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La Lola finally heard my prayers and offered shorter-sized churros that came in fewer numbers! It's been awhile since I last purchased churros from this churreria because I easily get sick of the taste of their food because of how huge each one is. To add to my frustrations, the smallest size of classic churros they used to offer was the 6pc. But then, this year, La Lola came out with their Jr. Churros Clasicos, which is a 3pc shorter-sized classic churros with a junior sized dip worth P95. So when my officemate craved for churros, I suggested that we drop by their branch at MOA with no hesitations on my part. We got the dark chocolate and matcha as our dips. I loved both of it! The dark chocolate was bitter-sweet, while the matcha really tasted like matcha. This size is definitely just right for a person. La Lola was able to win me back 🏼 P.S. They didn't use sprinkle some sugar on the churros, but on this visit (in this branch) they did, which also kinda explains why I liked this visit than my previous ones.
We went to La Union earlier this week for my sister's prenuptial shoot. We stayed at the Urbiz Garden place where they frequent. (Yay for free lodging because my sister loves me.) It's an old house in a huge lot that they converted for rentals and they have a lovely garden area where the flowers and greenery offer a fresh addition to the beachfront view you drove 4 hours for. The food here is good and aplenty. My sister just ordered two servings of all their ulam for her photo/vid team but you can also request something you like that is not in their menu - such as my garlic buttered shrimp. It's sulit and well, it's a lot. You might over order but it's okay since you can request your leftovers to be served again for dinner or something. There are huts and other open areas at the resort. You can walk around and not get sunburned that much because the trees and plants offer canopies for your recovering skin. Wifi is fast. Signal is strongest at their open area which houses their long table, daybeds, and birthing chairs to unleash the lazy ass in you. Price is 1k/person/night if you book their 4-pax room and it has complimentary breakfast already. Not sure why you would go rent 680-780 a night on a dorm-style bed when you have 1k for aircon, own bathroom, and food (not just cereals or bread) here? Additional notes: - They have a credit card terminal but it has a Php175 terminal fee. Quite okay but better total all your expenses first to have just one fee. - Why 4 stars? The shower can get a facelift but if you are into aged bathrooms, no problem for you. :) - The movie I'm Drunk, I Love You was apparently filmed here. So ayun, doon ako natulog sa kama ni Paulo Avelino because why the hell not?!?! And who the heck won't?!?!
I recall years back when Bistro Ravioli opened in MOA, and sila palang yung brick oven pizza resto in a mall. We had to go to MOA just to try out their pizza! It's good to know that Bistro Ravioli still offers the same great brick oven pizza. It's really worth noting that have improved the quality of their pizza over the years. During this visit, I was able to try out their Bambini Italian bacon pepperoni pizza (3rd photo, @P315.00). This bambini pizza measures around P8" in size. As it was served, I immediately noticed that the crust all around the pizza is burnt. This is usually the case with brick oven pizzas, as it cooked in an open fire inside the brick oven. But interestingly, I find the pizza very enticing and flavorful! The taste of the burned crust even complemented the cheese and bacon! We had to try their mushroom and mozzarella ravioli (2nd photo, @P295.00)! It's quite ironic that this is the first time I've tried ravioli in Bistro Ravioli as we always ended up getting their brick oven pizza only. I would call this xiao long bao of Italy, without the sabaw, of course. This unforgettable first experience with the ravioli is absolutely a delight. Bistro Ravioli's herbed chicken (4th photo, @P290.00) is recommended for your every visit. It's not juicy like your favorite chickenjoy but it's really tasty with the herbs and a few spices. It's a bit on the salty side but it's really good! This chicken already came with french fries and I loved it! The seafood spaghetti (1st photo, @P280.00) is a marvel in itself. The seafoods - generous bits of squid, shrimp and clams were mixed with the spaghetti in tomato sauce and olive oil. Honestly, this spaghetti is one of the best I've tried. It's not too soft or soggy but very firm. To complete this Italian affair, I also got a cup of cappuccino. It was just right. I didn't add sugar anymore as they have included a dash of chocolate on top. I was surprised to see that it's only P75.00! The best part of this lunch is knowing that it's a surprise treat from Mommy Ime, our office mommy!
Makan Gourmet A newly opened restaurant Makan Gourmet is located near Caltex Sta. Rosa - Tagaytay Highway. They offer various fusion of Filipino and Asian Cuisine. We had The opportunity to talk with the owner of the restaurant and asked their special dishes and Best tasting food in their menu. He suggested Sinampalukang Manok (Sautéed spring chicken cutlets. Cooked in traditional tamarind broth. Mixed with sayote and mustard leaves. Cooked and served in a traditional Filipino earthen pot.) For a very affordable price (P99.00) that is good for 2-3 Persons. We also tried Liempo Original (Grilled pork belly, marinated with their soy-based house recipe. Served with sunny side up egg with rice and garnish. Single serving) P73.00. Indeed it was an awesome meal. We had consumed all our food. For their thirst quenchers They offer Cucumber lemonade, Iced tea and Blue lemonade. Dessert: Leche Flan!!!! A must try would be Beef Salpicao. I will go back to try other dishes. Español Recién inaugurado restaurante Makan Gourmet se encuentra cerca de Caltex Sta. Rosa - carretera de Tagaytay. Ofrecen varios fusión de cocina asiática y Filipino. Tenido la oportunidad de hablar con el dueño del restaurante y pide sus platos especiales y la mejor degustación de comida en su menú. Él sugirió Sinampalukang Manok (chuletas de pollo de PRIMAVERA salteadas. Cocida en caldo de Tamarindo tradicional. Mezclado con sayote y hojas de mostaza. Cocinado y servido en una olla de barro Filipino tradicional). Por un precio muy asequible (P99.00) que es bueno para 2-3 personas. También intentamos Liempo Original (panceta de cerdo a la parrilla, marinado con su receta de la casa de soya. Sirve con sol hacia arriba huevo con arroz y guarnición. Una sola porción) P73.00. De hecho fue una comida impresionante. Habíamos consumido toda nuestra alimentación. Para los extintores de la sed ofrecen limonada de pepino, té helado y limonada azul. A debe probar sería Salpicao de carne. Voy a volver a probar otros platos.
Finally tried Bliss Bowls! This is perfect for pre-workout or post-workout. CACAO KISS Smoothie Bowl is my favorite here at Bliss Bowls. This bowl will surely make you happier because cocoa contains phenethylamine which acts as a mood elevator, natural anti-depressant and endorphin booster. This bowl is also high in potassium which promotes heart health, and is associated with a reduced risk of stroke. I feel so healthy and energetic after eating their smoothie bowl. I will be definitely coming back! For more food/travel photos, check out my IG account: @cheffymitchyu
I got invited to sample what Mighty Quinn's. I was very excited and at the same time curious because people have been raving about it on social media. I love how the dining setting was set up. It's like a cafeteria where customers line up at the counter, assemble your food, pay and bring the food to the table but servers are also available to assist. The lighting is drab and that's bad news if you like taking photos of your food. Unless you have a really nice camera or if you're willing to stand next to the escalator holding the plate in one hand while the other limb take photos. The meat is smoked 16-24 hours so one would definitely expect burst of flavors. They also offer sides to complement their slow roasted meat; slaw, broccoli salad and potato salad. The also came up with the Dirty Rice for Filipinos which is fried in beef brisket grizzle and fat. The dirty rice was mu favorite because it's intentional weak taste help tone down the bold flavors of the main and the sides. BEEF BRISKET The meat is slow cooked for 24 hours and you can tell right away that the beef brisket is tender. The guy at the carving station was slicing the whole brisket like it was butter. The meat was also very savory and Mighty Quinn's house BBQ sauce added a little bit of tanginess to every bite. BURNT ENDS I know that the beef brisket is the very reason why Mighty Quinn's is well loved by many. However, this one right here is my favorite. Each bite is just incredible. These end pieces of the brisket houses most of the flavors and the fattiest parts of the meat. Pitmasters used to throw this away but I guess they all realized that they are throwing away gold. SPARERIBS The ribs are not fall off the bone but it was still lusicious. I am not a Spareribs Freak so I would probably skip this on my second visit. PULLED PORK Quite similar to the burnt ends but this one has the sauce served separately. You get to sample the smokiness of the meat and just add the sauce if you want to have bolder flavors. I actually liked it without the sauce. I didn't get to try their desserts but I will be back for that. Overall, I enjoyed the experience, that means food and service. Glad that I was introduced to this new take on BBQ that's currently sweeping NY.
Food park! Another Food Park in Quezon City. Quezon City is now a Food Park haven especially the stretch of Congressional Avenue where several left and right Food Park were installed. In the nearby area... in Mindanao Avenue, there's a Food Park called The Vibe Gastro Hub. It is a 3-storey Food Park made of metals and cargo/ shipping containers. Yes! It's not an ordinary Food Park but they have good lightings and interiors. Upon entry you will noticed an old red Volkswagen (kotseng pagong) displayed at the center of the colorful Food Park. The trees around The Vibe Gastro Hub gives coolness in the area too. The Vibe Gastro Hub offers different varieties of food from Filipino, Mexican, American and Asian Cuisines. Some of the dishes I've tried were the squid butterfly, fried chicken, Japanese roll, banana split and some cocktails. My favorite was the Squid Butterfly from the Baypoint which is located at the Ground Level of the Food Park. You can visit The Vibe Gastro Hub at Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City. #ilovetoeatph
Been meaning to try out their sushi for the longest time, and was finally able to do so yesterday! The place is quite small with a few seats inside and like a general seating area outside. When we got there at around 3 PM, the place was empty, save for a few people coming and going to pick up their sushi orders. It was really hot inside. Their aircon must have been broken or something On the menu, they offer 5 different sushi variants at P99 for 8 pieces, P299 for 24 pieces and P449 for 35 pieces. They do come smaller than usual, probs why they're pretty cheap. We got the: ▪️ TKHM Roll which had salmon, cream cheese and bonito flakes. This was my favorite! ▪️ Migori with torched salmon, miso, mayo and nori strips. Second best out of what we got imo. ▪️Dragonball which apparently has spicy smoked salmon, coated in spices and is topped with a dollop of mayo and a bit of mango. Noooo, all I could taste was the rice and spices. Didn't like this one haha. Finally, since it was available, I decided to try out their KitKat sushi ! It cost around 80+ pesos I think, which I thought was quite steep! It was basically two bars of KitKat atop a rice crispies bar wrapped in some seaweed. It was quite nice, and the nori did not overwhelm the sweetness and actually provided a quick split second flavor contrast haha. Buuuut good to try once and not really get again haha.
It's a great date spot. Intimate (especially during night time). The place is very 'self-aware' in that it strays away from your typical Ramen house, it has pretty funny pictures and design choices within. One even inviting you to book their restaurant to celebrate your next CIRCUMCISION! Hilarious! The ramen was good, the broth was spectacular in both bowls that we got. However in the 'FU' ramen, the ingredients were alright tasting. Not bad. But not memorable. But the broth was on point! Clean, very modern, swanky (if you will) place. Lost a star because of the toilet seat basically falling off it's hinges and also for one of the Ramen bowls we ordered as being good, but not memorable.
One Saturday, mah homies and I went here at LITTLE OWL for a foodie event. I love breakfast food so if there's anyone super excited to go here, it's ME!! While we wait for the food, we had drinks first. It was kinda hot outside so I decided to get something cold (for a change). CARROT AND ORANGE Juice - According to the staff, this one is made with just carrot and freshly squeezed orange juice. No sugar added or anything else but I think they also added ginger. Anyway, it was good and very refreshing. Not too sweet and does not tastes "artificial". They also have Strawberry Banana smoothies and watermelon and mint. I was able to try the watermelon drink and it was too minty, not something I like. If you prefer coffee, they also have coffee from Toby's Estate. ️ Yup, so you're guaranteed to have a good cup of coffee. 🏼 FOOD 🍽 SALMON BENEDICT. - "Omg!" that's exactly what I said because salmon + poached egg! How can you not "omg" to that!? I was so excited but sadly, I was not able to try this one. Oh well. GRILLED CAESAR SALAD. - Contrary to most of the reviews, I liked this salad. It's good and the dressing was tasty. Not the usual mayo-based dressing. Plus this was presented in a unique and unusual (but in a good) way. MUSHROOM TARTINE. - I don't like sandwiches or anything, in general, with zucchini because I don't like the texture and taste. I just tried the bread and the scrambled egg w pesto and despite trying just parts of this dish, I still loved it!! The egg was so fluffy and creamy. Can I please have just the egg w pesto?? GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH. - I liked and enjoyed this sandwich!! Instead of the usual tomato soup, this was served with tomato jam. The bread was toasted just right and it was not too buttery as well (yay!!!). And with the right blend of saltiness and sweetness c/o caramelized onions and tomato jam. Best enjoyed with the arugula and w some hot sauce for some spice. Side note: After a lot of thinking and deliberation , this is now included in my top 3 grilled cheese sandwiches (my 1st is Borough and 2nd is Wildflour). WILD MUSHROOM PASTA. - Nothing wild about this dish. At first, we all thought that this was the bolognese pasta because of the color and taste but nope. Haha. You can skip this one. FLUFFLY BANANA PANCAKE. - Not sure if the pancake I had was different from the others. It looks fluffy but it wasn't. It was thick and dense. It was good but I guess I was hoping for a fluffy soft pancake. Didn't tried it with the caramel sauce anymore. CHICKEN BURGER. - Juicy fried chicken + waffle + coleslaw. It's simple and actually looks too plain but the taste is not that simple and plain. I like how tasty the chicken was and although the coleslaw was a bit too "mayo-ny" for me, I still liked it as it added a different taste to the burger. The dish actually reminds me of a KFC burger, so it's masarap! THICK CUT BACON. - Meh. 🤐 As much as I would like to want this dish because BACON, I just can't. Bacon was not cooked properly, undercooked? It was tough slicing it and there were a lot of fats. But I still want to try this next time with the french toast and scrambled egg. FISH AND CHIPS. - Fried fish fillet served with shoestring potatoes and sour cream dip. This was just okay. You can also skip this one. For dessert, they served us with 3 different types of tarts - WARM APPLE & PECAN, CHOCOLATE, and CHEESECAKE. They were all just okay. I liked the cheesecake the most because of the slight hint of citrus. Overall, it was still a pretty okay brunch experience. Not all dishes were memorable but if ever I come back here, I'll get the grilled cheese again and will try the salmon benedict and thick cut bacon.
I'm not really a big fan of food parks sprouting everywhere because finding parking SUCKS, it causes A LOT of traffic and the food being sold are only instagrammable (and not very good). Not sure what got into me but I dragged my friend here after getting dismissed early. We got there around 12:30 PM and of course there were lots of parking slots still available! I was surprised to see that the place looked exactly like the pictures circulating on social media. It was bright and sunny that day but I didn't sweat going around looking for food. Ordered pizza and tacos from two different stalls (I'm sorry I didn't remember where exactly they came from lol) and waited inside their air conditioned dining area. ️ While waiting I discovered that you can only buy drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) from one station/bar. I guess it's more organized that way?? Anyway I tried their iced tea and four seasons. Both were pretty good. ️ The pizza and tacos were surprisingly decent. We also got dessert from Wicked Kitchen (which I LOVE). Tried their mango crepe thing that had a spicy kick to it... IT WAS WEIRD?? Should've ordered the usual sweet stuff I get from Wicked Kitchen! I'm actually going to go back and try other stuff here! They have burgers, pizzas, Asian food, churros, Mexican, Italian... They have almost everything! Plus their hand washing area is clean!
Before watching John Wick at Central Square, my cousin and I decided to have dinner at Hey Handsome. "Heard about this restaurant", he said and I replied "heard ka lang partida IG feed ko kulang na lang lumawit dila ko". I follow Hey Handsome on IG and the photos are amazing. Even some of the people I know post incredible drool-worthy photos. This is my second attempt at Hey Handsome. I came alone the first time but they did not have available seats. We didn't make any reservation on my second try. We waited 15 minutes and got lucky. Service was amazing. The crew in charge of seat reservations really did her best to get us seats. As we step in, everyone was smiling and greeting and the people working behind the counter all looked happy. You can tell they LOVE what they're doing which is probably why their food is widely talked about. We tried some of their mocktails and had a glass of Cherry Pop and Magic Milk. The Cherry Pop was delicious and refreshing. That's how lemonades should be but this one's a bit high-flown with cherries and lemongrass. Magic Milk was a combination of their house yogurt, passion fruit and thai chili. I always like trying out new things so I ordered this because of thai chili. The food hasn't reached our table yet pero ubos na. We did not settle for small plates because I was looking around and noticed that even the big plates won't get me pot bellied. We ordered LAMB Big Plate (PHP750). On the plate was a mix if Peranakan ingredients like Buah Keluak, Nasi Ulam and Sambal Matah. They did not have the Belachan Kerupek available so they replaced it with Papadum. Among all these components listed, I only understood Nasi Ulam and Papadum. Where do they get these ingredients? The mix really sounded kooky but this plate threw a curve. One can tell that they use prime lamb meat because it wasn't stringy and it was very tender. The papadum was a huge plus as it adds a different texture and flavor to every bite. It's a super dish! We also had the DUCK Big Plate (PHP850). They use White Peking Duck and served it with fried Duck Egg (malasado ), Nasi Ulam and Achar. I love duck meat because of its wonderful fattiness but although Hey Handsome's Peking Duck fat was a bit reduced, it was still delicious and the fried duck egg (malasado ) on the side added richness to compensate. Having the duck too fatty plus the egg is too much, smart move. The nasi ulam was perfect because it controlled the strong flavors of both the duck and the lamb. No to medium rare, half cooked, soft boiled because I like saying malasado. For dessert, DURIAN CREAM PUFF. I forgot to take note of the price but it's between 200 to 250. The plate screamed Davao City because aside from Durian, they also used malagos chocolate. I think I would have been better if the cream puff was softer but no big deal. It was still delicious and really tasted like the real durian fruit. I had to cover my mouth when I asked for the bill, baka ma stun ung kausap ko. Haha There are so many local concepts that make me happy and proud. The dining culture in the Philippines is taking the food scene to a different level. From Yabu to the recently opened Rico Rico, I am excited for our country. Haha! Good Job Nicco Santos and team. 🏼
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