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As a sucker for trying out new places, I digitally dragged with me Kristin A and Jayson J to try this new restaurant called Grind Bistro. Hello, Grind Bistro! The place was pretty empty on its first day of operation. The only group there was... just my bosses and his friends. Yeah. That's how I roll. The dimly lit restaurant shouts sophisticated and a not so friendly price tag on its dishes. True enough, when I checked the menu, you could easily spend over a thousand by ordering a couple of dishes. The steaks alone range around PHP1,600 to PHP2,200. (It was odd though that these were not recommended to us.) While waiting, I had a chat with Thea, the store manager and she told me more about the restaurant and the recommended dishes. She mentioned that the name of the restaurant is called Grind because they grind their own beef for the burgers. Also, their chef, Mr. Carl, used to be the executive chef of Hyatt hence the impeccable dishes. That small talk made my expectations shoot up! K arrived a couple of minutes after my talk with Thea and we decided to order Poke Nachos (PHP495) while waiting for J who was having an intense battle with traffic. The nachos were served after a short while and we did our best not to touch it till J arrives. And we succeeded. Complimentary bread was served a couple minutes before J arrived. Yes, it was served after our nachos. I guess they might have thought we were just there to sit and drink free water hence the reluctance to give us a wait snack. The nachos were delightful! The chips which were sweet potato, taro and wonton were all crisp and added texture to the pico de gallo, ahi tuna, local chevre and wasabi tobiko. I truly enjoyed the play of flavors and texture. It was a mix of sweet and salty flavors, crunchy and smooth textures. All went well together. The complimentary breads were great too! Soft and fluffy, it went so well with the salted and unsalted butter. We were so busy talking about food, work and traffic that we totally forgot to order other dishes. We placed our order for Grind Burger (PHP495) and Wedge Salad with Crispy Pork Belly (PHP390) after realizing that we were running out of nachos. Thankfully, service was quick and our salad was served before we finished our nachos. I was expecting the salad to be served on a bowl but it was plated differently. True to its name, the lettuce was cut wedge-like and was topped with a generous dollop of bleu cheese. There were lovely cherry tomatoes and four strips of pork belly on the side. The rather salty (ranch?) sauce and soft and delectable pork belly was well complemented by the tangy cheese and tomatoes. It was actually a great dish but quite overpriced for its serving size. The recommended burger was served last and we got the "not your ordinary" fries as its side dish. The burger was indeed flavorful and meaty. The patty was succulent and tender. But it was ordinary. It was just at par with 8Cuts and Burger Project. In short, I could have gotten the same kind of burger elsewhere at half the price. The fries, which the server said to be different and was validated by the restaurant manager was ordinary too. It was just your usual deep fried real potato. (Side story: I asked the manager why their fries are special and she told me that it is because they use real potatoes and that they cut it in-house. It made me think... isn't it that most restaurants, or at least the ones I frequent, do the same thing?) Oh, and the fries were actually overfried to the point of being translucent as it was too oily. While waiting for our bill, we had a chance to chat with Mr. Carl and he told us more about the two other Grind branches (SM Aura and SM North Edsa) which will have different concepts as to match the mall goers' preferences. The one in Aura will have more sharing platters and a more feminine vibe while the one in North Edsa will focus more on burgers and shakes creating a more casual ambiance. We were also given a complimentary Chocolate Mousse (PHP350) to thank us for our visit. The chocolate mousse which was malagos dark chocolate topped with fresh whipped cream with hazelnut tuile and brittle as base was a nice treat. It was chocolatey but not too sweet making it a good way to cap the night. My only problem with scooped chocolate mousse is that my brain tells me that I'm enjoying lukewarm ice cream. Overall, it was a pricy meal but I'll go back for more Poke Nachos and to try the Nutty Black Chicken. 4 stars for the nachos and service! Total damage: PHP1,509 Note: The place is really dark so bring extra light if you plan to take photos. #gluttonshopper
I was so hooked with their Ooey Gooey that I came back after a week of my first visit! This time, I was with Reich T. We were at the café before 8am so I immediately looked for something under breakfast. I chose adobo flakes with garlic rice and two heart shaped sunny side up eggs. I ordered a cup of hot speculoos latte with their signature bunny latte art. Their version of adobo flakes was crispy which I didn’t mind. I would have opted for a sweeter version tho since that's how they usually do it at home. The garlic rice was perfect and the eggs were runny. Last but definitely not the least, the Ooey Gooey!!! I asked the crew for a scoop of vanilla and salted caramel gelato. The vanilla gelato (still icy like the last time) was placed on top of the molten brownie to cut the richness of the dessert. I now understand what Clarissa P meant when she said the salted caramel gelato doesn’t merry well with the molten brownie. I noticed the molten brownie was not drowned in chocolate syrup like the last time. I prefer that but I still can’t deny the awesomeness of The Oogey Gooey. As a whole, it’s still perfect in my book. The moist and warm chocolate compliments the cold and creaminess of vanilla gelato. Yet again, my sweet tooth was knocked out!
Wanna climb? Bonding without too much stress? First timer? Go this place.. If your lucky enough youll see the sea of clouds :) 11th summit
Went here for an overnight trip with other instagrammers from the Worldwide instameet 13. I loved camping ever since I tried it in Calaguas so when I found out that they’re going camping for the weekend, I joined right away. However, I didn’t consider the fact that the weather is off the roof now than the time that I went camping in Calaguas. So it was a very different experience. Personally, I thought I made the wrong decision joining because the weather that day was between 95-100F. And the pine trees didn’t help that much, even the fact that the beach is just a few steps away and its supposed to give off a cooler vibe or something. We were sweating inside the camp even though ours was netted. But, if not for the weather, this place is amazing. I mean, camping under the pine trees, beach a few steps away? Not to mention they have a bonfire readily available for happy campers. Also, they have this live band playing near the beach. So you can either do the bonfire or listen to the band at night. You pretty much have a lot of activities to choose from. This is the perfect getaway! You can bring your friends, your family, or your workmates! They offer cottages as well if you’re not into camping, or maybe you wanna try “glamping” aka glamorous camping! For food, I think you can bring your own - you can also eat in their restaurant. I am not familiar with their rates though but you can just check out their website.
Really small place. Just 2 high tables inside and around 4 tables outside. We got our ice creams in nests. We got four flavors: Mango Ginger, Roasted Forbidden Rice, Farm Cheese and Platanos con Leche. I liked the Fobidden rice the most. It sounds weird but I liked it. Also the Platanos con Leche. The flavors were really unique and had that home-y texture that I liked a lot! PS: This is a very late review. Visited the place around September last year. Lol. Hi Russel F credits for you! Haha.
I love how there's a Greek restaurant right on the beach. Their food's pretty good (and legit! The owner is Greek daw), and you get big servings. :) My favorites were the grilled stuff (tuna, squid, pork ribs, lamb). Tasted really fresh, and they went really well with the Greek-style rice and side salad. It can get a bit hot nga lang, so I suggest getting a seat closer to the beach for the breeze!
Haven't been able to visit Hole in the Wall for the longest time!!! Hello again Bad Bird! Umami is known to be the mythical "fifth flavor" which is a savory taste. And the umami fried chicken here in Bad Bird is really flavorful and well seasoned. 🏼 Their chicken is soft and tender. The cook on it is quite good, not dry and thoroughly cooked. The breading, be it Safe, Spicy, or Chemical, is absolutely delicious!! Save the best for last. My favorite side here is the corn cob with Japanese mayo, cheese and bonito flakes! ️ The corn plate is always my choice. 🏼 You can also ask them to shred the corn already if you don't want to bite into the cob and make a mess. The dirty rice is also good, but I'm not a fan of their kimchi. I might have missed this place so much that's why I enjoyed it so much! Yummy!!
The crazy summer heat would not stop us from conquering another mountain! Definitely not! It's our first time to check out a mountain in Batangas so it was really something that we're all excited about, even if we're only 5 in the group. Before the climb, we read some blogs to set our expectations. It was last Saturday when we met up at around 5AM at EDSA, Jam Liner station and waited for a bus going to Batangas Pier. It took us an hour of waiting before we decided to transfer to another bus line, ALPS, and they had much more buses than Jam. For 165php, it'll take you 3 hours to reach the pier. From the pier, you need to ride a jeepney for 37php that will bring you to Mabini. This will take you around 2 hour. Afterwards, for 15 minutes, ride a tricycle for 40php/person going to PhilPan Resort, the jump off point of the climb to Mt. Gulugod Baboy. We arrived at 12nn so imagine the heat that we have to face but yes, nothing stopped us! We started the hike despite the heat and what made us last were the rest stations wherein we hang out and bought cold water, soda and even halo-halo to keep us going. The supposedly 1 hour climb to the summit became 3 hours for the group as we really prioritized stopping whenever we felt like we're collapsing because of the heat. So, we arrived at the summit by 3:30PM and we were happy that despite the heat, it was really cool at the top! From there, you'll get to see the whole panoramic view of the beach of Anilao, the spine of the mountain and the blue sky. Worth it in every single way! The summit looked like a number of hills interconnecting with each other and if you're a photo addict, you can initiate Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music or Heidi and run like you're in New Zealand. It was really beautiful in every angle. From the top, you get to enjoy the awesome view of the beach meeting with the perfect skyline. The cool wind will actually make sun bathing bearable for you. Despite its grasslands, Mt. Gulugod Baboy is really a must see one as it offers beauty in every side of it. More than that, this is a good mountain for beginners as it's really an easy climb, minus the heat. We went down before it got dark and a lot of groups were on their way up as they'll do an overnight camping at the summit. You can choose to not get a guide as well because the trail's really visible. I might go back here during the cold season and probably camp out with my friends!
Max's fried chicken has been a long time favorite of mine... I love the crispy thin chicken skin and the taste that is uniquely theirs alone, always best eaten with banana catsup Sarap to the bones! My go to order is usually the budget meal @240 which comes with quarter chicken, rice, macaroni salad & a caramel bar. We also got to try their Camaron Rebosado @380 - light & crispy battered Shrimp served with sweet & sour sauce...this was good but I found it expensive considering the small serving
Went looking for a dessert place near the Little Tokyo area last Friday and our choices were either Dessert Kitchen or Le Petit Soufflé... But since we thought Rockwell was a bit far as compared to Century City Mall, we ended up here. Good thing too!! ️ I love the place. It's such a cute café/restaurant! They had trees with rolling pins! Isn't it cute??? VALRHONA GUANAJA (Php 350) 75% dark chocolate soufflé It's absolutely heavenly and bittersweet! I love dark chocolate, which is a good excuse to eat chocolate, hihi. It's healthy. Their soufflé takes 25 minutes to cook so it's good to order it first if you want to get other stuff too. MATCH VALRHONA IVOIRE (Php 350) 35% white chocolate soufflé with matcha! Matcha is one other thing I love, and this soufflé is not shy with the matcha! 🏼 As you can see, the soufflé is cooked wonderfully with a crunchy top and gooey on the inside!! It's perfectly cooked! SALTED EGG CARAMEL PARFAIT (Php 195) On the menu photo, the parfait looked tall but when it arrived, it was small and it didn't seem like a parfait but more like a sundae. Other than the size, the salted egg custard was quite good, but I think it was quite lacking. The caramel overpowered the taste of the salted egg. Overall, it was still a good cold dessert. Other than soufflé, Le Petit Soufflé also offers full meals here so maybe next time, I'll drop by for lunch or dinner. That beef curry soufflé looked quite interesting. Hihi.
Do you know that there is an artist-run space with multiple functions of a gallery, store, and snack bar in Cubao? Nah? It is only Cindy S who introduced me to Artery Art Space. One may not recognize it as an artsy place initially. It is located along P. Tuazon, near EDSA. It has a small signage that says ARTERY ART SPACE. Once you reached the entrance, ring the door bell and someone will welcome you to the gallery. Curious about the entrance fee? It's FREE. Artery wants everyone to appreciate art. Artery functions as a studio, exhibition area, and artist residency. The art exhibits in Artery are not permanent. It changes every month, I suppose. From April 16 to May 07, 2016, Artery is featuring "HYSTERIA" by Valeria Cavestany, Lara de los Reyes, and Maria Jeona Zoleta. Below is from the Hysteria post card from the gallery. "Hysteria casts three propositions on painting by women who dismantle the conventional muscle of the medium with expressive aplomb, clever comebacks, and sexy bravado that put subjectivity back as something uniquely political." Cindy and I were so lucky to be accommodated by the mister who maintains the art space. He gave us few backgrounds regarding the artworks and the artists as well. There are currently 8 artworks available for viewing in Artery. Three of these are done by Maria Jeona Zoleta (photo 1 to 3). Four out of eight are done by Lara de los Reyes who focuses on language and literature. She likes to read and her surroundings are of influence to her works. Refer to photo 4 to 7 to see her works. Photo 8 is done by Valeria Cavestany. A beautiful piece of art. For the titles of the artworks, see below. 1. Peanutbutter and Jelly Sanwich Uncanny Valley 3 2. Psychic Painting 6669 3. Psychic Painting Blueballing 4. Abstract Tryouts 5. Who Do I Have To Sleep With? 6. The Writing is on the Wall 7. The Master Does Not Approve 8. Hysterical Women Pretty cool, right? Anyway, if you get hungry after appreciating all the artworks here, you can buy at their in-house snack bar. It actually sells artisan chocolate Theo and Philo and the refreshing ginger ale from Standford x Shaw Brewing. I prefer drinking coffee that time so I ordered Iced Hazelnut coffee. Cindy tried their Blueberry Mint iced tea. Both were okay. We were told that there will be new exhibit starting on May 14. I'm very excited to visit again. P.S. Don't expect that the place is huge as a museum. The place is rather small but full of art. They have an IG account @arteryartspace. P.S.S. Parking can be a problem. So I suggest not bringing a car. Good thing Cindy S and I just rode the MRT. Well it's excruciating, but that's another story.
It really took me a while to experience Ooma which made me regret it when I finally got to try it with my girl friends last Monday. We all agreed to go for a Japanese restaurant within Ortigas area and I insisted that we go here after all the awesome reviews I've read here. We got there at around 7PM and the place was packed. We waited for around 20 minutes to secure a nice table and it was worth the wait, I must say! We ordered lots and man I was happy! - O-GYOZA I am not a fan of this one but I appreciate how the 5 piece servings were huge enough per person. The sauce was thick and tasted like teriyaki, making it quite bearable for me. I just don't like the strong smell of the spring onions in it. - EBI TEMPURA MAKI My oh my the crispy prawns got me! It was definitely one of the most unique and interesting fillings in a maki. It looked really nice and I loved the mixture of avocado and aligue mayo on top of it. One of ny most favorites!!! - SPICY TUNA MAKI The tuna on top of the maki was generously served. I liked how it was presented well and how the tempura crumbs gave it that crispy and crunchy effect after the first bite. - SALMON SKIN ABURI MAKI You can never go wrong with salmon and this is another good choice. The crispy salmon skin, with the combination of wasabi and cream cheese was so addicting. I could eat this again and again! - SOFT SHELL CRAB TEMPURA The crab in this dish tasted like it was mashed and I liked it that way. I just wish that they'll give it that crunchier and crispier look and effect. The avocado mousse was so so perfect for this! - BUTA KAKUNI Literally, the pork belly was so soft! It was perfectly cooked and paired with the rich, strong coconut sauce that was balanced with the presence of the shaved carrots, radish and scallion that gave it a bit of sourness, balancing all the flavors together. This was really good with some white rice. - CHICKEN TERIYAKI This came really good with the fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, carrots and radish with the vinaigrette dressing that I really loved! The chicken was OK for me. The salad was the hit in this item for me. They do serve unlimited white rice on the house and for rice lovers, oh, this is a good plus! I liked how they presented their maki sauce, in a tall, marble container, with a brush, as if you're painting the maki with some sauce. The place was a bit small and the light isn't that good but definitely I will come back because they do serve some awesome, extra delish Jap food! A new favorite yay!
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