wellness | eats and drinks: gf df mexican tacos

I’m sharing the taco recipe and sources used for my Mexican taco night at home. This was first tried at my parents’ house, when my sister Chesca decided to have taco night. She knew of someone selling purely corn tacos, and from there looked up the recipe for sauces like the salsa verde. I tried to recreate it on my own (warning–it entails a lot of prep, best to get help!), but also changed it up a bit. There are no portions because I just estimated all ingredients on my own and tasted it as I prepped. Read through if you want to give it a shot.

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#danielaeats: silantro, atc corporate center

What WAS the buzz? I heard of this Silantro Fil-Mex place to be a go-to for a lot of people from Kapitolyo, so I had to try it once it hit the southern shores (haha). For someone who works and lives down south (aka Alabang), it really is a burden to drive all the way up north just to eat. Unfortunately for me, about a load of must-visit restaurants are an hour (or more) away, so sometimes I really have to make the trip. Thank God Silantro made its way here!

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#danielaeats: la maripili

Right beside Salad Stop in Alabang Town Center Corporate Center is a pretty little churros shop that opened three months ago. Before this, the only place I would go for churros was Dulcinea. But since they no longer have this in the south, it would take a while before I could have some in Greenbelt. Thank God for La Maripili!

I immediately fell in love with the shop’s interiors: white and wood, rot iron, bulbs, intricate tiles, and mirrors, and the lighting–on fleek! Its front is mostly glass which lets in  natural light, giving the place its nice, moody vibe coupled with the restaurant’s yellow bulbs and industrial lamps.

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#danielaeats: il gallo nero

Tagaytay has always been a go-to for quick getaways. Whether with friends or family, the city outside Manila has its way of calming our minds and temporarily but not totally shutting out a good amount of regular life, distancing ourselves from the chaos. We may not be on a remote island where signal is totally off and we have no choice but to socialize face to face, but the slightly slower pace and quietness of being a little high up has the tendency to make us voluntarily put aside our phones. This vibe and numerous good places to eat never fails to make a good yet brief getaway.

One of the places my family and I almost never fail to go to when we’re there is Il Gallo Nero, an Italian restaurant just by the entrance of Royal Tagaytay. It’s a very small restaurant connected to Alfonso’s Hotel that could seat possibly thirty people comfortably. There’s an airconditioner available, but in all of my visits for dinner, it has never been turned on and the restaurant just relies on the cool breeze of its location. In front of it is just the road that leads to Royal Tagaytay Estates, and across the road, untouched land, so the place is void of excessive noise and is overflowing with the cool Tagaytay breeze. The perfect spot for some cold cuts and wine.

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#danielaeats: les bagels

Yesterday’s brunch consisted of sweet and savoury cream cheese, delicious bagels and laughs over random conversations with new friends. The get-together happened in LES Bagels at the Podium, the most recently opened branch of the New York inspired deli and bakery, and my most recent favorite discovery. Their first branch opened in 2013 in Mckinley Hill, Taguig, but I was only able to try it for the first time yesterday. What a shame.

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#danielaeats: drive-by taco shop & outre

DRIVE BY – TACO SHOP

As part of my Aguirre resto sweep, I decided to try out the Drive By – Taco Shop. It’s a very small eating place located beside a huge G-Spot (car place that’s also a resto grill) so you might not immediately notice it while driving along Aguirre. It can only seat around eight people inside, and the rest of its tables are outside.

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#danielaeats: spicy ilonggo chorizo

I have a new papak (meal without rice) favorite. Usually when my family and I drink together, we like to make papak on whatever we can find at home: cheese, jalapeno, cold cuts, nuts, chips, kinilaw, or some dip with crackers. It’s usually how we bond after a long day of work or when someone’s in need of a drink. So when I tried the Spicy Ilonggo Chorizo by Bite& Co., I was so excited to take it home because I knew my family would enjoy it as much as I did.

This chorizo recipe used to be one of those items you’d have at a friend’s house, enjoy it so much, but can’t have it anywhere else because it’s your friend’s lola’s secret family recipe that can’t be bought. Luckily it’s now available to the world, and you can take it home and have as much Chorizo as you want!

Tricia Espino, who makes and runs Bite & Co. from her home, now shares with everyone a long time family Chorizo recipe that originated from her Wawa (lola). It was a family merienda staple that their grandmother used to serve them with toasted pan de sal and quesong puti.

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