Monday, December 28, 2015

Caffé Bene's Chicken Mushroom Pesto Sandwich

A delicious sandwich must be made of fresh and tasty ingredients. The bread is crisp, chewy and not dry. And in between are slices of meat, cheese and veggies with flavorful spread.

The chicken mushroom pesto sandwich by Caffe Bene at SM Clark, Angeles City  is my kind of sandwich. It is delicious yet it only consist of few ingredients, hence very easy to re-create at home.

The ciabatta bread is smeared with basil pesto, sandwiching slices of chicken and mushroom. 

If I am to make this at home, I would love more chicken in it.

Also see related post: Caffé Bene Goodness @ SM Clark

Caffe Bene Philippines

Friday, December 18, 2015

Cisan's, Nepo Quad in Angeles City

Complex, harmonious and delicious--these are some of the adjectives we could use to define Thai cuisine. Every dishes are playful concoction of various flavors yet they are presented in harmony to achieve that savory taste that you would love and keep coming back for more.

While we were in Angeles City, me and my friends visited Cisan's at Nepo Quad, one of the perfect places to go to for a sumptuous Thai meal. Like our previous dining experience with Cisan's, it never failed to fulfill our Thai food hunger.

We ordered tom yam for starter. Cisan's version is a creamy, sour and spicy soup with shrimp. It's a great soup to heat you up in a cold evening. For people with sinusitis like me, they said this could help clear up congested sinuses but I thought it was the other way around. Though it taste delicious, the strong flavor seems to flare up my nostrils and trigger some allergies. Cisan's, Angeles City / Thai cuisine

For our main course, we have this flavorful and filling grilled pork with bagoong (shrimp paste) rice. That acid taste of the green mango and the sweet taste of the grilled pork makes a delicious contrast to the rice with bagoong. The various flavors which seems to be weird and contradicting actually complement each other. Cisan's created this dish very well. Cisan's, Angeles City / Thai cuisine

Thursday, December 10, 2015

My First With GrabBike

You'll never dodge traffic in Manila. Like our greatest fear in life, it is something that we really have to face. Sadly, many of us have to face it in a day to day basis even spending 4-6 hours of their daily lives stuck in the road of endless lines of vehicles.

Manila can really be stressful because of the traffic. Removing the traffic jam in the scene, Manila could be a great place to stay.

Today, I'd just like to share my first-time experience with GrabBike. I am definitely ecstatic because I made it to my destination in a very short amount of time. If I took a cab instead of GrabBike, it would have taken me 30 minutes to reach the place with all those traffic jams I came across with. GrabBike

GrabBike driver Segredo Goyonan was the lucky one who picked me up. He handed me a disposable hair cap and face mask courtesy of Grab, and let me use the helmet. They really consider hygiene here which I totally appreciate. 

I feel like smiling to the jeep and cab passengers who were stuck in their unmoving vehicle. Yeah, proud me.

I never mind the heat of the sun and the sweat. What matters to me was getting to the place fast getting pass those irritating jams.

GrabBike offer a base fare of P40 for the first 2km. Every succeeding 2-7 km is P10 additional.

I went home taking GrabBike again. The second lucky guy was Joseph Benitez of TE 4437 whom I got the chance to talk lengthily about his business as bike driver and his personal life.

I am a repeat customer and surely, I will patronize this service every time I'll be in Manila.

I feel safe while riding. The drivers are careful. It never made me feel I am in a vulnerable state inching closer to my grave. I found out that they are trained by Grab. So, that explains it. They are also very fast in responding and texting.

I am used to riding habal habal in the province so riding motor bike is not new. The issue in riding a motor bike in a very busy and crowded metro is the lurking danger behind the never-ending traffic, the jammed streets and the reckless drivers you could potentially encounter. In the province, the danger in riding habal habal is worse. There might be no traffic jam because there are barely vehicles running in the streets but undisciplined driver could be putting your life in grave danger. GrabBike

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Downtown Cafe, Angeles City

1950's was the time of "Rock and Roll, Cadillacs, Jukeboxes and Soda Fountains". It was an era of the baby boomers. Now, it is a distant past that Gen-Xers and the millennial babies can't relate themselves too. Thankfully, there are places like the Downtown Cafe at Nepo Quad, Angeles City, that relive that era and acquaint people on how wonderful those years were.

Downtown Cafe is Claude and Mary Ann Tayag's extension of Bale Dutung. Unlike Bale Dutung that is strictly by reservation, Downtown Cafe is for casual dining. The restaurant recreates and modernize familiar Kapampangan dishes. It surprises our palate with their fresh takes of Pampanga's fares.


Trianggulos (P225.00)

Trianggulos are samosas filled with tinapa, spinach, kesong puti and pili nut and served with tomato sofrito dip. This appetizer is perfectly fried to perfection. It is served on absorbent paper to drain excess oil--it can be greasy if not. Downtown Cafe, Angeles City

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Teppanya, SM Clark: Modern Japanese Resto

Give in to your Japanese food cravings and get wowed by the amazing culinary skills of the chefs at Teppanya, located at the bigger and improved SM Clark.

Guests at Teppanya come in not only to eat their favorite Japanese dish but to be entertained as the chef prepare their meal right in front of them and show off their calculated kitchen moves.

It is so exciting and engaging to see your chef cooking the food you are about to eat. There is something so intimate and menacing about it. Guests are gawking at their food being prepared while the chef mindlessly do his own thing.

Our hungry group each ordered a 5 course starter set. We all get to choose what composed our meal. Teppanya, SM Clark

For my 1st course, I had a grilled eggplant with bonito flakes. Bonito flakes is called Katsuobushi or okaka by Japanese. It's a paper-thin dried fish flakes that taste a little salty that complement the eggplant. Teppanya, SM Clark

Friday, December 4, 2015

The Coffee Academy, Angeles City: Work + Food

Coffee Academy is among my top fave cafe in Angeles City as a freelancer. It is not just because of the food and coffee but because of their operating hours and their free wifi.

The biggest challenge of being a virtual worker like me is the presence of reliable internet connection during our required working hours. Hence, to most of us, we would often look for a place that is open 24/7 with free wifi, outlet and of course, coffee.

Coffee Academy is open until 4 am which makes it ideal to do our work even during US time while sipping our coffee and enjoying our choice of food.

Cake and hot coffee is a great combo to perk me up especially during ungodly hour. I sometimes do get choco mani with my choice of cup which I can mix it in my coffee. Coffee Academy, Angeles City

Toll House, Angeles City

You are never a certified Angeleño if you don't know Toll House. Toll House predates many modern restaurants in Angeles City that most millenial Angeleños know. Since I came to Angeles City way back 1997, it has been serving hungry students mostly from HAU which is within the vicinity and a famish crowd from different walks of life.

Toll House is a place that serves you comfort food and familiar dishes. And like Angeles City itself, it feels like home. We may go to different places but it seems to be calling us back. Toll House, Angeles City

The restaurant is always busy. Some are just buying cakes and meals to go, but a lot of people would dine in and enjoy that homey environment. Toll House, Angeles City

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ginzadon, Resorts World Manila: Japanese and Korean Restaurant

If you happen to be at Resorts World Manila and can't seem to decide whether to dine in a Japanese or Korean resto, Ginzadon could be your place. The restaurant offers the best of both Japanese and Korean cuisine.

It is located at the second floor of Maxims Hotel. I personally love the ambiance. It is a cozy place for a romantic and friendly date. I spotted the sushi bar which I wanted to try next time. Ginzadon, Resorts World Manila Ginzadon, Resorts World Manila

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Home-Cooked Pasta With Spinach and Meatballs

Home-cooked meals need not be bland or boring. You can always cook something up that seems like restaurant quality. You don't have to go out to somewhere expensive to enjoy a delicious meal.

Here's my pasta with spinach and meatballs. I don't want to sound arrogant but I am just in love with my own cooking right now (haha!). Home-cooked meal

The sauce was already prepared beforehand. So, it was ready to use.

If you are interested to know how I prepare this, check the recipe below.


  • pasta noodles (your own preference)
  • ready-made Italian pasta sauce
  • garlic
  • onion
  • spinach
  • oil
  • grated or chopped cheese
For the meatballs
  • ground beef
  • whole egg
  • bread crumbs
  • catsup
  • finely chopped garlic
  • finely chopped onions
  • grated cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sugar

1.  Cooked the pasta al dente. Set aside.
2.  Prepare the meatballs. Mix all the ingredients: ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, catsup, chopped garlic, chopped onions, grates cheese, salt, pepper and little sugar. Mix it well with a spoon or get messy with your hand.
3.  Make some balls from your meat mixture.
4.  Put oil in your skillet and slightly brown your meatballs.
5.  Remove the meatballs from the heat and set aside.
6.  Using the same pan, remove excess oil. Leave a little oil for frying the onions and garlic.
7.  Saute the chopped onions and garlic
8.  Saute the spinach.
9.  Add the cooked meatballs and incorporate it in the sauce.
10. Top the sauce on your cooked pasta.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hearty Dessert @ UCC Park Cafe, Ayala Center in Makati

A trip to UCC Park Café, Ayala Center in Makati for a bite can do the trick in de-stressing ourselves after a day's work. The scrumptious offering they have and the lush surroundings give temporary and nice escape from the city life. Though located within towering buildings and busy Ayala streets, staying at the cafe could be reinvigorating

Last time, I met some friends for breakfast. We had our breakfast somewhere else but decided to have our dessert in a last minute at UCC Park Café. 

Al fresco dining would be great but since it was starting to get warm we decided to stay indoor.

We had Mixed Berries French Toast Tower that looks like over-sized tofus. It was served with sweetened berries on the side and ice cream, and a dollop of whipped cream on top. The bread itself is not sweet, so you have to eat it with the berries and ice cream altogether. It is so yummy. UCC Park Cafe

Monday, November 2, 2015

Bacon, Egg and Alfalfa Sandwich

Recent articles about the health danger on eating bacon have been bombarding my Facebook page. I am sure you've been seeing that in your news feed as well, It's quite annoying because I really love bacon.  And I am sure a lot of you love bacon too.

The articles caused panic attack among netizens. The articles are just rehash of old news because there is really nothing new to it. We know that anything dead, preserved or synthetic are not good. That's why we have to eat them in moderation. These kind of food is what some people would say as garbage--it is toxic to the body.

How about mobile phones and cigarettes? Though mobile phones are not ingested and cigarettes are not eaten, they cause harm to the body. They can cause cancer too! Now, we should have panic attack. We should run to the mountains and live like the natives.

Well, despite of the odds about bacon, I still have them in my fridge. It is my savior during times that I couldn't go to the grocery or during busy hours that I couldn't fix some decent meal.

Here is a picture of my sandwich with bacon, fried egg, and alfalfa sprouts. Home-cooked meal

Does it looks good? Well, it taste yummy too.

Alfalfa sprouts in sandwich seems uncommon. I know it is being used for pannizza or pizza rolls but I haven't seen it on sandwich. Maybe, not here in the Philippines. I'm not really sure,

I love how the alfalfa sprouts add a nutty flavor to my sandwich. 

I spread tomato ricotta pesto on my bread; put the cooked bacon, fried egg, and the alfalfa sprouts. And viola, I got myself a delicious sandwich! Try this, it is really good! And yeah, call me a bad influence for telling you to eat bacon.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

K Cafe @ Nepo Quad, Angeles City: Superb New Dishes

My K Cafe experience has always been more than okay--it is outstanding and pleasurable. It's one of the restaurants in Angeles City that you just want to keep coming back. With great food at reasonable prices, excellent service and nice place, it's not surprising that you will instantly fall in love.

K Cafe once again blow me away with their new dishes. It is surely going to haunt me forever, wherever in the Philippines I may go. This restaurant rocks! They make the finest dessert and offer great meals. I remembered during the Pamangan event that Mrs. Miniang Pamintuan, the city mayor's wife complimented the restaurant and even mentioned the sizzling apple cheesecake.

K Cafe epitomize the modern Kapampangan culinary flair. Caren Kwong Basilio, the cafe's owner, show so much effort and passion in creating every dishes. Her new additions to K Cafe's menu are absolutely outstanding.

Asian Gambas

The first dish is called Asian Gambas (P220), which is awesome. Seriously, this dish makes me want to lick the  plate after eating the entire thing. It is very tasty. The shrimp is perfectly marinated and cook just right. 

So, if you happen to be at K Cafe and you get confused on what to order, try this first. It is a good starter and it's OMG! K Cafe, Angeles City

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pamangan Fiestang Kapampangan 2015 - Part II

In the first part of this blog post, I featured some dishes served during the Pamangan Fiestang Kapampangan that topped my personal preferences. As promised, I will be sharing more pictures to make you drool and make you want to come to Pampanga for a culinary experience.

Pampanga undoubtedly is a perfect place for both gastronomic adventure and historical tour. Hence, guests during the Pamangan Fiestang Kapampangan enjoyed eating the Kapampangan dishes while appreciating the town's rich history at the same time.

The dining area was at the second floor of the Museo ning Angeles where the Culinarium is. From there, you get a nice view of the Santo Rosario Parish Church, the plaza and Holy Angel University. Pamangan Fiestang Kapampangan

Kuliat Foundation (the organizer of Pamangan event) established the Culinary Museum in the Philippines, at the Museo ning Angeles building, to preserve and perpetuate the traditional Kapampangan culinary arts.

Hence, at the Culinarium, you will find exhibits of old Kapampangan kitchenwares. Culinarium, Museo ning Angeles

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pamangan Fiestang Kapampangan 2015 - Part I

Pamangan Fiestang Kapampangan is a sumptuous buffet of  Kapampangan dishes set every October as part of the month-long fiesta celebration of the city. The event is a fundraiser activity by Kuliat Foundation Inc. for the benefit of the maintenance and operation of the Museo ning Angeles. Pamangan Fiestang Kapampangan
A view from Museo Ning Angeles

This year, I finally had the chance to join Pamangan and experience gastronomic bliss. Thanks to Caren Kwong Basilio of K Cafe who forwarded me the info about this year's event.

Pamangan showcase the culinary prowess of Kapampangans. It once again prove to the nation why it is worthy to be called as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, though there is really nothing to prove because it is evident that Kapampangan dishes stand out. With a long history of foreign influence, Kapampangan cuisine is all about perfect blend of different flavors.

I recalled what Angeles City's First Lady Miniang Pamintuan said that Angeles City may not be abundant with natural resources but it has many great talents. She was initially referring to the artists in the city but I was thinking of the culinary experts that the city breeds.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Figaro Coffee With Your Favorite Meal

Figaro Coffee Company has been serving delicious coffee to Filipino coffee lovers since 1993. From a simple kiosk in Ayala, the company has grown so much to cater the increasing market.

It started small in the past by 7 college friends. And look at it now.

I hear some people say that we should avoid doing business with family and friends because it could ruin your relationship--money could ruin the relationship. It is unfair for money to take all the blame. The reasons for doomed relationship could be something else and money issues are just the manifestation of that. Figaro, for instance, were started by friends. Surely, they encountered challenges along the way. But, I guess, they were resilient in reaching their business goals.

I am sure they have a pretty nice story to tell for potential business partners, If only we could replicate what they did with their partnership then we could also be successful with our own endeavors.

The Food

Though Figaro coffee shops are styled with European interiors, they advocate Philippine-made coffee and Filipino cuisine. The company are sourcing coffee beans from various parts of the country and they are helping Filipino coffee growers too. They serve delicious Filipino meals like tuyo, longganisa, bangus belly and beef tapa. However, if you are craving for something else, you might find something more delectable in their menu. Their glass countertop displays mouthwatering pastries and cakes too.

Last time, I had a savory meal of rice with pork tenderloin in Asian pesto (P199). It is served with a cup of delicious brewed coffee,

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Purple Pad Thai Delivers in Angeles City

Craving for some delicious pad thai or other tasty Thai dishes but don't have the chance to go out? If you are in Angeles City, you can simply call Purple Pad Thai for a delivery right to your doorstep.

Now, you can enjoy your pad thai or your favorite Thai food without leaving your home or office. Purple Pad Thai

Purple Pad Thai has become a familiar name for restaurant offering authentic Thai cuisine. They are serving quality Thai dishes in Angeles City at reasonable prices and portion sizes. No wonder, it gains a lot of hungry patrons and get the attention of foodie bloggers and popular publications. In fact, it has been recently featured by Business Mirror and Cook Magazine's.

The forces behind the success of this Thai restaurant is Randy Ramos, the finance and marketing manager, and Chef Israel Cunanan,  head chef and operations manager. Randy used to be a brand manager in a multinational pharmaceutical company and Chef Israel is a civil engineer.  Unlikely duo, right? Obviously, their team-up is a success.

If you are drooling for some Thai food for your next meal, here's the menu to guide you: Purple Pad Thai Purple Pad Thai

Purple Pad Thai
Facebook page
Phone: +63 917 5006091; +63 927 5856803; +63 454580821

  • 675-B2 McArthur Hiway, Balibago, Angeles City 2009
  • SM Clark, Food Court
  • 303 Ventura Street |Marisol Subdivision

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Four Seasons @ SM Aura: A Chinese Food Talks

Around 1.5 million Filipinos, according to Wikipedia, have pure Chinese ancestry. Though that only makes up 1.6% vs the total population, Chinese are represented in many areas of our society.

When I was a child, I remembered my father bringing me to his employer's home during some holiday celebrations. His employer was Chinese and her family served the finest dishes, unfamiliar to my eyes but very delicious. It was during those years that I've decided that Chinese food was one of my favorite.

With the presence of Chinese in our country, it is inevitable to have their culture intertwined with ours. That is so true especially with our cuisine.

To enjoy authentic Chinese food, Binondo trip is a worthwhile dining and learning experience. You get acquainted with their food, get to see how they prepare it the Chinese way and enjoy the feel of the old aristocratic Manila. Of course, you really don't have to go there just to fill yourself up with some Chinese food. Chinese restaurants are everywhere with much concentration of course in the Metro with diverse population. You can order your favorite noodles, dim sum, buns, roasted duck and among other succulent dishes.

If you happen to be in SM Aura Premier, one of the places for some inexpensive Chinese meal would be at Four Seasons, located at the Food on Four, Fourth Floor.

The last time I was there, I ordered their best-selling lechon macau served with fried egg, rice soup, steamed cabbage and a free drink (P200). You can add P10 to upgrade the rice for a yang chow fried rice. To complete the meal is hakaw or shrimp dumplings (P90). Four Seasons @ SM Aura Four Seasons @ SM Aura

It is quite a heavy meal. Looks simple but savory. With it's price, I really have nothing to complain about.

Four Seasons

  • Food on Four, Fourth Floor, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Lower Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Brookside Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters: Food For The Bored Mouth

I'm not really hungry, just bored. So, I eat. That happens a lot. And I think that doesn't just happen to me to but to many of us. No wonder we ingest a lot of calories than what our body really needs.

As a WAH (Work at Home) person, it is very important to have something to munch on within my reach. Munching seems to help me not to get overwhelmed with work and take away my boredom for not having an officemate to chitchat.

Recently, I found myself enjoying the company of Brookside crunchy clusters, almonds and grapes.

The Brookside Dark Chocolate Crunchy Clusters (652g), costing P649.95 at S&R, are crispy clusters of multigrains with soft berry bits and coated with dark chocolate. It is delicious. But it can be overpowering if you eat it alone. So, I mix it with some almonds and grapes. I love all the crunch and the flavors going on inside my mouth.

I tried mixing the Brookside Crunchy Clusters with almonds and fruit slices (I had kiwis and bananas) to my oatmeal. The bowl looks festive and taste less boring too.

Aside from oatmeal, I think  these combo of crunchy clusters, nuts and fruits will go along well with yogurt.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pamangan - Fiestang Kapampangan 2015

Many of our well-loved Filipino dishes originated from Pampanga. Sisig, for instance, once was put into international limelight when famous chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain came over the Philippines to have a taste of Aling Lucing's sisig. Kare-kare is another, though there are other historical claims about it's origin.

Pampanga wouldn't be called as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines for nothing. The region breeds greats chefs who are cooking amazing dishes, apparently this resulted to a huge number of restaurants in Pampanga. The region is indeed a great culinary destination. Every time I go there, it gets confusing where to eat. Every restaurants seem to offer delicious meal, So, if you go there, make sure to have your itinerary ready,

Explore and re-discover the Kapampanga cuisine. Let's join the Pamangan - Fiestang Kapampangan this coming October 10, 2015 (Saturday). Now, you have the reason to go to Pampanga for a gastronomic visit. Pamangan is fundraising food event participated by Angeles City's best restaurant caters and culinary school to benefit Museu Ning Angeles. For just P500, you'll enjoy a buffet of Kapampangan food.

For more information, please contact:
(045) 887 4703
0922 877 0462 Pamanan Fiestang Kapampangan 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Chicken Sopas: Drowning My Sorrow in a Bowl

I've been a little sickly lately. Maybe the Manila air has something to do with it. After living in the province for months, adopted to the rural way of life and breathe fresh air, my body could have forgotten how it feels to live in the busy, crowded and polluted metropolis.

I had a slight fever during my first week. Now, I've gone mad with my cough.

Since I am living along (again) at the moment, I don't have a choice but to move. I need to buy stuff from the grocery and cook if I wanted to eat and enjoy home-cooked meal. Not to be overly dramatic on petty things, but this part of my life is what I dread--being alone and sick. Living independently is okay when you are physically in a good condition but when you are sick and you don't feel like moving, the thought of having someone taking care of you slowly creep.

 The best way to get rid of all the bad vibes was to eat something comforting. So, I decided to cook chicken sopas, which I ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I add a lot of ginger to the recipe to help soothe my throat. Home-cooked meal

If you wonder how I cooked mine, let me share it with you.


  • butter
  • boiled chicken fillet and flaked
  • chicken broth (the broth I used for boiling the chicken)
  • cooked macaroni pasta
  • chopped cabbage
  • julienned carrots
  • chopped onions
  • chopped celery
  • chopped ginger
  • canned evaporated milk
  • salt and pepper 


Heat the butter first, Saute the onion and ginger. Add the flaked chicken then the vegetables. Mix the cooked macaroni, Next is the chicken broth and evaporated milk. Add salt and pepper to taste, Let it boil until the vegetables are tender.

Monday, September 14, 2015

KyoChon: The Hottest Chick in Town

It's been like a year since I last stepped inside SM Megamall. In such a short span of time, a lot of things has changed though many remains the same like the shops and restaurants that I used to go to.

KyoChon, a Korean restaurant located strategically near the entrance of building B, immediately caught my attention. I checked their menu and was enticed with what they offer. I got a peek of its nice homey interior from the outside, which prodded me further to go in.

I read positive reviews about KyoChon. There is only one way to find out to validate what they said--I have to eat here.


Minimalism and green interior design always gives that comfy and homey ambiance. That is exactly what you are going to find in KyoChon. Kyochon, SM Megamall


"Chicken like you've never had before." True enough, they serve delicious fried chicken that would become my standard for chicken from now on. Kyochon, SM Megamall

KyoChon's chicken is tasty and crispy but still juicy and tender inside.  It is not greasy that makes you feel less guilty.

They uses double frying method to achieve a best-tasting fried chicken. (KyoChon started this double fried chicken craze in Korea).They also promise using natural ingredients and no glacial acetic acid, sodium saccharine, and MSG. No wonder, KyoChon received a lot of awards. Kyochon, SM Megamall

Honestly, the small size wing (5pcs for P149) of original flavor seems not sufficient. I feel I can have more.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Quick Chinatown Food Trip at Binondo, Manila

The Chinese has a very obvious and wide influence in the Filipino Cuisine. It is evident in our dishes like the pancit, lumpia, siopao, and siomai that we have adapted and Filipinized. We have developed a strong liking for the dishes that we serve and eat them often. We even created some regional variations, which is true with pancit. Our familiarity to these food, made us feel that they are our own and we have forgotten its rich history.

For some dose of authentic Chinese food, the best place to go is Binondo in Manila, the oldest Chinatown in the world. Going to this part of Manila gets you acquainted not only with the Chinese cuisine but it will take you back to our history.

The district is a hub of Chinese commerce even before the Spanish colonization. It was the center of commerce and trade back then. So, I guess, it is safe to say that it was once a Makati during that era.

You'll appreciate Binondo by foot. That is a good way to use up all the food you eat along the way to energy. Binondo, Manila

New Po Heng Lumpia House
531 Quintin Paredes Street, Binondo Manila 
New Po Heng Lumpia House Facebook page

There is nothing extraordinary about the place because it looks like a typical karenderia. And you have to pass a dark hall first that makes you feel danger is lurking inside, made me imagine of old dingy building in some Chinese horror movies. But never ever judge a place on how it looks because this Chinese restaurant serves the best fresh lumpia for P50 only! New Po-Heng Lumpia House

I can taste some veggies, tofu, nuts and sugar in every bite. It is complemented with it's sweet sticky sauce. 

One serving of the fresh lumpia is enough to fill you up. But because it is delicious, you feel like eating more. New Po-Heng Lumpia House

Wai Ying Fastfood
810 Benavidez St, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 242 0310

I visited this restaurant couple of years ago. It  haven't change a bit. 

The moment you reach the resto, some roasted braised ducks hanging in the window will great you. You stepped in the building with the aroma of some Chinese food filling your nostrils. Wai Ying Fastfood

This place never runs out of people. It is always one of the busy establishments in Binondo. Since we are quite a large group, we had to wait for like 20 minutes before we got seated. The waiting was worth while nevertheless.

I ordered a curry beef brisket with rice (P140), which is bomb! The beef is very tender and the sauce is very tasty. Usually, curry has a very strong taste but not this one, which is what I love. The serving is quite generous and can be shared for two people unless you are very hungry. Wai Ying Fastfood Wai Ying Fastfood

Since the resto is really known for its dim sum, it is a must to order one. I had a serving of hakaw (P80), which is a steamed dim sum consist mainly of shrimp. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Coffee Academy: Chocolate and Brewed Coffee

As a virtual worker and freelancer who spend longer hours with my laptop, among my best friends that I can't live without while working are coffee and chocolate.

I am always in search of a good place to eat and work. So, basically what I need is a place that has free wifi and electric socket. And since I would be staying longer, sometimes until midnight, I prefer that the environment must be less dense and comfy,

Virtual or remote work has quickly become a trend among millenials and other Gen X-ers. Long time ago, we define work as a place. In today's information age, work is no longer a place but an activity. I am just one of the Gen X that got entice with virtual work and loving every bit of it. Though, I often work home-based, I would sometimes go out for a different air.

When I am in Angeles City, among my top choices would be at Coffee Academy in Balibago. There are two branches in Balibago, both located in Marlim Mansions Hotel. However, my fave spot is the one in front of AFC.

Coffee Academy, Angeles City

A combo of brewed coffee and something dark, moist and chocolatey is perfect to keep me up. This heavenly marriage of coffee and chocolate gives me a nudge of adrenaline and happiness.

Coffee and chocolate cake @ Coffee Academy, Angeles City

Chocolate cake @ Coffee Academy, Angeles City

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lin's Kinilaw in Misamis Oriental: Back Riding and Boodle Fight Evening

Riding in the back of a pickup truck doesn't look glamorous and lady-like at all but what the heck, it's fun! Life feels less restricted and the rider more carefree. You can see the road at a different angle and you see everything in panorama. The heat of the sun licks your skin and the cool wind blows every strands of your being and mess your hair as the vehicle pick up speed. Ahh, it makes me feel young again and the world becomes my playground. But of course, I'll only do that in rural places where nature seems to thrive more than commerce such as Laguindingan in Misamis Oriental. my hometown.

Laguindingan is fortunate to be blessed by nature. Beaches, mountains and forests surrounds the area.

Five years from now, things will certainly change. For sure, when that time comes, no traces of the dusty, rustic and provincial life will be recognized. And the place would start to feel like Manila, a place that I love and hate at the same (I never thought it could be possible but it is). A back ride by then would sound danger than fun.

The photo above was taken while we were heading to a new restaurant called Lin's Kinilaw in Libertad, another municipality in Misamis Oriental.

We arrived at Lin's famished. It feels like a long ride from Laguindingan. We had to pass several municipalities and some road constructions. Nevertheless, the ride was worthwhile because the dinner was awesome. Thanks to Tito Dadoy, the incumbent Vice Mayor in Laguindingan, who scheduled it all and made this mini-reunion possible. He officially announced that he is running for mayorship. Lin's Kinilaw, Misamis Oriental

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Missy Bon Bon: Cagayan de Oro's Homegrown Breadshop/Resto

Living in a Pampanga, known as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, for 18 years, I seems to have developed my taste buds for a strong liking on flavorful dishes. With that, I also seems to naturally develop the inclination to cook and the attitude of always on a look-out for a good place to eat and hang-out.

While staying in Cagayan de Oro, I get myself acquainted to the city and, at the same time, trying to discover for myself some nice homegrown restos that would make any Kagayanon proud.

I haven't read articles stating Cagayan de Oro as a food destination--travel destination, yes, but not food destination. But I always believe that in every place, there is something good to eat. And yeah, I am right. Food lovers--I am no exception--will always find their way to good food. I am happy that I find my way to Cagayan de Oro's pride and homegrown breadshop/resto: Missy Bon Bon. Missy Bon Bon, Cagayan de Oro


I've been intrigued by the Missy Bon Bon kiosk at Ayala Centrio Mall. I always wanted to try something out from the store only to backed out because I don't know what to choose.

I came across Missy Bon Bon again through a delicious pancake photo by fashion blogger David Guison on Instagram. That prodded me to do a few research.

Missy Bon Bon is a sister company of Bigby's and Boy Zugba. These restos are operated by Bigby's Quality Foods Corporation. Missy Bon Bon, Cagayan de Oro

Friday, March 6, 2015

Boodle Fight Experience in Cagayan de Oro

Boodle fight, as the urban dictionary explains, is a military style of eating where long tables are prepared and food are on top of the banana leaves. Viands and rice ready to eat using your bare hands, jugs of water are prepared on the side to wash hands before the "eating combat". With the signal to start the boodle fight, everyone aims for his/her position. Boodle Fight
messy boodle fight table in B&W

According to Choose Philippines website, boodle fight also uses newspapers instead of banana leaf. Though eating with bare hands is a Filipino custom, this way of eating was devised by cadets of the Philippine military Academy (PMA), and does not represent authentic Philippine culture, but instead symbolizes fraternity and equality among PMA members by their sharing the same food without regard to rank. 

Eating with our bare hands is common but sharing the food with everybody is different thing. To some, this may be repulsive. Of course, we can't blame them. It is not being maarte but the thought of sharing or getting something else aside from the food is quite gross.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gustav Cafe, Angeles City: Pasta Serena

Pasta noodles like rice is bland when eaten by itself. But when you mix it with the right stuff, you turn it into a good meal. And similar to rice, it can be addictive/

When I crave for some pasta dishes while in Angeles City, a great place to grab one is at Gustav Cafe. Their pasta serena is my personal fave. Using angel's hair pasta in red sauce, they topped it with generous amount of shrimp and mussels and mixed it with some olives and green bell pepper.

Unlike the sweet Filipino-style spaghetti, Gustav's pasta serena is a bit sour, which is what I love. You can really taste the tomatoes in it.

So, if you are into Italian-style pasta, this is a must-try. Gustav Cafe
Pasta Serena Gustav Cafe

Check out my previous blog posts: Gustav Cafe, Angeles City

Gustav Cafe
- Balibago, Angeles City
- Nepo Quad
- Super 8, Santo Rosario St.