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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cold Treatment

Cold Treatment

Everybody I know has been complaining about the heat in the city. El Nino is obviously here, and it is bound stay for at least two more months. Sadly, the rotational brownouts do not help at all, but below are the list of things that will.

Mix It Up: When Filipinos realize its too hot outside, we always crave for halo-halo. And when in Davao, one has to try the city’s most revered halo-halo shop: Aling Foping’s. Located at MTS, this quaint store gives you customizable halo-halo with the smoothest crushed ice ever. Rumor has it, they use mineral water to make the ice, shave it once and then pack it back in the mold. When you order a serving (if you can stand ordering JUST ONE) they shave the ice again, making it the only twice-shaved ice cream I know of.

Go Gigantic: If ice cream is what you are craving for, this cute little resto in Damosa Gateway may just be the perfect spot for you. Choose among a wide array of ice cream concoctions from the classic banana split, to parfaits and even refreshing ice cream based beverages all served in hefty packages! If you plan to beat the heat in a big way, this is the place to do it.

Fly Butterfly Fly: If you crave for something alcoholic, as I usually do mid-afternoon, but want to keep cool; Farfalla is the place for you. This pasta bar that literally translates to “butterfly” will give you just that: butterflies in your tummy. The outrĂ© smells of this homey place will get you excited to sample their wonderful pasta offerings. However, if your only purpose is to beat the heat, you must try their Mojitos. They are more citrusy and minty than I’m used to, but they just add more fresh appeal to this wonderfully classic drink. Plus, a dash of light rum never hurt anyone

Get Minty: Since we’re already in the topic of alcohol, why not try a glass of Bols Peppermint at Someplace Else at the Habana Compound in Rizal Street? This glass of mint liqeur is sure to keep you cool enough, no matter what the temperature outside is. If you can not imagine drinking a minty alcoholic beverage, imagine taking a swig of vodka with ten pieces of mentholated candy. Yes, it is that strong.

Slushed Alcohol: If something more ice-laden is what you crave for, drop by Dos Amigos, still at the Habana Compound in Rizal, and choose from their wide array of blended margaritas to finally get rid of the heat. For more added refreshment, pick flavors with mint in them.

Zen Appeal: If you want something healthier to help you beat the heat, try CafĂ© Firrenzo’s blended green tea drink. Unlike some cafes that serve their green tea drinks with a dollop of whipped cream, Firrenzo serves theirs sans the calorie-laden spoonful of icky cream. I find that the richness of the cream overpowers the fresh and refreshing taste of green tea, so Firrenzo’s take on the Japanese fave is delightfully pleasant.

Italian Job: If, like me, you often crave for something fizzy when the heat of summer arrives, you would appreciate Fagioli’s line of Italian Sodas. They offer a wide array of these fizzy drinks in several flavors like Strawberry, Kiwi, Blueberry, and other fruit favorites. Plus, they do not break the bank.

Scream Without Cream: If you want another healthy alternative, try out I Scream Fro Yo. This three-week old stall is quite simple compared to most shops that sell frozen yogurt, but their products taste as good. I had a serving of frozen yogurt with fresh strawberries, chopped walnuts, and a thin strawberry syrup. Surprisingly, it was as satisfying as more expensive brands, and was quite refreshing as well. It was so good in fact, that I ordered another one of their concoctions. My second order was the Frozen Yogurt Flurry with bits of Butterfinger and caramel syrup that turns into a chewy string once it touches the frozen dessert. The effect: a melt-in-your-mouth, stuck-between-your-teeth, pasted-on-your-lip experience, or as I would call it: pure pleasure. I predict this will be one of the city’s best kept secrets for years to come.

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No Power. Will Party!

EVERYBODY calls this generation, our generation, the instant generation. We are known to have been exposed, most likely since birth, to everything instant: instant noodles, instant coffee, instant drinks, and even instant friends over the internet. Needless to say, we are highly reliant on everything that makes anything instant, like the telephone for instant conversations, the internet for instant correspondences, the television for instant entertainment, and since the weather these days seems to give us a taste of what life in hell could feel like, we take solace with electric fans and air conditioning units for instantly cool air.

So, it comes as no surprise that we often feel out of place whenever there are short power outages in our area; and there have been lots and lots of them! When these brown outs happen, we suddenly have nothing to do, because all our known sources of entertainment are off, and we somehow find time to think about how miserable life is…at least for those couple of hours when we don’t have power. So here, my dear partyphile, are some suggestions on what you can do when the electricity is out.

Have a hose down - I don’t know what time the brown out strikes in your area, but in my crib it always strikes at noon, or an hour later. Obviously, it is just too hot, and several minutes into the brown out your armpits get sweaty, and your head feels heavy, and it isn’t a very nice experience. When this happens, gather all your neighborhood friends for the ultimate hose down. Just water each other down or play some game involving the hose. If you have balloons lying around the house, you could fill those with water to make water bombs as well. And even though it seems childish, it is heaps of fun!

Exercise - Since you are already probably sweating like a pig, why not exercise to lose more calories? You could go on the treadmill, walk around your lot, or even do jumping jacks inside your room. If you have younger siblings or children of your own, you could chase them around the house or play tag with them. You would be surprised at how strenuous children’s games are. So basically, you can burn calories, while having fun with your siblings or children, while actually enjoying the heat! And you don’t have to worry about being too sticky after the workout; the power is bound to come back in an hour or two.

Catch up on some Zzzzs - If you are a real partyphile, you probably do not have enough sleep because of all the parties and hot events you attend. Try catching up on some sleep. If it is too warm for you to sleep, take a quick bath (heads up: since your heater is not working, the water will be super cold, which will keep you cool longer) with mentholated products like menthol soaps and shampoos. This will make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the sleeping world.

Read Some Print - Catch up on some reading. You have nothing as entertaining to do, so you might as well read some interesting book, magazine or newspaper. This is sure to keep you occupied for an hour or two. And who knows, you might even continue reading after the lights have gone back.

Scream for Ice Cream - Eat all the ice cream in your freezer. It will melt if you leave it there, and melted and re-frozen ice cream is never a good thing, so beat the heat with that huge tub of iced favors! If your icy stock has melted by the time you remembered about it, pour the melted ice cream into a glass, and enjoy it as a milk shake.

Have a Margarita Party - While the power is still on make your own margarita mix, or simply buy a pre-mixed bottle of margarita. Pour the mixture over some ice cube trays and freeze them. When the lights go out, carefully pop out your margarita cubes from the trays, into glasses. (Heads up: remember to line the brim of the glasses with salt) You then wait for the margarita ice cubes to melt into a sumptuous slush! It is quick, easy, and will give you the best tasting frozen margarita ever! Another plus: it is the funnest way to keep cool; because we all know that a little alcohol makes everything better!

Pull the chord - Even before you start thinking of fun things to do while the power is out, unplug all your appliances, because dealing with a broken fuse when all your neighbors have their power back is not very cool.

Let it be - The brown out is going to last for an hour. AN HOUR. That isn’t too long. Just lie in bed or sit on a chair and do nothing. It will not kill you. Just do nothing, and don’t sweat it.

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