It’s been awhile since our Lily Pad days. My friend Tina admits missing Lily Pad to this day. We all do too. Lily Pad introduced our palates and taste buds to gustatory delights which are forever etched in our memories. With lament, we bid Lily Pad farewell some years back.



Lily Pad. Then.

Good food evokes happy memories. We dream of our mother’s adobo, reminisce the traditional, cooked-from-scratch Kare-Kare from our lola’s kitchen, drool over the discoveries of new favorites like tinumok, laing, pinangat or whatever you call them. As always, the initial tasting brings such potent mental reminders of good times with family and friends. I can’t remember enjoying food so much without imagining someone close to me. Those are shared memories. No wonder food makes us so happy!




Pork Platter (Crispy Pata. Lechon Kawali. Lechon). Caldereta. Adobong Pusit. Tinumok.

And happy I was as I trooped to TDF Foods Store in Zobel Roxas Street between Dian Street and Osmeña Highway. It’s near Kamameshi Retaurant and you won’t miss the red and white TDF signage. The neat and tidy place has chillers stocked with all your favorites. Lengua, Caldereta, Tinumok, Paksiw na Bangus, Lechon, Crispy Pata, Duck Adobo, Pork Adobo, Pork Estofado, Rellenong Bangus, Bacalhau, Dinuguan, Fish Roe or Bottarga, Pasta Sauces like Vongole, Mushroom and Puttanesca, and many other heritage dishes and Quezon favorites.




Pinoy Salad. Ginataang Santol. Suka. Buko Sherbet.

Now, I need not worry about inviting friends to home-cooked dinners. Who’s to say they were cooked in Tina’s home? 😄😊😉 Never mass-produced, Tina’s TDF foods satisfy cravings for Lola’s or mom’s kitchen delights. Easily, one can order the Lengua or Caldereta paired with any of the pasta sauces. Don an apron and whip up some green salad while the pasta is boiling. Microwave or heat up the Lengua and mix in the Vongole sauce to your al dente pasta as your Mother-in-law steps into your kitchen. I bet she’d be impressed!




Caldereta To Die For!

Or you can fry up the Lechon Kawali or Crispy Pata to a crisp accompanied by the Tinumok in all its coconut creaminess. Throw in vinegary Paksiw na Bangus for good measure and you have your version of balanced flavors on the table. For dessert, get the TDF Buko Sherbet. It not only cleanses the palate, it puts a nice finish to a good meal.




PORK PLATTER. Crispy Pata. Lechon Kawali. Lechon from Quezon. To Die For. To Die of?

With TDF, no more worries over unexpected visitors or making an impression on hubbies and mothers-in-law. Just make room on your freezer for these freezer goodies. Whether it’s a small family affair or a party for 12, “cooking up a meal” is a breeze. 😉



Freezer Goodies Galore


TDF Take Home List


TDF. YOUR Take Out Store.

Btw, you can drop in at TDF, buy some of the frozen packs, and ask them to heat it up for you. They’d even cook pasta or rice if you like. Better still, give Vicki a call if you’re coming. Vicki: 0920 2309787. Your best bet is the Bacalhau (with bread, or rice?), pork or duck adobo, or caldereta. Or share a pack of puttanesca sauce over some pasta. Shop around while they’re warming your meal. There are 3 tables to choose from. Buen provecho! 


About lifeisacelebration

Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life! I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept......
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