Disclaimer: The food item(s) in this review were bought to-go. I prefer eating restaurant food in the comfort of my own home. Also, I would say that I eat more than the average Igorot does on one meal. My tongue is inclined towards salty and spicy food. Lastly, most of food in this review series are made in my hometown, La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.
On my way home yesterday, I developed a craving for siopao from Town Fiesta Restaurant and Bakery. Siopao, in the Philippines, is a steamed bun stuffed with meat (pork, chicken, or tuna) sparingly mixed with vegetables and egg. It can be eaten alone or with dipping sauce or ketchup. There are two general varieties of siopao stuffing: Asado (a technique of cooking pork) and Bola-Bola (stuffed with a large meatball and boiled egg).
When I graduated from college, I kept telling myself:
“I need to get out of here!”
“I have to leave this place!”
“If I stay here, I’ll be left behind; I wouldn’t reach my dreams!”
It’s been more than four years since I told myself that, and I’m still living “here”. I’m still in “this place” and surprisingly, I’m doing good. Maybe not as far off as I imagined myself to be in back then, but I’m comfortable and happy. I may not be in doing what I aspired to do; nevertheless, I’m closer to family and friends.
At the start of this week (17 February 2013 — Sunday), me and some of my friends participated in a simultaneous nationwide run organized by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). The Philippine government-owned and government-controlled corporation (GOCC) that provides universal health coverage for Filipinos organized the said run to raise funds for mother and child protection.
There were four categories for the organized run: 3K, 5K, 10K, and 18K.
My first attempt to participate in an organized run was in late 2011, wherein I ran in the 3K category. My second attempt was in early 2012 under the 12K category. The third was also in early 2012 but at a shorter 5K distance.
Yesterday was another chance for me to explore obscure but worthwhile food places / cafés, one of which is Kape Bantay. The word, “kape” is both the Filipino and Ilocano (one of many Philippine languages) translation for “coffee.” On the other hand, “bantay” means “guard” in both languages. Coffee Guard. Interesting … Kind of like Coffee Prince? Coffee King? Coffee Queen? Why not Coffee Knight, instead? 😛
Too bad I wasn’t able to ask the café owner, Masako. She was busy preparing food for other patrons so, meh. I’ll do a proper interview for a another blog post on this café. By the way, Masako is my classmate in Master’s class. She’s a Japanese who, surprisingly, knows how to converse in Ilocano, one of the widely-used local languages here in our area.