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Mango Bravo, Fabulous Cakes at Conti’s Pastry Shop & Restaurant

Fabulous desserts. Fabulous cakes. That’s how Conti’s Pastry Shop & Restaurant say in its menu. And if the photos are enough to induce a mouth-watering craving, it describes one of our favorites: Layers of wafer, cream and fresh mangoes coated with whipped cream icing topped with fresh mangoes and drizzled with chocolate syrup. Continue reading Mango Bravo, Fabulous Cakes at Conti’s Pastry Shop & Restaurant

Comfort Food, Open Space at Taaleña Restaurant (Tagaytay City)

This place has all the right ingredients, the must-haves when you wish to enjoy good food when visiting Tagaytay City. Fresh air. Cool temperature. Great view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. And, of course, the food. But there is something else that makes Taaleña Restaurant stand out from the rest of the Tagaytay City restaurant crowd. Continue reading Comfort Food, Open Space at Taaleña Restaurant (Tagaytay City)

Culinary Bet on the Red Crab (Alimango House) at Resorts World, Manila

There’s hardly a need to convince anyone that crabs are sinfully delicious. So much so, indeed, that the taste is immortalized in the Filipino folk song. Tong tong tong tong pakitong-kitong/ Alimango sa dagat/ Malaki at masarap / Mahirap mahuli / Sapagkat nangangagat (“alimango” means crab, while “masarap” means delicious, good luck in translating “tong tong pakitong-kitong”). I could imagine Mr. Krab, Spongebob‘s grumpy and greedy boss at the Krusty Krab, would be just as tender and succulent when cooked. Continue reading Culinary Bet on the Red Crab (Alimango House) at Resorts World, Manila

Spiral at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Spiral. It’s a curve which emanates from a central point, getting progressively farther away as it revolves around the point. This is how “spiral” is characterized in mathematics and in general language. In cuisine, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila characterizes “spiral” in this manner: “Manila’s most fashionable eatery is a concept restaurant with multi-cuisine open cooking stations. Indoor and outdoor environments blend beautifully in the spacious, natural setting.” One rainy Saturday provided us a window to explore the Spiral. Continue reading Spiral at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Great Food at Annabel’s (Tomas Morato, Quezon City)

Along Tomas Morato Avenue, a popular food and entertainment venue in Quezon City, is an old flower shop. It doesn’t look much from outside. No fancy structures, just the name Annabel’s and an abundance of foliage that, for the uninitiated, hesitates to reveal a secret, spectacular beauty. It’s a popular place for meetings, press events, birthdays, weddings and special occasions. But you know we’re not going to talk about flowers and occasions, as betrayed by the title of this post. We’ll be reminiscing about great food at Annabel’s. Continue reading Great Food at Annabel’s (Tomas Morato, Quezon City)

Patis Tito Garden Cafe (formerly Kusina ni Salud)

The sun was out in all its glory during the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban (Quezon province), showing off how Philippine summer feels like. The cool, fresh breeze from Mt. Banahaw gave a bit of relief, but the heat grew more immense as lunch time approached. Ah, lunch time, how can we miss that. We’ve witnessed the colorful kiping and fresh farm produce proudly displayed  during the Pahiyas Festival. The search was on for a great place to have lunch while in the area. Continue reading Patis Tito Garden Cafe (formerly Kusina ni Salud)

The Rich Taste and Sights of Cafe Juanita (Pasig City)

Telling a story about food, or travel in general, is relatively easy. Simply regurgitate the taste, smell, sights and the rest of the sensory experience (won’t attempt to list down the five senses, as you might have more), and that’s pretty much it. Food, even to non-experts, is food. No one can argue about what you experienced. However, there are times when there’s just too much to digest — the experience, that is — and finding a point from which to start is a chore. Such is our difficulty with Cafe Juanita. Continue reading The Rich Taste and Sights of Cafe Juanita (Pasig City)

Kinunot at Kawnkita Restaurant (Donsol, Sorsogon)

We get real hungry after strenuous activities in seawater, like butanding (whale shark) watching. There’s no scientific basis for that, except that’s what I’ve noticed since childhood. Maybe that’s just be. Now, if we’ll be talking about food after all the swimming after whale sharks, I’d say there’s enough basis to say that the food at the Kawnkita Restaurant tastes good. Continue reading Kinunot at Kawnkita Restaurant (Donsol, Sorsogon)

Bulalo at Leslie’s Restaurant (Tagaytay)

The main attraction of Tagaytay is the view of Taal Volcano, which could be seen along the edge of the outer crater. I’m not sure if “outer crater” is the appropriate term, but I have to hazard a guess considering that Taal Volcano is known as the “volcano within a volcano” or, its related phrase, “the lake within a lake”. Continue reading Bulalo at Leslie’s Restaurant (Tagaytay)