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If you think Tagaytay is just about bulalo, horses, cold weather, and cozy cafés, then you haven't researched enough about it that you didn't find out about Museo Orlina! I've been hearing a lot about this museum since 2014 but only had a chance to visit yesterday. It was quite hard to find as it is located inside the residential area. Even the locals and tricycle drivers don't even know where Museo Orlina is when you ask them. For only P100, and P80 for students and senior citizens, you can have an access to this beautiful 4-storey museum. Each level has its respective "name". Level 1 is Naesa, level 2 is Ningning, level 3 is Anna, and the roof deck is Michael. When we entered the museum, we saw Mr. Ramon Orlina (the owner and artist) himself at the lobby, I wanted to approach him for a photo but I felt shy about it. The glass sculptures and yes, every artwork is beautiful! I found myself telling my friend that I want one glass sculpture in my future house. There were moments I was tempted to touch the artworks to see the texture but nah. You don't do that. Respect the museum rules. 🏼️ And of course, the artist! 🏼️ Aside from glass sculptures, there were also "designer" chairs (did I call it right? My fave is the butt chairs ), paintings, and other framed sculptures made of bronze, silver, gold, and ceramic from other artists. At the garden, you will also see the other sculptures of Mr. Ramon Orlina. Ahhhh his museum garden is my dream garden! Anyway, as you go through higher levels, you will also enjoy a view of Taal and Taal Lake. We also went to the "garage" to see his art cars. One was even painted by BenCab. ️ We asked the guide if they still use it on the road, they said not anymore. At the Michael (roof deck) you can enjoy the overlooking view and some coffee. But during our visit, the shop was not open. Before going to this place, I did a little research about this already and I've noticed that some artworks from such reviews were no longer here. I think those were sold already. Hayyyy... If I have a lots of money, I would also buy from this museum... especially the butt chairs. 🏼️ By the way, sometimes they have exhibits too! You can check their website for the event schedules.
I am a big fan of salted eggs. I would go crazy every time I see some in bazaars and end up buying at least half a dozen of these delectable poultry goods and enjoy it with tomatoes. I'd also order any dish with salted egg in order to satiate my undying desire for it. Unfortunately, not a lot of restaurants carry salted egg dishes. And so when Mela of Raintree Group posted Stella's newest salted egg creation, my tastebuds clamored for it and I can't let a week pass by without giving in to my tummy's desires. Hello, Stella Wood Fired Bistro! No heavy rainfall can come in between me and my salted eggs! Okay, fine. I was just so lucky that the rain stopped by the time I clocked out of work. I managed to get to Stella around 6:30 pm and there were only a few tables occupied. I figured the heavy rain earlier and the fear for carmaggedon scared the bistro's regulars and potential customers. (I was wrong though as more diners came in past 7 pm.) The restaurant has a chill vibe and seems like a perfect place for friends to catch up or a casual date over a few cocktails and light dishes. I was quickly ushered to my table and I ordered a plate of Salted Egg Chips (PHP220). While waiting, one of the staff noticed that I put out my fan as I was feeling a bit hot. She quickly adjusted their small electric fan and pointed it towards me. I was impressed with her proactiveness. My plate was served in a jiffy and Chef RJ who prepared it took some time off to explain the dish to me. This version of salted egg chips is the creation of Chef Kalel in response to the increasing demand for the addicting savory snack that you could buy from weekend markets. The great thing though about this one from Stella is that you could control the richness of your chips. Unlike the ones from weekend markets, Stella's version is not coated with salted egg but comes with a dip composed of salted egg and maple butter creating a lovely contrast of sweet and salty flavors. The chips were also topped with basil leaves for a nice refreshing taste. They also made the potato chips ridged so that it'd be crispier. The trick to enjoy these chips is to make sure that you let the chips soak in the delectable dip for a minute or two. I was very conservative at first and only put a bit on my chips and felt like I was eating usual crispy ridged potato chips. I was blown away though when I ate the chips soaking in dip. Forget control or being stingy! Let those chips drown in the oh-so-yummy sauce! Oh and for all those salted egg lovers out there, Stella and Rocketroom is already thinking of selling their salted egg dip for us to enjoy at home with whatever... May it be chips, pasta, chicken fillet and whathaveyou! I can't wait to grab a jar or two of that! While indulging on the superb chips, Mela suggested that I try Cha Cha Chia (PHP225), a refreshing combination of passionfruit syrup, chia seeds and lime soda. It sure was a thirst quenching drink! It was slightly tangy because of the passionfruit syrup and the chia seeds added texture and character to the beverage. It also gave me an impression that I was drinking something healthy. I'd definitely order this again! See you again, Stella! Thank you so much, Mela for being such a nice host! ️
Food was okay. I only ate the chili sticks (119), which I forgot the name. It was okay. There was nothing so special about it. One thing I noticed about it is that I think it was wrapped with bread. Why didn't I think of that when we were making dynamites at home? The filling was just plain cheese. I liked their dipping sauce though; sweet garlic (mayo?). Hehe My friend ordered the rice meal (99), which I also forgot the name. (Sorry guys, I 'm so bad at this. Hahahaha.) He told me he liked it and gave it 4 stars. I am not really sure if the food they served can be labelled as authentic greek cuisines since I am not really familiar with greek food either. The place was small but it was nicely decorated. I noticed that they even provided a small selection of boardgames to keep you busy while waiting for your food, I guess. Their menu was pretty straight forward and the prices were quite affordable. The food was also nicely presented. I would consider going back and try ordering their gyro or their other rice meals.
After our check up at Asian, decided to have some ramen for lunch since I was feeling a bit under the weather. We've been to this place before and their ramen is pretty decent. I tried the Miso butter corn while hubby got pho (they also serve food from pho hoa ). We also tried their karaage. Food arrived quickly and the ramen was pretty good. Although for miso butter corn the best parin Sa kenji tei. The karaage was surprisingly good! Not too oily and the skin was crispy hubby enjoyed his pho but I am not a fan so I can't comment haha. Lovely view of the river park while having lunch
I've been seeing pictures of this place on IG and was really interested cos it looked so nice and quirky! Scheduled a dinner with my friends a couple of weeks ago and was finally able to try it. It's located at the second level of the new wing of evia lifestyle center. True to the photos, the place was really tastefully decorated, with a lot of vintage pieces, tiles and furniture integrated into their design. Hubby and i spent a few Minutes admiring the decor (and thinking how expensive it was). Tbh, food is a bit pricey. Almost everything is 275++. Menu is not that extensive but what kinda annoyed me was each dish had a particular 'story' behind it. Ok I'm sure it's part of the charm and the owner really wanted to emphasize that all of the dishes are from their home and family, but some of the sentences were grammatically incorrect sana Na edit ng mabuti? It's just my opinion, sorry! On to the food, we got the another story salad, angus beef belly, wild rice risotto, salmon and pork Milanese. The salad serving was good but for the other dishes, I feel masyadong mahal for the serving size. Like the beef belly and salmon were both 595.. The beef belly was good but nothing beats H cuisine. Mejo matigas yung ends. Salmon was good too but yeah small serving. Pork Milanese was just ok for me. Over all, food is just ok, nothing special IMO. That's when we concluded that kailangan Na ROI Ang magandang decor We decided to get dessert there to even out the experience. We got a slice of their tiramisu cheesecake, salted caramel cheesecake and red velvet cake. Both of the cheesecakes were good! Buti nalang! The red velvet was just ok Mejo dry. Total bill was 3700 needless to say I don't think I'll be coming back here maybe for the cakes nalang.
New restaurants never fail to attract me like fly to light. I just have to try it ASAP. And so when T posted a teaser of her newest business venture, I got curious and plotted it in my foodie calendar. But I guess I was busy with other things and forgot about it till Abe C shared an Instagram post announcing that the said restaurant is now open. Hello, Kartilya! This new Filipino restaurant sure made me drool with its photo of Liempo Queso Fundido. For Kartilya, liempo is not enough to tease the tastebuds that's why they drowned it with cheese. I showed the said photo to an officemate and he hurriedly called someone to have dinner there. (Do not underestimate the power of cheese!) Since my favorite date is still miles away, I bugged some of my favorite foodies if they are game to visit this new restaurant on its first day. Well, most couldn't make it as they already made plans or were too far away to make it. A though, the instigator, changed his mind and decided to tag along. We arrived around quarter to 7 and the place was half full. Not bad for a first dinner service. The restaurant, which used to be Wolf & Fox Gastropub, is well lit from the inside (it is dark outside and the place could be mistaken as closed) and the walls are decorated with capiz windows. The tables have dark finish too with designs that could pass as your furniture stored in your provincial home. I was already a bit full from my quick stop at Poco Deli (which opened nearby) so I just went with the dish that made me almost bite my phone, Liempo Queso Fundido (PHP274). I wanted to stick to just one dish but I couldn't resist the Pinoy Baked Oysters (PHP152) and Pinoy Sausage Platter (PHP385). Service was quick and our Liempo Queso Fundido was served first. It was not as overflowing with cheese as I imagined but it was still one cheesy dish. A noticed that the fatty part of the liempo was not charred till crispy. Apparently, you could request for the chef to grill the fat and serve it crunchy. We found out a bit too late though. The liempo was grilled just right as the meat was tender, succulent and had a lovely smoked taste. The cheese was rather mild and very creamy but went well with the grilled meat. Personally though, I want my cheese with sharper and tangier taste but I get why they went with a safer choice. The Pinoy sausage platter featured sausages stuffed with sisig, adobo and tinapa. Just by looking at it, we had a hard time distinguishing which one's which. It was a different story though when we tasted each one. The sausages' flavors were very straightforward that you'll easily know which one is sisig, adobo and tinapa. The sisig sausage was a bit sweeter than expected. It actually reminded me of longganisa more than sisig. Perhaps if it had slight crunch and saltier taste, it would be closer to sisig. The adobo version was also slightly on the sweet side but you could get a hint of the soy sauce base of the Filipino favorite dish. The tinapa sausage was a bit dry because of the smoked fish bits. It was also the saltiest among the three and was best complemented by the simplified version of sauerkraut. It would have been nice if there was also vinegar on the side for a more Filipino taste. (Side note: A pointed out that the garlic bread was so hard that he feared his teeth might fail him. It was indeed hard so best not to give these to gran gran.) The Pinoy Baked Oysters was my favorite that night. The lovely fresh oysters were topped with garlic, queso de bola and butter. The freshness of the oysters was undeniable as I could still taste the seafood's natural sweetness despite being topped with garlic, butter and cheese. But the sweeter part was its pocket friendly price. I could finally have my oyster fix every day! While enjoying our meal, we got to chat with Jan and Trina of Kartilya and we found out that their head chef is Lika Ibarra, a former MasterChef Asia contestant. Her signature dish, Queso de Bola Bibingka Souffle is also available for diners who have room for dessert. Unfortunately, we didn't and had to stop with three light dishes. I'll be back though to try that one. Oh and they also have a nice selection of wines and cocktails.
This place lives up to authentic Italian gelato. One of the good dessert places that is conveniently located to grab your sweet tooth fix. Its definitely a good find dessert to be shared with. The place have indoor and outdoor seating and is not too crowded so you can easily find a place. They also have free wifi. The staffs were very friendly and super helpful when it comes to choosing what you wanted. Service is quick and efficient. Place was well kept and clean as well. The cafe's interior is rich in modern italian chic decor. Absolutely adorable place for its colorful designs. They have a long list of menu ranging from pasta to pizzas to appetizers to rice meals and their well known gelatos. They also serve coffees and frappuccinos. What more surprisingly they have Italian beers and wines. They have a ton of interesting icecream flavors like Ferrero Rocher, Snickers, Baileys Irish Cream and Earl Grey Tea, in addition to conventional icecream and fruit flavors. The prices are a little higher than a typical ice cream shop, but not outrageous. Prices for every scoop of gelato Piccolo(1 scoop) 130 pesos, Medio(2 scoops) 195 pesos, and Grande(3scoops) 260 pesos. You can always get your ice cream in a cup or cone. when I asked for some of their best sellers flavor, Pistachio was their top pick so I gave it a try. True to their words, It was really good. It was satisfactory in taste and texture. You can distinctively taste the Pistachio. Since I'm a die hard fan for Dark chocolate, I chose Dark Truffle but ended up disappointed of myself thinking it was Dark Chocolate. Obviously its dark TRUFFLE and I don't even know what it is. So I researched and found out that Truffles are a kind of subterranean fungi, meaning they are mushroom that grows underground. The taste? Its very rich in flavor and thick. Too dark that you'd feel the bitterness (wooh!). They are both extremely creamy and are equally delectable depending on your personal taste. It was definitely tasty. But I have this "umay" taste after. The small size is big enough! They really pack the cup full and it's overflowing. Personally, I would say it was nice casual italian cafe that is worth coming back. It's a good place to stop by for a dessert snack, especially if you are interested in the unique flavors they offer. Prices were fair not exactly cheap but not exactly pricey.
On our last night at the once Yolanda stricken city of Tacloban, my college friends and I we wanted to try out a local restaurant for dinner before leaving the place. Our tour guide named a few restaurants, but what really stood out was Chew Love. Our guide repeatedly mentioned that it looked really nice there and described it as "makulay". So we decided to take the advice and try it out ourselves. At the time we arrived in front of the restaurant, we were wowed by the architecture and the lighting of the place. To be honest, I didn't expect to find this artistic restaurant in Tacloban. I immediately thought, "I would definitely review this place on looloo!” I just hope that their food is as good my first impression of the restaurant. 🍽 The Food Their main menu is categorized into different types of meat: Fish, beef, pork and chicken. Each dish, having their humorous names such as “Fish be with you”, “Steak to one”, “Love at Pork sight” and many more. “Fish be with you” – Fish cooked in sunflower oil smothered in butter and garlic. This is what I had for dinner. Simple, and I liked the garlic flavor incorporated into the fish. “Be Kare-ful with my heart” – This was their beef kare-kare meal. I only tasted the the savory sweet peanut sauce which I used for my rice. Hehe. It was good and my gf liked it too. “Gold Digger” – The name for their Halo-Halo. I didn’t try it cause I still had cough that time so I can’t say that much about it. My friends said it was just ok. This restaurant is certainly a cute place to have dinner because of the ambient lighting plus the interiors are very creative, which for us customers and especially foodies, is a plus for the dining experience.
For late lunch after our trampoline park experience, we looked on |ooloo and discovered this place across the street! We hurriedly went in and decided to not order too much since we had another stop at Taft afterwards. The place looks kind of small but comfortable. We were seated and offered the menu. They offer a bunch of stuff including soup, sandwiches, salads, all-day breakfast meals (music to my ears) and a selection of mains. Prices are in the 200+ range. I saw that they offered a 1/4 chicken piece + choice of rice (out of garlic, egg and leek, etc.) + choice of side for only 170 php, so we decided to get that haha. The bf had his chicken with garlic rice (+15 php) and mac and cheese while I had mine with plain white rice and parmesan potatoes. OMG you guys the chicken thoooo Skin was crisp but the inside was still very moist and juicy. And oh-so-flavorful! Every bite was a delight. It was like one of the perfect roast chickens for me haha. You don't need the sawsawan that comes with it. I also enjoyed the garlic rice (and it was just garlic rice!!) plus our sides. I would definitely come back for their chicken though! P.S. they have wi-fi and outlets!
An hour or two away from Bacolod, you'll find this lovely paradise in Cadiz, Negros Occidental! As of today, only half of the island is operational while the other half is being developed since the island was devastated by the typhoon. The island is now under a new management. So for all of you who have been here before, expect a couple of changes. We paid 270 pesos for entrance fee and boat fee going to the island. They have huts and cottages for rent. Our group arrived at around 11AM and we decided to have lunch in their restaurant. We ordered buttered shrimp, grilled fish, and grilled liempo. But aside from those, they have a lot of choices to choose from. Good food at a very affordable price. Aside from the picturesque view, you can also get to enjoy Taw Hai Floating Bar for 250 pesos and you'll get to enjoy 1 complimentary drink. They have service boat which will take you from the island going to the bar and vice versa. You can buy beer at the bar for 70 pesos if you want more. The edge of the boat has holes where you can place beer bottles while chilling out or swimming. Diving from the boat is allowed and if you are brave enough and want thrill, you can jump from the second floor of the boat. As of today, this place is the best chill place ever! Such a happy place. Can't wait for this island to fully develop. I'll definitely come back!!!!!!
Super love this new place in town! Super girly and beautiful interior!! 🏻🏻 Love their background music too.. Bossa Nova Their foods are great too! We ordered garlic longganisa, garlic beef tapa, french toast and continental breakfast. All taste superb! The vietnamese latte and hot chocolate (tsokolate E) are delicious too! Rich in flavor!! ️ Nice place to hangout! It's located in Vista Place (Will Towe) just right across ABS-CBN.
Locavore has been one of the hottest restaurants since 2014. With its crazy wait list and social media buzz, foodies and not-so-foodies flocked to the humble industrial looking restaurant along Brixton, Pasig to taste its delectable (and photogenic) sizzling sinigang and equally delicious but not so photogenic lechon oyster sisig. Two years passed and people still line up just to dine here. And it turned crazier when it opened its newest branch in Forbes Town, BGC. Hello, Locavore BGC! I have been planning to visit this place for weeks now. I already had my fair share of its famous sinigang and sisig but I was so curious with its new dishes exclusive to its brunch menu which is only available from 9 am to 2:30 pm daily. Since having brunch here is near impossible given that I'm a corporate slave with a one hour lunch break, I figured visiting here on a weekend would be my only option. And since my weekends have been already planned out for the rest of July, I thought that I'll have to delay my duck congee calling for a few more weeks till... today. I was supposed to be feasting in Aguirre with some of my favorite foodies but due to transportation challenges, we made last minute changes and ended up in BGC with Locavore as our first stop. I hurriedly walked (because Uber was not cooperating and kept on insisting that there should be surge at 10:30 am) to Forbes Town thinking it will be packed with diners by lunch time. I got to the place glowing with sweat with a few tables still vacant. I was quickly ushered to the nearest vacant table and I ordered Duck Lugaw (PHP320) and Champorado ni Speedy (PHP280) thinking it'll take them quite a while to prepare it especially since the place was quite busy that time. But service was quicker than Speedy Gonzales and the Road Runner combined. Okay, I'm exaggerating but it was really remarkably fast. The orders were out in less than 5 minutes! Both were served on paella pans and definitely were for sharing, unless you want to be a selfish little pig and hoard every single grain of rice (and tomorrow, the real training will begin... *excerpt from Mulan*). We started with the duck lugaw and it sure looked like it was bang for the buck for its size till we realized that there were only two sad looking foie gras pieces on top. It was still a delicious dish though with our without the foie gras bits. The chicken floss, ginger oil, fried garlic and spring onions were enough to make the dish flavorful. I also drizzled some calamansi juice and pepper for more taste and I loved it even more. Tangy congee is L-O-V-E! But I'd still rate this a 3.5 out of 5 as we were expecting more foie gras for it to be really called "duck" lugaw. The Champorado ni Speedy was a hit! It was chocolatey and the fish floss added a tinge of saltiness to tone down the dish's sweetness. The cream cheese mousse and powdered milk made the dish creamier and richer which delighted my tastebuds. It was flavorful enough that you could skip the condensed milk (and to also avoid a few calories). I would definitely be back to order more of that heavenly champorado. For now though, I'll try to recreate it at home as I spotted a box of ancient (borderline expired) champorado inside my cupboard. Wish my tummy luck! Note: The two dishes were good to fill three bellies. Unless you have three bellies inside your body, these dishes are best to be shared with people you love (or slightly enjoy) to eat with. ️
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