The Best Lunch at Max’s Restaurant

waiting… At Max’s- The house that fried chicken built.

Last Saturday, I went out with some of my girlfriends for a much needed spa day and food trip. I had been looking forward for  it for weeks! After not being out for a while, I really needed some girl bonding time and loads of delicious food. Of course! Plus, I think it had been quite a few months since I had enjoyed a serene, relaxing time at the spa. My stiff, sore muscles are just screaming for a massage!

So, we met up early at around 10 am and decided to go to a mall first to check out some stuff, and kill time before lunch. Being the foodie that we are, the girls and I used the extra time to figure out where we should eat (yeah, because that’s a really really serious thing for us), and everybody’s looking for something new to try except fast food. I wasn’t going to settle for another fast food either, I said to myself. So, I didn’t mind the pre-lunch deliberation. I deserved a good old food coma. I always do. Ha!

We’ve been chatting, strolling and window shopping up until midday but we were still undecided where to have lunch. It’s funny how we love food and all but find it the most difficult thing to come to a decision on what to eat and where to buy it. I can’t really rant about our indecision given this place- San Fernando, La Union; being a small city and all- doesn’t really offer much of an option. That, to me, is the tragedy of a Foodie’s life. So after what felt like 10,000 years worth of brainstorming, we’ve decided to dine at Max’s Restaurant.

Max’s is like the first-rate choice for good old fried chicken and Filipino cuisine here in my town. The restaurant chain has been around since 1945 but we’ve only been enjoying its presence here in my city for the last 15 years or so. Up until now, it’s still one of the best but a bit pricey (for the budget conscious) eating places among the limited options my small town has to offer.

It has been a while since I’ve dined at Max’s so I was more than eager to know the new set of entreés to choose from. Although, on the way to the place, I had already made up my mind that I had to have the classic fried chicken (no brainer) and some dessert (for my sugar cravings.. Don’t judge!). We all wanted to try something special and debated yet again if we were going to get a set meal or not. We take our food seriously you know. Ha!  At that point, I was close to going full on HANGRY mode so I really didn’t care if we were getting à la carté or not. I just knew one thing- I wanted to eat!

After much thought, we ordered the newest set meal they have which was the Max’s Chicken with Fried Pork Belly and Shrimp Sinigang, which was good for 4 people. The best part was, it’s only 999php! Complete with 4 servings of rice, and beverage of your choice. How awesome was that? Of course, we threw in an à la carté order of Kare-Kare, another best-seller, and Special Buko Pandan for dessert… I was happy. 😁

Special Set meal only for 999php
(left-right) Kare-Kare, Fried Pork Belly and Shrimp Sinigang, Max’s Chicken
Max’s Fried Chicken with Fried Sweet Potatoes on the side
Kare-Kare
Special Buko Pandan topped with vanilla ice cream

The best selling Max’s Fried Chicken and Kare-Kare were good, as expected. But what blew my mind was the Fried Pork Belly and Shrimp Sinigang. It was served in a hot pot with fair amounts of vegetable fixings. I wasn’t expecting much at first sight but I learned not to be quick to judge a book by its cover- better, Do not judge a dish by its appearance. I was blown by the flavor at first taste. I will definitely go back for this!

My new favorite. Fried Pork Belly and Shrimp Sinigang

Sinigang is a Traditional Filipino stew which is distinct for it’s sour but savory taste. Tamarind is the usual staple ingredient for Sinigang which gives it it’s signature tangy flavor.

So, if you ever get the chance to dine at Max’s Restaurant, go ahead and try their Fried Pork Belly and Shrimp Sinigang. I highly recommend it. It’s absolute happiness in a pot.

#justLive

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For the Love of Coffee…

“Happiness is sipping coffee while watching the rain…”

It’s that time of the year again! While most people detest having to deal with the hassles that come along with the rainy season, some of us (mostly coffee-loving introverts..) find peace and tranquility in this time of the year. Why not? This is the perfect time to grab that hot cup of creamy latté, put on a warm comfy pair of pj’s and get back to reading the final few chapters of Dan Brown’s Deception Point .  It’s the perfect chill time combo we so greatly crave and deserve. Who needs rugged adventures when you have a good cup of coffee, books, and to top it off… the cool vibe of the rainy day? #IntrovertMoves

“Life begins after coffee…”

I love coffee, although I have to keep it up to the maximum of 2 cups a day to avoid heartburn (I had GERD before.. ) and to keep myself extra sane most times. I tend to get cranky with zero coffee in a day and of course when I’m hungry. Who doesn’t?#Hangry

I do like going to fancy coffee shops to try out some of those gourmet coffee out there. I love Coffee Jelly, Iced Latté, Cappuccino and Caramel Macchiato. I get serious cravings for them once in a while. 

Cappuccino from Cafe by the Ruins Dua, Baguio City
Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks, MOA
Iced Cafe Latté from The Coffee Library, Baguio City
Iced Caramel Macchiato, Nice and Sweet Coffee Shop, SFLU
Caramel Macchiato, Pot and Pantry, SFLU
However, in real life, we may not always afford a daily dose of Starbucks so let’s keep it real and admit to our little guilty pleasure which is Instant coffee! ☕️

We live in an instant coffee world…
I personally indulge in various local brands myself. It’s convenient, easy on the budget and believe it or not, it’s satisfying. I am a latté kind of coffee drinker and I really don’t enjoy straight up black. I’m just glad that local brands nowadays have an overabundance of flavors to choose from, enough to delight my coffee cravings!

typical brekky: Local creamy latté

May your burdens be light and your coffee be strong! 

#JustLive