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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

EATS: Starfruit from the Tropics

I ate a starfruit today that we picked from the tree. I haven't seen a starfruit for a minute. This fruit takes me back to my childhood in the Philippines where we call it "balimbing". It's only grown in Tropical Islands which is why we don't see this in the United States. It's best when it's ripe and yellow with a little brown around the edges. Try not to eat the green ones though because it'll taste a bit tart. It's waxy and kind of has the texture of a pear- very light and crispy. I did remove the seeds because it was a bit slimy but the meat of the fruit is very juicy and delicious. Yum!

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DRINK: Gasolina - Urban Blends

My boy @bosshog139 told me to look for this drink called Gasolina in Puerto Rico. It's a cocktail drink packaged in an aluminum-like tetra pak like a Capri-Sun. Say whaa? No glass? Just an alcoholic sippy pack? I'm down! So as soon as we got off the plane I was on the look out for it and the ads were EVERYWHERE. I asked Juny where to buy the drink and he said, "the gas station"- how ironic! So after a visit to the local gas station, we finally found it.

The original "Gasolina: High Octane Rum Cocktail" made with rum, tequila and fruit juice. I tasted this one first. It's pretty strong and tastes similar to a nutcracker from Uptown. I'm not going to lie though, it goes down a little rough. Not bad though. It's also kind of funny how there's a straw inside of the pack. If you check out the upper right hand corner, you see the fuel sign and where you insert the straw. Funny!

Then we also saw this new flavor called "Seabreeze" made with pink grapefruit, cranberry and vodka. I actually like this one better. It's lighter but still strong. I guess this flavor is made more for the ladies if they can't handle the 'gasolina'... Haha.

And in Puerto Rico, 18 is the legal drinking age so get your drink on! Available for $1.35/pc and $10.99 for a 10-pack.

Gasolina: Urban Blends

What up to Cassidy and thanks for picking up the 10-pack Seabreeze!

P.S. Does anyone know if the Daddy Yankee "Gasolina" song came before or after this drink was put out on the market? *ponder*

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Monday, July 26, 2010

TRAVEL: Rincón, Puerto Rico

So my travelmates and I finally arrived at Rincón yesterday and were finally settled in. Rincón is located on the western shore line of Puerto Rico and is approximately 2 hours away from the capital, San Juan. I can't believe how picturesque this location is! Doesn't it look like it came straight from a post card? The beach is right behind our rental home and the view from the house is simply magnificent and indescribable- it's so surreal. I can't believe I'm here! If you're in Puerto Rico and willing to go beyond San Juan to explore, Rincón is the place to be. It's well known for its beautiful surfing beaches and perfect sunsets. The snapshots will describe it all...

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

EATS: Kiosko El Boricua - Pinoñes, Puerto Rico

So it's Day 2 of my vacation in Puerto Rico and so far so good! Our first stop was at Kiosko El Boricua in Pinoñes. I asked what's for breakfast and our hospitable hosts said, "bacalaitos and medalla beer". So we headed over to this roadside for some cheap eats and it was amazing! When locals buzz about eateries, you know it's got to be real good...

The food is fresh and prepared in front of your eyes!

They also barbecue on the grill.

The menu. Can you see how cheap the food is?!? For $7 or less, you will be extremely full with a happy belly. I know I was! ;)

$1 Medalla beer to guzzle on while you eat your food. This beer is pretty damn good. Very light and amazingly refreshing for a beer!

My meal:
1) alcapurrias - crab meat (jueyes) or meat (carne) stuffed inside a plantain and deep-fried. It was real crispy when you bite into it. And the meat inside was savory. It's real filling and a bit on the heavy side.
2) bacalaito - fried bacalao fish. It was super thin, crunchy, flavorful and light! The only downside is it was super greasy. Wish I would've wiped it down with tissue before eating but nevertheless it was my favorite out of the two. This is definitely one of the best fried fish I've ever tried.

Jueyes Alcapurria! Mmm.. Crabmeat!

Overall it was a wonderful experience. Great eats for such an affordable price. Be sure to come early though because the line can be extremely long and it's not something I would consider as "fast food" but at the end of it all... The food is worth the wait!

Kiosko El Boricua - Pinoñes, Puerto Rico by Las Playas Aviones

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

EATS: Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ

Want to experience what it's like to be in a supermarket in Japan where you can buy groceries and then grab a bite to eat? Check out Mitsuwa Marketplace in Edgewater, NJ! My family and I decided to troop out to NJ for a post July 4th gathering a few weeks back and it was such a great idea! Mitsuwa has an amazing supermarket and a great variety of eats in a big cafeteria space. Groceries are quite on the expensive side but the food is great for the price!

Here's my fatty foodie journey:

I walked around and checked out all the wax food displays to see what I was in the mood for... My stomach was thinking "uhh.. I want EVERYTHING! Duh?"

I made my choice! Kayaba it is!

What's for late lunch? Pork Tonkatsu Don! They serve it with salad (with a mayo dressing), miso soup, pickled veggies and a slice of orange to finish your meal.

What's a Tonkatsu Don? Deep-fried pork cutlet topped with egg and toppings on a bed of rice.

Overall the food was good. I'd say the best part is the price. Kabaya gives you a lot for about $7. I've tasted better Tonkatsu but I think it was the experience that made the my food experience worth it. I'd go again next time and perhaps try the Chicken Karagi or the Shrimp Tempura Udon Bowl.

It was so hot that day! Especially after eating so I cooled off with a soft serve green tea ice cream! ;)

Then I walked around and discovered Japanese candy land! Woo!! I was good. I only bought one thing! :P Besides the candy, they have an amazing assortment of fresh seafood for sashimi. Sorry forgot to snap a pic!

Then when I walked out from the grocery and  my cousins asked if I wanted a creamyaki. It's like a spongy cake filled with custard. How can I say no?

So I ate a half. It was good. The cake wasn't super sweet and the custard which tasted like egg and vanilla was really good. It was rich, creamy and super silky. The cake and filling inside was a good balance.

My godson Max liked it! Heheh.

Overall, what an awesome experience! I ate a whole lot that day! But at the end of it all, my belly and I were really happy. I mean, how can you turn down shopping and eating? I know I can't! :-X If you're a huge Japanese foodie like me, this place is a must. You can find everything here. Plus- Edgewater, NJ is a really nice area. So head on over while you can!

Mitsuwa Marketplace
595 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Is Eric Northman Like Edward Cullen?!

So after watching Season 3, Episode 4 of TrueBlood last night and I saw Eric's dream sequence, I couldn't help ask myself if Alan Ball has been watching Twilight because the scene reminded me of Edward sneaking to Bella's room through the window... Hmmm!?!?... Just a thought! heheh.. I guess vampires just like windows? What do you think? Anyway, I think Eric and Edward are both handsome, dreamy, strong, possessive, both their names start with an "E" and got awesome hair! But uh, I still think Eric > Edward :P

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

EATS: Havana Express Cafe and Bakery in Astoria

Would you care for a chocolate mouse? Yes please! I had this super cute and delicious dessert yesterday at Havana Express Cafe and Bakery in Astoria, Queens. It's a yummy chocolate and mousse layer cake! The mousse part was my favorite! It was rich, light and super creamy.

Besides this adorable treat, they have other cute and more traditional desserts, cakes and pastries available per piece or for wholesale. Check out these other cutesy desserts:

Elmo and Cookie Monster cupcakes! Aww.. (available in 2 sizes)

Not quite sure what this is but it looks like a yellow chick. Cute, nevertheless!

Go check them out if you have a sweet tooth or if you're in the mood for some good coffee. Then if you're hungry, they also serve lunch. The owner highly suggests the Cuban sandwich FYI. ;)

Havana Express Cafe & Bakery (next door to Wave Thai)
21-37 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11105

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Eclipse Cupcake War: Team Edward VS Team Jacob

Went to Crumbs Bakery by the Garment District today to pick up some cupcakes and lookie lookie at what I see! The Twilight Eclipse cupcakes! Priced at $4 (a bit more than the average price of their cupcakes). Come get them while it's hot! Who wins the cupcake war? Team Edward with a vanilla cake and vanilla frosting with white and yellow sugar sand or Team Jacob with a chocolate cake and chocolate frosting with more chocolate shavings? Ladies, who do you pick? 
I chose:

Team Edward all the way! DUH! Reason being, I love vanilla cake and he has less calories than Jacob. Haha! What, did you think I was going to give in to Jacob just because he's made out of chocolate goodness? As tempted as I was- No freakin' way! I'll pick the pasty vanilla frosting instead. (pause)

Just took a bite out of my Edward cupcake and it was DELISH! Didn't even know there was raspberry preserves inside... which made it even more yummy!

Link: Crumbs

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