The Boiling Shrimp -Melrose

•September 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Image  Last night, some of my co-workers and I decided to do an impromptu food jaunt because we were starving and it was a tossed up between Korean BBQ or something seafood.  Most of us wanted seafood so a couple of my co-workers suggested The Boiling Shrimp-Melrose and so we sent an “advance-guard” since we know the place was closing and there were still some of us stuck at work.  Good thing we did because by the time the “advance-guard” got there, the place was closed but they talked the staff to let them in and so ten minutes later, the rest of the cavalry arrived and the staff were very accomodating!!

Even though we were still there an hour after their closing hours, the staff did not made us feel hurried and they were just attentive and instead, it felt like we had a private party where we were treated like VIPs. We ordered seven pounds of shrimps in variety of sauces and level of spiciness.  Since I was mostly with guys, these folks don’t play around, they literally poured all the shrimps on the table, sauces and all.  We all digged in like no nonsense marines, hahaha! This is my first time going there and I must say, this will be bookmarked as one of my new go-to places for seafood because this place hit all the 3 G’s: Great food, Great price, and Great service.

If you ever have a hankering for seafood, try The Boiling Shrimp on Melrose.

4814 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029
Tel. (323) 663-7079

photo source: taken by my, at times, not so trusty Blackberry.

P.S. the photo above only shows roughly around 2 pounds of shrimps, we already goobled up the rest and only then I remembered to take a picture, lol!

Because I Thought It Would Be Easy

•September 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’ve always wanted to have a custom-made headboard but buying one seemed too expensive so the last time I had a three day weekend back in May, I decided to make one. I had a misguided idea that just because I’ve watched enough HGTV shows it should make me competent somehow and making a headboard should be easy enough, boy, was I wrong.

First of all, I had to do it over twice because the first fabric I used looked blehh against the white wall so I went to back to the fabric store and picked another fabric of a much bolder color and texture. Cutting the memory foam with a regular scissors took forever and I must admit, I definitely did not cut it totally straight but I persevered and stapled that sucker to the board and covered with the fabric.  The whole thing (including the second trip to the store) took seven hours to make. I think I did an okay job and saved alot of money by doing it myself but it would be a real long while until I attempt on doing another DIY project because seriously, it is lot harder than they made it out to looked on TV!!

Lechon Kawali with Kangkong (Filipino Dish)

•September 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

   I love watching cooking shows and from time to time, I try to recreate meals I’ve seen but if I think it’s too complicated, fuggeaboutit; however, this is not one of them.  I got this recipe from now defunct show “Boy & Kris” (a Filipino show) so I basically just tried to remember how Kris cooked it and the ingredients that were needed.  Surprisingly, this fairly easy to make that I’ve cooked a few since then.

Ingredients:
1 pound of liempo (pork belly meat)

2 pieces of tomatoes ( I love tomatoes)

1 small onion

1/2 clove of garlic

a handful of mushroom

a bunch of kangkong (I goggled the english name of kangkong and it is supposedly called river spinach, you can find them in Asian markets)

2 tbsp of oyster sauce

a dash of salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:
First, wash everything well; it’s important, hahaha.

Cut the fatty side of the liempo off from the meat and toss them in the pan first.  The heat from the pan will coax the fatty sides to start producing oil and when this happens; toss the rest of the meat and add a dash of salt and pepper; fry the meat until brown and crispy.  Take them out of the pan and put them aside on a plate with paper towel to absorb excess oil and remove most of the oil out of the pan.  Just leave a small amount of oil enough to cook the rest of the ingredients.

Add the sliced garlic, sliced onion, and sliced mushrooms into the pan.  Add a couple of tablespoons of oyster sauce and saute’ them until the mushrooms are cooked but still kinda firm.  Add the cooked meat into the pan and saute’ them again and then put the tomatoes and kangkong last; because personally, I don’t want the tomatoes to be too soft and/or soggy and I want the kangkong to still have a crispy texture.  Saute’ for a few more minutes until everything looks well mixed already.  And viola… it’s done.

Serve with white steamed rice and dig in!!

Photo Source: from my trusty Sony Cybershot digicam

A Night at the Opera

•September 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A Night at the Opera

Location: La Traviata
Roma, Italy
Date: May 2011
Taken by my trusty Sony Cybershot digicam

In Bloom

•September 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Not Quite A Romeo & Juliet Balcony

Location: Venice, Italy
Date: May 2011
Taken by my trusty Sony Cybershot digicam

In The Still of the Night

•September 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

In The Still of the Night

Location: Venice, Italy
Date: May 2011
Taken by my trusty Sony Cybershot digicam

Lazy Afternoon

•September 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Lazy Afternoon

Location: Venice, Italy
Date: May 2011
Taken by my trusty Sony Cybershot digicam

 
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