Saturday, July 15, 2006

CABIN FEVER MUNCHIES



It has been constantly raining in Metro Manila; causing flooding in some areas, as well as the closing of schools this past Wednesday and Thursday due to a storm in Masbate. In weather like this, there isn’t much to do but stay indoors. And as we all know, being cooped up inside the house can cause cabin fever, which could make just anyone crave for all sorts of comfort food.



When I was a kid growing up in Manila, champorado or ginataang mais was the usual fare. However, nowadays, much like Manhattan, most neighborhoods here in Metro Manila have numerous eateries that will deliver practically anything such as pancit Malabon, various dimsun and siopao, pork barbeque, crispy pata, lechon kawali, hamburgers and fried chicken. There are also the prepared food stalls over at public markets like Suki Market in Mayon Street in Quezon City that offer an array of various cooked meals to take home. They even have sushi.



My food of choice, especially when feeling extravagant, is the home-delivered Yellow Cab Pizza; either the all cheese (double layer of mozzarella) or Manhattan Meat Lovers (Italian sausage, ham, pepperoni, ground beef, salami and bacon). I also like their spaghetti and meatballs, the taste of which comes close to the New York-style; not sweet as in Jolibee’s.



As for its cost, an 18-inch pie of all cheese is P485.00 while the Manhattan Meat Lovers is P625.00. The spaghetti and meatballs on the other hand — good for two or three people — costs P185.00. And since the nationwide implementation of eVAT (extra value added tax), Yellow Cab’s dough had become noticeably thinner while their prices went up by at least twenty percent. But since it is indeed better tasting than those offered by other pizzerias with home delivery service, I continue to buy Yellow Cab’s. But despite its delicious taste, the prices of Yellow Cab munchies can be prohibitive, plus they can be seriously fattening — so, I don’t indulge in it as much.



Freshly-baked pandesal with Del Monte sardines in tomato sauce can be a tasty alternative, or a piece of homemade or market-bought puto, kunchinta, kakanin or sapin-sapin, which can be just as delightful as well.


Top photo was taken at the grounds of Puregold’s supermarket over at Tayuman and Pritil.

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posted by Señor Enrique at 6:49 PM


6 Comments:

Anonymous melai said...

I can't believe that you''re still frequent in Puregold Tondo, sa QC ka na diba?

hmmnn I haven't heard of YellowCab Pizza, not until last April when i went back home for a 6 days break, sarap ba talaga pizza diyan? I always crave for pizza, kahit yan lang solve na ko :)

btw, did I tell you that I used to live near Puregold? pwede ngang lakarin e :)

July 16, 2006 3:11 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

QC nga, Melai, pero malapit lang ako sa Mayon (Lourdes Church)which is near the QC-Manila border. If no traffic sa may riles sa Blumentritt, from the house to Pritil takes me no more than 15-20 minutes tops. Yes, you mentioned na malapit ka lamang sa Pritil. We're practically neighbors nga, eh.

Yellow Cab pizza is good! Medyo mahal nga lang kaya paminsan-minsan lang. Stay away from cheap pizza here like yung Fatboy... puros hangin lang ang dough at di masarap mga ingredients/toppings nila kasi mura. Para bang Argentina corned beef versus Libby's. Laki ng diperensya.

July 16, 2006 8:30 PM  

Anonymous niceheart said...

So eateries there have delivery service now. That's quite convenient then. Ang sarap nung mga kakanin. Kutsinta and sapinsapin are my favourites. I only get to taste those when we attend parties here.

July 17, 2006 3:16 AM  

Blogger Senorito<- Ako said...

Fortunately for me (I think), I don't really enjoy kakanins and stuff. harharhar... I do miss ongpin though... that's why I have 2 huge bags of chinese black mushrooms in my cupboard. :)

July 17, 2006 6:30 AM  

Blogger BW said...

The Yellow Cab pizza sound very much like a NY pizza chain! Manila had really gone up to par with other world class cities on the taste and quality of its offerings in restaurants.

July 17, 2006 12:53 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

The best place to buy those goodies, Niceheart, is Sapin-Sapin sa Banawe in Quezon City or at their main branch, Dolor's in Malabon! Excellent! You must try them when you come home for a visit! And yes, they, too, deliver :)



I love, Ongpin myself, Senorito. BTW, Vina has a great post about it. Check it out:

http://vina-vina.blogspot.com/


Yes, BW, Metro Manila has great places to eat. When my cousins took me around when I first arrived, I was truly amazed at the fine foods we now have here. I was told that most of these chefs studied and worked abroad and eventually came back to open their own restaurants, or work at these fine restaurants. It's truly incredible!

Check out Vina's and Jairam's sites. They mostly talk about the great places to go to eat. Carlos Celdran also talks about good places to eat in the Malate area.

July 17, 2006 10:21 PM  

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