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Thursday, June 30, 2011

BURGER WARS EPISODE 3: MURRAY AND D'VINE




Say "Ahh"!

          The Beauty of these Group Buying sites like Groupon Philippines (www.beeconomic.com.ph) is that it gives you the courage to try restaurants that has always intimidated you with their price tag. One such restaurant for me is Murray & D'Vine. To be fair, I know that their prices aren't exorbitant when compared to other fine dining places and steak houses in the metro.. But for a Burger Joint.. It's a bit much. 

           But since I was armed with a Groupon voucher that gave me P500 off on all food and drinks (I only spent P250), I decided it was high time to see what the Forbes Park of Burger Joints had to offer, and how it would fare in the immortal gastronomic battle that is the Burger Wars.  

Monday, June 27, 2011

FRISCO FUSION AT HYPHY'S!



       I was surfing the net, minding my own business when I..umm..  "accidentally" ended up on the group buying site known as "Deal Grocer" (I'm really not an addict). As I mentioned from my previous Group Buying post, this was the same site that used a portion of my blog in their review of "Mochiko" (That statement is totally irrelevant to this post, but i just thought i'd mention it). I had never heard of the restaurant "Hyphy's" before (hell, I wasn't even sure how to pronounce it), but the name Bruce Lim did ring a bell with me (And not just because it sounded like Bruce Lee, either).

    The deal was "Pay P350 for P500 worth of food", so I thought it was worth a shot. Besides, I hadn't been to "The Veranda" in Robinson's Galleria yet, so I thought it would be nice to be able to drop by there for the first time in almost two years. 

    Hyphy's boasts of San Francisco inspired comfort food with a Filipino twist to it. Honestly though, at the moment, apart from "Rice-a-Roni" and Clam Chowder, I can't think of any other food that is associated with San Francisco, so i figured our trip to Hyphy's would be an interesting experience. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

SO-SO O'SONHO










Game on

         After getting the gender results from our trip to the doctor, Rina and I were so happy about hearing that our baby was healthy that we decided to treat our companions, Chaikka, Don, and my sister Raquel (Same people from our Yellow Cab breakfast) to lunch out at Eastwood. Since I had my trusty Voucher from Groupon Philippines for O'Sonho (I only paid P200 bucks for P400 worth of food!), that was pretty much the default choice (Hey we were paying so no complaining). A work friend of mine, Osh, had also mentioned this place to me in the past, as a suggestion for my next destination. Since she is also a notoriously Picky Eater herself, I instantly knew that there weren't going to be any vegetables involved in this food trip (which was totally fine by me).  

         I still remember the first time I noticed O'Sonho. Its right beside Cookbook Kitchen, and I didn't think twice when I passed by it at first, because I thought, for some reason, it was a Japanese Restaurant (I could imagine a Japanese man shouting out, "OSONHO!", like it meant "Delicious!" or something). A closer look revealed that it was actually a Portugese Fusion restaurant. 

        Since Spanish food is a family tradition, I have a high standard for it, and I imagined that Portuguese food wouldn't be very different, so I didn't feel any urgency to try O'Sonho out.

       Then on my way back, I passed by the place once again, and I saw their huge menu outside. There was one dish that totally caught my attention: Coffee Marinated Roast Pork. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

THE EARLY BREAD CATCHES THE YELLOW CAB

Me going to Yellow Cab with my acidic stomach is like 
Frodo taking the ring into the heart of Mordor

         
     Right after posting a "Hole In The Wall" discovery to redeem myself from my brother's accusation of being too "Mainstream", leave it to me to fall back into the same hole by writing about one of the country's most popular pizza joints, Yellow Cab Pizza Co. 


   But of course, me being me, I won't allow this to be just a simple review of the pizzas that Yellow Cab has to offer. This is me, telling you, that Yellow cab has something amazing to offer than just kick ass Pizzas.. but the catch is, are you willing to wake up for it? 



Monday, June 13, 2011

FEELING PHILY'S DINER!



Challenge accepted!

        Among my immediate family members, only my sister Raquel checks out my blog with any form of regularity. My Sister Rosemarie and my brother Ryan, do not at all. However, one time, Ryan DID stumble unto my blog when he asked me if I had eaten in Kogi Bulgogi before. He took a look at a few posts and his only comment was, i'm too "mainstream". 

      Yeah, to be honest, that's not something I can really contest. But what can I do? You hear about a place, then you wanna go check it out. It's not my fault if it's usually located in a mall or something. 

     So when Groupon Philippines had a promo for "Phily's Diner", a place I had never heard of before, I thought it would be a good opportunity to uncover another hidden gem. 


Friday, June 10, 2011

A GOOD DAY FOR GOOD EARTH




Life is good :)

           Having lived in Makati for two years, I used to frequent Greenbelt a lot (hence the large amount of Makati (17) and  Greenbelt (7) posts in my blog) so i was a little bit surprised when I saw a Groupon deal for "Good Earth" in Greenbelt 3. For the life of my, I couldn't recall ever seeing a Good Earth restaurant there. A few friends of mine that I had asked said they think they recall seeing a restaurant of that name there, but wasn't entirely sure. 


       The name "Good Earth" though rang some bells, because it's a Chinese restaurant, and for some reason, names of Chinese restaurants seem to stick in the inner recesses of my brain. At any rate, I thought it was a great opportunity to try the place, and with a deal like P199 for a Chinese food Buffet? That's a pretty hard deal to pass up. 



Monday, June 6, 2011

SURF'S UP AT SUNRISE BUCKETS!


I got my own Buckets!

                 Amidst the (admittedly well deserved) hype of Bon Chon Chicken and Manang's Chicken, another restaurant that specializes in Chicken Wings seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. And if you think Sunshine Buckets is just one of those run of the mill chicken wing places you pass by on the street corner, you should be ashamed of yourself..

       Because I promise you, it's so much more than that.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BOY OR GIRL? THE BIG REVEAL!

        


         It seems like it was just yesterday that I was announcing to the world that after three years of trying, Rina was finally pregnant, (and driving my mom into hysterics in the process). I know that it sounds like a lot of fun, and though I really shouldn't be complaining, the fact of the matter is, it wasn't exactly easy. There were some medical issues involved, and some tests and treatments to undergo (some that weren't exactly "pleasant") to help get me and Rina in optimum shape for pregnancy. Thankfully, My brother in Law Julio has an uncle that specializes that sort of thing. When my sister mentioned to Tito Manny that Rina and I were having trouble conceiving, he confidently told her, "They want to have a baby? Tell them to see me." 


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