the parent company of Bo’s Coffee.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 4, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Posted in Coffee, Food, Travel

Bibingka

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A Filipino rice cake that can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack. The spongy cake is made from rice flour and, either, water or coconut milk.

Traditionally, it is cooked between two banana leaves and heated on both sides by coals. The end product should have both sides of the pastry a bit charred and taking on the scent of the banana leaf it was cooked in.

Bibingka can be enjoyed with a variety of different toppings and fillings.

This particular bibingka is lightly topped with sugar and has grated coconut baked inside.

This particular bibingka is lightly topped with sugar and has grated coconut baked inside.

Written by Paulo Loreto

January 4, 2013 at 3:26 AM