Thursday, January 31, 2013

Max's Restaurant, SM City Naga, post renovation

The newly renovated
Max’s Restaurant
SM City Naga

It was after a three month- long renovation
that we realized how we missed Max’s.

When we learned that it re- opened last December
we trooped back to one of the oldest and
on of the most popular restaurants in  the Philippines.

Our dinner began with the delicious
Sinigang na T’yan ng Bangus.
This dish has been one of our all time favorites
as the Max’s version
has the perfect level of sourness.

Max’s also dishes out
one of the best tasting Bulanglang
in the country


Pinaputok na Isda  is one of the best
innovative dishes of  Max  where the fish
stuffed with tomatoes, onions and garlic  
was steamed to perfect tenderness
that would make it melt in your mouth.


This is the first time that we ordered
Max’s Crispy Pata  and we were surprised
how good it was that it could make
its more popular Max’s Friend Chicken
a mere second choice for a dish.

It did-  in our case, that we ended not eating
the Sarap top the bones Chicken’.
We had it wrapped so we could eat it at home.

There was not much changes
on the newly renovated Max’s
except for a new guy that replaced 
the popular Piolo Pascual
as a restaurant endorser.

After trying hard to identify 
and failing to recognize the new endorser-
the restaurant crew pointed out
that it was Coco Martin.

Indeed- It was Coco Martin.
How could we forget this young 
and talented Indie Film actor.

We were happy that  Max’s
has him given a break and recognition he deserves
that  he  failed to get from major film companies
or even the top TV networks in the Philippines.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC), wouldn't you wish you were here?

CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC):
Wouldn't you wish you were here?

Play and Feast

Peak season for foreign tourists
at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC)
starts from December to March.

It  is where you can find
one of the largest conglomeration of people
from different parts of the world-


.... escaping the cold, bitter winter
and enjoy the warm CamSur sun.

The tourists come to CWC
-in ones…

-in twos…

-in threes...

-in fours…

...and in hoards.

For Filipinos, this is also the season to enjoy
the South California summer type of weather-

....cold enough not to sweat uncomfortably
and warm enough to enjoy the lake,

...relax in the shadow of
Mt. Isarog

…enjoy the food, 

…admire the rustic view,

…and feel the thrill of the
world’s greatest pro wake boarders,
 performing breathtaking stunts.

… or just effortlessly gliding
around the lake.

The sun, the fun and  the thrill,
-they are all here in  CWC,
they are all here in CamSur.



Wouldn’t you wish you were here?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekend Chef: Twin Crab Recipes Shared

Weekend Chef
Sinful Twin Recipes Shared

I again became a weekend chef
when I received a boxful of crabs
as a gift last Saturday-
so I decided to cook 
them on a Sunday noon for lunch.

Stir Fried Crabs with Ginger

Arrange the halved crabs in a
microwavable dish,

Cook Crabs in a
Microwave/Convection setting
for 15 minutes

That's me- visible on the microwave buttons taking photos

Prepare for Stir frying
once half cooked.

Mix all the ingredients including
the bottled taba ng talangka
our secret ingredient

(now not a secret anymore)

Set aside once cooked...

Prepare the Crab Fat Sauce...
(yes no Gata, just pure 100% Crab Fat)

Thicken the remaining oil and fluids
after stir frying with Coco sugar and flour
and add more taba na talangka...

Pour over to
the Stir Fried Crabs

....for a sweet and tangy
Stir Fried Crab

Sweet Boiled Crabs

Prepare ingredients for boiling,

Boil the crabs with the mixture
until they are cooked..

Once cooked,
drain Crabs until dry...

Serve Hot...

Lunch is ready...

...and get ready
 for a sinful,

...but delicious 
dining experience.


Get the Orlisitat ready
to cleanse out the mortal sin