05 Jun2009


We hit a neighborhood grocery on our first walk around Paris in order to stock up on sodas, water and snacks. It’s so much cheaper to buy these at the grocery than take them from the hotel mini-bar! But I also like to stop in at the grocery to see what produce is on offer. What locals take for granted, visitors like us drool over. As is always the case, you crave what you don’t have… And the first “OMG” find was a little once kilogram basket of fresh apricots! I haven’t had fresh apricots in over a year I think and these ones were imported from Southern Spain. They were good, not great. But I wasn’t complaining…


Cherries were also in abundance and the prices were pretty good so we purchased half a kilo of those and just smelled (the almost scentless) peaches and other fruits on offer at the grocery.


I was thrilled to come across this small crate of humongous white asparagus. They are similar to green asparagus but with a much more delicate flavor. as the spears grow, they are covered in sand or soil and thus remain white rather than turning dark green. Blanched and dipped in browned butter, they are delicious. I wish we had access to a kitchen so I could cook up a kilo of these, but alas, the hotel would probably not appreciate my steaming this in the water kettle they provided in our room!


And finally, humongous artichokes were on offer as well. Another vegetable I don’t get to enjoy as often as I would like. Stocked up with drinks, cheese, snacks and fruit, we were all set for the next few days in Paris…



  1. belle says:


    Jun 5, 2009 | 11:52 am


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  3. sanojmd says:

    apricots are everywhere here..you can actually buy that in boxes in flea market here. it tastes like sinigwelas for me. but more of the sweet side. or i just have weird taste buds. i like cherries better though..was that ‘atis’ or custard apple in the last photo? i also came across that fruit and mangosteen in chinatown here.. just bought a couple of pieces few weeks ago because they are way, way expensive..im just indulge myself with that when i go home to pinas for a visit..hehe

    Jun 5, 2009 | 11:54 am

  4. terrey says:

    you always take interesting photos…love them!

    Jun 5, 2009 | 12:38 pm

  5. betty q. says:

    Oh, MM…I have an asparagus patch and in early spring, I needed to turn over the soil in the other raised beds and everyone was weeding their plots as well. I asked them to dump their weeds in one bed so I can dig them under. Little did I know that the bed they chose was the asparagus bed!!! OMG! Before I knew it in a few weeks, I ws rewarded with WHITE ASPARAGUS!!!!! The weeds prevented the sun from hitting the spears as they grew! It was the best tasting white aparagus I had!…tender and sweet!!!

    OK, MM…how about we trade jams when I go home! My strawberry, blueberry-lavender, pear-cardamom, peach-lemongrass, etc. What do yu say?

    Jun 5, 2009 | 12:49 pm

  6. Edwin D. says:

    According to Conan O’Brien, a European survey stated that Paris had the rudest people on earth.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 1:40 pm

  7. artisan chocolatier says:

    betty q….when are you coming over?

    Jun 5, 2009 | 2:44 pm

  8. Cecilia says:

    Betty q., I want to be your friend. ;)

    Jun 5, 2009 | 3:44 pm

  9. silly lolo says:

    In my next life, I want to be Betty Q’s son!

    Jun 5, 2009 | 4:05 pm

  10. Connie C says:

    I want to be betty q’s neighbor.

    And oh, BTW, I have already made 6 harvests of lettuce from my container garden on the deck, and my first harvest of camote tops growing in a quarter round raised bed…… but no strawberries in hanging baskets yet.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 5:02 pm

  11. sanojmd says:

    i want to be betty q’s daughter..but silly lolo would be my brother?! maybe her sister na lang.hahaha.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 5:13 pm

  12. glenda says:

    great finds! i remember during a trip to paris, we bought avocados in a supermarket for my little one. it was a bit expensive (around 1euro+ per piece) but we were in the mood to eat something that somehow reminded us of home. =)

    Jun 5, 2009 | 5:40 pm

  13. natie says:

    i love the fruit-porn. so colorful!!!

    bettyq–you have extended family members!!

    silly lolo–i’m now hooked on your daughter’s blog. she writes very well…

    Jun 5, 2009 | 6:53 pm

  14. mikelinparis says:

    re: french are the rudest people. that was a british poll, what do you expect? being a resident of france for many years not including previous travels here, i have encountered a total of 2 that i would classify as rude. the french will never exhibit the almost-fake friendliness of americans(in retail) nor the meek, smiling welcome of thai’s or pinoys simply because it isn’t in their DNA. and that’s fine with me and for legions of foreigners who love them.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 7:13 pm

  15. Lee says:

    betty q eyeball!

    Jun 5, 2009 | 7:22 pm

  16. mikelinparis says:

    p.s. is this at a franprix in paris? you know that this grocery chain had a Pinoy Connection? this used to be owned by Beatrice Foods, the company Fil-Am, NY based lawyer Loida Lewis and her late husband Reginald owned.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 7:26 pm

  17. Vanessa says:

    I have to concur with mikelinparis. I actually find Parisians in general to be rather polite and considerate. People actually exchange pleasant (though not overly friendly) ‘Bonjours’ when they meet on the road or in the shop or the laundromat, even if they’re total strangers. I’ve been assisted with my unwieldy suitcases in the metro (yeah, bad idea!) several times by other commuters and gotten directions from genuinely helpful people. I’d say it’s a long-held misconception of Parisians, and it’s a delightful surprise to discover this for yourself.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 8:12 pm

  18. Marketfan says:

    we drool over their fruits the same way that they drool over our mangoes and maybe pineapples and guavas. saw some Phil mangoes being sold in Paris for 6 euros apiece!

    yes, we have to organize something for our relative bettyq…we’re in-laws because i remember her saying her husband and mine must be related because of the way they drive in the countryside, sometimes refusing to stop at roadside stalls:-)

    Jun 5, 2009 | 8:16 pm

  19. Marketman says:

    mikelinparis, the grocery was Edy?, does that make sense, that was what was on the bags. And yes, I would have to chime in with a strong DISAGREE that Parisians are rude as a general description. I think it is a decades old stereotype that doesn’t really apply anymore or if ever at all.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 8:19 pm

  20. Divine G. says:

    I just like to mention that we also went to groceries and bakeries usually patronized by the local people. Their newly baked croissants are really different. These are not the well-known bakeries just the neighborhood ones but the croissants are very good. When we back to the States my sister and I went early to buy them and bring it back home.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 8:50 pm

  21. jtan says:

    whenever i got o paris, i like to catch the weekly marché -farmer’s market. it happens on different days for different arrondissements. you can search online for the neighborhood schedules. There’s hot cooked food, fresh produce from local farmers, fresh bread, flowers, fresh seafood etc. I search out for one for that days I’m there. Farmer’s markets here in the US were modeled after that.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 8:54 pm

  22. betty q. says:

    I can’t go back home till the winter, Artisan! If I go back home now, hubby will just kill those flowers and vegetables I just planted.

    Edwin…Conan O’Brien ?!? …I usually take evertyhing he says with a grain of salt! One of my best friends, Nadine, is a true bloodied French from Paris…she is the most polite person I have met …

    Natie: I come from a big family so I really DO MISS the kaguluhan esp at gatherings!!!

    Jun 5, 2009 | 9:36 pm

  23. ntgerald says:

    Fake friendliness in places like McDonalds make me uneasy.
    That is is one of the reasons why I don’t go there.

    I went to Lyon and Paris and I haven’t encountered any rude people.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 9:59 pm

  24. Naz says:

    As Lee said, what about a betty_q EYEBALL…

    Beautiful pictures, MM. They really appear fresh and delicious. Can’t you just wrap those asparagus in plastic and microwave them? Nuking white corns between 6 to 8 minutes work well for me.

    Paris, a place to visit someday. Always in my dreams and wishes.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 10:12 pm

  25. Gina says:

    Edwin D., in the few days I spent in Paris, when I needed assistance, Parisians gave it to me, kindly and generously, sometimes over and beyond the call of duty. Upon arrival, one elderly lady on the street called her son to help me figure out the exact location of my hotel. At hotels, the frontdesk persons thought nothing of printing for me tour vouchers and online tickets that I had booked using the hotel’s free Internet service; or once, giving my companions free coffee every morning when we didn’t avail of breakfast. When my train trip was cancelled, one rail personnel patiently gave me detailed directions on what, where, and when to board the next available train. We tourists are always advised to be ready with our “bonjour” and “merci” when entering/leaving shops, but shop owners always beat me to it.

    Jun 5, 2009 | 11:09 pm

  26. kurzhaar says:

    Hmmm…the first week of June strikes me as too early for good apricots–they are a later summer fruit like plums and peaches.

    I always find it interesting how people want what is “exotic” to them…you are thrilled over cherries where I slaver over mangoes. Yes I do like cherries and other local stone fruit but somehow they are less “exciting” even at their peak. Familiarity breeds contempt? Unfortunately that desire for the exotic costs us dearly in transportation.

    As for the French being “rude”…oh, please, no one nation has a monopoly on rudeness (or kindness, for that matter). I have met rude people everywhere in the world (including Asia), and at the same time perfectly lovely folk who have gone out of their way to give me directions, help me with luggage, explain how to prepare/cook a vegetable I was unfamiliar with. I was in France only a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed the people I met…from the owners of the inns to the winemakers and shopkeepers in small towns. The rudest person I met on that trip was another tourist!

    Jun 5, 2009 | 11:51 pm

  27. betty q. says:

    Eyeball, Lee? NO…NO….NO!!! It would be much better….waaaaaay better, I think, if it turned out to be a LEE and SILLY LOLO eyeball!!!!! I can just imagine “stomachaches” galore…left and right!!!! HAGIKHIKAN!!! Is that the right word, Marisse?

    You are sooo right, Kurhaar! How I dream of ATIS and LANZONES, SANTOL JUICE!!!!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 3:21 am

  28. betty q. says:

    Eyeball, Lee? NO…NO….NO!!! It would be much better….waaaaaay better, I think, if it turned out to be a LEE and SILLY LOLO eyeball!!!!! I can just imagine “stomachaches” galore…left and right!!!! HAGIKHIKAN!!! Is that the right word, Marisse?

    You are sooo right, Kurhaar! How I dream of ATIS and LANZONES, SANTOL JUICE!!!!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 3:21 am

  29. sanojmd says:

    natie: is it true that silly lolo’s daughter has a blog?can u send me the link.. thanks!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 3:40 am

  30. betty q. says:

    Sanojmd: Yup, it is NESTING GROUND!!! I even saw a glimpse of Silly Lolo in her blog!!! I think that is Silly Lolo anyway orchestrating the Dungeness Crab race!!!!!….hahahahaha

    Jun 6, 2009 | 5:55 am

  31. Ted says:

    betty q, why would you miss ATIS and LANZONES when they can be purchased unfrozen in Canada? I remember, i bought all the atis and lanzones that this small chinese market was selling when we were in Toronto in 2005, and i went back the next couple of days to get more, lol. But if they are not offered in Vancouver, try the Cherimoya if you can get them,i think they are better than ATIS,,,it has become my favorite fruit of all time.

    btw, i’ve already started eating and giving away my salted duck eggs, they were really oil after 45days, i think i only have 3-4 eggs left out of the 2doz i brined.

    Jun 6, 2009 | 7:01 am

  32. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Wooohooo…I love fresh cherries…when you can find them here. So expensive here…
    I so look forward to Bettyq’s arrival…we can have AN EYEBALL–Marketman please…we can all meet for her arrival..Hahaha silly lolo…I’d like to be bettyq’s sister…so we can giggle about being the only girl at home. Bettyq has 2 boys and a hubby and I am left with two sons…and a hubby. My three girls now abroad…hahaha…the perils of it bettyq…but they patiently gobble away my experiments…and are my fiercest critics. I’d like to try making jams from our fruits and getting them ready when you come home….I’ve tried kamias candy–tastes like champoy..Eagerly await your coming home…..woooohooo….

    Jun 6, 2009 | 8:12 am

  33. silly lolo says:

    Lee: They have called us out! Are you game? I am. We were going to make istambay at the market anyway! Let’s put a list together and invite some people and do a takeover of a carinderia at the market. Who knows, Marketman might feel sorry for us and bring some lechon skin. On second thought, he might get fru-fru on us and bring macaroons and make us “parleyboo francais”. That would be Yucka-ptui! (just teasin’ MM, sir,boss)!
    Betty Q: You really are quite the detective! You actually found me months and months ago in that other website. They called and said, “Uncle Norm (that be my name), some Lady from Canada is looking for you! I think it’s about a paternity suit. You were in Canada fly-fishing 9 months ago weren’t you”? Since I have an image to uphold, I said,”if she calls again, have her contact my lawyer”! Seriously tho’, I couldn’t answer you then because I was in the hospital because my kidney died! In the meantime, I’m on dialysis and waiting for a new one.

    Natie and Sanojmd: Thanks for the compliments on my daughter’s blog. I am proud of how well she writes too! After all, she is a published (many times over) author and is very active in Fil-Am writers’ circles here in California. She is firmly grounded except when her feet are in her Manolo
    Blahniks. Actually, I referred to her blog to proudly showcase my grand daughters. I am not just a silly lolo, dont’cha know.

    MM, sorry I abused your blog. I’ll make it up to you someday.

    Jun 6, 2009 | 8:25 am

  34. Marketman says:

    silly lolo and betty q, if you manage to make it to the Philippines at the same time and don’t mind a side trip to Cebu, Marketman & Crew will put on some lechons for you, and say a guest list of 20-30 readers as well… how’s that for throwing down the gauntlet? :) And I am sure Lee will make the trip over from Bacolod too…

    Jun 6, 2009 | 9:19 am

  35. silly lolo says:

    Are you serious, MM? Do you realize what you are saying?!? You are talking The Best Pig Ever! Lissen guys and gals, you cannot buy this stuff! Think about it! Maybe only 100 people in this planet have ever tasted this lechon. I don’t care how much money you have this simply is not sold anywhere! We’re not talking the best of Baclaran here, the man is talking the Best Pig Ever! Whew! My mind is swirling all over. I have fallen off my chair twice already! OK. I gotta get hold of myself here. I need to focus.

    Let me see now. Betty Q is planning a winter trip so I should concentrate on that time frame and soon BettyQ should be able to pin her dates down. I will work on alternative dialysis treatments. My dialysis clinic says they can arrange that for me anywhere in the world.

    This too good to be true, MM! I gotta go now. I’ve got work to do!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 11:50 am

  36. corrine says:

    bwahahaahaa! Si Silly Lolo is so entertaining! I’m rotfl. You are some guy despite your dialysis. I wonder what your smart answer will be if I ask you why your kidney “died”.

    MM, I tried these humongous white asparagus in Stockholm and my host said that the ladies blush when they are served these asparagus…hahaha!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 12:16 pm

  37. artisan chocolatier says:

    And I’ll bring some eclairs, madeleines, sweet melissa butter, chocolate, and coffee crisp (my version of otap) to the eyeball!! And let’s make it a breakfast to dinner eyeball!!… Then I’ll also make brioche, old cebu-style ensaimada, etc…..hahahaha

    Jun 6, 2009 | 1:26 pm

  38. natie says:

    this is such a lively exchange!! an EB!! hope i could make it, too. i’m usually ‘home’ wintertime. it would be such a treat to be acquainted with the regulars here, AND the Best Pig Ever!

    i remember silly lolo’s daughter blogging about the Great Salt Wars….that could be one of the causes of the ”kidneys’ demise”, but eagerly awaiting Silly Lolo’s reply.

    Jun 6, 2009 | 1:28 pm

  39. artisan chocolatier says:

    and for dinner dessert, we can have chocolate truffles and pate de fruit. And don’t worry Silly Lolo, Cebu Doctors is just a stone throw away, so you can have your dialysis in between breaks!!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 1:31 pm

  40. britelite says:

    i will go to cebu this time!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 2:21 pm

  41. moni says:

    Sayang, if the Silly Lolo-Lee-led “eyeball” were to take place in September, I could bring lanzones, mangosteen, Bangkok santol and rambutan (Thai rong-rien variety)from our farm in Ormoc. I’ll throw in Queen pineapples as well. The fruits will be a good hedge against the cholesterol load from lechon and all of Artisan Chocolatier’s sinful brioche, eclairs, madeleines and chocolate truffles, and Mrs. U’s tocino del cielo. Betty, forget your vegetable patch this year and come home.

    Jun 6, 2009 | 2:42 pm

  42. Ley says:

    Silly lolo and betty q EB? Am in MM, anywhere in the Philippines.

    Jun 6, 2009 | 3:41 pm

  43. Gener says:

    APRICOTS-I have them a lot in my farm in Wazanne Morocco, We planted them back with my wifes father 5 years back and now they are actually bearing fruits. they are nice to eat at 10:00am if it was just picked from the tree. They have similarity with plumes but they are smaller in size. i guess i have 300 trees of it all in all inline with different fruit trees like apple,plumes,cherries,grapes and figs.How about CACTUS FRUIT? is anyone here tried eating before? They are the best fruit to taste..We have this cactus trees in the philippines but i dont know why they dont bear fruits!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 4:50 pm

  44. betty q. says:

    Moni: LANZONES, SANTOL QUEEN PINEAPPLE MANGOSTEEN?!? …oH, YES….For this, I will forget about my RED CORN that I just planted!

    Artisan….I would be greatly appreciate it very much and would consider it an honor if I could spend some time giving you a hand in making alll those yummy goodies…and I shall bring back with me any supplies you want!

    So, Silly Lolo….I am sooooo game!!!!!!!! And yes, Silly Lolo….my retired bosses at VPD would be so very PROUD of me if they knew I was able to apply what they taught me! Truth be told Silly Lolo, I honestly think that in my past life, I must have been someone connected with LAW ENORCEMENT for it seems that I am always there at the right time when a crime is being committed. Then somehow, too, my gut instinct says my knees were badly beaten! The out of the blue and without searching for it, a job with the VPD landed on my lap….now, that is sooo much of a coincidence , I think!

    Jun 6, 2009 | 4:50 pm

  45. Katrina says:

    I never encountered rude Parisians (or French people in general) when I was in France, and I also appreciate how they are not fake the way some American service staff are. But I don’t agree that the stereotype is a complete myth. Do you read David Lebovitz’s blog, MM? He often writes hilariously about his experiences as an American in Paris (his new book is about that), and sometimes it’s about the difference between what he (and I think, we, as well) and a French person would and would not consider rude — for instance, wait staff treating customers curtly, people walking right into you and bumping/jostling you out of their way, and cutting in line. These are not isolated incidents, but common practice! Lebovitz has lived there a few years, so he should know whereof he speaks. In addition, many of his Paris-based readers agree.

    To validate that, I happened to read an article last year about how Japanese tourists have been getting traumatized in the City of Light. Given how almost obsequiously polite-to-a-fault Japanese tend to be, they are shocked when confronted with Parisians’ apparently brusque manners. Seriously, some tourists supposedly were mortified enough to cut their trip short and return home! While that’s an extreme case, and I’m sure the Japanese have their own brand of rudeness (as we all do), it just goes to show that stereotypes are usually rooted in fact. :-)

    Jun 6, 2009 | 5:23 pm

  46. Apicio says:

    Probably to some this does not quite register on the rude scale but when I was much younger I encountered a great number of them who are martinets, you know, possessed of that attitude that if you are going to attempt to speak our language you well better speak it just so, otherwise we will shame you and make you regret ever having uttered a single word. I did not consider those snags with mostly service staff rude at all most likely because I was immunized by having gone through several levels of classes in the local Alliance Française where my teachers were invariably rude and ignorant, each and everyone of them. Fortunately too things got better as I matured, hotels and restaurants where the staff is better trained, better paid and therefore more deferential to paying guests came within reach. Contrast that with Italy whose language I have not learned outside of opera libretti and where you say buon giorno and everyone within hearing distance lights up and greets you with open arms.

    Jun 6, 2009 | 5:56 pm

  47. artisan chocolatier says:

    Betty Q…The honor will be mine to work with a meister like you. And you are always welcome to use my humble facility

    Jun 6, 2009 | 7:24 pm

  48. Ally says:

    I agree that the French in Paris are rude is a misconception. I heard that the French Canadians in Quebec can be more difficult. They will speak French even though they know how to speak English. I have been in Paris many times. Never have I experienced rudeness as long as you practice basic common sense and courtesy. Every visit in Paris has been pleasant.

    Where I experience more rudeness is in Hong Kong most especially because they can sniff out Pinoys a mile away. I guess it is partly due to their language which sounds harsh to the ears. They try to be better to tourists as they have earned the reputation of being rude.

    I guess any country has its good and bad seeds. We just have to learn to look at the best of very situation and see the bigger picture.

    Jun 6, 2009 | 10:12 pm

  49. silly lolo says:

    Look out MM! This is not just an eyeball in the making. This here is a LOVE IN, happenin’. And we are just getting started! Lookit, BettyQ and ArtisanC are hooking up in the kitchen! I can just see the two of them rolling around on the kitchen floor in all the flour, butter, and sugar! Who knows who else would pile in?!? Maria Clara and Apicio would be my guess – they seem to be made for each other. Enough naughtiness!

    Corinne: So you enjoyed the humungous asparagus in Stockholm, did you? My wifey suggests you pile on mayonnaise and lemon juice and they will at once look and taste more familiar. Yes, I married the Queen of Nasty-nasty! I must have liked it cuz’ it’s been 49 years.

    Natie: You must be an MD! My kidney died because of mis-use and abuse, I was a Krispy Kreme sugar glazed donut addict for years and salted my food before I even took a taste. Result: Hi blood pressure and major diabetes. I think I have beaten the sugar but the salt is a real tough one, hence my daughter and guardian angel declared war on salt! Have no fear cuz’ I’m trying really, really hard. After all I have a Love In in Cebu to attend! Remember girls, in a Love In, you gotta have flowers in your hair and underwear is optional. I’m sooo there!

    Jun 7, 2009 | 2:33 am

  50. betty q. says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!! This is not to be missed, girls…SILLY LOLO IN THE FLESH!!!!!!! Hey, Apicio, MC….Silly Lolo is calling out your names, too!!! Let’s go!!!

    Ted: let me rephrase that! Yup, I miss the fruits. I have even bought them at Chnatown. I think the lanzones are the Thai ones…they were soo o sweet. The atis?….so, so!!! The cherimoya is my favorite, too. But what I really miss is climbing those trees in Batanggas in my lola’s house when we were kids. I even climb our Balimbing tree at home. What I didn’t get the knack of is climbing the 4 coconut trees in Q.C. house in 19 kopong kopong!

    Jun 7, 2009 | 3:36 am

  51. thelma says:

    oh no, i wish i can change my flight to november, but i’ve already booked for october. mm, i would love to attend your eb
    with silly lolo and bettyq around. i am sure it will be a blast!!!

    Jun 7, 2009 | 4:14 am

  52. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Ohhhh..hope to be invited to that LOVE IN with bettyq and silly lolo…It will really be a treat..pls count me in MM…wow this will be a blast!! So look forward to meeting bettyq….and artisan..and apicio and lee…wow!!

    Jun 7, 2009 | 9:01 am

  53. natie says:

    uh-oh—silly lolo is on a roll!! a love-in, with underwear optional….hhmmmm. that will certainly be liberating. thank god for the return of the maxi dress since it will be a breezy day on the hilltops of cebu. it will literally “let the sunshine, the sunshine in”….it should be equal opportunity, silly lolo–no gender bias.

    not an MD, silly lolo–an RN, dealing daily with tune-ups on AVgrafts,fistulas, central lines and such. an ally on your battle with the Salt Wars….

    Jun 7, 2009 | 9:53 am

  54. peanut says:

    moni,are you from Ormoc ?????I’m from there too!
    if this eyeball is happening sometime in december I am so there as we will be coming home for a visit!we will be in ormoc till february.

    Jun 7, 2009 | 10:10 am

  55. moni says:

    peanut, I am based in Baybay (and partly in Makati too) but we have a small fruit farm in Ormoc. If we make it to MM’s list of 20-30 guests, then we can meet. MM, please count us in. I can bring goodies from Leyte — suman (tinipa), moron, pastillas de leche, pili pastillas, dried danggit from Palompon (not at all salty, for Silly Lolo). We’re so there MM.

    Jun 7, 2009 | 10:34 am

  56. Marketman says:

    First two weeks of November or Dec 5/6 or 12/13 are the dates that are manageable for me. But Bettyq and Silly Lolo and hopefully Apicio and other regulars will be able to make it. In fact, it won’t be scheduled without them… :)

    Jun 7, 2009 | 10:48 am

  57. Lee says:

    Betty Q and Silly Lolo in attendance, Artisan and Moni bringing goodies, Marketman’s best pig ever roasting in a spit… I will be there!

    Jun 7, 2009 | 12:51 pm

  58. peanut says:

    hey,i’m getting so excited about this eyeball now.
    moni,i’ll definetely bring the queen pineapples.
    my husband,who is also from Ormoc,could not get enough of these pineapples whenever we go home.
    we were in ormoc last december till february this year.
    yum,marketman’s lechon….droool….drooooolll….:)

    Jun 7, 2009 | 3:05 pm

  59. silly lolo says:

    Now MM is applying intense pressure, obviously in an effort to weed out the bullsh…t factor. He said, “In fact it (the Love In) will not be scheduled without them”. MM’s Ivy League education and US Corporate experience is showing here! It is a US Corporate Rule here to first, get rid of the BS! You eliminate a lot of hemming and hawing because the BS factor caves in! Further, MM is declaring: You guys want to play, you will have to play according to my rules AND, in my ballpark!
    Ok Mr. Tigasin MM, sir, bossman. Silly Lolo will not be intimidated and will come to play!! BettyQ, MC, Apicio, Natie,Sanojmd, and everybody else: Read these comments carefully.
    Just for fun, please let me point out some of the “hoops” Silly Lolo has to go thru:
    Soosi (my wifey of 49 years) is fully in a wheelchair with Multiple Sclerosis and needs injections, pills and other assistance. We will likely need to travel with a medical assistant of one sort. When we get to Cebu, (note when, not if!) I will need to hire helpers to move her around at curbs, stairs, etc.
    My daughter and Guardian Angel will not permit this! She will have a fit! But I have an Ace in the hole for her. I will simply say, “Dear Daughter, this is your Dad’s last and final life wish. Please let me travel. She has to cave in, don’t you think?
    The Dialysis Clinic tells me that so far, they do not see a dialysis machine in Cebu. I figure I can do the travel in 7 days and can miss 3 dialysis treatments without croaking! They say a dialysis patient has an average lifespan of 10 years and for each treatment missed, a week of life is lost. I dunno, it might be marketing type BS. Hoy Natie RN, can you comment on this please? I am willing to “raise” 3 weeks. Your bet, Mr. MM!
    My tombstone will say “Here lies Silly Lolo, namatay sa kasarapan [he died of a good time)!

    Jun 8, 2009 | 12:15 am

  60. pia l. says:

    silly lolo, googled around and found a list of dialysis centers in the area: http://www.redcop.org/2003DialysisCenters-REG07.htm. hope the link shows up. the page was put up in 2003, but i think the list is still good. just thinking of of an end-stage renal disease patient going without dialysis for a week makes me cringe. brings back sad memories of indigent patients in pgh…

    Jun 8, 2009 | 3:11 am

  61. betty q. says:

    I hear you loud and clear, Silly Lolo! If you need someone to look after Silly Lola ( no offense!!!) while we are in Cebu, I can recommend the nice, very competent midwife who took care of my cousin (took care of us when we kids) before she passed away last year. The whole family can vouch for Michelle (the midwife). I hope she hasn’t migrated yet! If Michelle is not available, my niece here has a nanny who is a licensed midwife as well as upgrading her courses to RN. Maybe I can talk her into taking a holiday about the same time and help Silly Lola in Cebu. She is from Ormoc! We can ,meet you in San Francisco or LA. If this happens Silly Lolo, we are going to have a blast starting with our plane ride!

    As for your medical assistant on board the plane, I am volunteering NATIE…hahahahah….maybe you guys can meet somewhere like a stopover in LA (for Natie) if she is going home at about the same time…OH, OH, …I just remembered, if Natie is not available….I am calling out CONNIE C! Hey Doc, aren’t you due back to Palawan just about the same time?…or San? If I were a medical professional, Silly Lolo….you need not look any further!

    See…Silly Lolo…tell your daughter, if there is a will, there is a way! There are soooo many options!

    Jun 8, 2009 | 6:48 am

  62. artisan chocolatier says:

    Silly Lolo, Rest assured that Cebu Doctor’s University Hospital (which my late father founded) has 12 dialysis machines and the capability to perform renal replacement. Cebu Doctor’s is only about half-kilometer away from MM’s lechon-eyeball property. Chong Hua Hospital (about a kilometer away from MM’s place) also has several dialysis machine. These 2 hospitals are the top hospitals in Cebu.

    Jun 8, 2009 | 9:26 am

  63. silly lolo says:

    All at once my many issues are looking less daunting! You guys are simply pure goodness! A thousand thanks BettyQ, ArtisanC, and Pia. Mr. MM, you should be proud of your MManila gang. There simply “Ain’t no mountain high enough” for this group. And to think I haven’t slept for two days agonizing over these issues.
    As far as dates go, my preference would be the weekend of Dec.12-13. By that time, Cebu City should be in her finest Christmas dress with parols, and lights, and people in a joyous and festive mood. Christmas has always been a beauttiful time in the ‘Pins, and I have not felt that feeling in more than 55 uears. Besides, Dec. 14 is my 72nd B’day and I can’t think of a better place to celebrate than Cebu! With perhaps some friends left over from the lechonan.
    To one and all: My email is normie1@mac.com. Please feel free to email me anytime you have tips and suggestions re my “big deal” trip. You might not believe this but I feel like a total foreigner when I visit even in Manila. I know exactly how Augusto (Tony Bourdain) felt when he visited.

    Jun 8, 2009 | 10:38 am

  64. bagito says:

    I love how this has become a real community, even though most of us haven’t even met in the flesh. Silly Lolo, I really love your sense of humor and would love to meet you and Silly Lola in person. Sayang I wouldn’t be able to make it to the planned December EB as January or Feb pa yung uwi namin. Bettyq, blueberry-lavender jam sounds so intriguing. Will you ever consider selling your products? :)
    MM, our last visit to France yielded more rudeness in Nice than in Paris. One incident lang naman and the hotel people in Nice were nagkandarapa (if that Tagalog word was too heavy for you, it means they were bending over backwards) to redeem their image which made up for the rudeness we encountered. I, too, don’t buy into that survey mentioned by Conan O’Brien.

    Jun 8, 2009 | 10:52 am

  65. Connie C says:

    Responding to betty q’s caLL re silly Lolo and dialysis.
    I just saw artisan chocolatier’s entry. It would be unthinkable that a city such as Cebu would not have adequate dialysis facilities. And yes,it would be too risky, reckless and really silly for silly Lolo not to be on dialysis after partaking of the protein and salt load of a MM super eyeball. Being on dialysis 3x / week sounds like Silly Lolo’s kidney function is pretty shut , but take heart, silly lolo you can have your lechon and eat it too as the dialysis machine is only half a kilometer away. But of course, you must check with your nephrologist before embarking on this’ final life wish’.

    Jun 8, 2009 | 10:56 am

  66. Marketman says:

    Okay, here’s the other option. If a trip to Cebu from Manila is just too much, we can have the pigs airfreighted to us. I recall Silly Lolo may have an apartment they can stay in near the Makati area, so if that works, then let’s do the eyeball in Manila, and just sacrifice the crispness of the pigs at the increased convenience of the Manila location. The pigs will taste the same, but the skin won’t crackle like the television version… :)

    Jun 8, 2009 | 12:30 pm

  67. artisan chocolatier says:

    Silly Lolo..if you’re still considering flying to Cebu here is the weblink to Cebu Doctor’s University Dialysis service:

    Also, if you’re looking for a place to stay, you can check out Casa Escano Bed & Breakfast (which is just at the back of Cebu Doctor’s) at http://casaescano.com/

    Or make the hospital your “hotel” so you can have your dialysis in-between food binge.

    Jun 8, 2009 | 12:54 pm

  68. Gener says:

    You guys can actually find that crispiness of these FAMOUS LECHON even in manila, whats the secret? ingredients? or the pork itself? or the lechon maker! then there is a possibility that you guys can still experience the same, transport all this sort of things to manila from cebu! then do the cooking here! Its a wish right? I cant imagine a person drooling to death just to experience tasting that supernatural prepared lechon,Well it has to be worked out at the most comfortable way…I can send some sort of financial assistant just in case, its someones wish and its a shameful to disregard..

    Jun 8, 2009 | 5:00 pm

  69. Marketman says:

    Gener, it is not so simple. I have a crew of 12 plus in Cebu that makes these “events” happen. A marketman lechon isn’t just any lechon…. :)

    Jun 8, 2009 | 5:12 pm

  70. silly lolo says:

    Gener: Kind of you to offer but financial issues are not involved. Thanks anyway.
    MarketMan: I vote for Cebu, the site of the original presentation. I have never been to Cebu and have never had a reason to go there, Now I do!
    Connie C: Thank you for the input. I am beginning to think I have overstated myself. I guess I got too excited about the whole idea. I have a guardian angel of a daughter who would never let me go crazy!
    Artisan C: What a great help you are! My Dr.’s office assures me they will take care of it from here. And that Casa Escano is a gem of a place! I just hope they can accomodate us on the ground floor. Wheelchairs and stairs is not a good mix! This here is a total goodtime in the making!

    Jun 8, 2009 | 7:36 pm

  71. Marketfan says:

    A 72nd birthday is more reason to celebrate and Dec 14 is also Marketfan’s 18th wedding anniversary!

    Jun 8, 2009 | 7:46 pm

  72. artisan chocolatier says:

    Silly Lolo, the manager (and the entire family) of Casa Escano who sometimes lurks here will surely accomodate your needs. I’ll mention it to her when I see her tomorrow.

    Jun 8, 2009 | 8:39 pm

  73. Gener says:

    WOW! 12 personnel means it has to be a huge party! a very special party, sounds like really difficult task but ofcourse manageable, I am more curious of this super lechon,, will it be a challenge for me to taste it? im becoming obsessive dont you think?..Im sure, something is different about this thing?

    Jun 8, 2009 | 9:28 pm

  74. Connie C says:

    Yes Silly Lolo, an exercise in prudence may mean you will have many more years to spice up MM’s website. Among the things to discuss with your nephrologist would be the status of your immune system, needed immunizations and the risk of travel for one with end stage renal disease will take which you yourself will weigh as you WILL BE confined in the closed environment of an airplane several times, the possibility of other passengers who could potentially give you something harmful thru droplet spread, etc. ; standard precautions to observe, dialysis pre and immediately post EB ( depending on how much bingeing you are likely to dare), etc. etc. Your nephrologist knows you and your condition well so he is in the best position to advice. and of course if wifey Soosi will be traveling with you, she will have similar issues to discuss with her internist.

    I will be in Pinas in December and when the EB happens would certainly try to insert myself in MM’s guest list if this is not being too forward and MM’s invite list would allow. Would you, could you puhleeese MM let me join in? I am dying to meet all the interesting and lovely people, besides of course MM and familly, betty q and a brave soul such as silly lolo who would risk ang” mamatay sa sarap” for MM’s once in a lifetime super EB to die for.

    Jun 9, 2009 | 1:13 am

  75. betty q. says:

    Bagito: all the things I make is a labour of love and as such they are only given to DEAR friends! I will be more than happy to send you some of the jams through Canada Post. I have sent some bottles of my strawberry jam to Connie C..Yup, I have started to pick strawberries today, Connie and as I am writing this, the jam is on the stove boiling away. I only pick 15 pounds each day as it is back breaking…and take s a whole day to make it. So, for the next three weeks, it is strawbwerry jam making. and as prominsed I will send you your kaparting kapatid!!! BC strwaberries is short season…only three weeks and they are gone!…Then, comes blueberries in mid-July and raspberries, too! Send me your address, BAGITO and I will mail them to you once I have everything ready!

    Jun 9, 2009 | 5:00 am

  76. natie says:

    queen of understatements, bettyq—ONLY 15 pounds A DAY!!! i really take off my hat to you!! i can smell the jam cooking!!!

    connie c has said it all, silly lolo… careful medical planning will be needed. it’s really special celebrating the holidays in our country. no place like it.

    Jun 9, 2009 | 5:27 am

  77. silly lolo says:

    ConnieC: I promise to heed your sage advise. So kind of you to take time out of your busy day to even think of Silly Lolo’s (mis)adventures. Thank you very much.
    Mr. MM: Please invite ConnieC. Heaven knows I can use another guardian angel! Besides, I really eat very little nowadays so it really shouldn’t bother the bottom line.
    BettyQ: Thanks for calling out ConnieC on me. I said eons ago that you are a true Saint and you prove it every time.
    Gener: “This thing” is The Best Pig Ever as declared by none other than Tony Bourdain of the TV show, No Reservations. If you know or have heard of Tony Bourdain, then you know that Tony knows his Lechon. He has eaten Lechon from all over the world and yet Tony is convinced that Mr. MM’s lechon is The Best Pig Ever! This is all documented in the show’s video and mentioned in publications such as Gourmet, Saveur,etc. And did you notice that Bourdain had to come to Cebu to taste it? Mr.MM did not bring it to Manila! Bourdain had to bring his Production Crew to Cebu. Care to guess how much that cost? Oh, and you can’t buy this lechon. Not even Bill Gates can buy it! It is offered only by Mr. MM when he sees fit. It is simply not sold. End of story; period.
    By the way, this is not a huge party. Maybe 30 people tops. But they are 30 very special people and they are coming from all over the world. Now let’s see: 12 Staff/30 guests. Luxurious ratio don’t you think? I don’t know of a 5 star restaurant that can match that! Works for me tho’!
    Good luck on the obsession.

    Jun 9, 2009 | 6:56 am

  78. Marketman says:

    silly lolo, you are TOO funny. Connie C, space reserved. Egads. I can see this spiraling out of control. :) Will draw the line at local television and radio stations wishing to record the proceedings… hahaha. Gener, there are lots of posts in archives regarding this lechon. :)

    Jun 9, 2009 | 10:25 am

  79. Ley says:

    Silly lolo and bettyq, during the last EB in Cebu, our group (Moni, Lee and his wife, etc..) fondly talked about meeting you both. I am thrilled at the possibility of finally meeting you. Should this EB materialize, I hope MM will accommodate even those who need not cross the ocean just to attend.:)

    Jun 9, 2009 | 10:39 am

  80. betty q. says:

    Ley, as Silly Lolo said…after the lechonan, we can take over a carinderia the following day and par-tee!!!!…right, MM and Silly Lolo?…better bring your dancing shoes, Silly Lolo!

    Jun 9, 2009 | 11:22 am

  81. silly lolo says:

    Dancing is my middle name, Ms. BettyQ! In my day, they knew me well at the JaiAlai Sky Room and the Riviera on Dewey Blvd. Umm..they still do the mambo and the cha-cha-cha, don’t they? How about the boogie-woogie? Oh yesss, I did that!

    Jun 9, 2009 | 12:04 pm

  82. Ley says:

    I would love to party with betty q and silly lolo!! I even hope to have Morrie moments with silly lolo…

    Jun 9, 2009 | 12:07 pm

  83. artisan chocolatier says:

    Silly Lolo and BettyQ…”take over a carinderia the following day?” This is going to be a 3-day event!!! We will take over several restos and carinderias the day before and the day after!!! hahahaha….This event will beat all those wild conventions you hear about…..hahahaha.

    Jun 9, 2009 | 12:47 pm

  84. Gener says:

    Really,,Im researching back those ALA MARKETMAN LECHON topics with the compliments of this tony bourdain, i want to know exactly whats makes it so special. I think i was pinched on that story, definely i know that this lechon is different from those one i know but i want to reveal the difference. Im curious to taste that difference indeed, well i wish! Have a nice day to all!

    Jun 9, 2009 | 7:53 pm

  85. silly lolo says:

    I hate to be the party pooper but it’s REALITY CHECK time! You guys and gals are getting too wild and crazy!
    Reality Check Item #1: We do not have an exact date yet. My Travel Agent as well as my Dr.’s Office won’t talk to me until I can give them to/from dates. Mr. MM, please make the call.
    Reality Check Item #2: On a normal day, I am in bed and asleep before the 6pm TV News is over. You guys night have to drag my limp little body around from venue to venue. But I will be there!

    Jun 9, 2009 | 8:36 pm

  86. Connie C says:

    Silly Lolo, no problem at all with my suggestions. Am always ready to extend a hand esp for the generous netizens of MM’s blogsite, what with MM and betty q as leaders, who never run out of helpful ideas and always there to share them. And you, silly lolo, I have followed your odyssey from your move and when they worried they had lost you when you stopped posting and then the excitement when you were back posting again. Little did we know you were having major medical issues, you and your beloved wifey. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you ever so much MM, I am already having a time containing myself from excitement.
    WOW WEEEE!!! IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!! and silly Lolo, would love to tango with you.

    Betty q. I haven’t forgotten my offer, so, you have to make time for a Palawan stop over. There are direct flights from Cebu to Puerto Princesa….before or after the EB.

    Jun 9, 2009 | 8:38 pm

  87. natie says:

    aaahhhhhh!! my travel dates don’t coincide!!!!!!!! i’ll miss out again!! i travel mid jan and feb.

    you have many ‘angels’, silly lolo…i’ll breathe prayers your way and hold your hands from a distance, along with the steady hands around you.

    Jun 10, 2009 | 9:22 am

  88. Marketman says:

    December 12 is good for me if it works for Silly Lolo, Bettyq, etc. LUNCH, 12 noon, Saturday, 12 December 2009. Will probably be able to accommodate just 25-30 guests this time around as I have fewer crew I can call on at that location by the end of the year. But I do promise lechon, and a less elaborate buffet around that. If guests bring other goodies, it will still be more calories than we would like to consume…

    Jun 10, 2009 | 9:26 am

  89. Connie C says:

    In addition to lechon, what would silly lolo have in his food wish list ?

    Jun 10, 2009 | 11:38 am

  90. silly lolo says:

    ConnieC: What really caught my eye at the Bourdain presentation was the Fern salad. I think those are ferns that MM gathered around his yard. Half a piece of the fresh spanish mackerel, and two small pieces of lechon skin. One piece I would eat. The other I would discreetly wrap in plastic and bring home to frame and engrave with the words “How to die with a smile”. I would hang it in the living room and enjoy the conversations that will surely follow. Honestly, I think my appetite died when my kidney bit the dust!

    Jun 10, 2009 | 1:11 pm

  91. silly lolo says:

    I forgot two things: MM: May I please pay for the pigs? I’m sure those won’t break my bank after all, Obama just gave them millions in TARP money. Seriously, please consider this request. I hope I did not cross the line with an insult here. Here in the States, it is normal to “chip in” or do a “potluck party”. Infinitely more practical. Please don’t hesitate to email me.
    The other thing? I forgot…….

    Jun 10, 2009 | 1:33 pm

  92. Marketman says:

    silly lolo, the pigs are on me… but yes, maybe we can make desserts and other native delicacies sort of “pot-lucK” and less pre-determined as the last lechon eyeball…

    Jun 10, 2009 | 2:38 pm

  93. artisan chocolatier says:

    Or we can all “donate” to the Market Manila Feeding Program in exchange for lechon eye ball.

    Jun 10, 2009 | 7:21 pm

  94. silly lolo says:

    Natie: You’re an angel too! But what’s the deal? Just travel 1 month sooner. Remember, it will be Christmas in the ‘Pins and it will be sooo lovely! Take another look, Natie. It would be so nice to meet you and maybe you can give me an Angel Hug!

    Jun 11, 2009 | 1:41 am

  95. Connie C says:

    HI silly lolo. I would not want to promise anything that I cannot deliver, but before I fly to Cebu, I shall search for the requested fiddle fern and bring it as a salad or as ginataan. Betty q, MM, will baking soda keep it green like we do for green beans so it will not be a wilted brown when it reaches the Cebu EB?

    And how would you like your Spanish mackerel prepared? I am afraid it will be a Philippine mackerel by the time we catch it off our shores, hmmmm.

    Jun 11, 2009 | 4:41 am

  96. Marketman says:

    Connie C, there isn’t much pako or fern in Cebu, I often see it in Manila. But it doesn’t last more than a day or so chilled. There is lots of seaweed in Cebu, that’s what we served bourdain. And the fish spanish mackerel is tanguige, and it is delicious in kinilaw, also what we paired with lechon at the last eyeball…

    Jun 11, 2009 | 7:01 am

  97. silly lolo says:

    Best News!!! The Doctor ( I call him Dr. Pain!) told me I am good to go! There are no underlying issues to worry about. In fact he is encouraging me to go and have fun as long as I keep up the dialysis schedule. Look out Cebu, Silly Lolo is coming to town!!

    Jun 11, 2009 | 12:24 pm

  98. artisan chocolatier says:

    Hooooray!!!! Hmmmmmm…..I wonder where we can get a Sinulog tribe to welcome Silly Lolo and Betty Q

    Jun 11, 2009 | 12:48 pm

  99. Ley says:


    Jun 11, 2009 | 1:42 pm

  100. melit medina says:

    I’m a fan of this lovely site and thanks MM for sharing.
    I enjoyed reading your stories and photos are awesome.
    I’ve been reading the comments by your readers and impressed
    by the camaraderie unfolding here.

    The kindness and goodness of people who met through this site
    and connected by way of food are incredible and palpable.

    I hope and pray that your “reunion” materialize and everyone
    safe in their travel.I know you’ll have a BLAST.

    God Bless us all!!!

    Jun 11, 2009 | 2:37 pm

  101. betty q. says:

    Yes, and I will see to it that we will have ample supply of Lipitor, Silly Lolo… oh, gotta have Imodium too so our fun will not be spoiled!

    Jun 11, 2009 | 3:02 pm

  102. Connie C says:

    Hooray for silly Lolo! December 12 EB is going to happen!

    HI MM, I meant fiddle fern from Puerto Princesa tho they do not seem to be the same variety as the ones we used to have in Mindoro where the heads are large and succulent and fleshy.If lucky, I may be able to get them but I just wonder how good they will be if there is no direct flight to Cebu from Puerto Princesa on Saturdays and if they will keep the freshly blanched green after a couple of hours. I’ll find out more from the source at the market soon as I get there.

    And yes, tanguigue is mackerel.

    Jun 11, 2009 | 3:39 pm

  103. betty q. says:


    Jun 11, 2009 | 4:25 pm

  104. silly lolo says:

    Ladies, Ladies, Ladies!! Please stop the fussin’ already. I am starting to get embarassed here. And besides, I am noticing a tinge of jealousy from the wifey; I got the ol’ “Ikaw talaga” lecture already! My wife (Soosi) is San Francisco born and bred and speaks Tagalog with a Visayan accent. Her Dad was from Bacolod and Mom was from Capiz which is where Soosi’s aswang tendencies come from. Soosi used to hate it when I called her aswang but them I told her aswangs have a reputation for being the sexiest partners. She loved the term after that.
    Am I wile-y, or what??!!

    Jun 11, 2009 | 7:25 pm

  105. Connie C says:

    No silly Lolo, just……sexy! and wild with ideas! Mind you, hubby and betty q’s were suspecting we (BETTY AND I) were having a cyberspace love affair with the time we are spending in the internet (till wee hours of the morning sometimes) until I told hubby about Marc’s hinayupak na ensaymadas that got us rolling. Nothing kinky or illicit here….just food porn.

    and betty q will do as you say, provided I am able to get the ferns and the electric power in Puerto Princesa does not conk out on me.

    MM, Cebu, HERE WE COME!!!! Will make reservations as Casa Escano soon and oh, a Cebu flight seat too! Casa Escano may have to reserve the whole inn for the EB guests too. I am counting the days!

    Jun 11, 2009 | 9:27 pm

  106. natie says:

    it is really wonderful that silly lolo has his medical clearance to make the ”sentimental journey”..i’m sure everyone will have an extremely lovely, lively time at the EB.

    wish i could be there, too, silly lolo–alas, vacation requests have already been granted and travel arrangements made. again,i will be there in spirit–probably hovering over the Best Pig Ever and the fresh fish kinilaw. you will be surrounded by your earthly angels, basking on their attention. ‘sexy’ is ageless. if you got it, you got it!!!

    bettyq and connie c, i saw huge fiddlehead ferns at the local Fairways supermarket today! a bit bigger than a quarter, and fat!! about $4.99/pound..bought duck fat and Plugra butter..MM, can’t wait to try the Plugra with some good bread..

    Jun 12, 2009 | 9:30 am

  107. moni says:

    MM, Connie C and Silly Lolo, let me take care of the fiddlehead ferns. I can get bundles of fresh pako from Ormoc just before I board the Supercat to Cebu . [MM, this is not to pressure you into including me in your guest list.] I will still bring fresh pako over to MM’s litsonan place in Cebu. These are for our overseas guests.

    And as promised, pastillas, roscas and suman (tinipa) from Leyte. Just to remind Silly Lolo and Betty Q that there’s a lot of great delicacies in the regions.

    Jun 12, 2009 | 5:09 pm

  108. silly lolo says:

    Hoy Mr. MM: Are you sure you are up to this!??! You should know that BettyQ and ConnieC should be declared clinically insane an will likely be up to no good. Did you have overseas guests in previous EB’s? Maybe you should re-think this while you have time!
    ArtisanC: Please alert the Cebu Nat’l Guard because mayhem is sure to ensue.
    Natie: Try to bribe the authorities! Surprisingly works well. I will send cash money. Remember, cash talks and bs walks!

    Jun 12, 2009 | 10:13 pm

  109. moni says:

    Connie C, to be on the safe side, bring your fiddlehead ferns from Puerto Princesa to the EB for Silly Lolo. I worry that on EB day, there might not be pako in the market or work-related travel might get in the way.

    Jun 13, 2009 | 12:13 am

  110. Connie C says:

    Ok Moni, the more the merrier! Will try my best to get at the source of the much coveted ferns and hope that they can keep their color till we get to EB lunch. We’ll give Silly Lolo the fiddle head salad of his dreams.

    Hee, hee, Silly Lolo, I said nothing more innocuous than food porn. You are the one with very pregnant ideas. Tell your dialysis nurse/technician to get more toxins out of your system.

    And Betty Q, see what our cyber triesting has led us to. What is to be more sinful than lusting for your strawberry jam and hinayupak na ensaymada? And which is deadlier…. lust or gluttony?

    Jun 13, 2009 | 3:21 am

  111. betty q. says:

    Haay, Silly Lolo: I am like “lukaret”? here laughing my head off! Boys are asking what is terribly funny!!!

    Doc…you think it is a good idea to tell those dailysis technicians/nurse to flush out more toxins from Silly Lolo? Uh-OH maybe Silly Lola will object…no more sexy Silly Lolo!!!

    Jun 13, 2009 | 2:42 pm

  112. artisan chocolatier says:

    Hey Guys, Had lunch today with the grandson and great-granddaughter (her blog name here is Wahini) of Don Merto’s Casa Escano Bed & Breakfast. They are excited about you all coming for the eyeball in December. They will come up with a special rate for everyone coming down. I will let Wahini announce it here.

    Jun 13, 2009 | 9:37 pm

  113. silly lolo says:

    Artisan C: I need email addresses for Casa Escano and Cebu Doc (Dr. Juliet Noel- Dialysis Unit). Their websites do not list email adds.
    A hundred thank you’s!!!

    Jun 14, 2009 | 2:16 am

  114. moni says:

    Silly Lolo, Casa Escano’s email address is: info@casaescano.com or reservations@casaescano.com.

    Jun 14, 2009 | 11:11 am

  115. artisan chocolatier says:

    Silly Lolo, Bettyq and everyone who wants to make reservations (or have inquiry) for Casa Escano, email directly tessa@casaescano.com Tessa (Wahini) is the granddaughter (and great-grandaughter of Don Merto) of Jess and Gloria Escano and runs the property together with his uncles.

    Silly Lolo, I will get the email address of Dr Noel tomorrow.

    Jun 14, 2009 | 5:37 pm

  116. moni says:

    Artisan Chocolatier, are the Escanos Hawaii-based? Wahini is a Hawaiian name and the history of Casa Escano refers to “ohana holo’oko’a”. I went to grad school at UH Manoa and these bring back pleasant memories of Oahu and Kauai. Thanks for Wahini’s email address.

    Jun 14, 2009 | 7:01 pm

  117. artisan chocolatier says:

    Gloria Escano was raised in Hawaii, thus the hawaiian influence of hospitality is further amplified in Casa Escano.

    Jun 14, 2009 | 8:10 pm

  118. artisan chocolatier says:

    Silly Lolo, the email address for Dr. Juliet Noel of the Cebu Doctors University Hospital is jfnoel2003@yahoo.com

    Jun 15, 2009 | 11:54 am

  119. wahini says:

    hi all!!!! i’ve just been sitting back and just reading through this, but after lunch with artisan chocolatier, i got more and more excited about december.

    silly lolo, bettyq, moni, and everyone else coming for the EB, this is my official invitation to you all to stay at casa escaño at a 10% discount. i would love if my place would fill up with EB guests! you can take a look at the sight

    and if this is going to be a 3 day event i would love to spend a day with all of you at our family rest house in tayud, liloan for a day of relaxation and of course more eating. it’s rustic living, but hey why not!!!

    here’s my email address again: tessa@casaescano.com

    silly lolo: we can definitely work with you regarding your wife’s need for a wheelchair accessible room.

    Jun 15, 2009 | 1:35 pm

  120. betty q. says:

    Ms. Wahini: a thousand thank you for your generosity in offering us a discounted rate and a chance to partake of your hospitality at Liloan! Like Silly Lolo, I have never been to Cebu. I can just imagine the MAYHEM we will cause…with Silly Lolo and Connie C., Artisan, and Moni and Lee of course…this will be a holiday to remember!

    Jun 16, 2009 | 3:22 pm

  121. moni says:

    Betty, because of Artisan Chocolatier’s endorsement of Casa Escano, I booked the family room for 3 nights for my sisters from San Francisco who will be going to Cebu in early September. Using the email address posted by Artisan Chocolatier,I emailed Wahini and she quickly replied. What efficient service filled with aloha spirit. It tells of happy lechon moments in December.

    Jun 17, 2009 | 3:28 am

  122. betty q. says:

    Isn’t it wonderful, Moni? Yup, Artisan, are you sure you are not the Cebu MP? Holy, You sure have a lot of pull!

    What does Wahini mean?

    Jun 17, 2009 | 5:39 am

  123. artisan chocolatier says:

    Wahini is hawaiian for woman/girl/queen.

    The nice thing about Casa Escano is that it is really homey and just like when it was still the Escano residence, everyone is treated like family.

    In fact, you will still see the lady of the house, Tita Gloria, sit in one of the tables and call you over and welcome you with open arms!

    Jun 17, 2009 | 10:48 am

  124. wahini says:

    my grandma used to call me her little wahine when i would spend my summers with her. she’s the one who’s really kept the aloha spirit in our family going.

    the pleasure is all mine bettyq. i’m just looking forward to the whole weekend. even my mom is flying in from houston just in time for the festivities. she’s a regular ‘lurker’ on this site.

    Jun 18, 2009 | 2:11 pm

  125. silly lolo says:

    Wahini: And festivities there will be! Why, the happenin’s at Casa Escano might even be wilder than the EB! But what I am really looking forward to is how preety the Casa will be in her finest Christmas dress! I bet that beautiful courtyard will look stunning.
    I can’r wait. In fact I am thinking of nt favorite meal which is a Carinderia style menudo, on top of rice, slathered with gravy and then topped with two sunny side up eggs, and garnished with green onions. My version of Hawaii’s Loco Moco! I’m sure your kitchen can handle that for me. right?!? OK! Good times coming soon.

    Jun 18, 2009 | 11:56 pm

  126. artisan chocolatier says:

    OMG Silly Lolo!!!! That’s one meal to look forward to!!…I’ll take an extra dose of lipitor for this one. hehehehe.

    Jun 19, 2009 | 9:01 am

  127. betty q. says:

    Wow, Silly Lolo…your description of Christmas back hme is like going back in time like some 35 years ago as I remember…the parols, little kids caroling and my main job is to hand them money after singing. Of course, I always GET SICK evvvvery Christmas. I don’t know what it is…but it never fails….even up to now! I am glad Doc Connie is coming!!! Just kidding , Doc…I will be well prepared! Hubby is a RPO after all!

    Jun 19, 2009 | 10:07 pm

  128. moni says:

    MM, when will you post your December EB guest list? Lee, perhaps those of us who were in the 2009 Lechon EB might not qualify to give a chance to the overseas MM readers who have not tasted MM’s “best pig ever”.

    Jun 20, 2009 | 4:14 am

  129. artisan chocolatier says:

    Moni….we can always have a pre and post EB eyeball to accomodate everyone else!!!! I’m looking forward to this event. I think I’ll start working out to get in shape…hehehe

    Jun 20, 2009 | 7:54 am

  130. silly lolo says:

    Artisan C: What a great idea! You just might tempt people to come to Cebu just for the pre/post EB. And if we all stay at Casa Escano, maybe Tessa will let us use some tables and chairs then we can do it at the fabled Casa! That courtyard at the Casa would make an excellent site. Then, if Tessa allows us to take over her kitchen for a time, I can cook an authentic San Francisco Seafood Cacciatore, you can bake up a few loaves of sourdough, and man. it’s San Francisco all over again! You will recall your good times in the Bay Area, guaranteed!
    Uh,oh….we will need some dancing girls! BettQ, ConnieC, Moni, Marissa WK, Wahini, Wahini’s Mom: Are you guys busy? Here is your chance to shine! Remember, underwear is optional!
    Seriously tho’ Artisan C, please email me. You have a totally good idea here. Let’s talk! In fact, if anybody else has ideas, please email normie1@mac.com. Hint: I would looove to eat something BettyQ cooked (so would 100 others)! This could be trouble guys….but then, that’s what we do. WE DO TROUBLE!
    Hoy Mr MM: Did we get you out of bed, huh? Yuk, yuk!!!

    Jun 20, 2009 | 9:07 pm

  131. artisan chocolatier says:

    Silly Lolo…your on!!! And you bet we can all have a blast at Casa Escano. And yes, we both don’t have to twist the arm of Tessa too much to get us all pass the kitchen swinging doors. My email address is chefdecuisinecorp@yahoo.com

    Jun 20, 2009 | 10:40 pm

  132. betty q. says:

    Hey Boys! If this will be an all-nighter thingey, maybe I should add Wake-Ups to my first aid kit! Yeah, let’s make it an all nighter!!!

    I don’t think you would want to eat Moose meat (authentic Canadian meat!), Silly Lolo! ..just kidding…Hey, MM , maybe this is an excuse to pre-empt your Definitive Pinoy Pork Barbecue as well! Might as well make use of your GRILL!

    Oh, OMG!!! This is pure INDIGESTION IN THE making ! I am sooooooo glad there will be a DOCTOR in the house!!!

    Jun 21, 2009 | 1:12 am

  133. betty q. says:

    Hey Boys! If this will be an all-nighter thingey, maybe I should add Wake-Ups to my first aid kit! Yeah, let’s make it an all nighter!!!

    I don’t think you would want to eat Moose meat (authentic Canadian meat!), Silly Lolo! ..just kidding…Hey, MM , maybe this is an excuse to pre-empt your Definitive Pinoy Pork Barbecue as well! Might as well make use of your GRILL!

    Oh, OMG!!! This is pure INDIGESTION IN THE making ! I am sooooooo glad there will be a DOCTOR in the house!!!

    Jun 21, 2009 | 1:12 am

  134. moni says:

    Artisan Chocolatier, the “pre and post-EB” is a great idea. With that assured, I will book a room at Casa Escano next week to be more sure that I will be part of the fun. Silly Lolo, if we have access to a kitchen, I can cook menudo for you. Thanks again Artisan Chocolatier for the “pre and post-EB”! Yehey! Daghang salamat.

    Jun 21, 2009 | 3:48 am

  135. Connie C says:

    UH,OH, “Underwear is optional?” This is an eating orgy not Caligula’s lunch!
    Wow silly lolo, this is getting out of hand! In the old days the’d say they will take you to Lolomboy if caught without your undies on, he, he, he. But I know I’ll pack an extra pair of dentures!!!just in case they fall off LOL.

    Jun 23, 2009 | 2:42 am

  136. millet says:

    gosh, never thought that an EB could be hatched over a post onn stone fruit until moni called my attention to this! but yes, this is wonderful! and if i may get a place at the feast, i promise to bring biasong and a couple of desserts and whatever fruit are in season in davao at that time. and yes, during the first lechon EB, lee, moni, myself and the rest of the “bisaya contingent” were talking about how nice it would be to have bettyq and sillylolo in the next EB, and now it’s going to happen! it’s just like meeting mickey and donald in disneyland!

    Jun 24, 2009 | 10:21 am

  137. artisan chocolatier says:

    correction millet….more like mickey and minnie in disneyland…hehehe

    Jun 24, 2009 | 1:16 pm

  138. silly lolo says:

    Connie C: That was some kind of funny comment! I am glad you are getting into the fun mode early.
    ArtisanC, Wahini, and I are working on something to add to the good times. We will keep you posted.
    Millet: In my expeience, Bisayans have always been a fun group of people. They are lighthearted, always ready for a good time and just plain nice to be around with. Now I am going to be with Bisayans in Bisaya Central! Heaven help me!!!

    Jun 24, 2009 | 6:01 pm

  139. moni says:

    Silly Lolo, I am Bisaya too. That’s why Millet, Artisan Chocolatier, Lee, Mrs. U (of silvanas fame), Joan and I and many others bonded quite well in the EB. Millet, Lee and I have been in constant touch since last year’s lechon EB.

    Jun 25, 2009 | 3:20 am


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