Monday, July 19, 2010

Our Visit to Ventura County


I am here to share to all of you our visit to our very good friend Eldie and his better half Heath in Ventura County, along with my very good friend George (actually he is Eldie’s cousin) and with my out of towner sisters Mila and Linda “aka” Bebot. Ventura County is about 30 minutes outside the city of Los Angeles in California.  
We were all surprised that the weather was overcast and a little bit windy, nothing at all as we expected  to the kind of weather they would normally have in Southern California during this time of the year.
But we were greeted and welcomed so warm by Eldie and Heath as soon as we walked in to their lovely and gorgeously designed apartment, but who I am kidding here, Eldie was known fashion designer in the Philippines, everything in the apartment should look amazing.

The nonstop talking, sharing stories, laughs and picture takings; and nevertheless our host Eldie, every time he made comments and told stories, everybody will just burst into laughter uncontrollably.

Of course this is a food blog and I’m here to show and talk about Eldie’s food what he cooked and how he presented his beautiful spread for us. Well, the day before we arrived to his place, he called me and asked me what we want him to cook for us. Right away we requested Pork Sinigang and Fried Tilapia. But aside from the two dishes we requested, he even prepared Lumpia Shanghai and Bicol Express, WOW!  What a great addition to the two dishes we requested. To finish the wonderful dinner, he cut up some watermelon (they’re amazingly sweet), so simple, but a great compliment to end a great meal.   

               Here’s the beautiful dinner spread.   
              
Fried Tilapia served with Eldie’s special dipping sauce
 
Lumpia Shanghai with sweet and sour dipping sauce
                       
 
   
Pork Sinigang 
(cooked in Tamarind Pulp to give the sour broth served with Okra, Spinach, Long Beans and Eggplant)
 
Bicol Express 
(varieties of hot peppers cooked in coconut milk with sliced pork. They’re really great with steamed rice)
  
Here’s our wonderful host: Eldie and Heath.
Thank you very much for a wonderful time can’t wait to see both of you again.
 

42 comments:

  1. look like you had a wonderful time with your friend.

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  2. You're so lucky, Madin! Two guys serving you such scrumptious gourmet. Emmm.... I think they've left out the dessert! Maybe next time! haha.... Have a great day, dear.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  3. Oh, what a spectacular array of beautiful foods. It is so wonderful when you can catch up with good friends over delicious food. Your friend Eldie did a fabulous job and it sounds like you had a lovely time!

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  4. Those food looks so good and you must have a wonderful time with your friends.

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  5. Awww what a feast Madin! Glad to see that you still able to enjoy Filipino food kahit anjan ka... What a coincidence, I just posted a Pork Sinigang Recipe on my blog last night.

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  6. Wonderful food spread. Love the cooked whole fish. Great photos.

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  7. Look at all the food here! Pork sinigang was the 2nd food (first was Ube ice cream) that I ate when I was in Manila. Miss some good food there...mm...dried mango...:-)

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  8. Hey Madin, seemed like there were a lot of food and you guys had a great time! Eldie is a story teller I can tell :) It's quite a talent to make a story alive and make people enjoy it!

    Fried tilapia looks so good. My mom used to make that for me but not any more :( I don't think I've had Pork Sinigang but it looks great!

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  9. What a wonderful food spread made even more special when made with love. Cheers to Eldie and Heath!

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  10. Hi Madin

    I love the serving dishes - your hosts obviously have wonderful taste! The fried tilapia looks mouthwatering - love the dipping sauce.

    I've heard so much about sinigang but have never tried it. Have to remedy that soon ;)

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  11. Wow! What an incredible spread! In my book, you are the most lucky girl around eating the most gorgeously prepared and no doubt, delicious food! I would love a bit of that fried tilapia! I'd eat the whole fish myself...including the head!

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  12. What gorgeous dishes and wonderful friends!

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  13. Mmmm....love the food especially the pork sinigang. Looks sourish and appetising.

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  14. I bet the lumpia was amazing - one of my favorites. Looks like you had a nice time.

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  15. What a spread! You are one lucky girl :)

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  16. The lumpia looks perfectly cooked! So does the entire feast! I have to get myself invited to a feast like this soon :)

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  17. What a beautiful spread of food they cooked for you! It sounds like you all had lots of fun visiting! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful time with your friends and family. All the dishes look interesting and delicious!! I grew up eating lots of whole fish, but I haven't seen a whole fish like this for a while since I moved to the Midwest... The tilapia looks absolutely beautiful!

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  19. wow great friends to cook a feast for you love it

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  20. What wonderful friends you have, and such a feast...Very beautiful indeed:)

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  21. Sounds like you had a great time. That's quite a spread.

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  22. Hey Madin, this spread of food looks so good. I hate to say it, but I would be all over those fried lumpias (smile).
    Your friends are very sweet to do this for your guys!

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  23. what a great pair of host to serve these wonderful dishes for you - they all look so good and I would eat until I would pop...

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  24. Wow you're so lucky to have a friend asking what you want him to cook for you. It's very nice. And dinner table looks perfect! I would like to taste that fried tilapia, looks yummy.

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  25. Hi Madin, just wanted to stop and say that I'm glad to know you got some matcha tea for yourself after you read my post. It just makes me happy!

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  26. I cannot pronounce nor spell any of those dishes but they all look wonderful!

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  27. Wow, what a feast! I've never heard of pork sinigang and bicol but they sure look and amazing!

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  28. I love LUMPIA! I had never eaten them, and I performed notary services years ago for this lovely family. They paid me in fresh, hot lumpia and I have never forgotten how tasty they were. Funny how a particular food can really bring us back to a specific time and place.

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  29. Nice....looks like you had a good time, all the food looks gorgeous. Have a wonderful week Madin.

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  30. god.. i miss chinese food so much.

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  31. it looks like they prepared a feast for you!! so many wonderful flavors going on, that tilapia is calling my name!

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  32. The dishes all look delicious and especially the tilapia. Was the dipping sauce for the fish lime with fish sauce?

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  33. Thanks for stopping by! I'm just wondering about the dipping sauce now.

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  34. What a great display of food!

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  35. My eyes go to that huge watermelon! :) Everything looks delicious.

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  36. Sounds like you had a wonderful visit! The food looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Everything tastes so much better when shared with friends :) Madin you have a really wonderful blog. Hope you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

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  39. Hi Madin,
    Sound like how we girls get together, just so lovely and fun! especially when we all get the giggles :) The food looks delicious! you so lucky!
    Thank you,
    Lisa
    CookNg Sisters

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  40. Thanks for the wonderful time and thanks also to Eldie's delightful food prepared on a lovely table..I truly enjoyed the precious moments
    ..Priceless indeed!!!Mila

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