Saturday, February 11, 2017

Travel Diary 2016: Montano Sardines

Montano Spanish Style Sardines is Dipolog City's most popular food delicacy. And as foodie family, we did not stop until we found where to buy the famous sardines. We checked-out from Antonio's Pension at exactly 6:00 A.M.. But before we head to Dapitan, we went to look for Montano sardines outlet, and with the help of Google we found it in Martinez Village, Turno, Dipolog City.

When we got there, we learned that they open at 8:00 A.M., but then, the heart of TAGUPCI is in. I asked the Kuya cleaning the pasalubong outlet, if he can at least consider selling us even a box of sardines because it is the only pasalubong our family asked. Even added that we came all the way from South Cotabato just for this and we can't wait until 8:00 A.M.
Kuya just can't say no to me then, he told us that he will not open the door he will just prepare a box for us. Mama bought a dozen of assorted Spanish Style in Corn Oil and Spanish Style in Tomato Sauce.
Traveling and cooking is ME. Because every time I bring home something from my travels, I always   find ways to incoporate it in my cooking. Anyway, the Corn oil variant is a big hit to Browie, he likes it so much that he had it in all three meals in one day.
A week after our roadtrip, orders of sweets and baked goodies were so full. There were days that I have to stay at home to bake the whole day. And in one of those days, when the need for a quick meal calls, I just boiled some pasta, opened a bottle of Montano sardines, tossed pasta with some sardines' corn oil and shredded sardines and I had Spanish Style Sardines Pasta for lunch.

Colin Enzo's Christening

Ninang duties before  2016 ends. About a year after I attended Anna and Harry's wedding, we saw each other again. As I stand as one of the Ninang or God-mother to Baby Colin Enzo, Anna and Harry's first baby. 
It was raining that day, but I just can't pass witnessing and welcoming Baby Colin Enzo to the Christian family. 

Commercial Bread Workshop with Gourmet Bites

with Chef Vida Acosta-Carag
Done with my first book for 2017, #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. It was a breather for me, as I read through how she made Nasty Gal into a $250-million-plus fashion retailer in ten years. It inspired me more as I journey through the world of entrepreneurship.

"Entrepreneurship as the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled," was defined by  Howard Stevenson, professor at the Harvard School of Business. This is the kind of spirit that inspired me to take another workshop, weeks after we celebrated Aurora's Kitchen 3rd Anniversary last November 20, 2016. 
Gourmet Bites is my go to place for workshops, its the second workshop I took. It was a 2-days hands-on workshop on commercial breads. I learned to bake 8 kinds of commercial bread; Pandesal, Spanish Bread, Ensaymada, Ham and Cheese Bread, Cinnamon Rolls, Pan de Leche, Loaf Bread and Chicken Asado Siopao.



It being the pursuit of opportunity, I tested the waters of bread making within our neighborhood during Christmas Season. I started baking pandesal on the first morning of "Simbang Gabi." And the loaf bread, which I taught my 10-year old younger brother to bake, sold 11 loaves during Christmas day and 24 loaves during New Years day. We named the loaf bread, "J Bakes" as it was baked by James, became an instant hit with our relatives and friends.

As we start 2017, I am eager and excited for the opportunities that are coming my way.