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Note: Late Review The visit was a couple of months back. This is right after a we caught ze baddest bird wreaking havoc at Megamall (by way of a |oo|oo RendezvOOz). Our generous host asked us to order our drink of choice and some pastries. We suggested that they serve any pastry available and we will share. I skipped the drink as i was too full, i settled on hot water #TitaNaAko. | Calamansi Rose Tart | Guava Orange Cheesecake | Valrhona Tart | Cream Puf | Matcha & Dark Chocolate Marble | Guyabano Yogurt Tart I love the Calamansi Rose Tart as i am such a sucker for anything citrus. I love how the wonderful mixture of sweet and sour notes. Second honorable mention is the Guyabano Yogurt Tart. Biased opinion as i live Soursop. The natural flavor profile of guyabano compliments the yogurt. This is marriage made in pastry heaven. It was a fun fun night. Good food and good company.
Second time to dine at Fukudaya and i am still mesmerized. I was completely enthralled with the food they serve - from taste down to the presentation. I got to try their Special Menu for Mothers Day (i know, the review is late , work was a riot). Anyway, the set includes the following: Set 3 (Php 8500) | Edamame. The perfect appetizer. And it is lovely bowl of greens. | Shiromi Sakana Carpaccio Tozasu Jelly. Carpaccio is Italy's answer to Ceviche. Albeit being raw, the fish is doesn't reek of fishy flavor. Clean and refreshing flavors. The perfect dish to start a hearty meal. | Ebi Tempura. This is a plate full of deep fried goodness. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. | Fukudaya Maki. (Cucumber, Egg, Roast Beef, Duck, Pork Belly, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Salmon, Crabstick, Shrimp and Negitoro) A colorful plate of assorted maki done the Fukudaya way! | Oyster Sautéed in Cucumber Sauce. I love me some oysters! I can eat this all day! | Foie Gras Zume Teriyaki Chicken. Grilled minced chicken stuffed with Foie Gras in Teriyaki Sauce. Foie Gras!!!! why you so yummy???? | Mero No Kama Teriyaki. Grilled Gindara fillet in Teriyaki Sauce. This is another winning dish. The dish is cooked in such a way that the natural and clean flavor of the fish stands out. | Australia Wagyu Steak. Wagyu is always a good idea. The steak is cooked and flavored to perfection. | Garlic Kamameshi. Dashi flavored garlic rice in hot iron pot. This is the best tasting rice dish in the Metro. I don't know what technique is incorporated in creating this concoction....it still boggles my mind to this day. | Assorted Dessert. I didn't get to try this but the staff was kind enough to offer some Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream (which is pure happiness - Matcha is ️) Fukudaya can never do wrong. They have proven that they are one of the best Japanese restaurants in the Metro. Every dish is carefully crafted and will exceed every diners expectation
Gorda means fat. According to the owner it is a fat lady in Spanish. Team Kaladkarin went to Gorda - Uptown Bonifacio to experience different kind of Fil-Mex cuisine. We started with cocktails while waiting for our food to be served. We were mesmerized with the instagrammable interior of the place. It's very artsy! Gorda also have aesthetic view outside. Cocktails 🥃El Ecuador de Margarita - Watermelon Keg for Php900.00 (Tequila, Fresh Watermelon, Citrus, Rosemary Essence) - ️️️️️ 5/5 🥃Horchata Morena for Php320.00 (Homemade Roasted Grains, Whisky, Rhum) - ️️️️️ 5/5 The Food 🌮Mama's Nachos for Php400.00 Half Serving (Spiced Beef Estofado, Trio Local Keso Sauce, Ensalada, Jalapeño Atchara) - ️️️️️ 5/5 🌮Calamari for Php380.00 (Squid Frito, Local Spice Dust, Homemade Crema, Pinakurat) - ️️️️️ 5/5 🌮Lechon Tacos for Php200.00 (Cebu Lechon, Liver Pate, Ensalada) - ️️️️️ 5/5 🌮Bell Pepper Relleno for Php300.00 (Spiced Estofado, Black Beans, Corn Inasal, Trio Local Keso Melt) - ️️️️️ 5/5 🌮Keso Quesadilla for Php300.00 (Trio Local Keso, Homemade Crema, Ensalada) - ️️️️️ 5/5 🌮Pollo Inasal Skillet for Php450.00 (Mexican Spiced Marinated Chicken Inasal, Cilatro Sinangag, Roasted Pimiento and Onion, Homemade Crema) - ️️️️️ 5/5 🌮Deconstructed Tapa Burrito for Php350.00 (Carne Asado, Huevo, Ensalada, Garlic Cilantro Arroz) - ️️️️ 4/5 🌮Gorda's Avocado Pie for Php250.00 (Condensada, Butter Graham Crust, Calamansi Crema Whip) - ️️️ 3/5 It's hard to choose what is my top 3 favorites. All the dishes we had were superb! Wala siguro ako masasabing hindi masarap... lahat masarap! Maybe the least will be the Avocado Pie, although it's good but I cannot taste the flavor of the avocado due to strong flavor of the calamansi cream. Overall, I had a wonderful evening with Team Kaladkarin doing an eat up at Gorda. And I must say that this Fil-Mex restaurant is very recommendable. #ilovetoeatph ️
When a friend sent me a promotional picture of Chatime's latest offering, their Sunset Obsession tea collection, I knew I had to try it! I headed to the nearest Chatime branch and got myself a Grapefruit Sunset Tea. Aside from being super pretty with its ombre and pastel color, it's refreshingly delicious! It's made of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, not gonna pretend I know what that is so I Googled it. Lol! Butterfly Pea Flower is a caffeine-free herbal tea, and one of its many aspects is the liquid would change color depending on the pH level of the substance added to it. Which would explain the blue and purple color of the drink. I've yet to try the other flavors and I will soon! Also, thank you to the person who came up with this idea!
When my friends and I were researching for "Places to Eat in Legazpi" for our Albay trip, Small Talk Café was a constant on the lists. It's one of the most visited restaurants in the city. It's an old house that they turned into a cozy café and they're quite known for their Bicolano dishes with a twist! And affordable too! I loved the interior and the homey feel of the place. One would feel right at home upon entering. The staff were super friendly and would patiently explain the items on the menu. We had the following: Pinangat/Laing Pinangat, which is more popularly known in Manila as laing, is a Filipino dish which combines taro leaves, chili, meat and coconut milk. The ingredients are then wrapped in gabi leaves, tied securely with coconut leaf and simmered in coconut milk. I can't begin to describe how good this particular fare was. I loved the smooth texture of the taro leaves and the burst of flavor in your mouth. It was just a little too spicy for me though, but that's just me, I'm sure people who enjoy spicy food would love this! My friends did! And for just 55php, this is a gem! P.S. Small Talk Café's taro leaves are harvested at the foot of Mt. Mayon. 🏻 Pili Basil Pasta Roasted pili, garlic, and fresh basil blended with spaghetti pasta. I wish I could say good things about this dish, but sadly I couldn't. It is a unique dish, but it was too dry and I can't really taste the basil in there, the roasted pili was good though. Pasta Pinangat/Laing Taro leaves and gata (coconut milk) blended in white sauce with spaghetti pasta. Daaaaamn, but this one was really good! 🏻 My favorite of all the items we've ordered. The pasta itself was cooked al dente and the pinangat laing white sauce was creamy, thick and oh so good! And lastly.. Red Hot Lava Do not dare to leave Legazpu without trying their famed sili ice cream! It's being sold almost everywhere! Small Talk Café's version is the Red Hot Lava - 7 scoops of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream with sweet-hot sauce and boulders of bukayo (candied coconut) and pili. It's a hot and cold experience! I actually thought I wouldn't enjoy this (not a fan of spicy food ) but I actually did! From time to time, I'd get a tinge of spice if I happened to scoop on the part of the ice cream where they've poured the sweet-hot sauce. But overall, it was enjoyable and a nice end to a hearty meal! Make sure to visit Small Talk Café whenever you find yourself in Legazpi. They're worth it!
My aunt was visiting for a few weeks and she invited us over for breakfast at Circles. I was super giddy when she did Circles has a wide selection of cuisines for their breakfast: Filipino, Chinese, Western, Japanese. Filipino 🇵🇭 Beef tapa, longganisa, bangus, tocino, garlic rice, arroz caldo. For those with sweet tooth, I recommend their turon. It’s crazy good. It has the right amount of crisp and sweetness. Puto bung bong and bibingka are also available. Chinese 🇨🇳 Congee and dimsum. I could not particularly remember if there were others since I usually skip Chinese when I’m in a buffet. Not that I have anything against it but generally because I eat Chinese food on a daily basis 🏼 Western 🇺🇸 Your choice of toasts, bacon, hash brown, sausages, eggs, cereals, donuts, croissants. They have a wide variety of pastries to choose from. Japanese🇯🇵 Fresh sashimi and maki for breakfast? Yes please! They also have soba and miso soup available. For healthier alternatives, circles has a salad and oatmeal station. They also have these healthy smoothies with a mix of fruits and veggies What I do love is their hot chocolate. It’s thick and flavorful. Yummy! Perfect for any rainy weather. For coffee addicts, good news: they have free flowing brewed coffee! ️ For my breakfast, I had their beef tapa with rice and sunny side-up egg on top. The tapa was sweet and tender. I also grabbed a few pieces of turon to sastisfy my sweet tooth. Ahh turon heaven! Not yet full, I also tried their cereals, a few slices of maki and soba from the Japanese station while I got some bacon and hash brown from the Western division. To be honest, I had a really good breakfast that jumped start my day and it was all thanks to my aunt and Circles’ great breakfast selections.
My boyfriend's family invited me to go on a roadtrip to Laguna, so a day before, we were already researching on where to eat, and this was my first discovery. We didn't really have any agreement that we will be having lunch at Sulyap Cafe, but when it was nearing 12nn, my boyfriend's dad asked us to look for a restaurant nearby, and to my surprise, this cafe was the closest along the way. We were stunned with its beautiful, garden set-up, and the rustic, old-fashioned houses all over the land. We sat down and ordered the following: 1. Ensaladang Pako P195 2. Ensaladang Dilis P 3. Kare-kareng oxtail P520 4. Kulawong Puso ng Saging P340 5. Boneless Bangus Belly P370 6. Banana Con hielo P95 7. Halo-Halo P130 8. Torrones Con Sorbetes P95 Sorry for not having photos of each item, but everything was delicious! The ensaladang pako is definitely a must-try. The food here are reasonably priced and proportionate to the serving size. Usually restaurants that have insanely gorgeous ambiances jack up their prices, but not here. Sulyap also has a museum that is free of charge. It showcases a lot of antique items, from furniture to appliances. It's also worth a peek. Lastly, Sulyap is also a hotel. So if you feel like having a staycation away from the stress of the metro, then I highly suggest that you consider this. It's a really nice place to get some fresh air and just relax. Sulyap Gallery and Cafe not offers you services like food, but they also give you a glimpse of yesterday.
Gorda is one of the newest restaurants deserving of all the attention in Uptown Parade. Opened by a brother and sister team in November 2016, this restaurant and bar offers deliciously good Fil-Mex food and drinks in a New York-inspired setting. Team Kalakdarin paid Gorda a visit last Saturday night to indulge in some of their delectable food. Mama's Nachos Full P600, Half P400 Nacho chips loaded with generous amounts of spiced beef estofado, gooey trio local keso sauce, ensalada and jalapeno atchara. Call me crazy but there were times that night that I felt like I was eating a lasagna because of how good the beef and cheese combo of this appetizer was. Good thing the jalapeno atchara gave it a mild kick to wake me up. The half serving size was also insanely huge that an order was enough to feed around 10 of us. Mama truly knows how to make the best nachos in town. Calamari P380 Squid frito, Local spice dust, homemade crema, pinakurat Made from deep frying breaded squids before adding a touch of local spice dust, and serving with homemade crema and pinakurat dips, this calamari is a divine blessing from the god of the seas (and the kitchen)! The squid itself was thicker than usual, but not rubbery or tough. The coating of every piece of the calamari had a little bit of sweetness to it. It's nothing that I've tried before. |Beef Pepper Relleno P300 Spiced estofado, black beans, corn inasal, trio local keso melt Bell Peppers filled with spiced estofado, black beans, corn inasal and trio keso melt. The bell pepper as the "plate" for the filling was a nice move, as its taste and crunch gave the whole dish the wow factor. This beef pepper relleno may not be spicy, but it sure was the bomb. Lechon Tacos P200 Cebu Lechon, Liver Pate, Ensalada This was one of the most innovative tasting dishes I've had so far. It's made from combining the ever crowd-favorite Cebu lechon, liver pate and ensalada in a soft shell taco. The clash of the unique flavor and saltiness of the lechon and the acidic touch of the ensalada was just epic. |Keso Quesadilla P300 Trio Local Keso, Homemade Crema, Ensalada. Who's a solid cheese lover in here? (raises hand). The keso quesadilla may seem like a dish so simple. Well, it is, and that's what makes it more interesting. The thick cheese tasted so good and not really salty. Gorda was so successful in turning a simple quesadilla into a heart-winning dish. |Tapa Burrito (deconstructed) P350 Carne Asado, huevo, ensalada, garlic, cilantro arroz The tapa of this burrito had a perfect balance of sweet and salty. The cilantro rice and all the other ingredients also gave it more flavors. My only concern about this burrito is that it tasted far differently from a typical burrito. The strong taste of the herbs and spices was missing. |Pollo Inasal Skillet P450 Marinated chicken inasal, cilantro sinangag, roasted pimiento & onion, homemade crema The chicken inasal was tender and wasn't dry. It was packed with spices that went beautifully with the rice and sauce. Presentation was also spot on. |Gorda's Avocado Pie P250 Condensada, butter graham crust, kalamansi crema whip The avocado pie is a good dessert especially for those who don't have the tongue for sweets. The taste of the avocado in the filling wasn't lacking, although a bit subtle. The buttery graham crust added a nice crunch, while the kalamansi crema on top added the acidity perfect for washing off any strong, left over spices in your palate. |Horchata Morena P320 A concoction of homemade roasted grains, whiskey, and rum |Watermelon Keg P320/glass & P900/keg The perfect drink for a drinking sessions with your best buds. If this watermelon keg doesn't bring you closer with your friends, then I don't know what will. Overall, I had a very pleasant dining experience from Gorda. The food, the ambiance, and the service, everything was worth every bit of my time. It's hard for me to choose a favorite from all the dishes we were served that night, but if you'd insist, then I'd say that my top choices are the mama's nachos, the lechon tacos and the calamari. #TeamKaladkarinEatUp
Cold brew coffee infused with magic. Mga bes, eto na yung kapatid ng Unicorn Tears! This is cold brew coffee with edible glitter. It's pretty and really nice to look at. But the taste? Not so much. Parang plain Nescafé powder na tinubigan lang. Now I don't want to give Spiffy's Grove a low rating because this is not their product. This is Dapper Coffee's product all the way from Singapore and Spiffy's just brought it here in the PH for anyone who'd want to try it. Peeps from Spiffy's Grove are actually super nice, their store is in BF Homes, Parañaque but they brought this Glod Brew that I have reserved in their pop-up store in The Grove, Rockwell (they don't sell it there, just the Unicorn Tears) so I would't have to travel all the way to the south. They've been very accomodating since my first purchase of the Unicorn Tears. Back to the Gold Brew, pang-IG and pang-picture lang siya mga bes.
I have been seeing Gorda everytime we have dinner at Uptown Parade however the place is usually packed so I was happy that I finally got the chance to try it out with Norman Lester T, EJ B, Christina R, Russel F, Dennis O, Denise A, Midz S & the humabol Marc M and his wife. I figured they were going to serve cocktail, but since I stopped drinking alchohol a few months ago, I wasn't able to try them. (But I took a photo of the cute watermelon keg! ) On the photos: Lechon Tacos I loved this one! It was something new. The lechon plus the ensalada were perfect together! For P200, it's pretty good and affordable! Mama's Nachos Could you believe the serving in the photo just half? Haha! It was good and had a generous amount of toppings. It probably it would've been waaaaay better if it the cheese was still hot. We got too caught up taking photos. LOL. Bell Pepper Rellenos Not a big fan of bell peppers so I wasn't able to taste these. However based on what the others said, this one is a crowd favorite. 🙂 Tapa Burrito It was good, but I guess it was just like something I could make at home. Spice it up a little maybe? 🌶 Pollo Inasal Skillet My favorite! The chicken was flavorful and loooove the cilantro rice! ️️️ Uhm pwede ba may mas malaking serving pa? Charot! Watermelon Keg Very cute! And Instagrammable. I think Dennis O liked this one kasi sinimot talaga ng kuya ninyo ang watermelon eh. Avocado Pie The avocado pie alone was good. However the kalamansi cream was just too much or too strong that when eaten with the avocado pie. 🥑 Not on the photos: The Keso Quesadilla and Calamari were seriously good! I liked both however I wasn't able to take photos of them. Promise, sulit! ️ Thank you again, EJ B for the invite.
I tried Sopoong's new dish, the Jjajang Ramenbokki. It's a combination of Jjajangmyeon and Ramenbokki with super savory taste. The bowl is huge at P250 and is very filling, I hardly finished my bowl. I'm actually not a fan of Jjajangmyeon but this, I felt, was worth the try and it did not disappointed. They have lots of other good stuff in their menu and I'm tempted to try them all. :)
It's true what they say that when you've had the best, you can never go back. The first time I tried Dirty Horchata was in LU. And daaaamn it changed my life! Not kidding. I've been craving it ever since! Horchata is a Mexican drink made of ground almonds, rice, milk, sugar and cinnamon. There are lots of varieties to this drink but I think this is the simplest one. Now Dirty Horchata on the other hand is your usual Horchata drink with Cold Brew Coffee. Cold Brew Coffee is the latest buzz in the coffee scene right now. And whoever thought of putting this two drinks together is a genius! I thank you with all of my heart! I can't begin to tell you how delicious this drink is. Third Wave PH is a legit heaven-sent! Stumbled upon their store when I was in The Grove last weekend. And woohoo! They have Horchata and Dirty Horchata on the menu! I had the Dirty Horchata of course, and for just 130php, my life was remade again. Lol jk. But kidding aside, it's legit a delicious drink! It's something unusal and refreshing. Still hoping and praying to the coffee gods that Third Wave PH would open a physical store soon! ️
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