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31
May
09

STEAK MD

Do you like steaks?   Well, we do.   

My wife Tina, our son Gabby and I had our wonderful Sunday lunch at Steak MD.  It’s an affordable steak house made famous by word-of-mouth and ofcourse, virtually by blogs. 

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I first thought that a colleague owns the place because of its name, or a veterinarian perhaps- but it should have been named STEAK DVM, if the owner is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.   I was wrong and clueless  until we walked in to Steak MD this noon and found out some facts about its nomenclature and got to taste the most reasonably priced delicious steaks. 2A certain Ms. Monibel Juliette Tabora-Dychiao is the proprietor who came out of several flavors of steaks, perfecting its taste by using different herbs and spices in rubbing the different cuts of meat to satisfy the Pinoy palate.   Probably it was the idea behind the name of her resto and I also read from a framed broadsheet article displayed on the terracotta-painted walls of Steak MD that MD was also derived from the initials of her name.   I and Tina were one in saying that she was successful in coming up with steak flavors that can actually TREAT any steak lovers’ cravings.      

On Steak MD’s menu, there are two choices of beef steaks – T-bone and Porterhouse,  in  regular and large orders.  We had no choice but to settle for T-bone since Porterhouse wasn’t available when we ordered.  Then one has to choose the “rub” or the flavor of steak that will go with the gravy. Choices are  :  

Rub Ko To – Steak MD’s original house rub, an original blend of secret spices.

Heart Rub – garlicky gravy good for the heart! 

Atomic Rub – hot and spicy mix.

Ang Cha Rub – sweet and spicy.

Build Me Up Butter Rubyour guess is correct, it’s the buttery gravy.

We chose the one with garlic and the buttery rub.  We told the staff to cook the T-bone as medium well, and the other one as well done

T-bone, large,  Heart Rub / garlic rub, medium well, PhP 295

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T-bone, large, Build Me Up Butter Rub, well done, PhP 295.

4The beef cuts were tender, good to the bite, nothing rubbery, the rubs were tasty;  but comparing the two plates, I’ll order garlic rub and always medium well on our next visit. Yes, since the place is clean, service quick, and especially the steaks are wonderfully cheaper than the other and taste great too,  we’re planning to revisit and try other things on the menu like sisig, fillet na bangus, pork chops, salads, pork barbeque, etc…

We also had sidings with our steaks. We had buttered vegetables and mashed potato with gravy. We also tried Steak MD’s dirty rice – fried garlicky sweet and spicy rice.  Price range of these sidings :  PhP 35 to PhP 50.  But sadly, there was nothing special of their mashed potato. It was far from being creamy-melt-in-your-mouth-buttery expectations we had.  And it was obvious with Gabby’s reaction to it.  He just had one spoon of it and did not finish the plate.  At a young age of four, our son Gabby have tried dining at hotels and different restos, here and few abroad, had somehow developed his own preference to food.  And Steak MD’s forgettable mashed potato didn’t sky-rocket my son’s craving to it to seventh heavens but flopped!  The management has to do something with it.  Otherwise, it’ll affect the other food on the menu.  All clients’ requests should be address aptly, otherwise, some things may be forever marked as negative.    IMG_1673One side of the walls of Steak MD has framed broadsheet articles about the owner’s interviews over the years with journalists who featured her resto. Among these write-ups, I found this one as the most compelling and true! 

IMG_1659Everything we tried from Steak MD was OK except for the mashed potato and the refillable iced teas.  The servings had so many ice on it that it became too diluted already.  Overall, we will go back to and dine at Steak MD whenever we have cravings again for some steaks that are deliciously tender and easy on the budget.

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STEAK MD is located at #74 Creekside, Tomas Morato Quezon City. Tel # (63-2) 448-7114.

31
May
09

LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES

My Sunday morning routine includes a short walk to our street to buy 3 leading broadsheets and sometimes, a supot or  pack of freshly baked pan de sal.  As I observed my weekly habit this morning, I brought along my point and shoot cam to capture the stillness of our place. 

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I’m always in awe whenever I see beautiful photos of nature, people and whatnot captured by pure visual talent and good quality-digicams of most photographers. I wish I’ll get to own one good camera soon but domestic budget and school enrolment of our preschooler son, monthly bills are our present top most priority, so purchasing a nicer cam would have to wait for the moment.  I’m just grateful to have virtual-friends who own personal sites dedicated to photography (Check out my sidebar here and visit also their photoblogs).  They don’t have idea how my daily visits to their sites continuously inspire and motivate me as a photographer-wannabe, LOL. 

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Going back to our place in Quezon City – it may not be Ayala Alabang Village where streets are huge and houses are far from the executive village’s main entrance (I know these things because we celebrate Christmas and New Year’s eves at my wife’s relatives living in a 2000-square meter- lot in Ayala Alabang Village whenever my dad-in-law from Missouri is in town),  it may not have 24-hour roving guards but baranggay tanod , LOL, the streets near where we live are peaceful and quiet and the coolest for having century-old trees.

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Imagine walking under these huge trees on a bright cool Sunday morning, it’s one of  life’s simple pleasures.

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Then seeing these flora on the sidestreets and on my neighbors’ gutters is really something… 

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Do you know that Bougainvilleas have bright colored leaves in varied forms and the only considered flowers are the smallest bloom at its center?  This atypical plant trait can also be found in poinsettias that bloom their red or white leaves mostly during winter months or at least here in our country, every Christmas season until early March…  

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More than those colorful petals, I always like walking through a street near our place with bamboos. I like bamboo so much, not only because of its physical attributes as the tallest grass, but perhaps figuratively and literally, its ability to withstand any weather is such a character that can’t be found even in some tall trees. After bamboo grass grew its tallest, it bows and that for me is a metaphor of humility. 

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Seeing all those before reading my broadsheets, drinking my coffee and starting another week is indeed a blessing!

30
May
09

SENTI

My family and closest friends and ofcourse my lovely wife know me by heart that my mood swings are erratic.   I don’t know what got into me now that I’m having few minutes of sentimental mood and eventually thought of posting one of my old-time-favorite love songs and it’s not Careless Whispher, LOL.  Perhaps it’s because of the weather.  The rain began to pour here in our place and I just love the drizzle. Some people say it’s being pessimistic to like the rain but  to each his own.  I usually feel inspired, motivated, recharged (mushy!LOL) when it rains (but not, ofcourse when there’s storm).  

My father-in-law in Missouri also likes this song so much. I fell in love with the song too even without watching the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s where it was used decades ago.  I’d like to find time one day to see it.   

One of my frustrations is to learn how to play the violin or cello. I’d like to learn either of them and play with an orchestra in a stage.  Violin for me is so romantic. I don’t know, some people like guitars, drums or for one of my colleagues, he and his dad play trumpets, but I like strings of violin.  I wish I could also find time in the soonest future to learn how to play it.

You can just imagine how smiley I was when I stumble upon this video on youtube of a three-piece orchestra, young Asian musicians at that, playing one of my favorite love songs on my favorite string instruments on a rainy day!  

Let’s get mushy : What’s your favorite love song?

30
May
09

MEDICAL LAUGHS

cartoon-doctorI was deleting my old messages from my Inbox when I thought of posting this email I got from a colleague which he sent way back March 2007.  I am not sure if these things really happened as I am not associated with PGH but definitely it’s really funny!  Read this entirely, you won’t be sorry, surely it’ll give you a good laugh too.

 

“Paano kaya kung ang SGH sa Grey’s Anatomy ay katulad ng sa PGH? Best comedy series ! Panalo ito!”

Actual documentation found on patients’ medical charts admitted at PGH.

1. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

2. On the second day, the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.

3. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

4. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

5. The patient has been depressed since she began SEEING ME in1993.

6. Discharge status : Alive but without permission.

7. THE PATIENT REFUSED AUTOPSY.

8. The patient has no PREVIOUS HISTORY of suicides.

9. She is numb FROM HER TOES DOWN.

10. While in the ER, she was examined, X-RATED and sent home.

11. The skin was MOIST and DRY.

12. Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.

13. Patient was ALERT and UNRESPONSIVE.

14. Rectal examination revealed normal sized thyroid.

15. She stated she has been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.

16. The lab test indicated abnormal LOVER function.

17. The patient wants to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stockbroker instead.

18. Skin : somewhat pale BUT PRESENT.

19. Patient has two teenage children but no other abnormalities.

Sa Philippine General Hospital may tinatawag na Central Block.  Nandoon ang Radiology Department kung saan ginagawa ang mga X-rays, Ultrasound, CT scan, at Radiotherapy.  Dito ko naobserbahan ang evolution ng mga pinoy medical terms.  May mga pasyente o bantay  na aking nakakasalubong and madalas na nagtatanong ng direksyon. 

Mga versions ng CT scan :

1. “Doc, saan po ba ang SIETE SCAN?”

2. “Doc, saan po ba ang magpa-CT-SKULL?”

3. “Doc, saan po ba ang CT-SCALP?”

4. “Doc, saan po ba ang CT-SCAM?”

Madalas akong mapagtanungan kung saan ang direksyon paputang Cobalt room.  “Doc, saan po ba ang COBAL?”  Yes, laging walang “T”.  Marami ding nagtatanong, “Doc, saan po ba ang papuntang X-TRAY?”  Conclusion : ang “T” ng Cobalt ay napunta sa X-ray.

7:00 AM Nagbigay ang kasamahan kong doktor ng instruction sa bantay ng pasyente, “Mister, punta po kayo sa Central Block, at magpaschedule kayo ng X-ray ng pasyente nyo.”…… 3:00PM Kararating lang ng bantay. Nagalit na ang doktor, “Mister, bakit naman napakatagal nyong bumalik? Pinaschedule ko lang naman ang X-ray ah.”  Sumagot ang bantay, “Eh kasi Doc, ang tagal kong naghintay sa gate, hanggang sabihin ng guwardya na sarado daw po ang Central Bank kasi Sabado ngayon.” (Nasa Roxas Blvd. ang Central Bank at sarado nga naman yun tuwing Sabado!)

Nagrotate ako  as intern sa Pediatrics ng PGH, mahal na mahal talaga ng mga nanay ang kanilang mga anak na may sakit. Pilit nilang tinatandaan ang gamot at tawag sa sakit ng kanilang anak. Doktor : “Misis, ano po ang gamot na iniinom ng anak nyo?”  Misis 1 : “Doc, PHENOBARBIEDOLL po!”   Doktor : “Ah, Phenobarbital.” (Ang Phenobarbital ay gamot sa convulsion).

Doktor : “Misis, ano pong antibiotic ang iniinom ng anak nyo ?”  Misis 2 : “METROMANILAZOLE po”  Doktor : “Ah, baka po Metronidazole.” (Ang Metronidazole ay gamot sa amoeba).

Ang tawag sa RECOVERY ROOM ay PACU o Post-Anesthesia Care Unit.  Doktor : “Misis, tapos na po ang operasyon ng anak nyo, punta po kayo sa PACU.”   Misis 3 : “Doc, saan po ba sa Paco? Sa may simbahan o sa may palengke?

Doktor : “Misis ano po ba ang sinabi ng dating doktor na sakit ng anak nyo?” Misis 4 : “Eh ang sabi po niya e TRAGEDY of FALLOT”.  Doktor : “Ah, baka po TETRALOGY of Fallot.”  (Ang Tetralogy of Fallot ay congenital heart disease).

Biglaang natarantang sumigaw ang isang nanay.  Misis : “SCISSORS! SCISSORS! Doc, nagsiscissors ang anak ko!”  Doktor : “Nurse, Diazepam please, nag-seizure yung pasyente.”

Doktor: “Misis, ano daw po ba ang sakit ng anak nyo? Misis 6 : “May KETONG daw po.”   Ineksamin ng doktor ang balat ng pasyente.  Wala syang makitang senyales na may ketong ang pasyente. Tumawag pa sya ng Dermatologist para maeksamin ng husto.  Wala talaga.  Doktor : “Misis  sigurado po ba kyo na KETONG ang sakit ng bata?”  Misis : “Eh yun po ang sabi ng doktor nya dati, mataas daw po ang ketong sa ihi dahil may Diabetes.”    Doktor : “Ah, KETONE po iyon!” (Ang positive KETONE sa ihi ay senyales ng kumplikasyon ng Diabetes).

Doktor sa buntis na nagle-labor :   “Misis,   pumutok na po ba ang panubigan mo?”   Misis:  “Eh Doc, wala naman po akong narinig na pagsabog!”  (Hanep!)  *^^*

28
May
09

MUCH ADO ABOUT SODIUM

I honestly admit my diet isn’t healthy.  I’m not religious on watching what I eat.  This blog is the virtual proof of that statement.  LOL.  I couldn’t care less for now because thank God I’m still asymptomatic and illness-free. However being such is not an indication that one is free from disorders.  At least for now, I am.  Yipee!   But seriously, for those with cardiovascular diseases and other metabolic disorder particularly Diabetes Mellitus, and for those otherwise healthy who guard their health diligently, physical activities and dietary modification are so essential to keep a normotensive lifestyle.

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Everytime I lecture on Hypertension or something related to it, I always refer to JNC 7  or the 7th congress of Joint National Committee on Detection, Evaluation, Treatment of High Blood Pressure.   According to this report, the normal blood pressure considered since it was set is <120/80 mmHg.  

And other than exercise ofcourse, DASH eating plan or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension is integral to lower blood pressure and avoid complications.  DASH eating plan focuses on reduction of salt, or sodium from the diet.  We need salt to maintain balance or homeostasis a.k.a equilibrium of our systems, so to eliminate it completely from the diet is a  no-no!   We only need to diminish its intake to two grams or 2000 mg sodium per day.  Our blood system should only have 135 to 145 mEq/liter of sodium.  Abrnomalities below or beyond that range will result to disorder/s.   (I panic when I see numbers, so better don’t ask me of what food menu will fall within such normal range for I’m not a nutritionist or a geek to memorize all those, LOL).

My breakfast this morning is not that healthy pero masarap!.  Blame my wife who prepared it, LOL.   It was far from the DASH eating plan (of which I am not observing as of present). 

Forgive me, but most Pinoys will admit that other than pan de sal and coffee as favorite breakfast, another hit to start the day is tuyo or daing (dried fish) and fried (salted) garlic rice or sinangag, with preferred side dish or viand.  I am one with those Pinoys who like these salty foods!  Danggit (dried and fried rabbit fish) and other salted foods are so delicious especially with tomatoes or vinegar.   My wife prepared my plate with fried fish ( i think it’s called SALAY; wish it was Danggit but it’s not), salted red egg, garlic fried rice, with tomatoes and cucumber garnishings which I also ate.   Yummy!

Again, I know nothing of figures so don’t ask me the sodium content of this breakfast plate, though I’m pretty sure it exceeded the allowed sodium dietary consumption per day, LOL.  I’m not eating this daily anyway! (defensive, LOL). IMG_1594

What did you have for breakfast? 

What’s your favorite first meal of the day? 

I wish to have pancakes before going to work tomorrow.   *^^*

27
May
09

PHO HOA

We had our late snack-early dinner at Pho Hoa  in Mega Mall.  It’s a Vietnamese Noodle House.  Do you like Vietnamese food?

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The iced tea in Pho Hoa was served in huge tall glass, and it has very distinct lemony taste! Affordable too at PhP 75.  It was served to our table with a plate of fresh basil and bean sprouts with small slices of lemon as toppings-to-taste for the soup we ordered.

PHO  NAM, CHIN, GAN, BO BIEN (Flank, brisket, tendon and meatball pho), PhP 265.

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The meat in the soup was so tender, the noodles and the broth were tasty.

FRESH SPRING ROLL SHRIMP, PhP 125. 50.   It was good to bite on veggies and vermicelli with shrimps wrapped delicately and served with its perfect dip – a delicious peanut sauce. IMG_1585

IMG_1579I am with my wife Tina and our son Gabby who asked for a vanilla ice cream served in two scoops with chocolate drizzle and a cherry on top (PhP 75).

Service was fast and efficient. Staffs were courteous and served our food wearing smiles and Vietnamese outfits. Nice!  Best of all, Pho Hoa doesn’t have service charge!  We’ll try to visit again soon to try other foods from the menu.  

PHO HOA VIETNAMESE NOODLE HOUSE. Upper Ground Level SM MegaMall A, Mandaluyong City

27
May
09

RED MANGO PART 2

I told you, it can be so addicting!IMG_1543

Left : Original frozen yogurt,  medium (PhP 115) + 3 toppings (PhP 40) : Blueberry, Kiwi, Peaches.

Right : Swirl Yogurt of Original & Green tea, medium (PhP 120) + 3 toppings (PhP 40) : Mango, Kiwi, Peaches.

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It was only 48 hours  and one blog post  when I first tried Red Mango yogurt in TriNoma mall.  It’s a healthier alternative to ice cream and other sweet treats with less guilt on the caloric-sugar-fat-counters.  I so like it that I brought my wife Tina and son Gabby to Megamall this afternoon to visit Red Mango’s branch there and for them to enjoy my present cravings. Expectedly, they love it too!  Who can resist fresh fruit toppings of choice (or you can opt for nuts or choco chips) on an all natural-frozen yogurt ?  It has reasonable price, friendly service, nice comfortable interiors – an option to coffee shops that we also frequent.

One of my blog visitors posted comments on my previous entry on Red Mango and suggested for me to try green tea yogurt on my next visit.  And so I did have a swirl of original frozen yogurt and green tea! Not bad at all!  Sarap pa din! LOL…  

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Here’s a photo of the variety of toppings one can choose from.  Slices of fresh fruits or do you fancy nuts or chocolate and candy bits ? You can have it as one, two or three toppings! It’s cheaper when you have 3 toppings; plus it’s appetizing  & visually appealing.  

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The staff was so pleasing and politely answered my querries. She told me that they have been operating for few months now (where was I during those days? I’m always late on what’s new! LOL).  After their branches in TriNoma, Eastwood malls in Quezon City, and their branch in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Red Mango will invade the malls in Makati soon!  Yipee! We live in Quezon City but we like Glorietta and Greenbelt malls. They are my son’s stroll places.

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Look how nice Red Mango’s serving bowl is! It has the store’s logo at its bottom- a little surprise for the kids and kids-at-heart.  This was my bowl, emptied after 3 minutes!

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RED MANGO MEGA MALL.  Ground floor SM Mega A, SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City.




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