Sorry for my absence in this space last week. On top of being busy at the office, things have also been hectic here at the Burnt Lumpia World Wide Headquarters as I was struggling with a side project for a few days (and by "busy at the office" I mean surfing the internet, and by "side project" I mean laziness, boredom, and a case of poo-poo brain).
Not that this post marks the end of my "busy side project-ness"--I still haven't spent much time in the kitchen as of late [for whatever reason I can't seem to shake my current state of blah]--but I have at least been out and about...
This past weekend, I got to check out the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in San Pedro. I spent a only a few hours at the festival on Sunday, but I was still able to enjoy a lot of the activities there. There was some beautiful artwork on display, as well as many musical acts and dance numbers going on simultaneously at different stages within the festival.
One of the many dance crews from the weekend
Balut Eating Contest
Giant Upo. Oh my gulay!
Although I missed out on Christine Gambito's comedy act the previous day, she served as emcee on the main stage on Sunday.
Happy Slip on the left, Giant Veggies on the right
Aside from the giant veggies on display at the festival there was also some Filipino food on offer. Problem was, there was only one Filipino food vendor in the entire place. One. ONE! O-N-E!!!!
Sure there were a few other food stands that served Chinese, Thai, snow cones, funnel cakes, and Boba. But did I mention there was only a single stand serving Filipino food? And it was the busiest of all the food stands! And I'm sure I wasn't the only person upset by this as there were murmers from many of the people in the long line waiting for a plate that would hold a small combination of pancit, BBQ skewers, fried rice, ukoy, and/or lumpia.
My spot in line. It was a long wait for Filipino food.
Don't get me wrong, we had a great time at the festival, and it was great to see such a huge gathering of Fil-Ams of all generations in one place enjoying themselves. But I was a bit miffed at the huge lack of food here as I was initially under the impression that there would be a wide selection of Pinoy goodies. Next year, hopefully.
The Return of the Purple Jar
Also last week, my wife and I met up with Mila, who is visiting the states from the Philippines for a few weeks. You remember Mila, don't you? Well, Mila was only going to be in SoCal for a few days before hopping on a train to begin a cross-country adventure (of which I'm very jealous), so we wanted to meet up with her before she left. And sweet girl that she is, Mila brought us a jar of Good Shepherd Ube Jam all the way from the Philippines!
As some of you may remember, I had the chance to procure a jar of sweet purple yam jam a few months ago, but I was afraid of spoilage and funkage. But the jar of Ube that Mila brought us was Uber fresh:
I've got almost a month to consume 24 ounces of purple!
First a cookbook, now ube in a jar--Mila is officially the awesomest person in the universe. To return the favor, we took Mila to The Oinkster because she had been fiendin' for a taste of their Ube Milkshake. While at the Oinkster, we learned a little bit more about Mila as we all dined on pork and slurped our purple beverages. And although we agreed that the famous purple shake tasted more coconutty than ube-y, I still say it is my most favorite shake in all the land. We hope to see you again soon, Mila!
It's Just Like Honey
In addition to the Ube Jam, Mila also brought me the August 2008 issue of Rogue Magazine--from what I hear, a popular read published in the Philippines. And no, she didn't bring it to me because of the awesome cover (although I still would have been quite appreciative), but there happens to be a small mention of a particular food blogger within the pages of Rogue:
Pretty neat, eh? Here's a look at the entire page:
That's me in the lower left corner. I guess that makes me Cindy Brady...
Thanks to Wysgal of Rants and Raves, who did the write-up for Rogue and mentioned me among some of her other favorite food bloggers. I took great honor in sharing a page with Marketman of Market Manila, Joey of 80 Breakfasts, Manggy of No Special Effects, as well as Table for Three, Please and Southbound.ph.