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10-Day Challenge: 5 Foods

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(Before I start, can I just say: I will forever associate "foods" with Deniece Cornejo and Vhong Navarro, and this is killing me. So, no, I will not refer to the food items or dishes in this post as "foods".)

Hello, everyone! I'm back to do the #10DayChallenge after a mini-hiatus which included a wonderful retreat with churchmates and new friends, plus a bunch of other things.

Today's entry will be about one of my life's passions, which is food. For someone who used to hate eating (I was stick thin for most of my childhood and teen years and thought that eating interrupted play time or fun; pretty dumb, right?), I came to love it as I grew older.

Nowadays, I enjoy trying new dishes and restaurants (please visit my food blog, which needs to be updated) and, more importantly, learning to cook. Yes, finally! I never imagined that I'd say this one day.

So, let's begin!

Warning: this list may make you hungry. Proceed with caution.

1) Margarita/Margherita Pizza

Pizza is probably my favorite thing in the world to eat, and I say this without a single parmesan cheese shred of shame. I love, in particular, the fact that pizza combines two of my favorites, which are cheese and tomatoes and how, with every bite, you get so much flavor out of something as humble as a slice of pizza. One of my next culinary goals is to bake pizza from scratch. And one of my must-do's before I die is to order one whole pizza for myself in Italy; I'm that serious about pizza.

Photo from here.

2) Tom Yum Goong

One of my favorite things to order when I'm in Bangkok (which reminds me, I have to go back for a visit soon) or when I'm at a Thai restaurant is this flavor-packed soup. Spicy, salty, with a hint of sweetness, your mouth explodes with every single slurp. This is comfort food for me, and I always savor every single spoonful of this fantastic dish.

Photo from here.

3) Truffle Cream Pasta

I've waxed nostalgic and poetic about this dish so many times in my food blog, and this is one of my favorite things to order in restaurants. So far, my favorite is still the one Mamou serves. It's also memorable for me because this is, for some reason, the first pasta I actually learned to cook; yes, I made this even before spaghetti bolognese or pesto. Go figure!

Photo from here.

4) Chasyu/Char Siu Ramen

Since Ramen-itis hit Manila two or three years ago, I've been an avid supporter of this craze. I've probably gone to more ramen restaurants/houses in the last few years than Italian restaurants (and my favorite cuisine is Italian). I can't get enough of chasyu/char siu ramen, particularly, with its rich soy broth, succulent pork strips, and other ingredients that play like a symphony on your palate. Another bucket list item of mine is to eat ramen in the Ramen Museum in Yokohama, Japan.

Photo from here.

5) Blueberry Cheesecake

I'm not much of a dessert person, but when I feel like having a slice of cake, it's got to be a blueberry cheesecake. The richness of the cream cheese, the acidity from blueberries, the grainy texture of crushed graham crackers = heaven on a plate.

Photo from here.

Other things I need to mention that couldn't make it to the list are my favorite indulgences, a.k.a. guilty pleasures:
  • Doritos Nacho Cheese (runner-up: Mr. Chips, which is a local brand)
  • My mom's sour cream, cottage cheese, chives, and bacon dip (which goes perfectly with all kinds of chips)
  • Banoffee pie
  • My mom's apple pie (which, to this day, my former classmates and schoolmates request that I bring to get-togethers)
  • My mom's chocolate chip cookies (again, another must-have in get-togethers)
  • Longganisa, sunny side up egg, and garlic fried rice (runner-up: adobo flakes)
  • Kare-kare with lots of bagoong (shrimp paste)
  • Ensaymada with lots of cheese (especially the ones from the Cunanan home in Valle Verde)
  • A sizzling plate of sisig
  • Chocolate cake with a caramel drizzle
  • Chocolate mousse
  • M&M's
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • Most kinds of cheeseburgers (in particular, from Charlie's, 8cuts Burger Blends, Burger Bar, or The Farm in Alabang)
  • French onion soup
  • Buffalo wings with a blue cheese dip
  • A grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup (especially the ones from Borough or Café 1771; I've yet to try Wildflour Café's)
  • Xiao Long Bao
Okay, I better stop because this list can — and will — keep on growing.

Thanks for reading and stick around for the last four days of this #10DayChallenge! Have a food-filled and blessed day ahead!

P.S. All photos here were taken from Google solely for illustration purposes (with links attached). No copyright infringement intended.

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