Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Watering Hole: All Day Breakfast and Seriously Good Chicken

I remember trying out the dishes at Watering Hole during their soft opening, and I have been back a number of times ever since. They serve all-day Filipino breakfast staples but it's their seriously good fried chicken that keeps me coming back - more on that later. The place is a small cozy spot in Bonifacio Global City that's a perfectly good brunch spot. 

Here's what you should expect from Watering Hole...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Chimara: Eat Right And Feel Great With Chimara's New Dishes

Most of you probably know Chimara from their flagship branch in Greenbelt 3, a place where you can grab a healthy snack just before you go heading over to watch the next blockbuster film. Well, this year Chimara has reinvented itself as a full blown 'feel good kitchen' beginning with their new store at the UP Town Center in Diliman, Quezon City. They officially opened their last June 17 and they're ready to serve you a wide selection of feel good food that you can easily customize just the way you like it.

To kick things off, they're even offering 20% off on all their dishes until July 31, 2016!

Here's what you can expect from the whole new Chimara....

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Feast All You Can on Dimsum at Lugang Cafe

UPDATE: Lugang Cafe's Feast All You Can 2017 Is Here: Enjoy Unlimited Dimsum And More for Only Php 647!

Lugang Cafe brought back their feast-all-you-can promo last May and it's still running until July 30, 2016. The rules are simple, you get to choose one main dish from a number of their house specialties and enjoy unlimited dimsum, appetizer, soup, and rice from a special Lugang Cafe Menu for only Php 588++. That's a damn good bargain considering it would regularly cost Php 500 per head to dine here. 

Be warned though, strictly no leftovers are allowed so make sure you come with an empty stomach!

For a review of Lugang Cafe, check out this blog post of our Feast All You Can experience

Refinery: Serving Brunch and Specialty Coffee You're Sure to Love

Refinery is one restaurant and cafe that my friends have been raving about, so I made it a point to drop by and try the place out myself. It's been on my radar for a while because I am always on the lookout for great specialty coffee spots around Metro Manila. The very moment I walked in, the place had a stark similarity with Single Origin in Bonifacio Global City. I wonder what happened there. 

Well, here's more on my Refinery experience...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Circles Event Cafe: A Luxurious Feast at Makati Shangri-La

Circles Event Cafe is known for their amazing selection of Eastern and Western cuisine that is just gastronomic heaven for anybody who loves quality food. The selection of dishes to choose from are just amazing and as much as you'd wanna have a taste of everything you probably won't have enough stomach room to try everything with just one visit. All the dishes are prepared by their team of international chefs, so you're sure to get your money's worth.

I've included indicative prices for their buffet below, but to be safe double check by calling them at (02) 814 2580.

Fri-Sat | Dinner 6 PM to 10 PM | Php 2350
Sun | Lunch 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM |  Php 2150
Mon - Thu, Sun | Dinner 6 PM to 10 PM | Php 2100
Mon - Sat | Lunch 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM | Php 1800

*Drinks not included in the buffet price

Every foodie I've ever talked to loved their Circles Even Cafe experience, here's why (in mostly photos!):

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fat Daddy's Smokehouse: Smoked Barbecue Goodness in BGC

Fat Daddy's Smokehouse's popularity began as soon as they opened their doors in Marikina last year offering affordable smoked goodness that was obviously worth more (because they tasted amazing) than what the restaurant charged. You can get a half rack of barbecued ribs for just... Php 280. Now that's what I call a good deal!

People became excited once they heard that Fat Daddy's Smokehouse was opening a store in BGC, but when they finally did open in Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City earlier this year a lot of people were disappointed to know they couldn't enjoy the same affordable prices they can get in Marikina. In fact, they doubled the prices of almost all dishes! Don't get me wrong they still serve really good meat that's smoked for hours, but Fat Daddy's is not  the value-for-money option that people were expecting.

Here are my thoughts on Fat Daddy's Smokehouse in BGC...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

House of Wagyu: Premium Steaks That Melt in Your Mouth

If you're looking for steak that can stand on its own, you can't go wrong with House of Wagyu. Wagyu is premium beef known for its intense marbling that, when cooked, creates that melt-in-your-mouth feeling that's normally used to describe with chocolates.  If you're wondering what A5, grade 12 wagyu tastes like, then head over to House of Wagyu and choose from a variety of cuts. There's a good chance that what you order will be some of the best steak you'll ever have in your life.

The steaks are so good that you only need to season it with a bit of salt and pepper. The prices are a bit steep, but that's what you need to pay for a quality steak. For more information on wagyu and the grading system used, check out this article.

We tried the House of Wagyu experience for ourselves and here's what you can expect.

Ice Cream 101: Learn to Make Delicious Ice Cream at Home

Ice Cream 101: Learn to Make Delicious Ice Cream at Home

Ice cream is one of the best inventions in the world. It's right up there with the wheel or electricity and it's hard to argue otherwise. I mean, who doesn't love a cold, creamy scoop of ice cream?

The problem is that most of the ice cream we buy from the supermarket has overrun (the amount of air in ice cream to increase its volume) of around 100%, which is a lot when compared with the 25% overrun that we typically get from high-end brands that sometimes can cost an arm and a leg. But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying great ice cream at home! 

It's a good thing chef and blogger Nicole Gaffney put up a class to teach us how to make ice cream at home in Skillshare. This way, we can make great, affordable ice cream at home.