- Kim Alivia
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We all love fast food, I mean who doesn't? It's really cheap and could also be really good too. Although the United States is the reigning royal of fast food chains, Europe offers a lot of fast food restaurants too. Some of which are very much designed for a Europeans' taste buds. So if you find yourself in Europe and want to immerse yourself in its pop culture, go to some of these fast food joints to get the full experience!
With 1, 600+ branches across the UK, Greggs is the largest bakery chain in the region. Their menu ranges from sandwiches, sweet pastries, and coffee. Looking at their website, their pastries all look inviting and they really live up to their motto: Always fresh. Always tasty.
Telepizza is a Spanish-based pizza fast food chain. They live up to the title of fast food for their main goal is to serve their customers as fast as possible. They serve gluten-free pizza as well as other dishes like pasta, calzones, and burgers.
This Belgian hamburger chain has food somewhat similar to McDonald's and Burger King, although they have different ways of preparing the food. For example, they leave their fries to be salted by the customers themselves.
This Irish fast food chain detours from the regular fast food chain menu, having items that are unique to Ireland/UK/Scotland. Some of the food served are steak sandwich, cod & chips, sausage buckets, taco fries, curry & cheese fries, and different kinds of subs.
As the largest Finish fast food chain, Hesburger also offers a diverse menu that caters to Nordic countries and those surrounding the Baltic Sea. The Ruis burger, is one of the weirdest food I've seen on the menu. It comprises of a beef patty, onion rings (fried ones), paprika mayonnaise, tomatoes, pickles, and rye bread. They also serve salads and pretty rad-looking ice cream!
Fast food is different for every country because it all depends on where they're producing it and where they're selling it. Europeans have a wide variety of fast food because they all have distinct tastes. If you noticed, none of them have fried chicken and rice while a fast food chain in the Philippines can only survive if it serves that. But in the end, fast food is still fast food. You have no idea what goes on the kitchen, rather factory, prior to the serving. Since it's fast food, you really don't care.
- Kim Alivia
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Whenever I travel to a new place, one of the first things I do is to look for food I wouldn't find anywhere else. I mean, why go all the way to Manchester or Dublin if you're just gonna have McDonald's for lunch?! Of course, every culture has a different mindset and just as what Anna has mentioned in her article last week, what's weird for us is pretty normal for them. If you're a Filipino, then you've most probably heard of isaw, balut, and betamax. These are just a few of the list of food that foreigners find odd or disgusting. Again, amazing for us, repulsive for them.
This is the common stereotype for Southeast Asian cuisine, something that is utterly ridiculous and flatly gross. But when we talk about European food, we never really consider the strange and unusual part of their culinary scene. Yeah, we eat organs and blood, but are we the only ones? That's why I've compiled a list of strange and unusual food you can normally find in Europe. Be warned.
What’s weird for us is probably normal for them.
This is how one should address anything foreign to them, especially with food. But while I was researching on the many bizarre foods of South America, they’re pretty similar to the food we have here in the Philippines. Maybe it was because we had the same colonizers back then. We also use the different parts of the animal so that nothing goes to waste. We do the same processes in cooking the dishes, such as deep frying meat to a crisp and simmering stew to get a nice thick sauce. The main differences we have are the ingredients. Check out the list below to find out our differences and similarities with South American cuisine.
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CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) is an ice cream sandwich shop where you can create your own ice cream sandwich with a variety of ice cream flavors, cookies, and toppings. They also have vegan and gluten free cookies to choose from. They offer not just ice cream sandwiches but also milkshakes, malts, and floats. Their prices are inexpensive and very affordable for everyone.
CREAM has six different locations in the Bay Area: Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, Davis, San Jose, San Mateo and one coming soon in Elk Grove. As for my experience, I went to CREAM in downtown Walnut Creek. Their shop there isn't that big but it is a fair size for an ice cream shop. The location is really chill as it is located downtown where people can shop and just hangout. When I went there, only a couple of people were present but there wasn't really a line.
Also, the employees are great. They're approachable and friendly to the costumers. I tried an ice cream sandwich since that is what they're known for and it was delightful, the cookies were freshly baked and the ice cream was very good. It could be hard and messy to eat it but it's worth it.
Check out creamnation.com!
- Words and Photographs by Julia Fajardo
All American food? Check. All American road trip? Check. All American Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives? Triple check. I honestly can't think of any other food related show that's more American than Guy Fieri's awesome show on the Food Network.
The concept of the show is pretty simple but at the same time, it's completely different compared to all the other food reality shows. Every episode focuses on a theme (from southern comfort to unique desserts to grilled meat) and based on that theme, Guy travels on a North American road trip in search of the 3 or 4 best diners, drive-in restaurants, and dive bars. Aside from testing and rating the food, Guy Fieri talks to the owner or chef to ask how the food is made and to the customers to get some feedback. If you haven't seen the show then you're completely missing out and you should have a marathon ASAP. But before that, here are three facts about the show nicknamed Triple D.
2. And by "few fans", I mean a complete fan base with thousands of devoted fans. In fact, a lot of people have been going on Triple D road trips and eating at places that have been featured on the show. If I lived in North America, I would definitely go on one but sadly, I don't. So if ever you do live there and plan on going on a Triple D road trip on my behalf, here's a list of all the diners, drive-ins and dives that have been featured on the show from the official fansite!
Like any other place in the world, Africa has some bizarre contributions to the world of food. One of the reasons why it's so bizarre to us is because of the little media representation Africa gets. That's why we decided to feature a list of strange and out of this world food it can offer.
African Land Snail
The French aren't the only ones that consider snails a delicacy. The escargot is the size of your typical garden snail, but for the Africans it can reach to be the size of one's palm. Mix it with some African spices and you get a yummy giant snail.
Mopane Worm (South Africa)
This tasty grub is considered to be a staple food for some Africans. These worms are plucked right from the tree and can be fried then eaten straight from the pan or it can be mixed with some spices. If cooked properly, they're said to taste just like chicken. So if you end up trying this, just close your eyes and imagine what you're holding is fried chicken.
Giant Bullfrog (Namibia)
You've probably heard of people eating frog legs in some parts of the world, but what about the whole frog? In Namibia, this is exactly what they do. But beware, if prepared incorrectly it can cause kidney failure or as the locals call it, oshiketakata, because of its poison. So prepare your kidneys for this if you want to try it!
Blood (Tanzania and Kenya)
For the Maasai tribe of Africa part of their diet is drinking blood. Fresh. Blood. Right from the cow. Don't worry, they don't completely drain the cow of its blood, just enough to fill a container since the blood is usually used for sick people or for special celebrations in the tribe. They mix the blood with some milk. They kind of remind me of vampires but instead of human blood, they drink cow blood. Hey, at least they don't kill, right?
Termites (South Africa)
Yes, those critters you can find eating up the floorboards are eaten by people from rural South Africa. They eat termites as a main source of protein; it's even said to be a healthy alternative to popcorn. So next time you have a movie night and you run out of popcorn, maybe you can try these!
- Ana Matti
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African cuisine isn't something popular here in the Philippines. I don't know why but it just isn't. I suppose the closest thing to African cuisine we have here are the ones with Western or Asian influences. There is one dish that I specifically love that I can get here in Manila, and it’s Piri Piri (or Peri Peri) Chicken. Before you tell me that I'm wrong and that it's Portuguese, go Google it first. It's actually a type of chili that is now cultivated commercially mostly in African countries such as Uganda and Zimbabwe, to name a few. This chili is the main ingredient of the sauce being used for the Piri Piri chicken.
I would die for instant Piri Piri chicken. It’s flavorful and if cooked right, tender and crispy. Be warned, it’s pretty fucking hot. Below is a recipe from Jamie Oliver that will satisfy your spicy and crispy chicken cravings.
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Despite the disturbing and negative events currently occurring in the Philippines, the Filipino people never fail to face every obstacle with a smile plastered on their faces. Filipinos are noted for their exceptional qualities such as their hospitality, their remarkable cheerfulness in spite of tragic events, and their easy ways of connecting with other people emotionally and socially.
What else is great about being a Filipino? The food. According to Doreen Fernandez, one of the greatest official Filipino foodies, authentic Filipino food is a modification of different flavors fused with our culture. This week, we will reveal where to find some of the best Filipino dishes around the Metro.
1. Cafe Juanita
19 West Capitol Drive, Pasig City
Cafe Juanita offers a classic take on Filipino dishes. Customers are presented with hefty food choices - from traditional to Hispanic. From the outside, one may think the restaurant is a bit small and cramped due to the little entrance door, but once inside the establishment, it's as if another world has emerged. The interior gives off a bohemian and eclectic vibe - from the walls that are mounted with a bunch of trinkets, to ceramics and statues that are in every corner, to hanged up tapestries giving off an impression of a canopy, and to vintage chandeliers and lamps on the ceilings and walls.
Kare-Kare ni Juanita - the meat is always so tender and the flavors all go together.
2. Wooden Spoon
329 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Chef Sandy Daza, the son of the renowned gourmet chef and restaurateur Nora Daza, showcases his menu with personal captions on every item which tells the story behind their conception. The Katipunan branch is a bit small-scaled, although when in luck, customers can enjoy the view of the Katipunan strip by the big window while enjoying their meal. Wooden Spoon serves simple, straight-forward Filipino food with Sandy's own twist. Though portions may be small, every bite gives comfort without the worry of emptying anyone's wallet.
Lechon Kawali - it may be a bit small in portion, but the burst of flavors will leave anyone in shock and wanting for more.
Reyna Blanca - a rich coconut custard topped with pinipig.
Seafood Kare-Kare - a great variation to the traditional dish and also note how fresh the seafood is!
3. Romulo Cafe
32 Scout Tuason corner Scout Lazcano, Tomas Morato, Quezon City;
148 Jupiter St., corner Comet St., Bel-Air, Makati City
Owned by the descendants of the late UN President Carlos P. Romulo, Romulo Cafe serves hearty, old-fashioned Filipino comfort food. The Quezon City branch is dedicated to the late diplomat, while the Makati branch is dedicated to Virginia Romulo, the person liable for the recipes that made Romulo sought-after by families and foodies. By day, the restaurant gives off a homey feeling. By night, the place makes you want to dress up and look forward to a classy dinner. The walls are decorated with photos of Carlos P. Romulo and different dignitaries, giving a short history lesson for everyone. Romulo's most famous literary work, "I Am a Filipino" is prominently displayed by the staircase on the way up to the function rooms on the second floor of the Quezon City
Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan - incredibly crispy and tender. The fact that it's boneless gives more serving for the meat and reduces the struggle of having to gnaw it off the bone.
4. Cafe Via Mare
Branches all over NCR.
Cafe Via Mare is one of the longest running restaurants in the country. I have been to the Rockwell branch and it is is a bit small, but the ambiance is good. After shopping around the Powerplant Mall, sit down and have some merienda at Via Mare. They are known for their bibingka, a rice cake traditionally eaten during the Christmas season. Via Mare's bibingka will make it seem as if it's already Christmas! There won't be a need to fight for the center part of the bibingka (because that's where the good part is, usually) since every bite has a fair amount of salted egg and cheese.
Puto Bumbong - another traditional Christmas delicacy. But who has time to wait another 6 months to enjoy these purple, cylindrical, and glutinous rice topped with brown sugar and shredded coconut? Via Mare offers either queso de bola or parmesan cheese to go with every order.
5. Chef Laudico Guevarra's
387 P. Guevarra St., corner Argonne St., Addition Hills, San Juan City
For those who like to dine buffet style, celebrity chef Rolando Laudico, with wife Jackie Laudico, runs this place filled with authentic Filipino food. What was once a heritage home built in the 1920's is now a restaurant with a 5-star dining experience without the expensive bill. The current dining halls used to be the old bedrooms. The house faces a big garden where customers could also dine in. A sweet idea for a date!
Pork Sisig Baskets - This bite-sized, crunchy rice baskets filled with juicy pork sisig in garlic aioli can make anyone run back to the buffet table. One will never be enough.
Angus Beef Kare-Kare - the pot is full of the tender beef and the peanut sauce is very rich.
- Daniela Regis
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Food from the East are probably some of the most famous food in the world and this is probably because they're from one of the oldest civilizations around. Oriental food is very different from food anywhere else because of their wide variety of spices, their use of fresh vegetables and protein, and other flavors that are unique to East Asia.
KOREA is know for their wide spectrum of side dishes. A normal Korean meal would consist of a pot of rice, a plate (or two) of meat/seafood/tofu, a bowl of soup, and lots of kimchi. Kimchi has become a staple in Korean homes. It is usually cabbage leaves mixed with garlic, chili peppers, and other spices that are then fermented. It is loaded with healthy bacteria and other kinds of vitamins. This dish just goes to show how much Koreans love their spicy food.
Other popular dishes from Korea are Japchae, spicy stir-fried potato starch noodles mixed with various other vegetables, and Dukkbokkie, a sweet and spicy rice cake street food
If you haven't watched at least one episode of the original Iron Chef, then I'm judging you! (just kidding!) Watching the old Iron Chef episodes gave me an insight of how JAPAN really appreciates and values food. Their favor towards fresh food, is shown by their most popular dishes, sushi and sashimi. Now, don't be confused, sushi and sashimi are two different things. Sushi is actually vinegar mixed with rice and is assembled with various other ingredients which may or may not include raw fish. Sashimi, on the other hand, is raw fish - often tuna or salmon - that are thinly sliced and are not served with rice. As like most East Asian countries, rice and noodles are Japan's staples.
(Fun fact: Wasabi is eaten with sashimi because it can reduce food poisoning by suppressing the microbes and bacteria that can be found in raw fish.)
Other than sashimi and sushi, other popular dishes from Japan are sukiyaki, very thinly-sliced beef or chicken, vegetables, and tofu cooked in broth right at the table and shabu-shabu. Shabu-shabu has the same concept, the only difference is that the other ingredients are mixed after you dip it in boiling water.
If you compare the dishes of MONGOLIA from the three other countries of East Asia, you would find that theirs is vastly different. This is because of the extreme climate change the country experiences. Mongolians get a lot of their products from sheep, cows, yaks, horses, and camels (e.g. milk, meat, cheese). Some of the popular dishes from Mongolia include boodog and buuz. Boodog is made by taking out all the bones and insides of a goat and replacing it with very hot stones. Buuz is a dimsum-like food filled with meat and is twisted at the top.
A lot of people would most likely say that CHINESE cuisine is the ultimate Asian food as it is the basis of the other cuisines on this list. Chinese restaurants and fast-food chains are found all around the globe probably because it's not hard to love. There are four main regional types of Chinese cooking: Cantonese (which is popular in the U.S.), Mandarin (dishes made with wheat flour), Shanghai (emphasizes on seafood and strong sauces), and Szechuan (usually hot and spicy). Balance is very important in this cuisine.
The Chinese lauriat is a unique way of serving food at celebrations and banquets. The word lauriat means "special occasion" in Fukien. It is usually a serving of 10 Chinese dishes, ranging from appetizers to desserts. A meal served like this usually lasts 2-3 hours.
The flavors of Eastern Asia are pretty similar because of the geographical location of the four countries. Each cuisine is manly influenced by China. Because of this, the dishes in each cuisine, have balance and highly values the freshness of their ingredient. Not being biased here, but I think Asian food are really the best among all the cuisines in the world. They're really healthy and their flavors have a wide range of variety.
- Kim Alivia
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If you're not familiar with these two yellow bottles, then it might just be a good thing! This vegetarian spread is basically one and the same. You put it on toast (with or without butter), both have yeast and vegetable extracts, and both are filled with vitamins. They're identical because Vegemite was originally just a substitute for Marmite when the export for Marmite from England to Australia was interrupted during World War I.
So apparently when eating one of the two, you should only put a thin layer on your toast because of its "very strong, salty, somewhat bitter" taste. Huffingtonpost did a taste test of the two and compared them. According to the participants of the taste test, Marmite has a milder taste and was thicker than Vegemite, but it was still gross. Vegemite, on the other hand, was very salty and equally gross. Although, on one of the websites I came across, the writer ended up loving Marmite more than Vegemite.
In this hilarious video, you could see that Vegimite has a thicker consistency, and the Marmite almost has the same viscosity as that of a caramel sauce. The guy describes Marmite as very salty, sour, and bitter. He also says that "it's one of the worst-tasting substance ever". He mentioned that the only difference it has with the Vegemite is that Vegemite is creamier. Apparently, it's so bad that it's painful to eat and that he didn't even bother with tasting it with toast.
After watching the video, I actually felt bad for the guy! But it kind of made me more curious to try the product too. Unfortunately, I won't be tasting it any time soon until I go to Australia, since none of these are being sold in the Philippines. In every reaction/taste test videos I watched, I learned that these spreads are an acquired taste that only the Aussies and Brits have.
If you guys happen to have already tasted one or both of the spreads, tweet us what you think about them or comment below!
- Kim Alivia
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