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Happy ♥ Eating

Hi! I’m Ian, a hardworking relationship master by day (Hi boss!), a member of the Legion of Mary and a life-beauty-food lover!  I’m also the founder of Happy Eating.  Nice to meet you!

About food and eating well

 I grew up around food.  My dad is a great cook and a lousy dishwasher (I got the same from him).  My mom is a great sous chef, loves dishwashing.  I love being in the kitchen (when there were still clean pots and I can use) and I love cooking!  I will gladly cook after an exhausting day that ends at 2am.  I hit the kitchen to express my most inspired moments.  Like a song, I can translate a version of food into my own and share what I feel to others through the food that I carefully and lovingly prepare for them.  Now that I live away from home, I’ve found that my love for food is growing–the food I enjoyed with my family before are now also enjoyed by more people, more friends, more strangers…and this is FUN!   

I also loooove eating good food.  Food is not just a staple for survival. Under the hands of a good cook, it is our entryway to a gustatory delight. Neither does it mean that we gorge ourselves with every good dish that comes our way. Like food itself, the art of eating comes in so many ways. But the result is always the same. Food heals, soothes, excites, creates cherished moments, reminds of happy times, unleashes creativity or simply lets us savor the present. So many areas in our lives have been enriched by these edible things. We only have to look around to see it.

About this blog

Food is not just about food itself–it’s about the people you meet, the enriching discussions you pursue, the exchange of numbers that lead to something else, the thoughts and actions that happen after, the special places you share, the friendships and loves that blossom all around.  After all, when you talk about food, you can’t help but talk about so much more, like travel, memories, experiences, discoveries, dreams and even healing.  Food is a celebration of LIFE.  And a good life I’ve discovered is made up of moments linked by the invisible bonds of faith.  Moments are imbued with wonder when we have faith that life can be good, beautiful and true.  That’s always been the story of this blog.  

And that is what Happy Eating is all about.  A celebration of life.  Enjoy!

– Manila, Philippines

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Writing on Food

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” –Frodo in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (movie) I love that quote. It makes … Continue reading

The Humble Tomato

Dear L, Today is a Day of Domestication.  Because I am still recovering from illness, I am being plied with fresh fruits, vitamins, medicines, juice and water.  I am accepting everything because for some reason hunger (especially if I wait it out too long) triggers a slight fever. Ergo, I make it a point to … Continue reading

My New Juicer

.   .   . The Philips HR1861 Far from being a technical description of the juicer I bought, this post is written with mad glee over the potions I’ve wrought! Put in carrots, apples and tomatoes–lots! Then mix with bright green veggies–as much as Mr. Rotor can catch! I want, hmm…celery, cabbage and bell … Continue reading

My Quest for Health and Wellness

I find myself exerting more effort these days to be more conscious of my body’s needs, something that I put on the back burner while studying for grad school.  Now that I’m near the end-goal, I’m beginning to miss the long walks I often took before. So my first major step was to consciously put … Continue reading

Top 12 Standout Watermelon Carvings

In the Philippines, watermelon is synonymous with the dry season (we only have two: wet and dry).  It’s common knowledge that watermelon quenches thirst and refreshes the body, but did you know that it could also be a work of art, like the one above? I’m posting a few of some of the stand-out watermelon … Continue reading

Food is happiness…food is love.

“I love you!” says the tomato to the…er, tomato. Every few months I’ve discovered that I go on a cyclical phase where I reaffirm why I do something (anything, really) on an extended basis. Why continue doing this?  What’s the point? If I can answer that with honesty and with at least the same degree … Continue reading

The Pretty Yellow Pepper

This photo is one of those times when I see poetry in a picture.  It’s simple yet evokes a feeling of serenity.  All the more remarkable because…it’s “just” a pepper, you know. How did Cathy, the photographer, do it? “I just cut out the bottom of the pepper and shined a small flashlight in it. … Continue reading