27 October 2008

honeymoon chronicles: makati food pornography

WARNING: LONG, RAMBLING POST AND PHOTO OVERLOAD AHEAD!

lechon kawali and calamares

We finished Day 2 of our honeymoon wet and tired, no thanks to the water rides in Enchanted Kingdom and whole day of rain (!!!). Day 3 promises to be less wet but nonetheless exciting ^_^ Our itinerary: food trip in Makati's 'sosyal palengke', ocean appreciation excursion, malling in the world's third largest mall, exploring the latest in science and movies, and experiencing Manila's famous sunset. Heavy schedule huh?? LOL! And thus, we started our day very early at 6am. With no breakfast and no bath, Labsie and I walked two blocks to Makati's posh 'palengke' known as Salcedo's Saturday Market held in a park within Salcedo Village. The market starts past 5am and ends just after lunch (or when the goods are gone).

Salcedo Saturday Market

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What's unique with Salcedo's Saturday Market is that most of its sellers are from the alta sociedad. The first time I went there late last year (I was alone since nobody in my family woke up early!), I overheard conversations of gracing the cover of Tatler's magazine, guesting in this TV show, attending this high-profile party, etc, etc. My ears bled with all the English, hehe! Since the sellers are rich (old rich and not the newly rich okay?), most of them are selling gourmet food that Labsie and I just dream about in Davao. Also, the female sellers were mostly mestizas (Spanish, Chinese descent) and the males were mostly foreigners (French, German, etc). There are Pinoy sellers too with provincial goods (fresh flowers, native products, food) and wet market stuff (huge shrimps, veggies, fruits).

pumpkins for halloween!

carrots and brocolli baguio cut flowers

pink million flowers

  shrimps and giant prawns

native woven products

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The first thing we did upon arriving in Salcedo's Saturday Market was buy breakfast food. Since I was not feeling well (scratchy throat, feverish), I bought Arroz Caldo while Labsie got Chorizo Rice. There are tables and chairs in the center of the park where you can eat comfortably what you bought. After breakfast, we got a smallish grocery cart and began our systematic 'tour' of Makati's food heaven =) Photos (with labels, just hover over the pic) of our mouth-watering food trip follows. You can also click the photo to enlarge it. We spent about P1000 for bits and pieces of gourmet this and that (see last photos for our yummy loot!!), quite cheap since gourmet meals in Makati can cost more than P1000 per person. Hehe! Enjoy! ^_^

our breakfast of chrorizo rice and arroz caldo

japanese cakes with cream cheese and plain cheese fillings Labsie enjoying the hot japanese cakes! baklava with pistachio nuts and dates -- P20 per piece and just about 1x1inch large! LUGI KO! litson baka / roasted calf!

KEKA! Savory fried pockets of meat with shitake mushrooms. Mmm good!french crepe and galette with stall owner

ME! eating beef samosa while waiting for my sugar crepe

Iberica (?) ham, sold per slice

Labsie seriously looking for more food!

Yummy french food c/o Le Cuisine! Variety of french breads, turnovers, pies and quiches, and pizzas!

French owner of Le Cuisine =)

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Aside from food, there were also herbs, more flowers and nutritious stuff. I don't know if you've heard of the guy selling Wheat Grass (and other 'grasses') and claiming that its 'juice' is very good for the body -- but he was in Salcedo's Saturday Market! I think I saw him featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica (Jessica Soho's Saturday show at GMA-7) and it was cool seeing him in action =) He was explaining the benefits wheat grass to customers and was away giving samples. I heard one woman said the wheat grass 'juice' was sweetish and not at all yucky. He sells live wheat grass (just cut it when you want fresh 'juice') and pre-made 'juice' at P100 per bottle.

wheat grass guy ^_^ wheat grass

birds of paradise hybrid bromeliad hybrid violet and blue million flowers ready to plant herbs

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And finally, here's our loot! This is not everything since we ate some stuff already (Baklava, fruit juices, etc). We ate some of the food for second breakfast (Sugar Crepe, Sausage Galette, half of the huge Beef Lasagna [P150], Beef Samosas, Japanese Cakes [with cream cheese and plain cheese fillings],  Chorizo Rice, Shrimp Okoy) and stored the Arroz Caldo, Maki set, Basil and Cheese Quiche. All in all, we ate Filipino, French, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Italian and Chinese dishes. How's that for two hours of food trippin' with just P1000 budget for two persons?? ^_^

Salcedo Saturday Market Loot

shrimp okoy, beef samosa, japanese cake, sausage galette, sugar crepe, basil and cheese quiche, beef lasagna

our second breakfast =)

wala pa kaming ligo dito! wahh

ALL PHOTOS taken with my Sony Ericsson k800i ^_^


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