Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cerchio Grill and Lounge : Oven Baked Crispy Pata

Baked = Less Oil!!

Where to Buy : Cerchio Grill and Lounge
                        76 Sct. Limbaga, Tomas Morato
                        Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: (63 2) 355-0998, (63 2) 351-5279
Price : P650

Cerchio's Oven Baked Crispy Pata is a must order! very crispy skin plus the meat is so tender, this is served together with three different sauces namely honey cilantro, oyster chili sauce and crispy pata sauce, I prefer the original crispy pata sauce. A bit on the pricey side and as usual the serving is small.

Cerchio Grill and Lounge : Pork Sisig

Tiny Round Pork Sisig with Mini Egg on Top!

Where to Buy : Cerchio Grill and Lounge
                        76 Sct. Limbaga, Tomas Morato
                        Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: (63 2) 355-0998, (63 2) 351-5279
Price : P230

At first this looks really weird from other sisig, it looks like ice cream sisig with egg on top haha anyway, yummy pork sisig all the way! although not so crunchy but you will easily notice that this is one good sisig compared to those other restaurants. The serving size is small ( good for two persons only ), you can't even feel the egg because it's too small!! I wonder where they bought those micro eggs.

Cerchio Grill and Lounge : Cool As Cucumber

Ain't it cool? minty cool! =D
Where to Buy : Cerchio Grill and Lounge
                        76 Sct. Limbaga, Tomas Morato
                        Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: (63 2) 355-0998, (63 2) 351-5279
Price : P95

This is Cerchio's signature drink! lime, cucumber and mint mixed together into a cold refreshing drink, it taste kinda like a lime drink but with a hint of mint and cucumber, the ice makes this drink cold and the mint made it taste like icy cold! you should order this instead of the usual soft drink or iced tea! you won't be disappointed! I Heart This Drink!! Very Cool Cucumber!!! =D

Thursday, July 28, 2011

McDonald's : New English Muffin

I HATE the New English McMuffin of Mcdo, it doesn't taste good or anything, it literally destroyed the whole breakfast experience at Mcdo, I used to love eating all those Sausage McMuffin with Egg, Big Breakfast Muffin and the Egg McMuffin. Those golden days are now gone.... let us welcome this piece of crap, tastless, hard, doesn't even look appetizing, it even made the Sausage McMuffin look smaller!! I can't understand why they have to change this? it was the best part of their breakfast items, couldn't they just left the McMuffin alone?!? and introduce something new without changing it?! 

Help me Bring back the Good Old McMuffin Back!! Throw this piece of crap away!

North Park : Boneless Honey Lemon Chicken

Price : P218

One word best describes their Boneless Honey Lemon Chicken.... Bitin!!! this is only good for one person! don't bother sharing it with other's or you'll end up with only 1 or 2 pieces of this oh so good lemon chicken! The sauce is perfect ( although some may find it too sweet for their taste ) , this is one of their best sellers and I won't argue about it! delicious lemon chicken as always! =D

* I always order lemon chicken when eating at Chinese Restaurants. =D
* Crappy Pic! forgot to bring my digicam. tsk!

North Park : Pineapple Fried Rice with Pork Sausage

Pineapple Fried Rice? 
Where to Buy : North Park Restaurant   North Park Menu
Price : P168

North Park's Pineapple Fried Rice is good but not comparable to the Authentic Chinese Fried Rice, It isn't tasty enough to make you crave for more ( even though there are pineapple to sweeten things up ). The serving is good enough for 2 persons but I bet you will order another extra rice. Their fried rice even with different variant almost taste the same! >_<

* sorry for the crappy picture! I forgot to bring my digicam! =c

North Park Menu Manila Pasig Taguig Quezon City

Dial 73737 Prompt Delivery

Alabang Town Center - 850-8632

Ayala-Convergys - 750-1391

Banawe - 742-3275

Canlubang - 049-5490801

Greenhills (P.Guevara) - 721-2759

Samurai Foods : Takoyaki

(literally fried or grilled octopus) is a popular ball-shaped Japanese dumpling or more like a savory pancake made of batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with diced or whole baby octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion - Wikipedia
Where to Buy : Samurai Foods Stall
Price : P?? ( 38 I think?? will update this when I can )

Samurai Foods is the oldest stall selling takoyaki here in the Philippines, I think they are the ones who started selling these way back 10 or more years ago. I could remember asking my mom to buy me these expensive yet so delicious food. The reason why I think their takoyaki is so delicious is because they use the original ingredients unlike other takoyaki that is made up of vegetables. The only problem about this food is that you have to wait for them to cook it which takes a very long 15 minutes, it is then served very smoking hot, so better be careful when eating this! it doesn't taste good when cold. =D

Baliwag Lechon Manok ATBP. : Lechon Manok and Liempo Meal

Lechon Manok + Liempo = Lunch
Where to Buy : Baliwag Lechon Manok ATBP Restaurant
Price : P130

Baliwag Lechon Manok ATBP. is as usual famous for their lechon manok, I ordered their lechon manok and liempo meal which cost 130 pesos! I was disappointed about their serving size, the chicken is 1/4 piece which is alright but the liempo is only a few pieces and most of it are fats. >_<  The chicken is delicious! dip it with the sauce ( which isn't just any gravy ). The liempo didn't really please me at all.... just order their lechon manok =D

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tender Bob's : Calamares

Chef's Best!
Where to Buy : Tender Bob's Restaurant
Price : P215

Sumptuous Calamares! one of the best foods to start the meal, this comes in huge rings with satisfying tartar sauce! good for two persons but I think it could only satisfy one, quite pricey for a small serving but well worth every peso you chipped out. =D have a nice starter!

* Tender Bob's is famous for their steaks which cost 1500 to 3500++.
* pricey but the food is really good.
* their restaurant is very american themed.

Wai Ying : Fried Wanton

Crunchy! Yummy! =D
Where to Buy : Wai Ying Restaurant
Price : P130

Wai Ying's Fried Wanton is a great side order to share with your friends, this comes in 12 pieces of deep fried wanton and sweet and sour sauce to make things a little bit fun. Before you can enjoy these wanton you have to get past first the thick crunchy breading.

* you can also request the steamed wanton if you don't like fried.

Binalot : Adobo Rice

Ang Pambansang Tsibugan!
Where to Buy : Binalot Restaurant
Price: P25

Never order plain rice! order adobo rice instead! this is the perfect combination to their rice meals. =D adobo flavored rice topped with egg.

* Funny how they served their food wrapped in banana leaves and some paper
* you have to wait for approximately 10 minutes to get your food.
* and saya ang sarap maging pinoy! =D

Binalot : Anytime Inihaw na Baboy

tender liempo marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, herbs and spices. Grilled to get that authentic barbecued texture, and aroma. Served with white rice. Comes with salted egg and tomato.
Where to Buy : Binalot Restaurant
Price : P93

Delicious Liempo from Binalot! eating liempo together with tomatoes and salted egg is really a hit, be sure to get your liempo sauce too! the ordinary order comes with plain rice but I decided to change it to their famous adobo rice ( you just have to add a few pesos ), it's way better with the adobo rice! the serving is good enough

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Nestle : Fruit Selection Strawberry Yogurt Drink

Where to Buy : Groceries
Price :  P29

Yogurt Drink!! if you never liked eating yogurt then you should try drinking it! this yogurt drink is less sour than those pure yogurt and much easier to consume ( just gulp it all down! ). I prefer the strawberry flavor, I think it goes well with the yogurt! better try the other flavors next! =D yummy yogurt!

Santal : Italian Lemon Iced Tea

Where to Buy : Selected Groceries ( I think? )
Price : P25

Santal Italian Lemon Iced Tea is very different from the Iced Tea being sold here in the Philippines, mainly because it isn't sweet, I guess in Italy they don't like too much sweets. I tried the free taste in mafbex in world trade center and immediately liked it, so I bought a few! =D 

McDonald's : Filet O Fish Burger

Something Fishy Inside! =D
Price : P90 ( ala carte )
          P112 ( with small fries and regular drink )
          P132 ( with medium fries and medium drink )

McDonald's Filet O Fish is a small fish burger made from mostly Alaskan pollock and/or hoki, steamed buns, tartar sauce, cheese and the fish patty is what this burger is all about! =D Too bad in a country where people eat more chicken than any other meat or seafood, this has become one of the neglected burgers, only few people order this, I myself would rather eat something else, partly because this burger doesn't taste much without the dressing, it cost more and won't make you feel full, also you have to eat this right away when served, don't let it go cold it could or will give you a stomach ache when eaten cold. 

the neglected burger... =c

Serenitea : Exciting Mango Yakult

not your ordinary cup of tea!

Where to Buy : Serenitea 
Price : P80 ( small )  P100 ( large )
For Delivery : 474-4725 ( RP-Manila branch )

Recently I tried Serenitea's Exciting Yakult Mango Yakult! 500ml of delicious mango flavored yakult, but the dominant taste is the yakult, the mango flavor is very subtle. You must drink this very cold and very fast too, because the mixture will start to separate as soon as it can and you have to mix it with the straw before drinking. I think the 500ml is too much for one person haha

* it took Serenitea's RP branch 3 hours to deliver to our office which is in binondo
* Aside from tea, Serenitea is also famous for their yakult drinks. =D
* The pic above has no sinkers, I don't like pearls.
* sorry for the blurry pic, forgot to bring my digicam.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tokyo Tokyo : American Maki

Simply Yummy. =D
Where to Buy : Tokyo Tokyo Japanese Fast Food
Price : P59 ( 4 pcs ) P99 ( 8pcs )

I never thought I would like Tokyo Tokyo's Maki, before I tried their california maki but didn't quite like it, but this American Maki is actually good. It has a different kind of sauce with mayo that you have to mix first before dipping the maki into it, delicious and colorful too!

* American Maki is composed of a roll of rice, nori, ham and cream cheese.

Wai Ying : Chiu-Chao Dumpling 潮州粉果

peanuts, garlic, chives, pork, dried shrimp and Chinese mushrooms
Where to Buy : Wai Ying Restaurant
Price : P60

Peanuts! I didn't know what Chiu-chao dumpling was before ordering this, I was surprised that it contains peanuts ( which I don't like ), it has a slight peanut butter feel but the pork overwhelms the flavor. It took them 10 minutes to serve this and it is very hot. It's good but I personally prefer other dim sums. 

Yellow Cab Pizza Co. : Early Breads Ham, Salami, Cheese & Scrambled Egg Ciabatta

ham, salami, egg & cheese on whole wheat ciabatta
Where to Buy : Yellow Cab Pizza Co.
Price : P140

Early Breads! this breakfast item really destroyed my morning, it is too salty salty salty and salty!!! salami ( salty ) + egg ( salty ) = very salty!!!  I won't even try to finish a whole sandwich with so much salt in it. >_<

* you have to wait 10 minutes to grab your early breads.
* Ciabatta (Italian pronunciation: [tʃaˈba:ta], literally "carpet slipper") is an Italian white bread made with wheat flour and yeast. The loaf is somewhat elongated, broad and flattish. There are many variations of ciabatta. ( from wikipedia )

Nice Box! =D I like it!

Yellow Cab Pizza Co. : Early Breads Bacon, Cheese and Mango on Baguette

bacon, a blend of premium cheeses & sweet mango marmalade layered over a crusty baguette
Where to Buy : Yellow Cab Pizza Co.
Price : P140

Yellow Cab's breakfast breads or early breads! a different product from their usual pizza and pasta. I ordered this one boring office day to try! you have to wait 10 minutes to get your early breads ( won't that make you late? ), the bacon, cheese and mango on baguette is superb, delicious combination and you can really taste the sweetness of the mango within the saltiness, the baguette is not as big as you want it to be but enough for a single person to munch on. Great bites to start the day right! =D

* A baguette is "a long thin loaf of French bread" that is commonly made from basic lean dough (the dough, though not the shape, is defined by French law). It is distinguishable by its length and crisp crust. ( from Wikipedia )

pretty nice box! =D

Vikings : Guide and Review of Luxury-Buffet Restaurant Mall Of Asia

Vikings is located at San Miguel By The Bay, Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Guide and Review of Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant Mall Of Asia


You have to reserve by phone very early to have a good table. If you are a walk in guest, they will most probably place you in the outdoor tables and you have to be there as early as 10am so that you can reserve a place, then you have to wait an hour before the restaurant opens.

The Place

The whole restaurant is big with lots of rectangular tables and some round ones in front, they have a function room for large people and they also have an outdoor tables but with roof and ceiling fans.

The interior is very nice, but doesn't really feel much like a viking to me, the buffet table is designed to look like a viking boat, the buffet area could get really crowded on peak hours.

A mini map I created! hope this helps to find your way around. =D
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The Food

The food here is quite ordinary but there is a huge selection to choose from, namely Chinese, Japanese, American and Filipino dishes, the service is slow especially

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Slice N Dice : Salisbury Steak

Cheap Affordable Salisbury Steak
Where to Buy : Slice N Dice Restaurant
Price : P69 ( add 12 for regular drink, add 26 for unlimited rice )

Slice N Dice offers cheap and affordable char-grilled steak, but with affordability of the food the usual drawback is the taste. Their Salisbury steak is cheap and it also tastes cheap, the serving portion is small too, I like the gravy though.

* Slice N’ Dice mission is to make the char-grilled steak as accessible and affordable as possible for the common Filipino consumer — transforming the rich man’s meal into the everyman’s affordable luxury.
* Want to Franchise? Click here

Lucky Me! : Itnok Chicken with Egg Flavor Instant Mami

New Look Same Great Taste! Itnok na Itnok! =D
Where to Buy : Groceries
Price : P6.90

This noodle really taste like the chicken instant mami with egg, I don't know who started mixing Lucky Me! Chicken or Beef with egg but it became really popular so they made it as a new addition to their line of instant mami, less hassle to buy eggs and mixing. =D

oh so yummy! instant mami with egg. 

Shin Din Kha : Maki Place by Mañosa Menu Benavidez Ongpin Binondo Manila

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808 Benavidez Street Corner Salazar Street Binondo Manila
Tel No. - 245-7669

Wai Ying : Menu Benavidez Ongpin Binondo Manila Philippines

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Wai Ying Fast Food

810 Benavidez St, Binondo Manila 
2420310, 2430715 7am - 2am

816 Benavidez St, Binondo Manila 
2436665, 2420310 7am - 9pm

1237-1241 Benavidez St, Tondo Manila 
2543318, 2543325 7am-12am

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fried Siopao

delicious!! =D
Where to Buy : Ongpin / Binondo / Recto
Price : P15

Fried Siopao are the Best!! you can find stores that sells this kind of siopao scattered in Chinatown, you can look at the back of the siopao to determine if it's an ordinary siopao or fried ( the fried siopao's back is fried obviously, while the original siopao has a paper on it's back ). The content of this siopao is mostly pork and some vegetables, you should try one of these when you visit Chinatown. =D so good and so cheap!

Lucky Me! : N-Rich Instant Mami with Malunggay

with malunggay! =D
Where to Buy : Groceries
Price : P7.50

Lucky Me! a instant mami with malunggay, of course it's color green. I couldn't taste the malunggay much when eating this, anyway it's cool because of the green color. =D

as green as it gets
* instant mami is very popular in the Philippines
* Lucky Me! is famous when it comes to instant mami.
* do not eat a lot of instant mami in just one seating, it contains too much salt.
* instant mami is not healthy.

Royal : True Grape

Grape Goodness! =D
Where to Buy : Groceries
Price : P19.95

Royal True Grape might not be a real grape but it packs a lot of artificial grape flavors, drinking this is so smooth unlike other flavored soda. I prefer Royal True Grape than Royal True Orange. =D 

Tasty Dumplings : Pork Chop Rice 炸排骨飯

Pochap! <3
Where to Buy : Tasty Dumplings
Price : P105

This is what Tasty Dumplings is famous for! their Pork Chop Rice! =D delicious smashed and breaded pork chop, you have to add some sauce ( I don't know what kind of sauce it is ) to make it more tastier. The pork chop looks big because it is smashed so thin. Delicious pochap that will really make you come back for more. =D

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Burger King : French Fries

Where to Buy : Burger King Fast Food Stores
Price : P35 ( small ) P45 ( medium )  P64 ( large )

My second favorite fries from all the fast food restaurants! the Burger King french fries! you should never eat a burger or sandwich meal in Burger King without the fries, these delicious fries will enhance the Burger experience. =D also their ketchup is delicious so you should ask for more ketchup. 

Mañosa : Pork Siomai

"kinamayan lang nila yan..." <-- this is what I imagined when I saw the siomai
Where to Buy : Mañosa ( 926 Ongpin St. Binondo, Manila )
Price : P90 ( 4pcs )  
Contact Number : 450-4223

Mañosa's Siomai is huge but doesn't look appetizing, the sauce is weird ( some sort of soy sauce? ). The siomai is too soft, when you take a bite it feels like melting. I didn't like their siomai. >_< 

Mañosa is famous for their Maki Mi
* The restaurant looks so old, they didn't even bother fixing it.

Mañosa : Maki Mi

Maki Mi is composed of lean pieces of battered pork in a thick and sticky soup topped with green onions plus egg noodles hence Maki Mi
Where to Buy : Mañosa ( 926 Ongpin St. Binondo, Manila )
Price : P105 ( Maki - pork only )  P110 ( Maki Mi - pork and noodles )
Contact Number : 450-4223

Mañosa is famous for their Maki Mi because it taste just like the good old times ( for the old chinese people ),  the Serving is big but the noodles is so little ( I don't know if you could ask for extra noodles ), the sauce is good and especially the pork, you should try this when you visit ongpin! delicious Maki Mi =D

* The restaurant looks so old, they didn't even bother fixing it.

Nestle Premium Dairy : Low Fat Milk

Naturally Creamy! =D

Where to Buy : Groceries 
Price : P25

Nestle Premium Dairy Low Fat Milk tastes great especially when very cold. I like their creamy milk maybe because it tastes kinda like Cowhead. =D

* smaller bottles == more expensive and less content, buy the bigger bottles. 

Burger King : Extra Long American Chicken Sandwich

as the name suggest... it is very extra long! =D
Where to Buy : Burger King Fast Food Stores
Price : P140 ( solo ) P175 ( with regular drink and fries )

The Super Sandwich! This extra long sandwich is just awesome! lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and chicken! Burger King made this just the way I like it, one order of this is enough for a heavy eater like me. before there is a Burger King near our place but it closed down due to many childcare ( yaya in Filipino) that frequent there just to drink their unlimited drinks.

Lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and chicken! what more can you ask for? =D

Hotdog King : Classic Hot Dog

yammeh. =D
Where to Buy : Hotdog King Stalls
Price : regular P7 ( on stick ) P 15 ( on bun )
          jumbo P12 ( on stick ) P 20 ( on bun )
          king size P20 ( on stick ) P28 ( on bun )

Delicious cheap goodie hot dog, the hot dog maybe cheap but they tastes so good, together with the bun, it makes the perfect everyday hot dog sandwich. =D

Hotdog King : Cheese Dog

Goodie Cheap Cheese Dog 
Where to Buy : Hotdog King Stalls
Price : P20 ( on stick ) P28 ( on bun )

Hotdog King has all the cheap good ol hotdog you can eat, their hotdog is good and the bun too. The bun isn't cheap looking like the other hot dog stalls. I prefer eating it with the bun and mayo and ketchup please. =D

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Jollibee : Chicken Nuggets Cruncher

with Tender Chicken and Nutritious Carrot Bits, Fortified with Vitamin A
Where to Buy : Jollibee Fast Food
Price : P98 ( 4 pcs with rice and regular drink + toy )
          P99 ( 5 pcs with rice and regular drink )
          P110 ( 5 pcs with regular fries and regular drink )
          P75 ( solo )

Chicken Nuggets in Jollibee??? I thought my office mate mark was just joking when he mentioned it, but it is real! you can now buy Chicken Nuggets in your favorite Jollibee branch, but wait... is it worth it? for me, a big no. Their chicken nuggets is so thin and it only comes in 5 pcs, cheaper than Mcdo but comparing it to chicken McNuggets, this is the sure underdog. I think the nuggets being sold in the supermarket would taste a little bit better. >_< see the Jollibee Chicken Nuggets after the jump!
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