What is a pescetarian? It means that the only kind of meat you eat is that of fish and other seafood. This makes dining out hard, given the limited seafood items on most menus. This blog talks about the choices a pescetarian has when eating out, about meals you can make (although these come few and far between), and, well... desserts. (I didn't say this was necessarily a healthy eating blog, did I?)
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Reunited with Red Lobster's lobster pizza
It’s been three years since my last visit to the US. I did
miss a lot of food that can be had here, but one of the things that I wanted to
eat first when I returned was nothing fancy, merely a sentimental favorite- lobster
pizza from Red Lobster.
I remember having this when I was still studying in Mizzou,
and I wanted to eat something that would surely cheer me up. It would
consistently taste the way it always had, and this reliability was a draw for
And so, soon after I landed in Chicago, off to Red Lobster I
went. Not the most original of places, but as I said, it’s more of a comfort
food kind of place for me. As planned, I ordered the lobster pizza, which
tasted pretty much like I remembered it.
But… I also over-ordered as per usual,
especially as there were many things on the menu that I hadn’t seen before. I also asked for the lobster roll (to start!), which was supposed to be
merely a bite to whet your appetite. (But since this is the US, the bite was
more like a mini-meal.) I liked the bread, it was soft and sweetish and a nice
complement to the lobster.
After the pizza and roll, it was time for the main event. I
ordered a seafood trio that was supposed to have lobster tails, shrimp, and
lobster mac and cheese. When it arrived, it had crabmeat instead of the mac and
cheese. I was disappointed, but being the non-complaining-restaurant-goer that
I am, I grinned and bore it.
The crab wasn’t bad, but I did have my heart set on that mac
and cheese. It was totally my fault of course for wimping out and not asking
that they correct the error, but, well, maybe I'll learn to make complaints in restaurants in my next life.
All that food left me bursting at the seams but when I saw on the menu that they had key lime pie, I couldn't resist having dessert. This pie is on my list of "things to eat" during this holiday, so I thought it was good to start my food tour with a slice of it.
Key lime pie
Sad to say I was disappointed by the pie, it tasted like it had extenders and it wasn't as fine and creamy as I would want it to be. In fact, I didn't finish it, which is a bad sign, as I think wasting dessert is one of the cardinal sins.
Still, going to Red Lobster was still a nice trip down memory lane (including memories of a fully distended stomach after a meal here). But I’ve had my
lobster pizza fix for the trip so I don’t think I’ll be coming back to this restaurant during
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…
My cousin Bong is a human rights lawyer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was in town recently to visit family and friends, and more significantly, to promote his self-published book, "God Loves Bakla". It talks about his painful struggle to stay in the closet, and the liberation he felt when he finally found the strength and courage to step out of it. I'm very proud that he has come out (no pun intended) with this book. It's going to be a very controversial book for some, and a helpful one for many others. But... that's a whole different story.
Anyway, I was lucky that he had some time to have lunch with me during his brief holiday, and he decided that we should meet up in Italianni's, because he missed having the caesar's salad there. Along with our other cousin Treena, we discussed his book over pizza and pasta. Luckily for me, they were agreeable to having pescetarian-friendly choices, so we ordered their Fettucine Alfredo with Shrimp, some Pizza Margherita,…
During the visit of my friends, the Cobi sisters Lilliane
and Girlie, I brought them to one of Madrid’s most fun Sunday activities- shopping (or window-shopping as the case may be) at the El Rastro flea market
in La Latina.
After a morning of going through the stalls and buying
little knickknacks, we were ready for some nourishment. The problem with looking for
a place near El Rastro is that everything is packed, as eating and having a
beer or two after shopping is the usual thing to do on Sundays as well.
Lilliane, ever the savvy traveler, used Foursquare to find a
place near us where we could have some brunch. I didn’t even know you could use
Foursquare for that purpose. I thought it was just an app for checking into a
place to let people know where you’ve been. Apparently it’s now a city guide
that helps you look for places to go. Always good to know about useful apps for
finding places to eat.
Foursquare led us to Martina Cocina, a charming, homey place
that was perfect for a m…