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Vegetarian eats at The Black Pig, Alabang

I don’t often get a chance to try restaurants in Alabang or even just go there in general, mostly because heading there always feels like an out-of-town trip. The distance and traffic from Quezon City and having to pay toll contribute to this aversion to heading south. So when I knew I was going to be in the area for the day, I was excited to have a chance to finally visit The Black Pig, which I’d already heard about as a destination for people who like both food and drink. They are said to offer European-inspired food and their own craft beers.
The name of the restaurant would put off a vegetarian, but I looked up the menu and knew I had a few dishes to choose from. At the very least, I could try the items on their drinks list.

When I arrived there for lunch, I saw their specials for the day on the blackboard, and was happy to see that they had a vegetarian offering, called Autumn Black Truffle Risotto. Although there were some other dishes I could try from their menu, this was my c…

A rich and satisfying breakfast at Maple Restaurant in Makati

It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that it jumpstarts your metabolism, that it fuels you for the day, that it makes you more alert, and that there’s a host of other reasons why the day’s first meal is good for you. For me, breakfast is the best meal of the day mostly because breakfast menus offer more to me as a vegetarian than any other meal, as eggs are usually offered at this time of day. (Omelette stations at breakfast buffets are the best!)
Recently, I’ve been having to wake up very early for a particular workout that I’ve been doing with some friends, and the thing I really look forward to and think about a lot while exercising is where we’re going to eat afterwards. One place that we’ve been going to, also because it’s near the gym we go to, is Maple.
One nice thing about a lot of my friends is that they go out of their way to order dishes that I can eat. Or if there is meat in them, they just ask the servers to put it on the side. In this w…

Trying out the queso chiffon cake at Chocolate Kiss

Yeng gave me a call late this morning to ask if I wanted to have late breakfast (though it was already close to lunch). Apparently she was craving breakfast food, so I suggested that we go to Chocolate Kiss along Roces Avenue. I knew that they carried Filipino breakfast items on their menu all day.

She ordered the tapsilog. After a few bites, she said she wasn't too happy with the tapa (too chewy), so she had it changed to adobo flakes. I ordered the grilled cheese sandwich. I wasn't too happy either, because the sandwich was noticeably smaller than the last time I had it.

For dessert, we split a slice of their queso chiffon cake. It was my first time to try it, but I still prefer their dayap cake.

I often go to Chocolate Kiss, but this was not one of my best visits. I think it's because the grilled cheese sandwich didn't fill me up, and I regretted not having the dayap cake.

It's not easy being green... (or, giving vegetarianism a go)

I’ve been pescetarian for the past 16 years, and in all those years I’d always wondered if I could ever become vegetarian. The term that some people use to be more precise as to what “vegetarian” means is ovo-lacto-vegetarian, meaning one would still eat eggs and consume dairy products. (Vegans eat neither.) I’ve long wanted to try it, but never really thought I could do without seafood. 
Last month, I went on a short trip to Mexico. The city I went to, Puebla, was way above sea level, so my friends who had gone there previously told me there was hardly any seafood there, and if that there was fish to be had, it was not the greatest.I started to wonder what I would end up eating in Mexico. 
While I was in that city, I only had seafood once (my friend told me that the octopus in Puebla was a must-try), and the rest of the time I had in essence, a vegetarian diet. A lot of beans, cheese, greens, other vegetables, and tortillas, fried or otherwise. I didn’t even notice that I was not re…