Heaven On A Plate (Applebee’s)

Back in the summer of 2009, I chomped on grilled belly strips of pink salmon during an island hopping adventure in Zambales. Never forgot that delectable taste of the meat since. I came to a point of craving it every week for a few months. When I say craving I meant cooking. Then time came when I had to tighten my belt. The weekly treat became monthly and then quarterly.

photo 1The craving was immured when I had to work overseas in April 2012 until I attended an ecumenical gathering in February this year somewhere in the City. After quite a long time, I came mouth to mouth with a simple pink salmon dish. I felt like I tasted it again for the first time; the craving instantly came back to life. I vowed to satisfy this hunger quarterly from then on. So last May, I went to that restaurant, whose name rhymes with maple trees, to have a plate of pan seared pink salmon. It was my first time to splurge on something esculent. A sort of luxury for a middle-class like me. Nevertheless, I felt no regret. I’m not an epicure but I know how to appreciate something beautiful and scrumptious. What I am about to unfold is beautiful and scrumptious, at least for me.

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When the food was delivered, it feels as if I got a surprise gift from a loved one, I can’t help but marvel at the artistry of the plate when it was placed in front of me. The elements just seem to come together to create a unique experience. I can’t ignore the creative presentations. The big green plate with the colors of the food coalescing into a beautiful painting simply took my breath away.

When I began slicing the soft pink meat and put it into my mouth, the best part of the story was revealed. The taste of the combination of flavors from sweet to spicy and slowly feeling the textures of the food in my mouth was awesome. Add to that the chewy taste of Chile lime rub and mushroom sauce that’s married to a bed of glutinous rice primavera, it felt like I was tasting heaven on a plate. I would have said it felt like it brought happiness on a plate but that would be an understatement. This explains why I had to take a few pictures to remember that great, great day.

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The next visit to the place was supposed to be this month, August, but considering that my birthday is due next month, I decided to have the big green plate by then. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that day.

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m hungry. I miss the food back home 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      That means this food is something ordinary to you back home. I envy you now. 🙂


      1. I live here in the Northern Hemisphere. Most of the seafoods here are imported and frozen, even the leaves of malunggay and calamansi fruit. 🙂


      2. Sony Fugaban says:

        Wow! I assume you eat malunggay. We have plenty of those in our backyard back home.


      3. Yes, I cook tinola 😊


  2. This picture makes me hungry..and I love your Headline – Heaven on a plate…hehe..really good!


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks for noticing that, Charlotte! The headline came out of nowhere actually. I just thought it could be a good title for the post. The credit goes to the movie “Snakes on a Plane”, which I saw before drafting the post. And there I went.

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  3. renxkyoko says:

    Your description sounded so real I could almost taste it. And I like salmon, too.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Talking about something in common. Happy to know, Ren.

      Thanks for liking the title too!


  4. Mabel Kwong says:

    Beautifully written, Sony, from the title right down to the very last word. I felt like I was eating the dish with you which is strange because I am on the other side of the world. “happiness on a plate” would have to be my favourite line. Bet that there was a party in your mouth the whole time you savoured that piece of fish.

    Very nice to see you write so beautifully about food 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Did I? Thank you for the compliment. Happiness on a plate…yeah, I am planning to change the title now. 🙂


      1. Mabel Kwong says:

        Yummy. Food and fitness go hand in hand 😉


  5. Ah, heaven indeed. Great food brings a sense of heavenly euphoria that make us feel we have wings to soar high. I kind of felt like that venturing the many food haven in the Philippines from Batchoy in Lapaz Iloilo public market to sashimi in Japan town in Manila. God bless Bro and regards to your family.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I am yet to venture on blogging about food–not a review. Just something like this. I am happy that you guys are receptive. I will sure tell you more about some of the foods I took in for this feature.

      If you have batchoy in Lapaz, we, Cabagaños, have our oh so yummy pancit cabagan in Isabela. Thing is, it usually comes with pork but I will find one with beef in it when I get home soon. I stopped eating pork almost nine years ago.

      Thanks for the beautiful words, bro. Regards to the zesty family.


  6. rommel says:

    Dame, Sony, you sounded like you just made love on that salmon. 😀 Trust me, we all understand the feeling. 😉


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I did, Rom. Funny how a food could turn me on…hehe


  7. vastlycurious.com says:

    Oh my this looks delicious !!!!!!!


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