On the car, Im calling Muffin but he's not answering his phone. So i txted him that Im going out with Tin and the rest of my close friends.
Fish Out of Water
Ako na lang ang hinihintay, yey! Grand Entrance. Winner!
Pagkalapit ko, Tin immediately snatched the paperbag Im holding which contains:
TOSTADOS, AS the name implies, are toasted strips of bread. However, prior to toasting, each slice is coated with a mixture of sugar and margarine. It is perfect with coffee, or as siding for spaghetti, or ice cream.
SALVARO is a wafer-thin, crisp-brown biscuit, shaped into an elongated oval, and approximately ten cms in length and four cms wide. It uses entirely indigenous ingredients such as coconut, shortening, sugar and flour.
OTAP is an oval-shaped, crispy treat, which has become a trademark of Cebu. It is approximately 9 ms in length, 4.5 cm wide and about half a cm thick. It is made of eggs, flour, shortening, sugar and margarine. Otap has a unique flaky texture, a distinctive sweetness, and an accent of burnt flavor to it, that places this product as among the very best provincial specialties in the country’s baking industry.
SUNFLOWER is a biscuit shaped after the flower with a diameter of 7.5 cm. It has a subtly distinct flavor and aroma evoked by the liquorice-flavored anise seeds that are strewn all over the biscuit’s surface.
HOJALDRES. One of the newest in the delicious product lines of Pinky’s Galletas, Hojaldres embodies the best characteristics of both a biscuit and cookie. Somewhat similar to”otap” in texture, but it is slightly more substantial. The hojaldres is approximately6 cms in diameter and about one cm thick. Its rich flavor and aroma and its crispiness and texture make hojaldres a much sought after treat from Pinky’s Galletas.
GALLETAS is the Spanish term for biscuit. This thin crispy treat comes in neatly wrapped packets of threes. Each biscuit is approximately 5.5 cms in diameter. Made of basic local ingredients in just the right quantities, galletas are subtle and simple, reserve in evoking a strong flavor, yet a delicious snack item that Filipinos love so much.
LINUNGAHAN. This miniature pie-shaped biscuit, approximately 5.5 cms in diameter, is basic enough in taste and texture to be a main snack item or dessert siding. The crunchy exterior “crust” surrounds a delightfully sweet brown filling with the added surprise of tiny sesame seeds. Its ingredients include flour, shortening, margarine, sugar, and salt.
ROSQUILLOS, on the other hand, has been a household name for many generations in Cebu for its denizens and visitors. Rosquillos is a circular cookie about half an inch with a hole at the center. It is a sweet delight made up of eggs, flour, shortening, sugar and margarine.
CHICHARON. Chicharon is a crispy deep-fried pork skin, flavored salty and hot. One may choose from two classifications: in the “special” pack, the chicharon has a little strip of pork fat that comes with the skin; the regular pack is purely skin. The chicharon has undergone a highly tedious process of cooking. It is deep fried, sometimes sun-dried or oil-drained, cooled, and reheated. The process is repeated from three to four times.
....... and dried mangoes of course! hehehe.
Tin: "Alam mo namang tatlo kami, bakit tig-iisa lang to?" Said Kristine Hazel na pinakatimawa sa tatlo, hehehe (peace Tin!)
Me: Meron pa sa kotse Miss, nakakahiya naman kasi sayo. Alam kong magrereklamo ka.
Bum: Hahaha! Si Kim pa, alam mo naman kahit saan makarating yan, meron tayong tatlo. (Me: love you Bum!)
Mika: Weeeee? May gitara Kim? Bwahaha!
Me: Oo meron, ihahampas ko sa'yo. Lukaret na to, papahirapan mo pa akong magdala. As if naman may musically inclined sa inyong tatlo.
Mika: Eh db maganda daw ang mga gitara sa Cebu?
Me: Kung idi-display mo lang naman sa bahay nyo, jan ka na lang bumili sa tabi tabi. Excess baggage ko pa yun. Autistic na to.
Bum: Mukhang may jetlag ka pa, Cebu ka lang naman galing ah? Hahaha!
Me: Sabog na naman ata tong si Mika eh, hehehe. Saka si Muffin, hindi nya sinasagot ang mga txt at tawag ko, hindi ako nakapagpaalam eh.
Tin: Baka busy lang? Imbyerna ka agad dyan.
...dumating na ang order namin.... Which is happy fiesta pala!
3 felafels with chilli humus, sweet chilli & garlic sauce,
6 large king prawns char grilled with sundried tomato pesto
char grilled chicken breast fillet with mustard dill sauce
Smoked salmon with mustard dill sauce
Butterfish char grilled with extra virgin olive oil & malden sea salt
Atlantic salmon char grilled with mustard dill sauce
Dory char grilled with mustard dill sauce
Fresh tuna steak char grilled with sundried tomatoes kalamata olives, extra virgin olive oil & malden sea salt
Calamari 6 rings lightly dusted & fried with sauce.
BURP! Thanks Mika, sana lageng first payday mo! hehehe.
After magpahinga ng kaunti, we decided na maglakad-lakad at magpa-picture syempre! hehehe.
Nagtxt pa din ako kay Muffin.. I even tried to call him, kaso ring lang eh.
Nang mapadaan kami sa Zuni Restaurant and Wine Bar, parang nakita ko si Muffin. Pero di ako sure eh, sa pagkakaalam ko kasi, birthday daw yun at iinom sila sa bar. Ang sosyal naman, kung sa Zuni pa nila naisipang uminom db?
So huminto ako at tinitigan kong mabuti yung lugar na pinagkakitaan ko kay Muffin.
At ang inaakala kong madaming tao, apat lang pala (well, madame na yun. More than 1). I already recognized Eric and his wife Chona from afar. And... And a girl flirtatiously laughing with Muffin with matching hampas pa sa hita.. Gracious!
Dumilim agad ang paningin ko, birthday party pala ah? Pero nagpaka-cool lang ako..
to be continued...