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Rainbows and Prayers

Philippians 4:6-7

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

We all know this rain is too much.. But with ALL your Prayers we’ll be kept safe.

Please PRAY for our country.. Please PRAY for the Philippines..

Thank You and God Bless US ALL.

 

 

 

Krocadoodledoo!

Been such a long time, I know.  A thousand apologies!  I don’t want to blab about my excuse for not having time to blog and just go straight to my quick post <raise eyebrows..>.

Here we have one of my favorite Grill place that I regret not coming back so much to lately, Krocodile Grille!  We just decided to have dinner here before catching a movie and since it was still early, the place was kinda quiet as compared to during gimmick nights.  There was no loud music and we can actually hear each other! haha

We ordered quite a lot considering we were just 2, but we missed it so much we wanted to order all the usual!

Baked Tahong (Mussels) for appetizers

Calamares Spicy Style

It was our first time to order this and it didn’t disappoint!  It was delicious. 🙂

Pork Sisig – of course!

When you go to a Grill, Sisig is simply a default order.  Best with Rice and Egg or as Beer-mate.

Crispy Adobo Flakes Rice

The BEST!  I must say, Flakes palang ulam na!

You may check out their menu here or in their website.

Krocodile Grille is mission accomplished again as it did not fail to make us so stuffed and heavy but happy!  <burp> Busog!

Till next time 😀

Zaifu

It’s been such a long long long time since my last post.  I’ve been stumped by the amount of work that I’m doing at the moment hence the time for blogging goes very very limited.  I can’t believe that a couple of weeks have gone by without me visiting my blog and I’m truly sorry.  Anyway, I have another Asian foodscapade for you! 🙂

Zaifu has been in Powerplant Mall eversince I can remember.  It’s one of the good restaurants that you can find in the lower ground area of the mall.  It has been ages since we’ve been going to this mall and only once or twice did I try Zaifu (no reason behind it).

The interior looks just like your regular Japanese restaurants with upholstered chairs and Japanese style dining set where you can “Indian Sit” or just relax your foot underneath the table (yes, there’s legroom in there).  It was also quite comfy and relaxing.

I ordered the typical, Katsudon, because I was really craving for it at that time.

This Don Buri costs P185.00.  Pretty expensive for a regular tasting Katsudon.  I bet there are more Japanese Restaurants that serve better Katsudon.  Verdict: not bad!

We also got the Tuna Teriyaki (ala carte) and it costs P205.00.  It was kinda bland and somehow underseasoned so we didn’t like it that much.

And lastly, we couldn’t let it go without ordering Gyoza!

This costs P169.00 for 6 pieces which is also pretty expensive.  You can get quality Gyoza from Teriyaki Boy for only about P100.00++.  Their Gyoza tasted okay but it was a little over-steamed as the wrapper keeps falling apart.

I guess the best thing here is that they also have a mini grocery that sells Korean Ice Cream products (Binggrae!).

It was good that we tried it because we now know that we won’t be coming back anytime soon.  Don’t get me wrong, their food was good it’s just not budget friendly and for a person of practicality, you won’t be settling to pay so much for OK-ness, you would of course want to have a GREAT experience.  It’s what makes it all worthwhile. 🙂

You might want to try Zaifu out yourself!  Here’s a snapshot of their menu:

With the wide array of choices in their menu, they might have specialties in other areas like Ramen, Tempura, etc so it could also be a great idea to try them out.

photo credit : myfoodtrip.com

Zaifu is located at the G/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive cor. Estrella St. Makati City.  Tel.no. (02) 898-1331

Seafood Island Boodle Fun!

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about eating on banana leaves?  For Filipinos, it would be wow, SARAP (delicious)!  As an old yet well-loved Filipino tradition, eating on banana leaves has been one of the best ways to enjoy our scrumptious native dishes.  May it be on the beach, on a hike trip, a picnic, or any other group gathering, eating on banana leaves is truly the BEST!  A great idea that Blackbeard’s Seafood Island has adopted into their famous line of seafood restaurants.

Blackbeard’s showcases the love for Filipino food in their Seafood Grill/Barbecue House and their Northshore Grill.  My favorite will have to be the Northshore Grill as it boasts of an amazing collection of ‘Boodle‘ Feasts featuring the best combinations of Filipino dishes.  Looks enticing right?  What you’re looking at is called the Kanyaman Boodle Feast and it consists of the following:

Pork Tocino (Sweetened Cured Pork), Steamed Shrimps, Salted Egg with Tomatoes, Kare-kareng Gulay (Vegetable in Sate Sauce) with Crispy Lechon Kawali (Deep Fried Pork Belly), Crispy Fried Hito (Catfish), Pork Sisig, Ensalatang Mangga (Green Mango Salad), and Tons of Plain Rice.

Shrimps, Pork Tocino, Egg, and RICE!

Kare Kare with Crispy Pork Belly

Fried Hito (Catfish)

Pork Sisig Kapampangan (Pampanga Style)

Now that’s what you call a FEAST!  What we ordered was good for 5-6 Persons and it costs only 1,250 Pesos.  What a good catch!   The best way to go is to eat with your hands (all the way Pinoy!) but since you’re served with utensils then there’s nothing wrong if you want to stay clean and hygienic.

Seafood Island also has this pirate-y theme and a cozy interior to get your appetite kickin!

They also have such a bubbly menu with lots and lots of mouth watering dishes to choose from.  Take time to weigh in your decisions when you’re choosing the best Boodle Feast for you and your friends or family.  Trust me, you have too many choices and everything looks so good!

We dropped by their Greenbelt 3 Branch which was quite new and the staff were super friendly.  You may locate their other branches here.  Value for money was absolutely good because you can save a lot when you go for group sharing meals especially when you’re with friends and family.   Two thumbs up! 🙂

Blackbeard’s Seafood Island is owned and managed by the Red Crab Group of Restaurants.  Be on the know of their updates and promos via their Facebook Page.

Happy Boodle Feastin’!! (..and don’t forget to share your own Boodle experience 🙂)

Burger Avenue : Home of the Ridiculous Burger

Ridiculous, one word and a rather unusual way to describe food, is a fair enough justification to what Burger Avenue has to offer.  A lot of things might come into mind when you say Ridiculous Burger but the real deal about it is what makes it unique in it’s own way.

What is the Ridiculous Burger?  Freshly grilled ALL beef triple patty sandwiched on an oatmeal bun laced with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes and three cheese slices.  The challenge?  Finish it all up in 5 minutes and it’s FREE!

This might sound like an amazing deal but wait till you actually try the challenge.  I haven’t done it myself because I know for sure that I won’t be able to pull it off but I’ve seen some who did and you can just see the pain in their faces as they race through time trying to prove themselves.  Kudos! to those who were able to win it especially those who did it in only a minute or so (talk about skills!).

Aside from the famous Ridiculous Burger, most of the other burgers that we tried were really good.  We love this place because they are open until past midnight and it’s perfect for after those stressful long nights in the office when most of the other good restaurants are already closed.

They have a wide assortment of burger and sandwich creations in their menu which I’m sure are all good to try.

We had my favorite that evening, the Garlic Cream Cheese Burger

and the Cheese Steak Salpicao Sandwich, which is their version of the Cheese Steak and Beef Salpicao combined.  This one is really good and I recommend this one as a must try!

Both of these delicious sandwiches were paired with the best burger buddies in the world, Fries and Onion Rings!

Value for money is great and they have Jr. and Regular sizes for some burgers.  This gives you the option to go for the portion that suits you best so that you’re not bitin or you don’t overeat as well.

Their place looks quite cozy since they are occupying a pretty small space but it accommodates enough customers.  Behind this wall is their kitchen.  Burgers are flame-grilled by the way. 🙂

Notice the hearts on the walls?  Valentines Decorations!  I’d give them A for Effort. haha

Here we have their sort of wall of fame for those brave souls that won the Ridiculous Challenge.  You can see the photos posted in the corner.

Again, we had a fun evening well spent here in Burger Avenue.  I must say that we do tend to go back here every once in a while especially when the craving for Burgers hit us like a rock. hehe

Burger Avenue is located in The A Venue Mall along Makati Avenue and in the Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City.  For delivery, call 729-91-08.  See terms in their website.

Dinner Date with Pepper Lunch

After a week of silence I’m finally back!  It’s always fun to go on long and well-deserved breaks especially during the most stressful times of our dear lives.  I know a lot would agree.  I quote a famous line that I read here in the office, “The Time to Relax is when You don’t have Time for It“.  That pretty much says it all!  New posts about what foodscapades I recently had will come soon.  For now, I just want to share about one of my favorite DIY restaurants here in Manila.

Pepper Lunch isn’t new to most Manileños as DIY restaurants boomed a couple of years back.  Although many variations have come out specializing in DIY steaks, Pepper Lunch would still have to be the best in my opinion.  Their flagship store, which is in Powerplant Mall, is our favorite spot.  Even though the food that they serve in all other branches are the same, for some reason there seems to be something different about this one in Powerplant.  I just keep missing it and wanting to come back! haha

You might notice that it looks kinda different, that’s because this branch was recently renovated.  The interior is more relaxed now compared to the old one.  They made it well-ventilated this time because it’s really hard to eat in a place that’s smokin’ hot where people are all cooking at the same time.

How cute is that wall art?  My watermark blended in perfectly! haha

It’s almost closing time so you’re seeing the final few customers.

They recently changed their menu and took out the Pork Pepper Steak and I’m not sure why.  Perhaps more customers are fans of beef rather than pork.  For that dinner, we had our usual, the Beef Pepper Rice..

and the new Yakiniku Beef Pepper Rice..

These babies taste even more awesome if seasoned with their special sauces, the Amakuchi and Karakuchi.

Here’s a glimpse of their menu but you may also visit their website and blog for promotions.  Tip:  They do have a good bargain during weekdays!

What’s also fun in their restaurant is the video playback of their Pepper Lunch Tutorials where they teach you how to prepare and eat your Pepper Lunch dish at it’s best.

Pepper Lunch originated from Japan where the “hot plates” or the sizzling plates were patented.  Aside from Japan and the Philippines, there are over 300 branches all over Asia as well as US and Australia.  This is definitely another must-try!  Check now if you have a Pepper Lunch branch near you so you don’t miss out! 🙂

Pepper Lunch Branches:
 
The Power Plant Mall
Concours Level
Tel: +63 2 895 3164
Fax: +63 2 895 6185
Hours: 11am – 10pm
 
Alabang Town Center
2nd floor Corte de Las Palmas
Tel : 556 8498
Hours: 11am – 9pm
 
Robinsons Ermita
G/F Padre Faura Wing
Operating Hours
Sundays to Thursdays: 10AM to 9PM
Fridays to Saturdays: 10AM to 10PM
 
SM Mall of Asia
2nd floor Entertainment mall
Operating Hours
Daily: 10AM – 10PM
 
Shangri-La Plaza Mall
Garden Court Level
Tel: +63 2 634 3231
Fax: +63 2 631 6410
Hours: 10am – 11pm
 
Greenbelt 5
2nd floor – Phase 1
Tel : 501 3759
Hours 11am – 9pm
 
SM Mega Mall
Building A, ground floor
Operating Hours
Sundays to Thursdays: 10AM to 9PM
Friday to Saturday: 10AM to 10PM

Crave Rave : Shakey’s Half and Half

When it comes to fast and on-the-go pizza, Shakey’s would have to be my ultimate favorite.  I like it especially THIN and crispy so I get to savor every bit of each toppings and I don’ t get full that quick.  We’ve been dining in Shakey’s for ages and I feel kinda lame that I just found out about the Half and Half pizza just recently.  We always come across the dilemma of picking the pizza flavor even though we only have either Manager’s Choice or Pizza Bianca.  I’m so glad that they thought of doing Half and Half and that we don’t have to choose anymore because we can have both!

Now, does that look delicious or what?  Pizza Bianca (creamy white sauce pizza) on top, Manager’s Choice (Shakey’s #1 Flavor) in the bottom.  I’m lovin’ their pizza plate too (cute)!  This one is in Large size selling at P313.oo because it’s thin crust.  For the two flavors that you picked, they will take the price of the more expensive one.  Lucky us, both flavors have the same price. 🙂

You may check Shakey’s Website for their complete menu, branches, and delivery.  There are lots of Shakey’s all over the Metro so you sure won’t miss it!

Crave Rave : Mochiko Mochi Ice Cream

Ice cream has always been my fave comfort food eversince I can remember.  I know most of us just have a weak spot for these creamy and cool concoctions (even though it makes our clothes shrink..lol) and we just can’t resist having them once in a while.  As I’ve blogged here before, Mochi Ice Cream is one of the cutest, most delicious, and unique versions of ice cream I’ve ever tasted.  I’m glad we can now just grab them like candy as they are now available in most stores and supermarkets.  One of the best brands of Mochi Ice Cream that I’m so much fond of is Mochiko.  They have 12+ different flavors including Azuki, Black Sesame, and Green Tea!  Aside from these, they also make new flavors depending on a special occasion like Valentines Day, where they recently made the limited edition Vanilla Rose flavor.

We found about Mochiko via Mercato Centrale.  It’s one of Manila’s famous Midnight Food Markets where lots of people flock over to get a taste of the many varieties of delicacies, desserts, and drinks (too many choices, too little stomach space!).  Mochiko has been dubbed as a Certified Mercato Favorite.  These cute little babies sell for P70 each/P400 for 6 pcs.

My favorite flavors from Mochiko are the Strawberry..

..and of course, Caramel!

Cool right?  And they also have an awesome slogan saying, “Good things come to those who wait“.  This is because you have to wait for a few minutes until the mochi is soft enough to the touch before eating it to have that perfect Mochiko experience.  My mouth waters just thinking about it!

Mochiko is available in these following branches: 

Mercato Centrale
Bonifacio Global City 
 
Unit 3, Cliffhouse Tagaytay
Maharlika East, Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City
 
FICC Summer Cafes
– Alabang Town Centre (GF, near the cinema)
– BF Paranaque (#40 Aguirre Ave)
– Boracay (D’Mall Plaza)
– Marquee Mall Angeles (2F, below the cinema)
– Subic Freeport Zone
 
Check out their Facebook page to know more about Mochiko as well as new and upcoming branches.

Celebrating Love (and Good Food) this Valentine’s

Valentines Day means so much to most us like Christmas or any other special holiday you might think of.  Although it’s not really considered as a holiday, people, especially those that have significant others, look forward to this much awaited celebration.  As early as the last week of January, flowers, heart-shaped balloons, mugs with hearts, and any other Valentines day stuff flock our malls and stores.  It might look much like a cliche if you see people holding bouquets of flowers around but deep inside there’s this happy (and sometimes fidgety) feeling of having to celebrate this day with someone special.  Most of us also spend this day with our friends and family because really, is there a greater love than this?

And of course, what better way to celebrate this day but with FOOD.  Restaurants too get a buzz on people flocking over to make this day extra special.  It’s not just the florist or the novelty store or the chocolatier that gets super busy during this day.  Most of the memorable moments we had in our lives took place in our favorite restaurant; fiance’s proposal, engagement party, birthday party, wedding reception, baby’s christening, of course Valentines Day, and so much more.

I’ve narrowed the list down to some of the BEST restaurants or shall I say Romantic Restaurants that we have here in the Metro (trust me, the list goes on and on and on…).

Owned by Chef couple Roland and Jackie Laudico, Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino is a world class fine dining restaurant with modern Filipino cuisines.  This one is truly a Pinoy restaurant at heart.  Serving the finest in traditional Filipino cuisines combining the best world famous ingredients with the freshest local finds, this restaurant is exceptional in so many ways.  The service is just perfect and the owners are heart-warming and accommodating too.  You won’t go wrong for sure!

It does have a nice interior that will absolutely set the mood.

Details:
Ground Floor net 2 Building, 3rd Avenue,
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
For reservations or inquiries
Telephone: 856-0634/0541
Mobile: 0917800CHEF (2433)
email: cheflaudico@yahoo.com
 

Lolo Dad’s

Lolo Dad’s cafe has been in Manila for more than a decade now and it still continues to give that surprising satisfaction to customers.  It is owned by the Ayuyao family and Head Chef Ariel Manuel (husband of owner Carminia Ayuyao Manuel).  The name itself adds a homey feel as it came from a cute little family story.  Their famous Tasting Menu is good enough reason for you to pick up the phone and get reservations immediately.  It’s composed of different mouthwatering cuisines complete from appetizers to scrumptious dessert.  Sample menus include the exceptional Foie Gras, the finest Steak, palette-cleansing Sorbet, as well as the best house wine.  What more can you ask for?

Details:
899 Pres. Qurino Ave. cor. Leon Guinto St., Malate Manila
Phone Number : (63 2) 522-2941, 524-2295, 526-7151
Cellphone Number : +639228125971
 

Beurre Blanc

Beurre Blanc (French for White Butter) serves one of the finest French – Mediterranean cuisines in the Metro.  This is owned by the Chef’s Quarter group of restaurants under the tandem of Larry Cortez and Chef Mauro Arjona.  Located just in the heart of Resort’s World Manila, this is an ideal dining choice after going to the movies, or watching a play, or even playing in the casino, so you have that cozy and feel good experience.   The interior boasts of a ceiling covered with large scale Fresco paintings, classic chairs and tables, plus an immaculate fountain smack in the middle.

Details:
2/F, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila Newport Boulevard Newport City, Cybertourism Zone Pasay City, Pasay
Phone: (+632) 836 4342/ (+632) 659 4020
 

Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante

Now who doesn’t want a good dose of authentic Spanish food?  Casa Armas has been well known all around the Metro with it’s several branches for the warm and indulgent Spanish delicacies it brings.  Best to experience Spain within their classic and perfectly polished interiors which is perfect for any intimate celebration and get-together.  You gotta love their Spanish and Tapas specialties for they are truly the best.

Details:
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, Jupiter St.
132 Jupiter St., Bel-Air 2
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 897-3605
 
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, Malate
573 J. Nakpil St. cor. J. Bocobo St.
Manila, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 523-5763
 
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, Greenbelt 3
G/Lvl. Greenbelt 3, Paseo de Roxas, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 757-4961
 
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, The Podium
1/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 687-3663
 
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante, Trinoma Mall
3/Lvl. Trinoma Mall, EDSA cor. North Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 900-0449
 

La Cocina De Tita Moning

Such a different experience it will be by visiting La Cocina de Tita Moning as you will be in a flashback into the 1930’s era.  Dining in an pre-war ancestral home  that serves the finest in Filipino and contemporary dishes must be the new edge to put into a small gathering for lunch or dinner.  The interior is pretty much like a museum with the preserved items from the past but it still has it’s life and gleam because of the way the place has been taken care of.  Simply a one of a kind fine dining experience.

Details:
La Cocina de Tita Moning
315 San Rafael Street, San Miguel District, Manila
Tel. Nos. 632.7342146, 632.7342141
Mobile: (overseas): +63917.5383490; (Manila)  0917.5315203
Email address :talktous@lacocinadetitamoning.com
 
 

Sala

Yet another famous fine dining restaurant in Makati, Sala gives a laid back vibe perfect for the hustle and bustle around the city.  Sala is well known to be one of the finest European dining places in the Metro.  The location along Ayala is convenient for those who are working so that they can easily drop by and have great food after the stressful day they had.  Another good instance is for those who have to work during Valentines so they can just place a reservation and come by after.

Details:
6752 Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
+632 750 1555 / +632 893 0242
email info@salarestaurant.com
 
 
For more details on their Menu and Prices, just visit their websites that I have linked on each title. 🙂
 
photo credits–
  • cheflaudico.com.ph
  • lolodads.com
  • pickypescetarian.com
  • ouraweseomeplanet.com

Sango! The Burger Master

Sango, a Japanese word meaning Coral which I’m not quite sure how it relates to the restaurant but hey, the place looks really nice and inviting.  This was our second time to eat at Sango! in Powerplant Mall.  The place is quite cozy and unique because of its Japanese Anime theme.  When you first enter, you’ll get the impression that the place looks huge but then you’ll notice that it’s only because of the mirrors (good marketing technique <wink>).

(If you notice that there’s no one dining but us, that’s because it’s almost closing time..)  I loved their ‘Anime‘ corner with the LCD that shows Japanese anime (oh lookie..One Piece!) and a collection of Japanese manga.  I’m not sure if they allow you to grab and read one but it would be cool if they do! haha

The menu is OK, much like what you usually see in burger shacks but it has several varieties with a Japanese twist like the Teriyaki Burger, Katsu Burger, Curry Burger, and more.  They also serve a wide selection of Hotdog sandwiches, Rice Meals, Salads, and also Fries to pair with your burger.  Most of the burgers have a single serve and a double serve to give you an option based on your hunger level (and your capacity too).  You can check out their complete menu here.

I went for one of their best sellers which is the Yakiniku Rice Burger.  Though I’m not really a fan of Rice Burgers, I like how their Yakiniku Beef tasted.  I must admit, it was kind of hard to chow down the whole thing because the rice patties keep falling apart.  I ended up finishing it with a spoon and fork just like any ordinary Yakiniku Beef rice meal.  Glad I ordered it though!

We also had the Egg Teriyaki Burger and it was delicious too.

Value for money is OK since we really did enjoy what we ate and paid less than 500 bucks for it.  It’s something worth trying since there aren’t many Japanese Burger restaurants here in the Metro.

anatomy of the Master Burger

Sango! The Burger Master has branches in Makati (Powerplant Mall; Creekside Mall) and QC (Tomas Morato).  Be sure to check it out! 🙂