Outside the rain begins
And it may never end
So cry no more, on the shore a dream
Will take us out to sea
Wait the song is not entitled as Forever More you guys (like what I used to know, haha), if you could recall this is from Rita Coolidge's We're All Alone.
Isn't it amazing how we can view the past with 20/20 vision? I have put forth a tremendous effort this past years in clearing my mind of thoughts that should never have been in there.......(see todays Discussions)
I'm sure you pretty know some of the things I've exhausted to do that.
Oh yeah! Food, glorious food!
But silly, not just that, what better compliments good food than good company. Right after witnessing DepEd's enactment of K to 12 as a law at Malacanang Palace. We headed at Casa Roces, which was just a few steps away from the palace's gate, across the street literally.
Casa Roces is a restaurant managed by the Cravings group of companies. The casa (Spanish word) itself translated as house, is a reflection of Filipino-American contemporary house for the urban elites. Upcycling old houses or properties have been gaining raves with travelers, renovation enthusiasts, even epicures who wished to dine in old-house turned restos. That is what the heirs of Casa Roces made here. That is how I see Casa Roces. Way back, when Urban Zone was still being aired, Daphne Osena-Paez had featured this. I've been dreaming of coming over for a tempting meal but wasn't that lucky enough to.
during those years I have amassed quite a number of examples of our food-exploits in an upcycled buidling, while Daphne referred to it as a re-use of old-building.
Check them out too:
The property is owned by the circle of families of the Legardas, Roces and Prietos. It is not only known now as a cafe it also holds memorabilia from 50's to 70's from the owners, including photos and prints of La Vanguardia and the old Manila Times news papers. So it's a cross from being a museum and a cafe.
Will post more photos inside the cafe.
The ornate brass-laiden door opens up to Cape Chino. The menu is typical of home-cooked Filipino/Spanish cuisine given the chef's twists. It was lunch so we had a variety of viands - pork, chicken, and ox-tail, to go with our plain rice. We had Pork Stew Binagoongan (P 285.00). Deep-fried to a crunch, the sliced pork belly was seasoned fairly in the traditional manner. Then sauteed together with string beans, onions and cherry tomatoes with bagoong or shrimp paste, which gave the salty flavoring.
Chicken Adobo Confit (P 285.00) is the next dish that was served to us. Initially it looked really appetizing and gained enough interest with the green sauce where the chicken leg was sat. I didn't really find it spectacular. The chicken as I pressumed was marinated with the usual adobo ingredients, then oven baked in its marinate. The salsa verde or green sauce is an osterized basil, cream and other herbs and spices. With more adobo drippings and a sizable serving of buttered veggies.
Braised ox tail in peanut sauce with vegetables and sauteed shrimp paste
Turon A La Mode (P 135.00) was our choice. It was a smaller version of the usual turon bought at our "kanto" without the dizzying sugar encasing the roll. What made this turon special is the ube jam trapped in between layers of sliced "saba" bananas. Of course, occasional bites of langka can be have as well. Then, the rolls are served hot on a boat-shaped plate, all laced with caramel langka sauce, on the side is a cup of mantecado ice cream. This made me inspired in making this at home, except we finished up the jar of ube jam from Baguio.
If you think we were done with all those...think again...
1153 JP Laurel cor Aguado St.
San Miguel, Manila