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The Lazy Girl Tries To Cook: All About Apples

I made these recipes three separate weekends of ~nothing but apples~ left in our fridge. I mostly whip stuff up during Monday mornings, and just decided to steer away from usual breakfast staples like eggs, cereals, and more eggs. After rummaging the fridge, I decided to prepare something out of the ordinary, and the challenge presented itself in the form of apples. If you're planning to eat healthier since it's a turn of a new month, this may be a good way to start.

So just how do you incorporate apples into your breakfast?

Apple Cheddar Toast

This one's super easy. It's great for those mornings when you're in a rush but want something to eat that's sweet and savory at the same time. You may think that apples and cheese is a weird combination, but it's really a party in your mouth! Kind of like peanut butter and cheese, or peanut butter and banana!

I forgot to bookmark the link where I got this recipe, so I'll just list down the ingredients I used and how I made them.

2 slices of white sandwich bread (use wheat bread for a healthier version)
a small apple (thinly sliced)
cheddar cheese (using vegan cheese instantly makes this a vegan recipe!)
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

You can first toast your bread in a traditional toaster for a few minutes, then lay slices of cheese on it. Microwave the sandwich so that the cheese would melt faster. If you don't have a microwave, you can still use the toaster but I think it would take a longer time. You can now top the toasted bread with melted cheese with the apple slices. (Note: Don't slice it too thinly as it would most likely end up soggy.) You can serve it directly this way, but what I did was I toasted it a little bit more to achieve that chewy, tarty texture of the apple when you take a bite. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. Add a dash of salt and pepper. I also added a pinch of the 5 spices powder we had at home for a twist in flavor.

Tanay, Rizal Day Trip

Over the weekend, my friends and I ended up at Tanay for some ~outdoor~ activities. It has been quite a while since I've been out and it was nice to join a couple of my friends for some adventure on the rugged terrains of Rizal. There were only 6 of us who pushed through with the trip but it was still fun. It was one of those rare moments when I enjoyed trekking (I swore the spelunking I did in Palawan would be the last but oh well, it was really fun.)

Our itinerary that day included a visit to Daranak Falls, Calinawan Cave and Batlag Falls. But we bailed out on Batlag Falls because the whole trip (including travel from Shaw Boulevard and back) from exploring Calinawan Cave, the trek towards Daranak Falls and staying at Daranak Falls already consumed a 3/4 of our day. We also aimed this to be a 500-peso-budget trip, which, if I remember correctly, we managed to do.

Here are some photos we took during the trip:

After a 2-hour long trip from Shaw Boulevard to Tanay's public market (there are vans going straight from Shaw to Tanay at Starmall; fare was PhP70. We ended up paying for the 2 extra seats at the back of the van just so we could have a more comfortable ride, so that's amounting to PhP93 per head), we arrived at their transport terminal and arranged for a tricycle to bring us wherever we need to go. Our tricycle driver's name is Toter and we had a crazy ride going to Calinawan Cave. The roads were not all smooth and of asphalt, there were rough roads and uphills where he did all these crazy stints just to get us 7 (him included, yes all of us fitted in that tricycle) to Barangay Tandang Kutyo where Calinawan Cave was located.

After that crazy tricycle ride we finally made it to Calinawan Cave! To those interested, entrance fee for Calinawan Cave was PhP40. There would be an additional fee if you decide to explore all 5 layers of the cave (amount is entirely up to you) and another PhP50 to go on a trek to Daranak Falls.

My mandatory feet shot whenever I travel to places I've never been before. Hehe.

We were briefed about the 5 layers of caving. Initially, we would be able to trek 2 layers, and Ate Janna, our guide, told us we could decide after if we would want to continue with the 3 more layers, which, she added, was a tad bit more difficult than the first 2 levels. Also, apparently, Calinawan Cave is a favorite location to shoot for popular TV shows and some movies with a fantasy theme. We saw some areas of the cave covered with glitters. Though I wish they would stop doing that, they've ruined the cave's natural state.

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Ramen Cool

We are no strangers to Kapitolyo because we go there almost everyday for breakfast (Kanto ~everyday~). We always made a mental note of paying Ramen Cool a visit whenever we're in one of ramen phases, but since it opens a bit late than most (11:00 AM), we tend to put it on the back burner and visit whenever we would have the liberty of waiting.

Well, that opportunity came when Cath, one of our friends from work, was generous enough to treat us out for what was supposedly breakfast. Original plan was eating at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast but for some reason, we all wanted ramen that day so Ramen Cool became the place to visit.

We arrived a quarter earlier than 11:00 AM but they were kind enough to let us in to lounge and to place our orders in advance.

What greeted us when we went in was the warm lighting and modern Japanese feel. All the wooden panels and furniture made it appear and feel extra cozy. The place was mostly of the color yellow, as opposed to the usual red and black of most Japanese restaurants I've been to. Everything actually looks on the expensive side but their dishes are affordable!

My favorite part: These vector-ish Japanese art hanging on one side of the restaurant
Their menu has a wide variety. Ramen Cool offers staples like hot and cold noodles, salads, soups, rice meals and the Japanese favorites like sushi, maki, sashimi and gyoza.

We were offered house blended hot tea while we're waiting for our food to be served. And for those curious, yes, they do have Wi-Fi available. Just ask any of their food attendants for the password. :)

Cafe Noriter Manila

I've been hearing about Cafe Noriter for quite some time now, and it's a big hit among foodies as I always read blog posts about the place. Such cute interiors! A friend of mine from work frequented this place and told me it's one of her favorite cafes in Manila. The place must be really that pretty that people are continuously drawn to it, no?

Imagine my excitement when I learned that Cafe Noriter was one of the places participants of the Avida Food Hunt will be visiting!

This hole-in-the-wall Korean cafe is located along Taft Avenue in Manila. If you're studying in De La Salle University, you definitely should know this place.

Indeed the place was very photogenic. Mismatched furnitures, trinkets and knickknacks on every corner and shelf, random scribbles, Post-it notes and pastel hues everywhere. The first word that came to mind was whimsical.

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