Kamote: a “poor man’s diet”?


Sweet potato, or kamote (camote) in the Philippines, may be considered the "poor man's diet" in developing nations because it is the cheapest and readily available staples among many poor farmers.  But little do many of us know - including me, of course - that kamote is very rich in vitamins and minerals. Our body has its [...]

Misa de Aguinaldo: what do you wish for?


Tomorrow, December 16, starts the official observance of Christmas season, which will last until the Epiphany, or during the commemoration of the Magi's visit to the Child Jesus. In the Philippines, the celebration commences with Misa de Aguinaldo or Simbang Gabi, a reverential nine-dawn Masses practiced by both the Roman Catholics and Aglipayans in deference to [...]

Bananacue: an all-time best selling street food


It’s merienda time! Time for bananacue! An all-time best selling street food in the Philippines, bananacue is made of deep fried banana coated in caramelized brown sugar.  It is usually skewered on bamboo stick when sold, for the convenience in handling and eating. It is not cooked on the skewer. Bananacue is a favorite mid-afternoon snack for many [...]

Health benefits of coconut water


In my previous post, Coco toyo: condiment from coconut water I shared how coconut water, one of the purest liquids known to man, can be made into a healthy substitute for chemically-enhanced soy sauce. Now, let me share with you the other benefits derived from coconut water. Refreshing drink.  Aside from being the best drink to [...]

Coco toyo: condiment from coconut water


  Soy sauce is one of the most important condiments that Filipinos cannot live without.  It's the primary ingredient to the ever popular adobo dish.  And I bet you even have a favorite commercial brand that you can readily get from the supermarket or the nearest sari-sari store.  But, how about trying to make your [...]

What you should know about pineapples


Scientifically known as Ananas comosus, pineapples are tropical plants with sticky, sweet, juicy fruit (although sometimes it can be tangy and sour).  They are powerfully loaded with several vitamins and minerals, as well as exceptional juiciness.  Pineapples are readily available all year round in local markets. Pineapple plants are commonly grown in the Philippines, Thailand, [...]