Home with Nana Meng’s Tsokolate Filipino

Nana Meng's Filipino Tsokolate

I was introduced to Nana Meng’s Tsokolate Filipino through the FoodPrints Bulacan shoot right in the ancestral home of food writer Marguax Salcedo. With the help of her mom and sister Goldee, Margaux prepared a hefty Filipino breakfast for a feature. I slipped into their kitchen to photograph beautiful home-cooked food. I also secretly got a piece of the enticing pindang damulag (carabao beef tapa) while the crew were in the thick of things. Yum!

Nana Meng’s Tsokolate Filipino, both the original and special cashew variants, caught my hungry eyes. Before we went home and after feasting on a spread of quesong puti, tapa, embutido, suman and the extra thick and creamy Nana Meng’s tsokolate, I bought three bottles to take home.

Nana Meng is Margaux’s grandmother. To promote Filipino culture and tradition, they thought of sharing Nana Meng’s cooking. Alongside tsokolate, they  offer homemade kakanin and desserts at their booth in the Salcedo Market.

BatirolTsokolatePuto, Champorado, at Pan de SalPindang Damulag

Perfect breakfast food, appetizing pindang damulag.

The Salcedos with Sandy Daza

FoodPrints host Chef Sandy Daza with the Salcedos. Watch out for the Bulacan episodes this October on the Lifestyle Network every Saturday at 8:30 PM.

Back in Ilocos


The rich and creamy quality of the Bulacan chocolate is great as it is, but because Ericke is home and we share a love for champorado (chocolate porridge) with tinapa (smoked fish), I thought of using it in place of tablea. It was a hit at home.

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FoodPrints with Sandy Daza Across Bulacan in 5 Days


What’s Sandy Daza up to these days? He’s just added a new dimension to his love of food. The credible and respected chef and food columnist explores the country’s nooks and crannies for gastronomic experiences worth sharing via the food travelogue series FoodPrints about to air on the Lifestyle Network on Sept. 21, 8:30 PM.

Chef Sandy Daza

In the Bulacan episodes, be prepared to get fired up with the Bulakeño way of preparing exotic oysters straight from the Pamarawan oyster farms. What’s more? The best of the province’s carinderia fare and pasalubong stores, pork  like no other else and  heritage dishes threatened by time. Chef Sandy will also take you to the indigenous kakanin makers. And surely, Bulacan is not the same without the sweets. There’s more to the local cuisine than meets the eye.

FoodPrints, Sept. 7, 2013, 8:30 PM, the start of the 1st season on the Lifestyle Network

Enjoy and drool over the pics:)

FoodPrints Pamarawan BTSPicture 373Oysters AdoboGoto with TalabaDulce LecheLuz  OcampoSapin-SapinLeche Flan at JuiceTsokolateMorconMargaux Salcedo and Sandy DazaPancit AlanganinSinusoGoto TalksSandy Daza sa GotohanHalo-HaloPancit PalabokHamon BulakenyaEmpanada de Kaliskis

Bulacan’s distinct empanada de kaliskis.

FoodPrints Bulacan BTSSandy Daza with Tita DotieSinigang sa Bayabas at Buro at MustasaBulacan ChicharonHalo-Halo TuronMorconFoodPrints at Kulinarya ng Bahay na TisaBangus with Shitake MushroomsFoodPrints Barkada
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Finally, Bulacan!

Off to Bulacan

Hello, everyone! I thought I’d be hibernating from all the excessive pork in my first food adventure outside of Ilocos with FoodPrints, on tour exploring, and about to share their food finds. I first met the show’s host, kind and super kalog Chef Sandy Daza, and the welcoming key people of Lifestyle Network, Red Balloon and The Cinematic Studio in Laoag while they were filming the first two episodes of the food show, set to air on the Lifestyle Network this coming Sept. 21, 8:30 PM (not Sept. 7, folks, like I earlier wrote).

Pastillas de Leche

It was almost flooded in Ilocos and thank heavens the rains stopped before I left for the south, As a blogger, it’s been a dream of mine to explore Bulacan’s sweet gastronomy. Little did I know that there’s a whole lot more provocative than (my fave) fresh and tostado pastillas de leche. Well, I found out there are many varieties of pastillas and guess what? I also got to meet the original pastillas pabalat artist, CCP awardee Mrs. Luz Ocampo, and her daughter, who’s happy continuing her mother’s kind of intricate art. The Bulacan outing was so full of surprises! A real pig out! I can’t wait to write about the food and all the people behind the interesting finds. I also have two Bulacan heritage recipes for you. For now, the post is all about my personal account. A selfie post. Actually.


Getting to Bulacan from Laoag by bus was an adventure on its own. 5 transfers with a trolley and a heavy backpack and no celfone to Nory’s Restaurant in Sulucan from Marilao via tricycle was worth all the beady sweat as it turned out. Thanks to the very helpful manong tricycle driver who assisted me all throughout until I saw Ms. Jennie Celdran, FoodPrints co-producer, hop out of Nory’s. I owe all my fruitful 5-day Bulacan experience to Jennie for inviting me. Not to forget Mr. Sandy Daza and the FoodPrints crew for wanting me around. It’s a most cherished experience.

FoodPrints creaw and Sandy DazaAgatha Resort, Guiguinto, Bulacan

At Agatha Resort in Guiguinto where FoodPrints was based.

Chef Sandy Daza eating Monloi chicharonSandy Daza eats tahoMatching Wellies

Ready for the wet shoot in Panasahan Fishport and Pamarawan Island: Iggy Bilbao and director Cris Sevilla-Bilbao in matching wellies.

DICAPackBoat Ride to Pamarawan Island, Malolos, BulacanHolenSidecar na hindi sidecarBahaBancaPicture 276-02Chef Sandy Daza

Sandy Daza is also the chef behind Wooden Spoon along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. His new Rockwell restaurant just opened. I heard from Doc Glory Caluya, they serve real appetizing food!

River VillagePanasahan FishportSt. Augustine Church, Baliwag, Bulacan

St. Augustine Church in Baliwag, Bulacan.

Breakfast at the Reyes ancestral home

A guest in the Bulacan episode, food columnist and blogger Margaux Salcedo prepared a lovely homecooked traditional breakfast for FoodPrints. I will write a separate post soon. In behalf of the group, thanking Margaux for the pleasurable spread!

Over hot tsokolate FilipinoMeeting foodie writer/blogger Margaux Salcedo1877 Bautista Mansion, Pariancillo St. Malolos, Bulacan

Throwback 1877: The Bautista Mansion on Pariancillo St. in the kamestisuhan of Bulacan. The resident of the heritage house is no other than Dez Bautista, a food historian, a professior and a production designer. I asked him a few questions, so that will be another story.

with food historian/set designer Dez BautistaHamon Bulakenya and Atcharang DampalitRoly Marcelino and and Jhem de Jesus

Roly Marcelino and Jhem de Jesus of the Malolos Tourism Office usherd FoodPrints from start to finish. (Thanks so much, loves!)

Bistro Maloleño

Just in case we would not be able to get near the Barasoain Church.

Barasoin Church

But we did!

Barasoain Church, Malolos, BulacanBarasoian Church, Malolos, BulacanBulacan Food Adventure

Til the next post. Miss writing really!

Photographed by Pen Mulingbayan, Melanie de Leon and Blauearth
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