Thursday, December 31, 2009

Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe

It’s that time of year again! New Year's once again creeping up on us, for sure, a lot of us have started toying with the idea of a resolution. One of the most popular resolutions includes “Eating healthy”.

I’m not here to lecture about creating a healthier self rather to share my food discoveries. Anyway, here’s another vegetarian restaurant discovery which impresses me and think it’ll do the same with you.

Greens offers meatless meals, I love how the way they explores veggies into a healthy masterpieces with much flavor.

Papadam.P25 - their indian  type appetizer is crispy  and tasty.

Mixed greens salad. P80

Mushroom soup.P50- clear based soup with sliced of mushroom.
Note: I think their soups are all clear based and is  a little bland for my taste, but you can always add a little salt and pepper on it.

Tofu sisig. P140 - one of their best sellers, it is really tasty and healthy...
We also tried their "veggie" beef broccoli.P185, their veggie "pork" barbecue and pesto pasta which were all good... Sorry, the pictures are on my boyfriend's cellphone which we haven't uploaded yet... maybe next time :p

They also have kebabs, faux fish and wraps/sandwiches too... All in all, the food taste nice and plus it swaks to our budget, it deserves an occasional visit. Personally, it's one of the best vegetarian restaurant in metro. Perhaps, meat lovers will like it too :)

Have a happy and healthy 2010!
That's All!

Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe
20 A Sct. Tuazon corner  Sct. Castor,
South Triangle, Brgy. Laging Handa 
Quezon City
(63 2) 415-4796

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Everybody's Cafe - Exotic food finds

We had an adventure food trip up North in San Fernando, Pampanga; Everybody's Cafe is one of the most long lived and famous food places here and is "the home of authentic Kapampangan cuisine"
They serve "turo-turo" or carinderia style and offers smacked of down-home cooking and also those of classified as bizarre/ exotic foods.

I tasted an insect for the first time in my life; Camaro or deep fried mole cricket, it reminds me as one of the fear factor type of food, looks a bit gross but it tasted just like "ukoy" or fried small shrimps, was crunchy and tasty- Not bad at all.

Betute (stuffed frog) - Stuffed with ground pork and was deep fried, it was cute to look at or maybe not :p - according to them it taste like chicken with meatballs, uhmm I didn't really tried this one..

Frog legs - deep fried frog legs- I tasted it a little portion few times already, but I can’t seem to finish one leg since I'm really grossed out imagining the warts and the actual frog... but sure it tasted like chicken.

Sinigang na ulang - Ulang is a fresh water shrimp, it looks and taste like prawn only it has bigger head and rounder body plus it has claws.

Our table was filled with variety of goodies, not to mention their morcon -tender cuts of pork with marbled fat smothered with rich sauce made from oven drippings (picture is beside the ulang, the orangey one); the pork sisig which was sizzled with liver pate and their chicharon bulaklak or deep-fried pork intestines...

Price Range- P60-250/meal

My verdict: Everybody's cafe is worth a trip especially when you feel a little adventurous with your meal.

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Everybody's Cafe
opens: Everyday from: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Del Pilar, McArthur Highway
San Fernando, Pampanga
(045) 860-1121

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Barasoain church

When I was a kid, I only knew Barasoain church trough 10 peso bills - I remember looking for a cat in the bills... as time progresses, I had learned to appreciate the value of history:
I've been going to Malolos to accompany P to his Lolo's house; From time to time we visit Barasoain church which is almost walking distance from them... Here are some pictures I took during our 2nd visit:

Barasoain Church (also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish) is a Roman Catholic church built in 1630[1] in Malolos City, Bulacan. Having earned the title as the Cradle of Democracy in the East, the most important religious building in the Philippines [2], and the site of the First Philippine Republic, the Church is proverbial for its historical importance among Filipinos.

The term "Barasoain" was derived from the Filipino word "baras ng suwail", which means "dungeon of the defiant". The term was coined because the place was once the rendezvous of Filipinos who were in opposition to the laws imposed during the reign of the conquerors of the country. The term was also been attributed to a name originated from a well-known church in Navarra, Spain. Priests and missionaries who built the cathedral had gone to the place and saw a beautiful church and later named it to the one built in Malolos. - from wiki

PS:Will add more pics next time.

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Barasoain church
Malolos, Bulacan

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Brothers Burger One day Holiday special

I might be a little late, but you still have the rest of the day to grab one :)

50% off on half pound burger at all brothers burger stores except Bonifacio high street and Davao Branches... just for today December, 15, 2009:

@87.50 you can't go wrong :)

PS: Photo taken whilst I was walking along Ayala :)

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Mininova alternative

I'm not really a big "download" fan but I've been hearing a lot of rants about the death of Mininova... here are some torrent sites alternatives which I got from Calvin.

"Last August a court ruling told Mininova had to remove all links to ‘infringing' torrent files.

Since it is technically unfeasible to pre-approve or filter every potentially infringing torrent file, the Mininova team decided to only allow torrents to be submitted by approved uploaders. This move resulted in the deletion of more than a million torrents, many of which were not infringing any copyrights at all."

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria - Pasta all you can

Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria has been around for quite some time, but I didn’t really make an effort to try it out then, since it’s not near our place, and also I thought it was just another pizzeria chain... they’ve open a branch right across my work building.

Joey Pepperoni “the columns” branch is cozy but way too small, it can prolly seat up to 25 customers (EST.). Service was just ok but the food was wonderful...why? Because I love chewy doughy pizza and they have it there - thin crust with right amount of cheese and toppings.
Their Pasta was al dente and was not dry although I didn't like the garlic bread on the side :P - here’s the picture of my pesto penne pasta. Well, I ordered for set 6 meal for P160 which included pasta , 2 slice of pizzas(above picture) and a glass of ice tea.

Roly, ordered for tuna panini. P100, she said it was good too...

And most importantly, the columns branch have pasta all you can for only P150 with choices of these pasta: carbonara, pesto and meat sauce, promo runs from 2pm-6pm (Monday-Friday) and whole day on Saturdays and Sunday. Not really sure the end date of their promo but for now, let the carbs overload begin :P

Should I come back? Definitely!

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Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria

Ground floor, tower 2 The Columns,
Ayala Ave. cor Buendia, Makati City
(632) 909-5289
See other branches: click here

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Ice Cream Bar - Eat all you can ice cream or frozen yogurt!

Ok Just got this from my email sent by ice cream bar and would like to share....

For P360


December 10, 2009 to January 14, 2010
5 PM to 12 Midnight

Eat all you can ice cream or frozen yogurt! Plus all the toppings you want...

Ice cream and yogurt lover will surely rejoice :)

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The Ice Cream Bar (Flavors by FIC)
Joya Tower, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Tel. 403-0891

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Xiaolongbao is a dimsum - buns are served hot in bamboo baskets in which they were steamed, often on a bed of cabbage, and dipped in chinese vinegar with ginger slices. In Hong Kong, Crystal Jade's "La mien Xiao long bao" offers the best tasting xiaolongbao for 26.00 HKD/4 pieces:

but be sure that you book ahead , otherwise be prepared to join the crowd outside the restaurant for a typical 30 minutes to an hour wait. Yes, we are part of these crowd...
Their noodles are also good as well as their other dishes, but I forgot to take photos of the dishes and I can't seem to decrypt the chinese receipt (I shall refresh my chinese!) so...

The wait is definitely worth it, will surely be back here when in Hong Kong.

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Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Shop 3328, Level Three
Gateway Arcade, Harbour City,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2622 2699

Friday, November 27, 2009

Corner Tree Cafe

If you are looking for a meatless meal, I would highly recommend Corner tree cafe along Jupiter St. Makati - Corner tree cafe has a homey and semi-fine dining feel with comfy healthy charm in it; it has an extensive menu of appetizers, soup, salad and main dishes such as burgers, pasta and rice.

I've chanced upon this resto 2 months ago with Roly, so forgive me if I can't remember some detailed information regarding our meal.... eniweiz...

Spinach & Pechay Chowder. P95.00/cup
Like any other soup, it is comforting, it taste like pureed leaf, well, a little bland for my taste but salt and pepper did the works.

North African Vegetable Stew.P260.00
A rich flavourful stew infused with saffron & Moroccan spices served over couscous, and topped with toasted almonds & fresh coriander.

Served with our spicy harissa, extra sauce and organic greens on the side
Here's another meal which the name I can't remember, I think this meal is part of their monthly specials... anyone?
It looks like meat balls but it is purely vegetable (tofu and nuts) balls on top of brown rice. Cost around P250-300.00

Ohh, they also served Mojito which I think uses muscavado sugar which I think is healthy(?). lol!
Hmmm... I shall be back soon and shall feed P with veggies.

I think this should be one of the top vegetarian restaurant in Metro Manila...

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Corner Tree Cafe

150 Jupiter street,
bel-air Makati City

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Katy Perry Rocks for Relief

Honestly, I only knew Katy Perry for just one song which was "I kissed a girl", but since Mr. Whymark was so eager to watch Katy Perry's concert (because of She wore a red hot pants)... The concert was supposedly last October 3,2009 but since the cold typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng devastated our country, it was held last Sunday,November 14,2009 at Mall of Asia grounds and was "re"-entitled "‘Katy Perry Rocks for Relief’ which was more relevant than the 1st "supposedly" concert, since it was a fund raising event for the typhoon survivors.

The concert was SWEET, crowd were crazy. Katy Perry was so cool and gorgeous, there was a point where she went to the audience and started kissing people.... Too bad that our master planner Aubrey wasn't able to catch the show since he left for Quatar that same day.

Anywoo... Here are some of our pictures taken from my humble camera phone during the event:

Mao, Cel, Tri, Me and half faced Tere (from left to right)

The whole gang, Jen, Ana, Tere, Me , Cel, Tri with Mao taking the pix

Us, again :)

Now, I knew about 2 to 3 songs of Katy Perry :) She's really a good performer :)

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao legendary...

I was able to witnessed Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto match at the Nike "by invites only" live screening event at whitespace gallery, with free food and overflowing booze - Thanks to the famous and the number one Nike fan/blogger KingCrux31.

Oooohhh, look, how dope the boxing ring floor canvas displayed in the events, mural made by artist AJ Dimarucot (Good job!).
Dear NIKE, convert this to a tee please ;-)

Congratulation Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao for winning the welterweight division, and for making us Filipino proud again. The only boxer in the history to have won in seven different weight divisions –WOOHOOO! You’re the greatest fighter ever

I was literally shouting and jumping for Joy... Love the fight, it was legendary!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Canton Soup Kitchen

This is an overdue post...

We were looking a food places to eat in Banawe area and decided to drive around, until I saw Canton soup kitchen; as a soup lover, the name soup kitchen catches my eye.

The place itself is not so big but the interior is cute, it has an oriental feel.

At first I thought that this restaurant is like those of "soup kitchen" style which only offer soup and appetizer for eats but nope it is not.
lurke... They have all day promo for dimsum. P43.00 why not?
here's our dimsum order....
Sea food fried noodles...
Fish fillet with tausi...
And our free complimentary dessert, almond jelly.
Well, portions are generous and prices are economical. Ehmmm... I remember keeping the receipt so I can blog the exact prices, but I might have lost it :( churi.

Price range is around P100-P300/meal except for the dimsums which is P43.00.

...Chinese food cravings will surely be satisfied here :)

Canton Soup Kitchen

Unit-C 847
Banawe corner Linao Street,
Quezon City. Manila, Philippines
(632) 743-5249

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Flu Vaccine

Flu shot is said to be the best way to prevent the flu, I had my shot last July but it seemed not to work for me. YEAP, I am sick with a mild flu and I hate it… ARGGGGHHH!!! Throat hurts, body ache, fatigue is just reigning all over me... I can’t clearly breathe…

On a positive note it's not H1N1 but still... :(

This is the not so recent shot of my flu vaccine... Yes, I'm afraid of needles :(

Anyway, got this from wiki: The influenza vaccine is an annual vaccine to protect against the highly variable influenza virus[1]. Each injected seasonal influenza vaccine contains three influenza viruses: one A (H3N2) virus, one regular seasonal A (H1N1) virus (not the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus), and one B virus. Click here to read more about influenza vaccine in wiki.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Starbucks red cups and 2010 planner

I know I'm a bit late but the Starbucks red cups are back (started last Nov 4, 2009) - this means time for Starbucks Christmas tradition for 2009 - The goal is to accumulate 17 stickers( 9 stickers for holiday featured beverages) to redeem a limited edition starbucks coffee 2010 planner.

Like last year, there are 3 design to choose from( see pix lower right), honestly I think the planner is just simple but WTH, it's free when you complete the stickers, right? right? plus
every redemption comes with a donation to the continuous relief efforts for the Typhoon Ondoy victims and to SparkHope( Starbucks flagship program for early childhood care and development in partnership with UNICEF).

PS: Sorry for the not so good quality picture.
This years Holiday beverages:
Toffee Nut Latte (WOOOHOO!), Dark Cherry Mocha and Peppermint Mocha.

... Soon it will be Christmas DAY.

Click here for last year Starbucks red cup

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel live

Here's the video of Manny Pacquiao interview in Jimmy Kimmel live... Superman, spiderman and everything :D

And he sings.... sometimes when we touch, lalala!

Uhmmm no comment with regards to his singing...

Ayway, the world best boxer is in time Magazine.

... And, he has a building size poster in California. BIG TIME!

Anyway Good luck Pacman on your fight against Cotto... May the force be with you!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wine Tasting @ Foley Estates Winery

We had our wine tasting at Foley estate vineyard and winery in Santa Ynez Valley and paid $10 for 5-6 glasses of wines, that include chardonnay(2-3),a dry rose and Pinot noir (2).

Wine is said to be an acquired taste - The more you taste and understand the more you'll get to appreciate it. Well, I can't seem to understand its subtle complexities just yet, but I overheard from those other group of wine drinker that Foley's pinot noir was the best.

I think Wine tasting procedure is almost the same as coffee tasting procedure.
1.) Tilt from side to side- This so you can see its appearance.
2.) Sniff/Smell - to evaluating the aroma
3.) Sip - Gently roll around inside your mouth
4.) Spit/Enjoy

I might not appreciate alcoholic drink that much, wine on this instance but Foley surely has a modern and spacious tasting room and a beautiful vineyard scenery.

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Foley Estate Vineyard and winery

6121 E Highway 246
Lompoc, CA 93436. USA
1 (805) 737-6222
Open from 10Am-5PM

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