March 18, 2008


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sagada, benguet, and barako coffee beans from Baguio

I love getting pasalubong from the Philippines, who doesn't? It's exciting to open the box to find what goodies are inside. I received one such box from Texas today, many many thanks to my good friends Yoly and Joe L for the pasalubong they got for me on their recent trip to the Philippines. XOXOXO!

a cup of dark roast sagada which I believe is arabica

caycay - a yummy candy from Bohol
peanuty candies that resemble Butterfinger but better because they're less sweet

puto bumbong steamer made of tin or maybe steel

Pasalubong Part 2 (from hubby) tomorrow...

Yoly asked me to rate the coffee beans. I will have a taste test and compare them with my regular coffee beans and will post the result sometime this week.


christine said...

Ohh nice pasalubongs!! I love receiving and giving them. :) The Benguet coffee is one of my most faves! I order the one they call the 50-50 blend of Benguet Arabica.

BTW, I watched Across the Universe finally and wanted to share with you how much I loved it!! What a beautiful film, I was always big Beatles fan so I sang along with most of the songs. I loved all those psychedic scenes and Bono! I swear, I must have been a flower child in a past life. :) Thanks for the reco!

Anonymous said...

That steamer has to be the coolest thing ever! I can't wait to see the puto you'll make with it.

raissa said...

I love getting pasalubong too =)

Oh I love caycay. I will ask my mom to send me some.

wow now thats authentic puto bumbong steamer, no need to wait for Christmas =)

Anonymous said...

wow, what great friends you have :) I would love to have some of that cape barako right now.

Oggi said...

christine, I am now reading more on the different coffee beans in the Phlippines including alamid, very interesting.
I'm glad you loved Across too!:)

marvin, the steamer is awesome! I'm going to make puto bumbong soon, Christmas in spring!:)

raissa, we had caycay candies, (or are they cookies?) in Manila but remember them shaped like kisses. BTW, what does caycay mean?
I can't wait to use the steamer!:)

jmom, my friends and I exchange boxes often, fill them with random stuff.:)
I can't remember the last time I had barako, I'm so happy she sent me some.

Anonymous said...

the coffee looks awesome! is baguio a big coffee producer in the philippines?

the puto bumbog steamer looks like a spaceship to a full stomach!

raissa said...

Oggi - LOL I am not sure what it means either. I think they are cookies.

Oggi said...

paoix, the coffee beans are very good and comparable to the Italian brands. I am not sure if Baguio is a big coffee producer but I remember the coffee beans in large containers being sold in the open market. They should produce more and export them.

raissa, I was not sure at first if they are candies, they look and taste more like cookies but the last bits left in my mouth feel like nougat, ang sarap!:)

christine said...

Alamid coffee is very flavorful, it's one of the few I can drink without any sugar or cream. BTW, I meant to say "psychedelic" not "psychedic" hehe. Can't wait to see the puto bumbong making process here. :) Hope you had a wonderful easter!

 gmirage said...

wow sweet naman ng h! =D He even took a puto bumbong steamer!

Anonymous said...


I have been making puto bumbong but since we don't have that cool "bumbongan" that you have, I've always cooked it in boiling water (like Palitaw) then dunk in cold/iced water, strained & rolled in freshly grated coconut...yummy.

I always love reading your blogs. It never fails to inspire me to make the dishes that you do...just love it!

Oggi said...

gizelle, the steamer is from my friends, the H wouldn't know where to buy it if I had asked him to get me one. I asked him to buy me an ordinary bayong and he bought a very pretty buri handbag instead, he didn't know where to buy a bayong!:)

Laura, that's a creative way to make puto bumbong!
Thanks and I'm glad you love the dishes.:)

Oggi said...

Christine, I read that alamid pala are the beans from "civet droppings" like the Indonesian coffee which are considered the most expensive coffee beans in the world! I'm dying to try it.:)

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