Category Archives: Food

Beef, vegetables and soup of Bulalo, Rose and Grace (Batangas)

Sucking the Marrow out of Life: Bulalo of Rose and Grace (Batangas)

“Suck the marrow out life,” a figure of speech which means making the most out of life, is based on the act of eating not only the meat attached to the bone, but also what’s inside the bone: the bone marrow (much better than “sarap to the bones”). The phrase is attributed to an American author but it could very well be coined by a Filipino, like Rose or Grace, who hails from the land of delicious bulalo: Batangas. Continue reading

Preparing the Burgers at Snack Shack

The Best Burgers in Town: 5 Things to Know about the Snack Shack

We are always in the hunt for the best burgers. Right up front, we’re going to say that we’re not saying the Snack Shack burgers are the best in the entire in the Philippines. We’re not even saying that it’s the best in Metro Manila. No, we’re not making that decision yet. Not yet. But we’re going to put taste buds on the line and say that the Snack Shack can give ANY burger a run for their money; definitely the best burger joint in this side of Quezon City. There are 5 things that you should know about the Snack Shack. Continue reading

Purple Oven Logo

Dessert Heaven at Purple Oven

We don’t love dessert. Really, even if you torture us with more chocolate cakes, we’re going to stand by our words — we don’t like dessert. This mantra, we tell ourselves almost every chance we get. We have to convince ourselves that we don’t like dessert. Diabetes has made sure we mend our ways and steer away from dessert. But how can we resist going into, and running around the goodies, at the Purple Oven? Continue reading

Presentation of Kitayama Wagyu Burger of Malcolm's Deli

Will Kenshin be Happy with Malcolm’s Kitayama Wagyu Burger?

We were not fans of Rurouni Kenshin, the reason why we were puzzled with the fanaticism of Filipino fans, prompting the producers to have the Asian premier in the Philippines. We came to appreciate, and love, the characters and the movie only when we watched the Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends. We were just wondering — does Kenshin ever get tired? Or hungry? And if he gets hungry, would he like the Kitayama Wagyu Burger at Malcolm’s Deli? We can’t afford to wait for any installment of the movie to find out. We took matters into our own hands and trooped to the Bonifacio Global City one overcast weekend. Continue reading

Cheesecake of Uno Restaurant

Uno, Dos, Cheese: The Powerpuff Cheesecake of Uno Restaurant

What’s important is what’s inside, we’ve always thought. The world’s preoccupation on the superficial looks is not only expensive for the endless parade of men and women who heavily value external beauty, but also the bane of those who believe that what’s essential is invisible to the naked eye (the last part was uttered by a contestant in a beauty contest, we know, which merely makes it ironic, not untrue). What’s important is indeed hidden. This is true in larger life; true with food. Take, for instance, the cheesecake of Uno Restaurant. Continue reading

Ube Cake at Victorino's

Red Velvet + Ube + Bagnet + Ilocos Taste = Victorino’s

Happiness is a matter of perspective. We love the spontaneity in travel and we love surprises when in comes to food. We’ve long ago decided to embrace the curve balls, good and bad, life throws our way. Ready to deal with the bad times, happier to deal with the good times. So how happy can we get with the evening surprise we discovered at the Ilocano culinary stronghold of Victorino’s? Continue reading

The Duke Steak at Oven-Roasted Steaks and Chops

The Bully is Happy, and it’s a Burger, at Brickfire Oven-Roasted Steaks and Chops

There are only a few places on earth we know so well like the back of our hands. The rest, we know like the back of our heads. The realization of being a total stranger to our surroundings, instead of invoking the reality that we fear what we don’t know, ushers in a tingling feeling of adventure and wonder. Otherwise, imagine how boring life would be. We don’t know the place. We explore. We have fun. Life is indeed full of adventures. Continue reading

Project Pie - Design, Build, Eat

Pizza and a Restaurant called Project Pie

It’s funny how kids use school “projects” as excuse to stay out late in the evening and, more importantly, to get more funds from their parents. It’s funny because parents already know about this, having used the modus operandi when they were kids themselves. Papunta ka pa lang pabalik na kami, some parents say. Indeed, it is said that everything we need to learn, we learned in kindergarten. Projects, fortunately, are not among those we learn in kindergarden. Imagine this: the made-up projects in school are the template for “ghost projects” in government. Imagine the project to consist of birthday cakes or, in the case of Project Pie, pizza. Continue reading

Barbecued Lamb with Provencale Dressing at Uno Restaurant

My One and Uno Restaurant (Quezon City)

An aura of stillness, of peace and quiet, permeates the two-floor Uno Restaurant; a surprising ambiance considering its location, Tomas Morato in Quezon City (corner Scout Fuentebella). The ambiance is the reason why we chose to come back to Uno Restaurant. The other reason would be the cheesecake. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Continue reading

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll at Viet Garden Vietnamese Cuisine

The Surprising Viet Garden Vietnamese Cuisine in Angeles, Pampanga

There’s an interesting sight when passing by Clark and Angeles (Pampanga) — the endless row of foreign-themed restaurants, probably a reflection of Clark’s history as a former military base of a foreign country and an existing economic zone. In one quite corner of Bayanihan Park (along M.A. Roxas Highway, Balibago, Angeles City) sits the Viet Garden Vietnamese Cuisine, a restaurant that blends well with the surrounding establishments, perhaps too well that first-time visitors won’t notice it. So why is it full? We’ll tell you why. Continue reading