Yabu: House of Katsu

If you're an avid follower of the food blogosphere, then surely you've heard of Yabu: House of Katsu.


I can never get enough of their makimono/sushi.

Late Night Snack at Larcy's Cupcakery Cafe

I found myself pleasantly surprised with Larcy's Cupcakery Cafe. Located at 178 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Paranaque City, it's an increasingly familiar name for the sweet tooths out there.

Authentic Taiwanese Food at Shi Lin

Dimsum galore!

Monday, January 30, 2012

I Love Manang's Chicken!

Manang's Chicken is a fairly new name. They offer soy fried chicken (think BonChon)... tagged as "Ang bagong fried chicken ng Pinoy", I predict that it's going to go places. I've seen it a few times at Mercato and Soderno, but I honestly didn't give it much attention. My thought was... it can't be more special than BonChon. And, in just a few months, branches have been sprouting everywhere, and its good reputation is spreading like wildfire. So, what's the harm in trying it out, right?

Manang's Chicken
Chicken with Rice, 1 pc. - P84, 2 pcs. - P136

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Foodtrip at Soderno, Alabang

Air-conditioned area
Soderno, according to Anton Diaz of OUR AWESOME PLANET, is your "newest weekend food and lifestyle market in the South". If I remember correctly, it was launched some time late last year. Their schedule is as follows: Lifestyle Market every Saturday (7am-4pm), Organic Market every Sunday (7am-4pm), and Nights ever Friday and Saturday (6pm-3am).

As such, I was finally able to go to Soderno last weekend! It was fun to pig out and taste as much as we could, though I've already tried out some of the food before since most of the stalls are also available in Mercato.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Buy One, Take One at Burgoo

The voucher that brought us here
Upon entering Power Plant Mall, Marcus was given this voucher for a Buy One, Take One promo from Burgoo. Because we're actually trying to save up (yeah!), we decided to try it out. The promo gives you a free Grilled Pork Chop dish if you buy something of equal (or more) value. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Som's Noodle House

Som's Noodle House
Tom Yam - P250
I've been craving for Thai food for weeks now! After not finding the "perfect" Thai restaurant, my friend told me about Som's Noodle House, a place he used to go to for affordable but authentic Thai food. Yey! Upon getting there, I found out that it was a homey place, with tables on the street if you want to eat out doors.

Of course, I ordered my favorite Thai fish -- Tom Yam! I actually thought it was a bit expensive at 250 pesos, but when it came, I saw that the serving was huge. The waiter told us it was for 2-3 people, but I think it could easily be good for a family of five (considering you're not only ordering only the soup).

I found the Tom Yam not as spicy as I wanted, and the sourness actually overpowered the spiciness. I honestly don't know if this is what "authentic" Tom Yam tastes like, but I think I prefer the Tom Yam which is less sour and more spicy. We asked for something to spice up the dish though, and they kindly gave us some chili paste.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My SerendipiTea Giveaway!

MySerendipiTEA is a bubbletea shop located at the ground floor of Cocoon Botique Hotel, Scout Tobias corner Scout Rallos, Quezon City (near Music21). They offer up to FIFTY varieties of drinks, and all ingredients are from Taiwan.

Want a chance to win a GC for two medium sized drinks of your choice from My SerendipiTea? Well, here's your chance! My SerendipiTea is generously sponsoring a giveaway. Interested to know what fabulous drinks they have to offer? Here is their menu. Click to see a bigger version!

The contest will run until Saturday, January 28, 2012, 11:59 PM. Only one entry per person. The winner will be chosen according to an electronic raffle.

Here are the instructions on how to join.

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1. Like the Taste's Intentions facebook page
2. Like the My SerendipiTea facebook page and share this blog entry via FB (icon can be found after this post) with this as a message: "I want to try out some drinks from @My SerendipiTea because _____. Hope to win some GCs via @Taste's Intentions@friend1 @friend2". 
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mochi Ice Cream from Mochiko

Good things come to those who wait!
I'm an avid fan of cold sweets. It's probably the only kind of sweets I like. Ever since Sebastian's disappeared from the places I frequent (Glorietta, ATC), I've been looking for something to replace it so I could move on. Hehe! Anyway, FIC has been good to me since then. 

I buy mochi ice cream from them if I have the chance. I know their mochi ice cream is from Mochiko (it says so right on the wrapper), and I've been waiting for them to get the cookie dough flavor for weeks now! I first tasted the flavor when I went to Mercato some time ago, but for some reason, it hasn't reached the ATC branch of FIC. So When Mochiko itself opened a new branch in ATC, new hope arrived! And I was right! I guess their slogan is right... Good things come to those who wait. ;)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Great Wings at Wingman!

Wingman Wings - Half Dozen P180, Dozen P300
Wingman is one of our favorite places to dine in. It is THE place to go to if you're craving for some buffalo wings. They have many wing sauces to choose from (buffalo, asian invasion, mango barbeque, garlic parmesan, honey garlic, teriyaki, lemmon pepper and hickory barbeque). Buffalo, aka the "classic" sauce, comes in your preference of spiciness: medium, hot, apocalyptic or "Pinaka!". 

I don't know what possessed Marcus and I, but the last time we were there, we decided to order the Pinaka! level. And wow, it was the spiciest thing I've tasted so far (no exaggeration). See the first shot in this post? That's the "pinaka!" level, and it's apparent that it's bombarded with sili. I'm an avid fan of spicy things, and I pride myself in being able to withstand what most people can't... but this? I couldn't take it! Marcus had to finish it up while I feasted on the other set of wings (I think it was hickory barbecue). That said, the Pinaka! wings are for the daredevils. I am not kidding.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ice Cream Pie from FIC

Fruits in Ice Cream
Banana Walnut Pie - P195
This Ice Cream pie is from FIC, or from Fruits in Ice Cream. When I first caught a glimpse of this, I was overjoyed, because a lot of things I loved were combined into one desert... ice cream, bananas, caramel, and a cookie crust. Yey! I've been eyeing this for some time now but was never really able to try it because it's kind of a big serving. 

However, I have to admit, I think I expected way too much. When I was finally able to try it, I found it way too sweet. It was okay for the first few bites, but after awhile, it was an overload of sweetness. :) Also, the crust was really hard! It was difficult to eat. I do think it's a good buy though, especially since 2-3 people could share it and still feel satisfied in the end. I shared it with one other person, and in the end we were really full.

As a note, FIC is a good place to eat dessert at. I admit that I haven't purchased normal ice cream from them in a loong time, but I rarely fail to get a quick bite of mochi ice cream (not confirmed, but said to be same owners with Mochiko)!


Taste - 3/5
Ambiance - 3/5
Service - 3/5
Price - 3/5
Overall Value - 3/5

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