Cafe Xocolat

Xocolat in Katipunan

I do my best “grilling” in restaurants, and I usually choose quiet places not frequented by fellow reporters. Restaurants that serve tasty, but not pricey, meals, where the ambience is relaxed and the waiters kind but not overly solicitous. Continue reading


DND, DOH, DA meeting on swine flu (Apr28)

From left: Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro

The departments of health, agriculture and defense met at the National Disaster Coordinating Council on Tuesday, April 28, to discuss what measures to take with regards to the swine flu virus that now threatens to become a pandemic.
There is no reported case in the Philippines as of yet.
There are three government hospitals ready to take in a patient with suspected swine flu virus, but we have no capability to test for the virus. Our laboratories can only determine if the virus is “typable or non-typable;” if it’s non-typable, or of unknown strain, then it is sent to the World Health Organization (WHO) or the US for testing. We expect to get our own testing kits, eventually.
Pork is safe to eat, as long as it is cooked well. As Dr. Tayag said in an earlier press conference: Hindi humahatsing ang karneng baboy. Pwede pong kainin ito. Continue reading


The old bakya with a new twist, at P350 a pair. There’s a stall at the Lung Center’s Sunday market selling old-fashioned bakya, with a new twist: hand-painted designs. Continue reading

DA to finish pig ‘depopulation’ March 6

The Bureau of Animal Industries expects to finish killing the pigs in the Pandi, Bulacan farm by Friday afternoon. A report from BAI said that as of Thursday night, 5,568 pigs had been killed, of the total 6,000 herd. They expect the finish the depopulation Friday night. Continue reading

Malabon fare


We had a party last Sunday, and I thought I’d share pictures of food from Malabon. Continue reading