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Monday, December 19, 2011

Yabu: An Authentic House of Katsu

It's not a hidden fact that I love Japanese food. Sashimi, makimono, teriyaki and everything Japanese will surely satisfy me. However as much as I love J-cuisine, I can't seem to develop a liking for the breaded, deep-fried pork that is tonkatsu. But not until I've tried Yabu.

Yabu: House of Katsu is a new Japanese katsuretsu (cutlet) restaurant in SM Megamall The Atrium's 2nd floor. Since it opened its doors to hungry customers last November 11, it had been flocked by diners wanting quality katsu dishes. I had been reading tons of reviews and all of them (yes, all) are nothing but praises of how wonderful Yabu's katsu dishes are. So without hesitation, my date and I made our way to try out Yabu's offerings one weekday lunch.

I got to SM Megamall a few minutes after 1PM. Good thing my date hasn't arrived yet, since Yabu was jam-packed and we would've waited for free tables should my date have met me earlier. It was a few minutes past 1:30PM when my date finally came. Although there were still a lot of diners in the restaurant, we were courteously attended and seated.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Let's Help the Sendong Victims

I've known that there will be a typhoon coming this weekend, but never did I imagine that it will cause a great loss for our fellow Filipinos in Cagayan de Oro and parts of Mindanao and even Negros. I work on the computer for many hours each day, and usually skip watching the news both on the television and on the internet. But upon seeing news articles and photos of victims from the catastrophe the Tropical Storm Sendong (international name Washi) brought, I cannot simply ignore it. I may have a fever now, but these people are suffering far worse than the cough and colds I am enduring. Their case cannot be healed simply with over-the-counter medicine. They need PRAYERS, DONATIONS, and SUPPORT from fellow Filipinos.

I don't know who took these photos. If you do, please let me know so I can properly credit the owners. Thanks.






It'll only be a few days before Christmas, but these people have been suffering from great loss. As of 1 a.m. on Sunday, the Red Cross reported 436 dead and 162 missing. This number have probably gone up already and will keep rising until more data are collected. Evacuation centers are also filled with more than 35,000 people already needing food, clean water and clothes. Let us do our part and help them. Below are a list of organizations currently accepting donations, compiled by Ms. Eggplant.

1. Red Cross: to help, send RED to 4143 (Smart) and RED to 2899 (Globe). * Smart subscribers may send financial help to the Philippine Red Cross through text. To donate, cellphone users should send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts are 10, 25, 50 and 100 and will be charged to the subscriber’s prepaid load or postpaid bill. * Globe subscribers may send help to Red Cross. Just text RED and send to 2899. Valid donation amounts are 10, 25, 50, 100 (For ex, RED 10).

2. SMART Subscribers * Smart subscribers all over the country may send help to those affected by typhoon Sendong. Smart Money users can instantly transfer funds through their mobile phones to the official Baha Fund account number 5577 5130 6822 1104. Donors may also deposit cash to the same Smart Money account number in any Banco De Oro branch nationwide or through Hapinoy and Cebuana Lhuillier outlets. * SMARTCares: Subscribers may donate to #Sendong victims via text. Just send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100.”

3. Globe Subscribers Through GCASH, text DONATE and send to 2882.

4. Iligan Bloggers Society through One For Iligan allows you to donate $1 for the Iligan flood victims of typhoon Sendong. * One for Iligan is a Google doc that tells you how you can donate at least US$1 via PayPal * Contact points SITE: http//:iliganbloggers.comEMAIL: iliganbloggers@gmail.comFB Fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/iliganbloggers * How to else to help?The group Iligan Bloggers Society says that aside from paypal donations, they are also asking for canned goods, noodles, bath and laundry soaps, toothpaste, rice, used clothings and slippers.

5. DXIC SITE: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rmn-dxic-iligan
FB Fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/iliganbloggers

6. Xavier University, Tabang * Any help -- food, clothes, books, bottled water, others -- can be sent to Fr. Eric Garcia Velandria SJ, coordinator of Sendong Operation, KKP Office, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, 9000, Corrales Ave. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. According to XU-CSG President, GemGem Tero, food and clothes donations are more needed. Account Name: Xavier University Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands, CDO Divisoria Branch Account Number: 9331-0133-63

7. Armed Forces of the Philippines The Civil Relations Service AFP at Camp Aguinaldo is accepting donations. It will fly donations/relief goods via C130. Contact details: Situation Awareness Center (SAC), CRS AFP, Camp Aguinaldo, QC Landline: 912-6615 CP Nr. (0917)2471252 Focal Person: Lt. Col. Rolando Rodil, Operations Officer

8. Department of Social Welfare and Development Volunteers are needed at DSWD Cagayan de Oro (Masterson Road, Upper Carmen) to repack and deliver relief goods. Call 09066150095 @DSWDserve

9. The Oblate Missionary Foundation (OMF) accepts donation for the victims of Sendong. Email us: oblate.missionaryfoundation@gmail.com Call or text us 0644212652/09177204604/09228366422 You can send food items, drinking water, used clothing, blankets, medicines, cash and what you have to the following dropping centers.

10. Panday Bulig Relief and Rehabilitation Center Tabang Mindanao Center 12th-22nd streets, Nazareth 9000 Cagayan de Oro CityT/F: +63 (88) 856 6413E: pandaybulig@gmail.com(look for Ms. Beryl Tranco)

11. Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Sub-Region Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde9200 Iligan CityT/F: +63 223 5179E: rmpnmr@gmail.comW: www.rmp-nmr.org(look for Ms. Ida Melody Bucog)

12. Drop Center in Metro Manila c/o StartArt Project 10A Alabama st New Manila Quezon CityMobile:+63926 7112450 email:info@startartprject.org ornikkiluna@startartproject.org For cash donations, please send to this account: Bank Name and Address:Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)Quezon Avenue branch, 9200 Iligan City, Philippines Account number: 009359-1348-08 Swift Code: BOPIPHMM Account Name and Address: RMP-NMR Inc.

13. TV5, Cash donations may be sent through the following accounts: TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc. BDO Savings Account No. 005310-410164 and Bank of the Philippine Islands Savings Account No. 1443-05333-2 | Donations in kind like food, clothing, utensils, blankets, mats, water containers, and medicines may be sent to News5 Aksyon Center, TV5 office in San Bartlolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. For inquiries, please call News5 Aksyon Center hotline - 938-6393.

Beauty Tips + Win Tickets to Katy Perry’s Concert

Before 2011 ends, I wouldn't want my blog to be left empty when it comes to beauty-related posts so I'll be sharing something that many of you can probably relate to.

Acne, pimples, zits or whatever you want to call it, has been a big problem for teens in the puberty stage. As for my case, I was a very early bloomer so I already got zits as early as 10 years old. Little by little, these unwanted imperfections doubled and tripled in number. So when I reached high school, my face was already full of them. When I got to college, there was a short phase when my skin cleared up and I gained my self confidence back. But due to the stresses and many sleepless nights, my face ceased to stay smooth.

Battling acne is very difficult especially for people like me who have sensitive skin. I got into modeling stints but had to lay low because my skin would have sudden breakouts. I've tried tons of products and I almost gave up. Luckily, my skin finally got clearer but it wasn't until the latter part of my university days that I gained a brighter face. I know my skin now is not flawless enough to be strutted everywhere. But I am already happy and contented as it is not as dreadful as it used to be. I can now look at the mirror without feeling sorry for myself and I'm not afraid to smile at the camera anymore. Believe it or not, there came a time where I didn't want any photos of myself taken. That's how severe of an acne case my face got into.

I may not be an expert when it comes to skin, but I'd like to share some beauty tips to help prevent acne on people who have nice and clear skin, and to help stop making acne worse for people who are still suffering from this common beauty problem.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Purple Doll's Christmas Giveaway!

Christmas is only a couple of days away. And with the start of all the holiday festivities, The Purple Doll is stepping up to make this season even brighter. And what better way for the doll to embody Christmas than playing as Santa Clause and holding it's 1st ever giveaway!

This giveaway raffle is not only here to spread the spirit of Christmas, but to also give back. The Purple Doll blog has just turned 2 months old last Tuesday. And although this blog is fairly young in the vast blogsphere, I am very happy that it was well-received by the online blogging community. Prizes may not be much, but I hope you'll like what I have in store.

Up for grabs are the following:


A pair of 100-peso Starbucks Gift Certificate, a pair of Ayala Malls' movie tickets and Moonleaf's 2012 planner which has a lovely apple green and white color combination, and even packed with discount coupons


I will also be including a big pack (with 12 packets) of my dad's favorite spicy munchies -- Japanese Dried Fish with Peanut and a box of EDO Pack Black Almond Chocolate.


And since I love milk teas so much, I'd like to give the winner a taste of Old Town's White Milk Tea. So I'll also be including 3 sticks of this goodie.


For a quick recap, the winner will be receiving:
  • (2) 100-peso Starbucks Gift Certificate (Valid in all Starbucks branches nationwide)
  • (2) 130-worth Ayala Malls Movie Tickets  (Valid in Glorietta 4, Greenblet 1 & 3, Market! Market!, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall and Abreeza Mall)
  • (1) Moonleaf 2012 Planner (With Moonleaf discount coupons)
  • (1) Pack of Japanese Dried Fish & Peanut
  • (1) Box of EDO Pack Black Almond Chocolate
  • (3) Sticks of Old Town White Milk Tea

To enter the giveaway raffle, you will need to do the following:
  1. Like the Facebook page of The Purple Doll.

  2. Click THIS and post the following message on the text box:
    @The Purple Doll is holding it's Christmas giveaway contest! Enter here: http://bit.ly/w0m8UD
    Make sure that you tag The Purple Doll's page and have set your wall post public.

  3. Follow this blog thru Google Friend Connect which can be found at the sidebar under the label Followers.

  4. Lastly, leave a comment to this post with the following info:
    Name:
    GFC Name:
    Email Address:
    FB Post Link:
    Note: To get the FB post link, click the timestamp. Example: 5 seconds ago

The giveaway raffle will run from today until December 25, 11:59PM. The winner will be chosen via Random Picker. Oh, and this is only open for Philippine residents.

If this giveaway becomes a success, there will be more of it coming soon. So join now!

Daily Quickie: Old Town White Milk Tea

Daily Quickie will be a short tag on the title which I'll use for blog entries about food I'm snacking at home, work or anywhere.

My partner in crime, foodie accomplice and beau whom I always refer to as my date, went on a short trip to Singapore a week ago. Since he knows my love for sweets and milk tea, he brought me some goodies, along with other pasalubong. And among the sweet treats, I found interest in the Old Town White Milk Tea the most.


Old Town is a Malaysian brand boasting of its White Coffee mixes. I haven't personally tried their white coffee yet, but my date says their coffee mixes are good. As for the Old Town White Milk Tea, my date cannot give an objective rating since he's not really a big fan (Okay, he's not really into them!) of milk teas.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Bagaholic in Me: Collection & Wishlist

Although my blog houses a plethora of food and restaurant reviews, I'm not just a foodie but also a discreet bagaholic. Unlike most of the bagaholics I know though, I don't have a thick wad of cash nor a high credit limit so I only have a few bags in my humble collection.

My bag love story started when I was in high school. My mom would buy me tons of Heartstrings bags and I sport a different design every other day. Come my university years, I was given a higher allowance and I got a sideline -- my online shop, to fund for my wants, bags included.

During this period, I have only collected a few things. I have some locally made bags and some unbranded, but I only consider those which I've spent more than two thousand bucks to belong in my precious collection.


So far, the most prized in my haul are my authentic Longchamp bags. I only have three though -- a Planètes in Raisin (from Crystals & Strings), a Le Pliage in Orange and another Le Pliage in Fuchsia (Both from Longchamp Avenue), all of which are of a large and long-handled type.

Bar Dolci: Making Life Sweeter

It's been a while since I've last indulged in a good cup of Italian gelato. I have always planned to pay Gelatissimo and Cara Mia Gelateria a visit, but have been constantly failing due to a variety of reasons. However, luck was on my side as the next Eat's a Date event was held at Bar Dolci, a sweets café at Burgos Circle, The Fort.


Although Bar Dolci is barely a year old, this orange and white themed desserts wonder is already making a buzz in the market. And how can it not, the storefront is as inviting as an excitable kid having his first birthday party. It can also successfully distract a passerby since peaking outside its glass window and door is a view of Bar Dolci's delightful treats.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Daily Quickie: PizzaHut Tuscani Premium All-Meat

Daily Quickie will be a short tag on the title which I'll use for blog entries about food I'm snacking at home, work or anywhere.

In less than 2 months, I can't believe that this is the 5th Pizza Hut Tuscani flavor that I have tried, the Premium All-Meat (P499).

Just a quick rundown of the flavors I've previously had: Supremo, Roast Beef, 3-Cheese Bacon & Spinach, and their newest addition to the Tuscani line, 4-Cheese Lasagna. And if you're wondering.. No, Pizza Hut is not paying or giving me compensation of any kind for this. Since my family and I often avail of their pizzas for delivery, I thought of trying out all the Tuscani flavors just for the kicks. (It would've been a bonus if I'll be rewarded for the free features though. *wink*)


Pizza Hut's Tuscani Premium All-Meat is a semi-thin crust pizza smothered with tons of meat -- bacon, beef, Italian sausage, pepperoni, salami and smoked ham. Beneath the seemingly meaty overload is a bed of mozzarella and parmesan cheese, as well as a thin layer of premium tomato sauce.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

BonChon: A Chicken Love Story

Many double fried chicken food destinations have been popping up in the Metro. However, my date and I were probably one of the latest people to jump into the bandwagon as we still haven't tried any yet. Good thing though BonChon, a South Korean-based double fried chicken wonder had already put up several branches in the country -- one of which is in my go-to mall Trinoma.

BonChon Chicken at Trinoma had only opened last December 5, Monday. I was already dying to try the all-hyped and all-raved soy garlic chicken. But it wasn't until the end of the week that we found ourselves paying the mall a visit. Of course, being the curious and gluttonous me, I didn't let the chance of finally trying BonChon Chicken pass.


The Korean double friend chicken place greeted us with a modern yet slightly minimalist storefront and interior. There wasn't a very long line of hungry customers when we paid them a visit for a quick merienda. And since both my date and I were still a little full that time, we just opted to get a small order of their famous chicken wings. We also got a salad and iced tea.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Coffee Beanery: Unlimited Cakes & Coffee

After attending the Bloggers Night & Wellness Fair at Gandiva Café, my date and I headed to Shangri-la Plaza for a leisurely stroll. We were both craving for a cup of iced cold coffee, so we went to the counter as soon as we saw the humble yet cozy-looking stall of The Coffee Beanery (TCB).

I was already asking the staff about their bestsellers when my date spotted a table top signage on TCB's counter -- Unlimited Cakes and Coffee. The staff manning the counter was very friendly and told us that their Unlimited Cakes and Coffee promo is available for only P150 per head. Although my date and I were still a little full from the free healthy dinner we had, we gave in and grabbed the chance.


We availed of their Unlimited Cakes and Coffee promo which includes unlimited slices of their premium cakes and unlimited servings of their brewed coffee. The staff told us that they have 7 kinds of cakes that night, and being the gluttons that we are, we aimed to try all 7 cakes. Although we know we are about to consume tons of sugar, we still went ahead and ordered their bestselling cold coffee -- Frosted Java Java (P145).

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Gandiva Café: A Night of Healthy Eating & Archery

Hailing from the university of green-blooded archers, I have always had a fascination for the archery sport. So when Gellie invited fellow bloggers to the event, my date and I didn't hesitate to say yes.

Yesterday, Gandiva Café and Archery Range treated bloggers to a night of health and wellness appreciation through introducing vegetarianism, yoga and archery. Although not many bloggers made it to the event held at Ortigas due to the heavy rains and traffic-congested streets, attendees such as ourselves found interest on the topics briefly discussed.


Gandiva started off as a 2009 venture of an archery-enthusiastic family to make the sport more known and accessible in the country. However as of today, Gandiva expanded not only to promote archery but to also encourage healthy eating and living through offering vegetarian and vegan-friendly food products made from locally grown ingredients.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Daily Quickie: Japanese Mixed Nuts Snack

Daily Quickie will be a short tag on the title which I'll use for blog entries about food I'm snacking at home, work or anywhere.

I have always had a fascination for Japanese stores, those in the likes of Daiso and Saizen. So every time I hangout at Trinoma, there is no doubt that the Japan Home Centre doesn't go unnoticed. I already bought quite a few items from this Japanese store -- toiletries, storage cases, and yes, even food items.

For a not-so-recent trip, I grabbed a pack of Triko brand Japanese mixed nuts snack (P88). I also got a pair of UCC Blended Coffee (the other one went to my date).


Although the coffee did not standout as it tasted like any other canned coffee, the Japanese mixed nuts snack on the other hand, stirred up my interest. Inside the large pack were 10 smaller packets of the crunchy goodies.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Stacy's: Dinner for the Doll

Afternoon tea party in a warm and cozy doll house -- I have long wanted to experience something like this and be transported to Alice's wonderland. However, I have never thought that there exists a nice and comfortable dinning spot as such in the Metro. I was proven wrong though as Stacy's in Capitol Greenstreet is probably the closest one I have come across which I owe to OpenRice's Eat's a Date event.

As sir Anton of Our Awesome Planet puts it, Stacy's somehow seems to be a full-blown restaurant version of the well-known cute, girly and pastel-filled store that is Cupcakes by Sonja. Even without crossing its doors, one will definitely notice the very homey ambiance that Stacy's exudes. Inside the seemingly humble storefront, the restaurant's classic-looking oval plated logo with miniature garden table setup will welcome any of its visitors. This is what you get when you combine Ms. Aby Natividad-Nachura (head chef of Del Monte Test Kitchen) and Ms. Angelique Abesamis-Castro (prop stylist for Working Mom) and let them venture into food business.


The whole interior of the restaurant shouts girly and cozy with homey decorations and personal pieces which added a lovely and doll house-like feel to the whole restaurant. The counter has handwritten beverage offerings scribed on a chalkboard hanging above a pink fridge. The condiments area is a pastel pink study table standing by a wall full of interesting eye candies -- models of house, yacht, train, sewing machine, Cath Kidston aprons and whatnots. The dining area was also reminiscent of the tables and chairs from my kindergarten days.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Moonleaf Tea Shop: Affordabilitea at Its Finest

After featuring Happy Lemon, I'm back with yet another review of a cold tea beverage store. This time though, entering the battle arena of the continuously growing (and actually exploding) market for milk tea and other cold tea drinks is Moonleaf Tea Shop.

I have read quite a few reviews and blog features about this particular tea house. So when I came across one along E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave. a few days ago, even if I was already in a hurry and just commuting my way in and out of Quezon City, I gave in to the tempting green and white leaf logo bannered on Seneca Plaza's building facade.


This particular branch of Moonleaf Tea Shop is probably at its soft opening period when I visited as it only started to welcome its customers last November 27. Although the place still looked a little new, lacking the flair and cozy ambiance of beverage houses' year-old branches, I was still warmly greeted by the colorful freedom cork boards posted onto their whole right wall. I also liked how the place maintained a sleek and modern minimalist style with its white and apple green color scheme.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Daily Quickie: PizzaHut Tuscani 4-Cheese Lasagna Pizza

Daily Quickie will be a short tag on the title which I'll use for blog entries about food I'm snacking at home, work or anywhere.

Although Pizza Hut is not paying me for this, I have decided to try all the flavors from their new Tuscani line of pizzas. After the Supremo which my dad loves, the Roast Beef which we felt so-so, and the 3-Cheese Bacon and Spinach which was my favorite, we ordered something again from their Tuscani line. This time though, we had Pizza Hut's new festive flavor for Christmas, the 4-Cheese Lasagna Pizza (P549).


I loved the 3-Cheese Bacon and Spinach for being so cheesy, so I was excited that this flavor has 4 types of cheeses -- Parmesan, mozzarella, cheddar and cream cheese. The cheesiness level was so satisfying! Beneath the layer and blobs of cheese, this pizza is actually a lasagna, complete with flat pasta, bits of meat, herbs and a tomato-based sauce.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy Lemon: Yummy Rock Salt & Cheese Drinks

Milk tea and fruit tea stores these days have been popping up like mushrooms in different parts of the metro. Although Happy Lemon is another beverage spot boasting quality tea drinks, it is a Chinese store worth visiting. Branded to offer the world's yummiest drinks, Happy Lemon did not fail to impress me with their line of Rock Salt & Cheese beverages.

Green Tea and Coffee, both with Rock Salt & Cheese

I first came across Happy Lemon at Eastwood. Its unbelievably long line of eager customers caught my eye. Why would these people take the time to get in a line as long as EDSA just to order a drink? (Of course, I'm just exaggerating with the EDSA thing!) Although I was curious to what the fuss is all about, I didn't have the time nor the patience to line up during my first Happy Lemon sighting.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Adventures of Tintin: The Premiere Screening

Although my blog is full of food reviews and random shiznits, I personally consider myself a semi-movie buff. Back in 2008 when I was in my first year college, I'd be in SM Cinemas every week, or even twice or thrice a week just to catch the latest movies. Occasionally, I'd even make short (and poorly written) movie reviews back on my old Multiply webhome. But even though I have watched a lot of movies this year, I wasn't so interested in reviewing them. Not until now.


Getting free invites for a premiere screening was a good way to induce me to finally writing a movie review. Thank you so much to Pinoy Exchange for the tickets. (No, they didn't just give them to me. I won 2 tickets through an online contest at PEx.)

Honestly though, I never knew so much about Tintin and his adventures. He's a familiar comics character for me, but I wasn't able to read this Hergén masterpiece nor watch the numerous film renditions since I was probably too young (or even unborn) back then. But since the premiere screening for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is not only free but will also be shown in an IMAX theater.. I was sold!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Corniche: Buffet & View at Diamond Hotel

After my date and I started our November with a buffet dinner at Manila Pavilion's Seasons, I saw an announcement by Diamond Hotel that they'll be offering 50% off from their lunch buffet rate from November 22 to 30, to celebrate Corniche's first year anniversary. Even if our bellies are already bulging because of indulging in too much food these past few weeks, who are we to not be attracted by this gracious offer?

Diamond Hotel is not a stranger to us anyway as my date have visited this 5-star hotel a couple of times already, while I on the other hand, have spearheaded our high school graduation ball held in Diamond Hotel's luxurious 27th floor function room. So to end our November, we graced Diamond Hotel's lovely buffet dining area that is Corniche.

We arrived a little late for lunch, about 12:40PM already. But upon entering Corniche, we were greeted by very courteous and pretty attendants who led us to our seats. This was the first time that we'll be dining here, and although the wide space of the dining area is a little too overwhelming, we were excited to try out the food offerings while indulging in the sophisticated and refreshing ambiance of the hotel restaurant.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Daily Quickie: Starbucks' Bottled Frappuccino Light

Daily Quickie will be a short tag on the title which I'll use for blog entries about food I'm snacking at home, work or anywhere.

Last week our family friend who shared us the delicious Roasted Chicken from S&R, gave us another set of treats from the same members-only warehouse shopping destination.

This time though, it's not another viand item but sweet snacks -- a canister of Royal Dansk Luxury Chocolate Wafer Cookies and a set of four bottles of Starbucks' Bottled Frappuccino Light in Mocha.


The Royal Dansk canister wasn't such a big deal for me and my lil sis since we are used to Royal Dansk's butter cookies, but the Starbucks set was unexpected. I didn't even know that Starbucks has bottled frappuccino beverages for sale.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Burgoo: Everything for Sharing

Intro is a little non-food related. You can skip to the 2nd paragraph if you like.

Last Friday was a challenge for me. I had to meet with a friend for a fun shoot at Mandaluyong, go run some errands, and attend a blogger event in the evening. I wasn't able to do the third on this list though. 5:30PM on a Friday is always equated to heavy traffic, I should have known better. We hit the road by riding a bus, but eager to attend the event on time, we got off and boarded the MRT -- Wrong move. We initially planned to get off at Quezon Ave., but the super crowded sardine-like train where I was literally crushed and squished got the best of me. My energy got drained, my sweat was cold, and I felt like I'd almost faint. When the train arrived at Cubao station, I asked my date that we get off already. I couldn't take it anymore. Even if I rode the MRT a couple of times in the past, this was by far my worst squished experience. After sitting at the station's platform to rest, we decided to just stay in Cubao and get something to eat. (Honestly, I don't know why I almost fainted in the train. Maybe it was a combination of hunger, stress, B.O., and the mere fact that I was squished to my limits.)

My date and I walked to Gateway and dined at the first enticing restaurant we saw. Back then, it was Burgoo -- an American family casual dining restaurant boasting of good quality food at good-for-sharing portions.


Although we love eating out, it was actually the first time that we entered this food spot. Being so hungry and a little nauseous, I wasn't really paying attention to the restaurant interior anymore. I tried to take photos of the place, but I think the shots I took weren't all that good.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Daily Quickie: PizzaHut Tuscani 3-Cheese Bacon & Spinach

Daily Quickie will be a short tag on the title which I'll use for blog entries about food I'm snacking at home, work or anywhere.

After having a taste of Pizza Hut's Tuscani Supremo, as well as the Roast Beef flavor, I finally got to try the third most raved pizza in the Tuscani line -- 3-Cheese Bacon & Spinach (P519).


This pizza is simple yet really good. With only spinach, bacon with bechamel sauce, and 3 cheeses -- parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella, it left me very satisfied. I actually finished 3 slices which is quite a lot considering we ordered it in a 14-inch Super Family size.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ristorante Bigoli: Big Food, Small Budget

The title may sound wrong (grammatically) or weird, but it's the reality! For years, Ristorante Bigoli (formerly Fazoli's) in Eastwood has been saving my date and I from suffering with empty stomachs whenever we're on a tight budget.

Just recently renovated, the old and gloomy facade of Fazoli's was already upgraded to the bright and inviting storefront of the new Ristorante Bigoli. Same menu, same good service, but with a different name and a new management.


Ristorante Bigoli is a fast-food restaurant specializing in pasta, pizza and other Italian goodies. And whenever our Italian cravings are kicking in but we're on a limited budget, Bigoli is our top-of-mind choice.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lutong Bahay: Birthday Noodles

Lutong Bahay will be a short tag on the title which I'll use to feature home-cooked food, either in our own home or at a friend's house.

It's been exactly a week after my little sister spent her 17th birthday. However, it's funny how one of her closest friends just gave us a pot of home-cooked Birthday Noodles yesterday, wishing my sister a belated birthday and long life. (This particular friend is also my sister's college classmate now.)

My attempt on plating the noodles

Although I find it a little funny that her friend gave this a week later, even when they see each other everyday, it's still very thoughtful of her to give this traditional Chinese birthday offering.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cafeccino by Dome: A Peaceful Café-Resto

There's only one place in Eastwood where my date and I would head over to whenever we're up for a quiet conversation over some food and drinks -- Cafeccino by Dome.

Owned by the same company who put up Dome Café in Shangri-la Plaza and Legaspi Village, the same wide array of menu, coupled with good customer service can be expected from this peaceful and cozy café. Definitely a perfect place for people who want to escape from the noise and clatter in overcrowded restaurants.


Cafeccino by Dome can boast of its homey interior -- comfy couches, casual café chairs, antique statues, and a ceiling with various-but-all-beautifully-framed mirrors around its simple yet elegant chandelier.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cerveseria: Estuvo Delicioso!

Dinner last Friday was made extra special as I had a great time with some blogger friends at Cerveseria -- a Spanish cuisine and tapas bar spearheaded by Chef Gilbert Pangilinan, mastermind behind the famous Neo-Japanese restaurant Kai.

Whole, unsliced Pollo Iberico

It was my first time at Cerveseria and although its exterior is nothing to fancy about, what lies beyond its doors is a different story. Upon entering, my date and I were greeted with a warm and cozy Gothic dining area with dim lights courtesy of their candle wax-coated chandeliers. Their interior boasts of a black and brown color scheme, contrasted with pop of reds here and there.
 
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