When you make friends with people from other countries, you have the benefit of learning a bit more of their place and yes, their culture. And you also get to know a bit more about their food. And in some instances, you also get a chance to taste what it is like.
Well, that is what happened when my husband and I got introduced to Dante Noaro at Ericka’s Pasta Story in Butuan City. This Italian businessman not only shared to my husband and me what his culture is like that one evening, we also had the added benefit of tasting the ravioli he personally prepared.
What is the ravioli? The ravioli (ravioli is plural by the way, it’s singular form is raviolo) are a traditional type of Italian cuisine. The ravioli are a type of filled pasta or dumpling. They are composed of a filling sealed between two layers of thin pasta dough. But as Dante has said, the sky is the limit in your imagination when you prepare any food 🙂 And so the ravioli he prepared had dough mixed with different ingredients: some with malunggay leaves (moringa oleifera) in the dough and some with squid ink!!
The filling also varied for that evening’s ravioli: pechay (Chinese cabbage), squid and chicken meat. Ravioli are usually served with broth or sauce. What we had that night was a choice of ravioli with tomato sauce and ravioli with sage and butter. My favorite was ravioli with malunggay 🙂 This was the one with pechay as filling and with sage and butter. It was supremely delicious 🙂
At the moment, ravioli is not yet fully offered at Ericka’s but you can order them by just giving them a call (tel. no. 341-3762 ) or getting in touch with them through Ericka’s Facebook page. They also have some good pasta and pizza that you can try. Some of these maybe a bit pricey from the more commercial ones we are used to but it’s because a good part of their ingredients come all the way from Repubblica italiana via Dante’s efforts, of course.
Dante visits the Philippines twice a year and personally trains the staff in preparing “real Italian food” (this is why their pasta and pizza do not taste like the ones usually sold in the country which are already “adjusted to Filipino taste”). And yes, he has inspired and collaborated in the creation of Ericka’s.
Dante had plenty of stories for us that evening at Ericka’s but one of the best things we remember was the taste of the ravioli 🙂 Want some? 🙂
One of my favorite desserts is a kind of steamed rice known as puto which is made in the Philippines.
I am no expert in making puto but I do love to eat it 🙂 One can eat it with butter or margarine but I think it’s also good with cheese. It can also be eaten at breakfast with your favorite hot chocolate drink. Some Filipinos would love to eat it with a native dish called dinuguan (a kind of stew with pork blood).
These tasty rice cakes are usually sold by vendors near schools or offices. It is also available at a good price in the local market. My husband bought some for me lately. The ones he got were specially made by the mother of one of his co-teachers. Below are the precious putos that my husband bought for me. Would you like to have one for breakfast or for dessert? 🙂
Just had the chance to look through my files of photos on my computer and found this shot. From time to time, I do like to take shots of food, not just because I blog but to remind me how much I enjoyed this or that particular dish, cake and yes, pizza!
It’s been several weeks that the hubby and I have gotten any pizza. And unfortunately, our last experience was not a very nice one that time. The service of that pizza place was quite bad (although they are quite a popular place in the Philippines). Anyhow, I would still love to have my share of pizza every now and then, and that could mean choosing other pizza places. But for now, here’s a pizza shot for us all, pizza lovers 🙂
It’s the first day of the month of July and I can not help but write a post, just to remind myself that it’s a new month. I always feel that the beginning of the month is somewhat special. And sometimes I would even say that it’s my favorite day in any given month 🙂
Speaking of favorites, a couple of posts ago, I mentioned that my US-based sister sent the hubby and me some packages. And was I glad that among the contents were boxes of chocolate 🙂 But hands down, my favorite among them is still Hersheys. I loved it then and I love it now. And I wouldn’t mind getting some more again 🙂