Swimpeccable Eats at 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

My appreciation for mermaids and seas is nothing new to you my dear merfriends, that is why imagine the delight on my face when I saw the design of 8 Seas Food Park Adventure!

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It was like a pier, with big floaters and a ship! I truly felt like a mermaid who turned into a human. 🙂

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I have already posted an introduction in my Facebook page how I felt about going to events now that I have a 5-month old baby. I was really excited to try different dishes from this new food park given that it is so near our place.

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CHICKAPIG

https://www.facebook.com/ChickapigPh/

(02) 451 29 26 | 0932 849 4560 | 0917 862 1212

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This one is a great choice for families and friends when dining out as their food concepts are generally preferred by Pinoys. Showcasing family tradition and culinary passion, Chickapig is driven to satiate and invoke customer loyalty by offering tasty food and appetizing atmosphere.

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I enjoyed their sisig and chicken wings. I am a big fan of the latter that is why I am quite picky and tend to veer on more familiar tastes such as garlic parmesan and honey lemon.

They have adequate servings so there’ll be no hunger pause buttons. I believe pairing their food either with rice or standalone can still be mouth-watering, and definitely worth trying.

KOCCO

https://www.facebook.com/Koccotea/

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As a breastfeeding mom, I’m quite thirsty all the time, so aside from water, it is a great treat to drink flavoured liquids from time to time.

Kocco Tea Kitchen offers tea, milktea, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, and frappe for all drink junkies out there. I am more of a milktea person rather than liking coffee. I actually grew up thinking coffee is only for adults. 😀 Haha That is why this is a haven for me.

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I ordered Strawberry Daiquiri Lemonade and it was thirst-quenching as well as refreshing. I didn’t even know I was about to finish it right before I start the next meal.

I also find this little nook quite cozy. It’s intimate and very discreet. I think most youngsters would enjoy trying out their swills.

SAMGYEOP SA TIMOG

https://www.facebook.com/SamgyeopSaTimog/

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I am not a fan of Korean Buffets because I find the smoke quite annoying, to which I am very allergic. That was why I was a bit hasty on trying this restaurant.

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But as I was trying on the appetizers and the unlimited meat, I finally found why Pinoys are so addicted to this type of dining. It’s a great fuel after a hard day’s work and it’s a great way to unwind with friends.

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The unlimited deal is such a steal too, because for only 299PHP you get to have unlimited pork, while at 399PH you get unlimited chicken, beef and pork meat!

Both prices include the side dishes such as kimchi, fish cake, cucumber, atchara, raddish and carrots, peanuts, vegetable curry, lettuce, japchae, and kimchi soup. You also get to have three sauces: ssamjang, yangnyum and sesame oil with salt and pepper.

They also provide melted cheese that goes well with everything! 😀

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I actually had a lot of inquiries from my Facebook MyDays and Instagram Stories upon posting!

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With the sprouting unlimited samgyeopsal around Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato, Quezon City, SamgyeopSaTimog has the lowest price! It’s a great excuse to finally give in and enjoy good times with your good friends! Plus, ending it with a coffee jelly puts everything satisfyingly delicious.

There are many other interesting food junctions in the park, to which I want to try on my next visit. What better day to go than Valentine’s Day?

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On February 14, Thursday, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure is having a Valentine’s Day Special called “A Pair 2 Remember”. Come in twos, as friends, siblings, child-parent, boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife, exes, almosts, unlabelled, etc. enjoy a hearts’ day set meal at 999PHP that’s good for two!

Enjoy the lovely night with some bossa nova at the background too!

See you there! 😀

8 Seas Food Park Adventure

122 Timog Avenue, Quezon City

https://www.facebook.com/8seasfoodpark/

0933 642 6683

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Tasting Soogba’s Authentic Bacolod Chicken Inasal and More

Spending 6 years of my childhood in Butuan City (Mindanao), has let me experience a lot of things, otherwise not typically familiar to a growing kid in more urbanized cities or the country’s capital regions.

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I go to the beach every Sunday just because, and we know almost everyone, everywhere (since the town is pretty small).

One of my favourite ways of cooking is called “Sugba”, or most commonly known as “Ihaw” in Tagalog.

Sugba means “broil” or “grill”, and it could also be “a restaurant where food is cooked in a grill, hence I think where this new food junction I recently tried got its inspiration.

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Soogba is a restaurant that offers the most authentic Bacolod Chicken Inasal in the metro. Along with this, they also offer other grilled dishes such as chicken barbecue, spicy chicken neck, gizzard, atay (liver), and isol (chicken ass).

Carlo Tanalgo, Soogba’s Chef wanted to let Metro Manila taste the real Bacolod Chicken Inasal,

“Inasal” is a modified Filipino lechon Manok, and “asal” means in a stick. It is seasoned generously with calamansi (a Filipino resonant of lemon), coconut vinegar, pepper, orange, lime and annatto. The chicken meat is subjected to immense heat over hot coals while being clobbered by the prepared marinade.

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A common dish in the Visayas region, and the famous go-to food of travellers and even locals of Bacolod, is finally here in Quezon City, and only costs for as low as 150php!

I was able to try Inasal, Isol, and their best-seller and own recipe of Original Spare Ribs and I felt engulfed with the mixture of delectable flavours! They even make their own sauces and chicken oil.

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I didn’t expect I’ll appreciate their version on these foods.

It was nothing like anything I tasted before. The meat is cooked evenly and their juice just bathes everything nicely.

I knew right then and there I had to take John with me here next time! He is the REAL Inasal fan!

Chef Carlo also says “Soogba is about the food experience and customer satisfaction.” True enough, dining here didn’t disappoint.

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You can visit Soogba at 8 Seas Food Park Adventure at 122 Timog Avenue, Quezon City.

Follow and contact them through the following

https://www.facebook.com/Soogba-324800078042078/

0917 153 7311

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What Dishes to Try at The Fat Seed , UP Town Center

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THE FAT SEED ‘s name couldn’t have been more on point than it already is. I am usually very curious about how entrepreneurs, idealists, and creatives come up with a brand name. So, I asked. 😀

Why the restaurant is called THE FAT SEED?

SEED, is usually referred to an idea, a concept, a movement waiting to be cultivated or acted upon. FAT can also be associated with richness, fullness and a huge resource of what can be more, and what can be done.

So naturally, THE FAT SEED is a dream that is bound to be fulfilled with a lot of possibilities. Upon hearing the story behind it, I was seriously excited about what’s to come, and what my stomach and taste buds will tell.

 

THE INTERIORS

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The restaurant is glazed by a modern industrial architecture. Wall murals were eye catchy, and very millennial. The irregularly-shaped wooden tables were polished and sophisticated together with the metal chairs.

The counter was inviting, and the neatly-hung written menu was a great addition to add novelty and fun. The mugs on a made-up wall-shelf gave the place a warm café-vibe. It really looked less intimidating.

 

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We had a talk with the chef, and basically he oriented us that they were extra experimental and crafty with their dishes. We were to expect traditional food being given a different twist, and family recipes being set to newer versions. And I could say, my palate was already clinking and swiping its pair of knives and forks by the thoughts of it.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffle in Salted Egg Sauce (P325).

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It comes with bacon infused maple syrup for the waffles, salted egg sauce for the fried chicken , and pickled red onions. Well, you can just actually pair them with anything on the plate, because they create a unique taste combination, and a total food experience. I love how the waffles were soft and supple, and the sauces were even more stirring to try.

 

The Fat Seed Signature Porkchop (P395)

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When you go here, make sure you don’t miss ordering this one! Aside from its shocking affordable price, it is definitely something you’ll recommend to friends to eat.

The beer brine porkchop was such a delight; it was soft, tender and extremely favorful. The cream deli mustard sauce gave it an extra kick. The home-made miso, and sweet potato puree were a great addition to give it a more rallying taste.

 

Hotate Soy Cream Pasta (P385)

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It has Japanese soy cream, scallops, ebiko, bonito flakes, and nori shreds. This is one of their best-sellers, and I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t. It was nothing like I’ve ever tasted before. The spices were blended evenly, giving it an unforgettable unique taste. If you’re an adventurous foodie, this is definitely a must-try.

 

Wagyu Pares (P305)

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The Wagyu Pares was served in what you can recall your elementary/highschool lunch containers. It was a perfect and rather a nostalgic choice of plate if you’d ask me, because it comes with three cogs, – the wagyu beef cubes with beef broth, fried rice, and shao xing rice wine.

Together, they were just an impeccable choice to have at lunch, or share with a classmate, I mean officemate, or friend, or whatever. 🙂

 

Mushroom Fritters (175)

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These are deep fried oyster mushroom served with homemade ketchup. I love how simple and tasty these are. They are a pretty good choice for appetizers.

 

Purple Haze and Rojito (Coming Soon)

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The restaurateurs were generous enough to let us get the first dibs on concoctions that are yet to be included in the menu – the Purple Haze, a whiskey sour and served with cranberry that makes the cocktail purple in color; and The Rojito, a mojito sprinkled with a recipe twist.

Since I’m pregnant, I tried to research first before I can have a taste, and it said a little cocktail wouldn’t hurt, so I just probably sprinkled some drops on my tongue just to know the taste. The Rojito was nice, although the Purple Haze was a bit strong for me.

 

Coffee Cubes (P150)

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I didn’t have a go this one though, because I am really not a fan of coffee. Plus it’s caffeine, so maybe next time? But if you’re a coffee lover, know that this could be worth a try.

 

THE JUDGEMENT

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I believe this is a haven for those who would like to explore non-traditional takes on traditional recipes. It’s definitely exciting to bask in varied flavors and versions on dishes that you think you know already. It makes me think that if restaurants were travel destinations, you definitely must visit THE FAT SEED.

I highly recommend the place for dates, hang out with friends and quick chitchats. The prices are ranging from regular to a bit pricey, but I think with the kind of food dexterity they observe with their dishes, they are already reasonable. Be sure you also take photos with you, as this place is also very Instagrammable! The friendly staff would be very much willing to take your usual eating-position-shots,  #ootds and #atms!

 

Visit them:

THE FAT SEED Café + Roastery

UP Town Center, 216 Katipuna Ave., Diliman Quezon City

Contact No.: 0917.763.2119

Facebook and Instagram: @thefatseedph

 

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Sweet na, Healthy pa! : Filipino Bean-to-Bar Hiraya Chocolates

Christmas is really just around the corner, and this festive season is just a perfect time to be merry and munch all those goodies we’ve long stayed away from. Hehe 😉

Gaining more pounds this time of the year is absolutely normal and forgivable, if I may add. 😉

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I am actually rooting a for a new addition to your chocolate fixations and I was hoping you have room for more! Because this chocolate is not taking any ‘NO’ for an answer!

Hiraya is a chocolate brand you’ll definitely go ga-ga for. They have dark chocolate and chocolate bars with coffee nibs.

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72% Dark Chocolate Single-Origin Davao (85g).

It tastes fruity with just a tinge of bitterness.

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They are 100% locally sourced ingredients, all-natural, hand harvested cacao. It’s a lot healthier too than most brands, because they contain no preservatives, no additives, and no artificial flavors.

It’s even suitable for vegans.

* SRP: PHP180.00

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Hiraya x Kalsada Chocolate Bar with Coffee Nibs (70g)

A strong chocolate with hints of robust coffee. This variant is a collaboration with Kalsada Coffee – a social enterprise based in Manila and Seattle that promotes specialty coffee from the Philippines.

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You’ll never go wrong with premium coffee beans sourced from the highlands of Sitio Belis, Benguet Province

* SRP: PHP200.00

 

Hiraya is actually an ancient Filipino word which means “the fruit of one’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations”. True to this meaning, the brand has been in great support of our local farmers, following a sustainable partnership and fair trade in building both their dreams together.Hiraya Chocolates 8

To date, they already have one (1) community composed of 58 farmers in Brgy. Malabog, Davao City

I can’t believe that after a tumultuous education of Professional Chocolate Making and Professional Chocolatier Studies from Ecole Chocolat in March 2010, here they are, ready to satiate our sweet tooth!

 

You may contact them through the following:

HIRAYA ARTISAN CHOCOLATES, Inc

* Office c/o Roots Katipunan Unit 106 FBR Arcade Bldg.,

317 Katipunan Avenue Loyola Heights, Quezon City

* Mobile: Arvin Peralta 0917-8511685

* Email: hirayachocolates@gmail.com

* Online: http://www.hirayachocolates.com

* Social Media: facebook.com/HirayaChocolates    |   Instagram: @hirayachocolates

#BloggersPhilippines #ILoveHirayaChocolates #HirayaChocolates

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Are you excited to try these chocolates?

 

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What to Expect at The Yard Street Food Cinema (Timog Ave., QC)

“Location, location, location.” “These are the 3 things an investor looks for when they are trying to scout for a property.”

Not too long ago, you can often hear me say these, especially when I was still working as a Training Officer for a real estate company.

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Consequently, I have been spending most of my time in Quezon City, particularly because most of my events are in here, and John lives in West Avenue as well. So it definitely equates to being my favorite work and play place!

That is why my joy wasn’t quite contained when I learned that The Yard was having its soft opening. Right on time, I was actually in SM North EDSA to meet a client to deliver her bridal shoes!

I booked a ride, and head on to this newest food destination! To my surprise, it greeted so well telling me it’s only a short distance from West Avenue!

I was so thrilled how a food park is going to change the food scene on this side of town! Surely, Timog Ave. and Morato has always been ringing streets when it comes to hang out places, date nights and food trips.

Well today, the game has just started to become more interesting!

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Compared to the Yard in Xavierville, I am really excited and rooting for how this place is going to be a big hit in the coming months; especially that Christmas is sooo close already!

It didn’t hurt either when the foodpark’s theme was circumvented and inspired by movies and tv series! Expect to see hints from Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Lion King, Star Wars , Monsters Inc. The Avengers etc.!

The creative juices were actually on a hurricane level that night for me! I really loved how the stalls were wittily named; they were all very well-thought-of!

The lighting was also gorgeous! It made my photos more Instagrammable! To the point that I actually changed my theme! Check @encyclopevia on Instagram for you to see what I’m talking about.

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It was no wonder when I saw a familiar face there too! We always see each other in random places! And it makes me feel like 21 again!

I don’t feel old at all, considering our ages are a decade apart! Haha 🙂 *Pagbigyan ang tita.

And of course, while we’re enjoying the misty lights, together with my blogger friends, we got to try The Yard Street Food Cinema‘s wide array of dishes and drinks from different creative food geniuses!

And they were divine!

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A drink bar is also situated at the far end of the whole food park – The Yard Quenchers. They have unique interactive drinks that bring friends and family together,  much like the objective for the Yard.

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They have fun drinks like the Ultimate Hulk Smash and The Wrath of Thor, which is already going viral as of the moment. They both need you to wear props and be like Hulk or Thor before you get to drink the cocktail. Is it served on a big bowl good for sharing for 3-5 pax. It’s also quite affordable as it is only PHP 350 pesos.

So if you’re hungry (which is like 90% of the time) head on to the groovy The Yard Street Food Cinema at Timog Ave. and I’m positive, that your food experience will absolutely be a blockbuster hit!

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Facebook:
The Yard at Xavierville – https://www.facebook.com/theyardatxavierville/
The Yard Underground Pasig – https://www.facebook.com/TheYardUnderground/
Instagram:
The Yard at Xavierville – https://www.instagram.com/theyardatxavierville/?hl=en
The Yard Underground Pasig – https://www.instagram.com/theyardunderground/?hl=en

 

The Yard Street Food Cinema- now showing, I mean, eating! 😀

 

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Hops & Brews in Makati is Your New After Work Chill Place

Remembering my time back in our Makati office, when I had to print lots of sales kits, that I could almost pull out an all-nighter on my work shifts, I suddenly thought I haven’t really had much time to order good food while I was at work. Or even after work.

A hard day’s labor often ends up in an empty-bellied workaholic girl who succumbs to sleep when she comes home. Just because, she doesn’t know where to go after. :/

Looking back, if I can just tell her, “Hey! There’s a good resto down the block, and if you can just finish everything on time, you might even have a chance to score good food while listening to their acoustics!”

I may not work in Makati anymore, but it’s a relief to know that good food is literally just some minutes away from the office;  or if you’re lucky based on your office’s location, probably only seconds.

Want to know what I’m talking about? Just keep on reading!

 

I recently discovered this up and coming cafe bar in Makati, and I am sooo stoked!

One of the founders of Hops & Brews is actually an attendee of  my Search Engine Optimization talk. I know, the wonders of events and learning!

I was so happy I got to meet her, and share insights about marketing, social media, and business!

The other day, I was fortunate enough to try some of their best-sellers and here is what I have to say!

Fish and Shrimps Nasi Goreng

I got so kilig when I read “Nasi Goreng”.

When I was in Malaysia, all menus have them! Nasi is rice, while Goreng is fried. It’s like their most basic dish, and restaurants play with the add-ons, like beef, chicken or whatever the kitchen has. It depends on how they get creative.

I literally squealed when I read it, so I asked the waiter to serve us this dish because I got so curious how they will manipulate the flavors. Although I know it’s going to be spicy,  I just braced myself and had my water gallons at the ready.

Surprisingly, the spice was just right. Something I can handle, and the flavors were just bursting everywhere. Even without the fish and shrimps, the rice itself can stand alone as a meal, so I highly recommend you try this one!

Chicken Karaage

The flavor was strong, yet gentle to munch. I had a very good time eating this dish, because I never need rice to feel busog with it.

The crunch was just right, and I like how freshly made it was. The sauce was good too, although I prefer eating it without it.

I like dry things! Hehe :))

The Buddha Bowl

This surprised me. I was just expecting a lot of greens to this salad, but the meat strips proved a fine addition to it.

It felt more like a meal than a salad to me. I love how the flavor of each ingredient is also  subtle enough to complement and produce a different kind of taste with the mixture of all the involved spices.

I recommend you to visit Hops and Brews, especially on their acoustic nights, which varies between Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays! They operate from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM.

Visit them at: G/F of I’M Hotel 7862 Makati Avenue, Poblacion Makati 1210

Contact Number: 0916 785 0568
I will be holding one of my talks here soooooon! 😀
So I’ll see you here one of these days, yeah?
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5 Reasons Why After All Bar & Grill is Perfect for Your Next Girls’ Night Out

One of my favorite songs is “After All”, by Peter Cetera.

I know it’s an old song, but there is just something about it that draws me big time. I just feel the sincerity of the lyrics, and how it has captured the scenes in the movie “Chances Are”. OMG. If you haven’t watched it, you have to! You get to see the baby Robert Downey, Jr.!

I am getting ahead of myself here, so allow me to put justice on the title on why this could be your next, or probably your permanent girls’ night out hang-out place!

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Okay, so I think I am just so biased on this one because I really love the movie where it was the theme song!

I was quite curious about this up and coming restaurant who share the same name. I was wondering why did they name it “After All” after all. ;p

It turns out that the group who owns the restaurant chose from a list of songs they all love. Naturally, you know what won! 🙂

“Good times” by the Jackson 5 was one of the choices, but I guess the words are too mainstream, so choosing “lesser heard words” and “not typically used words for hashtags” might be a good brand to capitalize on. OMG! This is the social media and SEO bug venom creeping in!

2. The ambiance of the place reminds you of a crossbreed of a restaurant and a pub.

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There were a lot of people in the restaurant considering it was a Thursday night, and they were just on their 17th day of operation! Woah! 🙂

The crowd was a mix of generation X, millennials and baby boomers! It’s actually a perfect place for an after-work hangout or a girls’ night.

3. Amazing menu awaits the foodie and the nottie!

We were served a lot of dishes that night and I cannot stress how delicious they are! I was there on Thursday night, and I went back Monday for lunch tagging along with some girl friends!

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This is the kind of lunch you would want everyday, right? For only P150, the meal is complete! Not to mention savory! 🙂

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Their recipes are modern and unique, they often add some new twists and flavors to give each dish a rewarding and palatable gastronomic experience!

4. Recipe drinks are available, and you’ll love them even if you’re not very close with alcohol!

We were served drinks to complement the appealing flavors we were eating. I am not a drinker, you know that, and for someone who is not a fan of alcohol, it was a surprise how I loved devouring their recipe drinks.

I think I owe it to how they blended the concoctions well, masking the taste of alcohol and lifting the tasty and fruity aroma instead!

Oh look at this one, we have the same color! Haha 😀

5. Cool tunes of the band will serenade your night away!

I was lucky enough to get to know the lead vocalist that night! Hi Gin Papin!

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She is not just a beautiful splitting image of Beauty Gonzales, but she is also exceptionally talented! Not to mention very sweet!

She sang “Always Forever” and “We Found Love” – the two important songs for me and my fiance. She sang them immediately after I shared how these songs are tantamount in our love story.

We were able to find an introduction and the short chitchat seemed like we’ve been friends forever!

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So one thing is for sure, you can request songs, and get amazing vocals in the background while having the best time with your friends!

I could go on and on, but this is probably the best food blog experience I had! I am definitely coming back!

After All Bar & Grill is located at 235 Ground Floor, Jazz Mall, Nicanor Garcia Cor. Jupiter St., Makati. You may contact them through (02) 816 36 52 and afterall.barandgrill@gmail.com .

Find more about them on Facebook !

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When Taste Buds Rouse at Vittorio’s Steakhouse

Aside from pretzels and chocoflakes, steaks are equally important in my life, as they particularly signal that there is something special to celebrate!

I have tasted quite a few menus of steakhouses, both in and out of Metro Manila and I am  grateful that I had the chance to taste Vittorio’s Steakhouse style on this much-coveted Pinoy favorite.

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To my surprise, this restaurant has quite a lot to offer, and their menu is evolving to serve more exquisite dishes.

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Here are the parietal cell-inducing specialties!

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Corn Chowder

Corn-flavored soups are my tastebuds’ bestfriend, and it’s no wonder that I liked this one. They are creamy and seasoned perfectly. I actually wanted another serving, but I have to save some space for the other dishes.

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Crab Bisque

This is definitely appetizing, and it’s easy to discern the spices. Delicious as it is, I wished the crabby taste was more apparent. But overall, it was delicious.

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Chop Noodles Salad with Miso Dressing

I didn’t know noodles and greens will go meant-to-be! I love this recipe! They were surprising and intriguing! Every bite was wonderful!

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Oyster Rockefeller

I love how the oysters tasted! They made me want to go to the beach! If it was just me, I might have devoured the whole plate! But of course, I am a polite foodie. :p

I also admire how they tasted so fresh, despite the generous smothering of garlic and cheese into each shell. I believe this will be perfect for those who are on a strict diet.

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Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Dressing

I am kind of biased with salads like this. Greek Salads are my favorite, such as this variant, so it wasn’t a shock when I had to control myself in taking over the bigger share of the plate. But hey, the serving was hefty, so no biggie! 😀

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Buttered Garlic Shrimp

If it wasn’t stated that Vittorio’s is a Steakhouse, I might have thought that this is a Shrimp House! This is their best-seller, and it was truly stellar!

The shrimp tasted superb along with its spices, and you can practically eat them as is, or pair them with rice. This is a must-order! Do not skip this one!

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Clams Pasta

It was a new dish for me because I haven’t tasted anything like it before. The sauce was good, although I kind of hoped it would taste stronger. And it wouldn’t hurt either if there was a crunch element added to it.

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Shrimp Pesto

I love tasting different takes on pesto. I remember, I used to rank the best pestos I’ve ever tasted, just because.

The princely amount of shrimps was commendable, and if given the chance, I would urge every restaurant there is to take a cue on the serving made in Vittorio’s. However, I kind of hoped that the pesto tasted more aggressive.

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Beef and Garlic Mushroom

This recipe made me want to learn it, and prepare it when I become a Mom someday. I really think that it’s perfect for lunch, and the flavour was just everywhere. Everything was just bursting with spices, and the aroma was addicting.

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Meatballs with Honey Soy Glazed

This dish reminded me of Rosie, the elder woman who took voice lessons from Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) in the movie, “The Wedding Singer”. She used to give Robbie with meatballs as compensation. Haha 😀

And if I can imagine, if those meatballs that Rosie made ever tasted like Vittorio’s, Robbie Hart was well-paid then.

The meatballs that were served to us that day were excellent!

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Crab Cake

The cake was a bit over-cooked for me, and a little dry. Perhaps because it was prepared way before the time we had to taste it? I don’t know. But I would love to go back and check if my tastebuds were just cranky that afternoon.

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Bone in Steak with Steakrice

So this is why it’s a steakhouse!

The star of the restaurant didn’t disappoint. It was soooo good, that even if I was a bit full, my stomach still urged to let them in. My golly, I really loved it! It was like a feast in itself!

They were served as medium-rear, and even if I am not a fan of that technique, I appreciated how soft and chewable the beef strands were. They were delightful in the mouth, as well as how chunky and rich they were in flavor.

You definitely need to order this when you visit!

“Gusto kong kumain ng karne!”, is the usual line of one good friend, and I can’t wait to share this with her!

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Rebel Bar and Brownies

And finally, the dessert! 😀 They were chocolatey, very chewy, and complementing with the dishes we had. I am not a lover of chocolates, but these are good ones I bet. My fiancé loved them!

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Over all, I loved the experience! It’s a great place to go for lunches and dinners, family bonding, friendly hang-outs and even dates! You could actually drop by here even if it’s a lunch meeting.

The place is quiet and the selection of food is wide. I can see that you will really spend some time debating on what to order, so better come in early!

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Thank you, Chef, for an awesome and gastronomic food experience! I went home with food coma! 😀 Hehe

Visit Vittorio’s Steakhouse at 1103, 32 Sct Borromeo, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila.

You may also follow them on their social media accounts:

FB: @vittoriosph

IG: @vittoriosph

Email: vittorios@gmail.com

Amazing menu awaits you dear merfriend! 😀

 

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Exquisite Dining Only at Solstice by Ilustrado

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I got invited to check out this new restaurant in Rockwell, by the name of Solstice Bistro & Boulangerie. By the looks of it, it won’t be difficult to discern that this is one of what’s seemingly lined up in the upscale list of restaurants you can see in the area.

About: Solstice by Ilustrado at 8 Rockwell

Solstice Bistro and Boulangerie is now called Solstice by Ilustrado, a merger of two great culinary brands offering modern continental and heritage Filipino-Spanish cuisine. This is coupled with a well-curated selection of wines and spirits located at the ground floor of 8 Rockwell, one of Makati’s chic urban communities.

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A merger of two well-loved culinary brands.

Solstice draws inspiration from the success of One Way Restaurant, once touted as among Makati’s best-kept secrets. Ilustrado, on the other hand, brings with it its rich history and heritage, with its status as one of the well-established household dining destinations in Manila’s famed walled city.

The new management has taken this as a challenge as they reinvented the restaurant’s menu just this year adding new recipes and covering multiple cuisines.

They also complemented the refreshed menu with a selection of fine wines carefully chosen to complete the gastronomic experience.

 

I love their interiors. The design has a modern feel, and the cascade of a photo-history kind of brings back memories people shared via good food and company.

I highly imagine this place hosting to close family gatherings, reunions, friend get-togethers and even dates! The ambiance will surely make you feel first-class!

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And oh, the food! How do I start with this?

Well, first is, this wasn’t like the normal food tasting slash food blog event I’ve been to. We were all sitting in a long table, and there were food servers who would put some amount on our plates, and in that way we could somehow tell them if the serving was too much or enough.

Because they never give small ones! I was literally overwhelmed with the idea that I can talk to the servers and ask what is in the dish, and if it was spicy, or if it’s seafood, pork, vegetable, or whatever.

I felt like Rose Dewitt-Bukater (Kate Winslet) in Titanic! Remember that scene?

So here is the mouth-watering feast we had.

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Kapampangan Sisig

I love how flavorful this is, and the crunchyness made devouring it a more fun experience.

The Sisig Kapampangan which is a refreshing departure from the mayonnaise and egg laden dish. This one is cooked with their home-made liver spread gravy and topped with chopped red and green chili. Of special mention is that the sisig consists of crispy pigs ears, skin and mascara.

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Stuffed Chicken Ilustrado

Their take on Stuffed Chicken is wonderful, it tasted fairly well. Although it didn’t quite leave a remarkable impact, the chicken was rich and thick and something that is ideal to order at lunch.

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Serrano and Manchego Skewers with balsamic glaze

Aside from it looking fancy, I had an enjoyable time eating them. Mixing it together allows you to appreciate both distinct flavors.

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Pasta Aligue with Crispy Soft shell Crab

This is an interesting dish to include in any event I suppose. It’s fresh and modern! I believe if I were to conduct an event in Solstice, this is a must-order!

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Paella Ilustrado

I love how this becomes a complete meal already! Among all the dishes served that night, this is probably my favorite! The taste is exquisite, and every spice is just shouting like crazy!

I think I quite had three servings of this! No judging!

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Callos Madrilena

I love this one! I had a great time savouring the spices. I would want to eat their version of Callos Madrilena with rice next time!

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Norwegian Salmon Ceviche Poke

I didn’t expect to adore this one! It really tasted healthy! I believe this dish is perfect for those who are on a strict diet! It’s a seafood-vegetable and fruit combo! What more could you ask for?

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Adobong Bagnet with Crab fat

Super sarap! Period!

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Shroom Pizza

This is also delicious, although I wanted more salt in it. The cheese melted perfectly, but I wished the salt balanced more with the cheese. The mushrooms were soft and easy to chew as well!

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Chorizo Pizza

It was delightful, because all the spices were just blended evenly and perfectly, and I never distinguished any spice that wasn’t right on its place.

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I forgot what this one is called, something with Lime or Lemongrass I think? But OMG. This one is so delicious, probably something I could order in Hogsmead.

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Mango Jubilee with Sampaguita Ice Cream

Have you ever tasted Sampaguita before? Now is your chance! Taste a flower like no other, and I promise, the taste will make you sing!

It’s nothing like any dessert you’ve tasted before, so when you visit Solstice by Ilustrado, this one should be part of your experience! Thank me after!

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Matcha Cookies and Cream

This dessert is a shocker for me. I am not a fan of Matcha, and these cookies are making me feel that I can convert already! Plus the cream tasted like a pure soul.

OMG. I hope it didn’t sound weird to you.

The cream tasted so innocent, very pure, creamy, and it matches the Matcha Cookies like destiny!

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These lovely ladies are the ones we have to thank for bringing the illustrious dishes in this beautiful restaurant!

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Your favorites next door.

With the new Solstice by Ilustrado, customers no longer need to scour the metro or brave the traffic to seek out their favorite food in Manila. Be it with colleagues, family, friends, or significant others, everyone is sure to find something to enjoy in Solstice by Ilustrado.

For Reservations, please call (+632) 802 1891 or (+63 977 748 8861), from 11AM to 11PM daily. Follow @solsticebyilustrado on Instagram, and like facebook.com/SolsticebyIlustrado/ for updates.

Dine like an elite, but spend like an economical citizen! The food is amazing, and reasonably priced!

You would have to start checking them out now, and taste a piece of luxury! You would be happy you did!

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Taste Southeast Asia in Erwan Heussaff’s Pink Panda

I’ve been hearing a lot about Pink Panda, and how it became a household name in the list of great Southeast Asian food joints in Metro Manila. It is owned by Celebrity Influencer and Chef Erwan Heussaff, together with Hatch22 group (his other restaurant). It serves Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Chinese, and Filipino comfort food.

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No wonder the restaurant’s architecture is also a cornucopia of different influences and features from the menu’s origins in Southeast Asia. You definitely get that modern feeling coupled with the fear that this place may charge more than what you’re prepared to pay. Because the place looks damn expensive and classy!

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To appease your weary yet hungry hearts, please be pacified that Pink Panda has a reasonably-priced menu, and that’s one of the many reasons why you should visit them!

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We had the Lumpiang Shang Hang, and the pieces were generously stuffed with finger chilis, minced pork, and mint yoghurt. The finger chilis were a bit spicy for me, but I really liked the mint yoghurt, as it balances the whole taste. It was really delicious; although I must say if you’re not a fan of spicy food, better keep a glass of water nearby.

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Crispy Baby Squid was a surprising entrée! It was easy to chew and I can practically imagine having this over and over again!

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Mango and Catfish Salad is so refreshing! This is something I would love to eat while I’m in a resort or beach! The mango accents added a tropical feel to the whole dish!

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Pork and Shrimp Laksa was very flavorful. You just have to let it simmer down, because the spicy flavor and the hot temperature may not be the best combination for your tastebuds.

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Chicken and Dumpling Noodle was so soft and nice to chew. The flavor tasted very healthy too!

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Sisig Siopao was a big revelation too because I’ve never seen anything like this! And it’s not everyday you get to taste Sisig locked in a popular white Chinese bun! You have to see how the juice oozes out when you take a bite. It’s as though your eyes are already tasting them!

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We also had Pink Panda Pork Bun, and they’re super cute! It would be a perfect gift for Panda lovers!

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Chili Prawn Fried Dumpling wasn’t that spicy, and these will definitely tickle your tastebuds! I think sharing it with a group of friends would be sensational!

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General P’s Chicken, Beef Rendang, Pad Thai and Panda Balls were perfectly cooked, seasoned with just the right amount of spices, and I can say that these dishes are delectable enough for you to make it a habit to visit Pink Panda!

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The menu is overflowing with such great food, it would definitely be fun to try the dishes three by three every visit!  Haha I hope that my previous sentence was understandable! 😀

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And plus, let’s not forget about the zesty drinks! Each drink has a distinct flavor of citrus and fruit, and it would be a nice addition to your dinner feast when you order one or two!

I was also blown away by how talented their chefs are because they practically serve the best cuisines in Asia – all in one place! Apart from Filipino food, of course, I am a big fan of Thai and Vietnamese food, considering I am not the spicy sort. There is just something special in their recipes that taste healthy and divine, which I don’t know what. All I know is that, I love eating them!

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This is quite an adventure for a foodie like me. Among all the Asian restaurants I’ve tried, this has got to be the most diverse, considering it’s not even a hotel!

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Overall, I loved my experience! Pink Panda is like a crossover from your favorite Asian restaurant to the fine dining one, but so much better!

Visit Pink Panda at G/F, Y2 Residence Hotel, 4687 Santiago St. Cor. B. Valdez St.
Makati 2981. You can also contact them through 0927 728 8753.

You may also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

OMG. Are you excited to taste Southeast Asia?

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