Monday, January 27, 2014

Avelinus, Angeles City: Cheap, Delicious And Deadly Food To Go

We belong in a generation where people are running after time even if it is not running away from us. We do a lot of things everyday that many of us feel that 24 hours is not just enough. To some of us, we work 8-10 hours a day. Then we spend like 1-2 hours for commuting or transportation, 2-3 hours for our chores and errands, and another 2-3 hours for Me-time, watching TV, social networking, and etc. We are left with approximately 6 hours for sleep. Then, we wake up the following morning feeling tired, sluggish and simply do not want to get up and work.

Just to keep up with the demands of our time, we take the shortest route on things. That said, we choose what's convenient. Perfect example of which is buying our meals instead of cooking. Instead of spending 30 minutes to one hour in preparing, chopping and cooking, it takes several minutes to simply order from fast foods, food stalls or restaurants. Sometimes, our food choices are unhealthy because we rather choose what is more accessible.

One of my recent discovery, which is basically not for those resident within the area of Barangay San Jose in Angeles City is the artery-clogging food from Avelinus. I don't intend to malign the store but seriously, the food is not good for the health-conscious especially to those with high blood pressure.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Avelinus, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Avelinus, Angeles City


Avelinus offers inexpensive, mouthwatering grubs that will bring your cholesterol level to a higher notch. And like buying in carenderia, food stall or fast food, they can have your order at the counter in matter of minutes. Unless, of course, you came during their peak hours which is during lunch and dinner where you could catch a long queue.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Avelinus, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Avelinus, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Avelinus, Angeles City


You can buy food like lechon kawali, pork sisig, tokwa't baboy (tofu and pork), and baked macaroni for just Php50. Don't expect the pork sisig to be of the same quality with Aling Lucing's and the baked mac with Toll House. The food are good enough for Php50. It's cheap. But most of all, it cuts the time you are supposed to spend in the kitchen.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Avelinus, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Avelinus, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Avelinus, Angeles City

They hand your ordered food in styrofoam with a sauce.

As I've heard, Avelinus is a family business. Their staff seems to be family members. And it looks like their business originate from Magalang as a seller of home-made empanadas.

Avelinus
Jesus St., Angeles City
0915-868-8488
0923-862-4282

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bretto's Fine Meat & Deli Shop, Angeles City

If your thinking of having a lavish dinner or special meal for a special occasion, serving expensive meat or sausages, cheeses and pair it with wine; where else would you go but to a deli shop. For sure, you won't be disappointed with the numerous choices you have rather than going to a regular grocery store. Prices could be little higher compared to the grocery nevertheless, you can find more variety in a deli shop.

In Angeles City, Bretto's Fine Meat & Deli Shop in Don Juico Avenue, Clarkview is a highly suggested place to grab some wine, meat, imported sausages, coldcuts, cheeses and some baked goodies.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Bretto's, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Bretto's, Angeles City


Bretto’s Fine Meat and Deli Shop has been in the business since 1994. In 1999, they opened another shop in Subic. It's been years that they are satisfying the deli cravings of their customers.

Wine connoisseur would probably enjoy the variety of wines here.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Bretto's, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Bretto's, Angeles City


Bretto's is not just a deli shop though. It has a coffee shop that is said to offer extra large hamburgers and enormous submarine sandwiches. According to their website, they have been voted as the #1 Best Burger in Angeles City. But I have to judge that myself. I would love to try their burgers and sandwiches.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Bretto's, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Bretto's, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Bretto's, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Bretto's, Angeles City

To cater more customers, they expanded their business by opening another branch called Bretto's Prestige at the lobby of Tune Hotel in Angeles City. Bretto’s Prestige has been serving international dishes since September 2013, which seems to me as another must-go resto in the city.


Bretto's
Website
Facebook

Angeles:
506 Don Juico Avenue, Clarkview, Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City, Pampanga, 2009
Coffeeshop & Deli: 045-892-2285

Olongapo:
110 National Highway, Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City, Zambales, 2200
Grocery & Deli: 047-224-1889

Coffeeshop: 047-306-5183
Brettos Prestige:
Tune Hotel Ground Floor, Don Juico Avenue Clarkview Angeles City
Tel: 045-624-0402

Email inquiries for sales, orders, catering, delivery and franchise opportunities:
Landline: (045) 405-0584, (045) 436-2806, (045) 436-7129
Mobile: Globe: 0917-648-9700, Smart: 0908-595-5377
Email: info@brettoscoffeeshop.com

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Yufuin, Angeles City

Yufuin is a town in Japan famous for natural hot spring spas. In Angeles City, this is the name of a Japanese restaurant located near SM Clark frequented by many Japanese patrons--one indicator that the resto is good and that it is serving authentic Japanese cuisine.

Yufuin was formerly Yakiniku Tombo, touted to be the first authentic Japanese restaurant in Angeles City. It is owned by Otsuru Group of Companies that also managed Don Don Tei at the SM City Clark’s Foodcourt.

The restaurant made a very good impression to me. It's one place that I would definitely visit again and again for an authentic Japanese meal.


THE PLACE

Upon entering the restaurant, you will be greeted by its Izakaya or Bar where people drink and get to smoke too. This is the smoking section of the resto.

You can choose to dine in the non-smoking section where you get to eat the Japanese way with its low tables and chairs. This is also where you see a lot manga comics, Japanese magazine and books.

If you crave for some grilled meat you  may choose to dine on their second floor which is for Yakiniku dining.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Yufuin, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Yufuin, Angeles City


FOOD AND PRICE

Japanese meal seems incomplete without a hot green tea. They serve complimentary tea before serving our order.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Yufuin, Angeles City

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Yufuin, Angeles City

I enjoyed my bowl of chasyu ramen (Php210). It has pork slices in shoyu ramen soup. Shoyu ramen typically has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable (or sometimes fish or beef) stock with plenty of soy sauce added resulting in a soup that is tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate (Wikipedia). The soup and the pork slices are so tasty--I simply loved it. This is just so perfect for the cold weather.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Yufuin, Angeles City



Ramen can be differentiated with the type of broth they are cooked with. So, for my guidance and for yours as well, here is some basic info that could help you choose which ramen you want to order:

Shoyu ramen as discussed above has a clear brown broth, based on a chicken and vegetable, fish or beef stock with plenty of soy sauce.

Shio ("salt") ramen pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed.

Tonkotsu ramen usually has a cloudy white colored broth. as a thick broth made from boiling pork bones, fat, and collagen over high heat for many hours.

Miso ramen combines copious amounts of miso and is blended with oily chicken or fish broth – and sometimes with tonkotsu or lard – to create a thick, nutty, slightly sweet and very hearty soup.

(source: Wikipedia)

I also had a kakiage tempura (Php180), which is a deep-fried mixed veggies with shrimp.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: Yufuin, Angeles City


Yufuin Yakiniku and Japanese Restaurant
OPEN DAILY from 11AM - 1AM
Lunch Sets P158 are available Everyday from 11AM to 2PM
Yakiniku Time Every Night from 6PM to 10PM

1st Street, Balibago, Angeles City Pampanga
Tel. No: (045) 625-5537
Office Tel: (045) 624-0517
Fax No: (045) 892-1655
Website: www.yufuin-ph.com
Facebook: Yufuin Japanese Restaurant
Email: theexecutivesclub@yahoo.com

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New York Supreme, Angeles City: Feels Like Love

It was a cool and lovely evening. Despite of not feeling good, maybe because of the unusual cold weather, which most Filipinos are not really accustomed to, I mustered some courage to go out and meet my brother and his wife. That cold feeling instantly fade away as soon as we settled in the New York Supreme at Nepo Quad for our pizza and pasta dinner. It was warm inside the establishment maybe because of the striking red paint inside the room or maybe because of the human heat from the crowd. Nevertheless, it was a lovely evening. It makes me feel there is love on the air--with the red interiors, crowd, family, and food. It makes me feel better (yeah, I know, I wasn't supposed to be out because I could be infectious).

New York Supreme is among those restos in Angeles City that you would often see full-packed. I never had the chance to dine in that place not until that whimsical evening.



We just ordered a creamy pesto pasta, NYS Special and a pitcher of iced tea. Not a lavish dinner really but we went home 5 pounds heavier.

The food and price

I heard their pizza roll is comparable to C'Italian. That has to wait though, I need to try that myself. C'Italian has been a benchmark for many Angelenos foodies who love Italian cuisine. It is quite interesting to note that some people would compare their pizza roll with C'Italian's panniza.

My first New York Supreme experience was good. It deserves another carbo-loading visits.

The NYS Special pizza (14" for Php545, 18" for Php765) has pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, mushrooms, green peppers, and black olives. And they boasts the three cheeses on it with their zesty red sauce. It was delish. Two slices of their 14" pizza was enough to make my tummy screaming full.



Their serving of the Creamy Seafood Pesto Pasta with knotted bread (Php245) was hefty--good enough for the three of us. The pasta is cooked with pesto and bechamel sauce that makes it creamy. The creaminess tends to overpower the pesto but it still is delicious though.



The place

New York Supreme has two branches--one in Balibago and the other is in Nepo Quad. You will never miss the resto because it is the only dining place I know with very red interior. I don't have complaints except for the quite tight space for walking especially when the room gets crowded. It's like everyone were just an arm-length or something.



Overall, it was a good dining experience. I would personally recommend the place for those who craves for pasta and pizza without breaking their budget.


New York Supreme
Phone: +63 45 892 5118
Locations:
  • Nepo Quad
  • Balibago, Angeles City

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Work Mode At K Cafe, Nepo Quad

I am a location-independent worker. I can basically work anywhere as long as there is an internet connection. Though, most of the time, I spend working at home, I sometimes seek for a different environment. My only concern on changing location every now and then is the unreliable internet connection, the distraction and the noise.

So, last time, after paying the bills I decided to stay and work inside K Cafe at Nepo Quad. I simply love staying there. I love the food and the place--no doubt. But just what I needed for that moment, they have a good internet connection. Well, it was early in the afternoon, there are less people inside the cafe so, I didn't have competition with the wifi.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: K Cafe, Nepo Quad

To accompany me during my work, I have myself a cup of coffee and a huge plate of jambalaya pasta. It was my first time to try jambalaya pasta. It taste a lot different compared to other pasta. Of course, what do you expect, it is jambalaya! That should be different. The pasta is creamy. It has sliced spicy sausage, shrimps, and mussel. It is served with two slices of garlic bread. The serving was hefty. It can fill two hungry stomachs.

It has that extra kick that you won't taste in other pasta. It's spicy and it woke up my senses. It's good. But not good enough to make me crave for it. My taste buds prefers the red sauce, white sauce or oil-based pasta. It's a personal preference. But people who love pasta and who love spicy food should try this one. But for me, hmmm, I should say that it is sufficient that I have tasted it. I prefer a milder version with a less playful taste.

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: K Cafe, Nepo Quad

Hungry-pinay.blogspot.com: K Cafe, Nepo Quad


Friday, January 3, 2014

Post Holiday Detox

The next thing most of us wanted to do after the endless partying, soirees and celebrations during the holidays is to get rid of the excess pounds. Unless, of course, you want to buy bigger clothes, which is quite costly. But would you really like to buy bigger clothes?

Many would hit the gym or go back to their exercise routine to get back in shape. Some would go on diet. Others choose to detoxify themselves.

I once came across with an article about sassy water for flat belly through Pinterest. I've tried the recipe for couple of times. I did loved it but for some reason I totally forgot about it. Not until the holidays came when I ingested too much food, I realize that I need something too flush it out.

One recipe of sassy water I found has the following ingredients:

2 liters water
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium sliced lemon
12 small spearmint leaves

Just mix them together in a large pitcher and let it chill overnight or for more than 8 hours.

Photo credit: Mundoo

I found 25 more sassy water recipes that we can try. The recipes are mixtures of fresh fruits and herbs.  These do not only offer refreshing drinks to keep us hydrated but it helps detoxify and aid weight loss.