August 2008 Archives
"The environment has to be cozy because this makes people enjoy their food even more," said Oliva. Of course, the main gist of going to KaLui is the food. Unlike restaurants with set menus, Oliva said that his menu changes everyday depending on the catch. He prints out new menu (even the date is printed) after his staff gets ingredients from the nearest market each day. The idea is to treat people with something new depending on what was freshly caught for that day. Oliva said he advocates healthy living so he does not serve any red meats. Instead, all of his recipes are seafood, fruits and vegetables. He does have regular selections, including blue marlin, tuna belly, and Lapu-Lapu (grouper). He also has fresh crustaceans, such as shrimps, crabs and lobsters. These are poached, grilled, sautéed, served in sizzling hot plates, and steamed into different kinds of foods. Various fruits and vegetables are also available. In fact, he serves an all-vegetable plate for the pickiest of vegans. Although his selections are few, his servings are huge and would be way below the usual price range of many seafood restaurants. For example, his grilled blue marlin is a huge 400 gram chunk of fish that when bought in a fancy restaurant in Manila would cost about P400 to P600. Oliva only charges P200 for this. One of his innovative items in his menu is the seafood lumpia, which is a mix of fish, shrimp and squid. Six pieces of these sumptuous delicacies only costs P150. Unless a guest is a real bottomless pit for stomach, a customer will not have to pay any more than P300 for a superb dining experience in KaLui. KaLui also serves fresh fruit shakes, fresh young coconut, calamansi juice, pinnacled, and his unique fruit plate, which is composed of slices of pineapples, watermelons, and bananas stuffed in half a head of young coconut, then sprinkled with muscovado sugar. With the growing tourism traffic in Puerto Princesa, it would be no surprise if it becomes even harder to book a spot in KaLui. Perhaps it's time for KaLui to physically expand to accommodate more people. This might turn off KaLui's more finicky patrons who want peace and quiet while eating their favorite chow. But until that happens, those who get a chance to visit Puerto Princesa will have to experience KaLui and see for themselves the unique experience that is Palawan.
The objective of the race is to determine the fastest and cheapest commute in three routes in Metro Manila during a rush hour.
“Rush Hour Commute” is a project of the Philippine Daily Inquirer with the help of sister company INQUIRER.net. The idea behind the project was brought about by the recent hike in fares instituted by the government, according to Juan Sarmiento Jr., PDI senior desk editor and the project’s leader.