Philippines,  The Food Diaries

The Food Diaries // 012

I always find there’s no need to go out and eat Filipino food when I can just get it at home. I actually only visited a Filipino restaurant for the first time in London a few years back – totally worth it; but you’d understand why I don’t need to really go. It’s like for our Christmas lunch at work, my colleague suggested a place called Dutchies that specialises in Jamaican food – again, why? When I get that at my Lola’s every week?

Anyway, I digress.

Whilst I was in the Philippines, I actually got to meet up with Tiff of The Pandie Explorer for lunch! It was so lovely seeing her again, and even nicer for the fact that I was on her home turf. Meeting up with bloggers in real life is so awesome. It’s so nice to put a face to the blog – like, even though you know what the person looks like already, it’s so much better in real life. I honestly can’t wait until I get the chance to meet even more bloggers ?

We went to a restaurant called Victorino’s located in Quezon City, Metro Manila. I was lucky enough to have my Tito drop me off, so I didn’t have to brave public transport to get there. I would have totally got lost, I bet.

The restaurant is lovely and spacious. I actually arrived first and was seated in the front dining area. They have a little shop located in that area selling various products from Ilocos, which is cute. The waiter immediately filled my glass with cucumber water, and continued to do so throughout the entirety of the meal which was nice. My mum hung around cause she’s a loser and wanted to meet Tiff ??, but she actually bought a scarf from the shop whilst we were waiting for Tiff.

Once Tiff arrived, we immediately poured over the menu to decide what we wanted. Boy, was it hard. Everything on the menu sounded so delicious. I’m not an expert on food from the Ilocano region, so I settled on what I already knew which was a longganisa platter serving 3 different kinds of Ilocano longganisa (longganisa refers to sausages flavoured with indigenous spices, with each region or province having its own variation) alongside vinegar dipping sauce.

adobo rice × tender beef cubes in olive oil × longganisa platter

We also opted for the adobo rice, which had adobo bits with garlic chips and lastly beef salpicao, my absolute favourite dish of the three, which was tender beef cubes in olive oil.

The longganisa was so so tasty, especially dipped in the sauce and the beef was so tender and melted right in my mouth. The rice? You cannot go wrong with rice especially when it has adobo in it. Honestly, everything was so righteous and the portions were so massive we couldn’t even finish it all. I got to take some back in a doggy bag, and whilst the food was being packed away we were able to concentrate on ordering dessert (despite looking like I was about to burst ?).

We tried the red velvet cake because I have a stupid weakness for red velvet, and my eyes nearly dropped out of my head at how big the slice we were given was! Were my arteries clogged afterwards? Yes. Was it worth it? Hell. yES. A good red velvet cake, in my opinion, has not-too sweet frosting with a perfect creamy consistency that it just slides on your tongue like butter. If this cake didn’t do JUST that ? Sigh.

hellooooo, fatties ?

Overall, my experience at Victorino’s was really good. Thank you to Tiff for recommending the place, and when I’m back in the PH I will definitely be back here to try some other Ilocano dishes.

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  • Georgie

    OOOOMG I love red velvet! Holy shit.

    I can’t wait until *we* meet haha! It’s both fun and nerve-wracking to meet other bloggers. But to put a face to a name, even to someone you know online who doesn’t necessarily have a blog, is great. It’s just so much better! 🙂

    I’ve been to a couple of Indonesian restaurants in Sydney but my mum cooks Indonesian food so why would I want to go to Indonesian restaurants? I totally get ya. ? And those times I went to those restaurants were with my family so I didn’t have much of a choice. Only ONCE have I been to an Indonesian restaurant without my ’rents. LOL.

    I gotta admit, your food posts make me wish I blogged more about food!!!!!!! ?

  • Amy

    I’ve never met any of my blogger friends in real life. I’d love to at some point, I’d just find it super-awkward to set something up. And I really don’t think I’m very interesting in real life, tbh.

    All the food looks delicious! I’ve never tried adobo rice before, what’s it like? And the beef cubes look so good!

    I’d love a piece of red velvet cake right now – it’s always so amazing. Definitely one of my favourite desserts.

    Happy New Year!

  • Nancy

    This is where I get hungry at 11pm 😉

    It sounds like you had a blast at Victorino’s. I wish I can be served some delish infused water! Your mom is too adorable. I had longganisa once and it was delicious. I’ve been wanting to eat it again but haven’t found a place that serves it ;~;. (Ok, I am being lazy). MmmmMmmmm I am resavoring the whole meal for you as I read your masterpiece of a description. Hah, when you come back, you need to take me (hehe) to eat some Filipino cuisine!

  • Tara

    Ooooh! Yay for meeting up a blogger friend again! Even better that you met up with Tiff on her turf and she got to recommend a restaurant for you. I love it when I re-meet my blogger friends again. I did that a couple of times with a few of them, and it’s always lovely. I cannot wait to meet you in person. We’ll have so much fun, haha!

    But damn, the fooood! The adobo rice looks so good, and that red velvet cake. HOMG. I’m drooling over here. I love red velvet cake, and your photo and description is really making me crave for one right this instant! Ooooh, why must you food-torture me? XD

  • Pauline

    Haha – I don’t think I could ever eat at a Filipino restaurant, it would just be like paying my dad to cook his amazing pinoy dishes… WHICH I USUALLY GET FOR FREE?! Are you crayyyy?! No way I’m paying 😛

    All the food looks AMAZING though. And that red velvet cake. HELLLLLOOOOOOOOOOO.

    I saw your photo on Instagram – that’s amazing how you got to meet her! I’d like to meet bloggers in the up-coming year. I’ve never met someone I knew through blogging however, last year a student met up with me after saying they read my blog so that was sort of the same thing? Idk. 😛 LETS MEET THIS YEAR GIRL!!!!! ??

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