Isaw-isaw (Grilled Chicken Intestines)

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This popular street food in the Philippine is what we call the “Isaw-isaw” or plainly, a grilled chicken intestine for the un-oriented. You see, nothing is wasted in our country. We eat everything in a chicken… its head, its organs, its blood, and even its feet. And believe it or not, we call the chicken feet barbecue as “Adidas”.

But wait…!

Like the chicken, we also eat everything in a cow,  a goat, a carabao (water buffalo), and a pig. We eat their heads, their guts and organs, their blood, and also their feet. We even eat the bone marrows of cows and carabaos.

So if our country is one of those places to visit in your bucket list, don’t be surprised if you see some parts of a livestock which you don’t normally eat being sold on the streets and in our local restaurants. It’s just one of the food we eat and is part of our local cuisine!

Bon apetit!

Chiz Curls… Have a bite!

This delicious and yummy bundle of cooked curled cheeze made by Jack & Jill is one of the famous snacks in the Philippines.

I was about 5 years of age when I first tasted this. But beware, your fingers will turn into orange!

Have a bite…! This pack of goodies is for my friend, Julz. 🙂

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Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Two of my most favorite dessert…!

Based on my latest count, there are a thousand culinary sweet assortments that are called “desserts”… Though I don’t know why the desserts are called “desserts” and why they should be sweet and why they should be usually eaten after a meal. Well, I don’t care about these eating etiquettes, I eat my “dessert” anytime I want to eat it.

Nobody can stop me from eating it before a meal…! Nobody can stop me from eating it way past bed time…! And definitely, nobody can stop me from eating it if my sweet tooth is craving for it. By the way, where the hell is our “sweet tooth”? All of my teeth don’t have any taste at all, unless if there’s a decaying meat lodged in there for a week without toothbrushing or flossing! Is one of your tooth sweeter from the rest of your teeth?

Anyway, I just want you to crave and drop your jaw with envy knowing that I am now eating two of my favorite dessert… the Ferrero dark chocolate and “Sansrival“!

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How Hot It can Get?

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili hot sauce…!

A friend of mine who went on tour abroad gave me this hot sauce. She knew that I am fond of chilis and hot sauces and she did some research on what’s the hottest chili in the world and this is what she brought me. She is really sweeeeeeet…!

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It is said in a recent study that the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is now the new world’s hottest chili pepper, with some of its variants measuring more than 2 Million Scoville heat units (the Scoville scale is a measure of the ‘hotness’ of a chilli pepper or anything derived from chilli peppers, i.e. hot sauce). To comparatively know how hot it is, the popular “Habanero” chili pepper is registered at 600,000 SHU. One piece of this Trinidad Scorpion is equivalent to having three Habanero pieces! That’s how hot this Scorpion devil is!

Gotta use 10 swipes of deodorants on my underarm this time… It’ll surely result to a ginermous amount of sweat and tears!

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The Fruits of Labor…

Literally, the fruits of labor! Name all the fruits in the photos and you’ll receive a one year supply of mangoes on my account… Of course, they will be inside a photo! Were you expecting real mangoes? 🙂

I apologize for not posting or viewing your blogs consistently nowadays. I’m out of town on vacation due to the long weekend here in the Philippines and services of the telco carriers in a third-world country like mine are really awful outside of the cities … It was the 30th anniversary of the country’s EDSA People Power Revolution last February 25 (Thursday).

Wishing you all the best Friday night and a great weekend!

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Squid, is it a forbidden food?

One of my favorite seafood without any scales, the Squid! It is really deliriously delicious!

I hope I am not offending anyone… but I would just like to know why was the squid treated as an “unclean” food by an ancient tribe of nomads and sheep herders? I understand as well that the squid is non-Kosher for my Jewish friends and it is haram for my Muslim friends. My Christian friends love eating squid although they also read and follow the same books read by my Jewish and Muslim friends.

Have a great lunch everyone…!

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The All-American Hotdog

Did you know that “sausages” are the oldest processed food and was even mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey in the 9th century B.C.?

“As early as the 1880s, people used to call sausages “dogs”, due to the fact that people never knew exactly what meat was included in the sausages they were buying. Around that time, there were a lot of rumors that horse and dog meat were being commonly used to make sausages (there was even a song about this written in 1860 and the first documented accusations of dog meat being used in sausages is from 1845).” Source: Today I Found Out

“Another story that riles serious hot dog historians is how term “hot dog” came about. Some say the word was coined in 1901 at the New York Polo Grounds on a cold April day. Vendors were hawking hot dogs from portable hot water tanks shouting “They’re red hot! Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” A New York Journal sports cartoonist, Tad Dorgan, observed the scene and hastily drew a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages nestled warmly in rolls. Not sure how to spell “dachshund” he simply wrote “hot dog!” The cartoon is said to have been a sensation, thus coining the term “hot dog.” However, historians have been unable to find this cartoon, despite Dorgan’s enormous body of work and his popularity.

Kraig, and other culinary historians, point to college magazines where the word “hot dog” began appearing in the 1890s. The term was current at Yale in the fall of 1894, when “dog wagons” sold hot dogs at the dorms. The name was a sarcastic comment on the provenance of the meat. References to dachshund sausages and ultimately hot dogs can be traced to German immigrants in the 1800s. These immigrants brought not only sausages to America, but dachshund dogs. The name most likely began as a joke about the Germans’ small, long, thin dogs. In fact, even Germans called the frankfurter a “little-dog” or “dachshund” sausage, thus linking the word “dog” to their popular concoction.” Source: HotDog.Org

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