A lot of people complain about the quality of food in comparison to other countries e.g. the Pizza hut here isn’t the same quality as the U.S. / UK and that generally food isn’t of the same quality so eating healthy and tasty food is difficult. But I don’t think its true I think in reality the Western foods are generally a specific shape and too much pre-packed or pre-processed than people should be eating. In the Philippines I have yet to see a microwave meal which is fine since we don’t own a microwave. The local tomatoes are smaller but also cheap. Same with things like Calamansi (local lemon) or fresh peppers from our garden. You do have to put up with some things like local rice being used in an Indian restaurant which is nowhere near as tasty as Basmati as I find it doesn’t absorb the flavours the way basmati does. Small sacrifices and the restaurant quality isn’t as great as the UK? But I wonder is it because the meal costs are a lot cheaper here due to labour costs but at the same time so much goes on behind kitchen doors in the UK I often wonder if its fresh as I know things like Steam ovens and frozen meals are pretty normal but may look the same on a plate. Here generally you can get your hands on fresh produce every day. If your not happy with the quality in the restaurant there is nothing to stop you doing it yourself or if your partner can cook if you can’t I would point them in the direction of Aprils blog MyHotTropics.com as it has plenty of dishes with the information on how to cook them. All made from products we find in the Philippines.