Monday, April 23, 2018

BEHOLD: ZARKS NEW SIGNATURE BURGER STEAKS!


     Zark's Burgers is known for their absolutely insane burger creations that have taken the country by storm. From a humble 20 square meter space in a ratty old mall, Zark's is now looking to end 2018 with roughly around 50 branches.. All that in less than 10 years! 

     Now, they've undergone a rebranding, coming up with a sleeker, more modern design to their interiors and look, but their delicious food at affordable prices still remain the same. In fact, they recently expanded their menu to come up with new Signature Burger Steak Rice meals that will undoubtedly get the Pinoys appetite rumbling!

Friday, April 20, 2018

HOMEBASED DISCOVERIES: MILKBOXPH HOKKAIDO CAKES AND MORE!


      There are a whole bunch of local online purveyors that you can find on social media.. So this begs the question, how do you know which ones are good from the ones that are not. I plan to do a series of online vendors that I find on the net and give my two cents on whether they're worth it or not, and I thought it would be best to start with one such online business that totally blew me away with its delicious concoctions.. MilkboxPH.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

TRAVELING TO KOREA WITH KKDAY: NAMI ISLAND, GANGCHON RAIL CAR PARK & GARDEN OF THE MORNING CALM


            After reigniting her obsession with Korean Dramas, Rina had dreams of visiting Korea, especially in the winter. After 2018 rolled in, her dreams finally came true when I told we had tickets to Incheon via AirAsia with our names on it! 

      Rina had her own itinerary set, based on the locations of her favorite Korean Drama shows, however she asked me to take care of the more touristy spots in Seoul that I wanted to check out. I didn't hesitate to log on to www.kkday.com to gloss over the offers they had, before finally settling on a couple of tours that would make our vacation even more memorable. 

      Based on the advise of my friends that had visited Korea in the past, some of the MUST VISIT SPOTS are Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm. 

    Thankfully, there was a tour available that would take us to those gorgeous spots, with a short stop at another popular tourist attraction, the Gangchon Rail Car park.

Friday, April 13, 2018

THE PICKIEST FAMILY FLIES TO KOREA VIA AIRASIA PHILIPPINES !



          Whenever I fly with AirAsia, I feel like my vacation experience begins as soon as I sit down on my seat on the plane. Our trip to Korea via AirAsia once again made me feel right at home. From our hassle free check in via the AirAsia App, to our delicious in-flight meal, our flight help set the tone for what would be an epic family vacation to the land of the morning calm. 


Friday, April 6, 2018

I DID IT MAI WEI FANG


   I have professed my love for Chinese food on my blog time and time again, which is why I have so many Chinese restaurant entries. However, this was the very first time I would be visiting a Chinese bakery.. And I was incredibly excited! 

   I was ecstatic to find that the same care and precision used in meticulously creating Chinese savory dishes, is also used when baking the different types of breads.. Perhaps even more so with bread because being off by a few milligrams could lead to a baking disaster! 

   But Mai Wei Fang at Robinsons Place Ermita does a masterful job of bringing popular breads and other well loved snacks from China for us Filipinos to enjoy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SPOILER FREE REVIEW: READY PLAYER ONE



I'll admit, I don't read very many books, but sometimes there will be one that catches my attention and gets me hooked. The moment I found out the premise of Ready Player One, I was instantly intrigued. An ode to 80's Pop Culture? Sign me up for that!

I was equally ecstatic when I found out that it was being made into a movie, directed by no less than Steven Spielberg.. Which was rather fitting considering how he played a vital role in the 80's pop culture, making him part of the book's lore.

So I made sure to read the book before the movie was released, just so that I could compare one with the other.

In case you're not aware, Ready Player One is a book by Ernest Cline, set in the future. The world has become quite a dreary place to live in, and a visionary game developer, James Halliday, created an entire virtual world called the "Oasis", where you can be anything. The Oasis evolves into more than just a game, and becomes a way of life.. And perhaps the most important commodity in the world.

Halliday had become such an icon (Think Steve Jobs x 100), that studying him and his pop culture favorites has become popular among the youth. When Halliday passes away, it is revealed that he has hidden three "keys" within the infinite worlds of the Oasis, which would lead to the coveted "Easter Egg". Whoever finds the egg wins Halliday's share of his company, essentially giving that person control of the Oasis. 

Roughly around five years passes, and despite the efforts of the huge corporation,"IOI", who employed an army of gamers with the goal of gaining control of The Oasis, and several "Clans" throughout the world filled with experienced Egg Hunters (aka "Gunters") who aim to win in order to keep the integrity of Halliday's vision intact.. The scoreboard remained empty, making some people believe that the  

Until one day.. A single name appears on the scoreboard.. "Parzival". 


Monday, April 2, 2018

A BIG YES TO NONO'S BY CLASSIC CONFECTIONS


    I was invited to Nono's by Classic Confections a few months back, when they opened their first branch at U.P. Town Center. Unfortunately, since I rarely frequent Quezon City, I as unable to visit them. Thankfully though, the opening of the newly renovated Podium Mall has helped create room for more restaurant establishments, paving the way for Nono's to find another home in Ortigas!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

REYAL: THE BEST KEPT LECHON MANOK SECRET


         You know what's strange? I've never heard of Reyal Lechon Manok before. And honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if you told me that you hadn't either. But i'm telling you this, if you haven't heard of it, you're missing a whole lot, because this is probably one of THE BEST Lechon Manoks you'll find out there now. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

GRAND HYATT MANILA: LUXURY REDEFINED


    The Philippines may be a third world country and not without its many flaws, however I can say that I am rather proud with how many luxury hotel chains have the confidence to invest in us. I do believe though that it's the innate hospitality that is ingrained into us Filipinos that makes us such gracious hosts, which gives these Hotel Industry Titans faith in us. 

  Already dazzling the country with it's "City of Dreams" property, the Hyatt name continues to grow in the Philippines. Opening at the heart of Bonifacio Global City just a few months ago was the Grand Hyatt Manila, and it is redefining luxury hotels as we know it.   

Saturday, March 24, 2018

SORSOGON'S BEST: MANGO GRILL'S BIG CHEESE CASSAVA CAKE


       I have a confession to make. When it comes to desserts, I'm not a fan of Pinoy offerings. Outside of Turon and Leche Flan (which is technically Spanish), I find myself taking a pass if native treats, such as Bibingka and Puto are the choices. 

     Don't get me wrong, I think they're delicious enough to eat, but it's easier to resist than more indulgent desserts, such as chocolate cakes and cream pastries. 

   Well, apparently I was wrong. 

     I recently tried a Cassava Cake that was just so irresistible, I swear I could have finished one whole by myself in one sitting.    
    
      The Big Cheese Cassava Cake from Mango Grill.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

LAST CALL FOR SUPER BOWL OF CHINA'S UNLI YANG CHOW 7!


          Once again, the Chinese food bug bit me badly, leaving me craving for some of my favorite dishes, such as Sweet and Sour Pork, and Lemon Chicken. One of my go-to places for my Chinese food fix, is the ever dependable Super Bowl of China. Boy, was I in luck because not only was I in for a delicious meal of some of my favorite Chinese entrees, but I dined at Super Bowl of China at just the right time... In time for their Unlimited Yang Chow promo! 

Monday, March 19, 2018

PARADISE DYNASTY: THE LEGEND NOW IN PODIUM


   I'm never ashamed to admit that I can never get enough of Chinese Food, especially dimsum dishes like Xiao Long Bao. Paradise Dynasty has become known for being one of the country's best places to get your Xiao Long Bao fix, especially since they offer a medley of flavors to choose from. 

  My biggest qualm with Paradise Dynasty, however, was the distance. Being a resident of Pasig, it's not easy for me to get to S Maison Mall in Pasay for my XLB cravings. Just a couple of months ago, the Food Gods once again answered my prayers, as Paradise Dynasty opened a branch a few blocks away from my office... At the newly renovated Podium Mall! 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

FLOSSOM KITCHEN & CAFE: A WONDERFUL DISCOVERY OF FLAVORS


           There is something undeniable charming about neighborhood cafes. That homey feel and relaxing vibe is something that I look for, apart of course from incredibly delicious food. I just recently discovered an adorable little bistro that opened just a few months back, that checks all the boxes in what a neighborhood cafe should be.. Flossom Kitchen & Cafe. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

FAT FOOK AT ROBINSON'S GALLERIA


          Ever since I first tried Fat Fook at SM North Edsa, I've been a fan. Whenever I find myself at Quezon City, Fat Fook always comes up as a dining option. I always hoped that Fat Fook would expand to somewhere in the Ortigas or BGC area, making it more accessible to me. And as luck would have it, Fat Fook opened a branch at Robinsons Galleria, just a few blocks away from my office, with plans to open another branch at BGC very soon!  

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

KITSHO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SAKE BAR AT HOTEL JEN MANILA



         Located at the Ground floor of Hotel Jen Manila is Kitsho, one of the finest Japanese restaurants in the country. During our staycation, we had the pleasure of trying out their Weekend Ala Carte Buffet! 

Monday, February 26, 2018

EAT 9707: STREET FOOD WITH A JAPANESE KICK!


       Though I studied in The College of St. Benilde in the 90's (Matanda na Tito Richie niyo), admittedly I had never heard of the place they call "Syfu's Grill", which seemed to be incredibly popular with La Sallians. 

    The sun may have set on Syfu's Grill, however from its ashes, a new concept has risen, and with consultant Chef Kel Zaguirre developing a "Street Food with a Japanese Kick" theme to the menu, Eat 9707 is shaking the foodie world to its very core.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

CAFE ENYE OPENS AT CITI PLAZA, BGC


        I still remember when I tried the Brunch Menu of Cafe Enye at Eastwood, and I felt that I wouldn't be surprised to see more branches of this delicious discovery in the near future. A year later,  Cafe Enye finally decided it was time to expand, with its second branch opening at Bonifacio Global City!

Monday, February 19, 2018

2 LAZCANO PLACE: URBANIDAD CAFE


          Another cozy coffee shop within the 2 Lazcano Place complex is Urbanidad. Located at the ground floor of growing food hub, Urbanidad offers a wide array of comfort food and desserts to choose from, as well as coffees and other beverages. And yes, you may cross order from any of the other establishments with 2 Lazcano Place!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2 LAZCANO PLACE: LITTLE WINE HAUS




      As a testament to how diverse the establishments at 2 Lazcano Place are, there is also a Wine & Tapas place that offers a little solace for those looking to unwind over a few drinks after a long day.. The aptly named, Little Wine Haus. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2 LAZCANO PLACE: THE BREWOLOGY CAFE


           As we continued our tour eating around 2 Lazcano Place, we found ourselves enjoying the delectable desserts of an endearing little coffee shop on the second floor of the complex, called The Brewology Cafe. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

2 LAZCANO PLACE: BENTO & CO

      

   As I mentioned in my previous about about Two Lazcano Place, the QC Food hub houses several restaurants, and I had the pleasure of sampling a few during my visit. Much like the popular "Ketchup Food Community" in Baguio, the Two Lazcano complex allows cross ordering from all the restaurants, giving you a diverse selection to choose from, ranging from Japanese Food, American Food, Mouth-watering Pastries and of course, home grown Filipino food.

    The next establishment that offered me a taste of their wares, was Bento & Co., a charming little restaurant that serves Japanese food, including delicious, yet affordable bento meals.

SM NORTH EDSA EATS: KUMORI


Kumori

        We all headed to the Food Circuit at The Block Ground Floor and started our food crawl at Kumori, A delightful little place that bakes fresh pastries and more! 

SM NORTH EATS: NADAI FUJISOBA


Nadai Fujisoba

        Just beside Kumori is a Japanese noodle place called Nadia Fujisoba. It’s a franchise from Japan that is famous for their soba and udon. I have to admit that I was a bit worried first that I would not like it as soon as I saw the term soba which is buckwheat noodles. I remember not liking it the first time I tried soba in Korea. But Nadai Fujisoba completely turned it around for me.

SM NORTH EATS: CAFE SHIBUYA

Cafe Shibuya

        I was happy to see that there’s a Cafe Shibuya in SM North. Whenever we would go there, we would always order one of their famous toasts. During this visit, we were able to sample some of their savory items, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that they were quite delicious as well!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

THE ORIGINAL HAWAIIAN BBQ AT QUEZON CITY


       As much as I love Pamana, I'm always left in a quandry between which restaurant to visit during my limited time in Tagaytay.. Pamana or The Hawaiian BBQ? Which is why I was ecstatic when I found out that the Mother Ignacia branch of Pamana, is also the home of The Original Hawaiian BBQ, where you can cross order from either restaurant's menu!

STARTERS


     Even though I had this during our Tagaytay trip late last year, there was no way that I could go to Hawaiian BBQ and NOT order the Hawaiian Spam and Fries (P235) again. 

        Thin strips of the world's most famous luncheon meat is fried with caramelized onions and crisp French Fries, then coated in Hawaiian BBQ's homemade BBQ Sauce, creating one of the most addicting items on their menu.  



            Hawaiian BBQ's claim to fame has to be their Original Hawaiian Baby Back Ribs (P380 Small/P765 Medium/P990 Large). Lip smacking, fall off the bone ribs, glazed in the Hawaiian BBQ Sauce that offers a sweet and tangy touch. The Ribs are best paired with their selection of sides, including  Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato, Coleslaw Salad, Taro Shoestring Fries, Buttered Corn and Carrots, and French Fries. 




      The Barbecue Platter (P940) is an assembly of some of Hawaiian BBQ's greatest hits in one magnificent wooden slab. Before ordering, you have choose from their signature sauces, which includes the Original Hawaiian BBQ, Sam Choi's Spicy Rub, or Coconut Honey. 

       The platter consists of Plump Shrimp skewers, masterfully grilled Mussels, and juicy Pork and Chicken BBQ, and my personal favorite, Barbecued Pork Belly. 



 The restaurant's name alone makes it clear that family comes first in the Ongpauco household, which is why going there with my KTG family was only fitting, and made my visit to Pamana even more enjoyable. Not to mentoned, having the Hawaiian BBQ Menu readily available will truly making your dining experience something special.


Pamana & Hawaiian BBQ
Mother Ignacia Avenue
Tomas Morato, South Triangle, 
Quezon City, Metro Manila


The Original Hawaiian Bar-B-Que Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL PART 10: TAZA PLATITO

TAZA PLATITO



       I wouldn't be surprised if you begin hearing the name "Taza Platito" more often in the coming months. This desserts specialist serves up some innovative and delicious desserts. 

MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL PART 9: HAPITORI




 
          Given that Malingap Central Food Hall has the makings of a great watering hole, It makes sense that there would be Beer Friendly items, such as Hapitori's Skewered Meats, also known as Japanese Yakitori. 

MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL PART 8: STICKY PIG





            Hearing the name "Sticky Pig" immediately made me think of a Rib Shack. Although Grilled Baby Ribs are one of their specialties, Sticky Pig also offers an extensive range of Seafood dishes to choose from, which is pretty impressive for a food hall stall. You can even have fun with the menu by ordering the Surf and Turf Combos which even includes pasta!

MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL PART 7: SHISK-K



          Mediterranean flavors are brought to life in Malingap Central Food Hall through the stall, "Shish-K", home to some of the most affordable and delicious kebabs in the metro. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

2 LAZCANO PLACE: KUSINA JUAN REPLUBLIKA


          I mentioned this in my earlier blog posts, but when I moved back to Manila from Cebu right after high school, I first lived with my grandfather at the Scout Area of Quezon City. Dining at the Scout Area didn't have the gems that are there today. In fact, if we wanted a decent meal, we would have to drive over to the bustling Tomas Morato Ave, where legendary restaurants, such as Mario's, Anabels' and the like still stand today. 

          But to think of getting a delicious meal just walking distance from my grandfather's place was unheard of.  Sadly, more than 20 years after moving out of that QC neighborhood, it has become quite a food haven. And as you may have it, I found an amazing hub just down the street for my Grandfather's house, called 2 Lazcano Place, which housed a charming little Filipino restaurant that I thoroughly enjoyed... Kusina Juan Republika. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL PART 6: ALFRED'S ROAST BEEF STATION



        I find that Roast Beef is my usual "go-to" dish when dining at food parks, courts and markets. And if I visited Malingap Central Food Hall on my own, there's a very good chance that Alfred's Roast Beef Combo would have been my choice as well.

MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL PART 5: QUIOXTE




   With the backing of Spanish food icon Dulcinea behind it, Quixote serves up delicious Paellas and Churros that will make your mouth water. 

MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL PART 4: EL SOMBRERO




      El Sombrero is a charming little Mexican Cantina that offers a suprisingly wide selection of classic Mexican dishes that belies its small size. 

MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL PART 3: NICE TO MEAT YOU



          Described as a " Chinese Pinoy Eatery", Nice to meat you has a nice selection of predominantly meat based dishes, that will please even the fiercest carnivore (me). 

MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL PART 2: HONEY BUTTER FRIED CHICKEN



       I'm a fan of sweet meets savory, and all things buttery, so I did a quadruple backflip when I heard Malingap Food Hall had a stall called "Honey Butter Fried Chicken", which apparently is the brainchild of the group that brought you "Rub Ribs". 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

AN UNLIMITED DIMSUM FEAST AT LI LI AT NEW WORLD MANILA BAY



           Rarely do the Zamoras find ourselves in the Manila area, but we would cross oceans and climb mountains for some awesome dimsum, and Li Li, the premiere Chinese restaurant of AG New World Manila Bay Hotel, is the home of one of the best Dimsum All You Can Promos that you can find in Metro Manila! 

Monday, February 5, 2018

WELCOMING THE YEAR OF THE DOG AT LUNG HIN, MARCO POLO MANILA





         If you read my previous post on Marco Polo Hotel at Ortigas, then you'll know that I find Lung Hin to be among the finest restaurants in the country today, regardless of the cuisine. Chef Terry Lai is indeed one of the best in the business, and this 2018 Chinese New Year media event was a wonderful way to  sample some of his new dishes, while ushering in the Year of the Dog.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

INDUSTRIE FOOD LOFT: NIKU NIKU



          Niku Niku is a stall at Industrie Food Loft that serves a whole slew of different grilled Japanese skewers for you to choose from, and also gives you the liberty to pair it with the sauce of your choice. 


      Wagyu Cubes have recently become a craze, and I hate to admit it, but I've fallen in love with it as well, so I wanted to try their Saikoro Wagyu with Tare sauce, and I was not disappointed. The meat virtually melted in my mouth and the Tare sauce offered a blend of soy meets sweet flavors that paired nicely with the cubes.  

        I'll make sure to drop by again soon so I can review the other stalls at Industrie Food Hall! 


INDUSTRIE FOOD LOFT
2/F CityGolf Plaza
Julia Vargas Ave.,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City



Niku Niku Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

INDUSTRIE FOOD LOFT: THE BROKEN OVEN


     I think 2017 was the year that the Food Park concept really took the metro by storm. Dropping by a food park makes me feel like im in Disneyland or something to that effect, but my problem is, living in the Philippines, we usually have to deal with the heat. Which is sort of why I tend to prefer the Food Hall concept more than the park. 

         The difference, you ask? AIR CON. 

       It may sounds like a small difference, but believe you me, its often a deal breaker for me when deciding where to eat.  

       Which is why I was excited when I heard about Industrie Food Loft. With a whole bunch of exciting gastronomic purveyors, housed under one air-conditioned roof? Count me in!

        And the best part? It's located in Ortigas, which is located near me!

Here's a quick review of some stalls I was able to try during my first visit to Industrie Food Loft.

DINING AT MARCO POLO: CONNECT LOUNGE




       For afternoon refreshments, you may drop by the Connect Lounge, located at the 24th floor. Again, the draw here is the breathtaking view of the metropolis, which you can gaze at while enjoying their Afternoon Tea Set (P788) which is available everyday from 2pm-6pm.

Friday, February 2, 2018

SM NORTH EDSA EATS: 3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT IHOP FRESH & GO!


      Three words that always brings a smile to my face... "ALL DAY BREAKFAST". Considering how IHOP exploded on to the scene a few years ago, it's clear that we Pinoys have a fascination with the integral morning meal. IHOP brought in their fast casual style restaurant "IHOP Fresh and Go" to our shores, introducing yet another delectable way to enjoy your breakfast, and was the last stop of our mini food crawl around SM NORTH EDSA!  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SM NORTH EDSA EATS: DOHTONBORI


             In the rare times that I find myself at SM North Edsa, I'm always on the look out for new restaurants that I can try. Yet there was one time I dropped by the Super Mall in the North, and found ourselves once again in a familiar restaurant, unable to resist the lure of their delicious food, particularly their Okonomiyaki.  

             Yes, I found myself at Dohtonbori once again. And I regret NOTHING. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

SM NORTH EDSA EATS: KING CHEF DIMSUM KITCHEN


            One of the local restaurant chains that I enjoy watching grow is King Chef. Easily one of my favorite Chinese Restaurants, I've visited King Chef Dimsum Kitchen at Banawe and King Chef Seafood Restaurant at Lucky China Town, and both visits left me awestruck. I've tried visiting the branch at SM North Edsa before, however the line was too long and my tummy was grumbling a bit too loudly, it was starting to scare the children in the mall, so I had to eat somewhere else instead. 

         Thankfully I was able to schedule a visit to King Chef with my blogger buddies! We made sure to be there as soon as they opened just to make sure we get great seats!

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