Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

A “little” pica pica

In the Philippines, pica pica means “something that stimulates your appetite, and makes you want to come back for more“. Like our French apero, but a little more .. energy dense!

In the Philippines, there is no such thing as light or modernist cuisine.

In the Philippines, people take their food portions very seriously. Families love to gather in restaurants, so the portions are usually big. At least to French standards! If you order a rice, expect a plate, not our tiny little portions that are more for decorating than feeding purposes.

It didn’t take long for my son to turn into a real Pinoy 🙂


“a little side dish” in Abaca restaurant in Ayala 🙂

Bon Appetit!

In response to the WPC on Dense


17 comments on “A “little” pica pica

  1. Green Global Trek
    April 4, 2017

    Haha this is terrific! And MAN that looks delish! Smart kid!!


    • estelea
      April 5, 2017

      My kids think like filipinos : if there is no rice on table then it’s just an appetizer 😉

      • Green Global Trek
        April 6, 2017

        Too funny. Love it. They may have a hard time adjusting to French food and portion size, no?

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  3. Snapshotsincursive
    April 4, 2017

    Oh. My. Gosh! 😜

    • estelea
      April 5, 2017

      You bet 😛 wish he has this smile when I offer beets for diner …

  4. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    April 4, 2017

    French fries with all the spices and all that’s nice! 😉

  5. Ion
    April 4, 2017

    This is why it’s VERY difficult to stick to a healthy diet here in the Philippines. Or at least in Cebu. haha

    • estelea
      April 5, 2017

      I hear you sis ! I need to add a pic of the halo halo 😉

  6. lexklein
    April 5, 2017

    Why oh why did I look at this on an empty stomach? Those fries look soooo delicious. But I can see that over time, all that heavy, fried stuff wold grow tiresome, and I know I would crave the light bites that are so much better for us.

    • estelea
      April 5, 2017

      Exactly why Taiwan was such a paradise to me! All the fried stuff replaced with steamed and super tasty vegetables and tofus .. Such a relief 😉

  7. equinoxio21
    April 6, 2017

    Je comprends parfaitement tes enfants. I was brought up on rice. I need it at least a meal a day. 🙂
    (Et la destination qui commence par H?)
    (Pas beaucoup de pays commencent par H…)

    • estelea
      April 6, 2017

      Indice: c est pas un pays, c’est la ville. Tu veux la premiere lettre du pays? mais tu vas trouver dans la seconde …

  8. that traveling nurse
    April 6, 2017

    I’m sure you have seen american portions… 😛 that is nothing!

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