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Monday, December 11, 2017

Ready Set Gow

There’s something about weddings that make it magical. Last December 09, 2017 at the beautiful island of Boracay our dearest friend Caroline Orcena vowed forever with his partner Micheal Gow.

It was a very relaxed, romantic and intimate sunset wedding party attended by roughly around 50 people. The venue is at the beach front of Asya Premier Suites, a well known wedding place in the island perfectly sitted where the sunset view is majestic.

The Mass as clarified by the priest is not a wedding mass but a thanksgiving instead. Despite the thought, Father shared 5 important things we can carry in our living be it regards to marriage or simply having a happy and successful life.
- Happiness is a choice
- Challenge your story
- Enjoy the Journey 
- Make relationships count
- Balance work and play

He also reminded us that in everything we do, be it big and small we have to say a little prayer. 

The whole wedding went well and we all had fun.

Again, to the newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Gow, sending you our  best wishes in your marriage! God Bless!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

A Cause to Eat Chinese Food

Chinese restaurants has always been my staple and comfort zone. I even set some personal standards as what flavor, ambience and menu I always look for whenever I look for something Chinese to eat which I posted previously . One bonus that this restaurant have is in every meal you eat a portion of it is being donated to save a life. Yes it’s a bonus because in terms of food quality it’s also a check. 

As featured in CNN Travel, all revenue of this restaurant will proceed to Binondo Paco Fire Search and Rescue Brigade that’s why some calls it the Fireman’s coffee shop. That also explains the firmen’s hat and some equipment displayed in the cafe.

Food is no question as they really do serve good dishes fits both Filipino and Chinese palette.

Stir fried spinach in oyster sauce.
Lots of shrimp and perfectly cooked spinach.

This version is like a pares in a mami soup.

Left is the sliced pork and eggs in adobo sauce. Very Pinoy in taste.

Kiampong is their famous fried rice with nuts. And my ultimate favorite Black Chicken Soup. Traditional and herbal Chinese Soup with black chicken. Literally black inside and out. It has medicinal herbs like ginseng and lotus seed so it taste kind of weird at the first time but is delicious when you got used to it.

Here's to summarize my Cafe Mezzanine experience 
Taste: 😊😊😊😊🙁
Ambience: 😊😊😊😊🙁
Service: 😊😊😊🙁🙁
Value for Money: 😊😊😊😊🙁

Cafe Mezzanine 
2/F 650 Ongpin Street,
Binondo, Manila

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Visit to the Queen (of Sisig)

Everybody bows down to the queen!
Sisig stores and restaurants offering sisig is practically everywhere, but nothing beats the Queen's recipe. It was said that this small restaurant in Glaciano Valdez St. Angeles, Pampanga is where the now world's famous Filipino dish sisig.

This restaurant nearby the railways has been visited by some renowned foodie like Chef Anthony Bourdain. It may be a bit pricey for its location and ambiance but I think it adds to the total authenticity of the dish.

Apart from the famous sisig, they also offer quite choices of grilled dishes.
Their grilled dishes on the menu in general is just as the same with other local restaurant. Nothing "wow" but not that bad...

Grilled Liempo

Grilled Chicken Liver and Gizzard.
Grilled Catfish (Hito) with eggpants on the side.

Grilled Tilapia.

Grilled Chicken Ass. One of my favorite, because of the fat... hahaha
and  of course "The Sisig". Indeed their recipe of this dish is something special compared to now commercialized restaurants.

The play texture of meat so beautiful that in every bite you will crave for more. Also, the flavor is so simple, no overpowering sauce and its so clean you can taste the mix of salty, umami and meat.

Here's to summarize my Aling Lucing's experience
Taste: JJJLL
Service: JJLLL
Value for MoneyJJJLL

Aling Lucing's Sisig.
Address: Glaciano Valdez St, Angeles, Pampanga
Phone: (045) 888 2317

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Friday, June 23, 2017

When Heaven and Eggs Meet

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It boosts up energy, brightens your day and most importantly it sets the mood you will have. In our quest for good tasting breakfast we dropped by Heaven and Egg in Glorietta 4 Makati. A restaurant serving Western dishes and comforting all-day breakfast.

Although what we tried are not those items on the breakfast list, I think this are still nice idea to try for morning cravings.

Salmon Crepe. Fresh salmon and tartar sauce on top is just so mouth-watering and the smooth crepe sheets gives that balance of the savory and refreshing. The chips on the side though is also perfect for some salty cravings.

Waffle with Tempura. On the sweet side, Shrimp tempura beautifully balances the sweet and savory taste of this dish. This good to try for people who love sugar rush in the morning.

Ended the session with cappuccino. I love coffee for breakfast.

Here's to summarize my Heaven and Egg experience
Taste: JJJJL
Service: JJJLL
Value for MoneyJJLLL

Heaven and Eggs
G/F Glorietta 4, East Dr, Ayala Center, Makati
M-Su: 7AM-10PM
(02) 818 2792

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Lantaw Seafoods By The Bay

A sight of a bay, cool breeze and fresh seafoods, that's how the it feels when we first tried Lantaw along the Coastal Roads of South Cebu. 
The al fresco feels and freshly cooked dishes spells the difference on the experience you will get eating here.
Menu is mainly about Filipino dishes and all are good for sharing.
A harmonious music 🎵🎶 by a harp player serenades the diners at the middle of a hot but breezy weather.
Grilled Saang. Full bodied shell meat is what you get from this but it has a bitter aftertaste.
Tinolang Halaan. Good soup but limited shells or I just enjoyed it 🤗
Crispy Pata. Of course.
Kaldertang Kambing.
Binakol. Presentation wise and flavors is perfect.
Crispy shrimps. Better with beer.
Ther home made pistachio are superb and hopeful they supply some in Manila.
Other items in their menu.
Here's to summarize my Lantaw Native Restaurant
Taste: ðŸ˜ŠðŸ˜ŠðŸ˜ŠðŸ™ðŸ™
Ambience: 😊😊😊😊🙁
Service: ðŸ˜ŠðŸ˜ŠðŸ™ðŸ™ðŸ™
Value for Money: 😊😊😊🙁🙁

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Luna, J... The Pinoy Restaurant

Most often than not its hard to bring foreign friends outside to try Filipino food because it's either the restaurant is too fancy for that it doesn't give them the real taste of "Pinoy" food anymore or it's too lousy that they will not like it. 
This restaurant named after one of Filipino's National Artist "Juan Luna" truly embodies the idea of  Filipino restaurant serving authentic Pinoy food. So when my principal from Malaysia came in for a market visit we straight away went to Luna J since it's quite near to my office...

We are a bit familiar of their menu because we have already visited this for some times. Here's what we  ordered.

Ensaladang Itlog Na Maalat. A very common staple food in every Filipino home.  Basically, a salted egg with fresh tomato and onions. So appetizing! 
Ensaladang Talong. Grilled eggplant, peeled and topped with fresh tomatoes and onions with a bit sweet and salty fermented shrimp.
Gising gising. Winged bean sautéed with coconut milk and lots of chili. It's so spicy that your senses will be awaken. Gising is a Filipino word for "wake up!".
Kinilaw na Tanigue. Fresh cuts of Tanigue fish meat topped with green and red chili pepper, onions, and ginger with vinegar, salt and pepper.
Lechon Kawali. Deep fried roasted pork. The crispy popped skin will make you forget the fat and cholesterol hahaha...
Pinakbet. Stir-fried mix vegetables with fermented salty shrimp. A combination of squash, string beans, eggplant, balsam apple and shrimp. A very famous Filipino food from Ilocanos. Their serving is a bit fancy for this, I know because this is a very staple food in my province and we don't put shrimp and we don't normally use fermented shrimp instead use fish paste which I also prefer the taste.
Sisig. One our guest favorite. Its a very tasty pork dish. Basically the pig's face is being roasted and put into the sizzling plate mixed with different seasoning. It doesn't have that umay factor unlike those of the other sisig offered in other restaurant.
Seafood Kare Kare. Always been a fail to approve dish for our dearest Southeast Asian friends. When they first heard of the name they immediately thought of the spicy taste of curry. We know that this dish has always been blunt in taste because we need to put shrimp paste... Haaay! It's frustrating to explain how Pinoy love this dish...
Chicken and Pork Adobo. This one is seriously acceptable to them. They love it actually! Same as how we love it too...
Sinangag. Basic garlic rice topped with salted eggs and fresh tomatoes sprinkled with spring onions... I find it redundant to the ensaladang itlog na maalat.
Sago't Gulaman. A very common Pinoy refreshment. I didn't get their opinion on this since it's just me to drink the whole glass hahahha
The restaurant's ambience is very modern. They have about 7 tables inside and 6 tables at al fresco. Beer is also served there. Different types actually, but surprisingly they are offering imported beers which means this restaurant intends to cater foreigners who want to try Filipino food right? Hrhrh
It's really flattering to introduce your dishes to foreigners from our neighborhood country . It's nice to know they like some of our food and even compare it to one they accustomed to. However, they say that Pinoy food is always on the "extreme" level. Meaning, our dishes are either too salty (fish paste, salted egg, sinangag) or too sweet, or too sour (Kilawin) or too spicy (Gising gising) hahaha... But i think the spicy part is manageable. As a defense I just said that we always eat them with rice anyways the taste would be balanced.
Over all rate
Budget: 120- 250 per dish.
Here's to summarize my Luna J experience
Taste: JJJLL
Service: JJJLL
Value for MoneyJJJLLL