Category Archives: Food

Crab n’ Crew Restobar (Quezon City)

In a culinary world, we are barbarians. Don’t get us wrong; we love fine food prepared by awesome chefs, but, deep down our primitive guts, we like to get our hands dirty with some serious seafood. We won’t hesitate to relocate to some distant seafood-rich island, perhaps the seafood capital down the middle of the Philippines, just in case we win the lotto. Until that happens, we’d stay pretty much contented with whatever seafood we can find in the city. Continue reading Crab n’ Crew Restobar (Quezon City)

Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

Baler is in our travel bucket list for one simple reason — surfing and the good vibe that goes with this sport. We’re not surfers. We’re simply curious about the huge interest in Baler’s surfing scene. We’ve long resolved to cover Baler, almost eight years from the time we finally found the right time and the perfect reason — the perfect storm, if you will — to go there. It was a few days after a strong storm, Typhoon Lando, hit Baler. Here’s our trip itinerary and story (we’ve sandwiched the helpful information, tips and suggestions in the text of the article, just for fun). Continue reading Baler (Aurora) Itinerary and Surfing Adventure

Meet Uncle Cheffy

It has been a long time, too long in the context of a wanderer’s world, since we last posted a full-length article, well, other than the photo of the day. It’s a confluence of factors, really. Busy with our day jobs (yes, dear, we have day jobs). Busy with the travel agency. Busy absorbing the joys of traveling. Largely, however, it’s a conscious decision not to write anything unless something — be it food, hotel, resort or anything related to travel — strikes the chord connecting our stomach, through our hearts and our typing fingers. We got excited, a bit, yes, to write again when we got reunited with Uncle Cheffy. Continue reading Meet Uncle Cheffy

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

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

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 Dessert Heaven at Purple Oven

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

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

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

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