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Arca Yard Food Park is a getaway for food and drinks enthusiast all the way to the north. It is situated at McArthur highway all the way to Valenzuela City. Have you ever been? Food parks have really expanded! Don’t fret as this complex houses a lot of choices for you and me. One of the stalls that Arca Yard has is Oomori. It is a kiosk that specializes in Japanese cuisines with a twist. Oomori means a”large serving” in English. True to what it means, this place provides a portion of food good enough to satisfy your appetite. Their menu includes rice meals, varieties of sushis, temakis, classic tempura and set menu for groups. All of these for a reasonable price. I tried Oomori’s sushi burger. This could be a fad again. It is a sign of the ever-evolving Japanese cuisine. This reminded me of now-defunct Sanjo burger and McDonald’s attempt to do a rice burger way back. Their salmon burger patty was cooked on point with a bit of a crisp. Its Japanese rice easy to bite into and the nori giving it some boost of Japanese flavor. Our team of foodies was also able to try their sushi line, in particular, the California Maki.
Nowadays, Cafes are popular spots for people who’d like to relax, work or try out some new food or drinks that they have to offer. If you’re one of the people who would like to experience any of the above, I think I’ve got a place that will just suit you right. Hidden away from the more populous areas of Quezon City and situated near a residential area is this lovely place called Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen. With a warm and cozy ambiance that’s very easy to get comfortable to, their menu is also something that you could rave about as it features a variety of food and drinks that you won’t usually find in an ordinary cafe. I already ate a lot before coming here so I wasn’t able to order a lot. But as a food lover, it somehow feels like a sin to just pass up on what their broad menu has to offer. Eventually, I ended up ordering more than what I could handle but as the saying goes, more (food) is always better. There’s quite a number of rice meals on their menu so I decided that I’d try out at least 2 of them. The first thing I tried was their Lucban Longganisa (Php 235), which is actually quite better than your average longganisa meal, but price on the high side. It’s seasoned well with enough spice, sour atsara was a good compliment for it, and the pair of fried eggs that comes with it completes the usual Pinoy breakfast experience. I suggest nutrient rich Buco Latte (Php 120) to partner with this. The other rice meal was bestselling Torched Shrimp Tempura Rice (Php 345). It is beer battered and torched on point, served with ample teriyaki and miso sauce. There is a reason why it’s the cafe’s most popular pick. How about some Iced Flat Blue (Php 140)? It is an unusual concoction of bold blended coffee and fruity blueberries. It is a welcome playful drink. You can pair this beverage with their Bricks. These are decadent and fudgy pastries. It has a crunch and a softer sugary inside. We had the Ube and Cheese and Burnt Chocolate Chip. For a thicker drink, go for Chocolate Malt Milkshake. It’s dense and rich, and super filling with an overdose of sweetness. This should be good for 2 at least! One thing that I also tried out of curiosity was their Chocolate Chili Wings with Ice Cream. If you’re a sucker for something different, this dark chocolate-covered buffalo wings might actually work for you. So that ends my short trip here at the Blue Rocket Cafe + Kitchen. But it is definitely not my last visit.
We discovered amazing quick bites and crazy good baos in Kapitolyo. Sharing about our Don Bao experience here. Don Bao is located on Victoria Plaza (behind Ace Hotel and Suites), Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. They offer a variety of Japanese fusion dishes and are also known for their baos. Sharing the dishes that we have tried: Appetizers Kani Nachos. House-made potato chips with shredded kani and special cheese sauce. What I find amazing about this nachos is how creative they are in making this innovation and it's actually really good. I also love how generous they are with the toppings. This one is a little spicy and I love it. Gyoza. They have hugely-sized gyoza. This is already good for sharing. Bao or Bun Bao is a type of steamed bun from Asian origin that can be filled with meat, seafood, vegetables or other ingredients. Piggy Bao Ride. Pork katsu, teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, cabbage, nori. Rich in flavor and delicious. This is my top pick. Good Morning, Bao! Gyuniku, scrambled egg, garlic mayonnaise, cornflakes, tobiko. I haven't thought that corn flakes and baos would go well together. This isn't called, "Good morning, bao" for no reason. It's sating and high in energy that's great to start your day (breakfast or brunch). Cheesy Bao. Gyuniku, cheese sauce, onion rings, spring onions. I like the onion rings a lot and the cheese make it more enjoyable. Crazy Bao. Kani in eel sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, tempura flakes, tobiko, spring onions. It feels like having sushi with bao. Tastes good, too. Don or Donburi Unlimited Japanese Rice for all Dons for dine-in only. Katsu Curry Don. Their katsu (breaded chicken) is tender and they serve a generous amount of curry. The Japanese rice is also good, you'd definitely have another cup (and enjoy their unlimited rice). Buta Sisig Don. I'm a fan of sisig with rice and this innovation of having nori with sisig and their special condiments are just amazing. I love it. Special Tendon. Huge serving of tempura. Tastes good. Also a fave pick. Crispy Chicken Don. Crispy on the outside and tender inside. Ramen Tonkotsu Ramen. I like the soup a lot which I am often particular about when it comes to ramen. I like those which are creamy. The serving is good for sharing. Eggs are soft boiled. Pork is tender. Dessert Fried Bao with Nutella S'mores. It's cool that they prepared their s'mores differently--with one huge marshmallow. Fried Bao with Milo and Condensed Milk. Eating this feels like reminiscing my childhood. I love milo and condensed milk. Fried Bao with Ice Cream and Salted Caramel. Delectable. COMPLETE and HD PHOTOS ON MY BLOG
QUAD is the best! It’s a new study and co-working place along Holy Spirit Drive so if you’re near the area and need a place to do some work or some intense studying, I suggest you try this place out! I actually don’t really like studying out because I end up paying so much for coffee and pastries because I feel bad for staying so long at coffee shops (I’m looking at you, coffee shop shamers!!!! We pay good money for our spots ok 🙄)... Here, 1) You can bring your own food! You can even have food delivered from fast food chains and the restaurants beside this place (they have all of the menus of the restaurants near them). They place the order for you and your food will be brought to you. They even let us use their landline to call KFC for lunch! **I saw my classmate walk in with 2 boxes of pizza 2) You won’t have to buy expensive coffee because they provide UNLIMITED brewed coffee!!! And water!!! 3) The whole place is QUIET AF. 4) The restrooms are CLEAN AF. Plus you can buy a shower kit from them and shower there!!! 5) There’s a napping area! 6) FREE AND FAST WIFI! 7) They can print out documents for you (mahal doe) 8) They have a meeting room good for 6 people (500/hr) 9) They have lockers! 10) The whole place is gorgeous! It’s spacious, the chairs are comfortable, the AC is cold, and everything looks so nice and homey! You can get all of that for PHP 60 per hour! PHP 400 if you spend 7+ hours. We went there at around 12 noon (we were literally outside waiting for them to open) so we could secure the best seats in the house. By 2-3 PM, the whole place was packed but still very quiet. 🤫 I felt very sleepy and siesta-y after we ate our lunch so I headed to the coffee and water station and made myself some coffee. Ang lakas ng kape nila ha??? Will definitely be back! ️
Team lunch out!!! Disclaimer: Not an udon fan. I’ve only eaten udon once before and found the udon just okay. So I went here with no expectations at all. Not at all excited but my TL loves this place so must give this place a chance. According to the staff, the bestseller is #1 but if she’ll be ordering for herself, she’ll get the Chicken Paitan. So I tried the regular sized CHICKEN PAITAN UDON (not sure with the name but it’s #3? Haha). Food: - The soup was flavorful (even without any condiments). I actually liked it!!! It’s not salty and it tastes “clean”. The only condiment I used was the chili powder. - The udon was just okay. Still not a fan. Sorry. - The chicken was good. Cooked just right and though it may look plain and bland, it was actually tasty. 🤗 - Favorite would be the perfectly cooked soft boiled egg! Ahhh it was so gooooooooood!!! - Also got to try the Ebi Tempura and Pork Tonkatsu and both were good. Just kind of oily but pwede na. Value for Money: - For nothing more than 300php, you can already have an uber filling meal. Overall, it was an okay experience. Not bad but not something that will make me want to go back here again. Maybe because almost everything is deep fried. “Healthy options” are not available. But if you like udon and Japanese rice bowls, this is a good place to try.
Friday lunch out with my teammates at Green Pastures!! Was so excited to try the Poke Bowl or the Avocado Greens Salad but sadly, avocados are not in season so no poke bowl or avocado greens for me huhu. Unless I’m okay with them replacing the avocados with mangoes... I am not haha. Anyway, must find something else to order.... since I wanted something I really want, I had a hard time choosing. The breakfast menu is only until 11am but when I asked, pwede pa naman daw!! Yayyyy, breakfast food it is!! 🤗 | FOOD. We ordered the following: | Harvest Chowder (245php) | Buffalo Chicken Meatball (275php) | Green Omelette (220php) + Side Salad (90php)* | Grass-fed Steak & Eggs (580php)* | Biscuits and Gravy (90php)* | Broccoli Rabe and Arugula Pasta (395php) | Yang Chow Fried Cauliflower Rice (620php) *breakfast menu 🥣 The Harvest Chowder was good and comforting but too pricey for 245 pesos. The Buffalo Chicken Meatball was interestingly good. Not screaming with spicy buffalo sauce goodness but the meatballs were tasty. I think that this would be yummier with more spicy buffalo sauce. 🥚 Green Omelette was yuuuum!! Super simple and pricey because it’s just egg + chives? but because the egg was cooked just how I like it, I enjoyed this. A lot!! The omelette was fluffy and the inside soft/creamy. The only thing I don’t like about this dish... I can’t enjoy this with ketchup because they don’t have ketchup huhu only pepper jam? which was weird and just sweet. 🥗 Side salad was sulit. Very light and refreshing! Make sure to check the price because they always charge 150php for the side salad but in the menu, it’s only 90php. Sayang 60 pesos! Haha. Anyway, for a side salad, serving size is generous.🏼 The cauliflower rice was also yummy. I’ve been curious with how this would taste and I’m happy to finally try this. Well, it’s not as weird/bad.. hmm it doesn’t taste like rice, the texture/feel is not the same too but just like rice, this was filling. The cauliflower rice pairs well with any meat/seafood. 🥐 Biscuits & Gravy was kind of weird. I won’t get this again hahaha. I was not able to try the steak and the pasta anymore but my officemates liked and enjoyed both. For 600php, the steak is sulit na!! Note to self: I shall try the steak & eggs next time because the scrambled egg loooooks so creamy and yummy!! Or maybe, I can order extra and ask them to cook the eggs that way. | SERVICE was just okay. Not had but not good either. Sakto lang. PS: If you don’t mind spending too much, Green Pastures’ a good place to enjoy yummy healthy dishes. 🏼
What do you do when there’s a promo? OF COURSE, YOU MAKE SURE TO GET THAT PROMO!!! 🤗 Thanks to looloo and sis Peanut D, I was able to visit TWG last last week during their anniversary celebration... Not once, not twice but THRICE!! #abuso *First visit was dinner with my officemates. *Second was lunch with my officemates again. *And 3rd was to buy macarons. FIRST VISIT: - SOUP OF THE DAY. Wasn’t able to try this but my officemate said it was good. Just too small since they used the tea cup. - TRUFFLE FRIES. This was good. You can really smell and taste the truffle. Would be so much better if they used real potatoes instead. - NICOISE SALAD. Super sulit. Got this for only 200++ and I got 4 (or 5) huge prawns and 4 uber fresh tuna!! The greens were fresh and crisp. Ahhhh, I just love everything about this salad — the quail eggs, the bell peppers, tomato, potatoes, and the light and yummy dressing. I’ll get this again even without the promo! - PARISIAN CREPE. Just okay. Maybe I am just not a fan of savory crepes. I didn’t like the creamy (not cheesy) filling inside. The filling felt bitin too. But for a little less than 150php, okay na. - NEOPOLITAN BEEF and BEEF TENDERLOIN. Both were just okay. Hmm, not so tender but not that tough beef. The sauce was tasty though. - PARIS SINGAPORE TEA and SAKURA! SAKURA! TEA. Both are really mabango and good. If the tea can only maintain its hotness, would loooove this even more. Make sure to try both and finish them right away. SECOND VISIT: - AVIATOR SALAD. This was also good (but Nicoise salad is still the best!!). I liked the breaded soft boiled egg. The turkey meat and cheese added flavor to the salad. - EGGS BEN (Turkey or Smoked Salmon). Since salmon is better and yummier, we got that one. The salmon + egg + hollandaise sauce was good but the bread was too hard that we didn’t finish it anymore. The complimentary tea bread was better. - BEEF LASAGNA. Maybe I expected too much? This was just okay. No truffle taste/smell. Huhu. THIRD VISIT: - It’s not all the time that you get to buy really good and yummy macarons for just 27php so I made sure to buy a lot of these yummy evil goodness before the promo ends. My favorites are the CHOCOLATE (omg so good), the pistachio, and the matcha!! SERVICE was just okay. The place was never full during our visits so I don’t know why it was so hard to call the servers and kung bakit parang ngarag sila. 🤔 Hmm, sakto lang. Just not exactly the kind of service you’d expect.
We were BF trolling the other night for a place to eat and we were just awestruck by the number of new restos popping up! Truly the competition along aguirre is cutthroat and I think you've made it if youve lasted 3 or more years. Anyways, saw this new building with abundant parking! But we were already set on eating somewhere else so I said if there's no parking, we'll bust a u and head back here. True enough, we were on our way back in a few minutes The space is huge for bf standards! It actually looks like a spa from outside. Faint smell of albatross when you enter, dunno why servers were super polite and gracious, they would do a little bow every time they leave our table and walk out backwards like we were royalty. Apparently, their chef is an okonomiyaki 'master' from Osaka so we had to get that! Also tried their cheese Takoyaki. It was raining the whole day so I got their ramen too to match the weather. We were advised that food would take 15-20 mins. The ramen arrived first and it looked really good but was just meh for me. Pricey for the taste at ₱375. The okonomiyaki arrived next and it was a beaut! Generously sprinkled with Bonito flakes and a soft boiled egg, the outside was deliciously crispy while the inside was soft and tasty! Asked for some extra kewpie but it was a ₱55 charge so never mind lol! The Takoyaki arrived and it was so good too! Bigger than the average 'street' Takoyaki, these were all perfectly cooked and the polpo inside was so tender! Almost indistinguishable from the batter! Their menu had a lot of other stuff too so I guess we'll be going back for those verdict is, avoid the ramen and order the okonomiyaki! Arigato!
Thursdate with Ony Bear! ORDERS: Crispy Chicken Sliders, Amsterdam Burger (+ Crispy Bacon), and Crispy Goat Cheese Salad. | Food: 4.5/5 The burgers are all gooood! The crispy chicken will forever be my favorite. Ony didn’t like it that much, it was “okay lang” according to him. But to me, this is really good. I like how huge and juicy the chicken was!! Ony’s order was also yummy!!! The crispy bacon made the Amsterdam burger extra special and yummy!! 🥓 The beef patty was huge and juicy. Sarap!!!!! Aside from the tasty burger, what I like most about Pound burgers is the bun! The buns are soft and extra tasty!!! I can eat just the bread and I don’t think I’ll ever get sawa! Another favorite is the Crispy Goat Cheese salad! This is also good and very very sulit! 🥗 PS: Other must tries are Backyard Burger and anything with truffle! | Value for Money : 4/5; Most of the dishes are affordable. Sulit! Budget for 2 is around 700php. | Service 🏻: 5/5. Very good. Staffs are accommodating/helpful, warm, and they know their menu very well. | Worth the visit? YASSSS!!!!
One shall never leave LU without having a glass (or three) of Dirty Horchata. I swear there’s just something in this drink that has its hooks on people! Horchata is a Hispanic drink made of ground rice, almonds, milk, cinnamon and other spices. Dirty Horchata because El Union added espresso to it. This drink is an insane crowd favorite. It’s refreshing and also provides you the caffeine kick you need. I also had a sip of their Flat White. Also insanely good. Seriously, there’s nothing on El Union’s menu that’s bad. Lol. We visited LU on a very busy weekend and most of the people seem to flock to El Union Coffee, it’s like the new “It” place where the cool kids hangout. Haha! I was craving for their pancakes when we were there but sadly they weren’t taking orders for food anymore. Only drinks. That’s how jampacked the place was. Anyway, El Union Coffee has a “not so secret” pop-up store in BGC! Imagine my intense delight when I found out. Message Norman Lester T to know where. HAHA! ️️️
Famry is the newest addition to the line up of restaurants at Hole in the Wall. This restaurant offers only 6 items on the menu including drinks, but not really dishes that are too generic. When I first saw a post about Famry, I was curious about trying their bunplings. But when I went to browse their menu, my eyes grew big for their crispy duck rice. So, I ordered both! |Crispy Duck Rice P390 (Add P50 for soy egg) Pan-fried, chopped duck pieces on a rice bowl, served with pickles and crispy duck skin. This rice bowl reminded me of a Filipino breakfast dish, except that the duck meat had a different texture that made it more enjoyable. I loved this dish. |Bunplings P220 A combination of the famous Taiwanese xiao long bao and bao, each pan-fried bunpling (also called the shenjianbao) is filled with pork and soup. If you've been to Binondo and have tried their famous Shanghai fried siopao, then this might look familiar on the inside, although the bun is quite different. I wasn't satisfied with how the bunplings tasted. I'll still easily choose xiao long bao over it. I'll definitely come back for another bite of their crispy duck rice, and perhaps a taste of their minced pork rice bowl. And the best part is that I made my boyfriend try this and now he's got a new favorite dish at Hole in the Wall. **All Hole in the Wall stalls add 6% service charge to the bill
After surprising me last year with their (apparently last minute) intimate birthday dinner, I knew this year’s birthday was going to be a little less surprising and hectic. Where else does a family celebrate, on a Sunday, when they’re living the island/seaside life? To the beach (resort) of course! I think I’ve been to more resorts in the last year and a half than I have in the last 10 years, a benefit of moving to the seaside. When we got to the resort, there was quite a bit of renovation and improvements near the front entrance so that instant WOW factor wasn’t really there. But then we got to the area we reserved for our lunch, which was right by the pool...and wow did my impression change. Infinity pools can do that I suppose. The pool view was great, and luckily none of the renovations were obvious from where we were seated. A fairly large infinity pool, 1 smaller kiddie pool, and 1 hot spring pool. From our table, we had a clear view of the sky and the sea. It was amazing! For day-guests, we were given the option of swimming or not swimming. They give those wanting to take a swim, a different lunch menu, so you pay something like P600 for access to the pool as well as a lunch set. You can also opt not to swim and enjoy a wider range of menu items. What me and my cousins did though is order from the regular menu, and then we just paid a swimming fee for those who wanted to swim. For food, particularly my order, I got a margherita pizza - it was around 12 inches large, thin crust. Was amazed that among all the orders, it was the first to get served. Their kitchen has a brick oven, so you get a legitimate brick-oven pizza. Taste-wise though, I thought it could use some improvement, it maybe lacked some tomato flavoring and some salt. Service-wise, also okay but there’s room for improvement. Though the staff was very friendly, I felt that during food service, they weren’t as effective or attentive, considering that when we arrived we were the only guests having lunch out. Ambiance-wise, beautiful but also with room for improvement. I noticed that there were a lot of flies buzzing around where we were eating. It was aggravating to have them buzz over the food the entire time. The staff were a little slow on the uptake in noticing and remedying this. Overall, it was a good birthday lunch. My family surprised me with my cake in the middle of a phone conversation with a friend who was also greeting me. Haha. The view was great, the weather was great (considering it had been raining a lot in the days prior), and of course the location helped to make it all memorable. I look forward to seeing the finished (resort) renovations. PS. First photo was taken my cousin. PPS. Why are all my photos suddenly zooming in??!!
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