Category Archives: Food

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

Strawberry Shortcake at Buenisimo

Good Food at Buenisimo by Cafe Ysabel

There are no accidents in life, it is said. This short and deceptively simple statement can very well suck us into a complicated debate on what it means. There are no accidents because a Higher Being guides man’s fate. Or there are no accidents because whatever happens, happens; it’s not an accident, but simply a fact. Perhaps our community members may be interested in further dissecting that short line, but for us, at least for this post, we’ll dwell on the fact that our trusted ran out of battery when we dropped by Buenisimo by Cafe Ysabel in Quezon City. Continue reading

Fried Tikoy with Egg for Chinese New Year

What Our Children Need to Know About Tikoy

The Chinese New Year is fast approaching (see 2014 holiday list) and tikoy, which is available year-round but has become synonymous with Chinese New Year, is everywhere. From Binondo to offices and homes. Even in schools. Our little tyke rushed home from school, reporting that they were served tikoy for snacks. He has not tried tikoy before. When asked how it tastes, he replied without batting an eyelash, “Smells like fried chicken, tastes like glue.” It made us smile. And we thought we had to explain the sticky topic of tikoy. Read on. You might have to do the same to your kids. Continue reading

Chicken Green Curry (Kaeng Kiew Wan Kai) at Basil

A Restaurant Called Basil

What’s in a name? Plenty. For one, a name could get someone bullied in grade school. And it’s interesting to note that apparently there’s a happy and positive correlation between a name and success. This is, of course, a matter ripe for debate. When it comes to food, the name of a restaurant has absolutely nothing to do with how it tastes (but the taste definitely has a happy and positive correlation with the restaurant’s success). Let’s take a look at a restaurant simply named BASIL. Continue reading

Half Rack Baby Back Ribs at Texas Joe's House of Ribs, Subic

Texas Joe’s House of Ribs (Subic Bay, Philippines)

Ever since the American forces withdrew from Subic, it has struggled to find its place under the sun. It can’t be a place for swimming because of jellyfish. It no longer has the monopoly of duty free shops, with the proliferation of tiangge and imported member-only stores in Metro Manila. The once-mighty Ocean Adventure is only a shadow of its former tourist draw with the steady growth of the Manila Ocean Park. The few things we truly appreciate of Subic remain to be the traffic discipline within its premises, something that MUST be replicated everywhere in the Philippines, and the restaurants. Continue reading

Sweet Tamarind (Sampalok)

Matamis na Sampalok (Sweet Tamarind)

Sometimes it’s more fun to go with the flow rather than overthink something. For instance, there’s no special reason why we’re posting an article about the ordinary sampalok (yes, that’s the same plant used for sinampalukang manok, but you use the leaf for that; you use the fruit for the minatamis o matamis na sampalok, or simply sampalok). Maybe because it has been a long time since we came across sweet tamarind. We happily found some in a pasalubong corner on the way back to Manila from Baguio. Continue reading