January 4, 2017

Just like anywhere else, Filipino has its own list of unusual food. Food that are common among us Filipino but for some find the food unusual or exotic. Here is my list for some Filipino exotic food.

Balot: Balot is not only a popular food in the Philippines, as Filipino eats Balot for a very long time. Balot is a hard boiled fertilized duck egg eaten from the shell. For some, Balot is so unusual as it was featured in popular TV show as one of the most unusual food in the world. Balot is so popular in the Philippines because of the believe for its aphrodisiac effect and for being high in protein. Now a days, balot is usually sell in the street fried wrap with batter known as Balot Tokneneng. It is also eaten in other Asian nation such as in Vietnam, China has also a similar preparation known as Maodan.

Bayawak : Bayawak (variety of large lizard) is another unusual meat consume by Filipino, before you could always find Bayawak in some Restaurant in Manila specialized with exotic food but now a days you could rarely seen some as the number of Bayawak started to decline.

Dagang Bukid (Rice field rat): For some, rat might be a pest on their rice field farm, but for some farmer it turns to be a favorite appetizer during drinking session. They usually cook rice field rat as dry adobo and Ive heard that it taste like a chicken.

Frog (Rice field Frog): For some people, eating frog might be look so unusual but I heard that some people fom other nation also eat Frog as part of their culinary cuisine. There are some variety of frog that are poisonous ,so be careful when choosing one. Frog is usually cook the way chicken cook in the Philippines as they have the same taste, personally frog is one of my favorite food.

Kinilaw or Kilawin : Kinilaw is a popular fish recipe in the Philippines, it is a fresh and raw fish marinated using vinegar, onion, ginger, salt, and chili. For some it might be look so unusual eating raw fish but there is also other county eat raw fish same as we do.

Dog Meat: Now a days, a lot of Filipino still eat dog meat as a day to day recipe or for just for pulutan. Eating dog meat is not allowed in our country and it is punishable by law but some of my hard headed countrymen still find a way taking dog as a food. I think, authority should implement a harder penalty for violator.

It is just a partial list of some Filipino unusual food, some of this food are my personal favorite especially balot and frog meat. For some it might be an unusual kind of food but for us, some of this food is part of culture and tradition.

January 4, 2017

Saltwater fish are some of the most beautiful and colorful fish in the world. Having these beautiful creatures swimming around an aquarium in your home or office can be a striking visual experience. The brilliance of the marine fish, corals and invertebrates are breathe taking and are unique additions to any home. Here is a little saltwater fish advice for beginners.

It is always a good idea to seek the advice of experts if considering a saltwater aquarium. There is quite a lot to learn and work to be done before you can even think of introducing fish, corals or anemones to your aquarium. Take the time to study the different types of marine life and which will exists peacefully with each other in you aquarium.

Proper lighting on your aquarium can make a huge difference in the appearance of your marine life. The right lighting will bring out the true colors of the fish, corals and live rocks in a vibrant habitat. Some hobbyist will add a solid blue background to the aquarium for further the illusion of the ocean scene. However proper lighting and a beautifully created habitat is all that is really needed to achieve a stunning underwater ocean view.

Some beginner saltwater hobbyists find that it is best to start first with a couple of hardy saltwater fish. This will give you experience with dealing with all the types of problems that will occur. You will find that you can always upgrade your fish with local fish stores once you are ready to take on a more sensitive fish, coral or invertebrate.

While this saltwater fish advice is very basic, it is the basic stuff that gets over-looked and can be the failure of you marine aquatic tank. Visit a good marine aquatic store in your area or online and enjoy your saltwater fish aquarium.

Anyone, male or female, young or old, that loves to fish would appreciate a gift idea that honors their passion. Gifts that are useful during a fishing trip are always welcome, but there are also many other selection for those who love to fish.

Rods and reels are ever popular gifts for the hobby fisher. These can be inexpensive, light-weight or heavy-duty, even deep sea, more expensive gifts. Lake fishing requires a lighter weight rod and reel and is therefore a less expensive selection. However, top quality rods and reels, even light weight, can cost as much as you want to spend.

Every fisherman, whether they love to fish in the pond down the road or far out in the ocean, needs a cooler for cold drinks. These can be found in sizes from ones that hold only two or three drinks to huge ones that have wheels and a pull-out extended handle for easy transport to the right spot.

A good filet knife in a leather scabbard makes a wonderful gift idea for the fishing enthusiasts who eats their catch. Filet knives have long, thin blades that are perfect for cutting bone-free filets. The leather scabbard makes carrying the knife easy because it slips over the belt, making the knife at hand’s reach at all time. This knife can also be used to cut tangled line and when rigging tackle.

Fly fishing is one hobby where the equipment can be as much fun as the sport itself. If you need to give a gift to someone that fly fishes, you might consider a nice selection of fancy flies. A good book about fly fishing or how to tie flies would also be welcomed. T-shirts featuring images of colorful flies can be another great selection. A fishing hat to stick a few flies into will thrill most fly fishing enthusiasts.

If deep-sea fishing in your friend or loved one’s passion, a gift idea is a certificate for a trip on a charter boat that will thrill them. Some charters provide food, drink, bait, tackle, rods and reels in an all-inclusive package price; others provide fishing gear only. Be sure to include a brochure from the charter boat in the gift so they know the details on what to bring. This gift allows the recipient to select the time and date of their fishing trip. This is one gift where the anticipation of the trip can be just as much fun as the charter fishing trip itself.

Fish buckets, especially the aerated buckets, make gifts that any fishing fan will love. Tackle boxes are also wonderful If you have the gift idea of tackle or other fishing gear, a gift certificate for an online fishing shop can be perfect for someone to select exactly what they need in fishing gear.

January 4, 2017

Indian food is well known in Western countries for its great use of spices and its delicious sauces. Curry and lentil based dishes are a couple of the popular menu items on Indian restaurants that exist in the United States, and it is also a standard association to this genre of food. However, once the same curry consumer visits India and experiences some of the great cuisine offered in the country’s restaurants they are often surprised by what they find.

One of the interesting aspects of Indian food is that it is extremely relevant to the culture. Much of the country’s cultural evolution and development is reflected in its cuisine. This makes dining in the country much more of a cultural experience than a simple hunger fulfillment opportunity. And this is also one of the reasons why many world travelers express the opinion that they gain a perspective on local culture by sampling the food that are based there. Many people insist on eating only at locally owned restaurants and diners when they travel and using India as the perfect example, it truly can be a great way to become familiar with a particular culture.

Some of the standard aspects of Indian cuisine can be found in restaurants and home kitchens in India, though they are also reflective of Indian food that is served across the world. One of the main distinctions is the use of vegetables. In India this can be extremely regionally based as they use a lot of vegetables in their cooking and they typically use what grows near them. This would be affected by restaurants that are based in other countries.

Another common aspect of Indian food that is typically unique to it is the extent of vegetarianism that is found throughout the country. And while many restaurants in the western part of the world that serve Indian food also have a large selection of vegetarian items, most of these establishments also have a large selection of meat based dishes. There is generally a much larger representation of meat based dishes served in restaurants in western countries than what is found in restaurants in India. This is another, and frequently more pronounced variation in Indian food found in the country and around the world. Some of the staple Indian food ingredients are rice, vegetables and spices. Legumes are also a standard element and one of the most important.