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Good Earth Restaurant, Metrowalk

One of the restaurants that I wanted my balikbayan brother and his family to try was Good Earth. It's one of my favorite Chinese/Asian fusion restaurants, and so I made reservations at their Metrowalk branch for one of our dinners out.

Again, my siblings and their families were all in attendance, and we stayed in the function room so that all the screeching and screaming that my nephews and niece were bound to do would terrorize the minimum number of patrons in the restaurant.

Prawns with Crab Egg

To use the function room, you have to order from their set menu. Thankfully there was seafood in the selections. We chose the set which included Prawns with Crab Egg. I love crab fat in all its many forms. So regardless of the aligue's high cholesterol content, I had a lot of this dish.

My siblings are very understanding of my dietary needs. They allowed me to get the bigger share of the prawns, since they could pig out on the chicken, pork and beef entrees.

Seafood Chow Mein

For noodles,…

Katre Mediterranean Fusion Cuisine, Quezon City

My LA-based brother Jerick, his wife Liz, and their son Aidan recently came over for a visit, and that meant, among many things, that we all had an excuse to eat whatever we wanted since being together was always a reason to celebrate. Eating is one thing that my siblings and I like to do collectively, so for the two weeks that they were here, all diets were put on hold.

Even before the three of them arrived, my sister-in-law Tintin even made a list of desserts that they had to try while in Manila (accompanied by all the siblings of course). We didn't have enough time for them to try it all, but we certainly gave it our best shot.

We also wanted Kuya's family to try our favorite restaurants, so for dinner one night, John made reservations at Katre. That restaurant is a favorite of John and Tin's, and I also like it for its ambience. Well, not just that, I also like it because they have a lot of seafood on their menu.

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Calico Scallops

We stayed in a functi…

Kozui Green Tea, Quezon City

Yeng and I wanted to have a quick light afternoon snack while catching up on the goings on in our respective lives. We decided to go to Kozui Green Tea, a small relaxing Japanese restaurant along Tomas Morato.

Kozui is a nice place to have a quiet chat with your friends. The green and white interiors contribute to the sense of quiet that you get in the place. We sipped our cold green tea drinks while munching on some seafood balls and tempura salad.

The food was not particularly memorable, but I did like the green tea drink. The food was reasonably priced as well. I think I would go back to Kozui on a hot day when I want to cool off with a healthy-tasting drink and hang out with a friend or two.

Kozui Green Tea
258 B Tomas Morato cor. Sct. Fernandez
Quezon City
Metro Manila

Lab-as Seafood Restaurant in Dumaguete

The first time I went to Dumaguete City was some six or seven years ago. I went there to go scuba diving in Apo Island, one of the Philippines' best-protected marine sanctuaries. Apo Island is a 30-minute boat ride away from the city. There are two things I remember from that trip. One, diving Apo Island was great, and two, the food in Dumaguete was cheap.

So when my best couple-friends Anjou and Anton invited me to go diving with them in Apo Island over the Holy Week, I didn't hesitate. They never make me feel like a third wheel, so I figured going on this trip would be fun, and not at all awkward. Diving + cheap food... what's not to like?

We stayed at Antulang Resort, which is more than an hour's drive away from Dumaguete (and the airport). We ate most of our meals in Antulang (that's a whole different story), so I didn't really get to eat in the city until it was my last day.

After a couple of days of fantastic dives and a day of just bumming around in the re…

The most important meal of the day (at Heaven 'N Eggs)

All my life (and probably everyone else's), I've heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If not by my parents, it would be magazines that advised me that eating breakfast would help me lose weight, that it will help me think better during the day, that it will energize me properly, and so on and so forth.

It is not always easy to find time to eat breakfast though, as I (like a lot of other people) would rather hit the snooze button again to catch a few more zzz's, than get up earlier to grab a bite to eat so early in the day.

Well, the older I got, the more I realized that the reason this cliche is a cliche, is that there is some truth to it. I found that I just functioned better when I had something in my tummy to fuel me in the morning.

One way for me to be more diligent at having this oh-so-important meal is to make sure that I have something good to eat. This is not always easy as a pescetarian, because I do not eat many of the dishes that are …