The Day After on BlauEarth’s Kitchen

Pork of the Day

Tony Bourdain found the best pig ever in the Philippines! Thanks, but no thanks.

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The No-Brainer Authentic Laoag Dinakdakan Recipe

Ilocano Dinakdakan

Taking center stage in the kitchen today is a mainstay of Ilocano cooking. The no-brainer severely appetizing dinakdakan is actually grilled pig face, dressed in creamy pig brain and pure sukang Iloco. No calamansi involved here! Ilocos salt, local red onions, ginger and paminta are enough to spice up the natural sweetness of pork mascara. The sili (chili) in sukang Iloco makes it even more authentic.

Lynne and I prepared the recipe for you. Enjoy!


What you’ll need:

  • Half of a pig’s face including tongue
  • Pig’s brain
  • 3 red onions, chopped
  • About an inch long piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • A pinch of ground pepper
  • 3 tbsps Ilocano vinegar


  • Tenderize meat by boiling in about 3 cups of water.
  • Put brain in a plastic bag and dip in the same pan.
  • Drain meat and slice into grilling size.
  • Grill meat until skin turns somewhat crispy, and then cut into small pieces.
  • In a bowl, mix the grilled meat with all the other ingredients including the boiled brain. Adjust seasoning.
  • Serve with sukang Ilocos and sili.

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Lippie Review: Sleek True Colour Candy Cane

Sleek True Color Sheen Candy Cane

It’s a rainy Saturday in Ilocos. Allow me to share one more lipstick review before we go back to regular programming. For girls who like to express themselves through colors, there’s a current clean face + bold lip trend going on. I basically like muted fruity shades, but lately, I discovered that a  bolder lip color brings instant verve to the face. In the photo above, I was wearing it with just BB cream, a light layer of powder and mascara.

Inspired by MAC’s bestselling Impassioned, I picked Sleek Candy Candy in sheen finish which is way cheaper, but still does a good job of delivering an opaque finish with just one swipe. It’s a watermelon pink that looks more coral under warm lights. Love the wearability of this bright. It doesn’t feather nor dry out the lips, but noticed it’s not a good lipstick to wear to eat out.

Image of Candy Cane swatch via the Sleek website

Image of Candy Cane swatch via the Sleek website

What I appreciate most about Sleek Makeup is the fact that you can sample true to the tube colors in their website (here). Complete swatches for fair, medium and dark complexions will guide you as you browse through their classic and on-trend colors.


Wore Candy Cane to a dim sum dinner with another bestie, Marla. Apologies, the lighting was so dim that this is the best we got.

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