Rainy Sunday Indoor Picnic

Blooms in the Rain

Who says rain dampens the appetite for a picnic? Not Alain and Marianne, friends who just arrived from a 3-week European holiday. The first thing Alain did as soon as he got back in Ilocos was to completely lose himself in Dawang’s best in the world paksiw.

Indoor Picnic

Yesterday wasn’t exactly a picnic potluck. Shared Lynne’s newly perfected diok pit he, some Chinese-style stuffed prawns inspired by Diao Eng Chai’s, while Marianne served swaje, polonchai, pasta, grilled ribeye steak, unnok and pancit with chicharon aka lechon de carajay from La Moda Panciteria.

Filipino readers abroad will agree with me that taste buds won’t forget.


Abraw a unnok! Don’t you miss this?

SwajeLa Moda Panciteria Pancit with Ilocos Chicharon

La Moda pancit with Ilocos chicharon.

Diok pit he

Talented Lynne’s diok pit he.


The blauearth in me was jealous about their food adventure. Cheese fondue, Ladurée macarons, fish and chips, all the Italian pizzas and pastas, gelato, cappuccino, Swiss chocolates and what-not.

TripThe Mona LisaMona Lisa

The Mona Lisa. by Leonardo da Vinci,  “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.”

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A good week ahead, loves!

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

Quik-Snack: Street to Table

Goto Vendor

Here’s a quick photo walk from the apartment to Quick-Snack inside the narrow Carvajal St. within the Philippines’ center of commerce — the Manila Chinatown — otherwise known as Binondo.

TsinoyMobile PizzaPedicabFlower StandFruit VendorGalaponPickled Loquats[Pickled loquats from China]Gulay at PayongBok ChoyCarvajal Street

Find Quik-Snack inside this bustling alleyway. True to its name, the not so secret hole-in-the-wall can cook up a spread at the snap of a finger. From the greasy kitchenette to boardrooms, to office tables, to classroom chairs, to escoltas, to hospital rooms, to ballrooms (a reliable someone told me they catered a 1000 Php/head ball dinner with the who’s who in the guest list) — nothing fairytalish really, it’s a way of life in this Tsinoy district.

In nothing flat, I got hot off the pan diok pit he (stuffed shrimps or camaron relleno) and cua chai. I ate two of the pretty large diok pit he in one sitting. You won’t be disappointed with the chunky shrimp meat inside it. I have a ritual with fried food, I mix Jufran banana ketchup with Mother’s Best chili sauce, better than anything!

Quik-Snack Diok Pit HeQuik-Snack Cuachai

Similar to empanadas or pies, cua chai are stuffed with pork and vegetables. The inside of the pastry is a little slimy, yet so yummy! One piece can send you to limbo. Sheesh, I know it’s unhealthy, but best followed with a can of Pepsi. Food-crazy? You’ve got to check out this place.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012