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SPRING FRIED CHICKEN [Half P175 • Whole P335] ️️️️ The original and classic fried chicken that made Max's a Filipino constitution. Serving: Whole - good for 3-4 persons. We never fail to order their spring chicken because it's just so good! I love pairing their chicken with a mix of their ketchup and steak sauce. Absolutely yum! 🌶 SIZZLING TOFU [P199] ️️️️️ Tofu cubes with chopped onions glazed with a special sauce. Served on a hot sizzling plate topped with chili. Serving: Good for 2-3 persons. Loved that the Tofu Cubes were fried first before glazed with their special sauce. The tofu was soft yet firm while absorbing the yummy sauce. It's perfect paired with rice but great on its own as well. This would be a perfect pulutan over beer ORIENTAL BEEF WITH MUSHROOMS [P299] ️ A combination of sautéed, sliced oriental beef and four assorted mushrooms (shiitake, wood ear, straw and button mushrooms). Garnished with Taiwan pechay. Serving: Good for 2-3 persons. This just tasted too off for me. It had a weird taste and smell. One thing for sure is that I'm never ordering this again. BUKO PANDAN [P65] ️️️ Buko pandan tasted average for me. It was served lukewarm so it wasn't as good as it should have been. Or maybe it's just my preference to consume it cold. But nonetheless, I've tasted way better buko pandan from some other place I can't remember Service was okay. Food arrived at a reasonable amount of time. I just wished that they served the food almost simultaneously. Our chicken and rice platter were served first. But the beef and tofu arrived around 10 minutes later. So by the time it was served, our rice was already gone
Recently, I was invited to a blogger event with a few of my blogger friends by Dapitan 55, a lifestyle complex in Quezon City. It has car wash, other shops, a spa, and a resto. The resto is Garage Cafe, which as the name implies, has a garage theme going on. They have car tires upcycled as table mounts and a sink. Really cute! Let me breeze through the food because we were served a lot, more than I could handle. I was the early bird among my peers so I waited at the Garage Cafe for more than an hour. The staff seems to have taken pity on me so they took out a dish, which name I'm so sorry to say, I wasn't able to get. After fiftyleven years the rest of the crew has arrived. We were joined by the marketing manager, Joyce Esteban. Food then starts coming in and soon we were doing blogger duties (shoot first, eat later). It was a blur of plates, meats, and sauces. We had two kinds of fried rice: Yang Chow Fried Rice (PHP 95 - USD 1.92) and Beef Fried Rice with Lettuce (PHP 120 - USD 2.42). I was expecting to love Yang Chow, maybe because of the color, but I found the beef rice more to my liking. We had many viands to choose from (yes I use the term, viand, what could be more Filipino than that hahaha...), such as Salt & Chili Spare Ribs (PHP 230 - USD 4.64), Roast Chicken Whole (PHP 380 - USD 7.67), Kento Chicken (PHP 250 - USD 5.04), Roast Liempo (PHP 230 - USD 4.64), Asado (PHP 230 - USD 4.64), and Beef Brisket (PHP 140 - USD 2.83). Pretty cheap huh?! And I tell you they are all good. This event happened several weeks ago though so forgive me if the memory of how each dish tasted has faded in my mind. But I do remember loving the Salt & Chili Spare Ribs and the Roast Chicken, and we are unanimous with the former so be sure to try that. For soup we had Hot & Sour Soup (PHP 150 - USD 3.03). This one is a bit sour and it's interesting to note that the soup has thin strips of soft tofu. I didn't like it at first, it sort of grew on me. What to chase down all these food? Try their brewed iced tea called, Lick flavored iced tea. It comes in two flavors, Huckleberry (green and black tea) and Lemon. These are naturally sweetened by Stevia so if you're careful about your sugar level then this may be a good choice for you. I didn't get to try the lemon flavor, but Huckleberry was fantastic. I am hoping to see these bottles on retail stores someday. Joyce said that they are already looking to that option.
Today I fell in love with pizza. Heard and seen Steveston Pizza, but Its my first time to try and savor their one of a kind delight. So lucky to be a part of today's rendevooz held Corinthian Gardens branch. Prior to our lunch, we met the owner, Mr Richard Co. So many good stories about the business. Thanks Peanut D for inviting me. And it was so nice to see EJ B Midz S Unisse C Its a bunch of pizza goodness for today. We had: ️Japanese, wasabi scented terriyaki chicken breast, mushroom and nori on top- ️Caveman-pepperoni, lean meat, bacon and capocolli. This is noted to be an all time favorite ️Green, herb pesto butter, single cream brie, scallions and lots of plump shrimps ️Prosciutto pizza, - semi dried roma tomatoes,dollop of roasted garlic mouse, sliced arugula, and lots of prosciutto ham toppings Verdic: from crust to toppings, I should say this place exceeded my expectations. Not the regular pizza that I have. Pizzas were freshly made. My favorites are Caveman and Green. Its actually an extreme choice. Caveman is packed with meat while Green is light & has lots of shrimps (33 pcs as disclosed by the owner). Price is reasonable
Am I ready for Steveston's "Heavy-gat" and Fully-loaded Pizza? This is not my first time to try Steveston Pizza. But this is my first time to try Steveston Pizza at Corinthian Gardens Clubhouse with the owner Richard Go. We were greeted by Mr. Richard Go, owner of Steveston Pizza, when we arrived at the Clubhouse of Corinthian Gardens. The owner gave us a background and tell something about how Steveston Pizza started its humble beginning... and the rest was history. The pizza menu was divided in 7 categories: Colours - name of the pizza derived from colors. We tried the "Green Pizza" Journeys - name of the pizza inspired with international flavors. We tried the "Japanese Pizza" All Time Favorite - The word itself... we tried the "Caveman Pizza" Steveston's Signature Premium Pizzas - This part is where you can see the front liner and premium pizzas. We tried the "C2 Pizza" Classic - Old time favorite pizzas like the cheese and pepperoni. Marguerite Tree - Different kinds of Margeurite pizza. Elements - the names were sourced from the four elements of the planet - Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. Mr. Go introduces four of their bestseller pizzas and tell us that they have a greaseless pizzas compare with other pizza place using reconstituted cheese with lard. Japanese Pizza for Php899.00 under the Journeys category (Wasabi Scented Teriyaki Chicken Breast, Enoki Mushrooms and Sesame Seaweed) - ️️️️️ 5/5 "The No Tomato Sauce pizza rocks! It taste really Japanese pizza" 🇯🇵 Caveman Pizza for Php899.00 under the All Time Favorite category (Pepperoni, Bacon, Lean Beef, Capocollo) - ️️️️️ 5/5 "For me, nothing beats the super over loaded meat toppings pizza of the Steveston. One of the best!" 🧀 Green Pizza for Php899.00 under Colours category (Herb pesto butter, shrimp, single cream brie and scallions) - ️️️️️ 5/5 "I like the freshness of the shrimps combined with the cheese and pesto. It's very light." C2 for Php1,299.00 under Our Signature Premium Pizzas (Prosciutto ham, brie, semi-dried roma tomatoes and dollop of roasted garlic mousse) - ️️️️️ 5/5 "Tagged as the wow pizza, yes! I'm surprised with the overloaded prosciutto on top. Messy to eat but yummy. WOW!!!" I agree with the owner telling us that their pizzas are affordable, it looks expensive but it's not because of the quality and the overloaded toppings on it. Thank you for having us Steveston Pizza and providing superb service. And to Mr. Richard Go for the non-stop stories... we really learned a lot. Thank you Peanut for inviting us again. Nice eating with you guys again! Midz, Unisse and Sandra. The event was paid and sponsored by Steveston Pizza. #ilovetoeat ️ #Loolooapp #LoolooRendezvoos
ULTIMATE WOW PIZZA OF THE YEAR We were invited on a |looloo rendezvous inside one of the biggest villages in Manila: Steveston Pizza in Corinthian Gardens Clubhouse. At first I was skeptical. Really? There are restaurants in this village? I never knew that since this village is so exclusive. How to get there: use their Madrigal Ave gate, but security will surely give you a hard time before you can get in. Tip: tell the guards that you're going to meet "one one" at Steveston Pizza and leave your ID We were greeted by the owner when we arrived the restaurant. He told us a lot about how Steveston Pizza was born. Fun fact: Did you know that this pizza actually came from Canada? One thing that sets this pizza joint apart from the rest of the pizza places out there is that they use only the best ingredients to come up with the best greaseless pizza! GREASELESS! Not so sinful now, eh? Going down to the orders, it was Mr. Go who introduced us to their recommended pizzas. We had their Green, Caveman, Japanese and their premium C2. (Same sequence in the pictures) C2 P1,299 - Prosciutto ham, brie, semi-dried roma tomatoes, and dollop of roasted garlic mousse. I love prosciutto. It's what I hunt for in Italian restaurants. I always look for restaurants who are not stingy when it comes to prosciutto on pizzas. Today, I found that restaurant. This pizza has layers of prosciutto on top of it, and I can't be any happier. It also has some veggies (no sure if it was arugula) that complemented the saltiness of the prosciutto. ️ Green P899 - Herb Pesto Butter, Shrimp, Single Cream Brie, and Scallions For the shrimp lovers out there, this pizza has lots and lots and lots of shrimp! The combination of the elements gives you that light and delicious taste. Caveman P899 - Peperoni, Bacon, Lean Beef, and Capocollo (photo of before and after) For all the self-confessed meat lovers out there, you cannot be considered a meat lover unless you've ordered this pizza. It's heavily loaded with different kinds of meat. What I loved about this is that the flavors of all the meat went very well together without giving your tongue a bad, salty day. Japanese P899 - Wasabi-scented teriyaki chicken breast, enoki mushrooms, and sesame seaweed (no tomato sauce). I never thought I'd be able to eat something with wasabi and actually like it. The wasabi in this pizza was well incorporated in the whole dish that I was still able to get a hint of it, but together with the other ingredients made it evolve in flavor. This pizza tasted so unique to me. Mr. Go was right on being proud about this. I know what you're thinking. This place is so spendy! Well, not really. What they do is they don't compromise the quality of their pizza just to make it cheaper. And have you seen how overloaded their pizzas are?! We were all in awe. This is more SULIT than expensive for me, there's a difference. Can't visit? Fret not, because Steveston Pizza delivers to several areas. Sweet! I rarely give 5 stars to restaurants, but this I can give without batting an eye. Thanks for having us, Steveston Pizza! Thank you also to Peanut D for the invite. Nice to finally meet you! It was good seeing you guys again EJ B, Unisse C and Sandra Y
This big blue house was our second stop for our holiday foodcrawl. Unlike the first restaurant we've been to, this place didn't have the best view (although it also has a garden at the back), but what it offers is something better. This place opens at 7am, and we arrived at 8am and parking was almost full. Wow. Too early and yet people already swarmed the place. This tells you a lot. Upon entering, we were asked to sit on the waiting area. This I'm puzzled about. I don't get why they made us wait when there were empty tables still. While waiting for our table to be ready, we visited their goodies shop to find something to carry home. They have pastries and some frozen items there. As soon as our table was ready, we sat down and ordered our second breakfast for the day. GOLDEN WAFFLE P210 This looks like a sad, boring dish being a single, flat waffle served on a plain white plate, but wait 'til you have a taste of it. The waffle was cooked perfectly, plus it was really good even without the syrup. All of the elements combined make one heavenly good breakfast. No wonder it's called a GOLDEN waffle. FRESH CORNED BEEF WITH HORSERADISH AND MUSTARD P470 This tender and flavor packed corned beef is the right way to spoil yourself! Absolutely worth the money. HAM AND SPINACH BACON LEEKS QUICHE P150 This one's another winner. I loved this dish primarily because it was cheesy. I felt my eyes widen upon having a bite. I am seriously considering to order more of this next time. HOUSEMADE PORK SAUSAGE P380 I'm not a fan of sausages, but this one didn't disappoint as well, although it's the only dish we ordered that didn't make it to my list of favorites. The prices of their meals are pricey, but it's safe to say that it's justified given the quality of food they serve on your table. The portions of their dishes are rather small. It's not for those who are used to eating heavy. A single order of anything in this place will leave me unsatisfied and wanting more. Nevertheless, I still highly recommend this restaurant. I can't wait to be back.
Cafe by the Ruins has been one of the most popular restaurants in Baguio that it became a must-visit place when in the land of ube jams and strawberries. I have tried to visit this place a few times but failed till my most recent trip up North. Hello, Cafe by the Ruins! I have dreamt of dining here for more than a year now. I always drool over its mouthwatering dishes and get mesmerized by the beauty of its interiors I see on Facebook and Instagram. But I was surprised with what I saw when I entered the famous restaurant. The place has an ambiance that would make you feel like you’re in the woods dining with pixies and friendly dwarves but with a slight Tim Burton touch. It was poorly lit though and made me a bit paranoid with mosquitoes that I applied insect repellant as soon as we got to our table. We also got a sniff of something not so pleasant during our visit. Since we were not that hungry, R and I opted to just order one cup of Rizal’s Tsokolate-e (PHP145) and Chocolate Croissant (PHP100). Service was quick and it was probably because we got there just in time for last call. The cup of hot chocolate was quite good as it had a nice and rich chocolate taste to it. It was also thick, perfect for the cool Baguio weather. Unfortunately, it was quite humid that night so I didn’t get to enjoy my cup to the fullest. But I really liked that this cup had a smooth texture unlike the batirol type which was rough. The Chocolate Croissant was quite disappointing. The texture was very off as it was not flaky at all. It was just bread with chocolate spread, nothing more. R commented that the chocolate spread tasted like Nutella but it tasted a bit more local to me. It tasted more like Goya chocolate spread. And for PHP100, I felt that I was tricked. I left the place filled with regret and disappointment. I was hoping to have my tastebuds go wild with its food and my eyes grow big with the restaurant’s interiors. I wanted to give the place a second chance and try the savory dishes but after reading several not so good reviews about it, I think I won’t visit this place again.
I love Japanese food and I simply could not say no to it. And when I was invited by Go Sushi to sample its mouthwatering dishes, I quickly said yes despite it being far from where I live. Japanese food is love after all. Hello, Go Sushi! Tucked in the foodie haven called Teachers Village, this sushi place is positioned to be a Japanese take out shop with only a handful of tables for those who prefer to dine in. I was warmly greeted by Go Sushi's owner Violy and recommended that we order the following: Crazy Maki (PHP79, 4 pcs. | PHP129, 8 pcs.), Philly Cheese Steak (PHP119, 4 pcs. | PHP189, 8 pcs.), Crispy Tuna (PHP129, 4 pcs. | PHP199, 8 pcs.), California Torch Roll (PHP139, 4 pcs. | PHP219, 8 pcs.), Teriyaki (PHP149), Tonkatsu (PHP179) and Tiger Prawn Tempura (PHP399, 5 pcs.). Violy and I chatted for a bit while waiting for the dishes and found out that Go Sushi was her brainchild. It all started when she got too frustrated with the hassle of going to the mall just to satisfy her insatiable maki cravings. The long wait to get parking (not to mention pay for it too), affordable but mediocre Japanese maki and the drive back home through horrific EDSA were just too much for her and that motivated her to start her own Japanese restaurant. She figured that since she's passionate with Japanese cuisine and knows what a customer like her wants, she could make it work. And she did. The unbelievably affordable maki plates made me think that it would be a so-so dining experience. I've tried a handful of Japanese restaurants offering pocket-friendly meals and I ended up not going back for more. But Go Sushi made me realize that affordable and delicious Japanese dishes are not like unicorns. All of Go Sushi’s maki rolls are served warm and I first got to sample the Philly Cheese Steak. It was love at first bite! Go Sushi did not scrimp on cheese topping and each bite was a cheesy piece of heaven. Then again, the cheese might have been a tad too much as it slightly overpowered the steak bits. As a cheese lover though, I am definitely not complaining. The Crazy Maki which was covered in tempura flakes and topped with shredded kani was delightful as well. I loved the contrast in textures and that it was not swimming in sinful mayo. Taste-wise, this was less flavorful than the Philly Cheese Steak, perfect for those who prefer lighter tastes. The California Torch Roll was a beauty. Think of your usual boring California maki then top it with shredded kani and melted cheese then lightly torch it. The end result was a wonderful harmony of flavors from the cheese, veggies and kani. It is best though to just order half of this as its strong flavors could be a bit cloying. Crispy Tuna won me over with its generous sprinkle of tempura flakes, salmon roe and tuna bits. Each bite was a lovely contrast of textures and harmony of flavors. I wouldn’t mind finishing a full order of this one! The Chicken Teriyaki rice bowl was also great. I loved the crunchy chicken skin drizzled with the sweet teriyaki sauce. It reminded me of the famous Korean twice fried chicken franchise but with a Japanese take to it. With its sweet taste and crunchy chicken skin, kids would love this dish! The Tonkatsu was pretty good too. It had a nice crunchy breading and the pork was juicy. I also liked the fried rice paired with it. After 20 minutes or so, our plate of tempura was served and I was really impressed with its size. It was huge! Then again, I’ve had ginormous tempura only to find out that it was half batter and half shrimp. Yes, shrimp, not even prawn! But Go Sushi delightfully surprised me once more as the huge tempura was not heavily battered. They did use tiger prawns and deep-fried everything, including the head! I only managed to eat one as I was already stuffed from all the other dishes. As I was enjoying my last maki, Violy mentioned that the whole meal that we had didn’t even cost more than PHP1,200. And she was right, the meal that could have fed a party of four only cost PHP1,193. Not bad at all! Just when we were about to leave, the party bilao of Go Sushi caught my attention. Go Sushi offers party platters for its maki, teriyaki, tempura, and yakisoba for less than PHP2,000 and good for 30-40 pax. Now that’s a steal! They also deliver at a very reasonable rate of PHP50. But there’s a minimum order amount of PHP1,500-PHP2,500 depending on location. It’s not bad at all if you are ordering for pot luck and do not want to brave the EDSA traffic or struggle with the limited parking in Teachers Village. P.S. They also offer uni sashimi for only PHP149!!!
First time at The Wholesome table. I love that their menu is so varied and that there are vegetarian choices as well as gluten-free. I got the Vegan Poke Bowl (P250) and we had the Wholesome salad to share (P440). Proceeds from the Powerbowl menu goes to their feeding program. Love the salad! With sherry vinegar and feta cheese. 🏼 The serving was big! Good for 4 persons. My rice bowl has brown rice, tofu, wakame, leeks, carrots, romaine, with some stir fry sauce. The serving size was perfect for me. I like it. Though I felt like I don't know what I'm eating, is it salad or rice? Haha. This place is for the health conscious. That's why I loved it.
A lot of times, when a place is so hyped up you end up being underwhelmed when you actually go there. However, for Masungi Georeserve it's the exact opppsite. No matter how many blogs or reviews you read, you must experience visiting the place to really understand how impressive this is. I'm sure a lot of people have already written so many things about Masungi so I just want to share my highlights while I was here yesterday. 1. The Landscape and Cleanliness The whole trail had a pathyway so it's a relatively easier trek. But I also noticed while they built a pathway, there was a concious effort not to alter it as well. This paved the way to have both easy and challenging areas. We also went there on a rainy day and we really appreciate the preparedness to provide ponchos before we started. Also, a rainy day hike proved how clean and well-maintained the place is. There were shoe cleaning stations (water and shoe brushes) where we had to clean our shoes before we climed the lambat so that it won't be as slippery and dirty. The restrooms and snack area ( for after the hike) are soooo pretty! It's like the set-up an outdoor landscape but with all the necessities there. This is perfect for those who don't want the ruggedness of hiking but would like to try the wonders of ecotourism. 2. Challenging Attractions Visiting Masungi also had us try thing we never thought we could do. If you're looking for a place to conquer your fear of heights, this is the place to be. We had to climb up and down lambats several times , even by a cliff and without a harness, and pass through hanging (and swaying) bridges but it also felt safe at the same time because the amenities were built well. Maybe the most nerve-wracking part for me was the spider web because you don't have anything to hold on to while you go to the center. Plus it was just one pathway going there and you're literally going to fall off limestones beneath you if you lose your balance. The view from Tatay's peak was sooooo rewarding. We were lucky the rain stopped when it's our time to go there so we were able to enjoy the view. Nanay's peak had hammocks there where you can relax and enjoy the cool breeze before heading back. Oh and one more thing, we met Kuya Ruben early on our hike!! Our park ranger, Kuya Junjun told us that Kuya Ruben is kind of hard to find in the area so we felt extra motivated that day. He was shy but very welcoming. 3. Their Advocacy Kuya Junjun told us that before preserving the area illegal logging took place there. We saw remnants of old trees that fell victims to that activity. However, 20 years later, you can really sense the involvement of the people working there in order to promote Masungi. They are very proud of the place and very eager to share with it to their visitors. I'm so glad that ecotourism is becoming more popular in the Philippines and I'm hoping that tourists will be more responsible in making sure that we leave no trace expect foot prints and take nothing except pictures. 💯
Instead of giving business to the siren coffee shop this unassuming crepe cafe came into mind. I wanted to give them a try and after our disastrous dinner we wanted some dessert to calm our nerves. One must conquer a long flight of stairs to the cafe. They have a small floor area but the warm plain interior does its job to comfort weary diners. I ordered over the counter. You have the option to watch your crepes made upfront. I ordered the Mango Peach Crepe, Ferrero Crepe, Blueberry Crepe and Espresso Balls Drink. The Espresso Balls are coffee in iced form where you pour warm milk from a bottle. They have a shot of simple syrup on the side so you have full control on the level of sweetness. The coffee was not strong. It was neither good nor bad. It was just OK. The crepes were affordable (less than a 100pesos each) and with an added 35pesos you can get a scoop of ice cream. The Mangoes went well with the caramel syrup, the peaches though tasted funny (a bit sour). The Ferrero Crepe was simply nutella spread with crushed peanuts. The Blueberry Crepe was filled with stewed blueberries and graham crackers. They say it has cream cheese but i did not taste any. It was topped with a smiley whipped cream (cute). We love the texture of the crepe. It had crisp outer crust and soft chewy interior. For the price it was worth it. Friendly staff. They thanked us after dining and bid us farewell with a nice Holiday greeting (how sweet). Will be back with the kids. No receipt issued. Recommended.
Oh hello again looloo! Posting a review after God knows how long (because one person wouldn't stop bugging me about not being supportive enough to actually use the app). Putting that aside, here's my first review for the month and hopefully not the last for the year. What should have been a day hike at Mt. Ulap turned into a day at the Pinto Art Museum, all because our hike organizer was three hours late for the said meet-up time. Headed out to Pinto at around 11 in the morning on a holiday. And the place was packed - mostly by students on a field trip. Entrance costs 200 for adults. They gave us a map of the place. So, basically, you're left on your own to navigate the place. It isn't the Louvre so you won't get lost While I could say a LOT of great things about the art (and the impressive skills of a certain painter by the name of Pamela Yan Santos), the people in the museum and their behavior left a bad taste in my mouth. First off, it's a museum. Sure taking photos is allowed but can't people stop for just a few minutes and appreciate the art around them. Second, rules are meant to be followed. If the sign says don't touch the paintings, then DON'T TOUCH THE FREAKING PAINTING. 🙄 If it's just for the sake of a new profile picture, by all means take a photo with the sculpture or the painting, but don't touch it! Our hands contain harmful oils that may corrode the surface of oil or acrylic paintings. If you want future generations to see the paintings in the museum, then do your part in preserving the pieces - by again, NOT TOUCHING THE PAINTINGS! Pleassseeeee. Third, this is where museum guards or guides would have been helpful. Aside from reminding people not to touch the paintings and call them out for rowdy behavior, they could have educated visitors about the paintings. There was one particular painting in gallery 2 which i found completely disorienting. Unlike the other pieces in the gallery where an explanation of the art was placed beside it, this one didn't have one. 🙃 All in all, a pretty good place to visit especially if you're a huge art geek/freak like me. My advice, head out to the museum on a regular work day - file for a leave! Haha! That way you won't have to deal with a huge crowd. Photos by: Roegan T
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