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This week's Featured Food Friday player is ...

Ms. Dominique, with her post Pickles and Dim Sum on a Friday, on her blog: From Dominique's Desk.

I must admit, I haven't tasted chicken legs yet. My father likes it, though, as well as some uncles. But we all love dim sum! Do click on the shot above to see the story behind Ms. Dominique's post!
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May is fiesta month around here (am still in the province right now), and of course we just had to attend one! My mother's hometown is around two hours (or two and a half, if your vehicle isn't in a hurry) from us and when we were young we used to go there during summer. Always. We loved going to the beach early mornings (we were sometimes awakened by the sound of the big waves back then) and play on the fine black sand. The Pacific Ocean can be quite daunting with the big waves, but most of the time I was brave. lol.

Two days ago we attended the town fiesta, but we didn't get to visit the beach because it rained. Everything was still more or less the same like it was before (back when I was younger and my cousins, siblings, and I used to run around,  with sand clinging to our sweaty bodies, but having the time of our lives). The original houses are gone now, but a cousin decided to have a "summer house" (as we all fondly called it) constructed where we briefly stayed.

The food during a fiesta isn't really all about the taste, but mostly about the quantity. Just look at some of the shots above - big pots! Most of my cousins opted to cook a few of the dishes themselves, but have most of the food cooked by a caterer. In their area, the lechon (roasted pig - no sauce required!) is a mainstay (we brought it with us - yes, the skin was no longer as crispy when we arrived; still, it tasted good!), together with the boiled gabi (taro) or maybe some sweet potatoes. I guess this is where I first learned that I love lechon eaten together with simply boiled taro or sweet potato. My eldest - and even hubby - thinks it's weird. :)

There were other dishes being served, but I failed to take pictures. The beef steak was requested by my son since he just loved it the first time he tasted his uncle's (my cousin's) beef steak. I was mostly too busy eating and talking since I rarely see them! lol. All in all, it was another wonderful day. I loved seeing them again and reminiscing ... sad that some of them are no longer with us, but happy that we got the chance to see each other again after a long time. :)

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7 shared thoughts:

Oggi at: Fri May 10, 01:40:00 AM GMT+8 said...

I am seriously drooling Maiylah.

And I love the nostalgic look of your photos specially of the pot over the open fire. The pictures remind me of my childhood visits to Quezon province.:)

Winnie at: Fri May 10, 05:52:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Nice post Maiylah!! Thank you for sharing it and thanks for the party :)

Hazel at: Fri May 10, 08:56:00 AM GMT+8 said...

We Pinoys have so many memories of those big pots during fiestas. You're right about quantity of food during such occasions. Yours here look yummy though. I miss home-cooked beef steak! and also enjoyed your shots of countryside - they're my kind of scenery. Country girl me :)

Dominique Goh at: Fri May 10, 12:20:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Thanks for the feature.. really appreciate it.

Intelliblog at: Fri May 10, 08:27:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Yum! That fiesta sure looks good.

Unknown at: Sat May 11, 12:44:00 AM GMT+8 said...

what could be more exciting than a family reunion and a fiesta?:p the photos of the countryside look familiar, the "dapog" and "kawa". eating lechon with gabi or camote sounds strange to me, too...oh well, we all have strange food combinations in every region.:p people in Luzon cringe when they see us, Ilonggos, eating boiled saba with bagoong.:p

maiylah at: Mon May 13, 03:25:00 PM GMT+8 said...

@Ms. Oggi: thanks! some of hubby's family in the province (Cavite) also cook using those big pots, but it seems to be a dying practice...too bad.

@Winnie: thank you so much, Winnie! :)

@Hazel: same here, I LOVE rural areas! but seems to me like the countryside is slowly being urbanized, don't you think so? it's good, in a way...i guess. but i just hope that the pollution that goes with it is lessened.

@Dominique: you're welcome! and happy that you got chosen! :)

@Nicholas: oh yes, we all had a wonderful time during the fiesta! thank you.

@LM: i see you're familiar with the "equipments"! hehehe, some of my friends love eating boiled unripe saba with bagoong (or guinamos), though i personally haven't tried it yet. i won't hesitate to try if someone offers me the chance! :P

thanks so much to everyone for sharing and linking your food posts! much much appreciated!!!
enjoy the rest of the week!

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