A most appropriate question for all of us living it up on this long weekend.
Note: M.I.Y.O. Monday stands for Make It Your Own Monday, a question thrown out to DCF readers every Monday to jumpstart the week with lively interaction. I also welcome questions and suggestions for future MIYO Mondays. Email me.
There’s something about a holiday, a long weekend, or a vacation – all essentially variations of the same theme – that give a different flavor to eating. When I’m on holiday, ripped from my routines and everything I regard as familiar, food tastes different. I also find that I’m more inclined to eat foods that I normally wouldn’t pay attention to.
Take peanuts for example, the common mani that’s as available in the market (palengke) as on any busy city street. I remember my mom exhorting me to refrain from buying mani – or anything, really – from the itinerant vendors. “You never know what kind of water they’ve boiled the peanuts in,” she would say in an almost ominous tone. When in Manila, it’s easy to heed her advice since I’m never without food for very long anyway, and I don’t spend hours in transit.
But when I’m up in Baguio (see my many posts below), I love to eat peanuts, both the garlic-fried ones but especially the plain, boiled ones. There must be something about the nippy air there and the fact that I’m just more relaxed when I don’t have deadlines pressing down on me. I often buy bags of peanuts in Burnham Park and crouch on some available patch of ground, peel ’em and pop ’em in. This I do while watching Boo ride her horse around the track.
When eating things out of hand (utensils are obviously useless here), I get a thrill from hearing the crrrack! of the shell breaking open between my teeth, peeling the shell apart along its natural split, and doing one of two things. I either nibble the tiny nuts, gently coaxing them into my mouth or I tilt my head back slightly and using my front teeth as leverage, pop all three or four nuts into my mouth in one go. It all reads very technical here but really, I can make quick work of half a kilo of peanuts and Boo hasn’t even finished her half-hour horse ride around the ring.
What food do you love eating when on holiday?
Baguio: New Places To Eat (last of 2 Parts)
Baguio: New Places To Eat (1st of 2 Parts)
The Baguio Market: Through A Visitor’s Eyes
What’s To Eat? (Christmas in Baguio)
The best cassava cake is in … Baguio
Back from Baguio: A Food Trip in Pictures
My Favorite Starbucks Branch (is in Baguio)
Baguio Food Trip: Coffee at PNKY
Star Cafe: Coming Full Circle
Baguio Food Trip: My Favorite Things