My Reviews

Theo's Baked + Brewed

3.0 Stars
Café
7

We usually follow our lunch or dinner with a hot coffee and some nice sweets. Luckily, we didn't need to go too far to have a caffeine fix after having a delicious dinner at Griddle. It's because Theo's Baked + Brewed was just right beside it. I think these two adjoining establishments used to be an apartment or a duplex or something similar.

Griddle's theme was an odd mixture of travel/aviation/shabby chic stuff. Theo's theme, on the other hand, was more consistent -- all about birds and bird-related stuff (like these cute little bird cages as table centerpieces). It used a lot of wood stuff and furniture for their decor, giving the cafe a more warm and rustic feel. I liked our table in particular -- I thought it was made of a recycled door or a wood paneling.

It could have been a "quiet coffee time" as the cafe was towards its closing hours (we were there at about 11 pm); however, a large family brought their kiddos along, and they were, you know, quite a distraction. Hehehe.

What we had:

🔹Churros in Ice Cream (₱95) - I've come to love churros more no matter the length, size or texture (most especially when I tried Churreria La Lola a few days back). This dessert combined my two loves -- churros and soft-served ice cream. The churros themselves were light and fluffy. Loved it!

🔹Cookie Shots (₱65) - While I'm not really a lactose-intolerant person, I otherwise dislike milk (except when it's flavored). So I let my sister to have a swig of the entire "milk shot" so that I could eat the cookie cup. As for the cookie cup itself -- when I had my first bite of it, I thought it kind of tasted old... but I guess it was just my palate, or maybe it was flavored like that. Perhaps I'll give it another "shot" (pardon the pun) next time. Hehehe.

🔹Cafe Latte, hot (₱75) - It had adequate strength and bitterness. Since we were having sweets already, I didn't bother to add sugar in my coffee.

🔹Mint Chocolate, hot (₱75) - My sister said she didn't taste any strong hints of mint, but it was otherwise good daw.

The cafe had a Wi-Fi, but sometimes it would go off so we sometime had to use our phone's data connection.

I was surprised that Theo's is not just a "light-snacks" cafe,for it also offers substantial meals like one of their most recommended ones, the Oven-Baked Baby Back Ribs. It looks good, so I might try that too upon my possible return soon for another Maginhawa foodtrip.

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Griddle

4.0 Stars
Café
4

Second time here on the legendary Maginhawa St!

First stop was Griddle: Steak X Wings. Almost everything in this place was excellent, except that the combination of the travel/aviation/dainty/shabby chic themes in its interiors seemed a bit off to me... But I'm not complaining.. Just confused! Lol.

What we had:

⚪Honey Bagoong Wings (₱145, five pieces) - Honey and bagoong flavoring for the chicken wings? It sounded so offbeat at first, but once you take a first bite of them, the time will stand still, the world will stop revolving and you will hear the angel choirs singing... Haha, I might be exag-ing, but really, this turned out to be one of the best chicken wings dishes I've ever tasted! This was really an appetizer, but because the bagoong made the fish a bit salty, I had the wings as a viand instead and ordered two cups of rice! Chicken was a bit crispy too.

⚪Grilled Chicken in Pumpkin Puree - (₱170) - The sweetish pumpkin puree graced this dish! And the chicken was tender, well-cooked and well-seasoned. Result is a dish with balanced flavors. And the servings were good for its price.

⚪Two cans of Sprite (₱80) - we just wanna go burping.

Their service was quick, much to our delight, despite the fact that there were a lot of customers at the time. In less than 10 minutes, our food was served.

Meals are reasonably priced, too!

Griddle seems to bring unlikely flavors to the table that surprisingly go each other in harmony, and this very factor keeps its menu from being plain and boring. Who has heard of Kare-Kare or Sinigang wings, or a Kimchi Beef Tapa Rice, or Creamy Chimchurri Wings before? Or the Honey Bagoong wings (which is actually one of the recommended dishes) that I first had? My first dining experience at Griddle was very satisfactory, so I would be glad to dine there again if I make another return to Maginhawa. 128077

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Pixcone

4.0 Stars
Ice Cream
10

My nieces have outdone themselves in their own respective classes as their school year's about to end. So as a treat to them, we paid a visit to a little ice cream shop and cafe in Taytay called Pixcone. It was my first time to be here, although I have already seen this store a few times whenever I go to Cainta.

The building itself is worth the visit (and your curiosity) as it is made from an empty container van, painted in pastel green. The overall design is a pleasing combination of dainty and industrial. The overhead lamps were installed with guards -- or screens -- of electric fans, while the outdoor tables were made of empty container drums fitted with patio umbrellas. The interiors were cute and predominantly girly. There was a raised floor area where customers could sit or even lie on, as it was also equipped with throw pillows.

There was also a rack of books at the side, but the books themselves were only for sale (and not for private reading, *sigh*).

Obviously, my nieces got so excited. It didn't take us too long to choose our orders, although you'd be surprised to find out that Pixcone offers heaps of choices -- from sodas, pica-pica's smoothies, iced coffee, and of course sundaes.

What we had:

⚪Green Tea Matcha Sundae (₱79) - I wanted to go to Pixcone after I found out that it also offers matcha ice cream. The four green tea Kit-Kats were misleading: I thought they were whole sticks, but they were actually split ones. But that was just a minor grievance. The green tea flavor was just adequate and evident, and I liked the smooth ice cream.

⚪Matcha Green Tea frappe (₱100) - My sister's order. She said it was good, but she preferred my matcha sundae. Might try this myself someday.

⚪Frice cream (₱59) - Both my nieces ordered this dish. It consisted of a soft ice cream dressed with chocolate sauce and blue sprinklers, as well as nachos and French fries in a wafer bowl. I was surprised that one of my nieces -- who is so reed-thin -- managed to finish the whole of it!

⚪Chix N' Fries Combo (₱88) - We liked the fries and the nachos in it, but we absolutely loved the chicken poppers!!! Pero nabitin kami, so we ordered this next meal...

⚪Chicken Popper Solo (₱100) - It had 10 pieces of poppers as well as nachos. Can't they offer only purely chicken poppers? We couldn't get enough of them!

⚪Stuffed Bread Rolls (₱25 each) - One of Pixcone's newest items on its menu. We decided to order all of the four flavors: Pepperoni, Beef Tacos, Chicken Pesto and Cheese Burger. I picked the Cheese Burger, and it was a good choice -- it was best enjoyed when it was still hot off the oven, as the melted cheese oozed out of the bread with my every bite of it!

⚪Grand Belgian (₱27) - Typical soft ice cream in a cone, although it looked good (taking note of the black wafer cone). My nieces both shared this.

⚪Brewed Coffee (₱55) - great deal as it came with one free re-fill!

⚪Seafood Pesto (₱185) - For a takeout. To me, this tasted good! I didn't mind the slices of half-raw garlic as a pizza topping; in fact I loved them (I'm a fan of garlic). But it since it was a pesto-flavored pizza, I expected the garlic to be crushed and blended into the pesto spread itself. Not everyone in my household loves garlic as much as I do. I took away the shrimps, though (I'm allergic to them).

PLUS: A free taste of its newest product, Churros Fries w/ a chocolate dip. I had it twice. (how lucky we were haha).

Service was good, but their Wi-Fi was "under maintenance" (as I was told).

We are glad to have visited Pixcone. The ice creams, actually, are nothing sort of special, but you'll be tickled pink by the variety of flavors it offers. And oh, I liked the matcha ones, naturally. My nieces were super-satisfied, and one of them told me she rated this place a perfect "5." Hahaha. Making these kiddos (and the kiddo in me too) happy -- mission accomplished! :)

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Churreria La Lola

4.0 Stars
Snack
4

ATM: Yeah I know, they've been around for long, but it's the first time that I finally got to try their churros. I'm glad there's a nearer branch, at SM City East Ortigas.

I don't mind if my churros get a bit oily; after all, they're deep fried in olive oil, so I enjoy them sans the guilt or worry! Freshly made churros -- crunchy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Even when they get cold, the churros have never lost their texture.

I'm glad there's a personal-sized churros, Clasicos Jr. For only ₱95 you'll get three churros and a chocolate dip. Just right for one person. Nabusog na ako agad one churros pa lang.

I also ordered hot Mocha, medium (₱110), and I also got one free churros because of my coffee order. Nice, isn't it? 128077

My mocha is sweet enough, no need to add sugar although I have already taken one from the dispenser.

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Angono Petroglyphs Site Museum

4.0 Stars
Museum
6

So since I have gone to National Museum in Manila a lot of times, I thought it might be time to visit one of its regional branches, that's actually near to where I live -- the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs Site. It was a bit of an irony because after almost three decades of residing in Binangonan, it was just this day that I decided to visit it.

Actually, it's been for long that I planned to visit the site, pero laging nauudlot. Every time that we jog and climb up the hills, we'd always end up at the entrance of Eastridge or Thunderbird. Speaking of Thunderbird, the Petroglyphs is just several walks away from the resort/casino.

I didn't know what the Petroglyphs looked like before, but it is recently renovated. There's a nice wooden viewdeck where you can see the 127 prehistoric artworks carved right onto the rock face... They're supposed to date back to 3000 B.C. (or approximately 5,000 years ago). There are reportedly archaeological finds in the site, most likely the tools the prehistoric men used in these etchings, but we weren't able to see them.

It was Botong Francisco who was responsible for discovering the site back in 1965. I don't know if he was National Artist already by the time of the discovery, but one thing's for sure -- that it further cemented Angono's rightful distinction as the country's "art capital."

Since the National Museum's main branch now has free entrance, the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs is free too.

The cave that led us to the site might have been known to house bats and even snakes. I guess this might be true. At first, we hesitated, but after seeing a group of travelers exiting the place, we thought the cave might not be scary at all. Turned out, it wasn't! Rather, it was a bit disappointing because of the vandalism marks inside the cave. I hope the management can do something about it because these marks just ruin the whole thing, undermining the site's mystical atmosphere and character.

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Scrapyard Resort

3.0 Stars
Venue
6

Good enough resort within Nieves Hills, just a jeepney's ride away from where we live. My niece continued her 7th birthday celebration there in the way that she wanted -- enjoying herself in the pool!

Yep, that Scrapyard is the same name that brings you lugaw and goto 24 hours a day. Operated by the same owner.

We were only the ones who occupied the resort, and it looks we rented the whole space haha. No crowds as of yet, but expect it to be swarmed by people as summer nears. But when we were there, the place was peaceful.

It offers a nice view of the town, as well as the Metro Manila skyline far beyond the horizon he he.

As it is situated in the hills, the resort is pretty lush with plants and trees, except the vista point (where you can see the panoramic views of the town) where there's no shade and thus it can get too hot by the afternoon.

Entrance fees are ₱100 per head and ₱80 per child/senior citizen. Two pools. There's also a snack bar/events area which can be rented for special occasions.

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Soya Bar

4.0 Stars
Snack
6

Actually, there's already a Soya Bar stall at SM City Taytay, but I never gave it much notice. Besides, the idea of a chilled taho did not appeal to me at first. Taho that's cold? Parang hindi bagay... I even thought of that as gross or something. Of course, this is said from someone who is used to the delicious hot taho that she's been enjoying since she was a kid.

Before meeting my friend at Mandaluyong, I passed by a Soya Bar store in Greenfield -- yep, not a stall, but a full-fledged cafe or a snack bar. Later on, we decided to have our brunch there, as we chose to eat something light or healthy (at least for him, because he had eaten four slices of pizza when his officemates had a pizza blowout days earlier, so I thought he needed to eat something light, healthy and *meatless". In other words, he needed to be "healthy-healthy-han" hahahaha.).

So what we had:

⚪Okara Sandwich (₱90) - My friend ordered this because he was curious about the "meatless" thing. The "meat" in the sandwich was actually ground tofu. He let me have a taste of it. It was bland, but I guess it was deliberately made to be bland. I suggested he should add salt in it, but I thought that would defeat the sandwich's "less-sodium" purpose. He said the sandwich overall was good (he used to be a vegetarian, so he still can eat meatless stuff at times).

⚪Chicken Alfredo (₱125) - As for me, I was still looking for some meat -- technically, chicken "meat" is not meat (it's poultry, duhhh) but I still wanted some animal matter in my meal (although I love tofu and veggies, I don't think I can be a vegetarian). It was the first time to taste shiitake mushrooms. They were yummy -- earthy and having a somewhat meaty texture. The dish itself was soooo creamy, and there were fair enough servings of chicken strips (I thought they were probably grilled chicken breasts). I originally wanted the Tofu Sisig (because it reminded me of Max's sizzling tofu, which is one of my favorites), but the server told me it wasn't available, so ung pasta na lang pinili ko.

⚪Chilled Taho (₱35) - Soya Bar's line of soya-based beverages are so many, naturally, but I chose the Chilled Taho because I wanted to finally see what it tasted like. I was surprised -- it was actually good! Now my somewhat clouded perceptions about their chilled taho has changed in a 360-degree way hehehe. The flavors were more concentrated because of the cold temperature. I was only distracted by the large pearls (sago) -- too chewy. I wish they were smaller. But the tofu was silky.

I like the interiors -- bright, cozy and featuring well-appointed decor and furnishings. Nice place to chill out.

With Soya Bar, now we have a decent choice when we want (and need) to eat some healthy stuff. Other tofu-based drinks (like tofu/fruit and tofu espresso drinks) are interesting, but it also serves regular coffee like Americano, Cappuccino, Cafe Latte and Cafe Mocha.

Good, healthy and affordable! 128077

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Uggy Cafe

4.0 Stars
Café
4

'Tis my favorite, Pistachio Cake. It's like their Almond Sansrival.

Still a relaxing place (a far cry from, say, Hideout52 when comparing places here in Angono). Nice music too. And fast Wi-Fi, maybe I could bring my laptop there and do my work. Plus, it's very near to the main market and anywhere else.

We tried the Papua New Guinea beans, brewed from the syphon. A bit acid at first, but it leaves notes of honey and nuts, according to my tastebuds.

I found a new favorite, their Cold Brew Coffee with Strawberry. 9749127827

I like learning about coffee in this cafe, as the barista patiently explaining everything we needed to know about single origin coffee beans. It uses different types of beans that it has sourced locally and internationally. I asked the crew if I can buy one of their beans, but sadly they said they don't sell them haha.

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Jollibee

4.0 Stars
Fast Food

Salted caramel! Lots of it! ♥♥♥♥
Sunod salted egg na. Joke! 128514

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Venice Grand Canal

4.0 Stars
Tourist Attraction
3

This place is far from accessible if you don't have your own vehicle.

My first time there, so obviously we were kind of lost (and a bit shocked). My date and I spent our late V-Day last Friday there. We walked all the way from SM Aura to McKinley Hill! Lakad to the max! Whew! Beyond that point most PUJ's were not allowed. Plus, we now knew why McKinley Hill is called McKinley Hill... roads were upslope from there. Mas madali pala siguro had we commuted on the C-5 (yep, we found that out). At least that made the night more memorable... sharing hardships together and having a laugh about the "ordeal" lol.

It looked romantic, needless to say! Complete with "O Sole Mio" background music, you feel you're almost in Venice he he. I found out not a lot of stores there have not been open yet, so the mall was pretty bare to me... O siguro dahil it was about 9 p.m... Still, there were lots of people lingering there at this hour.

We didn't ride the gondola... Ang mahal e hehe. Still, we had a nice ramen dinner and strolled and admired the place. Worth all that walk and wandering (plus the sore feet lol). 128522

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