Saturday, September 20, 2008

Without the Guilt

I turned on the television to relax at the end of a long day
It was time for the news...
I have always marveled at how news anchors will always start with "Good Evening ..."
And then will proceed to tell you exactly why it isn't ...

Tonight was no different
War, suffering, misery, poverty
Dirty politics, lies, corruption
Crime, death, theft, blood and gore ...
"And that's the news, Have a great weekend ... "
A great weekend indeed

As if the evening news were not bad enough,
I also received the results of my last medical check-up ...
Elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
Ayayay ...

15 pounds overweight, no exercise and with fat floating around in my blood pa ...
I really needed to eat healthy
... at least for the weekend :-)




Healthy Kitchen is a newbie in the Serendra neighborhood
I was just passing through having crossed the street from Market Market,
When the smiling server called out - "sir, subukan nyo ho dito - it's healthy"
Huh - did he say that knowing I needed a healthy meal?
How did he know?
I checked my waistline - making sure that I had tucked in my fat properly
Took a deep breath and tried to hold it for as long as I could ...

"Is it vegetarian?" - I asked
My tummy immediately bounced back out with a big boinnnnng
"No sir - it is healthy food ... " he answered
"Eat good, feel good" - he added
Hmmmmmm

I walked in and immediately fell in love with the cozy country look
Mismatched chairs and distressed wood
A black menu writing board
Flowers
Candles
Colorful art on the wall
It felt like home
I was hooked ...




My heavy ass sunk into the soft sofa seat
I started dissecting the menu and ordered cautiously

Bangus Sisig - boneless milkfish, garlic , onions, chili peppers
Chicken Adobo Brown Rice - chicken adobo with apple cider vinegar, lots of garlic, deboned skin off,
into organic brown rice
Father Oops Monsignor James Salad - a combination of two favorites at the Brown Bag resto in Guam - pesto chicken and mango salad - romaine, cucumber and mango slices in berry vinaigrette




The meal was expectedly light and easy
The flavors were interestingly familiar
Tasty and tangy
A good meal without the guilt
I felt healthy already ...

After a cup of tea
I marveled at how much I had actually enjoyed eating healthy
Perhaps it was a start
Perhaps I could actually keep myself away from foie gras, lechon, crispy pata, burgers, spaghetti, rice bowls, ice cream, cake etc.
Perhaps ...
We will see
I will be back next month ...
Maybe

Muscles come and go
Flab lasts
- Billy Vaughn -



Healthy Kitchen
141C, Serendra Mall
Global City, Taguig
+63-2 9006514
FREE WIFI available

19 comments:

Sidney said...

Health food makes me sick.
-Calvin Trillin-

mirage2g said...

wahehehe. At least your tummy felt good despite bad news hehe...I like he feel of the interior too, nakakaenganyo kumain!

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

mirage2,
Actually - parang I enjoyed the meal nga.

dagul

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

sidney,
hahaha - and here I was thinking you were a health food buff

dagul

mikky said...

hey, great find you have here... hope to try this soon... thanks for sharing... :)

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

mikky,
Thanks for droppin' by.
Hope you enjoy your "healthy" meal...

dagul

carmen said...

Hi, Dag... Enjoy life,no one gets out of it alive anyway!
Seriously though, I find it easier to be health conscious these days than when I was,ummmmmm, in my early 30's (not that long ago either).Where I live, you just need to make time to read the Nutritional info at the back of everything you purchase...the problem is, by the time I'm done reading al that, I am so friggin' hungry that I end up ordering from a fast food place before I take my "nutritious" purchases home....oh well, all the good intentions are not for naught.

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

carmen,
It is so hard to eat "healthy" - what with the allure of lechon, crispy pata, chicharon, sisig and bulalo at just about every other corner ...
But - as the blog says ... "life is short" - so enjoy na lang

dagul

luna miranda said...

this looks like a good start to eating healthy. it's never easy...the sinful foods seem tastier 'no? life is short nga...and it can be much shorter if you continue to indulge in lechon, crispy pata, sisig, chicharon and bulalo.:D

Gracie said...

Ummm...the food looks good. And I agree, the ambiance looks cozy and homey.

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

luna,
Am trying my best to hold on to a "diet".
Had a salad for lunch
... then caved in at dinner - when my friends ordered lechon kawali.

Hahaha - I can try to restart again tomorrow

dagul

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

gracie,
In all honesty - I would really go back there next time I am in the area.
It's small, quiet and comfortable.
Tapos healthy pa ...

dagul

bluelawbyanna said...

ooh the place looks so pretty and cozy. am a sucker for ambience! shall try this restaurant! thanks again for the tip, hurrah!

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

bluelawbyanna,
Yup - and the food is "healthy". Great diet for the mommy-to-be ...

Have fun

dagul

rita : ) said...

hmmm... i see all cheese and all meat pizza in the menu board. don't forget the alfredo pasta. all the cream and butter in that sauce. i hope they use skim milk and low-fat/low sodium cheese. but then, again, that would make the food taste like cardboard.

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

rita,
Healthy food ...
So I am guessing, maybe yes - skim milk .Tasted good naman ...

They didn't have any beer ... (hahaha - there goes my "healthy" Octoberfest)

dagul

bluelawbyanna said...

so i tried this restaurant nga, but unfortunately, wasn't too impressed with what i ordered. pero i really liked the place. next time i'll try the Oops salad you featured here.

Daguldol Tarakatac III said...

Liking the place is a start ...
Hope your next visit is better.
Keep us posted

dagul

Maddy said...

Weird. It doesn't seem healthy. It's still fried, large servings, carbs, heavy on dressing? Maybe it's just because I'm used to organic/vegan/vegetarian/raw food when I see/read/hear/think healthy. Looks good though :P.