It’s SnapHappy Foodie’s third blog birthday! Time flew fast. I remember writing about turning, not a terrible two, but potentially a terrific two (it’s here).

What happened this year? Overall, a lot of eating, cooking and blogging happened. Surprisingly, I only did one baking experiment for the year – Black Forest Cake. I should bake some more. I also attended Westchester Magazine’s 6th Wine and Food Festival in Valhalla, NY. I missed a bunch of food festivals while I was away. Tsk tsk.

Here’s a quick trip down memory lane: my top five favorite restaurants from the past year. Out of the five, only one is in the U.S. It can’t be helped. After all, I visited so many restaurants when I went to the Philippines thanks to my family and friends. Now let’s get started.

1. Lemuria

The romantic in me fell in love with this place long before I even set foot inside. But now that I’ve been there, I look forward to going back in the future.

Eating Out: Lemuria | Quezon City, Philippines

2. Steinbeck House and Restaurant

John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. of the famous novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939). Enough said.

Eating Out: The Steinbeck House & Restaurant | Salinas, CA

3. Balay Dako

Driving almost two hour to get there from Quezon City was worth it.

Eating Out: Balay Dako | Tagaytay City, Cavite, Philippines

4. Abe’s Farm

I went here twice in my desire to eat kamaru (rice field crickets) and betute (stuffed frog). The first visit was a fail in the sense that both dishes weren’t available. My second visit was more successful – I got to eat kamaru.

Eating Out: Abe’s Farm | Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines

5. Locavore

If you’re looking to try Filipino food that’s a far cry from the usual, then Locavore’s the place for you.

Kare-Kare Wings

Eating Out: Locavore | Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Philippines

Thanks you so much, my dear readers, for dropping by every so often.

Happy blog birthday, SnapHappy Foodie! Cheers!

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