August 4, 2008

Pares-pares

A pares-pares (by pairs) is what I would describe as a street eatery. They're usually found in streets with heavy foot traffic or places with lots of small offices and businesses. The food they serve is inexpensive and filling—for the average wage earner, the two most important things to consider when buying a meal. The name comes from the fact that, aside from rice (a Filipino staple), you get to choose two ulam (viand/dish), rather than just one. Soon after this building, the taxi I was riding turned into the main street of our village where there were hardly any cars, and thus ended my photography session through the taxi's windows. Thank you for coming with me on the ride! And not that I didn't enjoy the company, but I definitely do not want to do that again any time soon. STUCK IN TRAFFIC SERIES #7

pares-pares restaurant

11 comments:

Sometimes I don't, sometimes I do said...

The food they serve would be pretty strongly flavoured, is my guess. And would be hot and tasty...

Boise Diva said...

We have similar little sandwich shops and cafes tucked into business office complex zones. They're only open during work hours.

Laurie said...

This reminds me of many of the small Mexican food restaurants that are all over the greater Los Angeles area.

Thank you so much for sharing your taxi trip. I've really enjoyed your photos.

Olivier said...

cela me fait penser au Deli dans NYC. C'était une superbe idée cette promenade.
it makes me think the Deli in NYC. It was a wonderful idea this walk.

USelaine said...

Sometimes, it's a relief to just have a simple bowl of food that doesn't expect you to mind your manners or think too much about it.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I liked the little carts the Japanese pulled around the streets in 1953. They had the best noodles in the world in them and oh my do i miss them.

About children and young people visiting the library here. They do. Every time I go there the library is filled with kids. They have a lot of computers the kids can use to get online and these are monitored and only some things can be seen on them.

I would say for a small branch library that our library is visited a lot my young people.

Thanks for your visit.

Anu said...

This pic is very similar to the small eating places I saw in Singapore, at many street corners.
In Mumbai too, we have small eating places, but many of them are across the counter self service, where everyone stands by the table and eats up quickly and rushes away.
Then the hawkers food is most popular in Mumbai, espacially in town(that is VT, Fountain, Churchgate and Crawford Market area).

ken mac said...

Thanks for the travelogue! I really enjoyed the urban vistas. Maybe you can hit the countryside sometime?

• Eliane • said...

Oh, I didn't realize the series was from a same single trip! You did make lemonade with lemons. I enjoyed learning all those little aspects of your city.

Jules said...

Fanatastic trip - and now I am hungry - so let's eat here!!!!

Layrayski said...

Great post, Hilda! If I was a foreigner I would appreciate the insight you offered. Nice narrative.