Bipolar Meal

There are so many foodies in  instagram and so many food bloggers  in the web.  Hence, I choose to blog other things that not everybody takes time to share and appreciate. Hence if ever I am going to write or blog about a restaurant, it should be interesting and unique. This one is an example.

My friends and I ate at Van Gogh is Bipolar, the only restaurant opened in Maginhawa on Holy Friday.

Entering Van Gogh is Bipolar
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It’s self-service. We chose from the menu on the wall and wrote it down on a piece of paper.

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Van Gogh is Bipolar Menu

It did feel a little creepy inside. We were encouraged to wear some headpieces.

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Virginia Woolf’s Turkey Soup  is probably the most remarkable I have tasted in Van Gogh. For one reason, I did not really expect to like it. I’m not a fan of soups but I was able to consume this heartily and wanted to have more.

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Dining at Van Gogh is Bipolar is somehow a little expensive. You pay not only for the food but for  the experience. Plus, Jetro, the owner/ the chef is the one who prepares your meal.  I chose pescetarian meal because I wanted something light and healthy.

It was a combination of different kinds of fish. I loved it that they add small slices of yellow mangoes in the dish. They did refresh my tongue from all the fried stuff I had eaten.  I wanted to have a dessert but  I was so full after finishing the main dish

Pescetarian Meal
Pescetarian Meal

 

Even the restroom looks hippie

 

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Some things you will see inside:

Van Gogh is Bipolar serves exclusively for 12 people per night. If you want to make a reservation, visit their page.

 

Where?

Innercourtyard 154 Maginhawa St. Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
1103 Quezon City, Philippines

I cannot write a food review

It’s an irony that after I wrote about weight management , diet and healthy lifestyle, I gained a few pounds. When I looked at my recent photos, I could see the fat girl inside revealing. Maybe I was just paranoid. But this afternoon, I checked my weight and I was shocked to find out that I did gain weight. It’s like I swallowed what I said in my previous blog post. I wanted to delete but decided to keep it as a reminder.

How can I not gain weight when fancy dinners are always on my schedule? My friend told me that a pound you gain is a memory you keep. Hence, keep memories and keep the calories as well. Food is a basic need and it is also an experience.

Two weeks ago, my friend celebrated his birthday in Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant. My other friend suggested: “Why don’t you write about this place, about the food in your blog?”

I cannot write a food review for I’d rather write about life, love, family, drama, and philosophical interpretation of the world. I cannot write a food review for what else can I say? I can say that it’s delicious, mouthwatering. I can describe how my mouth opens to fit a burger, how my lips linger for the drops left from drinking fruit juice, and how my stomach feels after eating an exotic dish. But everything I have to say only appeals to my senses. And to speak on what we can taste, smell, and touch is somehow superficial. Photos are enough to say that the fried chicken is greasy, that the vegetables are half -cooked. This is the deeper reason why I cannot write a food review.

Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant
Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant
(Photos from my friend OJ Serquina)

If I write about food and rate it according to my taste, I’m afraid I’m going to be biased. I’ll probably like the food because I like the people whom I’m dining with. To say that the food you eat and the people around you are interrelated may sound nonsensical. But food, again, is an experience. For instance, you are having dinner with someone you hate, you’ll probably not like the food. You’ll be in a hurry to finish your meal because the longer you eat, the longer you spend time with the person you hate. But when you dine with someone you like, you’ll spend more time finishing your food. You will slowly chew  that you can almost savor every ingredient in your dish. Probably, you will forget all the details, how bland, how saucy, how salty but what you will remember is the overall experience. Is it pleasant? Is it disappointing?

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for your curiosity, my two male friends 🙂

You must have memorized the taste of french fries and burger of a fast food chain but when you create a new memory, it’s like you’re eating fast food for the first time. An example: Jollibee chickenjoy reminds you of your childhood. You keep coming back not because of its taste but because it brings back pleasant feelings. Perhaps, describing food is a trick of the mind, trick of the memory. It can be classical conditioning in Psychology. It’s more of reconstructing experiences.

So when I like dining in this restaurant, it just so happens that the food is good and the place is great. But it’s more of — I enjoy the company of the person whom I’m dining with. That’s a useful principle for dating and a basic fact of friendship.

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Presenting the men of my life 😀

Something Healthy

Christmas is really fattening!  I know feasting does not culminate today and will extend on the first week of January. We stop our calorie count for a moment in celebration of love, family, new beginnings and sweet endings.  Just in case, you want to have something healthy in the middle of your feast with lechon, ham, cheese,spaghetti and other fatty food. I want to share something that is good for those who are health-conscious during the season. And if you have leftover pasta, that would be great.

Presenting my Pasta Primavera

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This dish is inspired from  Jenni Epperson  (Thank you!) recipe of Primavera.

And of course, with the assistance of  my sister  and our helper (Because I lack culinary skills)

Ingredients

Olive  Oil, Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Bell Pepper, Pork Floss (Optional)

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Step 1:  Cook the pasta in boiling water and add some salt

Step 2:  Mix vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl

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Step 3: Grill the vegetables  in an oven for about fifteen minutes

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Step 4:  On a heated pan,  add garlic, chili flakes and olive oil.

Step 5:  Toss the pasta in the pan

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Step 6: You can now add grilled vegetables and may opt to add pork floss for meat flavor.

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Merry Christmas everyone and  Happy New Year!