Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Halo-halo in Filipinas

When you say summer, aside from family and barcada outings, floral dresses, and drinking ice-cold beverages, the two most familiar words that come to mind are beach and halo-halo! Because everybody loves to go to the beach and eat halo-halo during the summer heat! :)

Preggy me and Juanito beside the city plaza of our adoptive hometown of San Pedro Tunasán, La Laguna during this year's Palm Sunday. There is an unnamed stall here which serves delectable halo-halo.

Here in our country, you will see halo-halo stands in almost every corner of the street during summer as we Filipinos enjoy its cold, sweet, and milky taste which gives us comfort from the sweltering heat of the sun, satisfying and completing our summer experience.

And take note of the price: it's inexpensive. And it's up to you if you want to indulge on a much costly version (those that come from expensive restaurants). Some sell it for only ten pesos or anywhere near that price, But whatever the price is, we still order it because of the hot weather and of course to try and experience the delectable taste it offers.

At Lucy's Central Restaurant in Biñán, La Laguna during this year's Black Saturday. You can ask for extra shaved ice here for your halo-halo.

Wherever you buy it anywhere in the country, it is always halo-halo that you call it. Usually, its delicious selection of ingredients are banana, camote, beans, and corn (those that are cooked in a very sweet way). Optional ingredients are nata de coco, caong, sago, gelatin, and pinipig. And some even prefer their halo-halo to have fruits such as melon or langca. Then there's sugar and evaporated milk to taste, and of course crushed ice. And it's usually topped with original Filipino favorites such as leche flan, ice cream of any flavor, ube, or macapuno. Voilà, you have your summer halo-halo!!! :)

Treating ourselves to the famous halo-halo of Razon's of Guagua at the food court of Alabang Town Center last Easter Sunday.

And ooops, I have a question for all of you: how many glasses of halo-halo have you had this summer? I'm sure that a lot of you did, because this craving for halo-halo is natural in us. It's an old summer tradition that keeps us craving for it. This sweet and refreshing dessert is something that we Filipinos should be proud of. And even if it's not summer, we still keep on liking it, craving for its tempting coolness, looking forward to its sweet, milky taste that forever lingers in our taste buds, most especially the memorable crushing sound of ice you hear whenever you mix the flavors together with your spoon. And that signals that it's about time to taste your halo-halo.

Check out our summer photos enjoying delicious halo-halo from various stores!

At Dekada during Momay's 10th birthday. Instead of the usual tall glass, all the ingredients of Dekada's halo-halo are placed inside a coconut shell still with the meat inside! 

Enjoy the few remaining days of summer and halo-halo, everyone!!! :)


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happy 10th birthday, Momay!

First of all, we're sorry we weren't able to go to that waterfalls we promised. As me and Mommy have already explained to you, your Ate, and your two brothers, we're in some sort of, uh, dire straits at the moment. But we'll definitely sort this out. I promise you all that.

Evil is not forever. And your birthday, which falls on the feast day of Our Lady of Fátima, proves that; we're all safe and sound and happy together. And we'll always remain that way. =)

¡Muchas gracias, Dekada!

And at least, Dekada's awesome culinary experts and crew made up for that lost summer treat. And we're glad you still enjoyed this day at... you know where (sorry folks: it's classified at the moment). =)

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Momay!