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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After El Rastro shopping, light brunch at Martina Cocina
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 morning meal. It was bright and had the perfect post-El
Rastro ambience. Thankfully, we found an available table.
They had a few pescetarian options, and I chose the salmon bowl. It was perfect for my mood, it was light and tasty, and unique as well, owing to the crust and presentation.
After that healthy start, I decided to have a chocolate tart. It was a Sunday after all, and what are weekends for if not to indulge?
Martina Cocina was a delightful find. It’s worth another
visit, and I do want to check out their Saturday brunch as well.
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…