Tuesday, March 24, 2009
So the real housewives (Sarj and I) went to Queens again to eat spaghetti and Yumburger with cheese in Jollibee. Next stop was the Filipino store, just to see what they have. I had no plans to shop for groceries but I just could not leave the place without stocking up on essentials (ie kare-kare mix because Dear Hubby loves kare-kare, bouillon cubes, Maggi Savor) plus stuff from home I've missed so bad!
Our best find? This!
Finally! After almost 2 years, I found calamansi juice for patis and toyo! And I can make authentic bistek tagalog now! Lemons really have nothing against calamansi!
Next is this! Champorado mix! Last time I had champorado was at Cendrillon in SoHo with my friend Ivy some months back and it was just so comforting! Cendrillon has now closed and is moving to Brooklyn, and will reopen as Purple Yam.
Sarj said champorado will not be complete without salted fish, so I got convinced to get this ready-to-eat daing which they funnily call Jeprox! I wonder why?
Ok, I know pregnant women should avoid eating this...spicy Century tuna (the doctor said once a week is fine anyway, and was mercury content in tuna from Philippine and Indonesian waters ever an issue?) and corned beef (nitrates? what nitrates? besides, its the hard to find Palm corned beef!) but I just had to get it. Gotta squeeze out our trip to Queens for all its worth you know!
Ginataan! I love the glutinous rice balls, I've been craving for this since I don't know when. It's far from the taste of the ginataan from home that I grew up with, and the ginataan made by Auntie Lilian's cook, but well oh well, it'll do...
Oh, and this I've got to try! I grew up eating Italian style spaghetti sauce, with oregano and basil, olive oil and all that jazz. My mom is all about authentic, as much as possible, natural food so I missed out on a lot, haha! I only got to eat the ketchup-y spaghetti when attending kiddie parties or when ordering in Jollibee. When I was in grad school, my friend and roommate Jaraiza would bring this super yummy spaghetti from their home, made with McJolly sauce (which I only saw once in a grocery store back home and never saw again!) that was so sweet and spicy I got hooked on Pinoy style spaghetti! It was just so good! The best Pinoy style spaghetti ever! I'll see if I can replicate that with this! Sorry Mom! I love your spaghetti, but sometimes, I just need to switch Marcella Hazan with this!
Sigh, the things we used to take for granted when we were back home are exactly the sort of things that transport us back home, even for just a while!