One thing is certain. The Saturday Jaunt series on this blog is coming to an end. In fact, this post, albeit stale and delayed, is the last post for the series. It’s actually a nice way to end the summer because today, it is also the official first day of Autumn. I would have been happy to continue the series (now Fall edition), but I’m not quite sure if I can keep up with it. Knowing how unpredictable the weather is in our neck of the woods, and knowing how Fall temps here quickly changes into wintry temps, it’s highly likely that I will not be able to keep my word as I’m almost certain that I can go into hibernation.
The weekend of September 7, we took an impromptu trek to Jersey City in New Jersey for the first time ever. We’ve known about the strip of Pinoy restaurants and the biggest Pinoy supermarket in the Northeast within the area but we never attempted to go. It was simply perfect timing, but as luck would have it the gargantuan traffic here in New York made the trip not that pleasurable.
We made it in one piece however, and as soon as we were parked, we immediately headed to the PhilAm supermarket. I was a bit disoriented (or maybe too excited to grab Pinoy goodies?) so I totally forgot to take pics of the place. Before we knew it, our shopping cart was beaming with loads and loads of goodies. It was a lot, that they extended a discount to our purchase. We created quite a scene at checkout because we were the only ones with a full to the seam load on our shopping cart. Obviously, most of the shoppers are locals and therefore, they don’t need to hoard. I finally got a hold of that much missed, saging na saba ( it’s frozen though), I saw and bought fresh puso ng saging, many different varieties of frozen fish that’s not available around here, one of which is silver fish and many more food items that I haven’t seen in ages.
So, I just had to have my pic taken in the middle of it all.
Early dinner was at Max’s. It was my first time to eat chicken in 21 months.
We scooted over to Red Ribbon to buy mango cake to take home but they were out of it. It was almost 7 p.m. already. I didn’t quite understand what the cashier was saying by them being out of it because I saw some on display but I quickly realized, those were just samples for display. We didn’t leave the place empty handed though, because we brought home a lot of ensaymada (they are now happily frozen and thawed as needed).
We thought this was our last stop, but when we drove further down, we saw Philippine Bread House. They were about to close for the day, we were the last customer. We didn’t have the luxury of time to chose and select. Quickly, I grabbed a couple of bags of pan de sal (bag of 12 big ones, and they were awesome!), two different kinds of puto as well as bibingka and several cake slices.
It was indeed an exciting trip! If you want to know who was more excited – my husband or me? I refused to admit, but he was more excited! Why shouldn’t he, when for the first time in 21 months, he had a taste of all the Pinoy dishes that he’s been missing (because I haven’t been making them intentionally) courtesy of the hot food section of PhilAm. Needless to say, his tummy was happy these past two weeks – a great way to commence his two weeks vacation!