Support Hiraya Chocolates

Chocolate is always a good thing, and locally made chocolate that helps communities is even better. Over at The Spark Project, Hiraya Chocolates, a local chocolate maker that uses cacao beans from Davao and supports the cacao farmers, is calling for help in funding a cacao bean processing facility for their farmer community in Malabog, Davao and a cacao seedling nursery for propagating heirloom cacao varieties. Check out their video below and their fundraising page here!

Current craving: Mushrooms

This is turning out to be quite a year for me, food-wise. At the moment, I’m having a pretty major mushroom craving, which I’ve never had because I’ve never been really all that fond of mushrooms, as opposed to Tj who can eat them like nobody’s business. Now all I can think about is finding a good recipe for roasted mushrooms. That’s why finding good-quality mushrooms is on my to-do list for this week.

Edit, June 12: I suppose they were in the regular supermarkets after all, and I just never wandered to that section before. The nearest supermarket here carries Swiss brown mushrooms, portobello, and white button mushrooms, which I am very, very happy about. This Stuffed Swiss Brown Mushrooms recipe looks like a good thing for me to try.

Beef and San Mig Light Pie by Tina’s Pie Outlet

On a trip to England last year, a friend introduced me to the wonders of steak and ale pie, and since then, I’ve been looking for a good local alternative. I found an acceptable steak and mushroom pie at Bag of Beans in Tagaytay, but the crust was rather dry. Fortunately, a good choice presented itself during our trip to Mercato Centrale: beef and San Mig Light pie by Tina’s Pie Outlet.

The pie itself looked pretty good, and I loved that the crust was flaky and crumbled nicely when I sliced into it. I topped it off with a pat of butter when I heated it up, by the way. The beef itself was nice and satisfying, although I personally would have liked to see more whole chunks of lean beef than ground beef, and a little more beer would be nice too. It’s a pretty solid option in my book, though, and I’d definitely buy more of it.