Ain’t Shit to do But Cook: Deconstructed Torta Talong (Eggplant Omelette)


One of my favorite Filipino dishes out there is torta talong. It’s mad underrated. Folks will always go to their mainstays like adobo, lechon, pancit, lumpia, and notoriously balut. Hands down those dishes are more internationally known than faces on TFC.

As titled, torta talong is an eggplant omelette where you keep the eggplant whole, stems too. My mom’s take is to add ground beef into the omelette. The end result is a Filipino fighter on par with adobo. Her omelette comes out fluffy and also tangy from the banana ketchup, Jufran only, fuck UFC.

So my take on the dish is deconstruct it and serve it. Mandolin some Japanese eggplant, drop some panko then fry it. Stir fry some ground beef with onions and serve with egg. (I usually don’t fuck with yolk, but whatever.)


1 Japanese eggplant

1 lb 85/15 Ground Beef

1/4 yellow onion

3 Eggs

1/2 cup Panko

1/2 cup all purpose flour.

Figure that shit out tho. I’ll post instructions when yall start commenting and coming back.



Another Dimension a New Galaxy.

Intergalactic Brewing Company


Check out the Space Oasis Coconut Porter.

Place won’t break your bank account.

Also don’t expect food trucks all the time.

filed under: on that Hiero circa Third Eye Vision.


This brewing company has been slowly showing up on my feed. I’ve seen posts of flights via Instagram. Nothing compelled me to give it a try until SDBW because of Intergalactic Brewing’s Keep the Pint night. They paired the free pint glass with their Galactic Coffee Milk Stout which they offer on nitro. So that’s an easy win for this dark enthusiast.

To even get to Intergalactic Brewing reminds me of watching Storage Wars where you walk in these micro-small business areas out here in Miramar and each little unit is somebody’s place of business. The brewery itself is hidden in the back lot amongst the trees and outer dimensions. Don’t worry there’s signs around the lot if you feel lost.


This small brewery impresses with the variety of pours available for a small operation. They boast twelve taps available and pictured above was Red Shirt #5 Saison, Spudnik Sweet Potato Ale, Perseus IPA, Space Oasis Coconut Porter, and the Andromeda IPA. It’s fairly easy for folks to instantly draw comparisons to Hess Brewing. They still have a long way to go, but they’re definitely doing something right.

Intergalactic Brewing Company
9835 Carroll Centre Rd, San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 750-0601

Whose Blog is This?

Thanks for dropping by. I’m Erwin Mendoza, a freelancer who does a lot of different things that co-relate.

My food game weak, I’ve suggested to my homies to write a blog. Wattup coolkids, talk about what you that phở spot you keep secret or that off-Convoy KBBQ spot. I consciously decided to stay away from food blogging because it’s all the same to me– fucking noise. Of course I have blogs I keep tabs on, but no immediate need for me to add more noise.

Then Eddie Huang’s Fresh off the Boat came out.

I swear to you I heard Nas’ The World is Yours off Illmatic while breezing through his book. Not only because of the hip-hop and NY connect, but his stories were similar to my kick game, parental disapproval of friends, and ideology when it comes to collegiate Asian organizations. Mainly his voice was my voice, hashtags and all. Eddie Huang spoke how he wrote and vice versa.

That has been my approach to any kind of writing since signing into blogger ’01.

Okay I should really start a food blog. Eddie’s made a living just being himself, even with his ethos (law degree, chef, media personality). I think it’s time I get over my anxieties and just write.

So after contemplating over a month from those tweets, I do have a goal and focus: to not give a fuck. Giving a fuck is nice when it’s focused like social justice, but it’s a distraction when you’re trying to push your sensibilities. This is me writing about food, sharing my spots, blowing up yours, and (home) cook life.

Let’s get that Vice money.

– ½ filipino ½ dope