2 REASONS WHY I CRAVED FOR ALUPI
As a big extended family, we conceivably had every role filled in a colloquial sense. We had the black sheep, we had the overachiever, we had the homebody, we had the scholar-athlete and well, the oldest of all the grandchildren, my cousin, probably had the wanderlust. During those early years (I wasn’t blogging nor blogging exist during those times) he was the only one in the family who has traveled far and wide as he went looking for his niche.
He would be traipsing in the mountains one year and then be basking on a remote province with pristine beach resorts the next. He’d be calling from the metro on one month and then just reappear on our doorstep a week afterward. He was quite a bit of a wandering soul during those days. But what endeared him to me, aside from being a nice “kuya” is his wonderful stories about the places he has visited are the things that he invariably brings home to me whenever he finds the time to have his feet lead him back home.
Probably one of the most savory pasalubongs that he took home to me is the alupi he managed to keep consumable after his long hours of travel. How he did it, I don’t know nor do I particularly care about it because as far as I remembered, I liked it. And so I craved for more, and he couldn’t provide it at that time since he was traipsing and hopping his way from place to place.
And so it went that I never did forget the taste and the sensorial bliss that came with the alupi. And I have gone my way to capture the taste of the delicacy. I have become a wandering soul as well, moving around as the job required – seminar after seminar – and I have found that there are several variations of the alupi I so craved. And I tasted them all and still found myself wanting something else.
Don’t get me wrong, I have 2 reasons why I crave for Alupi:
- The delicacy is sweet and savory – what with my favorite cassava being mixed with coconut meat
- It has a different texture. I appreciated the taste, and the combination of flavors but still, there was an element that eluded me. And I wouldn’t have pinpointed it out had my Kuyachanced upon me at home with another care package which included a few pieces of alupi.
Well, I must say, my quest got capped there and then as the element I have been searching for got reintroduced to me. It was the element of the giver – kuya. All these years, I have savored alupi and its different variations but what set it apart for me was the person who took the time to bring it to me. It was a reminder of time pas when we were younger and more carefree – a bond that connected us, a bond that helped me to follow his footsteps of being a traveler. Each bite brought memories back of our youth together. Of times long past when things were certainly simpler and less problematic. It truly was wonderful, encapsulating the quest I have been trying to complete – finding the answer has been there all along.
Now, my turn has come. My Kuya is already old and each time I would visit him. I would bring him pieces of Alupi which I would order from my favorite native delicacy store – Quan.
Quan Native Delicacies
Alupi is not part of their everyday offerings, but you can order for the Alupi at least a day or 2 in advance. For your orders visit any Quan outlets now.
MC Metroplex – Northdrive – (34) 433-9987
La Salle Avenue (034) 707-1982
Gaisano City (034) 707-8440
Phoenix Gas Station, San Sebastian
Robinsons Supermarket (034) 476-1518
SM Food Court – 213-9149
San Juan – (034) 704-1253
Super Metro, The District North Point (034) 702-3466
1797 Dian St, Palanan. Makati (02) 833-5843
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