Siopao, anyone?

Meet the Philippines’ siopao. It’s a tasty bun that can either be steamed, baked or fried. It literally means “steamed buns”. A famous Chinese-Filipino snack that can be eaten on-the-go and without utensils. It is usually served with a dipping sauce. It comes in  flavors like asado or bola-bola (filled with either pork, chicken, beef or salted duck egg). When steamed, it usually has a soft, white dough. When fried, it has a light brown hue and has a slight crunch. Biting into a steamed siopao is quite an experience. Depending on how you like to eat it – either by taking a bite or taking off a piece for that first bite – the siopao is good with or without the dipping sauce.

Steamed Siopao (Php 25 per piece/ Php 65 for 3 pieces) LOCATION: The Park Restaurant, Ground Floor Crown Hotel, Naga City


It’s Panini Time!

There are lots of ways to serve and eat a sandwich.

Here is one way. Presenting, the panini! According to Wikipedia, panini is Italian for “small bread”, a sandwich that is usually filled with any kind of deli meat and pressed with a warming grill.

Take a look at this ham and cheese panini – bread sliced diagonally, pressed for those grill marks, filled with ham, cheese, tomato and lettuce. Comes with a serving of french fries. Cost: Php 150.00.

Take a bite into that warm crunchiness!

LOCATION: Red Platter (Cereza, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Philippines.




Binu’tong for a Sunday Weekend Breakfast

One of the many Bicolano native delicacies is BINU’TONG, usually available either at the marketplace or near a church (specifically at the Penafrancia Shrine). It is made of glutinous rice, coconut cream, some salt and wrapped in banana leaves. “Maliputok and masiramon” (“creamy and delicious”) when cooked, it is perfect paired with either hot choco, coffee or dried fried fish.

The best way to eat binu’tong is by removing the string that ties the banana leaves together, open it to reveal the sticky-rice-drenched-with-coconut-cream, and then sprinkle a bit of sugar on top.

I dont exactly know how to make binu’tong. But I do enjoy eating it.

BINU’TONG, Php 10.00 per piece. Bought outside Penafrancia Shrine

from “An Maogmang Lugar”

Marhay na aldaw po saindo gabos! Greetings from Naga City, “An Maogmang Lugar”!

First and foremost, I would like to thank my BFF, the REAL Queen of Wishful Shrinking for giving me the chance to post here in her blog. Hope to be able to create note-worthy writeups and create nostalgia with food-adventures from my side of the world.


from, samantah



Sticky Post: Hello, world!

Hello, fellow foodies and welcome to my new blog!

I’m sorry it’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been busy battling virus attacks on my digital camera, then there’s these bugs in this template that caused the loss of links and a few posts. With persistent bug problems in my blogger templates several times already this year, I made a difficult decision to leave Blogger, revamp We Ate This!, and migrate to WP. No turning back now.

The Queen of Wishful Shrinking is actually a revamped We Ate This! from Blogger.

If it’s not a trouble to ask, kindly change or update your links from my old blog, We Ate This!, to the new one, Queen of Wishful Shrinking. Also, you can now get regular updates via my new RSS feeder:

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It is still a work-in-progress and I’m working on it slowly but surely. Old friends, if you don’t find your blog in my link list, kindly leave a comment here or use my contact form and include your blog URL. To newcomers, kindly do the same. Please give me some time to put the links back on again.

I want to write some more explanation, but I have a blog to tweak. So please come back next time to see what this “new and improved” blog is all about.

I say…

When I discovered food blogs, I spent endless hours reading and drooling at the scrumpti-licious food. Even while at work, I was daydreaming of those heavenly delights. So I asked myself, why can’t I make delicious food like they can? The answer is, of course, very obvious. I do not have any culinary skills. Alright, I am at peace with that, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking more about food and from nursing a burning desire to cook…

Up to now I am still dreaming about food, and the desire to cook is burning fervently as ever.

So this blog is created to stop my daydreaming and put to realization my desire to cook. This is not really a food blog, but a blog mainly to showcase and celebrate the food we eat – at home and whenever we go dine-out at restaurants – and my mad attempts at cooking.

So welcome to my kitchen. Kitchen ko ‘to.
Come and see my rants and rave about the food we ate… and join me as I go through the hits and misses in my cooking adventures.