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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)

Photo of the Day: Jollibee Kulit

Not many fastfood chains anywhere in the world can claim local market dominance against foreign brands like MacDonald’s. One of those strong brands is, you guessed it, Jollibee of the Philippines. While others argue that it’s all about the food — Jollibee knows the sweet side of the Filipinos’ palate — we think a small slice of that market share has something to do with the mascot. We’ve seen Jollibee work its charm in parties and, we tell you, he’s one happy dynamo, always a good dancer (see “best dance crew“) with a good sense of humor. What’s the English equivalent of makulit? Here’s Jollibee, courtesy of Ranell Dedicatoria (ranellmartin), most likely having jumped on that counter top and ringing that bell (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Jollibee Kulit

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

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

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

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 Pinác: Heirloom Capampangan Cuisine (UP Town Center)

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 The Wooden Spoon by Chef Sandy Daza

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 Take Two at Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City

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 Good Food at Buenisimo by Cafe Ysabel

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 A Restaurant Called Basil