Category Archives: Food

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

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 Pizza and a Restaurant called Project Pie

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 My One and Uno Restaurant (Quezon City)

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 The Surprising Viet Garden Vietnamese Cuisine in Angeles, Pampanga

3 Words for the Napoleones of Bacolod

Have you heard of this pasalubong from the City of Smiles, the city of Bacolod? The happy goodness is called Napoleones, a boxfull of golden-brown squares with frosting on top. Even if we’ve encountered this pasalubong only once in our entire life, we’ll try to describe it with the first three words that came to mind after our first bite. Continue reading 3 Words for the Napoleones of Bacolod

Fast and Furious: How to Destroy a Banapple Blueberry Cheesecake

It has been ages since we last visited Banapple. What better way to have a #ThrowBackThursday than to go back and check if the banoffee still tastes the same? The banoffee was still there, alright, but it didn’t receive a second glance from us. Our quick gaze got stuck on the cheesecake, the Blueberry Cheesecake. Lovely! Even before the Banapple staff finished preparing our cheesecake order, we already came up with a plan how to dominate the world and totally destroy the Banapple Blueberry Cheesecake along the way. Don’t fret, lad, we’re going to share the strategy with you. Continue reading Fast and Furious: How to Destroy a Banapple Blueberry Cheesecake

5 Things We’d Tell RACKS

We’ve noticed that every time we visit a Real American Country Kitchen Style restaurant (let’s just call it RACKS, as it’s called anyway) we receive a customer feedback form. We don’t know if everyone is given a customer feedback form by RACKS or we simply look like a bunch of souls who look like perfect candidates for RACKS’ target demographics. We can always politely refuse to answer but we feel this is a disservice to future consumers. Maybe we can be excused if we write down what we need to say? So here goes: Continue reading 5 Things We’d Tell RACKS

Pork Sisig: “The Greatest Pork Hash on Earth”

What’s the best roasted pork in the world? If you ask us, it’s the lechon. If you ask Anthony Bourdain, it’s the lechon. We’re not going to ask you, unless, of course, you’ve tasted the best lechon Filipino. So we’re out to ask you something else — what’s the best pork hash on earth? Continue reading Pork Sisig: “The Greatest Pork Hash on Earth”

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 Old School Fun at Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe

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 Happy Attack of the Bypass Burger