Most of the time, food is our friend. Nourishing, satisfying, and yummy. Except for food we’re allergic to. That’s when they turn into the enemy, causing evil reactions ranging from unsightly rashes, to possible death from anaphylactic shock. But what of instances when food turns into frenemies? That is, food that can cause us discomfort and other reactions without our knowing them?
But how can milk be my enemy? It’s so cute!
Food intolerance is the body’s abnormal reaction to certain kinds of food. It can manifest itself in different ways, like headaches, bloating and diarrhea, chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety, skin problems, arthritis, weight control, and ADHD. Food intolerance manifests itself different among different people. Some don’t even manifest symptoms at all.
“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.