A Year of Food, Food and more Food!

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memory lane

I remember it pretty well – the day I decided to “give birth” to my food blog and name it “The Hungry Giant”. It was during research class, and instead of listening to whatever it is happens in research, I did wrote down possible names at the back of my notebook, as if I was trying to name a newborn baby.

I was a senior in college then, and my food blog dreams took a backseat when I reviewed for my board exams. But there was no stopping me when I did finally have the time to carve a niche for myself in the ever expanding world of food blogs. It was like I opened a window to let in a gust of cold fresh air. Since then, I never dared to close it ever again.

What you see before you right now is The Hungry Giant, 365 days and 131 posts later!

If you’ve put up with this blog since the very beginning, you might still remember the first recipe post I made (Garlic and Sardines Pasta). I just had it for lunch today, it’s still a winner.

Or how about the post that was good enough to make it to WordPress’ freshly pressed? Yeah, apparently the people at WordPress are pork lovers. And the whole world sent love to my grandmother as well. Back at you, world! (Chinese-style Crispy Pork Belly)

The day my dad and I made adobo together (with the chickens) was also a golden day. The first time I potted my herbs deserves recognition as well.

This blog also pushed me to try a lot of things in the kitchen: siopao, my first focaccia, cinnamon rolls, homemade garam masala (!), and let’s not forget, beef bourguignon version 1 and 2! 

Sometimes cringe-worthy, sometimes heartwarming – either way, my salad and  I were also on TV at one point!

Another proud moment? Well, when Ginny Roces De Guzman (the author of Bake Me A Cake) left a personal comment on my blog, thanking me for making her (really great) red velvet cupcakes. Julie Ruble of Willow Bird Baking, and her own red velvet cheesecake recipe (the first thing I ever baked, EVER!) is equally a winner.

And if you’ve noticed, I finally bought a domain! It’s now thehungrygiant.net although I think if you type in thehungrygiant.wordpress.com, it will still redirect you to the new one. A big whoop to the marvels of technology and whatnot!

Today, for THG’s anniversary, I was coincidentally invited by the good people from The Maya Kitchen to a cooking demo with Chef Hasset Go! One of the (if not the) youngest pastry chefs in the Philippines demonstrated a few of his recipes that will probably be part of his first book, out in August. His career story is one for the books – really inspiring!
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Chef Hasset’s 15-minute Energy Mug Cake

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Probably the highlight of the demo – Custard Spring Rolls. It had a great gentle crunch on the outside, and a perfectly sweet custard filling on the inside. I wouldn’t mind having it everyday.

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Banana Jubilee Crepe

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Low-Sugar Citrus Cupcake Creme Brulee. The secret: coconut sugar!

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A thing of beauty – Pandan White Chocolate Mango Cake

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Upper Left: Coconut – Calamansi Squares. Lower right: One Block Away Easy Pastel Tres Leches

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After the demo, and since I was in the vicinity already, I had a late lunch with two of my friends at Cibo. I decided to treat myself with a plate of lamb and bruschetta.
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Costolette D’ Agnello – Grilled Lamb Chop, Red Wine Mint Sauce, Parsley, Rice Pilaf (430php) – if only I can have lamb everyday

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Funghi Trifolati – Mushrooms, Fontina, Stewed Tomato (225php) – perfect

To cap off my night, together with my high school classmates working/residing in Manila, there was a get-together at Fish and Co. at Trinoma. There were no pictures because at that point we were all incredibly hungry, but let me just put it on record that Fish and Co.’s selections are delicious and the portions are generous. Must try: fish and chips, salmon, and the seafood curry.

There you have it, a day in the life of The Hungry Giant. Well, I wish that was true. No, I don’t get to eat out all the time but today just had to be something special. What you’re reading right now are ramblings of a guy with commitment issues, so the fact that I managed to hold on to this blog for a year is legendary. And just in case you haven’t been put up to speed, I recently left my hometown to pursue whatever’s waiting for me here in the big city of Manila. The fact that I could take this blog with me excites me because this is a new chapter for myself and for the blog: more perspectives, depth and definitely more food!

So, let me take this opportunity to NOT apologize to you reading this right now. I won’t apologize for making you hungry because I wouldn’t have it any other way.

But seriously though, thank you. Thank you for dedicating a few minutes of your life to ogle at my photos and read what I have to say. I try my best not to waste your time.

Thank you, thank you and tha—*burp*—nk you.

The Maya Kitchen is conducting a series of cooking demonstrations and lifestyle courses throughout July. For more information, contact them through email: contactus@themayakitchen.com   or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108. The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center is on the 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City. 

Cibo is located at the 2nd level Glorietta IV, Ayala Center, Makati City or  903.6327 or 729.2426. 

10 thoughts on “A Year of Food, Food and more Food!

  1. Congratulations, Gio! You’ll surely go places. And thank you for sharing. As I’ve said before, you’re an inspiration!

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