I’m not exactly a food blogger. I’m more of a self-proclaimed food photographer(or at least i’m trying to be) slash food enthusiast.
One random friday lunch, my friends suddenly decided that they wanted to go out and eat. We went to Pino || Pipino located in Malingap street, corner Maginhawa (UP Village).
Pino, is the resto bar that offers Filipino food. While Pipino, is the vegetarian restaurant. Take note that Pipino does not use any animal products or byproducts. So, Pipino is 100% vegan.
We only ordered two items from the Pino menu. Too bad I was not able to take pictures of it. We were starving at that time. We ordered Salmon Sinigang and Crispy Hito Salad.
The Salmon Sinigang was too sweet to be called sinigang. It can be called Salmon Soup, but sinigang was a far cry.
The Crispy hito salad with pipino and hilaw na mangga is delicious. I really loved it. I think everyone loved the salad.
Now, from the Pipino menu.
Brown rice roll with mushrooms, mango and vegetables served with teriyaki sauce.
It could have been good, except that the roll was not fresh anymore. It was pretty obvious that the roll just came out of the refrigerator. It was beyond the tolerable cold for a rice roll. Aside from that, the texture of the brown rice has become hard and grainy.
Lemon grass tofu skewers with guava chili sauce.
This one is really good. The flavor of the lemon grass seeps in the tofu so every bite is flavorful.
This is the vegetarian kare-kare with vegan bagoong.
I can’t really make a critique since I don’t really eat Kare-kare. My friend said that it’s okay. The comments were: (1) the sauce could be thicker and (2) they could add more vegetables to make it more filling.
Vegetarian lasagna. Cheese less vegetarian lasagna made with tomato sauce, zucchini, tofu, malunggay and wheat pasta.
Although I was not able to taste it personally, my friend said that the lasagna is “really good.”
It was friday lunch time so, the place was really full. Good thing we were able to get a table. The service was good except that the food just took a long time to come out. Other than that, It was okay.
For everything that I ate, I think I will give it a 8 out of 10.
39 Malingap, Teachers Vill, QC.
For more information, visit the FB page of Pino and Pipino.
I actually have more hobbies and interests aside from photography and playing with photoshop. In general, making food. I tried making chocolates with one of these silicone moulds the other day. Here are some photos.
I was not the one who melted the chocolate block. I asked one of our helpers to do it. It wasn’t at it’s best state when I was working with it but then I was lazy to reheat it again. So, I made do with what I have. Because of my laziness, I ended up with a lot of air bubbles on my chocolates. -_-
Giant air bubbles galore. @_@ It’s really smooth when the chocolate is melted well. Oh well. I’ll do better next time.
A graphic designer from Vienna, Austria contacted me and asked if she could get my photo to make the posters of a milk tea shop.
My initial reaction was, “thank God there are still people on earth who don’t steal photos on the internet.” Then, I doubted if it was a real email, but I gave it a shot. So to make the long story short, it was legit and here are the finished products.
As far as i know, these will be placed inside their store(s) and some around the Chinatown in Vienna.
Here is the menu version. (In German of course)
I’m going to drift for a moment here. I was thrilled that someone outside of the country contacted me for my photo. Then, I thought that maybe they only want it because my little fat brother is so cute. After ranting all these things to my boyfie, he told me that a photo cannot exist without the photographer and the subject/model. Which is true. I’ll forever keep that in mind. <3
Now, going back. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. This is my first outside the Philippines. I hope more opportunities will come soon. Thanks again Sussane!