Bratislava Castle

Sightseeing in Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital and the largest city in Slovakia. It offers a pleasant medieval inner city with narrow, winding streets, a hilltop castle overlooking the Danube, and many historic churches and buildings.

Slovakia is used to be part of Hungary after the fall of the Great Moravian Empire until the end of the First World War, when the Treaty of Trianon created Czechoslovakia.

During World War II, the Germans controlled Slovakia. The Soviets conquered it later, thus recreating Czechoslovakia in pro-Soviet and Communist slant. Read more

Maja Blanca

Maja Blanca

Also known as coconut pudding, maja blanca is a Filipino dessert made from coconut milk, starch and sugar that is usually served during town festivals and special holidays.

Obviously, maja blanca is an adapted version of a traditional Spanish dessert manjar blanco, which is similar to desserts such as blancmange, meaning “white delicacy.”

Its traditional preparation is relatively easy – just coconut milk, cornstarch and sugar. Agar (gulaman in Filipino) can be another substitute for cornstarch. Read more

Thai red chicken curry

Thai Red Curry with Chicken and Vegetables

You may expect to see a Cantonese Chinese restaurant in almost every village in Belgium, but next to Chinese, you will find a handful of Thai restaurants here as well. We’re lucky to find two Thai restaurants serving very authentically yummy Thai delights near our home.

So here I am, showing my fancy over Thai food again. I admit, next to Italian, I adore Thai cuisine.

I love the strong aromatic, and oftentimes a spicy edge of Thai dishes. Interestingly, you can come to explore all of your taste senses – sour, sweet, salty, bitter, spicy – in even just a single Thai meal! Read more

Porto

A Weekend in Porto

A sip of this lusciously sweet wine gives me memories of this rustic port city this wine is named after.

Also, the azulejos, these distinctly patterned blue-and-white porcelain tiles adorned in most buildings, the enchantingly winding Duoro river with dotted ships, the sumptuous Portuguese cuisine marked with their love for bacalhau, tripes, pastries, port wines, Madeira – all these remind me of Porto.

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal located along the Duoro river at the north of the country. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, and a mercantile one as it has always been, Porto as a city offers various architectural mix of medieval and modern living side by side. Read more

quinoa with leeks and shiitake mushrooms

Quinoa with Leeks and Shiitake Mushrooms

I’ve actually heard about this latest food craze from my health-conscious Filipina friend. Even the UN gave this superfood an international year to commemorate its awesomeness. My friend also swears by it as a great alternative to rice, which we Filipinos can hardly live without.

But since I moved here in Europe, I’ve already started eating rice occasionally, once or twice a week as a matter of fact. I’m now chowing down more on other carbs such as potatoes, pasta, or noodles.

Yet in a few occasions too, I’d just simply eat salad or vegetables. So coming across this new grain (or seed) did give me another healthier option. Read more

A Weekend in Alsace

I fancied visiting Alsace for three things – the pork-centric Alsatian cuisine, its most noted dry Riesling wines, and a strong German influence in this side of France.

A road trip to Alsace was indeed an ideal weekend getaway.

Due to its tumultuous past and its location between France and Germany, Alsace local culture is quite distinct. Alsatians feel extremely proud to be French, and yet from the local dialect to the traditional meals and iconic architecture, Alsace indeed displays its strong German heritage. Read more