“Palabok,” I was told. “Mang Inasal has palabok now. Try it.” I was hesitant. Pancit Palabok is one of my two favorite pancit dishes (the other being Malabon) and I know from experience that pancit palabok from fastfood chains can be pretty hit-or-miss. And from a store like Mang Inasal that specializes in grilled things? I wasn’t too keen on the idea.
Mang Inasal’s Palabok: My idea of a great merienda
Still, I’m willing to give any dish a chance, so we headed off to Mang Inasal for a merienda of pancit palabok and pork barbecue. The pork barbecue was there to ensure happiness. In case the palabok failed to deliver, at least I had the pork barbecue to fall back on.
Whoever made the first chocolate cake was a genius, combining the seductive charms of chocolate with the satisfying sweetness and mouthfeel of cake. It’s the most wonderful of all cakes, and it’s the one I prize among all the others. That’s why when J celebrated his birthday last week, I used that as the perfect
excuse reason to check out Chocolat.
Chocolat cake with a bottle of milk
Now I’ve never been one for fancy desserts. My idea of a winner cake is the super simple chocolate cake from Miss Polly’s that we used to buy from Shell Magallanes. It’s been years since I had Miss Polly’s (Is it still sold at Shell?), so Chocolat was a very pleasant discovery.
I woke up from my afternoon nap (babysitting perk) with a mad craving for chocolate cake. I blame A who keeps posting photos of deep dark chocolate cakes on Facebook. My brain can only take so much visual stimulation so I decided I needed cake, pronto. From the recesses of our cupboard, I unearthed a jar of Voila! Old Fashioned Jar Cake. I got samples from a food event I went to last year and seeing the pretty jar, along with the memories of how it tasted, it felt like salvation. Down with the craving, yes to freshly baked chocolate cake. Never mind that my previous experiments with mug cakes were less than fantastic. I needed cake and I needed it yesterday.
Caek! Caek! Caek!