Despite numerous coffee shops sprouting at almost every other corner in Manila, most of the time my palate is unsatisfied. I still prefer coffee we make in the morning, usually drip, sometimes aero-pressed. Coffee for me is not sour, as with most blonde roasted cups served in a lot of third-wave coffee shops nowadays.
When Toby’s Estate launched in the Philippines, I honestly pre-judged it as something like Starbucks or CBTL – you know, places where people don’t actually enjoy just plain coffee. The concoctions mattered more than the coffee itself. One evening, we were walking down the High Street area and thought we could sit down and read our books. We decided to try the Toby’s Estate branch at Shangri-La the Fort. Continue reading “Toby’s Estate Philippines”
One weekend, we were at my parents’ house in Navotas for Sunday lunch. My kuya (elder brother) kept talking about this new place they’ve ‘discovered’ in BF Homes, Paranaque.
The story goes that he saw a sign that said POUTINE and a delivery motorcycle outside an establishment. The small letters under the sign said FRIES • GRAVY • CHEESE.
“Outside, it looked like a meat shop,” he said of the unassuming, underwhelming place, and thought that maybe they’re a supplier of pre-cut fries, frozen gravy, and some cheese. Oh bless his heart, he had no idea what poutine was! Continue reading “Poutine PH Review”
If you’re ever in BGC Crossroads (the building where the drive-thru Starbucks is at on 32nd Street), Chihuahua Mexican is on its second floor, tucked at the farthest corner. It’s been there a while now. However, it wasn’t a popular after-office drinks place before as most officemates would comment that the beers were expensive.
I’ve only tried Chihuahua Mexican once, at the Central Square cinema level, for quesadilla which I thought was quite expensive, but really good. A few weeks (months?) ago, I saw that the restaurant painted a huge-ass sign “HOPPY HOUR Beers @ P35.” Guess they’ve realized that it’s really the pain point? Continue reading “Chihuahua Mexican Grill Review”
If you go to Uptown Mall, you’d easily spot this restaurant near the fountain area. Believe it’s relatively new, and actually, the “by XO46” attached to its name is reassuring. We’ve been to XO46 Heritage Bistro, which turned out to be a good experience.
As soon as you’re inside, you’d know it ain’t a cheap place. Tables with place settings, an actual flower for a centerpiece, dim interiors and interesting light pieces. (Forgive the photos as my iPhone cannot do justice in dimly lit places.)
There’s a splashy mural that’s sure to get your attention. There’s black, there’s red, you see a bull, and a splash of loud color somewhere. It’s good. I’m starting to feel Spain. (Never actually been to Spain though.) Continue reading “Oye Tapas & Grill Review”
One of my biggest apprehensions about accepting invitations as a blogger is the negative connotation that bloggers–as long as you give them freebies–will write 5-star reviews and recommendations. I’d hate to be categorized as that, which is why I wrote my disclaimer page with a section about Sponsored Content. But then again, if I don’t accept and not write about it, then the world will be filled with biased reviews filled with the happiness of free food.
We got invited to try Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse in UP Town Center. A bit of a drive, to be honest. I opted for a Sunday because weekday/Saturday Manila traffic will not make me say yes to even free food. Luckily, we could be accommodated on a Sunday, so yes I of course I dragged the husband along! We also got to invite The McGees–my husband’s high school friend Adam, and his wife Joana, plus their two adorable daughters.
Alright let’s get to the review. Continue reading “Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse Review”
Last night, my husband said I could pick a restaurant to try for our usual Friday date night. We opted to go for one of the new ones, instead of succumbing to one of our many favorite restaurants in BGC.
The last time we dined in Burgos Circle, I saw this soon-to-open restaurant replacing what used to be Casa Marcos. I found Hacienda Comida Y Cocteles on Zomato quite quickly, and saw it had two reviews, with 4- and 5-star ratings. I thought, not bad for a restaurant on soft opening.
I’ve always dreamed of going to Latin America to experience
authentic burst-in-your-mouth mix of herbs, spices, heat, and all that.
Still, we were open to choosing something along the way. We walked by the Forbeswood retail area and hesitated for a good two seconds outside Bistro Madrid, and ultimately decided to go for the more homey exterior of Hacienda instead. From the outside, we could see that just a couple of tables were occupied. Continue reading “Hacienda Comida Y Cócteles Review”
The Central Route of the BGC bus passes by 11th Avenue, and I’ve seen this Italian restaurant before it opened late last year. Luckily, we got to try it during our friend Aileen’s birthday dinner.
Buca di Beppo is an American chain, also with international locations such in the UK and UAE. Also, it is Italian–American food. Seeing photos of celebrities up the wall digging into humongous bowls of spaghetti and meatballs is enough to tell you that. Continue reading “Buca di Beppo”
I’ve been meaning to try this place with A, but it’s in SM Aura, and we almost never go to SM on weekends. Our only mall time is when we do groceries in Market! Market! on Saturday mornings. So to break my three-time streak of dining solo at Toast Box every time I run errands in SM, I’ve decided to solo-dine at Ping Pong Diplomacy. Continue reading “Ping Pong Diplomacy”