La Cocina de Tita Moning
I’ve been meaning to try La Cocina de Tita Moning for a long time and it was fortunate that they offered a promo in Deal Grocer in time for a birthday treat!
The lunch started with a lemon grass iced tea and a toast with queso de bola, a family recipe, and was followed with the house tour.
The restaurant, located inside the Malacañang complex in Manila, is an ancestral house owned by the Legardas — the husband a doctor, photographer, and a radio enthusiast while the wife a housewife. Their four children turned out to be all doctors as well, as tradition dictates. A year after the couple died, a great grand daughter who was a chef decided to turn it to a restaurant.
I really like how the family was able to preserve the place and furniture. Evidences of the family’s rich lifestyle were everywhere: old cameras, a classic X-ray machine, past tutus the daughters wore to their ballet recitals, etc. Even the plates they used to serve lunch was an heirloom, which was imported all the way from Italy. They treated it so delicately that it was only reserved for special occasions and house helpers were not allowed to touch it. I especially like the bathroom because they had a classic bidet as well as a traditional water-heating device for shower. Haha
After the tour, lunch was finally served. It was a 3-set meal: tapas sampler for starters, a choice of lamb shank (I got that.), seafood potpourri, or beef osso buco gremolata (Storm got that.) and a platter of desserts to end it. I ordered the lamb shank just because it was the safest to order compared to rest. Each meal came with unlimited vegetables and brown rice which we did not take advantage anymore. The serving was pretty heavy as it is.
Tapas sampler: gambas and chorizo pincho (upper left), pork belly in almond pili milk (upper right), and gazpacho shot with crab and avocados (lower right).
Tita Uko’s lamb shank on potato purée
Beef osso buco gremolata with saffron risotto (what Storm ordered)
Desserts sampler: homemade nut cake with citrus ice cream, homemade fritters, Tita Moning’s bread and butter pudding, polvorones of fresh mango
By the time desserts came, we were just so full that we only tried each one of them and had it taken out. After desserts, they offered mint green tea, coffee or native hot chocolate. I had a mistake and ordered the hot chocolate. After everything I ate, the drink was just too thick and too sweet. Next time, I’d order the tea.
Overall, I really liked the whole experience; it was beyond my expectations. Before the actual dining, I was already Googling about the place. I stumbled upon their website and honestly, I sort of judged the place based on the site design. Hahaha so, I had these apprehensions that I won’t be satisfied with the taste and/or serving size or they would not be able to answer my questions about the place and/or family. But noooo, everyone running the place was very friendly and hospitable. I like how they really make an effort to engage a conversation with the customers. I also like how they provided a brochure with the list of their names and included a short background about them (and it’s in the website as well). It makes me feel they really value their workers. As for the food, it was superb!!!! The taste was unique to the point that you could only associate the taste with the name of the food once you’ve tried it, and that even after tasting, you cannot even describe it. I cannot forget the sauce that came with my lamb shank. When I chose lamb shank on potato purée for my main, I expected they would cook it grilled style or with mushroom/wine gravy. But again, noooo, the sauce was a mix of tomato sauce and….. I cannot continue. I really can’t describe it. It was the first time I’ve tasted that kind of flavor. It was sooo good! I also like their polvorones of fresh mango. I like how the polvoron was not too sweet and most of the sweetness came from the fresh mangoes on top.
I woke up really early to hear mass with my lola. While walking to the church, she kept on asking odd questions about how our family usually cooks steak. She was asking if we grill or we pan fry it. But then, after the mass, she instructed me to go ahead and go home while she’ll just swing by the market to buy charcoal. So, I finally asked why. According to her, our cousins are coming to the house to cook steak. Sooo weird ‘cause 1) If my cousins would do cook steak at house, they would inform me about it and ask to help them out, and 2) they don’t cook steak in the morning. I had a slight hunch that something was gonna happen but eventually ignored the thought and just went back to sleep after getting home.
Around 7AM, Storm called asking me to come out of the house. That’s when everything finally made sense. Hahaha
On the 25th day of February at 7AM, I had steak and eggs for breakfast. :)
Undeniably, one of my favorite rap songs. It dates me back to cross-state road trips and this specific night out with my aunts and cousins to the bowling alley in Arizona. And because Twista was (is?) the fastest rapper out there!
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
To the girl who never deemed to yield adventure,
Have a blissful birthday, reichoole.
From the boy who loves her so.
Some pictures from last night!
Dinner in Baja + snippets from Art Fair Philippines 2014.
It was my first time to go to the Art Fair Philippines and I’m quite happy that I finally went for it. Lucky that I checked the dates (Yesterday was the last day!) and my family went to Greenbelt for dinner. My original plan was to go tomorrow. If I pushed through with that then, I would have missed it entirely.
After dinner and with only one hour to spare before closing time, my cousins and I rushed to the exhibit. We encountered a tiny roadblock in the entrance because they forgot their school IDs and we only brought the exact money (2 students, 1 regular) for the entrance fee. At first, the people in the registration table refused to give us the discounted student rate of PHP 50. After some convincing and explaining that it wasn’t in our original plan and we just happened to pass by, they let us go. I was even able to convince them that I was still a student. Nyaha
The parking-lot-turned-to-exhibits had 2 floors and because of the lack of time, we were only able to check the artworks in the first floor. Nonetheless, even if we weren’t able to play table tennis (see picture#3) and we weren’t able to visit the 2nd floor, we still had a good time.
I’ll stop here and won’t go pretending I have the “art knowledge” to describe the artworks featured. However, I just want to say that the red stuff from the black and red chair I included in the photo set is made of red, melted plastic spoons and forks, if that’s not noticeable. Cool hehe
Artist: The Paper Kites
Album: Woodland EP
I just remember how good of a song this is.
I was having lunch with my HS friend, Richela, in Project Pie when this song played. When I heard it, I knew I knew the song but could not remember the title, for some reason. So, I had to Google the lyrics. Aaahhh! I wish they’ll come to Manila.
First of many.
I’m quite not sure why I made a blog again. As my title suggests, it’s not my first time. I created my first web blog when I was 13 years old. Internet connection was not good, then. I would connect to the Internet through dial-up. My grandfather did not even understand how teens could stay online for hours. He believed it only contained pornography and senseless articles about Ai-ai de las Alas, a local comedian/actress. I still remember that fight because that was the day he “confiscated” the Internet cable and hid it. He banned me from using the Internet even if I contested that it actually contained information that encyclopedias didn’t have (Because he insisted that I could finish my homework with the volumes of encyclopedia he bought for me) and so, I had to buy my own Internet cable and surf when they’re not home. As for updating my blog, I would type them offline, in MS Word, and upload them during Saturday mornings (that’s when they go to our rest house in Antipolo). My first blog contained everything a typical adolescent thought of — detailed narration of gimik to the mall with friends, new lessons in Science and Math, home works, school events, lyrics of songs, Havaianas slippers design, etc., and of course, a Tagboard, a comment/shoutout box. Unfortunately, my first blog still stands and memories during my puberty still haunts me today. I have been wanting to put it down but I cannot remember my password nor the e-mail address it was linked to. I had lots of e-mail addresses too because I thought it was cool but that’s a different story.
So, why did I make a blog again? Because I realized that losing track of all my e-mails or forgetting about my password wasn’t so bad. At least, here’s a 21-year old self laughing at my 13-year old self. And maybe, who knows, in the future, my 30-year old self will laugh at my 21-year old self. That would be interesting. So, yup. This would just contain those sorts of things except in a different time frame.
Heads up, I might still write like a 13-year old.