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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Rushing though lunch in Prague, Czech Republic
I am a slow eater. All my friends know this, so they are
very patient when I take more time than they do during meals. I hate being
rushed to eat. In fact if I am told I am only given 15 minutes to eat (for
example, during a break for a tour, a meeting, or anything similar), I prefer
not to eat at all. I would rather suffer in hunger than rush through any kind
This afternoon though, I was left with no choice. Because I
only had a few days in Prague, and for the most part I was busy with the
conference I was there for, I had to make time for a meal that wasn’t part of
On my last day, before heading off to the airport, I went
with Maribel (from ABS-CBN Middle East), to see some sights in Prague before
our afternoon flights. Our sightseeing and souvenir-shopping took longer than
we thought so we had little time left for lunch, which we both wanted to have
before flying to our respective destinations.
Under time pressure, we chose whatever was already open for
lunch and whatever had pescetarian options. We happened upon U Tri Zvonku (I’m
not even sure if that’s the restaurant’s name!) which was open at 11 am. (We
had to leave our hotel by 12:30pm.)
The waiter was very friendly. He asked which country we were
from and proceeded to bring the Philippine flag to the table after we told him.
Apparently they do this to all their customers. (Bring their respective flags to their tables, that is.)
We hurriedly ordered from the menu, where Maribel chose a
porkchop with fries, and I opted to have some salmon with mashed potatoes.
Salmon with mashed potatoes
I was so anxious as the food took longer than I expected. It
arrived around 11:45, so I only had 15 minutes or so to finish it, as we had to
take a cab back to the hotel and I still had to finish packing.
The food was worth it though. The salmon was perfectly
cooked, moist and tasty. The mashed potatoes were heavenly too. It was chunky
and not overly mashed, just the way I like it.
I think though that it was the fastest meal I’d ever had in
my life. It was a pity I couldn’t savor the flavors, as I only had 15 minutes
to wolf down the whole thing. I managed to do it, but it further strengthened
my belief that a meal rushed is a meal wasted.
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,…
I generally like the food in Tapa Tapa in Plaza de los Cubos along Calle Princesa. I've been there several times, usually when I felt like having some tapas with friends. There's a lot of seafood and vegetable options, so even if the portions are quite small, I've been happy enough to go to the place.
One of my favorite things to eat there is their gambas al ajillo, which I've found to be very tasty, with the garlic toasted just right. I always have it whenever I'm there, and it was the same when I went there a few days ago with my friend Albert.
It was the first dish that arrived among several that we ordered, and I dug in as I usually do. I initially thought at first bite that it was a bit salty, but it was Albert who immediately noticed and pointed out that it had a chemical taste and odor, very similar to bleach.
I actually spat it out very unglamorously after I chewed on it some more, then smelled another (unchewed) shrimp. It did have a very strong bleachy sm…