Monday, April 30, 2012

My Take on ......*Charlie's Grind*

I remember watching Ch 23’s “were u at” featuring a Burger place inside a Car wash area.  We checked out Charlie’s Grind on another visit to Kapitolyo.  Charlie’s is inside 2onetwo car wash. Initial plan was to try their Ronac Centre branch in Ortigas Avenue but eventually chose the Main branch.  Parking in Kapitolyo is a difficulty (sometimes!), to ease that you can have your car washed while enjoying a burger or the other way around.  Either way you are hitting two birds with one stone.


"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."  - Martha Washington

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Take on ......*Baler*

Situated in the mid-eastern coast of Luzon.  Generally mountainous with coastal flatlands.  Covering the Eastern part of Sierra Madre.  Aurora is now becoming one of the local tourist destinations.  Baler it’s capital is a go-to for surfing enthusiast.  We decided to spend our long vacation/holy week in this (un)developed part of the country.  My friends and I planned this trip for the fourth time.  Yes, we had planned this three times but failed to transpire.  We left Manila on a Friday at 3am, and will be enjoying Baler for 3 days.  It was indeed a smooth ride traversing through narrow gravel road with twists and turn through the Sierra Madre Mountain range and couple road mishaps.  And arrived safely at 8am.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Take on ...... *BRGR The Burger Project*

If I want a real deal (masarap na swak pa sa budget) when it comes to burger I will go to Maginhawa and eat at BRGR The Burger Project.   I first learned about this place on TV features and visited them for quite a number of times .  A build your own burger is very interesting.  You have the freedom on what you want on your burger.  From the bun up to the sauce, your choice, your burger.

Monday, April 23, 2012

My Take on ......*Big Daddy's*

After watching Hunger Games in Mall of Asia, I immediately went to Gong Cha to buy my milk tea, across Gong Cha you can see a small orange space that serves crispy chicken chop as well as porky chop. And it spells "BIG Daddy's". Interested on how crispy it is, directly went after getting my tea.  Big Daddy’s is a famous chicken store in Taiwan. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

My Take on ......*Uncle Cheffy*

On the way to Manila the last time my friends and I went to Tagaytay.  Filled with much enthusiasm, we were undecided where to take our lunch, will it be on Chubby’s Ribs or Uncle Cheffy (both in Solenad), consulted my ever reliable planner to see what’s on my list.  Chubby’s is not yet written but Uncle Cheffy was.  By the power of my planner we then go to Uncle Cheffy (but listed Chubby’s right away– I want to try their ribs!!!!).  We chose to sat near the corner to have a much perspective of the place.  The interiors are adorn by wood chops to emphasize the theme of brick oven cooking.  Giving it a rustic appeal but modernized by the fixtures used.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My Take on ......*4 Fingers*

After accompanying my sister in a mall, I asked her to have dinner at “4 Fingers”, this is the first franchise in the Philippines and it is in SM North Edsa, 4 Fingers has taken Singapore by storm, it is owned by four foodie friends (which represents the 4 Fingers in the logo) who decided to take the Korean-style fried chicken in Singapore when they saw it in New York.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Take on ...... * Larry & Mau Diner*

Last Monday was the tail of the super long weekend.  It was “Araw ng Kagitingan” and there’s not much to do as I don’t want to bury myself in bed.  After strolling in the mall and helping my friend to scout a new get-up (naks, bagets!), the clock ticks and it’s time for “chowtime”, we decided to dine in Toast box and have dessert at Parvati but the two dining areas are jam packed by food lovers/hungry mallers/dessert afficionados.  As I remember Larry & Mau recently open a new branch in Centris Walk.  Decided on giving it a try. I found myself standing in front of the cashier who is happily taking my order.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Take on ...... * Poco Deli*

After visiting Mad Mark’s we already planned that we will have dinner at Poco Deli on our next visit to Kapitolyo.  So after incurring all the stress from work, why not give myself a reward…like a dinner…thus our appetite brought us to this Little Delicatessen.  Poco Deli is known for their home made sausages. 

They have different varieties of home-made sausages and cheese.  As well as cakes and a good selection of wines.  We arrived early for our dinner and couple of tables are occupied by people working around the area, having a glass of wine and a platter of sausage, chillin' (what a great way to end your day).  We sat near the display area, actually in front of it, for us to see the different kinds of their sausage (actually I don’t know much about it).
The gigantic menu
We ordered their Frankfurter Sausage, Quatrro Formaggi Pizza, US Steak Sandwich, Salmon Pasta and Black Out Chocolate Cake.

Frankfurter Sausage

Quattro Formaggi Pizza
We want to try their sausage as most foodies raved about it, but we don’t have any idea what to order, so the server suggested to try their Frankfurter as we love beef, and we truly enjoyed the taste very juicy and well cooked.  The Quattro Formaggi Pizza is a freshly made dough topped with four kinds of cheese (formaggi means cheese in Italian) Mozarella, Pecorino, Gorgonzola and Parmessan. Gooey, Salty, Creamy and Sweet. 

Salmon Pasta

US Steak Sandwich
Norwegian Salmon on Pomodoro Sauce.  Right amount of sauce and chunks of salmon, squeezed two lemon wedges to enhance the salmon’s flavor, a bit salty for me but nevertheless its yummy.  On the other hand the US Sandwich (one of their best seller)is thinly sliced marinated corn fed beef topped with mozzarella cheese in New York Bagel with a side of chips.  It’s very good, the bagel is soft and the strips of beef is tender and juicy plus the added creaminess of the mozza.

And for dessert…

Blackout Chocolate Cake  Php 140.00/slice
One of the Best Chocolate Cake in Manila…The Black out Chocolate Cake.. We got this slice for 50% off just by clicking the discount coupon on their FB Page.  What a deal di ba…Moist, Rich and not sweet Valrhona Chocolate cake with caramel in the middle covered with premium Belgian chocolate chips, chocolate on chocolate…Love + Love.

We want to try the Bacon Slab with Bacon Rice but it’s not available that day…thus giving us a reason to come back again. 

Over all Experience:

Super Duper Okei =) =) =) (Price, Ambience, Food, Service, Location)

Location: 21 East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Take on ...... * Everybody's Cafe*

The super long weekend is over but we end it in a happy note.  On our way home after spending our vacay/holy week in Baler, Aurora we were undecided where to have our brunch.  Will it be on Tarlac or Pampanga, being near to Malabon we decided to go to Pampanga, but only 2 place comes to my mind. Bale Dutung and Everbody’s Café.  Immediately googled for the location and found out that Bale Dutung is on Angeles and by reservation only.  While Everybody’s Café is just a tumbling away from San Fernando exit and much more it is open from 7am – 10pm. I’ve read much about this café and their specialties which offers home cooked quality food.  As soon as we entered the place, we were greeted by the staff and help us decide on what to order.  She told us that their specialty is Murcon, Kamaru (Mole Crickets), Betute (Stuffed Frog) and Tapang Kalabaw (Carabeef Tapa)and so on.  Too many choices that we go for….

The big serving can be shared by 3-4 person.  Hot broth with beef shanks is a great way to start our meal.  I love the tasty soup with tender and crisp cabbage.

Murcon  Php 390.00
Expensive as it may seems but it’s all worth the ingredients and the process in making this.  Combination of ground pork, duck egg yolks, tomato, onion, garlic, queso de bola and Spanish chorizo and steamed for hours. Poured with sauce that is made from its own drippings.  Savory and rich.  It resembles Embutido but really tastes like Morcon.

Kamaru (Mole Crickets)
Mole Crickets for brunch?!? Why not give it a try.  It is cooked Adobo way then fried when ordered. It taste good like “baga ng baka” yung kinakain na street food, absorbed oil while frying.  I should’ve tried it dipped in vinegar to enjoy it much. (that’s just my preference).

Sizzling Pork Sisig
Last to be served was the Sizzling Pork Sisig, Sisig originated from Pampanga so we must try this dish.  I noticed that their sisig is more meatier compared to others and there is no raw egg to be mixed, the original sisig that is.  Squeezed with calamansi and soy sauce = delicioso.  Another cup of rice please!

We were so full that we don’t have room for dessert.  But I will be back to try their Betute (stuffed frog) and Lagat Paro (shrimp simmered in kamias)

The interiors:

Till my next visit...

Over all Experience:

Super Okei  =)  =)  (Food, Location, Service)

Location:  Del Pilar, Mac Arthur Hi-way, San Fernando, Pampanga
Store hours: 7am – 10pm

Monday, April 09, 2012

My Take on ...... * Ted's La Paz Batchoy*

My first taste of La Paz Batchoy was when we toured Bacolod/Iloilo/Guimaras last year after my Birthday.  We we’re treated to a Batchoy breakfast by my friend Tito and Tita.  I’m used to eating Beef Mami as my Aunt owns a Lugawan in Malabon.  And claimed that it was the best beef mami for me.  Then craved for La Paz Batchoy coz of the rainy season during summer (climate change na talaga)…and searched for Ted’s branches in Manila…found that there is a branch in Mall of Asia but opted for the cool breeze of the Tagaytay branch.   

Located in Summit Ridge, Tagaytay

Super Special La Paz Batchoy  Php 86.00

Super Special with Puto (puto at Php 17.00/2 pcs)
Egg noodles in beef broth with pork liver and chicharon with fried garlic on top.
Came early to have breakfast and ordered Super Special La paz Batchoy.  After few minutes the lady in green is serving the much craved Batchoy. Super Special talaga in taste… You can also try their Extra Super Special Batchoy, an additional isaw for the Extra Super.  The soup is very tasty plus the additional crunch from the chicharon.  I don’t eat liver but it gives that additional flavor to the broth. The warm soup gives the me the energy to start the day (but I would prefer my soup to be served steaming hot or maybe it just because of the climate in Tagaytay).  I dunk my puto (rice cake) in the broth to absorb all the goodness and transformed it to a Super Special Puto! Medyo bland kasi ang taste ng puto.  But sure will be eating here again and again and again. 

Over all experience:

=) =)  Super Okei (Price, Food, Location)

Location: Summit Ridge, Tagaytay City

Sunday, April 08, 2012

My Take on ...... *Halo Halo de Iloko*

After our my friends surfing 101 in the popular destination for surfing enthusiast in San Juan, La Union, We finally have the chance of tasting the best Halo Halo up north.  My Dear buddy who often frequent this place took us for dinner to try and see the place.  It’s just not the Halo Halo as they say...They also offer yummilicious meals.

Located in P. Burgos St., no one can pass by this colorful house transformed to a hidden gem.

The interiors of the resto is very unique and colorful, using antique bottles, capiz windows as decorations, thus giving it a different appeal.

Spicy Squid with Rice Php 99.00
Pork Binagoongan with Rice Php 99.00

The Spicy Squid is just sautéed squid with a slight kick of chili.  My tolerance on spicy food is very low, whenever I taste spice (anghang!) on my food I lost my appetite but this squid doesn’t. The squid is tender and juicy.  On the other hand the pork binagoongan is what I love!!!.  I suggest everyone to try this.  The pork is cooked well.  The saltiness and sweetness of the bagoong is balanced by the slivered unripe mango.  Yumminess indeed.

And for the finale….. Here comes the ever famous “Halo Halo” of La Union. 

Kiddie Halo Halo Php 60.00
One of the best Halo Halo in the country…I like their Halo Halo because of the very different ingredients (sahog).  Ube, Bukayo (sweet grated coconut), yema pandan, gulaman (cooked in buko juice) mais, nate de coco and saba with burisangsang (as the sweetener), that combination spells goodness… Plus the added toppings of Corn flakes and Cheese.  Can be enjoyed as merienda or dessert or whenever you crave for something cold and refreshing. Must try!

Over all Experience:
Super Duper Okei =) =) =) (Price, Ambience, Food, Service, Location)

Location: Corner P. Burgos St. and Zandueta St., San Fernando City, La Union
Contact Nos.: (072) 700-2030, (0917) 852-7919, (0919) 388-3145