Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

Food Adventures, Starting Out

Over the years, my love and fascination for food continually developed. This is especially true as I got to travel and experience a lot of different flavors. I don’t have enough skills to recreate everything that I’ve tasted in the cities I’ve been in, but experiencing the food is enough to make me imagine different flavors that I can actually try.

Judy Abbott wrote to Daddy Long Legs that “Life is monotonous enough at best; you have to eat and sleep about so often.” This is true enough. The way I see it, if we have to eat so often for nourishment, we might as well fight the monotony and make eating an adventure. It’s an adventure we can have everyday, or several times a day!

For most of us, we can’t afford to travel a lot, especially outside of the country. But if we are creative enough, we don’t even have to go out of our homes to experience the magic of traveling. We can simply prepare dishes that would take us back where we wanted to be. Each country, each city, even each district, would give us flavors and textures that would break the monotony and create an adventure.

I wish I am skilled enough to cook whatever I want, whenever I want. But that is not the case. Sometimes, certain cravings call for eating out. Though usually more expensive than cooking at home, eating out is also an adventure and a learning experience. Again, exact re-creation is not always necessary, as long as you enjoy it.

Posting about food receive so much flak lately. People get so angry at too much food stuff posted on Instagram or online in general. Some people assume that some posts are done for bragging or simply over-sharing. But food is a good thing. Its necessary. It nourishes, not just the body but also the soul. I truly believe that we should develop a more positive attitude about food and the experience of eating.

I want to start posting about food that I’ve had, in other places or in our area. Or even the food that I’ve cooked, recipes I’ve discovered or recreated. This blog isn’t about to become a cooking blog, but good food has been such a part of my life, that I don’t see a plausible reason why it shouldn’t have a part here. So, I’m going to start now.


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This entry was posted on March 20, 2015 by in Food Writing, Portia's Narratives and tagged , , , , .



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She is 18 months old today. Thought we'd celebrate with great food but it really didn't turn out as planned. That's life I guess. But she insisted on going up and down the stairs of the restaurant until she can manage it on her own. The 18 months flew by so fast. Here she is, little miss independent. #toddlernarratives
Petty Mommy revenge. I will eat Yan Yan while you nap! It is all mine! 90s me is pleased. Lol. #babynarratives
Omg!!! 1 year ago?!? #babynarratives
Agawan sa milk tea pagkatapos magpabakuna kontra sa polio. Natuto din po kami mag-jeep para tipid. Lakas! #milktea #babynarratives
This is the little one dancing to k-pop. Lol. Can anyone tell us what songs she was dancing to? We had a tough Friday. We went to public health unit to get an OPV. Then we walked to Rodic's for lunch. After that she rode her first Ikot jeep to go to school. After school, we tried to get a cab to get home, but after like 30 minutes, we really couldn't get one. There were very few cabs on campus and a grab ride would cost a fortune, so we decided to gamble with a jeepney ride. Little one fell asleep for most of it but I felt so bad for her, she looked so dishevelled after. As it was late and we don't have time to cook before she gets really hungry, we stopped by Centris to eat. She enjoyed fries at KFC. But #gamerchef forgot to get me a cookie from Family Mart. There were several events going on and she spent some time dancing to k-pop near Better Days. Being poor is no joke and we are still fortunate we can turn a horrible situation around. I could only shudder at the thought of having no extra money when you need to stop over for food. This is Friday night at the Metro. We are exhausted, but today is also a testament to how resilient babies could be. Go Leia! Dance! #babynarratives
Well baby check-up and some lunch at Mr. Ube. Great food, but limited space, so its challenging to move around with our toddler. We've been going to a public hospital for her check-ups recently and I have to say they have been so kind and accommodating to us. Dear parents, please get your kids checked regularly and make sure they're updated in their vaccines. Check the public hospitals and heath centers in your area. #babynarratives
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