Whatâ€™s for breakfast when you have a houseful of balikbayans? Yesterday it was an over-the-top pinoy baked goods or kakanins spreadâ€¦ The buffet had bibingka, large ensaimadas, bub-bud kabog, puto, cuchinta, sapin-sapin, puto bumbong and cassava cake! Throw in some ripe chico, mango and tons of pomelo and you are in memory lane heaven. Of course we had all the grated coconut, panocha and toasted coconut to go with all the appropriate thingsâ€¦ And yes, there is definitely a point where your body screams â€œtoo much already!!!â€ and it becomes impossible to consume any more of the things you have been dreaming about for several years. No such thing as moderation in these parts, you must gain at least a pound a day if you stay with usâ€¦
Since there are only so many meals available to guests who stay just a week or two, you have to hit several specialties in one sitting! And that was just breakfast/snacks/sweets! Leftovers were saved for snacking the rest of the dayâ€¦ Other favorites served in the last few days were halo-halo, leche flan, sans rival, turon, etc. Itâ€™s funny and heartwarming at the same time to see the expressions of joy on peopleâ€™s faces when they taste something for the first time in several yearsâ€¦ good memories flood the senses and for that brief moment you know that everything is just perfectâ€¦ If I could send a plate with a little bit of everything we ate to each and every one of MarketManilaâ€™s readers abroad I wouldâ€¦ but for now, enjoy the photos instead!