Category Archives: Food

Fun and Learning at Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe

Old School Fun at Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe

“Let’s visit Ludo Cafe,” read the text message from my husband. The fact that he sent the message during a workweek made it unusual; a blue moon is rather a common occurrence compared to the frequency he takes time off from work on a weekday. Maybe he badly wanted to take a break. Maybe there’s something really interesting in Ludo that he wanted to check out. I didn’t ask. All I knew is that he already made arrangements with his friend, Marcelo, a co-owner (and, he said, resident cool geek) of Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe. We survived our first visit of Ludo with the following notes. Continue reading

Single Bypass at Bypass Burger

Happy Attack of the Bypass Burger

Honesty is such a lonely word, Billy Joel once lamented in a song. It’s an old song, yes, but the message is timeless. It’s a truth that everyone wishes to avoid, but nonetheless intrudes into our daily lives like an unwanted guest. The food we order is no exception. There’s such a thing as false advertising. There’s such a thing as food that lamely claims to be healthy. Imagine how refreshing it is for an up-and-coming burger joint to tell it as it is, and calls itself the Bypass Burger. Continue reading

With Ironman at Movie Stars Cafe

Time to Visit the Movie Stars Cafe (Movie Memorabilia Studio Cafe and Restaurant)

Food. Food is usually the primary reason — the sole reason, for some — to visit a restaurant. It’s also the same reason why people go back to a restaurant. From time to time, however, there’s a welcome twist that happily shifts the focus from food to something else that heightens the dining experience. We’re comfortable with holes-in-the-walls that serve great food. We also have no problem exploring restaurants that serve extra servings of ambiance as a selling point. Let’s lift the curtain and check what makes the Movie Stars Cafe (Movie Memorabilia Studio Cafe and Restaurant) different (and why it’s a fun place to visit). Continue reading

Lechon Kawali with Ensalada at Pinac (UP Town Center)

Pinác: Heirloom Capampangan Cuisine (UP Town Center)

We’ve found a new haven for Filipino food, and it’s no surprise that it’s centered on Kapampangan cuisine (or, as spelled in this restaurant, Capampangan cuisine). It would seem that when the Higher Being decided to rain culinary talent on the world, the early people of Pampanga woke up earlier to catch a huge chunk of the food preparation blessing. No surprise that one of the restaurants at the UP Town Center, the Pinác: Heirloom Capampangan Cuisine, serves absolutely great-tasting Filipino food. Continue reading

Wooden Spoon Restaurant by Chef Sandy Daza

The Wooden Spoon by Chef Sandy Daza

Destiny, we believe (at this point, anyway), is the sum of one’s free choices after having been presented with infinite possibilities in life. In short, it is not predestined. It shifts and changes based on our choices. On the other hand, others say that as we go on through life, so many events would lead us to seriously question whether these events are mere coincidences. There is, indeed, a plan. If we choose to pursue this path, just for the sake of a lively long weekend discussion, we’d eventually end up narrating how we came to visit the Wooden Spoon restaurant. Continue reading

Beach from Sea Breeze Cafe, Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa

Paradise in Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa

Who needs a nice hotel when in Boracay? Seriously, who needs to stay indoors when visiting one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Sun and sand, sea and dive, and practically anything outdoor that can be done under the tropical sun should be the concern when in the beautiful island Boracay. A nice hotel is an unnecessary expense because you SHOULD be out most of the time. You’d need only a basic place to stay for a short nap. Then go out again. Be a mermaid in the open sea for crying out loud. Just. Go. Out. Still, in case you’re looking for a place to stay in paradise, try the Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa. Continue reading

Strawberry Cheesecake at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay

Take Two at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City

Love is sweeter the second time around. We can start a whole new round of debate on whether love is indeed sweeter the second time around, but we’d rather focus on something else: food. Is food better the second time around? We’ve visited Bag of Beans before, you see, and we’re trying to figure out if things have changed for the better. Continue reading

Buttermilk batter with Chocolate Chips toppings at Slappy Cakes

The Slappy Cakes of Eastwood City

Fun. This is the main reason why we’ve always wanted to try Slappy Cakes since it opened in 2013. We’ve know from the start that it’s all about choice — choosing the pancake batter, choosing the toppings, choosing how big the pancake is, and choosing how cooked the pancake would be. Of course, it would been more fun if we’ve chosen to visit the very first Slappy Cakes store in the Philippines, the one found in Eastwood City. Still, as they say, good things come to those who wait. Continue reading

Crabs with Salty Eggsperience Sauce at Shrimp Bucket Restaurant (UP Town Center, Quezon City)

Shrimp Bucket Restaurant (UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City)

Good food requires no excessive promotion to capture the dining public’s attention. Good food speaks for itself. Satisfied customers, on the other hand, echo the message for their respective social networks to hear or, more properly, to taste. By word of mouth alone, without initially following what our noses tell us and without being hypnotized by some pretty ads, we get to follow the trail of whispers leading to good food, like the dish served at Shrimp Bucket Restaurant. Continue reading

Kalamansi Muffin at Real Coffee and Tea Cafe, Boracay

The Famous Calamansi Muffin of Real Coffee and Tea Cafe (Boracay)

There’s an abundance of food choices in Boracay. Which is just great, considering the expected heavy loss of calories after the endless physical activities during the day. And through the night. Visitors from the metro will immediately notice the disturbing fact that almost all, if not all, the major food chains and restaurants in the metro are now in Boracay. The reverse, however, is not true — you cannot find many of the home-grown Boracay food offerings back in the metro. Take the Calamanci Muffin of Real Coffee and Tea Cafe, for instance. Continue reading